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  1. Monkey's keepin' ice and cool

    Monkey holding an ice lolly

    A troop of rhesus monkeys at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire have been embracing the hot weather and enjoying fruit-based ice lollies supplied by their keepers.

    The monkeys are natively found throughout south east Asia and across the Indian subcontinent and survive in a wide variety of habitats and climates.

    Longleat keeper Ian Turner said "as well as helping keep the monkeys cool on hot days, the ice-cold treats encourage them to utilise their natural foraging instincts".

    Monkey holding an ice lolly
  2. Brexit and Hinkley Point C 'to blame for Somerset bin staff shortage'

    Daniel Mumby

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Hinkley Point C construction site

    The Somerset Waste Partnership has admitted that there are “daily shortfalls” in bin collection staff in the region.

    Its comments come after Kier, which carries out bin collections across the county, said it is struggling to recruit permanent staff in light of uncertainly about EU nationals’ right to remain in the UK.

    The company also cited competition from the Hinkley nuclear power plant site which is currently under construction.

    To remedy the situation, new incentives are being offered to drivers, including a £300 recruitment bonus and flexible working hours.

    Quote Message: We are in daily contact with Kier and its recruitment agency are in daily contact as we work very closely together to serve the needs of every resident in Somerset by seeking solutions to this shortage, whose causes were not of our making. from Somerset Waste Partnership spokesman
    Somerset Waste Partnership spokesman
  3. Another from the BBC Archives: Glastonbury Festival 2003

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    Video caption: Watch: Michael Eavis at the 2003 Glastonbury Festival

    On this day 15 years ago, the Glastonbury Festival was coming to an end for another year.

    On 29 June 2003, BBC News reporter Jon Kay reported from the Worthy Farm site, where festival founder Michael Eavis was responding to critics who said the event had become too commercial.

  4. Disproportionate number of minorities pulled over in Somerset

    Kate Wilson

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A black man is handcuffed

    A disproportionate number of ethnic minorities are being stopped and searched by police in Somerset, according to a new report.

    It showed on average the force carried out just under 500 searches per month over the past year.

    There were 917 searches of white people across the region between January and March of this year.

    A fifth of these searches took place in Bristol East, but there was a much smaller percentage of white people searched across Somerset.

    Only 7% of white people were searched in Bath and North East Somerset Council and the same percentage for South Gloucestershire.

    In comparison, more than half of the 234 searches of black people took place in the Bristol East Central area. Figures showed 7% took place in North Somerset and 5% in Somerset East.

    The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel described the findings as "stark".

    Quote Message: The disproportionality is now very significant in Somerset and it’s something the constabulary will want to address. from Sue Mountstevens Police and Crime Commissioner
    Sue MountstevensPolice and Crime Commissioner
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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Berkshire - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a broken down car.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. Minister urged to save military airfields

    Colerne airfield

    A defence minister has been accused of going back on a commitment to keep 15 military airfields that are earmarked for closure in use for civil aviation.

    The sites, which include Colerne airfield, in Wiltshire are due to be sold off, mostly for housing, over the next six years as part of cost-cutting at the MoD.

    MPs and peers on the all-party general aviation group say they are an important national asset.

    They say that Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood had agreed to "look again" at the aerodrome sell-offs.

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    Severe accident: M48 Monmouthshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M48 Monmouthshire eastbound severe accident, between J2 for A466 Wye Valley Link Road and J1 for A403.

    M48 Monmouthshire - One lane closed on M48 Severn Bridge eastbound between J2, A466 (Chepstow) and J1, A403 (Aust), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. Bells banned from ringing overnight

    Clocktower in Page Park

    The bells of the clock tower in Page Park in Staple Hill are to stop ringing overnight.

    It follows noise complaints from some locals who complained the 24-hour chiming was making it impossible to sleep.

    Work has begun to stop the bells from sounding between the hours of 23:00-07:00 BST.

  9. A lovely day for boating

    Canal boat

    How are you enjoying the sunny weather?

    This was the scene on the Kennet and Avon canal near Devizes earlier today, as a narrow boat made its way down the main flight at the Caen Hill locks.

    A lovely day for messing about on the river.... well the canal, actually.

    Canal boat
    Canal boat
  10. Barbecues causing moorland fires

    Disposable barbecues are causing fires on Cleeve Common in Gloucestershire because the grass has become so dry from the hot weather.

    Despite them not being allowed on the moorland, rangers are finding them and say they're having to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire.

    Additional warning signs have been put up, and teams carrying water have been monitoring the area until late at night.

    Disposable BBQ
  11. From the BBC archives: Glastonbury 2003

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    Video caption: Watch: BBC News at Glastonbury in 2003

    On this day 15 years ago more than 100,000 music fans were preparing to pack up their tents at the Glastonbury Festival.

    Organisers described it as the "best ever", with tighter security measures leading to a 50% reduction in crime.

    This is how John Kay reported on the story for BBC News on 29 June 2003.

  12. Troops march ahead of move from Germany to Wiltshire

    Paderborn City Centre

    Army units moving to Wiltshire are being given the freedom of a German city which is losing a British military presence after more than 70 years.

    The Army Basing Programme will see 4,000 soldiers relocate to the county when bases in Germany close over the next two years.

    Some 1,500 troops from 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade are marching through Paderborn later in one of the last major events before the base there closes in 2019.

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    Severe accident: A417 Gloucestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A417 Gloucestershire northbound severe accident, between Cowley Brimpsfield Road Cowley and B4070 affecting Crabtree Lane.

    A417 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A417 northbound in Brimpsfield between Cowley and Birdlip, because of an accident. Congestion to Duntisbourne Leer turn off.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time