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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Thursday, 13 April 2017

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  1. Bank holiday weather: 'A reasonable weekend'

    Thanks for being with us today. 

    Here's Ian with the four day outlook for your Easter weather. Don't eat too much chocolate - we'll be back on Tuesday morning at 7!

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian Fergusson has the 4 day weather outlook
  2. Ad removal 'increases quality of life'

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    Video caption: Watch: Grenoble mayor Éric Piolle on why his city abolished street advertising

    There are calls for Bristol to become the first city in the UK to abolish street advertisements. 

    It could follow Grenoble in France which became the first city in Europe to remove all commercial advertising in 2014.

    Grenoble mayor Éric Piolle said it wasn't appropriate that in public places people were exposed to advertising for products such as alcohol, or which depicted naked women. 

    He added removing the adverts "increased quality of life" in the city.

  3. West mayor hopefuls quizzed: all of the candidates face the challenge

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    Video caption: We quizzed the candidates who hope to be the new Metro Mayor on transport and housing.
  4. Going quackers for Easter

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    Video caption: Watch: Jan Ross, from Dulverton Town Hall, talks about the Dulverton Ducks' adventures

    An Easter tradition of knitting ducks for charity has become a global experience for a community group in Somerset.

    Two of the ducks created by the Knit and Natter group in Dulverton have started travelling the world - and sending back postcards.  

    The group began knitting Easter ducks four years ago and have a different design each year. 

    They're sold in Dulverton's thrift shop to help raise money for the town hall. 

    The postcards from "Mr and Mrs Duck" are now being displayed in the town - and they even have their own Facebook page.

  5. Hundreds flock to see rare blooms in Wiltshire

    An old hay meadow in Cricklade is attracting a lot of attention right now.

    It's home to a large number of rare Snake's Head Fritillaries, a rare plant that come into bloom at this time of year.

    The plant is known for its striking tulip-like flower with a purple, chequered pattern on the leaves.  

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    Video caption: Late season blooming in Wiltshire
  6. Bowood House and Gardens open early for Easter

    Are you a fan of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas? 

    The Woodland Garden at Bowood House and Gardens have opened just in time for Easter. 

    The garden was due to re-open to the public for its annual six-week-run on Friday 28 April, but it will now open today instead - very fitting for National Gardening Week!  

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    Video caption: Watch: the 70-acre Woodland Garden site opens from today.
  7. Future looking bleak for Gloucestershire Old Spots

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    Image caption: Gloucestershire Old Spots are known as “The Orchard Pig”.

    There has been a "dramatic decline" in the number of breeding Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs.

    According to the Rare Breed Survival Trust in 2014 there were 837 sows producing litters. But by 2016 this had dropped to only 416.  

    The trust has put the pig in the 'at risk' category. 

    Tom Beeston, from the Trust, says the future of native pig species "is extremely worrying".

    Quote Message: It is not that our native breeds lack their enthusiasts and we must give huge credit to those breeders who devote time, energy and money to ensuring the survival of their favoured breeds... However, economic factors have a massive influence and for many people working with pigs, breeding is very challenging at present. from Tom Beeston Rare Breeds Survival Trust
    Tom BeestonRare Breeds Survival Trust
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M32 Bristol southbound

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    M32 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at M4 J19.

    M32 Bristol - One lane closed on M32 southbound at M4 J19, Bristol, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Roads still looking good

    The West's motorways are looking pretty clear now.

    All clear: M5 looking north between junction 17-18.
    Image caption: All clear: M5 looking north between junction 17-18.
    Traffic flowing well: M4 looking west from junction 19
    Image caption: Traffic flowing well: M4 looking west from junction 19
  10. Owl rescued from glue trap

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    Video caption: Watch: the owl was given a bath using washing up liquid

    An owl has been rescued after getting stuck in a glue trap.

    The RSPCA had to rescue the tawny owl, which was stuck on the trap in Clapton in Gordano, near Bristol. 

    The traps are designed to catch pests, like mice. 

    Margarine was used to dissolve the glue, and then its wings were cleaned with washing up liquid. 

    The centre is currently caring for two owls caught in traps like these.

  11. Pair jailed following ram raids in Bristol

    Two men have been jailed for a total of 14 years after a ram raid and a robbery in Bristol. Driver Lee Tucker, 38, of Lawrence Weston, and his passenger Richard Hebdidge, 32, of Henbury, caused more than £18,000 worth of damage after two attacks on shops.

    The pair attacked a branch of Sainsbury's in Coalpit Heath on 10 July 2016 by reversing a stolen car into it.

    Ram-raiders

    They then went to a McColls store on Charlton Road in Brentry and threatened an employee with a screwdriver. 

    They attempted to rob the shop but dropped what they had stolen after being challenged by a member of the public.They then reversed their car into the shop front twice as they attempted to pick up their stolen money. 

    Ram raided shop

    Lee Tucker was convicted of burglary, robbery, taking without consent, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified. He was jailed for eight years and disqualified from driving for a further four years. Hebdidge was convicted of burglary, robbery and taking without consent. He was jailed for six years and disqualified for a further year.   

  12. West mayor hopefuls quizzed: Liberal Democrats' Stephen Williams

    It's only a few weeks until voters in Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire go to the polls to elect a new regional mayor. 

    Their main responsibility will be to decide the region's economic strategy, and the mayor would have powers covering other areas such as transport and housing. 

    Ahead of the poll, our reporter Robin Markwell has been talking to each candidate on a vintage Bristol.

    Here is the Liberal Democrats' Stephen Williams. We'll be talking to the other candidates across the rest of today.

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    Video caption: Watch: Stephen Williams is standing for the Liberal Democrats

    You can find a full list of candidates for the election here.  

    If you want to keep up-to-date you'll find more news about the mayoral elections here.

  13. M5 congestion: pictures

    Reports are coming in of a severe accident between J18A for M49 and J19 for A369, affecting J17 for A4018. 

    Traffic is slow past the scene.

    M5 looking north near junction 18.
    Image caption: M5 looking north near junction 18.
  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

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    M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, between J18A for M49 and J19 for A369 affecting J17 for A4018.

    M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 southbound between J18a M49 and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of an accident. Congestion to J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway).

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

  15. Warning after owl gets stuck in glue trap

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    An owl has been rescued after getting stuck in a glue trap.

    The RSPCA had to rescue the Tawny owl, which was stuck on the trap in Clapton in Gordano, near Bristol. 

    The traps are designed to catch pests, like mice. 

    Animal collection officer Chris James said the owl was alive but exhausted.

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    Quote Message: We are opposed to the use of these traps as they can cause a great deal of suffering to the animals who get caught in them - who are basically left to die a slow, lingering death. from Chris James RSPCA
    Chris JamesRSPCA
  16. West traffic still flowing well around major pinch points

    The motorways are busy tonight but there are no reports of hold-ups. 

    The M32/M4 junction looking south.
    Image caption: The M32/M4 junction looking south.

    Traffic is even flowing well along the notoriously busy M5 south near Cribbs Causeway.

    Looking north along the M5 near Cribbs Causeway.
    Image caption: Looking north along the M5 near Cribbs Causeway.
  17. BreakingPair released without charge in Sir Edward Heath investigation

    Sir Edward Heath

    Two people arrested by detectives investigating child abuse allegations against the late former prime minister Sir Edward Heath have been released and told they face no further action, according to Wiltshire Police. 

    The former prime minister lived at Arundells, in Salisbury, until his death. 

    Operation Conifer has been examining the claims made against Sir Edward Heath since appealing for alleged victims to come forward in summer 2015. 

    These were the only two suspects who had been arrested.

  18. Roman Baths admission charge to rise

    Plans to raise the cost of admission to the Roman Baths have been approved.

    Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES) has agreed the increase, but has not yet said by how much.

    It's part of the authority's latest business plan.   

    Last night the Cabinet unanimously agreed to:

    “Increase admission charges in 2018 potentially with further increases in the other four years to be agreed with the relevant Cabinet Member and recognising the excellent value for money rating given by visitors.”

    Residents of BANES are entitled to free entry to the Roman Baths with a Residents’ Discovery Card.

    Roman Baths in Bath
  19. West mayoral hopefuls quizzed: Independent candidate John Savage

    It's only a few weeks until voters in Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire go to the polls to elect a new regional mayor.

    Their main responsibility will be to decide the region's economic strategy, and the mayor would have powers covering other areas such as transport and housing. 

     Ahead of the poll, our reporter Robin Markwell has been talking to each candidate on a vintage Bristol.

    Up next, it's John Savage who is running as an independent candidate. 

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    Video caption: On the buses with Metro Mayor Independent candidate John Savage

    You can find a full list of candidates for the election here.  

    If you want to keep up-to-date you'll find more news about the mayoral elections here.

  20. Autistic girl gets private cinema screening in Trowbridge

    Natalie, Indie, Thea and Kayleigh

    A cinema in Wiltshire has given a private screening to a four-year-old with autism and her mum after they arrived to see a film at the wrong time.

    Natalie Long took her daughters Indie (who's autistic) and Thea to see The Smurfs: Lost Village at the Odeon in Trowbridge.

    But Natalie mixed up the times and they arrived two hours early for a showing. As the cinema was quiet, staff there offered to put on a special screening of the Smurfs movie just for Indie.

    You can read more about the story here