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Charity appeal to bring vital cancer treatment to Wiltshire

284 balloons were released - the number of patients diagnosed with cancer at the hospital each month. Credit: ITV News

Cancer patients forced to make a 70-mile round trip for radiotherapy treatment have welcomed a campaign to build a facility closer to home.

Great Western Hospital in Swindon has launched an appeal to raise £2.9 million for a radiotherapy centre, so that thousands of patients no longer have to make the long trek to Oxford for up to seven weeks of treatment.

With support from the public and final approval, it is hoped that the centre will be open by the end of 2017.

The appeal was launched at Great Western Hospital today, with 284 balloons released to mark the number of patients diagnosed with cancer there each month.

Brighter Futures, the Great Western Hospitals Trust charity organising the appeal, hope to inspire local people to get involved in fundraising events.

Artist's impression of what the radiotherapy centre would look like. Credit: Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bringing radiotherapy treatment to Swindon will make such a difference to local patients and their families, friends and carers and will be an excellent addition to the facilities already available at GWH.

We are working closely with our colleagues at Oxford to make this vision a reality and I am sure that local people will get behind the fundraising appeal.

– Dr Guy Rooney, Medical Director, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Police name Dorchester murder victim

Police are appealing for information on Elliot Handley's recent movements. Credit: ITV News

A man found dead at a garage in Dorchester has been named as 46-year-old Elliot Handley from Eastleigh.

His body was found on the night of Tuesday 26th May at the Dorchester Collection, launching a murder investigation which has seen three men arrested.

One of the suspects, a 43-year-old man, has been bailed to a secure hospital, while the other two, a 47-year-old man and another aged 69 have been bailed until mid-June.

Dorset Police are appealing for information about Elliot Handley's recent movements as they try to establish the circumstances of his murder. He was last seen in Truro, Cornwall, a week ago, and is believed to have travelled to Dorset after that.

A police cordon at the scene is expected to stay in place for some time while officers investigate.

Royal Bath and West Show: what's in store for Day Two

500 traders are exhibiting at this year's Royal Bath and West Show. Credit: ITV News

Day two of the Royal Bath and West Show will see Environment Secretary Liz Truss talking to farmers about the government's promises to champion their industry.

They include getting a fair deal from supermarkets and a strategy to eradicate bovine TB within 25 years. We'll be speaking to her about what the South West's farmers and food producers can expect from the next five years.

Local produce is at the heart of the show. Credit: ITV News

There's also 500 traders exhibiting local produce, along with livestock competitions and food marquees - and thousands of visitors celebrating food, farming and country life.

Tune in to ITV News West Country at 6pm for the latest from Shepton Mallet, and catch up with all the highlights from day one here.


Hundreds expected to protest Clifton Downs attacks

Five attacks have been reported in the past three months. Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of people are expected to march across Bristol's Clifton Downs tonight, protesting that the area has become unsafe.

There have been five attacks reported to police in the last three months. The most recent was just over a week ago, when a man jumped out of bushes and tried to grab a female jogger.

As well as opening an investigation and stepping up patrols, the police have issued safety advice, which has been controversial. This has included warning joggers and walkers to stick to well-lit areas, not to use mobiles or headphones, to consider carrying personal alarms, and to vary their routes.

Some have been uneasy at the perceived emphasis on the victim rather than the perpetrator, and this has been part of the inspiration for tonight's protest.

Avon and Somerset Police have released a statement in response to their concerns.

We understand any incidents of sexual assault will cause concern in the local community and we’d like to reassure people that our focus has been on catching the offenders.

We’ve committed significant resources into these investigations and following the initial incidents in early March, we’ve been carrying out increased patrols of the area, including mounted officers, to deter further offences and provide a visible public reassurance.

We’ve received a very positive response from the community to our response and I’d like to thank everyone who has come forward with information so far.

We want people to continue to see the Clifton Downs as a safe and unique space for everyone to enjoy.

Catching offenders and ensuring the public’s safety will always be a top priority and our message couldn’t be clearer – victims of crime are never to blame.

Our advice is for people to consider their personal safety at all times, but we don’t tailor these messages as they apply to everyone. We remind people of key safety messages following an incident purely to raise awareness.

We take a very positive and proactive approach to dealing with perpetrators of sexual offences and now use a range of policing methods to identify potential offenders and spot emerging crime trends.

We also take an integrated approach to managing those who commit or are at risk of committing sexual offences and along with our partner agencies, we’re absolutely committed to doing everything we can to stop these abhorrent crimes.

– Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Runacres

Caron Bell will be reporting live from the Downs on tonight's ITV News West Country, interviewing the protest organisers. See her report from 6pm.

Woman wanted in connection with serious assault in Bristol

Louise Gubb. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are appealing for help to find a woman wanted in connection with a serious assault.

A man was seriously injured after an assault on Wells Road, Bristol, allegedly involving 40-year-old Louise Gubb from Brislington.

Gubb has long blonde and brown hair, and is about 5ft 8ins tall

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