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Fears that Hinkley nuclear plant is being delayed

The site for the proposed nuclear power station at Hinkley in the shadow of the existing reactors Credit: ITV News

There are growing fears that the European Commission is delaying the building of a new power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset. It's still to sign off all the building regulations surrounding the project.

Today Labour south west MEP Claire Moody will meet the Commission to try to speed up the process.

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VAT refunds for air ambulances and rescue helicopters

As well as VAT refunds, the Government has awarded £1m to GWAAC for the new air ambulance's first year in operation Credit: ITV News

As part of the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor is to announce VAT refunds for Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities alongside £7.5 million extra support for air ambulances.

The VAT refunds will be worth £25 million over 5 years.

It is in response to the service the UK’s Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities provide, volunteering their time and expertise to support to emergency services.

At the moment, most Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities cannot claim VAT back on their search and rescue activities but this means they will all be able to apply for VAT refunds for them as of 1 April 2015.

The Chancellor is also due to announce £1m for Great Western Air Ambulance, which will pay for the new helicopter's running costs in its first year of operation.

This is really fantastic news. The Great Western Air Ambulance [GWAA] does an amazing job, being available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, saving lives, getting casualties to hospital quickly as well as being able to offer first class medical treatment at the scene.

This money, as well as helping with the cost of their new helicopter, will put the GWAA on a long-term sustainable financial footing which will enable them to continue their fabulous work for many years to come.

– Jack Lopresti MP, Con, Filton & Bradley Stoke

Full report: Black Friday fever hits the West

There have been chaotic scenes across the region today as shoppers tried to snap up bargains on what retailers have called 'Black Friday'.

Police were called to some stores in Bristol and Wiltshire as customers fought over discounted TVs and other goods.

Here is Tim Walsh's full report, featuring exclusive footage:

Could this be the first Christmas jumper for a cow?

Gloria looks very festive in her jumper - but it's also carrying an important message Credit: Send A Cow

Christmas jumpers - in varying degrees of tastelessness - have become fashionable festive wear but a charity based near Bath has come up with what it believes is the first to be worn by a cow.

Gloria, the mascot of Send a Cow, has had a jersey knitted for her (with natty Velcro straps) to highlight the charity's alternative gift catalogue. People are invited to come up with presents that can change the lives of families in Africa.

A local cow would set you - or your group - back £205 and would provide a farming family with milk and manure to keep their land fertile.

This year we’ve taken the idea of the quirky Christmas jumper one step further, to encourage people to think differently about the gifts they buy this Christmas.

Instead of buying chocolate for a friend, why not buy something unusual - for as little as £5 you will greatly improve the lives of poverty-stricken families in Africa.

This is our 13th year of the Christmas catalogue and over the years we’ve raised over £8 million to help poor families.

– Simon Barnes, CEO of Send a Cow

For more information go to the charity's website

Black Friday "madness" in Bristol

Shoppers are out in search of a deal today as many major retailers cut prices on what's called "Black Friday".

There have been queues since early on - and scuffles at a number of stores.

Patrick Rose filmed this video. He told us that people were grabbing flat-screen TVs without even knowing the price!

And thanks to Mo Sharif for this video. Mo got caught up in the chaos after only popping in for a few groceries!

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Bristol City reveals Ashton Gate's new look

The new West Stand at Ashton Gate Credit: Bristol Sport

Bristol City has unveiled artists impressions of how the redeveloped Ashton Gate stadium will look.

Earlier this month they revealed the project is on schedule and should be ready in time for next season.

More images will be on display at a supporter consultation meeting at the stadium next Thursday 4 December.

The new South Stand at Ashton Gate Credit: Bristol Sport

Bath brought to a standstill on one of its busiest days

The lorry got stuck on the bend of Milsom Street Credit: Lizzie Heffer

An articulated lorry has become stuck in the centre of Bath.

The huge vehicle was unable to turn a corner at the bottom of Milsom Street causing long delays and traffic jams on the surrounding roads.

It comes on one of Bath's busiest days as the annual Christmas Market gets underway in the city centre.

The lorry has now been moved onto a side street where it remains stranded.

It's a busy day in Bath - let alone with stuck lorries Credit: Lizzie Heffer
Traffic backing up Milsom Street behind the lorry Credit: Lizzie Heffer
The lorry was moved to Quiet Street but remained stranded Credit: Lizzie Heffer

Cheltenham MP joins protestors at Weetabix packing plant

MP Mark Horwood has joined protestors outside a factory in Cheltenham.

Mr Horwood took the case of 105 Weetabix employees who have been made redundant to parliament yesterday. The packing plant on the Kingsditch Industrial Estate announced it was closing down last month. Employees don't feel that the redundancy package they were offered is fair.

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