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Full statement from Max Lewis's family

Max Lewis, 19, died in the collision shortly before 3pm on Saturday 15 November 2014 on Forest Lane when a red Citroen Saxo he was travelling in collided with a white Renault Master van.

Max’s family would like to thank all his friends for their very kind love and support since he was killed last Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately we are not yet able to set a date for Max’s funeral, but as soon as we can we will let everyone know.

The vigil, flowers and tributes for Max at the crash site over the last few days has been amazing. We are so touched, it has been overwhelming. Our hearts are broken but it is lovely to know that he had so many friends and was so loved by you all.

We want everyone to be safe and the Police and Highways Agency will be moving the tributes very soon. We would like to say that people who would like to be together or bring their tributes and flowers, are very welcome to go to the fields at Max’s fathers house, Baldham, Seend.

– Family statement

An 18 year-old man and a 25 year-old man - both from Melksham - were arrested on Thursday 20 November on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

They have since been bailed to return to Melksham police station on a date in January 2015.

The driver of the Saxo - a 22 year old man from Melksham - was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Max Lewis. Credit: Family photograph

Bristol's David Prowse makes road safety comeback

Bristol actor David Prowse has made a comeback - as the Green Cross Code Man.

The 79 year old actor, who appeared as Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies, has appeared in a video as part of a road safety campaign launched on YouTube.

Unlike the original Green Cross Code Man campaigns, this one is aimed at adults who put themselves at risk by continuing to use modern technology while crossing the road.


Cheltenham MP joins protestors at Weetabix packing plant

MP Mark Horwood has joined protestors outside a factory in Cheltenham.

Mr Horwood took the case of 105 Weetabix employees who have been made redundant to parliament yesterday. The packing plant on the Kingsditch Industrial Estate announced it was closing down last month. Employees don't feel that the redundancy package they were offered is fair.

Enhanced redundancy package offered to protestors

Employer offers protestors enhanced redundancy package Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Following a protest outside a Weetabix factory in Cheltenham the employer has offered an enhanced redundancy package.

105 employees at the plant on the Kingsditch Industrial Estate were made redundant after the factory announced it would close. They say their not happy with the redundancy packages they were offered.

Following a consultation process, we have agreed to work with our employees, their trade unions and local employment agencies to proceed with a phased closure of the business beginning in early 2015.

An enhanced redundancy package has been offered and we will be supporting employees to find new roles with out-placement support and a number of local companies have already been in touch to make us aware of vacancies.

Throughout this period we will be providing support to employees in the search for alternative employment. This has been a difficult decision and we appreciate it affects all of our people and their families.

– Vibixa

The West Country at Westminster

In this month's "The Westcountry at Westminster", Alastair Stewart is joined by Baroness Jolly from Cornwall, a Liberal Democrat peer and government whip in the House of Lords; Labour's Clare Moody who represents the South West as an MEP; and Rebecca Pow, a former journalist, who's hoping to take Taunton Deane for the Conservatives at the next General Election.

Up for discussion on the show - the Rochester by-election and what a UKIP win means for the other parties. Also, on a recent visit to Somerset Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg all but promised an improved transport infrastructure package for the South West. Business and council leaders want to see the A303 and A358 turned into dual carriageway. Plus, nearly one hundred years since the first female MP was elected, how have things changed for women in politics?

Avon & Somerset's PCC is 'as committed as ever'

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens at one of her weekly meetings in Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Payne

Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner has told ITV News she remains as committed as ever to her job despite calls for her to quit.

Today marks the start of Sue Mountsevens' third year in office but the anniversary comes at a time when her chief constable is suspended and with an independent investigation into the conduct of some officers and staff underway.


Lorry crashes into front of Trowbridge pub

Hole left in the front of the Rising Sun following lorry crash Credit: ITV West Country/Jon Leach

A lorry driver has crashed through the front of a pub in Wiltshire.

The incident - which happened at 6am - left a huge hole in the front wall of the Rising Sun pub in North Bradley near Trowbridge.

Wiltshire Police say the drivers injuries are not thought to be serious. He was taken to Bath's Royal United Hospital for treatment.

The road next to the pub was closed for several hours but has now reopened. The building has been deemed structurally safe.

Weetabix employees protest over redundancy package

Employees of Weetabix say they're unhappy with their redundancy packages Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Workers at a company that's closing down in Cheltenham are protesting over their redundancy packages.

Workers due to be made redundant from a Weetabix packing factory in Cheltenham are protesting today against their redundancy packages.

Employees at a Weetabix packing plant on the Kingsditch Industrial Estate say their unhappy with the redundancy packages they've been offered. The factory announced in October that it would close, leaving its 105 employees looking for another job.

Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood will join protestors. He raised their case in parliament yesterday.

Protestors outside Weetabix factory in Cheltenham Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Drivers prosecuted for refusing to take guide dog

Andrew Goddard with his guide dog Sammy Credit: ITV West Country

Two minicab drivers have been prosecuted for refusing to take a blind man's guide dog in their cars.

Andrew Goddard called a cab firm to pick him up from his home in Brislington to take him to the centre of Bristol. Not one, but two, drivers refused to take his dog Sammy. The men were prosecuted for breaching the equalities act. Mr Goddard says he's delighted the drivers went to court.

I got Sammy in May last year, and he has given me the confidence to go out to social events on my own. I don't have any problem with my normal taxi firm, who are always happy to take my dog, and if it hadn't have been raining, I would have probably got the bus. I am pleased that both drivers were prosecuted, and I hope that by highlighting this issue other people will not have to suffer.

– Andrew Goddard
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