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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 5 September 2016

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Bye from Local Live, with news of long sunny spells ahead!

That's it from Local Live for tonight.  We're back at 7am tomorrow with more news, travel, and sport.

We'll leave you with Sara Thornton with a look ahead to the weather prospects for the week. Goodnight. 

Pack signs new Bristol City contract

Marlon Pack
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Bristol City midfielder Marlon Pack signs a new two-year contract, keeping him with the Championship club until 2018.

Pack, 25, has made 152 appearances for the Robins since joining the club from Cheltenham Town in the summer of 2013.

Band of Brothers re-enactment to mark 101st village carnival

More than 100 re-enactors, representing World War Two GI soldiers, have been taking part in Aldbourne's 101st annual Carnival.

The 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment spent a lot of time in the Wiltshire village during the war.

They were known as the "Screaming Eagles” and were immortalised in the Band of Brothers TV series.

Travel: A366 and A4 near Bath shut after accident

Boss unhappy with lack of Cheltenham goals

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson says his team need to do more to change their fortunes in front of goal.

The League Two side have scored just seven times in nine games so far, having been the highest scorers in the National League last season.

Gary Johnson
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Crimewatch: How detectives solved 31-year-old murder case

Computer problems mean free bus rides for some

Most bus journeys in Bristol today have been free, because of what's being called a "computer glitch" at First Bus.

The ticket machines, the bus tracking system and electronic signs all failed. 

A company spokesman has apologised and says they're collecting fares where they can.  

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Jilly Cooper signs up for Stroud's first ever book festival

Jilly Cooper
BBC

The announcement comes as Jilly, who lives in Gloucestershire, gets ready to launch her new book later this week. 

Mount! is set in the world of flat racing and features her favourite character, Rupert Campbell-Black.

The Festival takes place in November, with Jilly due to appear as part of a day of romantic fiction.

Bath-based creator of Cold Feet reveals biggest challenge over new series

The comedy drama ended 13 years ago and left us wondering if it would ever come back.

Well now our prayers have been answered, with most of the original cast returning in a new series.

BBC Radio Bristol caught up with Mike Bullen ahead of tonight's first episode on ITV at 9pm.

The biggest question was 'why should we expect the audience to return to these characters?' I decided early on it couldn't just be they're still living in Manchester and we happen to drop in. There needed to be an event to bring them back.

Cold Feet creator, Mike Bullen

Danny, Minty's wonder horse

Twelve-year-old Minty from Mere in Wiltshire has to cope with many illnesses, including cystic fibrosis, making most days a struggle. 

But her pony, Danny, has transformed her life. The pair have only been together for just over a year but they're already winning competitions all over the West.

Becky Godden murder accused goes on trial

A man from Swindon has gone on trial accused of the murder of a woman missing for almost a decade. 

Twenty-year-old Becky Godden was last seen in December 2002. Her remains were found in a field in Gloucestershire in 2011.

Becky Godden
Wiltshire Police

Christopher Halliwell, 52, will defend himself at his trial in Bristol, which is expected to last for up to four weeks.

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson live on Radio Bristol

Geoff Twentyman has the City boss in the hot seat on his Sound of the City programme tonight.

You can hear it here and watch it live on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page.

If you want to ask a question get in touch with the team on 0345 900 5 949, text 81333, or email @geoff20man.

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Man dies in A303 crash near Mere

A man has died after stopping his car on the A303 in Wiltshire, after another motorist had left the road and ended up in a ditch.

The man who died was hit from behind by a lorry towing a trailer loaded with bricks.

The driver in the ditch suffered minor injuries. The eastbound carriageway was closed for eight hours.

Brexit, 10 weeks on: Has anything changed?

Seb Choudhury

Presenter, Inside Out (West)

On the surface, nothing seems to have changed in Weston-super-Mare. 

The town is buzzing with visitors and the hotels are busy. But under the surface, Brexit has left a psychological scar. 

In some it has created fear, in others an intolerance and it may even have made Britain seem like an unfriendly and unwelcoming place. 

But I also found a sense of unity and pragmatism, that we are all in this together and whatever happens - we have to make it work.

Inside Out West can be seen on BBC One (West) at 7.30pm this evening, or afterwards via the BBC iPlayer.

Gloucester Cathedral 'oldest in England' to get solar power

Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral is being dragged into the 21st Century with the installation of 200 solar panels on its nave.

Those behind the work promise they will be kept as discreet as possible with no silvering around the edges.

"They will all be black, with no shiny or reflective surfaces," said project manager, Anne Cranston.

Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral

Two more arrested in crackdown on drugs dealers

Two more people have been arrested by Gloucestershire Police as part of Operation Emperor which is targeting drug dealing.

A 43-year-old man and a 24-year-old man, both from Cheltenham, are in police custody.

It brings the total number of arrests so far to 15.

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Gloucestershire Police

Watch: Performance art just for your pets

Krõõt Juurak & Alex Bailey put on performances especially for our four-legged friends

They're taking part in the Bristol Biennial Festival which takes place in Bristol over the next few days.

Two teenagers held on attempted murder after burglary

Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with attempted murder following a burglary in St George, Bristol. 

The break-in happened at Bryant's Hill last month, leaving a man in a serious condition. 

A 23-year-old man from Eastville, Daniel Marshall, has also been charged with attempted murder, all three appeared in court today.

Police tape
BBC

No clues on PM's Hinkley Point decision from G20

The prime minister Theresa May met the Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit today but her thoughts on a new nuclear power station being built at Hinkley Point were apparently not on the agenda.

The EDF project, which is being partly-funded by China, has been on hold since July but the BBC's political editor, Laura Kuenssberg reports the Chinese have given the UK government even more time.

Meanwhile unions are challenging the French board of EDF's approval of the financial case for the project, as they claim they were misled.

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Somerset skipper Chris Rogers to consider retiring

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Somerset captain and former Australia Test opener Chris Rogers admits he may consider retiring as a player at the end of the season.

The 39-year-old joined Somerset in October and replaced Marcus Trescothick as County Championship skipper.

Chris Rogers of Somerset
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"I haven't been particularly happy with my own contributions," Rogers told BBC Radio Bristol. 

Asked how likely he is to return to Somerset next year, he replied: "Probably doubtful, to be honest."

Travel: A303 eastbound near Mere reopens

Wiltshire Police say the A303 eastbound has reopened following a crash.

Traffic is now reported to be running as normal. 

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Cheltenham fencer on way to Paralympics

The Paralympics starts in Rio on Wednesday and Cheltenham fencer Piers Gilliver will be competing there. 

Piers has a muscle-wasting condition, which mainly affects his lower legs. 

We caught up with him in training at the University of Bath prior to flying to the games...

Watch: "The more you push yourself the more you'll get from life," says Piers

Simulator used to recruit bell ringers

A church in Devizes is using a bell ringing simulator to recruit more bell ringers.

Patrick James, the bell-ringing teacher at St James' Church, says the simulator gives people confidence to have a try without the weight or the noise of a real bell.

Bows and arrows stolen in break-in

Archery equipment worth several thousand pounds has been stolen from a Gloucestershire club.

The bows, arrows and other items were taken during a break-in at a pavilion at Great Rissington Club sometime between Wednesday and Friday last week.

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Gloucestershire Police is appealing for anyone with information to contact the force.

Brexit, 10 weeks on: Return of sovereignty 'motivation for out vote'

Seb Choudhury

Presenter, Inside Out (West)

Immigration isn’t an issue for everyone. 

For Joy Prentice, who lives on the Bournville estate a few miles from the tourist hub of Weston-super-Mare, sovereignty was her motivation for voting to leave the EU. 

Now, her framed polling card has pride of place in her living room.

"I didn’t think I would live to see the day, she said.

Inside Out West can be seen on BBC One (West) at 7.30pm this evening, or afterwards via the BBC iPlayer.

Doors Open Day - Bristol's Slipper Baths

This week we're profiling some of the venues open for Bristol's Doors Open Day

The slipper baths at the South Bristol Baths were built in 1931. They provided luxury marble baths for people at a time when central heating didn't exist and not everyone had a bath at home. 

The baths closed in the 1960s when people started building their own bathrooms, and they have lain neglected since then...

Watch: The slipper baths lie unused away from the main pool at the South Bristol Baths

Brexit, 10 weeks on: The impact on the West region

It's now been more than 10 weeks since Britain voted to leave the EU and a special Inside Out West programme tonight looks at the impact Brexit has had in the West region. 

Seb Choudhury, the programme's presenter, spent time in Weston-super-Mare over the summer, where the local economy relies on migrant workers. 

One hotel manager told him half his staff are from the EU, including Hungarian Karl Csapo who said he likes living in Weston but isn't sure whether he would come to the UK now after the referendum result...

Karl Csapo: "I would be afraid the local people don't want to accept me as a foreign worker."

Inside Out West can be seen on BBC One (West) at 7.30pm this evening, or afterwards via the BBC iPlayer.

Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell denies some of the charges against him

Ciarán Maxwell
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A Royal Marine arrested in Somerset on suspicion of terrorism, fraud and drugs offences has denied some of the charges against him.  

Ciaran Maxwell, from County Antrim, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court earlier where he pleaded not guilty to bank card fraud and having cannabis with intent to supply.

He was not asked to enter a plea to the terrorism charge.

He will next appear on all three charges at the Central Criminal Court on 19 September.

The headlines from your BBC local radio stations

Radio mics
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BBC Radio Bristol: Concerns are raised about the Downs in Bristol becoming a regular venue for large music events

BBC Gloucestershire: Four teenagers have been bailed after an armed robbery and arson at a Forest of Dean pub

BBC Wiltshire: Businesses say the government needs to set a clear timetable for leaving the European Union, or else the economy will start to struggle

BBC Somerset: Frome's Jenson Button will not race in Formula 1 next year but will remain with McLaren as an ambassador

Jenson Button decision 'not a complete surprise'

So Jenson Button, from Frome in Somerset, has announced he will not race in Formula 1 next year but will, however, remain with McLaren as an ambassador. 

"Not a complete surprise," according to BBC Five Live's F1 analyst Mark Gallagher who spoke to Tom Clarkson...

Watch: Mark Gallagher and Tom Clarkson

Brexit, 10 weeks on: A Swindon exporter's story

The Wasdell Group in Swindon produces and exports packaging for pharmaceuticals.

The company employs 580 people in the town and 85% of what they produce is exported.

Martin Tedham, chief executive, said while the company would have preferred the UK to stay in the EU, since the Euro changed against the pound the firm has been "flooded with new customers".

Doors Open Day - Holy Trinity Church tower in Bristol

This week we're profiling some of the venues open for Bristol's Doors Open Day - part of a wider heritage open day weekend ahead which sees places usually off limits to the public being opened.

Holy Trinity Church in Westbury-on-Trym has a 15th century church tower, which is only open to the public this Saturday. At the top of the tower, visitors can enjoy outstanding views of Westbury and the surrounding area.

Kate and Keith from the church congregation are our guides:

Watch: The church is one of the oldest in the area

Brexit, 10 weeks on: 'There was a real panic'

Seb Choudhury

Presenter, Inside Out (West)

My first stop in Weston was the Midland Hotel, a classic establishment on the seafront and a favourite with coach parties from Birmingham and the North of England. 

Manager Keith Fearn told me half his staff are from the EU, all Eastern European: “There was a real panic. They were very worried. Like many others they were wondering are we going to be kicked out of the country?”

Karl Csapo, an employee of his from Hungary, has been at the hotel for three years, but isn't sure if he would come to the UK now after the referendum result.

“I would be afraid the local people don’t want to accept me as a foreign worker. My Hungarian friends and family over there started worrying a lot, (asking) 'are you going to come back to Hungary – are they chasing you away?'" he said.

Travel: A303 eastbound near Mere expected to be closed until lunchtime

Traffic England suggests normal driving conditions are not expected on the Wiltshire carriageway until about 13:30 BST...

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Looking back on Massive Attack

Did you attend Massive Attack's momentous homecoming gig on The Downs in Bristol on Saturday?

Gig-goers may have needed Protection from the rain falling like Teardrops, but no-one said they felt any Unfinished Sympathy!

Afterwards, some people said it should herald more events being held on The Downs, but there were also some voices of dissent - such as Cllr Peter Abraham, from Bristol City Council - who objected to the noise...

Button's F1 absence will 'deprive the sport of an exceptional driver'

Jenson Button montage
BBC

Formula One driver Jenson Button, from Frome in Somerset, will not race in 2017 but is to remain with McLaren as an ambassador.

The former world champion could race again in 2018 but has decided he wants a break.

Andrew Benson, the BBC's chief F1 writer, says "his absence from the track next year will deprive the sport of an exceptional driver and an intelligent and thoughtful character".  

Click here to read more from Andrew.

Brexit, 10 weeks on: My summer in Weston

Seb Choudhury

Presenter, Inside Out (West)

A few months on we're still talking Brexit, only now the questions are over what happens next. And how is life for us in the West going to change?

Seeking answers, I spent the summer in Weston-super-Mare. Why Weston? It’s the UK in a microcosm, a place where the national vote was exactly mirrored, 52% to 48% out. Plus the ice cream is lovely.

Like seaside resorts up and down the country, Weston's economy relies on migrant workers. According to the Office for National Statistics, in the last decade the number of EU immigrants in North Somerset has more than doubled.

There'll be more to come from Sabet on Local Live throughout the day.

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Greyhound Pub robbery suspects released on bail

The Greyhound Inn
Mark Turner

All four teenagers arrested in connection with an armed robbery and arson incident at a pub in the Forest of Dean have been bailed.

Police said a 19-year-old, two 16-year-olds and a 14-year-old, all from Gloucester, must return on 5 December, pending further enquiries.

Four males forced their way into the Greyhound Inn, Littledean, on Friday - kicked and punched a member of staff and threatened him with a knife before making off with watches and money from a safe. They then set light to the building before fleeing.

The staff member did not suffer any serious injuries.