The mayor of Cheltenham has hit out at the cost of policing a demonstration outside GCHQ - saying that with hindsight it was overkill. Up to six police forces were involved, after the movement known as Anonymous claimed thousands of people could turn up. In the end there about 20. Gloucestershire police say that the extra officers were utilised elsewhere in the county, and won't cost the force more money.
A four day protest has begun outside GCHQ in Cheltenham.
The action is taking place against surveillance of the public by UK and foreign Governments by the campaign group Anonymous. Police are asking any residents with access problems to contact them.
A four day protest is expected to begin this morning outside the Government's monitoring centre, GCHQ in Cheltenham.
Police say they may close Hubble Road around the site to deal with the planned protest by the UK Anonymous group. The action is taking place against surveillance of the public by UK and foreign Governments.
Cheltenham Police are asking any residents with access problems to contact them on the day.
One of the country's most important Roman sites is being brought to life, a hundred and fifty years after it was first discovered. Visitors to Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire, are getting the chance to experience it with a planetarium-style projection. The "discovery dome" has been developed by a student from the University of Bath.
John Tredinnick a researcher at the University says visitors will be taken back in time during the tour:
Wiltshire Police says that problems with its 101 non-emergency call system have now been resolved.
The force had to divert all its 999 emergency calls to Gloucestershire Police yesterday morning because of a fault.
Its 101 number for non-emergency calls was also out of use.
All services are now fully restored.
Our 101 non-emergency number is likely to be fully available again from 4.30pm today. Thank you for your patience.
Wiltshire Police are currently experiencing technical difficulties involving both their 999 and 101 call systems.
As a result all 999 emergency calls are being routed to Gloucestershire Police. However, all calls to their 101 number are not presently being connected to their call handlers.
Wiltshire Police are asking the public to only use the 999 number if your call is an emergency. For non-emergency calls, they say please do not call 101 as this service is temporarily out of use.
A Bristol firm has been presented with the Queen's Award for International Trade..
Creditcall began in the city in 1997 and now employs more than 60 staff.
The firm provides safe technology for people to make payments - whether using a smartphone, vending machine, parking meter, ticket machine or desktop PC.
Creditcall's promotional video gives an idea about what the firm does.
Airbus at Filton in South Gloucestershire today announced the signing of £42 million worth of research contracts which will be used for research into new materials for aircraft at the National Composite Centre.
The deal with UK Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) is a long term partnership between the Government and UK aerospace industries that will help keep the industry at the leading edge of global aerospace.
The contracts with the UK Government and Technology Strategy Board (TSB) are part of Airbus’ Wing of the Future development programme looking at the advanced technologies that will underpin future wing design and improving environmental performance and fuel efficiency.
Half the world’s advanced passenger jets are flying on wings made in Britain and to maintain that position as a global leader, we are investing £42 million into cutting edge Airbus-led research into designing, manufacturing and assembling wings.
The Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council has written to the Government expressing concern at the potential damage to Bath’s natural Hot Springs from fracking in the Mendips.
Councillor Paul Crossley has written to Energy Minister, Michael Fallon MP, to express the Council’s concerns about the process and the possible damage to the supply of water to Bath Hot Springs and the impact on Bath’s major tourist attraction.
He urged the Government to review its decision to grant a one-year extension to potentially explore and extract unconventional gas.
In his letter Cllr Crossley said: “The springs are the life blood of this city, which is cherished worldwide. In economic terms, the city and region rely heavily on a tourist industry which is worth an estimated £380m annually to Bath alone and which employs 10,000 people"
Anti fracking campaigners claim that the process can lead to pollution of the water table which could threaten the supply to the Hot Springs from the Mendips.