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Telephone fraudsters targeted 430 Dorset residents

Dorset residents warned over telephone scam Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police have revealed more than £2m has been scammed from residents in south-west England by telephone fraudsters in the past year.

About 700 offences have been reported to police since March 2014, with more than 430 victims in Dorset.

Officers have warned people in Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth to be especially wary of giving out card details or handing over money.

Callers often pose as police officers or bankers to trick vulnerable people.

In total, 30 people in Dorset have lost money, although police suspect the overall number is much higher as many attempts to defraud people go unreported.

Flyers, leaflets and social media are being used to warn residents.

Two people were arrested and released on bail on 2 March in relation to a number of alleged telephone money scams in the Poole area.

On Tuesday, two men were jailed at Bristol Crown Court for defrauding vulnerable people in Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall out of more than £88,000.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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