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Sun comes down on Weston seafront

The sun casts an icy shadow in Weston-super-Mare Credit: Jamie Beard

One of our cameramen, Jamie Beard, has taken this stunning shot in Weston-super-Mare. Despite the icy weather, it shows the sun still working hard, turning the Weston Seaquarium into a shadowy silhouette.

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First Asian mayor of Gloucester joins UKIP

A former Mayor of Gloucester and Sikh immigrant has defected from Labour to UKIP.

59-year-old Harjit Gill moved from India to the UK in the seventies for an arranged marriage.

He works as a Postmaster and became Gloucester's first Asian mayor in 2007.

Harjit Gill at his mayor-making in 2007 Credit: ITV News

Mr Gill says despite being a member of the Labour Party for 20 years, he feels his views are in line with what UKIP wants. His wife Jasminder remains a Labour Gloucestershire County councillor.

I was in the Labour party for 20 years. But more and more I think my views are in line with what UKIP want.

I think Britain should be out of the European Union. We are in the back seat there.

I have spoken with Nigel Farage many times and we agree on a lot. They need a strong person to talk to them.

I'm not worried - UKIP is changing a lot. If there are people with views that are racially prejudiced, I will challenge them.

– Harjit Gill
Harjit Gill says he will challenge any racially-prejudiced views within UKIP Credit: ITV News

Third man arrested over Christmas Eve murder

51-year-old Thomas Downey, known as Manchester Tommy, was found dead in Bath on Christmas Eve Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have arrested a third man following the death of Thomas Downey in Bath on Christmas Eve.

His body was discovered under an archway, off Lower Bristol Road. A post mortem examination found he had died from significant head injuries.

The 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. A 33-year-old arrested over the weekend remains in police custody. A 37-year-old man, who was also arrested over the weekend, has been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Just how urgent is your emergency?

Gloucestershire Care Services Trust is urging people to think before making that out-of-hours call Credit: ITV News

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has revealed that people contacting its out-of-hours services have a funny idea of emergencies.

It comes as South Western Ambulance received an unprecedented number of calls over the weekend, putting the service under incredible pressure.

It says the following were among the top five reasons for people asking for help over the holiday.

  • Request for repeat prescription
  • Coughs and colds
  • Sickness

Surely a pharmacist could have helped or these issues could have waited until GP surgeries re-opened?


Police search for missing 78-year-old man

Adrian Lee was last seen leaving the Sugarloaf pub on Boxing Day Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Concern is increasing for the welfare of 78-year-old Adrian Lee. The pensioner was last seen leaving the Sugarloaf public house, St Marks Road, Easton on Boxing Day at about 10pm.

He is thought to have been wearing brown trousers and a jumper.

Because of his age, Adrian is frail and has been getting confused recently.

Police say he has not gone missing before and did not meet friends on Saturday or Sunday, as planned, which they say is completely out of character.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 999, quoting reference MP3199/14.

Police given more time to hold Bath murder suspect

Police investigating the murder of a man in Bath have been given an extra 36 hours to question a 33-year-old man. A second man, aged 37, who was also arrested, has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The body of Thomas Downey was found in Bath on Christmas Eve Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A post mortem examination found that 51-year-old Thomas Downey, known as "Manchester Tommy" died from significant head injuries. His body was found near Bath Spa train station on Lower Bristol Road on Christmas Eve.

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