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Burst pipe causes ’60ft water fountain’ in Milton Keynes

A burst pipe has caused a water fountain at least 60ft (18m) high to suddenly appear in a residential street. It was filmed at about 09:30 GMT in St Stephens Drive, in the Bolbeck Park area of Milton Keynes. An Anglian Water spokesman said engineers were working to repair the pipe as quickly as possible. He said: “A road closure was put in place for the safety of local residents. Our teams have isolated the pipe and no customers in the area have been affected by loss of water or…

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Trapped hamster freed from pipe on tiny ladder in Bridgwater

Image copyright RSPCA Image caption RSPCA officer Alison Sparkes said Jamie the hamster was “thirsty, but OK” after his ordeal A pet hamster which was trapped in a tiny pipe for six days was freed thanks to a miniature ladder created by an animal welfare charity officer. The RSPCA was called when several attempts to rescue Jamie the hamster failed. He got stuck in the pipe during an escape from his cage in Bridgwater. Alison Sparkes, from the RSPCA, said: “I cut a metre-long ladder from old wire mesh, fitted…

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Becky Hill sings outside Manchester Academy after burst pipe cancels gig

Image copyright Getty Images Singer Becky Hill sang on the street outside the Manchester Academy after she was forced to cancel a sold-out show due to a burst water pipe. She tweeted that the local council made a decision not to put on the gig but “that will not stop me”. Around 200 fans came to see her perform acoustically before she travelled across the city to watch her friend and collaborator MNEK perform. Becky says the date will be rescheduled and fans should keep their tickets. Skip Twitter post…

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Thousands without water after pipe burst in Nottinghamshire

Image caption Severn Trent said it was working to replace the broken section of the pipe Several thousand homes are without water in Nottinghamshire after a major pipe burst. Large parts of the eastern side of the county are affected by the problem, which occurred in the village of Epperstone. Severn Trent Water said it was one of its biggest mains, meaning people may have no supply or low pressure. It is working to deliver bottled water to vulnerable people in the affected areas, the company added. More than half…

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Short Strand explosion believed to be a pipe bomb

Image copyright Alan Lewis Image caption Police remove the remnants of a device from Clandeboye Drive A device that exploded in the Short Strand area of east Belfast is believed to have been a pipe bomb, police have said. The PSNI said they found the remnants of a device in Clandeboye Drive after reports of a “loud bang” at about 13:30 BST on Wednesday. The explosion came after contractors removed material from a bonfire on Cluan Place. A Sinn Féin councillor described the incident as “a sectarian attack”. Image caption…

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