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"Our hearts will be broken forever": Family of little girl killed in crash speak out

The family of a two-year-old girl killed in a car crash in Avonmouth have released an emotional tribute to her.

Natasha May Packman died on Tuesday. The family have chosen not to release a photograph of her. A 46-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

"On Tuesday morning we had our little girl, Natasha, taken from us, in a moment of awful, life-changing destruction.

“Our broken bones and cuts will heal over time, but our hearts will be broken forever.

“Our only consolation in all of this terrible sadness is that our beautiful daughter did not feel any pain and that she did not suffer during the last few hours of her precious life."

“When she woke up on Tuesday morning, it was a lovely April day, but she will see no more of them and will never collect Spring flowers again, as she so loved to do.

“We want to thank the incredible people who tried so hard to save our little girl on Tuesday and who are continuing to support us through this, as the nightmare continues.

“We will never forget the members of the public who came to help us, the teams of doctors; nurses; liaison specialists; emergency crews; police and the other wonderful professionals at the Bristol Children’s Hospital who cared for us on that most terrible of days."

“In all of this there is a heart-breaking sadness for us all, but a knowledge that the world is a good place, full of good people, who show love and kindness. It would have been a wonderful place for Tasha to have grown up in, if only she had been given the chance."

“She was a child who always had a ‘hello’ and a wave for people that she met, and who brought such smiles and pleasure to those that she encountered. We are left with memories and the knowledge that she felt loved, safe, happy and cherished by all those closest to her. She will never be here again, but she will also never leave us."

“We simply ask that you hold your own families close, that you sleep well in your beds and that you treasure every possible moment with your children; be grateful that you are not in this terrible situation and remember us in your thoughts.”

– The family of Natasha May Packman

Three-year-old dies in Avonmouth car crash

A three-year-old girl has died following a serious car crash in Avonmouth.

A woman and two children were taken to hospital after their Toyota Yaris collided with a Mercedes minibus in Kings Weston Lane at around 9.15am yesterday.

A three-year-old girl was kept in hospital but sadly died from her injuries last night.

A 46-year-old man was arrested in connection with the collision and he remains in custody for questioning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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Avonmouth residents object to plans for biomass plant

Residents object to plans for biomass power plant Credit: ITV West Country

Residents in Avonmouth are urging people to write to their local councillor in objection to a proposed biomass power plant.

Campaigners are concerned about the air quality. The plans were turned down in November when the committee was made public following protests. But residents are concerned that an appeal might be held in private.

Cause of death of Swindon man at recycling plant 'unascertained'

An inquest has been unable to find out how a man from Swindon died after his remains were found in a recycling plant.

The remains of 34 year old Matthew Symondes were found at the recycling plant at Avonmouth in Bristol in August. An inquest was told that the cause of death was 'unascertained'.

It is thought the body had been transported from a commercial recycling plant in Swindon. The inquest was told he had to be identified by finger print analysis

The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

Pictures: HMS Somerset arrives in Bristol

Not the best of weather for the arrival of HMS Somerset for a four-day stay in Bristol Credit: ITV News
HMS Somerset pulls up at Avonmouth docks, ready to celebrate her 20th birthday Credit: ITV News
Walking the gangway - the Ship's Company will be coming ashore to support Remembrance Day services in Somerset Credit: ITV News
Behind the scenes - the crew of the warship work with world class technology Credit: ITV News

HMS Somerset arrives in Avonmouth this morning

HMS Somerset will sail into Avonmouth this morning. The 133-metre frigate will dock for four days and celebrate its twentieth birthday with a reception this evening.

Students from the region will be welcomed aboard and given a unique insight into life in the Navy. Members of the ship's crew will also be involved in Remembrance Day events across the county.

HMS Somerset on a previous visit to Avonmouth. Credit: PA

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MP calls for regular air quality testing at Avonmouth

Tests have been taking place on air quality in Avonmouth but the local MP says there should be more Credit: ITV News

People living in Avonmouth have started a petition calling for regular tests on air quality round their homes.

It follows complaints of dust and flies coming from industries in the neighbouring port of Bristol. The city council has agreed to three months' testing of pollution levels. But residents, and their MP, say that's not enough.

The main potential culprits for dust pollution can behave themselves for three months and then go back to the way they were after the dust monitors have gone. And since the port has so many changing cargoes, I don't see it's going to solve any long term problems.

– Charlotte Leslie MP Con, Bristol North West

Avonmouth residents call for air quality tests

One Avonmouth family were forced to eat under a mosquito net.

Residents in Avonmouth have launched a petition calling for regular tests on air quality round their homes.

It follows complaints of dust and flies coming from industries in the neighbouring port of Bristol.

The city council has agreed to three months' testing of pollution levels.

Protest after homes infested with flies in Avonmouth

Protest after homes infested with flies in Avonmouth Credit: ITV News West Country

A protest has been held by people in Avonmouth whose homes have been infested with flies for the last two months.

Swarms of the insects, which came from infested bales of biofuel at Avonmouth docks, have been buzzing round the town on a daily basis.

Campaigners say they want to meet with Mayor George Ferguson to see what can be done about the situation.

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