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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.

A blast from the past - Bluebird ready to fly again after 90 years

She was the first to break the 150 mile an hour barrier - a supercar as legendary as her driver Malcolm Campbell.

Tomorrow on the 90th anniversary of that achievement, the Bluebird will recreate that famous run - albeit at a more genteel speed.

But the car almost never ran again at all. Her engine was seriously damaged and only the skill and dedication of engineers brought her back to life, as Martin Dowse reports.


Cross-channel electric plane record disputed

A pioneering French pilot took off from Kent this morning, landed in Calais 36 minutes later - and celebrated becoming the first person to fly across the Channel in an all-electric plane.

But then the sparks started to fly. Because as Didier Esteyne touched down, a rival pilot claimed HE set the record a few hours earlier. Abigail Bracken has the story.

5,000mph rocket goes under the hammer for £43,750

How would you like a 39-foot hypersonic rocket to brighten up your lounge or garden? Not got the space? Well, then you may have already missed out on one of the most unusual items ever to go up for auction.

The unmanned aircraft - which once broke the air speed record - sold for £43,750 in Sussex this afternoon. Andy Dickenson caught a glimpse of the rocket before it went under the hammer.

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New app to help find missing people

New computer software could track down missing people more quickly and efficiently. Details of people who've previously gone missing and where they were found, for example, are loaded onto an app which can be accessed on computers and mobile phones. Kent Search and Rescue then uses the data to try to locate the person if they disappear again. Tom Savvides talks to Stewart Baird from Kent Search and Rescue and computer specialist Stuart Kenny.


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.

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