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Soldier dies during Army training exercise

A soldier has died in a training exercise on Salisbury Plain. The 23-year-old was part of a crew operating an armoured vehicle in a training area near Enford, Wiltshire, on Friday. A source said the vehicle overturned and hit a tree, trapping several survivors and the dead man inside. The...
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Swindon stabbing: Three arrested over Lee Turner attack

Three people have been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 33-year-old man on a playing field. Lee Turner, from Park North, was attacked in the Pinehurst area of Swindon on Sunday. A 17-year-old youth and two men, aged 18 and 24, from London, are currently in police...
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Somerset Clarks warehouse workers' strike enters day 11

Warehouse workers at the shoe firm Clarks are striking against a decision to fire and rehire them on "worse pay and conditions" amid record losses. The company posted losses of £180m last year and said it had implemented a single hourly rate of pay to help secure its future viability.
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Lawrence Hill: Three arrested after teen dies in Bristol attack

Two teenage boys and a man have been arrested after a male teenager died after being attacked. Police were called to the incident in Hayes Close in Lawrence Hill, Bristol, at 18:20 BST on Thursday. They said the 18-year-old was found with "significant injuries" and died at the scene. Two...
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Sports Personality: Ed Jackson 'reaffirmed' by winning award

Last year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero has said he never thought he would be able to make "such a positive impact on others". Former professional rugby player Ed Jackson has devoted himself to fundraising for good causes following a career-ending injury. The ex-Bath, Wasps and Dragons...
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Cirencester: Former council manager cleared of fraud and theft

A former council revenue and compliance manager accused of fraud and theft of public money has been acquitted. Thomas Clark, of Victoria Road, Brimscombe, was charged with stealing £120 from Cotswold District Council and wiping off a £280 council tax debt owed by a friend to West Oxfordshire District Council.
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Pinky the dove turned peachy colour in Wiltshire factory pigment fall

A "peachy pink" bird that was found by a worker at a factory in Wiltshire was in fact a young white dove covered in tile pigment powder. The fledgling had fallen out of its nest and into a barrel of pigment powder, and was taken to RSPCA Oak and Furrows in Cricklade, Wiltshire.
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NHS dentists: Concern as two South Gloucestershire surgeries turn private

A patients' group says it is concerned over a lack of access to NHS dentists in South Gloucestershire after two surgeries turned private. Frampton and Flaxpits surgeries say NHS targets can not be reached without putting patients and staff at risk. and they must go private to survive. Vicky Marriott,...
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Nick Hounsfield: Bristol surfer's stroke was 'bolt from the blue'

A surfer who has battled back to health after suffering a "bolt from the blue" stroke, has urged others to seek support to aid their recovery. Nick Hounsfield lost the ability to talk, read and write following a stroke in February 2020. The founder of The Wave, Bristol, says he...
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Lawrence Hill: Murder probe after teenager assaulted

A murder investigation has been launched after a teenage boy died in an "assault" on Thursday evening. A witness told BBC Bristol they saw three teenagers fighting in Hayes Close in Lawrence Hill just before 18.30 BST. Avon and Somerset Police said the unidentified victim died at the scene after...
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Man arrested on suspicion of damaging Stonehenge

A man has been arrested on suspicion of damaging Stonehenge. The 30-year-old was arrested in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on suspicion of four offences, including illegally using a metal detector on the protected site and possessing explosives without a permit. The offences allegedly happened between August and September, Wiltshire Police said.
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Somerset school bag appeal for Afghan refugees

A charity that was set up to help children in disaster zones abroad has re-focussed its efforts to help Afghan refugee children arriving in the UK. The School In A Bag (SIAB) charity was set up by the family of Piers Simon, from Somerset, who died in the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004.
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Hitachi to digitally upgrade rail signalling in Gloucester

Rail services are to be made "more reliable" thanks to a major digital upgrade, it has been announced. Hitachi Rail will work with Network Rail and Linbrooke Railway to create a digital signalling system for trains in the Gloucester area. It said the new system will improve traffic management on...
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Bristol's M&S Broadmead store to close in 2022

A city centre Marks and Spencer store is set to close, the company has announced. The Broadmead store in the centre of Bristol is scheduled to close in January 2022, following a consultation with employees. The closure of the store, first opened in 1952, comes as "shopping habits are changing",...
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Ex-Gloucestershire fire chief accused of fraudulent bid for 4x4

A chief fire officer made a fraudulent bid for a £13,000 Land Rover as he wanted it for a wedding, a jury heard. Birmingham Crown Court was told Stewart Edgar dishonestly turned down a rival £8,250 bid for the vehicle, which was part of his brigade's fleet. Mr Edgar who...
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Swindon murder: Man stabbed to death in field

A 33-year-old man has been fatally stabbed in a field in Swindon. He was assaulted off May Close, in the Gorse Hill area, at about 14:15 BST on Sunday and died at the scene. His next of kin has been informed. Wiltshire Police said he died from a single knife...
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Wurzels' story featured on Nailsea's heritage trail

A band which celebrates rural life from cider to manure is featuring in a heritage trail. The Wurzels rose to fame in the 70s with hits such as I Am A Cider Drinker and Combine Harvester. The trail will feature 10 sites around Nailsea, including the pub where the band...
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