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Goodnight from the BBC live page team

We hope you've enjoyed reading our news updates and watching our videos today.

There will be more tomorrow form 7am so we hope you join us then.

Before we go, here's a look at tomorrow's weather from our forecaster, Ian Fergusson:

Dry and breezy day ahead for most of the region on Wednesday

Enjoying the spring sunshine in Somerset

Before we go - something fun!

If you haven't been able to escape your desk all day, here's some lovely countryside scenes form Exmoor, taken by BBC Somerset reporter Andy Bennett.

They will at least put a smile on your face, as spring lambs have got the cute factor:

These lambs with their mums were filmed on Exmoor

Easter NHS message: A&E isn't the only option if you're unwell

Hospital emergency admission
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With the Easter weekend almost upon us, the NHS has sent out a reminder about what other healthcare options are available if you or one of your loved ones fall ill.

South Bristol Urgent Care Centre, the minor injuries unit at Southmead Hospital and the NHS walk-in centre at Broadmead are all open throughout the bank holiday weekend.

Healthcare bosses say almost a quarter of people who go to A&E locally could have been treated more quickly and easily via another NHS service.

A&E is for serious and life-threatening emergencies only. In these circumstances people shouldn’t hesitate to call 999 or go directly to their local A&E unit."

Dr Lesley WardLocal GP and CCG clinical lead for urgent care

Forest Green Rovers beat Tranmere Rovers 1-0

Big result for third-placed Forest Green in the National League - as they close the gap on Tranmere in second and Lincoln at the top.

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Nervous closing few minutes at Prenton Park...

Travel: Problems on the M4 near Bristol

Travel: M32 closure overnight for barrier repairs

Filming takes place in Bristol for Laurel and Hardy reboot

Laurel and Hardy new BBC film
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Filming has got under way in Bristol for the BBC's new film about the legendary comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy.

Steve Coogan is starring as Stan Laurel alongside John C Reilly as Oliver Hardy in the film, Stan & Ollie. 

These photos were taken by our cameraman Anthony Ward earlier today of some of the scenes in the city centre.  

Laurel and Hardy new BBC film
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Tranmere Rovers v Forest Green Rovers half-time score

Braille e-reader developed by Bristol boffins

Engineers from Bristol have developed a type of electronic book for people who are blind.

The prototype will allow them to read using braille, which has been in massive decline in recent years. 

The engineers designed a way for each line of braille to change once it's been read.

Tranmere Rovers v Forest Green Rovers: scenes ahead of kick off

Tranmere Rovers v Forest Green Rovers kick off shortly

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Live coverage of Tuesday's National League game between Tranmere Rovers and Forest Green Rovers.

'They just use it as a racetrack': Hit-and-run mum speaks out

Watch: 'They just use it as a racetrack': Hit-and-run mum speaks out

A petition has been started to reduce the speed limit in the area where a 14-year-old boy was injured in a hit-and-run collision. 

Mitchell Ogston was out on his bike on 7 March when a driver hit him and drove away outside the family home in the Oldmixon area of Weston-super-Mare. 

His mother Melanie Ogston says something needs to be done before someone is killed on the road. 

Sheep worrying 'anti-social behaviour', farmers' group says

Despite annual warnings to dog walkers about keeping their dogs under control while walking in the countryside, sheep worrying still kills 1,000 sheep a year.

The National Sheep Farmers Association says they want people to take on board the warnings as it is a serious problem.

Here's Phil Stocker.

The National Sheep Association is trying to get dog owners to change their behaviour.

Weston hit and run victim: Crash will 'stay with me for life'

Mitchell Ogston, 14, is recovering from serious leg injuries after the crash.

A 14-year-old boy from Weston-super-Mare who was knocked down and left with serious leg injuries by a hit and driver has been describing the impact of the crash.

Mitchell Ogston was knocked off his bike and left for dead by the driver last month

Apart from the physical injuries, it's also left him mentally scarred.

Now his family is calling for a crackdown on speeding on the Oldmixon estate.

Woman robs charity shop in Gloucester

Mind charity shop, Gloucester
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A charity shop in Gloucester has been robbed by a blonde woman, police have said.

It took place on Sunday, 9 April at 1.45pm at the MIND shop in Southgate Street, when a woman, in her 40s with blonde shoulder length hair threatened the male shop assistant.

She told him, if he didn't want to get "hurt" he should open the till - then made off with some cash.

The culprit, wearing ripped jeans and a black T-shirt, rode off on a bike towards Eastgate Street.

Neighbour 'land damage' charge is dropped

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The prosecution of a pensioner charged with damaging land belonging to her neighbours has been dropped.

Valerie Vivian, 70, was accused of damaging a strip of land off Miller Walk in Bathampton on October 29.

She appeared at Bath Magistrates' Court and denied a charge of criminal damage to property valued under £5,000.

The charge stated that Mrs Vivian "without lawful excuse damaged land to the value unknown belonging to Priors Walk Management Ltd intending to destroy or damage such property of being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged".

Mrs Vivian was due to stand trial at the court on April 12 but the case was brought forward to April 10, when it was discontinued. 

Travel: M50 accident cleared

Sheep worrying 'very upsetting', says farmer

A sheep farmer from Bath has outlined all the measures he takes to prevent sheep worrying but it seems the message isn't getting through to dog walkers.

More than 1,000 sheep are killed every year by dogs who are left off the lead in fields being grazed by sheep and their young.

Here's more from farmer Kevin Harrison...

The afternoon headlines from your BBC local radio stations

Radio studio
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Here's your BBC local radio headlines this afternoon:

  • BBC Radio Bristol   - As the upcoming West of England Mayoral election looms - the MP for Kingswood has rebuked claims the role is being imposed on the region
  • BBC Radio Gloucestershire   - A woman has died after she was hit by a vehicle in Cheltenham
  • BBC Somerset   - A local government expert says he doesn't think many people are aware of the West of England metro-mayor elections taking place next month
  • BBC Wiltshire   - The boss of a Wiltshire care provider says care workers aren't valued in the way they should be 

Severe accident: M50 Gloucestershire eastbound

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M50 Gloucestershire eastbound severe accident, between J1 for A38 and M5 J8.

M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M50 eastbound between J1, A38 (Tewkesbury) and M5 J8, because of an accident.

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

Campaign to make film about mayor's beginnings

Marvin Rees
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A crowdfunding campaign to make a film about Bristol mayor Marvin Rees's life is aiming to raise more than 10,000 Euros in the next two weeks. 

The Mayor's Race follows his story from growing up in poverty and experiencing racism, to entering political office.

The film's producers say it is about "one person’s desire to break the chains of his own background and step forward against the odds".

Sheep farmer's plea over dogs

Sheep
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A sheep farmer is warning dog owners to keep their animals under control as the long Easter weekend approaches.

Every year thousands of sheep are killed or maimed by loose dogs, according to Cotswold farmer Phil Stocker. 

The stress of an attack can also cause ewes to abort their lambs.

Cheddar Gorge and Stonehenge among UK's best sights

Cheddar Gorge
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The view from the top of Snowdon has been named as the UK's best sight - but two views in the West Country were not far behind.

Some 2,500 people were polled by the phone-maker Samsung, and the mountain panorama was chosen ahead of Stonehenge in Wiltshire and Somerset's Cheddar Gorge.

Stonehenge
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The top ten views were:

  1. Snowdonia - view of Llyn Llydaw from the summit of Snowdon, Wales
  2. Three Sisters mountains, Glencoe Valley, Scotland
  3. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
  4. St Ives Bay, Cornwall, England
  5. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England
  6. Loch Ness - view from Dores, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
  7. Buttermere, Lake District, England
  8. Westminster Bridge - view of the Palace of Westminster, London, England
  9. Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  10. Loch Lomond - view from Conic Hill, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Brian Wilson announced for Glastonbury Abbey concert

Elderly man dies after car flips over at service station

Entry to M4 Michaelwood services
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An elderly man has died a week after the car he was in flipped over at Michaelwood services on the M5.

Another man, also from Tividale in the West Midlands, was injured.

The incident happened on the approach to the car park, southbound between junctions 13 and 14 in South Gloucestershire, just before 4pm last Tuesday.

Collision investigators are seeking witnesses. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 323 of 4/4/17.

Cow loose on M5 near Sedgemoor services - traffic slow

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If you are travelling on the M5 in Somerset this lunchtime take extra care.

A cow has been spotted on the carriageway, close to the Sedgemoor services.

Avon and Somerset Police say local farmers have been informed, adding the traffic is slow-moving around the scene.

Local newspaper headlines from across the West

Police: woman has died in Cheltenham traffic incident

Gloucestershire Police have confirmed that a woman in her 30s was pronounced dead at the scene, following a collision with a vehicle in Crescent Place, Cheltenham this morning.

Police are in the process of contacting her next of kin.    

The scene of the incident in Cheltenham, earlier today
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The scene of the incident in Cheltenham, earlier today

When the Doctor came to Bristol

Peter Capaldi poses with fans at Kings Weston House
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Peter Capaldi poses with a fan at Kings Weston House

Doctor Who returns to our screens on BBC1 this Saturday.

Series 10 is the third series starring Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, and will introduce Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, the Doctor's new companion.

But did you know that some scenes for the new series were filmed in and around Bristol?

Kings Weston House was used as a location, as was Redcliffe Caves.

Doctor Who Bristol unit base
Bristol Film Office
Doctor Who Bristol unit base

Lambing live: Radio Bristol are at Windmill Hill City Farm to see the spring lambs

Petition after teen hurt in hit and run

A petition has been launched to reduce the speed limit around Oldmixon in Weston-super-Mare after a 14-year-old boy was injured in a hit and run collision. 

Mitchell Ogston was out on his bike on 7 March when a driver hit him and drove away. 

Police have still not found who was responsible. 

Mitchell Ogston
Family photo

Musicians join campaign to save ill trombonist

Watch: The Acrobat Challenge

In February we told you about a young musician from Somerset who is battling an aggressive form of cancer and is desperately searching for a stem cell donor.

Stephen Sykes , 25, from Shepton Mallet, needs a transplant as chemotherapy is not working. 

Now musicians from around the world are taking part in an online campaign called The Acrobat Challenge started by a fellow musician in Cambridgeshire, to raise £90k for Mr Sykes' treatment. 

It's called The Acrobat Challenge and is like the Ice Bucket Challenge, but with people playing a piece of music called The Acrobat on trombone.

'You wouldn't be happy if a sighted child couldn't read' - why Bristol engineers want to save braille

Ed Rogers, from Bristol Braille, on why why braille matters.

A group of engineers from the social enterprise Bristol Braille believe that they have created a cheap e-reader that could save braille from the massive decline it's faced in recent years.

As blind children increasingly rely on software to 'read' and speak text, braille is used less and less. 

But learning to read is an important skill. 

The engineers believe they have invented a prototype that will come to the market this year. 

Woman hit by car in Cheltenham

Police in Cheltenham
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A woman has been hit by a car in Cheltenham town centre.

Police and paramedics are at Crescent Place and the air ambulance has also been called.

"Please avoid this area of the town centre if possible at present," said a Gloucestershire Police spokeswoman.

Cheltenham town centre
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Appeal for missing boatswain's call

Do you know the descendants of Richard Lane Hogarth?

Metal detectorist Darren Tremlett from Knowle found Richard's boatswain's call while out metal detecting in Churchil, North Somerset. 

Richard died on service on the 14th July, 1944. He's buried in Haslar, Gosport. 

Darren's hoping Richard's family could be found so he can reunite them with their relative's call.

Whistle photo
Darren Tremlett

Bristol cheerleaders prepare for Orlando contest

Watch: These cheerleaders are competing to represent Team England

Later this month the cheerleading world championships are being held in Orlando. 

Four members of Team England, and their coach, come from Bristol. 

They're making last minute preparations at their training sessions in Kingswood. 

County council chief exec top paid civil servant

Peter Bungard
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The Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council has been named the most expensive public servant in the South West. 

The Tax Payers' Alliance says more than £300,000 was spent on Peter Bungard in the 2015/16 tax year.

The County Council says a large portion of the figure is from a one-off pension scheme contribution.

Jessie May charity: 21 years of caring for terminally ill children

Watch: Ella and her mum say the charity has become a lifeline

The Jessie May charity is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year.

It provides nursing care for terminally ill children within their own homes and offers support to the children's families.

The charity was started 21 years ago by the parents of Jessie May Purrington after the little girl died at the age of just four months.

Since that time over 300 families have been helped by the charity's nurses and it relies completely on public donations. 

Ella and her family have been helped by the Jessie May charity from the time she was diagnosed with Dystonia aged just two years old.