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Last minute shoppers battle the weather

Despite the atrocious weather, thousands have been pounding the pavements of the region's high streets for those last minute Christmas presents.

The credit card company Visa predicts that shoppers across the UK will have spent £1.2 billion on its cards alone. That's more than £862,000 a minute.

In Swindon camels were also vying with the pre-Christmas sales for the shoppers attention.

Robert Murphy reports:-

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Age UK's Christmas help

If the thought of one Christmas meal leaves you feeling full, then spare a thought for the charity cooking up 40 every day this week.

It's all for the benefit of vulnerable pensioners, some of whom will be alone this festive season.

The lunches - and much more besides - are the work of Age UK in Gloucestershire, one of the charities benefiting from this year's ITV Text Santa appeal.

Richard Payne reports on the help it provides.

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Bath's Christmas market brings in more than £20m

Organisers say the Christmas market has been a huge success Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of this year's Christmas Market in Bath say it's helped attract more than 370,000 visitors, bringing more than £20m of business to the city.

The market closed yesterday after 18 days. It caused major traffic problems, but brought a huge boost to small traders.

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