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Trapped badger rescued from football net

Credit: Secret World

Wildlife rescuers from Secret World at Highbridge in Somerset were called in to help a badger that had become trapped in goal netting on a school football pitch.

The unfortunate animal was spotted by a teacher at Woolavington Primary School. The netting could not be cut away on the spot - so the badger was taken to Quantock Veterinary Hospital in Bridgwater where he was sedated. More details here.


Family to retrace missing Swindon man's last steps

Paul Griffiths was last seen nearly a week ago Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

The family of a missing musician from Swindon are to stage a walk tomorrow to mark a week since he disappeared. Paul Griffiths hasn't been seen since leaving the Priory Hospital in Bristol where he had checked himself in after suffering from serious anxiety.

Mr Griffiths, 60, from Clifton Street in Swindon, was last seen at 11.30am last Tuesday morning on Heath House Lane in the Stapleton area of Bristol.

“We have conducted several lines of enquiry since Paul was reported missing and we have carried out extensive searches in the area local to where he was last seen.

“I am really keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Paul last Tuesday morning on or around Heath House Lane, Bristol, or in the local area since that time."

– Det Insp Peter Highway, Avon & Somerset Police


Woman dies in flat fire in Wiltshire

The scene of the fire in Angel Yard Credit: ITV West Country

A woman has died in a fire in the centre of Marlborough. Fire crews forced their way into a first floor flat in Angel Yard at around 1pm after smoke was seen drifting from the building.

The woman, who's thought to be in her thirties, was declared dead at the scene by South Western Ambulance Service.

The fire did not affect adjacent properties.

Accused fundraiser: "I just feel totally insulted"

Former soldier and endurance athlete Mike Buss described how his life collapsed around the time of his arrest on suspicion of fraud. He had tried to take his own life, by overdosing on pills and slashing his wrists before his arrest.

He said he was innocent, and he felt there was a campaign against him in Swindon.

In the witness box, he told the jury: "I just feel totally insulted. It's not just any old charity but charities that are close to me. I was a soldier. I still consider myself a soldier. I needed support. I am disgusted with the way people have found me guilty before I was even charged."

Developers: fire a 'major blow' to plans for Baker's Quay

Developers say the fire is a setback to their plans Credit: @Chris_l_Esquire

Developers hoping to build flats and a hotel at Baker's Quay in Gloucester say this weekend's fire is a major blow. Rokeby Developments say the wooden beams and cast iron girders of Provender Mill were an important part of its charm but that the weekend's fire makes the restoration job much more difficult.

Structural engineers are now looking at the Victorian structure to see what can be saved. The developers say they are going to try to speed up their planning application so they can buy the site and try to save it. The plan is to build 154 flats, a hotel and shops and restaurants.

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