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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Wednesday 24 May

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  1. Goodnight from us - it's going to be another sunny day tomorrow

    That's it from Local Live for today. We'll be back again tomorrow from 7am-10pm with news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West Country.

    Here's Ian with the full weather forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather May 24
  2. Zoo-keepers catch moment tiny tortoise hatches

    Louis the baby pancakge tortoise
    Louis the baby pancake tortoise

    Keepers at Bristol Zoo were able to catch the exact moment a tiny baby African pancake tortoise hatched from its egg.

    Little Louis is only a little bigger than a 50p coin.

    Baby pancake tortoises are independent from the moment they hatch.

  3. Bath fire: flames under control

    A fire at a house in Bath is now under control and crews are damping down the flames.

    Several units were called to Shaws Way in Twerton at 6.17pm.

    A spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue said one house had been completely gutted by fire, while another was severely smoke-logged.

    The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

    Support workers from the Red Cross are at the scene providing support and advice to the families affected.

    Twerton fire
  4. Claustrophobic man overcomes fears to fly to wife in Australia

    Andrew Hall suffers from severe claustrophobia which makes travelling very difficult.

    He hasn't seen his wife Kim for nearly two years. She lives in Australia and is not eligible for a visa to move to the UK.

    Andrew, from Calne in Wiltshire, and Kim, got married in 2014. He's planning to emigrate later this year. But first he has to overcome his claustrophobia.

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    Video caption: Andrew Hall hasn't seen his wife in two years
  5. Frome Hoard is 'nation's favourite' treasure find

    A hoard of Roman coins discovered in a field in Somerset in 2010, has been voted the nation's favourite treasure find.

    The find of 52,000 coins - unearthed by metal detectorist Dave Crisp - topped the list of 20 finds in a poll run by The Telegraph and The British Muesum.

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    Video caption: Dave Crisp found over 50,000 Roman coins in Somerset

    Dave, from Devizes, says "it feels great" to have won and he's "very pleased".

    "I was pleased to start with that the experts put it in the top 20 at the British Museum but to win has sent me over the moon," he said.

  6. Portishead shows heart for Manchester attack victims

    People across the country have been showing their solidarity with the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack.

    In Portishead, North Somerset, members of the public were invited to join together and form a familiar sign of peace and hope.

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    Video caption: Portishead people make symbol of hope for Manchester victims.
  7. Donation points for rough sleepers

    Contactless donation points to fund night shelters for people sleeping rough are to be launched in Bristol.

    Shoppers in Broadmead will be able to use their bank card to give £2 to the #SOSBristol fundraising campaign.

    Safer off the Streets (SOS) is aiming to raise £100k for the city’s night shelters.

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    Video caption: Donation points allow shoppers to give to donate money easily.
  8. King Arthur Pendragon loses court battle with English 'heretics'

    King Arthur Pendragon

    Senior druid King Arthur Pendragon has lost his legal challenge with English Heritage over car parking charges at Stonehenge.

    He argued a parking fee of £15 for the 2016 summer solstice breached his human rights.

    At an initial court hearing in January, Mr Pendragon said the claim was not about money or costs, but the fact it "unfairly targeted his religion".

    He argued that this treatment is in direct violation of his human rights and that he has a right to worship at Stonehenge without unnecessary restriction or hindrance from English Heritage, who he claims are merely managing the site "on our behalf".

    The increased charge was introduced to encourage more people to car share or travel by bus.

    The County Court in Salisbury has ruled that introducing car parking charges was a 'reasonable and legal measure'.

  9. Bath fire: locals advised to close doors and windows

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    People living close to Shaw's Way in Twerton are being advised to close doors and windows as crews from seven fire engines tackle a serious house fire.

    The Avon Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support team is also at the scene.

    Twerton fire
  10. Supporters' bid to buy Swindon Town ground backed by former chief exec

    A former chief executive of Swindon Town is to help a supporters group in their attempt to buy the football club's home from the local council.

    Nick Watkins worked for the Robins for five years between 2008 and 2013.

    He's now agreed to help Trust STFC - the organisation who want to buy and redevelop the County Ground.

    Nick Watkins
  11. Fire in Bath: 'no reports of injuries'

    Firefighters continue to tackle a fire in Twerton, Bath.

    A spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue says the fire has spread through two floors to the roof of one house and is believed to be affecting a neighbouring property which has been evacuated.

    There are no reports of any injuries and all occupants of the houses have been accounted for.

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    Fire in Twerton
  12. BreakingFirefighters evacuating homes close to site of fire

    Fire crews are evacuating houses in Shaws Way, Twerton, in Bath after a serious house fire.

    Five fire engines are at the scene of the blaze, which is said to be "well alight" and affecting two other properties

    A spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue said everybody was out of the properties but neighbouring homes are being evacuated.

    They received the call at 6.17pm.

  13. Canine crusader back on the messy warpath

    A Minehead man whose one-man crusade against dog owners who won't pick up their animals' mess was banned by the local council says he is ready to restart his battle.

    Steven Heard has divided public opinion. In the past he's resorted to spray painting graffiti warnings on pavements to get his message across.

    He was given an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) by West Somerset District Council, which tried to clamp down on his campaign.

    But Steven says the ABC has now expired so he's back on the clean-up trail.

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    Video caption: Steven Heard says he is prepared to defy a council ban on his activities.
  14. Points West 60: John Craven reports on Bristol Parkway opening

    Points West is 60 years old this year and to mark the occasion we've been digging through the archives.

    In 1972, a fresh faced John Craven was sent to report on the opening of Bristol Parkway railway station for Points West.

    The station - described as a "park and ride" station "looking towards the requirements of the 1980s" - was the first in the UK to boast the Parkway name.

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    Video caption: John Craven reports for Points West on the opening of Bristol Parkway railway station.
  15. Up in smoke: watch the largest ivory burn in Africa

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    Video caption: Bristol student films largest ivory burn in Africa

    Two students studying an MA in wildlife filmmaking at a Bristol university have had their films shortlisted for the international BAFTAS.

    Tania Esteban and Ada Bodjolle have been studying at the University of the West of England.

    The course is run in conjunction with the Natural History Unit at the BBC.

  16. Bristol stab victim's campaign to help stop knife crime

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    Daniel Curtis was out celebrating playing in his first FA Cup match when he was stabbed in the neck by Louis Holmes.

    As a result of the attack he's unlikely to ever walk again.

  17. Vigil for bombing victims replaces election hustings

    Wells Cathedral

    Tonight's election hustings at Wells Cathedral have been cancelled due to events in Manchester.

    Instead, a half hour vigil for the victims will take place at 7.30pm.

    Anyone affected by the violence is invited to light candles, take part in simple prayers or sit in silence.

  18. Stolen bear is returned to school

    A teddy bear mascot stolen from a school over Easter has been mysteriously returned.

    Hugo the bear was taken during a burglary at Holbrook Primary School in Trowbridge.

    He'd been with the school for more than 20 years.

    But an unknown person placed the bear outside the school gates on Tuesday night.

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