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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.


Gatwick Airport growth could support 13,000 new jobs

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Growth at Gatwick Airport could support more than 13,000 new jobs according to a new report commissioned by the airport.

The report by Oxford Economics suggests the additional roles would be in place by 2025.

It also found the airport could contribute an extra £6.5 billion to the UK's economy.

In 2016, the airport contributed £5.3 billion to the economy and supported 85,000 jobs.

The report is the most detailed assessment of Gatwick's economic impact ever undertaken.

Rolls-Royce sales up 6% on previous year

Rolls-Royce, owned by German company BMW which is based in West Sussex, has announced its second highest sales record in 100 years.

The firm had previously said leaving the European Union would drive up costs and affect workers.

However today, bosses confirmed their commitment to Britain with plans to keep factories in the UK.

It is due to a 6% increase in sales on the previous year.

BA cabin crew go on strike

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British Airways cabin crew have begun a 48-hour strike in a row over pay, although the airline said its customers will be able to fly to their destinations.

A small number of Heathrow flights will be "merged", but BA said all flights to and from Gatwick and London City airports will operate as normal.

Thousands of BA cabin crew voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action last month, with Unite claiming the so-called 'Mixed Fleet' earn less than other staff.

The strike planned for Christmas Day and Boxing Day was subsequently suspended, before a new 48-hour strike was announced after cabin crew rejected a new offer aimed at resolving the dispute.

Southern Rail strike latest: 'driver-only trains are safe'

A report out today by the rail safety regulator said 'driver-only operated trains' can be safe.

But that recommendation was dismissed by the train drivers' union.

They issued pictures with what they claim to be proof of how bad the situation really is.

John Ryall reports.

John spoke to MP Maria Caulfield, Mick Whelan from the ASLEF union and Director of Railway Safety at the Office of Rail and Road, Ian Prosser.


New £15m leisure centre to be built in Littlehampton

A preview of the planned leisure centre Credit: Arun District Council

A new £15 million leisure centre is to be built in Littlehampton.

The proposals were agreed yesterday by Arun District Council and will see the previous centre in Sea Road replaced.

The old centre will not be demolished until the new facility opens in 2019.

It will feature an eight-lane swimming pool, fitness gym, dance studio and a sports hall.

A consultation was carried out in October last year to give the local community the opportunity to comment on the plans.

Rail strike ends, but more action to come

The latest three-day strike has ended Credit: ITV

A three-day strike by conductors on Southern trains ended yesterday in the ongoing row over changes to their role. The row is over driver-only operated trains.

There has been months of industrial action from RMT and ASLEF members. The unions say there will be no trains at all in the second week of January with a strike from Monday 9th to Saturday 14th.

Firm fined £100k after fatal human cannonball stunt

Stuntman Matthew Cranch died after his safety net collapsed

A stunt firm - has been fined - 100 thousand pounds - after a human cannonball stunt - went tragically wrong. Matthew Cranch - died after being fired into the air - at the county showground in Kent.

The director of the company escaped a jail sentence at Maidstone Crown Court today. He was given a 12-month community order. The court heard that a mechanism triggering release of the safety net was not properly set. Derek Johnson reports.

In the report we hear from Tracey Beattie from Maidstone Borough Council.

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