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  1. Determined Tilly sings out through the lock down

    A 14-year-old County Durham girl who lost her hands to meningitis as a toddler is now delighting social media audiences by playing the piano.

    When she was 15-months-old Tilley Lockey, from Consett, survived meningococcal septicaemia, but her hands and toes were amputated.

    She now has two bionic arms which were designed by Open Bionics, based in Bristol.

    In 2016 Tilly was fitted with one of their first prototypes.

    She has posted videos of her piano-playing during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Tilly at the piano
  2. Warning over fires taking emergency service resources

    Dorset's chief fire officer has warned of "avoidable" fires draining resources during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Crews are damping down at the scene of an overnight fire at Winfrith Heath near Wareham affecting a hectare of gorse which 45 firefighters were called out to tackle.

    While a man in Corfe Mullen required hospital treatment for burns after being injured while using petrol to light a bonfire over the weekend.

    Ben Ansell

    Ben Ansell, from Dorset and Wiltshire fire service, said: “These aren’t life-threatening injuries... [they are] a strain on the NHS and something which was clearly avoidable."

    "Every time an ambulance is called out and paramedics are dealing with people, frankly they are needed in other parts of the NHS," he added.

    He also warned people not to leave cooking pans unattended while self isolating or homeschooling children.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, from J23 for A39 to J24 for A38 Taunton Road.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J23, A39 (Bridgwater North) to J24, A38 (Bridgwater South), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Fresh appeal for PPE for workers in Avon and Somerset area


    Businesses across the Avon and Somerset police force area are being asked to help support the local efforts in tackling Covid-19.

    The Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum, which is a partnership of the police, NHS and local councils, has made the appeal.

    It is struggling to find a range of key items:

    • Water repellent surgical face masks
    • Non-latex gloves
    • Disposable plastic aprons
    • Eye protection
    • Hand sanitiser (minimum 60% alcohol content)

    Chief executive of Somerset County Council and spokesman for the forum, Pat Flaherty, said: "We are aware that supply chains are under significant pressure and that every effort is being made to fix the problem, however, we are very concerned that some of our critical services do not have the supplies they need."

    Any businesses that can help are being asked to email: re asked to e-mail

  5. WI groups sing from their gardens

    Rodney Stoke and Draycott WI may be socially distancing at the moment, but that has not stopped them from trying to lift each other's spirits.

    The group came together this week on their doorsteps and at a safe distance and sang "Jerusalem".

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  6. Rough sleepers moved into temporary accommodation

    Homeless man

    Dozens of rough sleepers across Somerset have been moved into temporary accommodation - because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

    The government has ordered all local authorities to find housing for anyone in their area who was sleeping on the streets.

    Somerset West and Taunton Council's moved around 25 people into rooms at a local college campus in Trull and a hotel in Minehead.

  7. Group fined for car-buying trip from Manchester

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    Gloucestershire Police has issued its first fines for people breaking the new coronavirus rules.

    More than 120 vehicles were stopped on the county's major routes over the weekend.

    And people who were found to be carrying out non-essential journeys were fined £60.

    They included three people being stopped on the M5 while travelling from Manchester to Bristol to pick up a new car.

  8. Tributes paid to Lord Bath: "Eccentric, kind and fun"

    Lord Bath

    Tributes are being paid to Lord Bath who died on Saturday.

    The 87-year-old owner of Longleat Estate, which runs Cheddar Gorge, died after contracting COVID 19.

    In tributes on social media, his friends have described Lord Bath as eccentric, kind and fun.

  9. Engineering firm mass-producing ventilator parts

    Renishaw in Stonehouse

    Engineering company Renishaw has started mass-producing components for medical ventilators, to support the NHS during the pandemic.

    The firm, which has manufacturing sites in Gloucestershire and South Wales, said both factories were now running seven days a week.

    Marc Saunders, from Renishaw, said: "When the government called, we scrambled to respond, and immediately realised the daunting scale of the challenge.

    "Ventilators are sophisticated medical devices and we felt that our capabilities would be best applied to helping scale up the production of designs with existing technologies."

    The company normally supplies products for jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery.

  10. Urgent appeal for PPE from fire service

    Fire engines

    Avon Fire and Rescue Service has put out an urgent appeal for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

    Pat Flaherty, from the Local Resilience Forum, said it was "vital" to protect frontline workers.

    He said they were aware "national supply chains are under significant pressure" but expressed concern they did not have the supplies they need.

    He said: “As we continue to escalate this urgent issue to government through all available channels, we are attempting to source our own supplies locally so that we can continue to deliver critical services.

    "As a short-term measure, we are asking local businesses for any support that they can provide with supplies of PPE. If any are able to help, we would urge them to get in touch.”

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Bristol eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Bristol eastbound severe accident, from J20 for M5 J15 to J19 for M32.

    M4 Bristol - One lane closed on M4 eastbound in Gloucestershire from J20, M5 J15 (Almondsbury Interchange) to J19, M32 (Bristol), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Video caption: Laura Kirby-Deacon says the gesture will help with those who lose people to coronavirus.