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Your stories of the First World War

Next Monday world leaders will join relatives of soldiers at commemorations events marking 100 years since the start of the First World War.

As part of our coverage building up to the international events we've been asking you for your stories. Julian Kemp from Claverham near Bristol got in touch to tell us about his Great Uncle Bill who fought in the battle of Mons in 1914 and was part of the famous retreat. He was then redeployed and was caught up in some of the first gas attacks of the war. Here's his story.

Cameron in private talks with plane crash families

The Prime Minister is meeting families of Britons killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was apparently shot down by a surface-to-air missile while flying over territory occupied by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine earlier this month.

Ben Pocock from Bristol and Andrew Hoare from Beckington were among 298 people killed in the crash.

Kiev, backed by the UK and other Western states, has blamed the separatists for the tragedy - a claim denied by the militant groups and their allies in Moscow.

Ben Pocock from Bristol died onboard flight MH17
Ben Pocock died onboard flight MH17 Credit: Family
Andrew Hoare (left) from Beckington died onboard flight MH17
Andrew Hoare (left) died onboard flight MH17 Credit: Family

I'm sure that the bereaved families' first concern will be that their loved ones are treated with respect and with dignity and we must do everything we can to make sure that that crash site is properly managed, that their loved ones are brought home and that everything that can be done on that front is being done, and that's what I'll be discussing with them today.

I will be trying to bring them up to date with all the things that have happened, and listen to them and try to answer some of their questions.Mr Cameron yesterday spoke by conference call with US president Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi to agree a deal to ratchet up the pressure on Moscow, which is expected to target Russia's defence, energy and financial sectors.

– David Cameron MP, Prime Minister


Dorset man will face child sex abuse trial

Charles Napier arriving at court
Charles Napier arriving at court Credit: ITV

The half-brother of a senior Conservative MP, will face a trial over alleged historic sex abuse.

Charles Napier, 67, from Sherborne in Dorset, is accused of one count of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency. He is the half-brother of Maldon MP John Whittingdale.

The charges date back to the late 1970s and concern an alleged victim who was 11 years old at the time.

Is Bristol the worst city in the country for motorists?

Bristol is the worst city in the country for motorists. That's according to the Alliance of British Drivers who've made a video showing what they say are the main problems facing car users.

A recent report found that on average, commuters in Bristol spend 84 hours a year stuck in traffic. And business leaders have told ITV news that the situation is now so bad, it's hitting the city's economy.


4 jailed for dealing £1.55m worth of drugs

4 men from Weston-super-Mare have been jailed for a total of 33 years after admitting producing and dealing drugs.

Stephen Bailey, 45; Garry Parkinson, 49; Shaun Smith, 49 and Simon Kellaway, 38 were jailed for conspiracy to supply 56kgs of class A and B drugs which had an estimated street value of £1.55m.

They were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court yesterday.

Controlled drugs have always been something that we take seriously in North Somerset. Many residents have seen the negative impact drugs can have on the community such as anti-social behaviour, violence and criminal damage caused by people under the influence of drugs, or crimes carried out to fund their drug use.

Our commitment and the court result will reassure people – especially those living in Weston-super-Mare that we will pursue those intent on following a life of illegal drug activity and bring them before the courts.

The court decision and hefty jail sentence should have a positive impact but we refuse to be complacent and will remain focused and committed to working with Zephyr and other multi agency partners to disrupt, dismantle and destroy organised drug groups in North Somerset, which can have such a negative impact on our communities

– DI Saunders, Weston-super-Mare CID

Somerset MP 'disappointed' in new Environment Secretary's failure to visit local farmers

Tessa Munt, MP for Wells
Tessa Munt, MP for Wells Credit: John Stillwell/PA

A Somerset MP who says she wrote to the new Environment Secretary inviting her to meet local farmers, says she's disappointed that she failed to do so.

Wells MP Tessa Munt has criticised Liz Truss for failing to take the opportunity to meet with a group of local farmers and landowners from the Axe and Brue catchment areas during her visit to the Somerset Levels yesterday.

I know local people will be disappointed that she was unwilling to meet with them. I have the means to contact 1,100 affected smallholders, tenants and farmers with land abutting the Axe and Brue Rivers at short notice, and although they have missed out this time, I will write to Liz Truss again, asking that she meet those affected in my area so she understands these problems are not limited to the Parrett and the Tone.

– Tessa Munt MP

Swindon's Jazz Carlin wins historic swimming gold

Silver medalist Lauren Boyle of New Zealand, gold medalist Jazz Carlin of Wales and bronze medalist Brittany MacClean of Canada
Silver medalist Lauren Boyle of New Zealand, gold medalist Jazz Carlin of Wales and bronze medalist Brittany MacClean of Canada Credit: TRACEY NEARMY/AAP/Press Association

Swindon's Jazz Carlin won Wales' first gold in the pool in 40 years at the Commonwealth Games last night.

Carlin broke the Commonwealth record, winning the 800 metre freestyle with a time of eight minutes 18.11 seconds.

Eight, including pregnant woman, rescued from mud at Weston super Mare

People walking with their dogs underneath the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare
People walking with their dogs underneath the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

Avon Fire & Rescue are warning people not to venture too far out and remember to check the tide times after a heavily pregnant woman got stuck to her waist in mud and had to be rescued in Weston Super Mare.

A woman, thought to be eight months pregnant, her partner and a young girl aged around seven, were...assisted to safety. The woman was stuck up to her waist in the mud.

– Avon Fire & Rescue

They were among eight people who had to be rescued by Avon Fire and Rescue Service's hovercraft at the popular tourist resort.

A teenage boy was suffering from exhaustion and unable to get to safety and an older male who was with him was trapped up to his knees.

– Avon Fire & Rescue
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