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  1. News, sport, weather and travel for the West of England on Friday 26 May.

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Goodnight from us

That's all from Local Live for today. Thanks for joining us on this sunny day.

We'll be back from 7am on Tuesday with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West Country.

Enjoy your bank holiday and don't forget to keep an eye on the weather.

Here's Ian Fergusson with the forecast.

G'night!

Here's the weather with Ian Fergusson

Still busy on the M5 southbound...

M5 J16-17
Highways England
M5 J16-17

YouTube star 'Funky Farmer' on the realities of rural life

Richard Cornock broadcasts to the world from his farm in Tytherington, South Gloucestershire.

Millions of people have watched his films, which he hopes will show the world what it's really like being a farmer in the 21st century - from the joys of putting cows out to grass in spring, to the tragedies of TB.

Sacrifices made to get armed police on Wiltshire's streets

Wiltshire's Assistant Chief Constable has admitte sacrifices have been made to get armed police out on the county's streets.

In an interview with BBC Wiltshire, Keir Pritchard said he's cancelled non-urgent work and training to put more armed officers on the streets of Swindon and Salisbury.

;Listen: Wiltshire's Assistant Chief Constable admits sacrifices were made to get armed police out

Cheltenham Town's Manager signs new contract

Gary Johnson
BBC Sport
Gary Johnson will be at the club for another two years.

Cheltenham Town Football Club manager Gary Johnson has signed for a further two years with the club.

The 61-year-old, who's recently recovered from heart surgery, has been Cheltenham boss since April 2015.

CTFC Chairman Paul Baker says:

I'm delighted, it's great to get it all sorted. There's a very exciting future ahead for CTFC.

Paul BakerCTFC Chairman

Still very busy on the M5

M5 J18
Highways England
M5 J18

Wiltshire couple caught in terror attack

Friends from Trowbridge who were caught up in the Manchester bombing have spoken of the terrifying moment they were hit by shrapnel.

Jack Scanlon and Zara Robson-Rodriguez say the sights and sounds of that night will never leave them.

Friends from Trowbridge tell how they were caught up in the Manchester bombing

Armed officers will be deployed to the Tall Ships festival in Gloucester

Armed Police
BBC
Armed Police have been deployed across the country this week.

Armed police officers will be on patrol in Gloucester city and Cheltenham town centre over the Bank Holiday weekend, including at the the Tall Ships festival.

But Police stress that the decision is not based on any change in intelligence or threat for the West Country, but because they want to make firearms officers more visible to provide public reassurance.

“We understand it is a worrying time for the public. However, we are hoping the presence of armed officers in our city and town centres will reassure the public. The feedback we have been getting from the public has been really positive and we ask if you see our officers over the weekend, please go and talk to them and ask them any questions you may have.

Julian MossAssistant Chief Constable, Gloucestershire Police

F1: Jenson Button 'struggled' on his first day in the 2017 car.

Jenson Button returned to the F1 circuit yesterday to drive for McLaren this weekend.

The 'Frome Flyer' said it was a "bit of a struggle to find my feet" on his practice session in Monaco.

The 2009 world champion and Frome native retired from F1 in 2016.

He's back for one weekend covering for Fernando Alonso who's driving in the Indy 500.

Break a leg JB!

Jenson Button
BBC Sport
Jenson's fans are excited to see him race at Monaco's famous circuit.

Still very congested on the M5 south

M5 J16-17
Highways England
M5 J16-17

Tall ships sail to Gloucester

Tall ships
John Wilkes

Some more photos of the tall ships on their way to Gloucester for this weekend's Tall Ships Festival.

The vessels sailed up the Gloucester to Sharpness canal on a beautiful summer's day.

They were captured on camera by John Wilkes.

Tall ships
John Wilkes
Tall ships
John Wilkes

Chris Beardshaw wins 'People's Choice Award' at Chelsea Flower Show

The Gloucestershire-based gardener has triumphed - even though a fox nearly ruined his garden earlier in the week.

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Possibly the warmest day this year, but a yellow warning for the weekend

Sunny day in field
Weather Watcher ‘Sunny Jim’
Taken this afternoon near Cirencester, Glos

Today could be the warmest day of the year so far and It’ll be another warm, humid night - you may be awoken by some thunderstorms. We might see frequent lightning from some of these, but they’ll clear away during the morning to leave the rest of Saturday dry and warm. Later on Sunday and overnight into Monday, there’s a risk of further heavy and potentially disruptive downpours, torrential in places. A Met Office warning has been issued, so keep across the forecast as detail becomes clearer.

Ian FergussonBBC West forecaster

Notts in charge against Gloucestershire CCC

Michael Lumb
Getty Images

Centuries from Michael Lumb and Cheteshwar Pujara put Nottinghamshire in command against Gloucestershire today.

Michael Lumb

Pujara & Lumb tons put Notts in charge

Centuries from Michael Lumb and Cheteshwar Pujara put Nottinghamshire in command against Gloucestershire.

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M5 south remains very congested

M5 J18-J17
Highways England
M5 J18-J17
M5 J16-J17
Highways England
M5 J16-J17

Leach takes 6-78 as wickets tumble

Jack Leach
Rex Features

Left-arm spinner Jack Leach takes 6-78 to help Somerset gain the upper hand against Hampshire on day one at Taunton.

Jack Leach

Leach takes 6-78 as wickets tumble

Left-arm spinner Jack Leach takes 6-78 to help Somerset gain the upper hand against Hampshire on day one at Taunton.

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From grain barn to BBC Springwatch TV gallery!

It might feel like summer today, but the BBC's Springwatch programme is getting ready to return to our screens.

This year it's a little closer to home for us as it's coming from the Cotswolds.

BBC Points West reporter Andy Howard has spent the day on set.

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Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between J19 for M32 and J20 for M5 affecting J18 for A46 Bath.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 westbound between J19, M32 (Bristol) and J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J18, A46 (Bath).

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

Wild Place Project welcomes three giraffes

The Wild Place Project has welcomed three giraffes to its attraction.

The graceful mammals travelled from Holland and Germany and are moving into a new £1.1m home.

Two of the giraffes have been named Tom and Gerry, the third name will be chosen by the public.

Visitors have already seen the new residents enjoying the sunshine.

Three giraffe
Wild Place Project
The giraffes travelled for two days to get to the Wild Place Project in Bristol.

Heavy congestion on the M5 southbound approaching J18

J18 M5 southbound
Highways England
Approaching J18 M5 southbound is experiencing heavy congestion.

Long tail backs southbound on the M5 7/8B J18 - J22

Motorway traffic
Highways England
M5 southbound tailbacks

Heavy volume of cars making progress slow M5 southbound

There's a lot of traffic on the motorway travelling southbound today. The M5 133/5B is very slow moving at the moment.

Motorway traffic
Highways England
Slow moving traffic Southbound M5

Severe congestion: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Bristol - Stop-start traffic on M5 southbound between J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon). Travel time is 20 minutes.

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

No wickets for Gloucestershire CCC this afternoon

BreakingCheltenham Town boss signs new deal

Gary Johnson
BBC

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The Robins' manager underwent a triple heart bypass in March and missed several games towards the end of last season.

Read the full story here.

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Oil spillage on the Fosseway junction with the A424 in Gloucestershire

All lanes are slow moving on the M5 southbound J19 - J20

Traffic
Highways England
M5 northbound experiencing slow moving traffic

Tall ships arrive for festival

Lady of Avenel
John Wilkes

Tall ships have been arriving in Gloucester ahead of the Tall Ships Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A record number of seven vessels will appear at the city's docks.

Some of the ships made their way up the Gloucester to Sharpness canal.

Thanks to John Wilkes for the pictures.

The Matthew
John Wilkes
The Matthew
John Wilkes

Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, at J1 for A38.

M50 Gloucestershire - M50 entry slip road closed eastbound at J1, A38 (Tewkesbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A429 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A429 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, at A436 Sheep Street affecting A424.

A429 Gloucestershire - A429 in Stow-On-The-Wold blocked and very slow traffic in both directions at the A436 Sheep Street junction, because of an accident involving a car and lorry. Congestion to Roman Court Traffic Lights.

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

Traffic on the M5 southbound J17 - J18

Slow moving traffic southbound M5 J17 - J18

Traffic
Highways England
Bank holiday traffic

WW1 letter found down the back of a sofa

An upholsterer in Wiltshire has found a letter dating from the First World War down the back of a sofa.

Robbie from Poulshot, near Devizes, made his discovery while reupholstering the antique sofa.

The letter is from a son on the front line in Africa asking for his father's help to get him transferred to Canada.

WW1 letter found down the back of a sofa

When is the worst time to hit the road this weekend?

Trains: All lines currently blocked between Swindon and Bath Spa

BreakingHuman skull 'hundreds of years old'

Redcliff Bay
BBC

A human skull found on the coast in Portishead earlier this year is "most likely to be several hundred years old", police have said.

It was found by a member of the public at Redcliff Bay in March.

Avon and Somerset Police said as a result of forensic examinations its age has been revealed, and as a result there will be "no further police investigation".

Travel: It's getting bad around Bristol on the M4 and M5

M5 southbound at Cribbs Causeway
Highways England
M5 southbound at Cribbs Causeway
M4 between J18 and J19 for Bath and Bristol
Highways England
M4 between J18 and J19 for Bath and Bristol
M4 between J19 and J20
Highways England
M4 between J19 and J20

New generation of waterpolo stars go for league and cup double

Cheltenham's waterpolo champions are hoping to complete a league and cup double this weekend.

They're taking take part in the playoffs for the British Championships — the FA Cup of waterpolo - at Cheltenham lido this weekend.

The sport has a rich history in this country, and is finding new fans from a new generation.

Watch: Cheltenham are looking to complete a League and Cup double this weekend.

Wiltshire's Assistant Police Chief on armed officers

Wiltshire's Assistant Chief Constable says non-urgent police work and training is on hold as the UK's terror risk remains on critical following the suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday night.

Kier Pritchard was speaking on BBC Wiltshire Breakfast this morning.

Listen: Wiltshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable discusses his decision to deploy armed police

'Human child' pacemakers used to treat dogs with epilepsy

Veterinary neurologist Tom Harcourt-Brown says implanting pacemakers in dogs with epilepsy is a "really important treatment".

He's working with a paediatric neurosurgeon, from Bristol Children's Hospital, to help prevent seizures in epileptic dogs.

The devices, known as Vagus Nerve Stimulators, are commonly implanted in children with medically unresponsive seizures.

Watch: Veterinary neurologist Tom Harcourt-Brown on the potential of treating epileptic dogs.