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Cheltenham girl to get 23 million pound payout

A Cheltenham school girl who suffered severe injuries in a road crash which killed her mother, has won a record compensation payout worth up to 23 million pounds. 17-year-old Agnes Hood was left paralysed in the crash on the A40 in March 2009.

48-year-old Karen Hood was killed when a car driven by Anthony Norton, of Hazelton, in Gloucestershire, pulled out of a side road forcing Mrs Hood to swerve into the path of a lorry.

Karen Hood died in the crash in 2009 Credit: SWNS

Norton admitted causing death by driving without due care and attention. He was handed a suspended jail sentence, banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to do 300 hours' unpaid community work in 2009. The court heard at the time that Agnes had forgiven him and did not want to see him jailed.

Anthony Norton was handed a suspended sentence Credit: SWNS

Woman dies in fire

A woman has died and a man has been severely injured following a fire at a flat in Swindon this morning (Mon).

Emergency services were called to a blaze in Hayward Close in Abbey Meads in the early hours.

The injured man was taken by air ambulance to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with severe burns.


Insurance company drops speeding Clunes

Dorset-based actor Martin Clunes has been dropped from a car insurance campaign after reaching 12 points on his license and being disqualified from driving.

Cornwall's Doc Martin star had featured in Churchill Insurance's TV adverts alongside the company's trademark nodding dog for almost a year.

Car insurance ad actor Martin Clunes dropped after speeding disqualification Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Campaign for lower road speeds

Road Safety Week starts Credit: ITV West

Children in the south west want motorists to drive more slowly near their schools and homes, according to a road safety charity. 74% of youngsters surveyed by the group Brake agreed on slower speeds. The charity's begun a campaign for lower speeds as part of Road Safety Week.

Man who killed friend to be sentenced

Richard Elmes was found guilty of manslaughter Credit: ITV West

A man who killed his friend in a street in Wiltshire is due to be sentenced. Adrian Cooksey died after being punched in Melksham two years ago. Richard Elmes was found guilty of his manslaughter.

He's to appear at Bristol Crown Court. Elmes killed Mr Cooksey with a single punch after a night out drinking.

Hundreds of lanterns paraded through Gloucester

This years theme was based on the old carol 'I Saw Three Ships' Credit: ITV West

Hundreds of lanterns have been paraded through the streets of Gloucester this afternoon.

There was a nautical theme this year, with giant sea creatures and ships being carried by more two-hundred children from local primary schools. The children designed and built the lanterns with the help of professional artists.


Nine rescued from Bristol house fire

Nine people were taken to hospital today following a house fire in which the family dog died.

Fire crews were called to the house on Lodge Hill in Cossham, Bristol, shortly before 7am today.

A woman and two girls were rescued by firefighters from the roof of the property, while six others escaped from the house unaided.

Four ambulances also attended the scene and took a baby, four children, two teenagers and two adults to Frenchay Hospital.

A boy under five-year-old is being treated for burns at the hospital, which has a specialist burns department.

Six garage break-ins on single night in Gloucester

Six garages have been broken into on a single night in Gloucester.

Police in the city are urging homeowners to review their garage security after the burglaries which happened overnight between late on Tuesday and the early hours of Wednesday.

Ping golf clubs, a lawnmower and five bottles of champagne were taken from a garage in Clover Piece in Abbeymead.

A mountain bike was taken from an address in Blake Hill Way, keys from a garage in Silver Close in Tuffley and two bikes from a garage in Temple Close in Barnwood.

There were also break-ins in The Oval and St Michael’s Square.

Officers are now stressing the need for residents to make sure that their property is locked if they want to guard against becoming a victim.

Protestors occupy Bath's Royal Crescent

A small group of Occupy protestors have set up a new camp in Bath.

They've put up their tents in front of the Royal Crescent, but will only be staying until tomorrow.

They say they want to remind people that issues surrounding social and economic inequality, which the Occupy movement was set up to address, have not gone away.

Royal Mail to meet with union this morning

Mail workers are being balloted about potential strike action Credit: ITV West

Royal Mail will meet with Union members in Bristol this morning (8am-10am) to try to resolve a dispute over the workload at a delivery depot. Workers at the site on Mead Street are currently being balloted about strike action.

The Communication Workers Union say thousands of items have been undelivered because delivery rounds are too large.

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