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Bristol overturn half-time deficit to beat Bedford

Bristol overturned a ten point half-time deficit to win 28-24 at Bedford in rugby's Championship.

Andy Robinson's men scored four tries through Chris Brooker (2), Olly Robinson and Andy Short, maintaining their 100% winning record.

In the Premiership, Bath take on Exeter Chiefs at the Rec tomorrow (2pm), while Gloucester entertain Wasps on Sunday (2.30pm).

Police investigate unexplained death in Bath

Police in Bath are investigating an unexplained death of a 51-year-old man.

Officers were called to a railway archway on Lower Bristol Road just after 1.30pm on Christmas Eve, after a member of the public found a man’s body.

The man’s death is unexplained but we are treating it as suspicious due to the nature of his injuries.

It’s taken time to identify the man but his next of kin have now been located and informed. They’re being fully supported and our thoughts are with them at this very sad time.

A formal identification procedure has not yet taken place and a forensic post-mortem examination is in the process of being carried out to confirm how the man died.

We’re working hard to establish the full circumstances surrounding his death and we want to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area around archway 81 on the Lower Bristol Road, on or before Christmas Eve.

– Det Insp Julie MacKay, Avon & Somerset Police


Wins for Bristol City & Swindon keep it tight at the top

Today's local football results.

Bristol City have won the West Country derby with Yeovil at Ashton Gate. Matt Smith and a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas penalty with the goals for City, before Ben Nugent pulled one back with a late long-range effort. Kieran Agard also missed a first-half penalty for the hosts. The Glovers are now bottom of the table after Crewe won at Oldham, while the win keeps Steve Cotterill's men at the top of League One.

They're one point ahead of Swindon, who had a convincing 4-1 win at Walsall. Andy Williams scored twice with Michael Smith and Massimo Luongo also on target.

In League Two, Cheltenham lost 1-0 at Exeter City. Tom Nichols scored the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute.

In the Conference, Forest Green Rovers twice threw away the lead against Kidderminster. A late goal giving the visitors a 3-2 win.

And Bristol Rovers won 2-1 at Torquay thanks to first-half goals from Matty Taylor and Neal Trotman. Rovers are now 2nd in the table, 9 points behind leaders Barnet.

Record King George VI win for Paul Nicholls

Silviniaco Conti ridden by Noel Fehily on their way to victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Somerset trainer Paul Nicholls has secured a record ninth win in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

His 15-8 favourite Silviniaco Conti, with Noel Fehily in the saddle, led from start to finish ahead of Dynaste (7-1) and Al Ferof (7-1).

Earlier at Kempton, a statue of Nicholls' legendary chaser Kauto Star was unveiled.

Jockey Noel Fehily celebrates on Silviniaco Conti after winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

And how did Nicholls celebrate his record-breaking win? With some fast-food!

Forest Green Rovers lose at home to Kidderminster

Forest Green Rovers have been beaten 3-2 at home by Kidderminster in the Conference.

Rovers led twice through Lee Hughes and James Norwood, but were pegged back on each occasion.

Aman Verma hit the winner for the visitors in the 81st minute.


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Gary Johnson is back at Ashton Gate as Yeovil take on League One leaders Bristol City. Credit: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

All our football teams are in action today as part of the busy festive period.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson returns to Ashton Gate today for the first time since leaving Bristol City in 2010.

You can follow your team's progress this afternoon by clicking on the links below from 3pm for live text updates.


Forest Green Rovers vs Kidderminster (1pm kick-off)

Torquay United vs Bristol Rovers

Statue of Kauto Star unveiled at Kempton

Owner Clive Smith with Kauto Star at the unveiling of his statue in the parade ring at Kempton Park today. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

A statue of legendary Somerset-trained horse Kauto Star has been unveiled at Kempton Park in Surrey.

Paul Nicholls' chaser won the traditional King George VI Boxing Day race at a record five times.

The sculpture, by Charlie Langton, is sited in the parade ring and was specially commissioned to mark his remarkable record in the race.

Kauto Star was paraded in front of the Boxing Day crowd by owner Clive Smith. After retiring from the sport in 2012, he's now being trained as a show horse in dressage.

Kauto Star and owner Clive Smith stand in front of his statue at Kempton today. Credit: Phil Cole/EMPICS Sport

Bargain hunters queueing since 5am in Bristol

Queues began forming at 5am at Cabot Circus in Bristol. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive

Thousands of bargain hunters across the West have been heading to the shops for the post-Christmas sales.

Queues began forming as early as 5am at Cabot Circus in Bristol.

Since Black Friday, Cabot Circus has been very busy - it’s been a strong Christmas shopping season for us.

Today we’re seeing a real buzz at Cabot Circus with customers making the most of the Boxing Day sales and taking advantage the best bargains.

It’s looking extremely busy in the centre, and many shoppers began queuing in the early hours for some of the most anticipated sales. We could see up to 100,000 shoppers at Cabot Circus today.

– Stephanie Lacey, Centre Director, Cabot Circus
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