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Abandoned dog found on country lane with sore paws

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a young, lurcher dog was found limping down a country lane in Somerset.

The female dog, now known as Star and is less than a year old.

The female dog, now known as Star and is less than a year old. Credit: RSPCA

She was found on a cold afternoon at the end of January, by a member of the public down a quiet lane that runs from the village of Curry Mallet to Isle Brewers Road. She was noted to be in a terrible condition with severe mange between her toes leaving her struggling to walk.

The member of the public who found her said Star came right up to her and was obviously friendly and used to people. They also noticed that she was walking in a funny way and, feeling sorry for her, took her in for the night until she was picked up to take her to a local kennel.

The mange had left her skin raw and sore, leading the RSPCA to launch an investigation into her condition.

Poor Star was found very skinny and unkempt with skin so red raw and riddled with mange. The mange was that bad that it was even between her toes and she could barely walk. She is now thankfully being treated and cared for by the staff at our animal centre, but leaving an animal to suffer like this is just unacceptable.

When she was found she was wearing a really distinctive greyish brown webbed collar. We are hoping that this might trigger people's memories and will help us get to the bottom of exactly what has happened here.

– John Pollock, RSPCA inspector

Staff say Star is recovering well and that they hope to find her a loving home soon.

Anyone with more information is being urged to contact Inspector Pollock on the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

Woman goes missing after taking children to school

Radmila Faleyeva-Manns went missing after dropping her children off at school. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Police have issued an appeal to find missing Radmila Faleyeva-Manns from Stroud.

The 28-year-old was last seen at around 6.30am on 9 February by her husband at their home in Gloucestershire. She is believed to have gone missing after taking her children to school later that day.


  • white
  • 5'10"
  • stocky build
  • shoulder length wavy brown hair
  • travelling in a silver Mercedes A Class
  • speaks fluent English but with a slight Russian accent

Anyone with information regarding Radmila's location is urged to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101.

Man dressed up as a bear racially abused & beaten up by gang

Man was dressed at the 'Brighthouse bear' pictured here on the right. Credit:

A man dressed up in a mascot bear costume has been beaten up and racially abused by a gang of teenagers in a shopping centre in Trowbridge.

The man, who was dressed as 'Billy the BrightHouse bear' pictured above, was doing promotional work in The Shires Shopping Centre when he was suddenly attacked by a group of of teenage boys.

The group of six or seven offenders punched the man before subjecting him to racial abuse.

Despite the victim being mixed-race, police are puzzled as to how the attackers knew of the man's heritage when he was dressed in the full bear attire.

Police are appealing for witnesses of the incident which happened on February 5.


Approval for build at Bath Rugby's Rec

Plans to replace the West Stand at Bath Rugby's Rec went before council planners today. Credit: ITV West Country

Bath Rugby has received four-year planning consent for their stands at the Rec ground, including a new temporary West Stand and renewal of permissions for North, East and South Stands.

Plans to replace the West Stand at the Recreation ground were presented to council planners today (10 February). The club says the ageing wooden structure is no longer fit for purpose. Their dream is to build a temporary stand, which would give the ground 1,000 extra seats.

The consent will increase capacity at the Rec. Credit: ITV News
capacity at the Rec after the new development

MP for Bath, Ben Howlett has welcomed the news that the council has approved plans.

I am thrilled that the Council has at last granted permission for Bath Rugby Stadium to be expanded and I look forward to supporting Bath Rugby at the bigger stadium in the future.

The 1000 extra seats will make a real difference allowing even more Bath supporters to support the team.

– Ben Howlett

The temporary stands will be finished in 4 years time.

Somerset shoe firm to axe 170 jobs

Clarks shoe-makers have been a global leader in the footwear market for 190 years. Credit: ITV West Country

One of Somerset's biggest companies, the shoe-makers Clarks, has announced plans to cut 170 jobs.

The majority of the jobs will be lost from its headquarters in Street, where they currently employ more than a thousand people. The company says its in conversation with employees both based in Somerset and in their centre in Boston.

The company says the increasingly demanding commercial environment and more competition, are the reasons for the restructuring of the business.

employees in Somerset centre
Credit: ITV News

A spokesperson for the footwear company, which employs 1,230 people in Street, said it was 'restructuring to make the best use of its team'.

The company also hope the move will use their resources more efficiently.

We have in recent years, experienced a highly demanding commercial and economic environment, with increasing competition and intensified customer expectations. To meet these challenges Clarks has undertaken an in-depth review and a subsequent reorganisation of the business.

Clarks has begun restructuring the company to focus on its global distribution channels, combining its product and marketing functions and making best use of its talented product development teams in Street, Somerset and Boston, Massachusetts. The reorganisation will also address duplication of capabilities and inefficiencies across the Company.

This reorganisation unfortunately means that we are in conversations with approximately 170 people who will leave our business across our global operations over the coming month.

– Clarks spokesperson

800+ operations and appointments cancelled after walk out

Thousands of junior doctors have walked out across the West over disputes over new contracts. Credit: PA

More than 800 operations and appointments have been cancelled across the West as junior doctors walk out for the second time.

They're protesting over a proposed new contract which they say will mean they'll have to work more anti-social hours with no extra pay. However all emergency care today was protected.

Here are the figures ITV News have compiled of all the operations and appointments affected across the region.


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The picket line at Dorset County Hospital today on the second day of strike action. Credit: ITV West Country


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cancelled operations but the number of cancelled appointments is unknown.


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The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust and Great Western Hospital would not provide the figures for the number of operations and appointments disrupted by the junior doctors industrial action today (10 February). This is the second time these both trusts have refused to provide their figures.

Junior doctors say they're striking against the imposed changes in pay for unsocial hours, claiming it devalues the work doctors do on evenings and weekends.

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