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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Wednesday, 3rd May

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  1. Dry, but sometimes cloudy overnight

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    Video caption: West weather for 3 May

    That's all from BBC Local Live for the West country for today.

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

    It will be cloudy, mild and mostly dry tonight, though the odd patch of rain or drizzle are possible in places where the cloud is particularly thick, most likely on the Mendips. 

    Minimum Temperature: 8C.

  2. Airport 60: Former captain's fond memories of airport

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    Video caption: Former captain's fond memories of airport

    To round off our coverage of Bristol Airport's 60th birthday we hear from Pamela McCoy, or Captain Pam as she is also known. Ms McCoy was one of the first female pilots in Britain - and the first to fly out of Bristol Airport. 

    But as she told Points West's David Garmston, she'd not been aware of this fact until fairly recently.  

  3. Gloucestershire Airport receives emergency loan from two councils

    Gloucestershire Airport

    Gloucestershire Airport is to be given a six-figure emergency loan by two local councils.

    Emergency meetings were held last month to discuss the future of the airport, which is part-owned by Gloucester City Council and Cheltenham Borough Council.

    The loan is thought to be about £750,000, which the airport says will help deliver its 10-year business plan.

    The authorities said the total amount of the loan was "split equally between the two shareholder councils".

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  4. Airport 60: D-day aircraft helps celebrate airport's birthday

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    Video caption: D-day aircraft helps celebrate airport's 60th

    Bristol Airport is celebrating its 60th Anniversary today and as part of the commemoration travellers were treated to this wonderful sight. 

    A DC3 aircraft, a 75-year-old veteran of the D Day landings, flew in and took her place alongside the modern jets. 

    Her TV credits include Band of Brothers and Indiana Jones. 

  5. Chief Constable defends Taser-training more officers.

    Wiltshire's chief constable says he is confident that the force uses Tasers correctly - as it is announced that more officers will be trained to use the "less lethal" weapon.

    Last June it was criticised by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for their overuse of Tasers in custody suites

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    Quote Message: I've got absolute confidence in my staff showing that measure and showing that proportionality and showing that wisdom. And the vast majority of times we do draw our Tasers, we don't fire. from Mike Veale Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police
    Mike VealeChief Constable of Wiltshire Police

    Ollie Sprague, from Amnesty International, said in many cases the use of a Taser was not appropriate and that it isn't a "magic cure-all weapon". 

    "We have to be very very careful and look at the threat... and make sure the police have the correct equipment and tactics to deal with that," he said.

  6. 'Lukewarm' reaction towards another mayor

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    Video caption: 'Lukewarm' reaction for another mayor

    It's the final day of campaigning ahead of tomorrow's elections with six candidates hoping to become the new West of England mayor. 

    He or she will have significant powers over transport and housing across the region. 

    But today voters in Bristol, where there is already an elected mayor and a ceremonial lord mayor, gave the idea of another mayor a lukewarm reception.  

  7. Emersons Green hospital worker swapped drugs with water

    David Bamford

    A hospital worker has been jailed for stealing prescription drugs from vials and replacing them with water and less potent painkillers.

    David Bamford was found guilty of stealing fentanyl and diamorphine from Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre in South Gloucestershire where he worked.

    The 47-year-old, of Quakers Road, Downend, stole the drugs to treat his bad back, Bristol Crown Court heard.

    Bamford, a lead operating department practitioner, was jailed for two years.

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  8. New deal for Bristol Rovers' defender James Clarke

    James Clarke

    Bristol Rovers defender James Clarke has signed a new contract with the League One club.

    The Aylesbury-born 27-year-old, who is formerly of Oxford United, Oxford City, Salisbury and Woking, has been with Rovers since 2015.

    "James' ability to play anywhere across the back line has been invaluable to us," manager Darrell Clarke said.

    The player added to the club website: "I had no hesitation in signing a new contract with the club."

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  9. Kate feeds 'Stinky the sheep' and helps schoolkids with their onions

    City farm royal visit

    The Duchess of Cambridge helped feed Stinky the sheep during a visit to the Farms for City Children in Arlingham, Gloucestershire.

    Stinky, who is six weeks old, is being bottle-fed as he fell ill shortly after being born and had to be taken away from his mother and hand-reared by staff.

    City farm royal visit

    She also helped children from Vauxhall primary school in London plant onions in their vegetable patch.  

  10. Airport 60: Watch amazing aerial film of West Country landmarks

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    Video caption: Take a flight from Bristol Airport and a tour of the West Country.
  11. Gloucester to sign Saints prop Denman

    Gareth Denman

    Premiership club Gloucester sign Northampton Saints' English prop Gareth Denman for the start of next season.

    The 26-year-old has spent four seasons at Franklin's Gardens after previously playing for Rotherham Titans and at Leeds Carnegie's academy.  

    Read the full story here.

    Gloucester to sign Saints prop Denman

    Gareth Denman

    Premiership club Gloucester sign Northampton Saints' English prop Gareth Denman for the start of next season.

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  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

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    A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between Inchbrook Hill and Station Road affecting Tetbury Lane.

    A46 Gloucestershire - Very slow traffic on A46 Stroud Road in both directions in Nailsworth between the Inchbrook Hill junction and the Station Road junction, because of an earlier vehicle fire. Congestion to the Tetbury Lane junction.

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

  13. Airport 60: What is the "worst case scenario" for Bristol post-Brexit?

    The UK is scheduled to leave the European Union in March 2019. 

    What could this mean for Bristol Airport? Travel writer Simon Calder says the "worst case scenario" is the cancellation of 95% of flights due to us losing permissions to fly into countries across Europe.

    Currently flights operate out of Bristol to 121 destinations in 32 countries that are all in the EU - except Egypt and Turkey.

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    Video caption: No permission to fly is the "worst case scenario" post-Brexit for Bristol airport.
  14. Suspected 'illegal' cigarettes found in fence

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    A hidden compartment in a fence is the latest hiding place for suspected counterfeit cigarettes.

    It was found in the backyard of a shop in the centre of Gloucester when trading standards officers raided the premises.

    Andy Hermiston, from trading standards, said the shop would have made approximately £3,000 from selling the seized items, avoiding paying some £7,500 in duty. 

    “This demonstrates the degree of sophistication involved in the sale of illegal tobacco. The hiding place has taken time and effort to create, suggesting a highly profitable activity," he said. 

  15. Avon Fire and Rescue need you

    Ever fancied yourself as a firefighter?

    Avon Fire and Rescue is recruiting for the first time in eight years.

    They held four awareness events last week in the hope of encouraging more people to apply.

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  16. Swindon keep midfielder Iandolo but let four others go - including Brad Barry

    Bradley Barry

    Swindon take up a one-year option on midfielder Ellis Iandolo's contract but release four players, including Brad Barry.

    Defenders Brad Barry, Jamie Sendles-White and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill plus forward Jordan Stewart will all leave.

    Read the full story here.  

    Swindon keep Iandolo but let four go

    Bradley Barry

    Swindon take up a one-year option on midfielder Ellis Iandolo's contract but release four players, including Brad Barry.

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