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Thousands fined for driving on Bath bus gate

Nine thousand people have been fined for driving on a bus gate in Bath in the last month.

The city's Eastbound road on Dorchester Street has been buses only during the day since January.

Until March, warning letters only were issued to drivers found to be breaking the rule. Now drivers can expect a thirty pound penalty.

The fines, enforced by the Council, have totalled more than a quarter of a million pounds so far.

Majority in favour of Saltford station reopening

More than half of people in Saltford want the village train station to be re-opened.

A survey carried out by the local Council found two thirds of residents in the area are in favour of the idea as it would ease the commute to Bath or Bristol.

The plans are part of a wider project by MetroWest to make greater use of local rail links. Some fear it could cause traffic problems for the village.


RUGBY: Gloucester players to appear before panel

Fighting breaks out after Bath are awarded a penalty try during the Aviva Premiership match at Kingsholm Credit: PA

Two Gloucester players will appear before a disciplinary panel in London tomorrow (Wednesday) after the ugly scenes that marred the weekend's Premiership match against Bath.

Tavis Knoyle has been charged with striking Bath's Leroy Houston after the visitors were awarded a match-winning penalty try at Kingsholm. Sila Puafisi has been pulled up for committing a dangerous tackle on Nick Abendanon earlier in the game.

Abendanon, though, has been issued with the equivalent of a yellow card for his part in the brawl.

PHOTOS: Harvey the Jack Russell in rescue ordeal

A small dog is recovering from a big ordeal after getting stuck down a hole near Bath.

Harvey the Jack Russell put firefighters through their paces when he disappeared down an opening under a large rock at Brown's Folly during a walk with his owner, Simon Tapcott and friends.

The crews dug their way down to him in a two and a half hour operation. Light had begun to fade and they were about to give up when they spotted him, pulled him out and returned him to his owner unharmed. He recorded the whole incident on camera.

Harvey looks none the worse for his ordeal - but he certainly put the fire service through their paces Credit: Simon Tapcott
The fire crew left their engine at the car park to Brown's Folly nature reserve before leaving on their quest to find two-year-old Harvey Credit: Simon Tapcott
Harvey slipped down a hole under a big rock and the firefighters dug down to find him Credit: Simon Tapcott
It's thought Harvey might have been chasing a rabbit or fox. Either way it made for a very awkward rescue Credit: Simon Tapcott
The three firefighters worked for two and a half hours to find Harvey and it was getting dark before they spotted him Credit: Simon Tapcott
Relief all round as the team brought Harvey to safety - just as they were going to give up the search Credit: Simon Tapcott

Safety signs put up in Bath after drowning

Signs with "hard-hitting" safety messages are being put up in Bath. It comes after a number of people have died after falling into the River Avon in the last few years. 42 year old Donovan Weale died on Friday after he was pulled from the water on Norfolk Crescent, behind Sainsburys.

Bath and North East Somerset Council say work is already being carried out to improve safety along the River Avon. Last year an 850 meter fence on the stretch of the northern public footpath east of Windsor Bridge.

"We will await the outcome of the police investigation before deciding what steps need taking to improve river safety in response," he said.

"Although the council is not solely responsible for managing river safety, it takes seriously its community leadership role in bringing together those organisations and land owners who have a part to play in improving safety.

"Where we are landowner we will continue to take action and where others are landowners we will support them to take the right measures to promote safety."

– David Dixon, Bath & North East Somerset Council


Man dies after falling into River Avon in Bath

A man has died after falling into the River Avon near Norfolk Crescent, Bath. Police were called at approximately 10pm last night (Friday 11 April), and pulled him from the water. He was taken to hospital but was later pronounced dead.

Investigations are continuing and the incident area is cordoned off.

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