AVON Fire and Rescue Service has been rewarded for making its website accessible to people with disabilities.

It has been given an Accessible Plus accreditation by website accessibility charity the Shaw Trust, thanks to low vision technology and mechanisms to use the site without a mouse.

Lorraine Abrahams, the service’s director of service improvement, said: ""In order to make our website accessible we needed to understand these barriers.

"This helped us open up the site to users with disabilities, while at the same time making it a more user friendly experience for all, regardless of ability."

The website, www.avonfire.gov.uk, has undergone rigorous testing and is now accessible to people with learning difficulties, dyslexia, autism, hearing difficulties and colour blindness.