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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 4 April 2017

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  1. That's all folks

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    Video caption: Watch: A dry and a settled day tomorrow, says Ian Fergusson

    Another day's done here on our BBC Local Live page for the West of England. 

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

  2. 'Prolific beggar' banned from town centre

    Alan Dainton

    A man described as "one of Cheltenham's most prolific beggars" has been banned from the town centre. 

    The borough council has been awarded a civil injunction against 43-year-old Alan Dainton, who - despite asking for money - is housed and receiving benefits. 

    The Civil Injunction includes an exclusion zone and bars him from begging within the town. 

    The order will remain in place for a year. If he breaches the order, he faces being arrested.

  3. Bread lorry driver airlifted to hospital after crash

    Lorry crash site

    An injured driver has been airlifted to hospital after a lorry carrying bread overturned on the A436 between Seven Springs and Andoversford, near Cheltenham.

    The man had to be cut free from the lorry.

    Police have shut the road and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service are clearing up after the crash.

  4. Metro Mayor: Who's thrown their hat into the ring?

    Several of the West's biggest councils are holding elections in a month's time, while a brand new Metro Mayor for the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) will also be chosen.

    Today was the deadline for anyone wanting to stand.

    Our political editor, Paul Barltrop, has offered this round-up: 

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    Video caption: Watch: Who's thrown their hat into the Metro Mayor ring?

    Elections are due to be held on 4th May across three local authorities - Bath and North East somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

  5. Tiny antelopes arrive in Bristol

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    Three tiny antelopes - from France, Germany and the Cotswolds - have arrived in Bristol.

    Kirk's dik-diks are one of the smallest antelopes in the world, growing to a maximum of just 40cm (16in).

    The three named Croissant, Streusel and Sponge, after "delicacies" from the countries they are from, have been settling in at the Wild Place Project .

    Animal manager Will Walker said: “We are all extremely excited to be able to house and care for Kirk’s dik-diks."

  6. Lorry crash homeowner 'thought a plane had come down'

    Lorry crash site

    Last week a lorry smashed into Maggie Butcher's home near Bridgwater .

    "As I went to open the front door, I thought a plane had come down on top of me - the noise was so horrendous," she said.

    "Then I realised the front door had been blown in and all I could see was this scrap mountain blocking the door."

    It's the third time something like this has happened and Maggie wants more to be done about safety on the A39 road past her house.

  7. Masses of minnows and a density of dace

    James Pearson

    Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A survey of fish stocks in the River Severn has found 16 different species living in the stretch between Shrewsbury and Gloucester.

    The Environment Agency, which carried out the survey, said 2016 was the "year of the dace" - the most widespread species found.


    Officers found fewer fish than previously but there are now 16 species on our stretch of river, including barbel and bleak, gudgeon and goby.

    Minnow were the most numerous fish, and it was the first year common bream had been caught, the agency said.

  8. Football: Preston v Bristol City (7.45pm kick-off)

    Tammy Abraham

    Bristol City are playing tonight in the Championship, away at Preston North End.

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio Bristol or follow text updates via the BBC Sport website .

    Match facts

    • Preston have won four and lost none of their last seven matches against Bristol City in league competition (D3)
    • Bristol City have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 league games against Preston, with David James in goal for the Robins in their 4-0 win in February 2011
    • Preston are one of two Championship sides yet to lose a match in which they've gone ahead this season (W15 D5) along with Huddersfield
    • On the last three occasions (1994-95, 1998-99 and 2012-13) that the Robins have lost 13 or more away league games they have been relegated from the second tier at the end of the season - they have lost exactly 13 this season
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A39 Somerset both ways

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    A39 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Northfield and B3339 Wembdon Road.

    A39 Somerset - A39 Wembdon Road in Bridgwater closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Wembdon Road Cemetery and the B3339 Wembdon Road junction, because of an accident.

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

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  11. Lorry smash damage shown at house

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    Video caption: Watch: " exploded on top of me," said resident Maggie Butcher

    A woman whose home was crashed into by a scrap metal lorry says she thought a "plane had come down" on top of her.

    The lorry hit a telephone pole and street light before smashing into Maggie Butcher's home in the village of Bawdrip, near Bridgwater, last week.

    Ms Butcher, who was home at the time, said she "came that close" to being killed.

    Lorry crash on A39