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Wiltshire Air Ambulance unveils new helicopter

The helicopter has a top speed of 150 knots. Credit: ITV News West Country

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has unveiled its new helicopter.

The Bell 429 flew into Trafalgar Park near Salisbury this afternoon. It will be used for the first time in December when the current partnership with Wiltshire Police comes to an end.

The charity receives no government funding - relying on donations to pay for the £2.5 million a year running costs.

The helicopter has a top speed of 150 knots, making it possible to get anywhere in the county within minutes.


GCHQ's human poppy 'spectacular'

The idea to create the giant human poppy came from staff at GCHQ. It took 1,400 GCHQ and military staff, 1,300 red ponchos and just over an hour to create it.

It's the first time the organisation has ever held such an event. The idea coming from a request to help launch the poppy appeal by the Royal British Legion in Gloucestershire. Ian Corbitt from the Royal British Legion tells us more:


Thousands of GCHQ staff help launch Poppy Appeal

It's one of the most secretive organisations in the world but GCHQ in Cheltenham opened its doors to help launch the poppy appeal. 1,400 members of staff formed a giant human poppy in the courtyard of the famous listening post. It came after a request for help from the Royal British Legion in Gloucestershire.

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.

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