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AWE meeting will be held to discuss job cuts

AWE in Aldermaston, Berkshire. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Bosses at the Atomic weapons establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield will meet with the union Prospect later to discuss plans to cut hundreds of jobs.

It was announced on Thursday that five hundred posts at AWE will be lost in a bid to streamline operations. It's the first meeting since the announcement was made.

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Oxford researchers who studied Cecil the lion get £300,000 in donations

Researchers who studied Cecil the lion receive donations Credit: PA Images

Researchers who studied Cecil the lion - at Oxford University conservation unit WildCRU, have received more than £300,000 in donations since Cecil was killed by a hunter.

The Department of Zoology unit has studied the lion's whereabouts via satellite since 2008.

David Macdonald, Director of Oxford’s WildCRU said:

"I have wonderful news for all those following the story of Cecil, and our work for lion conservation in Zimbabwe and beyond. Overnight, thousands of donors worldwide brought the total of the Cecil Appeal to £300,000. This is stupendous my colleague Andy Loveridge and I are overwhelmed and inspired.

There is more. Minutes ago I spoke to American philanthropist Tom Kaplan and his wife Daphne who have been loyal supporters of the WildCRU’s work, and told them of my hope that the total appeal could reach £500,000. Tom and Daphna immediately pledged $100,000 to match, pound for pound, dollar for dollar, each donation that comes in from this minute as a stimulus to reaching that total.

We are grateful beyond measure for their generosity, and that of every single one of our donors, big or small."

– WildCRU

Badger cull could be extended to Dorset

There's increasing pressure for a cull of badgers to be extended to parts of Dorset. Farmers say TB is continuing to spread through their herds and are calling for the Government to act on pre-election pledges, to eradicate the disease.

Pilot badger culls started in Somerset 2 years ago. Now applications are being prepared which could see the cull extended to part of our region as Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Kent in Crisis: Could MoD land free up the M20?

British troops could join efforts to ease traffic congestion in Kent as the migrant crisis shows no sign of abating.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is understood to be in the early stages of developing plans which could involve using land owned by the department to free up space on the M20.

Police try to stop migrants at Calais Credit: PA Images

The Daily Telegraph said MoD land around Folkestone could be used as a temporary lorry parks.

The source said a decision on the plans would be "taken in due course", adding they were led by the civilian authorities rather than military.

David Cameron, who has returned to the UK after a four-day tour of south-east Asia, is in the Government's emergency Cobra committee this morning.

It is understood he will ask ministers and officials to see whether more can be done to address the situation at the port and the Channel Tunnel railhead at Coquelles.

Kent in crisis: Lorries queue up on the M20 Credit: ITV News

The meeting comes after Mr Cameron blamed the chaos at Calais on a "swarm" of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and travelling through Europe.

French security and police were again dispatched to prevent desperate migrants from gaining illegal access to the Channel Tunnel following a week of unrest in Calais.

The situation in Calais has threatened to bring the cross-Channel haulage industry to a halt, with long queues at border control points in England and France.

As the situation rumbled into a fourth night of disorder, up to a hundred migrants roared as they steamed through police lines at a petrol station near the terminal to gain access to the tunnel.

French gendarmes and riot police at first were overwhelmed by the numbers coming at them but were able to gain control of the situation.

Officers, some with their batons drawn, formed a cordon backed up by riot vans.

But they could not prevent the men, women and children, mainly from East African and Arab countries, from bringing the road out of the tunnel in Coquelles to a standstill.

They watched as three or four teenage migrants climbed over a fence but later came back when they realised they had hit a dead end.

Afterwards Eurotunnel said its French platform was unavailable due to "security reasons".

A spokesman said: "Due to overnight activity around our French terminal, timetables are disrupted from both directions."

Another night of drama in Calais has increased fears the UK's already under-pressure social services will be pushed to breaking point as the number of asylum seekers increases.

Children are guests of honour at Stonehenge

The children at Stonehenge Credit: English Heritage

For the first time in its 4,500-year-old history, children have been invited to step inside the stone circle at Stonehenge and discover it without any grown-ups, as part of English Heritage’s new Kids Takeover summer season.

To launch the season, English Heritage asked 1,066 children to help compile a list of fun activities to reflect history.

The wish was granted with the help of eight-year-old Thea Hunt, English Heritage’s first ever Child Executive Officer, and a selection of children from across the country.

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Plans for solar farm rejected

Developers wanted to build solar panels on this farmland at Tomkins Farm Credit: ITV Meridian

Campaigners are celebrating after planners turned down an application to build 20,000 solar panels on farmland in Sussex.

Villagers claimed the proposed development on Tomkins Farm in Chailey near Lewes would damage the countryside.

Developers say it would power more than a thousand homes and they may appeal against the decision.

Giant hogweed: What to do if you touch it

As giant hogweed spreads across the South, the NHS have issued the following advice for anyone who comes into contact with the plant. Contact with the plant can cause severe, painful burns and make your skin sensitive to strong sunlight.

If you touch a giant hogweed, cover the affected area, and wash it with soap and water. The blisters heal very slowly and can develop into phytophotodermatitis, a type of skin rash which flares up in sunlight. If you feel unwell after contact with giant hogweed, speak to your doctor.

– NHS advice

Complaints about seagull numbers in Brighton

There have been complaints about seagulls throughout the region Credit: ITV

A seagull cull in Brighton and Hove may not be an option for controlling the large numbers in the city. That's according to the council which receives numerous reports about the birds. Seagulls are frequently criticised for swooping down to take food, and have gained a reputation for aggravating people. The local authority is trying to stop them nesting.

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