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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 1 March 2017

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  1. Goodnight from us

    Thanks for being with us today.

    Before we go, here's how the weather is shaping up for the next few days - in a nutshell, wet and windy.

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    Video caption: Watch: Sara Thornton with the weather forecast

    BBC Local Live for the West will return tomorrow morning at 7am.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M48 Monmouthshire both ways

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    M48 Monmouthshire both ways severe disruption, between J2 for A466 and J1 for A403.

    M48 Monmouthshire - One lane closed on M48 Severn Bridge in both directions between J2, A466 (Chepstow) and J1, A403 (Aust), because of strong winds. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

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

  3. Discworld illustrator involved in new Terry Pratchett exhibition

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    Video caption: Listen: Discworld illustrator involved in new Wiltshire Pratchett exhibition

    An exhibition celebrating the life of the late Sir Terry Pratchett will open in Salisbury later this year. 

    Discworld illustrator and friend of the author, Paul Kidby, has been asked by the family to create a seven-foot-tall statue of Sir Terry for the city centre.

    He said it was "a fantastic opportunity" to celebrate the author's life.

  4. Speculation over Dyson's airfield plans

    This disused RAF airfield at Hullavington near Chippenham will become home to thousands of jobs, working under billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson.

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    Video caption: Watch: Dyson hasn't announced what his plans are yet

    The site is huge, but nothing has yet been revealed about what will actually go on here. 

    Even local councillors have been sworn to secrecy.

  5. Cribbs expansion 'could damage Weston-super-Mare'

    John Penrose, MP for Weston-super-Mare, said he had written to the Secretary of State, Sajid Javid MP, arguing an expanded Cribbs Causeway "could damage Weston's regeneration".

    He said it could take away about 8.3% of trade (£39m) by 2021, "making the town’s rebirth harder to achieve".

    Cribbs Causeway
    Quote Message: This isn’t a final decision, but it means that Weston’s voice is being heard loud and clear, and I’m delighted the Minister clearly understands the strength of local concerns about its impact on the wider local economy of places like Weston, and central Bristol too. from John Penrose MP for Weston-super-Mare
    John PenroseMP for Weston-super-Mare
  6. Tornado steam train prompts call to fire brigade

    When a loud bang and smoke was spotted in Swindon this evening, it caused a lot of concern for one local resident, who promptly called the local fire brigade.

    Tornado steam train

    Crews came out to the Bruce Street area of the town just after 7pm, only to discover it was actually a false alarm.

    The loud bang had been created by the A1 Pacific Tornado on its return journey through Swindon.

  7. The firefighting spike/spray which could save lives

    This new piece of firefighting equipment is going to be issued to every crew across the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue area.

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    Video caption: Watch: See the tool in action

    The spike produces a spray of water that can quickly and radically reduce the temperature of a room on fire.

    In a recent test, it reduced a burning room from 400 degrees to 80 degrees in just 30 seconds.

    The service hopes it will change how building fires are tackled in the future.

  8. Could Colston Hall get a name change?

    More than 1,500 people have signed a petition calling for a change to the name of Bristol's Colston Hall.

    They are unhappy with Edward Colston's ties to slavery.

    But others believe we shouldn't attempt to whitewash history and keep the name while teaching about how slaves were traded in Colston's day.

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    Video caption: Watch: Two people against the current name share their views

    The Bristol Music Trust says it is reviewing the name as part of the venue's revamp, which began in 2014 and is expected to be finished by 2020.

  9. Tool theft warning to Bristol residents

    Avon & Somerset Police have handed out these letters to residents in Horfield, after a recent spate of break-ins.

    The thefts have targeted tradespeople, their vans and the expensive tools kept inside. In the last four months, 200 sheds and garages were burgled. 

    Letter to residents from the police
  10. Cribbs Causeway expansion plans called in

    Aerial image of Cribbs Causeway showing propsed development

    Plans to extend Cribbs Causeway are on hold because of concerns about the impact on the surrounding economy.

    The proposals - which include shops, flats and an indoor ski centre - would increase the size of the site by 50%.

    Planning permission was granted in November but the scheme has now been called in for review by the Secretary of State.

  11. Rugby: Bath hooker Dunn to miss rest of season

    Tom Dunn

    Bath Rugby hooker Tom Dunn will miss the rest of the Premiership season after suffering an ankle injury.

    He was forced to leave the field in the early stages of Bath's 22-12 win over Harlequins on 18 February.

    The 24-year-old has scored one try in 15 appearances this season to help the club to fourth in the table.

  12. Poultry allowed outside under new rules

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    Video caption: Watch: WWT's Peter Morris explains the risk of bird flu spreading

    Emergency measures introduced 12 weeks ago, to try to prevent the spread of bird flu, have been scaled back. 

    From today flock owners in many areas can now let their birds outside again. 

    But in certain "high risk" areas, such as near the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge, the restrictions are still in place. 

    The trust's Peter Morris said it's still a good idea to keep birds indoors in other areas.

  13. The Brexit effect for Single Gloucester cheese

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    Video caption: Watch: Gloucestershire farmer worried cheese will be under threat

    A Gloucestershire cheese maker is worried his EU protected cheese will be under threat, post Brexit.

    Charles Martell's Single Gloucester can only be made according to a pre-defined recipe and in a specific location.

    But Britain’s impending EU exit puts that status at risk.

  14. Christian preachers fined for Muslim rant

    Preachers arrested in Bristol
    Image caption: The men were arrested while open air-preaching in the Broadmead centre

    Two street preachers who told Muslims their God "did not exist" and called a crowd of shoppers "animals" have been fined £300 each.

    Michael Overd, 52, and American Michael Stockwell, 50, have been convicted of a religiously aggravated public order offence over their sermons to shoppers.

    They were filmed in July preaching at Bristol's Broadmead Shopping Centre and appeared before the city's magistrates.

    Christian Concern, which defended the men, is to appeal over the conviction.

    The pair were convicted under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. You can read more about the story here .

  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A370 Somerset westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A370 Somerset westbound severe accident, between M5 J21 and Churchland Way.

    A370 Somerset - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A370 inbound between Weston-Super-Mare and West Wick Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

  16. 'No bird flu cases since early January'

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    Video caption: Watch: WWT's Peter Morris on the risk of avian flu spreading

    New measures have come in to effect to prevent the spread of bird flu. 

    The government says most keepers will have the option to let their birds outside from today, but that's not the case in "higher risk areas", such as the area near at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. 

    The trust's Peter Morris said there is still a risk of avian flu spreading.

  17. Tornado: your photos

    The A1 Pacific Tornado has been heading across the West today, attracting a fair amount of attention en route.

    The steam engine set off from London this morning and has passed through Swindon, Bath and Bristol. 

    But don't worry if you missed it - there's another chance to spot her this evening at the following times:

    • Gloucester - 17:39
    • Swindon - 18:28
    • Didcot Parkway - 19:17
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