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Tributes to Burma war veteran who has died aged 99

Burma war veteran John Skene, who has died aged 99. Credit: Family

One of Bristol's last surviving Burma war veterans has died at the age of 99.

John Skene, who was born in Kingswood in 1919, fought the Japanese during the Second World War. He was injured when a 600lb shell exploded near his head and suffered headaches right through his life as a consequence. In later life he travelled to India and Burma to visit the graves of his comrades.

Mr Skene was made an MBE in 2002 for his contribution to engineering after the war.

His grand daughter Annalea Rogers has paid tribute to him, saying his loss has left a big hole in her.

Delays after bales of hay spread across motorway

The lorry shed its bales of hay on M5 Southbound this morning. Credit: Highways England

Two lanes remain closed after two accidents and a lorry carrying bales of hay has shed its load on the M5 Southbound in South Gloucestershire.

There are speed restriction of 40mph between Junction 14 B4509 (Thornbury / Falfield) and Junction 15 M4 (Almondsbury Interchange).

This has caused long delays on M5 to the Michaelwood Services. Highways England say travel time is around 45 minutes.

Recovery work continues, a sweeper has been requested to clear the hay from the carriageway as one bale has split.

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