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Bath Rugby to go for glory in first final for a decade

Mike Ford's team will be hoping for celebration rather than sorrow tonight. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Bath Rugby squad will head to London later ahead of their biggest game for more than a decade.

Mike Ford's men take on Saracens tomorrow in the Premiership Final at Twickenham. It is the first time they have reached the final since 2004, when they were beaten by Wasps. Will they be crowned English champions over a decade on?


Rescue boat used during Somerset floods gets new home

The road to Muchelney was cut off during the floods, and the only way in or out was by boat. Credit: ITV News

A rescue boat which was a lifeline for stranded villagers during last year's floods in Somerset is being given a new home this morning.

It was bought after the village of Muchelney was cut off by the water, but now the road has been raised to prevent it being flooded again. The villagers have decided to loan it permanently to Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) Search & Rescue in Burnham-on-Sea, which was first on the scene during the crisis.

Rescue boats were a lifeline for Muchelney residents during the floods. Credit: ITV News

Teenager facing spinal surgery trying to break World Record for largest teddy bear's picnic

A North Somerset teenager facing spinal surgery is attempting to break the World Record for the largest 'teddy bear's picnic on a mountain summit'.

Tomorrow 14 year-old Emma Welch will hike up Mount Snowdon - with help from her little friends - in an attempt to raise thousands of pounds for Brain Tumour Research.

In 2012 she climbed the equivalent of Everest on an indoor climbing wall for the same charity.

Gloucester foodbank users can now get help with fuel payments

Anti-poverty charities are teaming up with one of the big four energy companies to help users. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Foodbank users in Gloucester can now get help with their fuel payments.

A trial starts today in a partnership between one of the big four energy companies and two anti-poverty charities, The Trussell Trust and National Energy Action.

Under the scheme, those people with a foodbank voucher could qualify for a £49 credit to top up their gas and electricity meter.


Day two of the Royal Bath and West Show

It's day two of the Royal Bath and West Show and with the sun still shining tens of thousands of people have spent the day at the site near Shepton Mallet.

Amongst them was the Environment Secretary Liz Truss who met with farmers to discuss the Government's pledges to help rural communities.

Victoria Davies reports

Man loses part of his arm after tree falls on top of him

A man has lost part of his arm after he was crushed by a tree in Mapperton.

Emergency services rushed to the woodland after reports the man in his 50s had sustained a 'severe injury' after a tree fell on top of him.

The man, who had been working in the woodland, was airlifted to Bristol's Southmead Hospital after part of his arm was amputated.

It is believed the man was working in woodland and the tree has fallen on him, severely injuring his arm.

Because of the location, the coastguard helicopter was called to the scene to help get him into the air ambulance.

– Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, spokesman

Two fire crews attended the incident, alongside the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and the Coastguard rescue helicopter.

Swindon Town duo join QPR

Massimo Luongo playing for Swindon in the play-off final at Wembley. Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Archive

Swindon Town midfielders Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin have joined Championship side Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

Australian international Luongo, 22, initially joined Swindon on loan in 2013 before completing a permanent move later that summer. He made over a century of appearances for Town and netted 14 goals.

Gladwin, also 22, signed from non-league Marlow in 2013, scored 11 goals last season - with eight of them coming in the Robins' final seven fixtures.

Ben Gladwin celebrates his goal against Sheffield United in the play-off semi-finals earlier this month. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

I'm really pleased to be joining the club - and I'm really excited.

There was interest from the Premier League but for me, personally, I think this move is a little more realistic at this stage of my career.

Playing is what it's all about, sitting on the bench is no way to improve your game.

Chris Ramsey is a fantastic coach and I'm sure he'll improve me on the training pitch.

I spoke to him earlier this week and was hugely impressed by what he had to say and where he sees me fitting in.

– Ben Gladwin
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