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Business Secretary backs high tech firms in Bristol

Vince Cable meets Leah Rider, who's just started on the graduate scheme at the National Composites Centre Credit: ITV News

The Business Secretary Vince Cable is on a visit to Bristol in which he is calling in at some of the most cutting edge firms in the region.

His first stop was to open a £28 million extension to the National Composites Centre at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. It conducts research into materials that can be used in industries including aerospace, motorsport, marine and satellite.

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New Airbus A320 takes to the skies

A new fuel efficient version of the A320 Airbus took off for the first time today at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. The aircraft features an all new wing which was designed at Filton in South Gloucestershire.

The project brought together around 200 experts responsible for design and development of the wings which have undergone extensive redesign to accommodate the new engines.

The A320neo incorporates new generation engines and Sharklets (large wing tip devices) plus numerous other innovations across the aircraft including an all-new wing. The A320neo will deliver a 15% fuel burn savings from day one in 2015 and this will increase to 20% by 2020.

Airbus workers watch the take off of the A320neo Credit: Airbus

Today's takeoff was watched on big screens by employees at Filton who have worked on the design of the wings and integration of the fuel and landing gear systems.

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Cliff railway wins engineering award

A photo of the Lynton to Lynmouth cliff railway dating from 1931 Credit: PA

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway will receive a national award today because it's an example of exceptional British engineering.

Completed in 1890, the railway is the oldest water-powered funicular railway in the UK.

The award is being presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Cheltenham Mayor says policing at GCHQ demo was "overkill"

Cheltenham Mayor says policing at GCHQ demo was Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The mayor of Cheltenham has hit out at the cost of policing a demonstration outside GCHQ - saying that with hindsight it was overkill. Up to six police forces were involved, after the movement known as Anonymous claimed thousands of people could turn up. In the end there about 20. Gloucestershire police say that the extra officers were utilised elsewhere in the county, and won't cost the force more money.

Four-day protest begins outside Cheltenham's GCHQ

GCHQ in Cheltenham

A four day protest is expected to begin this morning outside the Government's monitoring centre, GCHQ in Cheltenham.

Police say they may close Hubble Road around the site to deal with the planned protest by the UK Anonymous group. The action is taking place against surveillance of the public by UK and foreign Governments.

Cheltenham Police are asking any residents with access problems to contact them on the day.

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