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  1. The afternoon headlines from your BBC local radio stations

    Radio studio

    Here's your BBC local radio headlines this afternoon:

    • BBC Radio Bristol   - As the upcoming West of England Mayoral election looms - the MP for Kingswood has rebuked claims the role is being imposed on the region
    • BBC Radio Gloucestershire   - A woman has died after she was hit by a vehicle in Cheltenham
    • BBC Somerset   - A local government expert says he doesn't think many people are aware of the West of England metro-mayor elections taking place next month
    • BBC Wiltshire   - The boss of a Wiltshire care provider says care workers aren't valued in the way they should be 
  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M50 Gloucestershire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M50 Gloucestershire eastbound severe accident, between J1 for A38 and M5 J8.

    M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M50 eastbound between J1, A38 (Tewkesbury) and M5 J8, because of an accident.

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

  3. Campaign to make film about mayor's beginnings

    Marvin Rees

    A crowdfunding campaign to make a film about Bristol mayor Marvin Rees's life is aiming to raise more than 10,000 Euros in the next two weeks. 

    The Mayor's Race follows his story from growing up in poverty and experiencing racism, to entering political office.

    The film's producers say it is about "one person’s desire to break the chains of his own background and step forward against the odds".

  4. Sheep farmer's plea over dogs

    Sheep

    A sheep farmer is warning dog owners to keep their animals under control as the long Easter weekend approaches.

    Every year thousands of sheep are killed or maimed by loose dogs, according to Cotswold farmer Phil Stocker. 

    The stress of an attack can also cause ewes to abort their lambs.

  5. Cheddar Gorge and Stonehenge among UK's best sights

    Cheddar Gorge

    The view from the top of Snowdon has been named as the UK's best sight - but two views in the West Country were not far behind.

    Some 2,500 people were polled by the phone-maker Samsung, and the mountain panorama was chosen ahead of Stonehenge in Wiltshire and Somerset's Cheddar Gorge.

    Stonehenge

    The top ten views were:

    1. Snowdonia - view of Llyn Llydaw from the summit of Snowdon, Wales
    2. Three Sisters mountains, Glencoe Valley, Scotland
    3. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
    4. St Ives Bay, Cornwall, England
    5. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England
    6. Loch Ness - view from Dores, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
    7. Buttermere, Lake District, England
    8. Westminster Bridge - view of the Palace of Westminster, London, England
    9. Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
    10. Loch Lomond - view from Conic Hill, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  6. Elderly man dies after car flips over at service station

    Entry to M4 Michaelwood services

    An elderly man has died a week after the car he was in flipped over at Michaelwood services on the M5.

    Another man, also from Tividale in the West Midlands, was injured.

    The incident happened on the approach to the car park, southbound between junctions 13 and 14 in South Gloucestershire, just before 4pm last Tuesday.

    Collision investigators are seeking witnesses. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 323 of 4/4/17.

  7. Cow loose on M5 near Sedgemoor services - traffic slow

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    If you are travelling on the M5 in Somerset this lunchtime take extra care.

    A cow has been spotted on the carriageway, close to the Sedgemoor services.

    Avon and Somerset Police say local farmers have been informed, adding the traffic is slow-moving around the scene.

  8. Local newspaper headlines from across the West

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  9. Police: woman has died in Cheltenham traffic incident

    Gloucestershire Police have confirmed that a woman in her 30s was pronounced dead at the scene, following a collision with a vehicle in Crescent Place, Cheltenham this morning.

    Police are in the process of contacting her next of kin.    

    The scene of the incident in Cheltenham, earlier today
    Image caption: The scene of the incident in Cheltenham, earlier today
  10. When the Doctor came to Bristol

    Peter Capaldi poses with fans at Kings Weston House
    Image caption: Peter Capaldi poses with a fan at Kings Weston House

    Doctor Who returns to our screens on BBC1 this Saturday.

    Series 10 is the third series starring Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, and will introduce Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, the Doctor's new companion.

    But did you know that some scenes for the new series were filmed in and around Bristol?

    Kings Weston House was used as a location, as was Redcliffe Caves.

    Doctor Who Bristol unit base
    Image caption: Doctor Who Bristol unit base
  11. Petition after teen hurt in hit and run

    A petition has been launched to reduce the speed limit around Oldmixon in Weston-super-Mare after a 14-year-old boy was injured in a hit and run collision. 

    Mitchell Ogston was out on his bike on 7 March when a driver hit him and drove away. 

    Police have still not found who was responsible. 

    Mitchell Ogston
  12. Musicians join campaign to save ill trombonist

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    Video caption: Watch: The Acrobat Challenge

    In February we told you about a young musician from Somerset who is battling an aggressive form of cancer and is desperately searching for a stem cell donor.

    Stephen Sykes , 25, from Shepton Mallet, needs a transplant as chemotherapy is not working. 

    Now musicians from around the world are taking part in an online campaign called The Acrobat Challenge started by a fellow musician in Cambridgeshire, to raise £90k for Mr Sykes' treatment. 

    It's called The Acrobat Challenge and is like the Ice Bucket Challenge, but with people playing a piece of music called The Acrobat on trombone.

  13. 'You wouldn't be happy if a sighted child couldn't read' - why Bristol engineers want to save braille

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    Video caption: Ed Rogers, from Bristol Braille, on why why braille matters.

    A group of engineers from the social enterprise Bristol Braille believe that they have created a cheap e-reader that could save braille from the massive decline it's faced in recent years.

    As blind children increasingly rely on software to 'read' and speak text, braille is used less and less. 

    But learning to read is an important skill. 

    The engineers believe they have invented a prototype that will come to the market this year. 

  14. Woman hit by car in Cheltenham

    Police in Cheltenham

    A woman has been hit by a car in Cheltenham town centre.

    Police and paramedics are at Crescent Place and the air ambulance has also been called.

    "Please avoid this area of the town centre if possible at present," said a Gloucestershire Police spokeswoman.

    Cheltenham town centre
  15. Appeal for missing boatswain's call

    Do you know the descendants of Richard Lane Hogarth?

    Metal detectorist Darren Tremlett from Knowle found Richard's boatswain's call while out metal detecting in Churchil, North Somerset. 

    Richard died on service on the 14th July, 1944. He's buried in Haslar, Gosport. 

    Darren's hoping Richard's family could be found so he can reunite them with their relative's call.

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  16. Bristol cheerleaders prepare for Orlando contest

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    Video caption: Watch: These cheerleaders are competing to represent Team England

    Later this month the cheerleading world championships are being held in Orlando. 

    Four members of Team England, and their coach, come from Bristol. 

    They're making last minute preparations at their training sessions in Kingswood. 

  17. County council chief exec top paid civil servant

    Peter Bungard

    The Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council has been named the most expensive public servant in the South West. 

    The Tax Payers' Alliance says more than £300,000 was spent on Peter Bungard in the 2015/16 tax year.

    The County Council says a large portion of the figure is from a one-off pension scheme contribution.

  18. Jessie May charity: 21 years of caring for terminally ill children

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    Video caption: Watch: Ella and her mum say the charity has become a lifeline

    The Jessie May charity is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year.

    It provides nursing care for terminally ill children within their own homes and offers support to the children's families.

    The charity was started 21 years ago by the parents of Jessie May Purrington after the little girl died at the age of just four months.

    Since that time over 300 families have been helped by the charity's nurses and it relies completely on public donations. 

    Ella and her family have been helped by the Jessie May charity from the time she was diagnosed with Dystonia aged just two years old.