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Liz Hurley opens care facility for disabled in Swindon

Model Liz Hurley opens respite care for children with disabilities Credit: ITV West Country

The model Liz Hurley has opened a new respite care centre at the Brunel shopping mall in Swindon.

It will help look after children and adults with disabilities while their carers do their shopping. It's the first facility of its kind in the country.

The Hop, Skip and Jump facility in Swindon is the first of its kind in the UK Credit: ITV West Country

Ms Hurley is the patron of the charity "Hop Skip and Jump", which is behind the scheme.

Transport Secretary urged to back Corsham station plans

Duncan Hames (right) at the Liberal Democrat autumn conference in Glasgow earlier this month. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The Transport Secretary will today be asked to support plans to reopen Corsham railway station.

Local MP Duncan Hames says he's won the backing of business groups for rail services to stop in the town.

He says this could be linked to a new rail franchise for services between Bristol and Oxford, which were axed in 2003.


Bristol City set new club record

There were wins for Bristol City and Cheltenham Town.

Bristol City have broken a club record by going 14 games unbeaten at the start of a season.

Aden Flint gave City the lead twice against Bradford, but they were pegged back on each occasion. 2-2 the final score at Ashton Gate. City are now 6 points clear at the top after nearest rivals Peterborough lost at bottom club Crewe.

Swindon Town have suffered a shock 3-2 home defeat by Rochdale. Anton Rodgers and Michael Smith scored for Town, but the visitors scored an injury time winner.

Yeovil Town lost 2-0 at Sheffield United.

And its two straight wins for Cheltenham Town in League Two. They won 2-1 at Cambridge, thanks to a Matt Richards strike and an own goal.

Animals being abandoned like rubbish

The RSPCA has reported a big increase in the number of abandoned animals in our region with almost 1,500 cases so far this year.

  • Bristol 209 cases
  • Somerset 541 cases
  • Wiltshire 354 cases
  • Gloucestershire 318 cases
These rare tortoises were dumped outside a pet shop in Gloucester - it was lucky they were spotted before they grew too cold Credit: RSPCA

They include these three rare red-footed tortoises which were found in rabbit hutches at a pet store in Gloucester. If they'd been left outside for any longer they could have really suffered.

The charity has begun an appeal to help it tackle a problem where it says too many animals are being dumped like rubbish. It worries that it will get even worse as winter draws in.

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