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West Country sailors prepare for round the world race

Skipper Darren Ladd says sailing the yacht is a team effort

Four skippers from the West Country will be at the helm of boats during this year's Clipper Round the World Race.

They include Darren Ladd from MIdsomer Norton in Somerset. He'll skipper one of twelve boats uring the year long race. His crew will be mostly amateur sailors who've paid for a place in the race. It starts in August.


300 walk through Cheltenham in memory of Hollie

Hollie was killed by her ex boyfriend in February 2014

Over 300 people will take part in a walk through Cheltenham today in memory of Hollie Gazzard.

This is the second year Hollie's father Nick has organised the event. Last year over £7,000 was raised for the charity set up in Hollie's name. The Hollie Gazzard Trust aims to promote the dangers of knife crime, reduce the level of domestic abuse and to help, support and fund young hairdressers in Gloucestershire through a partnership with Gloucestershire College.

The 20 year old hairdresser was stabbed to death at work by her ex boyfriend Asher Maslin.

The Walk 4 Hollie begins at 12:00 at Lansdown Park in Cheltenham and finishes six miles away at the King Teddy pub.


Rescue team from Bristol head to Nepal

Rescue teams are continuing to search for survivors after yesterday's devastating earthquake. Credit: Reuters

A search and rescue team from Bristol are on their way to Nepal to help find survivors of yesterday's earthquake.

14 fully trained resuce technicians from Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters (S.A.R.A.I.D) will travel to Kathmandu this evening with 1.5 tonnes of specialist equipment. They'll carry sound and vibration detection equipment, as well as specialised search cameras to help locate victims trapped under buildings.

S.A.R.A.I.D is an urban search and rescue team that specialises in locating and rescuing victims trapped in collapsed buildings. The team is experienced in dealing with incidents of this type having been part of the rescue efforts in the earthquakes of Indonesia and Haiti as well as other natural disasters around the world.

Bristol climber tweets from base camp

Injured climbers have been rescued from Everest. Credit: ITV News

A climber from Bristol who survived the earthquake in Nepal has tweeted from Everest base camp about the disaster.

Expedition leader Daniel Mazur and his team are in Camp One and all survived the earthquake. He tweeted to say a massive earthquake had hit just five hours after telling his followers the team was 'all packed for tonight's climb'.

Bristol Rovers miss out on Conference title despite win

A Conference record crowd of more than 11,000 saw Bristol Rovers thrash Alfreton 7-0, but it wasn't enough to clinch automatic promotion. Barnet are promoted to the Football League after a 2-0 win over Gateshead.

It means Rovers must now rely on the play-offs, and will face West Country rivals Forest Green Rovers over two legs. Forest Green secured a play-off place after drawing 0-0 with Dover.

Rifles march through the streets of Bristol

The Rifles have marched through Bristol today - exercising their right to the freedom of the city. Credit: ITV West Country

Soldiers from The Rifles have exercised their right to march through Bristol.

The Regiment was last given the freedom of the city in 2007. Since then The Rifles have been involed in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan where they suffered heavy losses. But today it was all about celebrating the regiment as they paraded through the streets of Bristol - watched by supporters and loved ones.

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