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Full report: 50 Gloucester Road traders in court

More than 50 traders on Gloucester Road in Bristol were summonsed to court today after failing to pay a business levy that was introduced earlier this year.

The Business Improvement District was started with the aim of raising money to attract more trade to the area. But some shop owners say they have been left confused about how to pay and what the money will be used for.

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Bankrupt James auctions football memorabilia

David James declared himself bankrupt in May Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Former England and Bristol City footballer David James will auction off football memorabilia today after falling into financial difficulties.

The goalkeeper declared himself bankrupt in May, despite earning an estimated £20 million during his football career. He will hold an online auction of hundreds of items of football memorabilia to help pay off his debts.

Christmas money worries for 1 in 4

More than a quarter of people in our region are worried about how they will afford Christmas this year, according to a new survey.

The Money Advice Service says almost a third of us will turn to credit cards to help fund our celebrations, while 1 in 25 will take out a payday loan.

It is urging shoppers to plan their festive spending carefully, including making a budget, comparing online and high street shops and looking for special offers.

Christmas shoppers should spend wisely Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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Flood victims face five-fold increase in insurance

Thousands of flood victims across our region are facing spiralling insurance premiums this winter - while others can't get any insurance at all.

That's despite more assurances from David Cameron in the aftermath of months of flooding on the Somerset Levels.

But some are now facing a fivefold increase in their premiums - or are facing winter without any cover. Here's David Woodland.

Moorland villagers face home insurance battle

A fifth of the 126 flood victims at Moorland on the Somerset Levels haven't been able to get buildings insurance this year. Others have seen huge hikes in premiums even if they didn't flood.

The swollen River Parrett runs next to Rebecca Horsington's farmhouse but it has never flooded the house, as it overflows in the other direction. Despite that she was told her insurance would rise from £435 to £3500.

Moorland at the height of last winter's floods. Credit: PA

It makes a nonsense of what has happened here because we have had the dredge happen, we've had flood defences put in, so really our flood risk is a lot lower than it was before the floods hit and therefore the insurance premiums should be reflecting that.

– Rebecca Horsington

Result of fire merger consultation to be announced

A proposed merger between the Dorset and Wiltshire fire services is looking increasingly likely after receiving overwhelming public support.

Information from questionnaires sent to libraries, fire stations and other public buildings - together with an on-line questionnaire - showed most people preferred a merger over other cost-saving measures.

The results of the consultation will be announced today.

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