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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 3 January 2017

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  1. Goodnight from us

    Thanks for being with us today. We'll be back as usual from 7am tomorrow.

    Before we go, here's a quick look at tomorrow's weather, thankfully less frosty than this morning.

    Stand down the windscreen scrapers and de-icer ...

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    Video caption: Watch: tomorrow will be warmer, with temperatures hitting 8 or 9 by the afternoon.
  2. Does Airbus' latest jet have a future?

    Aeroplane production matters a lot to people living in and around Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The Airbus plant at Filton employs around 4,000 people.

    Airbus launched the A380 back in 2005, but orders have been slower than expected. Now, the company has even considered scrapping the model and building an even bigger one.

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    Video caption: Does the Airbus A380 have a future?
  3. Drift-triking footage is 'shocking', police say

    Footage of people drift-triking down Cheddar Gorge is 'shocking', according to police.

    Inspector Andy Pritchard viewed the video of tricycle riders free-wheeling down the gorge, passing near to oncoming traffic.

    The craze started off in New Zealand, and arrived in the UK recently. 

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    Video caption: Watch: Inspector Andy Pritchard says the craze is putting road users at risk.
  4. Golden art treasure ready to be hidden


    A Bristol-based artist has recreated five historic museum artefacts in gold as part of a treasure hunt art exhibition.

    Luke Jerram was commissioned by 20-21 Arts Centre in Scunthorpe to produce the work.

    From February the gold replicas - each cast in £1,000 worth of 18-carat gold - will be hidden around the town for the public to find and keep.

    Clues to their whereabouts will be disguised in five paintings which will be on display at the venue.

    Read more on this story.

  5. E-fit issued after robber injures security guard in shop robbery

    Police are appealing for help after an assault took place at Tesco in Clevedon.

    On the 17 December, a woman was seen stealing bottles of alcohol and loading them into a waiting white van. This van then hit a security guard as it drove away.

    Officers believe the man pictured in the e-fit was involved in the assault and are now trying to trace him.

  6. Rail Delivery Group defends rail price rises for commuters

    Rail passengers in the West have seen fares go up by an average of 2.3%, leading to complaints from rail campaigners.

    The latest price hike will affect 40% of all rail ticket sales.

    But the Rail Delivery Group says that the railways are now a victim of their own success, with so many people travelling by train, and improvement work is needed to make things better.

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    Video caption: Watch: Paul Plumber says demand is higher than was anticipated a decade ago.
  7. Bath's Faletau suffers knee injury

    Taulupe Faletau

    Bath and Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau is a doubt for the start of the Six Nations after suffering a knee injury.

    The 26-year-old, who was sidelined for more than two months with damage to the same ligaments earlier this season, will be out for another four to six weeks.

    Wales start their Six Nations campaign against Italy on 5 February.

    Faletau has played in just four games for Bath, having joined from Newport Gwent Dragons ahead of this season.

  8. RSPCA investigates buzzard shootings in Somerset

    A number of buzzard shootings in Somerset has prompted an RSPCA investigation.

    One bird shot near Bridgwater on New Year's Day has since passed away.

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    Video caption: It was killed at Chedzoy near Bridgwater on New Year's Day
  9. Cheddar gorge councillor calls drift-trikers 'terrifying'

    The chairman of Cheddar Parish Council has spoken out against the drift-trike craze which has come to Somerset.

    People riding tricycles free-wheel down the gorge, in some cases narrowly missing cars travelling up the other side of the road.

    Peter Colton said the parish council deplores the idea, and says he can't understand why people are doing it. 

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    Video caption: Watch: Peter Colton says the craze is "horrifying".
  10. Dambuster honours campaigner shocked that Bristol man not on list

    Paul Walmsley is the man behind a campaign to get George "Johnny" Johnson an honour in the New Year's Honours list. 

    George is the last surviving dambuster, a squadron of men who used the famous bouncing bombs to destroy German dams. 

    Paul says he will keep on campaigning for George to receive a formal honour from the Queen.

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    Video caption: Watch: Paul Walmsley has written to the Queen to try and get George Johnson an honour.
  11. Bath council sets out plans for budget saving

    Bath and North East Somerset Council has set out a number of ways it intends to save £49m over the next four years. This is in addition to the £33m saved since 2012.

    The authority says it has to make these savings because the government is giving it less funding for the services it provides.

    Graphic showing their budget going down

    Some of these ideas include:

    • Increasing bereavement service charges, raising £120,000
    • Raising £2m through heritage and "efficiencies in housing services"
    • Saving £500,000 through encouraging community groups to offer supplementary services to young people.

    The leader of Banes Council, Tim Warren has said the council will need to be almost self-sufficient by 2019/20.

    Quote Message: Funding to local government has been falling since 2010, while the cost of delivering services continues to rise. Demand for a range of services is also rising quickly as our population grows and changes and this puts pressure on resources. from Tim Warren Conservative council leader, Banes council
    Tim WarrenConservative council leader, Banes council

    The main opposition group, the Liberal Democrats, said the cuts would remove flexibility in how the council works and increase stress among its staff.

    A full list of proposals can be seen here

  12. Anger over rail fare rises in the West

    Rail fares have gone up again for commuters this year.

    • Regulated fares like season tickets are tied to the government's Retail Prices Index, and have gone up 1.9%
    • Unregulated fares like standard singles and walk-up tickets are controlled by the rail operators, so GWR customers are facing an average of a 2.3% rise.

    The government says that these price increases are needed to pay for improvements to the railway, but campaigners aren't happy with the latest rises. 

    Chris Irwin from Travelwatch SouthWest said passengers at Swindon are often forced to use overcrowded, late trains, and these rises will hit commuters most.

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    Video caption: Scott Ellis at Swindon Railway Station
  13. Points West archive: A chilly blast from the past

    Points West has been dipping into its archive as the programme celebrates its 60th birthday.

    On this day in 1962, their cameras went out to a rather chilly colliery north of Bristol.

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    Video caption: Watch: Points West went to look at frozen coal in South Gloucestershire
  14. Bristol dambuster thrust into debate over New Year's Honours

    George "Johnny" Johnson is the last surviving dambuster, and today he found himself on the front page of The Sun, with a campaign to give him an honour.

    Although he was nominated for an award in the New Year's Honours list, he wasn't included - which prompted the campaign.

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    Video caption: Watch: George "Johnny" Johnson is the last surviving Dambuster pilot.
  15. Look to the skies to spot Venus and Mars

    Venus and Mars can be seen in the skies above the West tonight, if you look up!

    The moon is in the top left, followed by Mars, then Venus further down.

    Can you do any better than our photos here? Get in touch with us.

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    And look ... even Roland Orzabal, you know, him off Tears for Fears, has been out looking. Bet he's Head over Heels he saw all three.

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  16. Your thoughts on the Cheddar Gorge drift-triking craze

    You've been watching the video we published showing people free-wheeling down Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, as part of the latest drift-triking craze. 

    Have a look at the 4.48pm post.

    But is it fun, or just plain stupid?

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  17. Train v Plane: which is cheaper?

    As rail passengers face an average rail fare increase of 2.3%, some could be tempted to look at other options.

    A train journey from Bristol to Newcastle takes around five hours, and cost as much as £151 if you buy a single - but flying may be significantly cheaper.

    It is possible to reduce the rail cost to around £80 when using split-ticketing websites, by the way. Look here for more. You're welcome!

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    Video caption: With rail fares increasing by an average 2.3% - Is it value for money to travel by rail?