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Royal International Air Tattoo gets under way

RAF Red Arrows

The world's largest military air show is about to get underway at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

Last year around 180,000 people visited the Royal International Air Tattoo over the three days.

This year the highlights include the final appearance of the Red Arrows before they head off on a tour of America, and a celebration of 50 years since Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

BBC reporter pays tribute to This Country actor Michael Sleggs

Steve Knibbs

BBC Points West reporter

BBC reporter Steve Knibbs, who featured in one of the programme's episodes as himself, paid tribute to Michael Sleggs, who died last night of heart failure.

"Michael played the downtrodden, socially awkward, desperate for people to play Laser Quest with him, Slugs.

He quickly became one of the fans' favourite characters. A friend of Daisy and Charlie’s he was perhaps always destined to be in the show as so many of the cast are friends and family.

Whenever I met him he was kind, friendly and very funny. His talents went beyond acting and last year he signed a deal to publish a book about his memories of being at school.

When he announced he was dying in May on social media he spoke of his strong christian faith that gave him strength and peace to deal with what has happened.

To the fans of This Country, though, he’ll always be remembered as The Man, The Legend after a T-Shirt he wore in one of the episodes."

Parents take legal action to get council help for children with special needs

Gloucestershire County Council

Dozens of parents of children with special needs are being forced to take legal action to get help from Gloucestershire County Council.

Figures from a Freedom of Information request show 149 families have taken the council to tribunal in the past five years.

The majority of cases were conceded or lost by the authority - meaning those families eventually got the support they needed. Parents say the process has a huge financial and emotional impact.

Gloucestershire County Council said tribunals were always considered as a last resort and it preferred to work with parents to discuss difference of opinion without the need for legal involvement.

Swindon bus project provides shelter for homeless
Gerry Watkins buys up old buses to convert them into night shelters for people without a bed of their own.
A small alpaca farm in Painswick has started doing yoga classes in the alpaca field
Farmer says alpacas give a similar effect to spending time with dolphins to increase relaxation.

Devon has highest number of SW child road casualties

Devon has the highest number of child road casualties in the greater South West - and it's on the rise according to new figures.

The charity Brake said it wanted to see more young people out walking without their lives being put at risk.

In 2017, 194 children were killed or injured on roads in the Devon County Council area - the highest level for more than five years, and up three on the year before.

However, the region - including Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire saw an overall decrease in such incidents: 1,094 in 2017, down from 1,224 the year before.

The issue is being highlighted on Wednesday with a series of supervised walks at schools and nurseries in the county, to help children learn key safety messages.


Children killed or injured on roads in South West in 2017:

  • Bath and North East Somerset - 22
  • Bournemouth - 37
  • Bristol - 70
  • Cornwall - 116
  • Devon County Council area - 194
  • Dorset - 89
  • Gloucestershire - 104
  • Isles of Scilly - 0
  • North Somerset - 48
  • Plymouth - 64
  • Poole - 24
  • Somerset - 118
  • South Gloucestershire - 39
  • Swindon - 45
  • Torbay - 23
  • Wiltshire - 101

Weather warning for thunderstorms updated - and avoids Glastonbury

The Met Office has updated its weather warning for thunderstorms across the West.

It now mostly avoids Somerset - which could be good to avoid a soaked ground at Glastonbury ahead of the festival - and Bath, Bristol and most of Gloucestershire. But the warning encompasses most of Wiltshire.

It is active from now until 10am on Tuesday.

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