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Severn Bridge tolls are coming down
The toll on the two Severn crossings has been reduced for the first time since the first one opened in 1966.

BreakingRail line closed following fatality between Bristol and Weston

All rail lines have been blocked between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Temple Meads following a fatality, GWR says.

The firm reports that services running between the two stations may be cancelled or delayed by up to 90 minutes.

It expects the disruption to continue until 9am.

Rail line closed between Weston and Bristol following fatality

Underneath The Packhorse lies the remains of a hidden Victorian street
The row of shop fronts disappeared underground when the road level was raised to allow the railway to come through.

Investigation continues into cause of Bristol Uni fire

Fire at Bristol University
Matthew Pearce

Investigations into the cause of a large fire at Bristol University are continuing.

The blaze started at around 5pm on Saturday in the top floor of the Grade II-listed Fry Building, which is behind the iconic Wills Memorial tower.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service said the cause is not thought to be suspicious but the investigation is likely to continue on Monday.

Fire crews had got the flames under control by 1am on Sunday.

Scene of fire
Avon Fire and Rescue

'Fortunate' Bristol uni fire was in the roof

'Fortunate' Bristol uni fire was in the roof says fire chief
A fire chief says that if the Bristol University fire hadn't been in the roof, it could have spread to other buildings very quickly.

Severe accident: A431 Bristol both ways

BBC News Travel

A431 Bristol both ways severe accident, between A4175 Cherry Garden Road and Brewery Hill.

A431 Bristol - A431 Bath Road in Bitton closed in both directions between the A4175 Cherry Garden Road junction and the Brewery Hill junction, because of a serious accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Hope Powell

Brighton & Hove Albion are to join English women's football top tier in 2018-19 and become a full-time club.

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Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J19 for A369 and J18A for M49.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J19, A369 (Portishead) and J18a M49, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, at J21 for A370.

M5 Somerset - M5 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A417 and J1 for A38.

M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M50 eastbound between J2, A417 (Ledbury) and J1, A38 (Tewkesbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Huge blaze breaks out at Bristol University
Everyone is accounted for, after the fire swept through the university's Fry Building.
Lauren Hemp

Lauren Hemp's brace sees Bristol City earn a narrow victory over Everton in Women's Super League One.

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Bethany England

Chelsea loanee Bethany England scores four goals as Liverpool hit eight past Yeovil Town in Women's Super League One.

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Ken Pisi

Northampton's last-minute penalty try beats Gloucester in Alan Gaffney's first match with Saints.

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Marcus Barnes

Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes' debut goal helps League Two Yeovil Town knock third-tier Bradford City out of the Cup.

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Football

Cheltenham Town win for the first time in four League Two outings with victory over 10-man Colchester.

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Andre Carrillo (right)

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Premier League club Watford comfortably beat a second-string Bristol City side to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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Severe disruption: A4018 Bristol eastbound

BBC News Travel

A4018 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, between Berkley Avenue and B4051 Park Row.

A4018 Bristol - A4018 Queen's Road closed eastbound between the Berkley Avenue junction and the B4051 Park Row junction, because of a building fire.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Football

Reuben Reid scores on his debut as Forest Green climb out of the relegation zone with a victory against Port Vale.

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Wrap up warm it's going to be a cold night

Here's the weather for the West with Ian Ferguson

Bristol RSPCA animal shelter's plea for old newspapers

Watch: Bristol RSPCA animal shelter's plea for old newspapers.

Got any unwanted newspaper lying around the home? Instead of chucking it in the recycling bin, you might consider giving it away to some needy animals.

The Bristol RSPCA Dogs and Cats home says it is desperate for any type of newspaper as its running short at the moment.

Infographic
BBC

Fabienne Gould, kennel supervisor at the centre said: “To put it in perspective we’ve used two massive tubs in the last three months. I’d say we use newspaper for every single animal in our care, other than the dogs.

“So it really is a massive help to us for cleaning and to help them have a happy life while they're here with us."

Bath scrum-half Chris Cook offloads under pressure from Worcester's Francois Hougaard

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Sixways

Bath return to winning ways in the Premiership with a high-scoring bonus-point victory against Worcester Warriors.

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Man jailed after pleading guilty to careless driving

Ipswich Crown Court
BBC

A Swindon man has been jailed for three years after admitting causing death by careless driving while over the drink-drive limit after a car crash near Ipswich.

Police were called to reports of a Mini having left the road in Coddenham in October 2016.

Ben Fulcher, 21, from Needham Market, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Josh Caines, 23, of Kingshill Road in Swindon, pleaded guilty at a hearing and was sentenced today at Ipswich Crown Court.

Sexual assault prompts police appeal

Police tape
PA

An appeal for witnesses has been launched by police after an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Yeovil town centre.

The incident happened in the precinct area, near Poundland, in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 10th December.

The woman was approached by a man in his late twenties and assaulted, Avon and Somerset Police said.

When a friend of the victim checked on her he was approached by two other men who punched him before heading up Middle Street.

Anyone who witnessed the incidents has been asked to contact the police.

Facts and figures about wild boar in the Forest

Wild boar in the Forest
BBC

The Forestry Commission (FC) says it estimates there are 1,204 wild boar in the Forest of Dean but wants to bring the population down to above 400.

For 11 months of the year, professional Wildlife Rangers are employed by the FC to carry out a culling operation.

A group has been holding a meeting tonight to discuss the number of wild boars in the forest and how to deal with them.

The commission said it continues "to explore all possible, legal, options for reducing the numbers of feral wild boar" and last year it was successful in trialing night shooting.

In the below table, the FC has laid out numbers showing how it believes the population has grown in the last decade:

A table showing numbers of wild boar in the Forest of Dean
Forestry Commission

Swimmers included in Commonwealth Games squad

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor
Getty Images

The final selections for the Team England swimming squad for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games have been announced today.

They include Bath swimmers Anna Hopkin, Cameron Kurle and Jessica Fullalove.

They join fellow Bath swimmers James Guy, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and Andrew Willis who were selected last year.

Joining the coaching team in Australia will be Millfield School’s director of swimming Euan Dale.

Bristol University and Sir David Attenborough link forces

Sir David Attenborough joins up with scientists to investigate an ichthyosaur fossil.

Scientists from the University of Bristol are set to feature in a new documentary with Sir David Attenborough, looking at a 200 million-year-old Ichthyosaur fossil.

Attenborough and the Sea Dragon charts the discovery of a fossil that was found discovered in pereserved skin, which allowed scientists to recreate exactly what the animal looked like.

The documentary will air on BBC1 on Sunday, 7 January at 8pm.

Wild boar debate: MP says culling is working

Mark Harper, MP for Forest of Dean, stepped out of a heated debate about the future of wild boar in the Forest of Dean to speak to our Gloucestershire reporter Steve Knibbs.

He's been meeting a group set up to find solutions to issues caused by wild boar in the Forest of Dean.

Forestry Commission figures suggest about 1,200 boar live in the Forest and they've been increasingly seen searching for food in towns and villages.

Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper on the wild boar debate

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall reliving his childhood

Watch: Hugh tries to catch some minnows

Here's another preview clip from Hugh's Wild West which begins on BBC2 on Saturday at 6.15pm.

In the first episode Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explores the Forest of Dean and relives his childhood with a spot of minnow fishing in the River Wye.

New homeless centre to open in Swindon

A new homeless centre has opened in Swindon for Winter

Giant snake dies after it was abandoned in a car

Boa
RSPCA
The sick snake was too ill to survive and had to be put to sleep

It's not the kind of thing you expect to find in the back of a car - and the police that seized this car probably got a shock when they found a 10ft boa constrictor in the back.

The abandoned vehicle in Lawrence Weston, Bristol, was claimed by police who discovered the reptile.

Unfortunately the story doesn't end well as it was in such a poor condition it had to be put to sleep.

John Atkinson, from the RSPCA, said: “It’s certainly not the sort of thing you see every day.

He added that an "independent vet sadly had to put the snake to sleep because of his poor condition and respiratory problems".

The RSPCA is warning that thousands of exotic pets are at risk. The charity received nearly 7,000 calls about reptiles in 2016 and over the past five years, there has been a 71% rise in the total number of calls about reptiles.

Sick snake
RSPCA
The RSPCA said is is dealing with a huge increase in the number of calls about exotic pets

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, at J19 for A369.

M5 Bristol - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J19, A369 (Portishead), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Park Street back open again

Esme Thomas

The hospital, where A&E is closed overnight, said it is currently dealing with "much higher volumes" of ill patients.

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Gloucester man charged following Chase Lane incident

A Gloucester man has been charged with violent disorder over an incident at an industrial estate last year.

Zuriah Hanson-Frost also faces charges of possession of an offensive weapon after the incident at Chase Lane Industrial Estate in the city in November.

The 24-year-old was arrested on Thursday following a police appeal. He is due to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Saturday.