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Bath's Walker-Hebborn takes gold in 100m backstroke

Chris Walker-Hebborn
Chris Walker-Hebborn, who beat defending champion Liam Tancock in the 100 metres backstroke final. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

There was a gold medal for Bath's Chris Walker-Hebborn, who beat defending champion Liam Tancock in the 100 metres backstroke final. The 24-year-old set a new Commonwealth record with a time of 53.12 seconds.

Bath teenager Siobhan Marie O'Connor just missed out on a gold medal in the 100 metre butterfly final. The 18-year-old won her third silver of the games.

Bath's Elizabeth Simmonds is through the 100 metre backstroke final after winning her semi-final with a time of 59.98 seconds.

But it wasn't all good news. Bath based duo Andrew Willis and Michael Jamieson, both failed to qualify for the 100 metre breaststroke final, and Millfield's James Guy was 6th in the 200 metre freestyle final.

Gold medal for Bristol teacher Fletcher

It's been a good evening for West Country athletes on the second day of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In Judo, Bristol teacher Megan Fletcher has won a gold medal, while Bristolian Sally Conway picked up a bronze.

Megan Fletcher
Megan Fletcher has won a gold medal. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Fletcher added to England's gold tally in the under-70kgs when she threw and then pinned down Moira de Villiers of New Zealand.

Conway, the world number five beaten in the semi-final by Fletcher, won bronze after edging past India's Sunibala Bhuidrom on penalty scores following a scoreless contest.

Sally Conway
Women's 70kg Judo (left to right) Sally Conway (bronze), Megan Fletcher (gold) Moira de Villiers (silver) Credit: EMPICS

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Bristol credit card firm wins Queen's Award

Mrs Mary Prior MBE JP, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol presents Creditcall CEO Peter Turner with Queens Award for International Trade 2014
Mrs Mary Prior MBE JP, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol presents Creditcall 's Chief Executive, Peter Turner, with a Queens Award for International Trade 2014 Credit: Creditcall

A Bristol firm has been presented with the Queen's Award for International Trade..

Creditcall began in the city in 1997 and now employs more than 60 staff.

The firm provides safe technology for people to make payments - whether using a smartphone, vending machine, parking meter, ticket machine or desktop PC.

Creditcall's promotional video gives an idea about what the firm does.

Man arrested on suspicion arson after mast fire

The mast was set alight in January 2013
The mast was set alight in January 2013 Credit: ITV News West Country

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of arson following a fire at a phone mast in Bath.

The fire in January last year caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage. Thousands of homes experienced TV, radio and mobile signal disruption. A 30 year old man remains in custody.

The damage affected TVs, radios and mobile phones
The damage affected TVs, radios and mobile phones Credit: ITV News West Country

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Salisbury coach firm takes over some Hatts' routes

Salisbury Reds has announced additional bus services in the region - with news that Hatts Coaches has ceased trading. Following discussions with Wiltshire Council, the operator will run buses across the following routes from today

7 and 8A - Devizes Road/Quidhampton to the city centre 12 - Stratford Bridge, Devonshire Road and Wyndham Road to the city centre 14 - Milton Road, Harvard Heights and Harnham Hill to the city centre 44 - Salisbury, Odstock, Downton, Redlynch, Woodfalls 66 - Salisbury to Tidworth via Shipton Bellinger

Another service, the 29 from Shaftesbury to Salisbury - via the Chalke Valley villages - will be run by sister firm Damory Coaches.

More information about the new services - including detailed timetables

Miliband: 'I look like Wallace' but image isn't important

Labour leader Ed Miliband has admitted to a likeness with "Wallace" from the popular "Wallace and Gromit" films, made by Bristol's Aardman Animations.

But he says politics rather than his image is what is important to him.

Split screen Wallace of Wallace & Gromit and Ed Miliband
Separated at birth? Wallace and Ed Miliband Credit: PA

In a wide-ranging speech to the Royal Institute of British Architects he said:

I am not from central casting. You can find people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace.

– Ed Miliband MP, Labour leader
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