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Gloucester hope to lift European trophy tonight

Billy Meakes scores Gloucester's first try during the European Challenge Cup Semi Final against Exeter Chiefs. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Gloucester will be looking to lift their first European trophy in 9 years tonight.

The Cherry and Whites take on Edinburgh in the final of the Challenge Cup at the Twickenham Stoop (7.45pm).

It's Gloucester's only chance of silverware this season after another disappointing Premiership campaign.

David Humphreys' men reached the final after beating Exeter Chiefs in a thrilling semi-final last month.

First ever high-wire wedding takes place in Somerset

Professional rope walker Chris Bull will marry Phoebe Baker 25 metres in the air at Wookey Hole. Credit: ITV News

The UK's first ever high wire wedding takes place in Somerset later.

Professional rope walker Chris Bull will marry Phoebe Baker 25 metres in the air at Wookey Hole.

Starting from opposite ends of a 75 metre-long high-wire, the couple will meet in the middle and say 'I do'.

An ordained ringmaster will conduct the ceremony by megaphone from the ground.


19th Century Stonehenge guide book goes on display

The oldest Stonehenge guide book from 1823 will go on display at a new exhibition today. Credit: English Heritage

A new exhibition opens today at the Stonehenge visitor centre looking back at the history of the site as a tourist attraction.

Objects on display include the oldest Stonehenge guide book from 1823, early 20th Century tickets, and souvenirs from over the years.

The exhibition will run until March.

Stonehenge. Credit: English Heritage

Muchelney raised road scheme shortlisted for award

The road leading to Muchelney has been raised by more than a metre in places. Credit: ITV News West Country

A road raising scheme on the Somerset Levels has been shortlisted for an award.

The road leading to Muchelney was raised more than a metre in places after the village was cut off for around 10 weeks by flooding early last year.

Somerset County Council has been shortlisted for The Municipal Journal Achievement Awards, with the winners announced next month.

Labour leader Ed Miliband in Bristol later

Ed Miliband pictured during the special BBC Question Time programme last night. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

With 6 days to go before the General Election, Ed Miliband will be in Bristol later.

The Labour leader will announce that if elected, his party will abolish the so called 'bedroom tax'.

Labour say they will make new funds available to offset the costs of the tax for all families currently paying it. The money would be distributed through local authorities.

Birds of prey to solve Gloucester's seagull problem

A specialist company will use birds of prey to scare the seagulls away. Credit: Holger Hollemann/DPA/PA

Plans to rid Gloucester of thousands of seagulls have been announced.

A specialist company will use birds of prey to scare the birds away, and nests will be removed by pest controllers.

The city council had been spending £20,000 a year oiling eggs to stop them hatching. That budget has now been significantly increased in a bid to solve the problem.

New gull proof bins are also being installed in the city centre.


Gloucestershire police criticised over domestic abuse murder

Hollie Gazzard was stabbed to death by her boydfriend (pictured) in the hairdressers where she worked in February last year Credit: ITV News

An investigation has criticised the way Gloucestershire police dealt with a woman in the lead up to her murder.

In February last year 20 year-old Hollie Gazzard reported her ex-boyfriend for stealing money from her account- three days later she was killed by him.

Asher Maslin stabbed her to death in broad daylight at the hairdresser's where she worked in Southgate Street in Gloucester.

An independent review by the IPCC found that the contact between police and Hollie was 'proportionate' regarding the reported theft. However there were weaknesses in the force's domestic abuse policies which hindered their response.

"Our hearts will be broken forever": Family of little girl killed in crash speak out

The family of a two-year-old girl killed in a car crash in Avonmouth have released an emotional tribute to her.

Natasha May Packman died on Tuesday. The family have chosen not to release a photograph of her. A 46-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

"On Tuesday morning we had our little girl, Natasha, taken from us, in a moment of awful, life-changing destruction.

“Our broken bones and cuts will heal over time, but our hearts will be broken forever.

“Our only consolation in all of this terrible sadness is that our beautiful daughter did not feel any pain and that she did not suffer during the last few hours of her precious life."

“When she woke up on Tuesday morning, it was a lovely April day, but she will see no more of them and will never collect Spring flowers again, as she so loved to do.

“We want to thank the incredible people who tried so hard to save our little girl on Tuesday and who are continuing to support us through this, as the nightmare continues.

“We will never forget the members of the public who came to help us, the teams of doctors; nurses; liaison specialists; emergency crews; police and the other wonderful professionals at the Bristol Children’s Hospital who cared for us on that most terrible of days."

“In all of this there is a heart-breaking sadness for us all, but a knowledge that the world is a good place, full of good people, who show love and kindness. It would have been a wonderful place for Tasha to have grown up in, if only she had been given the chance."

“She was a child who always had a ‘hello’ and a wave for people that she met, and who brought such smiles and pleasure to those that she encountered. We are left with memories and the knowledge that she felt loved, safe, happy and cherished by all those closest to her. She will never be here again, but she will also never leave us."

“We simply ask that you hold your own families close, that you sleep well in your beds and that you treasure every possible moment with your children; be grateful that you are not in this terrible situation and remember us in your thoughts.”

– The family of Natasha May Packman
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