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Parents pay tribute to 'very much loved and cherished' son

Teenage cyclist Louis tragically died after colliding with a car Credit: Family

The parents of a teenage cyclist who died after a collision with car have paid tribute to their "much loved and cherished" son.

14-year-old Louis Eldridge suffered fatal injuries in the accident with a Volkswagen Polo in Berkeley on Friday evening.

He was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol but sadly died on Saturday night.

His parents, Mike and Kate, have now paid an emotional tribute to him.

Our beautiful son Louis sadly passed away at 1.30pm on May 21, 2016. He was very much loved and cherished by his mum and dad and all his family and friends.

We would like to thank you for your kind words and prayers.

– Mike and Kate Eldridge


Illegal motorist chased down by police in horseback

A motorist was left with a long face when he was chased down in his car - by police on horseback.

Mounted officers were forced to give chase after they tried to stop a car in Bristol city centre but the driver tried to get away.

Once they managed to stop the vehicle, the driver was then found to have no license or insurance. Drugs and a knife were also recovered.

The incident, was put out on Twitter yesterday by an officer, who then went on to explain what happened to local paper The Bristol Post.

Avon and Somerset Police horses Credit: Avon

Bath director takes top Cannes Film Festival award

Ken Loach won the award for the second time in his career Credit: ITV West Country

Bath's film director Ken Loach has won this year's top award at Cannes Film Festival.

The 79 year-old picked up the Palme D'or last night for the second time in his career.

He won it for his film 'I' - about a man forced to live on benefits in Newcastle.

He was previously awarded the accolade in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Director Ken Loach poses with The Palme d'Or for the movie I,Daniel Blake Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Loach has had 12 films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival through his career.

Reflecting on the fact he has won the prestigious prize for a second time, Loach said it was "extraordinary" because it was "the same little gang" from 2006.

It's just nice to be in that team. Our breath has been taken away, I have to say, because we weren't really expecting to come back. So we are quietly stunned.

– Ken Loach

Loach, whose past classics include 1969's Kes, was up against a host of international stars for the prize including Spanish Oscar-winner Pedro Almodovar, Sean Penn and Paul Verhoeven.

The film tells the story of Daniel Blake, who, after having a heart attack, crosses paths with single mother of two Katie, who moves to Newcastle from London, 300 miles away.

The Cannes website said the characters "find themselves in no-man's land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of 'striver and skiver' in modern day Britain".


Teenage cyclist dies after collision

Tributes have been paid to a teenage boy who died after a collision with a car in Gloucestershire.

Louis Eldridge, 14, suffered fatal injuries in the accident with a Volkswagen Polo on Station Road, Wanswell, Berkeley at about 7.35pm on Friday evening.

He was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol but died on Saturday night, Gloucestershire Police said.

Members of Sharpness and District Youth Club will be making a collection in memory of Louis, who they described as "full of beans".

Sad news this evening to hear of the death of Louis Eldridge, who whilst not a regular at Sharpness Youth Club, did attend on many occasions. He always came across as a young man full of beans and I'm sure will be sadly missed by all who know him.

– Sharpness & District youth club spokesperson

Louis was a student at Rednock School in Dursley. The school paid tribute in a statement on it's website and said pupils will be offered counselling.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said:

The 14-year-old boy involved in the collision in Berkeley on Friday night sadly died in hospital yesterday evening. The coroner has been informed and our collision investigation continues.

– Gloucestershire Police spokesman
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