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Brain injury centre to close amid NHS 'pressures and changes'

Princess Anne opening the unit in Swindon in 2013. Credit: ITV News

A centre for people with brain injuries and mental health needs in Swindon is to close due to "pressures and changes within the NHS".

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust said it had made the "difficult decision" to shut Chalkdown House after "significant financial losses" caused by falling admissions and difficulties in recruiting staff.

39 people are at risk of redundancy.

Five people are currently being treated at the centre and will be moved to be treated elsewhere.

This is a sensitive time for everyone involved - for the people at the centre, their families and for the affected staff but we genuinely feel that this is the right decision.

The Trust will provide all the advice and support we can over the coming months.

– Penny Blackmore, interim Director of BIRT

Princess Anne visits Royal Naval College

The Princess Royal has been at a parade at Dartmouth's Britannia Royal Naval College Credit: ITV West Country

Princess Anne has visited Britannia Royal Naval College to take the salute at Lord Admiral's Divisions.

The parade is the most prestigious in the BRNC calendar and signifies the formal commissioning of the latest group of Royal Naval Officers Cadets to complete the 30-week initial naval training programme.

She was in Dartmouth to represent her father, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.


Princess Anne opens extension at Bristol Airport to sound of singing children

Princess Anne has opened an £8.6 million extension at Bristol Airport to the sound of carols sung by local schoolchildren.

The new departure lounge facilities are part of the airport's drive to increase passenger numbers to ten million a year.

You can watch our full report here:

Princess Anne opens new Cheltenham Racecourse grandstand

Princess Anne to receive a warm welcome in Cheltenham despite a wet and windy day. Credit: PA

On the first day of The Open meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse, Princess Anne will be opening its new, five and a half storey grandstand.

It's the final part of a 45 million pound redevelopment of the course spanning a year and a half.

Cheltenham racecourse's new five and a half storey grandstand will be opened today. Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Today is the start of one of Cheltenham Racecourse's most popular meets, The Open - with thousands expected to flock to the event.

The Princess is one of two Royals visiting the West Country today, as The Duke of Edinburgh is in Plymouth visiting marines this afternoon.

Princess Anne's prized pig killed by wild boar

Princess Anne has kept pigs at her Gloucestershire home for several years. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A rare pig belonging to the Princess Royal was savaged by a wild boar which got into its pen in Gloucestershire.

The princess reportedly told a conference of farmers that her Gloucestershire Old Spot boar was killed on Tuesday night.

It was nearby on the M4 earlier this week that a wild boar caused a car accident in which 47-year-old Raymond Green died.


Latest pictures from Princess Anne's visit to Clovelly

Princess Anne in Clovelly Credit: ITV West Country/Seth Conway

Princess Anne walked down to the harbour along the famous cobbled street in Clovelly: a test for many due to its steepness and uneven surface.

Princess Anne visits the Clovelly donkeys. Credit: ITV West Country/Seth Conway

Princess Anne is a keen horsewoman and took great interest in the village donkeys that had transported goods up and down the steep sloped village for centuries. They are no longer working animals and are now used as a tourist attraction.

Princess Royal due in North Devon

Princess Anne is due to visit Clovelly and Barnstaple today Credit: PA

Princess Anne will be in North Devon today. The Princess Royal will be in Clovelly to open a fountain in honour of the Queen. She'll also unveil a plaque in remembrance of mariners who lost their lives near the town in the 19th century.

This afternoon she'll move on to Barnstaple to open a new play park.

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