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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Friday, 27 October 2017

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Sunderland's dreadful start to the season continues as they suffer a home defeat by in-form Bristol City.

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Goodnight from Local Live

That's all from us for today. But we will be back again on Monday morning at 7am with all the news, sport, weather and travel from across the West Country.

Don't forget, 2am this Sunday, October 29, marks the official end of British summertime. The UK reverts to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the clocks go back one hour.

Looks like the weather will be making a change towards winter as well and there are some colder nights on the way.

Here's Ian with the forecast.

Watch: Weather for the West with Ian Fergusson

'Head wraps, hairstyles and humans'

Black History Month on Bristol harbourside

Hair, head wraps and history have taken centre stage at an event held in Bristol to mark Black History Month.

Communities have gathered at the Harbourside throughout October to share and express their heritage at a number of events organised by Bristol Ferry Boats.

Community outreach worker Jazlyn Pinckney said: "It's about celebrating Bristol's black culture and identity on the harbourside".

Community stages a panto for mum recovering from cancer

When a woman from Wotton-under-Edge found out she had cancer - while three months pregnant - everyone in the local community wanted to to do something to help.

Sharon Simpson had to go through months of treatment, and while she was away her friends and family hatched a plan.

They would all come together and put on a show to raise money for the hospital which treated her.

And tonight is opening night!

Watch: Friends put on show to raise funds for hospital that treated mum-to-be

Bristol City Council criticises its own library closure proposals

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An official Bristol City Council report has criticised the authority's own proposals to close up to 17 libraries in the city.

The report's authors found that the council had failed to look for alternative ways to keep more libraries open, or give local communities the flexibility to offer more support.

It says that where there isn't enough local support, the buildings should be mothballed, rather than the council getting rid of them.

A decision on the libraries future is expected next month.

Stabbing reconstructed by emergency services

Police in Gloucestershire have been showing a group of young people the reality of knife crime in a hard hitting reconstruction.

The "Life not a Knife" project uses actors and victims of knife crime to help educate the youngsters thought to be at risk of offending.

It comes as figures show a rise in the number of blade related incidents in the county.

Calne's stolen pigs repaired and ready to be returned

Bronze pig statue
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Repairs have finished to Calne's bronze pig statue.

The sculpture was damaged after it was stolen from Phelps Parade earlier this month.

It was later found at a reclamation yard.

Engineer Andrew Blackford repaired them and told the BBC they will be back in their prime position soon.

Firefighters prepare to decontaminate zombies

Bristol zombie walk poster
Bristol Zombie Walk

Crews from Avon Fire and Rescue Service will be entering into the Halloween spirit this weekend by decontaminating zombies.

Firefighters will be using the Bristol Zombie Walk on Saturday 28 October as an opportunity to rehearse mass decontamination procedures.

As the Zombie Walk comes to a close at the Bear Pit in Bristol, firefighters will be inviting those taking part to pass through a 'dry drill' of the chemical decontamination process.

In a real scenario crews would use showers to decontaminate members of the public who may have been affected by a chemical.

Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, between J16 for A3102 and J17 for A350.

M4 Wiltshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M4 westbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of an accident.

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

Bakelite Museum could close if new home not found

Watch: The owner says thefts and cost of upkeep could lead to it closing

The Bakelite Museum in Somerset could close - because its exhibits keep being stolen.

The owner of the museum in Williton says the thefts - and the cost of its upkeep - could lead to its closure if he doesn't find a new home by next year.

Owner Patrick Cook says he now needs to either relocate or close.

Wiltshire Poppy Appeal launch at Longleat

It's that time of year again when we remember those who have served and given their lives for their country.

The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal has been launched in Wiltshire today at Longleat Safari Park near Warminster.

And it wasn't just any launch, as the Jump4Heroes parachute team sailed through the air to present the Viscountess Weymouth with the first Wiltshire poppy.

Jump4Heroes team delivered the first poppy this morning

Blue Planet II begins on Sunday

Watch: Giant trevallies launch themselves out of the water to catch fledgling terns

Blue Planet II, the wildlife documentary series exploring the planet's oceans, begins on BBC One this weekend.

The series is made by the BBC's Natural History Unit based in Bristol and is once again presented and narrated by Sir David Attenborough,

The new series promises to take millions of viewers "to unexplored parts of the world's oceans, and reveal creatures we've never seen before".

Blue Planet II returns to BBC One on Sunday at 2000 GMT.

Traffic: All lanes now open on the M5

Traffic: Queues now lengthening on M5 and M4

Following a series of accidents on the M5 southbound between J16-17 traffic queues are spreading out beyond Bristol.

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M4 looking west near Pucklechurch.
M5 traffic north of Almondsbury heading south.
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M5 traffic north of J16 at Almondsbury, heading south.
M4 traffic heading east towards J16 at Almondsbury.
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M4 traffic heading east towards J16 at Almondsbury.

Traffic: M5 congestion causing tailbacks onto M4 westbound

M4 traffic
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Heavy traffic on the M5 southbound following several accidents this afternoon is now causing tailbacks on the M4 approach to J20.

M4 traffic.
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Bristol City v Manchester United match to be shown on TV

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Bristol City’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie with Manchester United will be shown live on Sky Sports.

The fixture will be played at Ashton Gate on Wednesday 20 December at 8pm.

City have already beaten Plymouth Argyle, Watford, Stoke City and Crystal Palace to get through to the last eight.

The club says that it will announce plans for ticket sales and pricing next week.

Newspaper headlines from around the West this afternoon

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

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M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, between J16 for A38 and J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M5 southbound between J16, A38 (Aztec West) and J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), because of an accident.

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

Traffic: M5 still heavily congested between J16-17

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M5 traffic
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Parachute wife 'shouldn't have survived'

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Victoria Cilliers was giving evidence for the first time at the trial of her husband

The wife of an Army sergeant accused of tampering with her parachute said she should have never survived a 4,000ft fall, a court has been told.

Victoria Cilliers, 42, suffered multiple injuries in a fall in Wiltshire in April 2015.

Emile Cilliers, 37, denies two counts of attempted murder and one of recklessly endangering life.

Mrs Cilliers told the court she could not categorically say if it was or was not an accident.

Read the full story here.

Tidal barrier costs 'may rise by £10m'

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The region was severely hit by flooding in 2014

The cost of a tidal barrier being built in Somerset is likely to rise by millions of pounds.

The Bridgwater project's price tag could increase by £10m or more, a Somerset County Council report shows.

Due to be completed in 2024, the flood defences aim to protect 10,000 home from floods for the next 100 years.

Estimated costs rose to £70m to £60m after "getting firmer information on costs", Sedgemoor District Council's corporate director said.

Read the full story here.

Traffic: Still delays on M5 south near Cribb's Causeway

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There are still delays on the M5 Bristol southbound following a severe accident just before J17 for A4018.

The traffic involved is now on the hard shoulder and all lanes have been re-opened.

M5 traffic
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Rugby brothers 'give something back' at club

Watch: Rugby brothers Freddie and Billy Burns

A big West Country derby in rugby is coming up this weekend - Bath are hosting Gloucester at The Rec.

But Bath's Freddie Burns and brother Billy, who plays for Gloucester, have put club rivalries to one side.

They've led a training session with the Avon RFC senior's team.

Coach Clive Brook says they have close ties with the club.

Underwater nature series returns

A breath-taking documentary series exploring the planet's oceans makes its long-awaited return to BBC One on Sunday.

Presented by David Attenborough, Blue Planet II is made by the BBC Natural History Unit which is based in Bristol.

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

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M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, before J17 for A4018 affecting J15 for M4.

M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic on M5 southbound before J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange).

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

Travel: All lanes reopened after M5 crash - delays remain

Travel: Lanes shut following crash on the M5

Mystery of World War One love letter and ring

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A love letter and a diamond ring from World War One have been found in a chest of drawers bought at Shepton Mallet Antiques Fair in Somerset.

The letter was written in 1916 by a British soldier called George who promises to marry his "dearest" Eileen when he comes back from the war. He leaves his grandmother's ring as a promise.

The letter and ring were locked inside the antique chest of drawers.

It's unclear if Eileen ever got the letter because George explains he left it with his mother to give to her.

Now dealers from LoveAntiques.com want to trace their descendants and solve the mystery.

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Memorial for shipping disaster victims planned

Watch: Five people died killed during a storm

The son of a Bristol man who died with four others in a shipping tragedy says he's now traced the victims' families and is planning a memorial event.

The SS Chuscal was homeward bound to Avonmouth on 12th April, 1966, when it was confronted by a heavy storm near the Azores.

Five sailors were washed overboard.

Peer calls for Bath Uni vice chancellor to resign

Watch: Labour peer Andrew Adonis

There has been a call for the Bath University's vice chancellor to resign over the ongoing discussions about her pay and expenses.

Glynis Breakwell earns £450,000 a year and lives rent-free in a £3m house.

But Labour peer Lord Andrew Adonis says that should be sold off and she should quit.

A review is under way, being conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and Prof Breakwell has previously said the university was "fully engaging" with the investigation.

Travel: Three lanes of M4 open

Travel: Crashed vehicles being recovered on M4

Travel: Severe delays on the M4 near Bristol

Queuing traffic on the M4
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Motorists are facing lengthy delays on the M4 westbound between junction J19 (for the M32) and J20 (Almondsbury Interchange).

Highways England said the cause was a multi-vehicle crash which had shut two lanes.

Recovery has been arranged.

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Severe accident: M4 Bristol westbound

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

M4 Bristol - Three lanes closed, queuing traffic and delays on M4 westbound between J19, M32 (Bristol) and J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of an accident involving three vehicles. Travel time is around 40 minutes. Congestion to J18, A46 (Bath).

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

Drug dealer's memorabilia sold at auction

TV and film memorabilia that belonged to a gang member who grew cannabis in an old nuclear bunker, was sold for £350,000 last night.

Here's a full list of what went under the hammer last night:

  • Batbike Replica - £13,000
  • Austin Mini 100 (Ice Cream Van) - £15,000
  • Bat Boat - £15,000
  • Terminator 2 Statue - £5,750

Film memorabilia
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  • Storm Trooper - £2,450
  • ‘Batman Driving’ Arcade Machine - £3,800
  • Iron Man Statue - £3,100
  • Back to the Future 2 Screen Used BMW - £20,000
  • Gremlin Prop - £1,600
  • BMW Isetta (Hot Rod Conversion) - £10,000
  • Pontiac FGT ‘Lamborghini Kit Car’ - £11,000
  • Escape from the Lost World Pinball Machine - £2,000

Cars from films
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  • Ford Gran Torino (Starsky and Hutch Replica) - £7,500
  • Back to the Future Pinball Machine - £3,600
  • McLaren F1 Kit Car - £9,500
  • Dodge Challenger - £11,500
  • Only Fools and Horses Replica Reliant Rialto Van - £6,000
  • Morris Mini Minor - £6,000
  • Willy Wonka Statue - £3,000
  • Mini-Me Statue - £1,200

Travel: Bus timetable changes affecting the Forest of Dean

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Stagecoach describes the timetable changes, which come into effect on Sunday, as "minor".

Some morning journeys will depart earlier and some afternoon services will depart later than at present.

Visit the Stagecoach website for a full breakdown of the changes.

Celebrating 150 years of racing in Wincanton

Wincanton Racecourse
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Celebrations are under way to mark the 150th anniversary of Wincanton Racecourse.

The course, which dates back to the 1800s, is holding events including the launch of a book which documents its history.

Author George Bingham says writing the book was a fascinating challenge.

Severe accident: A4259 Wiltshire northbound

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A4259 Wiltshire northbound severe accident, at Day House Lane.

A4259 Wiltshire - A4259 Marlborough Road in Swindon closed and heavy traffic northbound at the Day House Lane junction, because of an accident involving two cars and recovery work.

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