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Memories of the Queen - Dying girl becomes princess for a day

The Queen becomes the country's longest serving monarch today - breaking the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

We've been looking back at your memories - Louisa Harrington from Clevedon became "princess for a day" at Buckingham Palace just before she died.

Louisa was a guest of honour of the Queen's Coronation anniversary celebrations in 2003.

Briohny Williams has been speaking to her family:

Congestion on A370 in North Somerset following crash

The A370 is closed at Backwell. Credit: Google maps

There's congestion on the A370 at Backwell in North Somerset after a collision between a refuse lorry and a van.

The occupant of the van was trapped and had to be released by fire service. Three people from the refuse lorry were taken to hospital with what was believed to be minor injuries.

The driver of the van was taken to the BRI with serious leg injuries.

Farleigh Road has been closed and drivers are being advised to find alternative routes.


Warning issued over dangerous vodka bottles

An image of the vodka bottle label. Credit: North Somerset Council

North Somerset Council have issued a warning to the public about fake bottles of vodka being sold, which have been contaminated with anti-freeze.

The warning only applies to bottles with a label that reads 'Imperial No 1 Signature Vodka' in bold blue type on a white background.

The contaminated bottles are not marked with a manufacturer's name and address.

The advice from Trading Standards is "do not drink it, always walk away from alcohol that is not marked with a manufacturer's name and address."

600-year-old ring found in Somerset field sold for thousands

Gardener Paul Saxton found the rare treasure in a farmer's field. Credit: Greenslade Taylor Hunt auction house

A 600-year-old gold ring found in a Somerset farmer's field has sold at auction for thousands over its guide price.

The rare Saint George ring has gone under the hammer for £7,000, double what it was valued at. Experts believe it belonged to a nobleman from the early 16th century.

History enthusiast Paul Saxton, who found the treasure with a metal detector in the middle of rainstorm, could not believe his luck. In 16 years of metal detecting this is the first time he has found something of value.

His find was logged with the Museum of Somerset before its spectacular sale at auction.

“Old gold has a lustre to it. It comes out of the land as clean as it goes in,"

“I was the first person to handle it in hundreds of years.".

– Paul Saxton


Broadchurch will return for a third series

ITV have commissioned a new series of the drama Credit: ITV News

David Tennant and Olivia Colman will return for a third series in the award winning and critically acclaimed drama Broadchurch.

We’ve been overwhelmed that nine million people every week have continued to join us on the twists and turns of Broadchurch. This third chapter has been a glint in my eye for a long time and I’m thrilled to be writing these characters once again.

– Chris Chibnall, Creator & Writer

Broadchurch creator on the success of his series

Over 7.5 million people tuned in last night to watch the return of Broadchurch on ITV.

The series is shot with the stunning backdrop of the Dorset coast, and many of the village scenes are filmed in Clevedon, North Somerset.

ITV News West Country presenter Ian Axton had a small cameo role in last night's episode. Ian has been to West Bay to meet Chris Chibnall, the man who created Britain's most successful crime drama. We get his reaction to the episode and ask him if he's planning a third series:

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