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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:


Bath beat local rivals Gloucester at Kingsholm

Gloucester's James Hook is tackled by Bath's Alafoti Fa'osiliva and Jonathan Joseph. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Bath have kept up the pressure on Premiership leaders Northampton with a 39-16 win over West Country rivals Gloucester at Kingsholm.

George Ford kicked five first half penalties to make it 15-9 at the turnaround.

A penalty try and a Matt Garvey score put Bath further ahead. Dan Robson immediately reduced the deficit with the hosts' only try of the game, before Garvey went over again in the final minute.

It's Bath's biggest ever league win at Kingsholm.

Full report to follow.

Defeats for all our League One teams

All three of our League One teams lost 1-0 today.

Top-of-the-table Bristol City have been beaten 1-0 at bottom club Crewe. The only goal of the game was scored in the 74th minute after City had Derrick Williams sent off for two bookable offences.

Swindon Town missed the chance to go top. Michael Smith saw his penalty saved as Mark Cooper's men suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Doncaster. The visitors' winner also came from the penalty spot.

Yeovil Town were unable to build on their two straight wins last week. They lost 1-0 at home to second-from-bottom Colchester, who leap-frog the Glovers in the table.

In League Two, Cheltenham Town drew 1-1 with Portsmouth, despite taking the lead through Omari Sterling-James' first half strike.

Last night in the Conference, Forest Green Rovers lost 2-1 at Grimsby, while Bristol Rovers beat Gateshead 3-2 at the Memorial Stadium.

Norovirus closes a fourth ward at Weston General

Fourth ward closes at Weston General Hospital due to an outbreak of norovirus Credit: ITV West Country

A fourth ward has been closed at Weston General Hospital due to an outbreak of norovirus.

Cheddar ward has been closed because of another outbreak of the vomiting bug.

Three wards were closed earlier this week, but Kewstoke was reopened on Friday. Uphill and Berrow remain closed.

Restrictions are in place and visitors have been asked to stay away unless absolutely necessary.


Man climbs the height of Everest to help daughter walk

A self-confessed unfit man from Gloucestershire will this weekend climb the height of Mount Everest to raise money to help his daughter to walk.

James Bottger will climb Robinswood Hill in Gloucester 75 times in a row - the equivalent of the almost 9000metres - to try to raise enough money to pay for 3 year old Charlotte to have an operation in America.

He's supported by our Pride of Britain winner Jamie McDonald - who has set up a new foundation to encourage charity challenges with his cousin Kev Brady. Ken Goodwin reports:

To donate some money towards Charlotte's treatment follow this link to the Superheroes website.

Work begins over Christmas to create new route to the West

Disused royal mail conveyor will be removed from Bristol Temple Meads station on Christmas day Credit: ITV West Country

Work will begin at Bristol Temple Meads station tonight to remove the disused mail conveyor.

It will begin the process of the electrification of the main line to the South West - which is expected to be finished by 2017. The work to remove the old Royal Mail conveyor will be finished while the station is closed on Christmas day.

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