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Campaign underway to protect Stonehenge

Campaigners protesting against the proposal for a destructive road tunnel through Stonehenge World Heritage Site will meet this afternoon.

Members of the Stonehenge Alliance will meet at the British Museum at 4pm today, to begin a series of protests against plans to carve a short A303 road tunnel into the World Heritage Site.

The sun rising above the horizon as dawn breaks behind the stones at Stonehenge in Wiltshire Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The Alliance will be targeting popular heritage attractions throughout the spring and summer to draw the attention of visitors to the threat facing Stonehenge.

People from all over the world have been in touch with us to say how shocked they are by what the British government is proposing.

"We are encouraging people to sign our petition and to write to UNESCO, which oversees World Heritage Sites, and to the National Trust, owners of land at Stonehenge, expressing their opposition to the proposal. The Trust declared itself opposed to a short tunnel in the Stonehenge World Heritage Sitein 2004 but is now supporting the plans. They need to hear the growing clamour against this betrayal of the values of the World Heritage Convention."

– Kate Fielden of the Stonehenge Alliance

Police awaiting complaints over Immigration Street

Hampshire Police have commented on the broadcast of Immigration Street documentary last week.

Having now had the opportunity to view the documentary 'Immigration Street', we have again asked Channel 4 whether the production crew wish to pursue any of the complaints made in the film and whether they will give us their footage which will enable us to fully examine all available evidence.

"We await its response. In the meantime we will be reviewing the programme again, considering any potential offences. We continue to focus on ensuring all members of our community are safeguarded and that no one is left vulnerable as a result of this programme."

– Superintendent James Fulton, Hampshire Police

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Controversial documentary is aired on television

A controversial documentary about life in a Southampton community was broadcast last night to much criticism from the residents who campaigned to have it scrapped. The producers of Channel Four's Immigration Street claimed it was a film about the diverse ethnic mix of people who live in and around the city's Derby Road, but some local residents said it was inaccurate.

Satvir Kaur, Derby Road Campaigner gives her reaction to the programme.

Firefighters to stage 24-hour strike in row over pensions

Firefighters to strik in dispute over pensions

Firefighters across the region will walk out on a 24-hour strike from 7am.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is currently in dispute with the Government over changes to the Firefighters' Pension Scheme and conditions of service.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service says it has robust contingency plans in place.

During any period of industrial action the Service would have fewer resources available and would be prioritising life-threatening incidents such as house fires and road traffic collisions where people are trapped. You should still dial 999 in an emergency but you can help by reducing the demand on emergency services, especially during industrial action. The message to residents, businesses, and people travelling in West Sussex during any possible strike action is to take extra care.

– West Sussex Fire and Rescue

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Thousands of workers needed for Thames project

Sewage discharge outlet in London Credit: Thames Tideway Project

A recruitment event is being held in Chatham today to start the search for thousands of workers needed for the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. The £4.2 billion pound project will update the capital's Victorian sewerage system.

Lee Tunnel will connect with the Thames Tideway Tunnel Credit: Thames Tideway Project

The Kent-based chosen partner of the project is inviting anyone interested in learning more about a career on the river or seaways to attend a series of local events to find out about job roles and to register their interest. Construction starts in 2016.

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