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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday 15 February 2017

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Goodnight from the BBC West of England live page

We hope you've enjoyed our updates and videos today - although it's a shame about the football this evening.

We're back tomorrow from 7am with more news, sport and weather for across the Westcountry.

Before we sign off for today, here's Ian Fergusson with a look at how Storm Doris will affect our region tomorrow:

Storm Doris is on its way tomorrow, so expect some windy weather.

Bristol City loses 0-2 against Fulham

Not the best performance for our home team this evening - let's hope it's a better performance next time.

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Bristol City v Fulham: Added time of at least six minutes

Campaign sees road past school closed

Watch: Motorists stopped from driving past school with planters blocking the road

Children say they feel safer now that a popular rat run cutting through Ashton Gate Primary School in Bristol has been closed to traffic. 

The city council decided to use planters to block off the road for 18 months - to see what difference it makes - after parents campaigned to make the crossing safer. 

Swindon and Cricklade's heritage railway vandalised

Volunteers at Swindon and Cricklade's heritage railway say they're sickened and devastated after vandals targeted two of their carriages.

Graffiti was found on a vintage Gloucester Rail Cart up from the platform at Blunsdon station.

Heritage railway vandalised

GOAL: Bristol City FC v Fulham

Fulham's scored again, it's not looking good for Bristol City:

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Miss Moneypenny actress remembered in Frome

Watch: A blue plaque now marks the former home of Lois Maxwell

A blue plaque has been put up at the former home of Lois Maxwell, the first Miss Moneypenny to appear in the James Bond films. 

The Canadian actress lived in Frome from 1994 - 2002, she died in 2007.

Half time at Bristol City v Fulham match

Let's hope Bristol City score in the second half - they're trailing 0-1 to Fulham.

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'Positive' move to educate parents in Bristol about FGM

Avon and Somerset Police say they now have two active investigations into cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). 

It's illegal here - but it's common in many African countries and is a particular concern in areas of Bristol where many Somali and Sudanese women live. 

Earlier a leading FGM charity, Forward, held a meeting in Bristol to share ideas on how perceptions of it can be changed.

They also educated parents about the implications of taking their daughters abroad to have FGM carried out.

Watch: Parents are told about FGM laws in the UK and the harm it causes to women and girls

GOAL: Bristol City v Fulham: 0-1 Fulham

Bristol v Fulham match starting soon

Bristol City take on Fulham tonight at Ashton Gate in a re-arranged fixture. 

City are currently one place and two points above the Championship relegation zone. 

They'll have to do without their leading scorer Tammy Abraham who is out for at least 2 to 3 weeks with a leg injury. 

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Billy Burns making good progress

Watch: David Humphreys says they're hopeful Burns will be available for the weekend

Gloucester's director of rugby has said fly-half Billy Burns, who received lengthy treatment during their victory over Saracens last week, is recovering well.

The Cherry and Whites beat Saracens 31-23 at Kingsholm last Friday but the game was interrupted when Burns went down after a try-saving tackle in the corner and was eventually taken off on a stretcher with an oxygen mask.

David Humphreys says he was taken to hospital but his injuries were not found to be serious.

Businesses question higher than average rates rise

Watch: Businesses in Somerset say they can't get an explanation why they've seen big increases in their business rates

Companies in Somerset facing big increases in their business rates from April are questioning how the charges have been calculated. 

In West Somerset rates are going up by an average of more than 60 per cent - one of the largest rises in the country.

The Valuation Office Agency says it won't comment on individual cases but that rateable values are influenced by a number of factors, including the potential rental value of properties.

CCTV footage released in search for Lewis Ball

Watch: Police release footage of missing man Lewis Ball

Avon and Somerset Police have released CCTV footage of Lewis Ball, who has been missing since 5 February. 

The 26-year-old failed to return home from a night out at the Thekla nightclub on The Grove, Bristol.

Officers say the footage shows Mr Ball was still in the area about 20 minutes after he left the nightclub.  

Teenagers arrested over bomb hoax call

Two boys aged 15 and 16 have been arrested on suspicion of making a bomb hoax call after businesses on Solstice Park near Amesbury were evacuated yesterday.

The evacuation followed what police said were two suspicious phone calls and saw the premises closed for several hours while officers and a dog carried out searches. Nothing of concern was found.

DS Mike Standing said: "These calls were taken very seriously and caused a great deal of disruption and concern for the public and the businesses in Solstice Park. 

"We appreciated the patience and understanding of staff and customers yesterday during the safety evacuation and searches. 

"Enquiries locally have quickly identified two suspects and we are satisfied that there is no risk to the public."

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Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Tree down on A4: Teenager taken to hospital

The ambulance service says a teenager was taken to hospital following the tree being blown down on the A4 in Brislington.

They say their injuries are not thought to be serious.

The tree also hit a car but no one was trapped. 

The road has now been reopened and the tree has been removed.

Tree down on A4
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Tree down on A4
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Tree down on A4: Car hit and buses diverted

Police say the tree which blew down onto the A4 in Brislington hit a car but no one was injured.

The incident is still causing traffic problems and motorists are asked to avoid the area.

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Willow maze helps people with mental health problems

Watch: See the maze

A maze made from willow branches is helping people with mental health problems to feel better. 

The labyrinth is beside the River Avon at Barton Park, Bradford-on-Avon.

Volunteers from charity Richmond Fellowship maintain it all year round by clipping and mending the willow.

Police say pair arrested over swan shooting 'not involved'

Officers say no further action is being taken against a 48-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy who were arrested in connection with the shooting of George the swan at Pittville Park in Cheltenham last month.

They are still asking for anyone with any information about the incident to get in touch.

George, who was shot through the neck with a crossbow, made a good recovery after treatment and was returned to the lake.

George the swan
Vale Wildlife Hospital

BreakingTree blown over on A4

A tree has blown down onto the A4 Bath Road in Brislington, near to the junction with Sandy Park Road.

Traffic is backing up as a result and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

We'll bring you more information when we get it.

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Magistrates' court reduced to rubble

Watch: A last look at Gloucester Magistrates' Court

Gloucester Magistrates' Court is being demolished this week as part of the wider redevelopment of the city centre.

It was closed by the government last year.

Severe disruption: A4 Bristol westbound

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A4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between A4174 Callington Road and A4320 St Philips Causeway affecting A4 Bath Road.

A4 Bristol - A4 Bath Road in Brislington closed and queuing traffic inbound between the A4174 Callington Road junction and the A4320 St Philips Causeway junction, because of a fallen tree. Diversion in operation - traffic to use the A4174 and the A37 Wells Road to head towards the city centre. Congestion to Hicks Gate Roundabout.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Local newspaper headlines from across the West

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Bristol Post: Police officers who Tasered Bristol grandfather Judah Adunbi served gross misconduct notices

Bath Chronicle: Bath's street dealers put behind bars for selling heroin and cocaine to undercover officers

GloucestershireLive: Storm Doris to send debris flying through air as Met Office ups warning to Amber with risk of snow

Swindon Advertiser:Forensic teams have returned to Broad Street today, where convicted double-murderer Christopher Halliwell lived between 1997 and 2001

McLaren F1 team sign Bristol's Lando Norris as young driver

Lando Norris - aged only 17 - is following in the footsteps of F1 greats like Lewis Hamilton and David Coulthard.

Well done Lando! 

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Abbey's 900th anniversary being celebrated

Abbey 900 quilt
Cirencester Abbey

The 900th anniversary celebrations of the founding of Cirencester’s Abbey of St Mary the Virgin are now under way.

A number of events are taking place including a tree planting ceremony by the Bishop of Gloucester and a quilt made in local school project will also go on display in the abbey grounds and across the five schools over the next 12 months.

Other events have been organised including building a model of the Abbey in Lego, medieval banquets, a Plantagenet re-enactment and junior triathlon.

Police 'co-operating with IPCC' over Taser incident

Two police officers will face a gross misconduct investigation over the Taser incident in Bristol.

Here's the Avon and Somerset Police response to the Independent Police Complaints Commission's (IPCC) earlier announcement:

We're continuing to co-operate with them as their investigation progresses but cannot comment on the circumstances surrounding the incident as a consequence of the IPCC involvement. Chief Constable Andy Marsh has promised that we will discuss the matter fully and publicly once the IPCC investigation has concluded.

Richard CorriganHead of Professional Standards, Avon and Somerset Police

Watch original Judah Adunbi Taser incident

This is the footage, filmed by a neighbour last month, of the moments leading up to Judah Adunbi being Tasered.

Watch: Archive film of Judah Adunbi being tasered

The video shows the two officers approaching Mr Adunbi while he was returning from a walk with his dog. They give the name of a wanted man they are seeking and ask if that is him.

When he says he is not that man, they ask for his name, which he declines to give.

Mr Adunbi said he had refused because he was "not a criminal" and was "just going about my business".

Evidence bins delivered to Halliwell's former home

BBC reporter Andrew Plant is in Swindon where police officers are conducting a search of the gardens of killer Halliwell's former home.

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IPCC: Taser investigation 'making progress'

Judah Adunbi
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More on the IPCC investigation into the Taser incident involving Bristol race relations spokesman Judah Adunbi (pictured).

The IPCC says it has conducted house-to-house inquiries, obtained statements and recently held a meeting with community representatives.

The investigation is making positive progress and we are continuing to review evidence regarding the appropriateness of Taser use in the circumstances. As our investigation is ongoing the IPCC is limited in what can be released into the public domain, and we would ask for patience while our work is carried out.

Cindy ButtsIndependent Police Complaints Commission

BreakingTwo officers face misconduct probe over Taser incident

Two officers from Avon and Somerset Police are being investigated for gross misconduct after a man was Tasered in the face in Bristol.

Judah Adunbi, 63, was stopped by police outside his home in Easton on 12 January.

The Independent Press Complaints Commission is carrying out the investigation.

Football disorder assurance offered by Port Vale chairman

Football fans scuffle with a steward
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Following the disorder at Bristol Rovers' away game last weekend, Port Vale's chairman has released a statement.

He told the club's website CCTV footage had been reviewed and a "debrief with the police will take place to review all matters".

Six people were injured and four were arrested following reports of pepper spray being used and supporters getting punched and pushed to the ground.

I would like to reassure everyone that myself, CBI (our security partners) and Staffordshire Police are currently investigating the disorder that took place in the away end during the game and in the car park afterwards. Safety of all supporters and staff remains of paramount importance to us.

Norman SmurthwaiteChairman, Port Vale FC

Police continue to search garden of convicted killer Halliwell

Football: City v Fulham - a commentator's analysis

Ed Hadwin

Commentator, BBC Radio Bristol

Lee Johnson
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City come into this game having won just one of their past 12 games in the Championship, and with trips to Newcastle and Aston Villa to come in the next seven days.

Lee Johnson's side have been competitive in almost all of the matches during that run, but have conceded too easily when they've been under the cosh.

That's something they need to improve on if they're to move away from the bottom three.

Mayor on challenges for financial mismanagement investigation

Watch: "We need to find the reasons behind it," says Mayor Marvin Rees

Bristol's mayor Marvin Rees has spoken about the "serious" challenges for the investigation into financial mismanagement at Bristol City Council. 

It follows the report by independent financial expert Steve Bundred, published a fortnight ago, which referred to a "collective failure of leadershipin the council's previous administration.

Anger over business rate hikes

Will Rayner
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Some businesses in Somerset say they are "furious" about planned increases in rates, which come into force in April. 

West Somerset is set to have one of the highest average increases in the country. 

Will Rayner, from Courtyward Framing in Minehead, said his business rates would rise by about 60% and said "it must be a mistake". 

The Ratings Office Agency, which sets the figures, says there are many factors which affect new rateable values and it can't comment on individual cases.

Joinery, West Somerset
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