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Wednesday, 23 August, 2000, 05:33 GMT 06:33 UK
Travellers targeted in mass eviction
Police are evicting more than 500 travellers from camps on Wednesday in a massive crackdown on criminal and anti-social behaviour.

The travellers are being targeted because of a huge increase in petty crime in the areas where they have settled, say Thames Valley Police.

Cars and caravans are being escorted from six sites near Reading and Wokingham in one of the biggest mass evictions in the UK.

Superintendent David Murray said: "We have to balance the rights of travellers to live their lives against the rights of residents to live theirs."


Gas alert prompts evacuation

More than 100 people have been evacuated from their homes after workmen fractured a gas pipe in the Bishopston area of Swansea.

Police confirmed that 102 residents were asked to leave their homes when the accident was discovered at around 1600BST on Tuesday.

South Wales Police cordoned off the area while engineers worked to repair the damage.

Anyone anxious about the whereabouts of friends or relatives can ring a police helpline on 01792 450618.


Tube bosses face safety prosecution

London Underground and a former signals operations manager are to be prosecuted over claims that they put staff in danger.

The Health and Safety Executive has accused the company of exposing staff to live rail lines and moving trains while maintenance work was carried out on the Central Line.

A spokesman for London Underground said it was in constant touch with safety regulators, but said it would be wrong to link the case with changes in the Tube as it prepares for the public-private partnership.


Dead grandmother hailed a hero

A grandmother has been killed as she saved her young granddaughter from the path of an oncoming car, police said.

Veronica Portis, 56, was struck by the car seconds after grabbing 20-month-old Leesah Williams, who ran into the road outside her grandmother's home in Kirkby, Merseyside.

The Ford Escort had been driven by a 25-year-old woman relative - believed to be Mrs Portis' niece - who was thought to be arriving at the house just as the toddler ran out.

Mrs Portis was found to be dead on arrival at hospital while her granddaughter sustained serious, but not life-threatening, head injuries.

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