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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday 15 March 2017

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  1. Tomorrow's weather in the West with Ian Fergusson

    That's nearly all from us for this evening, we'll be back from 7am tomorrow morning with all of your news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Before we go there's just time for a look at the weather forecast and unfortunately there's no repeat of today's glorious sunshine.

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    Video caption: Watch: Weather for the West with Ian Fergusson
  2. Wilton Windmill's sails back on

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    Video caption: Watch: After seven months off they've been winched back into place

    This Wiltshire landmark is looking back to its best after a £20,000 makeover. 

    The windmill in Wilton near Marlborough is the last in active use in the South West and it's the first major renovation it's had since the 1970s. 

    The windmill was built in 1821 and still produces wholemeal, stone-ground flour.  

  3. Police forces pass election spending files to CPS

    Conservatives election bus

    Gloucestershire and Avon and Somerset Police are among 12 forces that have asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider charges over general election expenses.

    The CPS said it had received files from 11 forces, and a 12th, Staffordshire Police, confirmed to the BBC it too had sent one.  

    The files are for the CPS to decide whether charges should be brought.

    It comes after complaints about the way Conservative "battle bus" visits to constituencies had been recorded in campaign spending returns.

    The allegations came to light following an investigation by  Channel 4 News  into claims the Tories may have broken election law at the 2015 general election and three earlier by-elections.

  4. I still wait for the 'night night mum, love you loads' texts

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    Video caption: Watch: Kyle's mum Helen Stockford talks about the loss that has "crippled" her.

    A funeral was held today for a South Gloucestershire man who was run over and killed by a car in Knowle West earlier this year.

    Kyle Clark died at the scene after being dragged under a car.

    The 27-year-old's mother Helen Stockford has spoken about how Kyle had saved her life from a convicted killer seven years ago .

    Kyle interrupted burglar Kenneth Shirley who had  broken into the family home, raped his mother and planned to kill her . He also looked after his mum following the incident.

    Shakrun Islam, 30, from Chipping Sodbury is charged with Kyle's manslaughter.

    He is to appear before Bristol Crown Court on Friday.

  5. Vote 'puts adult day centres at risk'

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    Video caption: Watch: Campaigners had called for a rethink of the transfer to a social enterprise

    Day care centres for disabled adults have been left under threat after a council voted to move services to an external provider, opponents claim.

    The adult learning disability service will be transferred to a social enterprise along with a smaller budget.

    Somerset County Council aims to save £10m from adult services, mental health and children's services budgets.

    Ahead of the vote earlier, up to 200 people protested at county hall, urging members to vote against the proposals.

  6. Oil pollution in the River Cole

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    Video caption: Watch: The Environment Agency say disposing of pollutants into surface drains is illegal

    The Environment Agency​ are cleaning up what they suspect is old engine oil in the River Cole in Swindon. 

    It has traced the source to a surface water drain that discharges into the river and are working with Thames Water to establish how and when the oil got into the drainage system, which serves a large industrial and residential area of Swindon. 

    They say they'll continue to monitor the oil until it's gone.

  7. The owner of a camera discovered on a beach has been found

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    Video caption: He was tracked down after photos were posted on Facebook
  8. Lydiard Park takeover formally agreed

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    Video caption: Lydiard Park Heritage Trust to run the site from next year
  9. Cheltenham Festival day two: It's all about the ladies

    It's day two at Cheltenham and that means Ladies' Day, which for one young jockey has been particularly apt - Lizzie Kelly made her professional debut at the Festival and came fifth on Diable De Sivola.

    On Friday she aims to become only the second woman ever to take part in the Gold Cup.

    Elsewhere Special Tiara (11-1) landed the Queen Mother Champion Chase to give jockey Noel Fehily a second big-race win at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.  

    The day was also soaked with sunshine so here's a flavour of some of the fashion and flamboyance on show.

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    Video caption: Ladies' Day is under way at the Cheltenham Festival.
  10. Tonight's football: Barnet v Yeovil Town

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    Yeovil are away to Barnet tonight in League Two. Kick off is at 8pm and we'll bring you goal updates.

    You can follow live coverage here .

  11. Hat designer shares her style secrets for Cheltenham Ladies' Day

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    Video caption: Watch: Hat designer shares her secrets on styling the perfect hat

    It's Ladies' Day at Cheltenham Festival and an incredible array of hats have been on display.

    If you've ever wondered about styling your own, here are some tips on standing out from a Willow and Lace hat designer.

    She says using this years trending styles is the way forward.

  12. Ducklings given a safer exit at this lake

    Ramps have been fitted to the banks of a lake in Warminster to make it easier for ducklings to get out.

    The town council sought the solution after locals grew concerned about the ducklings safety.

    The feathered young often struggled to get off the lake once on it which made them easy prey for gulls and the local heron.

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  13. Marine A's murder conviction quashing: Judges' findings

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    Former Plymouth-based Royal Marine Alexander Blackman has had a murder conviction quashed and replaced with a verdict of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

    The 42-year-old, from Taunton, was jailed in 2013 for shooting an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan. 

    Five judges reduced his conviction, finding that the 2011 incident was not a "cold-blooded execution" as a court martial had earlier concluded, but the result of a mental illness - an "adjustment disorder".

    Alexander Blackman

    In Wednesday's ruling, the judges said:

    • Blackman had been "an exemplary soldier before his deployment to Afghanistan in March 2011"
    • He had suffered from "quite exceptional stressors" which increasingly impacted on him the longer he was in command
    • It was "clear that a consequence was that he had developed a hatred for the Taliban and a desire for revenge"
    • At the time of the killing "the patrol remained under threat from other insurgents"
    • In concluding, they said the stressors and his adjustment disorder had been factors in "substantially" impairing his ability to form a rational judgment

    A further hearing is to decide how long he should be imprisoned for.

  14. West of England mayor's pay revealed

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    The new mayor of the West of England will be taking home less money than Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees and Police Commissioner Sue Mounstevens.

    Elections for the role will be taking place on 4th May this year.

    The 'Metro Mayor' will cover Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

  15. Marine A: Author Frederick Forsyth says they 'always wanted justice'

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    Video caption: Watch: Author Frederick Forsyth on Marine A appeal win

    Frederick Forsyth has welcomed the decision to reduce the murder conviction of Alexander Blackman - Marine A - to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

    The author also called for the media to help find out "what really happened" to Sgt Blackman. 

    The Royal Marine from Taunton was jailed for life with a minimum term of 10 years (later reduced to eight) in 2013 after being convicted of shooting an injured Taliban fighter. 

    There will be a further hearing to decide his new sentence.

  16. Cheltenham Gold Cup: Cue Card, Native River and Djakadam among favourites

    Colin Tizzard with Cue Card and Native River

    Cue Card and Native River are among the 14 horses declared for Friday's Cheltenham Gold Cup.

    Colin Tizzard's pair dispute favouritism for the blue riband event along with the Willie Mullins-trained Djakadam.

    Cue Card fell three fences from the finish 12 months ago and has since won a third Betfair Chase at Haydock.

    He lost out to stablemate Thistlecrack at Kempton on Boxing Day but returned to winning ways at Ascot in February.

    Lizzie Kelly will become the first woman to ride in the race for 33 years when she partners outsider Tea For Two. Kelly became the only woman to win a Grade One race over jumps when she rode the horse to success in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase in December 2015.