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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday 23 May.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight - it looks like it's going to be a sunny day tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Weather for evening May 23

    That's it from your Local Live team for today.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 7am-10pm with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West.

  2. Gold medals for West Country gardeners at Chelsea

    Some of our West Country gardeners have been doing very well at the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show.

    Bonsai trees from Swindon and Shepton Mallet took gold medals, while carnivorous plants from West Pennard near Glastonbury also picked up the top gong.

    Avon Bulbs, from South Petherton in Somerset, won six gold medals in the Great Pavillion.

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    Video caption: Watch: Avon Bulbs' plants have won six gold medals this year.
  3. Women urged not to miss cervical cancer screening tests

    Stopping women in the street and asking about their cervical cancer smear tests may seem a bit extreme, but this charity believes it can save lives.

    Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is the only charity in the UK specialising in cervical cancer. They say screening can save lives.

    Across the west, 75% of women regularly attend smear tests, but in Bristol that figure is only 71%.

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    Video caption: Watch: in Bristol only 71% of women regularly attend their tests.
  4. Bristol Mayor: 'We are constantly vigilant'

    The Mayor of Bristol has sought to reassure people about safety at the large events that will take place in Bristol this summer.

    After yesterday's events in Manchester, Marvin Rees said that the the council and Avon and Somerset Police will review security practices.

    Bristol hosts several large scale events over the summer, including the Balloon Fiesta, the Harbour Festival and Love Saves The Day.

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    Video caption: Watch: Mavin Rees says he is reviewing security measures in Bristol.
  5. The Flying Scotsman arrives in Somerset

    Steam fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the world famous flying Scotsman in Somerset. The locomotive was on a tour through the West, ending up at the West Somerset Railway.

    BBC Somerset was there to capture the moment she left the mainline.

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    Video caption: It left the mainline at Norton Fitzwarren to join the West Somerset Railway
  6. Shot peregrine released back into the wild

    Peregrine falcon

    A peregrine falcon - hatched at Salisbury Cathedral - is being released back into the wild today after being shot.

    Harry was found with an injured wing in Hampshire in March.

    He's now recovered and is being released by the Hawk Conservancy in Stockbridge this morning.

    In the past three years the birds of prey have laid eight eggs in their nest on the cathedral's spire.

  7. Flatmate killer sentenced for manslaughter

    Viktorija Ratiuk
    Image caption: Viktorija Ratiuk stabbed 32-year-old Romualds Baluls in the chest in the flat they shared in Bircham Road

    A woman who killed her flatmate after they had been drinking together has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison.

    Viktorija Ratiuk stabbed 32-year-old Romualds Baluls once in the chest in the flat they shared in Bircham Road, Taunton, on 19 November.

    Ratiuk was cleared of murder, but convicted of manslaughter, at a Bristol Crown Court trial.

    The court heard a row erupted and Ratiuk attacked Mr Baluls with a knife.

    Mr Baluls died from his injury at the scene.

    You can read more about the story here

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    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, between J16 for A3102 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Quaker tapestry returns to town

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    Video caption: Watch: the Quaker tapestry was made by 4,000 people in 15 countries

    Part of a tapestry which captures Quaker history across the centuries has gone on display in Taunton.

    The full artwork features 77 intricate panels, woven by 4,000 people aged between three and 93, from 15 different countries, in a community project that showcases momentous events in woven form.

    It was started in a Sunday school in the town in the early 1980s.

    Some sewers contributed whole panels and others only a stitch, but the finished product showcases everything from the Industrial Revolution to the abolition of slavery.

  10. Stolen mascot bear is replaced by 'Mr Ted'

    Pupils with a picture of stolen Hugo

    A teddy bear mascot stolen from a primary school over Easter is being replaced.

    Hugo the bear was taken by burglars from Holbrook Primary in Trowbridge. He'd been with the school for more than 20 years and even played a vital role in the weekly Friday assemblies.

    When BBC Wiltshire listener Peter White heard the story he came to the rescue and donated his bear - Mr Ted.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at J19 for A369.

    M5 Bristol - M5 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J19, A369 (Portishead), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

  12. Chief Constable and PCC: 'We have plans to deal with attacks and we rehearse them regularly'

    Andy Marsh and Sue Mountstevens

    Avon & Somerset Police's Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner have issued a joint open letter in response to the Manchester attacks.

    Quote Message: We have long and well-established plans in place to deal with attacks of this nature and we rehearse them regularly with partners to ensure we are as ready as we possibly can be. We would urge you to remain alert but not alarmed – together we are doing everything we can to help protect our local communities. You may see extra officers in your local area in the coming days and weeks; they are there to be visible and engaged with our communities and provide reassurance at this difficult time. from Andy Marsh and Sue Mountstevens Avon & Somerset Police Chief Constable and PCC
    Andy Marsh and Sue MountstevensAvon & Somerset Police Chief Constable and PCC
  13. Bristol teen on moment bomb went off at concert

    A teenager from Bristol has recalled what happened when the bomb exploded at the MEN Arena yesterday evening.

    Calvin Welsford was in the front row of Ariana Grande's concert, and says he made for an emergency exit door when the explosion happened.

    Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol at a vigil in Bristol this evening, he said:

    "People were screaming for their lives. It was dreadful, just horrible. My mum and dad were really scared. Everyone knew I was there, I've had so many messages asking if I was OK. There was a panic when the screams started".

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    Video caption: Watch: Calvin Welsford, 18, was in the front row of the Ariana Grande when the bomb went off concert
  14. PCC & Chief Constable: 'we urge you to remain alert'

    Andy Marsh and Sue Mountstevens

    Avon & Somerset Police's Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner have issued a joint open letter in response to the Manchester attacks.

    Andy Marsh (l) and PCC Sue Mountstevens (r) say they write with "the deepest sadness" after yesterday's events.

    Quote Message: Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones who were killed and injured in this callous terrorist attack that targeted innocent children and young people and their parents. We would urge you to remain alert but not alarmed – together we are doing everything we can to help protect our local communities. Let us be clear, there is never any excuse for hate crime of any kind. Ours is a rich, multi-cultural community, one to be celebrated and strengthened. from Andy Marsh and Sue Mountstevens Avon & Somerset Police Chief Constable and PCC
    Andy Marsh and Sue MountstevensAvon & Somerset Police Chief Constable and PCC

    The full letter can be viewed here

  15. Forest Green Rovers has officially become the world’s first vegan football club

    Vegan food

    The Gloucestershire club received the Vegan Trademark from The Vegan Society just days after winning promotion to the Football League for the first time in its 128 year history.

    Forest Green Rovers removed all meat and dairy products from its matchday menu back in 2015.

    Dale Vince, Forest Green Rovers chairman, said: “Living on a diet of plants, instead of animals, is one of the most important changes anybody can make.

    “It’s not just for the sake of the environment, the health benefits, or to reduce animal suffering - but from performance perspective, as we’re showing with FGR."

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    Severe accident: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

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    A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between Eros Close and A419 Dr Newton's Way.

    A46 Gloucestershire - A46 Bath Road in Stroud blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Eros Close junction and Bell Hotel Roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  17. Rogue builder jailed for three years

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    The leader of a gang of rogue builders who preyed on frail pensioners has been jailed for more than three years.

    Johnny Carroll, 26, led a gang of workers who toured the south west and South Wales, quoting reasonable estimates but then bullying victims into paying thousands of pounds more.

    In the space of 22 months he defrauded 21 pensioners out of £108,000, Exeter Crown Court heard.

    Johnny Carroll

    Mr Carroll of Calcutt Park, Cricklade, Wiltshire, admitted a single count of fraud and was jailed for three years and two months.

    The judge said his work had been "badly executed and vastly overpriced".

  18. Bristol Shia Mosque condemns Manchester attacks

    The Shia Mosque in Bristol has issued a statement condemning those behind the explosion in Manchester last night.

    The statement said: "This is brutal act, in which innocent people and young children have been killed and have been targeted.

    "Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families of the bereaved and injured and everyone affected by it.

    "We stand in solidarity with the parents of the victims and we condemn all terrorist’s activities. We stand firm and united to uproot terrorism from the communities."