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  1. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 2 May 2017

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  1. Dry, chilly with clear spells tonight

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    Video caption: West country weather: Tuesday, 2 May

    That's all from BBC Local Live for the West Country for tonight.

    We're back from 7am tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    It will be mostly dry with bright or sunny spells across the West this evening, with perhaps the odd shower in the east of the region. 

    Any showers will fade away to leave a dry and chilly night, with clear spells. Minimum Temperature: 7C.

  2. Charity celebrates 25 years of creating wheelchairs designed for difficult terrain

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    Video caption: Wheelchair 'adopts to rough ground'

    Back in the '90s, a charity was founded in North Somerset to create specially-designed wheelchairs for people in developing countries where road surfaces can be rough.

    More than 25 years later, Motivation has helped tens of thousands of people with disabilities across the globe - and it's about to expand. 

    The co-founder, David Constantine is just back from a trip to India. Here he explains the difference between the chairs.

  3. Spanish fish save village elver eating contest

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    Video caption: Frampton-on-Severn elver eating competition

    Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire has hosted its third Elver Eating World Championships, having revived the contest back in 2015 after "an absence of over four decades". 

    Organisers said "instead of using the real thing, which is now a protected species" they were now offering "a man-made type of sustainable elver, re-named 'el-vers'". 

    The "el-vers" are made in Spain from fish formed into the two-inch long "eel-like" shapes and cooked in oil and garlic. 

    People taking part are challenged to eat a plateful in the fastest time - one pound for men and half-a-pound for women. 

  4. Theresa May: Diane Abbott confusion over police figures 'serious'

    Theresa May

    Theresa May has been speaking at a campaign rally in Bristol, where she urged shadow home secretary Diane Abbott to "have another look at her figures" after she got confused over the cost of Labour's pledge for 10,000 extra police officers for England and Wales.

    Ms Abbott said it would cost £300,000 over four years before correcting herself to "about £80m", in an interview with LBC.

    The PM said that although people were laughing it was "very serious" and showed the choice between "strong and stable leadership" under the Tories and a "coalition of chaos" under Jeremy Corbyn.

    "I think she was suggesting you could employ a police officer for £8,000 a head," Mrs May told supporters. "I think she needs to go and have another look at her figures."

    The PM also stressed that the Brexit negotiations "will not be easy", with 27 member states "united to get the deal that works for them". She said it was important to ensure "we get a deal that works in our national interests".

  5. Wiltshire farm reaches deadline for crowdfunding refurbishments

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    Video caption: Riverbourne Community Farm has been fundraising for two months

    It's the last day of crowdfunding for Riverbourne Community Farm near Salisbury. They've been hoping to raise £20,000 to completely refurbish their cafe.

    Although they look set to miss their proposed crowdfunding target, administration manager Jane Wilkinson says all money donated so far will be retained towards finishing the project. 

    She remains hopeful that the new-build cafe will open in the Summer. The total cost of the cafe plans is thought to be £75,000. 

  6. Knee transplant operation gives biker 'bright future'

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    Video caption: Knee transplant operation gives biker 'bright future'

    A man from Stroud, who was left with devastating injuries following a motorbike accident has become the first person in the country to have a knee transplant. 

    Stuart Jotham lost a large part of his leg - including most of his knee - in the crash back in 2011. 

    But now - thanks to an anonymous donor - he's up and walking again.

    Orthopaedic consultant James Murray, from Bristol's Southmead Hospital, says after the second operation, Stuart's "a different person". 

  7. Trego century helps winning Somerset chase 353 runs

    Peter Trego

    Alex Blake's 46-ball hundred for Kent was in vain as Peter Trego helps Somerset to a One-Day Cup win with a fine century.

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    Trego century helps Somerset chase 353

    Peter Trego

    Alex Blake's 46-ball hundred for Kent is in vain as Peter Trego helps Somerset to a One-Day Cup win with his own fine century.

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  8. Prime Minister Theresa May is speaking in Bristol

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    The Prime Minister is speaking at a closed event in Bristol East - currently a Labour constituency. 

  9. Missing Bristol man Jason Gurgul was due to 'go on holiday' yesterday

    Jason Gurgul

    The 33-year-old was last seen in Bristol city centre in the early hours of Saturday.

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    Missing man was due to 'go on holiday'

    Jason Gurgul

    The 33-year-old was last seen in Bristol city centre in the early hours of Saturday.

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  10. Can you help police find this missing woman?

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    Lisa-Ann Tait, 39, was last seen leaving an address on Fishponds Road at 5.30am on Saturday 29 April.

    She is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall, of small build, with shoulder length dark brown hair.

    When she was last seen she was wearing a white silky top with butterflies on it, a brown cardigan and black shiny leggings.  

    Police ask anyone who sees her to call 999 and provide the call handler with the reference 5217095928. 

  11. Son's disappearance 'every mother's nightmare'

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    Video caption: Son's disappearance 'every mother's nightmare'

    The family of a 33-year-old man who went missing in Bristol city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning are appealing for help in trying to find him. 

    Jason Gurgul was celebrating a work promotion when he went missing. 

    His mother Alinka Gurgul, said he was due to go on holiday today. "He wouldn't do it. It's totally, totally out of character."

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

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    M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J24 for A38 and J23 for A39.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) and J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. 'Affordable outcome' sought for Hinkley C

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    Video caption: Watch: Nigel Cann is the Construction Director at Hinkley C

    Energy giant EDF says it's confident an agreement with the unions can be reached which would prevent a potentially damaging strike. 

    It comes as unions are balloting some 700 construction staff over industrial action they say could lead to "expensive delays".

    EDF strenuously denies it would do anything to compromise safety on a nuclear construction site.  

  14. Canal plunge couple remembered with 'love and great affection'

    John and Joan Tipler

    Tributes have been paid to a couple from Bristol who died when their car plunged into a canal in the city. 

    John and Joan Tipler, who lived in the Barton Hill area of the city, lost their lives in the accident late on 26 April after apparently losing control of their car and ended up in the river at Feeder Road.

    "John and Joan had lots of friends and were very active within the local Royal British Legion. They were also members of their respective bowls and skittles clubs," their family said.

    Quote Message: We will all remember them both, with much love and great affection
  15. Unions criticise bonus offer for Hinkley workers as 'derisory'

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    Video caption: Watch: Tim Morris is the Regional Officer for the UNITE Union.

    Unions are threatening industrial action which could disrupt the much-delayed building of Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset. 

    Seven hundred construction workers are being asked if they want a strike ballot.

    The Unite and GMB unions have previously warned that if contractors failed to pay a predicted bonus industrial action could lead to "expensive" delays at the Somerset nuclear plant site.