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strengthen the country's air defence systems. That is all from us.

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We were losing hope after three days. It is an absolute miracle, we

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could not wish for a happier ending. Dozens volunteered to look for Hazel

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- her pet dog never left her side. Our other headlines tonight:

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A memorial for the young men who've lost their lives in the River Avon

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after nights out. Prince Harry meets the athletes

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competing for a place in the Invictus Games for heroes

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who've been hurt A man gets a bonus holiday

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because he happened to have the same name as the person who couldn't

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make the trip. After three nights out in the cold,

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the chances of finding Hazel Denham alive were fading,

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but that's exactly what happened. She had disappeared in the woods

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near Minchinhampton Common whilst taking her dog,

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Bertie, for a walk. A police officer was so delighted,

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he ran up and gave her hug - her faithful pet had stayed

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with her throughout. And despite overnight

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temperatures close to freezing, It is a beautiful sunshine evening

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here and that really reflects the mood of how everybody is feeling

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here today. Hazel was found at 9am. In our experience, it was not the

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story we expected to be bringing you the day, but we are so grateful we

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are. She was found 2-3 miles from here where she left her house on

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Tuesday afternoon, and we were there as this three-day search came to its

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happy end. The moment many feared

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would never come - Hazel Denham not just alive

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but sitting casually at the bottom of Toadsmoor woods,

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chatting to police after being out in the open for three

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days and nights. I remember just seen a lovely big

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smile on Hazel and I climbed over the fence and just gave her a big

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hug and said, we are so happy Hazel was in good spirits but very

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dehydrated and was helped carefully into an ambulance to go

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to hospital for treatment. Her faithful dog, Bertie, never

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left her side and is doing well, too, helped by a few doggie treats -

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the whole family grateful to the dog walker who made a special

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effort to track them down. Hazel was in good spirits but very

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dehydrated and was helped carefully Hazel was confused when she was

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found but, used to long walks, she's obviously fit and resilient,

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having survived She thinks she's been

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missing for a few hours, doesn't know what all the fuss

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is about, thinks there might be missing dog

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somewhere and would quite I went down as far as I could

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and it got too thick. The search for Hazel became

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a huge community effort. Police and specialist search teams

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were joined by volunteers They started at Minchinhampton

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and stretched out for miles, searching from early in the morning

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until late at night. Andrew Watt was one of those

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who gave up his time to help. Absolutely brilliant news,

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especially for the family. The fact that she's been found

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safe and well after such I'd like to say thank you, on behalf

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of Gloucestershire Constabulary, to all the locals that have shown

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such interest in this story. The lady that found her today had

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deliberately gone out walking her dog in a bid to try

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and find her, and all the other locals, all the police officers have

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endless hours looking for her and all the other

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agencies as well. After a frantic three days,

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Hazel's family say they're just looking forward to a quiet weekend

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to welcome her back home. So many great angles to this story.

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That dog walker who counted today, who went out on a mission intent on

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finding her, did just that. The real hero of the day. Where did Hazel go?

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Where was she sleeping and how did she survived out in the cold for so

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long? That they are questions for another day. She is back for the

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people she loves and surrounded by the people that love her, with

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Bertie back by her side. The sun is shining on use Steve.

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Investigations are underway after a warehouse fire

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Seven fire engines were called to Locks Yard near Hartcliffe Way

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just before 11 after large plumes of smoke were reported

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No-one is thought to have been injured and the fire is now out.

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A man's been charged with the manslaughter

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of a soldier who was attacked at a nightclub in Stroud.

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24-year-old Jack Mitchell was a Gunner based at

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He died following a fight at Warehouse nightclub on 5th Feburary.

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29-year-old Jake Davies from Stroud has been charged with manslaughter.

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He's due to appear before Cheltenham Magistrates Court next month.

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A collector who captured and killed the UK's rarest

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butterfly, the Large Blue, has been spared jail.

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57-year-old Philip Cullen was given a six-month suspended sentence

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for capturing two butterflies at reserves in Somerset

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He was convicted in March of six charges.

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It's believed to be the first prosecution of its kind in the UK.

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Avon and Somerset Police say they are dealing with an average

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of 60 emergency calls a day from people with mental

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They include those who are suicidal or at risk of harming others.

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Six months ago, specially trained nurses were brought

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Our home affairs correspondent, Charlotte Callen, has been

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Protecting us on our streets - these officers are on the front

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line, fighting crime, but the types of emergencies they're

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The police's role is to keep us safe and make us feel safe. With an

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increasing number of calls from people from mental health problems,

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the role is also changing. Senior officers say, too often,

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the police are being left to deal with the most vulnerable as health

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budgets have been squeezed. Last year, we had over 20,000 calls

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that had a mental health marker on them. We are deploying 50-60% to

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those, that is huge demand. In 2013, there were two high-profile

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murders in the force Mr Ebrahimi had called

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police several times prior And the case of Robert Cox,

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who was stabbed to death by Derek Hancock, who also had

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mental health problems. Police do have some mental

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health training but, with a 9% increase in calls

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from vulnerable people, Mental health nurses moved

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into the emergency call centre, working side-by-side

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with the police. We need to work together to improve

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things. When jobs comment and people are at high risk of suicidal, we are

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asked to risk assessed that and get the right support for people.

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Since September, when the scheme started, the mental health team have

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They stopped police needing to attend in 364 cases and they have

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reduced the time police spent at the scene from an average of 7.5

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But should it fall to our police to deal with these kinds of problems

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or should they be out on the front line, dealing with car crime

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People want to see bobbies on the beat, officers patrolling and asking

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the 999 calls quickly. If you ask the public, would you like to see

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your police officers waiting 6-8 hours in a mental health centre,

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they probably don't. Similar work is happening

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between the health teams in Wiltshire and the police

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and in Dorset, too, where they have Well, thank you for joining us

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on this lovely Friday evening Ian will be here soon tell

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us whether we should But before that, meet

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one of the favourites for tomorrow's Grand National,

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trained in Somerset. And have they flown

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into the record books? Pilots from the West have attempted

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to have the most number of balloons Stonemasonry students

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from Bath College are to start work on a huge and poignant project

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for the city - a memorial to the young men who've

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lost their lives in the River Avon. 18-year-old Sam Amin

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was one of them. Now his family is working with

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the students to create a fitting In a bright dusty work space

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not far from the river, stonemasons of the future

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are learning their craft. A series of steps running

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down to the river, It's where Sam Amin died -

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he fell into the water His family want to come

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here, and find comfort. I believe there will be a space

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for me where I can cry, where I can share his memories,

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I can share his joy and I can mourn. To the family - when a life

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is lost to the river - it feels like losing Sam

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all over again. They want the monument

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to be there for all those And they hope it'll

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help keep people safe. They want to remind young people,

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young students, who are the future of this city, the future of this

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country, to be mindful of both river safety and to be mindful

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when they are walking at the bank Knowing how much it means,

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these students are honoured I feel really proud to be part

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of this project, actually. It's something that is going

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to hopefully be there for a really long time and hopefully

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do some good. I would hope that they

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feel that they've... That their loved ones

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that they have lost - are remembered, and also that it

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helps people in the future, to prevent things like this

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from happening again. The monument will be there for

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generations to come. It is something that will be there for ever.

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Sam's family are chipping away at the fundraising target -

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It's hoped before too long, they can transform one small

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stretch of river bank, into a place of

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Prince Harry's been in Bath today, meeting the athletes

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who are competing for a place at this year's Invictus Games.

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The event for injured and sick servicemen and women will be held

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in Toronto this September, and the trials are still

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atmosphere here has been so supportive all day with everyone

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encouraging each other to do well. There are 11 different sporting

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events at these trials that people can take part in. Many I spoke to

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enter themselves for extra offence because they got so caught up in the

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spirit of the day, they simply did not want to go home. And cheering

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them on from the sidelines was Prince Harry. Wounded while serving

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their country, Prince Harry here today to greet to service men and

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women whose lives have been affected by injury and sickness and who are

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hoping to use sport to help the recovery. Among them, Greg Dunning

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's, who served with the 1st Battalion. The opportunity to

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represent Team GB would be a dream come true. I was on patrol in

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Afghanistan when an explosive device went off which ripped all my leg

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out, shattered my knee. For some, the battle scars are less visible. I

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find myself here today suffering from PTSD but coming here and being

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a part of this makes me realise that you can still do many other things

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and feel that sense of achievement. Prince Harry has been helping to

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encourage more applicants than ever before. 306 guys register and 212 of

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them have never done any Invicta schemes. With the message spreading,

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the word is getting around. I am sure a lot of people would not have

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got involved if it was not for how much Prince Harry got involved

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himself. It is not necessarily those who come first in the trials who

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will make the team. Organisers are looking to see who has improved the

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most and who will benefit from the experience. There are 15 different

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countries taking part in the games in Toronto. The location, a

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convenient choice for Prince Harry because his girlfriend lives there,

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so no problems with Harry tried to find somewhere to stay. But for the

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306 competitors who have been at the trial, they will find out next month

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whether they will be joining Harry and Megan in Toronto before those

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games which begin on the 23rd of September. A bit of inside knowledge

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the! Staff at Bristol City Council

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are being warned 800 It follows an initial

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round of job cuts last year, The council needs to save ?100

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million over five years. In a statement, they say they're

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working closely with unions to mitigate the need

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for redundancies as far as possible. Bristol's newest bridge

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is now open to the public. The name, Castle Bridge,

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was chosen following a public vote. It connects Castle Park

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to the new Finzels Reach Get your sweepstakes at the ready

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because it's Grand National weekend. Will a West Country-trained horse

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win the world's most Alistair Durden is here

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with a few tips, hopefully. How do you normally pick your

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horse - colours, name, For Bristol City and Swindon fans,

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perhaps Definitly Red? What Rovers fan could resist

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a pop at that at 50-1? The youngest jockey in the race -

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Harry Cobden, a farmer's The favourite for the race

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is Vieux Lion Rouge, which translates from French

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as Old Red Lion. And we've been to Somerset

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to find out more about him. He's quite laid-back, quite a

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sensible chap. No-one knows Vieux Lion Rouge better

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than Julie Bellamy - she rides him every day

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at the yard near Wellington. He's won both his races this season,

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including one at Aintree, enhancing his credentials

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for the Grand National. It would mean so much to me and

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everybody. It is such a big race. I have had runners before so it would

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be a dream come true, it really would. Job satisfaction at its best!

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Jockey Tom Scudamore will be on board tomorrow.

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He's never finished better than eighth in the National but he's

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His grandfather, Michael, rode the winner, Oxo, back in 1959.

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Between dad, myself and my brother, we have had 40 goes between us and

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only got one so far. It would be wonderful. He is a young horse that

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has improved a lot over the last 12 months.

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Trainer David Pipe is looking for his second National win

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after taking the prize nine years ago.

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It definitely helps me personally. My father won it, I was very lucky

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to win it in my second season as a trainer. It is what every owner,

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trainer, jockey in our sport wants to do.

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The team will leave for Aintree at 5am tomorrow but, on Sunday,

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the village hopes to be able to celebrate as they

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The finish line is almost in sight for the football season.

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After that horrendous result at Preston, Bristol City

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Swindon could climb out of the relegation places

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Over 60,000 tickets have been sold for Bath Rugby's game with Leicester

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The venue change was agreed last year with Bath

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But the match could now go a long way to deciding who finishes

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When the game came about, we did not know who would be where in the

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league. If we knew it would be this tight, maybe it might have changed

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where we have the game, but it is what it is and hopefully we will

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have a good following there. Gloucester are at Newcastle

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tonight while Bristol take Swindon could have a world

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champion boxer this weekend. Ryan Martin is fighting for the WBC

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Youth Welterweight title tomorrow night at the Oasis Centre

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in the town. He's currently unbeaten

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in his professional career. I am massively proud. Some of the

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fighters that have come out of Swindon have been unbelievable. To

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top that list in that sense just makes me proud, everyone can see me

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racing at the end of the night in Swindon, that is amazing.

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Gloucestershire have made a solid start against Kent

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Somerset start a week today, and we'll look

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Now, what do you do when you've booked a holiday with all your

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friends and then one of them drops out?

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Well, a group of holiday-makers from Bristol didn't let it

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Instead, they took to social media to find someone with the same

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name as their friend who couldn't make it.

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He's from Manchester and decided a trip with complete strangers

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What sealed the deal was got his number, gave him a call, had a big

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long chat, we got on really well and I thought to myself, is legit. I can

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go away with ten random people because they are up for offers much

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as much as I am. Joe says he had a fantastic time

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and has made friends for life Balloonists from the West tried

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to help break a world record today. It was a spectacular sight in Dover

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this morning as 82 hot air balloons made the group crossing

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from England to France. They've been waiting for the right

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weather to make the journey Our reporter, Scott Ellis, flew

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with a pilot from Gloucestershire Just a wicker basket between you and

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22 miles of sea, a record number of balloons made the crossing of the

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English Channel. More than 80 competitive 49 in 2011. For many, it

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had meant driving overnight to the take-off site near Dover, including

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dozens of pilot from the West Country. This pilot from Cheltenham

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making the crossing aged just 19. This is the second time I have done

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it. I did in 2011 when I was 13 but I was with my dad says I am doing it

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with myself with my best mate this time. He knows what he has let

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himself in fall and I have gotten off a lot of confidence in him. Nick

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is from Bristol, another one of the younger pilots who is clearly not

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afraid of flying over water. I did in 2011 with a friend of mine and

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I'm going solo this time. I'm looking forward to the peace and

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quiet. Everyone was advised to carry life rafts and work immersion suits

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but the organisers were confident the conditions were just right. If

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we had ordered the weather, this is what we would have got, and it is

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six years the day we were standing here doing this same thing. Flying

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over Dover's white cliffs and leaving land behind is unnerving.

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Flights like this have to be arranged in advance with the British

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and French authorities. Months of planning has paid off. Absolutely

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fantastic. I am speechless, just wonderful. What an experience.

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Mid-channel, and you lose sight of land altogether. You cannot imagine

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France will ever emerge from the mist, but all you need is a breeze

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and patients. We were loud and over the summer in France. Beautiful, I

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have done it once before but this was so much better, it has taken us

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two hours to do 25... Unsure! Touchdown just sign of Calais and

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waiting for the vehicle to arrive by ferry, then the struggle to get

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those immersion suits off before heading back home to the West

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Country. Hello, hello! Sometimes this is the best job in the world.

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Now, it's been a glorious day across the West.

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Our cameraman, Andy Roberts, has been out and about for us -

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But the big question - is it going to last for the weekend?

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If you are after that setup, you will not be disappointed. Watching

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those balloons in the clip there made me conscious of the fact that

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the winds will come up from the south through the course of the

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weekend, and that will drag in warmer air from France, from Iberia.

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Today has given a taste as to the conditions for tomorrow. Clear blue

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skies, a light breeze and feeling decidedly warm under those

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conditions after a chilly start with the fog around in places which will

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not last long. Sunday brings more of the same. It has the potential to

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take temperatures up a notch further but by the tail end of the afternoon

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in the evening, more cloud around. High pressure firmly established for

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the time being and through the course of Saturday, after the fog

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was cleared, through Sunday, the key change will come late in the day

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with a cold front. A weak affair by the time it crosses us overnight

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into Monday. Here is how the evening shapes up. The graph things are

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moving. Nothing to be seen there until we get further on into the

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night and some of you likely to see fog forming. Preferential rate

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across southern parts of Somerset and temperatures chilly, getting

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down to twos and threes and parts of Somerset. Most urban areas holding

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close to six or seven. Tomorrow, fog will clear out of the way and that

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will be aided by the fact that above it, not a cloud in sight, cliffs but

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guys. That is how things are likely to remain to the rest of the day. By

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the tail end of the day, it will turn noticeably chilly after the sun

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goes down. Bear that in mind if you are breaking out the barbecue. It is

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better to have our earlier. It will have been warm, for sure.

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Temperatures in the high teens. It could nudge 20 in one or two spots.

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A chance on Sunday. Out towards the east most likely to reach that

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temperature. Then all change into the start of next week. A chilly

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feel but not profoundly so and mostly dry initially. We will worry

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about that on Monday. It just literature of spirits so much, and

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everything is coming out now, gardens are looking so pretty. What

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a happy time of year.

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