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Bristol Rovers make it to Wembley

Bristol Rovers are through to the Conference play-off final after beating West Country rivals Forest Green Rovers over two legs.

The Pirates won 2-0 at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon, thanks to goals from Chris Lines and Matty Taylor.

Taylor's goal in the first leg at the New Lawn means his side go through 3-0 on aggregate. They'll play either Eastleigh or Grimsby in the final at Wembley on Sunday 17th May.

Gloucester teenager dies in speedboat tragedy

Brixham Harbour where the tragedy happened Credit: Google Street View

A teenager girl who died after becoming trapped when a speedboat overturned in Brixham, Devon has been named locally as Emily Gardner from Gloucester.

Friends and family members are using social media sites to pay tribute to the "beautiful" 14-year-old who is thought to have died while on holiday in the seaside town.

Emily is said to have been with her pals, also named locally, as Holly Pritchard and Gemma Gadsden, who were hospitalised following the accident.

The trio were also with one of their father's, not thought to have been Emily's father.

It is thought Emily lived in Gloucester with her family and attended Chosen Hill School, in Churchdown, Gloucester.

Sharon Ashley took to Facebook to write: "My beautiful beautiful niece love you so much sleep tight xxxxx."

Her uncle, Nick Taylor, added: "Good night my amazing beautiful niece x shine bright like a diamond x."

Emergency services were called at 11.44am on Saturday amid reports that a vessel carrying a father, his daughter and two school friends had capsized in Brixham.

The rescue operation saw lifeboats, coastguard teams and a helicopter deployed as well as specialist divers.

Mark Criddle, coxswain of Torbay's RNLI lifeboat, said crews arrived on scene and found a 16ft speedboat upside down with a girl trapped in it.

He added: "We located the girl and brought her on board the lifeboat where she was immediately given first aid by a doctor and paramedic who were members of the lifeboat crew.

"We took the girl back to shore where she was handed into the care of paramedics who took her to hospital.

"The three other people who had been aboard the overturned speedboat were also taken to hospital after being treated at the lifeboat station."

The deceased's identity has not been revealed, although officials confirmed her next of kin had been informed.

Police confirmed inquiries into the tragedy were ongoing and appealed for witnesses to get in touch on 101 quoting 326 02/05/2015.


Sanitation kits sent out from Warmley to Nepal

Sanitation kits sent out from Warmley to Nepal Credit: ITV News

Sanitation kits are being sent to Nepal from the British Red Cross warehouse in Warmley, South Gloucestershire.

Water treatment equipment, showers and tools are being packed up at the warehouse for the last time before the staff move to a new site in Northamptonshire.

Teams from the Red Cross are due to fly out to Nepal on Monday.

"Nepal has been hit by its worst earthquake in 81 years. The most immediate needs are for food, shelter, water, and medical help. Today the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) has called upon mass sanitation teams from the Spanish and British Red Cross to fly out to give their support. One team will support people in rural areas and one will be based in urban areas.

Because it has been raining, the sanitation infrastructure has been badly damaged and people are living in close proximity there is a high risk of health epidemics such as cholera. Our team members will be doing everything from digging pits and trenches for latrines to visiting local people with hygiene promotion messages such as the importance of hand washing and giving out items such as water purification tablets, to help them.

Because of the huge loss of life we will also be sending some additional equipment to help with safe and dignified burials."

– Megan Bassford, British Red Cross

Bristol's St Paul's Carnival has been postponed

St Paul's Carnival has been postponed Credit: PA

One of Bristol's biggest events the St Paul's Carnival has been postponed until September.

The event which has become one of Europe's biggest Afrikan Caribbean street carnivals is traditionally held at the beginning of July.

The new organisers of the carnival say in a statement:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control it is with regret that we have had to make the decision to postpone the main Carnival day until September. This is due to ongoing challenges regarding the event management of what is one of Europe’s biggest Afrikan Caribbean street Carnivals."


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