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Minister: 'British hero Edith Cavell showed true bravery'

The treasury minister has said that nurse Edith Cavell showed "true bravery" by helping injured soldiers in the First World War.

Edith Cavell, a British nurse and humanitarian. Credit: Tophams/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Treasury minister Nicky Morgan said: "She showed true bravery by helping injured soldiers, regardless of their nationality, and it is right that she should be honoured as a British hero.

"She risked her life to help Allied forces escape and in doing so paid the ultimate price. It is important that we remember the sacrifices made by so many people in different ways during the war."

New £5 coin to feature British WW1 nurse Edith Cavell

A British nurse executed by the Germans during the First World War is to be featured on a new commemorative £5 coin. The Edith Cavell coin will form part of a commemorative set to be issued next year by the Royal Mint marking the centenary of the war.

Nurses and family of World War I nurse Edith Cavell. Credit: PA

Miss Cavell worked as a nurse in German-occupied Belgium where she helped save the lives of soldiers from both sides.She was shot by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers to escape across the border into the Netherlands.


Flooding causing disruption on Oxford-London trains

First Great Western is advising rail passengers between Oxford and London to use alternative services following serious flooding.

Tickets are being accepted by other train companies operating in the area.


Flooding b'ween OXF & DID and also between TWY & M'head. Ticket accepted with Chiltern, CrossCountry, Virgin, L.Midland, SWT & Underground


Customers travelling to / from Reading (or stations west thereof) from / to London may use SWT services via Ascot, Guildford or Basingstoke.


Customers travelling between Oxford / Banbury & London are recommended to travel via Banbury, using Chiltern services to / from Marylebone.

Train services to and from Cornwall severely disrupted

Train services connecting Cornwall with the rest of the country are still severely delayed after a section of the line was undermined by large waves in Devon.

Some branch lines are operating but severe weather is causing major disruptions across the network.


Owing to poor weather conditions between Exeter St Davids and Penzance all lines are affected. Services may be revised at short notice.


Major damage has been caused by the poor weather. No trains are running between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth. Limited Road Transport.

Read: Huge waves destroy railway line in Dawlish

First Great Western offers limited service in Cornwall

First Great Western continues to run a limited service between Exeter and Penzance in Cornwall after the sea undermined a stretch of the track at Dawlish.

As with yesterday, some of the branch lines are operating, but services in and out of Cornwall are very limited.

Read: Huge waves destroy railway line in Dawlish


Due to weather conditions a limited service is running between Plymouth and Penzance


No trains are running between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth. Limited Road Transport is running but is dependant on the local road conditions


First Great Western passengers may use South West Trains services between Exeter and London Waterloo

No services to or from Cornwall until at least 10am

First Great Western has advised that there will be no services along the main train line connecting Cornall with the rest of the country until at least 10am.

Some branch lines are still operating although many have a reduced service.


Poor weather between Exeter & Penzance means services between these stations may be cancelled/delayed. It's expected until at least 10:00.


Cornwall cut off as rail and road services cancelled

First Great Western are currently offering no rail or road services between Exeter and Penzance, effectively cutting off Cornwall and parts of Devon. Some branch lines are still operating.

The situation will be reviewed this morning and some services could resume after 9:30am, the company said.


Due to the weather no trains are running between Penzance and Exeter. This will be at least until later this morning.

FGW suspends all lines between Exeter and Penzance

First Great Western has tweeted:


All lines between Exeter & Penzance suspended due to poor weather. The situation will be reviewed first thing tomorrow morning (Wed 5 Feb)


At present, until further notice we're unable to offer rail or road transport between Exeter & Penzance & advise not to attempt travel.

Video: Storms batter Teignmouth, Devon

Read: Four severe flood warnings in place across south-west

First Great Western reports delays of up to two hours

First Great Western is reporting delays of up to two hours as a result of speed restrictions on many routes:


#UKStorm Speed restrictions are in place on many routes, causing delays of up to 120 minutes. for cancellations


#UKStorm Customers with tickets for today (23/12) as well as 24/12 can travel on any service over the 2 days

Read: Network Rail imposes speed restrictions on main routes

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