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Holiday of a lifetime for South West children

It's the trip of a lifetime for children with serious illnesses and disabilities - every year the charity Dreamflight takes nearly 200 youngsters to Orlando in Florida, where they visit theme parks and go swimming with dolphins. Among them are children from Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Forget VIPs, they're known as VICs - 'Very Important Children'. Our reporter Lauren Hall went with them to find out how they got on.


Vince Cable to announce £50 million for SW businesses

Vince Cable will be in the region today to announce £50 million worth of funding for companies in the South West.

The Business Secretary will visit Bristol and Gloucestershire to make a series of announcements in support of high-tech manufacturing - including officially opening a £28 million extension to the National Composites Centre in South Gloucestershire (Emerson's Green).

Woman appears in court over Coleford death

Gerald Nott. Credit: family

A woman has been charged with murder following the death of a pensioner in the Forest of Dean.

The body of 66-year-old Gerald Nott was found in a home in Broadwell in Coleford on Sunday.

46-year-old Amanda Howard appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court earlier and was remanded in custody.

She's due to appear before Bristol Crown Court tomorrow.

Men released in Barry Rubery murder investigation

68-year-old Barry Rubery was found tied up and beaten to death at his home in South Gloucestershire in 2010 Credit: Family

Two men arrested in connection with the murder of Barry Rubery, from Iron Acton, near Bristol, have been released without charge.

Mr Rubery, who was 68, was found dead at his home on 28 April 2010.

The two men, aged 30 and 19, were arrested on Tuesday 30 Sept at addresses in Bristol and Peterborough. They were due to answer bail today, 29 October, but have been told they face no further action.

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