Fears over free ATMs

Coventry Telegraph - - NATIONAL - The Prince of Wales is given a me­dieval panel paint­ings

FRESH fears have been raised over ac­cess to cash as fig­ures sug­gest free-to-use ATMs are van­ish­ing at an “alarm­ing” rate of more than 250 per month.

Cash ma­chine net­work Link re­leased fig­ures show­ing a 1,300 fall in the num­ber of free-to-use ATMs be­tween the end of Jan­uary and the start of July, tak­ing the to­tal to 53,200.

Link has com­mit­ted to main­tain the broad ge­o­graph­i­cal cov­er­age of the ATM net­work in the UK and to pub­lish data on progress. THE PRINCE OF WALES was wel­comed by a Northum­brian piper as he started a se­ries of en­gage­ments in the North East.

Charles started his two-day trip to Northum­ber­land yes­ter­day by vis­it­ing The Sill, a na­tional land­scape dis­cov­ery cen­tre, where he was told about the range of learn­ing and re­search ac­tiv­i­ties car­ried out at the venue.

Charles met lo­cal schoolchil­dren at the site, which is based in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall and opened in July 2017 at a cost of £14.8 mil­lion.

He could be heard jok­ingly ask­ing the young­sters whether they were go­ing to be given lunch, and he laughed when one en­thu­si­as­ti­cally nod­ded in re­ply to his ques­tion on whether they had learnt some­thing dur­ing their vis­its to the cen­tre.

He and a teacher agreed that the chil­dren seemed “well-trained”.

Charles also met with staff from The Sill’s 86-bed youth hos­tel and dis­cussed the busi­ness with them.

It was the first of many en­gage­ments in the county, with Charles go­ing on to have a tour of Hex­ham Abbey, be­fore vis­it­ing the birth­place of her­itage gar­dener Lancelot ‘Ca­pa­bil­ity’ Brown and the Kielder Salmon Cen­tre.

OWEN HUMPHREYS

tour of Hex­ham Abbey to see the restora­tion of the roof and

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