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  1. Tributes paid to village bobby John Hancock

    John Hancock

    Tributes have been paid to John Hancock – the village bobby in Mere for nearly 30 years - who died last week.

    Mr Hancock, 71, joined Wiltshire Police as a cadet in 1965 before serving as a police officer from 1968 to his retirement in 1997.

    In a statement his family said he was "the most kind and loving father, husband and grandfather" and was "well loved by everyone".

    Following his retirement he volunteered at Mere Police Station and was a regular at the local cafe – running a drop-in session for members of the community to receive advice and information. Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said presenting Mr Hancock with the Police Support Volunteer of the Year award was "a real honour and a privilege".

    As a mark of respect for the many years Mr Hancock dedicated to policing, the Force flag will be flown at half-mast at Police Headquarters.

    John Hancock driving a police car
  2. If you're looking to visit Gloucestershire's tips, you need to book first

    Man carrying fence pole

    Most household recycling centres, or tips, in Gloucestershire will re-open this week

    Pyke Quarry at Horsley opened earlier today, and Oak Quarry near Coleford, is due to open on Wednesday.

    The facilities at Hempsted in Gloucester, Wingmoor Farm at Stoke Orchard and Fosse Cross near Cirencester are already open.

    Pre-booking is required to visit any of the sites and strict conditions are in place for visitors.

  3. Covid-19 plasma donation centres set up in Bristol and Gloucester

    Plasma

    The Bristol-based NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is appealing for Covid-19 survivors to donate their blood plasma.

    Preliminary research suggests that three groups of patients have plasma which has the most potential to save lives. These include patients over the age of 35, male Covid-19 survivors and patients who were ill enough to need hospital treatment.

    The plasma from former patients is rich in the antibodies that develop as a person recovers from an illness.

    It is transfused into people who are seriously ill with Covid-19 and struggling to develop their own antibodies.

    To take part former patients should call NHSBT on 0300 123 23 23 or via their website.

    Across the West Country, Bristol and Gloucester are included in the 23 donor centres for England.

  4. Charity appeal to help fund coronavirus research

    Southmead Hospital

    An £815,000 appeal is under way to help health researchers better understand and find new ways to fight coronavirus.

    Southmead Hospital Charity is looking to raise the money for North Bristol NHS Trust - which runs the super-hospital, in Bristol.

    It hopes to use the cash to:

    • develop tests to diagnose and identify immunity to coronavirus
    • explore secondary lung and infection complications from the virus
    • test new drug treatments

    It believes the study could help doctors in the future decide which tests are useful in managing coronavirus and which are not.

    Quote Message: We hope to rapidly publish this work and share our results with other UK and international centres to allow wider use of successful prognostic biomarkers. from Dr David Arnold North Bristol NHS Trust
    Dr David ArnoldNorth Bristol NHS Trust
  5. Go-ahead for fire-damaged hotel to be rebuilt

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    Video caption: The Premier Inn on the outskirts of Bristol caught fire last July

    Plans to rebuild a Bristol hotel which was badly damaged by fire July have been given the go-ahead.

    The decision by South Gloucestershire Council's planners means the site of the Premier Inn at Cribbs Causeway can be cleared and a "new and improved" hotel and restaurant can be constructed.

    The design will follow the same U-shaped building footprint as the previous hotel but with a "simpler and more up-to-date design style".

    Its owners, Whitbread, have added six additional bedrooms to the plans, to create a 183-bedroom hotel, and the section of the building facing onto Cribbs Causeway will be raised by a storey to accommodate an car parking area.

    A 150-seat restaurant and meeting rooms, at the Cribbs Causeway site, are also included in the design.

    Artist's impression
  6. Warleigh Weir closes after visitors' anti-social behaviour

    A beauty spot near Bath has been closed after visitors left litter behind and used the bushes as toilets.

    Despite being told not to drive here - people still are - parking on the main road, which is dangerous.

    Owner, Johnny Palmer said: "People come round and clean up the rubbish daily - they shouldn't have to do that but they do.

    "But we can't be expected to clean up other people's poo - that's ridiculous."

    The beauty spot will only re-open if people behave, he added.

    Warleigh Weir
  7. Fears solstice revellers may head to Glastonbury Tor as Stonehenge closed

    Glastonbury Tor

    Somerset’s police and local authorities are putting plans in place for a potential influx of visitors during next month's summer solstice celebrations.

    Some 10,000 people typically gather at Stonehenge but the coronavirus pandemic has meant this year’s celebration has been cancelled – prompting fears people will head to Glastonbury Tor instead.

    Mendip District Council says it is working with Avon and Somerset police to monitor groups arriving in the county ahead of the solstice period.

  8. Motorcyclist suffers fatal injuries in collision with car

    Highworth Rd

    A man in his 60s died when his motorbike collided with a car.

    The accident happened in Swindon on Monday afternoon on Highworth Road.

    "Sadly, the motorcyclist, a local man in his 60s, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene," a force spokesman said.

    "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

    Anyone who witnessed the crash which happened at just after 2pm, or has dashcam footage from the area, should contact collision investigators.

  9. Weston coastguard called to rescue pair cut off by tide

    Weston-super-Mare's RNLI and coastguard were called out to rescue people cut off by the incoming tide on Monday.

    As that rescue was happening, they then received another call about two people who tried to visit Birnbeck Island.

    The RNLI said it was "a reminder that Birnbeck Island is a very dangerous place that still continues to be visited despite best advice".

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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

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    M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, from J14 for B4509 Thornbury to J15 for M4 J20.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J14, B4509 (Thornbury) to J15, M4 J20 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a broken down Vehicle having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Hospital remains closed due to high number of Covid-19 cases

    Weston General

    Weston General Hospital remains closed to new admissions due to a high number of coronavirus cases.

    The measures include the A&E department.

    Its NHS trust described it as a "precautionary measure" and arrangements have been made for new patients to be treated elsewhere.

    You can find more on that story here.

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    Severe accident: Bristol both ways

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    Bristol both ways severe accident, from A4 Portway to Clifton Down.

    Bristol - Bridge Valley Road in Clifton closed in both directions from the A4 Portway junction to the Clifton Down junction, because of an accident.

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

  13. Colourful headbands for adult social care workers in Somerset

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    People who work with adults with learning disabilities in Somerset are being given headbands and button extensions to make their protective gear more comfortable.

    Locality manager Jade Tillson who works at Discovery, which runs adult social services on behalf of Somerset County Council, has collected and distributed kits for all 900 staff who support adults living in their own homes or residential settings across the county.

    The headbands and button extensions stop the masks from rubbing over the ears and digging into the eyes.

    Jade first asked her mum to make them and after they proved to be popular among her colleagues, she contacted craft groups across the UK as far away as Nottingham.

    The accessories were sent to Dorchester and Jade made regular journeys to collect them. One woman in Bridgwater made 170 to help staff.

    Jade said: “People have been amazingly kind.

    "Over the past couple of weeks, I have been organising how many are needed in each of our services and driving around collecting headbands for everyone."

    Jade hopes to have distributed all of the headbands in the next few days.

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    Severe accident: A361 Wiltshire both ways

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    A361 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, from B4006 to Scimitar Way.

    A361 Wiltshire - A361 Highworth Road in Swindon closed and it's slow in both directions from the B4006 junction to the Scimitar Way junction, because of a serious accident involving a motorcycle.

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