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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Friday 19 May, 2017

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  1. Expect sunny spells and showers this weekend

    That's it from an extended BBC West Live tonight. Before we go, here's a look at how the weekend's weather is shaping up.

    Saturday will see sunny spells with some quite heavy downpours while Sunday will be mostly dry.

    We'll be back as usual on Monday from 7am with all the news, travel, sport and weather.

    Until then, enjoy your weekend!

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    Video caption: Expect sunny spells and showers across the West this weekend.
  2. Flying Scotsman in all her glory

    These stunning photos were sent to us by Paul McRae as Flying Scotsman headed towards Gloucester earlier on from south Wales.

    Flying Scotsman at Newport
    Flying Scotsman at Newport
    Flying Scotsman at Newport
  3. Late... but well worth the wait

    The Flying Scotsman is running well now after the earlier delay, bringing delight to young and old along the way.

    The flying Scotsman at Cam
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  4. Flying Scotsman: running late

    Chris Kelly

    Digital Editor

    Bad news. She's late. Having only just left Cam and Dursley, it means no appearance in Bristol until almost 10pm.

    I for one am wishing I brought a coat with me...

    Bristol Parkway
  5. Flying Scotsman: Crowds gather near Bristol Parkway

    Chris Kelly

    Digital Editor

    A mini crowd has formed on a bridge near Bristol Parkway station.

    But nobody checked the site before, as a high wall is blocking the view. So everybody has gathered on the side and are peeking through a fence.

    Not long to wait now!

    Crowds in Bristol
  6. Major clear-up operation begins at Bristol traveller site

    A massive clear-up operation is underway in Bristol to remove sofas, cookers, mattresses and garden waste - collected by travellers and dumped in a field.

    Tonnes of rubbish were left behind on a green in Stockwood after the group moved off the site on Thursday.

    It's thought they'd been charging people to remove household waste before dumping it out of site behind their caravans.

    The council's now looking at ways to protect the site in future.

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    Video caption: A major clear-up operation begins to remove sofas, cookers, mattresses and garden waste.
  7. Flying Scotsman makes its way through Gloucester

    One of the country's best known and most loved locomotives - The Flying Scotsman - has arrived in Gloucester.

    It's due to stay in the city for about half an hour before steaming on past Cam and Dursley, arriving at Bristol Parkway just after 9pm.

    If you can't catch a glimpse there will be another chance to see her when she passes by again on Tuesday.

    Flying Scotsman
    Flying Scotsman
  8. Car pulled from river after 15 years underwater

    A wrecked car has been pulled from the River Avon after more then a decade underwater.

    The submerged vehicle was hoisted from the water, up river from Netham Lock, near Bristol city centre.

    A spokesman for the historic Underfall Yard said it is thought it had been "submerged for approximately 15 years".

    Bristol Harbour tweeted a thanks to Avon and Somerset police's dive team for removing a "very old hazard".

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  9. Coffee artwork that's good enough to drink

    If you're a coffee drinker you may have seen some of this stuff before.

    Latte art is the process where decorative swirls are created on the top of lattes using hot milk.

    Alex Zeal is a self-taught latte artist and barista who works in Bristol.

    Under the moniker of 'thebristolbarista', his creations have gone down a storm online.

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    Video caption: Barista Alex Zeal from Bristol shows off some of his latte art creations.
  10. Police dogs put through their paces

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    Video caption: The National Police Dog Trials are being held in Portishead in front of delighted children

    The National Police Dog Trials is being held in Portishead today.

    Teams from across the UK are being tested on tracking, on how they tackle armed offenders and carry out searches.

    The event's not open to the public but local school children were invited to watch some of the dogs in action.

  11. Awards for healthy options at Bristol's fast food joints

    Coffee shops and fast food outlets across Bristol are being challenged to offer healthier food.

    Almost two thirds of adults in the city are overweight or obese, and the council hopes a new awards scheme will lead to more choice on the menu.

    In Bristol alone there are about 500 takeouts - one for every 896 people - putting the city top of the West's takeaway table (below).

    The Bristol Eating Better Award follows on from the Sugar Smart campaign and work being done with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

    West's takeaway figures
  12. Flash floods hit Yeovil

    There's been flash flooding in parts of Somerset this afternoon.

    These pictures were taken in Yeovil, along Reckleford, by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue.

    Fire crews were called out to help move a vehicle stuck in floodwater on the A30.

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    Video caption: There's been flash flooding in parts of Somerset this afternoon following thunderstorms
    Quote Message: I think there was a combination of the amount of hail that was coming down with the thunder and lightning and all the rain. It just culminated in the drains getting blocked up and everything forming a great big pond. from Richard Hey Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
    Richard HeyDevon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
  13. UKIP candidate suspended over tweets


    A UKIP general election candidate has been suspended by the party as part of an investigation into racist tweets.

    Paddy Singh, candidate for Wiltshire North, made derogatory comments about African and Jewish people in 2014 and 2015.

    Mr Singh confirmed to the BBC he sent the tweets and said he "did not mean to cause offence or be racist".

    UKIP said it would conduct a "full investigation" and was "withdrawing support for his candidacy" at the general election.

  14. Do politicians tackle the problems facing students?

    We've been with Bath Spa University students today, finding out what the forthcoming general election means to young people.

    This film was made by Film, Television and Digital Production BA (Hons)students.

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    Video caption: Watch: Students share whether they think politicians are tackling the problems they face
  15. Flatmate killer guilty of manslaughter

    Viktorija Ratiuk and Romualds Baluls
    Image caption: Viktorija Ratiuk, left, stabbed Romualds Baluls

    A woman who stabbed her flatmate to death during an alcohol-fuelled argument has been found guilty of manslaughter.

    Viktorija Ratiuk stabbed Romualds Baluls in the chest during a drunken row at the flat they shared in Bircham Road, Taunton, in November last year.

    Ratiuk was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter at Bristol Crown Court.

    The 32-year-old will be sentenced on Tuesday.

    The pair worked together as charity bag collectors and had only known each other for a "matter of weeks".

    Quote Message: Romualds was stabbed once in the chest as he was sat in a chair. Ratiuk will have to suffer the consequences of her impulsive actions. from Senior investigating officer, Andy Mott
    Senior investigating officer, Andy Mott
  16. Election opponents aim both barrels at UKIP candidate

    UKIP candidate

    Opponents of UKIP election candidate Paul Singh in the Wiltshire North constituency have spoken out over the derogatory tweets he sent.

    Green Party candidate Phil Chamberlain said UKIP was "scraping the bottom of the barrel for candidates if they think that such vile views are acceptable".

    Conservative candidate James Gray called the statements "simply disgusting and disgraceful".

    Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Mathew said: "If it is trampling on public decency, this is a police matter."

    Wiltshire Police said they had not received any reports or complaints regarding the tweets.

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  17. What issue is closest to students' hearts?

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    Video caption: Watch: Poverty and animal cruelty are two of the issues raised

    We've been live at Bath Spa University today, speaking to students about the general election.

    One of the questions we posed was about the issues closest to their hearts.