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First Great Western strike will go ahead this weekend

The strike will go ahead Credit: ITV

Rail union RMT has just announced that strike action at First Great Western will go ahead this weekend as planned. The union is protesting over the introduction of new Hitachi inter-city trains. The action follows a 48-hour strike last month and 24 hours of action last Sunday which led to widespread disruption to services.

Final talks to try and stop First Great Western strikes

Final talks to try and stop a strike will take place today Credit: PA

A final round of talks are expected today in an attempt to avert a strike at First Great Western this weekend.

The RMT union plan to walk out on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in a row over the introduction of new high speed trains. They fear job cuts and the loss of buffet cars.

Around a third of services will be axed if the action goes ahead hitting thousands heading to the Reading Festival.

First Great Western say they will employ more staff and buffet cars will be replaced with more seats to ease crowding.


Driver dies after crash with fire engine

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A young driver died after a fire engine collided with his car. Hampshire Police say his Ford Puma was struck by a fire engine late on Saturday night in the New Forest.

Both carriageways were closed as emergency services raced to the scene along the A337 near Lyndhurst, Hants. Paramedics tried to rescue the driver, aged in his 20s, but he was unable to be saved and died at the scene.

One fireman was taken to hospital with minor injuries, officers said.

The force was working with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to find out how the two vehicles collided.

Five-figure sum for man who became seriously ill on cruise

A man in his 80s who nearly died after contracting Legionnaires' Disease on a cruise has received an out-of-court five figure settlement from the ship's operators.

A week after the ship sailed from Southampton for the Cape Verdi Islands, Frank Standen - from Tunbride Wells in Kent - had to be airlifted into intensive care.

John Ryall spoke to the Standens and their lawyer Clare Pearson from legal firm Irwin Mitchell.

Concern for man with dementia missing from Portsmouth

Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man with dementia, missing from Hampshire.

James David Barrett, 66, known as David, was last seen on Friday 7 August.

James David Barrett

He is also diabetic and takes medication daily, which he does not have with him.

Police are searching the Portsmouth area and Portsdown Hill, which he is known to visit.

He is described as white, slim, with short, grey hair.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 101, quoting the number 44150273357.

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