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Channel ferry services disrupted by Calais blockade

Ferry services suspended due to industrial action at Port of Calais Credit: Reuters

Cross-Channel ferry services have been disrupted due to a blockade at the Port of Calais.

Ferry movements at the French port were suspended due to industrial action by former MyFerryLink staff members.

Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart said she regretted that the port was being taken "hostage" and travellers are urged to contact their operator before setting off.

A Port of Dover spokesman said: "We will continue to monitor the situation closely in liaison with our ferry partners and the Port of Calais in order to resume normal operations as soon as possible."

Up to 2,000 British holidaymakers and other travellers are thought to be affected.

Workers are protesting the potential loss of 600 jobs caused by the sale of MyFerryLink, which provides services between Dover and Calais, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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Night Tube launch postponed

Credit: PA Wire

The launch of the 24-hour Tube has been postponed.

The service, which has been the cause of strike action by London Underground workers, was due to launch on 12 September but that has now been put on hold.

No new date has been put forward yet.

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Bristol airport reopens after suspicious package alert

Bristaol airport was evacuated for more than six hours overnight after an alert over a suspicious package on an inbound flight.

The airport was locked down after the discovery on a Ryanair flight from Alicante in southern Spain, with a dozen flights diverted to other locations.

It has reopened after police gave it the all-clear but delays are expected to affect flights today.

An airport spokeswoman said the package was found during a routine inspection of the plane.

She said: "Passengers were evacuated from the terminal as a precaution and the airport was temporarily closed to air traffic, reopening at approximately 5:45am after police were satisfied that the item did not represent a threat."

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