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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, from J24 for A38 to J25 for A358.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) to J25, A358 (Taunton), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: A419 Wiltshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A419 Wiltshire northbound severe accident, between B4040 Swindon Road and B4696 Spine Road East.

    A419 Wiltshire - A419 blocked and queuing traffic northbound between the B4040 Swindon Road junction in Cricklade and the B4696 Spine Road East junction in Cerney Wick, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

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    Severe accident: A46 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A46 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between Beckford Road and Broadway Road.

    A46 Worcestershire - Queuing traffic on A46 Cheltenham Road northbound in Sedgeberrow between the Beckford Road junction and the Broadway Road junction, because of an accident earlier on.

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

  4. Prince plays darts in Gloucestershire pub

    Prince Charles

    The Prince of Wales has played darts and pulled a pint during a visit to the Fleece Inn in Gloucestershire.

    The pub in Wotton-under-Edge closed in 2011 and the building was under threat of redevelopment.

    Locals came together to retain the pub and to make it a hub at the heart of the community.

    It was recently named CAMRA Pub of the Year 2018 for the South West region.

    Prince Charles
    Prince Charles
  5. Wiltshire and Swindon PCC wants tax increase to fund more officers

    Angus Macpherson

    The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon wants to increase council tax by £2 a month to fund an extra 38 police officers.

    Angus Macpherson was responding to a government announcement that extra funds for policing can be secured from local taxes next year.

    Mr Macpherson welcomed the move and "the flexibility it has given PCCs".

    He says he will now consult members of the public about raising the policing part of council tax.

    Quote Message: My promise is that the extra money raised will be used to increase the number of police officers and staff dedicated to frontline policing. from Angus Macpherson PCC Wiltshire and Swindon
    Angus MacphersonPCC Wiltshire and Swindon
  6. Joe Sugg 'voting fix' Strictly claims denied

    Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell

    The BBC has responded to claims that Wiltshire's Joe Sugg may be given an unfair advantage in tomorrow's Strictly Come Dancing final.

    Reports in a national newspaper suggested voting may be "fixed" in his favour, due to some of his millions of followers on social media who live overseas being told how they can vote, even though they live outside the UK.

    A BBC spokesperson said people were not allowed to vote from abroad.

    Quote Message: We regularly make updates to our technology to help prevent access to voting via the BBC website from outside the UK which breaks our voting terms and conditions. Our voting platforms are robust and we have stringent procedures in place as well as independent verification. Online voting requires a BBC log in and is freely available to users across the UK without a VPN.
  7. Kitchen gutted in frying pan fire

    Kitchen fire

    A kitchen was gutted in a frying pan fire in Bath.

    Three crews from Bath fire station were called to the property in Rush Hill in the Odd Down area of the city at about 16:30 GMT on Thursday.

    A woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s were taken to hospital.

  8. Duchess of Cornwall opens Wiltshire Air Ambulance airbase

    The Duchess of Cornwall meets air ambulance staff

    The Duchess of Cornwall has officially opened a new airbase for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance at Semington, near Melksham.

    The official opening comes seven months after the air ambulance moved to the purpose-built airbase - bringing together the helicopter, operational, fundraising and administrative teams on to one site.

    Duchess of Cornwall presented with posy

    Camilla, patron of the charity, was welcomed by the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Sarah Rose Troughton, and presented with a posy of flowers by four-year-old Mia Burry.

    Mia, who lives in Semington, was treated by the charity's paramedics when she was four weeks old and struggling to breathe. She made a full recovery after being treated in hospital for pneumonia and sepsis.

    Duchess of Cornwall
  9. Outsourced recruitment drive fails to bring in new Army recruits

    A UK-wide army recruitment drive run by a Wiltshire-based firm has failed to drive up recruitment and it's website costs have also spiralled:

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  10. How would you like to see Exmoor National Park develop?

    Valley of Rocks, Exmoor
    Image caption: The Valley of Rocks in Exmoor National Park

    Exmoor National Park is reminding people who live, work or just love to visit the area to have their say on how they'd like to see it develop.

    The government is holding a consultation over England's protected landscapes and the deadline is next Tuesday to submit your views.

    Exmoor was designated a National Park in 1954 and is one of 10 National Parks and 34 AONBs in England.

    Quote Message: Our National Parks are special places where people can experience some of the nation’s most iconic scenery, wildlife and heritage. If you value these landscapes, whether from near or far, it’s vital your views are heard. from Sarah Bryan Chief executive of National Park Authority
    Sarah BryanChief executive of National Park Authority
  11. Thales expansion plans in Somerset village approved amid local concerns

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Thales expansion plans

    A major Somerset employer has been given permission to expand – and build 70 houses near its new factory despite concerns over traffic congestion.

    Thales in Templecombe manufactures sonar and sensors for the Royal Navy and wants to build the plant opposite its current base on Slades Hill.

    During Wednesday's area east committee meeting in Wincanton, current traffic measures in place were described as "barely adequate" by local residents fighting the plans.

    David Seares, of Slades Hill, said it was “totally inappropriate for our village” and the designs for the factory were “monstrous”.

    But Thales’ agent, Chris Hales said: “Put simply, Thales has an essential requirement to enhance and modernise its capabilities.

    “It needs to expand the Templecombe site, and it will need it by 2020. Jobs will be created, and it will provide long-term security."

  12. Bristol joins calls to end the detention of immigrants and refugees

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Bristol City Council meeting on Thursday 14 December

    Bristol has joined a growing number of UK cities demanding an end to the detention of immigrants and asylum seekers.

    A majority of city councillors backed a call from the Green Party group for the mayor to push for a change in immigration law and alternatives to immigration detention.

    In supporting the motion, Bristol City Council has officially recognised that the Home Office holds people who have committed no crimes in prison-like conditions for months or even years in a clear breach of their human rights.

    The UK is the only country in Europe to detain immigrants and asylum seekers indefinitely without any certainty of when they might be release or deported.

    Campaigners from These Walls must Fall also attended Tuesday's meeting.

    Quote Message: We want to stop seeing our neighbours and our friends being taken from us without warning and without anyone having any idea of when or if we’ll see them again. from David Ion Campaigner from These Walls Must Fall
    David IonCampaigner from These Walls Must Fall
  13. Girl, 13, has leg fractured in bus stop attack

    A 13-year-old girl has a fractured leg after being attacked by two other girls at a bus stop.

    Police said the girl was assaulted by girls she knows at about 19:00 GMT on Thursday at the bus stop outside New College on Queens Drive in Swindon.

    Det Con Emma Wood, of Swindon CID, said: “This was a nasty incident which left a young girl with an injury to her leg."

    Police asked any witnesses to contact them on 101.

    Bus stop