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  1. News, sport, travel and weather from across the West of England on Monday 15 May, 2017

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  1. Keep hold of those brollies - more rain tomorrow

    Well that's good night from your Local Live team in the West.

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

    You'll need your brollies tomorrow as more rain is expected until the afternoon, then some brighter spells. 

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    Video caption: Weather for the west country
  2. Parking review casts doubt on 20mph zones

    20 mph sign

    A highly critical review of 20mph zones in Bath and North East Somerset has cast doubt over whether they should be expanded, or even scrapped. 

    The scheme has been rolled out over the last six years, costing more than £860,000. 

    But, according to the report, accidents have actually gone up in some areas and it questions whether the zones are value for money. 

    The report says: "Overall, the speed limit programme in B&NES seems to have provided little in the way of persuasive argument for continuing the programme into the future." 

  3. City's 'biggest' tall ships festival announced

    Tall ships at Gloucester Docks

    A record seven tall ships will attend this year's Tall Ships Festival in Gloucester.

    The traditionally rigged sailing vessels will take part in the 10th anniversary event at Gloucester Docks over the Bank Holiday weekend from 27-29 May.

    Organisers have announced the Bristol-based Matthew as well as Keewaydin, Lady of Avenel and Johanna Lucretia will be among the ships to take part.

  4. Pool ducklings in at the deep end for first swimming lesson

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    Video caption: Watch: A family of newly hatched ducklings is rescued from a swimming pool

    A family of newly hatched ducklings was rescued from an open air swimming pool at the weekend, and it's too cute not to share with you on a grey Monday evening. 

    Staff at the Portishead Open Air Pool arrived on Saturday morning to discover eggs laid nearby had hatched and the mother duck was giving her offspring their first swimming lesson in the pool. 

    Lifeguards and swimmers managed to coax the the birds out of the water, through a fire escape and shepherd them to safety at a nearby lake.  

  5. Nicola Sturgeon angry at Tory candidate's 'appalling' F-word comment to Somerset schoolgirl

    Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon has reacted to James Heappey's use of a swear word during an evening with sixth-formers at Millfield School in Somerset.

    She said his behaviour was "appalling".

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  6. Police looking for driver who failed to stop after motorcycle crash

    Officers want to find the driver of a car which failed to stop after being involved in a crash with a motorcyclist in Radstock.

    The crash happened at 5:10pm on Friday on a roundabout at the junction with the A367 and A362.  

    The driver of the silver car, possibly a VW Passat or VW Golf estate, initially got out, but then drove off along the A367 towards Peasedown St John.

    The female motorcyclist was taken to Bath's Royal United Hospital for treatment.

    Avon and Somerset police want to speak to the driver who is described as white, in his thirties, with blond hair. He may have had piercings and was wearing an orange reflective vest/waistcoat.

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  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

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    M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J22 for A38 and J21 for A370.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of an oil spillage.

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

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    Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire eastbound

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    M50 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A417 and J1 for A38.

    M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M50 eastbound between J2, A417 (Ledbury) and J1, A38 (Tewkesbury), because of an overturned vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Police catch 28 drivers doing more than 100mph in three days

    Speed camera and car

    Police in Wiltshire caught 28 drivers doing 100mph or more over three days earlier this month.

    One driver was caught travelling at 121mph during the operation on the A303 between Wylye and Mere.

    Other high speeds recorded were 115mph by a 21-year-old man from Cleckheaton and 116mph by a 57-year-old male motorcyclist from Codford.  

    PC Will Ayres of Wiltshire Police said: “It’s really disappointing to see that, despite the strict new set of rules that came into force last month, drivers are continuing to drive at outrageous speeds on our roads – putting themselves and other road users in a huge amount of danger."

    The new laws mean those that drive far above the limit could be fined 150% of their weekly income, get six penalty points on their licence or disqualification from driving for up to 56 days.

  10. Tory candidate apologises over using F-word in front of school pupils

    James Heappey

    The Conservative election candidate for Wells James Heappey has apologised after using the F-word during an address to sixth formers at a school in Somerset.

    Mr Heappey, who was elected MP for Wells in 2015, made the comment during a discussion about the Millfield pupils' views on Scottish independence, the Sunday Mirror reported.

    Following the incident Mr Heappey said: "I made a comment - intended only as a joke - but it was inappropriate and I am deeply sorry for any offence caused.

    “I wrote to [the pupil] soon after the school brought her concerns to my attention and apologised unreservedly.”

  11. 'I thought I was going to die', says survivor of fire which killed couple

    Fire damage to house in Manchester Road, Swindon
    Image caption: The house in Manchester Road was badly damaged by the fire

    We've been bringing you updates from the inquest of a couple, Blaise Alvares and Sharon Soares, who died following a house fire in Swindon in November.

    The Manchester Road house was home to two families - the dead couple and their baby daughter, Brooke - and Gracino Fernandes, who lived in the house with his son Glen and daughter Maleeva.

    Mr Fernandes told the inquest: "I heard Sharon shouting 'fire, fire' and I opened my door and called Maleeva and Glen to come."

    Mr Fernandes said the front door was locked and the key was upstairs so he and his daughter attempted to break it down.

    "I have no memory of what happened next. The next thing I remember was waking up outside," he said.

    "I thought I was going to die in the house. I asked for help from Jesus."

  12. Vintage buses displayed in Taunton

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    Video caption: Watch: Buses on display on Taunton's Castle Green

    It was a bus-spotter's paradise in Somerset this weekend.

    A colourful cavalcade of classic coaches went on show at Castle Green in Taunton.

    It was the fifth time the Vintage Bus Day was held in the town.

  13. Bristol gas leak: 'Third party' damage to pipe

    We've been bringing you updates about an ongoing gas leak at Gipsy Patch Lane in Patchway, Bristol.

    The utilities company have just released a statement and says engineers are working to fix it as quickly as possible.

    Quote Message: On arrival, we found a third party had damaged a gas pipe supplying businesses in the area. As a precaution, the emergency services have evacuated the nearby offices and closed Gipsy Patch Lane. Our engineering team are now working as quickly and as safely as we can to assess the situation and isolate the pipe in order to make a full repair. from Ryan Horton Wales & West Utilities operational manager for Bristol
    Ryan HortonWales & West Utilities operational manager for Bristol
  14. Long delays on the M5 in Somerset

    A multiple vehicle crash on the M5 southbound in Somerset is leading to long tailbacks between junctions 23 and 24.

    Two lanes are currently closed and traffic is building in the area.

    M5 traffic camera
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    League Two side Mansfield Town refuse Swindon Town permission to speak to manager Steve Evans.

    Stags reject Swindon approach for Evans

    Steve Evans

    League Two side Mansfield Town refuse Swindon Town permission to speak to manager Steve Evans.

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