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Parents warned about a gang of rogue clowns

Melksham Carnival say the clowns have been fleecing parents. Credit: Melksham Carnival

Carnival organisers have warned people to be on their guard about a gang of mystery rogue clowns in our region.

Melksham Carnival posted the above photo on their website urging parents to be alert.

Last year a number of them snuck into processions and scammed parents, handing children sword balloons or taking photos, and then charging for them.

The gang are believed to have struck a carnival in Calne, Wiltshire last month, and there have been reports of them across the region.

13-year-old Jack Parfitt missing again hours after being found

Teenager Jack Parfitt is missing again. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A 13-year-old schoolboy is missing again, just hours after being found.

Police announced earlier that Jack Parfitt had been found safe in Swindon after more than two weeks missing from his Gloucester home, and that a 23-year-old woman had been arrested.

However they now say that he ran away from his social worker just hours later, just as he was about to be taken back to Gloucester.

Wiltshire Police have now re-started their hunt for the missing teenager.


Rail strike to go ahead as talks break down

Rail workers will strike against First Great Western from Wednesday evening. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

A 48-hour rail strike is likely to happen this week, after talks between First Great Western and union leaders broke down.

80% of the RMT union's First Great Western members voted to strike last week, in a dispute relating to the new Hitachi Inter-City trains. The union say First Great Western have refused to give "very basic assurances" about passenger safety and jobs.

The strike is due to start at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 8th, and will continue for 48 hours.

The union say there will also be a rally in support of the strike at London's Paddington Station, at 5pm on July 8th.

First Great Western have said they expect to run the majority of London Thames Valley services, but long distance and local rail services will be significantly reduced. Those travelling should expect limited space and busy trains until Saturday morning, as well as last-minute changes and potential cancellations.


Man in court charged with murder of Melanie Road in 1984

Court artist's impression of Christopher Hampton in court today. Credit: Elizabeth Cook

A 63-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a Bath schoolgirl over 30 years ago.

Christopher Hampton appeared before Bath Magistrates earlier today, speaking only to confirm his name, age, address and that he understood the charge.

He will appear before Bristol Crown Court tomorrow.

Melanie Road was murdered in June 1984.

Melanie Road was 17 years old when she was stabbed to death after a night out with friends in June 1984.

Floating cinema comes to Bristol

The converted barge is being used to show films Credit: ITV News

A floating cinema arrived in Bristol today for a week long stay in the city.

But this converted barge isn't just about showing films on the water. The barge also aims to promote the regions waterways and the people who use them.

The month long tour from London to Bristol has taken in 200 miles of waterways and 100 locks and has been staging events

The floating cinema will be in Bristol for a week Credit: ITV News

Bristol's latest resident parking zone sabotaged by protesters

Black paint covers new white lines in Montpelier Credit: ITV News

Bristol's latest residents' parking zone has come into force today but some are continuing to resist it.

Black paint has been covered over new white lines in one road in Montpelier where last week police negotiated with protesters who for a week blocked council workmen from completing the controversial scheme brought in by Mayor George Ferguson.

Bristol City Council say motorists parking illegally will not be fined while the new system beds in.

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