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Summary

  1. Cabot Circus in Bristol has been evacuated
  2. Armed police officers will be seen patrolling streets in the West today
  3. Our police forces are encouraging people to speak to them about security concerns
  4. People across the region mark a minute's silence to remember victims of Manchester attack
  5. An investigation is underway after a serious a house fire in Bath last night
  6. Neighbours say a family managed to escape the blaze and no-one was injured.
  7. Choristers sing from the top of Gloucester Cathedral Tower to mark Ascension Day
  8. Latest news, sport, weather and travels updates from around the West of England on Thursday 25 May

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  1. Goodnight from Local Live - it's going to be hot again tomorrow!

    That's all from us this evening.

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

    Here's Ian with your weather forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather 25 May
  2. BreakingCabot Circus reopens

    Avon & Somerset Police have told us that Cabot Circus has reopened after their search of the shopping centre didn't find anything suspect.

  3. Cabot Circus statement released

    A spokesperson has said:

    Quote Message: We have temporarily evacuated the centre in response to an alert, and the emergency services are in attendance, the safety of our staff and customers is our number one priority from Cabot Circus Spokesperson
    Cabot Circus Spokesperson
  4. Deserted roads around Cabot Circus

    Roads around Cabot Circus have been closed due to the ongoing police incident.

    The BBC's Blanca Munoz who was there says

    Quote Message: I saw loads of ambulances and police cars going towards Cabot. Everything around Cabot Circus was closed off. Police said there was a bomb threat but couldn't tell me if it was genuine or not. I spoke to bystanders who heard the alarms in Cabot telling them to leave. Everyone left calmly. from Blanca Munoz BBC Reporter
    Blanca MunozBBC Reporter
    Cabot Circus
  5. Good news for man rejected from job over guide dog

    Ian Brooks from Glastonbury had a job offer withdrawn after his employer found out he was blind and used a guide dog.

    The computer programmer's plight was featured by BBC Points West, and afterwards a company tracked Ian down and has offered him a job.

    Ian is apparently "high up in the clouds" at the prospect of returning to work.

    Ian Brooks
  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A4044 Bristol both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4044 Bristol both ways severe disruption, between A4032 Newfoundland Street and A420 Old Market Street.

    A4044 Bristol - A4044 New Bond Street closed between the A4032 Newfoundland Street junction and Old Market Roundabout, because of a police incident.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A4044 Bristol eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A4044 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, between A38 The Haymarket and A4032 Newfoundland Street.

    A4044 Bristol - A4044 New Bond Street closed eastbound between St James Barton Roundabout and the A4032 Newfoundland Street junction, because of a police incident.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A4044 Bristol both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4044 Bristol both ways severe disruption, between A38 The Haymarket and A4032 Newfoundland Street.

    A4044 Bristol - A4044 New Bond Street closed between St James Barton Roundabout and the A4032 Newfoundland Street junction, because of a police incident.

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

  9. Election campaigning to resume in the West

    Campaigning for the General Election is resuming around the West.

    There has been a two-day pause following the Manchester bombing, and activities have been subdued today.

    UKIP decided to go ahead with their manifesto launch as planned this morning, and UKIP's Gloucester candidate says now is the right time to begin again.

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    Video caption: Watch: Daniel Woolf from UKIP says now is the right time to start campaigning again.
  10. Musgrove Park patients enjoy a taste of Chelsea

    The West Country did very well at the Chelsea Flower Show this year.

    If you're healthy, it's a short trip into London to go and enjoy the sights and sounds.

    Those who are currently unwell in Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital have been unable to get out, so today the Chelsea Flower Show came to them.

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    Video caption: Watch: staff at Musgrove Park wanted to give them a taste of the Chelsea Flower Show
  11. Former GCHQ director warns of Manchester attack 'distractions'

    The former deputy director of the Cheltenham-based GCHQ, Brian Lord, has warned that leaks to the media about the Manchester attack will be a 'distraction' for the authorities investigating.

    Donald Trump has already condemned the leak, which saw photos of the crime scene published in the US.

    Brian Lord says information sharing is needed, even though UK authorities have said they won't collaborate any more with US intelligence agencies.

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    Video caption: Watch: Brian Lord is the former Deputy Director at GCHQ
  12. "I miss Callum every day and wish that he was still with us.”

    Callum Smith

    Callum Smith was found hanged in his cell at HMP Bristol in 2016.

    Quote Message: After Callum was arrested there were so many opportunities for someone to step in and make sure that he was kept safe. The fact that no one did this means that my two children will now grow up without a father. Our daughter was the apple of Callum’s eye and I know that he would have been a wonderful father to our son who he never go to meet. I miss Callum every day and wish that he was still with us.” from Libby Smith Callum’s partner
    Libby SmithCallum’s partner
  13. Prison service 'failed' hanged prisoner

    Callum Smith Family/BBC

    Callum Smith, 27, from Cheltenham was remanded in custody at HMP Bristol after allegedly making threats to commit criminal damage during a mental breakdown.

    He was discovered hanged in his cell March 2, 2016 and pronounced dead at the scene,

    Read the full story here.

    Prison service 'failed' hanged prisoner

    Callum Smith Family/BBC

    Callum Smith was found hanged in his cell at HMP Bristol in 2016.

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  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between J16 for A38 and J17 for A4018.

    M5 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J16, A38 (Aztec West) and J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  15. Bath fire victim 'devastated' at loss

    A mother-of-three from Bath has returned to the scene of the fire which destroyed her home.

    Michelle Drew, from Twerton, was in the house when the fire started. Four crews from Avon Fire & Rescue were called out to fight the fire which broke out shortly after 6pm yesterday.

    Nobody was injured, though Michelle's house was gutted and her neighbours' also suffered damage.

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    Video caption: Watch: Michelle Drew returned to the scene of the house fire.
  16. Cricket: Kiwi all-rounder joins Somerset for T20 Blast

    Corey Anderson

    Somerset have signed New Zealand international all-rounder Corey Anderson for the full T20 Blast season.

    Anderson, 26, has played 29 T20 internationals for New Zealand and played for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League this year.

    The left-hander will join Somerset after playing for his country in the Champions Trophy between 1 and 18 June.

    Anderson, who once held the record for the fastest one-day international century (off just 36 deliveries), said: "Having been unable to fulfil a contract at Somerset a few years ago due to injury, I'm excited to finally get the opportunity to play for such a distinguished club."

    Quote Message: I'm excited to finally get the opportunity to play for such a distinguished club from Corey Anderson
    Corey Anderson