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  1. As it happened across the West of England on Thursday, 18 August, 2016.

Live Reporting

By Ian Parker

All times stated are UK

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A dry and fine night before rain arrives tomorrow

It looks like the weather is on the turn with heavy rain arriving over most of the West Country by tomorrow morning ahead of a stormy Saturday.

Ian Fergusson has the forecast...

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West weather for 18 August

And that's all from BBC Local Live for the West of England today. We're back in the morning from 7am with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

TRAVEL: Overturned vehicle on the A417 near Cirencester

Colourful bike trail welcomes the Tour of Britain to Bath

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Businesses are taking part in a cycle trail to welcome The Tour of Britain to Bath.

More than 50 businesses are taking part in a brightly-coloured cycle trail to welcome The Tour of Britain to Bath.

Thousands of spectators are expected to watch Stage 5 of the Tour as it finishes on Royal Avenue below the iconic Royal Crescent on 8th September.

Businesses are displaying red, white and blue bikes outside or inside their premises for the next three weeks.  

Police hope for no more 'unpleasant discoveries' in Bath

A renewed search of an area around Weston Park in Bath concluded earlier with "no new discoveries".

Three human feet have been found in the area since the start of the year.

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Hunt for more human feet in park

There’s no evidence so far to suggest a crime has been committed but I would like to close this investigation knowing that is the case, and I would appeal to anyone who has any evidence about the source of these remains to get in touch. We’re doing what we can to protect the public from making any more of these unpleasant discoveries.

Temporary Detective Inspector Paul CattonAvon and Somerset Police

'I'm ok' says Olympic BMX'er from Burnham-on-Sea

Hundreds flock to enjoy Olympics in Bristol

It's the last few days for the "Official Team GB FanZone" in Bristol's Millennium Square. The screen has been showing coverage of Team GB's athletes at the Rio Olympics.

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The deckchairs and beanbags provided have been popular with fans enjoying a bit of summer sunshine and a table tennis table has been donated by Table Tennis England.

The Fan Zone will run until the 21st August in Millennium Square.

What difference will patients notice after Virgin Care take over healthcare in Bath?

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Earlier we told you about Virgin Care becoming the preferred bidder for children's and adult services in Bath and North East Somerset.

BBC West health correspondent Matthew Hill explains the likely changes.

Rio 2016: Rugby sevens team back home

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Danielle Waterman, Abbie Brown & Amy Wilson-Hardy are part of from Bristol Ladies Rugby

As the action continues in Brazil - some of the West's athletes are already back here.

Earlier three of the women's rugby sevens team came in to the Points West studio talk about their Olympic experience.

The classical musicians taking on the tiniest audience

Classical music concerts aren't usually known for having an audience full of babies. 

Lilliput Concerts offer specially designed classical music performances in Cheltenham and Bristol for parents and their very small children:

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Lilliputs stage classical concerts in Bristol for babies, toddlers and their parents.

Olympics: How a composer accompanied dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin

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Composer tells how he wrote the music for Charlotte Dujardin's winning routine in Rio

Mozart, Bach and Beethoven are known as some of the world's greatest composers, but Tom Hunt has something they don't - an Olympic gold medal. Or a stake in one at least. 

He composed the music for Gloucestershire dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin's winning routine this week in Rio. 

He's been telling BBC Points West's Alex Lovell and Sabet Choudhury how he did it.

Salisbury 6th Form College's first A Level results day

Salisbury Sixth Form College opened just two years ago and had its very first A Level results day today ...with a 99% pass rate.Two-thirds of the students achieved A*-C grades and the head teacher Simon Firth says he's delighted with the performance of students in both academic and vocational qualifications. HurrayWe spoke to three year 13s - Lauren, Gaby and Mia.

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The college opened in 2014 and today the students got their A Level results.

Richard Branson's Virgin Care chosen as service provider for Bath and NE Somerset

Children's and adult services in Bath and North East Somerset will be run by Richard Branson's company Virgin Care.

The private firm's been given a 10-year contract worth £700m pounds to run things like district nursing, dementia care and supporting vulnerable children. 

The contract will start from April 2017. 

One of the charities that helps the homeless and substance abusers is concerned about the future. Rosie Phillips is CEO of Developing Health & Independence...

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Children's and adult services in Bath and North East Somerset will be run by Virgin.

The crash that ended Liam's Olympic dream

Liam Phillips, from Burnham-on-Sea, had a strong start in his first heat of the BMX Men's quarter-finals but suffered a heavy crash after the first corner.

Now the 27-year-old has been forced to withdraw from the event - and his second Olympic Games.

Watch the race again here (with Liam wearing the dark blue clothing)... 

Why do feet keep turning up in Bath?

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Why do severed human feet keep turning up in Bath?

A search has again been taking place in Weston Park, Bath, by police investigating the discovery of three "preserved" human feet.

The first turned up inside the park in February, the second and third were found in nearby gardens in July and earlier this month.

Police say they do not think there is anything sinister behind the finds but they are continuing to investigate why they keep appearing.

BreakingOlympics: Liam Phillips out

Burnham-on-Sea's Liam Phillips is out of the Olympics. 

He suffered a heavy fall in his first heat of the BMX Men's quarter-finals and is unable to take any further part in the Games.

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Rio 2016: Burnham-on-Sea's Liam Phillips takes a tumble in BMX quarters

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Liam Phillips has suffered a heavy fall in his first quarter final heat. 

After going down, another rider fell into him and pushed Liam off the track and down a drop of about 10 or 12 feet.

Sir Chris Hoy, six-time Olympic cycling champion, said Liam has not had a great deal of good luck this season.

"It looks like the stretcher is coming out now. It was a really heavy impact. It looked pretty grim," he added.

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Johnson looking forward to Benitez test

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson is looking forward to pitting his wits against Newcastle's Rafael Benitez.

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Johnson looking forward to Benitez test

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson is looking forward to pitting his wits against Newcastle's Rafael Benitez.

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Severed human feet in Bath: 'No evidence of any crime'

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Police in Bath investigating the discovery of three severed human feet this year say there is no evidence so far that a crime has been committed.

Today detectives and sniffer dogs were searching Weston Park in an attempt to close the investigation.

Det Insp Paul Catton said although forensic tests are continuing, expert scientific opinion so far suggests the remains are educational samples. 

"I would appeal to anyone who has any evidence about the source of these remains to get in touch. We’re doing what we can to protect the public from making any more of these unpleasant discoveries," he added.

Making the headlines in your local newspapers

BreakingVirgin Care chosen to run health services in Bath

Virgin Care has been chosen to coordinate more than 200 health and care services in Bath and North East Somerset, in people’s homes and communities.

If you're travelling east on the M4 between Hungerford and Swindon you need to read this

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This was the scene on the M4 near Swindon a few moments ago.

Highways England tell us to expect long delays after an earlier accident between the east Swindon and the Hungerford junctions.

Two lanes are closed westbound and one east.

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Pedestrian killed after being struck by car

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Police are appealing for anyone who saw what happened to get in touch

A woman pedestrian has died after she was hit by a car in Stonehouse this afternoon.

The accident happened on the Bristol Road, close to the Horsetrough roundabout, shortly before 2pm.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said the woman died at the scene.

Diversions are in place while a collision investigation takes place.

'A very good time to be looking for a university place'

Thousands of students have been getting their A-Level results today with a national pass rate of over 98%.

This year a record number of university places are also on offer. 

Helen Thorne from the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), in Cheltenham, says it's a good year to apply.

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Thousands of students have been getting their A-Level results today

Nathan Delfouneso signs for Swindon Town

EDF hands out £240m worth of new supply chain contracts

EDF has announced a lot of contracts for companies connected with the planned Hinkley C reactor in Somerset.

It brings the total value of the work being offered to South West firms up to more than £450m

Kevin McCarthy is the chairman of HOST, a consortium of local businesses which will run the two new accommodation campuses to house workers. 

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Firms poised for Hinkley Point C project despite delay

Children in car during 125mph police chase

Footage of a four mile pursuit through the streets of Gloucester, that saw the driver reach speeds of 125mph, has been released.

But when police stopped the driver, 19-year-old Kieran Hayward, they were shocked to find he had two young children in the back seat of his car.

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Gloucestershire Police have released footage of the chase as a warning.

The police originally pulled him over after noticing a defective number plate, but Hayward took off leading to a pursuit.

He was caught when he got stuck in traffic, and sentenced to six months in the youth detention centre of a prison. 

Kieran was also banned from driving for over two years at Gloucester Crown Court.

Taunton students celebrating A-Level results

Students at Richard Huish College in Taunton have been celebrating their A-Level results. Their 2016 class achieved an A* to C pass rate of 80%, with an overall pass rate of 99%.

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Students at Richard Huish College in Taunton get their A Level results.

A number of students were also celebrating good BTEC results, equivalent to three A-Levels. Some of their students heading off to universities in Gloucester and London while others have opted for a gap year volunteering abroad.

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Hinkley Point C: Supply chain preparations are ongoing

EDF is announcing a raft of hefty new contracts worth £240m despite the uncertainty over the nuclear project in Somerset.

The contracts will also include a new apprenticeship scheme

Commercial director for Hinkley Point C, Ken Owen told the BBC his job is making sure the supply chain is primed and ready to go...

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Hinkley Point C boss still working on getting the supply chain ready to go.

Roy Pumfrey from Stop Hinkley said the EDF announcement was intended to pressure the British government into making an early decision, but one which he believed would prove unsuccessful.      

Cambridge sign Bristol Rovers' Gosling

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League Two side Cambridge United have signed Gibraltar midfielder Jake Gosling from Bristol Rovers on loan until January.

The 23-year-old has played 49 times for Rovers helping them win promotions from non-league to League One.

He spent part of last season on loan at Newport but has not appeared for Darrell Clarke's side so far this term despite signing a new deal this summer.

The Gibraltar international is his country's leading scorer, with two goals from 11 appearances.

Learning the way while drying the pots

Hogwarts was known for the Marauder's Map which showed students around the site.

The University of Gloucestershire have developed their own (less magical) map printed on a teatowel for students joining them in September

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The items are dual purpose, as new students can learn the layout of the university site while simultaneously drying their pots and pans (assuming washing up gets done by students!)

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What do you do if you don't get the grades? Vice chancellor says think carefully

What do you do if you don't quite get the grades you want?

Professor Steve West, the vice chancellor at the University of the West of England, found his A-Levels were not what he expected. He later found out he has dyslexia.

He advises students to think carefully about their university choices.

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Professor Steve West from the University of the West of England passes on his advice.

Analysis: Virgin 'likely' to run health services in Bath

Matthew Hill

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At 4pm today, Bath and North East Somerset's health bosses will announce which of two bidders - Sirona or Virgin - are awarded a £700m contract for Childrens and Adult services.

It’s a seven-year contract with option to extend for further three years worth £69.2m per year starting next April and would be a different model of care with pooled health and social budgets.  

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There are 200 different service specs; Sirona already provide a big majority of them and specialist charities do the rest like Alzheimers Society.

The idea is for more joined- up services with a Prime Provider model, so Virgin could be ultimately responsible for all services and have to deliver set of outcomes for health and well-being. They have the option to subcontract services to other organisations like charities.

My hunch is Virgin will get it.

Gloucestershire traveller teenager is first in family to go to university

A teenage traveller has become the first in her family to go university.

Stephanie Bagnall got A* in English literature, B in drama and C in business studies in her A-levels and will now go to Royal Holloway, University of London, to read English.

The 18-year-old, from Gloucester, comes from a family who for generations have worked as show people, travelling the country working at fairs.

But her mum set up a cafe in order to allow her daughter to take her A-Levels.

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Search in Bath park following discovery of feet due to get under way

Could an apprenticeship be an option?

If you haven't got the grades you wanted on on A-Level results day, there are alternatives to going to university.

Mark Millar is a builder and presenter with the BBC show DIY SOS and says than you could consider an apprenticeship.

It would mean you'd start you working straight away and learn skills and make a bit of money rather than paying out for tuition fees and university costs.

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Mark Millar from DIY SOS says being an apprentice can help after exams

Police looking to solve the mysterious foot finds in Bath

A new appeal is being made after three human feet were found in Bath. 

After the first foot was found in February, police decided it was probably a "teaching aid".

But in July, a second foot was found near the first, and a third was found at the start of August. 

Police say they "strongly believe the feet have come from an old private collection".

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Olympics: Burnham BMX'er currently 10th

Over to Brazil where Liam Phillips - from Burnham-on-Sea - was 10th fastest in yesterday's BMX time-trial run which determined seedings for today's quarter-finals. 

The 27-year-old was an Olympic finalist in 2012 and went on to become world champion in 2013.

Here he is speaking to BBC presenter Dan Walker... 

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Dan Walker meets Liam Phillips

Remembering one of our greatest Olympians

Paul Radmilovic is one of Weston-super-Mare's forgotten Olympians.

He won four gold medals between 1908 and 1928, a record not surpassed until Sir Steve Redgrave won a fifth gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

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Paulo Radmilovic won four medals in the early 20th century

Former nanny of Fred and Rose West dies

Caroline Roberts, who worked as a nanny for the notorious Gloucestershire serial killers Fred and Rose West, has died from cancer. 

As a teenager she had survived a sexual attack by the couple when working for them in 1972. Caroline later went on to be a key witness in Rose West's trial.

She wrote a book called The Lost Girl, in 2004, as an attempt to put the horrors of what she experienced behind her.

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West country engineering powering the world's longest aircraft

It looks like a giant blimp, but it's actually a cross between a plane and an airship. The Airlander 10 took off on its first flight in Bedfordshire recently.

A company from Yeovil, AVoptics, made the fibre optic system that allows the pilot to control the engines of the vast flying machine.

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A Yeovil company put together the fibre optic system that controls the engines