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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from the West of England on Friday, 30 June 2017

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  1. Prepare for a sunnier few days ahead

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    Video caption: Watch: "Increasing sunshine" for the West, says Sara Thornton

    That's all from us here on BBC Local Live for the West of England at the end of a busy week.

    We've got warmer, sunnier weather to look forward to this weekend and we'll be back on Monday from 7am with more live news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  2. Virtual reality orchestra inside a shipping container?

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    Video caption: Watch: Meurig Bowen introduces the idea

    A brightly-coloured freight container has appeared on Cheltenham's High Street.

    Inside is the Philharmonia Orchestra - sort of.

  3. George Formby uke sale impresses local expert

    George Formby's banjo ukulele which is to be sold at auction

    One of the world's leading ukulele experts who lives in Gloucestershire reckons a George Formby fan has got a real bargain.

    A ukulele banjo, once owned by the 1930s and 1940s When I'm Cleaning Windows star, was sold at auction this afternoon for a whopping £28,500.

    But Steven Sproat from the Forest of Dean - who's a whiz on the instrument, and who even taught Frank Skinner to play - said it wasn't the most expensive George Formby instrument.

    Quote Message: There was one that went last year for about £72,000. I don't know what the condition of that one was compared to the condition of this one, but nevertheless I think £28,500 is a good buy really. from Steven Sproat
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  4. Abandoned drug needles causing concern

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    Video caption: Watch: Concern is growing in Gloucester

    A pharmacy in Gloucester says the number of heroin addicts they're dealing with is rising - with up to 40 a week asking for clean needles.

    It follows complaints about drug paraphernalia being left on a key route between the hospital and railway station in the city.

    Needles and used foil are being frequently left in the underpass off Great Western Road.

    Gloucester City Council said 10 cases of drug paraphernalia being dumped had been reported to them.

  5. World Cup home comforts for vice-captain Anya

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    Video caption: Watch: Anya Shrubsole said most of her family will be watching

    The England women's cricket team arrived in Taunton ahead of this weekend's World Cup match against Sri Lanka.

    The squad, which includes Somerset's Anya Shrubsole, had a practice session at the County Ground this afternoon.

    It'll be a special day for her, with many of her family in the crowd cheering her on.

  6. Dancing dads thrill Little Mix fans online

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    Video caption: Watch: See the dads dancing

    A short video of two dads dancing at the Little Mix concert in Gloucester last weekend has attracted a lot of attention online.

    Thousands of people have seen, shared and liked the video which was originally tweeted by Neil Cooley and then 'shared' by the band.

  7. 'People expect councillors to pay attention', says leader

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    Video caption: Watch: Council leader Mark Hawthorne says "it's unacceptable"

    The leader of Gloucestershire County Council says he can "understand why people are very angry" about councillors appearing to fall asleep during a vital council meeting.

    Cllr Mark Hawthorne says he will be talking to other party leaders at Shire Hall to "make sure it doesn't happen again".

  8. Friends attempt ladder climb world record

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    Video caption: Watch: The group wants to climb a total of 42km

    A group of friends in Frome are attempting to break a world record for repeatedly climbing a ladder.

    They need to climb 42km in eight hours to break the record while raising money for a charity and the Jamie Mines fund.

    Jamie, a scaffolder from the town, had to have his leg and hands amputated after a severe electric shock at a Swindon industrial estate last December.

  9. Bus firm temporarily withdraws service after vandal attacks

    A bus firm in Bristol had to withdraw its service through the south of the city on Thursday after windows were smashed on "multiple vehicles".

    The 51 connects Whitchurch, Hengrove and Knowle to the city centre, and was saved from being axed last summer when First said it would end the service.

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  10. Would you know what to do if your child choked on food?

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    Video caption: Watch: First Aid advice for helping a choking child

    Last weekend Oli Hulbert, aged five, choked on a grape.

    Despite the frantic efforts of his dad Steve, they couldn't dislodge it.

    The family dialled 999 from their home near Bristol and paramedics arrived within minutes.

    They began chest compressions until the grape was eventually dislodged.

  11. Step inside one of the most amazing homes in the UK

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    Image caption: The Medieval dining room

    A family in Weston-super-Mare has transformed their home into a medieval castle with decadent fabrics and amazing paintings by local artist Martin Darcy.

    Jayne Townley had her dining room transformed into a beautiful medieval banqueting room and soon caught the bug which ended up with a castle, complete with flags and turrets painted on the back of their house.

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    Image caption: An enchanted forest with a waterfall is painted on one of their fences.

    The fantastical art doesn't end with her house though: the walls in her garden have also been transformed with dramatic waterfalls, hobbit cottages, a bluebell wood, fairy garden and a stunning sea scape.

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    Image caption: A beautiful sea scape on the back-garder fence
  12. Gus the baby giraffe earns his stripes

    Gus, the baby giraffe, and Zebedee the Chapman's zebra

    Baby Gus was born last month at Noah's Ark Zoo farm in Wraxall has been spotted cosying up to an inquisitive zebra, with the pair exchanging licks and nuzzles.

    Gus was born last month at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, near Bristol, and after finding his feet has been settling in. well.

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    Video caption: Watch: Genny the giraffe gave birth last month

    He has been quick to explore his outdoor field and has met his neighbour, a bachelor Chapman's zebra called Zebedee.

    Gus, the baby giraffe, and Zebedee the Chapman's zebra
  13. Train platforms given artistic makeover

    Lydney Station, Gloucestershire

    Platforms at Lydney station in the Forest of Dean have been transformed using soft furnishings.

    Commuters can enjoy bunting, blankets, cushions, carpets, and art work.

    The shelters have been decorated by a new Forest of Dean artist group called Far Open Studios.

    Lydney Station, Gloucestershire
    Lydney Station, Gloucestershire
  14. Bridgwater Barrier design unveiled

    Bridgwater Barrier

    The preferred design and location of a major flood defence scheme along the River Parrett has been unveiled.

    Sedgemoor District Council and the Environment Agency are working on the £60m project which also includes work to the flood banks downstream.

    The Bridgwater Barrier will be built near Express Park in north Bridgwater.

    Coastal engineer from the Environment Agency, John Buttivant said: "The site allows us good access to build, maintain and operate the structure."

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  15. Can Liam Fox cast Ministry of Magic spell over Brexit?

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    Video caption: Watch: See the man charged with forging the post-Brexit trade deals at his Colonial Office HQ

    After years banished to the backbenches, he's back.

    North Somerset MP Liam Fox now heads the new Department of International Trade with a mission to forge deals around the world for a Britain after Brexit.

    Mr Fox's headquarters are the rather opulent surroundings of the Foreign Office, which were used as the Ministry of Magic in the Harry Potter films.

    With no draft trade deals in place yet, his critics say he'll need some serious wizardry to have everything in place by March 2019.

    But he tells BBC Points West's Robin Markwell how his surroundings are inspiring him to make a success of Brexit.

  16. 'It's a disgrace' - a sleeping councillors vox pop

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    Video caption: Watch: "Quite worrying" - Gloucester shoppers have their say on the sleeping councillors

    Outrageous... worrying... a disgrace.

    Just some of the reactions from people on the streets of Gloucester to our video of councillors falling asleep during a vital council meeting on Wednesday.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A39 Somerset both ways

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    A39 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Jocelyn Drive and A371 East Somerset Way.

    A39 Somerset - A39 Glastonbury Road in Wells blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Jocelyn Drive junction and Strawberry Way roundabout, because of an accident.

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

  18. Tennis player admits child sex offences

    Dan Sanders

    A former professional tennis player has pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child.

    Daniel Sanders, who is originally from Wrexham and once played doubles with Tim Henman, played his last professional match in 1996.

    The 42-year-old then started a coaching career in the town, but now lives in Merriott, Somerset.

    He admitted all eight charges at Mold Crown Court on Friday and was bailed until sentencing on 27 July.