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Children learn about ocean wildlife in our waters

It's not a sight you get to see everyday, but ferry passengers and school children were given the opportunity to come face-to-face with 43ft whales, sharks and dolphins.

We spoke to the director of marine charity ORCA, Sally Hamilton, and Portsmouth International Port manager, Martin Putman about the exhibition, which highlighted the variety of wildlife found in our seas off the Solent.

Chloe Oliver has this report.

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Flood-hit families still waiting for houses to be rebuilt

One year after flooding devastated many communities in the Thames Valley, many people still have not been able to return to their homes.

Some houses are still being demolished and rebuilt.

For many the damage and destruction of last February is still fresh in the mind:

Interviewees: Builder and flood warden Dave Francis in Wraysbury, Sam Gill from the Manor Hotel in Datchet, Michael Stevenson from the Berkshire Trout Farm and Sarah Duck, Headteacher of St Bede's School in Winchester.


Demolition progress at obsolete nuclear power plant

Demolition of the largest building at the obsolete nuclear power station Dungeness A is nearing completion. The 26 metre-high turbine hall is being knocked down as the site, which closed in 2006, is decommissioned and made safe. Sarah Saunders went along to watch as the building was torn down and spoke to Paul Wilkinson, Site Director and Andy Dyson, Demolition Engineer.

More time for flood-hit residents to apply for grant

People affected by flooding the region last winter have been given more time to apply for a Government grant to protect their properties.

Flood water in Surrey last February Credit: PA

The deadline for applying for up to £5000 from the Repair and Renew Grant fund has been extended until March 20th 2015.

The fund was set up by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to help cover the cost of flood-proofing buildings that were damaged during winter 2013 to 2014.

The deadline was extended following a request to DEFRA from local authorities.

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