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Works starts to pull down nuclear power station

It's been a landmark on the south coast for more than forty years but work has now started to pull down part of Dungeness Nuclear Power Station. Dungeness A is being decommissioned and the Business Secretary has visited the plant to see the work in progress. Tom Savvides talks to Roger Hardy from Magnox and Vince Cable MP.

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Making a beeline for Kent

A project to reintroduce short-haired bumblebees to Kent entered its third year today - as a new group of Queen bees were brought to Dungeness. They'd been collected in Sweden, as the species became extinct in Kent in 1988.

It's hoped the queens will settle at the site and start breeding. David Johns went to see the release. He spoke to bumblebee expert Dr Nikki Gammans, the RSPB's Jane Sears, and volunteer Alan Kenworthy.


Jobs hope for Dungeness workers

The owners of Dungeness B power station say they are confident that its lifetime will be extended until 2028. The facility was due to be decommissioned in four year's time. A final decision on its future will be made by the end of this year.

The station employs around 750 staff and is claimed to contribute around £30m to the local economy each year.

Dungeness in Kent could remain in operation until 2028 Credit: Press Association Images

Aircraft crash search suspended

A search for an aircraft which is believed to have crashed in the English Channel off the Kent coast has been suspended due to fading light.

The search started this afternoon after reports that an aircraft had failed to arrive at its destination airport in France.

Dover Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), which is co-ordinating the search, was first contacted at 2.30pm.

A single engine aircraft with one person on board failed to arrive at Le Touquet airport having left Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire earlier on today.

A French search and rescue helicopter located wreckage approximately 15 miles off Dungeness.

A search and rescue helicopter joined in with the search, along with the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat, and three French vessels.

Further discussions will be held in the morning as to the next course of action.

Wreckage found after aircraft crash

Wreckage has been found in the English Channel off the Kent coast after a light aircraft crash. The American-registered plane carrying one person on board came down about 15 miles off Dungeness in Kent at 2.30pm today.

A cross-Channel search and rescue operation was launched, involving French and British helicopters, the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat and French vessels. Wreckage has been found but tonight teams were working against the clock to find the missing pilot before the light fades.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said the incident happened four miles inside UK waters.


Light aircraft crash off Kent coast

British and French emergency teams have responded to reports that a light aircraft has crashed into the English Channel. The American-registered plane carrying one person on board came down about 15 miles off Dungeness in Kent at around 2.30pm today.

A cross-Channel search and rescue operation has been launched involving both English and French teams, including a French helicopter and the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat. The alarm was raised after the single-engine light aircraft, which was headingfrom London to Le Touquet, was overdue.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said: 'A French helicopter has been searching for two hours. That will have to return shortly and that will be replaced by a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham in Suffolk. The search is ongoing at the moment to find the pilot.'

A unique home in Dungeness

Nautical buildings have often been transformed into stunning homes. Spitbank Fort in the Solent has become a plush hotel, offering sea views like no other. But it's not the only one that's undergone a transformation.

The Experimental Station in Dungeness was where fog horns and the very first unmanned lighthouse were developed. But now it's a unique home. For the last in our series looking at the South's best buildings Stacey Poole has been along to see this pioneering place.

She spoke to the owner and designer Brian Johnson.

Have you seen my giant space balloon?

Pete Gibbs filling the balloon Credit: Jerry Sandys

Three amateur scientists are asking for their giant balloon back after it blew off course, while taking photos of Kent from near space.

Jerry Sandys, Pete Gibbs and Andrew Ashe fly meteorological balloons to take pictures of the UK.

But yesterday they "got their sums a little wrong", and the balloons payload - a small white polystyrene box - landed in the sea two miles off Dungeness Point, just after 9am.

One of the trio's photos from space Credit: Jerry Sandys

Having spent three hours searching in a fishing boat, they were unable to find the box, and are now hoping someone discovered it attached to a pink parachute, washed up on the beach.

The flight was "otherwise a success" they said, covering over 160km and reaching an altitudeof 26km.

The balloon even sent the them a text message just as it came down, so they knew exactly where it landed.

If anyone has seen it, they are asked to call Andrew Ashe 07976 740233 or to A reward of a signed photo from space is being offered to the finder.

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