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Positive unemployment figures for South West

The latest jobs figures for the South West show 137,000 people were unemployed in our region for the months May to July 2014. This is a slight increase on the previous quarter of February to April when 136,000 were out of work.

The unemployment rate has risen 0.1% to 5.0%, which is still one of the lowest rates it's been for the last 6 years.

Across the whole of the UK unemployment fell by 146,000 to 2.02million in the three months to the end of the July. The unemployment rate fell to 6.2%, its lowest rate since the September to November 2008.

Agatha Christie's grandson tells us his memories

For millions of her fans Agatha Christie was the pioneer of the murder mystery novel - with an uncanny ability to keep readers hooked with her amazing story telling.

But behind the author - what was she like as a woman? For the second part of our series on Agatha Christie - We've been speaking to her grandson about his memories - and been given exclusive access to the secret family archive.


Cheltenham woman dies during charity cycle ride

The husband of a Cheltenham woman who died taking part in a charity cycle ride has described her as "a wonderful mother who would do anything for anyone".

Sally Preece died after she collided with a car whilst taking part in a Lands End to John O'Groats cycle ride - raising money for the Alzheimers Society. Since her death her fundraising page has been inundated with donations. Our Gloucestershire Correspondent Ken Goodwin reports

Javelin Park incinerator decision postponed

A decision over whether to allow a waste incinerator to be built at Javelin Park near Gloucester has been postponed.

The incinerator, which would burn household and commercial refuse instead of sending it to landfill, was turned down by Gloucestershire County Council's planning committee after protests from people living near the site. But the consortium behind the proposal appealed.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles was to have given a decision today. But his department says that's has now been postponed until the end of November.


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