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  1. Ollie Thorley

    Gloucester run in 11 tries to thrash Zebre and make it three wins from four games in Pool 3 of the European Challenge Cup.

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  2. Weekend weather: Bright start but showers by Sunday

    Staying mostly dry but chilly this evening, mostly clear with lows of zero tonight.

    As for the weekend, tomorrow will be much like today again - starting bright but clouding over later.

    But watch out on Sunday, as it's forecast to see a few more showers.

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    Video caption: Ian Fergusson has the full forecast
  3. Anya Shrubsole: 'I thought they were having me on'

    This weekend it's the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award and one of our very own is among the 12 nominees for the trophy.

    Somerset's Anya Shrubsole is one of the stars of the England women's cricket team and she's been on the Points West couch to tell us how she felt when the news broke of her SPOTY nomination.

    You can find information about voting for one of the 12 sports personalities during the live awards programme, on Sunday, here.

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    Video caption: Anya Shrubsole on how she felt when she was shortlisted for SPOTY.
  4. You're never too old for a bit of Rudolf

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    Video caption: Reindeer from the Somerset Reindeer Ranch visit care homes.
  5. 'It's a complicated job' say Severn Trent Water following repairs

    Severn Trent Water has apologised to its customers for continued lack of water supplies following a burst water main near Tewkesbury.

    A Severn Trent spokesperson said: “As it’s a wide area that’s been affected, it's a complicated job to get the system back to normal and it will take a while for the pipes to refill, so please bear with us.

    "There may be some intermittent supplies or poor pressure overnight while we get everything sorted, but please don't worry.”

    The supplier has appealed for people not to leave taps running, as water pressure could be affected in neighbouring areas.

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  6. Hidden costs of intensive farming

    A new report claims we're paying twice as much for our food as we think - not in our supermarket bills, but in damage to the environment and our health.

    The Bristol-based Sustainable Food Trust spent five years on the report, which finds that for every pound we spend on food, another pound goes on health costs, and biodiversity loss.

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    Video caption: Patrick Holden, chief executive of the trust, says there are "hidden costs" with intensive farming
  7. Would changing 'confusing' road signs lead to a cut in bus lane fines?

    Bus gate in Taunton

    Earlier we told you how thousands of motorists have been caught driving through a new bus gate in Taunton, earning the council more than £107,000 in fines.

    Many of those spotted going through told a BBC reporter they did not understand what a bus gate was.

    Simon Williams, from the RAC, said the large numbers who have been caught out must indicate that something is wrong.

    He suggested signs warning of bus lane cameras and the less familiar blue sign indicating buses and bikes only should be replaced with a red ‘no entry except buses and taxis’ sign.

    Quote Message: The county council will naturally argue the signage is adequate which is understandable considering they are benefiting from thousands of pounds in penalty charge notices from Simon Williams RAC
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  8. Southmead's very own elf spreads Christmas cheer

    The secret elf of Southmead: hospital housekeeper Edwin cheers up patients with doodles.

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    Video caption: Edwin is a housekeeper at Southmead Hospital and draws on patients' whiteboards.
  9. Christmas meal for 100 pensioners

    Age UK estimates more than a million people over 65 are experiencing chronic loneliness, with half of those relying on the TV for company over Christmas.

    Across the region, volunteers are preparing to help those who are isolated - including a Christmas meal for 100 pensioners in Bristol this lunchtime.

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    Video caption: This group of 100 lonely older people were treated to a special Christmas dinner today.
  10. An apology from Severn Trent to the people of Tewkesbury

    Thousands of people around Tewkesbury are still thought to be without water, or on limited water supplies, hours after a huge leak stopped water supplies to 10,000 homes.

    Bottled water supplies are to remain available throughout the night, the provider says.

    Severn Trent say they have managed to switch the water supply away from the damaged pipe to another, but pumping to get the new supply to some homes is still making slow process:

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    Video caption: An apology from Severn Trent
  11. Primary school opening blocked by government

    The government has delayed the official opening of a new primary school in Swindon, that was due to take children in September 2018.

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) had several concerns about the free school, that was due to open as a temporary building on the new Badbury Park housing development.

    Swindon Borough Council and the Blue Kite Academy Trust were told the temporary school would "not proceed" by the ESFA because of concerns about terms with the developer, a consultation with residents, planning permission and connecting with utilities.

    The agency was also concerned the school would not open on a permanent basis in 2019 if too many resources were put in to opening it temporarily in 2018.

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  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A36 Wiltshire northbound

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    A36 Wiltshire northbound severe accident, between A3098 High Street and A361.

    A36 Wiltshire - A36 Black Dog Hill in Chapmanslade closed and slow traffic northbound between Dead Maids and the A361 junction, because of an accident.

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

  13. Giant 83kg tortoise arrives at Bristol zoo

    This is not the latest Christmas toy...

    A new giant, 13-stone tortoise has arrived at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

    The 20-year-old Aldabra giant tortoise - named Mike - has joined the zoo's three other tortoises just in time for the Christmas 'rush'.

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