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Cheddar student lands dream job'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.


Hedgehog recovering after prickly encounter

Crispian poses with a crisp packet similar to the one he got stuck in Credit: Prickles Hedgehog Rescue

A hedgehog that got stuck in a crisp packet behind railings is recovering at a sanctuary in Cheddar. It took six people three and a half hours to rescue Crispian, as he's been named. His ordeal has made him an international star with regular requests for updates about his progress.

He will stay at Prickles Hedgehog Rescue for the winter as he is too small to survive hibernation. Staff hope to release him in spring when he will be much bigger and the weather is warmer.

To find out more about the sanctuary, click here


Boy remains in hospital after falling down gorge

An 11-year-old boy remains in hospital tonight in a serious condition after falling 30ft down Cheddar Gorge. The child was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital by Portland coastguard helicopter.

The boy was taken to hospital with a head injury Credit: Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue
A road was cordoned off to allow emergency services access Credit: Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue

Rescue team describes gorge fall operation

A major rescue operation took place late this afternoon after reports that an 11-year-old boy had fallen down Cheddar Gorge. Rescue volunteers have described how the boy, who was with his mother, fell off a rocky outcrop onto a gravel ledge, landing on his face.

The boy suffered a head injury and is said to be in a serious condition at Bristol's Frenchay Hospital having been airlifted there by Portland Coastguard.

The boy was in a serious/critical condition. There was a multi-agency response which was appropriate. Volunteer rescue teams were also at the scene. The patient has got the best possible outcome from the rescue operation and we wish him a full recovery.

– Duncan Massey, Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue
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