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Cheltenham man's voice to replace woman at self-service checkouts

Andy Turvey's voice could be in every store in the near future. Credit: ITV West Country

Just how annoyed do you get in Tesco when the woman at the self-service check outs tells you there's an unexpected item in the bagging area?

Some customers have even complained that the female voice is "too bossy" so the supermarket have decided to trial a different voice in some stores.

This time it's a man, rather than a woman's voice has been used and it's Andy Turvey from Cheltenham.

The new recording is supposedly meant to be "friendlier and more helpful".

If the trial is a success then his voice could be used in every store across the country.

What do you think of this decision? Have your say on our Facebook page.

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Police: 'Number of calls' over Heath sex abuse claims

Wiltshire Police said it had received a number of calls in response to its appeal for information on Monday in relation to allegations of child sex abuse against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

A force spokesman said: "The investigation team will be reviewing the information and following up any lines of inquiry as a result.

"Wiltshire Police continue to appeal to anyone who has information or may have been a victim of child sex abuse to come forward."

He added that the NSPCC, who the force is working with to provide support to victims, had also received calls in relation to the appeal.

The force spokesman added: “Please call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk as they have dedicated staff in place to deal with victims or if you have information that may help police please call us via 101.”

Police charge man with the murder of Bristol pensioner

Online tributes have been paid to Jan Bennett. Credit: Didim Cem Evi

Officials in Bulgaria have charged a local man with the rape and murder of a Bristol pensioner.

Jan Bennett, 67, is believed to have been attacked whilst out walking her dogs near her home in the village of Malomir.

A 40-year-old local man named as Ivan Georgiev by Bulgarian Authorities, has been arrested after police found DNA linking him to the scene.

Mrs Bennett was from the Eastville area of Bristol but had moved to the country with her husband just two months ago.

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Police appeal for witnesses after fatal crash near Bridport

Police are appealing for witnesses of the collision. Credit: ITV West Country

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision near Bridport, which left a 75-year-old man from Torquay dead.

At around 5am today a serious collision occurred between a white lorry and an orange Daewoo Matizt car on the A35.

The lorry was heading toward the Crown roundabout when it collided with the car, which was heading in the opposite direction.

The driver of the car died at the scene but the lorry driver was uninjured.

The A35 is closed in both directions to allow collision investigators to carry out an examination.

I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this collision, or the manner of driving of either vehicle, prior to the incident, to please call me on 101. All calls will be treated in strict confidence.

– Police Sergeant Dave Stroud, Dorset Police Traffic Unit
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75-year-old man dies in A35 Bridport lorry crash

Police are still at the scene of the collision. Credit: ITV West Country

The police have confirmed that a 75-year-old man from Torquay has died following a collision between a car and a lorry on the A35 in Bridport.

The road will remain closed in both directions for at least another hour, as investigations continue.

Diversions via a local route using the B3162 are causing long queues around the town.

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Pensioner reverses into baby in Devizes

Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

A baby boy has been seriously injured after being hit by a car in a car park in Devizes. The 14 month-old boy suffered a fractured skull and shoulder when he was struck by the car which was being driven by a 73 year-old man.

The accident happened just before 2pm yesterday in a parking area behind Freeman Road. The boy was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary by air ambulance and is expected to make a full recovery.

“Fortunately, the young boy is expected to make a full recovery and is being moved on to a ward today. This incident happened in a communal area, however, we would like to hear from anybody who was in the area at the time of the incident and may have witnessed the collision."

– PC Andy Stanley

Bristol skyline set to dazzle during lighting show

Lighting up Clifton Suspension Bridge Credit: Bristol 2015

Bristol’s skyline is set to be lit up with two million volts of lightning in a spectacular show, against the backdrop of Bristol’s Queen Square.

It will be the world’s first biofuel pyrotechnics show marking the city’s status as European Green Capital 2015.

It will take place in a month's time and organisers are promising a stunning visual extravaganza.

Clifton Suspension Bridge as you've never seen it Credit: Bristol 2015

'Rubberneckers' face prosecution over M5 crash

The M5 was closed for several hours following the crash Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police in Gloucestershire are hunting up to a dozen drivers who recorded video footage of a pile-up on M5 last Saturday. A total of 18 people were injured and two were airlifted to hospital after a Peugeot was hit from behind and shunted underneath a tanker on the M5.

The smash between junctions 13 and 14 near Dursley closed the southbound carriageway for several hours on Saturday afternoon. A 23-year-old driver from Coventry suffered serious head injuries.

Gloucestershire Police say those found to have been "rubbernecking" may face a variety of charges. A spokesman said its investigation was ongoing and someone may still face charges relating to causing the collisions.

Tributes to murdered Bristol woman Jan Bennett

Jan Bennett lived in Turkey before moving to Bulgaria Credit: Facebook

Online tributes have been paid to Jan Bennett. Mrs Bennett, 67, was murdered near her new home in Bulgaria less than three months after moving from the resort of Altinkum with her husband Nick.

Roz Millington wrote on Facebook: "We were only messaging each other two days ago. I am very sad and disturbed at her untimely passing. May she RIP. I send my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends, my heart aches for you all. God Bless."

Patsy Preskey wrote: " Such sad news and especially for those of us who knew her and her husband."

And Joy and Taz Hakwins said: "Just so sorry to hear this truly awful news, I knew the lady and we are both so shocked. Sending our deepest sympathies to her husband Nick and all her family and friends."

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