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Last Merlin helicopter leaves RAF Benson

The last Merlin helicopter leaves RAF Benson Credit: Royal Navy

The final Merlin helicopter has left RAF Benson in Oxfordshire for a new life at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton.

The Merlin Force officially transferred to the Royal Navy on 30 September 2014 and the final Merlin helicopter bade a fond farewell to RAF Benson as they flew to their new home at RNAS Yeovilton.

The Merlin came into service with the Royal Air Force in 2001 and contributed to combat and humanitarian operations for over a decade before being transferred to the Royal Navy.

Flypasts only for the Red Arrows at Farnborough

No more acrobatic stunts for the Red Arrows at Farnborough Credit: ITV

The Red Arrows have decided not to perform acrobatic stunts at this year's Farnborough Airshow.

The decision follows the Shoreham tragedy last year.

They will still perform but will only take part in flypasts.

The military display team will not perform the usual loop-the-loops and barrel rolls.

The RAF said the team would still be engaging with adults and young people at Farnborough.

Cars of the future unveiled in our region

The latest cars can drive themselves Credit: Rolls Royce/BMW

The region's cars of the future have been unveiled today. These images were released by Rolls Royce based at Goodwood and Mini based at Oxford.The cars can drive themselves and will have the latest technology.The concepts were revealed by parent group BMW, based at Farnborough.​The company has been looking forward to the future as it celebrates 100 years.

The Mini of the future Credit: Rolls Royce/BMW

Rolls Royce say it is the first time it has produced a concept car - and the vehicle will be the ultimate in luxury. But if you are a chauffeur it could prove to be bad news. The company say the car will drive itself.

But remember this is a concept car for the next 100 years, and not expected to be on our roads until 2040 - so don't worry too much just yet.


Brighton's i360 pod reaches its maximum height

Credit: ITV News

The British Airways i360 observation pod has reached its maximum height of 138m for the first time, as testing and commissioning continue towards the attraction’s opening this summer.

Technicians could be seen on the crow’s nests, temporarily installed on the top of the pod, carrying out checks on the cladding and the busbar trunking behind it.

Surrey teenager charged over Mumsnet hacking attack

A teenager from Haslemere has been charged with a hacking attack on the parenting website Mumsnet.

Users were asked to reset passwords after the security breach Credit: Mumsnet

David Gerrard Buchanan, 18, is facing two counts of hacking and one of impairing the operation of or hindering access to a computer.

The charges relate to various incidents of computer intrusion and damage to network profiles following attacks on systems controlled by the website Mumsnet and others between July and August 2015.

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A hacker accessed some administrative functions of Mumsnet in August, redirecting the homepage to a now suspended Twitter profile page and editing posts on the parenting site.

Mumsnet also suffered a distributed denial of service attack, where the site is taken down by being overwhelmed with online traffic.

Buchanan is due to appear at Guildford Magistrates' Court on June 7.

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