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  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Friday 16 June 2017

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  1. Good night and welcome to the weekend

    That's all from us on the BBC Local Live team here in the West.

    We're looking forward to a bit of R and R this weekend, and it looks like it's going to be a hot one.

    Here's Ian Fergusson with the all-important weekend weather forecast.

    We'll be back at 7am on Monday with all your latest news, sport, weather and travel. See you then!

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    Video caption: Ian Fergusson brings you the forecast.
  2. Man violently assaulted in Trowbridge

    Wiltshire Police is appealing for witnesses after a Trowbridge man was violently attacked in the early hours of this morning.

    Police say a group of males assaulted the man, who was walking his dog on Pitman Avenue, at around 3am.

    The victim was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath with injuries to his head and face.

    A 20-year-old local man was arrested soon after the attack, on suspicion of robbery.

    If you can help with any information, please contact police on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

    Quote Message: This was a particularly nasty attack and we are still looking for other males who were involved in this incident from Alex Trombetta Community Co-ordinator, Wiltshire Police
    Alex TrombettaCommunity Co-ordinator, Wiltshire Police
  3. Cheeki Rafiki deaths: White House 'ordered search resumption'

    Yachting crew members James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin all died
    Image caption: Yachting crew members James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin all died

    The White House ordered the search for a yacht that capsized in the Atlantic should resume after it had been suspended, a court has heard.

    Steve Warren and Paul Goslin, both from Somerset, and James Male and Andrew Bridge died when the Cheeki Rafiki capsized in May 2014.

    Yacht manager Douglas Innes denies four counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.

    Jurors heard the US National Security Advisor intervened two days after the search had been called off.

    Click here to read more.

  4. Major engine failure caused plane crash

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    A fatal plane crash last year was caused by engine failure, and suitable helmets or harnesses may have reduced injuries, a report has concluded.

    The flight school YAK-52 crashed on 8 July 2016 while making a forced landing near to the village of Dinton in Wiltshire, killing one pilot and injuring another.

    Other factors were a lack of safety checks and allowing the unqualified pilot to attempt the landing.

    The flight school failed to notice "an unprofessional and deteriorating situation", the report said.

    Click here to read more.

  5. Swindon Council sends fire safety letters to tenants

    Swindon

    Swindon Borough Council has sent letters to all tenants living in high-rise blocks of flats in the town after the devastating fire in west London.

    Thirty people have now been confirmed dead in the incident in Kensington but that number is expected to rise.

    The council also included fire safety guidance leaflets for high-rise and lower blocks of flats as well as sheltered schemes.

    Quote Message: We have robust fire safety arrangements in place for our high-rise properties, which include regularly updated fire risk assessments and monthly inspections of all our fire doors and dry risers to ensure they are in full working order. We also test the fire alarm system fitted to all our high-rise residential blocks of flats on a weekly basis and our communal entrance doors and passenger lifts all operate in accordance with good practice. The external façade of all our high-rise blocks is also made of non-combustible material. from Cathy Martyn Swindon Borough Council, cabinet member for housing and public safety
    Cathy MartynSwindon Borough Council, cabinet member for housing and public safety
  6. Bristol West MP: 'There can be no shortcuts in investing in housing'

    The MP for Bristol West says the Grenfell Tower fire has made it "really clear" there cannot be any shortcuts when it comes to investing in public services.

    Thangam Debbonaire said she understood why people were worried about their own safety.

    She said she was satisfied that Bristol City Council was "on it" when it came to understanding the causes of the blaze.

    And she added that cladding material used on Bristol tower blocks during recent refurbishments was "very different" to that used on the block in London.

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    Video caption: Bristol West MP says politics has changed in wake of Grenfell Tower fire.
  7. Having a ball!

    A giant ball pit for adults has opened in the Lantern at the Colston Hall in Bristol.

    These people seem to be enjoying themselves!

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    Video caption: The Lantern at the Colston Hall has been turned into a giant ball pit for adults.
  8. Keen botanists urged to 'pop down to the station' to chat about cannabis plants

    Cannabis

    Salisbury Police want to speak to the keen botanists who may have left these exotic plants in the Middle Street Meadow area of Harnham.

    The exotic plants are cannabis and have now been destroyed.

    The force politely asked the owners to "pop on down to Bourne Hill Police Station and we will happily have a chat with you".

    Man with cannabis
  9. Grieving mother's call for more help for drug addicts

    A mother from Cheltenham whose son became addicted to heroin and died has called for more support for families affected by drugs.

    It is estimated that for every person struggling with addiction, there are at least five others who are affected.

    Irene Macdonald's son Rob started using heroin when he was 25. He died just two years later.

    She's been working with the Developing Health and Independence charity, which runs events to support families affected by addiction across Bath, North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

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    Video caption: Irene Macdonald's son died a 'hidden death' after becoming addicted to heroin.
  10. Monte Carlo or bust

    A Taunton man is taking part in a "banger rally" by driving his £175 car 704 miles to Monte Carlo.

    Nick Irvine set off today from Saint Quentin in northern France to the glamorous principality in the Monte Carlo or Bust banger rally.

    Barring mechanical issues, he's due to arrive on Sunday.

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    Video caption: Watch: Nick Irvine from Taunton is taking part in a Banger Rally.
  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, between J20 for M5 and J19 for M32.

    M4 Bristol - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 eastbound between J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  12. Bristol police appeal for sex attack witnesses

    Avon and Somerset police want to identify two men who sexually assaulted a woman in Bristol on Sunday morning.

    The attack happened in St George Park at about 1am when the woman's path was blocked and the men "touched her inappropriately" before heading in the direction of Church Road library.

    • Both men are described as black
    • They are aged between 20 and 30
    • Slim build
    • One was about 5ft 5ins tall and wore a red hooded top with dark coloured joggers
    • The other was about 5ft 10ins tall and wore a grey hooded top.

    Police want anyone recognising the descriptions, or who may have been a witness, to call 101 and quote the reference 5217130713.

  13. Zach Mercer on captaining the England U20s for this weekend's World Cup Final

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    Video caption: Zach Mercer interview

    England's under 20s play in their Rugby World Cup final on Sunday - and the team captain is Bath's Zach Mercer.

    It's been an incredible season for the young player. Mercer made his debut for Bath RFC and was also crowned Young Player of the Year by the Rugby Players' Association.

    He is the son of former New Zealand rugby league international Gary Mercer.

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    Severe accident: M5 Bristol northbound

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    M5 Bristol northbound severe accident, between J19 for A369 and J18A for M49.

    M5 Bristol - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 Avonmouth Bridge northbound between J19, A369 (Portishead) and J18a M49, because of an accident.

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

  15. Davy lamp fetches £15,000 at auction

    The Davy lamp was bought by an anonymous buyer from abroad

    A 19th-century oil lamp, which had an estimated value of £100-£150, has fetched £15,000 at auction.

    The Newcastle-type Davy miner's lamp, made by R. Watson, went under the hammer at an antique auction in Cirencester.

    It was bought by an anonymous buyer from abroad.

    Auctioneer Philip Allwood, from Moore, Allen and Innocent, said he was "staggered" and he believed it could be a world record high price for such an object.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, at J19 for M32 affecting J20 for M5.

    M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and very slow traffic eastbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange).

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

  17. If you're travelling to Glastonbury by train, save this information.

    Police at Glastonbury

    British Transport Police are preparing for a busy week ahead of the Glastonbury Festival.

    Extra officers are being drafted in to work at Castle Cary railway station from Monday, as thousands of music fans prepare to make their way to the five-day event.

    The force is encouraging people to save this text number, 61016, and their Twitter handle, @BTPAvonSomerset, in case they need any help.

  18. Castlemartin tank death soldiers 'exceptionally talented'

    Cpl Neilson (left) and Cpl Hatfield were described as"exceptionally talented soldiers"
    Image caption: Cpl Neilson (left) and Cpl Hatfield were described as "exceptionally talented soldiers"

    The commanding officer of Wiltshire-based The Royal Tank Regiment says the two soldiers killed during a training exercise in Wales were both "exceptionally talented soldiers who loved what they did".

    Royal Tank Regiment corporals Matthew Hatfield, 27, from Wiltshire, and Darren Neilson, 31, from Lancashire died when an ammunition round exploded inside a tank at Castlemartin Range on Wednesday.

    "The regiment has lost two real characters and feels truly honoured to have served with them. They will both be sorely missed," Lt Col Simon Ridgway said.

    He added their "thoughts and prayers" are with the two other soldiers, their families and friends at this "incredibly difficult time".

  19. Yeovil sign winger Browne from Grimsby

    Rhys Brown scored Macclesfield's opening goal in their 3-2 FA Trophy final defeat by York City at Wembley in May

    Yeovil Town have made their first summer signing by bringing in winger Rhys Browne from Grimsby Town for an undisclosed fee.

    The versatile 21-year-old Antigua and Barbuda international has signed a two-year contract with the League Two club.

    Browne's father Steve also played at Huish Park for Yeovil in the 1990s.

    Read the full story here.

  20. Traffic still busy on the M5 near Bristol

    M5

    This image is from cameras on the M5 between J17-J18 looking north.