A303 upgrade still some way off

The Government has revealed its plans to end the congestion on the A303 won't be ready until at least this time next year

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RNLI rescue man in yacht from Bristol Channel

A lifeboat crewman was forced to jump into the Bristol Channel to rescue a man whose yacht had run aground.

The man got into difficulty on Sunday afternoon in the strong winds off Clevedon beach.

When crews arrived, there was only one metre of water around the yacht so a crew member had to get out and swim to it to tow it out of danger.

It soon became clear that yacht was in serious danger of being turned on to its side. It was clear that the yacht was now crashing down directly on the sea bed. The volunteer crew had to work quickly and professionally to decide the best way to assist the person on the yacht. This was going to be a tricky manoeuvre for the volunteers.

– Dave Herbert, Lifeboat spokesman

The yacht was towed to Portishead Marina where it was handed over to the Portishead Coastguards.

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Second Ambulance for animal charity

North Devon Animal Ambulance will be given a second ambulance today to deal with an increase in demand for its services.
North Devon Animal Ambulance will be given a second ambulance today to deal with an increase in demand for its services. Credit: ITV

North Devon Animal Ambulance will be given a second ambulance today to deal with an increase in demand for its services. The charity has had to spend thousands of pounds each week on veterinary care for all animals and pets that are either no longer wanted or their owners cannot afford the treatment

Heatwave leaves elderly struggling

Hospitals have seen an increase in elderly people suffering from the heat.
Hospitals have seen an increase in elderly people suffering from dehydration. Credit: PA

Hospitals and doctors surgeries across the West Country have seen an increase in admissions over the past couple of weeks with older people struggling with the heat. While the current heatwave might seem perfect beach weather, it can have severe impact on health with dehydration and heat stroke a major problem, particularly for the elderly.

1 in 3 in South West struggling for food

Picture of  food bank as 1 in 3 people in the south west struggle for food
1/3 people in South West struggling for food Credit: ITV News West Country

Almost a third of people in the South West are struggling to afford food. That's according to a report by a debt management company. The findings will be officially announced as part of a debt summit in Bristol today. They say an increase in the cost of living and energy bills are to blame.

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