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2 degrees behind the South of France: Heatwave here to stay

Officials are close to declaring a Level 3 heatwave. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The hottest day of the year so far has prompted a warning from health officials to look out for those who might be suffering.

The very young and old are said to be particularly at risk. The highest recorded temperature in the West was 29 degrees in Filton near Bristol. Public Health England say they're close to declaring a Level 3 heatwave in the West, which would alert authorities to take special measures to protect those at risk. But today families have been making the most of the hot weather.

Jane Solomons' report has more.


Incredibly edible: elderflower is the star ingredient of the season

Elderflower is becoming increasingly popular as a flavour in drinks. Credit: ITV News

Fragrant, creamy and more and more popular in soft drinks, elderflower is the blossom of the summer. With perfect weather conditions, this year's crop is a particularly good one.

Dorset chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has this recipe for making your own elderflower cordial.


  • About 25 elderflower heads
  • Finely grated zest of 3 unwaxed lemons and 1 orange, plus their juice (about 150ml in total)
  • 1kg sugar1
  • heaped tsp citric acid (optional)


  • Inspect the elderflower heads carefully and remove any insects. Place the flower heads in a large bowl together with the orange and lemon zest.
  • Bring 1.5 litres water to the boil and pour over the elderflowers and citrus zest. Cover and leave overnight to infuse.
  • Strain the liquid through a scalded jelly bag or piece of muslin and pour into a saucepan. Add the sugar, the lemon and orange juice and the citric acid (if using).
  • Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then bring to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Use a funnel to pour the hot syrup into sterilised bottles. Seal the bottles with swing-top lids, sterilised screw-tops or corks.

'Heartbroken' granddaughter's tribute to nan killed in Tunisia

Eileen Swannack and John Welch were killed while on holiday in Tunisia. Credit: Dan Welch

The granddaughter of a Wiltshire woman killed in the attack in Tunisia has posted an emotional tribute to her online.

Eileen Swannack and her partner John Welch were staying in the RIU Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse, which was at the centre of the massacre in which at least 22 Britons died.

Their family had tried to trace them in the aftermath of the attack through online appeals.

Granddaughter Lucie Marie paid tribute to her "loving wonderful" nan in a post on Facebook, saying she did not understand how anyone could hurt her.

Thankyou to everyone who has had my nan in their thoughts over the last few days, & for messages of concern & help. As most of you will now be aware, my Nan & her partner were unfortunately killed in the terroist attack in Tunisia on friday. The last few days have been the hardest of my life, the not knowing, the dread, the amount of emotions & questions running through all our heads have been exhausting. & as more details unravel I'm sure it will continue to be very difficult & upsetting for our family for some time. We ask for patience & some privacy while we try to come to terms with this & grieve. I cannot understand how anyone could hurt my nan, she was such a loving wonderful woman & I'm heartbroken she's been taken from us in such a cruel way. Thoughts with everyone involved in & effected by this tragedy.

– Lucie Marie, Eileen Swannack's granddaughter

Man charged with attempted murder after Yeovil knife attack

Police say the attack was unprovoked. Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a teenage girl was stabbed in Yeovil.

The 17-year-old is in hospital following emergency surgery. Two others were also injured in the knife attack which police say was unprovoked.

30-year-old Lee Jeffries-Jones of no fixed address remains in police custody, and will appear at Taunton Crown Court on 24th July.


'No agreement': Bristol Rovers respond to takeover rumours

Bristol Rovers players huddle during a match. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers are looking to talk to new investors about the potential sale of the club - but say there is no agreement yet.

A report in the Bristol Post suggested the club was attracting American investors. Rovers say they would consider the right offer.

The club say they have spoken to former Reading director Chris Samuelson in an "informal conversation", but that they are one of several clubs he is looking at.

"The board of directors have made no secret of their intention to secure investment in a bid to take the club forward and cement its long-term future.

"Additionally if a potential buyer were to approach us with the right offer, made for the right reasons, we would obviously consider this offer.

"At this moment in time there has been no offer. However, this situation may change in the future.

"We have a very clear, ambitious plan to move this club forward and are actively looking for new directors with expertise.

"That plan is dependent on new or increased investment."

"But at this moment in time there is no agreement in place to sell Bristol Rovers."

– Statement from Bristol Rovers

Rail workers vote to strike against First Great Western

Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

Rail workers have voted to strike against First Great Western in a dispute over safety and jobs.

The RMT union say they have raised concerns over new hi-tech Super Express trains, including the need to keep safety-trained guards on trains and possible job losses, but that these have not been resolved.

80% of the union's First Great Western members voted for strike action. RMT say they are open for further talks, and considering their next move.

Five guilty of helping killer of Nicholas Robinson flee

Nicholas Robinson was killed on the stairwell of his home last year. Credit: ITV News

Five people have been found guilty of helping the convicted killer of a Bristol student flee the country after committing the murder.

19-year-old Luchiano Barnes was jailed for life earlier this year for the murder of Nicholas Robinson, 18, in March 2014, after an alleged deal to buy a gun went wrong.

The five people, including Barnes' parents, were convicted of assisting an offender, for helping him fly to the USA just days after the murder.

"I hope these convictions bring some form of comfort to Nicholas’ family who’ve had to endure a long wait for justice to be done.

“They’ve shown nothing but dignity and immense bravery throughout the investigation and resulting court proceedings and I want to offer them my heartfelt thanks for all the support they’ve given to me and my team despite having to come to terms with their own grief.”

– Senior Investigating Officer Det Chief Inspector Andy Bevan
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