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Urgent police hunt for possible hit-and-run driver

Police say Asa Martin could be trying to leave the country. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police have put out an urgent appeal to find a Cheltenham man believed to be involved with a hit-and-run which injured two people, one of them seriously.

29-year-old Asa Martin may be in Bristol, and police say he could be trying to get a passport to leave the country.

A 60-year-old man was hospitalised and a 50-year-old woman was also hurt in the crash, in which a car mounted the pavement in Hester's Way on Saturday.

Credit: Gloucestershire Police

One man has already been arrested, along with a woman who gave herself up after a police appeal. They are out on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone who sees Asa Martin has been warned not to approach, but to contact police urgently.

Investigation into charity cold calling

92 year old Olive Cooke received 200 begging letters a month Credit: SWNS

UK charities could be breaking the law by calling the vulnerable and asking for money.

There are calls for 'Olive's Law' - to protect the most vulnerable from receiving cold calls. An undercover investigation carried out by a national newspaper claims the NSPCC, British Red Cross and Oxfam are all breaking the law by calling people on the Government's no-call register to ask for charitable donations. The charities will be investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office.

Olive Cooke, Britain's longest-serving poppy seller, fell to her death at Avon Gorge in Bristol two months ago, aged 92. She was found to have had direct debits to 27 charities and had told friends that she was receiving up to 200 begging letters a month.

Save the Children are expected o become the first charity to ban cold calling.

First Great Western plans for strike

First Great Western have ammended timetables ahead of strike Credit: First Great Western

First Great Western has released new timetables ahead of a planned 48 hour rail strike that will begin tomorrow.

Out of those voting, 80% of the RMT union's First Great Western members voted to strike in a dispute relating to the new Hitachi Inter-City trains. The union say First Great Western have refused to give "very basic assurances" about passenger safety and jobs.

The strike is due to start at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 8th, and will continue for 48 hours.

Changes to regular services:

  • Between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, extending to Weston-Super-Mare and Taunton during the peak: One train an hour.
  • Services between Cardiff and Portsmouth will operate between Bristol Parkway and Salisbury: Every two hours
  • Between Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester: Every two hours
  • Gloucestershire
  • Between Cheltenham Spa and London Paddington: One train per morning and evening peak in each direction.
  • Between Cheltenham Spa and London Paddington: One train per morning and evening peak in each direction.

The following services won't be operating:

  • Between Severn Beach and Bristol Temple Meads.
  • Between Swindon and Westbury via Melksham.
  • Between Weymouth and Westbury.

To find out how these changes will affect your journey go to First Great Western's website.

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Rail strike to go ahead as talks break down

Rail workers will strike against First Great Western from Wednesday evening. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

A 48-hour rail strike is likely to happen this week, after talks between First Great Western and union leaders broke down.

Out of those voting, 80% of the RMT union's First Great Western members voted to strike last week, in a dispute relating to the new Hitachi Inter-City trains. The union say First Great Western have refused to give "very basic assurances" about passenger safety and jobs.

The strike is due to start at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 8th, and will continue for 48 hours.

The union say there will also be a rally in support of the strike at London's Paddington Station, at 5pm on July 8th.

First Great Western have said they expect to run the majority of London Thames Valley services, but long distance and local rail services will be significantly reduced. Those travelling should expect limited space and busy trains until Saturday morning, as well as last-minute changes and potential cancellations.

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