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The West Country at Westminster: Lib Dem leadership debate special edition

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See Ian Axton grill the two Lib Dems battling to replace Nick Clegg in the wake of the party's spectacular collapse in the general election - Tim Farron and Norman Lamb.

Questions come in from Lib Dems around our region, but surely the main one is, where does the party go from here?


The West Country at Westminster: Queen's Speech, EU referendum

The first West Country at Westminster since the election.

Ian Axton talks to Conservative MP for North Somerset and former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Labour MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw, former Lib Dem MP for Wells Tessa Munt and UKIP parliamentary candidate for the Forest of Dean and UKIP party director Steve Stanbury.

Couple fulfil their son's dying wish by getting married

Jemma and Craig Edwards made history by marrying at their dying son's hospital bedside Credit: Bristol City Council

The parents of a five-year-old boy have fulfilled his dying wish by getting married at his bedside at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Corey Edwards passed away last night, but not before seeing his mum and dad make history.

Corey had always wanted his parents, Jemma and Craig, to get married and last week they made history by becoming the first couple to tie the knot in Bristol Children’s Hospital - at their son’s bedside.

Corey Edwards was being treated on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children after being admitted in January.

Five-year-old Corey Edwards died last night after a long battle with his heart condition Credit: Bristol City Council

Diagnosed with a complex congenital heart defect at the age of seven months old, Corey underwent eight open-heart surgeries and other treatment.

The couple from Teignmouth in Devon were engaged for three years but their plans to marry were put on hold due to the birth of their two younger daughters Isabelle (2) and Caitlyn (24 weeks) and Corey’s ill health.

When they learnt of their son’s wish, they felt they had to act. With the help of staff, and friends made at the hospital, plans were put in place to help the couple marry at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Jemma and Craig Edwards sign the register at Bristol Children's Hospital Credit: University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust

When we knew Corey’s wishes, everyone on PICU and Ward 32, including staff and friends, got together to help us.

The Bishop of Bristol had to write to the Archbishop of Canterbury to get special permission for us to marry in the hospital and we are so grateful he agreed. When we got the go ahead, we only had a matter of days to plan. We rushed into town to buy a dress and suit and made do with our engagement rings as wedding rings.

We couldn’t believe the generosity of all those involved. One nurse helped to do Jemma’s hair, whilst another two members of staff made the cake and iced it. Chairs were pulled together to form an aisle and decorations were put up to make it feel like a wedding venue.

We were married on Saturday 4 April by the hospital’s chaplain, Graham Reaper-Brown, who was very excited to be sharing this occasion with us. However, the most important thing for us was having our son Corey at our side, holding the rings and wearing his suit. We couldn’t have been more proud of him. We were also incredibly lucky to have our daughters there and the support of so many.

– Jemma and Craig Edwards
The marriage ceremony took place in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Credit: University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust

The newlyweds spent their wedding night at their son’s bedside and later returned to the Ronald McDonald House where they have been staying whilst Corey was in hospital.

Despite Corey's death, Craig and Jemma want everyone to know their story and how very special their little boy was.

Emergency staff test their rescue skills in extreme training day

Around 250 emergency staff have been testing their rescue skills to the limit in three days of training.

Rescuers battle their way through a simulated disaster to help victims Credit: ITV News

Devon and Somerset fire and rescue service spent months building a mock up of a collapsed building as part of the exercise.

A paramedic attends to a patient crushed under rubble Credit: ITV News

The aim is to ensure the services work well together in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

We don't want to be meeting people for the first time on the day it's happened for real so we want to build these relationships, look at what each other's capability is, look at the limitations and how we can work together to achieve a better outcome for the people who are in trouble on that day.

– Paul Cross, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
Rescuers battle their way through a simulated disaster to help victims Credit: ITV News

West Country most wanted could be in Spain

The National Crime Agency are searching for two men, one from Bristol and and one from Gloucestershire who are believed to be hiding in Spain.

Mohammed Jahangir Alam,32, (below) is wanted by Gloucestershire Police for rape and sexual assault. He lived in Bradford before moving to Cheltenham in 2008. He is 5ft, 8ins tall and his last known address was in the E3 area of London.

Wanted: Mohammed Jahangir Alam Credit: National Crime Agency

Jayson McDonald, 37, (below) who is originally from Bristol, is wanted by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of conspiracies to import and supply heroin and cocaine.

McDonald's his last known address was in the Acton area of London. He is believed to be a member of a Europe-wide organised crime network responsible for the importation of Class A drugs into the UK.

He is 5ft, 11 ins tall.

Wanted: Jayson McDonald Credit: National Crime Agency

Anyone with any information regarding these two men is being asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Sand sculpture festival will return

Weston super Mare's sand sculpture festival will return Credit: ITV Westcountry

Weston super Mare's sand sculpture festival will return this year despite fears that it might be too expensive.

Organisers have confirmed the festival will be back next month to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Last year organisers said the festival might not return because it costs too much to set up.

Teenage conmen jailed

Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee jailed Credit: ITV Westcountry

Two teenage conmen have been jailed for their part in phone scams which tricked dozens of pensioners out of thousands of pounds.

19 year olds Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee were part of a gang that conned 30 pensioners from across the South West out of a total of £88,000.

They sometimes pretended they were police.

Choudhury received three years, two months in prison and Shafee, 15 months.

Detective Inspector Tony Hubbard from the South West Vice Crime Unit spoke to ITV news after the sentencing.

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