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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Wednesday 14 June, 2017

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  1. Goodnight from the BBC local live team

    That's all from the live page today. But we will be up and running again from 7am tomorrow, bringing you the latest news, sport and weather for the West country.

    Before we turn in for the night, here's a look at the weather with Alina Jenkins.

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    Video caption: A lovely sunny Wednesday - how long will the blue skies last?
  2. McDonald's drive-through decision 'astounding', protesters say

    McDonald's sign

    Campaigners opposed to a McDonald's drive-through in Fishponds, Bristol, say they are "appalled and astounded" at the Planning Inspector’s decision despite "sustained local opposition".

    Mike Jempson, from Say No to McDonald's in Fishponds, said the Inspector had "swallowed" the company's arguments "with scant regard to the wishes and concerns of local residents".

    "Perhaps the most worrying aspect of this decision is that it appears to give the green light to McDonald’s plans to open drive-throughs in residential areas close to schools - anywhere in the UK," Mr Jempspn said.

    McDonald's previously said the take-away would create 65 jobs in the area.

  3. Swindon Town has eight weeks to create new squad

    Swindon Town's new manager David Flitcroft has been speaking to the media for the first time since his appointment.

    The club was relegated last season.

    He says he's been promised a competitive budget to win promotion - and has eight weeks to get a squad ready:

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    Video caption: David Flitcroft has his work cut out over the next few weeks.
  4. Permission granted for McDonald's drive-through after appeal

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    Image caption: The proposed drive-through would be built on the site of the former Bristol Tile warehouse

    Controversial plans for McDonald's drive-through in the Fishponds area of Bristol have been given the go ahead following an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

    Bristol City Council refused the application in February 2015 "due to traffic concerns" but the fast food giant announced in August said it would appeal against the decision.

    Those against argued the outlet would add to the area's parking problems and increase traffic.

    They also say none of the other McDonald's in the city are "so close" to residential areas with it "backing onto many gardens".

    Campaigners are now considering their options before deciding whether to challenge the Inspector's decision in the High Court.

    We'll bring you more on this story soon.

  5. Weston hospital A&E closure a 'very difficult decision'

    Weston General Hospital

    Medical director at Weston General Hospital Dr Peter Collins says it has been "a very difficult decision" to temporarily close the A&E department overnight.

    But he added: "It is our ability to recruit that is our challenge, not our ability to care."

    The trust is expected to work with local GPs, community services, social care and neighbouring hospitals to design new emergency care services in North Somerset.

    The hospital's trust said it will close its A&E unit between 10pm and 8am from 4 July.

  6. The evening headlines from your local papers

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    Here's a selection of stories some of your local papers are covering this evening:

    Bah Chronicle: Hot air balloon suffers unfortunate mishap as pilot gets caught up in tree branch over Corston

    Chard and Ilminster News: Car flipped onto its roof on A30 near Crewkerne after crash with van

    Gloucestershirelive: Nightclub boss who 'didn't take no for an answer' denies sexual assault

    Salisbury Journal: Officer injured as police disperse street drinkers in city centre

  7. New Swindon Town manager pledges to bring unity to club

    Swindon Town's new manager David Flitcroft has promised to bring unity back to the club after their relegation.

    He's been speaking publicly for the first time since taking the job last week, and says that he relishes the challenge of getting people to work together.

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    Video caption: David Flitcroft says there were too many grey areas last season.
  8. War veteran's search for woman he met on Bristol to Plymouth coach

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    Video caption: Jack is searching for a friend he met on the coach

    A 92-year-old war veteran is searching for a woman he struck up a friendship with on a coach.

    Jack says he met the woman, who he thinks is called Celia, on a Bristol to Plymouth National Express coach.

    He said it felt like they had "known each other for years", but Jack had to rush to get another coach and did not get her details.

    Now he's searching for Celia, in the hope they can continue to be friends.

  9. Thieves demand Polish passports from elderly couple

    Thieves attacked an elderly couple in their own home after the couple failed to give them Polish passports.

    The two men forced their way into the house in Linwell Close in Cheltenham on Friday afternoon, demanding the passports.

    A 69-year-old woman was hit in the face and her jewellery was snatched when the thieves were told they didn't have what they wanted, Gloucestershire Police said.

    The men have been described as white with Eastern European accents.

    Polish passport
  10. Weston hospital boss: 'We've struggled to recruit for many years'

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    Video caption: 'We've struggled to recruit for many years'

    Weston's hospital will have to temporarily close its A&E department due to a staffing crisis.

    Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission rated its emergency care as "inadequate" in a recent report.

    But James Rimmer, the chief executive of Weston Area Health NHS Trust, says recruitment issues are nothing new.

  11. Why Glastonbury pays less for big bands

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    Image caption: Pop star Katy Perry is among the acts performing at Glastonbury 2017

    When Katy Perry, Radiohead and Ed Sheeran take to the Pyramid Stage next week, they'll get paid "less than 10%" of what they'd earn at other festivals.

    "We're not in a situation where we're able to just give people enormous amounts of money," organiser Emily Eavis told BBC 6 Music's Mett Everitt.

    "So we're really grateful for the bands that we get, because they're basically doing it for the love of it."

    Click here to read more.

  12. Another Wiltshire MP joins Theresa May's government

    John Glen, Salisbury MP

    Salisbury MP John Glen has been appointed as Arts Minister by PM Theresa May.

    He entered Parliament in 2010 and last week increased his majority.

    He joins his neighbours Claire Perry of Devizes and Robert Buckland from Swindon who've also been given roles.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

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

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

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

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    Severe disruption: M32 Bristol northbound

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    M32 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J1 for A4174 and M4 J19.

    M32 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M32 outbound between J1, A4174 (Hambrook) and M4 J19, Bristol, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  15. Night-time A&E closure to consolidate 'fragile' daytime service

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    Video caption: Night-time A&E closure to consolidate 'fragile' daytime service

    Weston General's medical director, Dr Peter Collins, said that the overnight closure of their A&E service, which we reported on earlier today, would mean longer travel times for some patients.

  16. MegaMorph lands in Bristol

    He's three metres tall and is looking good for a character who is now 40 years old!

    A giant statue of Morph will be touring Bristol over the next few months as part of a charity exhibition to raise money for The Grand Appeal, a charity which supports Bristol Children's Hospital.

    There's no sign so far of a giant Chas though...

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    Video caption: Watch: the giant statue will be touring the city to raise money for charity.
  17. Gloucester MP responds to concerns over high rise flats in the city

    London tower block fire

    A huge fire has engulfed a tower block in west London, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more.

    After an extensive renovation last year, rain-proof cladding was added on the outside to improve insulation. The worry is it may have helped the fire spread so quickly.

    Here in the West, authorities have been reassuring residents who live in high rise flats about fire safety.

    Quote Message: I spoke to Gloucestershire's Chief Fire Officer, Stewart Edgar, this afternoon, fresh from a meeting in London, and asked him specifically to ensure his team do a risk assessment and procedures check at the highest rise buildings in the city - Clapham Court and the GRH Tower, and buildings in the Docks, and Eagle Tower in Cheltenham, and then help reassure residents and staff. Stewart is absolutely on the case, convening a meeting back in Gloucester at 5pm and has a five-point plan which includes visits to these specific buildings, reassurance and more detailed briefings to local authorities." from Richard Graham Gloucester MP (Conservative)
    Richard GrahamGloucester MP (Conservative)
  18. Portishead residents back skateboard park plans

    People in Portishead in North Somerset were asked whether they want a skate park to be built within a 15-minute walk of the high street.

    There was a vote yesterday and nearly 90% of people voted YES.

    A total of 2,726 people turned out to vote, which is about 13% of the electorate.

    Resident Janet Davey who led the 'Yes' campaign says they need to keep up the pressure on the town council to make it happen:

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    Video caption: Nearly 90 per cent of those who turned up to vote supported the town council plan.
  19. West authorities reassure residents after huge London tower block blaze

    London tower block fire

    At least six people have died in a fire that's still burning in a residential tower block in west London.

    Up to 600 people may have been inside the 24-storey Grenfell Tower when the blaze broke out just before one o'clock this morning.

    Many are still unaccounted for - and the emergency services expect the number of fatalities to rise.

    Around 70 people are being treated in hospital and a major incident has been declared.

    • Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue says there are a small number of medium and high rise buildings in the county, adding that "local fire crews and fire safety enforcement teams are familiar with these premises and work closely with owners and occupiers to ensure the safety of all residents"
    • Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue and Avon Fire and Rescue both echoed this statement saying that they also work closely with building owners and councils to ensure fire safety measures are in place
    • Wiltshire Council says its housing stock includes just over 1,600 flats of which around 1,000 are low rise and that fire risk assessments are carried out on a regular basis
    • Swindon Borough Council has also confirmed it does not have any plastic cladding in any of their tower blocks, which are made from non-combustible materials.