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Puppets teach children about staying safe online

Children as young as three are being warned about the dangers posed by the internet.

To some parents such a move may seem excessive, but the organisers of the campaign say it's essential that even pre-school youngsters understand the risks that exist.

And to help get a complex message across to those so young a special puppet play has been developed to help them.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jane Crawshaw, Traum Theatre Company, Donna Comerford, Brighton Digital Festival, and Emily Cherry, NSPCC.


Kent wine set to launch in America

Sparkling wines travel to America. Credit: Chapel Down Winery

England’s leading winemaker, Chapel Down in Tenterden Kent, has announced that it will be exporting around 10,000 bottles of wine to the U.S.A by the end of this year.

Chapel Down has partnered with the American luxury wine and spirit company ABCK Corp in hope to raise the profile of English wines.

America is the latest international market that Chapel Down exports to, with wines already available in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Copenhagen and Helsinki.

Thanks to the innovation and hard work of our wine growers, the English wine industry is going from strength to strength with production more than doubling in the last five years.”

– Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Businessman who died from cancer leaves £10m to hospital to benefit other patients

A number of rare cars, motorcycles, watches and cameras, once owned by a businessman from Poole, will go up for auction on Monday. The proceeds are set to transform the lives of countless cancer patients.

Robert White died of cancer last year at the age of 62. The money raised from his lifetime collection will build new state-of-the-art facilities at Poole Hospital and the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.

And it's all thanks to the help of the famous American chat show host, Jay Leno. Richard Slee explains.

Ocean-going bird makes a long-haul flight too far

An unusual visitor has appeared in Sussex

It would be more at home in the Caribbean, but a huge seabird has been found washed up on the Sussex coast.

It's the first time a Red-footed Booby has ever been seen in this country.

The bird was on its last legs when an animal lover came to its rescue.

Now, the Booby is being nursed back to health, ready to be flown thousands of miles home.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Richard Thompson of RSPCA Mallydams Wood, and Gail Cohen who found the bird.


Apologies and promises from i360 chairman as tourist attraction re-opens

The designer of the south coast's newest and tallest visitor attraction said the i360 was back in business today - and promised no repetition of what he called 'the teething troubles' of the past week.

David Marks admitted the problems, which saw hundreds of people trapped in the observation tower, were unfortunate and apologised to customers whose trips had to be cancelled. Andy Dickenson reports.

Go 'into the eyes of animals' at Brighton Digital Festival virtual reality lab

A 'virtual reality lab' has been set up as part of Brighton's Digital Festival.

From Friday visitors to the city's Old Market venue will be able to experience more than 15 different immersive worlds, including one that lets users view 'through the eyes of animals' - as Robin McNicholas explains.

The largest of its kind in the country, the Digital Festival runs until the end of the month.

i360 closed for repairs after passengers get stuck again

"Shambolic" - the verdict of one customer caught up in the continuing problems on Brighton's i360 observation tower.

The attraction broke down twice yesterday, leaving passengers stuck in the viewing pod.

Today, some came back to try again, only to be told the i360 was closed while specialist engineers worked on it.

Malcolm Shaw has been following the latest developments.

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