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The battle to protect Bradford on Avon from the floods

Flood defences have been put in place at Bull Pit in Bradford on Avon Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency moved in last night to protect the Wiltshire town of Bradford on Avon against rising river levels. Work took place to install flood defences at Bull Pit ready for the high tide.

The River Avon threatening, but still short of the town bridge Credit: Bradford on Avon Bridge Watch

A picture Tweeted this morning shows the historic bridge still well clear of the rather high River Avon.

Three arrested following crash into historic Wiltshire bridge

Police have made three arrests following a burglary and subsequent damage to Bradford-on Avon's ancient Town Bridge.

In the early hours of 3 October, a burglary took place in Leigh Park Road and a Mercedes was stolen. This vehicle was later found crashed into the 14th century pack horse bridge, causing extensive damage to the Grade 1 Listed landmark.

Today, three men, aged 22, 26 and 35 all from the local area, have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and have been taken to Melksham custody.

Work to repair the bridge is aready underway Credit: ITV West Country

Officers from the community policing team have carried out a robust investigation in to this incident which was no doubt distressing for the victims.

Their hard work, combined with community intelligence, has today resulted in the arrest of three people on suspicion of burglary.

A number of electronic items stolen during the burglary have also been recovered. Our enquiries continue.

– Acting Inspector Louis McCoy, Wiltshire Police


Dramatic footage of electricity pole in flames

Trowbridge fire crews attended the pole which caught on fire on Saturday. Credit: Trowbridge Fire Station

Dramatic footage shows an electricity pole catching fire in the Bradford on Avon area.

Crews were called to Westwood Road on Saturday where Trowbridge firefighters found 33,000 volts somehow earthing to ground.

The station released these frightening pictures.

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There were concerns there may have been the possibility of power outages in the southern end of Bradford on Avon.

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Wiltshire schoolchildren create world's largest paper bag

The record-breaking bag is 73ft-long, 50ft-wide and 11ft-deep. Credit: PaperBagCo

A group of Wiltshire schoolchildren has helped to break the record for the world's largest paper bag.

The pupils at Fitzmaurice Primary School, Bradford-on-Avon used almost a mile of brown paper, a mile of paper string and three miles of paper tape, helping Jon Marling at Paper Bag Co to create the 73ft-long, 50ft-wide bag.

The previous record for the largest shopping bag was 60ft-long and made in Gujarat, India in January 2014.

"Being involved in a world record on the school grounds will have forged some life-long memories for the children.

"For the week around the record attempt we discussed world records with the pupils in depth.

"The children painted pictures on the bag of a world record that has been achieved or one they would like to achieve one day."

– Headteacher Tracey Dunn

Teachers have now submitted evidence of the achievement to Guinness World Records, and expect the record to be confirmed next week. Taking on the record was an attempt to promote using bags made from recyclable materials - the 5p levy on plastic bags is to be introduced next month.

The paper used in making the record-breaking bag will be made into smaller souvenir bags for the children to take home.

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