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Bath University research could reduce knee surgery

Patient's leg being bandaged during surgery
A new computer assessment programme could reduce the number of knee replacements Credit: PA

Researchers from the University of Bath say they've developed a new computer programme to assess a person's need for a knee replacement.

At the moment a patient's condition is assessed visually by surgeons. It's thought the new method could reduce the 90,000 knee replacements that take place each year.

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School chaplain pledge to finish South West Coast Path challenge

School chaplain pledge to finish South West Coast Path challenge
School chaplain pledge to finish South West Coast Path challenge Credit: ITV News West Country

A school chaplain from Somerset who abandoned his attempt to run the South West Coast Path has pledged to complete it, despite a knee injury. Reverend Mike Haslam ran the 260 mile stretch from Minehead to Lands End in seven days but had to postpone the final leg in Dorset. He says he'll complete the rest of the route in sections - by the end of the year. He's raising money for Christian Aid.

Developer of Birnbeck Pier could step aside

Developer of Birnbeck Pier could step aside
Developer of Birnbeck Pier could step aside Credit: ITV News West Country

The developer of Birnbeck Pier at Weston-super-Mare says he might be prepared to stand aside. Wahid Samedy won the rights to redevelop the pier more than two years ago, but hasn't submitted a planning application. The local MP John Penrose says it's time the pier was handed to someone else - before it's too late to save it.

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A303 closed in both directions after Somerset crash

A man in his 50s is said to be trapped with possibly life changing injuries after a crash on the A303. The road is closed in both directions between A358 (Ilminster) and the A356 (South Petherton) and is likely to remain closed for some time.

We understand that the accident involved a Ford Transit and a Shogun. Two horses involved in the incident were on the loose but have now been captured and sedated.

Somerset cheese maker hit hard by Russian ban

Cheese being cut up at Wyke Farm
Somerset cheese maker hit hard by Russian ban Credit: ITV News West Country

A cheese maker from Somerset says his company has been hit hard by a Russian ban on European dairy imports. Richard Clotheir from Wyke Farms in Bruton has spent five years trying to break into the lucrative Russian market. only to be told that his products would be banned amid the political crisis.

It's a huge blow because everyone has put a lot of work in both sides as well, you know, the people in Russia have shown it to customers,have done tastings. It's worrying for the EU dairy markets at a time when, in the new year, the milk quotas will be coming off and it could have a really damaging effect on the dairy market.

– Richard Clothier Managing Director, Wyke Farms
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