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Warning over teenagers taking out payday loans

Charity warns about getting into debt. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

One in ten young people in the south west have borrowed money from lending companies.

The charity Action for Children say a worrying number of 12 to 18-year-olds use payday or high street lenders as an easy way to access money - and this problem is expected to get worse in the run up to Christmas.

Firefighters start 24-hour walkout

Firefighters in the West Country begin another 24-hour strike today. It is part of a long-running dispute with the government over pensions.

Crews will be walking out from 9am today until 9am Wednesday morning. Fire officers are warning people to take extra care during these hours.

Fire crews to stage further strike action Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images


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Firefighters tackle thatched property fire

A vigilant neighbour raised the alarm when smoke was spotted coming from a thatched property in a Dorset village.

The fire broke out around 1.30pm this afternoon in Fontmell Magna.

Crews from Shaftesbury, Sturminster Newton and Blandford fire stations attended the blaze.

On arrival at the village, the responding crews reported that the roof was alight and requested 3 further fire appliances and these proceeded from Gillingham and Sherborne, with 2 further Wiltshire appliances from Mere and Warminster.

A water carrier also proceeded from Poole fire station.

Firefighters set to work extinguishing the blaze using main lines, hose reels and a compressed air foam line and have worked towards creating a fire break in the thatch.

In total 62 firefighters dealt with the blaze.


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Thatch fire breaks out in Dorset

The fire broke out in Fontmell Magna a short time ago Credit: Viewer picture
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