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"Our hearts will be broken forever": Family of little girl killed in crash speak out

The family of a two-year-old girl killed in a car crash in Avonmouth have released an emotional tribute to her.

Natasha May Packman died on Tuesday. The family have chosen not to release a photograph of her. A 46-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

"On Tuesday morning we had our little girl, Natasha, taken from us, in a moment of awful, life-changing destruction.

“Our broken bones and cuts will heal over time, but our hearts will be broken forever.

“Our only consolation in all of this terrible sadness is that our beautiful daughter did not feel any pain and that she did not suffer during the last few hours of her precious life."

“When she woke up on Tuesday morning, it was a lovely April day, but she will see no more of them and will never collect Spring flowers again, as she so loved to do.

“We want to thank the incredible people who tried so hard to save our little girl on Tuesday and who are continuing to support us through this, as the nightmare continues.

“We will never forget the members of the public who came to help us, the teams of doctors; nurses; liaison specialists; emergency crews; police and the other wonderful professionals at the Bristol Children’s Hospital who cared for us on that most terrible of days."

“In all of this there is a heart-breaking sadness for us all, but a knowledge that the world is a good place, full of good people, who show love and kindness. It would have been a wonderful place for Tasha to have grown up in, if only she had been given the chance."

“She was a child who always had a ‘hello’ and a wave for people that she met, and who brought such smiles and pleasure to those that she encountered. We are left with memories and the knowledge that she felt loved, safe, happy and cherished by all those closest to her. She will never be here again, but she will also never leave us."

“We simply ask that you hold your own families close, that you sleep well in your beds and that you treasure every possible moment with your children; be grateful that you are not in this terrible situation and remember us in your thoughts.”

– The family of Natasha May Packman


Stroud woman rescued from Nepal says "huge thank you"

Ingrid Chiene said the village where she was staying was almost entirely destroyed. Credit: ITV News

A Stroud woman reunited with her children after being caught up in the devastation in Nepal has spoken of her relief and gratitude.

Ingrid Chiene was celebrating her fortieth birthday in a small village near Kathmandu, and had been in the country for less than a week when the 7.8-magnitude quake struck.

She said the village where she was staying was almost entirely destroyed by the earthquake, and that she could not believe the generosity of the local people, who reached out to stranded tourists despite their own homes being turned to rubble.

She also had nothing but praise for British embassy staff, and has said she wants to go back to the country to help.

Gloucestershire Cricket gets floodlight permission

Gloucestershire in action at the County Ground, Bristol. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club has today gained planning permission to install permanent floodlights at its Bristol ground.

This comes after an initial rejection of the plans by the council earlier in the year.

Campaigners who oppose the plans have said they would be eyesores and cause light pollution. However the club has argued that they would only be used during the cricket season, from April to September, and would help the club attract top international events like the 2019 Cricket World Cup, bringing huge benefits to the area.

We are delighted that the Committee has come to this decision as it finally allows us to realise our ambitions to bring International Cricket to Bristol.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us develop these plans, particularly our neighbours whom we have continued to work with since February ... We will now work towards installing the lights ahead of the start of the 2016 season.

– Will Brown, Chief Executive, Gloucestershire Cricket


Bath woman trapped by Nepal earthquake is rescued

20-year-old Susannah Ross hadn't contacted her family and friends since Friday.

Susannah Ross, the young Bath student missing since the devastating earthquake in Nepal has been rescued.

Her friends confirmed on Twitter this morning that Susannah, 20, had been rescued by helicopter and taken to an army base.

She had been trekking in the area when the 7.8-magnitude quake hit, and her family and friends had not heard from her since Friday.

They were anxious to get her to safety, especially after receiving an SOS message saying her group was in desperate need of medical assistance. Her friends used Twitter to spread the word, and also used the site to confirm the good news this morning.

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Another man arrested in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James was killed in 2002.

Another man has been arrested in the Shaun James murder case.

A 60-year-old man from Cinderford, Gloucestershire was arrested on suspicion of the 2002 murder this morning.

This follows last week's arrests of four men on suspicion of conspiracy to murder the 32-year-old. Those men have been bailed until May.

Shaun James was killed after leaving a pub in Cinderford in 2002 in what police at the time thought was a hit-and-run, but now believe was murder.

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for anyone with further information to come forward.

Gloucestershire family make contact with daughter

The family of a Gloucestershire woman trekking in Nepal have confirmation she is alive and well after an agonising wait following the earthquake.

Parents Sue and Otto Bohlen made appeals on Google Person Finder for their daughter Johanna Bohlen to get in touch - and early on Tuesday it was confirmed on the website that she is alive.

She was trekking in the Langtang National Park when the earthquake happened on Saturday.

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