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Swindon cyclist attacked by badger

Swindon cyclist attacked by badger
Swindon cyclist attacked by badger Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

A cyclist in Swindon has told police he was attacked by a badger. North Swindon police reacted light-heartedly, posting a tongue-in-cheek incident report on their Facebook page.

One of our more unusual reports in the last week has been from someone who had a close shave with a bristly character in North Swindon.

A cyclist was riding on the path by Thamesdown Drive near Redhouse at night when an aggressive badger rushed out of the undergrowth and attacked him on his bike. The shaken rider escaped by a whisker from this black and white case of assault – pretty paw behaviour indeed.

In all seriousness badgers can be territorial, bold and very hostile, so do be wary if you come across one at night and give it a wide berth. Meanwhile if you’ve been ‘sett upon’ or badgered by this offender let us know.

– North Swindon Police

West's Commonwealth medal tally increases

The weekend saw the West Country add to its tally of medals at the Commonwealth Games.

Bath's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor won gold in the women's 200 metre individual medley - breaking both a British and a Commonwealth record. The 18 year old has won 5 medals in total.

Siobhan Marie O'Connor wins gold
Siobhan Marie O'Connor wins gold Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

And her weightlifting team mate Zoe Smith won gold in her category - and set a games record -. In her two lifts Zoe lifted a combined weight of 210 kilos.


Manslaughter prosecution after trailer crushed 3-year-old

3-year-old Freddie Hussey was crushed by a trailer
3-year-old Freddie Hussey was crushed by a trailer Credit: Family

A 37-year-old man is being prosecuted for manslaughter and death by dangerous driving after the trailer he was pulling broke free of his vehicle and crushed a three-year-old boy as he walked along a pavement.

Tony Davies of Hallen, near Bristol, will appear before Bristol Magistrates on August 15, say Avon & Somerset Police.

He was driving a Land Rover along Parson Street in Bedminster in January this year when the trailer appeared to become detached. It rolled across the road and crushed Freddie Hussey as he walked a few feet ahead of his mother.

Fund-raising events and tributes followed the tragedy with a local band selling a specially-composed song in the boy's memory in aid of Bristol Children's Hospital.

Trains disrupted between Bristol and Bath

Keynsham train station
All services between Bath and Bristol have resumed after a train hit a person at Keynsham Credit: ITV News file picture

There are delays of up to 20 minutes on First Great Western and South West services between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa after a person was hit by train at Keynsham earlier.

The line has now reopened but knock-on delays are likely until 12:30pm

South West least affordable area outside London

The average rent is £813 a month
The average rent is £813 a month Credit: ITV News West Country

The cost of renting a home in the South West has risen so quickly that it is now the least affordable area in the country outside of Greater London. A survey by Homelet Rental Index shows average private home rents here have risen by 4.6% in the last twelve months. The average privately rented property in the South West now stands at £813 a month.


Protest against holiday tax at Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport
Bristol Airport Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners against holiday tax are protesting at Bristol Airport today. The Tax Payers Alliance says cutting air passenger duty would make life easier for holidaymakers and would also give businesses and airports a welcome boost helping to create jobs and growth.

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