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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday, 6 January 2017.

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Newcastle's Vereniki Goneva

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Newcastle produce a superb late comeback to stun Bath and condemn the visitors to their third straight Premiership loss.

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Goodnight from Local Live in the West

A cloudy but mild and largely dry weekend ahead for the region.  

Ian Fergusson has the full four-day outlook.

Watch: Ian Fergusson has the weekend weather forecast

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

Rugby full time: Newcastle 24 - 22 Bath

Premiership bosses more vulnerable to sackings, says RCA

Andy Robinson
Rex Features

Bristol Rugby sacked boss Andy Robinson in November after the board "lost confidence" that he would be able to retain the club's Premiership position.  

His dismissal was among a recent spike in Premiership sackings which shows a "worrying trend", according to the Rugby Coaches Association.

Cake making firm sold to French company

Cake
Ministry of Cake

A Somerset-based dessert-making firm has been sold to a French food company for an undisclosed sum.

Ministry of Cake employs 400 people at its Taunton and Torquay factories. It evolved from Maynards Sweets in Yeovil which was established in 1865.

Managing director Chris Ormrod, said: "This deal secures jobs and investment in a company which is firmly rooted in the West country."

The buyer, Mademoiselle Desserts, has other sites in Maidenhead and Corby.

Gloucester v Worcester: Team news

Greig Laidlaw
Rex Features

Gloucester scrum-half Greig Laidlaw returns as one of five changes to the Cherry and Whites' starting line-up.

Winger Charlie Scott and centre Matt Scott are recalled along with back-rowers Ross Moriarty and Jacob Rowan.

Worcester Warriors have only ever won once at Kingsholm in a competitive fixture but they have lost just one of their last four Premiership meetings with Gloucester.

Full team: Hook; Sharples, Scott, Twelvetrees, May; Burns, Laidlaw; Hohneck, Hibbard, Ma'afu, Savage, Thrush, Moriarty, Rowan, Morgan.

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Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, between J22 for A38 and J21 for A370.

M5 Somerset - Two lanes closed on M5 northbound between J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of an accident.

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New oxygen masks improve care for pets caught in fires

Watch: Fire officer Lee Brathwaite demonstrates the masks

It's awful to imagine having to escape from a house fire but have you ever thought about what would happen to your pets? 

Specially designed pet oxygen masks are being rolled out across Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service to improve the way they treat animals who suffer smoke inhalation. 

They can be used on anything from cats to horses and deliver 90 per cent of the available oxygen supply to pets, a human mask only delivers around 10 per cent. 

Rugby: Priestland among three new Bath deals

Rhys Priestland
Rex Features

Wales international fly-half Rhys Priestland is one of three players to sign a new contract with Bath.

Centre Max Clark has also agreed a new deal after scoring on his Premiership debut against Saracens in December.

Full-back Tom Homer is the third player to extend his contract.

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Wiltshire man part of gang jailed for £2.5m light aircraft cocaine drop

Andrew Barrett, Michael Mealing, and Jonathan Hart
National Crime Agency
From left to right: Andrew Barrett, Michael Mealing, and Jonathan Hart pleaded guilty to importing cocaine

A man from Wiltshire has been jailed at the Old Bailey for his part in using a light aircraft to drop cocaine with a street value of £2.5m over the Kent countryside

Michael Mealing, 41, of Corsham, and Andrew Barrett and Jonathan Hart were being watched by the National Crime Agency before the drop into a field near Faversham, Kent last June. 

Judge Stephen Kramer QC said it was a "sophisticated and commercial" scheme. Mealing was jailed for 12 years and six months, Barrett for 16 years and Hart for 10 years and nine months.

The high-purity cocaine had a wholesale value of more than £1m.

Police outhouse plea in missing Bristol jogger search

David Skeen
BBC/Family

Residents in a Welsh town are being asked to check their sheds and outbuildings in the search for missing Bristol jogger David Skeen.

Mr Skeen had recently moved to Talgarth, Powys from Bristol and local police are speaking with former colleagues and family members living in the area.  

Ex-Royal Marine raising awareness for PTSD

A former Royal Marine from Wiltshire who's recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has just got back from the first stage of a mission to cross the world's five largest islands unaided.

Louis Nethercott was forced to leave the marines last year after struggling to cope with seeing his colleagues killed in Afghanistan. 

Alongside another former marine he's just completed a gruelling trip across Borneo. 

He wants to be the first to make it across the islands, to help move on from the horrors of war. 

Watch: Louis Nethercott has PTSD and is completing five island treks to raise awareness
Digitech Studio School. Warmley

A Bristol free school stops pupils wearing coats inside despite problems with the heating, or wearing them outside between buildings.

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Acid attack victim dies

The victim of an acid attack in Bristol has died. 

Mark Van Dongen, 28, was left in a critical condition in hospital after the incident on Ladysmith Road on 23rd September, 2015.

Berlina Wallace, 47, of Ladysmith Road, Westbury Park has been charged with offences relating to the throwing of a corrosive fluid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do grievous bodily harm to Mr Van Dongen. She has been remanded in custody.

A trial was due to start next week at Bristol Crown Court but the case has now been adjourned until next month after the Crown Prosecution Service was informed of Mr Van Dongen's death by his father in Belgium.

The headlines from your local newspapers

Severe accident: A36 Wiltshire both ways

BBC Travel

A36 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between A30 Minster Street and West Street.

A36 Wiltshire - A36 in Wilton closed in both directions between St Peter Fugglestone Roundabout and the West Street junction, because of an accident.

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Remember when Gary Barlow sang in Cabot Circus?

Do you remember when Take That star Gary Barlow surprised shoppers in Bristol with an impromptu concert which started with him wearing a disguise of himself?

The star wore a Gary Barlow mask as he began playing Could It Be Magic on a piano at Cabot Circus shopping centre.

Shoppers watching the mystery performer were astonished when he revealed his true identity and sang the hit song.

Gary's new BBC1 talent show Let it Shine begins tomorrow at 7pm.

Gloucester baby death: Parents to be prosecuted for manslaughter

Property in Archdeacon Street in Gloucester
BBC

The parents of three-month-old Ah'Kiell Walker are to be prosecuted for his manslaughter following his death in Gloucester last year. 

Alastair Walker and Hannah Henry appeared at Bristol Crown Court today having already been charged with child cruelty and neglect. 

No pleas were entered and the couple, who were released on conditional bail, are due back in court in April. 

Ah'Keill died in hospital on 31st July after being rushed to Bristol Children's Hospital from the family home in Archdeacon Street in Gloucester.

Severe disruption: M32 Bristol southbound

BBC Travel

M32 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J3 for A4320 Easton Way.

M32 Bristol - M32 lane blocked on exit slip road and queuing traffic southbound at J3, A4320 (St Pauls), because of a broken down car.

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Swindon M4 gas leak: Junction 16 now open to all traffic

Junction 16 of the M4 has been fully reopened to all traffic following damage to a gas pipe. 

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Meet Midnight the unwanted dog

Watch: Meet Midnight the unwanted dog

Midnight has been at an animal centre in North Somerset for about four-and-a-half years.

Her carers hope 2017 will be the year that changes.

Bristol City v Fleetwood Town: Team news

Lee Johnson
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January arrivals Bailey Wright, Jens Hegeler and Milan Djuric could all make their debuts for Bristol City.

City, who have lost six Championship games in a row, are still awaiting international clearance for Hegeler and Djuric but Wright is eligible to play after signing from Preston on Friday.

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Scientists turn Christmas trees into plastic

Did you take your Christmas tree down last night, or planning to tonight?

Scientists from the Univeristy of Bath have developed a renewable plastic from a chemical found in pine needles.

Pinene is the fragrant chemical from the terpene family that gives pine trees their distinctive smell.

The researchers hope the plastic could be used to make things like food packaging, plastic bags and even medical implants, instead of crude oil which is currently used to make most plastics.

However they warn they're not about to recycle our Christmas trees to get it, rather it will come from the paper industry where pinene is currently a waste product.

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Ant and Dec board game makers apologise over errors

Ant and Dec
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The makers of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway board game have apologised after it was found to have several errors.

The game features cards with a series of quiz questions but some of the answers given are incorrect.

One answer claims the moon is 225 miles away from the earth - instead of about 238,900 miles - and another placed Stonehenge in Somerset instead of Wiltshire.

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Domestic violence still difficult to talk about for men

A man from Wiltshire who was in an abusive relationship for more than a decade says it's vital that men who have suffered domestic violence are able to speak out.

Paul Chivers, from Highworth near Swindon, was brutally attacked by his wife.

He is now an ambassador for the Taunton-based domestic abuse charity, Mankind Initiative.

Football: Australian defender joins Bristol City

Bailey Wright.
Bristol City
Bailey Wright City's new signing

Bristol City have signed Australian international defender Bailey Wright.

The 24-year-old joins the club from Preston North End for anundisclosed fee, penning a two-and-a-half-year contract, with a further year option.

He successfully passed a medical before training with his team-mates ahead of the Emirates FA Cup clash with Fleetwood Town at Ashton Gate, where he could now make his debut.

Bailey has a warrior spirit and represents a good signing for us. He’s 24 and has great Championship experience; he’s a tough, Australian international – an old-fashioned stopper. Jamie McAllister (Under-23 coach) was with him at Preston and only had good things to say about him.

Lee JohnsonHead Coach - Bristol City

Looking back on the busiest year for our air ambulance crews

Chef to close six Jamie's Italian UK restaurants

Jamie Oliver
Getty Images

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is closing six of his 42 UK Jamie's Italian restaurants.

The Aberdeen, Cheltenham, Exeter, Tunbridge Wells and in London, the Ludgate and Richmond outlets are all scheduled to close soon.

The move will affect 120 staff, whom the company said it would try to place in other parts of the chain.

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Electric shock victim's fund hits £41k

Jamie Mines
Family of Jamie Mines

Well-wishers have donated more than £41,000 to help a scaffolder who had to have his leg and hands amputated after being electrocuted.

Jamie Mines, from Frome, was injured at Kendrick Industrial Estate, Swindon, in December.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

The semi-professional footballer remains in hospital and missed his first Christmas with his five-month-old twins Isabella and Savannah.

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Rowing: Gloucestershire's Alex Gregory announces his retirement

Investigation after unexplained death in the Forest of Dean

A police car
BBC

A post-mortem examination will be held following the unexplained death of a woman, police have said.

The 53-year-old was found with serious injuries at a house in Littledean, Gloucestershire, on Thursday afternoon. 

Officer were called to the property in Broad Street at 15:00 GMT. The woman died a short time later. 

A cordon is still in place at the property, where officers are carrying out inquiries.

Avonmouth burst water main fix 'by end of day'

The site of the burst pipe
Bristol Water

Bristol Water has a team repairing the mains who hope to have the pipe fixed by the end of the day.  

A spokesperson for the firm said it was a substantial burst which had caused damage to both the pavement and road.

They throttled back the pressure so the water supply to nearby businesses wasn't affected.

However their main concern was around the risk of ice forming on the road due to the time of day the burst happened, the volume of traffic around and freezing temperatures overnight.

Swindon M4 gas leak: Contractor responsible offers apology

Lorries lining the road around a police slow sign during the disruption
BBC

The contractor which caused hours of delays and disruption after breaking a main gas pipe near Swindon has apologised.

Hochteif was contracted by Swindon Borough Council to carry out improvement works at junction 16 of the M4, but on Thursday its engineers hit a gas main. 

The motorway remained open but roads leading up to the roundabout at junction 16 were closed for several hours.

We apologise to everyone affected by yesterday's incident. Being part of the local community we recognise the difficulties it caused many people, especially due to the duration of the closure and the timing over rush hour. A full investigation into how this incident occurred is under way.

Rachel PearsonHochtief's communications manager

Recreating the sounds of Stonehenge

Watch: Recreating the sounds of Stonehenge using virtual technology

Scientists have recreated the sounds of Stonehenge from 3,000 years ago using virtual reality.

Using technology created for the video games industry, visitors will be able to experience the sounds heard when the stone circle was intact.

The virtual tour uses ancient instruments to recreate the circle's original acoustics.

Dr Rupert Till, from the University of Huddersfield, said the technology will recreate the soundscape from thousands of years ago.

Hospitals "extremely busy" says ambulance service

Bride-to-be's vintage dress for her vintage day

Watch: Ronnie and Marlene look ahead to their big day

A retired lollipop lady from Gloucestershire is set to walk down the aisle in her dream wedding dress - and it might not be what her guests will be expecting.

Marlene Robinson, 79, has chosen a bright pink 1950s prom dress as it reminds her of her dancing days.

She is getting married to her partner Ron Franklin, aged in his 80s, at St Barthlomew's Church in Cam later this month.

Football: Goal of the Month nomination for Bristol City player

Luke Freeman
Getty Images

A stunner of a goal from Bristol City's Luke Freeman has been nominated for Championship Goal of the Month for December.

The goal against Ipswich Town, on 3rd December, has been described as "staggering" on the EFL's website.

The public are invited to vote on whether they think it's better than one scored by Fulham's Tom Cairney or one by Jamie Ward of Burton Albion.

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The headlines on your local BBC radio stations

Microphones
BBC

BBC Radio Bristol: Bath and North East Somerset council says it plans to raise awareness of the safety measures around the River Avon to people visiting the city, after a woman was rescued on New Year's Day. 

BBC Somerset: Ambassador for Taunton-based domestic abuse charity Mankind Initiative, Paul Chivers, says more needs to be done to protect men who are in coercive or violent relationships.

BBC Wiltshire: The utility firm that had to fix a major gas leak by the M4 at west Swindon yesterday is asking contractors who are planning digging work in future to warn them in advance.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: The maximum sentence for stalking in England and Wales is to rise from five years to 10, following a campaign by Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk.

Burst water main near Avonmouth still causing disruption

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The above was the scene on the A403 yesterday afternoon, but the burst water pipe is still not fixed and there has been congestion in the area - including on the M5 - as a result.

Temporary traffic lights are in place as engineers work to repair the burst main on the Avonmouth road. 

Bristol Water described the damage as a five-metre-long split across a 10-inch main which had been difficult to get to.

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Date set for funeral of woman who died in Swindon house fire

Andraya Lyons
Wiltshire Police

A church service will be held later this month to celebrate the life of a woman who died in a house fire in Swindon last month.

Mother-of-two Andraya Lyons was described as a "devoted mum" who was "very much loved by all who knew her".

A man's been charged with murder in connection with the case.

The service will be held at St. John the Baptist & St. Helen Church in Wroughton on 18 January.

Flowers left in memory of Andraya Lyons
BBC
The aftermath of the fire on Drew Street.
BBC