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A first look at the news in the Meridian region this Friday with Amanda Piper. And to find out what the weather has in store for us today, Helen Plint has the forecast.

Today's top stories:- Fraud Jail - A criminal gang has been jailed for one of the biggest alcohol smuggling frauds ever uncovered in the UK. Kevin Burrage and his brother in law, Gary Clark, who are both from Southend, imported and exported alcohol without paying tax, worth £50 million annually.

The Bug's Back - The Royal Berkshire Hospital has confirmed an outbreak of the Norovirus. Restrictions have now been introduced on visitors to try to prevent the winter vomiting bug spreading further.

Off We Go! Hastings United players have left the town for one of the most historic matches in the club's history. The Us face Championship high fliers Middlesborough in the third round of the FA Cup tomorrow.

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