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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Monday, 3 April 2017

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  1. And we are done for tonight

    We've come to the end of another day - back tomorrow with more live updates from 7am.

    Before we go, here's a look at the weather forecast with Ian Fergusson...

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    Video caption: Watch: "A bit of a change on the way in terms of rain," says Ian Fergusson
  2. Rugby: What can Gloucester fans expect of Johan?

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    Video caption: Watch: "He's incredibly highly rated," says journalist Brendan Nel

    Brenden Nel, rugby editor at, said Gloucester's new head coach - Johan Ackerman - has been like "a breath of fresh air" to South African rugby. 

    He outlined to BBC Points West's Ali Durden what fans of the Cherry and Whites can expect.

  3. 'How short of builders are we? You try and get one!'

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    Video caption: Watch: TV presenter Martin Roberts on our shortage of builders

    A report out says huge projects like Hinkley Point C and the thousands of new homes being built are boosting the industry. However there aren't enough builders to go round.

    Martin Roberts, who presents Homes under the Hammer on TV, has been at Bridgwater College today to launch a scheme designed to inspire a whole new generation of construction workers.

  4. Rugby: 'It was a hard decision' says new Gloucester head coach

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    Video caption: Watch: "It was a hard decision," said Johan Ackermann (Video: Brenden Nel/

    Johan Ackermann has got a very good reputation in South Africa - many tipping him as a future coach of the national side.

    But next season he'll be gaining further experience in Gloucester as the new head coach of the Cherry and Whites.

    He's 46 years old, has played 13 times for South Africa and was part of their World Cup winning squad in 2007.

  5. Foodbank facing 'unprecedented demand'

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    Video caption: Watch: The Bristol North West foodbank is the city's oldest

    A foodbank in Bristol says it's dealing with unprecedented demand.

    The Bristol North West - which is celebrating it's sixth birthday - says around 40% more people are using it compared to the same time last year.

    In December, the foodbank ran out of food completely after giving away more than 5.5 tonnes of food in a month.

  6. Family visits murder scene 30 years on

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    Video caption: Watch: Who killed Helen Fleet 30 years ago?

    Police are re-examining evidence found after the murder of Helen Fleet in Weston-super-Mare 30 years ago. 

    She was 66 when she was stabbed and strangled in Worlebury Woods. 

    Her family have now been back to the scene for the first time since the murder.  

  7. A piece of Rome, under a shopping centre

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    Video caption: Watch: See below the King's Walk Shopping Centre

    A chamber underneath King's Walk Shopping Centre in Gloucester is being opened to the public tomorrow. 

    King's Walk Bastion contains the remains of a Roman city wall and a medieval tower - probably constructed during the reign of Henry III.

    It's being opened for tours by Gloucester City Council.

  8. Gloucester name Ackermann head coach

    Johan Ackermann

    Gloucester Rugby have named former South Africa lock Johan Ackermann as their new head coach ahead of the 2017-18 season.

    The 46-year-old coach of the Johannesburg-based Lions Super Rugby side is to replace Laurie Fisher, who left the Cherry and Whites in March.

    Ackermann, who won 13 Springboks caps, will work as number two to director of rugby David Humphreys.

    Click here to read the full story .

  9. 'Inspiring young people into the world of building'

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    Video caption: Watch: "We're trying to inspire young people into the world of building," said Martin Roberts

    The construction industry is flat-out with huge new projects including Hinkley Point C, new road schemes, universities expanding and thousands of homes being built. 

    Some 4,000 extra builders are needed each year, for the next five years, to keep up with demand.

    Today the construction industry has been attempting to inspire young people to put on their hard hats. 

    TV presenter Martin Roberts was at Bridgwater College to launch a new 'Adopt-a-school' scheme to pair schools with local building firms.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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    M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A40 Golden Valley Bypass Gloucester and J10 for A4019.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J11, A40 (Gloucester) and J10, A4019 (Cheltenham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Flood warning after duvet dumped in ditch

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    Phil's Twitter profile says he works as a water level manager and wetland ecologist on the Somerset Levels.

  12. £500k-worth of cannabis discovered in house

    A cannabis factory containing hundreds of plants has been found by police in Bristol.

    The plants, said to be worth more than £500,000, were found at a house in Whitchurch following a tip-off to the cash-for-information Crimestoppers service.

    Avon and Somerset Police  said a "scene remains in place" at the property in Kinsale Road while specialist drugs teams and crime scene investigators carry out detailed work.

    Kinsale Road, Bristol

    PC Richard Jeffery, said it had been a "sophisticated set up".

    "Thanks to information provided through Crimestoppers we were able stop hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of illegal drugs getting on to the streets, and importantly make the dodgy wiring safe," he added.

  13. Family seeks answers on 1987 wood murder

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    Image caption: The body of 66-year-old Helen Fleet was found in woodland near Weston-super-Mare in 1987

    Relatives of a woman who was brutally murdered in 1987 are hoping someone will "look to their conscience" and come forward, 30 years after the killing. 

    Helen Fleet, 66, was beaten, stabbed and strangled while walking her dogs in Worlebury Woods near Weston-super-Mare.

    Despite a major investigation no-one has ever been charged with her murder. 

    Although the murder weapon was never recovered police are hopeful forensic advances could shed light on other items found at the time.

    Click here to read more.

  14. Dairy farmer 'physically sick' by undercover footage

    Footage of a farm-worker kicking and punching animals left farmer James Read feeling "physically sick" and "very upset".

    Last year Owen Nichol, of Buckland Road in Taunton, was filmed at Pyrlands Farm by Animal Equality UK.

    The 18-year-old has admitted causing unnecessary suffering to cows and calves .

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    Video caption: Watch: Secret filming in December showed calves being punched and kicked

    Mr Read said he was "really appalled" by Nichol's behaviour.

    Toni Shephard, from the campaign group, said it was "pleased" he had been "convicted for this terrible violence".

    "We hope that he will receive the harshest sentence possible," she said.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

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    M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, at J19 for M32.

    M4 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  16. Rugby: Gloucester forward pair to join Bristol

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    Bristol add Gloucester second row pair Joe Latta and Joe Batley ahead of the 2017-18 season on undisclosed-length deals.

    Click here to read the full story .

  17. Farmhand admits punching and kicking calves

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    A farm-worker has admitted causing unnecessary suffering to cows and their calves at a dairy farm in Somerset. 

    Owen Nichol, 18, of Buckland Road in Taunton, was captured on an undercover camera kicking and punching the animals at Pyrlands Farm in December. 

    The RSPCA launched an investigation after being shown the footage gathered by Animal Equality UK. 

    The farm's owner said he was appalled when he saw the film and the worker had been dismissed.

    Click here to read more.

  18. Second egg for cathedral's peregrine falcons

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    A second egg has been laid by a pair of peregrine falcons nesting on the spire of Salisbury Cathedral.

    The egg was laid some time before 04.30am on Sunday morning.

    The first egg in the new clutch was laid on Friday.

    Peregrine falcon nest

    It follows news that one of the first chicks to hatch on the cathedral tower, after an absence of 61 years , was found shot on farmland in Stockbridge in mid March.

    The bird is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing treatment for a fractured wing.

  19. BBC and Glastonbury have 'created something really special'

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    A deal has been signed between the BBC and the orgainsers of the Glastonbury Festival to broadcast the Somerset event for the next five festivals.

    Quote Message: We have worked closely with a fantastic team at the BBC since 1997 - it has become an integral part of what we do at Glastonbury. Together we have created something really special - two decades of historic live broadcast from many of the biggest names in contemporary music. from Emily Eavis Festival co-organiser
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    Ed Sheeran

    In June, the festival is being headlined by Ed Sheeran, Radiohead and the Foo Fighters.

    Quote Message: As Glastonbury is one of the world's leading musical celebrations, I'm delighted that the BBC will be its broadcast home until 2022, the BBC's 100th anniversary year, bringing the magical joy of Worthy Farm to everyone, whether at home or on the move. from Bob Shennan Director, BBC radio and music
    Bob ShennanDirector, BBC radio and music