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Jack Nowell dives over for a try

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport

Jack Nowell scores two tries on his Exeter return as the Premiership leaders beat Gloucester to secure a play-off spot.

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Millwall celebrate Jed Wallace's goal

Millwall extend their unbeaten run to 15 games with a deserved win over Championship play-off rivals Bristol City.

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Sione Kalamafoni

Sione Kalamafoni scores two tries as Leicester move into the top four after a bonus point win over Bath at Twickenham.

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Student called up for World Championships

Josh Hood in action
Hartpury College

Hartpury College student Josh Hood has been named in the Pentathlon GB Team for the 2018 Under-19 World Championships in Portugal.

The 16-year-old will be making his championship debut as part of GB’s eight-strong line-up.

The action gets under way on Sunday with the girls’ qualifying rounds, followed by the start of the boys’ competition on Monday.

PCC supports 'nil cap policy' on sexual entertainment

A freedom of information (FOI) request, by the BBC, has shown over a five year period from 2013-2017, Avon and Somerset Police were called to "incidents" at two central Bristol strip clubs 89 times.

There were 23 arrests, resulting in 20 prosecutions at the two venues.

Over the same period 14 patients were taken to hospital, following call-outs at the clubs, by South Western Ambulance Service.

The figures are released as Bristol City Council has launched a public consultation seeking views on "erotic venues", ahead of reviewing its policies.

The consultation continues until the end of May.

I fully support a nil cap policy on sexual entertainment venues within Bristol. The real issue is that these venues cultivate and actively encourage objectification and the attitude of entitlement and access to women's bodies which all acts to reinforce gender inequality. If we want to support healthy and equal attitudes towards women and to match the aspirations of the city a nil cap on licenses is the most appropriate action.

Sue MountstevensAvon and Somerset police and crime commissioner

Views on sex entertainment sought following outrage

Generic erotic dancer
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Views on when and where sex shops, sex cinemas, strip clubs and hostess bars are acceptable are being sought in Bristol.

The city council has launched a survey seeking opinions about "erotic" outlets.

Hostess bars and sex cinemas are currently illegal in the city, but its two strip clubs and four sex shops can apply for annual licences.

The authority is reviewing its policies after a recent decision to re-license two city centre strip clubs provoked polarised opinions locally.

Some residents have said they felt uncomfortable just walking past the existing venues.

Others have linked them to increased rates of sexual harassment.

Council director to address issues 'at neighbourhood level'

Mike Jackson
North Somerset Council

The first of four new directors who will work closely with Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has been appointed to the city council.

In a new £165,000-a-year role, Mike Jackson will be working with partners across Bristol on the One City Plan.

The plan aims to bring together organisations from the voluntary sector, the NHS and businesses to tackle issues like economic growth.

Mr Jackson said: "I'm really excited by the offer and the opportunity to help drive the council's ambitious vision."

Burglars snatch £100,000 worth of jewellery, including two Faberge eggs

Some of the items stolen from the flat in Cheltenham.
Gloucestershire Constabulary

More than £100,000 of items have been stolen from a house in Cheltenham, sparking a police appeal for information.

The burglars took valuable watches, jewellery, antiques and two Faberge eggs, along with the victim's grandfather's medals.

The burglary occurred sometime on 25 March and was discovered when the victim returned home to his flat in Evesham Road the next day.

The Faberge eggs are described as "very distinctive".

One egg is gold with a porcelain rosebud housing a gold chain and diamond pendant.

The other is a gold Zodiac Pisces egg which has a royal blue enamel front panel, a gold star sign and an aquamarine stone inside.

The owner is anxious to find the items as they have been collected over a lifetime.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Clockwise from top left: Joe Hatherall, Paul Cotterell, Marcus Humm, Martin Casey, Kevin Pearce, Colston Dixey and Martin McDonagh

The drugs were found in a basement below the Costa shop and in the flat above it, a court hears.

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Special charity shirts to be worn for 'The Clash'

Listen: Fifteen individuals' faces to adorn Bath Rugby's shirts on Saturday

When Bath Rugby run out at Twickenham Stadium for The Clash they will be taking 15 inspiring individuals onto the field with them in a unique way.

For the first time, a charity shirt will feature Bath Rugby Foundation’s own, special XV; individuals whose determination to overcome the odds has seen them achieve remarkable success.

Alex Brown from the charity says it's great to have the club on board.

Woman using mobile phone while driving

The officer was accused of bullying colleagues after his daughter was caught driving and using her phone.

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Bristol City Council explain executive director's salary

City Hall in College Green, Bristol

Bristol City Council has defended the proposed pay of a new executive director as a "necessary figure" in order to attract "sufficiently talented and committed people to lead and deliver services".

Mike Jackson, the former chief executive of North Somerset Council, will receive a starting salary of £165,000 in the role of executive director for resources and head of paid service.

He's the first of a number of new senior appointments at Bristol City Council as it makes radical changes to its structure with the aim of saving money.

The recommendation to appoint Mr Jackson to the role - and his suggested salary - will be discussed at a full council meeting on 10th April.

'Bullying' PC guilty of gross misconduct

Driving while using a mobile phone

A police officer accused of pressing colleagues not to prosecute his daughter has been found guilty of misconduct at a tribunal.

The Avon and Somerset Police officer had been accused of bullying volunteer officers after his daughter was caught driving and using her phone.

At the conclusion of a three-day tribunal the panel said his lack of integrity "amounted to gross misconduct".

The panel has retired to consider what disciplinary action should be taken.

Crossing the English Channel upside down

Upside down aeroplane
Will Hosie

A pilot from Somerset is preparing to fly his plane upside down to France and back, to raise money for charity.

Will Hosie, 57, from Corfe, will set off from Kent to the Cap Griz Nez lighthouse near Calais on Saturday.

It'll be the second time he's completed the unusual challenge, which he thinks has only been done by one other pilot.

The charity event will raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

New High Sheriff for Wiltshire and Swindon

Nicola Alberry
Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire has a new High Sheriff.

Nicola Alberry was sworn in earlier during a ceremony at Calne's Town Hall.

Traditional duties of the role include:

  • Attendance on any member of the Royal Family visiting the county
  • Being prepared to be the Returning Officer at parliamentary elections
  • Ensuring the well-being and protection of High Court Judges when they visit the county
  • Presenting court awards

Tap here to read more about the role on the Wiltshire Council website.

During my year I want to raise awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on families and the wider community. Working with Wiltshire Community Foundation I hope to raise funds to support the fantastic work that charities and voluntary organisations do in the county to help and support these victims (both male and female) and their families.

Nicola AlberryHigh Sheriff for Wiltshire and Swindon

In pictures: Prince Harry and Meghan in Bath

Prince Harry

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle have been at the Invictus Games trials today, hosted by Bath University.

The couple met wounded, sick and injured military and veterans who are bidding to take part in the next Paralympic-style games in Sydney this autumn.

Events they watched included shot put, sitting volleyball and a 1,500 metre race.

Prince Harry
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Prince Harry with fiancee Meghan Markle in Bath
Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle
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Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon northbound severe accident, between J27 for A38 and J26 for A38.

M5 Devon - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J27, A38 (Tiverton) and J26, A38 (Wellington), because of an accident.

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

Pictures of cliff rescue of boy, 11

The first pictures have emerged of the rescue of an 11-year-old boy who fell 200ft (60m) down cliffs in north Devon.

The boy is originally from Los Angeles and was visiting the Lynton area in north Devon.

The victim has a double fracture of the fibia and an injury to his back and has been transferred to hospital in Bristol.

Boy being winched

RAF 100 baton relay reaches the West of England

Man carrying baton

A baton relay to celebrate 100 years of the RAF has arrived in the West of England.

It was carried by runners from Chipping Norton, in Oxfordshire, to RAF Fairford on the Gloucestershire Wiltshire border.

It's now being taken by a fleet of minis to Stonehenge and Boscombe Down.

The specially-designed baton will visit 100 sites associated with the RAF in 100 days, ending at Horse Guards Parade on 10 July.

Father to run marathon as son's favourite superhero

Watch: Chris Edes will wear 'Catboy' costume

A father from Calne is running the London Marathon dressed as his son's favourite superhero.

Chris Edes decided to take on the challenge to raise awareness for coeliac disease after his son Archie was diagnosed two years ago.

The character Catboy is from Archie's favourite TV show, PJ Masks.

Rugby: Bath hosting 'The Clash' at Twickenham

The Clash at Twickenham

Bath Rugby will host Leicester Tigers this weekend in the Premiership, but not at The Rec.

They're playing their fiercest rivals at Twickenham.

Last season more than 60,000 attended the fixture, which saw Bath triumph 27-21.

Tap here for live updates, during the game, on the BBC Sport website.

Severe disruption: A40 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A40 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between A429 and Hampnett Crossroads.

A40 Gloucestershire - A40 in Northleach closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Northleach Roundabout and the Hampnett Crossroads junction, because of an overturned car.

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

Severe congestion: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe congestion, between J26 for A38 and J21 for A370.

M5 Somerset - Stop-start traffic and long delays on M5 northbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare). Travel time is an hour and 5 minutes.

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

More pictures from Harry and Meghan's Invictus visit

Invictus UK team trials overseen by Harry and Meghan

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Bath Uni

BBC Archives: Chard School potholers filmed in 1958

Watch: Chard School potholers on TV 60 years ago

Sixty years ago these Somerset schoolboys went on national television to talk about their hobby of potholing.

On 6 April 1958 the students from Chard School told Huw Wheldon on the programme All Your Own about their recent discovery of a cave.

Do you know any of the young explorers - Patrick Temple-West, Stephen Foxall and John Shevlin?

Deaths of brothers swept off rocks was 'accidental'

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

The deaths of two brothers who drowned after "freak waves" swept them off rocks in Cornwall was "accidental", a coroner has concluded.

Charles and Robert Allen died while fishing near Treyarnon Bay in September 2017.

An inquest in Truro heard how the brothers were “taken in opposite directions, Rob taken out to sea and Charles to shore”.

The RNLI said the charity was now carrying out an education programme for anglers on carrying appropriate safety equipment and means of communication.

Coastguard describes dramatic Cornish rescue effort

Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe accident, between J12 for B4008 Quedgeley and J11A for A417 Gloucester affecting J13 for A419.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M5 northbound between J12, B4008 (Quedgeley) and J11a, A417 (Gloucester), because of an accident earlier on and recovery work. Travel time is 55 minutes. Congestion to J13, A419 (Stroud).

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

BreakingBrothers drowned after 'freak waves' swept them off rocks

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

Two brothers drowned when "freak waves" swept them off rocks while fishing on a family holiday near Treyarnon Bay in Cornwall, an inquest has heard.

Charles Allen, 21, tried to save his brother Robert, 30, who was knocked into the sea by a "huge freak wave" which crashed against a cliff, a witness said.

The brothers from Bristol were involved in the accident on 4 September 2017.

Charles was rescued by a lifeboat but later died in hospital while the body of Robert Allen was found a week later at Booby's Bay.

Charles and Robert Allen
Charles and Robert Allen were described as "conscientious" fishermen

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, at J21 for A370.

M5 Somerset - M5 lane blocked 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

Ikram is a model from Bristol who wants to change the fashion industry with her hijab.
Ikram Abdi Omar is hoping to see more models who wear hijabs on the catwalk.

Giant mechanical puppet heading to Somerset

The Man Engine
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The largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain is due to thrill the crowds in Somerset later.

Man Engine, a 36ft (11m) tall miner, will be in Radstock as part of a tour of iconic industrial heritage sites in the UK.

The invention first appeared in 2016 when it was made to made to mark the 10th anniversary of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape being added to the Unesco list of World Heritage Sites.

There will be performances this afternoon and this evening at Bath College's Somer Valley Campus in Radstock.

Tap here to check out the organiser's website for more details about the ticketed events.

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, between J17 for A350 and J16 for A3102.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound between J17, A350 (Chippenham) and J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of vehicle having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Travel: M5 all lanes re-opened following accident