Students have designs on Selfridges

Pupils from Malmesbury School in Wiltshire have spent a day at Selfridges in London. Not shopping but having some hands-on science lessons

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Busiest ever June for Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has recorded its busiest ever June with over 646,000 passengers during the course of the month. That's an increase of 3 per cent from last year. The airport say there are a number of reasons for this.

  • More than 8,000 people using Aer Lingus Regional’s Dublin service for the first time
  • Introduction of a larger aircraft on KLM’s four times daily service between Bristol and Amsterdam. The airline carried nearly 20,000 passengers on the route
  • Summer service between Bristol and Stockholm

“The strong performance across all airline sectors is particularly encouraging, with business, leisure and inbound traffic all contributing to June’s record passenger numbers. New facilities are in place to ensure we maintain service levels as passenger numbers continue to grow, and we are already focusing on further improvements we can bring to the route network from Bristol.”

– Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport

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Resurfacing work taking place overnight on M5

One lane of the M5 southbound between J24-25 has now re-opened following an incident earlier this morning involving three HGVs. Continuing traffic delays are reported while work takes place to re-open lane 2.

A fully signed diversion is in place along the A38 from Junction 24. Drivers are advised to make sure they have sufficient water in their cars and are reminded not to park on the hard shoulder so emergency vehicles can maintain access to the site.

Lane one and the hard shoulder will remain closed overnight to allow emergency resurfacing to take place.

– Highways Agency statement

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Lorry upright as recovery work continues on M5

An overturned lorry which forced the closure of the M5 in Somerset is now upright after a recovery operation involving a number of tow trucks,

M5 lorry is lifted upright
A number of tow trucks were needed to right the lorry on the M5 Credit: ITV News West Country

3 tow trucks were needed to pull the articulated lorry and another was required to lift it upright. It overturned on the M5 between junctions 24 at Bridgwater and 25 at Taunton on the southbound carriageway just before 3am.

The lorry on the M5 is pulled upright
The lorry overturned on the M% just before 3am on Wednesday morning Credit: ITV News West Country
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Employment figures show record number in work

The Government received good news on the jobs front today with the latest unemployment figures showing a record number of people in work.

Men outside a Job Centre Plus branch
Men outside a Job Centre Plus branch. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Read: McVey says employment rise reward for country's resilience in downturn

Over 30 million people are now in work, which is an increase of almost a million in the past year - the best figures since records began in 1971.

There is an employment rate of 73.1%, with just over 78% of men and 68% of women in work.

More than 4.5 million people are self-employed, which is the highest since records began in 1992 after an increase of 404,000 over the past year, Office for National Statistics showed.

Read more: Unemployment falls by 121,000 to 2.12 million

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