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Controversial Bristol lettings agent has windows smashed

An estate agent criticised for encouraging Bristol landlords to increase rents has had its windows smashed in.

Campaigners protested outside the Southville branch of CJ Hole in April after it wrote to landlords with the suggestion, and more than 12,000 people signed a petition calling on the firm to stop "exploiting Bristol's housing crisis" and sign an 'Ethical Lettings Charter'. The vandal attack against the branch is believed to have happened on Tuesday night.

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Can you help find missing 14-year-old Melissa?

Melissa Bowles went missing from a leisure centre in North Wales last week. Credit: Wiltshire Police

14-year-old Melissa Bowles from Swindon has not been seen since she went missing from the Bala Leisure Centre in North Wales last Thursday.

She may have been spotted in Swindon town centre and the Parks area in the last few days.

The teenager was least seen wearing a purple hooded top and baggy black and white trousers, and carrying a multi-coloured backpack.

Anyone with any information should contact Wiltshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous,

The South West's new Hitachi trains to be built in Japan

The new high-speed trains will be introduced in 2017 Credit: First Great Western

It's been confirmed 29 new Hitachi trains planned for the West Country will be built thousands of miles away in Japan.

The news comes as a factory opened today in County Durham - to build another fleet of trains for First Great Western.

The rail Union RMT argues it is a big loss of jobs for workers here.

The government says it is still a boost for every region served by the trains as parts are made in them, creating thousands of jobs in the UK.

Eastern European paramedics due to start training to help South West shortage

Seventeen paramedics from Eastern Europe are due to arrive in the UK to begin their training with South Western Ambulance Service.

The service began a recruitment drive in the Czech Republic in June due to a chronic shortage of qualified staff here. There were more than a hundred a forty vacancies.

The recruits will take part in a twelve week training programme before qualify to go out on the road.

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Plans submitted for multi-million pound redevelopment of Bath Racecourse

If the plans go ahead, a new grandstand will be built which will house a 200 seater restaurant Credit: Arena Racing Company

Plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment of Bath Racecourse have been submitted to the local Council.

If approved, a new grandstand will be built overlooking the final furlong, which will house a bar and 200 seater restaurant.

Existing facilities will also be upgraded, including the parade ring and winners enclosure. The works would be completed by the autumn of next year.

50 tonnes of legs, eyes & flame-throwers: The countdown to 'Arcadia'

The giant mechanical spider is put together in Queen's Square Bristol ahead of this weekend's shows Credit: ITV News

Anyone walking near Queen Square in Bristol can't help but be slightly alarmed at the growing presence of a giant metal spider at its centre.

Over the last week 50 tonnes of legs, eyes and a flame throwing body have been installed by a local company for the 'Arcadia' shows taking place this weekend.

The giant insect has toured the world and was recently used for a performance at Glastonbury.

The spider in action at Glastonbury Credit: Arcadia

"Since Glastonbury it's been around the world in various different places but it's really exciting to actually bring it home to Bristol. We're a Bristol-based company - it's built by lots of people in Bristol from musicians to writers to circus performers to engineers... and this is the first time that we've actually brought it back home to the heart of our own home."

– Bertie Cole, Arcadia Creative Director
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