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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 23 March 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night!

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    Video caption: Watch: Milder and mostly dry tomorrow, says Ian Fergusson

    That's all for today on BBC Local Live for the West of England. 

    Join us again from 7am tomorrow for more news, travel, weather and sport updates.

  2. Football: Forest Green Rovers sign defender on loan

    Forest Green Rovers

    Forest Green Rovers have signed defender Curtis Tilt on loan from fellow National League club Wrexham until the end of the season.

    Centre-back Tilt, 25, has made 36 league appearances for his parent club this season, scoring once.

    He joined Wrexham in July from AFC Telford United and looks set to feature against Lincoln City on Saturday.

    Tilt began his career with Halesowen Town and moved to Hednesford Town before joining Telford.

  3. Man arrested over girl's 1970 disappearance

    Cheryl Grimmer

    A man has been charged with the murder of a three-year-old girl from Bristol who vanished nearly 50 years ago. 

    Cheryl Grimmer's family emigrated to Australia in 1968. 

    At that time, thousands of Britons were encouraged to start new lives down under by the offer of cheap passage.

    Her family settled in New South Wales and in 1970 were enjoying a day out at the beach when she disappeared.

  4. Former colleague of terror attack victim 'struggling to come to terms with it'

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    Video caption: Watch: Courtney Weeden worked with Aysha Frade at DLD college in London

    Londoner Aysha Frade died after being hit by the attacker's car on Westminster Bridge yesterday. 

    Courtney Weeden, from Newnham in Gloucestershire, worked with her at DLD College in London.

    She has offered her own tribute.

  5. Rare Roman lead bar sells for £25K

    Roman lead pig ingot

    A rare ingot of Roman lead unearthed on a farm near Wells  has sold for £25,000.

    The inscribed lead bar is the only one known of its type to be found the UK, auctioneers have said.

    The ingot, known as a "pig", is thought to have been mislaid by the Romans who at the time would have been sending mined lead back to Rome.

  6. Decommissioning service for the Lynx

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    Video caption: Watch: The service was held in a hangar at RNAS Yeovilton

    Today saw the decommissioning and final flight of the Lynx helicopter, built in Somerset. 

    There have been several goodbye flypasts across the region this month but today saw its final display at RNAS Yeovilton. 

    The Lynx has been a world leader in maritime operations for more than 40 years.

  7. Attacks 'won't stop us', says teacher

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    Video caption: Watch: Teacher Alexis Piper says terror attacks "won't stop us"

    The parents of school children who were caught up in yesterday's attack in London have called for their teachers to be rewarded for bravery. 

    More than 50 pupils from Bridgwater spent two hours trapped inside Westminster - within earshot of the carnage unfolding outside. 

    They kept their spirits up by singing to hundreds of others who were told to stay inside the Central Lobby for their own safety. 

    Alexis Piper, deputy head teacher of St John & St Francis Church School, said the children were unaffected by it.

  8. Wiltshire Police chief on 'horrific' attack

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    Video caption: Listen: Chief Constable Mike Veale on "horrific" attack in Westminster

    A day on from the Westminster terror attack, Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Mike Veale has given his reaction to the events. 

    Three people, including a police officer, were killed by the attacker who was shot dead by police. Another 40 people were also injured. 

    Mr Veale described it as a "horrific" incident, and said he felt "profoundly sad to hear the loss of one of our most courageous officers." 

  9. Terror attack victim 'a lovely woman'

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    Video caption: Watch: Aysha Frade was "a lovely woman", says Courtney Weeden

    Tributes have been paid to those who lost their lives yesterday  in the London terror attack. 

    One of the victims - Aysha Frade - was a mother who worked at a London college.

    A former colleague of hers, Courtney Weeden from Gloucestershire, described her as a kind, funny and lovely woman.

  10. Rent analysis: 'What you get for your money isn't great'

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    Video caption: Watch: Natalie Jones says her family considered moving

    Natalie Jones has lived in Tetbury all of her life but says the cost of renting on an average wage can be hard. 

    The married mother-of-two has responded to new analysis by BBC Points West which shows some people in the Cotswolds are spending more than 46% of their earnings on rent.

    Natalie - who has moved five times in eight years - says even though costs are high the accommodation you're paying for isn't often the best. 

  11. Rent analysis: What do rocketing Cotswolds rents tell us?

    Dave Harvey

    Business Correspondent, BBC West

    The figures tell us two things. 

    First, it is almost impossible to pay the rent on your own in the Cotswolds, even a couple who both work can find housing expensive. 

    Many people are staying with their parents well into their twenties and saving up for a place of their own. 

    Second, rents are being driven up by people who work elsewhere. Tetbury is just over an hour’s commute from London.

    Estate agents say more people are moving to the area for the lifestyle while still earning London salaries but that's making life very expensive for those who work in local schools and hospitals.

  12. 'Commute-ability and Royals' good for Tetbury brand

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    Video caption: Watch: Estate agent David Rogers says Tetbury's "commute-ability" makes it popular

    The cost of renting in the West has risen by more than 40% in some places, according to figures analysed by BBC Points West.

    It's particularly tough in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, where the town's popularity with people moving from London has driven rents up to record levels. 

    Cotswold estate agent David Rogers said properties were rented "very quickly" but said "more needed to be done" to make homes more affordable for locals.

  13. Students offering sanitary products to homeless women

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    Video caption: Watch: A group of students are providing sanitary products for homeless women

    We may be used to donating clothing, food and drink to those in need, but what about something a little more personal like sanitary products? 

    A charity effort has been organised in Bristol by a group of students wanting to raise money to provide sanitary products for people on the streets.

    Lara Glantz, who is one of the students involved, said the recipients "are always really, really grateful".

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

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

    M5 Bristol - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway) and J16, A38 (Aztec West), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  15. Comic Relief call for comedy Cotswold characters

    This Country characters, Kerry and Kurtan

    Comedy characters Kerry and Kurtan return to our screens tomorrow night in a special sketch for Comic Relief.

    The brother and sister behind the duo have received great reviews for the mockumentary series This Country which has been shown on BBC Three.

    In tomorrow's one-off episode they attempt to raise money for Comic Relief by selling squash in their Gloucestershire village.

  16. Afternoon headlines from your local newspapers

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  17. Police dogs attend doggy college

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    Video caption: Watch: Dogs from three police forces have been training in Bridgwater

    Dogs from Avon and Somerset Police, Wiltshire Police and Gloucestershire Police have been getting some real world experience at Bridgwater College.

    As part of a six-week training programme, contraband is hidden around the building and the dogs are tasked to sniff it out.

  18. Westminster attack: PM praises teachers who kept pupils calm during attack

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    Video caption: Watch: We should "commend the work of teachers", says PM Theresa May

    Teachers who looked after pupils sheltering in Parliament during yesterday's terror attack have been mentioned in the House of Commons.

    Staff and pupils from St John and St Francis Church School in Bridgwater were on a school trip at the time of the attack and played charades and sang songs to keep their spirits up during the two-hour lockdown.

    Today, most are back in class and experts are on hand at the school in case any need help.

    Theresa May said all teachers on trips to the capital yesterday should be commended for the work they did in helping their students.