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Wiltshire fireman helps Nepal earthquake rescue

Dan Cooke Credit: Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service

A firefighter from Wiltshire is in Nepal helping the rescue effort.

Dan Cooke is Station Manager at Salisbury and part of an eight person team who travelled to the earthquake zone yesterday (26 April).

The team have been sent by rescue organisation Serve On and have special equipment to locate signs of life underneath collapsed buildings.

We have a number of firefighters involved with Serve On, and we have always been proud to release them whenever they are called upon to help those in need, as long as their absence can be managed locally.

The scenes of devastation in Nepal have been chilling, and we send our best wishes to Dan, his Serve On colleagues, and the many other search and rescue specialists who have deployed from Fire & Rescue Services across the country to support this rescue mission.

– Simon Routh-Jones, Chief Fire Officer, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service

Bristol explorer rescued from Everest

Dan Mazur from Bristol has been rescued from Everest after being trapped up the mountain since Saturday.

Dan has been tweeting since the Nepal earthquake hit at the weekend.

Thousands are dead and thousands are missing in the aftermath of the natural disaster.


South Gloucestershire man feared missing after Nepal Earthquake

Friends appeal for help to trace Sam Bond after Nepal earthquake Credit: Francesca Baker

Friends of Sam Bond from Doynton are trying to make contact with him after not hearing from him since the earthquake in Nepal hit on Saturday.

Sam was with friends Toni Perry and Eric Schuyler travelling from Jiri to Everest Base Camp with no guides or aids.

Sam's friend Francesca Baker has been on Twitter asking for help to find her friend.

Nepal Earthquake: Friends desperate for news of man from South Gloucestershire

Sam Bond was two days into a trek to Everest base camp when the earthquake struck Nepal Credit: ITV News

Fears are growing for a 28-year-old man from South Gloucestershire who was two days into a climb to Everest base camp when an earthquake struck Nepal.

Sam Bond's friends and family are putting out urgent appeals on social media to try and trace him.


Four bailed in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James was 32 when he was run over in Steam Mills Road in Cinderford on the evening of December 15 2002. Credit: Family

Four men arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Cinderford 12 years ago have been released on bail.

Shaun James was run over in December 2002. Police who investigated the case at the time believed the incident was a hit-and-run, but it has since been reclassified as a murder. Two men arrested on Thursday, and a further two arrested on Friday - all from Gloucestershire - have been released on bail until May.

Two more arrested in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James died in 2002

Two more men have been arrested in connection with the death of Shaun James in 2002.

A 53-year-old, from Cheltenham, and a 46-year-old from Cinderford, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and currently remain in custody.

They join two Cinderford men, aged 63 and 51, who were arrested and bailed yesterday on the same charges.

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