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Fire breaks out in Bath city centre

The fire broke out in the home above a restaurant just before 1pm onCharles Street. Credit: Joan Sharp

A flat fire has broken out in Bath, closing many roads in the centre of the city.

The fire broke out in the home above a restaurant just before 1pm, closing Charles Street and Monmouth Place to drivers.

First Bus says its services have been affected - and warned delays would hit journeys.

Credit: Joan Sharp


Swindon BMW workers strike over pensions

Staff at Swindon's BMW plant are striking today over a pension dispute.

It is the second of a series of eight 24 hour strikes - with Swindon participating in five of them.

On Wednesday, the plant in the Stratton area of the town saw workers take industrial action for the first time since the 1980s.

It comes after the company's announced it was to close the final salary pension scheme.

BMW say they "regretted" the decision by Unite to stage industrial action.


Titanic coat sells for twice estimated price in Wiltshire auction

A fur coat owned by a first class stewardess on the Titanic has sold for a huge £150,000 at auction.

The coat worn by Mabel Bennett went for more than double its expected price at the sale at Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes.

It was bought by a bidder in the room.

The fur coat was worn by Mabel Bennett. Credit: Henry Aldridge and Son

The full length beaver lamb coat was worn by Bennett to protect her from the cold when she was saved in lifeboat number five.

She also wore it when she travelled aboard the Red Star Line SS Lapland, which was used to transport Titanic's crew back to England.

The coat is accompanied by a copy photo of her on the deck of the Lapland with other Titanic stewardesses as they waited to return home.

The coat is the only piece of well provenanced clothing from the Titanic to ever come to auction.

Appeal to help trace missing Bristol woman

Anna was last seen at her work placement in Southmead

Police are appealing for help to find a missing 27-year-old from Bristol who has not been seen since her work placement.

Anna Lewis, who lives in Fishponds, was last seen in Southmead on April 14.

She is of medium build, with long dark hair.

Her disappearance is out of character so we’re growing increasingly concerned for her well-being.

– Avon and Somerset Police
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