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New DVD shows rare Bristol WW1 footage

As a major city, and one of Britain’s two main Atlantic ports, Bristol’s role in the First World War was significant: 55,000 of her men went to war, of whom 6,000 would never return, while her seamen defied U-Boats to bring in vital food supplies.

Bristol also produced numerous vital products for the war effort, from cigarettes and chocolate to aircraft, munitions and mustard gas, and women began to take on what was previously seen as ‘men’s work’.

A new DVD - Bristol's Great War - has been released, featuring rare footage of Bristol during this period.


Ed Miliband visits Swindon

Ed Miliband visits Tetronics International in Swindon Credit: ITV West Country/Bob Constantine

Labour leader Ed Miliband was in Swindon today where he hopes Labour can reclaim two seats at the next general election

He took a tour around Tetronics International which specialises in turning waste material into commercial products and is a big employer in the area.

Missing Sallyann's mother makes emotional appeal

The mother of a young woman police believe was murdered has made a tearful appeal for information - 19 years after her daughter disappeared.

Sallyann John was last seen alive in September 1995 in the Manchester Road area of Swindon where she'd been working as a prostitute. Police say new leads have prompted them to re-start the investigation.

Arrests made following fatal crash in Melksham

Two men have been arrested following a fatal road traffic collision in Melksham.

An 18 year-old man and a 25 year-old man - both from Melksham - were arrested this morning on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Both men remain in police custody in Melksham.

19 year old Max Lewis died in the collision on Forest Lane on Saturday. The red Citroen Saxo he was travelling in collided with a van.

The driver of the Saxo - a 22 year old man from Melksham - was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. His condition is now described as stable.

Following a fantastic response from the public, we have now arrested two men on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the local community for the information they have provided to Wiltshire Police since Saturday's tragic road traffic collision.

We will now continue to focus our attention on this investigation.

– Sergeant Barrie Card
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Somerset collision leaves 80 year old pedestrian in hospital

Brook Street in Cannington Credit: ITV West Country

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 80 year old man was hit by a car in Somerset.

The victim was hit by a blue Mazda Tamura on Brook Street in Cannington yesterday morning. He was taken to Musgrove Park hospital with severe head injuries, but was transferred to Southmead Hospital last night. He is described as being in a critical but stable condition with life threatening injuries.

As a result of the incident, the road was closed until midday.


Sallyann John's mother makes emotional appeal

Sally Ann John went missing in Swindon in 1995

The mother of a woman who disappeared in 1995 has appealed for information relating to the newly reopened case.

Detectives in Wiltshire have begun a murder investigation following the disappearance of Sallyann John nearly 20 years ago. Sallyann was 23 when she went missing from her home town of Swindon.

Sallyann's mother Lesley John Credit: ITV West Country

Sally disappeared 19 years a go and I still think of her every day. For years I have wondered where she could be and I have had to deal with the thought that she might have been killed.

For a long time I and all of Sally’s family and friends have not known what happened to her, where she is or if she was even alive. As the years have past this has not got any easier and has become something that I live with. However, I have never given up the hope that one day she might walk through the door.

She was a bright and beautiful girl who could make anyone smile. She had lots of friends in Swindon and many people knew her. I still cannot believe that in all these years no one has come forward to say where Sally is. Someone out there knows what happened to Sally. It is horrible to think that she might have been hurt or alone. We really want to know what happened to Sally and someone in Swindon has this information, so I am pleading with you to go to the police. In all these years lives change and so do friendships and relationships. I know the police want to hear from anyone who knew Sally, and I would urge them to come forward – they may not have spoken to police at the time she disappeared but now they might be able to. That small bit of information might be the key to giving us closure and finally knowing what happened to our girl. It won’t bring her back but it will ease our suffering. Please come forward and help us find Sally.

– Lesley John

Five cats poisoned in two weeks on one Somerset road

Five cats have been poisoned with antifreeze in a single road in Somerset over the past two weeks, prompting fears it's being done on purpose.

Some owners in Woolavington are now keeping their pets indoors out of fear their animal could be next. Tamsin Wheeler has already lost one cat, Bluebell, and is concerned for the safety of her two other pets.

But Bluebell wasn't the only one. Five cats from this one road in Woolavington in Somerset have died from antifreeze poisoning in the past two weeks - prompting fears that somebody's been doing it deliberately.

Of course there's a chance the cats could have got hold of this antifreeze accidentally and the RSPCA is reminding people to make sure it's stored properly and cleared up if it's spilled but if it was left out on purpose, that's an offence which could lead to a £20,000 fine and up to six months in prison.

For now this family is taking no chances - Max the dog stays shut in the garden and the cats are kept indoors.

Panda doesn't go out so he's safe enough but I'm more worried about Tinkerbell because she likes to come up the shop with me. She doesn't like staying inside She's more of an outdoor cat but I'm just afraid that it's going to happen to her and to other cats around this area.

– Tamsin Wheeler, cat owner

Animal welfare officers say the five cats that were poisoned would have suffered a lot of pain and distress - they're hoping no more have to suffer in the same way.

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