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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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Friends launch appeal to find missing Ivan Kulyk

Have you seen Ivan? Call police on 101 Credit: Thames Valley Police

Friends of missing Ivan Kulyk have launched a Twitter and Facebook appeal to help find him.

Mr Kulyk, 20, was last seen on Tuesday at about 6.30am at the junction of West Street and Friar Street in Reading.

His friends and family are extremely worried about him and say it is completely out of character for him to go out of contact.

He was last seen wearing a grey jacket and black shoes and is described as white, slim, with short blonde hair.

Mr Kulyk lives in Reading, but he also attends Bucks New University in High Wycombe.

"Ivan, if you are reading this then please make contact with the police or your family so we know you are safe and well.

"If anyone has any information about Ivan’s whereabouts then please contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

“If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. "No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court."

– Det Sgt Matthew Fear

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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.

Housing estate transformed as part of 8 year project

It's an enormous building project costing £150m - but people living on a 1960's housing estate in Reading say it is starting to transform their lives.

The Dee Park estate which lies just off Dee Road in Tilehurst has had a troubled history, but it's in the middle of an eight year regeneration scheme which is breathing new life into the area.

Rachel Hepworth has been meeting some of the residents.

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