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  1. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Tuesday, 18 April 2017

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  1. Goodnight from BBC Local Live - we'll be back tomorrow morning

    That's it from BBC Local Live for the West of England - we'll be back online with more live updates from 7am tomorrow.

    BBC weather forecaster Ian Fergusson says Wednesday will be dry and sunny. 

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    Video caption: BBC West weather forecast with Ian Fergusson
  2. Town crier back in Bermuda to defend title

    A Wiltshire town crier is returning to Bermuda to defend his international town crier title.

    Mark Wylie, from Calne, beat off competition from 24 criers from around the world to take the title in 2015.

    Mr Wylie, who has been Calne's town crier since 2007, was the "first Brit" to win the title.

    Mark Wylie

    Mark said,: “If I can spark the interest of people across the Atlantic to learn more about Calne, and hopefully visit our delightful town one day, then I have done my job."

  3. Farmers criticise rave revellers

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    Video caption: Watch: More than 500 people moved on after illegal raves in Wiltshire

    A Wiltshire farmer has criticised people who attended an illegal rave near Warminster over the weekend. 

    Jane Harley - who farms near the site at Chitterne - says some of the 500 revellers broke fences trying to get in, which let cattle out.

    Another rave in the Enford area - on the other side of Salisbury Plain - was shut down before crowds could gather

  4. New playground for Swindon's Great Western Hospital 'will open soon'

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    Video caption: Watch: Over £100k has been raised to update the outside of the children's ward.
  5. Teenage cancer survivor goes back to school

    A 14-year-old boy from Frome is going back to school today after a year's break - during which he's beaten a very rare form of leukaemia. 

    As we reported last year, Daryl Allinson's family had to raise £100,000 to fund a second bone marrow transplant, after the first failed - see the video below. 

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    Video caption: The family of a Frome boy say he could die within months unless they can pay for treatment

    But now Daryl is getting back to a normal teenage life. And his mum, Sam, says he might struggle with the early mornings.

    Quote Message: I call him Sleeping Beauty because he does like his sleep. I know he's my son but he is a bright child and he will pick up on school work quickly, and hopefully they won't overload him with homework straight away. from Daryl's mum Sam
    Daryl's mum Sam
  6. West country cycle paths to become wildlife-friendly 'greenways'

    Cyclists on the National Cycle Network.

    Thousands of miles of the National Cycle Network are to be turned into wildlife friendly ‘greenways’ under new plans announced today by Sustrans. 

    This will include Bath’s Two Tunnels path, Colliers Way between Radstock and Frome, the popular Bristol and Bath Railway Path and a section of the West Country Way between Cossington and Chedzoy in Somerset.

    “We know that wildlife uses corridors to find its way much in the same way that people use cycling and walking routes," says James Cleeton, Sustrans’ Director for England South. 

    "So the National Cycle Network really is a perfect framework for a hands-on project that can benefit both people and nature.”

  7. 'It was a lovely experience despite the pain': Steve Backshall and Helen Glover complete 125-mile canoe race

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    Video caption: Listen: Steve Backshall and Helen Glover on the Devizes to Westminster canoe race
  8. Snap general election: Greens unveil their Bristol candidates

    The Green Party has named its candidates for the four Bristol parliamentary seats, with MEP Molly Scott Cato standing in the hotly contested Bristol West seat.

    Despite concentrating the party's fire here in 2015, Darren Hall was unable to hold off the challenge of Labour's Thangam Debbonaire. But the Greens will once again look at this seat as a top target.

    Elsewhere, Tony Dyer is running for the second time in Bristol South, Sharmila Bousa is standing in Bristol North West, with Lorraine Francis in Bristol East.  

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  9. Snap general election: Lib Dem leader 'didn't see it coming'

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    Video caption: Watch: Lib Dem leader Tim Farron is in Bristol with BBC political reporter Robin Markwell

    Lib Dem leader Tim Farron says the general election is an "opportunity" to be a "strong credible opposition" and gives people a "chance to vote against a hard Brexit".

  10. Tug of war fundraiser for electric shock amputee

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    Video caption: Watch: People at the Mells Daffodil Festival raise money for Jamie Mines

    A tug of war event to raise money for a scaffolder who had to have his leg and hands amputated after suffering an electric shock took place in Mells, Somerset, on Easter Monday. 

    Jamie Mines was injured at the Kendrick Industrial Estate in Swindon just before Christmas.

  11. Paramedic Kath Osmond dies on her 41st birthday

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    Video caption: Watch: Paramedic Kath Osmond died today after losing her battle with cancer

    Bristol paramedic Kath Osmond, whose colleagues took part in a "Running Man" dance-off to raise money for a pioneering new cancer treatment, has died on her 41st birthday. 

    She was diagnosed with malignant melanoma five years ago, and shared her experiences of the disease in an online blog, in the hope of helping others.  

    Kath Osmond
  12. Cheltenham's MP: 'Election a surprise'

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    Video caption: Listen: Cheltenham's MP Alex Chalk: 'Election announcement was a surprise'

    Cheltenham's Conservative MP Alex Chalk said Theresa May's decision to hold a general election in June came as a surprise. 

    He spoke to BBC Radio Gloucestershire shortly after the prime minister had spoken to backbench MPs in the House of Commons.  

  13. Cash machine robbery: Did you see anything?

    Waitrose in Malmesbury

    Wiltshire Police are appealing for information after a cash machine was ripped out of the wall outside a Waitrose supermarket in Malmesbury at the weekend. 

    First a chain was attached to the machine, then it was pulled out using a vehicle. 

    A large amount of cash was taken. 

    Police believe seven people were involved. The raid happened between 11.30pm on Saturday night and the early hours of Easter Sunday. 

  14. 'Our job to prove people wrong and show we're ready' - Labour councillor

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    Video caption: Listen: "We'll approach it in a positive frame of mind," says Labour councillor Jim Robbins

    Speaking to Ali Vowles on BBC Wiltshire, Jim Robbins - a Labour councillor for South Swindon - said he was surprised by the Prime Minister's "change of mind".

  15. Tory MP 'surprised' by snap general election

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    Video caption: Listen: Gloucester MP Richard Graham MP on general election decision

    Gloucester's Conservative MP Richard Graham said he was "caught by surprise" by Theresa May's decision to hold a snap general election.

  16. #Brenda - Britain salutes the Bristolian's reaction to election news

    There have been hundreds of comments under our interview with Brenda on the Points West Facebook page. 

    Among the reactions are:

    Lorraine Smith I completely agree with you Brenda!  

    Katie Oldtofu Bristolian speaks truth  

    Izzy Murphy Brenda from Bristol knows  

    Nigel James Brown Brilliant!  

    See more here.

  17. Video reveals intensity of field fire near Exmoor

    Firefighters spent Bank Holiday Monday evening battling a fire in a field near Stogumber, Somerset, on the edge of the Exmoor National Park.

    Up to eight hectares of elephant grass accidentally caught fire. This video from a BBC viewer shows the intensity of the flames.

    This was the second field fire that Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue had to deal with yesterday. An area of gorse also caught fire at Dunkery Hill.

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    Video caption: Fire crews dealt with an eight hectare fire on Exmoor in Somerset on Monday.