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10-year-old boy falls at Cheddar Gorge

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A boy had to be rescued after falling down steps at Cheddar Gorge Credit: PA

A 10 year old boy has been taken to hospital after a fall at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.

Emergency crews were called out at 5 o'clock yesterday after the boy fell ten feet down steps. Ropes and a stretcher were used to rescue him and he was airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital with a suspected head injury and a broken leg.

Plans approved for £125m reservoir in Somerset

A scheme to build a huge reservoir in Somerset has moved a step closer after being approved by Sedgemoor District Council. The £125m storage facility would be built close to the existing Cheddar reservoir to meet increasing demand for supplies.

Bristol Water needs final approval from Ofwat before the plans can go ahead. The industry regulator is due to consider the scheme in the autumn. But it could take another year or two before work starts. Archaeologists are currently sweeping the site in advance of any construction work.

A spokesman for Bristol Water said: "The company believes that the reservoir, if built, will provide a much needed new source of water in Somerset - as well as being of enormous long term recreational and conservation benefit."

*CGI video from Bristol Water shows how the reservoir might look.

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Cheddar student lands dream job

Brrr...it's cold up here Credit: ITV News Westcountry

And a lucky student from Cheddar in Somerset has landed his dream summer job. Seb Smith successful applied to be 'water-slide tester' for a holiday company. He beat off competition from 2,000 applicants.

Seb will now spend six months travelling the world to ride and rate slides in exotic locations.

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