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Summary

  1. Thieves try to rip out Gloucestershire cash machine with a JCB
  2. One man injured after van explodes in Bristol waking people living nearby
  3. More than 6,000 people are caught speeding on the M32 in Bristol in just 15 days
  4. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Friday 28 April

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Dry and cloudy with some sunshine

Watch: Weather for the West with Ian Fergusson

That's all from us for tonight and this week.

We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 7am on Tuesday.

If you're planning something outdoors over the Bank Holiday, you'll need to know what the weather's going to be like, so here's Ian Fergusson with all the details.

Badminton Horse Trials: Guided course tour

Watch: An exclusive look around the new Badminton Horse Trials course

Preparations are well underway for this year's Badminton Horse Trials.

The annual event begins on 3 May in the grounds of the Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire.

We've been given a guided tour of the new course by its designer Eric Winter.

Roman baths: Hidden tunnels to go on show

Watch: The Roman Baths as you've never seen them before.

The Roman baths in the city of Bath attract over a million visitors each year from all over the world.

The historic site is famous for the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. 

But staff are now preparing open up a series of normally hidden tunnels for the first time.

We've been let underground for a sneaky peak.

A special request for a 105-year-old

Watch: Mary Hayes was granted her wish of firemen for her birthday.

What do you get someone who has seen 105 birthdays? 

Some firemen of course!

Mary Hayes has been a resident at Ivybank Care Home in Bath since 2010. 

Every year, she asks for firemen for her birthday, so the home finally granted her wish. 

A team of off-duty firemen from Avon Fire & Rescue turned up especially to deliver her cake. 

It's safe to say she was thrilled.

Cash machine raid: Local reaction

Watch: Reaction to attempted ATM theft in Bourton-on-the-Water

Police are investigating a ram raid on a cash machine in Bourton-on-the-Water - the third in 17 months. 

A stolen JCB was used to demolish the building and a man's car was then deliberately crushed as they drove away empty handed. 

It means tourists who visit the popular village won't be able to withdraw cash during the Bank Holiday weekend.

How school event helped put sex abuser babysitter behind bars

Girl spoke out after attending an NSPCC event to encourage victims to report abuse

A court has heard how a mother was handed a note by her 10-year-old daughter explaining she'd been repeatedly abused by her babysitter. 

She wrote: "I am sorry for not telling, please don't have a go at me." 

Today, Michael Lee, 20, was jailed at Swindon Crown Court. 

Justice may never have been served had the girl not attended a special NSPCC event at her school, which encourages victims of abuse to speak out.

MP Jack Lopresti reselected: Reaction

Jack Lopresti has been reselected to fight the Filton and Bradley Stoke seat for the Conservatives at the general election. 

A number of local party members had called for a change, unhappy with Mr Lopresti as their candidate. 

Some petitioned to have their say at a meeting this evening, and were unhappy at not being able to speak.

Councillor Brian Hopkinson said there was "frustration" some of the criticisms were not addressed but said he wanted for the selection to be "a success".

Watch: Brian Hopkinson on meeting

Attempted Cotswold ATM theft: More detail

Partially destroyed building
Anonymous

A few more details about the attempt to steal an ATM from Lloyds Bank in Bourton-on-the-Water early this morning.

This is the third ATM to be stolen there in the past 17 months, and the last one in the village, according to police.

It was due to be taken away in September as Lloyds are due to close the branch.

The bank has said it's too early to say if they'll replace it before then. 

Conservative MP reselected despite 'smear campaign'

Jack Lopresti
Jack Lopresti

Conservative MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, Jack Lopresti, has been reselected as the general election candidate for the constituency.

Party members voted to keep him as their candidate in a meeting this evening.

Some local party members had campaigned against him following revelations about his private life.

Mr Lopresti left his wife for fellow MP Andrea Jenkyns, who gave birth to their son in March.

He had said the "vicious smear campaign" was an "attempt to destroy my character and reputation".

Pioneering 3D printed surgery performed in Wiltshire

For the first time a hip operation using a 3D printed joint has taken place at Swindon's Great Western Hospital.

The new technology was used to help 56-year-old Martin Cawsey who badly broke his hip in a motorbike crash as a student - and has suffered extreme pain in the last few years. 

He says his life has changed in the six weeks since the operation.

Consultant Adam Brooks carried out the surgery. He admits 3D printed hip replacements are more expensive - but says that they offer his team more options.

3D printed hip
Great Western Hospital

Brighton & Hove Albion v Bristol City preview

Bristol City
Rex Features

Bristol City are without striker Aaron Wilbraham (knee) and midfielder Gary O'Neil (hamstring) for their two remaining games this term.

The Robins have all but secured their survival, six points above the drop.

They take on already-promoted Brighton on Saturday at 17:30 BST.

Click here to read the full match preview .

Severe congestion: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe congestion, between J15 for M4 and J20 for B3133.

M5 Bristol - Long delays and stop-start traffic on M5 southbound between J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon). Travel time is 45 minutes.

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

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Cash machine raid in Bourton-on-the-Water: What we know so far

Watch: Cash machine raid in Bourton-on-the-Water

A gang tried to steal an ATM from a branch of Lloyds Bank in the Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water in the early hours of this morning.

They used a stolen JCB to ram raid the building, but they were disturbed and left the cash machine behind.

But they managed to severely damage the historic stone building as they ripped out the cash machine.

Wells: City of Culture? They're in the running...

The filthiest student home in the West? Or maybe the whole country!

Filthy flat
Brittani Cooper

A student in Bristol has won a national competition for the dirtiest student house.

Brittani Cooper, studying at the University of the West of England, entered pictures of the house she shares with her five housemates, two male and three female.

The 19-year-old has won £500 and a free window blind to stop people seeing into their unhygienic hovel.

Click here to read more.

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Apology over social care data breach

A man in a wheelchair going through a doorway
BBC

A council has apologised to 14 vulnerable adults whose personal details were published online.

The data was posted on a procurement website, revealing details such as health conditions and social care needs.

Gloucestershire County Council said it had "done everything we can" to remove the online material.

The victims of the breach had been informed and an investigation is under way, the authority added.

Click here to read the full story.

6,000 drivers caught speeding on M32 in 15 days

The 40mph limit is in force on a a mile-and-a-half section between the Avon Ring Road and Eastville junctions
BBC
The 40mph limit is in force on a mile-and-a-half section

Police in Bristol say they are shocked after revealing more than 6,000 drivers have been caught speeding in just 15 days on a stretch of the M32..

Average speed cameras were installed earlier this month, where work to replace the central reservation was being carried out.

Click here to find out more.

Sunset on Everest

Gloucestershire mountaineer Kenton Cool seems to have a pretty good view right now.

He's currently in the Himalayas on yet another expedition, and has tweeted this stunning photo.

Kenton holds the British record for the most ascents of Mount Everest - he's climbed the world's highest peak an amazing 12 times so far. 

Hopefully we'll be reporting a 13th summit soon!

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Tory MP faces calls for deselection

Jack Lopresti
Jack Lopresti
Jack Lopresti

A Conservative MP facing deselection by his own party has blamed a "vicious smear campaign" against him following revelations about his private life.

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, said a letter sent to party members calling for a new candidate was part of an "attempt to destroy my character and reputation".

Click here to read more.

Interim director to oversee museum's new building project

Museum design
Make Architects

A new interim director has been appointed to the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery as it prepares to apply for a multi-million pound lottery grant for a new building. 

Rod Hebden has worked with the Science Museum in London and in Wroughton. 

He's been brought in to oversee the project after the former director Hadrian van Dekker unexpectedly resigned two weeks ago.

Severe disruption: A378 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A378 Somerset both ways severe disruption, between Frog Lane and Whatley.

A378 Somerset - A378 in Langport blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Frog Lane junction and the Whatley junction, because of a building fire.

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

From a supermarket to the Superbowl?

Watch: Alex Jenkins' journey from a supermarket job to draft contender

Meet the former supermarket worker from Bath, Alex Jenkins, who's on the verge of making it big in American Football.

The 24-year-old, 6ft 6ins defensive end says he took up the sport after watching Adam Sandler's 2005 movie The Longest Yard before going on to earn a full scholarship at the University of Incarnate Word, in San Antonio, Texas.

The Great Britain international began his career with Bristol Academy Aztecs and is reportedly interesting a number of NFL teams.

Read the full story here.

Police collecting evidence after attempted ATM theft

Gloucestershire Police have given the following statement after the attempted theft of a cash machine from Lloyds Bank in Bourton-on-the-Water this morning.

"Police received numerous calls from members of the public just before 4am.

"Unknown offenders, wearing balaclavas, used a stolen JCB to ram the Lloyds Bank building and rip out the cash machine.  

Rubble caused by attempted theft of an ATM
BBC

"After the unsuccessful attempt, where no cash was stolen, the offenders then smashed into a BMW car parked in the Kingsbridge pub car park that was in the path of their getaway.

"Other vehicles used during the raid were a stolen Mitsubishi pickup and a Landrover Freelander. The offenders made off in another high powered vehicle.

"The offenders have caused substantial damage to the historic stone building but no one was injured.  

"CID officers are currently at the scene making enquiries and taking witness statements, together with forensic officers examining the stolen vehicles for evidence."

Police in front of damaged bank
BBC

Housing groups call for new homes to be built

JCB on construction site
Getty Images

Two national housing groups are calling on the West metro mayor candidates to allow more new homes to be built in the region if they are voted in.

The National Housing Federation and Home Builders Federation say 150,000 new affordable homes are needed to tackle housing shortages in Bath, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

As part of their call they've put together a seven-point manifesto which they want the new metro mayor to sign up to, once he or she is elected next month.

Their manifesto includes:

  • publishing a housing strategy within 100 days of office
  • building 150,000 new affordable homes over the next 20 years
  • establising a housing commission to examine land availability
  • ensure transport and infrastructure is considered alongside new homes building
  • funding regeneration and infrastructure projects.

Marine A's story could be made into a film, says barrister

The case is controversial and this is obviously why Hollywood want to make a film about it. I was there last week meeting some important people and the idea is that Kate Winslett might be cast as Claire, Tom Hardy as Al and, can you believe it, Al Pacino as me."

Jonathan GoldbergQ.C.
Sgt Alexander Blackman
PA
Sgt Alexander Blackman had his murder conviction reduced to manslaughter

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More than 6000 caught speeding on the M32 in just 15 days

The weekend's big derby: Bath v Gloucester

Ben Tapuai
Getty Images

Bath give blindside flanker Matt Garvey his first start since January as they make eight changes for Sunday's game against west country rivals Gloucester.  

Meanwhile, Gloucester make just one change as they look to strengthen their chances of a top-six finish. 

Get all the team news here.

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Preparations for traditional maypole celebrations underway

The Ansty Maypole used to be the tallest in England - but fell during a storm in 1993.

The replacement pole may not be the tallest in England. But the locals still take May Day just as seriously.

Take a look at how May Day is celebrated in the Wiltshire village.  

Watch: The village of Ansty celebrates May Day traditionally every year.

Blast driver had 'unbelievable escape'

Exploded van
BBC
A number of people were walking down the road at the time but were not injured

A man has escaped with only with minor injuries when his vehicle was blown apart by a gas explosion.

A gas canister exploded in the back his van earlier this morning in the Redland area of Bristol. 

Exploded van

Blast driver had 'unbelievable escape'

He suffered only minor injuries when his vehicle was blown apart by a gas explosion.

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Film of 2014 floods impact on Somerset Levels tours county

Watch: A clip from The Levelling courtesy of Peccadillo Pictures

A film about a farm devastated by the 2014 floods on the Somerset Levels is being screened at a number of Somerset cinemas today.

The Levelling tells the story of a girl who returns to her family farm and is shocked by the impact of the flood. 

It stars Ellie Kendrick, who played Meera Reed in Game of Thrones, and David Troughton from BBC Radio Four's The Archers. 

You can also see the film at the Wells Film Festival on 30th April before its full release on 12th May.

Bristol City FC ready for 'tough' last away game

Tory MP faces calls for deselection

Jack Lopresti has held the Filton and Bradley Stoke seat for the Conservatives since 2010
Jack Lopresti
Jack Lopresti has held the Filton and Bradley Stoke seat for the Conservatives since 2010

A Conservative MP faces calls for deselection by his own party tonight, with some members understood to be unhappy about his "rude and arrogant" behaviour.

The Filton and Bradley Stoke MP is also accused of being more concerned with foreign affairs than local issues.

And the BBC understands some members of his own office staff have left after falling out with him.

Mr Lopresti said he had been subject to a “smear campaign”, and had received many messages of support.

Thieves try to rip out Gloucestershire cash machine

Gloucestershire Police are investigating an incident at Lloyds Bank on the High Street in Bourton-on-the-Water. 

Witnesses say a large machine was used in an attempt to try and remove the ATM from the wall in the early hours of the morning.

Rubble where cash machine has been ripped out
Eyewitness

Funeral of Bristol paramedic Kath Osmond takes place later

Kath Osomond
BBC

The funeral of Bristol paramedic Kath Osmond, who died of cancer last week, is due to take place later today.

Last year, her colleagues took part in a "Running Man" dance-off to raise money for a pioneering new cancer treatment - but she died on her 41st birthday on 18th April.

Members of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust will form a full honour guard at the funeral in Exeter. 

Kath was diagnosed with malignant melanoma five years ago, and shared her experiences of the disease in an online blog, in the hope of helping others. 

Fire crews have freed a cow trapped in a kissing gate in Taunton

According to Devon & Somerset Fire Service, crews attended and released the cow using small tools and a reciprocating saw. 

The cow was then left in the hands of the farmer who was going to contact a vet to check the cow over.   

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Woman's skull repaired using 3D printer after brain surgery

A woman who had part of her skull removed during brain surgery has had it rebuilt using 3D printing technology. 

Twenty-year-old Tiffany Cullern from Swindon was left with a gap in her skull for three months after surgery to remove a brain tumour - but a 3D printing firm created a replica piece of skull.  

Watch: Woman's skull rebuilt using 3D printing technology

Watch: Scene of Bristol van explosion

A man has been injured after a gas canister exploded in the back of a van in Bristol.

One injured in Bristol van explosion

Van
BBC

A man has been injured after a gas canister exploded in the back of a van.

It happened at 07:43 in the Redland area of Bristol.

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics.

We'll bring you more later.