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Police Officer and dog left injured after hit and run

The car was left seriously damaged Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

An officer and a police dog were left needing medical attention after a man reversed his transit van into the front of a police car several times.

The car was left severely damaged but both the officer and the police dog were not thought to be badly injured.

The hit and run took place on Sampson Road in Hartcliffe just before 10am today.

The car was left seriously damaged Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

The incident happened after a the police officer and dog stopped a white transit van which was believed to be stolen from the Winscombe area.

Shortly after the driver was stopped, he left the scene in the van. The officer pursued the vehicle and the van reversed into the front of the police car several times. The white van has since been recovered.

The man is described as white, tall and slim with ginger hair.

He was wearing a grey round necked jumper, black jeans and was wearing a dark coloured coat.

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WATCH: The last West Country at Westminster before the election

Ian Axton was back with the last of our political shows - the West Country at Westminster - before the election was on last night.

Guests included Queen legend Brian May - who launched his Common Decency campaign this week.

Joining the Brian May was retiring MP and Labour legend Dawn Primarolo, as well as Martin Horwood, the Lib Dem MP for Cheltenham. Unfortunately just before the programme our Conservative guest told us she was unable to make it due to last minute hold up.

If you missed the programme, or just want to watch it again, then click below!

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Mixed reaction to Chancellor's visit

The Chancellor has announced more money for Cathedral repairs and visited Wells Cathedral today.

George Osborne also toured a cider factory to see how a drop in cider duty will impact business.

But leading names in the tourism industry here in the West have criticised the government for not doing more to help them.

Our political reporter Robert Murphy has the story.

George Osborne visits cider factory

The Chancellor George Osborne has been visiting Somerset to announce more money for Cathedral repairs and also to capitalise on last week's announcement of a drop in cider duty.

But tourist attraction owners have told ITV News their campaign for a reduction in VAT has been ignored, putting jobs at risk.

Our political reporter Robert Murphy was with the Chancellor.

Multi-million pound regeneration scheme could be on the cards for Bedminster

A multi-million pound regeneration scheme in Bristol could be on the cards for Bedminster.

A multi-million pound regeneration scheme in Bristol could be on the cards for Bedminster Credit: Urbis Developments/SCP Bedminster LLP

The city council has given the developers of St Catherine's place the go ahead to scope out plans to redevelop several council owned sites nearby. It could lead to new homes being built and over one hundred million pounds being invested in the area.

The regeneration plans Credit: Urbis Developments/SCP Bedminster LLP

TONIGHT: The last West Country at Westminster

Ian Axton is back tonight with the last of our political shows - the West Country at Westminster - before the election.

The last West Country at Westminster until the election is on tonight

Guests are Queen legend Brian May who launched his Common Decency campaign this week. Also retiring MP and Labour legend Dawn Primarolo. Lib Dem Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood and Conservative MEP Julie Girling are also on the panel.

You can tweet along using the hashtag #WCAW.

Make sure you tune in at 10.40pm.

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