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MOD awards £50m armoured vehicle contract to BAE

A British Army Warrior armoured infantry fighting vehicle Credit: MOD

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded a £50m contract to Hampshire-based company BAE Systems to support the British Army's armoured tracked vehicle fleet, safeguarding 100 jobs.

The five-year contract covers an array of design services including safety advice and elements of operational effectiveness for light, medium and heavy armoured vehicles.

It also combines a number of existing support contracts into a more efficient and effective contracting agreement saving taxpayers money.

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Nearly 1,000 jobs secured as Dungeness Power Station life is extended by 10 years

The life of Dungeness Power Station in Kent is to be extended by 10 years, safeguarding nearly a thousand jobs. The plant, operated by energy giant EDF, will continue in operation until 2028 thanks to a 150 million pound investment.But environmentalists say the money should be spent on renewable energy. Iain McBride reports.

Extension of Dungeness is 'bad news', says MEP

“10 more years of unsafe and expensive nuclear energy production is bad news. Instead we should be focusing our efforts on the switch to a truly sustainable energy future – one which focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, and which would deliver more jobs, faster carbon reductions and a fundamentally more democratic energy system fit for the future.”

– Keith Taylor Green MEP for South East England

Dungeness B life extended by a decade

EDF Energy has extended the expected life of its Dungeness B nuclear power station by ten years.

This means it is due to continue generating low carbon electricity until 2028, producing enough power each year to supply the equivalent of 1.5m homes.

Credit: EDF

The decision has been made possible by a £150m investment programme to extend the life of the station. It comes after extensive reviews of the plant’s safety cases and work with the independent nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

The life extension at Dungeness B is part of a wider EDF Energy programme to extend the lives of its eight nuclear power stations.

According to EDF, it will secure 550 jobs and work for 200 contractors at the site, as well as maintaining essential expertise in engineering and the UK nuclear industry.

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Kent probe aims to reach the Moon

The project will cost £3bn Credit: ITV

A financier from Kent is spearheading an ambitious project to send an unmanned probe to the Moon.

David Iron from Faversham is hoping to raise most of the £3bn needed from the public - by offering them a chance to be part of a timecapsule storing photographs and even strands of their hair.

Lunar launch - Kent mission to the Moon

A financier from Kent is spearheading what could be one of the most scientifically-important missions ever flown to the Moon.

David Iron from Faversham has the backing of some of the UK's leading scientists for a project that would see an unmanned probe land on the moon.

What makes the mission unique though is that it may turn out to be the most ambitious crowdfunded project ever attempted and be funded entirely by public donations.

The pitch - people will be able to have their own DNA launched into Space.

Mr Iron will be giving a talk about Lunar Mission One to The Faversham Society on Friday January 9th.

He is involved with a 'kickstarting' website

Cameraman arrested over drone and police struggle to land device

A freelance cameraman has been arrested after flying a drone near Gatwick Airport. Surrey Police were caught on camera arresting Eddie Mitchell for breach of the peace before trying to land the drone themselves.

Mr Mitchell, though, says he was operating the kit within the rules. He was later released without charge.

Kate Bunkall has this report.

Journalist arrested for 'breaching the peace' with drone

Surrey Police have confirmed that a 49-year-old man has been arrested for breaching the peace.

The 49-year-old cameraman's arrest followed complaints from local residents and others in the vicinity of the tragic incident in which a woman and two young children sadly lost their lives.

Police confiscated the drone during his arrest but are in the process of returning it to the cameraman.

A number of uniformed officers and detectives were sent to the scene of this tragic incident to assist Surrey Fire and Rescue Service with their investigation.

“While in attendance, concerns about the behaviour of a man were raised to officers from people who believed he was acting in a disrespectful and intrusive manner.

“At the time of the arrest, the main focus for officers and fire crew at the scene was to conclude the initial forensic investigation and to allow the dignified removal of the bodies of those who had sadly died.

“This was a deeply distressing incident which has devastated the community and the impact will be felt for some time. The thoughts of all at Surrey Police are with those affected by the fire.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Antony Archibald
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