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Tuesday, 15 January, 2002, 22:07 GMT
Neighbour attacked by thieves
Detectives in the Cotswolds have published an e-fit picture of two burglars, who attacked a neighbour investigating a break-in.

The burglary took place at a house in Barnsley, near Cirencester.

Three thieves were spotted by neighbours who went to tackle the men, but they later got away in a Landrover.

One of the neighbours needed hospital treatment after being hit on the head with a wooden club.


County show called off

One of the biggest agricultural shows in the West has been cancelled after months of uncertainty following last year's foot-and-mouth outbreak.

The Taunton Town and Country show was not held last year because of the disease but organisers had hoped it could go ahead this August.

However, with some restrictions still in place, the organisersr do not know what animals, if any, would be allowed to take part.

Ironically the announcement has been made on the day the Government announced that the whole of Great Britain is now Foot-and-Mouth free.


Pier wins top listing

Clevedon pier has been given the highest grade of listed building status, more than 20 years after it collapsed.

It is one of only two piers in the country to have Grade I protection - the other is Brighton's west pier.

The pier was built more than 130 years ago, using discarded track from Brunel's obsolete broad-guage railway.

Some of the supports collapsed in the 1970s, but it reopened in 1988 after a long campaign by volunteers - and was subsequently named Pier of the Year.


Green festival gets red light

A "green festival" planned near Wotton Bassett in Wiltshire has been scrapped after a campaign by people living nearby.

They were concerned about the unsuitability of the land, the lack of licences and the numbers of people that would invade the area.

The Somerset-based company Big Green Gathering, which promotes environmentally-friendly lifestyles, says it is looking for an alternative venue in Wiltshire.


Middle schools face axe

Plans to scrap Exeter's middle schools to improve exam results were due to be discussed by Devon county council's executive committee on Tuesday.

The city's state school children currently switch to secondary school at the age of 12.

They perform well early on, but lag behind other areas in GCSE results.

An Education Commission has recommended scrapping middle schools from September 2005 - if funding could be secured.


Councillor goes on the beat

A councillor in Somerset is taking part in police patrols around Chard.

Cathy Morrison signed up to go on the beat both day and night to find out exactly how the police work.

She said it had given her a better understanding of the difficulties officers faced.

She planned to use the experience to press the chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police to give the town more resouces.


Falcons leave offerings at church

People living around St John's Church in Bath are being warned to look out for the remains of small birds and animals dropping from the sky.

The problem is caused by a pair of peregrine falcons is nesting 220 feet up the church spire.

Neighbours say the birds of prey are in the habit of leaving the remains of their meals on the church steps.


School brings in pupil power

Children have been given a voice in the running of a Bristol primary school.

Each class has its own representative on a school council set up at Air Balloon Hill Junior in the city's St George district.

So far, the council has persuaded the governors to pay for extra play equipment and a new fence.

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