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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Thursday 8 June, 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from us

    Thanks for being with us today. We are with you overnight in a few moment from 10pm as the polls close, bringing you all the election updates as they happen.

    Before that, a look at the weather for the next few days.

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian Fergusson has the outlook for the next few days.
  2. How should police deal with self-styled 'paedophile hunters'?

    Today Craftsman Simon Dallow, a 25-year-old soldier based at Tidworth in Wiltshire, was jailed for two years after he admitted grooming a child over the internet.

    Dallow, of 6th Battalion The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, believed he was contacting a 14-year-old girl, instead he was speaking to 'paedophile hunter' Shane Brannigan.

    Brannigan carried out his own sting, where Simon Dallow went to Andover thinking he would meet the girl - instead he met Shane and a colleague who filmed everything.

    Some people are calling for these paedophile hunters to start working with the police, but Wiltshire's PCC has reservations.

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    Video caption: Watch: a Wiltshire-based soldier was caught by one of these groups and sentenced today.
  3. Community leaders rally in Gloucester

    Gathering at a mosque

    Today people from Gloucester came together to show strength against recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

    The event included community leaders, politicians and members of the public.

    Quote Message: We will not allow barbaric terrorists and murderers to divide our beautiful country. As you see today, we had people from the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, the Anglican Church and Muslim Imams all unifying. from Fabian Waheed Organiser
    Fabian WaheedOrganiser
  4. Avon Fire and Rescue to create new harbourside safety group

    New steps are being taken to improve safety for drinkers around Bristol's harbour, after four people died there in the last four months.

    The group want to educate drinkers with their "don't drink and drown" message.

    Their campaign is being supported by the mother of Jason Gurgul, whose body was found at the start of May.

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    Video caption: Watch: the new group is appealing to drinkers to be aware of the dangers in the harbour.
  5. Ah'Kiell Walker death: Court hears 999 call made by mother

    Bristol Crown Court

    A trial at Bristol Crown Court has heard the frantic 999 call made by a mother in Gloucester, whose baby she and her partner are accused of killing. Ah'Kiell Walker died in July 2016.

    21-year-old Hannah Henry from Tuffley and 27-year-old Alistair Walker from London deny manslaughter and neglect charges.

    In the recording, Hannah told the operator the baby wasn't breathing, and she was told to give Ah'Kiell mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

    When paramedics Gary Mills and Simone Lee arrived, they tipped the baby on his side to drain water from his stomach. Gary said he found the baby soaking wet, and breathing only four times a minute.

    The trial continues.

  6. Thom Yorke recalls Glastonbury disaster

    Thom Yorke

    Radiohead are headlining at Glastonbury 2017 later this month.

    But the band's relationship with the festival has been somewhat rocky in the past,.

    Thom Yorke says he nearly walked off stage during Radiohead's headline performance there in 1997.

    The show, which took place just two weeks after the release of their classic album OK Computer, was beset by technical problems.

    Click here to read more.

  7. Bristol boxer Lee Haskins goes training with teenage son Anton

    Bristol's world bantamweight champion Lee Haskins has enlisted the help of his teenage son Anton to prepare for his latest world title defence.

    But who has the harder punch?

    And what does Anton's mum think of the two of them sparring with each other?

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    Video caption: Watch: Sparring father and son
  8. Elections and hurricanes

    Hurricane

    It's a bit of a metaphorical stretch, but in election terms we are now in the eye of the storm.

    In naff Hollywood disaster movies it's where everything goes calm before the winds pick up again as the storm moves on.

    Unlike the print media, there are strict rules binding what we in broadcast can or cannot say on election day. In a nutshell, we can't report on any campaigns in case we influence how people vote.

    The election hurricane picks up at 10pm again tonight when polling closes, and reporting on exit polls and results start.

    We will be with you throughout the night bringing you all the latest!

  9. Springwatch filming finds rare mammals

    Springwatch logo

    Some species of rare mammals have been found by the BBC Springwatch team.

    The BBC Two programme is currently filming at the Sherborne Estate, near Northleach in Gloucestershire.

    The National Trust said the crew had helped to confirm several species of rare creatures are living there.

    Rangers had suspected they were present, but a mammal survey carried out by the programme has now confirmed it.

    They've discovered water shrews and yellow-necked mice, as well as given better detail about where hedgehogs are living in the village.

    Quote Message: Working alongside Springwatch... has been quite revealing. We knew we had breeding yellowhammers, but he found 16 nests in one small area which confirmed they are breeding at much higher densities than we expected. from Simon Nicholas National Trust
    Simon NicholasNational Trust
  10. Spin bus takes fitness on the road in Taunton

    Here's an interesting idea - taking fitness on the road.

    This spin bus has been travelling around Taunton for the past two weeks. On board are 12 bikes, a disco ball and a speaker system.

    Justin Burke came up with the idea last summer when he was thinking about how to get fitness into schools. Although spinning classes are popular, moving 12 bikes around can be a bit difficult.

    He paired up with personal trainer Greg Blenkinsopp and the spin bus was born.

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    Video caption: The 'Spin Bus' will visit schools, villages without sport facilities and businesses
  11. Hopes for new harbour patrol in Bristol

    Harbour

    Six people have died in Bristol's waters since January this year.

    Now, a new organisation called the Inland Water Safety Group is hoping to launch a patrol boat service for the Floating Harbour.

    The group has the backing of Alinka Gurgul, the mother of Jason Gurgul, who died in the water earlier this year.

    The Inland Water Safety Group needs to raise £2,500 to pay for a boat and patrols.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, between J26 for A38 and J25 for A358.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J25, A358 (Taunton), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

  13. Hamsters going to the polls

    Forget dogs at polling booths, we're all about hamsters in polling booths here.

    Beverly Borrill from Devizes became an internet sensation last year when she made a mock Great British Bake Off set for her hamster Lula.

    This year, she has made a little hamster polling station, complete with mini ballot boxes.

    If only voting in real life was as cute...

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    Video caption: Special polling booth created by Wiltshire woman
  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, between J25 for A358 and J26 for A38 affecting J24 for A38.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound between J25, A358 (Taunton) and J26, A38 (Wellington), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J24, A38 (Bridgwater South).

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

  15. Hartpury College closure 'in best interests of staff, visitors and students'

    Hartpury College has issued another statement about the closure of their upcoming open day, after a video emerged showing a Hartpury student killing a fox which was hit by a vehicle close to the college.

    The student was killing the animal to end its suffering, but that didn't stop the video circulating to negative effect on social media.

    Quote Message: In light of current media attention, we believe that this is in the best interests of visitors, staff and students. We would like to re-emphasise that we understand that the video of the fox cub is both distressing and unacceptable. We are following our disciplinary procedures and students have been suspended from the college. Further action will be taken once our investigations are concluded. There have been suggestions that this incident is related to an earlier incident involving the death of a cat. We can confirm that the student involved in the earlier incident has been expelled from the college. At this stage there is no evidence to suggest the incidents are related. We continue to work with both the police and the RSPCA. These incidents do not, in any way, reflect the behaviours and beliefs of the college, our students, staff and graduates. from Hartpury College
    Hartpury College
  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A38 Somerset both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Somerset both ways severe accident, near A371 Cross Lane affecting Kingsway.

    A38 Somerset - A38 Turnpike Road in Cross blocked and very slow traffic in both directions near the A371 Cross Lane junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Rooks Bridge.

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

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    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, between J16 for A3102 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane blocked on M4 eastbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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