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  1. News, sport, travel and weather from across the West of England on Tuesday 4 July 2017

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  1. Phew, what a scorcher!

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    Video caption: Watch: Sara Thornton with the weather forecast for the West

    Well, that's all from us for tonight.

    We'll be back from 7am tomorrow with more news, sport, travel and weather.

    Just time to leave you with the weather forecast with Sara Thornton.

    And it looks like it's going to be a scorcher, before the thunder arrives.

  2. Bristol Balloon Fiesta again supports Great Western Air Ambulance

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    Video caption: Watch: What can we expect to see in the skies next month?

    It's been announced that Great Western Air Ambulance will again be the supported charity of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, which will take place next month.

    The event's Sue Atkinson said the public can expect to see a whole host of different balloons take to the skies from Ashton Court.

  3. Bristol Hippodrome sells off its 1940s seats

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    Video caption: Bristol Hippodrome seats will be sold off.

    Bristol Hippodrome is retiring its ageing seating - and selling 1000 of the seats to the public for £75 each.

    All money raised will help fund a facelift for the theatre.

  4. PW60: The St Pauls Carnival

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    Video caption: PW60: St Pauls Carnival

    As part of Points West's 60th anniversary celebrations we've had a dig around in the archive and found this wonderful footage of the early days of Bristol's St Pauls Carnival - just in time for its own 50th anniversary.

  5. Secret World in a wildlife SOS call

    Bluetits being fed

    Is there space in your handbag for a hedgehog? How about a gecko in the glovebox?

    Secret World Wildlife Rescue are after people who live in Somerset but work in Bristol to help transport wildlife casualties to their rescue centre in Highbridge.

    Quote Message: In the summer, we are really busy. Bristol is one of the areas that we don't have enough drivers. The volunteers that we do use are beginning to get tired, but if you live near us you could bring something to us on your way home. from Pauline Kidner Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre worker
    Pauline KidnerSecret World Wildlife Rescue Centre worker
  6. MetroBus scheme cost up by further £4.6m

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    Image caption: Work to build the MetroBus route through north Bristol has taken longer than originally planned

    The cost of building Bristol's MetroBus network has risen a further £4.6m, the council has admitted.

    The bill for the North Fringe to Hengrove route has gone up to £117.9m since November, a report indicated.

    Drivers in the city have faced months of delays caused by work on the network across Bristol.

    South Gloucestershire Council blamed a series of construction delays for the extra costs.

  7. Hospital's A&E department to close overnight

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    Video caption: Watch: How to get help during times the A&E department is closed

    Here's a reminder that the A&E department at Weston General Hospital will close overnight from tonight.

    The hospital, which serves more than 200,000 people in Weston-super-Mare, will close between 10pm and 8am.

    Bosses say the temporary move is necessary until it can guarantee safe levels of staffing overnight.

    People with serious and life-threatening emergencies are being told to dial 999 and ambulances will take them to hospitals in Bristol (24 miles away) or Taunton (27 miles away).

  8. Bristol smokers offered vaping vouchers to help them quit


    Bristol City Council is giving out vouchers for e-cigarettes, in a bid to stub out smoking in areas where it's persistently high.

    More than 30% of households in Hartcliffe and Withywood have people living there who smoke, compared to 18% nationally.

    The Royal College of Physicians said the evidence available shows that e-cigarettes are 95% safer than regular cigarettes.

  9. How dog owners can help their postmen and women


    The Bristol postcode area is in the top 10 for attacks on postmen and women by dogs,

    Figures released by the Communications Workers Union (CWU) show 48 posties were injured last year, the majority at the front door or in the front garden.

    "It just needs owners to restrict their animals access to the front garden or to put their dog in another room before opening the door to collect a parcel or sign for an item," a CWU spokesman said.

    Royal Mail's fifth annual Dog Awareness Week runs from 3 to 8 July and aims to raise awareness of the issue of dog attacks on postmen and women and encourage responsible dog ownership.

  10. Rehab centre 'committed to stopping generational abuse'

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    Video caption: Watch: Dr Mike Peirce on the need for places like Chandos House

    Drug and alcohol rehab centre patron Dr Mike Peirce says addiction "literally tears families apart".

    He was speaking about the need for places like Chandos House not to disappear as support services face cuts.

    Chandos House, in Bristol, was established 35 years ago and has helped more than 2,000 people. It's the only residential rehab facility, for men only, in the city.

    Today they held an event - with more than 100 people turning up - to raise awareness of the need for funding.

  11. Beth French explains decision to stop swimming challenge

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    Video caption: Listen: Beth French explains her decision to stop

    Marathon swimmer Beth French from Taunton has explained why she decided to call off her Oceans7 challenge - an attempt to swim the world's seven toughest ocean channels in one year.

    She was trying to complete seven of the world's most difficult ocean channel swims, but she said concern for her son's welfare prompted her to call it a day.

  12. Riding on the footplate, there and back again

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    Video caption: Watch: The view from the cab of Tornado

    Here's a chance to experience a real-time steam train journey between Bristol and Westbury.

    The journey on the steam locomotive Tornado, lasted nearly an hour, and was streamed on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page earlier.

    You can experience the journey again in full on Facebook by clicking here.

    Choo, choo!

  13. Recovering addict was 'knocked out' by city's rehab centre

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    Video caption: Watch: Paul Moores speaks in support of Chandos House

    Recovering addict Paul Moores said he was "absolutely knocked out" when he visited Bristol's only residential rehab centre for men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

    "And I've got a lot of rehab experience", he added.

    He was speaking out in support of the centre at an event organised by Chandos House. It wants to highlight how it is having to re-invent itself in the current financial climate.

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    Image caption: Chandos House was established 35 years ago and has helped more than 2,000 people
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    Severe accident: A38 Gloucestershire both ways

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    A38 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between Selwyn Road and A4173 Stroud Road.

    A38 Gloucestershire - A38 Finlay Road in Gloucester blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Selwyn Road junction and the A4173 Stroud Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and a bicycle.

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

  15. Cathedral clean-up taking shape

    Work on cleaning up Gloucester Cathedral is progressing nicely, by the looks of it.

    It's all part of Project Pilgrim, which aims to improve facilities at the medieval building.

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    Severe accident: A419 Gloucestershire both ways

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    A419 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between Thrupp Lane and London Road.

    A419 Gloucestershire - A419 London Road in Thrupp blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Thrupp Lane junction and Waitrose, because of an accident.

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

  17. Overton lifts Somerset with five wickets

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    Craig Overton completed his second five-wicket haul of the season as Somerset finished a rain-interrupted second day on top against Yorkshire.

    The seamer, who had overnight figures of 2-17, returned to the pavilion with figures of 5-78 as the hosts closed on 159-7 - 109 runs behind Somerset.

    Read the full story here.

  18. Ever fancied owning a seat from Bristol Hippodrome?

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    Image caption: Although The Hippodrome survived two world wars it was nearly destroyed by fire in 1948

    If you've ever fancied owning one of seats at the Bristol Hippodrome then now's your chance.

    They've been in use since 1948 and are being stripped out next month as part of the venue's refurbishment.

    Seats will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis and need collecting by 21 August.

    Prospective purchasers will be asked to nominate a local charity, from a list, to which Hippodrome bosses say they will make "generous donation".