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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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Phew, what a scorcher!

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.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta again supports Great Western Air Ambulance

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.

Bristol Hippodrome sells off its 1940s seats

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.

PW60: The St Pauls Carnival

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.

Secret World in a wildlife SOS call

Bluetits being fed
Secret World

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.

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.

Pauline KidnerSecret World Wildlife Rescue Centre worker

MetroBus scheme cost up by further £4.6m

Stoke Lane, Bristol
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.

Hospital's A&E department to close overnight

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).

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.

How dog owners can help their postmen and women

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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.

Rehab centre 'committed to stopping generational abuse'

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.

Countdown on for Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Beth French explains decision to stop swimming challenge

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.

Riding on the footplate, there and back again

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!

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

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.

Chandos House
Chandos House was established 35 years ago and has helped more than 2,000 people

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

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

BBC News Travel

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

Overton lifts Somerset with five wickets

Craig Overton

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.

Ever fancied owning a seat from Bristol Hippodrome?

Old photo of the Hippodrome
Bristol Post/University of Bristol Theatre Collection
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".

Cricket: Gloucestershire win on Day Two

It was the four-day match that finished inside two days!

Gloucestershire have beaten Glamorgan at Cheltenham.

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The team eased to a ten-wicket victory after being set a modest target of 135 by Glamorgan.

Cameron Bancroft and Chris Dent eased any nerves on a variable pitch with an unbeaten stand of 137.

Read the full story here.

Abraham goes to Swansea on loan

Tammy Abraham

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has signed a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge and joined Swansea City on a season-long loan deal.

Abraham, 19, scored 26 goals in 48 games on loan at Bristol City last season.

Click here to read the full story.

Addiction rehab centre fights 'appalling cuts'

Watch: Dr Mike Peirce speaks in support of Chandos House

Chandos House is Bristol's only residential rehab for men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It describes itself as a "dying breed".

Today the centre invited more than a hundred people - including politicians, police, support service professionals and the voluntary sector - to raise awareness of the cuts it's facing.

Patron Dr Mike Peirce said "Chandos needs to step up" without compromising its values.

Chandos House

M4 still congested between J15-J16

Highways England
Highways England

Is that it? Could this be the most disappointing sinkhole ever?

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J14, B4509 (Thornbury), 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

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between J20 for M5 and J21 for M48.

M4 Bristol - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M4 westbound between J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J21 M48, because of emergency repairs.

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

A fifth of Weston hospital patients used A&E overnight

Chart showing attendances at Weston General Hospital out of hours

Analysis of hospital data at Weston shows one in five patients attended between the hours it will now close.

Those 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).

NHS England insists closures will only happen when there are viable alternatives in place such as longer GP opening hours, or better centralised care elsewhere.

M4 West: Still long delays between J15-J16

Huge sinkhole opens in Warminster

Severe accident: A303 Wiltshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A303 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between A350 and A36 Deptford.

A303 Wiltshire - A303 closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A350 junction in Chicklade and Deptford, because of a serious accident involving two vehicles.

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

Wills Memorial Building to keep name

Wills Memorial Building

The University of Bristol's Wills Memorial Building will not be renamed, despite calls for a change due to the name's association with slavery.

A university spokesman said the decision had been made after views on both sides were "listened to carefully".

An online petition to rename the building attracted nearly 700 signatures while a separate petition to keep the name attracted nearly 900 signatures.

Henry Overton Wills' family was involved in the slave trade and he helped to finance the university in the early 20th Century.

Earlier this year the city's Colston Hall venue announced its name was to be changed due to the "toxic" name it shares with a 17th Century slave trader.

M4 delays around J15-16 following an accident

Looking east on the M4 J15-J16
Highways England
Looking east on the M4 J15-J16

Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, at J16 for A3102 affecting J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Wiltshire - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M4 westbound at J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of an accident. Congestion to J15, A346 (Swindon East).

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

Yorkshire v Somerset: Play under way again

BBC Sport

Play has just resumed at Scarborough between Yorkshire and Somerset in the first division of the County Championship.

The White Rose reached 110-6 in reply to the visitors' first innings total of 268 all out.

You can listen to ball-by-ball commentary of the game here.

Nudefest returns to Somerset

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For the second year, Nudefest has returned to Somerset's Thorney Lakes near Langport with around 300 visitors expected.

BBC Somerset's Jack Murley was broadcasting there this morning.

The organisers have lined up a range of activities that will take place between now and the 10th July, including archery, morning runs, nudicise, sniper school and karaoke - all in the nude!

Taunton swimmer abandons marathon swimming challenge

Watch: Beth French has given up on trying to swim the world's toughest channels

It's the end of the line for Beth French's Oceans7 challenge.

She was trying to achieve seven of the world's most difficult ocean channel swims, but concern for her son's welfare prompted her to call it off.

James Bailey

Yeovil sign midfielder James Bailey on a two-year contract after he rejected a new deal with Carlisle.

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Weston General A&E closure: what to do if you need help

From 10pm this evening, Weston General Hospital's A&E department will close overnight, because it cannot be staffed safely.

Ambulances will take patients with life-threatening illnesses to Bristol or Taunton between the hours of 10pm and 8am.

Watch: the A&E department at Weston General Hospital begins a temporary night-time closure from today.

Weston MP reacts to A&E closure protests

Weston General

John Penrose has issued a statement about the night-time closure of Weston General's A&E:

It's great to see that there is cross-party support for a 24/7 A&E service in Weston, because this clear message from all of us living here strengthens my hand in my ongoing discussions with health Ministers and senior NHS managers. I’ve already made sure that the plans to get the A&E reopened will be ready in a few weeks, and I’m sure no-one is suggesting patient safety should be put at risk by reopening it (or keeping it open) before they’ve got enough professional staff to run it properly, but we want these recruitment problems sorted out and a 24/7 service resumed as soon as possible.

John PenroseMP for Weston-super-Mare