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Soldier training deaths: MoD admits problems with 'failing' tracker system

Corporal James Dunsby suffered multiple organ failure after overheating on a training march. Credit: MoD

The Ministry of Defence has published its response to a damning coroner's report on the deaths of three army reservists, who overheated on an SAS training march in the Brecon Beacons.

Coroner Louise Hunt was critical of a new tracker system designed to identify soldiers moving slowly on a march, saying it "does not work".

In its response, sent last month and published today, the MoD admits there are "issues" with the system, and says it has put measures in place to overcome these.

The MoD's full response can be seen here.

Cpl James Dunsby from Trowbridge, died of multiple organ failure in hospital after collapsing on the march in July 2013. Lance corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts were pronounced dead on the Brecon Beacons.


Bath's Pulteney Bridge gets animated

The famous bridge is being transformed by giant vegetables Credit: Bath Tourism Plus

Bath's month-long food festival is well underway but another city centre attraction is stealing the spotlight.

Pulteney Bridge is being lit up by a unique animation featuring fruit and vegetables. It's being projected onto the 18th century bridge almost every evening in October.

You will be able to see the spectacle between 8.30pm and 9.30pm every day this week, starting tomorrow (Tuesday 13 October) .


Key route into Bath reopens today, ahead of schedule

A bridge in Bath will reopen today after seven months of repairs- a week ahead of schedule.

spent restoring the historic structure
150 tonnes of grit was used to blast the metal surfaces and 1,800 litres of paint used Credit: ITV News

The steel lattice girder bridge dates back to 1905 and forms part of a key route into the city - supporting the B3118 Midland Bridge Road link from the Lower Bristol Road to the Pinesway gyratory into Bath city centre at Green Park.

Repairs mean it should be safe for years.

One of our administration's top priorities is to improve local transport - making it easier for residents, businesses and visitors to get around our area.

– Councillor Tim Warren

"Don't Drink and Drown" film released

A still from the hard-hitting film aimed at students Credit: Royal Life Saving Society

Students in Bristol and Bath are being warned to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking.

The Royal Life Saving Society has launched a powerful film to raise awarness of the dangers of being near water when under the influence of alcohol.

It comes after four people drowned along a stretch of the River Avon in Bath in 2014.

You can watch the film below:

Memorial service held for Bath student

Sam Amin died after falling into the River Avon last September

On the anniversary of his death a memorial service has taken place in Bath in memory of Sam Amin, who fell into the River Avon last September and died.

Six people have drowned in the River Avon since 2009. Since Mr Amin's death safety railings have been placed along the stretch of river.

A monument is to be built in memory of the bath student, with designers saying they wanted an area where people could remember those who had lost their lives in the river.

The monument will be placed at the spot where Mr Amin died and will be part of the revamp of Bath Quays, near Churchill Bridge.

Talks are taking place between designers and Bath and North East Somerset Council to settle on a final design.

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