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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 8 March 2017.

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  1. Goodnight from us - we'll be back tomorrow at 7am

    That's it from us for now at BBC Local Live for the West of England - we'll be back with more live updates from 7am tomorrow.

    Some good news from Sarah Thornton with Thursday's weather forecast - she's promising us sunny spells! 

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    Video caption: BBC weather forecast with Sara Thornton
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    Severe disruption: M32 Bristol both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M32 Bristol both ways severe disruption, at J1 for A4174.

    M32 Bristol - M32 lane closed on exit slip road at J1, A4174 (Hambrook), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Olympic rower takes on kayak challenge

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    Video caption: Helen Glover and Steve Backshall kayaking

    Bath's double Olympic champion rower Helen Glover is about to take on a new challenge with her wildlife presenter husband, Steve Backshall. 

    She's taking a crash course in kayaking, so they can paddle all the way from Devizes to Westminster - that's 125 miles. 

    Helen said part of the fun was that kayaking "is entirely different" from rowing. Steve said they had even been training in the recent Storm Doris. 

    The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race takes place on 14-17 April.

  4. Gloucester want external new head coach

    Stephen Vaughan

    Gloucester chief executive Stephen Vaughan says they are likely to select an external candidate as their new head coach.

    It's the first time the club has spoken since the departure of head coach Laurie Fisher on Monday. 

    Fisher announced on Twitter that it was "time to make room for someone else".

    Gloucester have promoted defence coach Jonny Bell to "lead their rugby programme" for the remainder of the season, and aim to announce a replacement by the end of the month

  5. Somerset aims to fight the 'brain drain' with a new university centre

    Dale Edwards

    Somerset wants to "redraw the educational landscape" and has taken the first steps to creating a university for the county. 

    Dale Edwards, from the Chamber of Commerce, said: "One of the big challenges for employers is trying to find the right talent. We've got over 2,000 people leaving to go to universities across the region."

    Bridgwater and Taunton College has launched what it's calling the University Centre for Somerset. It will offer degree level courses ranging from fine art and design to nursing. 

    University Centre Somerset
  6. Women march for pension equality in Westminster

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    Video caption: Wiltshire women joined the national movement in London

    A group of women from Wiltshire joined today's national march in London to protest against changes to the dates when women can receive their state pension.  

    They were lobbying MPs about the changes introduced in 1995, which have affected around 2.6m women - now in their late 50s and early to mid-60s. 

    They say they were not given enough notice that they'd have to work for longer before getting their pension. They say if they'd been told about the changes at the time, they could have made alternative pension arrangements. 

    The government said: "Women retiring today can still expect to receive the state pension for 26 years on average - several years longer than men".

  7. Police search for missing junior doctor

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    Video caption: Police search for junior doctor Lauren Phillips

    Police are continuing their hunt for missing junior doctor Lauren Phillips who has not been seen for almost two weeks

    Dr Lauren Phillips - who works for North Bristol NHS Trust, but has also worked in Cornwall - was last seen on Thursday 23 February. 

    The 26-year-old's car was found in Woolacombe in Devon five days later.  

  8. Football: Bristol Rovers' midfielder extends contract

    Ollie Clarke

    Bristol Rovers midfielder Ollie Clarke has extended his deal with the League One club for an undisclosed period.

    The 24-year-old began his professional career with Rovers and has made 125 league appearances for the club so far.

    "While we are still aiming for a top-six finish this season, we are also planning for 2017-18," manager Darrell Clarke told the  club website.

    "Ollie is an integral member of our squad, I am really pleased that he has decided to stay with us."

  9. Police doctor 'had the power to abuse his position and do what he wanted'

    Dr Reg Bunting / Avon and Somerset HQ

    One of the victims targeted by police doctor Reg Bunting (pictured), who died in 2013, said "I thought this wasn't right, but what do you do?". 

    The officer, who was a frontline policeman for more than 20 years, said he was groped by Dr Bunting during his medical assessment.

    "He had the power to abuse his position and do what he wanted," he said. 

    "I don't think anyone would have complained because it was a hard job to get into."

    Avon and Somerset Police has since apologised to victims for "failing to ensure acceptable medical conduct during their examinations", and praised the people who had come forward.

  10. The first dog to get a pacemaker

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    Video caption: BBC Points West 60th anniversary - archive story about dog fitted with pacemaker in 1980

    Major the pet labrador was fitted with a pacemaker in 1980 because his heart wasn't working properly. He was the first domestic pet in the UK to have one. 

    It was fitted by the vet school at Bristol University - and he had to have the operation twice because after the first one, he "chewed the lead out". 

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    Severe accident: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between Sands Hill and A420 affecting M4 J18 Bath.

    A46 Gloucestershire - A46 in Dyrham blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Sands Hill junction and Cold Ashton Roundabout, because of an accident. Congestion to Bath.

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

  12. Narrowboat returns to restored stretch of the Cotswold canal

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    Video caption: A narrowboat is lifted onto a newly restored section of canal in Stroud

    Narrowboats are returning to parts of the canals in the Cotswolds for the first time in 65 years. 

    This boat was lifted back into a recently restored stretch of the Stroudwater Navigation. 

    The restoration project aims to reopen 36 miles of canal linking the River Severn and the River Thames. 

  13. Junior doctor search: 'No other traces besides car'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A hunt for a missing junior doctor who has not been seen for almost two weeks has yielded no other traces of her than her car, police say.

    Dr Lauren Phillips - who works for North Bristol NHS Trust, but has also worked in Cornwall - was last seen on Thursday 23 February. The 26-year-old's car was found in Woolacombe in Devon five days later.

    Lauren Phillips

    Searches have been carried out by Devon and Cornwall Police, assisted by HM Coastguard, the RNLI and the National Police Air Service.

    Quote Message: We continue to do everything we can to find Lauren and we're making sure her family are regularly updated about our investigation." from Det Insp Mark Langdon Avon and Somerset Police
    Det Insp Mark Langdon Avon and Somerset Police
  14. Footballer faced Nazi salutes in 1980s

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    Video caption: Leroy Rosenior says as a black footballer he has faced racism on a daily basis.

    Former West Ham and QPR player Leroy Rosenior said he faced abuse at games he played in during the 1980s.

    In his new autobiography, he tells how he was spat on by a child and racially abused by his own fans. 

    He said the abuse got so bad his family even stopped going to matches.  

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    Severe accident: A303 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A303 Devon both ways severe accident, between A30 and A358.

    A303 Devon - A303 closed in both directions between the A30 junction in Upottery and Southfields Roundabout in Ilminster, because of an accident involving a car and lorry and a fuel spillage. Diversion in operation - signed diversion is in place.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J22 for A38 and J23 for A39.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea) and J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

  17. Meet Starlight the orphaned baby badger

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    Video caption: He is the first orphaned badger cub of 2017 at Secret World Wildlife Rescue

    Starlight was found in an open field when he was just a few days old, and taken to the rescue centre in Highbridge.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J17 for A4018 and J16 for A38 affecting J18A for M49.

    M5 Bristol - Slow traffic on M5 northbound between J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway) and J16, A38 (Aztec West), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J18a M49.

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

  19. Glos Rugby ask supporters to 'keep faith' after coach leaves

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    Video caption: Steven Vaughan CEO Gloucester Rugby speaks for first time since coach departure

    Gloucester Rugby has spoken for the first time since the departure of head coach Laurie Fisher on Monday. 

    The club's CEO Steven Vaughan said they were "bitterly disappointed but don't think it's broken". 

    Fisher announced on Twitter that it was "time to make room for someone else".

    Gloucester have promoted defence coach Jonny Bell to "lead their rugby programme" for the remainder of the season, and aim to announce a replacement by the end of the month.   

  20. Workman burned after hitting live cable

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    Video caption: Firm fined after workman burned after hitting electric cable with power tool

    A firm has been fined £600,000 after a workman digging up a pavement in Gloucester hit a live 11,000 volt cable.

    The workman was severely burned and hundreds of homes and businesses were left without power

    Quote Message: We regret that this incident took place and that the employee of one of our supply chain was injured. We are committed to implementing safe working practices across the business at all times. Since the incident we have reviewed our procedures with respect to the work being carried out at the time of the incident to prevent similar incidents occurring. from Amey LG Ltd
    Amey LG Ltd