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Engineer makes masks to help people with hearing difficulties

The masks have a clear screen to make it easier for people to lip-read

An engineer from Salisbury has designed face masks with a clear panel to help people with hearing difficulties who rely on lip-reading.

Sonia Carley is giving them away to those who need them and is looking for volunteers to help create more using her design.

You can find more information on her Facebook group.

Eagle-eyed Purton man catches fly-tipper in the act

Fly tipping poster
Wiltshire Council

An eagle-eyed resident has been rewarded an undisclosed sum after catching a electrician dumping waste along a grass verge in Purton from the back of his van.

He noted down the vehicle registration, reported the criminal offence on the My Wiltshire app and provided a witness statement to council environmental enforcement officers.

The electrician was handed a £400 fixed penalty after admitting the offence.

Cabinet member for Highways, Transport and Waste, Bridget Wayman said: “We thank the member of the public who gathered vital information which led to this fixed penalty been issued."

Environmental enforcement officers are investigating several offences of fly-tipping that have occurred in Wiltshire since the lockdown.

People who report fly-tipping can get up to a £200 reward for providing evidence which leads to a fine or conviction.

'30-40% of L1 & L2 clubs need help to survive'

Lee Power
Rex Features

There has been no football in England since early March and at League One and League Two level in particular, no games means no cash coming in as many clubs budget for the matchday income of tickets, refreshments and club shop sales.

Swindon Town chairman Lee Power fears "30-40%" of League One and Two clubs may not make it to the start of next season without further financial aid.

League Two sides, many struggling with the financial effects of coronavirus, opted to end the campaign early.

"Unless there's some help from higher up the food chain, there's going to be a number of clubs that won't see the start of [next] season," Power said.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wiltshire, he continued: "As owner and chairman, you have to start looking at how you budget and work towards what looks like a September start and how you're going to get there.

"A number of CEOs and owners of football clubs in Leagues One and Two have had these discussions and it's a simple fact that 30-40% of us won't get there unless there's some help."