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Engineers build 7km wall in battle against climate change

It was almost three years ago to the day that many residents in an area of Shoreham-by-Sea found themselves mopping up flood water. Now work's underway on a multi-million pound flood defence scheme for the town.

The ambitious plan includes building a seven kilometre barrier along the River Adur.

The project began just a few weeks ago - and today the Secretary of State for the Environment went to see how it's progressing.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Andrea Leadsom MP, flood victim Lucy Gabriel and Dave Robinson of the Environment Agency.

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Unplug your Christmas tree lights - or risk fire

Unplug your Christmas tree lights before you leave the house - or risk it catching fire says Hampshire Fire Service.

This video from the Fire Kills campaign shows how faulty lights can engulf a living room in less than a minute.

Check your Christmas tree lights are in good condition and be sure to turn them off before you go to bed.

Keeping your tree well watered can also prevent the risk of fire.

Metal detectors searching war site sought by police

Police say they're keen to talk to two men in connection with illicit metal detecting which took place at Butts Brow, Eastbourne, on Sunday 6 November.

The site is close to a memorial for a B24 Liberator bomber crew whose airctaft crashed there during the Second World War.

Police would like to speak to these men Credit: Sussex Police

Police say the illicit use of metal detectors can lead to permanent loss of important historical information or artefacts, and damage land which may be protected.

Environment Agency at 'serious' pollution incident

Pollution at the Plumpton Mill Stream Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has confirmed that it is responding to a serious case of pollution at the Plumpton Mill Stream, a tributary of the River Ouse in Sussex.

"Our officers are on site assessing the scale of the incident and trying to reduce the impact to the watercourse.

We believe the majority of the pollution has now been contained. We are continuing to monitor any impacts downstream."

– Environment Agency spokesperson
Workers are assessing the extent of the problem Credit: Environment Agency

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Polluting vehicles could be charged £200 to enter our city centres

It's been called a public health emergency - causing more than 40,000 early deaths every year. Now a High Court judge has ordered the government to speed up plans to tackle air pollution.

Southampton is one of the most polluted cities in the country - and due to become one of five clean air zones. Some polluting diesel vehicles will be charged as much as £200 to drive into the city centre.

The Freight Transport Association is warning that small companies could go out of business unless they're given time and compensation to buy cleaner vehicles. Clean air campaigners say pollution has been linked to cancer, obesity and dementia. Kerry Swain has this special report.

£8,000 fine for man's "brutal" attack on swans

David Thompson pictured before an attack on a swan Credit: MCA

A Kent man has been fined £7,970 after carrying out a 'brutal' attack on swans.

David Thompson of Snarsgate, Romney Marsh, appeared at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court facing allegations of intentionally killing and/or injuring mute swans, contrary to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

He previously pleaded guilty to the offences.

The RSPCA and the police were called on 23 April after a coastguard helicopter crew flying near Lydd airport on a training exercise reported seeing the man hit several swans repeatedly with a “long blue pole”. They managed to capture part of the attack on video.

Officers attended the scene and found two injured swans and one dead - all with blood around their heads. The second swan died before arriving at the vets, but the third was treated and cared for at the RSPCA’s Mallydams Wildlife Centre, and eventually made a good recovery.

The swans were in his field of rapeseed and the man’s reason for killing them was that they were eating his crops.

There is no doubt these poor swans would have suffered - they were bashed about the head brutally and repeatedly. It would not have been a quick death.

The witnesses said they saw the man hit several swans with a long blue stick. They also saw him strike another swan, yanking him by the neck several times, and throwing the bird forward twice before lifting him by the left wing and dumping him in a ditch.

When we arrived one of the swans was already dead, and a second barely alive - just raising his head weakly. It was so sad. Thankfully there was a happy ending for a third swan, who was treated by a vet and nursed back to health.

– RSPCA Inspector Dave Grant
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