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  1. 'Human swan' to become 'human osprey'

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    Video caption: Watch: Sacha Dench prepares to migrate with ospreys

    A conservationist, who flew with Bewick's swans three years ago, is planning to follow the migration of ospreys from the UK to Africa.

    Sacha Dench became known as the "human swan" when she followed the birds from arctic Russia to Slimbridge in Gloucestershire.

    She is now training to follow the ospreys' migration from Scotland to Ghana in west Africa.

    She will cross more than 15 countries and cover almost 10,000km using a parachute wing with a small propeller engine strapped to her back.

  2. Investigation after woman in wheelchair fell onto train tracks

    Westbury station

    Transport police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in a wheelchair fell onto the tracks at a station in Wiltshire.

    The 47-year-old woman, from Herefordshire, suffered a head injury after falling at Westbury station on 16 September.

    A 48-year-old man, from Herefordshire, was arrested on suspicion of endangering railway safety and bailed.

    Det Cons Marc Farmer said: “We are currently working to establish the full circumstances behind how the woman came to fall on the tracks in her wheelchair.

    “We know there were a number of people on platform three at the time of the incident who may have seen the woman in the minutes leading up to her fall.

    “I’d urge anyone who hasn’t already spoken to police to come forward."

  3. New MD appointed at Aardman

    Sean Clarke

    Bristol-based Aardman Animations, famous for making Wallace & Gromit, has announced a new MD.

    Sean Clarke will replace David Sproxton, who is stepping back from the role after 43 years.

    The firm, whose creations also include Shaun the Sheep and Morph, was co-founded by Mr Sproxton and creative director Peter Lord, in 1976.

    Mr Clarke, who has worked for the firm for over 20 years, said it was "an honour and a privilege".

    Read more here.

  4. Plaque unveiled for 'Britain's loudest man'

    Alan Myatt

    A plaque to mark the spot where "Britain's loudest man" broke two world records has been unveiled.

    Alan Myatt, Gloucester's town crier, made it into Guinness World Records in 1991 with a 112.8 decibel shout.

    As well as being the loudest crier he also set the world record for vocal endurance, issuing a 100 word proclamation every 15 minutes for a period of 48 hours.

    A plaque to mark the spot on North Quay where he set the record, was unveiled on Wednesday night

  5. Prime Minister arrives in Wiltshire

    The Prime Minister has arrived on Salisbury Plain where he’s meeting Wiltshire soldiers this afternoon.

    Boris Johnson flew into an army training ground near Netheravon a few minutes ago.

    It follows a recent announcement of an extra 2.6% of funding for the armed forces - which follows years of cutbacks to the number of British troops.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson
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    Video caption: Bristol nursery extends no-toy trial experiment

    A preschool which trialled a no-toys rule for a month to see what effect it has on the children said the experiment had been a great success.

  7. Housing development recommended for approval

    A huge development on the northern edge of Bristol is expected to be given the go-ahead later.

    Planning officers at South Gloucestershire Council are recommended to approve the plans on land at Harry Stoke, which will include shops, a community centre and over 750 homes.

    But some residents living nearby have objected to the plans.

    The development would also mean building on a medeival fishpond, known as the Harry Stoke Moat.

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    Video caption: Anne Dockery, 71, started running when she was 55, and is now winning triathlons.
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    Video caption: Gloucestershire police officers working full-time teaching positions

    Gloucestershire Police force have stationed officers full-time within secondary schools around the county

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

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    M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, from J15 for A346 Marlborough Road to J14 for A338.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane blocked on M4 eastbound from J15, A346 (Swindon East) to J14, A338 (Hungerford), because of two large tyres on the road. Traffic is coping well. Approach with care.

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

  11. Easton is "one the coolest neighbourhoods"

    Easton, Bristol

    An area of Bristol has been named as one of the "coolest" places to live on the planet.

    Easton has been featured by Time Out magazine in its list of the "50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world".

    The magazine praised the area's "globe-spanning food and drink, plethora of community projects and genuinely neighbourly atmosphere."

  12. People evacuated from workshop fire

    Congresbury fire

    Three people were evacuated from a workshop in Congresbury after it went up in flames during the early hours of this morning.

    Fire crews from Clevedon, Winscombe, Yatton, Weston and Southmead were called to Bristol Road at 02:41 BST.

    The nearby A370 was closed as a result of the fire and Bristol Airport, located six miles away, tweeted to warn travellers to seek an alternative route.

    A spokesman for Avon Fire & Rescue said the cause was thought to be accidental.

  13. The nursery with no toys

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    A nursery school in Bristol, which experimented with taking away toys from classrooms, has decided some children will not be getting them back.

    Ilminster Avenue in Knowle West replaced dolls, plastic cars and models with everyday objects like cardboard boxes, keys and old train tickets for a month, earlier this year.

    Teachers say it has made the pupils use their imaginations a lot more.

    Although a small number of toys will return for some age groups, most of them will remain banned for the foreseeable future.

    Quote Message: What sort of toys do they really need? from Prof Paul Howard-Jones University of Bristol
    Prof Paul Howard-JonesUniversity of Bristol

    Prof Paul Howard-Jones from the University of Bristol said it raised interesting questions.

    "Not just whether children need toys at that age, but what sort of toys do they really need?

    "What are toys for? Who is selling the toys? Why are we buying them?"

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    Severe disruption: A3029 Bristol both ways

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    A3029 Bristol both ways severe disruption, between Smeaton Road and A4 Hotwell Road.

    A3029 Bristol - It's slow on A3029 Plimsoll Swing bridge between the Smeaton Road junction and the A4 Hotwell Road junction, because of earlier bridge fault.

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

  15. Motorhome driver and dog killed in crash

    Chicklade

    A woman in her 80s and her dog have died after the motorhome she was driving crashed with a car.

    The accident happened on the westbound carriageway of the A303, near Chicklade, at around 11.10am on Wednesday.

    Wiltshire Police said the driver, from the Taunton area, died at the scene along with her dog, which was inside the motorhome.

    The driver of the car suffered minor injuries. The road was shut for five hours for a collision investigation.