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Police investigate unexplained death in Bath

Police in Bath are investigating an unexplained death of a 51-year-old man.

Officers were called to a railway archway on Lower Bristol Road just after 1.30pm on Christmas Eve, after a member of the public found a man’s body.

The man’s death is unexplained but we are treating it as suspicious due to the nature of his injuries.

It’s taken time to identify the man but his next of kin have now been located and informed. They’re being fully supported and our thoughts are with them at this very sad time.

A formal identification procedure has not yet taken place and a forensic post-mortem examination is in the process of being carried out to confirm how the man died.

We’re working hard to establish the full circumstances surrounding his death and we want to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area around archway 81 on the Lower Bristol Road, on or before Christmas Eve.

– Det Insp Julie MacKay, Avon & Somerset Police

Wins for Bristol City & Swindon keep it tight at the top

Substitute Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored Bristol City's second goal from the penalty spot. Credit: David Davies/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City have won the West Country derby with Yeovil at Ashton Gate. Matt Smith and a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas penalty with the goals for City, before Ben Nugent pulled one back with a late long-range effort. Kieran Agard also missed a first-half penalty for the hosts. The Glovers are now bottom of the table after Crewe won at Oldham, while the win keeps Steve Cotterill's men at the top of League One.

They're one point ahead of Swindon, who had a convincing 4-1 win at Walsall. Andy Williams scored twice with Michael Smith and Massimo Luongo also on target.

In League Two, Cheltenham lost 1-0 at Exeter City. Tom Nichols scored the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute.

In the Conference, Forest Green Rovers twice threw away the lead against Kidderminster. A late goal giving the visitors a 3-2 win.

And Bristol Rovers won 2-1 at Torquay thanks to first-half goals from Matty Taylor and Neal Trotman. Rovers are now 2nd in the table, 9 points behind leaders Barnet.

Today's local football results.


Record King George VI win for Paul Nicholls

Silviniaco Conti ridden by Noel Fehily on their way to victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Somerset trainer Paul Nicholls has secured a record ninth win in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

His 15-8 favourite Silviniaco Conti, with Noel Fehily in the saddle, led from start to finish ahead of Dynaste (7-1) and Al Ferof (7-1).

Earlier at Kempton, a statue of Nicholls' legendary chaser Kauto Star was unveiled.

Jockey Noel Fehily celebrates on Silviniaco Conti after winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

And how did Nicholls celebrate his record-breaking win? With some fast-food!

Statue of Kauto Star unveiled at Kempton

Owner Clive Smith with Kauto Star at the unveiling of his statue in the parade ring at Kempton Park today. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

A statue of legendary Somerset-trained horse Kauto Star has been unveiled at Kempton Park in Surrey.

Paul Nicholls' chaser won the traditional King George VI Boxing Day race at a record five times.

The sculpture, by Charlie Langton, is sited in the parade ring and was specially commissioned to mark his remarkable record in the race.

Kauto Star was paraded in front of the Boxing Day crowd by owner Clive Smith. After retiring from the sport in 2012, he's now being trained as a show horse in dressage.

Kauto Star and owner Clive Smith stand in front of his statue at Kempton today. Credit: Phil Cole/EMPICS Sport

Boxing Day weather forecast

Shopping in the rain. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive

Rain reaching all parts by mid-afternoon. Becoming windy. Maximum temperature 9 deg C (48 deg F).


Unsettled conditions continuing this evening but gradually clearing from west then becoming windy, perhaps with gales along coasts and over hills. Rain clearing eastern parts soon after midnight. Minimum temperature 2 deg C (36 deg F).


Sunny spells with scattered showers spreading across the region, wintry on hills. Showers continuing into the evening in the west. Northwesterly winds easing but remaining breezy along windward facing coasts. Maximum temperature 6 deg C (43 deg F).

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

It is expected to be dry with light winds and generally clear skies moving into next week. It will be cold, with overnight temperatures falling below freezing.


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.

Advice on keeping your presents safe

Police have issued advice on keeping safe your prized Christmas gifts Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Avon & Somerset Police have issued some timely advice about how to keep your prized presents safe.

"If Santa's brought you a new tablet, laptop, MP3 player, television, games console or any other gift with a serial number (which is most consumer electrical goods), say thank you by registering it You can also register your mobile phone by entering the IMEI number, which you find by pressing *#06# on the handset.**

"Or, if you're lucky enough to have got a new bike, enter the frame number and a brief description on BikeRegister to reduce the chances of it being stolen and increase the chances of getting it back if it is. It would also be a very good use of any Christmas money to invest in a decent lock and bike marking kit: more on that here.

"We don't want to sound all doom and gloom at Christmas, but if you tot up the value of all the new presents in your house, chances are it's enough to make a burglar's eyes light up."

– Avon & Somerset Police

What does Christmas mean to you?

You have told us that Christmas means more than presents Credit: PA

Many of you have been getting in touch to share what Christmas means to you.

For some the religious significance is the important thing, while for others it's the food, the family or the day off work. Many of you are reflecting on what's important to you.

Here is a selection of your thoughts.

This year is about me thanking a special person for donating their liver, and to their family who must miss her very much, I'm so grateful.

– Tracy Naughton, Yeovil, Somerset

When we lived In Bristol it was all about Santa for the kids and dinner with the family. Now we're in NZ it's more about holidays and food and missing family.

– Anna Marie Healey, former Bristol resident

Christmas is when Jesus was born and spending special time with friends and family.

– Ann-marie Down, Bristol

It's a nice break from getting up and coming home from work in the dark! A chance to get together with friends and loved ones when otherwise you might not find the time.

But religious... no thanks!

– Ian Lovell, Filton, South Gloucestershire

Sadly as a business owner it costs me a fortune.

Business shuts from the 23rd till 5th January. Wages, rent, rates still have to be paid with no income.

Start the new year £8,000 to £10,000 down. The joys of being a business owner I guess.

– Vince Hueston, Bristol

A time to make new memories with loved ones, and reminisce about Christmases gone by, remembering loved ones who are no longer with us.

– Maxïnê Sïån Jonês, Chippenham, Wiltshire
For many of you, Christmas is a time for family while others say it hits their business Credit: PA
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