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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Wednesday, 5th July 2017

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  1. Weather for the West

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    Video caption: Watch: Sara Thornton with the weather forecast

    It looks like it's going to be hot again tomorrow, with a chance of some thundery showers.

    Here's Sara Thornton with all the details.

    And that's all from us for tonight.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 7am-10pm tomorrow.

  2. Glastonbury defends litter pickers' contracts

    Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury

    The Glastonbury Festival has defended its reported use of zero-hours contracts, following an attack on their use by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

    Reports suggested hundreds of litter pickers were laid off after just two days because there was not as much litter as expected after the event.

    Mr Corbyn, who has promised to ban zero-hours contracts, appeared at the festival last month, telling the crowd young people should not have to "accept low wages and insecurity as just part of life".

    In a statement, the festival said the litter pickers were all given temporary worker agreements.

    Click here to read the full story.

  3. Cricket St Thomas team preparing for Soapbox Race

    The Cricket St Thomas Golf Club Soapbox team are getting ready to compete in the Red Bull Soapbox Race at London's Alexandra Palace on 9 July.

    The race is an international event in which amateur drivers race homemade 'soapbox' vehicles powered by nothing more than gravity - and courage.

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    Video caption: The Cricket St Thomas Golf Club team will take on the course at London's Alexandra Palace
  4. Could you give an injured wild animal a lift on your way home?

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    Video caption: The charity says it needs people to drive injured animals to their centre in Highbridge.

    Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Highbridge, Somerset, has put out an appeal for people who live in Bristol to help them.

    The charity often receives calls from the Bristol area about animals that need help. But many of their volunteer drivers aren't actually based there.

    So, they are looking for people who live in Somerset, but who work in Bristol, to drop by their local vets in the evening, so they can act as an animal taxi on the way home from work.

  5. 'Funeral' protest held over incinerator plan

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    Video caption: Watch: 'Funeral' protest held over incinerator plan

    Protestors returned to Shire Hall in Gloucester for the third time in a week to protest against the waste incinerator being built by the council.

    Campaigners held a fake funeral for the "death of democracy" and painted slogans outside.

    They want the contract cancelled claiming that it's unlawful and needs more public scrutiny.

    The council said it respects the right to protest but that the incinerator would cut carbon emissions and save over £100m for the taxpayer.

  6. Second cave rescue in a week for crews

    Fire crew at Box tunnels

    Firefighters have rescued a group of people trapped in a Wiltshire cave for the second time in a week.

    Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue worked with Mendip Cave Rescue to free them from the former stone mines in Box after being called at 02:50 BST.

    Martin Grass, from Mendip Cave Rescue, who helped rescue the seven, in their late teens and early 20s, said they were "cold and inadequately equipped".

    Read the full story here.

  7. Police failed murdered man Bijan Ebrahimi on many levels

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    Video caption: Watch: Ebrahimi's former neighbours remember him

    A report has found police failed a man who was murdered in Bristol on many levels, over many years.

    An IPCC investigation into the Bijan Ebrahimi case found he was treated with disrespect, prejudice and contempt, and was branded an attention-seeker, nuisance and a liar.

    The 44-year-old repeatedly called police to report harassment and threats, and hours before he was beaten to death and then set on fire by a neighbour, he told police he feared for his life.

    BBC Points West's Charlotte Callen met his former neighbours.

  8. Royal visit for the National Star College

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    Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited students and staff at The National Star College today.

    It's just one of the events marking the 50th anniversary of the college based at Ullenwood, Gloucestershire.

    For the past half-a-century, the college has helped unlock the potential of students with physical and learning difficulties who have come from all over the UK.

  9. Ashton Gate in Lego

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    Video caption: Watch: Someone's made a model of Ashton Gate out of Lego

    Ashton Gate has become the latest stadium to be built by a football fan who has set himself the challenge of piecing together all 92 English league and Scottish Premiership grounds from Lego bricks.

    Bristol City’s stadium is number 44 for Chris Smith, who documents his creations on his website, Brickstand.

  10. MetroBus boss quits amid costs row

    Artists impression of the Bus Rapid Transit Network proposed by the West of England Councils
    Image caption: The "rapid transit" bus scheme was devised by the four councils in Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset

    The man in charge of delivering a major part of Bristol's MetroBus network has resigned from his role.

    Chris Sane left South Gloucestershire Council days before it emerged the cost of building the North Fringe to Hengrove route had risen £4.6m since November.

    Amid months of traffic delays, the construction bill is now £16m higher than forecast two years ago.

    Mr Sane resigned on 30 June for "personal reasons", the council said.

    Read the full story here.

  11. Somerset on top against depleted Tykes

    James Hildreth

    Somerset built a healthy lead on the third day against Yorkshire, who were without injured seamers Liam Plunkett and Ryan Sidebottom at Scarborough.

    Plunkett, who took 4-73 in Somerset's first innings, was unable to bowl because of a suspected groin injury, while Sidebottom has a back problem.

    Read the full story here.

  12. Broken £1K table sells for £17K

    The Victorian coffee table that sold for £17,360

    A coffee table with a broken leg has fetched £17,360 at auction.

    The table, which had a small part of the leg missing, had been owned by a woman near Bristol who sold it because she was moving house.

    Click here to read the full story.

  13. Ebrahimi report: family slams 'racism'

    The family of Bijan Ebrahimi has issued the following statement and raised questions about police racism:

    Quote Message: Had the authorities not colluded in the race hate crime that Bijan suffered in his council flat over all those years, he would be alive today. Avon and Somerset Constabulary has taken responsibility for its racial discrimination against Bijan and for failing to protect his life. Bristol City Council must now do the same, if justice is to be done. from Bijan Ebrahimi's family
    Bijan Ebrahimi's family
    Mr Ebrahimi's sisters
    Image caption: Mr Ebrahimi's sisters, Mojgan Kahayatian (left) and Manisha Moores (right)
    Quote Message: The root causes of this atrocity run deep within the institutions responsible for protecting the lives of vulnerable council tenants. Bijan was left defenceless against the race hatred of other tenants because the very institutions whose duty it was to protect him are infected with the same racism. from Tony Murphy Bhatt Murphy Solicitors
    Tony MurphyBhatt Murphy Solicitors
  14. Golden tickets: the Bristol hunt is on!

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    Video caption: Watch: Golden tickets hidden in Bristol

    Golden tickets have been hidden around Bristol as part of the Colston Hall's 150th anniversary celebrations.

    There are 21 in total to find. Those that discover one will win a pair of tickets to a concert of their choice.

    There's also a platinum ticket to find which secures the finder a pair of tickets to as many gigs of their choice between September and February.

    Get hunting!

  15. Football: Notts County interested in Forest Green midfielder

    Liam Noble

    League Two side Notts County are keen on re-signing Forest Green Rovers midfielder Liam Noble.

    Noble, 26, spent two seasons at Notts but was released in June 2016 and joined Forest Green on a two-year deal.

    Click here to read the full story.

  16. Ebrahimi: 'Police responding to any incident should keep an open mind'

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    Video caption: Watch: IPCC commissioner Jan Williams says it's really important police responding to any incident keep an open mind

    A disabled Iranian refugee repeatedly reported death threats and racial abuse to police for seven years before being brutally murdered, a report has found.

    Bijan Ebrahimi was beaten to death and set alight on a Bristol estate amid false claims he was a paedophile.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission said he had been treated "consistently differently from his neighbours" in what could be construed as "racial bias, conscious or unconscious".

    Click here to read more.

  17. 23 arrests after drugs warrants in Taunton

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    Quote Message: Today wasn’t just about taking drug dealers off the street; more importantly it was about protecting vulnerable people who are exploited due to debt, addiction, mental health problems or other issues that make them an easy target. We won’t tolerate it. from Lisa Simpson C/Insp Avon and Somerset Police
    Lisa SimpsonC/Insp Avon and Somerset Police
  18. Safety warning over Box stone mines

    Fire crews at Box stone mines

    Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to think twice before visiting the former stone mines below Box.

    Firefighters have attended at Box Hill twice in three days to support Mendip Cave Rescue in bringing groups of people to safety.

    According to firefighters anyone intending to explore any underground complex should:

    • Always tell someone where you are going, where you intend to park, and what time you intend to back on the surface – and make sure they have all appropriate mobile phone numbers for contacting you.
    • Dress appropriately – it can get very cold underground so take warm clothes, even if you don’t think you’ll need them.
    • Have more than one torch, fully charged, and make sure all mobile phones are fully charged as well.
    • Take water and some snacks.
    • Use a map and, where possible, check before you leave that the map is still valid – for example, some entrance points may have been closed off since the map was produced.
  19. Why some love the MP with Mogg-mentum

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    Video caption: Social media appeal of Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg

    North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has become an unlikely star of social media - with some fans already calling for him to stand for Prime Minister.

    BBC Daily Politics reporter Ellie Price investigates.