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Bristol talks aim to prevent another rail strike

Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Further talks will be held in Bristol today in an attempt to avert another First Great Western rail strike.

A three-day stoppage is planned over the Bank Holiday weekend by the RMT union, on top of yesterday's action.

The dispute is over the buffet service and the role of guards on new electric trains being introduced in 2017.

Flood prevention work starts in Malmesbury

In 2012 and 2013 Malmesbury was flooded when the River Avon burst it's banks Credit: ITV News

Work is due to start in Malmesbury today to prevent a repeat of the flooding that hit the Wiltshire town in 2012 and 2013.

A digger will be used to remove silt, debris and vegetation from the River Avon and the base of the old gasometer will be taken down to widen the river.

It's expected to take two weeks.

Air Ambulances start carrying blood supplies

Air Ambulances start carrying blood supplies Credit: ITV News

From today, Great Western Air Ambulance and Wiltshire Air Ambulance will be able to carry blood on their helicopters.

It means that they will now be able to give seriously ill and injured patients emergency blood transfusions.

It's thought it will help up to four patients a month.

"SWASFT's critical care specialist paramedics who work on the air ambulances receive additional training so they can bring even more clinical skills to the most seriously ill and injured patients. Along with critical care doctors, they are able to administer the blood. This new initiative to carry blood for transfusions on the two air ambulances will be of real benefit for patients in the south west."

– Adrian South, SWASFT's deputy clinical director
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