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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 30 March 2017

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  1. Patchy rain first thing tomorrow but dry later

    Thanks for being with us today. Here's a look at tomorrow's weather map. 

    Patchy rain to start with, but that will clear by afternoon leaving things largely dry but cloudy. 

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 7am.

    Good night.

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    Video caption: Watch: staying largely dry tomorrow
  2. F1 kids race at Silverstone

    Students from Gloucester were at Silverstone this evening as they entered a national racing competition.

    A team from The Crypt School made a mini formula one car, which was tested against others from across the country. 

    Sadly they failed to make the top spot, but we're sure they had a fun experience they won't forget in a hurry.

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    Video caption: Watch: Gloucester students at Silverstone in national racing competition.
  3. Prize for puppeteer

    An animator turned puppeteer has won 50 thousand pounds in a competition in Germany. 

    Barnaby Dixon has created his own puppets and films at his home in Bridgwater.  

    He's already getting interest from international programme makers. 

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    Video caption: Watch: Barnaby Dixon's puppets in action
  4. How a major trauma centre 'prepares for the worst'

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    Video caption: Watch: How Southmead's major trauma centre works

    Wales is to get its first major trauma centre, based on one in Bristol, which will have a specialist medical team on call 24 hours a day for the most serious emergencies.

    For the last five years, Bristol has been operating one of 27 such centres in England.

    Lead nurse Juliette Hughes explains to BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke how the Southmead major trauma centre in Bristol is always prepared for the worst but is set up to achieve the best results.

  5. An unlikely radio reunion

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    Video caption: Watch: Three BBC Wiltshire listeners reunited after more than 60 years.

    You never know what you'll hear on the radio.

    Three former schoolmates have been reunited after listening to BBC Wiltshire. 

    Last week oKeith in Bratton recognised the voice and name of one of the guests, Paul from North Bradley.

    He thought they might have gone to school together back in the 1950s and so the station got the two of them back on to see if it was true. 

    Hearing their on-air 'Surprise Surprise' moment, Bob from Chippenham got in touch to say he went to school with Paul and Keith too.

    The trio have been to look round their former school together - Trowbridge Boys High.

  6. UK premiere of Banksy film in Scotland

    Banksy work

    The UK premiere of a documentary about street artist Banksy is to be held in Scotland .

    Saving Banksy explores attempts to preserve and profit from the anonymous Bristol artist's work.

    The premiere is being held as part of the NuArt Aberdeen festival.

    Belmont manager Colin Farquhar explained: "Banksy is a cultural phenomenon and we are sure the showing will be popular."

  7. 'Wannabe gangster' Wire fan dealer jailed

    Raphael Castillo
    Image caption: Raphael Castillo fancied himself as a "gangster", police said

    Raphael Castillo fancied himself as a "gangster" and used aliases of characters from the US drama.

    'Wannabe gangster' Wire fan dealer jailed

    Raphael Castillo

    Raphael Castillo fancied himself as a "gangster" and used aliases of characters from the US drama.

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  8. Dying in prison: 'Stories of avoidable tragedy'

    Jessica Whitchurch
    Image caption: Jessica Whitchurch died in Eastwood Park prison in May last year

    The number of women who died in prison in England and Wales reached a record high of 22 last year, and more than half of them took their own lives, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen reported this week.  

    "Behind the statistics are stories of avoidable tragedy," says Deborah Coles, director of the charity Inquest.

    Jessica Whitchurch, who grew up in Nailsea, was one of three women to kill themselves at Eastwood Park, near Bristol, in 2016.  

    Click here to read more  from her siblings who have been reflecting on her life.

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  9. Volunteers wanted to reduce crayfish numbers

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    Video caption: Watch: Exmoor's National Park Authority is trapping crayfish

    A project to reduce crayfish numbers on Exmoor is looking for volunteers.  

    The scheme's aim is to catch and either kill or sterilise Signal crayfish - originally native to North America - and has been running for several years.

    The team behind it say the crayfish are damaging the river's ecosystem by killing or forcing out other species.

    Signal crayfish
  10. A very special wedding dance for a Somerset mum

    A bridegroom has made it possible for his bride to dance with her disabled son at their wedding. 

    Alex Dieterle, who is 13 and from Shepton Beauchamp, has severe cerebral palsy.

    It was his mother Jo Atrill's dream to see him dance on her big day.

    So her husband Martin created a special harness so Alex could join his mother on the dance floor.

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    Video caption: Watch: Jo Atrill's severely disabled son joined her and her new husband
  11. New pound coin design giving arcades a headache

    The new 12-sided pound coin has officially entered circulation, meaning that thousands of devices designed to use the old coins have to be modified.

    Minehead's "Arkade" sent away for some samples of the new coin in advance. 

    But it will still take several months to change all of their arcade machines so that they can take the new coins. 

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    Video caption: The "Arkade" in Minehead says it will take several months to modify its machines
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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

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    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Berkshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) in Hungerford Newtown and J15, A346 (Swindon East) in Wiltshire, because of debris on the road.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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    M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J9 for A46 and J8 for M50.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J9, A46 (Tewkesbury) and J8 M50, because of debris on the road. Approach with care. Traffic is coping well.

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

  14. Amazon investigation: The follow-up

    Last year, BBC Inside Out West broadcast an investigation at Amazon's Avonmouth delivery depot. 

    The programme heard claims that drivers regularly worked "illegal" hours, and were paid less than the minimum wage.

    After the programme, we received around 50 messages from drivers across the country saying they'd faced similar experiences. 

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    Video caption: Watch: Seb Choudhury reads out some of the responses after we went undercover at Amazon.

    In a statement, Amazon said:

    Quote Message: As independent contractors, drivers deliver at their own pace, take breaks at their discretion and are able to choose the suggested route. from Amazon statement
    Amazon statement
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    Severe accident: A38 Bristol southbound

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    A38 Bristol southbound severe accident, near Toronto Road.

    A38 Bristol - A38 Filton Road in Horfield blocked and very slow traffic inbound near Job Centre, because of an accident involving a bus.

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

  16. Houses set for demolition used in fire training

    What do you do with houses set for demolition? Batter the front door down of course. 

    Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service were given access to properties in Cricklade that are soon to be knocked down.

    They used them to train for scenarios like search and rescue, use of breathing apparatus and working at height.

    Watch Manager Dean Hoskins from Stratton fire station says it's an opportunity to train in real-life situations.

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    Video caption: Watch: the houses marked for demolition have been used for fire training
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    Severe accident: A4 Wiltshire eastbound

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    A4 Wiltshire eastbound severe accident, between High Street and A346 Barn Street affecting Cherry Orchard.

    A4 Wiltshire - Very slow traffic on A4 Bridewell Street eastbound in Marlborough between the High Street junction and St Peters School, because of an accident earlier on. Congestion on A346 Salisbury Road to the Cherry Orchard junction and to the Elcot Lane junction.

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

  18. Days lost to 'bed-blocking' fall in Somerset

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    The number of days lost in Somerset's hospitals because of so-called "bed-blocking" fell by almost a third between last September and this January.

    Almost 3,500 days were lost in September, compared to about 2,500 in January. But that's still a long way off the target figure of around 750 days.

    Health bosses in the county have put almost £1m into trying to get people who are medically fit out of hospital and back either into their own homes or into care homes.

  19. Therapy to end nightmares

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    Military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are being offered help by a therapist to sleep better. 

    Justin Havens, from Cheltenham, has spent three years researching "planned dream intervention".

    It's an American idea that he believes "teaches" the brain to change recurring nightmares and "resets the sleep cycle".

    The technique involves helping victims to prepare for and ignore the disturbing elements of their dreams before they go to sleep.  

    He's worked with more than 100 PTSD sufferers and claims "more than half" have seen an improvement with sleep.

    Quote Message: I was irritable with everybody, including children and grandchildren, wife, next-door-neighbour. Totally unpleasant. It has changed my life totally. from "Peter" RAF veteran
    "Peter"RAF veteran