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Union Members Vote For Strike Action

RMT Union members have voted for strike action over threats to jobs.

The union entered into a dispute with First Great Western (FGW) at the end of May over the introduction of Super Express Trains.

FGW have made plans to axe guards and buffet cars on the new Hitachi trains.

In the vote, 80% voted for strike action.

The unions General Secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT has made every effort to secure a series of very basic assurances from FGW over jobs, services and safety as a result of the introduction of the new Hitachi fleet and they have simply ignored us.

"We therefore had no option but to ballot all staff for action to force the company to take this issue seriously and the members have now voted decisively for action.

"That mandate will now be considered by the union."

Two Time Champion Race Horse Put To Sleep

A two time Cheltenham Gold Cup winning race horse has been put to sleep after suffering a fall.

The horse, 15-year-old Kauto Star, sustained neck and pelvis injuries after falling in a paddock.

He retired from racing in 2012.

His rider, Laura Collett said: "Devastated to announce Kauto Star sustained injury in the field, with his best interest at heart a decision was made to put him to sleep."

Serious Assault And Robbery In Edinburgh

Investigations are continuing after a man was seriously assaulted outside a bar in Edinburgh.

The incident happened on 25 June at approximately 3.15am.

A 24-year-old male was attacked by another man outside Bar Skoba in Hanover Street.

The victim sustained head and facial injuries.

During the incident his wallet and watch were also stolen.

Detective Constable John Dunn said: "This was a brutal attack which has resulted in the victim has sustaining serious injuries, which will have a long-term effect of his well-being.

"It is crucial that we trace this suspect as soon as possible."

Police are appealing for information.

The man is described as being possibly of South American descent and wearing a dark coloured baseball cap back to front, a black coloured bomber jacket, dark jeans and grey trainers.


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