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Summary

  1. Bristol City beat Sheffield United 2-1
  2. Woman forced into van and sexually assaulted
  3. Family want Kenyan memorial for soldier
  4. Beavers to return to the Forest of Dean
  5. Football: Forest Green's Christian Doidge scoops league award
  6. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Friday

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  1. Toulon beat Bath in the Champions Cup

    Bath are denied victory at the Stade Mayol as a late try from replacement fly-half Anthony Belleau sees Toulon win 24-20.

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  2. Ollie Thorley

    Two tries from Ollie Thorley keep Gloucester in Challenge Cup contention as they come from behind to win 33-26 at Zebre.

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  3. The all-important weather for the weekend

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    Video caption: Watch: The weather forecast with Ian Fergusson, as warnings are issued

    That's it for another week from us here at BBC Local Live in the West. We're back at 7am on Monday.

    It's very cold out there and looks like it will remain so for the next few days.

    Ian Fergusson has the weekend weather outlook, with an update on the potential for snow in the region.

  4. Santa asked to take present to someone 'who needs it more'

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    Video caption: Watch: Julius Hallett, 10, reads his letter

    When Julius Hallett came downstairs for breakfast earlier this week, he was concerned.

    With Christmas approaching, the 10-year old from South Gloucestershire told his mum he wanted to help children who might not get as many presents as him.

    Since then, his family and his rugby club have been incredibly busy.

    They've already collected more than 50 presents and by the end of this weekend there could be about 200.

  5. Bristol City victory closes the gap

    Aden Flint's late winner earned Bristol City a valuable victory against 10-man Sheffield United in an absorbing Championship contest at Bramall Lane tonight.

    The Blades hit the woodwork three times in the first half but Jamie Paterson's superb strike put Bristol City ahead.

    Leon Clarke drilled in the home side's equaliser after the break, before the post denied winger Mark Duffy again.

    John Fleck was then sent off for a two-footed challenge on City's Korey Smith and Flint volleyed in on 90 minutes.

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  6. Man who rebuilt life after brain injury nominated for award

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    Video caption: Watch: Danny Reeves on rebuilding his life

    A Gloucestershire man who sustained a devastating brain injury after contracting chicken pox, has been shortlisted for an award.

    Danny Reeves from Cheltenham had to rebuild his life after being left unable to walk.

    Tonight, he'll be at a ceremony in London organised by the charity Headway.

    Danny said he wants his wife and son to be proud of him.

  7. Gloucestershire gritting facts

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    Image caption: Ever wondered how big the job of de-icing our roads is? Gloucestershire Highways team gave us these statistics
  8. Information sought after Hucclecote rape

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    Video caption: Watch: Det Insp David Shore-Nye advises "remain vigilant"

    The police are appealing for information after a woman was raped in daylight in part of Gloucester.

    The woman was dragged into a Transit style van on Elmgrove Road in Hucclecote at around 10:00am on Thursday.

    The man police want to talk to in connection with the incident is described as being in his 30s, of stocky build, 5ft 10in tall and with short, cropped, light-coloured hair.

    Detective Inspector David Shore-Nye said the force is doing everything it can to identify the offender.

  9. Granny's plight prompts hydration life-saver

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    Video caption: A simple new cup invention is changing lives.

    Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton has been running a trial that reminds patients to drink enough fluids while in hospital.

    They are the first in the country to take part in the trial of the flashing cups, that were designed and invented by a university student.

    Ellie van Leeuwen came up with the concept as part of her final design project, after her grandmother was in hospital following a hip operation; by the time she was discharged she was severely disorientated and confused due to dehydration.

  10. Gritters out in force across the region

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    Video caption: Watch: Martyn Midgeley "thousands of miles of road gritted"

    The gritters are out in force across the region tonight as today's snow threatens to turn to ice.

    Martyn Midgeley of Gloucestershire County Council's Highways Department said thousands of miles of roads have already been gritted and they will be monitoring the weather carefully over the weekend.

  11. Three arrested for throwing items over prison wall

    Three people have been arrested after it was reported that items were being thrown over the wall into Erlestoke Prison.

    Wiltshire Police said it got a call on Thursday night and two men, aged 26 and 31, and a 30-year-old woman were arrested following a search of the area.

    The three, all from Swindon, have since been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

    Sgt Lou Oakle, said it was thanks to a "vigilant member of the public" that officers were able to "locate them, despite them fleeing the scene".

    Erlestoke Prison
  12. 'My son is still doing good' says mum of killed soldier

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    Video caption: Watch: 'My son is still doing good'

    The family of a soldier who was killed by a single punch at a nightclub in Stroud says his name will live on through charity work in Kenya, where he spent a lot of time.

    Jack Mitchell, 24, died during a row at a nightclub in February.

    29-year-old Jake Davies was jailed for six-and-a-half years for his manslaughter, last month.

    Jack's mother Kate Mitchell said the work in Kenya will ensure her son "is still doing good in the world".

  13. Beavers could prevent Forest flooding when humans have not

    The confirmation that beavers are to be released into the Forest of Dean wild, after 400 years' absence, came from the Department for the Environment today.

    It's hoped the four furry flood-fighters will improve defences in the area by building natural dams.

    The licence, for the Forestry Commission, follows a successful trial scheme in Devon.

    And it seems there might be other benefits for local tourism...?!

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  14. Graphic images of mauled sheep warn dog owners to prevent worrying

    Dog walkers at Ham Hill Country Park in Somerset have been warned against sheep worrying, by graphic images of maimed and bloodied sheep displayed at the popular spot.

    The images - which are too distressing for us to use - were displayed along with this warning:

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    Image caption: Two graphic images of mauled sheep were displayed with this notice, now removed

    Avon and Somerset police have confirmed that farmers do "have the right to shoot dogs that are worrying or attacking livestock. We don’t want anyone to lose their beloved family pet."

    "The park is a popular spot for dog walkers but recently there have been problems with gates being wedged open allowing the livestock to escape and venture onto public highways" they say.

    Livestock worrying is a big issue for farmers, particularly during the lambing season (December to May). An increasing number of sheep-worrying incidents have been recorded in the region.

    Quote Message: Dog-owners could end up being responsible for offences including criminal damage and sheep worrying, as well as potential prosecution for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act. from PC Katy Drabble Rural Crime Team
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  15. Mendip councillor abused and threatened

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    Video caption: Watch: BBC Sunday's Politics West clip

    A BBC survey has revealed the extent of abuse and threats facing local politicians across the West.

    John Parham, a Mendip District councillor said he was accused of corruption online

    He said he challenged his accuser to prove his claims.

    BBC Sunday Politics West's report can be seen on BBC One in the West and South regions at 11:00 GMT on Sunday 10 December, and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.

  16. Yeovil Ladies FC change of venue

    Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club are to play their league game against Reading at Weston-super-Mare football club on Sunday.The change is due to the need for the ground to be prepared for the men's Yeovil Town FC important FA Cup second round replay game next Tuesday.

    "We understand that for many fans, this change in venue will be a considerable inconvenience, but we would like to encourage you to continue your support of the team and join us at Weston Super Mare FC on Sunday, under circumstances out of our control," say the club.

    Yeovil Town Women's team
  17. Brain-injured Cheltenham man in final for achievement award

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    Video caption: Watch: Danny Reeves said he wants to make his family proud

    A Gloucestershire man who sustained a brain injury that left him unable to walk or cope with leaving the house has been shortlisted for charity Headway's Achiever of the Year award after rebuilding his life.

    Danny Reeves from Cheltenham has refused to give up after contracting encephalitis, and in October he even took part in Cheltenham’s half marathon.

    He said he wants his wife and son "to be proud of him".

    Danny will find out if if he is a winner at the ceremony at The Dorchester Hotel, in London, later tonight.