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

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  1. Goodnight from us

    It's time for us to say goodnight as we leave you with Ian Fergusson who has the weather forecast for the West Country.

    Thanks for joining us today.  

    We'll be back from 7am tomorrow morning.

    G'night

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian Fergusson has the latest weather forecast
  2. 'No decision yet' on future of Stroud Sub Rooms

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    Video caption: Watch: Joanne Jordan from the council says no decision on its future has been made yet

    A number of groups have come forward to take over the famous Subscription Rooms in Stroud. 

    The district council can no longer afford to run the venue after cuts in its budget.

    Campaigners hope it can be saved for the future as selling the venue is one option being considered.

  3. Vet sends out warning to dog owners after dog gets bitten by snake

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    Video caption: Molly was walking on the Mendips when it's thought she was bitten by an adder

    Molly the retriever was bitten while she was on a walk on the Mendips.

    Her vet is now urging dog owners to be hypervigilant when walking near thick undergrowth, bushes and where adders have been reported before.

    Luckily Molly was treated with anti-venom and is now back to her happy self.

  4. Stroud courthouse secured by PCC

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    The future of Stroud's old courthouse has been secured after Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner signed a deal to acquire the building.

    The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has surrendered its lease of the Magistrate's building, next door to the police station, after months of negotiations. 

    The move is part of Martin Surl's intention to modernise the police estate and ensure that police buildings meet the needs of the community.

    He described it as "a landmark building" and said a consultation on possible future is use to be held in the coming months.

  5. Changes on the way at Bath Spa railway station

    Dave Harvey looks at what is happening in Bath ahead of the introduction of new trains on the Great Western line.

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    Video caption: Dave Harvey looks at what is going to happen to make way for new trains at the station.
  6. Metro mayor role not expensive for what we're getting says chancellor

    As the West metro mayor role is up for grabs some voters have been raising concerns over the cost of paying for another mayor.

    Over the next 30 years, it could cost around £900m for running the combined authority.

    However, Philip Hammond allays financial concerns as he says we'll be getting good value from the new role.

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    Video caption: Watch: Philip Hammond on costing up the Metro Mayor over thirty years
  7. West Metro Mayor: How important is the role? Philip Hammond shares his view

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has been in Bristol today, throwing his weight behind the upcoming Metro Mayor elections.

    Almost a million people will get the chance to vote for the new Mayor for the West of England next month - but the signs are that many voters think the job is a waste of money. 

    Mr Hammond talks about how important he sees the role to be.

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    Video caption: Watch: Philip Hammond talks about the importance of the Metro Mayor role
  8. 'Traffic wardens' in Weston-Super-Mare: 'Fair cop' to ticket one of thier own

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    Video caption: Watch: What happens when council 'traffic wardens' find one of their own vehicles illegally parked?
  9. Rugby: Deals for seven Bristol academy players

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    Premiership club Bristol have given professional contracts to seven academy players ahead of the 2017-18 season.

    Prop Tom Rowland, England Under-18 back Iwan Hughes, lock James Dun and centre Matt Welsh have all signed on.

    Joining them are Wales Under-18 hooker Nick Freeman, back row Dan Thurston an versatile wing Tom Hargan.

    "This is one of the strongest age groups to have come through the academy set-up for a long time," academy boss Mike Hall told the  club website.

  10. North Somerset 'traffic wardens' cracking down on illegal parking; what you need to know

    We've been talking today about how parking warden have been handing out tickets in North Somerset as part of a crackdown.

    BBC reporter Dickon Hooper explains more about why they are doing it.

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    Video caption: Watch: Why they're cracking down on parking in Weston-Super-Mare
  11. 'Brushes are not just a mundane thing'

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    Video caption: Watch: "Brushes are not just a mundane thing," says Phillip Coward from Hillbrush

    We have many museums across the West country celebrating art, literature and local tradition. 

    But today, a new one opens in Wiltshire devoted to brushes. 

    It's part of the Hillbrush factory site in Mere and shows the materials from all over the world which are imported and made into everything from hair brushes to brooms. 

  12. Time running out to register for a vote in Metro Mayor elections

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    Time is running out for anyone who has not yet registered to vote in the Metro Mayor elections this May, the Electoral Commission is warning.

    On Thursday 4 May, voters in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire will be voting for their new Combined Authority Mayor. 

    To take part in the polls, voters must be registered by midnight on Thursday 13 April. 

    Anyone not already registered to vote at their current address can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

    Quote Message: It’s important that anyone who is eligible to vote has the opportunity to participate in elections which will have a direct effect on local issues. Registering to vote is easy to do online and only takes a few minutes. from Emma Hartley Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission
    Emma Hartley Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission
  13. Mixed responses from residents as traffic wardens clamp down on parking

    As traffic wardens clamp down on parking in North Somerset, they've had a mixed response from residents.

    Weston-Super-Mare resident, Sue, who lives and works on a street that's being targeted is unimpressed with the new measure.

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    Video caption: Watch: Weston-Super-Mare resident is unhappy with the parking enforcements
  14. Triumphant Bethan finishes the Brighton marathon unaided

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    Video caption: Triumphant Bethan finishes the Brighton marathon unaided

    Being part of a marathon has long been the dream of Bethan Griffiths, who has cerebral palsy.

    The 22-year-old from from Stourbridge took part in the Brighton Marathon with the help of Becky Amor and Andy Woolway, from the National Star College in Gloucestershire.

    They pushed her in an all-terrain wheelchair for 25 miles but she was determined to cross the finish line unaided.

    Bethan wanted to take part in the race in memory of her mother, Amanda, who died of motor neurone disease last year. 

  15. Police renew appeal to find two potential witnesses following sexual assault in Bath

    A renewed appeal has been made to find two people who supported a woman following a sexual assault to come forward.

    The attack happened on Victoria Bridge Road in Bath between 4.15am and 5am last Friday. 

    A 30-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released under investigation.

    Quote Message: I'd like to reiterate how rare attacks of this kind are in Bath and reassure people we're carrying out a full and thorough investigation. from Detective Inspector Dominic Graham Avon and Somerset Police
    Detective Inspector Dominic Graham Avon and Somerset Police
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    Image caption: Police are investigating a sexual assault that happened last Friday in Bath
  16. Airlander 10 over Glastonbury would be 'fun'

    Airlander 10

    Seeing Airlander 10 over the Glastonbury Festival would be "fun", according to Stephen McGlennan, chief of Hybrid Air Vehicles which has made it.

    "You can imagine it popping out over the top of a hill. It would be quite exciting," he added.

    The aircraft uses helium to become airborne.

    It is 302ft (92m) long, 143ft (44m) wide, 85ft (26m) high and can travel at 92mph.

    Quote Message: What we're trying to do is take the aircraft from a very simple flight to one where it's flying as fast as it's designed to fly, as high as it's designed to fly, in a range of different weather conditions, doing some different jobs, beginning to prove what the aircraft can do. By the time we get a few months down the track we'll be looking for really big events to fly by, whether that's sporting events, football, festivals, to let people see the aircraft, get them used to it, show people what it's about. from Stephen McGlennan Chief executive, Hybrid Air Vehicles
    Stephen McGlennan Chief executive, Hybrid Air Vehicles
  17. 'We're improving the environment within the station' - Network Rail

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    Video caption: Watch; Network Rail engineer Julian Mason says work will improve the station while respecting its heritage

    Work to modernise Bath Spa railway station is now in full swing and trains are still running as normal, albeit from just one platform. 

    Travellers are being warned though to expect disruption at the weekend over Easter, when replacement buses will be running so work at the station can be carried out.