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  1. Bristol Airport runway incident: A recap

    The flight board at Bristol Airport
    • At 11:36 GMT an Embraer 145 aircraft left the runway while taxiing
    • No-one was hurt
    • The runway has been shut for nearly 12 hours as a result
    • Specialist equipment is needed to remove the aircraft
    • More than 70 flights have been either diverted or cancelled
  2. Merry Christmas, everyone

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    Video caption: Shakin' Stevens: Merry Christmas from BBC Points West

    BBC Points West challenged people to a sing-along to celebrate Christmas this year - and what great sports you all are.

    So, with the help of Shakin' Stevens, here's wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

  3. BBC archives: Gathering mistletoe in Somerset

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    Video caption: BBC Archives: Gathering mistletoe in Somerset

    On this day in 1997 the BBC TV programme Blue Peter featured this item about traditional Christmas decorations.

    Richard Bacon went to the Somerset home of Blue Peter gardener Clare Bradley, where he learned all about mistletoe.

  4. Miracle-escape man recalls explosion at home

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    Video caption: Biggest Christmas present for Kyle Roe's family is his life.

    A 19 -year-old man from Wiltshire who survived an explosion in his flat says he doesn't know how he's still alive.

    Kyle Roe, from Chippenham, describes how he saw his skin melting.

    He was taken to hospital with severe burns and transferred to a specialist unit in Swansea.

  5. Boy, 9, invited to train with football club

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    Video caption: Theo Galvani was invited to take part after raising money for Children in Need.

    Last month Theo Galvani, 9, organised a charity football match in Yeovil in aid of Children in Need.

    The manager of Yeovil Town FC, Darren Way, was so impressed he invited Theo along to join the club for a training session.

  6. Mother helps make son's charity dream a success

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    Video caption: A charity garden at Salisbury's spinal unit has inspired other gardens around the country

    It's been six years since Horatio Chapple died after being attacked by a polar bear on a trek in Norway.

    But his passion for helping patients at the Salisbury spinal unit lives on.

    A garden developed there has been such a success that the charity behind it is now building gardens in other parts of the country.

    Horatio's Garden offers a change of scene for patients with spinal injuries, who are often in hospital for months on end.

    Bench with Horatio's name engraved on it
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    Video caption: Disabled rugby fan Jason Felce uses half-time video to tell stadium he 'has a voice'.
  8. Is this Bristol's biggest Dr Who fan?

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    Video caption: With hundreds of figurines and a full sized TARDIS it's fair to say Matthew is a fan.

    On Christmas Day, only one TV show will be on Matthew Toffolo's mind - Dr Who.

    Matthew is a self-confessed Dr Who mega fan. He owns hundreds of figurines, a full-sized Dalek, a replica TARDIS and even an original script from one of the 1970s episodes.

  9. BBC Archives: Christmas presents delivered in Bedminster

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    Video caption: BBC Archives: Christmas presents delivered in Bedminster

    On this day in 1980 the BBC TV programme Nationwide featured this charming item.

    It showed Cub Scouts helping the Salvation Army deliver Christmas parcels to people in the Bedminster area of Bristol.

  10. Christmas cheer on the buses

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    Video caption: Derek the bus driver hands out carol sheets to his passengers and sings on their journey.

    How's this for Christmas spirit?

    A driver with First Bus in Bristol has been singing carols with his passengers as he drives along his regular route.

    The bus has been decorated by local school children and Derek, the driver, hands out carol sheets to people as they get on.

  11. Evening headlines from BBC local radio

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    Some of the stories making the news on your BBC local radio station this evening:

    BBC Radio Bristol: Bristol Airport says the runway will remain closed until least 9pm after a plane came off it earlier.

    BBC Somerset: Bristol Airport says its runway will remain closed until at least 9pm.

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire: A man who drove dangerously through Gloucester in a bid to escape being arrested has been jailed.

    BBC Wiltshire: More than 1,000 homes on the Wiltshire/Gloucestershire border were left without power this evening. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks say it's now been restored to all but 160 homes. It was caused by a car driving into an electricity pole.

  12. Bristol Airport: 'We are recovering the aircraft'

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    Video caption: "We are recovering the aircraft from the runway," says Bristol Airport spokesman.

    During BBC Points West's broadcast at 6.30pm, reporter Pam Caulfield spoke live to the airport's business development director, Nigel Scott.

  13. Bristol Airport Christmas getaway figures up on last year

    Inside Bristol Airport

    More than 190,000 passengers will be travelling through Bristol Airport during the Christmas period, according to its website.

    That's a 5% increase on numbers for the same two weeks last year - December 22 to January 1.

    The airport says it's because some airlines have added additional flights to their schedules due to demand.

    There will be four departing and four arriving flights on Christmas Day, with more than 150 staff working on site across all departments.

  14. A selection of local newspaper headlines

    Newspapers

    Here are some of the stories making the headlines in your local newspapers and websites this evening:

    Somerset Live: Bristol Airport: Hundreds stranded during Christmas getaway as flights diverted and delayed after plane from Frankfurt leaves runway while taxiing to terminal.

    Bristol Post: LIVE: Major disruption at Bristol Airport after plane leaves runway.

    Wiltshire Times: Police make arrest after perpetrator throws harmful liquid in Trowbridge man's face.

    Gloucestershire Live: Frantic Friday live: Crashes, fog and M5 delays as Christmas getaway and last-minute shoppers hit roads.