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Dawn of a new era for Rolls-Royce in Sussex

Rolls-Royce, the luxury car maker based in Sussex, has unveiled its new masterpiece - the Dawn.

The very first Dawn was a midnight sapphire blue version, with a mandarin orange interior.

Nearly every car that leaves the Goodwood plant is made to order. The Dawn has a 6.6 litre engine, which propels the Rolls to 62mph in under five seconds.

And the cost? A cool £250,000...

One of world's biggest ships arrives in Southampton

The ship can carry 8,500 cars Credit: Mike Pearse

The world's largest car carrier has berthed at Southampton as part of its maiden voyage.

The Hoegh Target has capacity for 8,500 cars and deck space of 85,394 square yards. She is visiting the Hampshire port on her journey from East Asia to Europe, and onwards via Africa.


eBay 20th anniversary - South's unusual items & bids

Buying and selling over the internet has become the norm and there are lots of sites you can use, eBid webstore and of course the most famous eBay.

Well eBay is 20 years old today and you can pretty much buy everything on it. Over the years we have reported on some of the more unusual things that have gone on sale - as Sally Simmonds reports.


Was a drone used to spy on naked Dorset sunbathers?

Sunbathers on the famous nudist beach reported seeing the drone Credit: ITV

Sunbathers on the famous Studland nudist beach in Dorset believed they've been spied on by a drone with a camera attached.

The drone is reported to have flown up and down the beach. A spokesman for the naturists said that several people had complained.

People sunbathing on the beach are worried about the use of any pictures. Anyone flying a drone over National Trust land would have to obtain permission - it's understood that no permission was sought.

Wi-fi for cross-Solent Red Funnel passengers

Wi-fi for Red Funnel customers Credit: ITV

Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries has rolled out a new high capacity wi-fi service across all its vessels and terminals in time for the peak summer season.

In addition to Red Funnel’s passenger vehicle ferries, customers using the Red Jet Hi-Speed fleet, which serves the company’s Southampton-West Cowes route at speeds of between 36-40 knots, will be offered free wi-fi for the first time.

Red Funnel was the first cross-Solent operator to introduce wi-fi for customers more than seven years ago.

Go-ahead given for 90,000 panel solar farm

One of the company's smaller sites Credit: ITV
Tne solar panels will be installed in these fields Credit: ITV

The go-ahead has been given today for a 90,000 panel solar farm, planned on land owned by Dorset South MP Richard Drax at Mapperton. East Dorset District Council's planning committee deferred making a decision on 23 June because they said they needed to make a site visit. Seven councillors voted for the project and three against. There has been strong opposition from campaigners. The energy company is Wiltshire-based Good Energy. More shortly.

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