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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.


Christmas comes early for Bristol Zoo's gorillas

Bristol Zoo’s six gorillas have received their own stockings, full of their favourite vegetables, to celebrate the festive season.

Potatoes and apples for this youngster. Credit: Bristol Zoo

"As well as being a form of enrichment for our gorillas, to stimulate their naturally inquisitive and playful behaviour, each one of the six stockings represents a 10% decline in western lowland gorilla numbers in the wild in the last 20 years, equating to a devastating 60% in the last two decades."

– Lynsey Bugg, Assistant Curator of Mammals at Bristol Zoo
The male silverback got involved too. Credit: Bristol Zoo

Whilst the Zoo’s gorillas may be enjoying treats this Christmas, their critically endangered cousins in Cameroon are increasingly facing threats.

Western lowland gorillas are being hunted at a rapid rate. This critically endangered animal is a victim of sustenance hunting in Cameroon.

The species is critically endangered in the wild. Credit: Bristol Zoo

"We have a long term commitment to conserve this species. We are working with local communities in Cameroon to engage them in putting less pressure on the western lowland gorilla population, either through alternative farming practices or rewarding those who expose gorilla hunters.”

– Christoph Schwitzer, Director of Conservation for the Bristol Zoological Society

Christmas getaway begins in Bristol

Bristol Airport is expecting one of its busiest-ever weekends Credit: PA

The big Christmas getaway has started as schools break up and people head off for the festive break.

Bristol Airport is expecting one of its busiest-ever weekends. Twenty thousand passengers will be flying into and out of the terminal on Sunday alone.

On the roads, the AA says Christmas shopping means congestion is likely around Cribbs Causeway. But there's some good news for motorists. The Highways Agency says it's suspending some motorway roadworks.

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