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Exeter kicked three penalties to one by Stephen Myler (pictured)

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Leicester Tigers 17 Gloucester 12

Gloucester's former England lock Alex Brown forced to retire

The 33-year-old was hurt during Gloucester's opening Aviva Premiership game of the season

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Kauto Star won five King Georges and two Cheltenham Gold Cups

Gloucester captain Jim Hamilton set for French move

Scotland international lock will take up a contract with an undisclosed club

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Blooming Bobs proves worth

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Risk of more flooding over the next few days, warns Environment Agency

Figures showed some 1,600 properties had flooded since yesterday, while flood defences had protected more than 54,000 homes.

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Three badgers that were illegally shot in Shropshire may have been killed by farmers “let down” by the postponement of the badger cull, an animal welfare group has claimed.

Mother who shaved son's head in cancer scam jailed

A mother who shaved her son's head and eyebrows to pretend he had cancer in an £85,000 benefit scam has been jailed for three years and nine months.

In like quins: Matt Hopper dives to score Harlequins’ second try against Gloucester

Quins survive scare to get back on top

Harlequins 28 Gloucester 25: A late comeback sees the away side grab a bonus point with a man down

In an effort to keep birds away from their runway, airport bosses have taken to blasting out Turner's hits at high-volume from a van that drives around the grounds.

Not so silent wings: Tina Turner songs used to scare birds off the runway at Staverton airport

With over 50 years in the music business Anna Mae Bullock, or Tina Turner as she's known to most of us, has accolades, awards and hits aplenty; and now airport chiefs at Staverton, near Gloucester have handed her another.

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Cattle graze in front of British Nuclear Electric's Wylfa Magnox plant in Anglesey, Wales in a 1995 file photo. Japanese energy and engineering company Hitachi has bought Britain's Horizon nuclear project to build four to six new nuclear power stations - and confirmed that it intends to progress with Horizon Nuclear Power's plans to build between two and three new nuclear plants at Wylfa

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