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Dry but cold with overnight frosts

Dry but cold with overnight frosts Credit: ITV News

The next few days look set to be largely dry but rather cold with further overnight frosts.

That will be the case tonight with clear spells allowing temperatures to fall below freezing for many of us. This will lead to a widespread frost as well as some icy patches.

Tomorrow will start on a cold, frosty note but with plenty of sunny spells from the word go.

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Exmouth Model Railway closes due to Seafront development

Exmouth Model Railway closes due to Seafront development Credit: Exmouth Model Railway

After 42 years the Exmouth Model Railway is closing it's doors for the final time today. The Model Railway is being dismantled as the building will be demolished as part of the Exmouth seafront development.

All of the model railway pieces will be sold off over the next couple of days.

90 minutes delay on trains from London to west country

90 minutes delay on trains from London to west country Credit: ITV News

Trains leaving London for the west country have been subjected to at least a 90 minute delay after Network Rail didn't release the track back to FGW in time.

There's been planned engineering works over the festive break but they hadn't finished in time to release the track although the trains were ready. Passengers waiting at Paddington were given hot drinks while they waited at the station.

It was expected to take several hours for the trains to get back on time, but there was a reduced service anyway.

Sunshine and showers for Saturday

A rainbow forms during heavy rain and showers at Lynmouth, Devon. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

Persistent rain will clear from the west this evening and some clear spells will develop, but also a few showers, these mainly in the west. Windy at first, with gales possible along the coasts, but winds will gradually ease. Minimum temperature 0 deg C (32 deg F).

Saturday:

A mix of sunny spells and some showers for many, these perhaps wintry over the Moors. Also lighter winds for most, but remaining breezy along north facing coasts. Feeling cold. Maximum temperature 6 deg C (43 deg F).

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

For many it is likely to be dry with light winds and some bright or clear periods. However remaining cold with widespread overnight frosts and some freezing fog patches.

Nichols keeps Exeter City in the play-off hunt

Tom Nichols scored Exeter City's winner against Cheltenham. Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Yeovil Town have slipped to the foot of League One after losing 2-1 at Bristol City. Matt Smith and a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas penalty with the goals for the hosts, before Ben Nugent pulled one back with a late long-range effort.

In League Two, Exeter City got back to winning ways with a 1-0 success over Cheltenham at St James Park. Tom Nichols scored the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute.

Plymouth Argyle suffered their first defeat in four league games after going down 2-0 at Newport. Former Argyle striker Chris Zebroski headed Newport in front in the 9th minute, before Mark Byrne added a second eight minutes from time.

And in the Conference, Torquay United lost 2-1 at home to Bristol Rovers.

Today's local football results.

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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!

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Former Crystal Palace and Colchester striker Clinton Morrison makes his first start for Exeter City. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

All our football teams are in action today as part of the busy festive period.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson returns to Ashton Gate today for the first time since leaving Bristol City in 2010.

In League Two, Clinton Morrison makes his first start for Exeter City as the Grecians take on Cheltenham at St James Park.

Plymouth Argyle are unchanged from last week's 3-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge.

You can follow your team's progress this afternoon by clicking on the links below from 3pm for live text updates.

CONFERENCE:

Torquay United vs Bristol Rovers

  1. West Country (E)

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

Bargain hunters queueing since 1am in Plymouth

Shoppers at Drake Circus today. Credit: Drake Circus

Thousands of bargain hunters across the South West have been heading to the shops for the post-Christmas sales.

Queues began forming as early as 1am at Drake Circus in Plymouth. Around 600 people were in the queue by 6am. By 10am, the Drake Circus team estimate there were over 10,000 people in the centre.

Drake Circus says trading has been strong across the period with more than half a million people visiting in the week before Christmas.

Footfall was up 2% from Sunday to Tuesday.

We've had a strong Christmas period with newer brands like Jack Wills, Ed's Easy Diner and Boux Avenue, as well as the growth of Click and Collect, drawing people into the Centre from across the region.

Now the sales have started, traditionally it's the big retail brands like Next and Marks and Spencer that attract the bargain hunters.

– Greg Lumley, Centre Director, Drake Circus
It was busy at Drake Circus today as shoppers searched for a bargain. Credit: Drake Circus
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