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More calls to abolish level crossings ten years after Ufton Nervet crash

The level crossing at Ufton Nervet near to the scene of the rail crash Credit: PA

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Ufton Nervet rail crash which killed seven people - including Barry Stevens from Wells and Charlie Matthews from Warminster.

It took place at a level crossing. The RMT union are marking the anniversary by calling for Network Rail to speed up its efforts to phase them out.

Network Rail have got a programme of closing these level crossings but I don't think it's been prioritised enough. I think money's going on other things and perhaps should have been diverted towards doing this. The worrying thing is you see a number of these level crossings are quite near to schools and places where children cross. When you've got that combination it is inevitable that there are going to be serious accidents.

– steve headley RMT Union

Tenth anniversary of the Ufton Nervet train crash

The wreckage at Ufton Nervet where seven people died Credit: PA

Today marks the tenth anniversary of a rail crash which killed 7 people - including two people from the West Country.

Barry Stevens from Wells and Charlie Matthews from Warminster lost their lives in the collision at a level crossing in Ufton Nervet in Berkshire.

Today the rail union RMT are renewing calls to speed up the phasing out of level crossings. Plans to replace the crossing at the site of the disaster have not been implemented - despite a further 11 deaths there since the incident 10 years ago.


Police chase exotic bird in Warminster

Police chase exotic bird in Warminster Credit: Jens BÃŒttner/DPA/Press Association Images

Baffled residents could not believe their eyes when they spotted an exotic bird - running riot in Warminster town centre. Officers spent 3 hours chasing the 4ft tall rhea - a close relative of the ostrich - around the town before eventually cornering it.

They were alerted to the rogue resident on Friday evening after worried passers-by feared it may be hit by a car. Police called nearby Longleat Safari Park thinking that the Rhea may have escaped from the estate, but they said all animals were accounted for.

Sergeant Jim Suter, Sector Sergeant for Trowbridge and Bradford-on-Avon, informed followers of the strange chase on Twitter and tweeted that the bird had been returned to it's owner.

Troops march to mark the Freedom of Warminster

Hundreds of people lined the streets in Warminster today to cheer on troops as they marched through the town.

Around 250 soldiers from the newly-named 1st Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment took part in the parade.

It marked the Freedom of the Town which was initially given to the Battlesbury Barracks-based regiment last year.

Soldiers parade through Warminster Credit: ITV News West Country

1st battalion the Yorkshire regiment march through Warminster

1st battalion the Yorkshire regiment march through Warminster Credit: ITV News West Country

People are expected to line the streets of Warminster this morning (10am) as 250 soldiers march through the Wiltshire town.

The troops are from 1st battalion the Yorkshire regiment, which is based at Battlesbury barracks. After the freedom parade and church service they will host activities at their barracks to show their appreciation for the community.


Glove-makers have reason to remember the Coronation

A duplicate of the glove made for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation Credit: ITV News West Country

Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation and a Wiltshire company will be remembering the role IT played back in 1953. Dents glove makers was responsible for creating the intricate official Coronation Glove presented at the ceremony.

Two gloves were made for the event - a duplicate is housed in the Dents museum in Warminster.

'Oldest continuous employee in Britain' celebrates 80th birthday

John Cundick has been working continuously since 1949 in a glovemakers in Warminster Credit: ITV Westcountry

A Wiltshire man who is thought to be the oldest continuous employee in Britain is celebrating his 80th birthday today - at work in Warminster.

John Cundick started at Dents glovemakers as a postboy in 1949. He worked himself up over the 60-odd years to become to be a sales director.

Wiltshire factory claim a TV show has boosted glove sales

Wiltshire glove -maker claim a rise in glove sales Credit: ITV News West Country

A glove-maker from Wiltshire is claiming a rise in glove sales thanks to a TV show. Dents in Warminster provided props for the ITV1 series Mr Selfridge

They were asked to help with information on styles and provide props by programme makers because they stocked the department store for a century.

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