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Hundreds of new Southern drivers to beat strikes

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The company that runs Southern is to recruit 200 extra drivers allowing it to run services even if existing staff continue an overtime ban.

Jobs will be advertised from today by GTR.

A work to rule by ASLEF drivers means up to one in four services are currently cancelled each day because of the action.

Now the company will take on the extra staff earning a basic wage of £49,000 a year when they qualify.

It means if drivers continue to take action it will have little impact.

Many guards are no longer closing train doors as they were forced to sign new contracts.

The result is even if action continues eventually there will be little or no disruption to services.

The RMT will stage its next strike a week today followed by three drivers strikes next Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Amputee footballers come to Portsmouth

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Amputee footballers from across the South took part in a tournament in Hampshire today.

Hosted by Portsmouth Amputee Football Club, four teams (including Brighton) competed against each other in the fixture.

The matches - held at Park community school in Havant - formed part of the Southern Region Amputee league.

Watch Mel Bloor's report below:

Emergency street evacuation after explosives found

Explosives found in house Credit: Eddie Mitchell
Belmont Close in Hassocks has been evacuated Credit: ITV Meridian

People have been forced to leave their homes and a man has been arrested after a suspicious device was found in a house.

Police have evacuated the Belmont Close area of Hassocks in West Sussex and put a cordon in place.

Bomb disposal experts have been called to the scene.

A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of making an explosive substance and is in custody.

Road cordoned off after suspicious device found Credit: Eddie Mitchell
Hassocks is north of Brighton in Sussex Credit: ITV Meridian

We are currently on scene and we are advising residents to avoid the area for the time being. I want to reassure those in the area and wider community, that we are treating this as an isolated incident and is not terrorist related.

– Detective Superintendant Carwyn Hughes
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