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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.

Choosing the woman who will be my new voice

Rose Brown

When Rose Brown was aged 12, she was hit by a drink driver and left unable to walk or talk.

Now aged 20, she has been given the opportunity to create a bespoke digital voice to transform her ability to communicate.

Reporter Claire Jones has been to meet her at the National Star College in Cheltenham.

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Prime Minister candidates debate in Cheltenham

The two men hoping to be Britain's next Prime Minister are in Cheltenham this evening.

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are taking questions from Conservative party members in one of the last hustings of the leadership contest.

With ten days to go until the ballot closes - many members are yet to cast their votes.

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BBC local radio headlines across the West

Radio presenter
  • BBC Radio Bristol: 15,000 patients in north Bristol and South Gloucestershire are being forced to find a new doctor's surgery.
  • BBC Gloucestershire: The two contenders hoping to take over at Number 10 are in Cheltenham later.
  • BBC Somerset: Musgrove Park Hospital is today showing proposals for two multi-million pound developments.
  • BBC Wiltshire: Swindon could lose its town centre NHS walk-in clinic later this year.

Exhibition charts GCHQ's role over the past 100 years

GCHQ base

The past 100 years of the Cheltenham-based government GCHQ is being celebrated in an exhibition at London's Science Museum.

It highlights the spy base's role and the gadgets it uses to conceal crucial messages and decode the secrets of others.

On display will be more than a century’s worth of communications intelligence through hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artefacts from the Science Museum and GCHQ’s historic collections.

The exhibition is open to the public from Wednesday but we will be getting a sneak preview later this morning.

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.

Severe accident: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, around Royal Well Place.

A46 Gloucestershire - A46 Royal Well Road in Cheltenham closed and queues one way street around the Royal Well Place junction, because of accident investigation work.

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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
Thomas Nourse-Wright has become infatuated with the Paris cathedral
Thomas Nourse-Wright has become obsessed with the Paris cathedral.