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  1. Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Joe Cokanasiga

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Joe Cokanasiga's late try rescues a draw for Bath as they share 14 points with Sale Sharks at The Rec.

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  2. Music venue to play Toto's Africa 'back to back' all night

    Michael Savage

    Later this evening, a Bristol DJ will play Toto's biggest hit "back to back" on vinyl to raise money for an African charity

    DJ Michael Savage says the US rock band's biggest hit, Africa, will be the only track being played at The Exchange in Bristol.

    He hopes the event will last long enough to raise a new world record.

    Image caption: The late bass player, Mike Porcaro, far left, with other Toto band members in Singapore in 2006

    The musical marathon is raising funds for Temwa, a Bristol-based charity which works to "develop self-sufficient communities" in remote rural areas of northern Malawi.

    The band was formed in 1976 in Los Angeles and has sold 35 million albums.

  3. Westonbirt's big tree light switch on

    Westonbirt's National Arboretum

    Westonbirt's National Arboretum is due to open its gates for the first night of its annual Enchanted Christmas light festival, on Saturday.

    The popular annual attraction, which features an illuminated trail with light displays hidden among the tree branches, will take place on weekends from tomorrow until 18 December.

    Westonbirt's National Arboretum
    Westonbirt's National Arboretum
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    Severe disruption: A4 Wiltshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4 Wiltshire both ways severe disruption, from A345 Pewsey Road to Kingsbury Street.

    A4 Wiltshire - A4 High Street in Marlborough closed in both directions from the A345 Pewsey Road junction to the Kingsbury Street junction.

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

  5. Wanted: have you seen this man?

    Wanted man Dean Sysum

    Gloucester police have appealed for members of the public to tell them if they see this wanted man.

    Dean Sysum, aged 25, failed to appear at court for sentencing.

    Police say he has links to Gloucester.

    He is described as having tear drop tattoos under his left eye, is around 5ft 7ins tall and of a slim build.

  6. One in five children affected by drinking in pregnancy, say experts

    Matthew Hill

    BBC West health correspondent

    Almost one in five children could have symptoms of life-long damage caused by their mothers drinking during pregnancy.

    The figure comes from Bristol University's Children of the 90s study - the biggest study of its kind - carried on thousands of families in Bristol.

    Up to 79% of children in the sample were exposed to alcohol in pregnancy and up to 17 % screened positive for problems in at least three different areas of learning and behaviour.

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can cause lifelong learning disabilities, including brain damage, possible growth deficiency, and for a small number, a distinctive facial profile.

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    It's a contentious subject: the UK has the fourth highest level of prenatal alcohol use in the world.

    While government advice is for pregnant women to abstain altogether from drinking alcohol, the body that sets guidelines, NICE, says women should only avoid alcohol in the first three months, and can chose to have one or two units once or twice a week after that.

    But some experts have criticised the new figures, saying they are misleading as no definite link between the health problems and FASD can be proven.

    The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) warned the results might cause unnecessary distress to parents and pregnant women; they urged "real caution" over the findings.

  7. Hit and run in Swindon today

    Wiltshire police are appealing for information after a driver failed to stop after hitting a pedestrian this morning, in Swindon.

    At around 0835, a 30-year-old woman was crossing the road by the pelican crossing in Pinehurst Road, near to the junction with Limes Avenue and Poplar Avenue, when she was hit by a red car.

    She suffered injuries to her face, wrist and ankle.

    The driver failed to stop at the scene. They are described as female, possibly Asian, and had a young child in the front seat.

    A man driving a silver or white car did stop to help the injured woman and took her to a relative's house nearby, but he didn’t leave his details.

    Police would like the good samaritan, or anyone with information about the car or driver that did not stop, to get in touch.

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    Severe accident: A40 Gloucestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A40 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between the Compton Abdale turn-off and A429.

    A40 Gloucestershire - A40 blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the the Compton Abdale turn-off junction in Compton Abdale and Northleach Roundabout in Northleach, because of an accident involving two lorries.

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

  9. Church organist celebrates 100th birthday

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    Video caption: Watch: Edna Hicks turns 100 on 30 November

    An organist at a church in the Forest of Dean is celebrating her 100th birthday today.

    Edna Hicks has played for the past 73 years at Woolaston Methodist Church near Lydney.

    The former teacher came to live in Gloucestershire in the 1940s when she joined her parents who had retired to the village.

    Last Sunday parishioners sang Happy Birthday and she was presented with a cake covered in icing sugar musical notes.

    Edna Hicks

    Miss Hicks is the second organist in the Forest to reach 100.

    Joyce Morse from May Hill Methodist Church celebrated her centenary in December 2017 and is also still playing.

  10. Police chief confirmed in role

    Kier Pritchard speaking to Theresa May

    Wiltshire's acting Chief Constable has been confirmed in the job permanently.

    Kier Pritchard took over the role in March, starting on the day after the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

    He has been a police officer in Wiltshire since 1993.

    Earlier this week he was named as the preferred candidate for the permanent role.

    The appointment was confirmed by the Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson, for an initial three year period:

    Quote Message: Kier has done an excellent job over the past nine months in the face of unprecedented demands on Wiltshire, and his leadership has been outstanding... The panel clearly saw the experience and innovation that Kier brings to the role. I have every confidence in his capabilities to lead Wiltshire Police and I look forward to working with him to deliver the priorities within the Police and Crime Plan." from Angus Macpherson Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner
    Angus MacphersonWiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner
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    Severe disruption: A420 Oxfordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A420 Oxfordshire westbound severe disruption, between Townsend Road and Thorn Hill Road.

    A420 Oxfordshire - A420 in Shrivenham blocked and queuing traffic westbound between the Townsend Road junction and the Thorn Hill Road junction.

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

  12. Man with machete tasered in Cheltenham

    A man suspected of running at police officers with a machete in Cheltenham was tasered by officers in the early hours of this morning.

    Police had been called to reports of a man shouting at people in the street and banging on doors in Albert Road in the Pitville area of the town.

    A 36-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and he is in custody.

    Albert Road
    Quote Message: "Our officers demonstrated great team work last night to defuse this incident. I want to thank our response and firearms teams as well as our police negotiator, who was also involved – it required a lot of patience and coordination. The suspect was tasered as a last resort before being arrested but the incident was thankfully brought to a safe conclusion with no members of the public or officers coming to harm." from Superintendent Kath Davis Gloucestershire Police
    Superintendent Kath DavisGloucestershire Police
  13. 'Mini Windsor Castle' up for sale

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    Video caption: Semi-detached castle up for sale

    House hunters are being offered the chance to snap up a Grade I listed castle in Wiltshire.

    Devizes Castle, a 19th century pile on the outskirts of Devizes, has been put up for sale for £2.5m.

    Built in 1080, the nine bed semi-detached property was destroyed by fire and re-built during the reign of King Henry I.

    Estate agents Savills have described it as a "mini Windsor Castle".

  14. Gloucester street drinkers face £80 fine

    Person drinking out of a bottle

    Drinking alcohol in a public space in Gloucester could lead to an £80 fine from today.

    An alcohol free zone has been introduced as part of Gloucester City Council's new Public Spaces Protection Order.

    Failing to control a dog in public or displaying anti-social behaviour are also included in the issues being tackled, following a widespread public consultation.

    The authority says any fines would be a last resort for known street drinkers, because they would prefer to offer support first.

  15. No plans to close homeless hostel

    Wick House

    The charity that runs Wick House homeless hostel in Brislington, Bristol, says it has no plans to close the facility. It's after an inquest yesterday into the death of a man who died there.

    Paul Way's body was discovered by staff three days after he died in October 2017.

    He's one of seven deaths in five years.

    Since then calls to close the hostel have come from Bristol City Council's cabinet member for housing and the local MP.

  16. Drinking in pregnancy: one in five children affected says research

    New research by the Bristol-based Children of the 90s study estimates almost one in five children could have life-long health problems because their mothers drank during pregnancy.

    It is the biggest study of its kind and assessed mothers as well as more than 13,000 children born in Bristol - carried out by the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff.

    Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, (FASD) can cause learning, behaviour or physical anomalies such as difficulties with hearing.

    But some experts have criticised the new figures, saying they are misleading as no definite link between the health problems and FASD can be proven.

    The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) warned the results might unnecessarily cause distress to parents and pregnant women; they urged "real caution" over the findings.

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    Quote Message: What’s certainly useful is the information on the numbers of children who were exposed to alcohol before birth, and on how many of them had evidence of impairments of learning and behaviour that can arise in FASD, but... it isn’t possible to prove (or disprove) that the alcohol exposure was the cause of the impairments. from Prof Kevin McConway Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, The Open University
    Prof Kevin McConwayEmeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, The Open University