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

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  1. Sunny spells with showers over the West tomorrow

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    Video caption: Watch: Sunny spells with showers over the West tomorrow, says Ian Fergusson.

    That's it for today's Local Live - thank you for joining us.

    We'll be back with the latest news, travel, sport and weather across the West tomorrow from 7am.

  2. Bath bring in Rotherham hooker Graham

    Joe Graham

    Bath have signed Rotherham Titans hooker Joe Graham from the Championship outfit until the end of the season as injury cover.

    Bath bring in Rotherham hooker Graham

    Joe Graham

    Bath sign Rotherham Titans hooker Joe Graham from the Championship outfit until the end of the season as injury cover.

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  3. Appeal renewed over £2.5m of goods stolen in 2009 burglary

    After Glow Taplow by Sir John Lavery

    The above is a painting by Sir John Lavery called 'After Glow Taplow'. It was stolen, along with 14 other paintings, during a burglary in Somerset in 2009.

    All the others have since been found, but this one hasn't.

    Police have issued a fresh appeal for information following the theft in Bruton, when valuable paintings and jewellery worth £2.5m were taken.

    During the ordeal a woman was tied-up.

    Jewellery stolen in the burglary

    Avon and Somerset Police arrested 11 men in connection with the burglary and all remain on police bail.

    They want to hear from jewellers and antique dealers who may have been offered the jewellery and silverware.

  4. Incident on line leads to rail disruption in Gloucestershire

    More on those delays between Bristol Parkway and Cheltenham Spa:

    Police and Network Rail are currently dealing with an incident at Cam & Dursley station in Gloucestershire.

    Services between Birmingham and Bristol are disrupted.

    A Network Rail spokesman said: "Staff were alerted to an incident at Cam & Dursley station at around 7.55pm this evening. 

    "Staff are currently assisting officers from Gloucestershire and British Transport police to resolve the incident and reopen the line."

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  5. Somerset derailment: 'significant damage' to track

    Train derailment

    Network Rail says passengers expecting to travel between Westbury and Castle Cary should prepare themselves for 48 hours of delays .

    A spokesman said “At 17.50 this evening a freight train became derailed at East Somerset Junction between Westbury and Castle Cary.  

    "No injuries have been sustained but there is significant damage to track and equipment.  

    "The derailment is significant with the line currently blocked and likely to remain out of use for at least the next 48 hours."

  6. Married PC fired for affair with domestic abuse victim

    A married police officer has been sacked for having a sexual relationship with a vulnerable victim of domestic abuse whose case he had worked on.

    PC Christopher Lintern began the secret affair in 2015, six weeks after the police investigation ended, a force misconduct hearing was told.

    It found he abused his position to establish an "improper relationship" which amounted to "serious corruption".

    The victim said she was a "willing and equal partner in the relationship".

    Actress playing domestic abuse victim
  7. Brothers relanch father's stunt kite business

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    Video caption: Watch: A Peter Powell stunt kite takes to the skies

    If you liked flying kites in the 1970s then Peter Powell kites were the "must have" toy. 

    Millions of the steerable stunt kites were sold worldwide and the Gloucester-born creator became a household name. 

    But despite out-selling Lego and taking a Toy of the Year award, it all came crashing down in the '90s when the kitemaker put a match to his equipment. 

    His son Mark said: "Dad had been round all the factories, collected all their jigs for making the kite, and he had a big bonfire and burnt everything to do with the kite.

    "He said to me and Paul, whatever you do, do not start that business back up again." 

    But they have. In Cheltenham.

    BBC Inside Out spoke to the brothers for tonight's programme on BBC One at 7.30pm.

  8. Somerset derailment: Replacement bus services running

    A spokesman for Great Western Railway said: "We are diverting trains around the area and it is adding about 30 minutes to journey times.

    "At the moment Network Rail are on-site and they will have to carry out a full inspection and repairs in daylight so services could be disrupted for 24-48 hours."

    A bus replacement service is being run between Bruton and Frome while South West Trains are also accepting tickets on their services.

    Passengers should check before they travel in the morning as it’s likely there will be some delays to their services.

    Nobody was injured in the derailment.

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  9. Disruption after derailment will last 24-48 hours

    Bruton station

    Rail travellers in Somerset could face delays for up to 48 hours as Network Rail works to clear the line after a derailment.

    A freight train carrying stone and ballast partially derailed at the East Somerset junction between Castle Cary and Westbury earlier.

    Great Western Railway is not able to run any trains between the two stations and services to Frome and Bruton are also affected.

  10. BreakingFreight train derails

    Inspectors are currently on the site of a freight train derailment in Somerset.

    Services between Castle Cary and Westbury are disrupted.

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  11. Benjamin King inquest: 'Insufficient evidence' against hospital

    Claims that evidence at an inquest into a baby's death was deliberately falsified will not be pursued by police due to insufficient evidence.

    Benjamin King died in May 2016 when he was five days old, after being starved of oxygen before birth.

    The inquest heard claims  witness statements were changed  by the Royal United Hospital's (RUH) legal team.

    Avon and Somerset Police said it had reviewed the matter and would not be taking the case any further.

    Jamie King (left) and Tamara Podemski (right)
    Image caption: Jamie King has starred in The Tudors and Mad Men; his wife Tamara Podemski is a singer and actor
  12. Rugby: Bristol sign Australian sevens player Luke Morahan

    Luke Morahan

    Bristol Rugby have announced the signing of Australia international back Luke Morahan for next season. 

    The 26-year-old, who has won three caps, will offer Bristol options at full-back, wing and centre.

    "Luke is an impressive player with excellent technical abilities and a lot of raw pace," interim head coach Mark Tainton told the club website.

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  13. Joey takes first peek at the big wide world

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    Video caption: Wendy the wallaby has given birth to a joey

    A baby wallaby has been captured taking a sneak peek at the world outside his mother's pouch for the first time.

    The seven-month-old was born to parents Wendy and Winston at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall, Bristol.

    He is expected to start emerging properly as the weather gets warmer.

  14. Teen charged with murder of Jordan Taylor

    Jordan Taylor

    An 18-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a man in Wiltshire.

    Jordan Taylor, 25, from Hilperton (pictured), died from stab wounds after he and a friend were attacked near Trowbridge Community Hospital on 12 March.

    Hayden Maslen, from Park Street in Trowbridge, was also charged with wounding Neil Vaughan, 24, with intent.

    There was no application for bail and he was remanded in custody to appear at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday.

  15. Champion cyclist takes on England's steepest street

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    Video caption: Watch: Cyclist Simon Richardson takes on England's steepest street

    Last week we told you how Vale Street in Totterdown is officially England's steepest street - now here's a champion cyclist to try it out!  

    This story was inspired by  nominations from BBC News Online readers.

    We asked Ordnance Survey to work out the steepest gradients for the top five most frequently suggested hills.  

    Cyclist Simon Richardson described part of it as being "like a wall".

  16. Sally Ann John murder: 'I just want her found'

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    Video caption: Watch: Lesley John says she wants her daughter found

    The investigation into the murder of Sally Ann John is to feature tonight on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

    As part of the programme, her mother Lesley John describes how she has felt helpless for decades.

    Sally Ann, whose body has never been found, went missing while working as a prostitute in Swindon in 1995.

  17. Sally Ann John: Timeline of events

    Sally Ann John

    Here's a recap of the key events in the Sally Ann John murder investigation:

    • 8 Sept 1995 - Sally Ann John is last seen on Aylesbury Street, Swindon, at 10:45am. Her disappearance is treated as a missing person inquiry
    • 17 Nov 2014 - Wiltshire Police launch a murder investigation following a review of the case and the discovery of "significant new information"
    • 14 Sept 2015 - Police search her last-known address in Kimmeridge Close in the Nythe area of Swindon
    • 17 Sept 2015 - Three men in their 50s are arrested on suspicion of Sally Ann's kidnap and murder
    • 18 Sept 2015 - All three men are released on bail
    • 20 March 2017 - Detectives announce the existence of a postcard purporting to have been sent by Sally Ann shortly after her disappearance - which they believe is a forgery