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Business Secretary backs high tech firms in Bristol

Vince Cable meets Leah Rider, who's just started on the graduate scheme at the National Composites Centre Credit: ITV News

The Business Secretary Vince Cable is on a visit to Bristol in which he is calling in at some of the most cutting edge firms in the region.

His first stop was to open a £28 million extension to the National Composites Centre at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. It conducts research into materials that can be used in industries including aerospace, motorsport, marine and satellite.

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Blue shark spotted by cameraman in Brixham

It's not every day you come across a blue shark while out filming for ITV News West Country Credit: ITV News

Eagle-eyed cameraman Matt Mulcrone spotted a shark-like fish in the background of a shot which interviewing a diver by the breakwater in Brixham.

He thought it was a dogfish. The diver, Ian Russell from Bristol, followed it and was able to pick it up. He identified it as a rare blue shark and told ITV News West Country he was thrilled as he had never seen anything like it in 12 years of diving off the South Devon coast.

He immediately returned it to the water and encouraged it to swim away.

Bristol diver Ian Russell was thrilled by the discovery Credit: ITV News

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Sam Burgess pulls on a Bath shirt for the first time

Sam Burgess appears at the Rec for the first time Credit: ITV News

Rugby League star Sam Burgess has made the switch to Rugby Union. He signed a three year contract with Bath but his start was delayed while he recovered after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket in the NRL Grand Final.

Burgess, who's 25, was hurt six seconds into the match, his last league game before switching from League to Union, but played on to help South Sydney Rabbitohs win the title.

He was at the Rec this morning, wearing a Bath shirt and meeting the media for the first time.

Here's a brief clip of the moment Slammin' Sam posed for the cameras.

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Bristol's Black History Month ends after 40 events

Black History Month has drawn to a close in Bristol with the sound of African drums. It was just one of at least 40 events that took place across the city through October, celebrating black history, culture and heritage.

It also saw a group of students being honoured for their work in the community helping to promote diversity, and speaking out about racism.

New Wiltshire Air Ambulance to begin in 2015

The new Wiltshire Air Ambulance is due to go into service in the New Year, heralding the end of a long association with the county's police force.

The two organisations have been sharing an emergency response helicopter since 1990. But new legislation means it now has to operate separately from the police. The new Bell 429 helicopter has rapid response capabilities and a top speed of 180 miles an hour.

Vince Cable to announce £50 million for SW businesses

Vince Cable will be in the region today to announce £50 million worth of funding for companies in the South West.

The Business Secretary will visit Bristol and Gloucestershire to make a series of announcements in support of high-tech manufacturing - including officially opening a £28 million extension to the National Composites Centre in South Gloucestershire (Emerson's Green).

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