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Winter solstice celebrations at Stonehenge

For many this marks the beginning of winter. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Thousands of people are gathering at Stonehenge in Wiltshire this morning to celebrate the winter solstice.

It is one of the rare occasions when visitors can get close and actually touch the stones. The event marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. It is also regarded as the first day of winter. Sunrise is just after eight.


Third person charged over death of Somerset pensioner

David Hick died when he was hit by a car in Bruton, Somerset Credit: Family

A third person has been charged in connection with the death of an 84-year-old Somerset.

David Hick died after he was hit by a car that failed to stop in Cole Road in the village of Bruton.

Joseph Breen, aged 38, of Crowmarsh Gardens, London has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Two people have already been charged in connection with the fail to stop incident.

Robert Finlay, aged 47 of Rickhayes, Wincanton, has been charged with causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving, failing to stop at an incident, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and failing to report a road traffic collision.

And Felicity Wheeler, aged 31, of Rickhayes, Wincanton, has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

All three are to appear at South Somerset Magistrates Court in Yeovil on January 20 2015.


Man arrested after body discovered in Avon Gorge

Police cordoned off an are of the Downs in Bristol Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Payne

A man has been arrested following the death of another man in Bristol yesterday.

The body of a 28 year old man was found near the Portway. Police were called just after 7:30pm to reports that a man had fallen off the Avon Gorge near Circular Road in Clifton.

His death is being treated as suspicious.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the man’s death and is in custody for questioning.

We’re appealing for anyone who was on the Clifton Down or Circular Road between 7pm and 7.30pm on Saturday to call us with any information which could assist our ongoing inquiry.

– Det Insp Louise Boyce

Blind man calls for crossing after being hospitalised

A blind pensioner from North Somerset is in hospital with a fractured skull after being hit by a car - at exactly the spot where he has been campaigning for a crossing.

79-year-old Ray Stevens says he blames the local council for his injuries after rejecting his pleas to improve safety on a busy road.

Richard Payne reports:

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