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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 9th May

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Local Live

    Well that's it for today from your Local Live team in the West of England.

    Join us from 7:00 am tomorrow for all the latest news, travel, weather and sport from across the region.

    To see us out, here's Ian Fergusson with sunny forecast for Wednesday...

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    Video caption: Late weather May 9 for local live
  2. Encounters film festival returns to Bristol

    Bristol's Encounters Film Festival returns to the city this Autumn. In 22 years the festival has helped to launch the career of many hundreds of filmmakers.

    Some of the events taking place this year will focus on helping black, minority and ethnic filmmakers start out in the industry.

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    Video caption: Watch: some of the events this year will help BAME filmmakers

    BBC Points West will be running a special project with the film festival, and they want you to get involved. 

    There will be more details here tomorrow.

  3. Dry weather affecting farmers in the West Country

    Farmers in some parts of Somerset have been anxiously watching the skies for signs of rain. 

    With rainfall levels much lower than expected, some crops are now weeks behind schedule. If the dry spell continues, crops like this barley might have to be scrapped, costing the farmer thousands of pounds. 

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    Video caption: Watch: this barley crop could be scrapped if it doesn't get enough rain.
  4. Bristol Rovers sign Ghassan Abu Hassan

    Ghassan Abu Hassan
    Image caption: Ghassan Abu Hassan with Bristol Rovers president Wael Al-Qadi

    Bristol Rovers have signed Jordan under-19 international defender Ghassan Abu Hassan for the club's under-23 side.

    Abu Hassan, 18, is believed to be the first Jordanian player to sign a professional contract with a UK club.

    Read the full story here.

    Bristol Rovers sign Ghassan Abu Hassan

    Ghassan Abu Hassan

    Bristol Rovers sign Jordan under-19 international defender Ghassan Abu Hassan for the club's under-23 side.

    Read more
  5. Wincanton racing abandoned due to lack of rain

    Earlier this evening (7:31pm) we told you how parts of the West have received much less rain than they were expecting.

    At Wincanton Racecourse in Somerset, they've called off their next fixture - scheduled for the 16th May - because they used too much of their water reserves to water the course after their last event in April.

    Now, organisers say there isn't enough left for them to water the grass and the ground is too hard as a result.

    These will take place at Warwick Racecourse instead.

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    Video caption: Watch: The racecourse is too hard because there hasn't been enough rain to water it.
  6. Veterans restoring canals in Wiltshire

    This week is mental health week, and Wiltshire-based charity Help for Heroes have teamed up with The Canal and Rivers Trust to get former soldiers outside and socialising.

    Many of the people involved in this project have suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health illnesses. 

    Some of the veterans taking part have gone from being virtually housebound to getting out and restoring parts of the Kennet & Avon canal. 

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    Video caption: Watch: these veterans are restoring canals to boost their mental wellbeing.
  7. Curlew numbers monitored in West Sedgemoor, Somerset

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    Video caption: Watch: the RSPB is monitoring the birds' nests, eggs and chicks on West Sedgemoor

    Curlews are endangered birds in the UK, so the RSPB in Somerset has started monitoring the population at West Sedgemoor.

    They are looking at how many eggs survive to adulthood. The chicks they find are being radio tagged so their movements can be monitored.

    Although populations of curlews across the country have declined, West Sedgemoor population levels have remained constant because the traditional hay meadows there provide a good nesting habitat for the birds.

  8. Police arrest man after assault in Bristol

    Avon & Somerset Police have arrested a man on suspicion of rape, after an assault near Bristol Hippodrome at the weekend.

    An alleyway on Denmark Street was cordoned off at the weekend as a result.

    Denmark St

    A spokesperson for Avon & Somerset Police said:

    Quote Message: We can confirm that a 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and released under investigation.
  9. Is a dry summer on the cards for Bristol's water reservoir?

    Chew Valley Lake

    After a dry winter, could a dry summer be on the cards as well?

    Bristol Water have said that the area they supply received just 13% of the rain they were expecting for April, which means they are taking steps to ensure their reservoir at Chew Valley stays high. 

    Quote Message: Our current reservoir levels are only slightly below normal (95% full compared to 99% last year) for this time of year. Currently there are no restrictions in place for water usage. However, as we approach the summer months demand for water will increase. We are encouraging our customers to use water sensibly.
  10. Trowbridge 'shoplifter' died after fall on bottles

    Kieren Church

    A suspected shoplifter bled to death after bottles he was carrying broke as he was tackled by a security guard, an inquest heard.

    Kieran Church, 30, died at The Shires shopping centre, Trowbridge, having suffered a "catastrophic haemorrhage".

    Read the full story here.

    'Shoplifter' died after fall on bottles

    Kieren Church

    Kieran Church suffered a "catastrophic haemorrhage" in a fall on the bottles, an inquest hears.

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  11. New Banksy mural vandalised

    Well that didn't take long. As with most Banksy artworks, his latest piece painted on a wall in Dover has been vandalised.


    The Bristol artist's latest work, believed to be a comment on Brexit, appeared on Sunday morning.

    Since then, somebody has scrawled "The Clash" in the rungs of the workman's ladder.

    Dover District Council said it would be monitoring the artwork using CCTV. 

    You can read more about the story here.

    Vandalised artwork
  12. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron campaigning in Burnham-on-Sea

    Burnham on sea

    The upcoming general election means that politicians are out and about trying to win our votes.

    These events often involve a prop of sorts. Today, Tim Farron's choice was a hovercraft in Burnham-on-Sea.

    The Liberal Democrat leader and Tessa Munt, the MP for Wells posed for photos on a search and rescue boat on Burnham beach. 

    Tim Farron in a Hovercraft
  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A38 Bristol both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Bristol both ways severe accident, near B4057 Gloucester Road.

    A38 Bristol - A38 Gloucester Road in Patchway blocked and very slow traffic in both directions near Petrol Station, because of an accident.

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

  14. Alexander Blackman: 'Only those present know the full story'

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    Video caption: Marine A: Only those who were there know the full story

    Alexander Blackman - also known as Marine A - received a life sentence in 2013 for killing a wounded Taliban fighter. But his murder conviction was later reduced to manslaughter.

    He gave his first TV interview to Points West's Clinton Rogers earlier today. 

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    Severe accident: A370 Somerset both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A370 Somerset both ways severe accident, at B3133 High Street.

    A370 Somerset - A370 Bristol Road in Congresbury blocked and very slow traffic in both directions at the B3133 High Street junction, because of an accident.

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

  16. Virgin Care misses key health target for children

    Virgin Care's contract in Wiltshire is the subject of a special report on Points West tonight.

    Matthew Hill will look at criticisms lodged by Karen Tilley about the care her daughter received.

    View more on twitter
  17. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Bristol westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Bristol westbound severe accident, between J19 for M32 and J20 for M5.

    M4 Bristol - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 westbound between J19, M32 (Bristol) and J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of an accident.

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