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  1. News, travel, sport and weather updates across the West of England on Monday 20 February 2017

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  1. Latest weather with David Braine

    It's the end of today's regular updates. We'll be back from 7am with the latest on the search at the former home of Christopher Halliwell.

    Before we go, here's a look at the latest weather forecast with David Braine.

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    Video caption: Watch: David Braine has the latest forecast for the west
  2. Flood defences 'built in back of gardens'

    Riverbourne Fields development, Tidworth
    Image caption: The homes are part of the Riverbourne Fields development

    Householders living on a new estate in Tidworth built by Persimmon Homes say they've been left with gardens up to five metres shorter than should be. 

    The residents of Habberfield claim flood defences have been built in what should be the bottom five metres of their gardens 

    Wiltshire Council's confirmed that a variation has been granted to the original planning application. 

    Persimmon has yet to respond to the BBC's request for comment.

  3. London Irish's Allinson to rejoin Bath

    London Irish scrum-half Darren Allinson is set to rejoin Bath from the end of this season on a two-year deal.

    Click here to read more.

    Darren Allinson
    Image caption: Allinson will be with Bath Rugby club from the end of this season
  4. Twins running a mile a day for 100 days

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    Video caption: Four Bristol brothers are currently running one mile every day for 100 days for charity.

    In other news this evening...

    Four Bristol brothers are currently running one mile every day for 100 days for charity. 

    The two sets of twins - who're aged 12 and 13 - want to raise £1,000 for children in Kenya who have been orphaned due to AIDS.

    Moses, Malachi, Jacob and Joseph have organised this fundraising effort all by themselves and will complete the run on 25 February.

  5. Christopher Halliwell latest: Will Glennon from the scene

    Our reporter Will Glennon is at the scene and has the latest.

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    Video caption: BBC reporter Will Glennon on the search at a former home of Christopher Halliwell.
  6. Christopher Halliwell latest: Statement from police

    Wiltshire Police has released another statement informing residents that they can expect to see a police cordon in place for five days as officers work at two addresses in central Swindon.

    Murderer Christopher Halliwell lived on Broad Street in the late 1990s. Police say the search is an "intelligence led" activity.

    Detective Chief Inspector Jeremy Carter, who is leading the investigation, said:

    Quote Message: Searches are being conducted in the gardens and garages of two properties in Broad Street over this coming week. Whilst we do not have plans, at this stage, to search inside the properties there will be some disruption to the occupants. I would like to make it clear that those living at the addresses have no involvement in the investigation and we thank them for their understanding and patience. Although we are unable to comment on the nature of our enquiries, we can say that we are acting on intelligence received.” from DCI Jeremy Carter Wiltshire Police
    DCI Jeremy CarterWiltshire Police

    Officers will be patrolling the vicinity and will be available for anyone who has any concerns relating to the searches.

  7. Christopher Halliwell latest: video from the scene

    Here's the latest video from the scene showing the cordoned off area in Broad Street.

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    Video caption: Police are searching a garden at the former home of murderer Christopher Halliwell.
  8. Professional Footballers' Association boss gives to Jamie Mines fund

    The boss of the Professional Footballers' Association, Gordon Taylor, has donated £1,000 to the fund for scaffolder Jamie Mines.

    Jamie had both hands and a leg amputated after he received an massive electric shock at work, days before celebrating his first Christmas with his baby twin girls.

    A campaign set up to help Jamie and his family has now reached more than £100,000.

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  9. Christopher Halliwell latest: search could be in relation to Sally Ann John

    One line of inquiry that the police could be probing is that of Sally Ann John, our home affairs correspondent Charlotte Callen says.

    Sally Ann John was working as a prostitute when she went missing from Swindon, aged 23, in 1995.

    But she lived close to Halliwell at the time she went missing.

    Police won't confirm any details of what the search is in relation to. But we were expecting this digging to take place.

    Our reporter at the scene, Will Glennon, says there are several security staff guarding the scene. Black tarpaulin is blocking the alleyway by the house.

    Sally Ann John
  10. Christopher Halliwell latest: new photo from Broad Street

    Another photo from Broad Street. Again, we've increased the brightness so you can see more detail.

    Latest photo from Broad Street
  11. Christopher Halliwell latest: History of the story

    Swindon taxi driver Christopher Halliwell has been previously convicted of two murders.

    He was first found guilty of killing 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan in 2011.

    Halliwell picked her up from a Swindon nightclub before murdering her and dumping her body near the Uffington White Horse.

    At the time, he confessed to also murdering Becky Godden who went missing in 2003, but it took until last September for him to go on trial for it.

    Because he was not read his rights, in accordance to guidelines, the evidence was deemed inadmissible by a judge.

    Becky Godden
    Image caption: Becky Godden was last seen getting into a cab in the early hours of January 1, 2003
    Sian O'Callaghan

    Halliwell has been linked to numerous other murders including that of chef Claudia Lawrence. 

  12. Christopher Halliwell latest: photo from the scene

    Here's the latest photo from Broad Street, and the search by Wiltshire Police.

    Black tarpaulin has been erected across an alleyway. Obviously, it's very dark so we've had to lighten the shot so you can see it.

    There are various references online to Christopher Halliwell having lived on Broad Street. We're just working on standing the element of the story up.

    Broad Street
  13. Christopher Halliwell latest: 'Cannot comment further'

    We asked Wiltshire Police to confirm they were digging at one of the former homes of Christopher Halliwell but they would not give any further details.

    They issued a statement (see the 6.22pm post) but added this when we asked about Halliwell's involvement: "We are unable to comment any further."

  14. Christopher Halliwell latest: Statement from police

    Quote Message: Specialist officers are currently carrying out excavation work within the gardens of two properties in Broad Street as part of the ongoing investigation being carried out by the Brunel major crime investigation team. This relates to intelligence that the force has received. We are unable to comment further. from Wiltshire Police
    Wiltshire Police
  15. BreakingPolice digging garden thought to be former home of Christopher Halliwell

    Police are digging in a garden, though to be a former home of Christopher Halliwell, the murderer convicted of killing Becky Godden and Sian O'Callaghan.

    Reports suggest the operation at two properties in Broad Street, in the centre of Swindon, is intelligence led.

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  16. Former Gloucestershire Police HQ being sold for £7m

    Archive images of the site of the former headquarters for Gloucestershire Constabulary

    This is some amazing profit to be made on a building. And Homes Under the Hammer and others would be proud.

    Gloucestershire Police bought their HQ for £300 in 1921. And they just sold it for £7,150,000. That's a rise of 2,300,000%.

    Martin Surl, the force's police and crime commissioner, said there also could be an additional £100,000 subject to CALA Homes being granted planning permission for the site.

    Quote Message: This has been on the Constabulary’s agenda for more than a decade but due to circumstances, many of them outside their control, it has taken longer to achieve than first envisaged. Selling now represents a good deal for council tax payers and with most of the money re-invested in the new investigative centre, Prism House, and custody facility, Compass House, it means a more suitable working environment for staff who have re-located. from Martin Surl Police and Crime Commissioner, Gloucestershire
    Martin SurlPolice and Crime Commissioner, Gloucestershire
  17. 'My dad was scared' - fans react to trouble at Port Vale v Bristol Rovers game

    Trouble at Vale Park

    Bristol Rovers' troubles at Port Vale on Saturday has been the hot topic of the day. And dozens of you have been in touch to offer your views.

    Here's a selection from BBC Points West's Facebook page

    Quote Message: I'm starting to get frustrated by people having strong opinions who were not there. I've watched Rovers all over the country for over 35 years and the behaviour of those [stewards] was disgusting. I was sat right there with my 17 year old son and 72 year old dad and my dad was scared! from Jason Parkhouse Rovers fan
    Jason ParkhouseRovers fan
    Quote Message: I work at BRISTOL ROVERS as a steward for the last 3 seasons. i have never seen anything so bad as what i witness at Port Vale. decent people beat up because they could not find a place to stand. Total bang out of order from Gary Morris Rovers steward
    Gary MorrisRovers steward
  18. Seven years for driver who killed a teenager while under the influence

    A drunk driver whose car ploughed into four pedestrians in Nailsea, a year ago, has been jailed for seven years and four months.

    Alex Gould, 18, later died in hospital and another man was seriously injured.

    Alex Gould
    Image caption: Alex Gould died when he was hit by Bisset's car

    James Bisset, from Yatton, admitted causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and possessing a class A drug at a previous hearing at Bristol Crown Court.

    He was also over the alcohol limit when he crashed the car.

    Quote Message: This has had a huge impact on all those involved and the wider community in Nailsea ... [and] serves as a tragic reminder of the consequences of getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol and drugs. from Sgt Peter Truch Avon and Somerset Constabulary
    Sgt Peter TruchAvon and Somerset Constabulary