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Summary

  1. Cyclist seriously injured in hit and run in Bristol
  2. South Bristol students talk about why the area has such low admissions to universities
  3. Stonehenge tunnel would be 'a scar on landscape', says farmer who owns land
  4. First concrete poured at Hinkley C as building work for nuclear power plant ramps up
  5. CTFC boss Gary Johnson's back, two weeks after heart surgery
  6. Cheltenham Science Festival line-up announced
  7. Bourton-on-the-Water school pupil, 12, becomes youngest Oxford organist
  8. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Friday, 31 March 2017

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Good night - live page returns on Monday

We've come to the end of our news and sport updates on Local Live for today.

Our BBC live page team will be back on Monday morning from 7am - we'll have story updates over the weekend on your local news pages on the BBC News website.

Before we go, here's a look at the forecast with Ian Fergusson.

It looks like a mix of sunshine and showers this weekend.

Wroughton WW1 soldier remembered in memorial service

A World War One soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross is to be honoured with a special memorial stone in Wroughton on Sunday.

William Gosling served with 3rd Wessex Brigade, Royal Field Artillery as a battery sergeant stationed near Arras.

Gloucester Road hit and run: key facts

More on the Gloucester Road hit and run in Bristol - here's the key facts from the police:

  • The incident took place at approximately 3.25pm between Rudthrope Road and Filton Avenue
  • The vehicle involved is believed to be a dark coloured Vauxhall Astra which is thought to be less than six years old
  • The car may have minimal damage along the nearside
  • Gloucester Road was closed for four hours following the collision to allow for evidence to be gathered
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Former Somerset land girl is the subject of a new play

No Finer Life is by Graham Harvey, who lives on Exmoor and writes for The Archers.  

The subject of his play is a 92-year-old Somerset woman who served as a land girl during the Second World War.

'No Finer Life' is by an Exmoor man who writes for The Archers

Breaking CCTV issued in hunt for hit and run car which injured cyclist

Arrest made in high value gold thefts in Wiltshire

A 22-year-old man from Semington has been arrested in connection with a series of High Value Gold burglaries across Wiltshire, police have said.

The police force has been working with its neighbouring police forces in Avon and Somerset and Thames Valley where similar burglaries have taken place.

Det Sgt Anthony King, Wiltshire Police, said: "We've made a number of arrests in the past few weeks as a direct result of proactive and intelligence led policing, and with work ongoing we are confident of more positive action in the very near future."

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Local people filling the gaps left by council cuts

Meet Porlock's Guerrilla Odd Job Squad. 

The volunteers are keeping their village in Exmoor National Park looking good by doing jobs which they say their local councils can't afford to do anymore.

The "guerillas" meet once a month to do everything from street sweeping and painting railings to clearing hedges and streams.  

Watch: The volunteers are keeping their village looking good

Bath v CA Brive: Team news

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Australia hooker Nathan Charles will make his Bath debut in Saturday's European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Brive at the Recreation Ground .

Charles, who joined the Premiership club  on a deal until the end of the season  on 15 March, recently had a spell with French Top 14 side Clermont.

Co-captain Rhys Priestland returns after injury to start at fly-half.

Hooker Joe Graham, who recently arrived from Rotherham, could make his Bath debut from the replacements bench.

Bath, who have 16 senior first-team players unavailable for selection, reached the last eight by topping Pool 4, while French Top 14 club Brive won Pool 3.

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Urban goat project a success in its first year

Inside Out West has been following a radical urban goat farming project for the last 12 months. 

Streetgoat collectively looks after the goats which are kept on an allotment in St George, they're being used to graze overgrown plots and bring them back into use.

The group has built a milking parlour and fenced the site, they share milking duties and the milk and goat meat too.

Catch up with the whole programme on the iPlayer here .

Watch: Inside Out West spent a year with these urban goat farmers in St George

Boss Gary Johnson back at Whaddon Road

Listen: Gary Johnson says he should be fit enough to watch tomorrow's game

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson says he's fit enough to return to Whaddon Road after his heart bypass. 

He has missed the last four games - all of which were defeats for The Robins.

The boss told Mark Cummings on BBC Radio Gloucestershire that he's "pretty sure" he'll be at the game on Saturday against Morecambe, and will sit in the stands with his wife.

High-volume water pump coming to the Somerset Levels

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A high-volume pump is being tested on the Somerset Levels next week in preparation for any future major flooding events.

The 12-tonne machine can pump 1,650 litres of water a second - the same as filling 12 bathtubs a second, the Environment Agency says.

It will be moved from its base in Bawdrip to the North Drain Pumping Station where it will be set up and switched on.

Soldiers who have already received training in deploying flood barriers have been invited to see the pump in action and learn how it works.

The Environment Agency’s new Incident Command Unit (ICU) will also be on-site streaming live images of the exercise back to the agency’s Bridgwater incident room.

Preparing and practising pump deployment helps to ensure we act more quickly and effectively. It’s also an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills so people can confidently operate this type of heavy machinery nationwide, with the help of the military and other groups.

Robbie Williams Operations manager, Environment Agency

Gloucester Road reopened after hit and run

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A busy road in Bristol has reopened after a cyclist was seriously injured in a hit and run on Friday afternoon.

Police are appealing for eyewitnesses who were in the vicinity of Gloucester Road between Rudthrope Road and Filton Avenue between 4pm and 4.15pm.

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Bristol hit and run forces road closure

A cyclist has been seriously injured after a hit and run involving a car on Gloucester Road in Bristol.

The incident happened earlier on Friday along Gloucester Road between Rudthrope Road and Filton Avenue.

The car failed to stop and made off from the scene. The injured cyclist has got serious injuries and is in life-threatening condition, police said. 

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Meet the Metro Mayor candidates: Darren Hall (Green)

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Darren Hall has worked in the Home Office as a regional crime and drugs manager, and as head of organisational development he advised the Government Office of the South West. 

Darren believes that the role of the mayor is to drive practical, positive change and ensure Bristol and Bath have a prosperous, long-term future. 

“Our region is home to top quality jobs in design, technology, finance and legal sectors but we have to make sure they are fit for the future, as well as offering opportunities for all those that aren’t currently part of that success story," he says. 

Jonathan Bartley, the co-leader of Green Party says that Darren has "an impressive knowledge of the West of England region, understanding the challenges around housing, transport and sustainability that this role will need to tackle".

Brentford v Bristol City: Team news

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Brentford centre-half Andreas Bjelland could be included after missing four games with a hamstring injury.

Midfielder Alan Judge is closing in on a return after a year out with a broken leg, but is not yet match fit.

Bristol City could name the same side that beat third-placed Huddersfield Town 4-0 last time out.

Bosnia striker Milan Djuric remains sidelined after hernia surgery but could return for Lee Johnson's side within the next two weeks.

Three school friends reunited more than 60 years on

BBC Wiltshire had reunited three school friends after more than 60 years.

Keith from Bratton thought he recognised the voice and name of one of the station's guests, Paul from North Bradley, so the radio team got them on the phone together.

That interview was heard by Bob from Chippenham who called the radio station to say he also went to school with Paul and Keith and hadn't seem either of them since.

Breakfast presenter Ben Prater arranged a catch up with the three men at their old school, Trowbridge Boys High School or John of Gaunt as it's now known. 

Watch: Three school chums reunited by BBC Wiltshire after more than 60 years

Travel: Reminder for people wanting to use the M32 later

Meet the Metro Mayor candidates: Tim Bowles (Conservative)

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Tim Bowles has combined his business career with work as a local councillor in South Gloucestershire over the last fourteen years. 

He says that he wants to use his skills, experience and determination to "make our region even better". 

"We need a strong local voice to champion our region, we need a mayor who can work with our government, local MPs and Councillors to get things done instead of using the role to score political points," he says. 

Prime Minister Theresa May has spoken in support of Tim, sayings: "Tim knows the local area well, he cares about it, and he has the knowledge and experience to make it even better."  

South Bristol pupils explain why uni isn't for them

South Bristol has the second lowest rates for 18 year olds going to university in the whole of England. 

Just 18 per cent of teens in the constituency applied for a place at university by the January deadline - according to figures from the universities admissions service UCAS. 

And, across the south west as a whole, fewer teenagers apply to university than in any other region.  

These students told BBC Points West why university wasn't always an option:

A look at why south Bristol's teenagers aren't applying to go to university.

Meet the Metro Mayor candidates: Lesley Mansell (Labour)

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Lesley Mansell is an NHS worker in Bath. She has been a parish councillor for 10 years, was chair of Radstock Council for four years and says that she is "committed to Labour values". 

Lesley believes she has the skills to bring people together from disparate communities and diverse equality groups to ensure that Labour is the popular choice. 

"I want to win the Metro Mayor election for Labour and give the electorate confidence in a thriving party," she says. 

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, supports Lesley and says: “Lesley is a passionate campaigner for social justice, employment and equal rights and as a local councillor she understands the issues that matter to people and, most importantly, how to get things done. We are very proud that Lesley has been selected and I look forward to her putting Labour’s case to the region’s voters in the coming months."

Cyclist seriously injured in Bristol hit and run

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A cyclist has been seriously injured in a hit and run in Bristol.

The crash, involving a car and a cycle, happened between 4pm and 4.15pm on Gloucester Road between Rudthrope Road and Filton Avenue. 

The cyclist has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries and is thought to be in a life-threatening condition, police have said.

Gloucester Road is likely to remain closed in both directions for several hours while officers gather evidence at the scene.

Gloucester v Cardiff Blues: Team news

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England's Billy Twelvetrees returns as one of three Gloucester changes for Saturday's European Challenge Cup quarter-final at home to Cardiff Blues .

Twelvetrees and wing Charlie Sharples replace injured duo David Halaifonua and Andrew Symons, while Wales' Ross Moriarty replaces Sione Kalamafoni.

The visitors make four changes from the  22-21 defeat by Leinster.

Blues captain Gethin Jenkins starts for the Pro12 side for the first time since November 2017.

Sam Warburton returns in the back row with Lloyd Williams coming in at scrum-half and Taufa'ao Filise at tight-head.

Public asked for ideas on how to run Weston hospital

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People living in North Somerset are being asked for their ideas on how to run Weston General Hospital. 

Weston Area Health Trust admits there "aren't A&E enough doctors to run a full 24/7 service at the moment" and is asking local people "what is it you want?" 

Chief executive of the trust James Rimmer said there was "no case" to close A&E but they wanted to "maximise the offer during the day, when most patients come".

The public consultation , organised by the area's clinical commissioning group, closes on Thursday 6 April.

Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, between J16 for A3102 and J17 for A350 affecting J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Wiltshire - Very slow traffic on M4 westbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. Congestion to J15, A346 (Swindon East).

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

Severe accident: A38 Bristol both ways

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A38 Bristol both ways severe accident, between Rudthorpe Road and Strathmore Road.

A38 Bristol - A38 Gloucester Road in Horfield closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Rudthorpe Road junction and the Strathmore Road junction, because of a serious accident. Diversion in operation - local.

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

Meet the Metro Mayor candidates: Aaron Foot (UKIP)

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Aaron Foot is a farmer and businessman. He was also a Coleford parish councillor and former candidate for Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner. 

"I firmly believe that direct democracy can and will deliver outstanding levels of service and will ensure all voices are heard," he says. 

“People elected for UKIP are able to stand up for their constituents free from the bounds of the party whip. My focus will be to deliver the peoples’ wishes.” 

Dan Evans, deputy chair of UKIP South West and chairman of UKIP Bath and North East Somerset, says: “Aaron has the proven track record in business that allows him to consistently stay ahead, innovate and think of the most efficient way of improving. His integrity and approachability will bridge the gap between the voters and creating tangible outcomes that they will feel meets what they want.”

Bridgwater lorry crash severely damages house

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A house near Bridgwater has been badly damaged after a lorry crashed into it.

The crash happened on the A39 at Bawdrip, at 3.15pm on Wednesday, when the large goods lorry collided with a telephone pole and a street light, according to Avon and Somerset Police.

It then crashed into a house, ending up on its side in the front garden of the property.  

A force spokesman said: "The collision caused significant damage to the building. 

"The owner, who was home at the time of the collision, was unhurt."

The driver escaped with minor injuries and was discharged from hospital the following day, the spokesman added.

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Care home fined £100k for fire safety breaches

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A care home in Burnham-on-Sea has been fined £100,000 for allowing its care home staff to live in accommodation which potentially put their lives at risk if a fire were to break out.

Almondsbury Care Ltd, of Berrow Road, Burnham-on-Sea, appeared at Taunton Magistrates Court on Thursday for failing to meet fire safety laws.

The charges were brought by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue after they inspected the living accommodation for nurses and other agency staff and found failings including insufficient fire detection and warning systems and a fire exit door that couldn't be opened.

It was extremely fortunate that a fire did not occur at these premises. Almondsbury Care Ltd would have been well aware of the need to implement suitable fire safety measures yet failed to ensure the safety of those working for their company. The severity of the fines imposed by the court gives out a clear message to those who have control of a premises and show a disregard for the law and those they have a duty to protect."

Paul Bray Business safety manager, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

Hear from the campaigners demanding a Bath dialling code

Meet the Metro Mayor candidates: John Savage (Independent)

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John Savage is chairman of the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust and executive chairman of Bristol Chamber of Commerce. He is also a former Labour candidate for Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner. 

"The West of England’s Mayor must use their position to facilitate co-operation between the local authorities for the good of all," he says. 

"I intend to stand as an independent candidate for this election and draw upon my vast experience of partnership working – with government, local government, businesses and charities – to bolster the status of the West of England and champion it as the best place to live and work." 

John Savage says that he is a firm believer in the importance of the NHS and the welfare state, while also being passionately concerned about the failure of the British educational system to produce opportunities for all.

Teacher struck off for student affair

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A music teacher has been struck off for having a sexual relationship with a sixth-form student at a Bristol school.

Ben Hughes-Games' affair with the girl, who was 18 at the time, was deemed to amount to unacceptable professional conduct.

National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) panel  hearing found four allegations of misconduct proven against the John Cabot Academy teacher.

Mr Hughes-Games, 39, from Bristol, was banned from teaching indefinitely.

Schoolboy becomes youngest Oxford University organist

Watch: Louis Moss, 12, youngest Oxford University organist

A 12-year-old schoolboy has become the youngest person ever to play the organ for an Oxford University college.

Louis Moss, who goes to The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water, began playing the piano when he was six and tried the organ for the first time just over a year ago.

He has now gained a scholarship to play at Jesus College where he will perform hymns for services from the spring.

Lorry crash leads to police appeal

Meet the Metro Mayor candidates: Stephen Williams (Liberal Democrats)

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Stephen Williams was an MP for Bristol West between 2005-2015 and says his main priority if elected will be "continuing economic prosperity, but by tackling the main constraints that hold us back – the lack of affordable housing, and the woeful state of our public transport”. 

He says his ambition is to make Bristol, Bath and the West of England the most dynamic, pleasant and sustainable place to live, work, invest and visit.

"I will use the office of Metro Mayor to work with businesses and other political leaders to establish the region as the best place to start and grow a business." 

Bristol party chair Dr Crispin Allard says: "In Stephen, we have a candidate who stands out as having a wealth of experience and positive track record of working in local government and at the highest levels in national politics”.

Stonehenge tunnel: Could destroy archaeology

Watch: An archaeologist warns of the consequences of a tunnel on the landscape

Plans to build a 1.8 mile (2.9km) road tunnel past Stonehenge could destroy the area's archaeology, according to experts.

Archaeologist David Jacques, who has been leading an archaeological project at nearby Blick Mead since 2005, says "everywhere they dig" they are finding "really important archaeology".

He agrees a road "has to go somewhere" but why does it have to go in "one of the most precious landscapes in the World".

Bath residents hung up on new phone numbers

Listen: Some residents have been given an 01761 dialling code instead of Bath's 01225

Residents of a new block on the riverside in Bath are getting hung up on their new telephone numbers.

They've been given an 01761 dialling code instead of Bath's usual 01225 number. 

Some of them are saying that they live in Bath and they want everyone to know it, so they want the code changed.

Paddy Doyle is one of the people complaining that when they're paying to live in 01225 land their dialling code should match it.

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

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M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between J22 for M49 and J23 for M48.

M4 Bristol - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J22 M49 and J23 M48, because of emergency repairs.

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

Metro Mayor: Meet the candidates

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Across the day we'll be featuring all of the candidates who have so far been declared for the Metro Mayor election in the West.  

Six regions in England will hold elections on 4 May to choose new Combined Authority Mayors - that's their official title.  

The deadline for formal nominations is 4 April. But we'll be profiling the candidates we know so far, they are:

  • Tim Bowles, Conservative
  • Aaron Foot, UKIP
  • Darren Hall, Green
  • Lesley Mansell, Labour
  • John Savage, Independent
  • Stephen Williams, Liberal Democrat

Organ 'an amazing instrument' says 12-year-old

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"It is great to play such an amazing instrument," says Louis, the youngest person ever to play the organ for an Oxford University college.

"I am looking forward to improving further through my scholarship at Jesus College."

Louis is currently a student of The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water.

Sir Nigel Shadbolt, principal of Jesus College, said they are delighted to have Louis with us. 

"By starting a young music scholarship scheme here - the first of its kind in an Oxford or Cambridge college - we are creating more opportunities to connect local state schools with Jesus College through music," he said.