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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 30 May

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  1. Goodnight from us

    That's it from us today at the end of a special extended BBC Local Live in the West.

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

    Here's Alina Jenkins with a look at what the weather has in store.

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    Video caption: The weather forecast for the West with Alina Jenkins
  2. 'Dangerous' prisoner escapes hospital

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    Michal Kisiel was being treated for a head wound when he left Salisbury District Hospital.

    Click here to read the full story.

  3. BBC Points West election debate: Your reaction

    Here are some of your responses to what the panel have been saying.

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  4. BBC Points West election debate: Raymond's grammar school comments raise a laugh

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    Video caption: Watch: Raymond's grammar school comments raise a laugh

    Audience member Raymond raised a laugh with his question about education.

    He claimed he was "too thick" to go to a grammar school.

  5. BBC Points West election debate: Grammar schools discussed

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    Video caption: Watch: Grammar schools discussed by the panel

    Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat candidate for Wells, Daniel Woolf, UKIP candidate for Gloucester and Sarah Church, Labour candidate for South Swindon, discussed the idea of reintroducing grammar schools.

    See more on 'General election 2017 - A BBC Points West Special' on BBC One now.

  6. BBC Points West election debate: EU funding discussed

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    Video caption: Watch: EU funding discussed

    Molly Scott Cato, Green candidate for Bristol West, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative candidate for North East Somerset, debated EU funding and whether our region will suffer without it post Brexit.

    See more on 'General election 2017 - A BBC Points West Special' on BBC One now.

  7. BBC Points West election debate: Audience member asks question about NHS funding

    The BBC Points West election debate is on air on BBC One now.

    Stay with us on BBC Local Live for highlights and reaction - and you can join the conversation on the Points West Facebook page or on Twitter using the hashtag #GE17West.

    One of the subjects under discussion was the NHS.

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    Video caption: Watch: Sue asks panel about NHS funding

    Audience member Sue asked the question: "Is the 'sacred cow' of the NHS worth saving in its existing form?"

  8. Tall Ships head home after festival

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    The tall ships have been heading away from Gloucester today after the annual Tall Ships Festival.

    Photographer John Wilkes took these shots as The Matthew headed south on the Gloucester to Sharpness canal.

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  9. BBC Points West election debate: Audience reaction

    Here are the thoughts of just some of the audience members at tonight's debate.

    You can see the full programme on BBC One at 10.45pm - and join the conversation on the Points West Facebook page or on Twitter using the hashtag #GE17West.

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    "It was good to hear a diverse range of opinions all together on one platform," says Alex Hunt, 19.

    "I enjoyed it a lot. But I was surprised that there wasn't more focus on issues that affect the South West," says James Murphy, 19.

    "It was good to hear the candidates talking in depth about their constituencies and where they live," says Sam Durham, 19. "Hearing about where they live and where their kids go to school made it all more real for me."

  10. "And breathe!" Filming is over for the Points West debate

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    Image caption: Audience leaving election debate

    It's been a lively debate with some great questions and strong passions have been stirred up on all sides.

    You will be able to watch the full programme tonight on BBC One at 10.45pm.

    But stay with us as we bring you some more of the highlights over the next few hours.

    Get involved: #GE17West.

  11. BBC Points West election debate: How do we fund the NHS?

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    Video caption: Watch: Molly Scott Cato on funding of the NHS.

    Molly Scott Cato, Green candidate for Bristol West, said her party had pledged to have a fully public NHS.

    You can watch 'Election 2017 - A Points West Special' at 10.45pm tonight on BBC One.

  12. BBC Points West election debate: Is there any reason to reintroduce grammar schools?

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    Video caption: Watch: Daniel Woolf on grammar schools

    Daniel Woolf, UKIP candidate for Gloucester, said a "personalised" system of education should be introduced, including grammar schools for for the "academically gifted".

    You can watch 'Election 2017 - A Points West Special' at 10.45pm tonight on BBC One.

  13. BBC Points West election debate: Will the West of England suffer without EU funding?

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    Video caption: Watch: Tessa Munt on EU funding

    Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat candidate for Wells, said she was "dismayed" there is "no real plan" for how money will be spent in our region after Brexit.

    You can watch 'Election 2017 - A Points West Special' at 10.45pm tonight on BBC One.

  14. BBC Points West election debate: Is the NHS worth saving in its existing form?

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    Video caption: Watch: Jacob Rees-Mogg on the NHS

    In response to a question about the NHS, and whether it is worth saving in its existing form, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative candidate for North East Somerset, said there will be a greater strain on front line services in future, and he is in favour of private help for the NHS.

    You can watch 'Election 2017 - A Points West Special' at 10.45pm tonight on BBC One.

  15. BBC Points West election debate: How do we make our country safe?

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    Video caption: Watch: Sarah Church, Labour candidate for South Swindon

    In response to a question about how to make our country safe from terrorists, Sarah Church, Labour candidate for South Swindon, said there needs to be a "layered approach".

    You can see 'Election 2017 - A Points West Special' at 10.45pm tonight on BBC One.

  16. BBC Points West election debate: Questions so far

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    Presenter David Garmston asks Sarah Church (Labour) whether, as a former soldier, married to a soldier who was wounded in Afghanistan, she agrees with Jeremy Corbyn when he says that our foreign policy decisions have increased our risk of terrorism.

    "Everything we do when we involve ourselves overseas will have an impact," she says.

    Daniel Woolf (UKIP) says that in response to recent terror attacks we need to "get tough".

    "Times have changed," he says and it would be in "interesting" to have a referendum on bringing back the death penalty for terrorists.

    "The NHS is the most amazing service and it is in crisis," says Tessa Munt (Liberal Democrat).

    "We need to put a penny on income tax and ringfence it. This would raise £6.7 billion."

    She says that the Tories have cut the bursaries for those training to work in the NHS. "It's madness," she says.

    "The NHS is not a sacred cow it is a precious jewel," says Molly Scott Cato (Green Party). "It is such an important service. We pledge to have a fully public NHS."

    "Will the West of England suffer without EU funding? No. It won't," says Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative), "because it is our money."

    He says that we don't need the EU taking a cut and that farmers in his constituency look forward to being free to farm without EU subsides. "Because they are good farmers," he says.

  17. The BBC Points West election debate gets under way

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    Video caption: Candidates prepare for the BBC Points West election debate

    You can see 'Election 2017 - A Points West Special' at 10.45pm tonight on BBC One

    The panel for the debate is:

    • Conservative: Jacob Rees-Mogg, North East Somerset
    • Labour: Sarah Church, South Swindon
    • Liberal Democrats: Tessa Munt, Wells
    • Greens: Molly Scott Cato, Bristol West
    • UKIP: Daniel Woolf, Gloucester
  18. BBC Points West election debate: Familiar set

    The debate is being filmed in the same studio as Deal or No Deal, and presenter David Garmston is using the same - very luxurious - dressing room as Noel Edmonds.

    "I've never seen so much shag pile in my life," he says,

    The BBC dramas Poldark and Sherlock were also filmed here.

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  19. Audience arrives for BBC Points West election debate

    We're live at the Points West election debate - the audience is filing in to take their seats and the candidates are doing some last minute research in the green room.

    I think it's safe to say that no one wants to get caught out on the facts tonight.

    Questions have been submitted by the audience and it really is their show - and yours.

    The audience will start the conversation and you can help shape it using social media with hashtag #GE17West.

    We'll be bringing you highlights throughout the evening, and you can catch the full show later on BBC One at 10.45pm

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    Image caption: Presenter David Garmston is briefed ahead of the debate