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Somerset police officer who led flood response receives MBE

Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters has been awarded an MBE Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

The officer who led the policing operation in response to the Somerset floods in 2014 has been awarded an MBE.

Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters, the Area Commander for the north east, has been given the award for her service and dedication to the communities of Avon and Somerset.

Caroline headed up the police operation throughout the floods which caused widespread devastation in 2014.

She started her career with the Metropolitan Police in 1987 before joining Avon and Somerset police in 2003. Caroline is married with three daughters.

I am absolutely thrilled and genuinely taken aback. I am immensely proud to receive the award. I would like to thank my husband and family for all their support throughout my career - I could not have done it without them. Policing is a fantastic career and I feel so privileged to work with some great people.

– Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters

Van Morrison tops West Country's honours list

Van Morrison performing live on stage at the Hampton Court Palace Festival in London last summer. Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

Bath-based musician Van Morrison has been given a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours. The singer-songwriter is known for shying away from publicity - but continues to perform at the age of 69.

1,163 people were honoured this year - 70% of those were recognised for their community work. Our reporter Caron Bell has been to meet two very different people from the region who've devoted their lives to helping people around them.

Scout leader Amir Cheema founded the 1st Bristol Muslim Scout Group - which led to a further 74 Muslim Scout groups across the country.

81 year old Edith Duberley from Ruardean in the Forest of Dean has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her community work.


South West Queen Birthday Honours List

South West Queen Birthday Honours Credit: PA: Steve Parsons

The Queen is giving the honour of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) to the following:

Hilary Catherine Isolda Bolitho (87) from Ilminster, Somerset, is being recognised for services to the community in Broadway, Somerset.

Amanda Jane Butcher (59) from Malmesbury, Wiltshire, is Director of RAF Cosford Airshow and Trustee/Director of Association of Sail Training Organisations. She is being recognisded for exceptional support to charities over the last 30 years.

Amir Aziz Cheema (47) from Westbury on Trym, Bristol, is being honoured for services to young people through the Scout Movement

Jacalyn Claire Mathers (51) from Bitton, Bristol is designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children, Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group. She is being recognised for services to tackling female genital mutilation in Bristol.

The British Empire Medal (BEM) is being given to the following:

Edith May Duberley (81) from Ruardean, Gloucestershire is being recognised for services to the community in Ruardean, Gloucestershire. She has run the Village Store for 54 years and the Post Office for 27 years.

Caroline Estella Fowke (59) from Chippenham, Wiltshire, is being honoured for services to children with special educational needs and disabilities.Since 1991 she has been a member with the Wiltshire Dyslexia Association.

John Gilbert Millington (69) from Gloucester,Gloucestershire, is being recognised for services to the community in Witcombe and Bentham.

Maurizia Quarta (49) from Pewsey, Wiltshire, is a volunteer, Co-founder and Chair of Wiltshire Parent Carer Council. She is being recognised for services to children and families.

Clare Melody Waggett (46) Westbury-On-Trym, Bristol is being honoured for services to young people through the Scout Movement and the community.

Pensioner camped out for princess misses her arrival

Terry Hutt outside St Mary's Hospital in London. Credit: ITV News West Country

A die-hard royalist pensioner who spent weeks outside a London hospital for the royal birth missed it - the news was announced while he was in the loo.

Terry Hutt from Weston-super-Mare slept on a bench, weathered the elements and even survived having his bed stolen so that he could be there for the arrival of Princes Charlotte.

But he popped to the bathroom just before the moment of truth - and heard the screams of celebration while changing into his Union Jack suit. He ran back outside, suit in hand, to join the rest of the crowd. The fortnight Terry Hutt spent out in the cold included his 80th birthday. And though he missed out on his hope of sharing a birthday with the princess (by just two days), he did get a chocolate cake and birthday note from Kensington Palace.

The proud monarchist will soon be returning the thought - Mr Hutt is already packing up a parcel to send the proud parents with gifts for the little princess.

His first job, though, is to get some sleep.

I needed to have a rest, so after two weeks on my bench I came back to my dear wife and family.

"Being there was like a full-time job. When Kate went into labour, it was so busy with cameras during the night and into the morning."

""I have known William and the family for years and I always get a thrill out of seeing the new babies.

"We need babies to keep the family going as the more of them there are, the better it will be."

– Terry Hutt

Prince Philip visiting Wiltshire

The Duke of Edinburgh became a great-grandfather for the fifth time on Saturday. Credit: Leon Neal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Prince Philip is opening a specialist dementia care centre in Wiltshire today, his first solo engagement since becoming a great-grandfather for the fifth time.

The Hayward Care Centre in Devizes is named after Wiltshire war hero Reginald Hayward, who was awarded the Victoria Cross and served in both world wars. His regiment is now part of The Rifles, of which the Duke of Edinburgh is Colonel-in-Chief.

The centre, which is run by the Orders of St John Care Trust, will offer specialist care for 80 residents with dementia.

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William and Kate send pastries to fans awaiting new arrival

Prince William and Kate have sent pastries to their loyal fans who have braved the cold and camped outside the hospital where their second child is due to be born.

Terry Hutt and John Loughry enjoy their royal pastries Credit: ITV News

Loyal royal supporters, decked out in full Union flag regalia, have set up outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, where the royal couple are expected to make their first public appearance following the imminent birth of their second child.

Prince William and Kate sent pastries to their fans outside the hospital Credit: ITV News


Weston pensioner prepares for royal baby

Taking no chances: Terry Hutt outside St Mary's Hospital Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Royalist Terry Hutt is ready to spend as long as 12 days outside the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth.

Mr Hutt, who is 79 and lives in Weston-super-Mare, previously spent 13 days on a bench outside the hospital in 2013 to greet the arrival of Prince George.

It's thought the Duchess could go into labour within the next fortnight and give birth at St Mary's Hospital. Mr Hutt is hoping the baby will arrive on April 30th - his 80th birthday.

Terry Hutt speaks about his preparations for the royal birth.

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