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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 29 June 2017

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  1. Weather: 'Likely to see rain overnight and a cool start to Friday'

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    Video caption: Weather: 'Likely to see rain overnight and a cool start to Friday' says Sara Thornton

    It's goodnight from your local live team in the West.

    We'll be back from 7am tomorrow with live news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the region until 10pm.

  2. Hunt for man after car-jacking incident

    Police cordon

    A woman was dragged out of her car at temporary traffic lights in a suspectedcar-jacking attempt in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.

    The incident happened on Horsley Road at about 5pm on Monday, according to police.

    A silver VW Passat pulled up to the woman's car and the male driver got out, approached her, tried to grab the car keys and dragged her out of the vehicle.

    The man ran off after being spooked by other drivers leaving the woman shaken but unhurt.

    Gloucestershire Police is appealing for witnesses.

    The suspect is described as white, skinny, about 5ft 6ins tall with long, messy brown dreadlock hair.

  3. Dozing councillors sleep in meeting

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    Video caption: Watch: Councillors appeared to be dozing off in the meeting

    Councillors in Gloucestershire were spotted falling asleep during one of their most important meetings in recent years.

    The county council ordered an independent review of children's services on Wednesday after "serious and widespread failures" were found.

    Four councillors were spotted nodding off, including the deputy leader.

    Ray Theodoulou blamed his heart medication for making him "a little drowsy".

  4. Football: Swindon bring in Linganzi from Pompey

    Amine Linganzi

    Swindon Town have agreed a deal to make Portsmouth midfielder Amine Linganzi their sixth signing of the summer.

    The 27-year-old Congo international joins the Robins on a free transfer, subject to English Football League and Football Association approval.

    "It is a great opportunity to play for the best club in League Two," Linganzi told the club website.

    Swindon have already signed Chris Robertson, James Dunne, Paul Mullin, Ben Purkiss and Olly Lancashire.

  5. Rock star 'walking totally unaided' after leg amputation

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    Over the past few months we've reported on the plight of rock star Steve Grimmett, from Swindon, who had a leg amputated after he became unwell on tour.

    The 57-year-old front man of heavy metal rock band Grim Reaper became ill in Ecuador.

    He needed life-saving surgery after complications with an infection to his foot.

  6. Wildlife Trust surveys county's coastline to save species

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    Video caption: Watch: Wildlife Trust surveys coast

    Somerset Wildlife Trust is surveying the county's coastline.

    It's looking at the wildlife found between the low and high tide marks along the 47-mile stretch.

    The trust's Steve Mews says it will help them save species and wildlife from future threats such as fracking.

  7. 'Our motivation for public preaching is love'

    Michael Overd (left) and Michael Stockwell
    Image caption: Michael Overd (left) and Michael Stockwell were convicted in February

    Two street preachers fined for a religiously aggravated public order offence have won appeals against their convictions.

    Avon and Somerset Police previously said Michael Overd, 53, and Michael Stockwell, 51, had "crossed the line" after they were accused of telling Muslims in the crowd their God "did not exist" and called other shoppers "animals".

    However judges at Bristol Crown Court have now ruled it was not proved the offence was religiously aggravated.

    Quote Message: We are so grateful to the Christian Legal Centre and all those who supported us in our case. We hope and pray that today's ruling will be an encouragement to Christians across the nation to continue preaching the good news. from Michael Overd Street preacher
    Michael OverdStreet preacher
    Quote Message: Our motivation for public preaching is love. We want people to have access to the good news about Jesus Christ. When we were convicted of public order offences in February, I was shocked that God's message of love, is now considered by some to be hateful and dangerous. Freedom of speech is under increasing assault in this nation. People should be free to express their beliefs in public, without risk of harm, violence or other repercussions. That's why today's result is such a great victory. from Michael Stockwell Street preacher
    Michael StockwellStreet preacher
  8. Vintage Bristol balloon basket found in American museum

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    Video caption: Watch: The talk of museums is making Don Cameron "feel old"

    A Cameron balloon basket made in Bristol almost 50 years ago has been found thousands of miles away in the United States.

    The basket was made in a workshop at The Bristol Royal School for the Blind in the 1970s.

    A woman from Wick St Lawrence spotted the basket in the Alburquerque Museum in New Mexico.

    Cameron Balloons founder Don Cameron said it makes him feel old when his products are found in museums.

  9. Preachers appeal 'victory for freedom of speech'

    Andrea Williams

    Two street preachers who were fined for a sermon delivered to Bristol shoppers have won appeals against their convictions.

    Andrea Williams, the director of the Christian Legal Centre, has called it a "fantastic victory for freedom of speech":

    Quote Message: The Bible and its teachings are the foundation of our society and provided many of the freedoms and protections that we still enjoy today. Mike Overd and Michael Stockwell were saying nothing that wouldn't be heard at speakers' corner in Hyde Park – presenting the claims of the Bible, answering the crowd's questions and objections, and responding to abuse which was hurled at them. At a time where Christians are becoming increasingly fearful about expressing their beliefs in the public space, this is a welcome and needed result. We are grateful that the judge made the right decision today. from Andrea Williams Chief executive, Christian Legal Centre
    Andrea WilliamsChief executive, Christian Legal Centre
  10. Weston College receives £8.7m boost

    Weston College

    Weston College is to receive £8.7m of funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership.

    The money will be used to create two facilities:

    • A Health and Active Living Centre, which will promote health and wellbeing in Weston-super-Mare and the region
    • An Infrastructure Construction Skill Centre to train people to work in the construction industry – particularly on Hinkley Point
    Quote Message: Our facilities, including the Winter Gardens and university centre development will provide state of the art learning and resources across a range of qualification levels and sectors, meaning that local people will benefit from unprecedented access to learning opportunities including degrees. from Dr Paul Phillips CBE Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group
    Dr Paul Phillips CBEPrincipal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group
  11. The unusual history of Imber village

    The gates of St Giles Church at Imber village

    Access to a "ghost village" church which was taken over by the military in World War Two is to be restricted.

    Click here to read more about that, or keep reading for an overview of the history of Imber in Wiltshire.

    • It was evacuated in December 1943
    • Residents were ordered to leave and never allowed to return
    • The village was wanted for a training area for American troops preparing for the invasion of Europe during World War II
    • St Giles Church is one of the only buildings left standing in its original form
    • Public access to the village is now granted by the Ministry of Defence
    • It is sited in a military training zone
  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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    M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, at J13 for A419.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound at J13, A419 (Stroud), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. 'Massive blow physically and mentally' for BMX rider

    Liam Phillips

    Liam Phillips from Burnham-on-Sea has had to withdraw from July's BMX World Championships because of a wrist injury.

    Last year, the 2013 world champion withdrew from the quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics after a heavy fall.

    Quote Message: After the disappointment of Rio, I took some time off and got back to work with only one real objective - try and win the World Championships and wear the rainbow jersey again. This has been a massive blow both physically and mentally. My long term health is of the upmost importance and I'll continue working hard to ensure these injuries keep me off the bike for the shortest time possible. Thanks to everyone in my corner for understanding the nature of this sport and the difficulties we sometimes face. from Liam Phillips BMX rider
    Liam PhillipsBMX rider
  14. Christian street preachers win appeals

    Michael Overd, left, and Michael Stockwell
    Image caption: Michael Overd, left, and Michael Stockwell outside court after winning their appeals

    Two street preachers who were fined for a sermon delivered to Bristol shoppers have won appeals against their convictions.

    Michael Overd, 53, and Michael Stockwell, 51, were convicted in February for a religiously aggravated public order offence.

    Judges at Bristol Crown Court said it was not proved the offence was religiously aggravated.

    Mr Overd said he was a "Christian soldier" and would return to preach.

  15. Fatal M5 car race 'a recipe for disaster'

    Sabbir Sedoo

    Sabbir Sedoo has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for killing three people in a car crash.

    Sedoo was racing his brother on the M5 in Gloucestershire when the other car crashed into the back of a stationary lorry.

    Sulemain Sedoo and two of his three passengers were killed in the crash.

    Jailing the 28-year-old, from Tredworth in Gloucester, Judge Jamie Tabor said Sedoo's behaviour was "grossly irresponsible" and what followed was "carnage".

    Quote Message: You were so engrossed in racing that you completely missed what was in front of you - you missed the hazard warning lights. What followed was carnage. The Mercedes smashed into the rear of the parked lorry. You tried to get past on the nearside and ricocheted off the barrier. Your behaviour was grossly irresponsible. There was in my judgment a period of showing off. This was a very sustained piece of dangerous driving over a period of 29 miles. It was a recipe for disaster. I have no doubt that you are a very hard-working and responsible man but on that day you drove and behaved like an idiot. from Sentencing quote from Judge Jamie Tabor QC Recorder of Gloucester
    Sentencing quote from Judge Jamie Tabor QCRecorder of Gloucester
  16. Six 4x4s discovered at business park - man charged

    A Land Rover Discovery - one of the vehicles

    A man has been charged with handling stolen goods after several luxury 4x4s and hundreds of car parts were found at a business park in the Forest of Dean.

    Edward Samuel Fear, of Wellington Terrace, Newnham, appeared before Cheltenham magistrates charged with six counts of handling stolen goods.

    Click here to read more.

    A Range Rover - one of the vehicles
  17. Cannabis plants seized from flat above coffee shop

    Costa Coffee branch with police outside

    Cannabis plants with a street value of more than £100,000 have been seized from a flat above a branch of Costa Coffee.

    More than 300 plants were found during a raid in Whiteladies Road, Bristol.

    The property is close to the busy Clifton Down shopping centre and railway station.

    One man has been arrested on suspicion of production of a controlled drug.

    Cannabis plants
  18. Street preachers win appeal against conviction

    Michael Overd (left) was arrested in July at Broadmead shopping centre in Bristol - Michael Stockwell is not pictured
    Image caption: Michael Overd (left) was arrested last July - Michael Stockwell is not pictured

    Two street preachers convicted of religiously aggravated public order offences have won their appeals against the charge.

    Michael Overd, 52, and Michael Stockwell, 50, were filmed last summer preaching at Bristol's Broadmead Shopping Centre.

    In March Bristol magistrates heard they had told Muslims their God "did not exist" and called a crowd of shoppers "animals".

    Michael Overd outside court