Other News In Brief

Council Wants Locals To Take Over Toilet Cleaning

North Devon Council are hoping to save money by asking locals to clean public toilets in their areas.

The council said it costs £320,000 a year to maintain its 27 facilities, and wants to find a "more economical way of providing the service".

It hopes that parish councils and community groups will take over the upkeep of the facilities in return for a grant.

'World's Oldest Barmaid' Dies Aged 100

A woman, believed to be the world's oldest barmaid, has died aged 100.

Dolly Saville had worked at the Red Lion Hotel in Wendover for 75 years, pulling her first pint before the outbreak of World War Two.

Having celebrated her 100th birthday at the pub, she reportedly said that working kept her feeling young.

North Wales Paper Mill Badly Damaged In Major Fire

North Wales Fire and Rescue are at the scene of a fire at a Oakenholt Paper Mill in Flintshire.

The fire is believed to have been brought under control, however fire crews remain on site to ensure there are no secondary fires.

There have been no reports of any injuries.


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