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  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Tuesday, 6 June, 2017

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  1. Good night from us

    That's it from us here at BBC Local Live in the West. We'll be back tomorrow from 7am with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    It's been pretty windy across the region today. But tomorrow's promising to be much quieter.

    We leave you with Ian Fergusson who has the full forecast.

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian Fergusson has the weather for the next few days.
  2. Theresa May defends police spending record

    The Prime Minister visited Cheltenham's Science Festival today as part of campaigning.

    Her visit was a brief one - just 45 minutes to speak to Tory supporters and see a few festival stands.

    While there, she was asked about police spending in Gloucestershire. The police force there has lost 280 officers in recent years, but she says funding has been protected in some areas.

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    Video caption: Watch: on a visit to Cheltenham, Theresa May defended cuts to Gloucestershire's police.
  3. Renewed appeal for missing Ilminster teenager

    Cindy

    Avon & Somerset Police have renewed their appeal for information about missing 14-year-old Cindy Worthington.

    She was last seen in the Donyatt Hill area of Ilminster at around 8.40pm on Sunday.

    Police say she is 5'4", of medium build with blue eyes and long straight dark brown hair. She was wearing a light blue crop top, denim leggings and black Nike trainers.

    Quote Message: She’s a vulnerable 14-year-old girl and we’re doing everything we can to ensure she is safe and returned home quickly. As part of our inquiry we’re particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw or spoke to her on Sunday night, especially anyone who provided her with a lift. If you did give her a lift, where did you drop her off and did she tell you where she was going? from Detective Inspector Angela Burtonwood Avon & Somerset Police
    Detective Inspector Angela BurtonwoodAvon & Somerset Police
  4. Election profile: Bristol East

    BBC Points West has been touring constituencies across the West. Today they were in Bristol East, a Labour stronghold for the last 25 years. It was once the seat of the stalwart Tony Benn.

    It's one of the seats the Tories want to take. Labour are defending a slim majority of around 4,000.

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    Video caption: Watch: Political reporter Robin Markwell takes a look at the election battle for Bristol East
  5. Dashcam footage shows high speed chase

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    Video caption: Watch: Police dashcam footage reveals the moment a drug dealer was caught

    Dashcam footage from a Wiltshire police car has revealed the moment a drug dealer from Bath was caught after a high speed chase.

    Leroy Harding, 30, crashed into the police car in Melksham last September.

    He was found with Class A drugs and several hundred pounds in cash.

    He was jailed at Swindon Crown Court after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

  6. Guinea pigs 'vote' in mini polling station at Longleat!

    Guinea pigs at miniature polling station

    A group of guinea pigs have been getting into election fever with their own miniature polling station at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire this week.

    They were offered a list of candidates which included Ms G Raff, Mrs C Lyon and Mr R Madillo representing a range of parties like the Liberal Meerkats, the Green Tree Frog party and the Boa Constrictor party.

    Guinea pigs at miniature polling station

    It's just a bit of of timely fun for visitors, but Longleat said: “We’re hoping it might just persuade a few more of them to turn up on Thursday to exercise their right to vote.”

  7. General election 2017: The Greens campaign in the West

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    Video caption: Watch: Caroline Lucas in Bristol

    With just 48 hours until the general election, the political parties are stepping up their campaigns.

    In the West, all but three of the region's seats are Conservative-held, and polls point to several being close contests.

    When Green Party leader Caroline Lucas campaigned in the West recently, she said her "single-minded intention" was to get Bristol its first Green MP.

  8. Muslim leaders meet after London terror attack

    People from Bristol's Muslim community have been meeting in the wake of the London terror attack to discuss what can be done to tackle extremism.

    Representatives from mosques in the city want to make it clear - the action of the terrorists has nothing to do with Islam.

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    Video caption: Watch: Scott Ellis reports on the meeting of leaders from Bristol's Muslim community
  9. Wiltshire martial arts star died of natural causes, coroner confirms

    Hannah Cubin

    A talented teenage martial arts fighter from Wiltshire died from natural causes, Salisbury Coroner's office has confirmed.

    In December, Hannah Cubin, 14, was at a friend's sleepover where she suddenly stopped breathing. Despite emergency medical help she could not be revived.

    A Facebook post by her parents Andy and Dawn Cubin, stated: "In simple terms, Hannah died of heart failure from a condition that neither we, nor she could have been aware of."

    Salisbury coroner's office is yet to set a date for the inquest hearing.

    The teenager, from Crudwell, near Malmesbury had been talent spotted by the UK national coach. Hannah was also a member of the Malmesbury Taekwondo School.

  10. Theresa May at Cheltenham Science Festival

    As campaigning in the general election nears the final stages, the Prime Minister has been in Gloucestershire.

    Theresa May stopped in at the Cheltenham Science Festival as she made her way down to the south of England on the Conservative battle bus.

    She visited the GCHQ stand, chatting to staff from the listening post before touring the rest of the exhibition and posing for selfies with visitors.

    Scientists showed the Prime Minister a building block from a quantum computer before she had a go on a steam-powered vending machine

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    Video caption: Theresa May visits Cheltenham Science Festival
  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Bristol westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Bristol westbound severe accident, between J22 for M49 and J23 for M48.

    M4 Bristol - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M4 westbound between J22 M49 and J23 M48, because of an accident.

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

  12. M5 traffic queuing after accident

    Traffic on the M5 is slow after an earlier accident - the cameras in that area show large queues developing:

    Queuing traffic
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    Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, between J18A for M49 and J19 for A369 affecting J17 for A4018.

    M5 Bristol - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M5 Avonmouth Bridge southbound between J18a M49 and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway).

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

  14. D-Day veteran returns to Normandy

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    Video caption: Listen: Ron Johnson says he regrets missing out on the D-Day operation

    A World War Two veteran has joined hundreds of others in Normandy, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day landings.

    Former glider pilot Ron Johnson, 95, from Shrivenham near Swindon is among a group of veterans who have travelled in a convoy of taxis to France.

    He explained to BBC Wiltshire's Ben Prater why he never took part in the D-Day operation itself in 1944, despite having trained for it.

  15. Costume company moves around 100,000 costumes into new home

    With this many outfits you'd never be short of things to wear.

    Bristol Costume Services have just set up shop at the Bottle Yard Studios in Hengrove.

    The company provide costumes and accessories for film, theatre and television productions across the UK.

    Their new warehouse is as large as two football pitches!

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    Video caption: Watch: the company has moved all of their stock - as many as 100,000 costumes - into Bristol's Bottle Yard.
  16. Bath & Bristol West see big increase in registered voters

    Graph showing voter figures

    Official voter data released to the BBC, Press Association and ITN shows the Bristol West and Bath constituencies are among those with the biggest increase of new voters.

    A total of 46.9 million people will be able to vote nationally, with an extra 1 million on the electoral roll compared to December last year.

    You can read more on this story here

  17. Investigation into police force doctor closed due to lack of evidence

    Dr Reg Bunting

    An investigation into how allegations of sexual assault against a former police doctor were handled has closed due to a lack of evidence.

    Dr Reginald Bunting worked for Avon and Somerset Police between 1972 and 2004. He died in 2013. It was alleged he committed sexual offences against staff members during his time with the force.

    Police watchdog, the IPCC was looking into how those allegations were handled by Avon & Somerset Police in 1991, 1994 and 1998.

    But most officers they spoke to couldn't recall investigations made or allegations against Dr. Bunting.

    IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said:

    Quote Message: It is clear that investigative work was carried out into the allegations on at least two occasions but unfortunately no records can be found which show the outcome of this work. The passage of time, the lack of paper records, which would have been disposed of, and the inability of witnesses to accurately recall events all amount to a lack of evidence on which to assess the conduct of relevant officers. I appreciate this will be frustrating for all those affected by Dr Bunting’s medical examinations particularly the officers who reported concerns. from Cindy Butts IPCC Commissioner
    Cindy ButtsIPCC Commissioner
  18. Windy weather blows across the West

    It's rather blustery outside today - the wind has felled several trees in the West.

    Paul Rudkin snapped this one in Minehead earlier today. Wind speeds will be strong across Somerset, with gale force potential on exposed coastlines.

    Fallen tree

    Meanwhile Angela Wright came across this felled tree in Brockworth, Gloucester.

    Fallen tree
  19. Caribbean trip funded by corrupt payment

    A social worker who sold the address of an adopted child to her birth mother to pay for a Caribbean holiday has been spared jail.

    Androulla Farr, 50, contacted the "vulnerable" mother and offered to hand over details of her young daughter's adopted family in exchange for £2,000.

    Bristol Crown Court was told the mother was "desperate" to know the details and Farr passed it on at meeting in a cafe.

    Judge William Hart sentenced Farr to 16 months jail suspended for 18.

    At a previous hearing Farr admitted a charge under the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889.