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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday, 25 November

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Harlequins' Tim Visser

Harlequins condemn Bath to just their second Premiership loss of the season with a hard-fought home victory.

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Saracens celebrate

Three second-half penalties from Alex Lozowski prove crucial as Premiership leaders Saracens beat Gloucester.

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Roy Beerens

Reading score twice in the first half as they beat Bristol City to make it five wins in a row in the Championship.

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Good night from Local Live in the west

Rejoice! Dry weather to "dominate" this weekend. Mind the wind though. 

BBC Weather's Ian Fergusson has the four-day outlook:  

Watch: "Dry weather will now dominate," says Ian Fergusson

Have a great weekend. We'll be back with more live updates from 7am on Monday.

'Basics' let Bristol down

FT: Bristol 16-21 Leicester

Ross McMillan

Bristol hooker on BBC Radio Bristol

"We fought really well to come back in the second half.

"It's about that game-management, understanding where we are on the pitch.

"Our basic let us down at certain points."

Travel: Rail delays increase between Swindon and Didcot Parkway

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Bristol 16-21 Leicester

Bristol will look back and ask 'What could have been?' as they come close to the Tigers. 

Leicester will be relieved to come away from Ashton Gate with the four points, but surely Bristol will get a win soon. 

Illegal 4x4 drivers trash beauty spot on the Mendips

Watch: The damage caused by illegal off-road drivers

Police are investigating damage to a huge area of grassland at Burrington Ham, on the Mendips, after 4x4 drivers illegally used the site on Tuesday night.

Wardens say the area has been 'trashed' and the damage will take many months to repair.

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Jim Hardcastle, who looks after the site says staff and visitors have been "very upset" by the incident.

4x4 clubs in the area hit out at the drivers of the vehicles.

The drivers are totally irresponsible. Everyone who enjoys driving a 4x4 responsibly and legally in the countryside gets tarred with the same brush as these idiots.

SpokesmanNorth Somerset Land Rover Club

Try (Hawkins, Jarvis conv)

Bristol 13-21 Leicester

Replacement hooker Rob Hawkins goes over against his former club after the Bristol pack recycle the ball well. 

Adrian Jarvis adds the extra two points.

Penalty (Burns)

Bristol 6-21 Leicester

Freddie Burns adds to his account as he slots over three more for the Tigers.

Bristol darts player 'pleased to qualify' for major tournament

Watch: "I was very pleased to qualify for the event," said Steve Brown

Another West-based darts player to feature in the Players Championship today was Steve Brown, from Bristol.

Unfortunately he was knocked out after losing 6-1 to Joe Cullen, but says he still feels proud to have made it to the tournament.

The competition is running over the weekend in Minehead.

'Not winning the 50-50s'

HT: Bristol 6-11 Leicester

Ross McMillan

Bristol hooker on BBC Radio Bristol

"Our set-piece hasn't really functioned and we're losing the battle. We're not winning the 50-50s.

"Leicester are kicking when they need to and pinging us back in the corner.

"Looking at where we've had opportunities, it's been in midfield. We need to look at shifting the ball early and getting that back line going."

Christmas float to return to the streets of Bristol

Watch: It's been an annual tradition for 30 years and now the Southmead float is back

Back in the late 1970s, Roger Payne from Frenchay started the Frenchay Hospital Charity Float to raise money. 

Now Roger's son Stefan has taken over the family tradition and he will be setting out with a charity float in north Bristol to raise money for Southmead Hospital. 

Over the years, the float has raised over £200,000 for good causes. 

Bristol 'caught out'

Bristol 6-11 Leicester

Ross McMillan

Bristol hooker on BBC Radio Bristol

"It is not the first time tonight we've been caught out by cross-field kicking.

"We've got to be smart - there's not long go in this first half.

"Leicester are playing simple, pragmatic rugby. It's effective."

Penalty (Burns)

Bristol 3-6 Leicester

Freddie Burns puts the Tigers in front for the first time.

PEN! Burns with his second successful penalty goal to move the visitors ahead. 3-6 (26 mins). #BRIvLEI

Transformers toys sell for thousands at auction

Watch: Auctioneer Tim Weeks talks about the Transformers

A collection of toys from the 1980s has sold for £3,900 at a Wiltshire auction house. 

Sixty Transformers - many still in their original boxes and untouched - went under the hammer at Draycott Cerne near Chippenham. 

The collection was being sold by a man aged in his 60s who bought them when his children were young.

First day nerves for Somerset darts player

Watch: "It was nerve-wracking today," says Justin Pipe

Some of the top darts players in the world are in the West for the Players Championship.

The competition, which has a prize pot of £400,000, began earlier today at the Butlins camp in Minehead.

Justin Pipe, from Somerset, beat Andy Jenkins 6-3 but said it was a nerve-wracking opening game.

Penalty (Searle)

Bristol 3-0 Leicester

Billy Searle gives Bristol the lead from in front of the posts.

Travel: Rail delays between Swindon and Didcot Parkway

Rugby: Bristol v Leicester Tigers - game now under way

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Leicester, who have former Bristol prop Ellis Genge among their starters, can go third in the Premiership with a win, while Bristol are still seeking their first victory of the season.  

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Severed starfish leg growing new body

The severed starfish leg at Bristol Aquarium
Bristol Aquarium

A starfish leg which became detached from its spiny owner at Bristol Aquarium is growing itself a new body.

The aquarium's Olivia Orchart said: “Starfish are one of the few animals in the world which are capable of not only regenerating lost limbs but also growing entirely new bodies.

“As long as the lost limb has at least some of the central disc area it can develop into a second starfish."

Starfish are members of the echinoderm, literally ‘spiny skin’, family which also includes sea urchins and sea cucumbers.

A spiny starfish
Bristol Aquarium

New environmentally-friendly buses rolled out in Bristol

James Freeman, Managing Director First Bristol and Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Bristol Cabinet Member for Transport & Infrastructure
First Bristol
Mr Freeman and Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Bristol Cabinet Member for Transport & Infrastructure

First Bristol have rolled out a fleet of 20 new environmentally-friendly ‘low carbon’ vehicles.

The buses are fitted with engines which produce less oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions and as a result will help air quality along their routes.     

First Bristol's managing director James Freeman (pictured above, left) said: “These new buses will make a significant contribution towards our environmental performance including air quality in Bristol."

The buses will run the 48, 48A and 49 services along Fishponds Road.

Predator babysitter sentence: 'Justice has been served'

Barry Read
Wiltshire Police

Barry Read, 63, from Swindon, "abused his young victim - who was only five or six at the time - when he babysat for her," according to Wiltshire Police.

He has been jailed for 11 years for a number of child sex offences which took place over a period of two years a decade ago.

During this time, Read put his young victim through an ordeal that nobody should ever have to go through. I am satisfied with the sentence handed out today and I hope this enables the young victim to move forward with her life, knowing justice has been served.

Det Con Nicola AinsleyWiltshire Police

He was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court.

Forest Green's goalkeeper Jonny Maxted signed by Guiseley

Jonny Maxted
Rex Features

Guiseley have signed Forest Green goalkeeper Jonny Maxted for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old left Gloucestershire on a three-month loan deal in September and has made 12 appearances for the National League strugglers.

The Lions are bottom of the table, four points adrift of safety.

"We've been really impressed with Jon while he's been with us so we were keen to get him under permanent contract," Guiseley's football secretary Adie Towers said.

Pilot Maurice Kirk a 'no show' again, air rally organisers say

Maurice Kirk
PA

We reporter earlier that a group of international pilots taking part in a vintage plane rally have been freed from detention in Ethiopia.

The group, which included 72-year-old Maurice Kirk from Bristol, then continued their journey onto Kenya.

But Mr Kirk has gone missing again.

"For the second time in two flights, Maurice is a no show," they said on the rally's Facebook page.

"We suspect he was trying to fly directly to Nairobi but has run out of sunlight and landed somewhere."

'Predator' babysitter abused girl, 5, in Swindon

Barry Read
Wiltshire Police

A man who sexually abused a young girl a decade ago while he was babysitting has been jailed for 11 years.

Barry Read, 63, from Penhill in Swindon, was found guilty of five counts of abuse following a trial last month.

His victim, who was aged only five or six at the time, was thanked by police for coming forward and helping "put this predator behind bars".

He was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court for the offences which took place between 2004-2006.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J20 for B3133 and J21 for A370 affecting J19 for A369.

M5 Somerset - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 southbound between J20, B3133 (Clevedon) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of an overturned vehicle. Congestion to J19, A369 (Portishead).

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Santa dementia cartoon's huge impact

Watch: All about Santa Forgot

A sensitive and thought-provoking animated story created by Bristol's Aardman Animations is changing the way people think about dementia this Christmas. 

The Alzheimers Research UK campaign is called Santa Forgot - the story, narrated by Stephen Fry, imagines Christmas without Santa - until one little girl decides to step in. 

Taunton's streets are turned into an outside wardrobe

Watch: See the streets of Taunton decorated with scarves and hats

If you've walked around Taunton in the last few days you may have noticed there's more than just the Christmas lights brightening up the town at the moment.

Dozens of scarves, hats and other clothes have been hung up around the streets. 

A group called Keep Taunton Warm organised the event to raise awareness and provide warm clothing for people without a home.  

Crash truck boss 'was warned of brakes'

The crashed lorry
Ben Birchall/PA Wire
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A haulage company boss was warned one of his trucks had faulty brakes days before it crashed and killed four people, a court has heard.

Mitzi Steady, four, Robert Parker, 59, Philip Allen, 52, and Stephen Vaughan, 34, died in the crash on Lansdown Lane in Bath in February 2015.

A worker told Bristol Crown Court the ABS warning light came on when he drove the lorry days before the fatal crash.

Driver Phillip Potter denies causing death by dangerous or careless driving.

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Severe accident: A303 Somerset both ways

BBC Travel

A303 Somerset both ways severe accident, between A358 and Harp Road affecting Park Barn Lane.

A303 Somerset - A303 closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Southfields Roundabout in Ilminster and Hayes End roundabout in South Petherton, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Diversion in operation - via the main road through Ilminster (the B3168). Congestion on A358 to Ashill.

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What's causing the rise in violence at Bristol Prison?

Watch: Hear from a former inmate at Bristol Prison

A new report claims that Bristol Prison is - at times - unsafe for staff and inmates.

It blames high levels of violence on a shortage of prison officers and a "brazen" use of illegal drugs.

One former inmate told the BBC that people after getting into fights over debts.

The Independent Monitoring Board says illegal synthetic drugs such as "Spice" are thrown over the jail walls - or even dropped in by drone.

Severe accident: A361 Wiltshire both ways

BBC Travel

A361 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between B3101 Marsh Lane and A365 Bath Road.

A361 Wiltshire - A361 in Devizes closed and slow traffic in both directions between Rowde turn off and Seend turn off, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, near J16 for A38.

M5 Bristol - Two lanes blocked and very slow traffic on M5 southbound near J16, A38 (Aztec West), because of an accident involving van.

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Aardman Santa Forgot cartoon has big impact

Watch: See how effective the Santa Forgot advert is

A cartoon depicting Santa with Alzheimer's has lead to a surge in donations for a dementia charity. 

The thought-provoking story was created by Bristol's Aardman Animations to help change the way people think about dementia this Christmas. 

The Alzheimer's Research UK campaign, called Santa Forgot, is narrated by Stephen Fry.

Pilot Eric 'Winkle' Brown's medals bought by Navy museum

Capt Brown, second right, with colleagues on a Spitfire in 1944
Brown Family

Medals awarded to the Royal Navy's most decorated pilot, Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown, have been bought by a museum.

The war hero, born in the Leith area of Edinburgh in 1919, died earlier this year at the age of 97.

He was renowned for flying 487 different types of aircraft - a world record that is unlikely to be matched.

The items, including his Distinguished Service Cross and CBE, were bought by The National Museum of the Royal Navy after failing to sell at auction.

They were purchased, for an undisclosed sum, by The Fleet Air Arm Museum - representing the flying arm of the Royal Navy - in Yeovilton, Somerset.

New bio waste plant coming to Wiltshire

Watch: Here comes the science bit

Construction will soon begin on the first green energy plant to convert greenhouse gas to waste gas in Wiltshire. 

Advanced Plasma Power in Swindon says it has created a new way of turning ordinary household waste into fuel.

The plant, near Swindon, will take in 10,000 tonnes of waste from the local area and produce enough energy to heat 1,500 homes, the firm says.

Is thatching a dying art?

Watch: Is thatching a dying art?

A thatcher from Wiltshire says not enough is being done to encourage younger people into the industry. 

The county is home to around 3,000 thatched properties but Adam Nash, who's based in Crockerton near Warminster, has struggled to find a long term apprentice. 

He's approached the government for help but was disappointed by their response. 

"The girl I spoke to said 'what's thatching'", he said. 

"We've been thatching for 300 plus years, I'd have hoped it would have appeared on the radar for the government." 

The Department for Education says it's offered the option to become a professional thatcher consistently since 2012.