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Man fights for his life after 'being thrown from a van'

Paramedics were called to the High Street in Wotton-under-Edge to treat the man for serious injuries. Credit: Bing maps

A man's in hospital with life-threatening injuries after it's believed he may have been thrown from a van.

A VW Transporter, registration number N125 AWE, was seen being driven the wrong way down a one-way street in Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire.

A short time later, around 9.30pm, paramedics were called to the High Street to treat the man for serious injuries. He's 41 and from Bristol.

Three men from the city are in police custody on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to call 101.

Raccoon dog missing from zoo in Somerset

The dog escaped on Saturday morning. Credit: Chris Moiser/PA Wire

Police are investigating after a raccoon dog went missing from Tropiquaria zoo near Minehead in Somerset.

The raccoon dog, also known as a tanuki, was last seen at 8pm on Friday night but when staff arrived on Saturday morning they found damage to a wire panel and a steel bar removed.

The animal's name is tanuki, which is also the Japanese name for the species, she was a rescue animal that had been homed with us for a couple of months only.

Although the arrival of the animal had been reported in the local newspapers only a few days before she disappeared, she was not on show to the public, and other than the keeping staff only half a dozen people were aware of where the animal was being kept.

– Chris Moiser, Zoo director

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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Charity diamond hunt is hailed a big success

Anna Mason from Maggie's with Alex Rose from Beards Credit: ITV News West Country

Cheltenham's great diamond hunt has finished with all ten gems successfully found by eager competitors for the charity event. A total of £10,000 worth of diamonds were hidden across the spa town by luxury jeweller Beards to help raise money for local cancer charity Maggie's Cancer Care Centre.

The first diamond was found within 10 minutes of the Diamond Rush kicking off and the last was uncovered at 1.34pm, hidden in the underground car park at The Montpellier Chapter.

One Cheltenham couple, who found the diamond in 131 The Promenade, heightened the emotion of the day with a marriage proposal. Builder Scott Thompson, 27, got down on one knee to ask his girlfriend Lucienne Simpson, 26, to marry him.

“It has been an amazing and rather emotional day which has not only raised a huge amount for Maggie’s but has also changed lives of people taking part. The people who have found the diamonds have been over the moon, and this was simply topped with one of the lucky finders popping the question to his girlfriend.”

– Anna Mason, Maggie's Cancer Care
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