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  1. News, sport, weather and travel for the West of England on Wednesday 31 May, 2017.

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  1. Police thank public for help finding escaped prisoner

    Michal Kisiel

    Wiltshire Police say a call from a member of the public led to the arrest of escaped prisoner Michal Kisiel.

    He has been arrested this evening after being seen walking past a day nursery in Nunton Village, near Salisbury.

    Kisiel, aged 30, escaped from prison guards at Salisbury District Hospital at around 7pm on Tuesday 30 May.

    Police say they have received a large number of calls from the public with sightings all over the country

    This evening a member of the public called at approximately 8.40pm with a possible sighting which led to his arrest.

    Quote Message: I would like to thank the public for all of their help in finding this escaped prisoner. As much as we are able to use policing methods to find him, ultimately it was an alert member of our community who spotted the offender and proactively called 999. It is at times like this when everyone pulls together to help us keep our communities safe from Superintendant Sue Austin Wiltshire Police
    Superintendant Sue AustinWiltshire Police
  2. BreakingEscaped prisoner arrested by police

    Wiltshire Police have arrested prisoner Michal Kisiel.

    Kisiel, aged 30, escaped from prison guards at Salisbury District Hospital at around 7pm on Tuesday 30 May.

    He has been arrested this evening after being seen walking past a day nursery in Nunton Village, near Salisbury.

    The arrest took place after a member of public called police suspecting they had seen the wanted man.

    Officers arrested Kisiel safely and no injuries were sustained. He remains in custody and will be returned to prison in due course.

  3. Good night from Local Live

    It's time for us to say good night. Thanks as always for joining us today. We'll be back at 7am with all the region's news, sport, travel and weather.

    We leave you with Ian Fergusson who has the weather forecast for the West Country. It looks like another sunny day tomorrow but with the possibility of rain.

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    Video caption: Good night from Local Live
  4. NHS protest rally in Bristol

    Around a thousand people joined together in Bristol tonight to protest against cuts to the National Health Service.

    They were hoping to be greeted by the Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, but at the last minute he decided to take part in the BBC election debate instead.

    Points West Political editor Paul Barltrop was at the rally in Bristol.

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    Video caption: Around a thousand people were in Bristol tonight to protest against cuts to the NHS
  5. The Prime Minister talks policies while in the West

    The Prime Minister Theresa May has been campaigning for the forthcoming general election in the West today.

    While visiting factory workers in Bath, she spoke exclusively to BBC Points West political reporter Robin Markwell.

    He pressed the Prime Minister on funding cuts in schools, changes to social care and her party's narrowing lead in some opinion polls in the run up to the election.

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    Video caption: Tough questions for the Prime Minister while in the West
  6. Police in tiger death probe U-turn

    Rosa King

    Police have confirmed they are now investigating the death of a zookeeper killed by a tiger.

    Rosa King, 34, died at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire at about 11:15 BST on Monday.

    She is understood to be from Chippenham in Wiltshire

    Police attended the scene, but on Tuesday morning said Ms King's death was "non suspicious" and they were not investigating.

    They have now said while the "circumstances" are not suspicious, her death is still "unexplained".

    A joint investigation by police and Huntingdonshire District Council - which is responsible for licensing the zoo - is under way

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  7. Army officer cleared of Uganda rape

    Sheraton Hotel in Uganda
    Image caption: Lt Col Tomkins denied raping the woman at the Sheraton Hotel in Uganda

    A British Army officer has been cleared of raping a woman in a Ugandan hotel room after a UN meeting.

    Lt Col Benedict Tomkins, 49, based at Abbey Wood, near Bristol, was acquitted by a board of Army officers at Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire.

    He had denied raping the woman in her room at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala on 7 January 2015, saying the sex had been consensual.

    The board said it was "embarrassed" by Lt Col Tomkins' conduct.

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  8. Escaped prisoner still on the run

    Michal Kisiel

    A "dangerous" escaped prisoner, thought to be armed with a razor blade, may have left Wiltshire, police said.

    Michal Kisiel, 30, left Salisbury District Hospital on Tuesday evening after escaping from prison guards.

    Wiltshire Police said despite searches throughout the day and a "large number" of calls from the public they had been unable to locate him.

    Officers said he still requires treatment for a head wound. The public have been advised not to approach him.

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  9. Your chance to own a piece of Bristol theatre history

    Bristol Hippodrome

    Fancy owning a piece of Bristol theatre history?

    Well the legendary Hippodrome is selling seats which are being replaced this summer.

    Jenny Hutchinson, General Manager says, “This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Bristol Hippodrome history that may also hold some very special memories for you or a loved one.”

    She added that the theatre will be using part of money raised to make a donation to a local Bristol charity, selected from those nominated by purchasers.

    The theatre was designed by architect Frank Matcham in the late 1900s.

  10. Could farms lose out on seasonal workers post Brexit?

    The talk at this year's Royal Bath and West Show this year appears to be all about the effects of Brexit.

    Many sectors, such as health and social care and hospitality, rely on an army of migrant and seasonal workers.

    But what's the implication of Brexit for those working in agriculture?

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    Video caption: There are fears from some there will not be enough people for seasonal work post Brexit.
  11. Council says no to new student accommodation in Bath

    Plans for a new student accommodation block in Bath have been rejected.

    The planning committee at Bath and North East Somerset Council rejected the plans in Oldfield Park based on the design of the building and its proximity to historic buildings.

    Objections were raised by residents who said students weren't putting bins out on the right day, parking issues and anti-social behaviour.

  12. Labour's election bus visits the West, without leader

    The Labour election bus rolled into the West earlier.

    Waiting supporters were hoping to be greeted by Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, but at the last minute he decided to take part in the BBC election debate instead.

    In his place was Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayne.

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    Video caption: Labour's battle bus visits the West, without leader
  13. Severe traffic delays around M5 junction 19 after car fire on Avonmouth Bridge

    Highways England say the vehicle has been recovered and the bridge has been inspected . All lanes are now open J19-J18 northbound.

    But traffic is taking a while to recover,

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  14. Escaped prisoner 'may have left Wiltshire'

    Michal Kisiel

    Wiltshire Police say they are continuing to follow leads in the search for escaped prisoner Michal Kisiel.

    Kisiel, aged 30, escaped from prison guards at Salisbury District Hospital at around 7pm on Tuesday. He still requires treatment for a head wound.

    He is believed to have a razor blade in his possession and is considered to be dangerous. The public are advised not to approach him

    Police say they've received a large number of calls from the public with sightings all over the county.

    They now believe he may have left Wiltshire although they have not been able to confirm this.

    Quote Message: Local officers, in conjunction with our partners including the Ministry of Justice, continue to work together to maximise our information of this man’s known associates and previous connections to close in on his location. I would like to appeal to Michal's friends and to Michal himself - I would urge him to turn himself in and do the right thing. from Detective Inspector Mark Kent Salisbury CID
    Detective Inspector Mark KentSalisbury CID
    Quote Message: We will continue our plans to keep extra high visibility reassurance patrols in the local area to reassure the public. We do believe that he may have left the local area but we will not be complacent and I will be ensuring that officers continue to patrol and engage with the public in the local area to get information. from Inspector Pete Sparrow Wiltshire Police
    Inspector Pete SparrowWiltshire Police
  15. Points West at 60: Royal Bath and West Show in years gone by

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    Video caption: Watch: The Bath and West Show in years gone by

    Points West is 60 years old this year and to mark the occasion we're looking through the archives.

    The Royal Bath and West Show is 154 years old this year and this year's event kicked off in Shepton Mallet today.

    In 1974, a fresh-faced John Craven was sent to report on that year's event.

    Elsewhere we look back to cars stuck in the mud and show-goers marvelling at the technological advances in farming machinery!

  16. 'Banksy' cardboard protest placard makes £10,000 at auction

    The spray-painted cardboard artwork was used in the 2003 anti-war protests in London

    A cardboard placard claimed to be by Bristol-born street artist Banksy has sold for £10,000 at auction.

    The piece - depicting a young girl clutching a bomb - is said to be one of dozens made for a protest against the Iraq War in 2003.

    It had been kept in a flat by a protester until 2016, when it was sold to its current owner.

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  17. Metal 'sketch boxes' placed around Exmoor

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    Video caption: Watch: Sketch boxes placed around Exmoor

    A community arts festival in Somerset is asking for people to contribute their own poetry or drawings.

    Organisers of the Simonsbath Festival want people to "scratch, scribble or scribe" in the sketch books placed in boxes placed around Exmoor.

    The best contributions will be featured in the festival taking place now until 23 June.

  18. Prime Minister poses for pictures at Royal Bath and West Show

    The Prime Minister has attracted big crowds in an unscheduled appearance on the first day of the Royal Bath and West Show.

    Theresa May arrived to support her Conservative candidates for the Somerton and Frome and Wells constituencies.

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    Video caption: Watch: The Prime Minister joined local Conservative candidates