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Kittens saved from being put down after fundraising campaign

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A fundraising appeal to raise money for three kittens found stowed away in a car engine in Bracknell has exceeded its target.

Nearly four thousand pounds has been raised to pay for veterinary costs for the trio - named Edam, Gouda and Tulip.

They were unknowingly smuggled into the country from The Netherlands.

The kittens who are being looked after at the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre near Reading - had to be put in quarantine.

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Hundreds attend second Lexicon jobs fair

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It has been years in the making and next month Bracknell's new, state of the art, shopping centre will finally open.

Today hundreds turned out at a jobs fair looking for work at the Lexicon.

It's the second one to be held with the first attracting more than 2,000 people.

But the Lexicon is just one part of the massive town centre make over.

As Mel Bloor reports.

Mel spoke to Rob Morris, General Manager of The Lexicon and Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker from Bracknell Forest Council, Con.

Thousands attend Lexicon development job fair

The Lexicon development in Bracknell is one of the Thames Valley's biggest ever regenerations and thousands of people went along to the job fair to see if they could be part of it.

It is hoped it will create a new heart in the previously run down town centre.

It will include new shops, restaurants and a 12 screen cinema and is set to open to the public in September.

Construction on the £240 million project began in March 2015.

The firm behind the development have promised the creation of thousands of new positions.

Our reporter Mel Bloor went along to meet some of the jobseekers.

Mel spoke to Simon Russian from the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership.

Residents say new development is a mixed blessing

It's one of the biggest town centre regenerations currently taking place in the UK and aims to make Bracknell a destination of choice.

Two hundred and forty million pounds has been spent on transforming the area into a state of the art shopping and leisure hub to rival the likes of nearby Reading and Basingstoke. But for some residents, the past two years have been blighted with dust and noise pollution whilst the work has been carried out just yards from their front doors.

They told ITV News Meridian that it's had a serious impact on their quality of life and worse still - their health has suffered as a consequence. However, when complete, the development promises to revive the area, and bring thousands of jobs. Mel Bloor has the story.

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