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Skeleton champion is honoured by the Queen

Team Bath's Lizzy Yarnold at Windsor Castle with her MBE Credit: PA

Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold has been awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to her sport.

Yarnold, who lives in Chippenham and trains at the University of Bath became a household name when she won Team GB's first gold medal of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Lizzy Yarnold celebrates winning Gold at the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year Credit: PA

She swapped her lycra suit for a black jacket and rose-petal skirt to receive her honour from the Queen during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle. The 26-year-old said she was extremely nervous about meeting the Queen but could barely stop smiling.

And she revealed that the Queen already knew all about her.

She was very warm and kind and we spoke quite freely and openly about Sochi and how wonderful the experience was.

She said she was really pleased to award me the MBE and she knew all about Sochi and the event, and had it all gone well and was it cold enough there for the event.

She seemed very knowledgeable of the sport of skeleton, and she wished me all the best of luck for the future.

– Lizzy Yarnold MBE

You can watch the moment the Queen pinned the honour on the world champion slider here:

Yarnold flies to America tomorrow to begin the defence of her World Cup title.

Salisbury coach firm takes over some Hatts' routes

Salisbury Reds has announced additional bus services in the region - with news that Hatts Coaches has ceased trading. Following discussions with Wiltshire Council, the operator will run buses across the following routes from today

7 and 8A - Devizes Road/Quidhampton to the city centre 12 - Stratford Bridge, Devonshire Road and Wyndham Road to the city centre 14 - Milton Road, Harvard Heights and Harnham Hill to the city centre 44 - Salisbury, Odstock, Downton, Redlynch, Woodfalls 66 - Salisbury to Tidworth via Shipton Bellinger

Another service, the 29 from Shaftesbury to Salisbury - via the Chalke Valley villages - will be run by sister firm Damory Coaches.

More information about the new services - including detailed timetables

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Memories of 86 year old travel firm that's gone bust

Hatts coaches has been in business in Wiltshire since 1928 until today, when it had to call in the receivers. The administrators say it simply ran out of cash.

Many of you will have memories of the company, which has provided school services, coach trips and holidays for many years.

You can post your thoughts on our Facebook page or email us at westcountry@itv.com

Travel firm customers should contact card providers

Customers of Wiltshire firm Hatts Travel, hit by the company going into administration, who paid by credit or debit card they should contact their card providers.

It is deeply regrettable and sad for all concerned that the majority of Hatts operations should have to stop trading. The businesses simply ran out of cash. We are acutely aware of the distress and hardship many holidaymakers and day trippers will be suffering right now particularly as so many of these are of an “older generation”. Our priority right now is to contact and provide dedicated helpline support for those members of the general public who have paid for holidays, day trips and other private hire with Hatts.

– Andrew Sheridan, Joint administrator

Those affected can contact the helpline on 0800 4704633

Chippenham coach firm goes bust with loss of 90 jobs

Wiltshire travel firm Hatts is in administration threatening the holiday plans of 1,000 customers Credit: Hatts Travel

Wiltshire coach firm Hatts has gone into administration with the immediate loss of 89 jobs and threatening the plans of 1,000 members of public who have made bookings affected.

A Park and Ride bus service Hatts operates in Salisbury will continue to operate safeguarding 32 jobs.

The firm has offices and depots in Foxham near Chippenham, Worton near Devizes and Salisbury.

Helpline number for those people who are affected:0800 4704633

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Chief Constable too slow for shoplifter

The Chief Constable of Wiltshire, Pat Geenty, doesn't take his duties lightly. Earlier today he tried to catch a shoplifter in Chippenham while he was off-duty.

His tweet tells you how it worked out!

People in Chippenham give their views on parking money

Wiltshire Council made almost £250 thousand a year in unreturned change from parking charges.

A Freedom of Information request from a national newspaper found the council had made 730 thousand pounds over three years by using machines that don't give change.

They say the extra money goes towards transport initiatives.

Police appeal over missing father and son

Geoffrey Tomlinson, aged 41, and Jack Tomlinson, aged 9. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police are appealing for help to find a missing father and son. Geoffrey Tomlinson, 41, and his 9-year-old son Jack were last seen at their home in Hardens Mead in Chippenham yesterday morning.

Mr Tomlinson is described as slim with shaved brown hair, and Jack is taller than average for his age and of medium build.

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