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Two families left stranded after thatched cottage fire

Two families left stranded after fire Credit: ITV News

Two Wiltshire families have been left without homes after a fire. Crews were called to the village of Codford near Warminster at 5 o'clock yesterday. Two thatched properties were alight. Crews managed to save another property joining them. Investigators believe the fire started in the chimney. The Red Cross was brought in to help rehome the stranded families.

Three thatch cottages on fire in Codford

Around 70 firefighters from across Wiltshire are dealing with a huge fire in the village of Codford.

A row of three thatched cottages are on fire in the High Street.

If you have photos of the fire, please email westcountry@itv.com

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance unveils new helicopter

The helicopter has a top speed of 150 knots. Credit: ITV News West Country

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has unveiled its new helicopter.

The Bell 429 flew into Trafalgar Park near Salisbury this afternoon. It will be used for the first time in December when the current partnership with Wiltshire Police comes to an end.

The charity receives no government funding - relying on donations to pay for the £2.5 million a year running costs.

The helicopter has a top speed of 150 knots, making it possible to get anywhere in the county within minutes.

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