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Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E.

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Tom Huddleston and Cameron Jerome

Championship promotion-chasers Derby County and Bristol City have to settle for a point each following a goalless draw.

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Frank Halia of Pau against Gloucester

Gloucester have to settle for an away quarter-final in the European Rugby Challenge Cup after they are beaten at home by Pau.

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Weather: Looks like a wet weekend

Outbreaks of rain are expected on Saturday and Sunday. A cold day on Saturday too, get getting milder as the weekend progresses.

Here's Ian Fergusson with the full weekend forecast.

Weekend weather for the West

Derby County v Bristol City: Full time score

Truck stop named 'best in country'

Watch: Chippenham Pit Stop has been praised for its services

A truck stop in Wiltshire has been named the best in the country by readers of Truck Stop News.

The Chippenham Pit Stop will receive its award later today.

A shortlist of truck stops was compiled before being visited by mystery shoppers.

The services - which offe health promotions for drivers - were praised for food, cleanliness and facilities.

Former Westbury chimney site could become concrete factory

Former chimney at Westbury
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Plans have been submitted to start a new concrete manufacturing facility in Westbury, in a move that could create more than 80 jobs.

Tarmac wants to make pre-cast concrete products at the former site of the famous Westbury chimney for the HS2 project, the new high-speed railway.

Rare Avro aircraft returns 'home' to Staverton Airport

Avro Series 19 Anson
Staverton Airport
Avro Series 19 Anson (centre)

A vintage Avro Series 19 Anson will return tomorrow to the airfield in Gloucestershire where it was based 50 years ago.

The aircraft was built in 1946 and delivered to Smiths Industries at Staverton where it was used to test navigation equipment and instruments.

Now preserved and operated by BAE Systems from the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, the aircraft is returning to its former home for a respray.

It is expected to arrive around 1330 BST.

Derby County v Bristol City: Match resumes

Derby County v Bristol City: Half-time

Young at heart get married in their 80s and 90s

Joan Grant and Ted Wright are among Britain's oldest newlyweds.

The couple from Wiltshire got married today. Joan is 81 and Ted is 90 .

Watch: Ted and Joan's wedding day

Derby County v Bristol City: Match under way

Derby County v Bristol City: Team line-up

Derby County v Bristol City: Kick-off 7.45pm

Mark Cooper

Forest Green boss Mark Cooper says his suggestion that Christian Doidge "dived" at Swindon Town was "tongue-in-cheek".

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Did you see McColls robbery last Sunday?

Police are appealing for information and witnesses after a robbery at McColls in Filton Avenue, Bristol on January 14.

The incident happened just after 6pm.

Two men entered the shop threatened two staff members and stole £200 in cash and cigarettes.

The men were wearing dark clothing with face coverings.

CCTV footage of robbery
Avon and Somerset Police

Can you help catch Malmesbury cash machine raiders?

Police officer
PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cash machine was stolen from Waitrose in Malmesbury in a ram raid in the early hours of this morning.

The incident happened at approximately 2.45am on 19 January and three vehicles were involved: a dark-coloured estate car, a silver Ford Transit Van and a dark-coloured Land Rover Discovery.

All three vehicles then left the scene and along the A429 towards Cirencester.

Detective Constable Jo Chesshire from Chippenham Tasking Team said: "We believe six or seven men were involved in this incident.

"We would be keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity or any vehicles in the area of the A429 between 2am and 3am who may have dash cam footage featuring vehicles including 4x4s, estates or vans that were travelling in convoy."

Welcome to baby Isla - born in the footwell of her family's car

Congratulations to Chris and Vicky Clarke from Chipping Sodbury.

Their baby was in such a hurry to be born, the family didn't make it to the hospital in time.

Chris had to stop the car - and deliver the baby in the front seat.

Baby Isla was born on the way to hospital.

Brexit fight was too much says former Bath MP

Ben Howlett
Conservative Party

The former Conservative MP for Bath, Ben Howlett, has told BBC Radio Bristol he believes Brexit lost him his seat last year.

Howlett won the seat in 2015 after veteran Liberal Democrat Don Foster retired.

This was the first time a Tory held the seat since Chris Patten lost to Don Foster in 1992.

But Mr Howlett says it was too much to fight the 2017 General Election as a representative of the party leading Brexit in a city that voted overwhelmingly for remain in the referendum.

He lost his seat to the Liberal Democrat Wera Hobhouse.

County Hall

A new council-run Family Support Service would be run from eight "family centres" instead.

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Wiltshire truck stop 'best in the UK'

Watch: Reporter Andy Howard at the best truck stop in the UK

Chippenham's 'Pit Stop' has been has been voted the best truck stop in the country.

Judges from the magazine Truckstop News praised the facilities at the cafe and shop, which is located just off junction 17 of the M4.

Tahvon Campbell

League Two strugglers Forest Green Rovers sign West Brom striker Tahvon Campbell on loan until the end of the season.

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Severe accident: M32 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M32 Bristol southbound severe accident, before J3 for A4320 Easton Way affecting J2 for A432.

M32 Bristol - M32 lane closed on exit slip road and very slow traffic inbound before J3, A4320 (St Pauls), because of an accident involving three cars. Congestion to J2, A432 (Eastville).

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

Campaigners 'furious' as land earmarked for hospital used for housing

Frenchay hospital closure

When Frenchay Hospital in Bristol was closed in 2014 local residents were promised a new community hospital.

But now some of the land earmarked for its construction has been used for housing.

Barbara Harris, co--founder of the Save Frenchay Hospital Group, says: "We're furious. We feel betrayed. They are taking the lion's share of the land."

But Andrea Young, chief executive of the North Bristol NHS Trust insists that the land was sold with good intent.

Jailed man had 'history of flying off the handle'

David Bailey

BBC News

A man from Gloucestershire who racially abused a policeman when he went to arrest him for beating up a motorist has been jailed for six months.

Jeffrey Warren from Longlevens was originally given a suspended sentence earlier this month after admitting the racially aggravated attack against PC Terence Shields and also another offence of common assault against driver Petrus Undari, who he attacked in November 2016.

But he was summoned back to court today after the judge heard he verbally abused a court probation officer and refused to sign a probations service agreement outside the court – just minutes after the previous hearing.

The judge said Warren had a “history of flying off the handle” and said he was “not ready or able to comply with the probation service”.

Ryan Broom in action for Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers midfielder Ryan Broom joins National League Eastleigh on a one-month loan deal.

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Flat fire to be investigated

Avon Fire and Rescue
Avon Fire and Rescue

A fire in a flat in the almshouse on St Michael's Hill in Bristol has caused traffic delays in the area this morning.

The fire is now out. First aid was given to a man who suffered smoke inhalation and burns.

It's unknown at the moment how the fire started and an investigation is under way by Avon Fire & Rescue.

Mother gives birth in car footwell

Listen: Vicky Clarke shares her story

Chris and Vicky Clarke, from Chipping Sodbury, were on their way to Cossham Hospital on Monday for the birth of their second child.

But little did they know, baby Isla would arrive en route.

They got as far as Soundwell Road when Vicky said "pull over".

Local newspaper headlines across the West

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Swindon Advertiser: Plans for new all-weather pitch by County Ground face further scrutiny.

Weston Mercury: First Bus scales back A2 route ahead of scrapping it in April

Gloucestershire Live: Vet reveals possible case of Alabama Rot in dog recently walked near Gloucester

Bristol Post: Bristol ‘litter police’ tried to fine a non-smoker for dropping cigarette butt on Gloucester Road

Number of rough sleepers increasing in Mendip area

Watch: Stephen Fowler, chief executive of Elim Connect in Wells

A church charity is warning the number of rough sleepers in the Mendip area of Someset is on the rise.

Stephen Fowler, CEO of the Elim Connect Centre in Wells, is blaming changes to the way welfare payments are made and a lack of affordable housing.

The charity helped 60 rough sleepers get into accommodation last year but worries the problem is getting worse.

Scientists exploring how best to remove nitrates from drinking water

Watch: Dr Jannis Wenk from Bath Uni

Rivers in the West are among the most polluted by modern agriculture, according to the Angling Trust.

Part of the problem is said to be the high concentration of maize and dairy farming in the region, it says.

The largely clay soil and unique combination of hills and a high rainfall add to the difficulties.

Scientist Dr Jannis Wenk, of the Water Innovation and Research Centre at Bath University, is researching how to deal with the aftermath of farming nitrates in our drinking water.

Suspected illegal immigrants found on lorry

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Ten people are in custody after being found on a lorry in Swindon earlier.

Wiltshire Police officers were called to the Europa Industrial Estate, in Stratton St Margaret, just after 06.30 GMT following a report of possible illegal immigrants onboard a lorry.

Ten males and females were arrested on suspicion of illegal entry into the UK and are currently being held in custody.

Brentford defender Ilias Chatzitheodoridis strides forward with the ball at his feet

League Two side Cheltenham Town sign Brentford defender Ilias Chatzitheodoridis on loan until the end of the season.

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'Maize farming leads to enormous costs for rest of society' - Angling Trust

Watch: BBC Points West's Sally Challoner with Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust

Scientists say, if unchecked, the cost of cleaning up rivers that feed into drinking water could put household bills up by 40%.

Maize leaves the soil compacted and exposed so that when it rains, the soil - containing harmful nutrients - washes straight into nearby rivers.

The NFU says farmers have been working alongside water companies and the Environment Agency to reduce pollution.

Earthworm eating denied by ex-Bristol City man

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has reacted to claims from his former Bristol City team-mate Soren Andersen that he used to eat earthworms.

According to multiple newspaper stories earlier this week, Anderson claimed Dyche has a gravelly voice due to the bizarre diet.

The pair played for Bristol City together in the late 1990s.

Airport consultation - one week left to give your views

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Bristol Airport

A second terminal building and new transport links are being considered by Bristol Airport as it prepares for an increase in passenger numbers over the next 30 years.

Another option involves tearing down the existing terminal and building a new one in its place.

The airport has been running a public consultation, inviting people to submit their views online.

It closes in a week and there are two more public drop-in events being offered:

  • Friday 19th January: The Old Schoolroom, Chew Magna, 4pm-8pm
  • Saturday 20th January: Hampton-by-Hilton, Bristol Airport, 11am-4pm

Tim Groenewald

Somerset seamer Tim Groenewald extends his contract with the Division One side until the end of the 2019 season.

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West rivers are 'most polluted' - Angling Trust

Watch: BBC Points West's Sally Challoner with Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust

Rivers in the West are among the most polluted by modern agriculture, according to the Angling Trust.

Three quarters of watercourses don't meet standards set by the EU, partly because of the high concentration of dairy farming and partly because we grow more maize than anywhere else in the country.

The NFU says farmers have been working alongside water companies and the Environment Agency to reduce pollution.

Post Office worker 'did the right thing'

Listen: Inspector Pete Sparrow on BBC Wiltshire

Police are praising Post Office staff in Salisbury who raised the alarm when a suspicious package was brought in, sparking the evacuation of a large part of the city centre on Thursday.

In the end it wasn't a viable threat but the post office, the Cross Keys Shopping Centre and nearby roads were closed and cordoned off.