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Letitia Bright Asked Ellie about autism

Hi ellie my question is why is the help available for autistic children diagnosis first? So many families are left with little or no help while awaiting the ASD assessment. The assessment waiting lists are so long and meanwhile parents and children are left to suffer.

I also have another question why has the criteria for Educational health care plans gone up? Many children with special needs are not getting the help they desperately need and are not reaching their full potential. Surely there must be a way for parents and children to get the help they deserve without the constant fight and battles with health professionals and schools. We already have so much to deal with.

– Question via Facebook

Hi Letitia

Just to let you know I have been in touch with The National Autistic Society They tell me they have been inundated with questions like yours and have started a campaign to get earlier diagnosis.

They tell me they are finding the right person to answer your question and will be in touch asap.

I am also speaking to people locally.

Will let you know when I have more. Ellie

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No Egypt flights till December

The holiday firm Thomson has announced a further delay to the resumption of flights from Bristol to Egypt following the terror attack on a Russian airliner which had taken off from Sharm el-Sheikh. Flights to the resort were due to resume from Lulsgate tomorrow, but they now won't restart till at least December 9th.

Wreckage from the crashed airliner that sparked the emergency Credit: PA

"As a result of Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) advice, Thomson Airways can confirm the cancellation of further outbound flights from the UK to Sharm el-Sheikh, up to and including Wednesday 9th December 2015. All customers booked to travel to Sharm el-Sheikh in this period will be provided with a full refund or can amend to any holiday currently on sale. If the new holiday is taken before the end of April 2016 we are also offering a £30 per person discount. Customers travelling to Sharm el-Sheikh up to and including 31st December 2015 will be able to amend their booking to any holiday departing by the end of April 2016, without incurring an amendment fee.
Customers in the UK who are due to travel can contact our dedicated support line on 0800 009 3833 or 0203 636 1994, or visit a local Thomson shop."

– Thomson Airways

Inquest rules tragic drowning of 4-year-old boy 'accidental'

Harley Barnes with his mum, dad and their two dogs Lenny and Trev. Credit: Wiltshire Police

An inquest has ruled the death of a 4 year-old boy who drowned in a pond in Gastard was accidental.

The coroner assessed that Harley Barnes either climbed over a gate or opened it to get to the pond at his grandparents' stables in Wiltshire. It's thought he was trying to help feed the horses.

The toddler disappeared on the morning of July 28 this year before he was found unconscious. He was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath but he could not be resuscitated.

Police warning over online terror attack hoax

Wiltshire Police are raising the alarm over a Facebook post broadcasting a hoax terror attack in Swindon which is causing people to click on the link.

The site opens up a false news article and also contains a virus that automatically downloads onto computer devices.

Police are urging people not to fall for the scam.

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