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Summary

  1. Updates on elections across the West of England on Friday, 6 May 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

And Bristol's new Mayor is...?

...still unknown. Four years ago it was a two-horse race between Marvin Rees (Labour) and George Ferguson (Independent) - might we have a repeat this year?

Marvin Rees and George Ferguson
BBC

Votes are being counted from 9am tomorrow and the winner is expected to be announced by late-afternoon.

We'll be here with a special Local Live page to reflect how the day pans out.

See you then.

Today's final result is in! Gloucester remains blue

All the results are in and, like with Cheltenham and Stroud, there's no change for Gloucester City Council.

With a turnout of 34%, the Conservatives have won 22 seats, Labour 10 and the Liberal Democrats 7.

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Praying for Bristol Rovers?

"I don't really think God will favour us over anyone else," admits Dave Jeal, chaplain to Bristol Rovers.

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Gloucestershire PCC election: 'Lack of information very poor'

Gloucestershire's re-elected police and crime commissioner, Martin Surl, responds to why he thinks there were thousands of spoiled ballot papers.

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Avon and Somerset PCC election: "We will keep politics out of policing"

Sue Mountstevens, the re-elected Avon and Somerset police and crime commissioner, has thanked her supporters and stated she will keep politics out of policing for a further four years.

Here is the moment the result was announced.

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Stroud elections - no overall control

Bath Rugby star walks free after student knocked out

Alafoti Faosiliva
PA

Bath Rugby's Alafoti Faosiliva, 30, has avoided jail sentence after knocking a student unconscious in an "unprovoked" attack.

The Samoan, who admitted assaulting Nissi Kyeremeh, was given an eight week sentence suspended for 12 months.

Read the full story here.

Avon and Somerset PCC election: Sue Mountstevens re-elected

Sue Mountstevens
BBC

Sue Mountsevens (Independent) has been re-elected as police and crime commissioner for Avon and Somerset.

She won with a total of 118,547 votes - almost 18,000 more than Labour's Kerry Barker.

Sue Mountsevens wins PCC 118547 to Kerry Barkers 100565.

Sue Mountsevens wins PCC 118547 to Kerry Barkers 100565.

Train delays for some around Bath

Avon and Somerset PCC election: Independent v Labour

Scott Ellis explains the two-horse race to be Avon and Somerset's police and crime commissioner.

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Lib Dems retain control of Cheltenham

Somerset shooting: Two others sought

A white tent is erected at the caravan park
BBC

Following an earlier arrest, Detective Superintendent Andy Bevan has asked for more help in finding two other people.

"As part of this on-going inquiry we are now also keen to speak to John Broadway, 37, and Donna Broadway, 26, who have yet to come forward," he said.

"Neither are considered to pose any risk to the public but we would urge the pair to contact us directly."

Detectives are investigating after a fatal shooting at a property near Ilton, Somerset, on Thursday evening.

Avon and Somerset PCC election: Round two

Sue Mountevens (Independent) is leading the way, but not by a clear majority. 

Therefore the counting is under way again at Bath University, but this time it's the second preference votes being counted.

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BreakingSomerset shooting: Charlie Broadway hands himself in

Charlie Broadway
Avon and Somerset Police

Charlie Broadway has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, Avon and Somerset Police have said.

The 23-year-old handed himself in after a manhunt which lasted several hours.

A man in his 50s and another in his 20s were shot at a property near Ilton, Somerset, just before 20:00 BST on Thursday.

The older man died at the scene.

Gloucestershire PCC election: Martin Surl re-elected

Martin Surl
BBC

Independent Martin Surl remains as the police and crime commissioner for Gloucestershire for another four years. 

He received a total of 78,592 votes - 27,025 more than Conservative candidate Will Windsor-Clive (51,567).

"I feel very humbled and quite tired after a long campaign," said Mr Surl in his victory speech. 

"I'll do my very best to serve the county well and make sure the police serve you well."

A warm, dry and hazy afternoon

Dry and hazy sunshine for the afternoon, says BBC Weather's Holly Green

BBC Weather's Holly Green forecasts plenty of warm weather from now into the weekend, but there's also a risk of isolated thundery downpours.

Somerset shooting: Police using all resources

Police appeal to a man, who is wanted in connection with a shooting, to hand himself in.

"We are looking for you Charlie," says Detective Superintendent Andy Bevan of Avon and Somerset Police.

"Every available resource we have is being used to locate and arrest him," he adds.  

Mr Broadway, 23, is being sought in connection with a double shooting in Somerset on Thursday, one man was shot dead and another injured.

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Somerset shooting: "Hand yourself in", suspect told

Detectives trying to find Charlie Broadway - wanted in connection with a double shooting - have appealed for the 23-year-old to hand himself in.

One man aged in his 50s was killed and another man in his 20s injured in the shooting at a property near Ilton, just before 20:00 BST on Thursday.

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Gloucestershire PCC election: Surl leading the way

Independent Martin Surl is leading the way in the race to be Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner.

However after the counting of the first preference votes his margin is not great enough for overall victory.

Third placed Barry Kirby (Labour) has been eliminated and a count of the second preference votes for Mr Surl and Will Windsor-Clive (Conservative) is under way.

Overall 1st pref totals #glospcc IND: 57447 LAB: 33825 CON: 46965 So LAB eliminated & 2nd pref votes now counted #GlosElections

Gloucestershire elections: Headphone horror

Oh dear - @briers79 getting too excited at #gloselections and breaks headphones as disgruntled engineer looks on

Oh dear - @briers79 getting too excited at #gloselections and breaks headphones as disgruntled engineer looks on

Gloucestershire elections: Bad news - soft play cancelled

Avon & Somerset PCC: Two in, seven to go

The results of two counts are in and currently Sue Mountstevens is leading the way in the race to be Avon and Somerset's police and crime commissioner (PCC).

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The election results are in from the residents of Taunton Deane and West Somerset, and put the current PCC in the lead.

Mark Weston, for the Conservatives, is in a close second with results from seven counts still to come.

Two arrests made over Swindon murder

Grzegorz Beyer
Wiltshire Police

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a father-of-three from Swindon.

Grzegorz Beyer, 40, was attacked near the water fountain in the early hours of Monday.

The two men, aged 27 and 29, from Swindon, but originally from Poland, are currently in custody at Gablecross Police Station.

Both of them have been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted robbery, police said.

Mr Beyer’s family have been informed.

Wiltshire elections: Spoiled ballot papers in PCC poll

Several thousand ballot papers were rejected in Wiltshire's PCC election, leaving many questioning if they were deliberately spoilt, or whether people didn't know they had a second vote.

Returning officer Steven Taylor said: "I think we have to get the feedback from the presiding officers from the polling stations to hear what people actually said and obviously we will make our own survey."

Wiltshire elected Conservative Angus MacPherson for the second time as their PCC.

Angus Macpherson - Conservative PCC
BBC

Ilton caravan park shooting: Man in his 50s killed

Ilton fatal shooting
BBC

A man in his 50s has been killed and another has escaped with injuries after a shooting at a caravan site in a Somerset village last night.

Firearms officers and the police helicopter are part of a major hunt for Charlie Broadway, 23, wanted in connection with the incident.

Police say he may be armed with a gun and "poses a risk to the public and should not be approached".

Avon and Somerset PCC vote: turnout higher than 2012

Scott Ellis, reporting from the University of Bath, says turnout is higher than 2012.

A winner will be announced by 5pm tonight.

Scott Ellis has the latest from the Bristol count

Gloucestershire elections: latest from Cheltenham count

Happy Liberal Democrats in Cheltenham?

The BBC's Robin Markwell says the party is confident of keeping control there.

BBC reporter Robin Markwell is covering the count in Cheltenham

Avon and Somerset PCC vote: result due soon

The results are due in soon for the Avon and Somerset police and crime commissioner election.

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Gloucestershire elections: PCC election turnout in total

There's been a slight increase in voter turnout for the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

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Gloucestershire Elections: Lib Dem confident of holding onto Cheltenham

Still verifying votes at Cheltenham but one Lib Dem told me they are confident of keeping control of the council.

Still verifying votes at Cheltenham but one Lib Dem told me they are confident of keeping control of the council.

Ilton fatal shooting: Two arrests made by police

Ilton shooting
BBC

A man and a woman have been arrested following a fatal shooting which left one man dead and another man injured at a caravan park in Somerset. 

Firearms officers, the police helicopter and a large number of police officers are on the hunt for Charlie Broadway in connection with the shooting.

The family of the victim are being supported by specially trained officers.

2012 gun metal grey Range Rover evoque taken away from Ilton Chubbards Cross caravan site
BBC

Head of the Major Crime Investigation Team, Det Supt Andy Bevan said: “We would like to reassure local communities that this was a domestic incident, contained to one site. 

"All those involved were known to each other."

Anyone who sees him should not approach him but call the police, quoting incident quoting log number 1051 of 5 May.

Electoral fraud investigation launched by police

10 Downing Street, London
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Gloucestershire Police have confirmed they have received an allegation of electoral fraud and an investigation has been launched.

In a statement the police said: "We are considering an application for extension on time to investigate.

"This is in relation to the 2015 General Election."

The police would not comment whether this was linked to an earlier story reported on the BBC website about the Conservative party failing to declare £38,000 worth of election expenses.

Gloucestershire elections: PCC turnout from Forest and Cotswolds

Bristol teenage girl found safe and well

Police have confirmed Aniesa Arshad, 14, from Bristol, who was reported missing on Wednesday has been found safe and well.

Aniesa Arshad
Avon and Somerset Police

Unofficial exit poll for Bristol mayor - Bristol Post

The Bristol Post has conducted an exit poll of about 150 people which has gained some interesting results. Head to their website for details.

The count for the Bristol mayor starts tomorrow and we expect to find out who has won in the afternoon.

We'll have a special Local Live on Saturday to cover the result.

Ballot box
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Gloucestershire elections: latest from Stroud count

BBC reporter Steve Knibbs is covering the local election count in Stroud.

There have been elections there and also in Cheltenham and Gloucester, as well as county-wide for the police and crime commissioner.

BBC reporter Steve Knibbs is covering the count in Gloucestershire

Boaty McBoatface: name lives on in undersea vehicle

So the polar research ship will be given a more sober name.

The Natural Environment Research Council, which is based in Swindon, held a contest to name the boat with 124,000 votes being cast.

Boaty McBoatface came top but a panel decided the RSS Sir David Attenborough was more appropriate.

But the prank name will live on with an undersea vehicle, NERC said.

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Eagle has landed - literally - back in Gloucester

Staff at a Gloucester bird of prey centre are breathing a sigh of relief as their beloved eagle has returned home to roost.

Cremorne, who is three times the size of a buzzard, went missing on Saturday but to make things worse, her radio transmitter failed on Monday.

But it's all turned out well.

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In your local newspapers

Swindon Borough Council election: Brian Mattock reflects on Old Town defeat to Labour

In Swindon's Old Town ward, deputy Tory leader Brian Mattock lost his seat to Labour's Jane Milner-Barry. 

Council leader David Renard said he believed the Conservatives had lost Old Town because one of the proposals the party put forward was to make the whole borough have parishes.

"The Old Town area isn't one that's currently parished and it was suggested people would end up paying a lot more [council] tax than they do at the moment which I don't believe would be the case," he said.