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The battle to protect Bradford on Avon from the floods

Flood defences have been put in place at Bull Pit in Bradford on Avon Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency moved in last night to protect the Wiltshire town of Bradford on Avon against rising river levels. Work took place to install flood defences at Bull Pit ready for the high tide.

The River Avon threatening, but still short of the town bridge Credit: Bradford on Avon Bridge Watch

A picture Tweeted this morning shows the historic bridge still well clear of the rather high River Avon.

Three arrested following crash into historic Wiltshire bridge

Police have made three arrests following a burglary and subsequent damage to Bradford-on Avon's ancient Town Bridge.

In the early hours of 3 October, a burglary took place in Leigh Park Road and a Mercedes was stolen. This vehicle was later found crashed into the 14th century pack horse bridge, causing extensive damage to the Grade 1 Listed landmark.

Today, three men, aged 22, 26 and 35 all from the local area, have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and have been taken to Melksham custody.

Work to repair the bridge is aready underway Credit: ITV West Country

Officers from the community policing team have carried out a robust investigation in to this incident which was no doubt distressing for the victims.

Their hard work, combined with community intelligence, has today resulted in the arrest of three people on suspicion of burglary.

A number of electronic items stolen during the burglary have also been recovered. Our enquiries continue.

– Acting Inspector Louis McCoy, Wiltshire Police

Dramatic footage of electricity pole in flames

Trowbridge fire crews attended the pole which caught on fire on Saturday. Credit: Trowbridge Fire Station

Dramatic footage shows an electricity pole catching fire in the Bradford on Avon area.

Crews were called to Westwood Road on Saturday where Trowbridge firefighters found 33,000 volts somehow earthing to ground.

The station released these frightening pictures.

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There were concerns there may have been the possibility of power outages in the southern end of Bradford on Avon.

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