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Frost is forecast for Christmas Day

The weather will be colder and brighter over Christmas but then unsettled into the weekend Credit: ITV News

The Met Office has issued the following forecast for this evening into Christmas Day:

It will be dry with clear spells through the evening and night. Winds will ease, which with clear skies will allow a patchy frost to form. Minimum temperature 3C (37F).

There will be a chilly to start on Christmas Day, but staying fine, dry and cold. There will be plenty of sunshine throughout, and clear spells during the evening will lead to a widespread frost. Maximum temperature 9C (48F).

It will be cold and dry at first on Boxing Day, then turning cloudy, wet and windy later.

Heavy rain and gales are possible possible overnight and through Saturday. On Sunday it will be drier and colder.

Gifts flood in for Santa Paws appeal in Somerset

Everything seems brighter when you have your own ball Credit: Sedgemoor District Council

Sedgemoor District Council says its first Santa Paws appeal has been a great success.

We have been bowled over by the generosity of the public and the number of donations received for the appeal. Hundreds of individual items such as toys, blankets, chews, bowls and leads, as well as filled shoeboxes, have been received. I can’t wait to deliver all the items to the many stray and rescue dogs awaiting adoption.

– Fiona Dickson, Dog Warden, Sedgemoor District Council
Some of the pet toys donated to the Santa Paws appeal Credit: Sedgemoor District Council

The dogs who have received their goodies already have certainly had an extra wag of their tail.

We have some really lovely dogs that are in desperate need of a loving home and we would urge people fully committed to dog ownership to come and have a look after Christmas.

– Fiona Dickson, Dog Warden, Sedgemoor District Council
A homeless hound unwraps his doggy gifts Credit: Sedgemoor District Council


  1. Meridian

Road rage attacker punches driver and tries to pull him through car window - in busy Tesco car park

The victim of a road rage incident has been punched by a driver who also tried to pull through him through the car window.

The incident, in which a 63-year-old man suffered injuries to his face and arms, happened in a busy Tesco car park on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said: "The victim was driving a Citroen Picasso along the A30 from Ludwell towards Shaftesbury when a gold or bronze 4x4 vehicle pulled out into his path, causing the victim to slam on his brakes and sound the horn.

"The offender pulled over to the side of the road to allow the victim to pass before following his vehicle to the Tesco car park in Christy’s Lane.

"While the victim was reversing into a parking space, the offender approached and, without provocation, aimed a punch through an open window, knocking off his glasses. The suspect also attempted to pull the victim through the car window."

  1. West Country (W)

Community rallies around pensioner who had Christmas presents stolen

Complete strangers have been organising donations for Mrs Griffiths. Credit: ITV News

81-year-old Margaret Griffiths had spent the past few weeks carefully gathering and wrapping presents for her large family, and arranging them under the tree.

But at some point between last Friday night and Saturday morning, someone broke in to her Bridgwater home and took all 19. However it is not just Mrs Griffiths' family who are outraged by what has happened.

Local people - many complete strangers - have clubbed together to replace the presents, using social media to get organised and even getting local businesses to chip in. Fay Loveridge read about the incident in the Facebook group Breaking News Somerset and Beyond, and was moved to help give Mrs Griffiths "just a bit of Christmas back".

Hospital beats bug in time for Christmas

All wards have returned to normal at Weston General Hospital Credit: ITV News

A hospital that was hit by the winter vomiting bug norovirus has re-opened all its wards in time for Christmas. At one point four wards were closed to new admissions at Weston General Hospital.

The trust has extended visiting times from 10am to 8pm between Christmas Day and Sunday 28 December. It is still warning visitors to remain vigilant and not to come if anyone has had a bug or cold or flu symptoms in the last two days.


More than 100 people arrested in drink drive campaign

54 people have so far been named publically during Avon & Somerset Police's campaign Credit: PA

Avon & Somerset Police have stopped 3,676 drivers during their Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign. Operation Tonic started on 1 December.

106 of those have been arrested and 54 of them have been charged and named in a policy introduced by the force this year.

144 were charged last year during the whole festive campaign

The figures are encouraging so far because they show that we have been very active across the force, educating, enforcing and spreading the word that drink or drug driving is a serious crime that will not be tolerated.

The figures also seem to indicate that drivers seem to be heeding that message. We want people to carry on being law-abiding and responsible, and help make our roads safer for all not just at this time but throughout 2015 and beyond.

– Road Safety Superintendent Richard Corrigan

View from the top: repairman climbs tallest cathedral

HIs heart was in his mouth and the adrenalin was pumping.

Those are the words of the church worker who had to climb to the top of the country's tallest cathedral spire in Salisbury to repair a weather meter.

Gary Price says the worst moment was when he had to step outside a small window near the base of the spire for the final climb to the summit.

Penny Silvester's report includes pictures from Salisbury Cathedral.

  1. West Country (W)

Happy ending as injured deer gets its festive freedom

Going home for Christmas. Credit: Secret World Wildlife Rescue.

A roe deer that went blind after a car accident in Weston-super-mare has made a full recovery - just in time to help Rudolph with the deliveries.

She happened to be hit by veterinary nurse Emma Canill, who, when she saw what she had done, immediately rushed the unconscious animal to the surgery where she works.

Luckily she checked with a local wildlife rescue centre if she could just let her go, who pointed out that deer in traffic accidents can go temporarily blind from stress.

Naming her Prancer, Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill looked after her for several days, treating an ulcer in her eye. She was well enough yesterday to be released back into the wild.

Prancer is now back where she belongs - and Santa can rest easy that his sleigh is well tended.

No time to waste. Credit: Secret World Wildlife Rescue
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