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Sarah Harding joins cast of Coronation Street

Sarah Harding featured in St Trinians 2: The legend of Fritton’s Gold Credit: PA

Sarah Harding is joining the cast of Coronation Street this summer. The former Girls Aloud singer - who was born in Ascot, Berkshire - will make a guest appearance in four episodes.

I am extremely excited to be joiningCoronation Street. As a fan of the show it is a huge honour for me to join the cast. I can’t wait to get started!

– Sarah Harding
While in Girls Aloud, ten years ago Credit: PA

Rail footpath closed because of risk to children

Network Rail has temporarily closed a footpath crossing of the railway near Petersfield in Hampshire following a series of incidents - many involving children.

Recent incidents at the crossing include a near miss with a child lying on the track at the crossing, youths throwing stones at trains, a near miss with three children playing chicken on the crossing and people trespassing on the tracks, some of whom were arrested in Buriton Tunnel.

Network Rail has applied to Hampshire County Council to permanently remove the crossing, near Buriton tunnel, on safety grounds. It has closed more than 900 level crossings in the past five years and is committed to closing 500 more by 2019.

There is a history of incidents at this crossing, including near misses with children and trespassers, and in addition, there are plans to move a nearby children’s playground closer to the railway

– Camilla Bushill, Network Rail Project Manager

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Bicester village closed due to restaurant fire

A spokesperson from the fire brigade told ITV Meridian that the fire is at Carluccios restaurant in Bicester Village outlet. Crews were called at 08:40 this morning, seven fire appliances from Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue are tackling the blaze. Bicester Village is currently closed while the incident is dealt with. It's believed no-one has been hurt.

Fire at restaurant at Bicester village - 7 fire crews fighting the blaze

Fire crews attending blaze at Bicester Village

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