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Eiffel Tower shuts down as workers strike over pickpockets

The Eiffel Tower has closed for the day after workers went on strike to protest a surge in the number of aggressive pickpockets at the popular tourist attraction, The Associated Press reports.

Thousands of visitors climb the iconic tower in the centre of Paris every day - but staff say they have noticed a rise in the number of tourists being targeted by petty thieves.

The Eiffel Tower is closed for the day Credit: PA

The company which manages the landmark has said it is working with police to reach a solution to allow it to reopen.

It comes just a day after authorities in the city claimed crime against tourists had dropped this year after they reinforced the police presence on the streets and increased CCTV monitoring.

The attraction is usually open every day of the year, save for the occasional bomb threat.

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TSSA rail union suspends Bank Holiday strike action

The TSSA - one of the two rail unions - planning strike action over the Bank Holiday has suspended the action after receiving a new pay offer from Network Rail.

One of the rail unions planning strike action has suspended its plans. Credit: PA Wire

Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association were due to walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on Monday.

But after talks with Network Rail, Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA, confirmed that the union had suspended the action,

The RMT, which represents most Network Rail employees, is still to announce if the strike is going ahead.

'Deal could be close' to avert planned rail strike

ITV News' Business Editor Joel Hills has learned that Network Rail has tabled a new pay offer to RMT, Unite and TSSA unions in a bid to avert next week's planned strike.

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Train firms begin cancelling Bank Holiday services

Train companies have started cancelling services over the Bank Holiday due to a planned strike by thousands of Network Rail workers - despite peace talks continuing.

West Coast main line operator Virgin Trains has scrapped all services on Monday and Tuesday and warned it would only be able to run a very limited number of trains on its East Coast line over the two days.

An outline of how the strike will affect all train companies is expected today. Credit: Anna Roberts/PA Wire

An outline of how the strike will affect all train companies is expected to be revealed later today, but passengers were warned to expect severe disruption if the 24 walkout goes ahead from 5pm on Monday.

CrossCountry Trains, Chiltern Railways, Arriva Trains Wales, First Great Western and ScotRail were among those giving passengers an early idea of the travel chaos they can expect.

Passengers were being advised not to travel unless "absolutely necessary", with widespread cancellations expected, leading to packed trains.

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