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Spitfire recovered 73 years after it crashed

Spitfire recovered 73 years after it crashed Credit: ITV News

A Spitfire which crashed near Cheddar Gorge in the second world war has been recovered.

Archaeologists excavated parts of the plane, which crash-landed and became covered by marshland.

It crashed near Draycott in 1943. The young pilot, William Johnston was back flying another Spitfire the next day.

The young pilot was William Johnston Credit: ITV News
The young pilot was William Johnston Credit: ITV News

The Spitfire was commissioned just after the Battle of Britain, which was 75 years ago this week.

William Johnston's son Richard was at the excavation:

School boys asked to share images of themselves online

Messages sent to school boys contained inappropriate sexual references Credit: PA: Jens Kalaene

Avon and Somerset Police are investigating after they had four reports of schoolboys being contacted online by someone using the profile of a similarly-aged girl.

It’s understood the boys, all from North Somerset, were contacted through Facebook between Tuesday 21 April and Friday 24 April.

The messages contained inappropriate sexual references, including an image of a semi-clothed girl, and the boys were asked to share images of themselves.

Officers were alerted by the 12-year-olds’ concerned parents on Saturday 25 April.

This is a very early stage in our enquiries. Statements have been taken and the matter is being looked into by detectives.

Officers from the neighbourhood team are contacting local schools asking them to talk to children about online safety and we will be happy to visit any schools where there are particular concerns.

– Mark Raby,Neighbourhood Sergeant

The police have issued advice for parents about online safety here:

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/newsroom/features/online-safety,-a-guide-for-parents/

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/newsroom/features/are-you-your-children-shareaware/

Anyone whose children have been sent similar messages is being asked to contact police.

The key online safety messages for children are:

  • Don’t make friends online with someone you don’t know in real life
  • Don’t give out personal information or contact details online
  • Don’t tell people where you are going to be
  • Never arrange to meet in person someone you have met online
  • If you’re worried by something you’ve seen online, tell a parent, carer or teacher – or you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111

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10-year-old boy falls at Cheddar Gorge

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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