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BREAKING: Dad scales Everest in Gloucestershire

James Bottger on one of his 75 ascents of Robinswood Hill Credit: ITV News

A self-confessed unfit man from Gloucestershire has managed to scale the height of Everest to raise money to help his daughter to walk.

James Bottger has climbed Robinswood Hill in Gloucester 75 times in a row. He started on Saturday and finished just before 10pm tonight, 22 December.

He has climbed the equivalent of almost 9,000m - and on his final ascent was accompanied by 60 people to celebrate his achievement.

He wanted to raise £20,000 to pay for three-year-old Charlotte to have an operation - he has smashed that target - the current total is around £25,000.


Chief Constable misconduct hearing will be in private

Nick Gargan denies any wrongdoing Credit: PA

A gross misconduct hearing into the actions of the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset will not be held in public.

Nick Gargan was suspended from his role in May accused of inappropriate behaviour towards women and disclosing confidential information. The Independent Police Complaints Commission consulted on holding the hearing in the open but found that vulnerable witnesses should be protected in giving evidence. Mr Gargan denies the claims.

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Woman dials 999 to deal with dead cat

The South Western Ambulance Service has had one of its busiest weekends on record - with the control room handling an unprecedented number of calls. And while the majority were genuine emergencies, there is a growing problem with time wasters who needlessly call 999.

The call below, in which a woman calls the emergency services after finding a dead cat, is just one example of what operators have to deal with.


Yeovil Town - Man U tickets touted online for hundreds

All the tickets were officially sold by 3pm. Credit: Twitter

Tickets for Yeovil Town's dream third-round tie against Premiership giants Manchester United went on sale this morning, with fans camping overnight and queuing around the ground from the early hours.

All tickets were sold out by 3pm. However within minutes of sales closing tickets were appearing online for as high as £250, not including pricey booking and delivery fees.

Family tribute to Bristol man who died in Avon Gorge

Jamie Tipper with his niece Kalayah-Rose. Credit: Family

The family of Jamie Tipper, whose body was found in the Avon Gorge on Saturday night, have paid tribute to the 28-year-old.

We, Paul & Debra Tipper (Jamie's parents) and family are sad to report the tragic loss of our son and brother Jamie Tipper who fell to his death on the evening of 20th Dec 2014.

Jamie will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him, especially his twin brother Craig, brothers Daniel, Ben, Ross, and sister Amy

We would all appreciate time to come to terms with our loss.

– Jamie Tipper's family

Bath Rugby sign "talented and exciting" Matawalu

Bath Rugby have signed young Fijian scrum-half Nikola Matawalu, currently with the Glasgow Warriors, for the 2015/16 season.

25-year-old Matawalu has scored 22 tries in 59 appearances with the Warriors, and has represented Fiji 21 times on the national stage.

Niko is an incredibly talented and exciting young player, and we’re eager to see his skill-set worked into our attacking style of play. He’s a great character, and we know he’ll fit in really well at the Club.

– Mike Ford, Head Coach of Bath Rugby
Nikola Matawalu celebrates a win. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

I’m really happy to be joining Bath next season. They are a very ambitious club with a very talented squad and coaching team.

I’m looking forward to getting settled in and testing myself in the Aviva Premiership and top flight of Europe, but for the remainder of the season my focus will be with Glasgow.

– Nikola Matawalu
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