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RUGBY: Gloucester players to appear before panel

Fighting breaks out after Bath are awarded a penalty try during the Aviva Premiership match at Kingsholm Credit: PA

Two Gloucester players will appear before a disciplinary panel in London tomorrow (Wednesday) after the ugly scenes that marred the weekend's Premiership match against Bath.

Tavis Knoyle has been charged with striking Bath's Leroy Houston after the visitors were awarded a match-winning penalty try at Kingsholm. Sila Puafisi has been pulled up for committing a dangerous tackle on Nick Abendanon earlier in the game.

Abendanon, though, has been issued with the equivalent of a yellow card for his part in the brawl.

PHOTOS: Harvey the Jack Russell in rescue ordeal

A small dog is recovering from a big ordeal after getting stuck down a hole near Bath.

Harvey the Jack Russell put firefighters through their paces when he disappeared down an opening under a large rock at Brown's Folly during a walk with his owner, Simon Tapcott and friends.

The crews dug their way down to him in a two and a half hour operation. Light had begun to fade and they were about to give up when they spotted him, pulled him out and returned him to his owner unharmed. He recorded the whole incident on camera.

Harvey looks none the worse for his ordeal - but he certainly put the fire service through their paces Credit: Simon Tapcott
The fire crew left their engine at the car park to Brown's Folly nature reserve before leaving on their quest to find two-year-old Harvey Credit: Simon Tapcott
Harvey slipped down a hole under a big rock and the firefighters dug down to find him Credit: Simon Tapcott
It's thought Harvey might have been chasing a rabbit or fox. Either way it made for a very awkward rescue Credit: Simon Tapcott
The three firefighters worked for two and a half hours to find Harvey and it was getting dark before they spotted him Credit: Simon Tapcott
Relief all round as the team brought Harvey to safety - just as they were going to give up the search Credit: Simon Tapcott


Safety signs put up in Bath after drowning

Signs with "hard-hitting" safety messages are being put up in Bath. It comes after a number of people have died after falling into the River Avon in the last few years. 42 year old Donovan Weale died on Friday after he was pulled from the water on Norfolk Crescent, behind Sainsburys.

Bath and North East Somerset Council say work is already being carried out to improve safety along the River Avon. Last year an 850 meter fence on the stretch of the northern public footpath east of Windsor Bridge.

"We will await the outcome of the police investigation before deciding what steps need taking to improve river safety in response," he said.

"Although the council is not solely responsible for managing river safety, it takes seriously its community leadership role in bringing together those organisations and land owners who have a part to play in improving safety.

"Where we are landowner we will continue to take action and where others are landowners we will support them to take the right measures to promote safety."

– David Dixon, Bath & North East Somerset Council


Man dies after falling into River Avon in Bath

A man has died after falling into the River Avon near Norfolk Crescent, Bath. Police were called at approximately 10pm last night (Friday 11 April), and pulled him from the water. He was taken to hospital but was later pronounced dead.

Investigations are continuing and the incident area is cordoned off.

Bath residents get their say on Foxhill housing plans

Plans for the former MoD site at Foxhill, Bath. Credit: Curo

People in Bath have the chance to share their ideas about a former MoD site in the city. The Foxhill base closed last year and has been bought by social housing firm Curo. It plans to build 700 homes on the site and the neighbouring housing estate.

An exhibition is taking place at St Andrews Church today and tomorrow.

Midge Ure offers condolences to Geldof family

Ultravox frontman Midge Ure has offered his condolences to Sir Bob Geldof whose daughter Peaches was found dead at her home yesterday.

The Scottish musician, who now lives in Bath, co-organised Band Aid, Live 8 and Live 8 with Bob Geldof. He gave his sympathies to the family on Twitter.


How much pain, loss and tragedy does one family have to endure? My heart is with Bob, Tom and all the family.

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