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Protesters claim they disrupted university society event because of the Tory MPs 'homophobic and anti-abortion beliefs'.

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Weather: Cloud, patchy rain and wind expected over the weekend

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Archive video: Bristol accents explored

Watch: A clip from a Nationwide programme in 1977

'Ark at 'ee!

The Bristolian accent is known for its distinctive sound, as Nationwide explored in 1977.

This archive film follows the reporter who ask Bristolians to pronounce a very specific phrase, with interesting results.

Sammy Ameobi celebrates

Sammy Ameobi's fine goal helps pull Bolton out of the Championship relegation zone with a win against Bristol City.

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Torso discovery remembered, 80 years on

Watch: "I remember the news coming round like wildfire," said Phyllis Creese

This weekend marks the 80th anniversary of one of Gloucestershire's most notorious unsolved murders.

On 3 February 1938, fishermen netted a headless torso in the River Severn at Haw Bridge.

The victim has never been officially identified but it is widely believed to be Captain William Butt who lived in Cheltenham.

Phyllis Creese, who was 14 years old at the time, remembers some of the rumours about what happened to the head.

"They weren't going to hit me," says Jacob Rees-Mogg MP after scuffle.
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP speaks to BBC Somerset reporter James Craig.

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Police investigating scuffle involving Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

'A very aggressive and unexpected scene'

James Craig

BBC Somerset reporter, at UWE

It was due to be a fairly routine event - Jacob Rees-Mogg was booked to speak to a few hundred students at a ticketed event.

He would've spoken for about half an hour and then was due to take questions.

Just a few minutes after he started speaking a group of protestors came into the back of the lecture theatre and started shouting anti-Conservative rhetoric, very loudly, trying to shout him down.

Rather than halting the event, or ignoring them, Mr Rees-Mogg walked up to the back of the theatre to try and talk them down.

At that point various other members of the audience got involved and that's when this scuffle happened.

It looked to me that Mr Rees-Mogg was actually pushed and shoved, although he insists he wasn't.

But it was a very aggressive and unexpected scene.

'Too many questions' over dual carriageway plans

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Somerset County Council says there are "still too many questions" surrounding proposed improvements to the A358 trunk road.

Highways England is currently consulting on three new options for creating a dual carriageway between the M5 and the A303 in Somerset.

The authority said it was supportive of the need for improvements but called on Highways England to undertake "technical analysis, amendments and mitigations" before deciding on its preferred route for the section between West Hatch and Taunton.

At the moment there are still too many questions and areas of uncertainty for us to identify a clear preferred option. However, we hope that by raising these issues at an early stage with Highways England they will be able to take measures to address these as the scheme progresses.

Councillor David HallSomerset County Council

Canal trip for Prince Charles

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Prince Charles visited Stroud today to officially open a restored section of canal.

The waterway shut in 1934 but a six-mile stretch between Stonehouse and Brimscombe has been brought back to life with the help of hundreds of volunteers.

Bomb hoax man faced eviction after setting fire to flat

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A man who threatened to blow up a block of flats in Bristol had been threatened with eviction after setting fire to his apartment, a court has heard.

James Francis, 21, has been jailed for two and a half years after threatening to blow up his block in Gas Ferry Road in August.

Police were alerted after he told a key worker he had stolen propane canisters and had a gun made from an umbrella.

During sentencing, Bristol Crown Court heard Francis had been in a drug-induced psychosis after taking a large amount of illegally-bought prescription medicines.

First four star Severn Bore of the year

Watch: A four-star bore took place this morning

The first big Severn Bore of 2018 happened this morning.

The normally fast-flowing river experienced the four-star tidal surge from Newnham through to Gloucester and beyond.

At its start in the county, we filmed some of the surfers out to enjoy the ride.

Injured cyclist has died in hospital

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A cyclist injured in a collision in Tredington this morning has died in hospital, according to police.

The 50-year-old man from Tewkesbury suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a Ford KA at about 7.30am.

He was airlifted to Southmead Hospital, Bristol, where he died earlier this afternoon.

His next of kin have been informed, Gloucestershire Constabulary said.

The driver of the car, a 22-year-old woman from Cheltenham, was not physically injured in the crash.

Football: Bolton v Bristol City (8pm)

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Bolton host Bristol City in the Championship tonight.

Striker Aaron Wilbraham is a doubt against his former club, and promotion-chasing Bristol City's centre-back Nathan Baker is suspended.

Midfielder Gary O'Neil is back in training for the visitors but unlikely to feature, while striker Matty Taylor is out after a hernia operation.

Tap here for live coverage this evening.

It was a difficult game when [we played Bolton] at home and they were reduced to 10 men. They were still catching up and evolving then. Now they're a really well-coached team. It is a tight pitch and it'll be a tough ask for us.

Lee JohnsonBristol City head coach

Winter cricket helping disabled players

Watch: Nick Dean is training during the winter for the first time

Nick Dean, who has familial spastic diplegia, is taking part in winter training sessions being offered for the first time by Somerset Disabled Cricket Club.

His condition affects muscle growth in his legs and makes movement difficult, but he believes playing cricket really helps him because the sport "trains muscles that you don't even know that you are using".

Somerset Cricket Board decided to run sessions across the county to give more people the chance to play cricket all year round.

BreakingAvon Gorge climber dies after fall

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A climber has died following a fall at the Avon Gorge.

They were pronounced dead at the scene after being rescued from the cliff face by the Coastguard helicopter.

Emergency crews were called to The Portway shortly before midday, along with the ambulance, air ambulance and fire services.

"We are taking steps to identify and notify next of kin," said an Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman.

Bath lock Dave Attwood

Premiership club Bath loan second row Dave Attwood to French Top 14 side Toulon until the end of the season.

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Women's Six Nations: Bianca Maria Coltellini - Architecture student planning Italy success
Italy and Gloucester-Hartpury flanker Bianca Maria Coltellini speaks to BBC Points West about drawing up plans for Women's Six Nations success while studying architecture.

Homecoming party for explosion victim

Watch: Kyle Roe suffered 87% burns in an explosion at his flat

A homecoming party is being planned for Kyle Roe, 19, from Wiltshire who was badly injured in an explosion last year.

He suffered 87% burns in a gas blast at his flat in Chippenham in October.

Since then he has been receiving treatment at Morriston Hospital's burns unit in Swansea, but he recently returned home.

Severe accident: A38 Somerset both ways

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A38 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Old Coach Road and A371 Cross Lane.

A38 Somerset - A38 Turnpike Road in Lower Weare blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Old Coach Road junction and the A371 Cross Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

SS Great Britain

Five blocks of flats were evacuated after James Francis falsely claimed he had a bomb.

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Eighty-year-old gruesome murder remembered

Watch: Eighty-year-old murder investigation remembered

This weekend is the 80th anniversary of the discovery of a headless torso in the River Severn near Haw Bridge, a few miles from Gloucester.

The case remains one of Gloucestershire's most notorious unsolved murders.

Now there are calls for it to be re-opened and for modern forensics to be used on a bone to officially identify the victim.

Gloucestershire Police said a living descendant on either an unbroken male or unbroken female line would have to be identified before a DNA test would work.

Karen Drinkwater who believes she is related says she hopes to locate such a person.

In this archive clip, filmed in the 1980s, this witness recalled visiting a Cheltenham house that was connected to the crime.

Find out more about the mystery here.

Climber falls from Gorge

Great Western Air Ambulance were called to help a climber who sustained traumatic injuries after falling from the side of the Avon Gorge.

"A critical care paramedic and critical care doctor were rushed to the scene in one of our critical care cars," they said.

A South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokesman confirmed they were called at 10.51am to a climbing wall near to the Portway, where it was reported a climber had fallen.

"A male patient in his 40s was treated at the scene for a suspected head injury."

The Portbury was closed temporarily whilst emergency services were at the scene.

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Man jailed over Bristol flats bomb hoax

Emergency crews at flats in Bristol
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A man who threatened to blow up a block of flats in Bristol has been jailed for two and a half years.

Five blocks of flats were evacuated near the city's ss Great Britain museum ship during the incident on 4 August.

James Francis, 21, of Gas Ferry Road, previously admitted arson, threatening to destroy property and providing false information about a bomb hoax.

Appearing at Bristol Crown Court, Francis was jailed for two years for the bomb hoax and six months for arson.

Severe disruption: A4 Bristol southbound

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A4 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between A4162 Sylvan Way and A4176 Bridge Valley Road.

A4 Bristol - A4 Portway in Sea Mills closed and very slow traffic inbound between the A4162 Sylvan Way junction and the A4176 Bridge Valley Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

Finsbury mosque attacker sentenced to life

Finsbury Park mosque attacker, Darren Osborne, who grew up in Weston-super-Mare, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.

Osborne, 48, drove a van into Muslim worshippers in north London, killing Makram Ali, 51, and injuring nine others in June last year.

Prosecutors said they were "clear throughout that this was a terrorist attack".

He was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 43 years for the murder.

He was also found guilty of attempted murder and is due to be sentenced on Friday.

Darren Osborne
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Man remanded in custody after crash

A man has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop after a crash in Somerset on Tuesday.

Malcolm Higgins, 69, of Castle Cary, appeared before Yeovil magistrates yesterday in connection with the collision on the A37 at Lydford on Fosse.

He denied the charges and was remanded in custody to appear at Taunton Crown Court on Tuesday 6 February.

Nailsea murder: husband appears in court

A forty-five-year-old man has appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court charged with the murder of his wife.

The body of Claire Tavener, 27, of Nailsea, was discovered at a house on Brendon Gardens on 8 January.

A post-mortem examination confirmed she died from multiple stab wounds.

Andrew Tavener was remanded in custody until an appearance at Bristol Crown Court on Feb 5th.

Claire Taverner
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Somerset men take part in Monte Carlo Rally

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Two men from Somerset's United Against Dementia group are taking part in the Monte Carlo Rally.

Chris Mockerdige from Burtle and and John Varney from Bridgwater and a support team of three other members took the first leg by travelling to Glasgow on Wednesday (31 January) in a restored Austin Mini all in aid of The Alzheimer's Society.

In the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s they competed in many stage and road rallies not only in the South West, where they are based, but also in Wales and also on the Isle of Man.

Having retired from competition in 1984 for health reasons they began helping Taunton Motoring Club organise rallies and autocrosses.

The event runs until Wednesday 7 February.

Trust considers extending inpatient bed closures

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The trust which runs Somerset's community hospitals says it wants to extend the temporary closure of beds on three wards across the county.

The inpatient beds at Shepton Mallet, Chard and Cotford St Luke have been shut since September.

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust initially closed the beds ahead of the busy winter period because it said it couldn't guarantee patient safety due to staff shortages.

Instead, it opened up more beds in other hospitals, concentrating them on fewer sites.

The trust says the staffing situation has not improved enough to reopen the beds and levels of staff sickness absence and general pressures on local health services have made things worse.

The majority of people who took part in a consultation in December and January wanted the closures reversed.

A recommendation to keep the beds closed and review the situation month-by-month is being considered by health bosses on Tuesday.

Fostered penguin chick doubles weight in two days

Penguin chick
Bristol Zoo Gardens

A struggling baby penguin, which was neglected by its parents, has doubled its weight in two days after being fostered.

The African penguin chick, which weighed just 69g (2.4oz), was put in an empty penguin egg shell and placed with two foster parents - as a substitution for their own infertile egg.

Within three days the chick was tipping the scales at more than 160g (5.64oz), according to keepers at Bristol Zoo.

Richard Switzer, from the zoo, said the foster parents started looking after and feeding the chick immediately.

“It’s early days, but for a chick that was really struggling to become really strong and back on track is great," he said.

9-year-old boy with Down's Syndrome left on school bus

Police are still investigating after a 9-year-old boy with Down's Syndrome was left abandoned on his school bus for six hours.

Reuben Wilson from Chew Magna, who goes to Fosse Way school in Radstock, cannot speak and communicates through sign language.

He was only found when the driver came back from his lunch break.

Reuben's mum is Sharon Wilson. She's been speaking to BBC Radio Bristol this morning:

Listen: A 9-year-old boy with Down's Syndrome was left abandoned on his school bus for six hours

Severe congestion: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

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M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe congestion, at J12 for B4008 Quedgeley.

M5 Gloucestershire - M5 exit slip road closed and queuing traffic southbound at J12, B4008 (Quedgeley).

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

Salisbury given Stoma Friendly City status

Salisbury's become the first city in the UK to be recognised for looking after people with colostomy bags

It's been handed Stoma Friendly City status after the city council upgraded its disabled toilets.

Ken Edwards is from the Wessex Stoma Support group.

Listen: Salisbury's become the first city in the UK to be recognised as Stoma friendly.

Government cash boost for Somerset's roads

The government says it's spending nearly £15m on three road projects, designed to speed up housing developments, in Somerset.

They include a link road in Staplegrove - to the north of Taunton - new road developments to the east of Bridgwater and partly funding for another link road at the Thorne Lane development in Yeovil.

The money comes from a fund first announced in the Channcellor's budget last year, aimed at delivering more new homes across the UK.

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