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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Thursday 20 April 2017

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  1. Cloudy and rather warm on Friday

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast

    Well, that's all from us. But don't forget the West of England metro mayor debate is on BBC One in the West at 10.45pm tonight.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 7am tomorrow.

    And we'll leave you with the weather forecast for the West Country.

  2. Jail for gang who blew up cash machines in the West

    Merseyside Police
    Image caption: Clockwise from top left: Anthony White, Anthony Conroy, Andrew White, Nanu Miah, Michael Galea, Gary Carey, Carl Cavanagh

    A gang who blew up cash machines in Swindon, Wiltshire, and Hucclecote, Gloucestershire, in May 2015 during a crime spree across England and Scotland, have been jailed.

    The seven men from Merseyside stole hundreds of thousands of pounds, using powerful explosives and high-powered vehicles.

    Click here to read the full story.

    CCTV of cash point attack
    Image caption: CCTV of one of the gang's cash point attacks

    Jail for gang who blew up cash machines

    Merseyside Police

    They used stolen cars hidden inside a lorry to carry out the raids across England and Scotland.

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  3. 'There's a future for me now' - scheme to help former rough sleepers expanded

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    Video caption: Watch: Clive explains how he's been helped

    A scheme which allows former rough sleepers to live in converted council buildings is to be expanded in Bristol. 

    Beds are rented out to those who are free of drink and drug problems, but who can't afford the city's high rents. 

    Clive is one of the former rough sleepers to have benefitted already from the St Mungo's charity.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

    M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J14, B4509 (Thornbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Early hip fracture surgery will save hundreds of lives

    Surgeon

    Hundreds of lives could be saved if patients with hip fractures were operated on in under 24 hours, a new study reveals.

    Researchers in Bristol found 8% more patients died after 30 days if they were operated on between 24 and 36 hours after admission to hospital.

    Click here to read the full story.

  6. Suspected grenades found on Trowbridge building site

    Police cordon

    The bomb squad has been called in after suspected anti-tank grenades were found on a building site in Trowbridge.

    Police say road closures are in place at the Wingfield Road junctions with Brook Road and Bradford Road.

    It follows the discovery in February of phosphorus-containing incendiary devices from World War Two.

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    Suspected grenades found on building site

    Police cordon

    It follows the discovery in February of phosphorus-containing incendiary devices from World War Two.

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  7. Greens plan to beat Tories through strategic alliance with other parties

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    Video caption: Watch: Caroline Lucas explains proposed deal with other parties

    The Green Party's joint leader Caroline Lucas has said her party is proposing doing a deal with the Lib Dems and Labour aimed at defeating the Conservatives in the upcoming General Election.  

    She was speaking on a visit to Bristol earlier.

  8. Archaeologists discover 15th century French coin at Gloucester Cathedral

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    Video caption: Coin shows that visitors came from the continent to Gloucester 600 years ago.
  9. Metro mayor debate: where should we build new homes?

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    Video caption: Watch: Metro mayor debate: Where to build new homes?

    A West mayor will decide how many homes we need and where to build them.

    But with limited brownfield sites and plenty of greenbelt the winner faces an unenviable task.

    Find out more on BBC One West at 10:45pm tonight as six mayoral hopefuls battle it out.

  10. Terror plan 'not to blame' for fair axe

    Hundreds of people are attracted to the town square for the annual Devizes May Fayre

    The organisers of a May Day bank holiday fair have rubbished newspaper reports they cancelled this year's event due to terrorism fears.  

    A report in The Sun newspaper said that the Devizes Lions May Fayre had fallen foul of council demands for an anti-terror plan.

    But Lions president Roger Stratton blamed bureaucracy for the decision.

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    Terror plan 'not to blame' for fair axe

    Hundreds of people are attracted to the town square for the annual Devizes May Fair

    Organiser rubbishes newspaper claims May Day event was cancelled due to terrorism fears.

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  11. Jenson Button pledges £15,000 to help injured driver

    Billy Monger is air-lifted to hospital

    Somerset's Jenson Button has pledged £15,000 to a fundraising page set up to support a British Formula 4 driver who had both legs amputated following a crash.

    Billy Monger, 17, drove at high speed into the back of a car that seems to have stopped on the track during Sunday's race at Donington Park.

    Click here to read the full story.

  12. Charity to expand homeless rooms scheme

    Hartcliffe Community Centre, Bristol

    More disused council buildings in Bristol are being converted into housing for homeless people.

    The St Mungo's charity currently rents out 19 rooms for people who are free of drink and drugs addiction.

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    Charity to expand homeless rooms scheme

    Hartcliffe Community Centre, Bristol

    St Mungo's aims to double the number of rooms it can offer to homeless people in Bristol.

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  13. Glastonbury tickets all sold

    The latest batch of Glastonbury tickets has now gone - but there's still a chance to get some other resales on Sunday morning.

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  14. Charity horse race 'is the highest honour'

    Hannah Francis
    Quote Message: The equestrian community has been overwhelming in its support for Hannah's legacy and to share this day with the Bob Champion Cancer Trust is the highest honour. We hope people will generously support the heroes riding, and those inspiring their efforts - Bob and Hannah. The fight against cancer needs heroes and we know the equestrian community will stand shoulder to shoulder with ours. from Ian Peters Trustee of Hannah's Willberry Wonder Pony Charity
    Ian PetersTrustee of Hannah's Willberry Wonder Pony Charity
  15. Horse race at Cheltenham honours Somerset rider

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    Video caption: Watch: Bob Champion at Cheltenham Racecourse

    A horse race is about to take place in memory of a Somerset rider who died from cancer last year.

    Hannah Francis set up a charity named after her toy mascot, Willberry the Wonder Pony, and she was only 18 when she died.

    A special race is taking place at Cheltenham Racecourse this evening - and you will be able to watch it live here at 6.10pm. 

    Some of the money raised will also go to the Bob Champion Cancer Trust.

    Bob, who famously won the Grand National in 1981 following intensive treatment for cancer himself, said hundreds of people applied to ride in the race.

  16. Metro mayor debate: how should we ease congestion on the West's busy roads?

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    Video caption: Watch: Metro mayor candidates discuss how to solve the West's transport woes

    One of the big issues the metro mayor will have to look at is how we all travel around. 

    Congestion charges, smart ticketing, and a workplace parking levy are all ideas that have been put forward. 

    But what do our six candidates think of the ideas?  

    You can see the the full debate on BBC One West at 10:45pm, and afterwards on the iPlayer.  

  17. Another chance to go to Glastonbury - at 6pm tonight

    Glastonbury Festival

    People who missed out on a ticket for this year's Glastonbury Festival will get a second chance to buy one tonight.

    A resale of a limited number of coach travel and ticket packages - ones that weren't paid for in full - will start at 6pm on the festival's website.

    Organisers say a further resale of a limited number of returned general admission tickets will take place at 9am on Sunday.

    This year's Glastonbury Festival will take place at Worthy Farm in Somerset from 21 to 25 June.

    Tickets sold out in less than an hour when they originally went on sale last October.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J20 for B3133 and J21 for A370.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J20, B3133 (Clevedon) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work.

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

  19. Warning of industrial action over Hinkley C pay row

    Artist's impression of Hinkley C

    A consultative ballot on possible industrial action by Hinkley C power station workers is to be held by the Unite and GMB unions. 

    They claim contractors failed to pay a predicted bonus and warned industrial action could lead to "expensive" delays at the Somerset nuclear plant site. 

    About 700 members of the workforce are expected to be balloted. 

    Work began on Hinkley Point C last month. It it is expected to begin generating electricity in 2025.