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Sharon Alcock and Gwyneth Rees

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  1. 'Massive difference' as visitors return after lockdown measures eased

    Steve Mather

    Digital Journalist

    Bourton-on-the-Water

    People living in tourist hotspots in Gloucestershire say their towns and villages are much busier now lockdown measures have been eased.

    Residents in areas including Cheltenham, the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean said there had been a large influx of visitors over the weekend.

    "There was a massive difference this weekend. It has been very busy. Lockdown being eased has has obviously brought everyone out along with the nice weather," said James Tudge, a ranger at Cleeve Common in Cheltenham,

    "They've been up there having picnics with champagne bottles. A policeman recorded 169 cars parked on the side of the road," he added.

    Liberal Democrat councillor, Jenny Forde, cabinet member for health, wellbeing and public safety at Cotswold District Council, said Bourton-on-the-Water had also been busy.

    She said: "There's something about the type of people that come to Bourton-on-the-Water; large groups of motorcyclists and large groups of 10-20 people who are obviously not from the same household. I think its a small segment of the population where the message has just not got through."

    "There was on incident in a shop where somebody was queuing and was asked to step back from the counter as they had gone over the two-metre line and said 'I haven't got it (coronavirus) don't be so ridiculous' and refused to abide by the social distancing measures of the shop. It all got very awkward and the owner had to refuse to serve him."

  2. Rise in 'Zoom bombing' leads to online safety tips from police

    Steve Mather

    Digital Journalist

    zoom

    Wiltshire Police have offered advice to people using video calling technology after hackers joined virtual conversations to share inappropriate material.

    A spokesman said there were three incidents of 'Zoom bombing' in the county last week, with "indecent child abuse video footage" being shown via screen sharing in one incident.

    Video calls on software such as Zoom have become a popular way to stay in touch with family and friends while social distancing measures are in place but come with come with risks for people unfamiliar with safety and security settings.

    Wiltshire Police have offered the following tips on how to stay safe:

    1. Make the meeting private by either setting up a password or using a 'waiting room' feature which allows the host to control entry, these should both be set as a default on the App.
    2. Consider limiting audio or video requirements if necessary, you can prevent attendees unmuting themselves after entry if required in the settings.
    3. Limit screen sharing permissions to either just the host or trusted attendees.
    4. If publicising the event on social media, be extra vigilant with your settings.

    Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, said: "This is an extremely malicious online crime which can have lasting effects on the victims and particularly the host of the meeting feeling responsible.

    "The important thing to remember is it's possible to prevent uninvited guests to your video calls, as it's vital we all continue to stay in touch."

    Zoom says it has implemented new security measures to help prevent hackers from disrupting video conferences with offensive content.

  3. 'New government regulations force temporary end to free PPE'

    A local community group that has produced thousands of face shields for healthcare workers say they've had to stop production because of new government safety guidelines.

    Hack the Pandemic is made up of people in Bath and Bristol who use 3D printers to make objects out of plastic as a hobby.

    The guidelines require small-scale producers to have official safety certification, which the group says takes weeks and costs thousands of pounds.

    The government says the response from organisations offering PPE has been "extraordinary" and it has eased administrative requirements, but that "all PPE must meet essential safety requirements".

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  4. Postcode entry for Wiltshire's recycling centres

    Nearly all of Wiltshire Council's household recycling centres re-open today.

    Visits will be managed by applying a postcode system.

    People can visit any site they choose but can only visit on the days that corresponds to where they live.

    The site at Stanton St Quintin is the only one that's not re-opening.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Gloucestershire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, from J18 for A46 Bath to J17 for A350.

    M4 Gloucestershire - Two lanes closed on M4 eastbound from J18, A46 (Bath) to J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of debris on the road.

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

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    Severe accident: A420 Wiltshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A420 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, from Park Lane to Riad ti West Yattoon.

    A420 Wiltshire - A420 in Ford blocked in both directions from the Park Lane junction to the Riad ti West Yattoon junction, 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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    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe accident, from J16 for A3102 Swindon Road to J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound from J16, A3102 (Swindon West) to J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Grow Your Own veg gardener goes viral

    Video content

    Video caption: Watch: Gardener goes global

    A Somerset gardener is teaching thousands of people how to grow their own fruit and veg.

    Charles Dowding has become a Grow Your Own social media sensation since lockdown, as many Britons turn their hand to gardening for the first time.

    He already had a big following on Youtube and Instagram, but he’s seen a huge increase in people watching his videos from all over the world.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, from J14 for A338 to J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound from J14, A338 (Hungerford) to J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, from J14 for A338 to J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound from J14, A338 (Hungerford) to J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Hidden heroes in the west

    We've been trying to shine a light on some of the #hiddenheroes across the west since the start of the pandemic.

    There are hundreds of volunteers and key workers who go out of their way to help others every day.

    Here are just a few more:

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  12. Longleat House's 'beacon of gratitude'

    Longleat House, on the Wiltshire estate, is being lit up to celebrate NHS and key workers.

    The facade of the Grade I listed mansion has been illuminated in both blue and rainbow colours as a "sign of gratitude".

    Daisy Mercedes, from Longleat, said it was the safari park's "small way of saying thank you" to NHS and key workers everywhere.

    A giant four-metre-tall sculpture of a lion in front of the house, is also being illuminated as part of the celebrations.

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