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Wednesday, 2 January, 2002, 13:06 GMT
Trust defends Tor work
The National Trust has defended a decision to use concrete for a new footpath to the top of Glastonbury Tor, Somerset.

More than 300,000 has been found to pay for the restorations at the Tor.

Huge visitor numbers have led to erosion on the existing route up the hill - the Isle of Avalon of ancient legend.

But conservationists say the path should be re-laid with wood chippings, not concrete.


Historic buildings to go on sale

Several historic public buildings and spaces in Torbay are expected to be put up for sale.

They include the old Town Hall in Torquay, Paignton Windmill and Castle Gardens in Torquay.

Torbay Council says it needs to raise more than 1m of extra cash to pay for work over the coming year.


Man impaled on garden fence

A man who was impaled on a metal pipe after he slipped from his garden fence was taken to hospital with part of the object protruding from his body.

The man, hung from the fence in agony for about 40 minutes before he was cut free by firemen.

The incident happened at 0500 GMT on Tuesday at the man's home in Coral Avenue, Westward Ho!, Devon.

Emergency services were called when the man's cries were heard by a neighbour. He was given painkillers by an ambulance crew.


Hospital closes casualty ward

A hospital in Wiltshire is shutting its accident and emergency department overnight because of staff sickness.

The ward at Melksham Hospital is suffering from severe problems and is closing from 2300 until 0700 GMT.

The West Wiltshire Primary Care Trust, which runs the hospital, said it has tried to find the staff to keep the hospital open 24 hours a day.

But it said there are not enough agency nurses who are suitably qualified.


Police to have hospital presence

Devon and Cornwall Police are to have a permanent police presence at Torbay Hospital following a six-month pilot scheme.

The force has had an office just outside the hospital's main entrance.

It was used for drop-in visits by members of the public and for officers to accompany patients to casualty.

Two officers will now be based at the hospital, providing a service every day of the week.

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