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Talks to be held over more strike action on Southern

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Leaders of the rail union RMT will meet later today and are expected to call more strikes at Southern trains in the ongoing row over changes to working practices for guards. It follows the breakdown of peace talks last Friday.

Meanwhile Southern has issued a timetable for four days of action starting next Tuesday which will mean serious disruption or no services at all for hundreds of thousands of passengers in Sussex, Kent, Surrey and parts of Hampshire.

The row centres on drivers closing train doors allowing conductors to spend more time with passengers. The company say there will be no job cuts or reductions in pay. The unions say they don't believe it and claim safety will be at risk.

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Olympic stars have golden day

The British Olympic team have picked up 4 medals in one of the major build-up events in France.

Weymouth sailors Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark scooped gold in the 470's. Bryony Shaw, from Tunbridge Wells, won silver in the women's RSX. While there was bronze for Weymouth's Nick Dempsey in the men's RSX and for Weymouth's Alison Young in the Laser radial.

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Police looking for missing 91 year-old

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Police in Dorset are looking for a 91-year-old Swanage man who has gone missing after a trip on the bus.

James MacDonald left an address in Queen’s Road at around 1.30pm yesterday to catch a bus from Swanage.

He was expected home by around 8.30pm but he has failed to return. He was reported missing just after midnight.

James is white and wears glasses. He was wearing a dark suit and light-coloured flat cap. He is slightly deaf but does not wear a hearing aid and speaks with a strong Scottish accent.

Searches have been carried out overnight at local bus stations and in the Swanage area. These are continuing this morning.

Chief Inspector Stewart Dipple, of Dorset Police, said: “James is fit for his age and enjoys catching the bus, often into Bournemouth or Poole. We don’t know where he went yesterday but he was expected to have returned home by around 8.30pm last night but no one has seen him since."

“James has never gone missing before and we are very worried about him. His family say he can sometimes become confused with bus timetables and will sit in the station or at bus stops waiting for the next bus to arrive."

“James might have missed the bus home and might have taken shelter somewhere overnight. We are issuing a photo in the hope that someone might have seen him or a man matching his description and can tell us where he is."

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