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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday 23 August, 2016.

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That's all from us for today, we'll be back with the latest news, sport and travel from 7am tomorrow morning.

It may be dark now but there was a glorious sunset tonight. Here's the view as seen by Lady Marie in Uphill.

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Nice early goal for Bristol City in extra time

Tonight's EFL Cup round-up

All three sides facing teams in leagues higher than their own put on valiant displays but weren't able to provide any cup upsets.

Bristol Rovers were beaten 3-2 by Chelsea, Yeovil went down 4-0 at Everton and Cheltenham lost 2-0 to Newcastle.

But the teams and their supporters seem to have gained some new friends.

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Meanwhile Bristol City are into extra time...follow what happens on BBC Radio Bristol and the BBC Sport website.

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Olympians return: Jazz Carlin's 'dreams have come true'

It all started with the Tigersharks Swimming Club in Swindon, now one of their members has come back with an Olympic medal.

Jazz Carlin won two silver medals in the women's 800m and 400m freestyle and hopes it can inspire the next generation to chase their dreams.

Jazz Carlin says she still keeps in touch with her first swimming club

Full time: Chelsea 3, Bristol Rovers, 2

Everton score a fourth goal against Yeovil Town

It's all over for Yeovil...

Olympians return: Alex Gregory admits to Rio challenges

Rower Alex Gregory won his second gold medal in Rio, helping Great Britain claim a fifth consecutive Olympic title in the men's coxless four.

Alex, who was born in Cheltenham, and team-mates Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash, Constantine Louloudis finished in five minutes 58.61 seconds.

Alex Gregory won gold in London and admits his second gold wasn't as easy

Everton double their lead against Yeovil

Lifeboat rescues yacht in high winds

The RNLI lifeboat was called to help a small yacht which was in difficulty off Redcliffe Bay in Portishead at the weekend.

When they got to the boat, the three people on board revealed they only had one life jacket between them.

The boat was eventually towed to safety.

RNLI lifeboat crew rescuing a small yacht in Portishead

Equaliser for Scunthorpe United against Bristol City

Cheltenham go 2-0 down at St James Park

Bristol Rovers score their second goal against Chelsea

A penalty lands Bristol Rovers with their second goal...could a shock be on the cards at Stamford Bridge?

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Olympians return: Pete Reed shows off his pride and joy

Watch: Roman floor unearthed after 1,500 years

A couple of weeks ago we told you about the discovery of a Roman villa near Yeovil. 

On the last but one day of the dig they have uncovered something not seen for more than 1,500 years.

Dr James Gerrard, lecturer in roman archaeology at Newcastle University, shows us the discovery

Chelsea 3 - 1 Bristol Rovers

Bristol City score against Scunthorpe United

Bobby Reid scores in the 35th minute.

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Rovers score their first goal of the evening

The Bristol Rovers fans have erupted as Peter Hartley scored a goal via a header.

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Yeovil losing against Everton

Everton's Aaron Lennon scores the first goal of the evening against Yeovil.

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Chelsea go 2 goals up against Bristol Rovers

In the blink of an eye Chelsea have scored again - this time Victor Moses hits the back of the net.

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Chelsea score against Bristol Rovers

Chelsea have scored in the 30th minute of the game this evening:

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Canvas copy of famous labyrinth installed at Gloucester Cathedral

Canvas copy of famous labyrinth installed at Gloucester Cathedral

A canvas copy of the world famous labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France has been placed at Gloucester Cathedral.Thought to be a representation of the spiritual quest of the pilgrim travelling to the Holy Land, labyrinths like this began appearing in Europe during the 12th Century.

Visitors to Gloucester Cathedral are invited to remove their shoes and walk the labyrinth in a reflective way while it is in place until the end of the month.

A packed stadium for Chelsea v Bristol Rovers

Olympians return: 'We'll definitely have to insure her medal'

Bristol's Lily Owsley is back in the UK with her gold medal. The hockey player scored one of the goals which saw Team GB beat the Netherlands in the final.

Her mum Jen Owsley has been talking to Rob Adcock about what it's like being the mother of a gold medal-winning Olympian.

Lilly Owsley and members of the GB hockey team
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Lily is so chaotic, I found her Commonwealth medal stuck in a drawer. I did worry last night about her going out with the medal. We'll definitely have to insure it.

Each day I've probably had about 60 to 70 messages a day of congratulations, often from people I've not seen for years. We realised it was a big story when the news was postponed on BBC1 to show the full game.

Lily said to me yesterday if just one more person picks up a hockey stick and starts playing, then I've done a good job.

Jen OwsleyLily Owsley's mum

Cricket: County Championship round-up

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South Africa bowler Hardus Viljoen take five wickets on his debut as Kent bowl out Gloucestershire for 221 on day one.

All-rounder Sean Ervine hits 103 as Hampshire make 281-6 on day one of their Championship game against Somerset.

Homeless charity launches appeal to furnish new home

A homeless drop-in centre in Bath is on the move. The Genesis Trust runs Lifeline which offers support, clothing and food.

They're having to move from Bath Abbey and need to raise £10,000 to make their new premises at the nearby Quaker Meeting House usable.

Ali Vowles meets Gloria Ware, who founded the charity, and those it's helped

Bristol sign Bevington from Ospreys

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Bristol Rugby have signed Ospreys front row Ryan Bevington on a two-year deal ahead of their first season back in the Premiership. 

The 27-year-old made 112 appearances for Ospreys and has 13 international caps.

Ryan told the club website: "I'm excited about the opportunity to represent Bristol Rugby and to play in the top flight of English rugby."

Bristol fans will hope he is fit and firing ahead of Bristol's pre-season friendly at home against Wasps on Saturday.

Excitement building for league cup clashes

Three of our sides face opposition from higher echelons of the league in tonight's EFL Cup action.

Yeovil Town and Bristol Rovers both take on Premier League sides, with Rovers facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Yeovil heading to Goodison Park to meet Everton.

Meanwhile Cheltenham are at St James Park to take on Newcastle and Bristol City are at Scunthorpe.

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Footballers banned from UK racecourses after Cheltenham urine row

James Collins (left) and Samir Carruthers
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Two footballers who were photographed apparently urinating into a glass at the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival in March have been banned from all racecourses in the UK.

MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers and James Collins, who was on loan at Northampton Town at the time, appeared to relieve themselves on a balcony.

They apologised for their actions, which saw the pair pour the contents of the glass over the balcony.

Collins can appeal against the ban in two years and Carruthers in a year.

Somerset Olympic heroes delighted by response at home

You've hopefully been enjoying coverage of the return of our triumphant Team GB athletes at Heathrow Airport. 

Onboard flight BA2016 were Yeovil's Heather Stanning and her teammate Helen Glover, who went to Millfield School in Street.

The duo won team GB's fifth gold medal of the games, coming first in the women's rowing pairs. 

Heather Stanning and her team-mate Helen Glover say they're surprised by the level of support

Warning of Bristol road closure after water main bursts

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Bristol Water say they hope the leak will be fixed today, and they have advised drivers to avoid the area if possible.

Somerset women signs up for DNA mapping project

Tracey Baker is taking part in the 100,000 Genomes Project

Tracey Baker, from Chard in Somerset, is taking part in a project which hopes to find the underlying causes of cancer and rare diseases.  

The 100,000 Genomes Project is believed to be the largest initiative of its kind in the world. 

The researchers are looking for broken DNA building blocks, either in diseased tissue or blood, to try to understand the disease process more clearly.

Live cricket: Gloucestershire and Somerset in action

Nancy Frostick

BBC Kick Off Sports Reporter

An update on the action in this afternoon's live County Championship cricket as Gloucestershire play Kent and Somerset face Hampshire.

At tea, Gloucestershire were 145-4 with Phil Mustard and Hamish Marshall's partnership proving productive and making 70 runs. Hardus Viljoen halted Mustard on 38 shortly after the break. Viljoen and Darren Stevens have both taken two wickets on the first day.

In Somerset, Sean Ervine and Ryan MaClaren made an unbroken stand of 82 to get Hampshire through the afternoon unscathed, they are currently on 174-4. Somerset's Roelof van der Merwe has taken two wickets so far.

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Rare Ferrari stolen from garage

Have you seen this car?

It was stolen during a burglary at a home in Southrop, near Lechlade, between last Thursday and yesterday morning.

Gloucestershire Police say it is a classic silver Ferrari 550, registration 4DCH, worth around £400,000 and thought to be one of only four made.

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TB test for cattle could prevent spread of disease

As the debate over the proposed extension to the controversial badger cull continues, a blood test has been developed which could help farmers identify which animals are carrying TB.

Dr Catherine Rees from the University of Nottingham is involved with the research

EFL Cup: Tonight's fixture list

Four stadiums - Stamford Bridge, St James' Park, Goodison Park and Glanford Park
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Clockwise from top left: Home grounds of Chelsea, Newcastle United, Scunthorpe United and Everton

Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town might have the most attention-grabbing fixtures tonight in the EFL Cup, but Bristol City and Cheltenham Town are also in action.

Lee Johnson takes City to Glanford Park to face Scunthrope United, while his dad - Gary Johnson - will be with Cheltenham in the North East where they are playing Newcastle United.

All kick-offs are at 7.45pm and you can hear live commentary via your BBC local radio station.

Tonight's EFL Cup fixture list
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Tricky joins line-up for Massive Attack festival

Tricky
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The Bristol-born producer and musician Tricky has joined the line-up alongside Massive Attack at The Downs Festival this September.

Some 27,000 tickets were sold in less than two hours when the brand new festival, which also features Primal Scream and Skepta, was announced earlier this year.

EFL Cup: Win, lose or draw - we ask these fans?

Yeovil Town travel to Everton tonight in the EFL Cup and the fans are already on their way.

Here are a few of their predictions of how the match might go...

Yeovil Town travel to Everton tonight in the EFL Cup.

Seal takes a rest on weed-cutting machine

What is ambergris and why is it so valuable?

Sperm whale
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Earlier we told you about a man from Weston-super-Mare whose son found what he believes to be ambergris while out walking at the weekend. Alan Derrick reckons it could be worth thousands.

Here's a quick guide to what some call the floating gold.

  • Ambergris is a substance secreted by sperm whales which is thought to protect against intestinal irritation caused by the beaks of their prey, squid and cuttlefish
  • Large pieces of the substance are vomited up by the whales and, once disgorged, float on water.
  • Over a course of 10-20 years, the soft, foul-smelling waste solidifies and its odour mellows to become sweeter and more musky
  • It has the nickname of floating gold, due to its value to the perfume industry, but has also been used as incense, medicine and a food flavouring

Read more about sperm whales on BBC Nature.