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Summary

  1. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Monday, 24 April 2017.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Local Live — we'll be back tomorrow at 7am

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

    Whatever you do, wrap up warmer when you head out tomorrow... BBC weather forecaster Ian Fergusson warns it'll be notably chillier...

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    Video caption: West of England weather: Colder, sunny spells and risk of showers later.
  2. Road verges 'last refuge' for UK's rarest plants

    Grass verge

    A Salisbury-based conservation charity is warning that roadside verges are becoming the last refuge for some of the UK's rarest wild flowers.

    According to Dr Trevor Dines, nearly 100 threatened or near-threatened species are found on the country's verges.

    Click here to read more.

    Quote Message: Many of these were once more abundant in meadows, pastures and woodlands. But today, with these habitats gone or in poor condition, we’ve found that road verges now represent their last refuge. from Dr Trevor Dines
    Dr Trevor Dines
  3. BreakingSecond Lib Dem general election candidate pulls out

    A second Liberal Democrat has stood down as a prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) in Somerset, the BBC understands.

    Jay Risbridger — the candidate for Bath — has stood down this evening for business and personal reasons.

    It follows fellow Lib Dem Daisy Benson's decision not to stand as MP for Yeovil.

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  4. WW1 tunnels: 'So much remains to discover'

    The "unique network" of World War One tunnels uncovered by archaeologists at Salisbury Plain are "part of the largest single investigation of First World War training trenches anywhere in the world". 

    The tunnels, at Larkhill, were part of a WW1 battlefield used to train soldiers to fight in and under trenches in France and Belgium. 

    Click here to read more.

    Entrance to trench
    Australian soldiers at Larkhill
    Image caption: Men from the Australian Third Division trained on Salisbury Plain in 1916
    Australian toffee tin
    Image caption: Archaeologists found a tin that once held an Australian brand of toffees
    Quote Message: This is the first time anyone has found and excavated training tunnels like these. We found them as part of the largest single investigation of First World War training trenches anywhere in the world. Our excavations have revealed this story for the first time. That we didn’t expect these underground remains shows that much remains left to discover, even from only a century ago. from Martin Brown Archaeological consultant to the Army Basing Programme
    Martin BrownArchaeological consultant to the Army Basing Programme
  5. Stalking service to raise awareness of 'what it is'

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    Video caption: The new Gloucestershire Stalking Support Service launched today.

    A new service to support people who are the victims of stalking has been set up in Gloucestershire.

    The Gloucestershire Stalking Support Service was set up by the Hollie Gazzard Trust, with police support.

    Ms Gazzard, 20, was killed by her ex-boyfriend at the Gloucester beauty salon she worked in.

    It's estimated as many as one in five women and one in 12 men in the county will experience stalking in their lifetime.

  6. Dent's ton helps defy Durham at Bristol

    Gloucestershire opener Chris Dent hit a century to save a draw against Durham at Nevil Road.

    Resuming on 68 out of 175-3, with only a 59-run lead, Dent hit 101 to help Gloucestershire reach 320.

    Keaton Jennings then made an unbeaten 30 as Durham got to 85-4 from 23 overs before hands were shaken.

    Read the full report here.

    Chris Dent completed the 12th first-class century of his career, five of which have come at Nevil Road
    Image caption: Chris Dent completed the 12th first-class century of his career

    Dent's ton helps defy Durham at Bristol

    Chris Dent completed the 12th first-class century of his career, five of which have come at Nevil Road

    Gloucestershire opener Chris Dent hits a century as Durham fall short of victory at Nevil Road.

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  7. Easter crosses on landmark hill 'trashed'

    Brent Knoll

    A father from Brent Knoll has made an emotional plea to find those responsible for destroying a set of crosses, donated in memory of his late daughter. 

    The three wooden Easter crosses were pulled down and damaged on Friday night. 

    The tradition of erecting the 15ft crosses on top of the landmark hill has been running since the late 1970s.

    Andrew Gilling said the crosses had been "removed from the ground and broken up".

    Quote Message: It's mindless vandalism. The police have been contacted but how far they can take it, I've no idea. from Andrew Gilling
    Andrew Gilling
  8. Swindon avoid relegation - after going down

    Swindon Town

    It was an afternoon when Swindon Town had to accept the reality of relegation... or did it?

    It seems the club brought a whole new meaning to avoiding relegation, by completely glossing over their fall to League Two in their club website match report.

    The Robins did eventually acknowledge that they were bound for League Two some two days later, updating the original report to reflect that the loss "confirmed the club's relegation".  

    Click here to read more.

    Swindon avoid relegation - after going down

    Swindon Town

    An unreported relegation and a Huddersfield striker with the birthday blues are among five things you might have missed from the EFL.

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  9. Bristol Zoo shows off new baby gorilla

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    Bristol Zoo has shared a short film of its new baby gorilla.

    The little Western lowland gorilla was born in the early hours of Saturday.

    The sex of the infant is not yet known but keepers say it appears strong and has been seen suckling.

    The new arrival takes the total number of gorillas living at Bristol Zoo to eight. 

  10. 'Anomaly' blamed for £10k railway ticket

    A rail operator is blaming an IT problem after a train ticket between two towns just 64 miles apart was offered for £10,000 on its website.

    The direct Taunton-to-Trowbridge trip was apparently advertised at the price by Great Western Railway (GWR), from 22 May through to 14 July.

    "We are aware of an IT glitch which has published fares for a first-class journey that does not exist," the firm said.

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    'Anomaly' blamed for £10k railway ticket

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    The ticket is for a journey between towns 64 miles apart making the trip cost £156 per mile.

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  11. Salisbury Plain tunnels: Take a closer look

    A hidden network of World War One tunnels and trenches has been unearthed on Salisbury Plain.

    The chalk tunnels were used by the Army to train soldiers on how to cope with the trenches in France and Belgium, more than a century ago.

    Will Glennon reports from Larkhill.

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    Video caption: The network of tunnels were used to train WW1 servicemen to fight in the trenches in France
  12. County Championship: Anderson sparks Somerset collapse to defeat

    James Anderson has now taken 12 first-class wickets this season
    Image caption: England's leading wicket taker James Anderson struck twice in 10 balls

    Somerset have suffered their second consecutive County Championship defeat after England's leading wicket taker sparked a second innings collapse at Lancashire. 

    James Anderson struck twice in 10 balls as Somerset were bowled out for just 130 to lose by 164 runs.

    Click here for the full report.

    Somerset collapse hands Lancs victory

    James Anderson

    Lancashire pull off a surprise first win of the season as James Anderson triggers a Somerset collapse at Old Trafford.

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  13. Latest newspaper headlines across the West

    Swindon Advertiser: Man, 28, plundered from employer to pay for gambling, drugs, alcohol and prostitutes

    Somerset Live£600,000 bill for police investigation into murder of grandfather

    Somerset County Gazette:Avon and Somerset Police find man who kept damaging toilets on Exmoor

    Gloucestershire Live:Boys who filmed pony attack to work at equestrian centre to apologise for their actions

    Bath Chronicle:Bath teen Toby Symonds who denies raping underage girl will face trial by jury

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  14. Homer Simpson tattoos world record bid

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    Video caption: Warminster man has 53 Homer Simpson tattoos

    A Warminster man is hoping to smash the world record for the most tattoos of the same cartoon character on a single body.

    Ricky Viner has devoted his right arm to the appreciation of Homer Simpson by having 53 tattoos done of the infamous bungling dad.

    The homage to Homer took 14 hours to complete and cost about £500.

    It now needs to be verified by Guinness World Records.

    The current record holder is Lee Weir from New Zealand who has just 41 tattoos of Homer Simpson tattooed on his left arm.

  15. Playground damaged in suspected arson attack

    Playground fire Trowbridge

    A fundraising campaign to rebuild a school play area damaged in a suspected arson attack has been launched.

    Firefighters were called to the Oasis Academy Longmeadow, in Trowbridge, on Friday night. 

    Wiltshire Police says initial investigations suggest the blaze was started deliberately by a "group of youths" and asks for anyone with information to contact them.

  16. Trainline pulls 'most expensive train ticket ever'

    If you were hoping to splash the cash on a £10,000 first class single from Taunton to Trowbridge, it seems you've missed your chance.

    Trainline tweeted earlier it would be removing the £156-per-mile ticket. Now it seems it has...

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  17. Swindon Town's Lee Power promises to get club back in League One

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    Video caption: Listen: Swindon Town FC chairman Lee Power talks to BBC Wiltshire

    Swindon Town chairman Lee Power said everyone at the club was "devastated" at being relegated to League Two, following their defeat to Scunthorpe United on Saturday

    He promised to work as hard as he can to get the team back in League One next season.

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    Severe accident: A38 Gloucestershire westbound

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    A38 Gloucestershire westbound severe accident, between Epney Road and A430 Bristol Road.

    A38 Gloucestershire - A38 Cole Avenue in Gloucester blocked and very slow traffic outbound between the Epney Road junction and the A430 Bristol Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and bicycle.

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

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    Severe accident: A39 Somerset both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Whitecross Lane and Old Lane.

    A39 Somerset - A39 closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Whitecross Lane junction in Minehead and the Old Lane junction in Porlock, because of a serious accident involving two vehicles.

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