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Viewers buy new tumble dryer for pensioners, worried about fire risk

Pensioner Peggy Collis thought she was going to have to wait two months before anyone came to look at her tumble dryer. She was worried that it might be a fire risk. Generous viewers came to the rescue. As Sally Simmonds reports, Peggy and her husband, who live in Hampshire, are absolutely thrilled.

Sangeeta has your views on tumble dryer fires

Tumble dryers cause one fire almost every day, according to new figures released today. They show fire brigades were called to almost 930 tumble dryer fires between 2011 and 2013 - amounting to more than 300 a year. It comes as hundreds of you are continuing to get in touch with us - to say you're STILL waiting for your appliances to be checked - as Sangeeta reports.

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South West Trains boss says railways are a success - but admits trouble with overcrowding

The boss of South West Trains says rail privatisation has been a success but admits some trains are too overcrowded.

Tim Shoveller, the company's Managing Director, hit back at critics who say handing over the rails to the private sector - 20 years ago - was a disaster.

Mr Shoveller started his career as a guard at Guildford 25 years ago.

He says passenger numbers have doubled to over 600,000 a day and SWT is now by far the busiest commuter railway in Europe. He says there has been record investment.

But he admits trains are overcrowded at busy times and measures are needed to urgently reduce the problem. He spoke exclusively to our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse

Soup kitchen calls for volunteers as budget cuts loom

A soup kitchen in Oxford is appealing for more volunteers amid fears council cuts will make it busier than ever.

The community kitchen in Cowley is open twice a day and often feeds up to fifty people. It doesn't get any funding from the council - but is worried drastic changes in frontline services will put it under extra pressure. Kate Bunkall reports.

The interviewee is Icolyn Smith from the Oxford Community Soup Kitchen.

Independent Review tells Gatwick to 'quieten down'

An Independent Review has ordered that Gatwick Airport make dramatic steps to improve the lives of families living under the flightpath in Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

The review was commissioned by Gatwick Airport Chairman Sir Roy McNulty and follows a four month consultation to see if more could be done to lessen the impact of noise on local residents.

Gatwick Airport Credit: ITV Meridian

The review - focussing on airport arrivals - said:

  • Flight paths must be changed daily - so areas get 'noise breaks'
  • Planes MUST fly higher
  • The number of Flights circling in a holding pattern must be reduced
  • planes MUST be fitted with noise reducing technology
Gatwick Airport Credit: ITV Meridian

The review has proposed a time frame for the introduction of its recommendations and says many could be operational within 12 months.

It also suggests modifications for the Airbus A320 family to reduce the noise it produces during its approach phrase and there'll be a noise management board to oversee the issues of noise around the airport.

Gatwick Airport Chairman Sir Roy McNulty Credit: ITV Meridian

"As an airport we recognise our responsibility to do everything we can to reduce the noise impact on local people - in particular, those people who are most affected.

That is why we commissioned an independent review last summer looking at aircraft arrivals to see what more can be done. While the number of people significantly affected by noise at Gatwick is relatively low for an airport of its size, we want to improve further.

This report sets out 23 practical steps - from holding planes longer over the sea, to improved use of continuous descent approaches and increased dispersal of arrivals. There is no silver bullet that will ever eliminate the problem of aircraft noise but taken together I believe that these measures can make a real difference.

Airports have to demonstrate that impacts on their local communities have been fully taken into account, and we have been encouraged by and benefitted from the constructive engagement of local groups in this review."

– Gatwick Airport Chairman Sir Roy McNulty
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