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Public consultations on Heathrow's third runway begin

Public consultation for the third runway begin today Credit: PA

Campaigners will gather outside the first of twenty public consultation events over a third runway at Heathrow later today.

The Government say they will allow communities to get information and express their views on the £17 billion scheme.

The first is being held near the airport with others in Bracknell, Reading, Maidenhead, Windsor and Buckinghamshire soon to follow.

There will also be events further away including Brighton for the wider South East.

People have until May to express their views.

The Government says it backs the third runway because of the economic benefits. Local people say it will lead to more noise.

A final decision is expected early next year.

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BA cabin crew to stage new four-day strike

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British Airways cabin crew are to stage a strike in a long-running dispute over pay.

The four-day walk-out is currently due to take place on 17 February, said the Unite union.

The announcement was made on the second day of a three-day stoppage, which followed a similar strike earlier this week.

A BA spokesman reassured passengers who might be affected saying: "We have flown all customers to their destinations during the previous strikes by mixed fleet Unite and we will ensure this happens again.

"We will publish more details on February 14 once we have finalised our contingency plans", he added.

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Supermarket first in the country to introduce 'quiet hour' for autistic shoppers

More and more of our children are being diagnosed as autistic. Thirty years ago, it was considered a relatively rare condition affecting around one in 500, but now that figure stands at one in every 100.

Much of that could be down to better awareness - but its cause is still a mystery. However, it leaves a generation of children and their parents struggling with the sensory overload of modern life.

Now some respite is now being offered in perhaps the most unlikely of places - a supermarket in Crawley is going out of its way to help.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Emma Castle, who's son Oliver has autism, Abi Smith, Emma Holdsworth and Raj Sivalingam, as well as supermarket manager Gary Powis and Jo-Ann D'Costa Manuel of Autism Parent Power.

New Ikea store set to open in the South East

Ikea will open in Sussex as part of a major redevelopment of the area Credit: ITV news

Ikea is coming to Sussex as part of a £170 million development.

It will sit on a former landfill site near the A27 alongside 600 new homes, a country park and a primary school.

The development could create up to 1000 new jobs and add £11 million to the local economy. Its hoped the new store will be open by 2019.

Eurotunnel unveils security upgrade in France

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Eurotunnel today unveiled 'Fortress Coquelles', a massive security upgrade at the French end of the Channel Tunnel.

It is a reaction to the terror threat and to daily attempts by desperate migrants to breach security and board Channel Tunnel trains to Kent.

Eurotunnel has doubled its security budget and says every inch of its terminal is now secure and under surveillance.

From Coquelles, Nashreen Issa reports.

Nashreen spoke to the Chief Executive at Eurotunnel Jacques Gounon and Paul Booth from Border Force.

NHS asks public about changes to healthcare

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The NHS in Oxfordshire has this week begun asking the public, patients and clinicians their thoughts on possible changes to healthcare services.

The first phase of the 'Big Health and Care Consultation' will last for three months and is specifically looking at changing the way we use hospital beds, planned care at the Horton General in Banbur and acute stroke services.

It will also look at critical care at the Horton General, maternity services and emergency gynaecology surgery in North Oxfordshire.

It is part of a five year plan, across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West about how the NHS plans to bring about the 'changes we all need to make'.

It aims to tackle the challenges the NHS is facing as 'demand grows and budgets are limited'.

The second phase of the consultation, set to begin from May this year, will focus on community and primary care services.

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