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Christmas Night weather forecast - cold and frosty

Widespread frost is expected in the days to come Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/

It will quickly turn cold this evening, with frost developing under largely clear skies, especially in eastern parts, according to the Met Office. However, it will begin to cloud over from the west through the early hours with rain arriving across the far south west by dawn. Minimum temperature -2 deg C.

On Boxing Day, rain in the west will spread eastwards through the morning, turning heavy at times. Winds will strengthen, with a risk of gales in exposure. Maximum temperature 10 deg C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday: a cloudy start for some Saturday, soon brighter although a few showers are possible, perhaps wintry on hills. Thereafter, largely fine, but cold by day, very cold and frosty by night.

Woman dials 999 to deal with dead cat

The South Western Ambulance Service has had one of its busiest weekends on record - with the control room handling an unprecedented number of calls. And while the majority were genuine emergencies, there is a growing problem with time wasters who needlessly call 999.

The call below, in which a woman calls the emergency services after finding a dead cat, is just one example of what operators have to deal with.

Warning over teenagers taking out payday loans

Charity warns about getting into debt. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

One in ten young people in the south west have borrowed money from lending companies.

The charity Action for Children say a worrying number of 12 to 18-year-olds use payday or high street lenders as an easy way to access money - and this problem is expected to get worse in the run up to Christmas.

Firefighters start 24-hour walkout

Firefighters in the West Country begin another 24-hour strike today. It is part of a long-running dispute with the government over pensions.

Crews will be walking out from 9am today until 9am Wednesday morning. Fire officers are warning people to take extra care during these hours.

Fire crews to stage further strike action Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Prime Minister says Britain can't afford not to upgrade road network

David Cameron being questioned at Stonehenge this afternoon Credit: ITV News West Country

The Prime Minister has insisted that Britain can afford the £15bn road improvements announced by the Coalition today which include plans to dual the A303 and take the road through a tunnel under Stonehenge.

Mr Cameron visited Stonehenge this afternoon where he said that Britain "can't afford not to do this"

The south west is an absolutely vital part of our country and this is going to delivering expressway effectively - dual carriageway all the way between the M3 and the M5. Its going to make a huge difference.Its going to make sure that economic growth we have will spread to every part of our country

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

Nick Clegg pledge on roads improvement money

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has told ITV News that the allocation of money for billions of pounds worth of road improvements will be enshrined in law.

He was speaking at Stonehenge where he made the announcement of more than 80 new road schemes costing £15bn. This includes a plan to dual the A303 which will take the road under Stonehenge.

Taunton Deane welcomes A358 plans

THE Government’s announcement that it is to invest in vital improvements to the A358 between Taunton and the A303 near Ilminster is being celebrated by civic leaders in Taunton Deane.

The improvement, announced today, is part of £2 billion of investment in roads in the South West, with the improvements to the A303 at Sparkford and the A358 Taunton link being the first to enter construction.

“We recognise the frustration and concerns about the roads congestion at present which is caused by an inadequate road system.

“I am delighted the Government has at last helped us to find a solution to this long outstanding problem that has so long held back our economy. Our community has suffered excessive congestion and air pollution for far too long.

– Cllr John Williams, Leader of the Borough Council
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