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Barefoot waterskiing championships held in Kent

Some of the world's most talented water-skiers are battling it out for gold medals and national championships on a lake on the Kent/Sussex border this week.

This, though, is waterskiing with a difference. It involves a lot more balance and, as John Ryall explains in his report below, a lot less kit.

New home for search and rescue helicopters

Search and rescue helicopters that were due to be re-located to Manston Airport could now be housed at Lydd Airport. The aircraft, which are used for rescue operations along the coast, currently operate out of RAF Wattisham in Suffolk. They were due to move to Manston this summer but the airport there has now closed. ITV News Meridian understands that negotiations are now underway to bring the aircraft to Lydd. Tom Savvides talks to parliamentary candidate Lynn Beaumont and the leader of Shepway Council, David Monk.


VIDEO: Kent airport celebrates 60th anniversary

If you are going on holiday this summer, chances are you'll be flying from Heathrow or Gatwick. But if you were going abroad in the1950's, you may have be flying from Lydd in Kent.

Back then, it was one of the busiest airports in Europe. And this weekend it celebrated its 60th anniversary. Watch Nashreen Issa's report in which she spoke to Silver City Association members Keith Dagwell, Judith Richards, Spud Murphy and Tim Maskens from Lydd airport.

Pictures courtesy of the Silver City Association.

Kent vandals damage cars and drains

Vandals in Kent have damaged almost 30 drain covers and two cars on Monday night.

Two cars were found with scratched paint work and 28 metal drain covers were removed in the Lydd area.

Kent Police believe the damage took place some time over night between Monday June, 17 and Tuesday June, 18.

What may have been a prank to some could have ended in serious injury or worse to a pedestrian, motorist or pet. These covers have not been stolen, but they have been tampered with while a number of vehicles have sustained damage."

– Jasmine Bloomfield, Police Sergeant at Kent Police
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Engine issues behind Heathrow emergency landing

The British Airways plane in last week's dramatic emergency at Heathrow landed after pilots shut down one engine and the other engine was on fire, according to an official American accident investigation team.

Engine cowls, or coverings, on both the US-made engines of the Oslo-bound Airbus A319 came off and fell on the runway as the plane took off for Oslo last Friday morning, said the US National Transport Safety Board (NTSB).

The pilots reported that they shut down one engine, there was a fuel leak, and that they were returning, the NTSB said on its website .

Heathrow residents warn against third runway

Campaign group HACAN, representing residents under the Heathrow flight paths, has said it welcomes measures announced by Heathrow Airport to cut noise - but it warned that they would not make any plans for a third runway acceptable to residents.

The new measures include naming and fining the noisiest aircraft and improving noise mitigation for residents, as well as support for steeper approach paths.

A HACAN spokesperson said: “These measures are welcome and will improve the noise climate for residents. But all the good work could be undone if a third runway was built and the huge increase in flight numbers would almost certainly outweigh the benefits these measures will bring.”


Lydd airport expansion: Twitter reaction

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