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Investment in low emission taxis for Brighton

Nearly £200,000 is to be invested in low emission taxis in Brighton. The money has been awarded as part of the Department for Transport's Clean Vehicle Fund.

Minibuses will be converted into low-emission taxis Credit: Press Association

30 minibuses will be converted in a bid to create a cleaner environment for residents and tourists.

Brighton & Hove City Council was among 17 local authorities awarded funding to convert vehicles.

This is a great step towards reducing harmful emissions in our busy city centre. A cleaner environment has health benefits for residents and visitors to the city and improving all public transport, including taxis, is a key part of this.

– Cllr Ian Davey

Dungeness A demolition viewed by Vince Cable

The business secretary Vince Cable has been looking at what's left of Dungeness Nuclear Power Station - a landmark on the south coast for more than forty years. Dungeness A is being decomissioned and today the Business Secretary visited the plant to see the work in progress. ITV Meridian has been given exclusive access to the demolition site. Tom Savvides has our report.


Police display their new body cameras

An officer wearing the new body camera Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police officers in key areas of the county are to be given an extra tool in the fight against crime.

Today Body Worn Video (BWV) will be used by Local District Policing Teams in Maidstone, Medway and Thanet as part of a live test prior to a wider rollout across the force towards the end of this year and into 2015.

The state-of-the-art cameras will be used to help officers capture evidence from the scene of an incident and can record high-definition footage, take pictures and record sound.

It is hoped BWV will play a key role in domestic abuse offences and night time economy incidents.

In total, 430 officers will be using the cameras by 15 October.

Deputy Chief Constable of Kent Police Paul Brandon said: ‘BWV is a technological innovation which has been shown to have some very clear and tangible benefits to police forces.

‘It has the capability to capture real-time evidence, offering the potential to move the justice process forward with reduced stress for victims of crime."

Are commuters receiving internet signals on the trains?

For thousands of commuters it was the chance to catch up on some work before arriving in the office! So - did they do it?

South West Trains introduced WiFi on the network on the longer distance services today. But the reception was intermittent.

The new technology is available through Hampshire, Surrey and Dorset - and will spread elsewhere later. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse put it to the test with passengers from Basingstoke.

On the train WiFi gives commuters intercity internet connections

Commuters using South West Trains new WiFi services have given their connection a positive response in some areas - but not along the whole of the line to London. Rail commuters told our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, that connections were good from the south coast until mid Hampshire, but they lost the connection around Basingstoke. They also say there were unable to get any connection at Clapham Junction despite it being in the heart of London. Other passengers welcomed the WiFi but bemoaned the fact that most carriages don't have plugs to power laptops to receive the WiFi and have called on the rail operator to work on that issue too.

WiFi arrives on platform one with South West Train's services

Thousands of passengers travelling with South West Trains on services from the south coast to and from London, can now use free on-train WiFi on some of the rail operator's busiest routes.

The South West Trains' Main Line route is one of the busiest and most heavily used stretches of track in the country, with more than 30,000 people travelling along the line every weekday.

Arthur Pretorius, Customer Services Director for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, said: "Whether it's working, catching up with the latest news or keeping in touch with friends, free WiFi on many of our Main Line trains will help our passengers to make more use of the time they spend on board our services.

The WiFi services will run on the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance Class 444 'Desiro' fleet of trains. The coaches are predominantly white in colour and those with WiFi available will be clearly labelled on board.


First photos: A new iPhone and an Apple watch

Apple has introduced a new bigger iPhone for the first time, called the iPhone 6 Plus. Read more about it on the ITV News website here.

At an event in California, CEO Tim Cook said: "Today we're launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone."

The new iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch screen, compared to the four-inch screen of the current generation iPhone 5s.

Apple also introduced the iPhone 6, which is also larger, now coming with a 4.7-inch screen. Both devices also have what Apple call "ion-strengthened glass" screens.

The larger of the two new devices, the 6 Plus, also allows for apps such as Messages and Mail to be displayed in landscape orientation for the first time.

The firm also confirmed a new processor chip, the A8, which will be used to power new apps and games, with partnerships with game studios including Disney and EA also confirmed on stage by Apple's Phil Schiller.

The Cupertino-based technology giant had been expected to announce two new iPhones, with speculation and alleged leaks appearing online over the last few weeks.

Fears over merger of coastguard stations

Loss of local knowledge? Credit: Meridian

Critics of the controversial merger of the coastguard stations covering the Dorset and Hampshire coasts say it could lead to a loss of vital local knowledge. Staff from Portland and Lee-on-Solent will now work at a new centre at Fareham. But the coastguard says its ability to respond to emergencies won't be affected. The Royal Yachting Association says it is been assured seach and rescue operations won't suffer.

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