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Heathrow Express staff in row over jobs and pay

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Staff on the Heathrow Express rail service are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over jobs, pay and spending cuts.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of action, including strikes.

The union says around 200 jobs are under threat because of cuts resulting from the Airport's budget reduction.

Acting general secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT does not buy for a moment the case for handing out savage cuts to Heathrow Express when Heathrow is generating hand-outs to shareholders of over £600 million.

"The Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services are dealing with growing demand as the airport expands and the idea that safety and service is going to be sacrificed at the stroke of an accountant's pen would shame London and leave these high-profile services extremely vulnerable.

"RMT will mount a massive publicity and political campaign, backed up by industrial action, to stop these outrageous and dangerous cuts dead in their tracks."

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Pensioners swindled 'in every street' by mail fraud

In every street in the South East someone could be being conned out of thousands of pounds - because of scam mail.

Sussex Police have become the first force in the country to try to find out exactly how bad the problem is.

They say elderly and vulnerable people are sometimes parting with their life savings to criminals sending them letters - posing as charities, competition organisers and suppliers. The cheques they send are funding criminal gangs abroad.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to victim's son Chris Becket, Insp Nick Bowman and PC Bernadette Lawrie from Sussex Police.

This story also features a police interview with the late Tom Beckett.

Desperate call to save special needs nursery

An urgent financial appeal for help has been made by a Sussex children's charity that cares for youngsters with special needs.

Trustees of the Camelia Botnar Centre in Worthing say they are running out of money - and time to raise it.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to centre manager Helen Davies, trustee Linda Smith and parents Russell Cochran and Emma James.

HS2 fares need to be set 'at the right level'

There have been concerns that premium fares will be charged for those using the new high-speed line whose first phase, from London to Birmingham, is due to open in 2026.

Passengers travelling on domestic services using HS1, the 186mph Channel Tunnel fast link, pay much higher fares than those using "conventional" Kent commuter services.

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said "setting fares at the right level" was one of its five key priorities for HS2.

Legislation for the first phase is currently going through Parliament, with a second, Y-shaped, phase, taking the line to north west and north east England due to be completed around 2032/33.

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The life blood of the health service

This band of bikers includes an engineer, a businessman and a former police officer but they are not just easy riders. They work together delivering urgently-needed blood and medical supplies to hospitals. The 140 volunteers work for free during the night and on weekends.

Our reporter Nashreen Issa has been out with the charity called SERV. She talks to biker Graham Perrin and Angela Green from East Kent Hospitals. Also featured are Caitlin and Alison Kydd who meet the chairman of the group Arthur Godden.

How bikers save the NHS thousands of pounds

Angela Green from the East Kent Hospitals Trust explains how a group of bikers in Kent help save the NHS tens and thousands of pounds.

Riders from the SERV group deliver urgently- needed blood to hospitals.They're on call 365 days a year.

They also deliver blood to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. It means doctors and paramedics can carry out transfusions at the scene of an accident increasing someone's chance of survival. It's a procedure that's usually performed after a patient arrives at hospital.

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