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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Gloucestershire eastbound

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    M4 Gloucestershire eastbound severe accident, between J18 for A46 Bath and J17 for A350.

    M4 Gloucestershire - Two lanes blocked and very slow traffic on M4 eastbound between J18, A46 (Bath) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of an accident.

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

  2. Menopause: GP menopause is normal

    Bristol GP Dr Kirsty Alexander says menopause is a normal part of all women's lives.

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    Video caption: GP Dr Kirsty Alexander on how menopause affects women
  3. Acid attack murder trial to continue next week, jury told

    Berlinah Wallace

    The jury in the trial of Berlinah Wallace, who is accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend after throwing acid over his face and body, has been sent home until next week.

    The hearing at Bristol Crown Court has been told a question of law "has to be further considered" before the case can continue.

    Mark Van Dongen, 29, from Bristol, was left paralysed following an acid attack in 2015.

    Ms Wallace admits throwing a substance over him but denies murder and any intent to cause him harm.

  4. Thieves steal 'unique and sentimental' items

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    A number of "unique" and sentimental items have been stolen from the home of a man in his 80s in Broad Chalke, police have said.

    Some of the items taken include

    • A large silver salver with the Cameronian Scottish Rifles Crest
    • A silver eagle presented by the Nigerian Army Staff College
    • An Armada dish with IGN & AMN and dated 31 December 1960 engraved on it
    • A Pakistani silver bowl and plate
    • An 18 carat gold cigarette holder
    Quote Message: Some of these items stolen, although no doubt worth a lot of money, hold a lot of sentimental value for the victim and we are doing all we can to locate them. from PC Damian Waldron
    PC Damian Waldron
  5. Menopause: 'More older women working'

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    Video caption: Watch: Dr Vanessa Beck on her recent report

    A recent report has revealed that "many women tend to feel they need to cope alone" because of a reluctance to speak up at work.

    Dr Vanessa Beck, from Bristol University, worked with Leicester University to look at how menopause has both negative and positive effects on working women.

    The report was funded by the government's Equalities Office.

  6. Additional security for Christmas market

    Bath's Christmas market

    Barriers are being installed in Bath to offer extra security for shoppers visiting the city's Christmas market, which begins on Thursday.

    The barriers, alongside new bollards, are there to restrict access for vehicles and make it safer for pedestrians, according to Bath and North East Somerset Council.

    Quote Message: We are simply taking the prudent step of installing additional measures which are in common with those seen elsewhere in the country. There is currently no known threat to the city. We want people to feel reassured and to enjoy visiting our city this Christmas and throughout the coming year. from Councillor Tim Warren Leader of the council
    Councillor Tim WarrenLeader of the council
  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

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    M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J24 for A38 and J23 for A39.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) and J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Pedestrian killed in crash named

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    A woman who died after being hit by a car near Cribbs Causeway at the weekend has been named by police.

    Jacqueline Jordan, 54, from Brentry, was killed as she crossed Passage Road on Saturday evening.

    The driver of the car - a Volvo V40 - was not injured, Avon and Somerset Police said.

    Officers are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

  9. Residents face Aldi over battlefield site

    Aldi, Tewkesbury

    A small plot of land - aptly named the Battle Estate green space - is being fought over by local residents and the supermarket chain Aldi.

    Aldi wants to extend its car park on land next to its Tewkesbury store, but the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society says it could have historical value and they want a full archaeological dig.

    The group has applied to make the land an "asset of community value" which means the borough council could not sell it for six months, and objectors would have time to raise the money to buy it.

    Aldi says it will consult with the local community to "ensure a suitable outcome for all".

  10. Sailor's death a 'tragic loss'

    Clipper Round-the-World Yacht Race

    A Bristol sailor who died after being swept overboard was a "popular and sensible man", said Clipper Round The World Yacht Race co-founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

    Simon Speirs was washed over the side during gale force winds as his yacht crossed from South Africa to Australia.

    The 60-year-old retired solicitor had been on the foredeck of the 70ft vessel to help change a sail, when the incident happened.

    Sir Knox-Johnston said: "It is absolutely tragic to lose someone like this."

    Click here for the full story.

  11. Menopause: 'Hot, old and hyperactive'

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    Video caption: Watch: Menopause in 60 seconds

    Three women from Bristol who are part of a Facebook support group called Quixotic Women in Menopause have offered their thoughts on the menopause.

    Beccy Golding, Rachel Heaton and Lauren Chiren sum up what is a normal phase for all women.

  12. Menopause: Council wants to 'break the silence'


    In the next couple of weeks Bristol City Council is publishing a report into women's health in the city.

    One of the chapters is about menopause - and we've had a sneak preview.

    In Bristol, there's about 38,000 women aged between 45 and 60 who've experienced menopausal symptoms over the past 10 years, with up to 15,000 currently experiencing symptoms.

    The council's report highlights the lack of services to support menopausal women and the need to address the needs of older women in an ageing workforce.

    Quote Message: For too long women’s issues and ‘problems below the waist’ are not talked about. We want to break that silence and put these issues on the agenda. This document is the start of that process. from Jackie Beavington Women’s Commission Health Task Group
    Jackie BeavingtonWomen’s Commission Health Task Group
  13. Pedestrian killed in crash - enquiries continuing

    Police jacket and car

    Police are continuing their enquiries into the death of a woman who was knocked down by a car near Cribbs Causeway at the weekend.

    The 54-year-old woman was killed as she crossed Passage Road, Brentry, on Saturday evening.

    People living nearby say there should be more pedestrian crossings and lower speed limits in the area.

    Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for any witnesses to get in touch.

  14. Investigation under way after sailor death

    Simon Speirs

    An investigation has been launched after a sailor from Bristol died during an international yacht race.

    Simon Speirs, a 60-year-old retired solicitor, was part of the crew of the Great Britain yacht in the Clipper Round the World Race when he was washed over the side of the vessel in the Southern Ocean on Saturday.

    Tap here for the full story.