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Major contract for BAE Systems

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract for 60 new RIBs Credit: ITV

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced a £13.5m contract to BAE Systems for 60 new Pacific 24 Rigid Inflatable Boats during a visit to Portsmouth Naval Base.

The next generation Pacific 24 Mark-4 will be deployed on Royal Navy ships such as the Off Shore Patrol Vessels, as well as the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, due to arrive in Portsmouth in 2017.

The RIBs are the workhorse of the Royal Navy, deploying from ship or shore at speeds of up to 38 knots (44mph) as a rapid response craft to perform fast rescue, anti-piracy and counter-narcotics missions.


School wi-fi led to death of my daughter, says mother

A mother from Oxfordshire is calling for all wireless technology to be taken out of schools following the death of her 15-year-old daughter.

Jenny Fry was found in woodland near her home after texting a friend to say she would not be going to school and intended to kill herself.

Her mother claims she suffered from Electro Hypersensitivity and was allergic to Wi-Fi. Penny Silvester reports

Laser pen 'shone at driver in Kent'

Breaking: Police are investigating a report that a laser pen was shone at a driver in Kemsley, Kent.

It is reported that at around 7pm on Thursday 12 November a group of young people, standing on the green area in Vaughan Drive, shone a laser pen at a passing van.

The driver, a man in his 30s, suffered eye injuries and has received hospital treatment.

Shining a laser pen into someone’s eyes or at a moving vehicle is not only a criminal offence, but it is dangerous.

I would encourage anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information to contact police as you may be able to help with our ongoing enquiries.

Witnesses to the incident or anyone with information is asked to contact PC Steven Bassett at Kent Police by calling 01795 419119 and quoting reference XY/039947/15.

– PC Steven Bassett

Brighton pavement powers the city's lights

In Brighton, when shoppers walk down the pavement their footsteps make the Christmas lights shine and sparkle.

For one week, the footsteps of 41,000 shoppers will power 400 Christmas tree lights along the street. Kinetic energy is converted to renewable energy.

The Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon is promoting small businesses in the city.

Powering the Nation

If we don't do something by 2020 - the lights could go out. That's the warning from Fareham Borough Council - which says something has to be done - to ensure we have enough energy to power the country.

That's why it's in talks with National Grid about having an electricity interconnector built - on the Daedalus site. It will allow energy to flow in from France and back again. They say - there would be enough electricity - to power over a million homes. Andrew Pate has more.

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