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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 13 March

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  1. Goodnight from Local Live in the West of England

    That's it from us here on the Local Live team.

    We'll be back at 7am tomorrow ready for more news, sport, travel, weather and the first day of Cheltenham Festival.

    See what tonight has in store for you weather-wise with Ian Fergusson.

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    Video caption: Goodnight from BBC Local Live in the West of England
  2. Grass gets one final trim before Cheltenham Festival

    The Cheltenham Festival gets under way tomorrow with race goers arriving from all over the world. 

    Around a quarter of a million people are expected to attend in the next four days, bringing in around a £100m to the local economy.

    Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course at Cheltenham Racecourse, explains how much hard work has gone in to preparations for this year's festival.  

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    Video caption: One final trim before Cheltenham Festival

    And a reminder not all the horses at the festival will be racing...

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  3. Decision on 'Marine A' Alexander Blackman expected this week

    A court drawing of Alexander Blackman

    A former Somerset Royal Marine who fatally shot an injured Taliban fighter will find out on Wednesday if he's won his appeal against his conviction for murder.

    Lawyers for Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 42, from Taunton, say he was suffering from a mental illness at the time of the shooting in 2011 which wasn't taken into account in his original trial. 

    Blackman, known as Marine A, was sentenced to life in 2013.

    Five judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London will announce their decision on Wednesday morning. 

  4. Can you call house on Cheltenham Festival bingo?

    
          A screen grab of the list created by Cheltenham man Andrew Lansley

    As Cheltenham prepares for racegoers to descend for The Festival tomorrow it seems it's not just the businesses involved who are getting ready.

    One resident has tweeted a Cheltenham Raceweek Bingo card for other locals to play along with during the event.

    It includes not being able to get on public transport and spotting places that don't usually sell breakfast which start to do so.

    The prize, according to the list, is "inconvenience for another week of your life".

    Andrew Lansley started the list a few years ago as a joke but carried it on after friends started making their own suggestions for the list.

    Quote Message: The funniest part was people sharing their own personal 'raceweek bingo’ find and that’s how I started developing and refining the list every year. I think it’s in its fourth iteration now and I already have new suggestions to consider for 2018, so will keep this going as long as people find it funny." from Andrew Lansley
    Andrew Lansley
  5. Students' atmospheric pressure device could be sent to the moon

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    Video caption: Engineering students from Bath University have reached the final of a competition.

    Aerospace students from Bath University have reached the final of an international competition to send an experiment to the moon. 

    The Lab2Moon challenge pits the best student minds worldwide against each other to innovate, design and build an experimental payload that will aid the development of sustainable human presence there.

    The Bath students' Lunadome device is the last remaining UK entry in the compeition.   

    • LunaDome aims to understand the effect of temperature fluctuations experienced on the lunar surface upon a pressure controlled environment
    • The critical payload specifications state that the experiment has to fit into a space the size of a generic coke can, and weigh no more than 250g. 
    • A compressed CO2 canister will vent CO2 through a bespoke valve into a sealed, fixed volume "dome"
    • This "dome" will be filled to atmospheric pressure and controlled so as to maintain this pressure
    • The temperature variation experienced by the sealed CO2 will be measured and sent back to earth for analysis
    • The aim is to understand what heating and cooling capacity an environmental control and life support system would have to achieve for a habitable atmosphere on the lunar surface

    The Lab2Moon final is being staged in Bangalore, India this week. We wish Team LunaDome all the best!

  6. Ruby Walsh on his Cheltenham Festival routine

    On the eve of Cheltenham Festival many of the jockeys have been at the racecourse to get a feel for the ground and settle into the venue.

    Someone familiar with the turf is Ruby Walsh, he's been top jockey at the festival for 10 of the last 13 years with 52 winners in total.

    But when the jockeys aren't racing what do they get up to?

    Ruby tells the BBC about his routine including where he prefers to stay.

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    Video caption: Ruby Walsh on his Cheltenham Festival routine
  7. School reopens after arson attack

    A school targeted by arsonists last week is now safe for pupils to return to.

    The fire, which destroyed three classrooms at Hareclive Primary School on Moxham Drive in Hartcliffe, is believed to have been started deliberately on Thursday night.

    In a statement the school said: "The academy is working closely with the fire services and the police while the matter is investigated. 

    "Fortunately no one has been hurt, and having taken advice from the authorities, the academy site is safe for pupils to be in for a normal school day."

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  8. Missing person search training on Coate Water

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    Video caption: Missing person search mocked up

    Things got a bit dramatic at Coate Water in Swindon over the weekend when a major search and rescue took place in the water.

    Thankfully it was all part of a training exercise involving the emergency services and Wiltshire Search and Rescue.

  9. Cheltenham MP opposes goverment on Brexit EU citizens' amendment

    MPs have voted with a majority of 48 not to support the Lords amendment which would have guaranteed rights for EU citizens currently in the UK

    A total of 287 MPs supported the amendment, including Cheltenham's Alex Chalk, while 335 voted with the government against it. 

    Mr Chalk was one of just two Conservative MPs to vote against the government.

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  10. Auctioneer presides over Indian Premier League bidding

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    Video caption: Richard Madley's just returned from the bidding in India

    Richard Madley from Biddestone near Devizes is not long back from Bengaluru in south India where he was in charge of the bidding for players in the Indian Premier League (IPL). 

    The IPL is an opportunity for clubs to buy and sell players and they do it in style - the auction is televised and attracts 200m viewers, not to mention the millions of rupees which changed hands.

  11. Trowbridge murder: Scale of investigation is 'significant'

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    Video caption: Scale of Trowbridge murder investigation is "significant"

    A police spokesman says resources have been brought in from outside the area to investigate the death of a man in Trowbridge. 

    Det Ch Insp Jeremy Carter told the BBC that the scale of the enquiries is significant and shows how seriously the police are taking what happened. 

    Twenty-five-year-old Jordan Taylor died as a result of stab wounds in the early hours of Sunday.  

  12. Glittering hopes beneath the waters

    A gold prospector from the Forest of Dean is teaching people to pan for gold. 

    Kit Andrews, from Westbury-on-Severn, has been practising his hobby in the UK for 35 years. 

    He's now offering lessons with a local jeweller in a stream in Longhope.

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    Video caption: Panning for gold in Forest of Dean.
  13. Power outage in parts of Gloucester

    Seventy-five homes and businesses in the centre of Gloucester are without power.

    Western Power (WPD) says it won't have repaired the fault until 9pm tonight. 

    One of those businesses affected within the GL1 1, and GL1 2 areas is Angell Pets shop on Spa Road. 

    The firm said on its Facebook page that it was looking into getting a generator to maintain heat and light for all the exotic reptiles in its care. 

    A manager from Gloucester Docks says she has given permission to WPD to work through the night to fix the problem. 

    It's believed a fault was found on a power cable at a substation on the land at the docks. 

    Residents living in the area might hear some noise tonight while the problem is being fixed but they shouldn't be affected by a lack of power.

    
          A map showing an area of Gloucester affected by a power outage
  14. Trowbridge murder: Victim named as Jordan Taylor

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    Video caption: Police appeals for witnesses of stabbing in Trowbridge to come forward

    Up to 100 officers are currently carrying out enquiries into the murder of a Trowbridge man on Sunday morning. 

    A post-mortem examination has confirmed that 25-year-old Jordan Taylor died after being stabbed. 

    Officers and specialists from across the West are involved in the investigation, and Det Ch Insp Jeremy Carter is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.  

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, at J16 for A3102.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound at J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  16. Trowbridge murder: Police appeal over death in Wiltshire town

    Wiltshire Police say they want to hear from anybody who may have seen anything around the time a man was murdered in Trowbridge.

    Quote Message: We would like to speak to anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious in this area of Trowbridge around 1.45am today. Irrespective of how small you may think it is, if you heard or saw anything that struck you as strange - please come forward. I want to reassure everyone living locally that we are treating this as a major investigation and are doing our utmost to find the offender. We will be putting on extra patrols in the area, so you may see an increased police presence in the town - rest assured this is all part of our investigation in to this incident." from Det Ch Insp Jeremy Carter Brunel Major Crime Investigation Team
    Det Ch Insp Jeremy Carter Brunel Major Crime Investigation Team