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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 11 May 2017.

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  1. And it's goodnight from us

    Thanks for being with us today. Before we go, here's a look at how tomorrow's weather is shaping up.

    Most of our area will see rain in some form. Temperatures will stay mild, with highs of 17C (54F) in Gloucester.

    We'll be back as usual at 7am with the news, travel, sport and weather. See you then...

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    Video caption: Watch: top temperatures of 17 degrees in Gloucester tomorrow.
  2. Celebrating 25 years of Gloucestershire's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

    In 1992, NATO set up a high-readiness force in Germany, called the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC).

    The organisation moved to RAF Innsworth in Gloucestershire, now known as Imjin Barracks, in 2010. 

    Now, ARRC is celebrating 25 years of service, during which it has helped direct missions in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s, and Afghanistan in 2006. 

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    Video caption: Watch: the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps has pioneer command of NATO operations for 25 years
  3. Bonnie Armitage should have been 'actively supervised'

    Bonnie Armitage

    A council officer who investigated nine-year-old Bonnie Armitage's death told the inquest today her injuries "could have been prevented".

    Bonnie was killed when a horse kicked her in the chest. She was out riding with the Cotswold Hunt at the time.

    Quote Message: My conclusion was that had Bonnie been actively supervised by a responsible adult in close contact with her, there was a possibility Bonnie could have been directed not to get too close to the horse in front, which could have had the effect of preventing the injury. In my view, riders under 11 should be supervised one-to-one by an adult. from Phil Park Stroud District Council
    Phil ParkStroud District Council
  4. New scheme helps seriously ill children understand what's happening to them

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    Video caption: Watch: hospitals are allowing children to become mini scientists for a few hours.

    Children with serious illnesses often become very distressed at the number of painful and intrusive tests they have in hospital. 

    But a new scheme aims to take some of their worries away by helping them understand why they have the tests and what happens afterwards. 

    Harvey's Gang - named after a little boy who died from leukaemia - invites young patients to visit the laboratory, don a white coat and become a trainee biomedical scientist.

    It's currently running at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital, Yeovil District Hospital and Salisbury Hospital.

  5. Antiques Roadshow returns to Minehead

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    Video caption: The show first visited Minehead Railway Station 20 years ago

    Minehead Station is to host Antiques Roadshow once again to mark the show's 40 years of valuing antiques and treasures. 

    It'll be an extra-special recording, as the show first stopped off at the station 20 years ago.

    Antiques Roadshow will be at Minehead Station next Wednesday.

  6. Bristol Uni study: 'HIV patients have better life expectancy'

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    Video caption: Research led by Bristol Uni suggests HIV patients now have near-normal life expectancy.

    Research led by Bristol University suggests HIV patients can now expect to live close to the same age as the general population. 

    The study, published in the Lancet, points to the success of treatments in Europe and North America over the past two decades.

  7. Family's fears over grandmother's deportation

    Irene Nel
    Image caption: Irene Nel

    The family of an elderly South African woman living illegally in Britain for almost five years fear the process to deport her may have come a step closer. 

    Irene Nel, 73, came to Bristol on a tourist visa in 2012, but two weeks into her stay she fell ill and was diagnosed with kidney failure. 

    Daughter Desree Taylor said Mrs Nel signed on regularly with the police but the last visit included a health check. 

    The Home Office said Mrs Nel must leave Britain because her visa has expired. 

  8. Dyson wins vacuum cleaners appeal at European Court

    Sir James Dyson

    Sir James Dyson has won his appeal over a case that argues European suction tests favour his competitors' vacuum cleaners.

    In 2015, he lost a major legal battle in his bid to prove the tests gave misleading higher efficiency ratings to rivals' appliances.

    This successful appeal against that ruling will see the claim sent back to the original EU court for judgement.

    A spokesperson at Dyson's Wiltshire base said they were "shocked and delighted".

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  9. Gloucester Rugby v Stade Francais

    Gloucester fly-half Billy Burns

    Gloucester make three changes to the side that won their European Challenge Cup semi-final at La Rochelle as they face Stade Francais in Friday's final.

    Centre Matt Scott, wing Charlie Sharples and back row Lewis Ludlow come in for Henry Trinder, David Halaifonua and Jacob Rowan respectively.

    But they change six from Saturday's loss to Exeter in their final Premiership game of the season.

    Victory would see the Cherry and Whites lift the trophy for the third time.

    You'll be able to listen to full match commentary on BBC Radio Gloucestershire from 7pm on Friday.

    Gloucester 17-25 Stade Francais

    Stade Francais celebrate at Murrayfield

    Stade Francais come from 10-0 down to deservedly beat Gloucester and win the European Challenge Cup final at Murrayfield.

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  10. Police appeal for help on missing Bristol man found dead in Exmouth

    David Clarke

    Police are trying to find out what happened to a man who was found dead in Exmouth two days after he was reported missing from his home. 

    David Clarke, 78, was reported missing from his Bristol home on 5 April. 

    His body was discovered in Exmouth on 7 April. 

    Police say his death was not treated as suspicious, but police are keen to trace his last movements. 

    Det Con Matthew Burnell said: “I am keen to try and establish where he may have spent time between these dates. It is believed that he was sighted in Budleigh Salterton on Thursday 6 April, however, we do not know where he stayed during the rest of his time in Devon.

    “I would be grateful if accommodation providers could consider whether David stayed with them during this time frame."

  11. Cheerz to Zummerzet!

    Quick, there's still a few hours of Somerset Day left to celebrate! According to Somerset Live, this is the third Somerset Day.

    The eleventh day in May was chosen because it apparently marks the date that King Alfred the Great defeated invading Danes in 878, at the Battle of Edington.

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  12. Appeal for Thornbury child with cerebral palsy

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    Video caption: Ezzy has Cerebral Palsy. Her mum told us what she deals with every day.

    Ezzy Hodge from South Gloucestershire has cerebral palsy after being born 11 weeks premature. 

    Her condition makes it difficult to do simple tasks like holding knives and forks and getting out of bed.

    Ezzy's family hope to send her to the US for an operation to make it easier for her to walk, but they still need to raise an extra £30,000 on top of the £50,000 they've already raised in the past five months.

    If their fundraising is successful, Ezzy will fly out to St Louis for a hip operation that will allow her to walk unaided.

  13. BreakingAccidental death verdict recorded in Bonnie Armitage inquest

    Bonnie Armitage

    An inquest into the death of nine-year-old Bonnie Armitage has ruled her death was accidental. 

    Bonnie died when she was kicked in the chest by another horse. A major artery in her chest ruptured, even though she was wearing a chest protector at the time. 

  14. Andraya's family mourn "generous, fun-loving person"

    Andraya Lyons
    Image caption: Andraya Lyons

    The family of murdered Swindon woman Andraya Lyons have released a statement following the life sentence handed down to her partner who admitted killing her.

    They express their anguish about the "evil act" that robbed them of Andraya, and call for anyone experiencing domestic violence to speak out and get help now.

    Quote Message: Andraya was a generous, fun-loving, bubbly, caring person who saw the good in everyone. We miss her so much and all our lives have been completely devastated by the act of one evil, vicious, selfish, manipulative and cowardly individual. We will never get over the circumstances surrounding the death of Andraya or accept any remorse for what he has done and put our family through. We as a family would also like to take this opportunity to reach out to anyone that may be experiencing domestic abuse. There is support available; please do not suffer in silence and please find the strength to seek help. Had we have known the type of relationship Andraya was experiencing then this terrible situation may have been avoided. If, after hearing this statement, one person can leave a violent relationship then at least something has come out of this dreadful nightmare we are going through. from Family spokesperson
    Family spokesperson
  15. BMW makes Brexit warning for Mini production

    BMW Swindon

    Car maker BMW, which has a factory in Swindon, has warned that a bad Brexit deal could see production of its iconic Mini car sent overseas.

    BMW employs 800 people in Swindon making body panels.

    Chief executive Harald Kreuger told investors at the firm's AGM in Munich earlier they were "flexible" about their production locations.

    Quote Message: We hope for pragmatism from all parties in the Brexit negotiations. That means no new barriers to trade. Free movement for skilled workers. Here, we are planning in terms of scenarios. You know that we make Mini models at VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands. We're flexible. from Harald Kreuger Chief Executive, BMW
    Harald KreugerChief Executive, BMW
  16. Happy Somerset Day!

    What could be more Somerset than the Wurzels?

    BBC Somerset's Claire Carter has been celebrating Somerset Day today with her very special rendition of 'Combine Harvester'. Lush.

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    Video caption: Watch: It's "Combine Harvester" as you've never heard it before.
  17. Pair arrested after raid on Bath jeweller

    Mallory's jewellers

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a daylight robbery at a jeweller in the centre of Bath. 

    Thieves smashed windows of Mallory's on Bridge Street and made off on a motorbike with watches worth tens of thousands of pounds.

    Avon and Somerset police say they found the bike on Swainswick Lane. 

    They are questioning a 22-year-old and a 25-year-old on suspicion of robbery.

  18. 17 years in jail for murder of Andraya Lyons

    Andraya Lyons
    Image caption: Andraya Lyons

    A 32-year-old Swindon man will spend at least 17 and a half years behind bars after pleading guilty to the murder of mother-of-two Andraya Lyons.

    Andraya, 39, was found dead after a house fire in the early hours of 10 December last year.

    Bristol Crown Court heard Lyons and Anthony Porter, from Drew Street in Rodbourne in Swindon, had a violent relationship.

    Her body was found in the living room and blood was found on the kitchen walls. The court also heard she would have been breathing when the fire started.

    Neighbours reported hearing arguments in the early hours, before smoke appeared and the fire brigade was called at 5am.

  19. BreakingAnthony Porter jailed for life for murder of mother of two

    Anthony Porter has been jailed for life for the murder of Andraya Lyons in Swindon in December 2015. Porter, 32, earlier pleaded guilty to the murder of the 39-year-old mother of two at Bristol Crown Court.

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