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Airlines make plea for decision on new runway

Airlines want a quick decision on new runway Credit: ITV

Major airlines have made an urgent and final plea for a quick decision on a new runway for the Meridian region. ITV News Meridian understands Sir Howard Davies, who is advising the Government, will make up his mind within days. But the Government could take up to six months deciding if it should go to Gatwick or Heathrow. In an exclusive interview Sir Richard Branson, head of Crawley-based Virgin Atlantic, said Heathrow, and not Gatwick, should be expanded. He called on the Government to make a final decision and "get on with it". The call came as the airline launched its new route to Detroit - with an airport that has 6 runways.


Young drivers ignore warnings about mobile phones

Video report: Using mobile phones to text while behind the wheel is illegal and highly dangerous. But new research shows many drivers - younger ones in particular - are ignoring the warnings. The road safety team in Kent say a third of drivers under 35 admitted using their phones to check social media and apps .... and 37 percent said they had taken a hand-held call. They have launched a new campaign to remind drivers they're risking their lives and those of others. Steve Horton - who is Road Safety Team Leader at Kent County Council - told Sangeeta that the message was still not getting across.

Exploding satellite debris could cause crash in space

The fragments could pose a major risk to other spacecraft, like in the film Gravity Credit: PA

Scientists from the University of Southampton have warned that a recent satellite explosion in space could pose a major risk to other spacecraft.

50,000 small pieces of debris are now travelling around earth at enormous speeds, according to new research. Scientists fear the fragments could cause extensive damage, just like the plot of Hollywood blockbuster film Gravity.

Even though many of these objects will be no bigger than the ball in a ballpoint pen, they can disable a spacecraft in a collision because of their enormous speed

– Dr Hugh Lewis, UK Space Agency

The US DMSP-F13 satellite exploded in February. The Southampton team have developed a new technique called CiELO (debris Cloud Evolution in Low Orbits) to assess the collision risk to space missions from small-sized debris. They produced a collision probability map showing a peak in the risk at altitudes just below the location of the DMSP-F13 explosion.


Older motorists embracing new technology to keep them on the road for longer

Their cars are often a lifeline, but elderly drivers need training to adapt to technology according to new research. The AA says older motorists should embrace new gadgets if it keeps them driving for longer. 92-year-old Gordon Crowther from Hook agrees. He got his licence more than seventy years ago and believes modern cars make motoring more comfortable as Kate Bunkall reports.

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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