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Major new centre for Rolls Royce in Sussex

Artist's impression of the new complex Credit: Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce announced today that a new Technology and Logistics Centre will be built at Bognor Regis, close to the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex - employing 200 people.

The centre will consolidate a number of current logistics functions and allow for future expansion.

The Technology and Logistics Centre will be located on the Oldlands Farm Business Park on the northern edge of Bognor Regis, eight miles from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The Centre will be ideally situated to take advantage of the forthcoming Bognor Regis Northern Relief Road, due to open in 2015.

Around 200 people will be employed at the centre, with a number of new roles created in addition to those transferred from existing logistics functions. The Technology and Logistics Centre is planned to be fully operational in early 2016.

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First pictures of new trains for region's railways

One of the new trains from Siemens Credit: Siemens

The new second generation Desiro City trains, being provided by Siemens for South West Trains, are similar in style to the Class 700 units being produced for the Thameslink route. They will be used to operate ten carriage trains on the busy Waterloo to Windsor services, allowing a cascade of trains across the network to ultimately deliver significant extra capacity on other key routes into London Waterloo. Longer trains will run from Staines through to Bracknell, Ascot and Reading and on a number of mainline services from Basingstoke to London Waterloo.

South West Trains orders 150 new carriages

More carriages for commuters Credit: Meridian

Plans for a £210m fleet of new trains to benefit passengers on the UK’s busiest commuter rail franchise moved forward today. South West Trains announced its intention to award the contract to manufacturer Siemens and leasing company Angel Trains.

The 30 new five-carriage Desiro City trains will boost capacity on services at South West Trains, providing for more than 18,000 extra peak-time passengers every day travelling into London Waterloo, the country’s busiest station. The train order will also allow for a further 6,000 daily peak-time passengers once infrastructure upgrades are completed on the mainline and Hounslow loop.

The first of the 150 new carriages will begin arriving in 2017 and all will be in service by early 2018.

Around 140 new jobs will also be created as a result of the new trains order. New employment opportunities will be available for engineers, drivers, guards and maintenance staff in a further boost for the rail sector.

Behind the scenes at region's newest TV station

In just over a week's time, Brighton and Hove will have its very own TV channel.

'Latest TV' will be the first of the new local television stations to start broadcasting in our region. Further stations are planned for Oxford, Reading, Salisbury, Southampton and Basingstoke.

The Government say it's a revolution in the way people get local news. But what can viewers expect? Andy Dickenson has been taking a look around the studios and spoke to Chief Executive Bill Smith and Head of News Tim Ridgway.

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Man jailed for carrying stun gun disguised as iPhone

A 21-year-old man who was caught by police with a stun gun disguised as an iPhone has been jailed.

Police were called to Chapel Close, Blackthorne, Bicester, Oxfordshire, amid reports of a man in possession of a stun gun.

The stun gun, left, compared to an Apple iPhone 4. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Officers who attended the scene at around 8pm on January 6 found Marcel Cross with the device, which had been made to look like an iPhone 4.

Cross, of Chapel Close, was jailed at Oxford Crown Court on Monday for three years for possession of a Section 5 firearm, Thames Valley Police said.

Marcel Cross was jailed for three years. Credit: Thames Valley Police

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Rare sports car sells for record breaking £10.7m

A rare Ferrari has gone under the hammer for a record breaking £10.7 million at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex.

The 375-Plus model, fitted with a 4.9 litre V12 engine, broke the world record auction price for the manufacturer's luxury cars.

The car was sold with its original body panels, still bearing traces of the 1957 Cuban Grand Prix race colours. Credit: Bonhams/PA

The racing car, which was Ferrari's ultimate weapon to win the 1954 Sports Car Championship, was also the third highest price paid for any car sold at Bonhams auction house.

The sports car was entrusted to only be driven by the most skilled racing drivers and these included Argentinian Jose Froilan Gonzalez and the renowned Italian road racer Umberto Maglioli.

Sussex people 'concerned' about fracking

Anti-fracking demonstrators Credit: Meridian

A strong majority of Sussex residents say they are concerned about fracking coming to the area, according to Greenpeace. They say people want local leaders to put planning decisions on hold until more evidence of the impacts of shale drilling is available and a proper debate has taken place,

It comes just weeks before planning authorities in Sussex are set to become the first in years to decide on whether to grant planning permission to fracking firms. Greenpeace say people are concerned water contamination, tremors, heavy lorry traffic and landscape damage.

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