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Driver Banned After 122mph Haircut Trip During Lockdown

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, When Robert White was stopped by police he said he had been driving home from Wales after getting his hair cutA man who was clocked speeding at 122mph (196km/h) and told police he was coming home from Wales after a haircut has been disqualified from driving. Robert White, 30, from…

Former Bath Footballer Morgan Dies, Aged 38

Marvin Morgan scored 15 league goals for Shrewsbury between 2011 and 2013Former footballer Marvin Morgan has died, aged 38, several of his previous clubs have reported.The ex-Aldershot, Shrewsbury Town and Plymouth Argyle striker made more than 200 career appearances in the Football League, also spending time on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge and Hartlepool.He also…

Hydrogen-Powered Plane Puts Zero Carbon Flights On The Horizon, Its Backers Hope

Zero carbon emission flights could be on the horizon thanks to new plans for a liquid hydrogen-powered plane, the government has said.A midsize aircraft is being designed to carry 279 passengers at the same speed and comfort as today's airliners and it is hoped it could fly from London to San Francisco without stopping, or…

Partey: I Rate My Arsenal Performances 4/10

Thomas Partey revealed he is his own worst critic and vowed to deliver better and more consistent performances from the Arsenal midfield.Partey arrived from Atletico Madrid in October 2020 after Arsenal triggered his £45m release clause, but he spent much of his first season adjusting to life in the Premier League without fans, all while…

Gold Cup Hero Subjectivist Returning To Training With Ascot Aim

Fill 2 Copy 11 Created with Sketch. Monday 6 December 2021 10:58, UK Ascot Gold Cup winner Subjectivist is likely to return to training with the aim of being prepared for a defence of his crown in June.The Mark Johnston-trained stayer picked up a serious injury when putting up a startling display at Royal Ascot…

Verstappen-Hamilton In Winner-Takes-All Showdown

Verstappen's 369.5 points plays Hamilton's 369.5 points with one deciding race to go of an incredible season; Drivers' and Constructors' Championships to both be settled at Abu Dhabi's season finale this weekend, with Sunday's race live at 1pm on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event By James Galloway Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:21am Max…

Union Loses Court Challenge Over PM’s Decision To Back Patel Over Bullying Claims

The FDA union has lost a High Court challenge over Boris Johnson's decision to back Priti Patel following accusations that she bullied staff. The prime minister decided last year that the home secretary did not breach the ministerial code by bullying members of her team. This was despite an investigation by the then independent adviser…

Ibrahimovic: I’m A Little Scared To Stop Playing

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he wants to stay at the Serie A club for the rest of his career, admitting he is "scared to stop" playing due to the uncertainty of what comes next after retirement.The 40-year-old Swede's current contract expires at the end of the season, but Ibrahimovic has no plans to…

Roundabout At A417/A436 | Southbound | Broken Down Vehicle

Location : The A417 southbound at the junction with the A436 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Broken down vehicle. Status : Currently Active. Time To Clear : The event is expected to clear between 10:30 and 10:45 on 6 December 2021. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected…

A36 Southbound Between A30 (East) And A338 | Southbound | Congestion

Location : The A36 southbound between the junctions with the A30 East and the A338 . Reason : Congestion. Status : Currently Active. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 09:45 and 10:00 on 6 December 2021. Delay : There are currently delays of 10 minutes against expected traffic.

Is Your Area Among The Worst For COVID Booster Jab Take-Up?

Adults in the UK are being urged to take up the COVID-19 booster vaccine as part of efforts to tackle the spread of the new Omicron variant.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the government is "ramping up capacity" to offer all adults a booster by the end of January.The latest vaccination data shows that the…

Police Investigate Bellingham Referee Comments After Bayern Loss

German police are investigating Jude Bellingham's comments on referee Felix Zwayer after Borussia Dortmund's loss to Bayern Munich, Sky in Germany have been told.Bellingham hit out at the performance of Zwayer during the 3-2 defeat as Dortmund were left frustrated after the referee turned down appeals for a penalty - only to award Bayern one…

Michael Sheen Says He Is Now A ‘social Enterprise, Not-For-Profit’ Actor

Actor Michael Sheen has turned himself into a "not-for-profit" actor, and said that he can fund causes he is passionate about by making movies.He says that the realisation for him was the 2019 Homeless World Cup in Cardiff, which he organised, telling The Big Issue: "I had committed to helping to organise that and then…

A30 Westbound Between A394 And Penzance | Westbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 westbound between the junctions with the A394 and the A3071 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

A30 Westbound Within The A382 Junction | Westbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 westbound at the junction with the A382 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

A419 Southbound Exit For A361 | Southbound | Road Works

Location : The A419 southbound exit slip to the A361 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadside Drains Works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

Gough Named Yorkshire Managing Director Of Cricket

Darren Gough had two spells as a player at Headingley before retiring from cricket and starting a career in broadcasting; Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale and all members of the coaching staff were among 16 people to leave Yorkshire last week amid the racism scandal involving Azeem Rafiq Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:20am Darren Gough has been…

Empty Shelves Threat As Tesco Workers Set For Pre-Christmas Strike Action

Warehouse workers and and drivers at Tesco are to hold a series of strikes over pay which their trade union says could result in shortages in stores.Unite said more than 1,000 of its members - based at depots in Antrim, Belfast, Didcot and Doncaster, would take industrial action. The union said it meant "shoppers in…

Celtic Target J-League Trio & Jota Deal

Celtic are targetting moves for Japanese trio Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi.Manager Ange Postecoglou has already tapped into the J-League market with success, bringing in striker Kyogo Furuhashi from Vissel Kobe in the summer. With the Celtic boss keen for reinforcements, left-back Hatate is due to meet Kawasaki Frontale club chiefs this week…

M5 Northbound Between J21 And J20 | Northbound | Road Works

Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J22 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 6 December 2021 to 04:00 on 7 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.

Boris Johnson Urged To Withdraw £867m Funding For Mozambique Fossil Fuel Project

The UK government must withdraw £867m ($1.15bn) funding promised for a huge Mozambique gas project, as its support is incompatible with climate change targets, a group of environmental experts have urged today.Continuing support for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Cabo Delgado province "risks the UK's credibility as a global leader on the climate…

A30 Eastbound Within The A382 Junction | Eastbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 eastbound between the A386 and the junction with the A382 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 December 2021 to 04:00 on 11 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There will be one of…

Top Five Winners This Past Offseason

The season is just over a month old and the pecking order in the league is slowly starting to materialise. It's still too premature to make widespread assumptions about players and teams and where they're all headed.It's not too early, however, to spot those teams that did serious work in the offseason to enhance their…

Travel Restrictions Weren’t Brought In Too Late Over Omicron Threat, PM Says

The prime minister has rejected suggestions the government acted too late in reintroducing travel restrictions after the discovery of the Omicron variant of COVID-19."We're still waiting to see exactly how dangerous it is, what sort of effect it has in terms of deaths and hospitalisations," Boris Johnson said about the variant. Live COVID updates from…

Root Backs Gough For Yorkshire Role

Ex-England bowler Gough had two spells as a player at Headingley before retiring and starting a broadcasting career; Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale and all members of the coaching staff among 16 people to have recently left the club amid the racism scandal involving former player Azeem Rafiq Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:17am Please use Chrome browser…

India Clinch Series With Record Win Over New Zealand

India complete a record 372-run win over New Zealand in the second Test to seal a 1-0 series win; Jayant Yadav (4-49) did the damage as the tourists lost their last five wickets in 43 minutes at the start of day four to be bowled out for 167 By Reuters Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:49am Jayant…

Zhao Xintong Craving Karaoke Following UK Championship Win

Stars including Jimmy White and Ronnie O'Sullivan have queued up to anoint Zhao Xintong as the next big thing and he lived up to the hype by defeating Luca Brecel in the UK Championship final on Sunday Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:20am Zhao Xintong claimed the UK Championship at the York Barbican Zhao Xintong completed a…

Mitchell Drops 35 As Jazz Squeak Past Cavs

Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points, Rudy Gobert had 20 rebounds and five blocks and the Utah Jazz survived Cleveland's late surge for their fourth straight win, 109-108 over the Cavaliers live on Sky Sports on Sunday.Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Rudy Gay had 15 for Utah, which made 20 3-pointers and gave away a…

‘I Am Where I Am Today Because Of Roberto Martinez’

Shadab Iftikhar says he owes so much to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez for a rise in the game which has just seen him make Scottish football history.British-Pakistani Ifthikar has just landed the manager's job at Highland League side Fort William in a move that will see him become the first British South Asian ever to…

Hollie Doyle Blog: Taking On World’s Best In Hong Kong

Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle is hoping to cap another unforgettable year by playing a starring role in the Longines International Jockeys’ Challenge in Hong Kong this week.Honoured to be riding in Hong Kong challengeI'm so excited to be invited back to ride in the Longines International Jockeys' Challenge at Happy Valley in Hong…

Russia Win First Davis Cup Title In 15 Years

After beating Spain, Russia eliminated Sweden and Germany decisively on their way to Sunday's final as they won the Davis Cup for the first time since lifting the 2006 title; Wins for Andrey Rublev and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev sealed a 2-0 victory over Croatia Last Updated: 06/12/21 6:50am The Russian Tennis Federation celebrate after…

49ers RB Cannon Hospitalised After Seattle Collision

Trenton Cannon's head hit the leg of a teammate as he attempted to tackle DeeJay Dallas on the opening kick-off; medical staff stabilised the player, who spent the night in a Seattle area hospital; Cannon's team San Francisco 49ers confirmed the player had suffered a concussion Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:07am San Francisco 49ers' Trenton Cannon…

Ashes Fifth Test To Be Moved From Perth

Fifth Test will be relocated, with Melbourne standing by to host its second game of series and officials in Tasmania lobby to bring Ashes cricket to Hobart; the first Ashes Test gets under way on Wednesday with Travis Head looking forward to facing Sussex team-mate Ollie Robinson Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:07am Cricket Australia's chief executive…

Meet The Winfield-Hills: Married Couple Who Are Both Sporting Stars

Watch the full interview with England cricketer Lauren and Leeds Rhinos rugby league player Courtney in 'Meet The Winfield-Hills', which will be broadcast on Sky Sports Arena at 4.15pm on Monday, December 6 By Jenna Brooks and Marc Bazeley Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:08am Lauren and Courtney Winfield-Hill spoke to Sky Sports ahead of this year's…

‘Tank’ Davis Retains Belt In Thriving Lightweight Scene

Gervonta Davis battled past Isaac Cruz on Sunday night in Los Angeles to keep hold of his WBA lightweight championship in a thriving lightweight scene.'Tank' won a unanimous decision to remain an undefeated three-weight world champion as the division hots up. Vasiliy Lomachenko makes his return on Saturday against Richard Commey, live on Sky Sports,…

Root: Hostile Environment Can Benefit England

Joe Root knows full well what to expect from the Australia crowd ahead of Ashes opener; England captain believes his team can use crowd's hostility to give them a boost; the first Ashes Test gets under way at the Gabba on Wednesday Last Updated: 06/12/21 9:39am Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video…

Chiefs Extend Win Streak Despite Struggles On Offense

Patrick Mahomes passed for only 184 yards and no touchdowns, with one interception; Teddy Bridgewater threw for 257 yards and was picked off twice, including one returned 75 yards for a touchdown; rookie Javonte Williams carried 23 times for 102 yards Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:04am Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player…

MOBO Awards: See The Full List Of Winners As Dave And Little Simz Bag Trophies

Musicians including Dave, Little Simz, and Ghetts have been honoured at this year's MOBO Awards.The ceremony, which showcases the best black music in the UK, Africa, the Caribbean, and beyond, also hailed London rapper Central Cee as the best drill act. Rapper Dave won album of the year after picking up the most MOBO nominations…

Users Face Removal Of Passports And Driving Licences Under PM’s New 10-Year Drugs Plan

Harsher punishments to deter drug use, including the removal of passports and driving licences, night-time curfews and travel bans like those imposed on football hooligans, will form part of a government crackdown on illegal drug-related crime.As part of a 10-year plan for tackling drugs crime in England and Wales and taking on the "kingpins" behind…

Hundreds Of Runners Enjoy Charity Santa Dash

Image source, Saltford Santa DashImage caption, A sea of red and white as the adult runners get under way in the Saltford Santa DashHundreds of runners dressed as Father Christmas have taken part in a charity event which has raised about £94,000 since it began eight years ago.The Saltford Santa Dash saw competitors young and…

Model Behaviour: Gisele Bundchen Saves Turtle Caught In Net

Gisele Bundchen went from supermodel to superhero after saving a sea turtle tangled in a fishing net.Bundchen, 41, posted a video of the rescue to her Instagram on Saturday. "Life is a series of opportunities that appear daily, and we choose what to do with them. Today was no different," she wrote in the post.…

New Spider-Man Film ‘beats Bond To Set UK Ticket-Sale Record’

The new Spider-Man film has set a ticket-sale record in the UK before its highly-anticipated release, according to reports.The Marvel movie, called Spider-Man: No Way Home, sold more than 150,000 tickets in the first 24 hours of going on sale at Vue Cinemas, the company announced. The sales are more than double the previous record…

Moat At Bishop’s Palace In Wells ‘smells Like Slurry’

Image source, James CrossImage caption, Head Gardener James Cross said the water was a 'chocolate brown colour'The moat at the Bishop's Palace in Wells has been polluted, according to a post on the tourist attraction's Instagram page. Speaking to the BBC, James Cross, property manager and head gardener of the estate, said: "We smelt it…

Company ‘could Lose £54m Somerset Healthcare Contract’

Image source, ThinkstockImage caption, The care service provides district nurses, health visitors and social workers to some of the most vulnerable and houseboundVirgin Care could see a £54m-a-year contract to deliver health and care services withdrawn. Councillors and clinicians in Bath and North East Somerset were told on Wednesday the company had been acquired by…

Roelof Van Der Merwe: Somerset All-Rounder Extends Deal Until End Of 2023 Season

Roelof van der Merwe helped Somerset reach the final of the T20 Blast in 2021Somerset all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe has extended his deal until the end of the 2023 season.The 36-year-old Netherlands international is in his second spell with the club, having rejoined in 2016."I'm really pleased to have extended my time at Somerset.…

Premiership: Northampton 40-19 Bath – Saints Ease To Bonus-Point Win Over Bottom Side

Northampton number eight Juarno Augustus got both of his two tries before the breakNorthampton (28) 40Tries: Augustus 2, Skosan 2, Hutchinson, Freeman Cons: Biggar 4, FurbankBath (12) 19Tries: Underhill, Boyce, Stuart Cons: De Glanville 2Northampton Saints climbed to third in the Premiership as they handed bottom side Bath their ninth straight defeat.Saints earned their bonus…

Community Art Projects Receive £1.8m Boost

Image source, Len CoplandImage caption, Arts Council investment means Sedgemoor can now fund more arts activities like these stilts performers at Journey ExchangeCommunities living in Sedgemoor are set to benefit from £1.8m of new Arts Council funding.It is one of the areas the Arts Council has identified as having especially low involvement in arts and…

Elections For New Somerset Council To Be Held In May 2022

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The new single authority will run Somerset from April 2023Elections to a newly-created county authority will take place in 2022.Voters will go to the polls in May to elect the 110 councillors who will form the new Somerset Council.The unitary authority will replace Somerset County Council and the current four district…

Bristol: E-Scooter Injuries ‘costing NHS £1k Per Patient’

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The Voi e-scooter trials cover a number of English citiesInjuries caused by e-scooters cost the NHS £1,000 per patient on average in one city, it has been claimed.A new report by transport safety charity Pacts shows 90 e-scooter riders were treated in A&E units in Bristol in four weeks between…

Chippenham Mum Wants Son Moved After Alleged Care Home Assault

By Karen GardnerBBC Wiltshire reporterImage source, GoogleImage caption, Wiltshire Council said it tried to ensure people in care lived closed to their familiesA mother says her son is not safe after he was allegedly assaulted in his care home by another resident.Sarah Harrington, whose son Brandon Hackett has severe learning difficulties, wants him moved from…

Turnip Prize 2021: ‘Panda Mick’ Wins Spoof Art Award

Image source, Turnip PrizeImage caption, The award is given to the entry created with "the least amount of effort"A soft toy entitled "Panda Mick" has won the annual spoof Turnip Prize competition. The Turnip Prize is organised by a Somerset pub each year as a parody of the world-famous Turner Prize.It is awarded to the…

Woman’s ‘mum Guilt’ Over Rising Costs Leading To Christmas Money Struggles

Image source, Michelle Image caption, Michelle said things are a "real struggle" and for the first time she won't be exchanging gifts with her husband this year, just the childrenA mother-of-three has spoken of her "mum guilt" as the rising cost of bills means less money to spend on Christmas.Michelle, from the West Country, said…

Floating Waste Collection Boat Launched In Bath

A new floating refuse collection has been started by the Canal and River Trust on the Kennet and Avon canal in Bath.The trust says it has to deal with the equivalent of two large construction skips of fly-tipping a week.The new boating service allows boat-dwellers to dispose of larger items which are often hard to…

Jacob Rees-Mogg Investigated By Standards Watchdog

Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg is being investigated over a possible breach of rules on declaring outside earnings.Commons standards commissioner Kathryn Stone did not reveal details of the allegations.But they are understood to relate to £6m in loans Mr Rees-Mogg received from one of his own companies to help buy and renovate his Westminster home.The watchdog…

Clarks Shelves Pay Cut Plans To End Warehouse Strike

By Ben KingBusiness reporter, BBC NewsImage caption, Clarks warehouse workers were on strike for eight weeksClarks has agreed a deal to end an eight-week dispute at its warehouse in Somerset with Community, the union representing striking workers.Employees were taking action over proposals to move staff to new contracts with pay cuts for many.The deal will…

Cyclist Deaths Soar On Rural Roads In England

By Claire MarshallBBC Rural Affairs CorrespondentImage source, Getty ImagesThe coronavirus lockdowns created a cycling boom in England, with record numbers of people out on their bikes to get exercise and fresh air. However, official data from the Department of Transport also shows that many more cyclists died on rural roads in 2020 than in the…

Weston-Super-Mare: Former Drug User Being Trained To Save Lives

Image caption, Volunteer Tim Hurford said the scheme will help to save livesFormer drug users are being trained in how to use medication which can save the lives of people who have overdosed.A group of volunteers are working with drug charity We Are With You in Weston-super-Mare.They are handing out kits which include medication called…

Wrexham 0-2 Yeovil Town

Last updated on 30 November 202130 November 2021.From the section National LeagueYeovil's Daniel Moss in action against Wrexham's Jordan PonticelliYeovil ended 10-man Wrexham's unbeaten home record in the National League.Liam McAlinden was shown a straight red card after the use of an elbow on Daniel Moss during a fiery first half.Josh Staunton met Jordan Barnett's…

Josh Davey: Somerset And Scotland Seam Bowler Extends His Contract With County

Josh Davey has played 31 one-dayers and 28 T20 internationals for ScotlandScotland seam bowler Josh Davey has extended his contract with Somerset until the end of the 2024 season.The 31-year-old, who needs just two more wickets to reach 200 in all formats for the club, has added an extra 12 months to his previous deal.Davey…

TSB To Close Another 70 Branches By July

By Kevin PeacheyPersonal finance correspondent, BBC NewsImage source, Getty ImagesTSB, which had 475 branches just over a year ago, has announced more closures which will leave it with just 220.Another 70 branches are to shut by the end of June, on top of a significant closure programme throughout this year.The bank said the Covid pandemic…

Cancelled Weston Christmas Day Swim Blow To Fundraising

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, It had been hoped the swim could take place in the sea after Marine Lake was closed earlier this yearThe cancellation of a charity Christmas Day swim has been described as a "real blow" for organisers.The Weston Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Christmas Day Dip is normally held at Marine…

Bath: City’s Anti-Terror ‘ring Of Steel’ Could Be Expanded

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The expanded anti-terror "ring of steel" in Bath would come into effect during a heightened threat or crowded eventPlans for a second, expanded, counter-terrorism "ring of steel" around a World Heritage city have been revealed.The wider secure zone around Bath would be controlled by the police and cover much of…

Covid-19: Yate Hospital Workers Facing Increase In Abuse

A hospital worker has said she is seeing more abuse towards staff amid rising hospital wait times.Yate West Gate Minor Injury Unit reception worker Donna Walker said she fears the anger towards staff won't ever stop."We get called all sorts of dreadful names," she said."The clapping was great at the start of lockdown, but now…

Mobility Scooter Rider ‘critical’ After Chard Van Crash

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The collision happened on Furnham RoadA mobility scooter rider has been seriously injured in a collision with a van.The man, in his 80s, was taken to hospital after colliding with a silver Volkswagen Caddy van in Furnham Road, Chard, at 10:10 GMT on Saturday.Avon and Somerset Police said the man remains…

Mobility Scooter Rider ‘critical’ After Chard Van Crash

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The collision happened on Furnham RoadA mobility scooter rider has been seriously injured in a collision with a van.The man, in his 80s, was taken to hospital after colliding with a silver Volkswagen Caddy van in Furnham Road, Chard, at 10:10 GMT on Saturday.Avon and Somerset Police said the man remains…

Yeovil Town 1-1 Dover Athletic

Adi Yussuf's second-half equaliser denied Dover their first win of the season as they drew at Yeovil.Dover took the lead after just two minutes when Yeovil goalkeeper Grant Smith was unable to deal with TJ Bramble's cross which found the net.The hosts came close when Yussuf set up Charlie Wakefield who missed a chance at…

Storm Arwen: Thousands Of Homes In The West Without Power

Image caption, Trees have fallen on to roads, power lines and train lines across the West of EnglandStorm Arwen has left more than 10,000 homes without power after electricity lines were struck by falling trees.The Met Office issued an amber warning for wind between 00:00 and 09:00 GMT on Saturday for the West of England.Fallen…

Storm Arwen: Thousands Of Homes In The West Without Power

Image caption, Trees have fallen on to roads, power lines and train lines across the West of EnglandStorm Arwen has left more than 10,000 homes without power after electricity lines were struck by falling trees.The Met Office issued an amber warning for wind between 00:00 and 09:00 GMT on Saturday for the West of England.Fallen…

Yeovil Town 1-1 Dover Athletic

Adi Yussuf's second-half equaliser denied Dover their first win of the season as they drew at Yeovil.Dover took the lead after just two minutes when Yeovil goalkeeper Grant Smith was unable to deal with TJ Bramble's cross which found the net.The hosts came close when Yussuf set up Charlie Wakefield who missed a chance at…

Christmas Light Displays Back On After Covid And Energy Price Hikes

Image source, Graham HawkesImage caption, There are over 50,000 lights on Graham Hawkes' house in AlmondsburyThe nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Over the past few years increasing numbers of people seem to be getting on board the festive bandwagon and covering their…

Christmas Light Displays Back On After Covid And Energy Price Hikes

Image source, Graham HawkesImage caption, There are over 50,000 lights on Graham Hawkes' house in AlmondsburyThe nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Over the past few years increasing numbers of people seem to be getting on board the festive bandwagon and covering their…

Premiership: Bath 16-23 Exeter Chiefs – Sam Simmonds’ Late Try Downs Spirited Bath

Sam Simmonds' late try was his third of the season as a stuttering Exeter side narrowly wonBath: (10) 16Tries: Reid Con: Bailey Pens: Bailey 3Exeter: (6) 23Tries: Iosefa-Scott, S Simmonds Cons: Slade, J Simmonds Pens: Slade 2, J SimmondsSam Simmonds' late try broke Bath's hearts as Exeter Chiefs inflicted an eighth-straight Premiership defeat on the…

Premiership: Bath 16-23 Exeter Chiefs – Sam Simmonds’ Late Try Downs Spirited Bath

Sam Simmonds' late try was his third of the season as a stuttering Exeter side narrowly wonBath: (10) 16Tries: Reid Con: Bailey Pens: Bailey 3Exeter: (6) 23Tries: Iosefa-Scott, S Simmonds Cons: Slade, J Simmonds Pens: Slade 2, J SimmondsSam Simmonds' late try broke Bath's hearts as Exeter Chiefs inflicted an eighth-straight Premiership defeat on the…

Campaigner ‘thrilled’ As Down Syndrome Law Moves Step Closer

Image caption, Oliver Hellowell is a keen photographerA campaigner whose son has Down's syndrome has said she is "thrilled" local authorities could soon be obliged to support people with Down's syndrome.A Private Members Bill, ensuring those with the genetic condition receive health, education and housing support, has received the government's backing.If passed by Parliament it…

Campaigner ‘thrilled’ As Down Syndrome Law Moves Step Closer

Image caption, Oliver Hellowell is a keen photographerA campaigner whose son has Down's syndrome has said she is "thrilled" local authorities could soon be obliged to support people with Down's syndrome.A Private Members Bill, ensuring those with the genetic condition receive health, education and housing support, has received the government's backing.If passed by Parliament it…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple’s Neighbour Remanded In Custody Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man accused of murdering two of his neighbours while their children slept upstairs has been remanded into custody.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were stabbed to death at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple’s Neighbour Remanded In Custody Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man accused of murdering two of his neighbours while their children slept upstairs has been remanded into custody.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were stabbed to death at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT…

Online Shopping Flooding Somerset Recycling Centres With Cardboard

Image caption, Somerset Waste Partnership is urging people to think before they buy any Black Friday dealsKerbside cardboard recycling volumes are up 35% since before the pandemic, a waste collection company has said.Somerset Waste Partnership is now urging people to 'think before they click' as millions of pounds are spent online on Black Friday.Chief executive…

Online Shopping Flooding Somerset Recycling Centres With Cardboard

Image caption, Somerset Waste Partnership is urging people to think before they buy any Black Friday dealsKerbside cardboard recycling volumes are up 35% since before the pandemic, a waste collection company has said.Somerset Waste Partnership is now urging people to 'think before they click' as millions of pounds are spent online on Black Friday.Chief executive…

Somerset Council Sorry For Failure To Comply With Adoption Regulations

Image caption, Somerset County Council has apologised to the children and their familiesA council leader has apologised after a High Court judge was told of a council's "long-standing failure" to comply with adoption regulations.Somerset County Council said it did not follow the administrative process for handling children's health information.Mrs Justice Roberts warned Somerset County Council's…

Somerset Council Sorry For Failure To Comply With Adoption Regulations

Image caption, Somerset County Council has apologised to the children and their familiesA council leader has apologised after a High Court judge was told of a council's "long-standing failure" to comply with adoption regulations.Somerset County Council said it did not follow the administrative process for handling children's health information.Mrs Justice Roberts warned Somerset County Council's…

Fran Wilson: Western Storm Confirm Return Of Former England Batter

Fran Wilson helped Western Storm reach three Kia Super League finals in her first spell with the regionFormer England batter Fran Wilson has confirmed she will return to play for Western Storm next season."I'm really excited to be back," Wilson, a 2017 World Cup winner, said."It just made sense for me to com e back…

Fran Wilson: Western Storm Confirm Return Of Former England Batter

Fran Wilson helped Western Storm reach three Kia Super League finals in her first spell with the regionFormer England batter Fran Wilson has confirmed she will return to play for Western Storm next season."I'm really excited to be back," Wilson, a 2017 World Cup winner, said."It just made sense for me to com e back…

Avon And Somerset Police Confirm Sarah Crew As Chief Constable

Image caption, Sarah Crew replaces Andy Marsh as chief constableAvon and Somerset Police force has appointed its first female chief constable.Sarah Crew has replaced Andy Marsh, who took over in 2016 and stepped down in June.She was officially confirmed in the role by the area's Police and Crime Panel earlier and described the move as…

Avon And Somerset Police Confirm Sarah Crew As Chief Constable

Image caption, Sarah Crew replaces Andy Marsh as chief constableAvon and Somerset Police force has appointed its first female chief constable.Sarah Crew has replaced Andy Marsh, who took over in 2016 and stepped down in June.She was officially confirmed in the role by the area's Police and Crime Panel earlier and described the move as…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Man Appears In Court Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man has appeared in court accused of murdering a couple while their children slept upstairs.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT on Sunday.They had…

Bath To Hire Dedicated Defence Coach After Review Into Poor Premiership Start

Only Worcester - who have played a game more - have conceded more Premiership points that Bath this seasonBath are to hire a dedicated defence coach as one of a number of changes recommended following a consultation into the team's poor Premiership form. Former Saracens CEO Ed Griffiths was brought into the club in a…

Bath To Hire Dedicated Defence Coach After Review Into Poor Premiership Start

Only Worcester - who have played a game more - have conceded more Premiership points that Bath this seasonBath are to hire a dedicated defence coach as one of a number of changes recommended following a consultation into the team's poor Premiership form. Former Saracens CEO Ed Griffiths was brought into the club in a…

Rise In Long Ambulance Delays Across South West England

Image caption, The delays have been partially blamed on ambulances "stuck" waiting for patients to be admitted to hospitalThere has been a rise in long ambulance waiting times across the South West of England.In August, nine patients who had planned admissions to hospital had to wait more than 24 hours for an ambulance or other…

Rise In Long Ambulance Delays Across South West England

Image caption, The delays have been partially blamed on ambulances "stuck" waiting for patients to be admitted to hospitalThere has been a rise in long ambulance waiting times across the South West of England.In August, nine patients who had planned admissions to hospital had to wait more than 24 hours for an ambulance or other…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Man Charged Over Couple’s Murder

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man has been charged with the murders of a couple who were killed in their home as their children slept upstairs.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at the house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Couple Killed May Have Been Part Of Parking Row

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were killed at their home while their two young children slept upstairsA couple who were killed in their home as their children were asleep upstairs may have been involved in rows over parking, residents said.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Richard Herring Raises £30,000 For Two Hertfordshire Hospitals

Image caption, Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in NorthwoodA comedian has raised more than £30,000 for the hospitals where he received treatment for testicular cancer.Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre…

Richard Herring Raises £30,000 For Two Hertfordshire Hospitals

Image caption, Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in NorthwoodA comedian has raised more than £30,000 for the hospitals where he received treatment for testicular cancer.Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre…

Bromley 1-2 Yeovil Town

Bromley lost for the first time in 12 National League games as Yeovil grabbed victory at Hayes Lane.The visitors opened the scoring after 18 minutes through Tom Knowles who slammed a shot into the bottom corner after Sonny Blu Lo-Everton took advantage of a Bromley mistake.Bromley levelled in the 44th-minute when Michael Cheek converted a…

Bromley 1-2 Yeovil Town

Bromley lost for the first time in 12 National League games as Yeovil grabbed victory at Hayes Lane.The visitors opened the scoring after 18 minutes through Tom Knowles who slammed a shot into the bottom corner after Sonny Blu Lo-Everton took advantage of a Bromley mistake.Bromley levelled in the 44th-minute when Michael Cheek converted a…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Mum Stabbed To Death As Children Slept Upstairs

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured and died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA couple were killed in their home as their two children were asleep upstairs, police have said. Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at the house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Free Drinking Water Refilling Points Aim To Cut Plastic Waste In Somerset

Image caption, Councillor Dixie Darch was the among the first to try out the water refilling point on Minehead seafrontFree drinking water refilling stations are being installed in three towns in Somerset to help reduce single-use plastic waste. It is hoped the measure will encourage people to refill bottles instead of disposing of them and…

Man Released Over Deaths Of Jennifer And Stephen Chapple

Image caption, Floral tributes have been left at the sceneA 67-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a couple in a Somerset village has been released under investigation.The pair, named locally as Jennifer and Stephen Chapple, died at a house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton while two young children were inside on Sunday…

Nicolas Bryan From Weston-Super-Mare Was ‘bright, Gentle Soul’, Family Say

Image source, Avon and Somerset PoliceImage caption, Nicolas Bryan was described as caring and sensitive by his familyThe family of a man who was found with a serious head injury and died, said he would be "hugely missed".Nicolas Bryan was discovered at a house in Rydal Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, at 03:20 GMT on 16 November.The…

Yatton Man James Richardson Sentenced For Trying To Kill His Parents

Image caption, James Richardson breached a restraining order preventing him from visiting his parents at home in YattonA man has been sentenced to at least 24 years in custody for the attempted murder of both of his parents.James Richardson, 33, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court after he admitted trying to…

Norton Fitzwarren Deaths: Man And Woman Killed At House

Image caption, A forensic tent can be seen outside a property in Dragon RiseA man and a woman were killed at a property in Somerset with two young children inside.The pair, aged in their 30s, were found with serious injuries at the house in Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, at about 21:45 GMT…

Tom Abell: Somerset Captain Signs New Contract Through To 2024

Tom Abell was part of the Birmingham Phoenix side that reached the final of this year's The HundredSomerset captain Tom Abell has signed a new contract to keep him at Taunton until the end of the 2024 season.The 27-year-old, whose previous deal expired at the end of 2022, has spent his entire career at the…

Weston-Super-Mare Unexplained Death: Two Further Arrests

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The man was found at a property on Rydal RoadTwo more people have been arrested following the unexplained death of a man who was found with a significant head injury.The man, in his 40s, was discovered at a house in Rydal Road, Weston-super-Mare, at 03:20 GMT on Tuesday.He died in hospital…

North Somerset Crackdown On Dog Owners: Cash Cow Or Fair Enough?

Image caption, Roger and Ciara Nevo regularly walk Buddy in Clarence Park and said "something has to be done" about the dog mess issueDog fouling and irresponsible dog ownership is a subject that frequently gets people talking. Now a council says it is cracking down on those who flout its rules. Dog walkers in North…

Bath Hospital Mural Celebrates African Women In Healthcare

Image source, RUHImage caption, Artist Nadia Lloyd, left, with RUH transformation support officer Olugbemisola Kolade, who features in the muralA mural celebrating the contribution of African women to healthcare has been unveiled.The artwork at the main atrium at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath depicts four women who all have connections to hospitals in…

Birnbeck Pier: Taypayers Won’t Be Asked To Pay For Repairs

Image source, PA MediaImage caption, The pier has been closed to the public for 27 years and has fallen into significant disrepairTaxpayers will not be asked to help pay for an estimated £16m repair project to bring an historic pier back into use.North Somerset Council has agreed to buy Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare from its…

Dagenham & Redbridge 0-1 Yeovil Town

Match ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Yeovil Town 1.Second Half ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Yeovil Town 1.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Morgan Williams replaces Matthew Worthington.Jordan Barnett (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.Joe Quigley (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton replaces Tom Knowles.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Joe Quigley replaces Adi…

Covid Like ‘pressing The Rest Button’ On Body

Image source, RUHImage caption, Caroline Jones said she was hours from passing away on three occasionsA woman who was close to death when she became gravely ill with Covid-19 has spoken about how the virus was like "pressing the rest button" on her body.Caroline Jones was in intensive care in hospital in Bath for 33…

Charity Helps Girl, 7, After Father’s Death

Lena, seven, was just a baby when her father died of cancer.But it was only when she started school that her mother realised she needed support with her grief.The charity Josephine's Star in Yeovil has been helping her via your Children in Need donations.Video journalist: Debs Collins

Flooded Chard Garden ‘like Glastonbury On A Bad Day’

By Ruth BradleyPolitical reporter, BBC Radio SomersetImage caption, Charlotte Pike's garden and home have flooded three times during her pregnancyA couple who claim their regularly flooded garden "looks like Glastonbury Festival on a bad day" are calling on their council to take action.Chard in Somerset suffered "terrifying flash flooding" back in June after heavy rainfall.Charlotte…

Police Appeal After Unexplained Weston-Super-Mare Death

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, Police arrested and released a woman in her 30s under investigationAn investigation has been launched following the unexplained death of a man who was found with a significant head injury.The man in his 40s was found at a house in Rydal Road in Weston-super-Mare, at 03.20 GMT, on Tuesday.Police and…

Somerset Reprimand Jack Brooks Over Historical Tweets

Jack Brooks joined Somerset in 2019Somerset County Cricket Club have "reprimanded" Jack Brooks over historical tweets he sent which contained racist language.The club investigated two tweets, sent in 2012 when the now 37-year-old played for Northamptonshire, as well as calling Cheteshwar Pujara 'Steve' when they were both at Yorkshire.Brooks has "unreservedly" apologised.In a statement, Somerset…

Mercedes Driver Splashed Woman And Rubbed Face In Faeces

Image source, GoogleImage caption, Officers are searching for the driver who assaulted a woman walking in Tweentown, CheddarA woman has been assaulted by a driver who deliberately splashed her by driving through a puddle and then wiped faeces in her face.It happened on 1 November as she was walking with her daughter along Tweentown in…

Teen Leaves Hospital In Limo After Covid Stay

A 15-year-old girl left hospital in a limousine after spending 41 days unconscious with Covid-19. Krystal, who has Down's syndrome, spent her birthday on a ventilator in Bristol Children's Hospital.She arrived home in style and was welcomed by pupils and teachers from her school in Somerset.Teacher Louise Powell said: "As a school we've really missed…

Dana Twidale: Wedding Plan Fraudster Ordered To Pay Back Victims

Image source, Facebook/Carl TwidaleImage caption, Wedding planner Dana Twidale jetted off to Spain when her illegal endeavours were uncoveredA wedding planner who conned would-be brides and grooms out of thousands of pounds has been ordered to pay back just £600.Dana Twidale, from Hull, fleeced £15,000 from 24 couples between 2017 and 2019, as well as…

Widow Of Motorcyclist Killed In Crash Launches Road Safety Campaign

Image source, Ledger Family/ Irwin MitchellImage caption, Following her father's death, nine-year-old Evie has asked her mum who will walk her down the aisle when she gets marriedThe widow of a motorcyclist who died when he was hit by a truck has said she has "never known pain like it".Father-of-two Adam Ledger, 33, was killed…

Weston-Super-Mare Tower Block Plan Sparks Complaints

Image source, CNM EstatesImage caption, The plans include a restaurant, bar, concierge service, leisure facilities, retail units and a series of outdoor terraces.Planners are being urged to stop a huge tower block being built on the site of a former hotel in Weston-Super-Mare.North Somerset Council is being urged to limit the height of any development…

Yatton Attempted Murders: Man Admits Trying To Kill Parents

Image caption, Police were seen in the village of Yatton following the attackA man has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his elderly parents. James Richardson, 33, of no fixed address, admitted trying to kill his mother and father, Janet and George Richardson. The couple, who are in their 60s, were found seriously injured…

Ben Smith: Man Who Died After ‘altercation’ Had ‘so Much Love’

Image source, Family handoutImage caption, Ben Smith's family said they were astounded by the outpouring of love and tributes from the communityAn 18-year-old who died after what police say was an "altercation" outside a McDonald's restaurant was "a very special young man", his family said.Ben Smith, of Melksham, Wiltshire, suffered a head injury in Bath…

COP26 Plan Leaves Young People Feeling ‘betrayed’

Image source, Getty ImagesYoung people have said they feel "betrayed" by the COP26 plan to phase down rather than phase out coal.Students from Bristol and Bath said the resolution's lack of urgency was "frightening and upsetting".A recent study has shown immediate government inaction on climate issues is "inextricably linked" to "eco anxiety" in people under…

Clarks Agrees To Mediation In Fire-And-Rehire Strike

By Ben KingBusiness reporter, BBC NewsImage caption, Protesters marched through the nearby town of StreetThe shoe retailer Clarks has agreed to allow mediators to help resolve a strike at its warehouse in Street, Somerset. The conciliation service Acas confirmed that it is in contact with the company and the union about arranging talks. Staff at…

Azeem Rafiq: English Cricket Is ‘institutionally’ Racist Says Former Yorkshire Player

Emotional Rafiq tells MPs about racism at YorkshireEnglish cricket is "institutionally" racist, says former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq.Rafiq, 30, told a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee that racist language was "constantly" used during his time at Yorkshire.In an emotional testimony, he also said the club gave him "inhuman" treatment after his son was…

Somerset Partnership Helps Cut Mental Health Waiting Times

Image caption, Emily Shepherd speaks to her psychiatrist as part of her treatment at Musgrove Park Hospital in SomersetPsychiatric patients are being seen and treated more quickly after a hospital and mental health trust began working more closely together, say doctors. The merger of Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset with the county mental health trust…

Rail Delay Warning As Line Set To Close For Upgrade Work

Image source, Network RailImage caption, The work includes replacing more than four miles of track between Maiden Newton and YetminsterPassengers using the Weymouth, Dorchester and Yeovil line have been advised to plan ahead as upgrade work gets under way.Sixteen days of work will shut the line from Weymouth to Yeovil Pen Mill from Thursday to…

University Alliance Takes Climate Crisis ‘action’

Image source, Emily MuirImage caption, Emily Muir recently went to the COP26 negotiations and said more education institutions should be coming together to fight climate issuesExperts from four universities have come together to form a regional alliance to tackle climate change.The GW4 Climate Alliance has been formed by researchers from universities in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff…

Somerset: Clarks Staff March In Protest At ‘fire-And-Rehire’ Policy

Image caption, Protesters marched through the nearby town of StreetStriking Clarks workers have marched through Street as part of their ongoing fight over the firm's "fire and rehire" policy.Some staff have been on strike since October after the shoe retailer introduced contracts which, they claim, would equate to a pay cut of up to 20%.Workers…

MPs’ Second Incomes: Who Earns What In The West?

Image caption, Andrew Murrison MP is a former Royal Navy surgeon and was paid £40,000 for helping administer Covid-19 vaccinationsAs MPs continue to face scrutiny over their earnings outside of Parliament, after the resignation of Owen Patterson over a lobbying row and investigations began into Sir Geoffrey Cox, we examine what the situation is with…

Dress Embroidery Project Unifies Women Around The World

An artist has said her dress embroidery project has globally connected women from different cultures.Kirstie Macleod from Somerset started The Red Dress project to help marginalised women tell their stories through embroidery.More than 240 people took part and embroidered an image onto the dress that represents themselves and their culture.It has taken almost 12 years…

Yeovil Town 2-1 Eastleigh

Yeovil beat Eastleigh 2-1 in the National League to move level on points with their opponents in mid-table.Harry Pritchard wasted an early Eastleigh chance and Tyrone Barnett was just unable to connect with Ben House's cross.Yeovil's Dan Moss had an effort blocked and Adi Yussuf headed wide, but Tom Knowles' rocket just before half-time gave…

Sarah Ashwell: Man To Appear In Court Charged With Murder

Image source, Avon and Somerset PoliceImage caption, Sarah Ashwell was found dead in Wells, Somerset, on SundayA man has been charged with the murder of a mum of two who was found dead in her home.The body of 47-year-old Sarah Ashwell was discovered in Wells, Somerset, on Sunday afternoon.Antanas Jankauskas, 38, of Wookey, Somerset, has…

Premiership Rugby Cup: Gloucester 71-10 Bath – Sorry Bath Crushed By Rivals

Bath have now conceded more than 300 points in eight games this season - with Gloucester's Ben Morgan completing his hat-trick shortly after half-timeGloucester: (33) 71Tries: B Morgan 3, Moyle, Ludlow, Ackermann, Davidson, Balmain, Clement 2, Morris Cons: Evans 8 Bath: (3) 10Try: Worboys Con: Worboys Pen: WorboysGloucester crushed rivals Bath 71-10 to win their…

Yate V Yeovil: FA Investigating Alleged Abuse During FA Cup First-Round Tie

Yate Town's Lodge Road ground hosted the FA Cup tie against Yeovil TownThe Football Association is investigating alleged incidents of discriminatory abuse from the stands during the FA Cup game between Yate Town and Yeovil Town.National League side Yeovil beat seventh-tier Yate 5-0 in the first-round tie on 6 November.The match took place at Yate's…

Joe Choong: Olympic Modern Pentathlon Champion Fears Changes Could End Sport

Joe Choong completes the showjumping discipline in Tokyo before winning modern pentathlon Olympic goldOlympic modern pentathlon champion Joe Choong fears for the future of the sport after the governing body announced it is to drop showjumping from the multi-discipline event. The modern pentathlon first featured in the 1912 Olympics, but changes approved last week would…

Former Bath Footballer Morgan Dies, Aged 38

Marvin Morgan scored 15 league goals for Shrewsbury between 2011 and 2013Former footballer Marvin Morgan has died, aged 38, several of his previous clubs have reported.The ex-Aldershot, Shrewsbury Town and Plymouth Argyle striker made more than 200 career appearances in the Football League, also spending time on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge and Hartlepool.He also…

Driver Banned After 122mph Haircut Trip During Lockdown

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, When Robert White was stopped by police he said he had been driving home from Wales after getting his hair cutA man who was clocked speeding at 122mph (196km/h) and told police he was coming home from Wales after a haircut has been disqualified from driving. Robert White, 30, from…

Hydrogen-Powered Plane Puts Zero Carbon Flights On The Horizon, Its Backers Hope

Zero carbon emission flights could be on the horizon thanks to new plans for a liquid hydrogen-powered plane, the government has said.A midsize aircraft is being designed to carry 279 passengers at the same speed and comfort as today's airliners and it is hoped it could fly from London to San Francisco without stopping, or…

Partey: I Rate My Arsenal Performances 4/10

Thomas Partey revealed he is his own worst critic and vowed to deliver better and more consistent performances from the Arsenal midfield.Partey arrived from Atletico Madrid in October 2020 after Arsenal triggered his £45m release clause, but he spent much of his first season adjusting to life in the Premier League without fans, all while…

Gold Cup Hero Subjectivist Returning To Training With Ascot Aim

Fill 2 Copy 11 Created with Sketch. Monday 6 December 2021 10:58, UK Ascot Gold Cup winner Subjectivist is likely to return to training with the aim of being prepared for a defence of his crown in June.The Mark Johnston-trained stayer picked up a serious injury when putting up a startling display at Royal Ascot…

Verstappen-Hamilton In Winner-Takes-All Showdown

Verstappen's 369.5 points plays Hamilton's 369.5 points with one deciding race to go of an incredible season; Drivers' and Constructors' Championships to both be settled at Abu Dhabi's season finale this weekend, with Sunday's race live at 1pm on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event By James Galloway Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:21am Max…

Union Loses Court Challenge Over PM’s Decision To Back Patel Over Bullying Claims

The FDA union has lost a High Court challenge over Boris Johnson's decision to back Priti Patel following accusations that she bullied staff. The prime minister decided last year that the home secretary did not breach the ministerial code by bullying members of her team. This was despite an investigation by the then independent adviser…

Ibrahimovic: I’m A Little Scared To Stop Playing

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he wants to stay at the Serie A club for the rest of his career, admitting he is "scared to stop" playing due to the uncertainty of what comes next after retirement.The 40-year-old Swede's current contract expires at the end of the season, but Ibrahimovic has no plans to…

Roundabout At A417/A436 | Southbound | Broken Down Vehicle

Location : The A417 southbound at the junction with the A436 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Broken down vehicle. Status : Currently Active. Time To Clear : The event is expected to clear between 10:30 and 10:45 on 6 December 2021. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected…

A36 Southbound Between A30 (East) And A338 | Southbound | Congestion

Location : The A36 southbound between the junctions with the A30 East and the A338 . Reason : Congestion. Status : Currently Active. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 09:45 and 10:00 on 6 December 2021. Delay : There are currently delays of 10 minutes against expected traffic.

Is Your Area Among The Worst For COVID Booster Jab Take-Up?

Adults in the UK are being urged to take up the COVID-19 booster vaccine as part of efforts to tackle the spread of the new Omicron variant.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the government is "ramping up capacity" to offer all adults a booster by the end of January.The latest vaccination data shows that the…

Police Investigate Bellingham Referee Comments After Bayern Loss

German police are investigating Jude Bellingham's comments on referee Felix Zwayer after Borussia Dortmund's loss to Bayern Munich, Sky in Germany have been told.Bellingham hit out at the performance of Zwayer during the 3-2 defeat as Dortmund were left frustrated after the referee turned down appeals for a penalty - only to award Bayern one…

Michael Sheen Says He Is Now A ‘social Enterprise, Not-For-Profit’ Actor

Actor Michael Sheen has turned himself into a "not-for-profit" actor, and said that he can fund causes he is passionate about by making movies.He says that the realisation for him was the 2019 Homeless World Cup in Cardiff, which he organised, telling The Big Issue: "I had committed to helping to organise that and then…

A30 Westbound Between A394 And Penzance | Westbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 westbound between the junctions with the A394 and the A3071 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

A30 Westbound Within The A382 Junction | Westbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 westbound at the junction with the A382 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

A419 Southbound Exit For A361 | Southbound | Road Works

Location : The A419 southbound exit slip to the A361 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadside Drains Works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

Gough Named Yorkshire Managing Director Of Cricket

Darren Gough had two spells as a player at Headingley before retiring from cricket and starting a career in broadcasting; Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale and all members of the coaching staff were among 16 people to leave Yorkshire last week amid the racism scandal involving Azeem Rafiq Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:20am Darren Gough has been…

Empty Shelves Threat As Tesco Workers Set For Pre-Christmas Strike Action

Warehouse workers and and drivers at Tesco are to hold a series of strikes over pay which their trade union says could result in shortages in stores.Unite said more than 1,000 of its members - based at depots in Antrim, Belfast, Didcot and Doncaster, would take industrial action. The union said it meant "shoppers in…

Celtic Target J-League Trio & Jota Deal

Celtic are targetting moves for Japanese trio Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi.Manager Ange Postecoglou has already tapped into the J-League market with success, bringing in striker Kyogo Furuhashi from Vissel Kobe in the summer. With the Celtic boss keen for reinforcements, left-back Hatate is due to meet Kawasaki Frontale club chiefs this week…

M5 Northbound Between J21 And J20 | Northbound | Road Works

Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J22 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 6 December 2021 to 04:00 on 7 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.

Boris Johnson Urged To Withdraw £867m Funding For Mozambique Fossil Fuel Project

The UK government must withdraw £867m ($1.15bn) funding promised for a huge Mozambique gas project, as its support is incompatible with climate change targets, a group of environmental experts have urged today.Continuing support for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Cabo Delgado province "risks the UK's credibility as a global leader on the climate…

A30 Eastbound Within The A382 Junction | Eastbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 eastbound between the A386 and the junction with the A382 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 December 2021 to 04:00 on 11 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There will be one of…

Top Five Winners This Past Offseason

The season is just over a month old and the pecking order in the league is slowly starting to materialise. It's still too premature to make widespread assumptions about players and teams and where they're all headed.It's not too early, however, to spot those teams that did serious work in the offseason to enhance their…

Travel Restrictions Weren’t Brought In Too Late Over Omicron Threat, PM Says

The prime minister has rejected suggestions the government acted too late in reintroducing travel restrictions after the discovery of the Omicron variant of COVID-19."We're still waiting to see exactly how dangerous it is, what sort of effect it has in terms of deaths and hospitalisations," Boris Johnson said about the variant. Live COVID updates from…

Root Backs Gough For Yorkshire Role

Ex-England bowler Gough had two spells as a player at Headingley before retiring and starting a broadcasting career; Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale and all members of the coaching staff among 16 people to have recently left the club amid the racism scandal involving former player Azeem Rafiq Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:17am Please use Chrome browser…

India Clinch Series With Record Win Over New Zealand

India complete a record 372-run win over New Zealand in the second Test to seal a 1-0 series win; Jayant Yadav (4-49) did the damage as the tourists lost their last five wickets in 43 minutes at the start of day four to be bowled out for 167 By Reuters Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:49am Jayant…

Zhao Xintong Craving Karaoke Following UK Championship Win

Stars including Jimmy White and Ronnie O'Sullivan have queued up to anoint Zhao Xintong as the next big thing and he lived up to the hype by defeating Luca Brecel in the UK Championship final on Sunday Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:20am Zhao Xintong claimed the UK Championship at the York Barbican Zhao Xintong completed a…

Mitchell Drops 35 As Jazz Squeak Past Cavs

Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points, Rudy Gobert had 20 rebounds and five blocks and the Utah Jazz survived Cleveland's late surge for their fourth straight win, 109-108 over the Cavaliers live on Sky Sports on Sunday.Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Rudy Gay had 15 for Utah, which made 20 3-pointers and gave away a…

‘I Am Where I Am Today Because Of Roberto Martinez’

Shadab Iftikhar says he owes so much to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez for a rise in the game which has just seen him make Scottish football history.British-Pakistani Ifthikar has just landed the manager's job at Highland League side Fort William in a move that will see him become the first British South Asian ever to…

Hollie Doyle Blog: Taking On World’s Best In Hong Kong

Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle is hoping to cap another unforgettable year by playing a starring role in the Longines International Jockeys’ Challenge in Hong Kong this week.Honoured to be riding in Hong Kong challengeI'm so excited to be invited back to ride in the Longines International Jockeys' Challenge at Happy Valley in Hong…

Russia Win First Davis Cup Title In 15 Years

After beating Spain, Russia eliminated Sweden and Germany decisively on their way to Sunday's final as they won the Davis Cup for the first time since lifting the 2006 title; Wins for Andrey Rublev and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev sealed a 2-0 victory over Croatia Last Updated: 06/12/21 6:50am The Russian Tennis Federation celebrate after…

49ers RB Cannon Hospitalised After Seattle Collision

Trenton Cannon's head hit the leg of a teammate as he attempted to tackle DeeJay Dallas on the opening kick-off; medical staff stabilised the player, who spent the night in a Seattle area hospital; Cannon's team San Francisco 49ers confirmed the player had suffered a concussion Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:07am San Francisco 49ers' Trenton Cannon…

Ashes Fifth Test To Be Moved From Perth

Fifth Test will be relocated, with Melbourne standing by to host its second game of series and officials in Tasmania lobby to bring Ashes cricket to Hobart; the first Ashes Test gets under way on Wednesday with Travis Head looking forward to facing Sussex team-mate Ollie Robinson Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:07am Cricket Australia's chief executive…

Meet The Winfield-Hills: Married Couple Who Are Both Sporting Stars

Watch the full interview with England cricketer Lauren and Leeds Rhinos rugby league player Courtney in 'Meet The Winfield-Hills', which will be broadcast on Sky Sports Arena at 4.15pm on Monday, December 6 By Jenna Brooks and Marc Bazeley Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:08am Lauren and Courtney Winfield-Hill spoke to Sky Sports ahead of this year's…

‘Tank’ Davis Retains Belt In Thriving Lightweight Scene

Gervonta Davis battled past Isaac Cruz on Sunday night in Los Angeles to keep hold of his WBA lightweight championship in a thriving lightweight scene.'Tank' won a unanimous decision to remain an undefeated three-weight world champion as the division hots up. Vasiliy Lomachenko makes his return on Saturday against Richard Commey, live on Sky Sports,…

Root: Hostile Environment Can Benefit England

Joe Root knows full well what to expect from the Australia crowd ahead of Ashes opener; England captain believes his team can use crowd's hostility to give them a boost; the first Ashes Test gets under way at the Gabba on Wednesday Last Updated: 06/12/21 9:39am Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video…

Chiefs Extend Win Streak Despite Struggles On Offense

Patrick Mahomes passed for only 184 yards and no touchdowns, with one interception; Teddy Bridgewater threw for 257 yards and was picked off twice, including one returned 75 yards for a touchdown; rookie Javonte Williams carried 23 times for 102 yards Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:04am Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player…

MOBO Awards: See The Full List Of Winners As Dave And Little Simz Bag Trophies

Musicians including Dave, Little Simz, and Ghetts have been honoured at this year's MOBO Awards.The ceremony, which showcases the best black music in the UK, Africa, the Caribbean, and beyond, also hailed London rapper Central Cee as the best drill act. Rapper Dave won album of the year after picking up the most MOBO nominations…

Users Face Removal Of Passports And Driving Licences Under PM’s New 10-Year Drugs Plan

Harsher punishments to deter drug use, including the removal of passports and driving licences, night-time curfews and travel bans like those imposed on football hooligans, will form part of a government crackdown on illegal drug-related crime.As part of a 10-year plan for tackling drugs crime in England and Wales and taking on the "kingpins" behind…

Hundreds Of Runners Enjoy Charity Santa Dash

Image source, Saltford Santa DashImage caption, A sea of red and white as the adult runners get under way in the Saltford Santa DashHundreds of runners dressed as Father Christmas have taken part in a charity event which has raised about £94,000 since it began eight years ago.The Saltford Santa Dash saw competitors young and…

Model Behaviour: Gisele Bundchen Saves Turtle Caught In Net

Gisele Bundchen went from supermodel to superhero after saving a sea turtle tangled in a fishing net.Bundchen, 41, posted a video of the rescue to her Instagram on Saturday. "Life is a series of opportunities that appear daily, and we choose what to do with them. Today was no different," she wrote in the post.…

New Spider-Man Film ‘beats Bond To Set UK Ticket-Sale Record’

The new Spider-Man film has set a ticket-sale record in the UK before its highly-anticipated release, according to reports.The Marvel movie, called Spider-Man: No Way Home, sold more than 150,000 tickets in the first 24 hours of going on sale at Vue Cinemas, the company announced. The sales are more than double the previous record…

Moat At Bishop’s Palace In Wells ‘smells Like Slurry’

Image source, James CrossImage caption, Head Gardener James Cross said the water was a 'chocolate brown colour'The moat at the Bishop's Palace in Wells has been polluted, according to a post on the tourist attraction's Instagram page. Speaking to the BBC, James Cross, property manager and head gardener of the estate, said: "We smelt it…

Company ‘could Lose £54m Somerset Healthcare Contract’

Image source, ThinkstockImage caption, The care service provides district nurses, health visitors and social workers to some of the most vulnerable and houseboundVirgin Care could see a £54m-a-year contract to deliver health and care services withdrawn. Councillors and clinicians in Bath and North East Somerset were told on Wednesday the company had been acquired by…

Roelof Van Der Merwe: Somerset All-Rounder Extends Deal Until End Of 2023 Season

Roelof van der Merwe helped Somerset reach the final of the T20 Blast in 2021Somerset all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe has extended his deal until the end of the 2023 season.The 36-year-old Netherlands international is in his second spell with the club, having rejoined in 2016."I'm really pleased to have extended my time at Somerset.…

Premiership: Northampton 40-19 Bath – Saints Ease To Bonus-Point Win Over Bottom Side

Northampton number eight Juarno Augustus got both of his two tries before the breakNorthampton (28) 40Tries: Augustus 2, Skosan 2, Hutchinson, Freeman Cons: Biggar 4, FurbankBath (12) 19Tries: Underhill, Boyce, Stuart Cons: De Glanville 2Northampton Saints climbed to third in the Premiership as they handed bottom side Bath their ninth straight defeat.Saints earned their bonus…

Community Art Projects Receive £1.8m Boost

Image source, Len CoplandImage caption, Arts Council investment means Sedgemoor can now fund more arts activities like these stilts performers at Journey ExchangeCommunities living in Sedgemoor are set to benefit from £1.8m of new Arts Council funding.It is one of the areas the Arts Council has identified as having especially low involvement in arts and…

Elections For New Somerset Council To Be Held In May 2022

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The new single authority will run Somerset from April 2023Elections to a newly-created county authority will take place in 2022.Voters will go to the polls in May to elect the 110 councillors who will form the new Somerset Council.The unitary authority will replace Somerset County Council and the current four district…

Bristol: E-Scooter Injuries ‘costing NHS £1k Per Patient’

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The Voi e-scooter trials cover a number of English citiesInjuries caused by e-scooters cost the NHS £1,000 per patient on average in one city, it has been claimed.A new report by transport safety charity Pacts shows 90 e-scooter riders were treated in A&E units in Bristol in four weeks between…

Chippenham Mum Wants Son Moved After Alleged Care Home Assault

By Karen GardnerBBC Wiltshire reporterImage source, GoogleImage caption, Wiltshire Council said it tried to ensure people in care lived closed to their familiesA mother says her son is not safe after he was allegedly assaulted in his care home by another resident.Sarah Harrington, whose son Brandon Hackett has severe learning difficulties, wants him moved from…

Turnip Prize 2021: ‘Panda Mick’ Wins Spoof Art Award

Image source, Turnip PrizeImage caption, The award is given to the entry created with "the least amount of effort"A soft toy entitled "Panda Mick" has won the annual spoof Turnip Prize competition. The Turnip Prize is organised by a Somerset pub each year as a parody of the world-famous Turner Prize.It is awarded to the…

Woman’s ‘mum Guilt’ Over Rising Costs Leading To Christmas Money Struggles

Image source, Michelle Image caption, Michelle said things are a "real struggle" and for the first time she won't be exchanging gifts with her husband this year, just the childrenA mother-of-three has spoken of her "mum guilt" as the rising cost of bills means less money to spend on Christmas.Michelle, from the West Country, said…

Floating Waste Collection Boat Launched In Bath

A new floating refuse collection has been started by the Canal and River Trust on the Kennet and Avon canal in Bath.The trust says it has to deal with the equivalent of two large construction skips of fly-tipping a week.The new boating service allows boat-dwellers to dispose of larger items which are often hard to…

Jacob Rees-Mogg Investigated By Standards Watchdog

Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg is being investigated over a possible breach of rules on declaring outside earnings.Commons standards commissioner Kathryn Stone did not reveal details of the allegations.But they are understood to relate to £6m in loans Mr Rees-Mogg received from one of his own companies to help buy and renovate his Westminster home.The watchdog…

Clarks Shelves Pay Cut Plans To End Warehouse Strike

By Ben KingBusiness reporter, BBC NewsImage caption, Clarks warehouse workers were on strike for eight weeksClarks has agreed a deal to end an eight-week dispute at its warehouse in Somerset with Community, the union representing striking workers.Employees were taking action over proposals to move staff to new contracts with pay cuts for many.The deal will…

Cyclist Deaths Soar On Rural Roads In England

By Claire MarshallBBC Rural Affairs CorrespondentImage source, Getty ImagesThe coronavirus lockdowns created a cycling boom in England, with record numbers of people out on their bikes to get exercise and fresh air. However, official data from the Department of Transport also shows that many more cyclists died on rural roads in 2020 than in the…

Weston-Super-Mare: Former Drug User Being Trained To Save Lives

Image caption, Volunteer Tim Hurford said the scheme will help to save livesFormer drug users are being trained in how to use medication which can save the lives of people who have overdosed.A group of volunteers are working with drug charity We Are With You in Weston-super-Mare.They are handing out kits which include medication called…

Wrexham 0-2 Yeovil Town

Last updated on 30 November 202130 November 2021.From the section National LeagueYeovil's Daniel Moss in action against Wrexham's Jordan PonticelliYeovil ended 10-man Wrexham's unbeaten home record in the National League.Liam McAlinden was shown a straight red card after the use of an elbow on Daniel Moss during a fiery first half.Josh Staunton met Jordan Barnett's…

Josh Davey: Somerset And Scotland Seam Bowler Extends His Contract With County

Josh Davey has played 31 one-dayers and 28 T20 internationals for ScotlandScotland seam bowler Josh Davey has extended his contract with Somerset until the end of the 2024 season.The 31-year-old, who needs just two more wickets to reach 200 in all formats for the club, has added an extra 12 months to his previous deal.Davey…

TSB To Close Another 70 Branches By July

By Kevin PeacheyPersonal finance correspondent, BBC NewsImage source, Getty ImagesTSB, which had 475 branches just over a year ago, has announced more closures which will leave it with just 220.Another 70 branches are to shut by the end of June, on top of a significant closure programme throughout this year.The bank said the Covid pandemic…

Cancelled Weston Christmas Day Swim Blow To Fundraising

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, It had been hoped the swim could take place in the sea after Marine Lake was closed earlier this yearThe cancellation of a charity Christmas Day swim has been described as a "real blow" for organisers.The Weston Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Christmas Day Dip is normally held at Marine…

Bath: City’s Anti-Terror ‘ring Of Steel’ Could Be Expanded

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The expanded anti-terror "ring of steel" in Bath would come into effect during a heightened threat or crowded eventPlans for a second, expanded, counter-terrorism "ring of steel" around a World Heritage city have been revealed.The wider secure zone around Bath would be controlled by the police and cover much of…

Covid-19: Yate Hospital Workers Facing Increase In Abuse

A hospital worker has said she is seeing more abuse towards staff amid rising hospital wait times.Yate West Gate Minor Injury Unit reception worker Donna Walker said she fears the anger towards staff won't ever stop."We get called all sorts of dreadful names," she said."The clapping was great at the start of lockdown, but now…

Mobility Scooter Rider ‘critical’ After Chard Van Crash

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The collision happened on Furnham RoadA mobility scooter rider has been seriously injured in a collision with a van.The man, in his 80s, was taken to hospital after colliding with a silver Volkswagen Caddy van in Furnham Road, Chard, at 10:10 GMT on Saturday.Avon and Somerset Police said the man remains…

Mobility Scooter Rider ‘critical’ After Chard Van Crash

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The collision happened on Furnham RoadA mobility scooter rider has been seriously injured in a collision with a van.The man, in his 80s, was taken to hospital after colliding with a silver Volkswagen Caddy van in Furnham Road, Chard, at 10:10 GMT on Saturday.Avon and Somerset Police said the man remains…

Yeovil Town 1-1 Dover Athletic

Adi Yussuf's second-half equaliser denied Dover their first win of the season as they drew at Yeovil.Dover took the lead after just two minutes when Yeovil goalkeeper Grant Smith was unable to deal with TJ Bramble's cross which found the net.The hosts came close when Yussuf set up Charlie Wakefield who missed a chance at…

Storm Arwen: Thousands Of Homes In The West Without Power

Image caption, Trees have fallen on to roads, power lines and train lines across the West of EnglandStorm Arwen has left more than 10,000 homes without power after electricity lines were struck by falling trees.The Met Office issued an amber warning for wind between 00:00 and 09:00 GMT on Saturday for the West of England.Fallen…

Storm Arwen: Thousands Of Homes In The West Without Power

Image caption, Trees have fallen on to roads, power lines and train lines across the West of EnglandStorm Arwen has left more than 10,000 homes without power after electricity lines were struck by falling trees.The Met Office issued an amber warning for wind between 00:00 and 09:00 GMT on Saturday for the West of England.Fallen…

Yeovil Town 1-1 Dover Athletic

Adi Yussuf's second-half equaliser denied Dover their first win of the season as they drew at Yeovil.Dover took the lead after just two minutes when Yeovil goalkeeper Grant Smith was unable to deal with TJ Bramble's cross which found the net.The hosts came close when Yussuf set up Charlie Wakefield who missed a chance at…

Christmas Light Displays Back On After Covid And Energy Price Hikes

Image source, Graham HawkesImage caption, There are over 50,000 lights on Graham Hawkes' house in AlmondsburyThe nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Over the past few years increasing numbers of people seem to be getting on board the festive bandwagon and covering their…

Christmas Light Displays Back On After Covid And Energy Price Hikes

Image source, Graham HawkesImage caption, There are over 50,000 lights on Graham Hawkes' house in AlmondsburyThe nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Over the past few years increasing numbers of people seem to be getting on board the festive bandwagon and covering their…

Premiership: Bath 16-23 Exeter Chiefs – Sam Simmonds’ Late Try Downs Spirited Bath

Sam Simmonds' late try was his third of the season as a stuttering Exeter side narrowly wonBath: (10) 16Tries: Reid Con: Bailey Pens: Bailey 3Exeter: (6) 23Tries: Iosefa-Scott, S Simmonds Cons: Slade, J Simmonds Pens: Slade 2, J SimmondsSam Simmonds' late try broke Bath's hearts as Exeter Chiefs inflicted an eighth-straight Premiership defeat on the…

Premiership: Bath 16-23 Exeter Chiefs – Sam Simmonds’ Late Try Downs Spirited Bath

Sam Simmonds' late try was his third of the season as a stuttering Exeter side narrowly wonBath: (10) 16Tries: Reid Con: Bailey Pens: Bailey 3Exeter: (6) 23Tries: Iosefa-Scott, S Simmonds Cons: Slade, J Simmonds Pens: Slade 2, J SimmondsSam Simmonds' late try broke Bath's hearts as Exeter Chiefs inflicted an eighth-straight Premiership defeat on the…

Campaigner ‘thrilled’ As Down Syndrome Law Moves Step Closer

Image caption, Oliver Hellowell is a keen photographerA campaigner whose son has Down's syndrome has said she is "thrilled" local authorities could soon be obliged to support people with Down's syndrome.A Private Members Bill, ensuring those with the genetic condition receive health, education and housing support, has received the government's backing.If passed by Parliament it…

Campaigner ‘thrilled’ As Down Syndrome Law Moves Step Closer

Image caption, Oliver Hellowell is a keen photographerA campaigner whose son has Down's syndrome has said she is "thrilled" local authorities could soon be obliged to support people with Down's syndrome.A Private Members Bill, ensuring those with the genetic condition receive health, education and housing support, has received the government's backing.If passed by Parliament it…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple’s Neighbour Remanded In Custody Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man accused of murdering two of his neighbours while their children slept upstairs has been remanded into custody.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were stabbed to death at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple’s Neighbour Remanded In Custody Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man accused of murdering two of his neighbours while their children slept upstairs has been remanded into custody.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were stabbed to death at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT…

Online Shopping Flooding Somerset Recycling Centres With Cardboard

Image caption, Somerset Waste Partnership is urging people to think before they buy any Black Friday dealsKerbside cardboard recycling volumes are up 35% since before the pandemic, a waste collection company has said.Somerset Waste Partnership is now urging people to 'think before they click' as millions of pounds are spent online on Black Friday.Chief executive…

Online Shopping Flooding Somerset Recycling Centres With Cardboard

Image caption, Somerset Waste Partnership is urging people to think before they buy any Black Friday dealsKerbside cardboard recycling volumes are up 35% since before the pandemic, a waste collection company has said.Somerset Waste Partnership is now urging people to 'think before they click' as millions of pounds are spent online on Black Friday.Chief executive…

Somerset Council Sorry For Failure To Comply With Adoption Regulations

Image caption, Somerset County Council has apologised to the children and their familiesA council leader has apologised after a High Court judge was told of a council's "long-standing failure" to comply with adoption regulations.Somerset County Council said it did not follow the administrative process for handling children's health information.Mrs Justice Roberts warned Somerset County Council's…

Somerset Council Sorry For Failure To Comply With Adoption Regulations

Image caption, Somerset County Council has apologised to the children and their familiesA council leader has apologised after a High Court judge was told of a council's "long-standing failure" to comply with adoption regulations.Somerset County Council said it did not follow the administrative process for handling children's health information.Mrs Justice Roberts warned Somerset County Council's…

Fran Wilson: Western Storm Confirm Return Of Former England Batter

Fran Wilson helped Western Storm reach three Kia Super League finals in her first spell with the regionFormer England batter Fran Wilson has confirmed she will return to play for Western Storm next season."I'm really excited to be back," Wilson, a 2017 World Cup winner, said."It just made sense for me to com e back…

Fran Wilson: Western Storm Confirm Return Of Former England Batter

Fran Wilson helped Western Storm reach three Kia Super League finals in her first spell with the regionFormer England batter Fran Wilson has confirmed she will return to play for Western Storm next season."I'm really excited to be back," Wilson, a 2017 World Cup winner, said."It just made sense for me to com e back…

Avon And Somerset Police Confirm Sarah Crew As Chief Constable

Image caption, Sarah Crew replaces Andy Marsh as chief constableAvon and Somerset Police force has appointed its first female chief constable.Sarah Crew has replaced Andy Marsh, who took over in 2016 and stepped down in June.She was officially confirmed in the role by the area's Police and Crime Panel earlier and described the move as…

Avon And Somerset Police Confirm Sarah Crew As Chief Constable

Image caption, Sarah Crew replaces Andy Marsh as chief constableAvon and Somerset Police force has appointed its first female chief constable.Sarah Crew has replaced Andy Marsh, who took over in 2016 and stepped down in June.She was officially confirmed in the role by the area's Police and Crime Panel earlier and described the move as…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Man Appears In Court Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man has appeared in court accused of murdering a couple while their children slept upstairs.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT on Sunday.They had…

Bath To Hire Dedicated Defence Coach After Review Into Poor Premiership Start

Only Worcester - who have played a game more - have conceded more Premiership points that Bath this seasonBath are to hire a dedicated defence coach as one of a number of changes recommended following a consultation into the team's poor Premiership form. Former Saracens CEO Ed Griffiths was brought into the club in a…

Bath To Hire Dedicated Defence Coach After Review Into Poor Premiership Start

Only Worcester - who have played a game more - have conceded more Premiership points that Bath this seasonBath are to hire a dedicated defence coach as one of a number of changes recommended following a consultation into the team's poor Premiership form. Former Saracens CEO Ed Griffiths was brought into the club in a…

Rise In Long Ambulance Delays Across South West England

Image caption, The delays have been partially blamed on ambulances "stuck" waiting for patients to be admitted to hospitalThere has been a rise in long ambulance waiting times across the South West of England.In August, nine patients who had planned admissions to hospital had to wait more than 24 hours for an ambulance or other…

Rise In Long Ambulance Delays Across South West England

Image caption, The delays have been partially blamed on ambulances "stuck" waiting for patients to be admitted to hospitalThere has been a rise in long ambulance waiting times across the South West of England.In August, nine patients who had planned admissions to hospital had to wait more than 24 hours for an ambulance or other…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Man Charged Over Couple’s Murder

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man has been charged with the murders of a couple who were killed in their home as their children slept upstairs.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at the house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Couple Killed May Have Been Part Of Parking Row

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were killed at their home while their two young children slept upstairsA couple who were killed in their home as their children were asleep upstairs may have been involved in rows over parking, residents said.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Richard Herring Raises £30,000 For Two Hertfordshire Hospitals

Image caption, Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in NorthwoodA comedian has raised more than £30,000 for the hospitals where he received treatment for testicular cancer.Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre…

Richard Herring Raises £30,000 For Two Hertfordshire Hospitals

Image caption, Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in NorthwoodA comedian has raised more than £30,000 for the hospitals where he received treatment for testicular cancer.Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre…

Bromley 1-2 Yeovil Town

Bromley lost for the first time in 12 National League games as Yeovil grabbed victory at Hayes Lane.The visitors opened the scoring after 18 minutes through Tom Knowles who slammed a shot into the bottom corner after Sonny Blu Lo-Everton took advantage of a Bromley mistake.Bromley levelled in the 44th-minute when Michael Cheek converted a…

Bromley 1-2 Yeovil Town

Bromley lost for the first time in 12 National League games as Yeovil grabbed victory at Hayes Lane.The visitors opened the scoring after 18 minutes through Tom Knowles who slammed a shot into the bottom corner after Sonny Blu Lo-Everton took advantage of a Bromley mistake.Bromley levelled in the 44th-minute when Michael Cheek converted a…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Mum Stabbed To Death As Children Slept Upstairs

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured and died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA couple were killed in their home as their two children were asleep upstairs, police have said. Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at the house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Free Drinking Water Refilling Points Aim To Cut Plastic Waste In Somerset

Image caption, Councillor Dixie Darch was the among the first to try out the water refilling point on Minehead seafrontFree drinking water refilling stations are being installed in three towns in Somerset to help reduce single-use plastic waste. It is hoped the measure will encourage people to refill bottles instead of disposing of them and…

Man Released Over Deaths Of Jennifer And Stephen Chapple

Image caption, Floral tributes have been left at the sceneA 67-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a couple in a Somerset village has been released under investigation.The pair, named locally as Jennifer and Stephen Chapple, died at a house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton while two young children were inside on Sunday…

Nicolas Bryan From Weston-Super-Mare Was ‘bright, Gentle Soul’, Family Say

Image source, Avon and Somerset PoliceImage caption, Nicolas Bryan was described as caring and sensitive by his familyThe family of a man who was found with a serious head injury and died, said he would be "hugely missed".Nicolas Bryan was discovered at a house in Rydal Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, at 03:20 GMT on 16 November.The…

Yatton Man James Richardson Sentenced For Trying To Kill His Parents

Image caption, James Richardson breached a restraining order preventing him from visiting his parents at home in YattonA man has been sentenced to at least 24 years in custody for the attempted murder of both of his parents.James Richardson, 33, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court after he admitted trying to…

Norton Fitzwarren Deaths: Man And Woman Killed At House

Image caption, A forensic tent can be seen outside a property in Dragon RiseA man and a woman were killed at a property in Somerset with two young children inside.The pair, aged in their 30s, were found with serious injuries at the house in Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, at about 21:45 GMT…

Tom Abell: Somerset Captain Signs New Contract Through To 2024

Tom Abell was part of the Birmingham Phoenix side that reached the final of this year's The HundredSomerset captain Tom Abell has signed a new contract to keep him at Taunton until the end of the 2024 season.The 27-year-old, whose previous deal expired at the end of 2022, has spent his entire career at the…

Weston-Super-Mare Unexplained Death: Two Further Arrests

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The man was found at a property on Rydal RoadTwo more people have been arrested following the unexplained death of a man who was found with a significant head injury.The man, in his 40s, was discovered at a house in Rydal Road, Weston-super-Mare, at 03:20 GMT on Tuesday.He died in hospital…

North Somerset Crackdown On Dog Owners: Cash Cow Or Fair Enough?

Image caption, Roger and Ciara Nevo regularly walk Buddy in Clarence Park and said "something has to be done" about the dog mess issueDog fouling and irresponsible dog ownership is a subject that frequently gets people talking. Now a council says it is cracking down on those who flout its rules. Dog walkers in North…

Bath Hospital Mural Celebrates African Women In Healthcare

Image source, RUHImage caption, Artist Nadia Lloyd, left, with RUH transformation support officer Olugbemisola Kolade, who features in the muralA mural celebrating the contribution of African women to healthcare has been unveiled.The artwork at the main atrium at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath depicts four women who all have connections to hospitals in…

Birnbeck Pier: Taypayers Won’t Be Asked To Pay For Repairs

Image source, PA MediaImage caption, The pier has been closed to the public for 27 years and has fallen into significant disrepairTaxpayers will not be asked to help pay for an estimated £16m repair project to bring an historic pier back into use.North Somerset Council has agreed to buy Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare from its…

Dagenham & Redbridge 0-1 Yeovil Town

Match ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Yeovil Town 1.Second Half ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Yeovil Town 1.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Morgan Williams replaces Matthew Worthington.Jordan Barnett (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.Joe Quigley (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton replaces Tom Knowles.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Joe Quigley replaces Adi…

Covid Like ‘pressing The Rest Button’ On Body

Image source, RUHImage caption, Caroline Jones said she was hours from passing away on three occasionsA woman who was close to death when she became gravely ill with Covid-19 has spoken about how the virus was like "pressing the rest button" on her body.Caroline Jones was in intensive care in hospital in Bath for 33…

Charity Helps Girl, 7, After Father’s Death

Lena, seven, was just a baby when her father died of cancer.But it was only when she started school that her mother realised she needed support with her grief.The charity Josephine's Star in Yeovil has been helping her via your Children in Need donations.Video journalist: Debs Collins

Flooded Chard Garden ‘like Glastonbury On A Bad Day’

By Ruth BradleyPolitical reporter, BBC Radio SomersetImage caption, Charlotte Pike's garden and home have flooded three times during her pregnancyA couple who claim their regularly flooded garden "looks like Glastonbury Festival on a bad day" are calling on their council to take action.Chard in Somerset suffered "terrifying flash flooding" back in June after heavy rainfall.Charlotte…

Police Appeal After Unexplained Weston-Super-Mare Death

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, Police arrested and released a woman in her 30s under investigationAn investigation has been launched following the unexplained death of a man who was found with a significant head injury.The man in his 40s was found at a house in Rydal Road in Weston-super-Mare, at 03.20 GMT, on Tuesday.Police and…

Somerset Reprimand Jack Brooks Over Historical Tweets

Jack Brooks joined Somerset in 2019Somerset County Cricket Club have "reprimanded" Jack Brooks over historical tweets he sent which contained racist language.The club investigated two tweets, sent in 2012 when the now 37-year-old played for Northamptonshire, as well as calling Cheteshwar Pujara 'Steve' when they were both at Yorkshire.Brooks has "unreservedly" apologised.In a statement, Somerset…

Mercedes Driver Splashed Woman And Rubbed Face In Faeces

Image source, GoogleImage caption, Officers are searching for the driver who assaulted a woman walking in Tweentown, CheddarA woman has been assaulted by a driver who deliberately splashed her by driving through a puddle and then wiped faeces in her face.It happened on 1 November as she was walking with her daughter along Tweentown in…

Teen Leaves Hospital In Limo After Covid Stay

A 15-year-old girl left hospital in a limousine after spending 41 days unconscious with Covid-19. Krystal, who has Down's syndrome, spent her birthday on a ventilator in Bristol Children's Hospital.She arrived home in style and was welcomed by pupils and teachers from her school in Somerset.Teacher Louise Powell said: "As a school we've really missed…

Dana Twidale: Wedding Plan Fraudster Ordered To Pay Back Victims

Image source, Facebook/Carl TwidaleImage caption, Wedding planner Dana Twidale jetted off to Spain when her illegal endeavours were uncoveredA wedding planner who conned would-be brides and grooms out of thousands of pounds has been ordered to pay back just £600.Dana Twidale, from Hull, fleeced £15,000 from 24 couples between 2017 and 2019, as well as…

Widow Of Motorcyclist Killed In Crash Launches Road Safety Campaign

Image source, Ledger Family/ Irwin MitchellImage caption, Following her father's death, nine-year-old Evie has asked her mum who will walk her down the aisle when she gets marriedThe widow of a motorcyclist who died when he was hit by a truck has said she has "never known pain like it".Father-of-two Adam Ledger, 33, was killed…

Weston-Super-Mare Tower Block Plan Sparks Complaints

Image source, CNM EstatesImage caption, The plans include a restaurant, bar, concierge service, leisure facilities, retail units and a series of outdoor terraces.Planners are being urged to stop a huge tower block being built on the site of a former hotel in Weston-Super-Mare.North Somerset Council is being urged to limit the height of any development…

Yatton Attempted Murders: Man Admits Trying To Kill Parents

Image caption, Police were seen in the village of Yatton following the attackA man has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his elderly parents. James Richardson, 33, of no fixed address, admitted trying to kill his mother and father, Janet and George Richardson. The couple, who are in their 60s, were found seriously injured…

Ben Smith: Man Who Died After ‘altercation’ Had ‘so Much Love’

Image source, Family handoutImage caption, Ben Smith's family said they were astounded by the outpouring of love and tributes from the communityAn 18-year-old who died after what police say was an "altercation" outside a McDonald's restaurant was "a very special young man", his family said.Ben Smith, of Melksham, Wiltshire, suffered a head injury in Bath…

COP26 Plan Leaves Young People Feeling ‘betrayed’

Image source, Getty ImagesYoung people have said they feel "betrayed" by the COP26 plan to phase down rather than phase out coal.Students from Bristol and Bath said the resolution's lack of urgency was "frightening and upsetting".A recent study has shown immediate government inaction on climate issues is "inextricably linked" to "eco anxiety" in people under…

Clarks Agrees To Mediation In Fire-And-Rehire Strike

By Ben KingBusiness reporter, BBC NewsImage caption, Protesters marched through the nearby town of StreetThe shoe retailer Clarks has agreed to allow mediators to help resolve a strike at its warehouse in Street, Somerset. The conciliation service Acas confirmed that it is in contact with the company and the union about arranging talks. Staff at…

Azeem Rafiq: English Cricket Is ‘institutionally’ Racist Says Former Yorkshire Player

Emotional Rafiq tells MPs about racism at YorkshireEnglish cricket is "institutionally" racist, says former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq.Rafiq, 30, told a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee that racist language was "constantly" used during his time at Yorkshire.In an emotional testimony, he also said the club gave him "inhuman" treatment after his son was…

Somerset Partnership Helps Cut Mental Health Waiting Times

Image caption, Emily Shepherd speaks to her psychiatrist as part of her treatment at Musgrove Park Hospital in SomersetPsychiatric patients are being seen and treated more quickly after a hospital and mental health trust began working more closely together, say doctors. The merger of Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset with the county mental health trust…

Rail Delay Warning As Line Set To Close For Upgrade Work

Image source, Network RailImage caption, The work includes replacing more than four miles of track between Maiden Newton and YetminsterPassengers using the Weymouth, Dorchester and Yeovil line have been advised to plan ahead as upgrade work gets under way.Sixteen days of work will shut the line from Weymouth to Yeovil Pen Mill from Thursday to…

University Alliance Takes Climate Crisis ‘action’

Image source, Emily MuirImage caption, Emily Muir recently went to the COP26 negotiations and said more education institutions should be coming together to fight climate issuesExperts from four universities have come together to form a regional alliance to tackle climate change.The GW4 Climate Alliance has been formed by researchers from universities in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff…

Somerset: Clarks Staff March In Protest At ‘fire-And-Rehire’ Policy

Image caption, Protesters marched through the nearby town of StreetStriking Clarks workers have marched through Street as part of their ongoing fight over the firm's "fire and rehire" policy.Some staff have been on strike since October after the shoe retailer introduced contracts which, they claim, would equate to a pay cut of up to 20%.Workers…

MPs’ Second Incomes: Who Earns What In The West?

Image caption, Andrew Murrison MP is a former Royal Navy surgeon and was paid £40,000 for helping administer Covid-19 vaccinationsAs MPs continue to face scrutiny over their earnings outside of Parliament, after the resignation of Owen Patterson over a lobbying row and investigations began into Sir Geoffrey Cox, we examine what the situation is with…

Dress Embroidery Project Unifies Women Around The World

An artist has said her dress embroidery project has globally connected women from different cultures.Kirstie Macleod from Somerset started The Red Dress project to help marginalised women tell their stories through embroidery.More than 240 people took part and embroidered an image onto the dress that represents themselves and their culture.It has taken almost 12 years…

Yeovil Town 2-1 Eastleigh

Yeovil beat Eastleigh 2-1 in the National League to move level on points with their opponents in mid-table.Harry Pritchard wasted an early Eastleigh chance and Tyrone Barnett was just unable to connect with Ben House's cross.Yeovil's Dan Moss had an effort blocked and Adi Yussuf headed wide, but Tom Knowles' rocket just before half-time gave…

Sarah Ashwell: Man To Appear In Court Charged With Murder

Image source, Avon and Somerset PoliceImage caption, Sarah Ashwell was found dead in Wells, Somerset, on SundayA man has been charged with the murder of a mum of two who was found dead in her home.The body of 47-year-old Sarah Ashwell was discovered in Wells, Somerset, on Sunday afternoon.Antanas Jankauskas, 38, of Wookey, Somerset, has…

Premiership Rugby Cup: Gloucester 71-10 Bath – Sorry Bath Crushed By Rivals

Bath have now conceded more than 300 points in eight games this season - with Gloucester's Ben Morgan completing his hat-trick shortly after half-timeGloucester: (33) 71Tries: B Morgan 3, Moyle, Ludlow, Ackermann, Davidson, Balmain, Clement 2, Morris Cons: Evans 8 Bath: (3) 10Try: Worboys Con: Worboys Pen: WorboysGloucester crushed rivals Bath 71-10 to win their…

Yate V Yeovil: FA Investigating Alleged Abuse During FA Cup First-Round Tie

Yate Town's Lodge Road ground hosted the FA Cup tie against Yeovil TownThe Football Association is investigating alleged incidents of discriminatory abuse from the stands during the FA Cup game between Yate Town and Yeovil Town.National League side Yeovil beat seventh-tier Yate 5-0 in the first-round tie on 6 November.The match took place at Yate's…

Joe Choong: Olympic Modern Pentathlon Champion Fears Changes Could End Sport

Joe Choong completes the showjumping discipline in Tokyo before winning modern pentathlon Olympic goldOlympic modern pentathlon champion Joe Choong fears for the future of the sport after the governing body announced it is to drop showjumping from the multi-discipline event. The modern pentathlon first featured in the 1912 Olympics, but changes approved last week would…

Driver Banned After 122mph Haircut Trip During Lockdown

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, When Robert White was stopped by police he said he had been driving home from Wales after getting his hair cutA man who was clocked speeding at 122mph (196km/h) and told police he was coming home from Wales after a haircut has been disqualified from driving. Robert White, 30, from…

Former Bath Footballer Morgan Dies, Aged 38

Marvin Morgan scored 15 league goals for Shrewsbury between 2011 and 2013Former footballer Marvin Morgan has died, aged 38, several of his previous clubs have reported.The ex-Aldershot, Shrewsbury Town and Plymouth Argyle striker made more than 200 career appearances in the Football League, also spending time on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge and Hartlepool.He also…

Hydrogen-Powered Plane Puts Zero Carbon Flights On The Horizon, Its Backers Hope

Zero carbon emission flights could be on the horizon thanks to new plans for a liquid hydrogen-powered plane, the government has said.A midsize aircraft is being designed to carry 279 passengers at the same speed and comfort as today's airliners and it is hoped it could fly from London to San Francisco without stopping, or…

Partey: I Rate My Arsenal Performances 4/10

Thomas Partey revealed he is his own worst critic and vowed to deliver better and more consistent performances from the Arsenal midfield.Partey arrived from Atletico Madrid in October 2020 after Arsenal triggered his £45m release clause, but he spent much of his first season adjusting to life in the Premier League without fans, all while…

Gold Cup Hero Subjectivist Returning To Training With Ascot Aim

Fill 2 Copy 11 Created with Sketch. Monday 6 December 2021 10:58, UK Ascot Gold Cup winner Subjectivist is likely to return to training with the aim of being prepared for a defence of his crown in June.The Mark Johnston-trained stayer picked up a serious injury when putting up a startling display at Royal Ascot…

Verstappen-Hamilton In Winner-Takes-All Showdown

Verstappen's 369.5 points plays Hamilton's 369.5 points with one deciding race to go of an incredible season; Drivers' and Constructors' Championships to both be settled at Abu Dhabi's season finale this weekend, with Sunday's race live at 1pm on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event By James Galloway Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:21am Max…

Union Loses Court Challenge Over PM’s Decision To Back Patel Over Bullying Claims

The FDA union has lost a High Court challenge over Boris Johnson's decision to back Priti Patel following accusations that she bullied staff. The prime minister decided last year that the home secretary did not breach the ministerial code by bullying members of her team. This was despite an investigation by the then independent adviser…

Ibrahimovic: I’m A Little Scared To Stop Playing

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he wants to stay at the Serie A club for the rest of his career, admitting he is "scared to stop" playing due to the uncertainty of what comes next after retirement.The 40-year-old Swede's current contract expires at the end of the season, but Ibrahimovic has no plans to…

Roundabout At A417/A436 | Southbound | Broken Down Vehicle

Location : The A417 southbound at the junction with the A436 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Broken down vehicle. Status : Currently Active. Time To Clear : The event is expected to clear between 10:30 and 10:45 on 6 December 2021. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected…

A36 Southbound Between A30 (East) And A338 | Southbound | Congestion

Location : The A36 southbound between the junctions with the A30 East and the A338 . Reason : Congestion. Status : Currently Active. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 09:45 and 10:00 on 6 December 2021. Delay : There are currently delays of 10 minutes against expected traffic.

Is Your Area Among The Worst For COVID Booster Jab Take-Up?

Adults in the UK are being urged to take up the COVID-19 booster vaccine as part of efforts to tackle the spread of the new Omicron variant.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the government is "ramping up capacity" to offer all adults a booster by the end of January.The latest vaccination data shows that the…

Police Investigate Bellingham Referee Comments After Bayern Loss

German police are investigating Jude Bellingham's comments on referee Felix Zwayer after Borussia Dortmund's loss to Bayern Munich, Sky in Germany have been told.Bellingham hit out at the performance of Zwayer during the 3-2 defeat as Dortmund were left frustrated after the referee turned down appeals for a penalty - only to award Bayern one…

Michael Sheen Says He Is Now A ‘social Enterprise, Not-For-Profit’ Actor

Actor Michael Sheen has turned himself into a "not-for-profit" actor, and said that he can fund causes he is passionate about by making movies.He says that the realisation for him was the 2019 Homeless World Cup in Cardiff, which he organised, telling The Big Issue: "I had committed to helping to organise that and then…

A30 Westbound Between A394 And Penzance | Westbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 westbound between the junctions with the A394 and the A3071 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

A30 Westbound Within The A382 Junction | Westbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 westbound at the junction with the A382 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

A419 Southbound Exit For A361 | Southbound | Road Works

Location : The A419 southbound exit slip to the A361 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadside Drains Works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

Gough Named Yorkshire Managing Director Of Cricket

Darren Gough had two spells as a player at Headingley before retiring from cricket and starting a career in broadcasting; Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale and all members of the coaching staff were among 16 people to leave Yorkshire last week amid the racism scandal involving Azeem Rafiq Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:20am Darren Gough has been…

Empty Shelves Threat As Tesco Workers Set For Pre-Christmas Strike Action

Warehouse workers and and drivers at Tesco are to hold a series of strikes over pay which their trade union says could result in shortages in stores.Unite said more than 1,000 of its members - based at depots in Antrim, Belfast, Didcot and Doncaster, would take industrial action. The union said it meant "shoppers in…

Celtic Target J-League Trio & Jota Deal

Celtic are targetting moves for Japanese trio Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi.Manager Ange Postecoglou has already tapped into the J-League market with success, bringing in striker Kyogo Furuhashi from Vissel Kobe in the summer. With the Celtic boss keen for reinforcements, left-back Hatate is due to meet Kawasaki Frontale club chiefs this week…

M5 Northbound Between J21 And J20 | Northbound | Road Works

Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J22 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 6 December 2021 to 04:00 on 7 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.

Boris Johnson Urged To Withdraw £867m Funding For Mozambique Fossil Fuel Project

The UK government must withdraw £867m ($1.15bn) funding promised for a huge Mozambique gas project, as its support is incompatible with climate change targets, a group of environmental experts have urged today.Continuing support for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Cabo Delgado province "risks the UK's credibility as a global leader on the climate…

A30 Eastbound Within The A382 Junction | Eastbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 eastbound between the A386 and the junction with the A382 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 December 2021 to 04:00 on 11 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There will be one of…

Top Five Winners This Past Offseason

The season is just over a month old and the pecking order in the league is slowly starting to materialise. It's still too premature to make widespread assumptions about players and teams and where they're all headed.It's not too early, however, to spot those teams that did serious work in the offseason to enhance their…

Travel Restrictions Weren’t Brought In Too Late Over Omicron Threat, PM Says

The prime minister has rejected suggestions the government acted too late in reintroducing travel restrictions after the discovery of the Omicron variant of COVID-19."We're still waiting to see exactly how dangerous it is, what sort of effect it has in terms of deaths and hospitalisations," Boris Johnson said about the variant. Live COVID updates from…

Root Backs Gough For Yorkshire Role

Ex-England bowler Gough had two spells as a player at Headingley before retiring and starting a broadcasting career; Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale and all members of the coaching staff among 16 people to have recently left the club amid the racism scandal involving former player Azeem Rafiq Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:17am Please use Chrome browser…

India Clinch Series With Record Win Over New Zealand

India complete a record 372-run win over New Zealand in the second Test to seal a 1-0 series win; Jayant Yadav (4-49) did the damage as the tourists lost their last five wickets in 43 minutes at the start of day four to be bowled out for 167 By Reuters Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:49am Jayant…

Zhao Xintong Craving Karaoke Following UK Championship Win

Stars including Jimmy White and Ronnie O'Sullivan have queued up to anoint Zhao Xintong as the next big thing and he lived up to the hype by defeating Luca Brecel in the UK Championship final on Sunday Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:20am Zhao Xintong claimed the UK Championship at the York Barbican Zhao Xintong completed a…

Mitchell Drops 35 As Jazz Squeak Past Cavs

Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points, Rudy Gobert had 20 rebounds and five blocks and the Utah Jazz survived Cleveland's late surge for their fourth straight win, 109-108 over the Cavaliers live on Sky Sports on Sunday.Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Rudy Gay had 15 for Utah, which made 20 3-pointers and gave away a…

‘I Am Where I Am Today Because Of Roberto Martinez’

Shadab Iftikhar says he owes so much to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez for a rise in the game which has just seen him make Scottish football history.British-Pakistani Ifthikar has just landed the manager's job at Highland League side Fort William in a move that will see him become the first British South Asian ever to…

Hollie Doyle Blog: Taking On World’s Best In Hong Kong

Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle is hoping to cap another unforgettable year by playing a starring role in the Longines International Jockeys’ Challenge in Hong Kong this week.Honoured to be riding in Hong Kong challengeI'm so excited to be invited back to ride in the Longines International Jockeys' Challenge at Happy Valley in Hong…

Russia Win First Davis Cup Title In 15 Years

After beating Spain, Russia eliminated Sweden and Germany decisively on their way to Sunday's final as they won the Davis Cup for the first time since lifting the 2006 title; Wins for Andrey Rublev and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev sealed a 2-0 victory over Croatia Last Updated: 06/12/21 6:50am The Russian Tennis Federation celebrate after…

49ers RB Cannon Hospitalised After Seattle Collision

Trenton Cannon's head hit the leg of a teammate as he attempted to tackle DeeJay Dallas on the opening kick-off; medical staff stabilised the player, who spent the night in a Seattle area hospital; Cannon's team San Francisco 49ers confirmed the player had suffered a concussion Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:07am San Francisco 49ers' Trenton Cannon…

Ashes Fifth Test To Be Moved From Perth

Fifth Test will be relocated, with Melbourne standing by to host its second game of series and officials in Tasmania lobby to bring Ashes cricket to Hobart; the first Ashes Test gets under way on Wednesday with Travis Head looking forward to facing Sussex team-mate Ollie Robinson Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:07am Cricket Australia's chief executive…

Meet The Winfield-Hills: Married Couple Who Are Both Sporting Stars

Watch the full interview with England cricketer Lauren and Leeds Rhinos rugby league player Courtney in 'Meet The Winfield-Hills', which will be broadcast on Sky Sports Arena at 4.15pm on Monday, December 6 By Jenna Brooks and Marc Bazeley Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:08am Lauren and Courtney Winfield-Hill spoke to Sky Sports ahead of this year's…

‘Tank’ Davis Retains Belt In Thriving Lightweight Scene

Gervonta Davis battled past Isaac Cruz on Sunday night in Los Angeles to keep hold of his WBA lightweight championship in a thriving lightweight scene.'Tank' won a unanimous decision to remain an undefeated three-weight world champion as the division hots up. Vasiliy Lomachenko makes his return on Saturday against Richard Commey, live on Sky Sports,…

Root: Hostile Environment Can Benefit England

Joe Root knows full well what to expect from the Australia crowd ahead of Ashes opener; England captain believes his team can use crowd's hostility to give them a boost; the first Ashes Test gets under way at the Gabba on Wednesday Last Updated: 06/12/21 9:39am Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video…

Chiefs Extend Win Streak Despite Struggles On Offense

Patrick Mahomes passed for only 184 yards and no touchdowns, with one interception; Teddy Bridgewater threw for 257 yards and was picked off twice, including one returned 75 yards for a touchdown; rookie Javonte Williams carried 23 times for 102 yards Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:04am Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player…

MOBO Awards: See The Full List Of Winners As Dave And Little Simz Bag Trophies

Musicians including Dave, Little Simz, and Ghetts have been honoured at this year's MOBO Awards.The ceremony, which showcases the best black music in the UK, Africa, the Caribbean, and beyond, also hailed London rapper Central Cee as the best drill act. Rapper Dave won album of the year after picking up the most MOBO nominations…

Users Face Removal Of Passports And Driving Licences Under PM’s New 10-Year Drugs Plan

Harsher punishments to deter drug use, including the removal of passports and driving licences, night-time curfews and travel bans like those imposed on football hooligans, will form part of a government crackdown on illegal drug-related crime.As part of a 10-year plan for tackling drugs crime in England and Wales and taking on the "kingpins" behind…

Hundreds Of Runners Enjoy Charity Santa Dash

Image source, Saltford Santa DashImage caption, A sea of red and white as the adult runners get under way in the Saltford Santa DashHundreds of runners dressed as Father Christmas have taken part in a charity event which has raised about £94,000 since it began eight years ago.The Saltford Santa Dash saw competitors young and…

Model Behaviour: Gisele Bundchen Saves Turtle Caught In Net

Gisele Bundchen went from supermodel to superhero after saving a sea turtle tangled in a fishing net.Bundchen, 41, posted a video of the rescue to her Instagram on Saturday. "Life is a series of opportunities that appear daily, and we choose what to do with them. Today was no different," she wrote in the post.…

New Spider-Man Film ‘beats Bond To Set UK Ticket-Sale Record’

The new Spider-Man film has set a ticket-sale record in the UK before its highly-anticipated release, according to reports.The Marvel movie, called Spider-Man: No Way Home, sold more than 150,000 tickets in the first 24 hours of going on sale at Vue Cinemas, the company announced. The sales are more than double the previous record…

Moat At Bishop’s Palace In Wells ‘smells Like Slurry’

Image source, James CrossImage caption, Head Gardener James Cross said the water was a 'chocolate brown colour'The moat at the Bishop's Palace in Wells has been polluted, according to a post on the tourist attraction's Instagram page. Speaking to the BBC, James Cross, property manager and head gardener of the estate, said: "We smelt it…

Company ‘could Lose £54m Somerset Healthcare Contract’

Image source, ThinkstockImage caption, The care service provides district nurses, health visitors and social workers to some of the most vulnerable and houseboundVirgin Care could see a £54m-a-year contract to deliver health and care services withdrawn. Councillors and clinicians in Bath and North East Somerset were told on Wednesday the company had been acquired by…

Roelof Van Der Merwe: Somerset All-Rounder Extends Deal Until End Of 2023 Season

Roelof van der Merwe helped Somerset reach the final of the T20 Blast in 2021Somerset all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe has extended his deal until the end of the 2023 season.The 36-year-old Netherlands international is in his second spell with the club, having rejoined in 2016."I'm really pleased to have extended my time at Somerset.…

Premiership: Northampton 40-19 Bath – Saints Ease To Bonus-Point Win Over Bottom Side

Northampton number eight Juarno Augustus got both of his two tries before the breakNorthampton (28) 40Tries: Augustus 2, Skosan 2, Hutchinson, Freeman Cons: Biggar 4, FurbankBath (12) 19Tries: Underhill, Boyce, Stuart Cons: De Glanville 2Northampton Saints climbed to third in the Premiership as they handed bottom side Bath their ninth straight defeat.Saints earned their bonus…

Community Art Projects Receive £1.8m Boost

Image source, Len CoplandImage caption, Arts Council investment means Sedgemoor can now fund more arts activities like these stilts performers at Journey ExchangeCommunities living in Sedgemoor are set to benefit from £1.8m of new Arts Council funding.It is one of the areas the Arts Council has identified as having especially low involvement in arts and…

Elections For New Somerset Council To Be Held In May 2022

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The new single authority will run Somerset from April 2023Elections to a newly-created county authority will take place in 2022.Voters will go to the polls in May to elect the 110 councillors who will form the new Somerset Council.The unitary authority will replace Somerset County Council and the current four district…

Bristol: E-Scooter Injuries ‘costing NHS £1k Per Patient’

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The Voi e-scooter trials cover a number of English citiesInjuries caused by e-scooters cost the NHS £1,000 per patient on average in one city, it has been claimed.A new report by transport safety charity Pacts shows 90 e-scooter riders were treated in A&E units in Bristol in four weeks between…

Chippenham Mum Wants Son Moved After Alleged Care Home Assault

By Karen GardnerBBC Wiltshire reporterImage source, GoogleImage caption, Wiltshire Council said it tried to ensure people in care lived closed to their familiesA mother says her son is not safe after he was allegedly assaulted in his care home by another resident.Sarah Harrington, whose son Brandon Hackett has severe learning difficulties, wants him moved from…

Turnip Prize 2021: ‘Panda Mick’ Wins Spoof Art Award

Image source, Turnip PrizeImage caption, The award is given to the entry created with "the least amount of effort"A soft toy entitled "Panda Mick" has won the annual spoof Turnip Prize competition. The Turnip Prize is organised by a Somerset pub each year as a parody of the world-famous Turner Prize.It is awarded to the…

Woman’s ‘mum Guilt’ Over Rising Costs Leading To Christmas Money Struggles

Image source, Michelle Image caption, Michelle said things are a "real struggle" and for the first time she won't be exchanging gifts with her husband this year, just the childrenA mother-of-three has spoken of her "mum guilt" as the rising cost of bills means less money to spend on Christmas.Michelle, from the West Country, said…

Floating Waste Collection Boat Launched In Bath

A new floating refuse collection has been started by the Canal and River Trust on the Kennet and Avon canal in Bath.The trust says it has to deal with the equivalent of two large construction skips of fly-tipping a week.The new boating service allows boat-dwellers to dispose of larger items which are often hard to…

Jacob Rees-Mogg Investigated By Standards Watchdog

Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg is being investigated over a possible breach of rules on declaring outside earnings.Commons standards commissioner Kathryn Stone did not reveal details of the allegations.But they are understood to relate to £6m in loans Mr Rees-Mogg received from one of his own companies to help buy and renovate his Westminster home.The watchdog…

Clarks Shelves Pay Cut Plans To End Warehouse Strike

By Ben KingBusiness reporter, BBC NewsImage caption, Clarks warehouse workers were on strike for eight weeksClarks has agreed a deal to end an eight-week dispute at its warehouse in Somerset with Community, the union representing striking workers.Employees were taking action over proposals to move staff to new contracts with pay cuts for many.The deal will…

Cyclist Deaths Soar On Rural Roads In England

By Claire MarshallBBC Rural Affairs CorrespondentImage source, Getty ImagesThe coronavirus lockdowns created a cycling boom in England, with record numbers of people out on their bikes to get exercise and fresh air. However, official data from the Department of Transport also shows that many more cyclists died on rural roads in 2020 than in the…

Weston-Super-Mare: Former Drug User Being Trained To Save Lives

Image caption, Volunteer Tim Hurford said the scheme will help to save livesFormer drug users are being trained in how to use medication which can save the lives of people who have overdosed.A group of volunteers are working with drug charity We Are With You in Weston-super-Mare.They are handing out kits which include medication called…

Wrexham 0-2 Yeovil Town

Last updated on 30 November 202130 November 2021.From the section National LeagueYeovil's Daniel Moss in action against Wrexham's Jordan PonticelliYeovil ended 10-man Wrexham's unbeaten home record in the National League.Liam McAlinden was shown a straight red card after the use of an elbow on Daniel Moss during a fiery first half.Josh Staunton met Jordan Barnett's…

Josh Davey: Somerset And Scotland Seam Bowler Extends His Contract With County

Josh Davey has played 31 one-dayers and 28 T20 internationals for ScotlandScotland seam bowler Josh Davey has extended his contract with Somerset until the end of the 2024 season.The 31-year-old, who needs just two more wickets to reach 200 in all formats for the club, has added an extra 12 months to his previous deal.Davey…

TSB To Close Another 70 Branches By July

By Kevin PeacheyPersonal finance correspondent, BBC NewsImage source, Getty ImagesTSB, which had 475 branches just over a year ago, has announced more closures which will leave it with just 220.Another 70 branches are to shut by the end of June, on top of a significant closure programme throughout this year.The bank said the Covid pandemic…

Cancelled Weston Christmas Day Swim Blow To Fundraising

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, It had been hoped the swim could take place in the sea after Marine Lake was closed earlier this yearThe cancellation of a charity Christmas Day swim has been described as a "real blow" for organisers.The Weston Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Christmas Day Dip is normally held at Marine…

Bath: City’s Anti-Terror ‘ring Of Steel’ Could Be Expanded

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The expanded anti-terror "ring of steel" in Bath would come into effect during a heightened threat or crowded eventPlans for a second, expanded, counter-terrorism "ring of steel" around a World Heritage city have been revealed.The wider secure zone around Bath would be controlled by the police and cover much of…

Covid-19: Yate Hospital Workers Facing Increase In Abuse

A hospital worker has said she is seeing more abuse towards staff amid rising hospital wait times.Yate West Gate Minor Injury Unit reception worker Donna Walker said she fears the anger towards staff won't ever stop."We get called all sorts of dreadful names," she said."The clapping was great at the start of lockdown, but now…

Mobility Scooter Rider ‘critical’ After Chard Van Crash

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The collision happened on Furnham RoadA mobility scooter rider has been seriously injured in a collision with a van.The man, in his 80s, was taken to hospital after colliding with a silver Volkswagen Caddy van in Furnham Road, Chard, at 10:10 GMT on Saturday.Avon and Somerset Police said the man remains…

Mobility Scooter Rider ‘critical’ After Chard Van Crash

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The collision happened on Furnham RoadA mobility scooter rider has been seriously injured in a collision with a van.The man, in his 80s, was taken to hospital after colliding with a silver Volkswagen Caddy van in Furnham Road, Chard, at 10:10 GMT on Saturday.Avon and Somerset Police said the man remains…

Yeovil Town 1-1 Dover Athletic

Adi Yussuf's second-half equaliser denied Dover their first win of the season as they drew at Yeovil.Dover took the lead after just two minutes when Yeovil goalkeeper Grant Smith was unable to deal with TJ Bramble's cross which found the net.The hosts came close when Yussuf set up Charlie Wakefield who missed a chance at…

Storm Arwen: Thousands Of Homes In The West Without Power

Image caption, Trees have fallen on to roads, power lines and train lines across the West of EnglandStorm Arwen has left more than 10,000 homes without power after electricity lines were struck by falling trees.The Met Office issued an amber warning for wind between 00:00 and 09:00 GMT on Saturday for the West of England.Fallen…

Storm Arwen: Thousands Of Homes In The West Without Power

Image caption, Trees have fallen on to roads, power lines and train lines across the West of EnglandStorm Arwen has left more than 10,000 homes without power after electricity lines were struck by falling trees.The Met Office issued an amber warning for wind between 00:00 and 09:00 GMT on Saturday for the West of England.Fallen…

Yeovil Town 1-1 Dover Athletic

Adi Yussuf's second-half equaliser denied Dover their first win of the season as they drew at Yeovil.Dover took the lead after just two minutes when Yeovil goalkeeper Grant Smith was unable to deal with TJ Bramble's cross which found the net.The hosts came close when Yussuf set up Charlie Wakefield who missed a chance at…

Christmas Light Displays Back On After Covid And Energy Price Hikes

Image source, Graham HawkesImage caption, There are over 50,000 lights on Graham Hawkes' house in AlmondsburyThe nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Over the past few years increasing numbers of people seem to be getting on board the festive bandwagon and covering their…

Christmas Light Displays Back On After Covid And Energy Price Hikes

Image source, Graham HawkesImage caption, There are over 50,000 lights on Graham Hawkes' house in AlmondsburyThe nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Over the past few years increasing numbers of people seem to be getting on board the festive bandwagon and covering their…

Premiership: Bath 16-23 Exeter Chiefs – Sam Simmonds’ Late Try Downs Spirited Bath

Sam Simmonds' late try was his third of the season as a stuttering Exeter side narrowly wonBath: (10) 16Tries: Reid Con: Bailey Pens: Bailey 3Exeter: (6) 23Tries: Iosefa-Scott, S Simmonds Cons: Slade, J Simmonds Pens: Slade 2, J SimmondsSam Simmonds' late try broke Bath's hearts as Exeter Chiefs inflicted an eighth-straight Premiership defeat on the…

Premiership: Bath 16-23 Exeter Chiefs – Sam Simmonds’ Late Try Downs Spirited Bath

Sam Simmonds' late try was his third of the season as a stuttering Exeter side narrowly wonBath: (10) 16Tries: Reid Con: Bailey Pens: Bailey 3Exeter: (6) 23Tries: Iosefa-Scott, S Simmonds Cons: Slade, J Simmonds Pens: Slade 2, J SimmondsSam Simmonds' late try broke Bath's hearts as Exeter Chiefs inflicted an eighth-straight Premiership defeat on the…

Campaigner ‘thrilled’ As Down Syndrome Law Moves Step Closer

Image caption, Oliver Hellowell is a keen photographerA campaigner whose son has Down's syndrome has said she is "thrilled" local authorities could soon be obliged to support people with Down's syndrome.A Private Members Bill, ensuring those with the genetic condition receive health, education and housing support, has received the government's backing.If passed by Parliament it…

Campaigner ‘thrilled’ As Down Syndrome Law Moves Step Closer

Image caption, Oliver Hellowell is a keen photographerA campaigner whose son has Down's syndrome has said she is "thrilled" local authorities could soon be obliged to support people with Down's syndrome.A Private Members Bill, ensuring those with the genetic condition receive health, education and housing support, has received the government's backing.If passed by Parliament it…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple’s Neighbour Remanded In Custody Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man accused of murdering two of his neighbours while their children slept upstairs has been remanded into custody.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were stabbed to death at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple’s Neighbour Remanded In Custody Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man accused of murdering two of his neighbours while their children slept upstairs has been remanded into custody.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were stabbed to death at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT…

Online Shopping Flooding Somerset Recycling Centres With Cardboard

Image caption, Somerset Waste Partnership is urging people to think before they buy any Black Friday dealsKerbside cardboard recycling volumes are up 35% since before the pandemic, a waste collection company has said.Somerset Waste Partnership is now urging people to 'think before they click' as millions of pounds are spent online on Black Friday.Chief executive…

Online Shopping Flooding Somerset Recycling Centres With Cardboard

Image caption, Somerset Waste Partnership is urging people to think before they buy any Black Friday dealsKerbside cardboard recycling volumes are up 35% since before the pandemic, a waste collection company has said.Somerset Waste Partnership is now urging people to 'think before they click' as millions of pounds are spent online on Black Friday.Chief executive…

Somerset Council Sorry For Failure To Comply With Adoption Regulations

Image caption, Somerset County Council has apologised to the children and their familiesA council leader has apologised after a High Court judge was told of a council's "long-standing failure" to comply with adoption regulations.Somerset County Council said it did not follow the administrative process for handling children's health information.Mrs Justice Roberts warned Somerset County Council's…

Somerset Council Sorry For Failure To Comply With Adoption Regulations

Image caption, Somerset County Council has apologised to the children and their familiesA council leader has apologised after a High Court judge was told of a council's "long-standing failure" to comply with adoption regulations.Somerset County Council said it did not follow the administrative process for handling children's health information.Mrs Justice Roberts warned Somerset County Council's…

Fran Wilson: Western Storm Confirm Return Of Former England Batter

Fran Wilson helped Western Storm reach three Kia Super League finals in her first spell with the regionFormer England batter Fran Wilson has confirmed she will return to play for Western Storm next season."I'm really excited to be back," Wilson, a 2017 World Cup winner, said."It just made sense for me to com e back…

Fran Wilson: Western Storm Confirm Return Of Former England Batter

Fran Wilson helped Western Storm reach three Kia Super League finals in her first spell with the regionFormer England batter Fran Wilson has confirmed she will return to play for Western Storm next season."I'm really excited to be back," Wilson, a 2017 World Cup winner, said."It just made sense for me to com e back…

Avon And Somerset Police Confirm Sarah Crew As Chief Constable

Image caption, Sarah Crew replaces Andy Marsh as chief constableAvon and Somerset Police force has appointed its first female chief constable.Sarah Crew has replaced Andy Marsh, who took over in 2016 and stepped down in June.She was officially confirmed in the role by the area's Police and Crime Panel earlier and described the move as…

Avon And Somerset Police Confirm Sarah Crew As Chief Constable

Image caption, Sarah Crew replaces Andy Marsh as chief constableAvon and Somerset Police force has appointed its first female chief constable.Sarah Crew has replaced Andy Marsh, who took over in 2016 and stepped down in June.She was officially confirmed in the role by the area's Police and Crime Panel earlier and described the move as…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Man Appears In Court Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man has appeared in court accused of murdering a couple while their children slept upstairs.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT on Sunday.They had…

Bath To Hire Dedicated Defence Coach After Review Into Poor Premiership Start

Only Worcester - who have played a game more - have conceded more Premiership points that Bath this seasonBath are to hire a dedicated defence coach as one of a number of changes recommended following a consultation into the team's poor Premiership form. Former Saracens CEO Ed Griffiths was brought into the club in a…

Bath To Hire Dedicated Defence Coach After Review Into Poor Premiership Start

Only Worcester - who have played a game more - have conceded more Premiership points that Bath this seasonBath are to hire a dedicated defence coach as one of a number of changes recommended following a consultation into the team's poor Premiership form. Former Saracens CEO Ed Griffiths was brought into the club in a…

Rise In Long Ambulance Delays Across South West England

Image caption, The delays have been partially blamed on ambulances "stuck" waiting for patients to be admitted to hospitalThere has been a rise in long ambulance waiting times across the South West of England.In August, nine patients who had planned admissions to hospital had to wait more than 24 hours for an ambulance or other…

Rise In Long Ambulance Delays Across South West England

Image caption, The delays have been partially blamed on ambulances "stuck" waiting for patients to be admitted to hospitalThere has been a rise in long ambulance waiting times across the South West of England.In August, nine patients who had planned admissions to hospital had to wait more than 24 hours for an ambulance or other…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Man Charged Over Couple’s Murder

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man has been charged with the murders of a couple who were killed in their home as their children slept upstairs.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at the house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Couple Killed May Have Been Part Of Parking Row

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were killed at their home while their two young children slept upstairsA couple who were killed in their home as their children were asleep upstairs may have been involved in rows over parking, residents said.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Richard Herring Raises £30,000 For Two Hertfordshire Hospitals

Image caption, Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in NorthwoodA comedian has raised more than £30,000 for the hospitals where he received treatment for testicular cancer.Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre…

Richard Herring Raises £30,000 For Two Hertfordshire Hospitals

Image caption, Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in NorthwoodA comedian has raised more than £30,000 for the hospitals where he received treatment for testicular cancer.Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre…

Bromley 1-2 Yeovil Town

Bromley lost for the first time in 12 National League games as Yeovil grabbed victory at Hayes Lane.The visitors opened the scoring after 18 minutes through Tom Knowles who slammed a shot into the bottom corner after Sonny Blu Lo-Everton took advantage of a Bromley mistake.Bromley levelled in the 44th-minute when Michael Cheek converted a…

Bromley 1-2 Yeovil Town

Bromley lost for the first time in 12 National League games as Yeovil grabbed victory at Hayes Lane.The visitors opened the scoring after 18 minutes through Tom Knowles who slammed a shot into the bottom corner after Sonny Blu Lo-Everton took advantage of a Bromley mistake.Bromley levelled in the 44th-minute when Michael Cheek converted a…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Mum Stabbed To Death As Children Slept Upstairs

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured and died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA couple were killed in their home as their two children were asleep upstairs, police have said. Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at the house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Free Drinking Water Refilling Points Aim To Cut Plastic Waste In Somerset

Image caption, Councillor Dixie Darch was the among the first to try out the water refilling point on Minehead seafrontFree drinking water refilling stations are being installed in three towns in Somerset to help reduce single-use plastic waste. It is hoped the measure will encourage people to refill bottles instead of disposing of them and…

Man Released Over Deaths Of Jennifer And Stephen Chapple

Image caption, Floral tributes have been left at the sceneA 67-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a couple in a Somerset village has been released under investigation.The pair, named locally as Jennifer and Stephen Chapple, died at a house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton while two young children were inside on Sunday…

Nicolas Bryan From Weston-Super-Mare Was ‘bright, Gentle Soul’, Family Say

Image source, Avon and Somerset PoliceImage caption, Nicolas Bryan was described as caring and sensitive by his familyThe family of a man who was found with a serious head injury and died, said he would be "hugely missed".Nicolas Bryan was discovered at a house in Rydal Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, at 03:20 GMT on 16 November.The…

Yatton Man James Richardson Sentenced For Trying To Kill His Parents

Image caption, James Richardson breached a restraining order preventing him from visiting his parents at home in YattonA man has been sentenced to at least 24 years in custody for the attempted murder of both of his parents.James Richardson, 33, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court after he admitted trying to…

Norton Fitzwarren Deaths: Man And Woman Killed At House

Image caption, A forensic tent can be seen outside a property in Dragon RiseA man and a woman were killed at a property in Somerset with two young children inside.The pair, aged in their 30s, were found with serious injuries at the house in Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, at about 21:45 GMT…

Tom Abell: Somerset Captain Signs New Contract Through To 2024

Tom Abell was part of the Birmingham Phoenix side that reached the final of this year's The HundredSomerset captain Tom Abell has signed a new contract to keep him at Taunton until the end of the 2024 season.The 27-year-old, whose previous deal expired at the end of 2022, has spent his entire career at the…

Weston-Super-Mare Unexplained Death: Two Further Arrests

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The man was found at a property on Rydal RoadTwo more people have been arrested following the unexplained death of a man who was found with a significant head injury.The man, in his 40s, was discovered at a house in Rydal Road, Weston-super-Mare, at 03:20 GMT on Tuesday.He died in hospital…

North Somerset Crackdown On Dog Owners: Cash Cow Or Fair Enough?

Image caption, Roger and Ciara Nevo regularly walk Buddy in Clarence Park and said "something has to be done" about the dog mess issueDog fouling and irresponsible dog ownership is a subject that frequently gets people talking. Now a council says it is cracking down on those who flout its rules. Dog walkers in North…

Bath Hospital Mural Celebrates African Women In Healthcare

Image source, RUHImage caption, Artist Nadia Lloyd, left, with RUH transformation support officer Olugbemisola Kolade, who features in the muralA mural celebrating the contribution of African women to healthcare has been unveiled.The artwork at the main atrium at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath depicts four women who all have connections to hospitals in…

Birnbeck Pier: Taypayers Won’t Be Asked To Pay For Repairs

Image source, PA MediaImage caption, The pier has been closed to the public for 27 years and has fallen into significant disrepairTaxpayers will not be asked to help pay for an estimated £16m repair project to bring an historic pier back into use.North Somerset Council has agreed to buy Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare from its…

Dagenham & Redbridge 0-1 Yeovil Town

Match ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Yeovil Town 1.Second Half ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Yeovil Town 1.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Morgan Williams replaces Matthew Worthington.Jordan Barnett (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.Joe Quigley (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton replaces Tom Knowles.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Joe Quigley replaces Adi…

Covid Like ‘pressing The Rest Button’ On Body

Image source, RUHImage caption, Caroline Jones said she was hours from passing away on three occasionsA woman who was close to death when she became gravely ill with Covid-19 has spoken about how the virus was like "pressing the rest button" on her body.Caroline Jones was in intensive care in hospital in Bath for 33…

Charity Helps Girl, 7, After Father’s Death

Lena, seven, was just a baby when her father died of cancer.But it was only when she started school that her mother realised she needed support with her grief.The charity Josephine's Star in Yeovil has been helping her via your Children in Need donations.Video journalist: Debs Collins

Flooded Chard Garden ‘like Glastonbury On A Bad Day’

By Ruth BradleyPolitical reporter, BBC Radio SomersetImage caption, Charlotte Pike's garden and home have flooded three times during her pregnancyA couple who claim their regularly flooded garden "looks like Glastonbury Festival on a bad day" are calling on their council to take action.Chard in Somerset suffered "terrifying flash flooding" back in June after heavy rainfall.Charlotte…

Police Appeal After Unexplained Weston-Super-Mare Death

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, Police arrested and released a woman in her 30s under investigationAn investigation has been launched following the unexplained death of a man who was found with a significant head injury.The man in his 40s was found at a house in Rydal Road in Weston-super-Mare, at 03.20 GMT, on Tuesday.Police and…

Somerset Reprimand Jack Brooks Over Historical Tweets

Jack Brooks joined Somerset in 2019Somerset County Cricket Club have "reprimanded" Jack Brooks over historical tweets he sent which contained racist language.The club investigated two tweets, sent in 2012 when the now 37-year-old played for Northamptonshire, as well as calling Cheteshwar Pujara 'Steve' when they were both at Yorkshire.Brooks has "unreservedly" apologised.In a statement, Somerset…

Mercedes Driver Splashed Woman And Rubbed Face In Faeces

Image source, GoogleImage caption, Officers are searching for the driver who assaulted a woman walking in Tweentown, CheddarA woman has been assaulted by a driver who deliberately splashed her by driving through a puddle and then wiped faeces in her face.It happened on 1 November as she was walking with her daughter along Tweentown in…

Teen Leaves Hospital In Limo After Covid Stay

A 15-year-old girl left hospital in a limousine after spending 41 days unconscious with Covid-19. Krystal, who has Down's syndrome, spent her birthday on a ventilator in Bristol Children's Hospital.She arrived home in style and was welcomed by pupils and teachers from her school in Somerset.Teacher Louise Powell said: "As a school we've really missed…

Dana Twidale: Wedding Plan Fraudster Ordered To Pay Back Victims

Image source, Facebook/Carl TwidaleImage caption, Wedding planner Dana Twidale jetted off to Spain when her illegal endeavours were uncoveredA wedding planner who conned would-be brides and grooms out of thousands of pounds has been ordered to pay back just £600.Dana Twidale, from Hull, fleeced £15,000 from 24 couples between 2017 and 2019, as well as…

Widow Of Motorcyclist Killed In Crash Launches Road Safety Campaign

Image source, Ledger Family/ Irwin MitchellImage caption, Following her father's death, nine-year-old Evie has asked her mum who will walk her down the aisle when she gets marriedThe widow of a motorcyclist who died when he was hit by a truck has said she has "never known pain like it".Father-of-two Adam Ledger, 33, was killed…

Weston-Super-Mare Tower Block Plan Sparks Complaints

Image source, CNM EstatesImage caption, The plans include a restaurant, bar, concierge service, leisure facilities, retail units and a series of outdoor terraces.Planners are being urged to stop a huge tower block being built on the site of a former hotel in Weston-Super-Mare.North Somerset Council is being urged to limit the height of any development…

Yatton Attempted Murders: Man Admits Trying To Kill Parents

Image caption, Police were seen in the village of Yatton following the attackA man has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his elderly parents. James Richardson, 33, of no fixed address, admitted trying to kill his mother and father, Janet and George Richardson. The couple, who are in their 60s, were found seriously injured…

Ben Smith: Man Who Died After ‘altercation’ Had ‘so Much Love’

Image source, Family handoutImage caption, Ben Smith's family said they were astounded by the outpouring of love and tributes from the communityAn 18-year-old who died after what police say was an "altercation" outside a McDonald's restaurant was "a very special young man", his family said.Ben Smith, of Melksham, Wiltshire, suffered a head injury in Bath…

COP26 Plan Leaves Young People Feeling ‘betrayed’

Image source, Getty ImagesYoung people have said they feel "betrayed" by the COP26 plan to phase down rather than phase out coal.Students from Bristol and Bath said the resolution's lack of urgency was "frightening and upsetting".A recent study has shown immediate government inaction on climate issues is "inextricably linked" to "eco anxiety" in people under…

Clarks Agrees To Mediation In Fire-And-Rehire Strike

By Ben KingBusiness reporter, BBC NewsImage caption, Protesters marched through the nearby town of StreetThe shoe retailer Clarks has agreed to allow mediators to help resolve a strike at its warehouse in Street, Somerset. The conciliation service Acas confirmed that it is in contact with the company and the union about arranging talks. Staff at…

Azeem Rafiq: English Cricket Is ‘institutionally’ Racist Says Former Yorkshire Player

Emotional Rafiq tells MPs about racism at YorkshireEnglish cricket is "institutionally" racist, says former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq.Rafiq, 30, told a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee that racist language was "constantly" used during his time at Yorkshire.In an emotional testimony, he also said the club gave him "inhuman" treatment after his son was…

Somerset Partnership Helps Cut Mental Health Waiting Times

Image caption, Emily Shepherd speaks to her psychiatrist as part of her treatment at Musgrove Park Hospital in SomersetPsychiatric patients are being seen and treated more quickly after a hospital and mental health trust began working more closely together, say doctors. The merger of Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset with the county mental health trust…

Rail Delay Warning As Line Set To Close For Upgrade Work

Image source, Network RailImage caption, The work includes replacing more than four miles of track between Maiden Newton and YetminsterPassengers using the Weymouth, Dorchester and Yeovil line have been advised to plan ahead as upgrade work gets under way.Sixteen days of work will shut the line from Weymouth to Yeovil Pen Mill from Thursday to…

University Alliance Takes Climate Crisis ‘action’

Image source, Emily MuirImage caption, Emily Muir recently went to the COP26 negotiations and said more education institutions should be coming together to fight climate issuesExperts from four universities have come together to form a regional alliance to tackle climate change.The GW4 Climate Alliance has been formed by researchers from universities in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff…

Somerset: Clarks Staff March In Protest At ‘fire-And-Rehire’ Policy

Image caption, Protesters marched through the nearby town of StreetStriking Clarks workers have marched through Street as part of their ongoing fight over the firm's "fire and rehire" policy.Some staff have been on strike since October after the shoe retailer introduced contracts which, they claim, would equate to a pay cut of up to 20%.Workers…

MPs’ Second Incomes: Who Earns What In The West?

Image caption, Andrew Murrison MP is a former Royal Navy surgeon and was paid £40,000 for helping administer Covid-19 vaccinationsAs MPs continue to face scrutiny over their earnings outside of Parliament, after the resignation of Owen Patterson over a lobbying row and investigations began into Sir Geoffrey Cox, we examine what the situation is with…

Dress Embroidery Project Unifies Women Around The World

An artist has said her dress embroidery project has globally connected women from different cultures.Kirstie Macleod from Somerset started The Red Dress project to help marginalised women tell their stories through embroidery.More than 240 people took part and embroidered an image onto the dress that represents themselves and their culture.It has taken almost 12 years…

Yeovil Town 2-1 Eastleigh

Yeovil beat Eastleigh 2-1 in the National League to move level on points with their opponents in mid-table.Harry Pritchard wasted an early Eastleigh chance and Tyrone Barnett was just unable to connect with Ben House's cross.Yeovil's Dan Moss had an effort blocked and Adi Yussuf headed wide, but Tom Knowles' rocket just before half-time gave…

Sarah Ashwell: Man To Appear In Court Charged With Murder

Image source, Avon and Somerset PoliceImage caption, Sarah Ashwell was found dead in Wells, Somerset, on SundayA man has been charged with the murder of a mum of two who was found dead in her home.The body of 47-year-old Sarah Ashwell was discovered in Wells, Somerset, on Sunday afternoon.Antanas Jankauskas, 38, of Wookey, Somerset, has…

Premiership Rugby Cup: Gloucester 71-10 Bath – Sorry Bath Crushed By Rivals

Bath have now conceded more than 300 points in eight games this season - with Gloucester's Ben Morgan completing his hat-trick shortly after half-timeGloucester: (33) 71Tries: B Morgan 3, Moyle, Ludlow, Ackermann, Davidson, Balmain, Clement 2, Morris Cons: Evans 8 Bath: (3) 10Try: Worboys Con: Worboys Pen: WorboysGloucester crushed rivals Bath 71-10 to win their…

Yate V Yeovil: FA Investigating Alleged Abuse During FA Cup First-Round Tie

Yate Town's Lodge Road ground hosted the FA Cup tie against Yeovil TownThe Football Association is investigating alleged incidents of discriminatory abuse from the stands during the FA Cup game between Yate Town and Yeovil Town.National League side Yeovil beat seventh-tier Yate 5-0 in the first-round tie on 6 November.The match took place at Yate's…

Joe Choong: Olympic Modern Pentathlon Champion Fears Changes Could End Sport

Joe Choong completes the showjumping discipline in Tokyo before winning modern pentathlon Olympic goldOlympic modern pentathlon champion Joe Choong fears for the future of the sport after the governing body announced it is to drop showjumping from the multi-discipline event. The modern pentathlon first featured in the 1912 Olympics, but changes approved last week would…

Jackson: Kyogo Has Raised Expectations

Kyogo Furuhashi has raised fans expectations of Celtic's next signings, says Darren Jackson Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Former Celtic striker Darren Jackson believes the supporters will be expecting any new signings from the Asian market to impress as much as Kyogo Furuhashi. Watch Next Moura's stunning goal from all…

Driver Banned After 122mph Haircut Trip During Lockdown

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, When Robert White was stopped by police he said he had been driving home from Wales after getting his hair cutA man who was clocked speeding at 122mph (196km/h) and told police he was coming home from Wales after a haircut has been disqualified from driving. Robert White, 30, from…

Former Bath Footballer Morgan Dies, Aged 38

Marvin Morgan scored 15 league goals for Shrewsbury between 2011 and 2013Former footballer Marvin Morgan has died, aged 38, several of his previous clubs have reported.The ex-Aldershot, Shrewsbury Town and Plymouth Argyle striker made more than 200 career appearances in the Football League, also spending time on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge and Hartlepool.He also…

Hydrogen-Powered Plane Puts Zero Carbon Flights On The Horizon, Its Backers Hope

Zero carbon emission flights could be on the horizon thanks to new plans for a liquid hydrogen-powered plane, the government has said.A midsize aircraft is being designed to carry 279 passengers at the same speed and comfort as today's airliners and it is hoped it could fly from London to San Francisco without stopping, or…

Partey: I Rate My Arsenal Performances 4/10

Thomas Partey revealed he is his own worst critic and vowed to deliver better and more consistent performances from the Arsenal midfield.Partey arrived from Atletico Madrid in October 2020 after Arsenal triggered his £45m release clause, but he spent much of his first season adjusting to life in the Premier League without fans, all while…

Gold Cup Hero Subjectivist Returning To Training With Ascot Aim

Fill 2 Copy 11 Created with Sketch. Monday 6 December 2021 10:58, UK Ascot Gold Cup winner Subjectivist is likely to return to training with the aim of being prepared for a defence of his crown in June.The Mark Johnston-trained stayer picked up a serious injury when putting up a startling display at Royal Ascot…

Verstappen-Hamilton In Winner-Takes-All Showdown

Verstappen's 369.5 points plays Hamilton's 369.5 points with one deciding race to go of an incredible season; Drivers' and Constructors' Championships to both be settled at Abu Dhabi's season finale this weekend, with Sunday's race live at 1pm on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event By James Galloway Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:21am Max…

Union Loses Court Challenge Over PM’s Decision To Back Patel Over Bullying Claims

The FDA union has lost a High Court challenge over Boris Johnson's decision to back Priti Patel following accusations that she bullied staff. The prime minister decided last year that the home secretary did not breach the ministerial code by bullying members of her team. This was despite an investigation by the then independent adviser…

Ibrahimovic: I’m A Little Scared To Stop Playing

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he wants to stay at the Serie A club for the rest of his career, admitting he is "scared to stop" playing due to the uncertainty of what comes next after retirement.The 40-year-old Swede's current contract expires at the end of the season, but Ibrahimovic has no plans to…

Roundabout At A417/A436 | Southbound | Broken Down Vehicle

Location : The A417 southbound at the junction with the A436 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Broken down vehicle. Status : Currently Active. Time To Clear : The event is expected to clear between 10:30 and 10:45 on 6 December 2021. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected…

A36 Southbound Between A30 (East) And A338 | Southbound | Congestion

Location : The A36 southbound between the junctions with the A30 East and the A338 . Reason : Congestion. Status : Currently Active. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 09:45 and 10:00 on 6 December 2021. Delay : There are currently delays of 10 minutes against expected traffic.

Is Your Area Among The Worst For COVID Booster Jab Take-Up?

Adults in the UK are being urged to take up the COVID-19 booster vaccine as part of efforts to tackle the spread of the new Omicron variant.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the government is "ramping up capacity" to offer all adults a booster by the end of January.The latest vaccination data shows that the…

Police Investigate Bellingham Referee Comments After Bayern Loss

German police are investigating Jude Bellingham's comments on referee Felix Zwayer after Borussia Dortmund's loss to Bayern Munich, Sky in Germany have been told.Bellingham hit out at the performance of Zwayer during the 3-2 defeat as Dortmund were left frustrated after the referee turned down appeals for a penalty - only to award Bayern one…

Michael Sheen Says He Is Now A ‘social Enterprise, Not-For-Profit’ Actor

Actor Michael Sheen has turned himself into a "not-for-profit" actor, and said that he can fund causes he is passionate about by making movies.He says that the realisation for him was the 2019 Homeless World Cup in Cardiff, which he organised, telling The Big Issue: "I had committed to helping to organise that and then…

A30 Westbound Between A394 And Penzance | Westbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 westbound between the junctions with the A394 and the A3071 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

A30 Westbound Within The A382 Junction | Westbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 westbound at the junction with the A382 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

A419 Southbound Exit For A361 | Southbound | Road Works

Location : The A419 southbound exit slip to the A361 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadside Drains Works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

Gough Named Yorkshire Managing Director Of Cricket

Darren Gough had two spells as a player at Headingley before retiring from cricket and starting a career in broadcasting; Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale and all members of the coaching staff were among 16 people to leave Yorkshire last week amid the racism scandal involving Azeem Rafiq Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:20am Darren Gough has been…

Empty Shelves Threat As Tesco Workers Set For Pre-Christmas Strike Action

Warehouse workers and and drivers at Tesco are to hold a series of strikes over pay which their trade union says could result in shortages in stores.Unite said more than 1,000 of its members - based at depots in Antrim, Belfast, Didcot and Doncaster, would take industrial action. The union said it meant "shoppers in…

Celtic Target J-League Trio & Jota Deal

Celtic are targetting moves for Japanese trio Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi.Manager Ange Postecoglou has already tapped into the J-League market with success, bringing in striker Kyogo Furuhashi from Vissel Kobe in the summer. With the Celtic boss keen for reinforcements, left-back Hatate is due to meet Kawasaki Frontale club chiefs this week…

M5 Northbound Between J21 And J20 | Northbound | Road Works

Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J22 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 6 December 2021 to 04:00 on 7 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.

Boris Johnson Urged To Withdraw £867m Funding For Mozambique Fossil Fuel Project

The UK government must withdraw £867m ($1.15bn) funding promised for a huge Mozambique gas project, as its support is incompatible with climate change targets, a group of environmental experts have urged today.Continuing support for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Cabo Delgado province "risks the UK's credibility as a global leader on the climate…

A30 Eastbound Within The A382 Junction | Eastbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 eastbound between the A386 and the junction with the A382 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 December 2021 to 04:00 on 11 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There will be one of…

Top Five Winners This Past Offseason

The season is just over a month old and the pecking order in the league is slowly starting to materialise. It's still too premature to make widespread assumptions about players and teams and where they're all headed.It's not too early, however, to spot those teams that did serious work in the offseason to enhance their…

Travel Restrictions Weren’t Brought In Too Late Over Omicron Threat, PM Says

The prime minister has rejected suggestions the government acted too late in reintroducing travel restrictions after the discovery of the Omicron variant of COVID-19."We're still waiting to see exactly how dangerous it is, what sort of effect it has in terms of deaths and hospitalisations," Boris Johnson said about the variant. Live COVID updates from…

Root Backs Gough For Yorkshire Role

Ex-England bowler Gough had two spells as a player at Headingley before retiring and starting a broadcasting career; Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale and all members of the coaching staff among 16 people to have recently left the club amid the racism scandal involving former player Azeem Rafiq Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:17am Please use Chrome browser…

India Clinch Series With Record Win Over New Zealand

India complete a record 372-run win over New Zealand in the second Test to seal a 1-0 series win; Jayant Yadav (4-49) did the damage as the tourists lost their last five wickets in 43 minutes at the start of day four to be bowled out for 167 By Reuters Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:49am Jayant…

Zhao Xintong Craving Karaoke Following UK Championship Win

Stars including Jimmy White and Ronnie O'Sullivan have queued up to anoint Zhao Xintong as the next big thing and he lived up to the hype by defeating Luca Brecel in the UK Championship final on Sunday Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:20am Zhao Xintong claimed the UK Championship at the York Barbican Zhao Xintong completed a…

Mitchell Drops 35 As Jazz Squeak Past Cavs

Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points, Rudy Gobert had 20 rebounds and five blocks and the Utah Jazz survived Cleveland's late surge for their fourth straight win, 109-108 over the Cavaliers live on Sky Sports on Sunday.Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Rudy Gay had 15 for Utah, which made 20 3-pointers and gave away a…

‘I Am Where I Am Today Because Of Roberto Martinez’

Shadab Iftikhar says he owes so much to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez for a rise in the game which has just seen him make Scottish football history.British-Pakistani Ifthikar has just landed the manager's job at Highland League side Fort William in a move that will see him become the first British South Asian ever to…

Hollie Doyle Blog: Taking On World’s Best In Hong Kong

Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle is hoping to cap another unforgettable year by playing a starring role in the Longines International Jockeys’ Challenge in Hong Kong this week.Honoured to be riding in Hong Kong challengeI'm so excited to be invited back to ride in the Longines International Jockeys' Challenge at Happy Valley in Hong…

Russia Win First Davis Cup Title In 15 Years

After beating Spain, Russia eliminated Sweden and Germany decisively on their way to Sunday's final as they won the Davis Cup for the first time since lifting the 2006 title; Wins for Andrey Rublev and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev sealed a 2-0 victory over Croatia Last Updated: 06/12/21 6:50am The Russian Tennis Federation celebrate after…

49ers RB Cannon Hospitalised After Seattle Collision

Trenton Cannon's head hit the leg of a teammate as he attempted to tackle DeeJay Dallas on the opening kick-off; medical staff stabilised the player, who spent the night in a Seattle area hospital; Cannon's team San Francisco 49ers confirmed the player had suffered a concussion Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:07am San Francisco 49ers' Trenton Cannon…

Ashes Fifth Test To Be Moved From Perth

Fifth Test will be relocated, with Melbourne standing by to host its second game of series and officials in Tasmania lobby to bring Ashes cricket to Hobart; the first Ashes Test gets under way on Wednesday with Travis Head looking forward to facing Sussex team-mate Ollie Robinson Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:07am Cricket Australia's chief executive…

Meet The Winfield-Hills: Married Couple Who Are Both Sporting Stars

Watch the full interview with England cricketer Lauren and Leeds Rhinos rugby league player Courtney in 'Meet The Winfield-Hills', which will be broadcast on Sky Sports Arena at 4.15pm on Monday, December 6 By Jenna Brooks and Marc Bazeley Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:08am Lauren and Courtney Winfield-Hill spoke to Sky Sports ahead of this year's…

‘Tank’ Davis Retains Belt In Thriving Lightweight Scene

Gervonta Davis battled past Isaac Cruz on Sunday night in Los Angeles to keep hold of his WBA lightweight championship in a thriving lightweight scene.'Tank' won a unanimous decision to remain an undefeated three-weight world champion as the division hots up. Vasiliy Lomachenko makes his return on Saturday against Richard Commey, live on Sky Sports,…

Root: Hostile Environment Can Benefit England

Joe Root knows full well what to expect from the Australia crowd ahead of Ashes opener; England captain believes his team can use crowd's hostility to give them a boost; the first Ashes Test gets under way at the Gabba on Wednesday Last Updated: 06/12/21 9:39am Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video…

Chiefs Extend Win Streak Despite Struggles On Offense

Patrick Mahomes passed for only 184 yards and no touchdowns, with one interception; Teddy Bridgewater threw for 257 yards and was picked off twice, including one returned 75 yards for a touchdown; rookie Javonte Williams carried 23 times for 102 yards Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:04am Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player…

MOBO Awards: See The Full List Of Winners As Dave And Little Simz Bag Trophies

Musicians including Dave, Little Simz, and Ghetts have been honoured at this year's MOBO Awards.The ceremony, which showcases the best black music in the UK, Africa, the Caribbean, and beyond, also hailed London rapper Central Cee as the best drill act. Rapper Dave won album of the year after picking up the most MOBO nominations…

Users Face Removal Of Passports And Driving Licences Under PM’s New 10-Year Drugs Plan

Harsher punishments to deter drug use, including the removal of passports and driving licences, night-time curfews and travel bans like those imposed on football hooligans, will form part of a government crackdown on illegal drug-related crime.As part of a 10-year plan for tackling drugs crime in England and Wales and taking on the "kingpins" behind…

Hundreds Of Runners Enjoy Charity Santa Dash

Image source, Saltford Santa DashImage caption, A sea of red and white as the adult runners get under way in the Saltford Santa DashHundreds of runners dressed as Father Christmas have taken part in a charity event which has raised about £94,000 since it began eight years ago.The Saltford Santa Dash saw competitors young and…

Model Behaviour: Gisele Bundchen Saves Turtle Caught In Net

Gisele Bundchen went from supermodel to superhero after saving a sea turtle tangled in a fishing net.Bundchen, 41, posted a video of the rescue to her Instagram on Saturday. "Life is a series of opportunities that appear daily, and we choose what to do with them. Today was no different," she wrote in the post.…

New Spider-Man Film ‘beats Bond To Set UK Ticket-Sale Record’

The new Spider-Man film has set a ticket-sale record in the UK before its highly-anticipated release, according to reports.The Marvel movie, called Spider-Man: No Way Home, sold more than 150,000 tickets in the first 24 hours of going on sale at Vue Cinemas, the company announced. The sales are more than double the previous record…

Moat At Bishop’s Palace In Wells ‘smells Like Slurry’

Image source, James CrossImage caption, Head Gardener James Cross said the water was a 'chocolate brown colour'The moat at the Bishop's Palace in Wells has been polluted, according to a post on the tourist attraction's Instagram page. Speaking to the BBC, James Cross, property manager and head gardener of the estate, said: "We smelt it…

Company ‘could Lose £54m Somerset Healthcare Contract’

Image source, ThinkstockImage caption, The care service provides district nurses, health visitors and social workers to some of the most vulnerable and houseboundVirgin Care could see a £54m-a-year contract to deliver health and care services withdrawn. Councillors and clinicians in Bath and North East Somerset were told on Wednesday the company had been acquired by…

Roelof Van Der Merwe: Somerset All-Rounder Extends Deal Until End Of 2023 Season

Roelof van der Merwe helped Somerset reach the final of the T20 Blast in 2021Somerset all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe has extended his deal until the end of the 2023 season.The 36-year-old Netherlands international is in his second spell with the club, having rejoined in 2016."I'm really pleased to have extended my time at Somerset.…

Premiership: Northampton 40-19 Bath – Saints Ease To Bonus-Point Win Over Bottom Side

Northampton number eight Juarno Augustus got both of his two tries before the breakNorthampton (28) 40Tries: Augustus 2, Skosan 2, Hutchinson, Freeman Cons: Biggar 4, FurbankBath (12) 19Tries: Underhill, Boyce, Stuart Cons: De Glanville 2Northampton Saints climbed to third in the Premiership as they handed bottom side Bath their ninth straight defeat.Saints earned their bonus…

Community Art Projects Receive £1.8m Boost

Image source, Len CoplandImage caption, Arts Council investment means Sedgemoor can now fund more arts activities like these stilts performers at Journey ExchangeCommunities living in Sedgemoor are set to benefit from £1.8m of new Arts Council funding.It is one of the areas the Arts Council has identified as having especially low involvement in arts and…

Elections For New Somerset Council To Be Held In May 2022

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The new single authority will run Somerset from April 2023Elections to a newly-created county authority will take place in 2022.Voters will go to the polls in May to elect the 110 councillors who will form the new Somerset Council.The unitary authority will replace Somerset County Council and the current four district…

Bristol: E-Scooter Injuries ‘costing NHS £1k Per Patient’

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The Voi e-scooter trials cover a number of English citiesInjuries caused by e-scooters cost the NHS £1,000 per patient on average in one city, it has been claimed.A new report by transport safety charity Pacts shows 90 e-scooter riders were treated in A&E units in Bristol in four weeks between…

Chippenham Mum Wants Son Moved After Alleged Care Home Assault

By Karen GardnerBBC Wiltshire reporterImage source, GoogleImage caption, Wiltshire Council said it tried to ensure people in care lived closed to their familiesA mother says her son is not safe after he was allegedly assaulted in his care home by another resident.Sarah Harrington, whose son Brandon Hackett has severe learning difficulties, wants him moved from…

Turnip Prize 2021: ‘Panda Mick’ Wins Spoof Art Award

Image source, Turnip PrizeImage caption, The award is given to the entry created with "the least amount of effort"A soft toy entitled "Panda Mick" has won the annual spoof Turnip Prize competition. The Turnip Prize is organised by a Somerset pub each year as a parody of the world-famous Turner Prize.It is awarded to the…

Woman’s ‘mum Guilt’ Over Rising Costs Leading To Christmas Money Struggles

Image source, Michelle Image caption, Michelle said things are a "real struggle" and for the first time she won't be exchanging gifts with her husband this year, just the childrenA mother-of-three has spoken of her "mum guilt" as the rising cost of bills means less money to spend on Christmas.Michelle, from the West Country, said…

Floating Waste Collection Boat Launched In Bath

A new floating refuse collection has been started by the Canal and River Trust on the Kennet and Avon canal in Bath.The trust says it has to deal with the equivalent of two large construction skips of fly-tipping a week.The new boating service allows boat-dwellers to dispose of larger items which are often hard to…

Jacob Rees-Mogg Investigated By Standards Watchdog

Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg is being investigated over a possible breach of rules on declaring outside earnings.Commons standards commissioner Kathryn Stone did not reveal details of the allegations.But they are understood to relate to £6m in loans Mr Rees-Mogg received from one of his own companies to help buy and renovate his Westminster home.The watchdog…

Clarks Shelves Pay Cut Plans To End Warehouse Strike

By Ben KingBusiness reporter, BBC NewsImage caption, Clarks warehouse workers were on strike for eight weeksClarks has agreed a deal to end an eight-week dispute at its warehouse in Somerset with Community, the union representing striking workers.Employees were taking action over proposals to move staff to new contracts with pay cuts for many.The deal will…

Cyclist Deaths Soar On Rural Roads In England

By Claire MarshallBBC Rural Affairs CorrespondentImage source, Getty ImagesThe coronavirus lockdowns created a cycling boom in England, with record numbers of people out on their bikes to get exercise and fresh air. However, official data from the Department of Transport also shows that many more cyclists died on rural roads in 2020 than in the…

Weston-Super-Mare: Former Drug User Being Trained To Save Lives

Image caption, Volunteer Tim Hurford said the scheme will help to save livesFormer drug users are being trained in how to use medication which can save the lives of people who have overdosed.A group of volunteers are working with drug charity We Are With You in Weston-super-Mare.They are handing out kits which include medication called…

Wrexham 0-2 Yeovil Town

Last updated on 30 November 202130 November 2021.From the section National LeagueYeovil's Daniel Moss in action against Wrexham's Jordan PonticelliYeovil ended 10-man Wrexham's unbeaten home record in the National League.Liam McAlinden was shown a straight red card after the use of an elbow on Daniel Moss during a fiery first half.Josh Staunton met Jordan Barnett's…

Josh Davey: Somerset And Scotland Seam Bowler Extends His Contract With County

Josh Davey has played 31 one-dayers and 28 T20 internationals for ScotlandScotland seam bowler Josh Davey has extended his contract with Somerset until the end of the 2024 season.The 31-year-old, who needs just two more wickets to reach 200 in all formats for the club, has added an extra 12 months to his previous deal.Davey…

TSB To Close Another 70 Branches By July

By Kevin PeacheyPersonal finance correspondent, BBC NewsImage source, Getty ImagesTSB, which had 475 branches just over a year ago, has announced more closures which will leave it with just 220.Another 70 branches are to shut by the end of June, on top of a significant closure programme throughout this year.The bank said the Covid pandemic…

Cancelled Weston Christmas Day Swim Blow To Fundraising

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, It had been hoped the swim could take place in the sea after Marine Lake was closed earlier this yearThe cancellation of a charity Christmas Day swim has been described as a "real blow" for organisers.The Weston Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Christmas Day Dip is normally held at Marine…

Bath: City’s Anti-Terror ‘ring Of Steel’ Could Be Expanded

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The expanded anti-terror "ring of steel" in Bath would come into effect during a heightened threat or crowded eventPlans for a second, expanded, counter-terrorism "ring of steel" around a World Heritage city have been revealed.The wider secure zone around Bath would be controlled by the police and cover much of…

Covid-19: Yate Hospital Workers Facing Increase In Abuse

A hospital worker has said she is seeing more abuse towards staff amid rising hospital wait times.Yate West Gate Minor Injury Unit reception worker Donna Walker said she fears the anger towards staff won't ever stop."We get called all sorts of dreadful names," she said."The clapping was great at the start of lockdown, but now…

Mobility Scooter Rider ‘critical’ After Chard Van Crash

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The collision happened on Furnham RoadA mobility scooter rider has been seriously injured in a collision with a van.The man, in his 80s, was taken to hospital after colliding with a silver Volkswagen Caddy van in Furnham Road, Chard, at 10:10 GMT on Saturday.Avon and Somerset Police said the man remains…

Mobility Scooter Rider ‘critical’ After Chard Van Crash

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The collision happened on Furnham RoadA mobility scooter rider has been seriously injured in a collision with a van.The man, in his 80s, was taken to hospital after colliding with a silver Volkswagen Caddy van in Furnham Road, Chard, at 10:10 GMT on Saturday.Avon and Somerset Police said the man remains…

Yeovil Town 1-1 Dover Athletic

Adi Yussuf's second-half equaliser denied Dover their first win of the season as they drew at Yeovil.Dover took the lead after just two minutes when Yeovil goalkeeper Grant Smith was unable to deal with TJ Bramble's cross which found the net.The hosts came close when Yussuf set up Charlie Wakefield who missed a chance at…

Storm Arwen: Thousands Of Homes In The West Without Power

Image caption, Trees have fallen on to roads, power lines and train lines across the West of EnglandStorm Arwen has left more than 10,000 homes without power after electricity lines were struck by falling trees.The Met Office issued an amber warning for wind between 00:00 and 09:00 GMT on Saturday for the West of England.Fallen…

Storm Arwen: Thousands Of Homes In The West Without Power

Image caption, Trees have fallen on to roads, power lines and train lines across the West of EnglandStorm Arwen has left more than 10,000 homes without power after electricity lines were struck by falling trees.The Met Office issued an amber warning for wind between 00:00 and 09:00 GMT on Saturday for the West of England.Fallen…

Yeovil Town 1-1 Dover Athletic

Adi Yussuf's second-half equaliser denied Dover their first win of the season as they drew at Yeovil.Dover took the lead after just two minutes when Yeovil goalkeeper Grant Smith was unable to deal with TJ Bramble's cross which found the net.The hosts came close when Yussuf set up Charlie Wakefield who missed a chance at…

Christmas Light Displays Back On After Covid And Energy Price Hikes

Image source, Graham HawkesImage caption, There are over 50,000 lights on Graham Hawkes' house in AlmondsburyThe nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Over the past few years increasing numbers of people seem to be getting on board the festive bandwagon and covering their…

Christmas Light Displays Back On After Covid And Energy Price Hikes

Image source, Graham HawkesImage caption, There are over 50,000 lights on Graham Hawkes' house in AlmondsburyThe nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Over the past few years increasing numbers of people seem to be getting on board the festive bandwagon and covering their…

Premiership: Bath 16-23 Exeter Chiefs – Sam Simmonds’ Late Try Downs Spirited Bath

Sam Simmonds' late try was his third of the season as a stuttering Exeter side narrowly wonBath: (10) 16Tries: Reid Con: Bailey Pens: Bailey 3Exeter: (6) 23Tries: Iosefa-Scott, S Simmonds Cons: Slade, J Simmonds Pens: Slade 2, J SimmondsSam Simmonds' late try broke Bath's hearts as Exeter Chiefs inflicted an eighth-straight Premiership defeat on the…

Premiership: Bath 16-23 Exeter Chiefs – Sam Simmonds’ Late Try Downs Spirited Bath

Sam Simmonds' late try was his third of the season as a stuttering Exeter side narrowly wonBath: (10) 16Tries: Reid Con: Bailey Pens: Bailey 3Exeter: (6) 23Tries: Iosefa-Scott, S Simmonds Cons: Slade, J Simmonds Pens: Slade 2, J SimmondsSam Simmonds' late try broke Bath's hearts as Exeter Chiefs inflicted an eighth-straight Premiership defeat on the…

Campaigner ‘thrilled’ As Down Syndrome Law Moves Step Closer

Image caption, Oliver Hellowell is a keen photographerA campaigner whose son has Down's syndrome has said she is "thrilled" local authorities could soon be obliged to support people with Down's syndrome.A Private Members Bill, ensuring those with the genetic condition receive health, education and housing support, has received the government's backing.If passed by Parliament it…

Campaigner ‘thrilled’ As Down Syndrome Law Moves Step Closer

Image caption, Oliver Hellowell is a keen photographerA campaigner whose son has Down's syndrome has said she is "thrilled" local authorities could soon be obliged to support people with Down's syndrome.A Private Members Bill, ensuring those with the genetic condition receive health, education and housing support, has received the government's backing.If passed by Parliament it…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple’s Neighbour Remanded In Custody Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man accused of murdering two of his neighbours while their children slept upstairs has been remanded into custody.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were stabbed to death at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple’s Neighbour Remanded In Custody Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man accused of murdering two of his neighbours while their children slept upstairs has been remanded into custody.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were stabbed to death at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT…

Online Shopping Flooding Somerset Recycling Centres With Cardboard

Image caption, Somerset Waste Partnership is urging people to think before they buy any Black Friday dealsKerbside cardboard recycling volumes are up 35% since before the pandemic, a waste collection company has said.Somerset Waste Partnership is now urging people to 'think before they click' as millions of pounds are spent online on Black Friday.Chief executive…

Online Shopping Flooding Somerset Recycling Centres With Cardboard

Image caption, Somerset Waste Partnership is urging people to think before they buy any Black Friday dealsKerbside cardboard recycling volumes are up 35% since before the pandemic, a waste collection company has said.Somerset Waste Partnership is now urging people to 'think before they click' as millions of pounds are spent online on Black Friday.Chief executive…

Somerset Council Sorry For Failure To Comply With Adoption Regulations

Image caption, Somerset County Council has apologised to the children and their familiesA council leader has apologised after a High Court judge was told of a council's "long-standing failure" to comply with adoption regulations.Somerset County Council said it did not follow the administrative process for handling children's health information.Mrs Justice Roberts warned Somerset County Council's…

Somerset Council Sorry For Failure To Comply With Adoption Regulations

Image caption, Somerset County Council has apologised to the children and their familiesA council leader has apologised after a High Court judge was told of a council's "long-standing failure" to comply with adoption regulations.Somerset County Council said it did not follow the administrative process for handling children's health information.Mrs Justice Roberts warned Somerset County Council's…

Fran Wilson: Western Storm Confirm Return Of Former England Batter

Fran Wilson helped Western Storm reach three Kia Super League finals in her first spell with the regionFormer England batter Fran Wilson has confirmed she will return to play for Western Storm next season."I'm really excited to be back," Wilson, a 2017 World Cup winner, said."It just made sense for me to com e back…

Fran Wilson: Western Storm Confirm Return Of Former England Batter

Fran Wilson helped Western Storm reach three Kia Super League finals in her first spell with the regionFormer England batter Fran Wilson has confirmed she will return to play for Western Storm next season."I'm really excited to be back," Wilson, a 2017 World Cup winner, said."It just made sense for me to com e back…

Avon And Somerset Police Confirm Sarah Crew As Chief Constable

Image caption, Sarah Crew replaces Andy Marsh as chief constableAvon and Somerset Police force has appointed its first female chief constable.Sarah Crew has replaced Andy Marsh, who took over in 2016 and stepped down in June.She was officially confirmed in the role by the area's Police and Crime Panel earlier and described the move as…

Avon And Somerset Police Confirm Sarah Crew As Chief Constable

Image caption, Sarah Crew replaces Andy Marsh as chief constableAvon and Somerset Police force has appointed its first female chief constable.Sarah Crew has replaced Andy Marsh, who took over in 2016 and stepped down in June.She was officially confirmed in the role by the area's Police and Crime Panel earlier and described the move as…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Man Appears In Court Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man has appeared in court accused of murdering a couple while their children slept upstairs.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT on Sunday.They had…

Bath To Hire Dedicated Defence Coach After Review Into Poor Premiership Start

Only Worcester - who have played a game more - have conceded more Premiership points that Bath this seasonBath are to hire a dedicated defence coach as one of a number of changes recommended following a consultation into the team's poor Premiership form. Former Saracens CEO Ed Griffiths was brought into the club in a…

Bath To Hire Dedicated Defence Coach After Review Into Poor Premiership Start

Only Worcester - who have played a game more - have conceded more Premiership points that Bath this seasonBath are to hire a dedicated defence coach as one of a number of changes recommended following a consultation into the team's poor Premiership form. Former Saracens CEO Ed Griffiths was brought into the club in a…

Rise In Long Ambulance Delays Across South West England

Image caption, The delays have been partially blamed on ambulances "stuck" waiting for patients to be admitted to hospitalThere has been a rise in long ambulance waiting times across the South West of England.In August, nine patients who had planned admissions to hospital had to wait more than 24 hours for an ambulance or other…

Rise In Long Ambulance Delays Across South West England

Image caption, The delays have been partially blamed on ambulances "stuck" waiting for patients to be admitted to hospitalThere has been a rise in long ambulance waiting times across the South West of England.In August, nine patients who had planned admissions to hospital had to wait more than 24 hours for an ambulance or other…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Man Charged Over Couple’s Murder

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man has been charged with the murders of a couple who were killed in their home as their children slept upstairs.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at the house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Couple Killed May Have Been Part Of Parking Row

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were killed at their home while their two young children slept upstairsA couple who were killed in their home as their children were asleep upstairs may have been involved in rows over parking, residents said.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Richard Herring Raises £30,000 For Two Hertfordshire Hospitals

Image caption, Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in NorthwoodA comedian has raised more than £30,000 for the hospitals where he received treatment for testicular cancer.Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre…

Richard Herring Raises £30,000 For Two Hertfordshire Hospitals

Image caption, Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in NorthwoodA comedian has raised more than £30,000 for the hospitals where he received treatment for testicular cancer.Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre…

Bromley 1-2 Yeovil Town

Bromley lost for the first time in 12 National League games as Yeovil grabbed victory at Hayes Lane.The visitors opened the scoring after 18 minutes through Tom Knowles who slammed a shot into the bottom corner after Sonny Blu Lo-Everton took advantage of a Bromley mistake.Bromley levelled in the 44th-minute when Michael Cheek converted a…

Bromley 1-2 Yeovil Town

Bromley lost for the first time in 12 National League games as Yeovil grabbed victory at Hayes Lane.The visitors opened the scoring after 18 minutes through Tom Knowles who slammed a shot into the bottom corner after Sonny Blu Lo-Everton took advantage of a Bromley mistake.Bromley levelled in the 44th-minute when Michael Cheek converted a…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Mum Stabbed To Death As Children Slept Upstairs

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured and died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA couple were killed in their home as their two children were asleep upstairs, police have said. Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at the house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Free Drinking Water Refilling Points Aim To Cut Plastic Waste In Somerset

Image caption, Councillor Dixie Darch was the among the first to try out the water refilling point on Minehead seafrontFree drinking water refilling stations are being installed in three towns in Somerset to help reduce single-use plastic waste. It is hoped the measure will encourage people to refill bottles instead of disposing of them and…

Man Released Over Deaths Of Jennifer And Stephen Chapple

Image caption, Floral tributes have been left at the sceneA 67-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a couple in a Somerset village has been released under investigation.The pair, named locally as Jennifer and Stephen Chapple, died at a house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton while two young children were inside on Sunday…

Nicolas Bryan From Weston-Super-Mare Was ‘bright, Gentle Soul’, Family Say

Image source, Avon and Somerset PoliceImage caption, Nicolas Bryan was described as caring and sensitive by his familyThe family of a man who was found with a serious head injury and died, said he would be "hugely missed".Nicolas Bryan was discovered at a house in Rydal Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, at 03:20 GMT on 16 November.The…

Yatton Man James Richardson Sentenced For Trying To Kill His Parents

Image caption, James Richardson breached a restraining order preventing him from visiting his parents at home in YattonA man has been sentenced to at least 24 years in custody for the attempted murder of both of his parents.James Richardson, 33, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court after he admitted trying to…

Norton Fitzwarren Deaths: Man And Woman Killed At House

Image caption, A forensic tent can be seen outside a property in Dragon RiseA man and a woman were killed at a property in Somerset with two young children inside.The pair, aged in their 30s, were found with serious injuries at the house in Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, at about 21:45 GMT…

Tom Abell: Somerset Captain Signs New Contract Through To 2024

Tom Abell was part of the Birmingham Phoenix side that reached the final of this year's The HundredSomerset captain Tom Abell has signed a new contract to keep him at Taunton until the end of the 2024 season.The 27-year-old, whose previous deal expired at the end of 2022, has spent his entire career at the…

Weston-Super-Mare Unexplained Death: Two Further Arrests

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The man was found at a property on Rydal RoadTwo more people have been arrested following the unexplained death of a man who was found with a significant head injury.The man, in his 40s, was discovered at a house in Rydal Road, Weston-super-Mare, at 03:20 GMT on Tuesday.He died in hospital…

North Somerset Crackdown On Dog Owners: Cash Cow Or Fair Enough?

Image caption, Roger and Ciara Nevo regularly walk Buddy in Clarence Park and said "something has to be done" about the dog mess issueDog fouling and irresponsible dog ownership is a subject that frequently gets people talking. Now a council says it is cracking down on those who flout its rules. Dog walkers in North…

Bath Hospital Mural Celebrates African Women In Healthcare

Image source, RUHImage caption, Artist Nadia Lloyd, left, with RUH transformation support officer Olugbemisola Kolade, who features in the muralA mural celebrating the contribution of African women to healthcare has been unveiled.The artwork at the main atrium at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath depicts four women who all have connections to hospitals in…

Birnbeck Pier: Taypayers Won’t Be Asked To Pay For Repairs

Image source, PA MediaImage caption, The pier has been closed to the public for 27 years and has fallen into significant disrepairTaxpayers will not be asked to help pay for an estimated £16m repair project to bring an historic pier back into use.North Somerset Council has agreed to buy Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare from its…

Dagenham & Redbridge 0-1 Yeovil Town

Match ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Yeovil Town 1.Second Half ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Yeovil Town 1.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Morgan Williams replaces Matthew Worthington.Jordan Barnett (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.Joe Quigley (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton replaces Tom Knowles.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Joe Quigley replaces Adi…

Covid Like ‘pressing The Rest Button’ On Body

Image source, RUHImage caption, Caroline Jones said she was hours from passing away on three occasionsA woman who was close to death when she became gravely ill with Covid-19 has spoken about how the virus was like "pressing the rest button" on her body.Caroline Jones was in intensive care in hospital in Bath for 33…

Charity Helps Girl, 7, After Father’s Death

Lena, seven, was just a baby when her father died of cancer.But it was only when she started school that her mother realised she needed support with her grief.The charity Josephine's Star in Yeovil has been helping her via your Children in Need donations.Video journalist: Debs Collins

Flooded Chard Garden ‘like Glastonbury On A Bad Day’

By Ruth BradleyPolitical reporter, BBC Radio SomersetImage caption, Charlotte Pike's garden and home have flooded three times during her pregnancyA couple who claim their regularly flooded garden "looks like Glastonbury Festival on a bad day" are calling on their council to take action.Chard in Somerset suffered "terrifying flash flooding" back in June after heavy rainfall.Charlotte…

Police Appeal After Unexplained Weston-Super-Mare Death

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, Police arrested and released a woman in her 30s under investigationAn investigation has been launched following the unexplained death of a man who was found with a significant head injury.The man in his 40s was found at a house in Rydal Road in Weston-super-Mare, at 03.20 GMT, on Tuesday.Police and…

Somerset Reprimand Jack Brooks Over Historical Tweets

Jack Brooks joined Somerset in 2019Somerset County Cricket Club have "reprimanded" Jack Brooks over historical tweets he sent which contained racist language.The club investigated two tweets, sent in 2012 when the now 37-year-old played for Northamptonshire, as well as calling Cheteshwar Pujara 'Steve' when they were both at Yorkshire.Brooks has "unreservedly" apologised.In a statement, Somerset…

Mercedes Driver Splashed Woman And Rubbed Face In Faeces

Image source, GoogleImage caption, Officers are searching for the driver who assaulted a woman walking in Tweentown, CheddarA woman has been assaulted by a driver who deliberately splashed her by driving through a puddle and then wiped faeces in her face.It happened on 1 November as she was walking with her daughter along Tweentown in…

Teen Leaves Hospital In Limo After Covid Stay

A 15-year-old girl left hospital in a limousine after spending 41 days unconscious with Covid-19. Krystal, who has Down's syndrome, spent her birthday on a ventilator in Bristol Children's Hospital.She arrived home in style and was welcomed by pupils and teachers from her school in Somerset.Teacher Louise Powell said: "As a school we've really missed…

Dana Twidale: Wedding Plan Fraudster Ordered To Pay Back Victims

Image source, Facebook/Carl TwidaleImage caption, Wedding planner Dana Twidale jetted off to Spain when her illegal endeavours were uncoveredA wedding planner who conned would-be brides and grooms out of thousands of pounds has been ordered to pay back just £600.Dana Twidale, from Hull, fleeced £15,000 from 24 couples between 2017 and 2019, as well as…

Widow Of Motorcyclist Killed In Crash Launches Road Safety Campaign

Image source, Ledger Family/ Irwin MitchellImage caption, Following her father's death, nine-year-old Evie has asked her mum who will walk her down the aisle when she gets marriedThe widow of a motorcyclist who died when he was hit by a truck has said she has "never known pain like it".Father-of-two Adam Ledger, 33, was killed…

Weston-Super-Mare Tower Block Plan Sparks Complaints

Image source, CNM EstatesImage caption, The plans include a restaurant, bar, concierge service, leisure facilities, retail units and a series of outdoor terraces.Planners are being urged to stop a huge tower block being built on the site of a former hotel in Weston-Super-Mare.North Somerset Council is being urged to limit the height of any development…

Yatton Attempted Murders: Man Admits Trying To Kill Parents

Image caption, Police were seen in the village of Yatton following the attackA man has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his elderly parents. James Richardson, 33, of no fixed address, admitted trying to kill his mother and father, Janet and George Richardson. The couple, who are in their 60s, were found seriously injured…

Ben Smith: Man Who Died After ‘altercation’ Had ‘so Much Love’

Image source, Family handoutImage caption, Ben Smith's family said they were astounded by the outpouring of love and tributes from the communityAn 18-year-old who died after what police say was an "altercation" outside a McDonald's restaurant was "a very special young man", his family said.Ben Smith, of Melksham, Wiltshire, suffered a head injury in Bath…

COP26 Plan Leaves Young People Feeling ‘betrayed’

Image source, Getty ImagesYoung people have said they feel "betrayed" by the COP26 plan to phase down rather than phase out coal.Students from Bristol and Bath said the resolution's lack of urgency was "frightening and upsetting".A recent study has shown immediate government inaction on climate issues is "inextricably linked" to "eco anxiety" in people under…

Clarks Agrees To Mediation In Fire-And-Rehire Strike

By Ben KingBusiness reporter, BBC NewsImage caption, Protesters marched through the nearby town of StreetThe shoe retailer Clarks has agreed to allow mediators to help resolve a strike at its warehouse in Street, Somerset. The conciliation service Acas confirmed that it is in contact with the company and the union about arranging talks. Staff at…

Azeem Rafiq: English Cricket Is ‘institutionally’ Racist Says Former Yorkshire Player

Emotional Rafiq tells MPs about racism at YorkshireEnglish cricket is "institutionally" racist, says former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq.Rafiq, 30, told a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee that racist language was "constantly" used during his time at Yorkshire.In an emotional testimony, he also said the club gave him "inhuman" treatment after his son was…

Somerset Partnership Helps Cut Mental Health Waiting Times

Image caption, Emily Shepherd speaks to her psychiatrist as part of her treatment at Musgrove Park Hospital in SomersetPsychiatric patients are being seen and treated more quickly after a hospital and mental health trust began working more closely together, say doctors. The merger of Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset with the county mental health trust…

Rail Delay Warning As Line Set To Close For Upgrade Work

Image source, Network RailImage caption, The work includes replacing more than four miles of track between Maiden Newton and YetminsterPassengers using the Weymouth, Dorchester and Yeovil line have been advised to plan ahead as upgrade work gets under way.Sixteen days of work will shut the line from Weymouth to Yeovil Pen Mill from Thursday to…

University Alliance Takes Climate Crisis ‘action’

Image source, Emily MuirImage caption, Emily Muir recently went to the COP26 negotiations and said more education institutions should be coming together to fight climate issuesExperts from four universities have come together to form a regional alliance to tackle climate change.The GW4 Climate Alliance has been formed by researchers from universities in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff…

Somerset: Clarks Staff March In Protest At ‘fire-And-Rehire’ Policy

Image caption, Protesters marched through the nearby town of StreetStriking Clarks workers have marched through Street as part of their ongoing fight over the firm's "fire and rehire" policy.Some staff have been on strike since October after the shoe retailer introduced contracts which, they claim, would equate to a pay cut of up to 20%.Workers…

MPs’ Second Incomes: Who Earns What In The West?

Image caption, Andrew Murrison MP is a former Royal Navy surgeon and was paid £40,000 for helping administer Covid-19 vaccinationsAs MPs continue to face scrutiny over their earnings outside of Parliament, after the resignation of Owen Patterson over a lobbying row and investigations began into Sir Geoffrey Cox, we examine what the situation is with…

Dress Embroidery Project Unifies Women Around The World

An artist has said her dress embroidery project has globally connected women from different cultures.Kirstie Macleod from Somerset started The Red Dress project to help marginalised women tell their stories through embroidery.More than 240 people took part and embroidered an image onto the dress that represents themselves and their culture.It has taken almost 12 years…

Yeovil Town 2-1 Eastleigh

Yeovil beat Eastleigh 2-1 in the National League to move level on points with their opponents in mid-table.Harry Pritchard wasted an early Eastleigh chance and Tyrone Barnett was just unable to connect with Ben House's cross.Yeovil's Dan Moss had an effort blocked and Adi Yussuf headed wide, but Tom Knowles' rocket just before half-time gave…

Sarah Ashwell: Man To Appear In Court Charged With Murder

Image source, Avon and Somerset PoliceImage caption, Sarah Ashwell was found dead in Wells, Somerset, on SundayA man has been charged with the murder of a mum of two who was found dead in her home.The body of 47-year-old Sarah Ashwell was discovered in Wells, Somerset, on Sunday afternoon.Antanas Jankauskas, 38, of Wookey, Somerset, has…

Premiership Rugby Cup: Gloucester 71-10 Bath – Sorry Bath Crushed By Rivals

Bath have now conceded more than 300 points in eight games this season - with Gloucester's Ben Morgan completing his hat-trick shortly after half-timeGloucester: (33) 71Tries: B Morgan 3, Moyle, Ludlow, Ackermann, Davidson, Balmain, Clement 2, Morris Cons: Evans 8 Bath: (3) 10Try: Worboys Con: Worboys Pen: WorboysGloucester crushed rivals Bath 71-10 to win their…

Yate V Yeovil: FA Investigating Alleged Abuse During FA Cup First-Round Tie

Yate Town's Lodge Road ground hosted the FA Cup tie against Yeovil TownThe Football Association is investigating alleged incidents of discriminatory abuse from the stands during the FA Cup game between Yate Town and Yeovil Town.National League side Yeovil beat seventh-tier Yate 5-0 in the first-round tie on 6 November.The match took place at Yate's…

Joe Choong: Olympic Modern Pentathlon Champion Fears Changes Could End Sport

Joe Choong completes the showjumping discipline in Tokyo before winning modern pentathlon Olympic goldOlympic modern pentathlon champion Joe Choong fears for the future of the sport after the governing body announced it is to drop showjumping from the multi-discipline event. The modern pentathlon first featured in the 1912 Olympics, but changes approved last week would…

Hydrogen-Powered Plane Puts Zero Carbon Flights On The Horizon, Its Backers Hope

Zero carbon emission flights could be on the horizon thanks to new plans for a liquid hydrogen-powered plane, the government has said.A midsize aircraft is being designed to carry 279 passengers at the same speed and comfort as today's airliners and it is hoped it could fly from London to San Francisco without stopping, or…

Driver Banned After 122mph Haircut Trip During Lockdown

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, When Robert White was stopped by police he said he had been driving home from Wales after getting his hair cutA man who was clocked speeding at 122mph (196km/h) and told police he was coming home from Wales after a haircut has been disqualified from driving. Robert White, 30, from…

Former Bath Footballer Morgan Dies, Aged 38

Marvin Morgan scored 15 league goals for Shrewsbury between 2011 and 2013Former footballer Marvin Morgan has died, aged 38, several of his previous clubs have reported.The ex-Aldershot, Shrewsbury Town and Plymouth Argyle striker made more than 200 career appearances in the Football League, also spending time on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge and Hartlepool.He also…

Partey: I Rate My Arsenal Performances 4/10

Thomas Partey revealed he is his own worst critic and vowed to deliver better and more consistent performances from the Arsenal midfield.Partey arrived from Atletico Madrid in October 2020 after Arsenal triggered his £45m release clause, but he spent much of his first season adjusting to life in the Premier League without fans, all while…

Gold Cup Hero Subjectivist Returning To Training With Ascot Aim

Fill 2 Copy 11 Created with Sketch. Monday 6 December 2021 10:58, UK Ascot Gold Cup winner Subjectivist is likely to return to training with the aim of being prepared for a defence of his crown in June.The Mark Johnston-trained stayer picked up a serious injury when putting up a startling display at Royal Ascot…

Verstappen-Hamilton In Winner-Takes-All Showdown

Verstappen's 369.5 points plays Hamilton's 369.5 points with one deciding race to go of an incredible season; Drivers' and Constructors' Championships to both be settled at Abu Dhabi's season finale this weekend, with Sunday's race live at 1pm on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event By James Galloway Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:21am Max…

Union Loses Court Challenge Over PM’s Decision To Back Patel Over Bullying Claims

The FDA union has lost a High Court challenge over Boris Johnson's decision to back Priti Patel following accusations that she bullied staff. The prime minister decided last year that the home secretary did not breach the ministerial code by bullying members of her team. This was despite an investigation by the then independent adviser…

Ibrahimovic: I’m A Little Scared To Stop Playing

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he wants to stay at the Serie A club for the rest of his career, admitting he is "scared to stop" playing due to the uncertainty of what comes next after retirement.The 40-year-old Swede's current contract expires at the end of the season, but Ibrahimovic has no plans to…

Roundabout At A417/A436 | Southbound | Broken Down Vehicle

Location : The A417 southbound at the junction with the A436 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Broken down vehicle. Status : Currently Active. Time To Clear : The event is expected to clear between 10:30 and 10:45 on 6 December 2021. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected…

A36 Southbound Between A30 (East) And A338 | Southbound | Congestion

Location : The A36 southbound between the junctions with the A30 East and the A338 . Reason : Congestion. Status : Currently Active. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 09:45 and 10:00 on 6 December 2021. Delay : There are currently delays of 10 minutes against expected traffic.

Is Your Area Among The Worst For COVID Booster Jab Take-Up?

Adults in the UK are being urged to take up the COVID-19 booster vaccine as part of efforts to tackle the spread of the new Omicron variant.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the government is "ramping up capacity" to offer all adults a booster by the end of January.The latest vaccination data shows that the…

Police Investigate Bellingham Referee Comments After Bayern Loss

German police are investigating Jude Bellingham's comments on referee Felix Zwayer after Borussia Dortmund's loss to Bayern Munich, Sky in Germany have been told.Bellingham hit out at the performance of Zwayer during the 3-2 defeat as Dortmund were left frustrated after the referee turned down appeals for a penalty - only to award Bayern one…

Michael Sheen Says He Is Now A ‘social Enterprise, Not-For-Profit’ Actor

Actor Michael Sheen has turned himself into a "not-for-profit" actor, and said that he can fund causes he is passionate about by making movies.He says that the realisation for him was the 2019 Homeless World Cup in Cardiff, which he organised, telling The Big Issue: "I had committed to helping to organise that and then…

A30 Westbound Between A394 And Penzance | Westbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 westbound between the junctions with the A394 and the A3071 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

A30 Westbound Within The A382 Junction | Westbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 westbound at the junction with the A382 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency Roadside Drains works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

A419 Southbound Exit For A361 | Southbound | Road Works

Location : The A419 southbound exit slip to the A361 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadside Drains Works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 6 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.

Gough Named Yorkshire Managing Director Of Cricket

Darren Gough had two spells as a player at Headingley before retiring from cricket and starting a career in broadcasting; Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale and all members of the coaching staff were among 16 people to leave Yorkshire last week amid the racism scandal involving Azeem Rafiq Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:20am Darren Gough has been…

Empty Shelves Threat As Tesco Workers Set For Pre-Christmas Strike Action

Warehouse workers and and drivers at Tesco are to hold a series of strikes over pay which their trade union says could result in shortages in stores.Unite said more than 1,000 of its members - based at depots in Antrim, Belfast, Didcot and Doncaster, would take industrial action. The union said it meant "shoppers in…

Celtic Target J-League Trio & Jota Deal

Celtic are targetting moves for Japanese trio Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi.Manager Ange Postecoglou has already tapped into the J-League market with success, bringing in striker Kyogo Furuhashi from Vissel Kobe in the summer. With the Celtic boss keen for reinforcements, left-back Hatate is due to meet Kawasaki Frontale club chiefs this week…

M5 Northbound Between J21 And J20 | Northbound | Road Works

Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J22 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 6 December 2021 to 04:00 on 7 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.

Boris Johnson Urged To Withdraw £867m Funding For Mozambique Fossil Fuel Project

The UK government must withdraw £867m ($1.15bn) funding promised for a huge Mozambique gas project, as its support is incompatible with climate change targets, a group of environmental experts have urged today.Continuing support for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Cabo Delgado province "risks the UK's credibility as a global leader on the climate…

A30 Eastbound Within The A382 Junction | Eastbound | Road Works

Location : The A30 eastbound between the A386 and the junction with the A382 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 December 2021 to 04:00 on 11 December 2021. Lanes Closed : There will be one of…

Top Five Winners This Past Offseason

The season is just over a month old and the pecking order in the league is slowly starting to materialise. It's still too premature to make widespread assumptions about players and teams and where they're all headed.It's not too early, however, to spot those teams that did serious work in the offseason to enhance their…

Travel Restrictions Weren’t Brought In Too Late Over Omicron Threat, PM Says

The prime minister has rejected suggestions the government acted too late in reintroducing travel restrictions after the discovery of the Omicron variant of COVID-19."We're still waiting to see exactly how dangerous it is, what sort of effect it has in terms of deaths and hospitalisations," Boris Johnson said about the variant. Live COVID updates from…

Root Backs Gough For Yorkshire Role

Ex-England bowler Gough had two spells as a player at Headingley before retiring and starting a broadcasting career; Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale and all members of the coaching staff among 16 people to have recently left the club amid the racism scandal involving former player Azeem Rafiq Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:17am Please use Chrome browser…

India Clinch Series With Record Win Over New Zealand

India complete a record 372-run win over New Zealand in the second Test to seal a 1-0 series win; Jayant Yadav (4-49) did the damage as the tourists lost their last five wickets in 43 minutes at the start of day four to be bowled out for 167 By Reuters Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:49am Jayant…

Zhao Xintong Craving Karaoke Following UK Championship Win

Stars including Jimmy White and Ronnie O'Sullivan have queued up to anoint Zhao Xintong as the next big thing and he lived up to the hype by defeating Luca Brecel in the UK Championship final on Sunday Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:20am Zhao Xintong claimed the UK Championship at the York Barbican Zhao Xintong completed a…

Mitchell Drops 35 As Jazz Squeak Past Cavs

Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points, Rudy Gobert had 20 rebounds and five blocks and the Utah Jazz survived Cleveland's late surge for their fourth straight win, 109-108 over the Cavaliers live on Sky Sports on Sunday.Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Rudy Gay had 15 for Utah, which made 20 3-pointers and gave away a…

‘I Am Where I Am Today Because Of Roberto Martinez’

Shadab Iftikhar says he owes so much to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez for a rise in the game which has just seen him make Scottish football history.British-Pakistani Ifthikar has just landed the manager's job at Highland League side Fort William in a move that will see him become the first British South Asian ever to…

Hollie Doyle Blog: Taking On World’s Best In Hong Kong

Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle is hoping to cap another unforgettable year by playing a starring role in the Longines International Jockeys’ Challenge in Hong Kong this week.Honoured to be riding in Hong Kong challengeI'm so excited to be invited back to ride in the Longines International Jockeys' Challenge at Happy Valley in Hong…

Russia Win First Davis Cup Title In 15 Years

After beating Spain, Russia eliminated Sweden and Germany decisively on their way to Sunday's final as they won the Davis Cup for the first time since lifting the 2006 title; Wins for Andrey Rublev and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev sealed a 2-0 victory over Croatia Last Updated: 06/12/21 6:50am The Russian Tennis Federation celebrate after…

49ers RB Cannon Hospitalised After Seattle Collision

Trenton Cannon's head hit the leg of a teammate as he attempted to tackle DeeJay Dallas on the opening kick-off; medical staff stabilised the player, who spent the night in a Seattle area hospital; Cannon's team San Francisco 49ers confirmed the player had suffered a concussion Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:07am San Francisco 49ers' Trenton Cannon…

Ashes Fifth Test To Be Moved From Perth

Fifth Test will be relocated, with Melbourne standing by to host its second game of series and officials in Tasmania lobby to bring Ashes cricket to Hobart; the first Ashes Test gets under way on Wednesday with Travis Head looking forward to facing Sussex team-mate Ollie Robinson Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:07am Cricket Australia's chief executive…

Meet The Winfield-Hills: Married Couple Who Are Both Sporting Stars

Watch the full interview with England cricketer Lauren and Leeds Rhinos rugby league player Courtney in 'Meet The Winfield-Hills', which will be broadcast on Sky Sports Arena at 4.15pm on Monday, December 6 By Jenna Brooks and Marc Bazeley Last Updated: 06/12/21 10:08am Lauren and Courtney Winfield-Hill spoke to Sky Sports ahead of this year's…

‘Tank’ Davis Retains Belt In Thriving Lightweight Scene

Gervonta Davis battled past Isaac Cruz on Sunday night in Los Angeles to keep hold of his WBA lightweight championship in a thriving lightweight scene.'Tank' won a unanimous decision to remain an undefeated three-weight world champion as the division hots up. Vasiliy Lomachenko makes his return on Saturday against Richard Commey, live on Sky Sports,…

Root: Hostile Environment Can Benefit England

Joe Root knows full well what to expect from the Australia crowd ahead of Ashes opener; England captain believes his team can use crowd's hostility to give them a boost; the first Ashes Test gets under way at the Gabba on Wednesday Last Updated: 06/12/21 9:39am Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video…

Chiefs Extend Win Streak Despite Struggles On Offense

Patrick Mahomes passed for only 184 yards and no touchdowns, with one interception; Teddy Bridgewater threw for 257 yards and was picked off twice, including one returned 75 yards for a touchdown; rookie Javonte Williams carried 23 times for 102 yards Last Updated: 06/12/21 7:04am Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player…

MOBO Awards: See The Full List Of Winners As Dave And Little Simz Bag Trophies

Musicians including Dave, Little Simz, and Ghetts have been honoured at this year's MOBO Awards.The ceremony, which showcases the best black music in the UK, Africa, the Caribbean, and beyond, also hailed London rapper Central Cee as the best drill act. Rapper Dave won album of the year after picking up the most MOBO nominations…

Users Face Removal Of Passports And Driving Licences Under PM’s New 10-Year Drugs Plan

Harsher punishments to deter drug use, including the removal of passports and driving licences, night-time curfews and travel bans like those imposed on football hooligans, will form part of a government crackdown on illegal drug-related crime.As part of a 10-year plan for tackling drugs crime in England and Wales and taking on the "kingpins" behind…

Hundreds Of Runners Enjoy Charity Santa Dash

Image source, Saltford Santa DashImage caption, A sea of red and white as the adult runners get under way in the Saltford Santa DashHundreds of runners dressed as Father Christmas have taken part in a charity event which has raised about £94,000 since it began eight years ago.The Saltford Santa Dash saw competitors young and…

Model Behaviour: Gisele Bundchen Saves Turtle Caught In Net

Gisele Bundchen went from supermodel to superhero after saving a sea turtle tangled in a fishing net.Bundchen, 41, posted a video of the rescue to her Instagram on Saturday. "Life is a series of opportunities that appear daily, and we choose what to do with them. Today was no different," she wrote in the post.…

New Spider-Man Film ‘beats Bond To Set UK Ticket-Sale Record’

The new Spider-Man film has set a ticket-sale record in the UK before its highly-anticipated release, according to reports.The Marvel movie, called Spider-Man: No Way Home, sold more than 150,000 tickets in the first 24 hours of going on sale at Vue Cinemas, the company announced. The sales are more than double the previous record…

Moat At Bishop’s Palace In Wells ‘smells Like Slurry’

Image source, James CrossImage caption, Head Gardener James Cross said the water was a 'chocolate brown colour'The moat at the Bishop's Palace in Wells has been polluted, according to a post on the tourist attraction's Instagram page. Speaking to the BBC, James Cross, property manager and head gardener of the estate, said: "We smelt it…

Company ‘could Lose £54m Somerset Healthcare Contract’

Image source, ThinkstockImage caption, The care service provides district nurses, health visitors and social workers to some of the most vulnerable and houseboundVirgin Care could see a £54m-a-year contract to deliver health and care services withdrawn. Councillors and clinicians in Bath and North East Somerset were told on Wednesday the company had been acquired by…

Roelof Van Der Merwe: Somerset All-Rounder Extends Deal Until End Of 2023 Season

Roelof van der Merwe helped Somerset reach the final of the T20 Blast in 2021Somerset all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe has extended his deal until the end of the 2023 season.The 36-year-old Netherlands international is in his second spell with the club, having rejoined in 2016."I'm really pleased to have extended my time at Somerset.…

Premiership: Northampton 40-19 Bath – Saints Ease To Bonus-Point Win Over Bottom Side

Northampton number eight Juarno Augustus got both of his two tries before the breakNorthampton (28) 40Tries: Augustus 2, Skosan 2, Hutchinson, Freeman Cons: Biggar 4, FurbankBath (12) 19Tries: Underhill, Boyce, Stuart Cons: De Glanville 2Northampton Saints climbed to third in the Premiership as they handed bottom side Bath their ninth straight defeat.Saints earned their bonus…

Community Art Projects Receive £1.8m Boost

Image source, Len CoplandImage caption, Arts Council investment means Sedgemoor can now fund more arts activities like these stilts performers at Journey ExchangeCommunities living in Sedgemoor are set to benefit from £1.8m of new Arts Council funding.It is one of the areas the Arts Council has identified as having especially low involvement in arts and…

Elections For New Somerset Council To Be Held In May 2022

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The new single authority will run Somerset from April 2023Elections to a newly-created county authority will take place in 2022.Voters will go to the polls in May to elect the 110 councillors who will form the new Somerset Council.The unitary authority will replace Somerset County Council and the current four district…

Bristol: E-Scooter Injuries ‘costing NHS £1k Per Patient’

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The Voi e-scooter trials cover a number of English citiesInjuries caused by e-scooters cost the NHS £1,000 per patient on average in one city, it has been claimed.A new report by transport safety charity Pacts shows 90 e-scooter riders were treated in A&E units in Bristol in four weeks between…

Chippenham Mum Wants Son Moved After Alleged Care Home Assault

By Karen GardnerBBC Wiltshire reporterImage source, GoogleImage caption, Wiltshire Council said it tried to ensure people in care lived closed to their familiesA mother says her son is not safe after he was allegedly assaulted in his care home by another resident.Sarah Harrington, whose son Brandon Hackett has severe learning difficulties, wants him moved from…

Turnip Prize 2021: ‘Panda Mick’ Wins Spoof Art Award

Image source, Turnip PrizeImage caption, The award is given to the entry created with "the least amount of effort"A soft toy entitled "Panda Mick" has won the annual spoof Turnip Prize competition. The Turnip Prize is organised by a Somerset pub each year as a parody of the world-famous Turner Prize.It is awarded to the…

Woman’s ‘mum Guilt’ Over Rising Costs Leading To Christmas Money Struggles

Image source, Michelle Image caption, Michelle said things are a "real struggle" and for the first time she won't be exchanging gifts with her husband this year, just the childrenA mother-of-three has spoken of her "mum guilt" as the rising cost of bills means less money to spend on Christmas.Michelle, from the West Country, said…

Floating Waste Collection Boat Launched In Bath

A new floating refuse collection has been started by the Canal and River Trust on the Kennet and Avon canal in Bath.The trust says it has to deal with the equivalent of two large construction skips of fly-tipping a week.The new boating service allows boat-dwellers to dispose of larger items which are often hard to…

Jacob Rees-Mogg Investigated By Standards Watchdog

Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg is being investigated over a possible breach of rules on declaring outside earnings.Commons standards commissioner Kathryn Stone did not reveal details of the allegations.But they are understood to relate to £6m in loans Mr Rees-Mogg received from one of his own companies to help buy and renovate his Westminster home.The watchdog…

Clarks Shelves Pay Cut Plans To End Warehouse Strike

By Ben KingBusiness reporter, BBC NewsImage caption, Clarks warehouse workers were on strike for eight weeksClarks has agreed a deal to end an eight-week dispute at its warehouse in Somerset with Community, the union representing striking workers.Employees were taking action over proposals to move staff to new contracts with pay cuts for many.The deal will…

Cyclist Deaths Soar On Rural Roads In England

By Claire MarshallBBC Rural Affairs CorrespondentImage source, Getty ImagesThe coronavirus lockdowns created a cycling boom in England, with record numbers of people out on their bikes to get exercise and fresh air. However, official data from the Department of Transport also shows that many more cyclists died on rural roads in 2020 than in the…

Weston-Super-Mare: Former Drug User Being Trained To Save Lives

Image caption, Volunteer Tim Hurford said the scheme will help to save livesFormer drug users are being trained in how to use medication which can save the lives of people who have overdosed.A group of volunteers are working with drug charity We Are With You in Weston-super-Mare.They are handing out kits which include medication called…

Wrexham 0-2 Yeovil Town

Last updated on 30 November 202130 November 2021.From the section National LeagueYeovil's Daniel Moss in action against Wrexham's Jordan PonticelliYeovil ended 10-man Wrexham's unbeaten home record in the National League.Liam McAlinden was shown a straight red card after the use of an elbow on Daniel Moss during a fiery first half.Josh Staunton met Jordan Barnett's…

Josh Davey: Somerset And Scotland Seam Bowler Extends His Contract With County

Josh Davey has played 31 one-dayers and 28 T20 internationals for ScotlandScotland seam bowler Josh Davey has extended his contract with Somerset until the end of the 2024 season.The 31-year-old, who needs just two more wickets to reach 200 in all formats for the club, has added an extra 12 months to his previous deal.Davey…

TSB To Close Another 70 Branches By July

By Kevin PeacheyPersonal finance correspondent, BBC NewsImage source, Getty ImagesTSB, which had 475 branches just over a year ago, has announced more closures which will leave it with just 220.Another 70 branches are to shut by the end of June, on top of a significant closure programme throughout this year.The bank said the Covid pandemic…

Cancelled Weston Christmas Day Swim Blow To Fundraising

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, It had been hoped the swim could take place in the sea after Marine Lake was closed earlier this yearThe cancellation of a charity Christmas Day swim has been described as a "real blow" for organisers.The Weston Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Christmas Day Dip is normally held at Marine…

Bath: City’s Anti-Terror ‘ring Of Steel’ Could Be Expanded

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The expanded anti-terror "ring of steel" in Bath would come into effect during a heightened threat or crowded eventPlans for a second, expanded, counter-terrorism "ring of steel" around a World Heritage city have been revealed.The wider secure zone around Bath would be controlled by the police and cover much of…

Covid-19: Yate Hospital Workers Facing Increase In Abuse

A hospital worker has said she is seeing more abuse towards staff amid rising hospital wait times.Yate West Gate Minor Injury Unit reception worker Donna Walker said she fears the anger towards staff won't ever stop."We get called all sorts of dreadful names," she said."The clapping was great at the start of lockdown, but now…

Mobility Scooter Rider ‘critical’ After Chard Van Crash

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The collision happened on Furnham RoadA mobility scooter rider has been seriously injured in a collision with a van.The man, in his 80s, was taken to hospital after colliding with a silver Volkswagen Caddy van in Furnham Road, Chard, at 10:10 GMT on Saturday.Avon and Somerset Police said the man remains…

Mobility Scooter Rider ‘critical’ After Chard Van Crash

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The collision happened on Furnham RoadA mobility scooter rider has been seriously injured in a collision with a van.The man, in his 80s, was taken to hospital after colliding with a silver Volkswagen Caddy van in Furnham Road, Chard, at 10:10 GMT on Saturday.Avon and Somerset Police said the man remains…

Yeovil Town 1-1 Dover Athletic

Adi Yussuf's second-half equaliser denied Dover their first win of the season as they drew at Yeovil.Dover took the lead after just two minutes when Yeovil goalkeeper Grant Smith was unable to deal with TJ Bramble's cross which found the net.The hosts came close when Yussuf set up Charlie Wakefield who missed a chance at…

Storm Arwen: Thousands Of Homes In The West Without Power

Image caption, Trees have fallen on to roads, power lines and train lines across the West of EnglandStorm Arwen has left more than 10,000 homes without power after electricity lines were struck by falling trees.The Met Office issued an amber warning for wind between 00:00 and 09:00 GMT on Saturday for the West of England.Fallen…

Storm Arwen: Thousands Of Homes In The West Without Power

Image caption, Trees have fallen on to roads, power lines and train lines across the West of EnglandStorm Arwen has left more than 10,000 homes without power after electricity lines were struck by falling trees.The Met Office issued an amber warning for wind between 00:00 and 09:00 GMT on Saturday for the West of England.Fallen…

Yeovil Town 1-1 Dover Athletic

Adi Yussuf's second-half equaliser denied Dover their first win of the season as they drew at Yeovil.Dover took the lead after just two minutes when Yeovil goalkeeper Grant Smith was unable to deal with TJ Bramble's cross which found the net.The hosts came close when Yussuf set up Charlie Wakefield who missed a chance at…

Christmas Light Displays Back On After Covid And Energy Price Hikes

Image source, Graham HawkesImage caption, There are over 50,000 lights on Graham Hawkes' house in AlmondsburyThe nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Over the past few years increasing numbers of people seem to be getting on board the festive bandwagon and covering their…

Christmas Light Displays Back On After Covid And Energy Price Hikes

Image source, Graham HawkesImage caption, There are over 50,000 lights on Graham Hawkes' house in AlmondsburyThe nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Over the past few years increasing numbers of people seem to be getting on board the festive bandwagon and covering their…

Premiership: Bath 16-23 Exeter Chiefs – Sam Simmonds’ Late Try Downs Spirited Bath

Sam Simmonds' late try was his third of the season as a stuttering Exeter side narrowly wonBath: (10) 16Tries: Reid Con: Bailey Pens: Bailey 3Exeter: (6) 23Tries: Iosefa-Scott, S Simmonds Cons: Slade, J Simmonds Pens: Slade 2, J SimmondsSam Simmonds' late try broke Bath's hearts as Exeter Chiefs inflicted an eighth-straight Premiership defeat on the…

Premiership: Bath 16-23 Exeter Chiefs – Sam Simmonds’ Late Try Downs Spirited Bath

Sam Simmonds' late try was his third of the season as a stuttering Exeter side narrowly wonBath: (10) 16Tries: Reid Con: Bailey Pens: Bailey 3Exeter: (6) 23Tries: Iosefa-Scott, S Simmonds Cons: Slade, J Simmonds Pens: Slade 2, J SimmondsSam Simmonds' late try broke Bath's hearts as Exeter Chiefs inflicted an eighth-straight Premiership defeat on the…

Campaigner ‘thrilled’ As Down Syndrome Law Moves Step Closer

Image caption, Oliver Hellowell is a keen photographerA campaigner whose son has Down's syndrome has said she is "thrilled" local authorities could soon be obliged to support people with Down's syndrome.A Private Members Bill, ensuring those with the genetic condition receive health, education and housing support, has received the government's backing.If passed by Parliament it…

Campaigner ‘thrilled’ As Down Syndrome Law Moves Step Closer

Image caption, Oliver Hellowell is a keen photographerA campaigner whose son has Down's syndrome has said she is "thrilled" local authorities could soon be obliged to support people with Down's syndrome.A Private Members Bill, ensuring those with the genetic condition receive health, education and housing support, has received the government's backing.If passed by Parliament it…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple’s Neighbour Remanded In Custody Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man accused of murdering two of his neighbours while their children slept upstairs has been remanded into custody.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were stabbed to death at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple’s Neighbour Remanded In Custody Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man accused of murdering two of his neighbours while their children slept upstairs has been remanded into custody.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were stabbed to death at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT…

Online Shopping Flooding Somerset Recycling Centres With Cardboard

Image caption, Somerset Waste Partnership is urging people to think before they buy any Black Friday dealsKerbside cardboard recycling volumes are up 35% since before the pandemic, a waste collection company has said.Somerset Waste Partnership is now urging people to 'think before they click' as millions of pounds are spent online on Black Friday.Chief executive…

Online Shopping Flooding Somerset Recycling Centres With Cardboard

Image caption, Somerset Waste Partnership is urging people to think before they buy any Black Friday dealsKerbside cardboard recycling volumes are up 35% since before the pandemic, a waste collection company has said.Somerset Waste Partnership is now urging people to 'think before they click' as millions of pounds are spent online on Black Friday.Chief executive…

Somerset Council Sorry For Failure To Comply With Adoption Regulations

Image caption, Somerset County Council has apologised to the children and their familiesA council leader has apologised after a High Court judge was told of a council's "long-standing failure" to comply with adoption regulations.Somerset County Council said it did not follow the administrative process for handling children's health information.Mrs Justice Roberts warned Somerset County Council's…

Somerset Council Sorry For Failure To Comply With Adoption Regulations

Image caption, Somerset County Council has apologised to the children and their familiesA council leader has apologised after a High Court judge was told of a council's "long-standing failure" to comply with adoption regulations.Somerset County Council said it did not follow the administrative process for handling children's health information.Mrs Justice Roberts warned Somerset County Council's…

Fran Wilson: Western Storm Confirm Return Of Former England Batter

Fran Wilson helped Western Storm reach three Kia Super League finals in her first spell with the regionFormer England batter Fran Wilson has confirmed she will return to play for Western Storm next season."I'm really excited to be back," Wilson, a 2017 World Cup winner, said."It just made sense for me to com e back…

Fran Wilson: Western Storm Confirm Return Of Former England Batter

Fran Wilson helped Western Storm reach three Kia Super League finals in her first spell with the regionFormer England batter Fran Wilson has confirmed she will return to play for Western Storm next season."I'm really excited to be back," Wilson, a 2017 World Cup winner, said."It just made sense for me to com e back…

Avon And Somerset Police Confirm Sarah Crew As Chief Constable

Image caption, Sarah Crew replaces Andy Marsh as chief constableAvon and Somerset Police force has appointed its first female chief constable.Sarah Crew has replaced Andy Marsh, who took over in 2016 and stepped down in June.She was officially confirmed in the role by the area's Police and Crime Panel earlier and described the move as…

Avon And Somerset Police Confirm Sarah Crew As Chief Constable

Image caption, Sarah Crew replaces Andy Marsh as chief constableAvon and Somerset Police force has appointed its first female chief constable.Sarah Crew has replaced Andy Marsh, who took over in 2016 and stepped down in June.She was officially confirmed in the role by the area's Police and Crime Panel earlier and described the move as…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Man Appears In Court Over Murders

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man has appeared in court accused of murdering a couple while their children slept upstairs.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at their house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 21:45 GMT on Sunday.They had…

Bath To Hire Dedicated Defence Coach After Review Into Poor Premiership Start

Only Worcester - who have played a game more - have conceded more Premiership points that Bath this seasonBath are to hire a dedicated defence coach as one of a number of changes recommended following a consultation into the team's poor Premiership form. Former Saracens CEO Ed Griffiths was brought into the club in a…

Bath To Hire Dedicated Defence Coach After Review Into Poor Premiership Start

Only Worcester - who have played a game more - have conceded more Premiership points that Bath this seasonBath are to hire a dedicated defence coach as one of a number of changes recommended following a consultation into the team's poor Premiership form. Former Saracens CEO Ed Griffiths was brought into the club in a…

Rise In Long Ambulance Delays Across South West England

Image caption, The delays have been partially blamed on ambulances "stuck" waiting for patients to be admitted to hospitalThere has been a rise in long ambulance waiting times across the South West of England.In August, nine patients who had planned admissions to hospital had to wait more than 24 hours for an ambulance or other…

Rise In Long Ambulance Delays Across South West England

Image caption, The delays have been partially blamed on ambulances "stuck" waiting for patients to be admitted to hospitalThere has been a rise in long ambulance waiting times across the South West of England.In August, nine patients who had planned admissions to hospital had to wait more than 24 hours for an ambulance or other…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Man Charged Over Couple’s Murder

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA man has been charged with the murders of a couple who were killed in their home as their children slept upstairs.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at the house on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Couple Killed May Have Been Part Of Parking Row

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were killed at their home while their two young children slept upstairsA couple who were killed in their home as their children were asleep upstairs may have been involved in rows over parking, residents said.Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Richard Herring Raises £30,000 For Two Hertfordshire Hospitals

Image caption, Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in NorthwoodA comedian has raised more than £30,000 for the hospitals where he received treatment for testicular cancer.Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre…

Richard Herring Raises £30,000 For Two Hertfordshire Hospitals

Image caption, Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in NorthwoodA comedian has raised more than £30,000 for the hospitals where he received treatment for testicular cancer.Richard Herring wanted to thank NHS staff at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre…

Bromley 1-2 Yeovil Town

Bromley lost for the first time in 12 National League games as Yeovil grabbed victory at Hayes Lane.The visitors opened the scoring after 18 minutes through Tom Knowles who slammed a shot into the bottom corner after Sonny Blu Lo-Everton took advantage of a Bromley mistake.Bromley levelled in the 44th-minute when Michael Cheek converted a…

Bromley 1-2 Yeovil Town

Bromley lost for the first time in 12 National League games as Yeovil grabbed victory at Hayes Lane.The visitors opened the scoring after 18 minutes through Tom Knowles who slammed a shot into the bottom corner after Sonny Blu Lo-Everton took advantage of a Bromley mistake.Bromley levelled in the 44th-minute when Michael Cheek converted a…

Jennifer And Stephen Chapple: Mum Stabbed To Death As Children Slept Upstairs

Image source, Jennifer ChappleImage caption, Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured and died at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, SomersetA couple were killed in their home as their two children were asleep upstairs, police have said. Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at the house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset,…

Free Drinking Water Refilling Points Aim To Cut Plastic Waste In Somerset

Image caption, Councillor Dixie Darch was the among the first to try out the water refilling point on Minehead seafrontFree drinking water refilling stations are being installed in three towns in Somerset to help reduce single-use plastic waste. It is hoped the measure will encourage people to refill bottles instead of disposing of them and…

Man Released Over Deaths Of Jennifer And Stephen Chapple

Image caption, Floral tributes have been left at the sceneA 67-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a couple in a Somerset village has been released under investigation.The pair, named locally as Jennifer and Stephen Chapple, died at a house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton while two young children were inside on Sunday…

Nicolas Bryan From Weston-Super-Mare Was ‘bright, Gentle Soul’, Family Say

Image source, Avon and Somerset PoliceImage caption, Nicolas Bryan was described as caring and sensitive by his familyThe family of a man who was found with a serious head injury and died, said he would be "hugely missed".Nicolas Bryan was discovered at a house in Rydal Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, at 03:20 GMT on 16 November.The…

Yatton Man James Richardson Sentenced For Trying To Kill His Parents

Image caption, James Richardson breached a restraining order preventing him from visiting his parents at home in YattonA man has been sentenced to at least 24 years in custody for the attempted murder of both of his parents.James Richardson, 33, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court after he admitted trying to…

Norton Fitzwarren Deaths: Man And Woman Killed At House

Image caption, A forensic tent can be seen outside a property in Dragon RiseA man and a woman were killed at a property in Somerset with two young children inside.The pair, aged in their 30s, were found with serious injuries at the house in Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, at about 21:45 GMT…

Tom Abell: Somerset Captain Signs New Contract Through To 2024

Tom Abell was part of the Birmingham Phoenix side that reached the final of this year's The HundredSomerset captain Tom Abell has signed a new contract to keep him at Taunton until the end of the 2024 season.The 27-year-old, whose previous deal expired at the end of 2022, has spent his entire career at the…

Weston-Super-Mare Unexplained Death: Two Further Arrests

Image source, GoogleImage caption, The man was found at a property on Rydal RoadTwo more people have been arrested following the unexplained death of a man who was found with a significant head injury.The man, in his 40s, was discovered at a house in Rydal Road, Weston-super-Mare, at 03:20 GMT on Tuesday.He died in hospital…

North Somerset Crackdown On Dog Owners: Cash Cow Or Fair Enough?

Image caption, Roger and Ciara Nevo regularly walk Buddy in Clarence Park and said "something has to be done" about the dog mess issueDog fouling and irresponsible dog ownership is a subject that frequently gets people talking. Now a council says it is cracking down on those who flout its rules. Dog walkers in North…

Bath Hospital Mural Celebrates African Women In Healthcare

Image source, RUHImage caption, Artist Nadia Lloyd, left, with RUH transformation support officer Olugbemisola Kolade, who features in the muralA mural celebrating the contribution of African women to healthcare has been unveiled.The artwork at the main atrium at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath depicts four women who all have connections to hospitals in…

Birnbeck Pier: Taypayers Won’t Be Asked To Pay For Repairs

Image source, PA MediaImage caption, The pier has been closed to the public for 27 years and has fallen into significant disrepairTaxpayers will not be asked to help pay for an estimated £16m repair project to bring an historic pier back into use.North Somerset Council has agreed to buy Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare from its…

Dagenham & Redbridge 0-1 Yeovil Town

Match ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Yeovil Town 1.Second Half ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Yeovil Town 1.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Morgan Williams replaces Matthew Worthington.Jordan Barnett (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.Joe Quigley (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton replaces Tom Knowles.Substitution, Yeovil Town. Joe Quigley replaces Adi…

Covid Like ‘pressing The Rest Button’ On Body

Image source, RUHImage caption, Caroline Jones said she was hours from passing away on three occasionsA woman who was close to death when she became gravely ill with Covid-19 has spoken about how the virus was like "pressing the rest button" on her body.Caroline Jones was in intensive care in hospital in Bath for 33…

Charity Helps Girl, 7, After Father’s Death

Lena, seven, was just a baby when her father died of cancer.But it was only when she started school that her mother realised she needed support with her grief.The charity Josephine's Star in Yeovil has been helping her via your Children in Need donations.Video journalist: Debs Collins

Flooded Chard Garden ‘like Glastonbury On A Bad Day’

By Ruth BradleyPolitical reporter, BBC Radio SomersetImage caption, Charlotte Pike's garden and home have flooded three times during her pregnancyA couple who claim their regularly flooded garden "looks like Glastonbury Festival on a bad day" are calling on their council to take action.Chard in Somerset suffered "terrifying flash flooding" back in June after heavy rainfall.Charlotte…

Police Appeal After Unexplained Weston-Super-Mare Death

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, Police arrested and released a woman in her 30s under investigationAn investigation has been launched following the unexplained death of a man who was found with a significant head injury.The man in his 40s was found at a house in Rydal Road in Weston-super-Mare, at 03.20 GMT, on Tuesday.Police and…

Somerset Reprimand Jack Brooks Over Historical Tweets

Jack Brooks joined Somerset in 2019Somerset County Cricket Club have "reprimanded" Jack Brooks over historical tweets he sent which contained racist language.The club investigated two tweets, sent in 2012 when the now 37-year-old played for Northamptonshire, as well as calling Cheteshwar Pujara 'Steve' when they were both at Yorkshire.Brooks has "unreservedly" apologised.In a statement, Somerset…

Mercedes Driver Splashed Woman And Rubbed Face In Faeces

Image source, GoogleImage caption, Officers are searching for the driver who assaulted a woman walking in Tweentown, CheddarA woman has been assaulted by a driver who deliberately splashed her by driving through a puddle and then wiped faeces in her face.It happened on 1 November as she was walking with her daughter along Tweentown in…

Teen Leaves Hospital In Limo After Covid Stay

A 15-year-old girl left hospital in a limousine after spending 41 days unconscious with Covid-19. Krystal, who has Down's syndrome, spent her birthday on a ventilator in Bristol Children's Hospital.She arrived home in style and was welcomed by pupils and teachers from her school in Somerset.Teacher Louise Powell said: "As a school we've really missed…

Dana Twidale: Wedding Plan Fraudster Ordered To Pay Back Victims

Image source, Facebook/Carl TwidaleImage caption, Wedding planner Dana Twidale jetted off to Spain when her illegal endeavours were uncoveredA wedding planner who conned would-be brides and grooms out of thousands of pounds has been ordered to pay back just £600.Dana Twidale, from Hull, fleeced £15,000 from 24 couples between 2017 and 2019, as well as…

Widow Of Motorcyclist Killed In Crash Launches Road Safety Campaign

Image source, Ledger Family/ Irwin MitchellImage caption, Following her father's death, nine-year-old Evie has asked her mum who will walk her down the aisle when she gets marriedThe widow of a motorcyclist who died when he was hit by a truck has said she has "never known pain like it".Father-of-two Adam Ledger, 33, was killed…

Weston-Super-Mare Tower Block Plan Sparks Complaints

Image source, CNM EstatesImage caption, The plans include a restaurant, bar, concierge service, leisure facilities, retail units and a series of outdoor terraces.Planners are being urged to stop a huge tower block being built on the site of a former hotel in Weston-Super-Mare.North Somerset Council is being urged to limit the height of any development…

Yatton Attempted Murders: Man Admits Trying To Kill Parents

Image caption, Police were seen in the village of Yatton following the attackA man has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his elderly parents. James Richardson, 33, of no fixed address, admitted trying to kill his mother and father, Janet and George Richardson. The couple, who are in their 60s, were found seriously injured…

Ben Smith: Man Who Died After ‘altercation’ Had ‘so Much Love’

Image source, Family handoutImage caption, Ben Smith's family said they were astounded by the outpouring of love and tributes from the communityAn 18-year-old who died after what police say was an "altercation" outside a McDonald's restaurant was "a very special young man", his family said.Ben Smith, of Melksham, Wiltshire, suffered a head injury in Bath…

COP26 Plan Leaves Young People Feeling ‘betrayed’

Image source, Getty ImagesYoung people have said they feel "betrayed" by the COP26 plan to phase down rather than phase out coal.Students from Bristol and Bath said the resolution's lack of urgency was "frightening and upsetting".A recent study has shown immediate government inaction on climate issues is "inextricably linked" to "eco anxiety" in people under…

Clarks Agrees To Mediation In Fire-And-Rehire Strike

By Ben KingBusiness reporter, BBC NewsImage caption, Protesters marched through the nearby town of StreetThe shoe retailer Clarks has agreed to allow mediators to help resolve a strike at its warehouse in Street, Somerset. The conciliation service Acas confirmed that it is in contact with the company and the union about arranging talks. Staff at…

Azeem Rafiq: English Cricket Is ‘institutionally’ Racist Says Former Yorkshire Player

Emotional Rafiq tells MPs about racism at YorkshireEnglish cricket is "institutionally" racist, says former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq.Rafiq, 30, told a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee that racist language was "constantly" used during his time at Yorkshire.In an emotional testimony, he also said the club gave him "inhuman" treatment after his son was…

Somerset Partnership Helps Cut Mental Health Waiting Times

Image caption, Emily Shepherd speaks to her psychiatrist as part of her treatment at Musgrove Park Hospital in SomersetPsychiatric patients are being seen and treated more quickly after a hospital and mental health trust began working more closely together, say doctors. The merger of Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset with the county mental health trust…

Rail Delay Warning As Line Set To Close For Upgrade Work

Image source, Network RailImage caption, The work includes replacing more than four miles of track between Maiden Newton and YetminsterPassengers using the Weymouth, Dorchester and Yeovil line have been advised to plan ahead as upgrade work gets under way.Sixteen days of work will shut the line from Weymouth to Yeovil Pen Mill from Thursday to…

University Alliance Takes Climate Crisis ‘action’

Image source, Emily MuirImage caption, Emily Muir recently went to the COP26 negotiations and said more education institutions should be coming together to fight climate issuesExperts from four universities have come together to form a regional alliance to tackle climate change.The GW4 Climate Alliance has been formed by researchers from universities in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff…

Somerset: Clarks Staff March In Protest At ‘fire-And-Rehire’ Policy

Image caption, Protesters marched through the nearby town of StreetStriking Clarks workers have marched through Street as part of their ongoing fight over the firm's "fire and rehire" policy.Some staff have been on strike since October after the shoe retailer introduced contracts which, they claim, would equate to a pay cut of up to 20%.Workers…

MPs’ Second Incomes: Who Earns What In The West?

Image caption, Andrew Murrison MP is a former Royal Navy surgeon and was paid £40,000 for helping administer Covid-19 vaccinationsAs MPs continue to face scrutiny over their earnings outside of Parliament, after the resignation of Owen Patterson over a lobbying row and investigations began into Sir Geoffrey Cox, we examine what the situation is with…

Dress Embroidery Project Unifies Women Around The World

An artist has said her dress embroidery project has globally connected women from different cultures.Kirstie Macleod from Somerset started The Red Dress project to help marginalised women tell their stories through embroidery.More than 240 people took part and embroidered an image onto the dress that represents themselves and their culture.It has taken almost 12 years…

Yeovil Town 2-1 Eastleigh

Yeovil beat Eastleigh 2-1 in the National League to move level on points with their opponents in mid-table.Harry Pritchard wasted an early Eastleigh chance and Tyrone Barnett was just unable to connect with Ben House's cross.Yeovil's Dan Moss had an effort blocked and Adi Yussuf headed wide, but Tom Knowles' rocket just before half-time gave…

Sarah Ashwell: Man To Appear In Court Charged With Murder

Image source, Avon and Somerset PoliceImage caption, Sarah Ashwell was found dead in Wells, Somerset, on SundayA man has been charged with the murder of a mum of two who was found dead in her home.The body of 47-year-old Sarah Ashwell was discovered in Wells, Somerset, on Sunday afternoon.Antanas Jankauskas, 38, of Wookey, Somerset, has…

Premiership Rugby Cup: Gloucester 71-10 Bath – Sorry Bath Crushed By Rivals

Bath have now conceded more than 300 points in eight games this season - with Gloucester's Ben Morgan completing his hat-trick shortly after half-timeGloucester: (33) 71Tries: B Morgan 3, Moyle, Ludlow, Ackermann, Davidson, Balmain, Clement 2, Morris Cons: Evans 8 Bath: (3) 10Try: Worboys Con: Worboys Pen: WorboysGloucester crushed rivals Bath 71-10 to win their…

Yate V Yeovil: FA Investigating Alleged Abuse During FA Cup First-Round Tie

Yate Town's Lodge Road ground hosted the FA Cup tie against Yeovil TownThe Football Association is investigating alleged incidents of discriminatory abuse from the stands during the FA Cup game between Yate Town and Yeovil Town.National League side Yeovil beat seventh-tier Yate 5-0 in the first-round tie on 6 November.The match took place at Yate's…

Joe Choong: Olympic Modern Pentathlon Champion Fears Changes Could End Sport

Joe Choong completes the showjumping discipline in Tokyo before winning modern pentathlon Olympic goldOlympic modern pentathlon champion Joe Choong fears for the future of the sport after the governing body announced it is to drop showjumping from the multi-discipline event. The modern pentathlon first featured in the 1912 Olympics, but changes approved last week would…