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1 in 10 parents skip meals to feed their children

Families in the South West are struggling to deal with rising costs of living. A mother from Bristol describes how she has to find savings on food in order to meet household costs.

The charity Shelter claims that more than a third of working parents are cutting back on food spending to cope with increasing housing costs. With 1 in 10 even skipping meals.

What we need to see the Government do is make sure the safety net is strong, so if people lose their jobs, or their income falls off a cliff they don't lose their homes straight away, and can take that chance to get back on their feet.

– Shelter


Brad Pitt promotes new film in Dorset

Brad Pitt during a photocall for World War II film fury at The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset.
Brad Pitt during a photocall for World War II film fury at The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

Brad Pitt has made a visit to Dorset to promote his latest film 'Fury'.

The actor's appearance at the Tank Museum in Bovington is thought to be his first since marrying fellow movie star Angelina Jolie on Saturday. The new film is set at the end of the Second World War, and Brad Pitt's character commands a tank on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines.

Rare butterfly gets new home in Cotswolds

Large Blue butterfly
The rare Large Blue is at home in the Cotswolds Credit: Butterfly Conservation

Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation are officially opening a new reserve in the Cotswolds that could become home for the UK’s rarest butterfly – the previously extinct Large Blue.

Rough Bank reserve near Stroud, Gloucestershire, is already one of the best butterfly sites in the UK and is one of the only reserves where it is possible to see five species of blue butterfly.

The flower-strewn hillside reserve overlooks the Slad Valley – the area made famous by writer Laurie Lee in his autobiographical novel Cider with Rosie.


Triumph for Charlotte Dujardin at World Championships

Charlotte Dujardin
Charlotte Dujardin celebrates winning the Grande Prix Special Credit: Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa

Gloucestershire rider Charlotte Dujardin won the dressage Grand Prix Special at the World Equestrian Games in France yesterday

Riding Valegro, she clinched the title with the highest score ever achieved in the event. She will be hoping to add the freestyle gold when she competes tomorrow.

Search for missing Martin Andrews

Martin Andrews
Martin Andrews is missing from Cheltenham Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing Cheltenham man.

42 year old Martin Andrews from Warden Hill, hasn't been at work since last Thursday (August 21) and was last seen in the centre of Gloucester at around midday on Sunday.

Officers are concerned for Martin's welfare and are continuing a number of inquiries to trace him.

They are also urging Martin or anyone who knows where he is to call police straight away on 101, or 999 if appropriate.

Martin is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, of proportionate build and with cropped hair.

When he was last seen he was wearing a black t-shirt, black jacket and headphones and carrying a small to medium sized rucksack.

Conditions improving at Great Dorset Steam Fair

Great Dorset Steam Fair
The muddy scene at the Great Dorset Steam Fair yesterday Credit: ITV News West Country

The organisers of the Great Dorset Steam Fair say that conditions are still very muddy but are improving this morning. Yesterday many visitors to the fair were stranded for hours waiting to be towed through the mud.

The car parks for day visitors are mostly dry and running as normal, but pre-paid camping vehicles may face delays due to the ground conditions in gates 3 and 4.

– Great Dorset Steam Fair statement
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