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Gatwick police unveil new £11,000 crime-fighting machine

It may not quite be what travellers were expecting when told that a new state of the art crime fighting machine was being trialled ay Gatwick Airport, but the machine which is a cross between a segway and moped will help police improve the response time answering incidents.

The machines are on loan from the manufacturer Escopin for a period of one month; these can reach speeds of 25 miles per hour and cost £11,000. The machines which are being trialled by the Sussex police are all painted up in police colours, similar to those found on patrol cars, but instead of the flashing blue light, a yellow beacon replaces this for airport use. The Raptors as they are known will be used in the trial period by the police community safety team to travel from the police station at the airport to terminal buildings, and give police community support officers’ enhanced visibility. (more…)

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Family attractions for the Easter holidays 2015

Two things stand out in this country of ours, we have to help to keep our children happy and occupied during the school holidays and we are lucky in this country that we have an abundance from which to choose. Naturally a lot depends on which part of the Island you live in or which part you may decide to go away to, but there is sure to be something. There are so many we thought that we would just list five of the very many and these are chosen across a broad age range. (more…)

Nurse tries to smuggle baby onto an aircraft in a backpack

Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Security staff at airports around the globe get quite used to spotting odd items in passengers luggage, but what they saw at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines’ was very unusual, in fact it was something that no one could have anticipated, what they found in a passengers backpack was a two month old baby!

Ryanair board gives go-ahead for transatlantic flights

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The butt of numerous jokes and comments, but nonetheless a very successful airline, Ryanair board has given to go-ahead for flights from European and UK airports to cities in America named as possibly New York and Boston, from as little as £10. Airports such as Stanstead and Berlin are the most likely at this side of “the pond” with possibly Miami being added to the other two in America at some stage.

Most expensive places in the UK to book a hotel revealed

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If you stopped people in the street and asked them, which is the most expensive place in the UK to book a hotel for the night, we imagine that nine people out of ten would say London, but they would be wrong. It has recently been revealed in a survey carried out by Hotels.com, that although London is, as expected, an expensive place to stay the night, topping the list was a small but well known Scottish town, famous for its golf course and university, St Andrews.

Some very timely advice about passport renewals

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With ever the ever increasing threats from bombers and terrorists, particularly since the events at the World Trade complex in New York on September 11, 2001, security in all countries has been tightened up. At one time if your passport had expired all you had to do was to go to the Post Office and use a visitor passport which was valid for many countries particularly European resorts.

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The bizarre items confiscated by the TSA in 2014

It really is surprising that after having had thirteen years of airport security that people still try to bring a variety of weapons, as well as explosives onto an aircraft as hand luggage. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has revealed some of the most bizarre items that passengers have attempted to carry on board, it makes interesting reading.

Our top five European City breaks for 2015

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With so much culture just on our doorstep in Europe and with travel to the continent becoming almost as easy as commuting to work, a whole new world is waiting a few short hours away. Picking just five from the many proved to be a difficult task, but here are our suggestions for a city break this year. (more…)

New Indian visa rules require British tourists to provide fingerprints

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Tour operators in this country are concerned that India has tightened up rules governing the granting if a visa to visit the country, British visitors will now have to give fingerprints at one of 14 centres around the country. To many this has come as a complete surprise as India had simplified its visa process for tourists from other countries, which included Australia, Germany, Finland, Japan and New Zealand, they are allowed to get a visa on arrival.

Patrol car is hit by a plane at King Abdulaziz International Airport

King Abdulaziz International Airport

Aeroplanes and cars do not mix and should be kept as far apart as possible, this has been clearly demonstrated when a car was left crushed just recently, following a collision on the runway at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as the aircraft was taxiing to the hangar for routine maintenance.

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