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Concerns for 17 year old girl missing in Twigworth

Lauren Knight went missing on Tuesday night Credit: Police

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a missing 17-year-old girl from Twigworth.

Lauren Knight was last seen by her mum at her home just off the A38 on Tuesday evening. She said that she was going shopping in Cheltenham, but has not been seen since.

Lauren is described as white, around 5ft 5ins tall with long blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a black fur coat, grey leggings, grey fitted top and black shoes.

Officers and Lauren’s family are very concerned for Lauren’s welfare as this is out of character for her.

Anyone who may have information on where Lauren is are asked to call Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 462 of December 16.

VIDEO: panto stars Ashley, Pudsey and Andy Ford

Ashley and Pudsey are starring in panto in Bristol. They'll be in Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome - and they've had rave reviews for their performances as Alice Fitzwarren and her faithful pooch.

Another star of the show is a veteran of Bristol panto - comedian Andy Ford.
We met all three when they came into our studio today. You can watch the whole interview here.


Police continue search for property of Sian O'Callaghan

Sian O'Callaghan Credit: Family

Officers from Wiltshire's Major Crime Investigation Team are continuing to search for property belonging to murder victim Sian O’Callaghan.

The 22-year-old was murdered in 2011 by minicab driver Christopher Halliwell.

Today police are searching another field between the villages of Bourton and Bishopstone. Officers have received information that Sian's property may be in this area.

Pudsey pays us a visit ahead of starring in panto in Bristol

Pantomime season is in full swing and the region's playhouses are full of television stars trading the screen for the boards.

Ashley and Pudsey captured the nations attention with their Britain's Got Talent Routine, and are now getting rave reviews for their performances as Alice Fitzwarren and her faithful pooch. They popped into our studio a little earlier - here's Pudsey meeting Ian Axton.

Multi-million pound growth deal signed for Swindon

Nick Clegg signs multi-million pound contract in Swindon Credit: ITV West Country

The Deputy Prime Minister has been in Swindon to sign a contract that will bring up to one thousand five hundred jobs to the area.

The growth deal will mean more than £129 million investment in the region. It will see 2000 homes being built by 2021. The plan also include new transport schemes and a science park at Porton Down.

Coroner calls for greater safety on ski slopes

Aleksander Owens-Thurston died in February. Credit: Family

A coroner in Somerset has called for greater safety on ski slopes at the inquest into the death of a young man from Taunton.

23 year old Aleksander Owens-Thurston died in February when he hit a snow making machine on a steep run at a resort in Austria. Recording a conclusion of accidental death, the coroner Michael Rose said if the machine had been properly padded or moved into a safer position, his life might have been saved.


Bed blocking blamed for 'major incident' in Gloucestershire

A Gloucestershire MP has asked the Health Secretary to ensure that patients are discharged from hospital more quickly after a "major incident" was declared in the county earlier this week.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Conservative member for the Cotswolds, raised the issue with the health secretary after so-called "bed blocking" was blamed for a lack of available beds at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General hospitals.

Gloucestershire badger cull misses target by over half

Gloucestershire's badger cull this year missed its minimum target by over half. The figures were published today. Just 274 badgers were culled in the second year of the scheme, falling far short of the minimum 615 estimated to be needed to deliver reductions in the disease in livestock.

Somerset exceeded its target by a small number of badgers. 341 were culled, in a required range of 316 to 785.

In both of the pilot areas, a significant proportion were killed by the more expensive cage trapping and shooting method, rather than "controlled shooting" of free-running badgers.

Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle says alternatives to culling need to be considered.

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Maria Eagle Credit: PA

The target set in Gloucestershire has been spectacularly missed whilst the Somerset target was only narrowly reached, meaning that, if anything, these culls will make the problem of bovine TB worse.

The Government must today commit to abandoning any attempt to continue these unscientific, inhumane and ineffective badger culls.

They must instead work with scientists, wildlife groups and farmers to develop an alternative strategy to get the problem of bovine TB under control.

– Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary

Health Secretary acknowledges 'teething problems' at Southmead

Southmead Hospital has third worst record in the country for dealing with patients in A&E Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has acknowledged "teething problems" at the new Southmead hospital in Bristol, but says staff are working "incredibly hard" to overcome them.

He was responding to a question Bristol East Labour MP Kerry McCarthy about the fact that Southmead has the third worst record in the country for dealing with Accident and Emergency cases.

Inquest into 23 year old's skiing death has begun

Taunton Coroner's Court Credit: ITV West Country/Bob Cruwys

An inquest has begun into the death of a man from Taunton who died in a skiing accident. Aleksander Owens-Thurston was just 23 years old when he died on a skiing holiday in February this year. He crashed into a snow making machine at a resort in Austria and fractured his skull.

He is said to have been a very good skier but was not wearing a helmet. He was on holiday with his family when the accident happened. They are expected to attend the inquest into his death at the Coroner's Court in Taunton this afternoon.

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