Bardarbunga Volcano

Fears that Icelandic volcano may erupt

The aviation industry is closely monitoring an Icelandic volcano at risk of eruption because of fears it may cause major disruption.

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Army of volunteers join ITV Local Heroes

There are hundreds of community sports clubs right across the South East, and it's thanks to an army of volunteers that many of these clubs survive. This summer ITV, in partnership with the charity Join In, is aiming to get 100,000 people to sign up as volunteers. It's part of ITV's Local Heroes campaign. Dame Kelly Holmes knows only too well the importance of volunteering. Helen Plint reports.

Survivor's fears after ferry disaster

A survivor of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster has spoken of her anger that rules imposed after the tragedy could be relaxed or even abandoned. The Herald went down en route to Dover in March 1987 with the loss of 193 lives. Lynette Lee said she was appalled that any changes could even be considered. But the Government agency which is proposing the changes says there are now better and more modern safety measures in place as Derek Johnson reports.

Man drives drunk to complain about being barred from pub....for being drunk

A man has been banned from driving after he drove drunk to argue with doorstaff - for barring him from their pub for being too drunk.

Patrick Cunningham tried several times to go to the pub in Devonshire Square, Bexhill, on June 19.

Despite having drunk five pints of lager, the 40-year-old got into his car and drove home but then changed his mind and drove back to the pub.

When Cunningham arrived back at the Devonshire, the door staff tried to get him out of his car but one of the pub workers was knocked down when the car reversed into him. The doorstaff then restrained him.

Cunningham, of Jarvis Brook Close, Bexhill, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and assault. He was banned from driving for 22 months and was ordered to pay a £147 fine and £50 compensation.

Superintendent Jane Derrick said: "It is lucky that his selfish actions didn't cause a serious accident."

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Dog walker killed after alleged row over pets

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of killing a dog walker following an alleged row over their pets.

Peter Morley, 74, was walking his dog when it is believed it was attacked by two other dogs on July 20.

Mr Morley suffered a head injury during a row with the owner of the two dogs in Turkey Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, and died 10 days later.

Sussex Police said a 36-year-old man from Bexhill has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and bailed until November 9.

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UK 'confident' Icelandic volcano will not disrupt flights

UK aviation bosses said they are "confident" air travellers will not face a repeat of the severe ash cloud, which grounded flights in 2010, should Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupt.

Iceland's authorities have already evacuated the area after geologists said about 300 earthquakes had been detected there since Tuesday.

More than 100,000 flights were cancelled when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010.
More than 100,000 flights were cancelled when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

When Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted European air space was shut down for six days causing travel chaos and losses of £2 million.

But UK air traffic control company Nats and the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the UK is much better prepared to deal with any ash cloud crisis than four years ago.

A Nats spokeswoman said: "We are monitoring the situation in Iceland and we don't know how serious it will get and just where any ash cloud will travel if the volcano erupts.

"Even in a worst-case scenario we are in a much better position to deal with this than we were in 2010."

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GCSEs: Gender gap widens as girls lead A-C passes

The statistics show that the gender gap has widened at grade C and above this year, with 73.1% of girls' entries scoring A*-C compared with 64.3% of boys'.
The statistics show that the gender gap has widened at grade C and above this year, with 73.1% of girls' entries scoring A*-C compared with 64.3% of boys'. Credit: PA

Today's GCSE results show that girls once again lead pass rates at grade C and above, with 73.1% of girls' entries scoring A*-C compared with 64.3% of boys'.

However, official results showed that boys are beginning to close the gap at A*, with 5.2% of entries scoring the top grade compared with 8.1% of girls'. The difference of 2.9 percentage points is down from three percentage points last summer.

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Area evacuated over fears Icelandic volcano could erupt

The area around the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland has been evacuated over fears it could erupt.

A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano.
A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano. Credit: Reuters

Iceland's civil protection agency ordered the evacuation after "increased seismic activity" at the country's largest volcanic system.

A statement from the agency said: "This decision is a safety measure. It cannot be ruled out that the seismic activity in Bardarbunga could lead to a volcanic eruption."

Ash from the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 shut down much of Europe's airspace for six days.

Read more: Earthquakes near Iceland volcano 'biggest felt in years'

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