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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Thursday, 6th July 2017

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  1. Becoming cloudier and cooler

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    Video caption: Watch: Sara Thornton with the weather forecast

    It looks like tomorrow won't be quite as hot as it has been.

    Here's Sara Thornton with the details.

    And that's all from us for this evening.

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

  2. Britain in Bloom volunteers 'devastated' by council's tree blunder

    Volunteers who've spent months getting Melksham ready for the Britain in Bloom competition say they're devastated that a number of trees have been felled by council contractors - the day before the judges are due to visit the Wiltshire town.

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    Video caption: Melksham Britain in Boom mistake
  3. Balancing the seemingly impossible

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    Video caption: Watch: Balancing stones on live TV

    A sculptor who's become internationally famous for his work balancing the seemingly impossible has been showing off his skills in Gloucestershire.

    Adrian Gray who balances stones has been at the Rococo Gardens in Painswick.

    BBC Points West's Tracey Miller went to watch him in action.

  4. New play area for the children's ward at Swindon hospital

    The new play area for children admitted to Swindon's Great Western Hospital is now open.

    After a huge fundraising effort £100,000 was raised to transform the Children's Ward outdoor space.

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    Video caption: Outdoor play area for children admitted to Swindon's Great Western Hospital is now open.
  5. New £270m investment for Oasis leisure scheme

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    Video caption: Watch: North Star site plans had been under threat

    A new £270m redevelopment of the North Star and Oasis leisure complex in Swindon has been confirmed.

    It's hoped plans will be submitted in the next six months.

    Investment firm Seven Capital is behind the new investment. The project has seen numerous changes in the last three years.

    Previous developer Moirai is not involved in the new plans.

  6. Barbershop welcoming autistic children

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    Video caption: Watch: Hear from barber Lucy Ray-Quance and Ruth Spiller

    A barbershop in Bristol has joined a movement to make it easier for autistic children to get their hair cut.

    RQ's in Redfield uses techniques to make the experience less stressful.

  7. Yeovil Town players go cycling as part of pre-season training

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    Video caption: The 24 mile cycle ride was the idea of the Glovers manager Darren Way

    The 24-mile ride was the idea of the Glovers manager Darren Way who regularly cycles.

    He wanted to add a bit of variety to the team's pre-season schedule.

  8. Michel Kisiel sentenced for escaping from lawful custody

    Michel Kisiel

    A prisoner who went on the run while being treated for a head injury has had two years added to his sentence.

    Michel Kisiel, who is serving a five-year sentence at HMP Erlestoke near Devizes, escaped from Salisbury District Hospital on 30 May.

    Click here to read the full story.

  9. Cathedral's orphan peregrine chick fledges

    Peregrine chick

    An orphaned peregrine chick - fostered by falcons nesting at Salisbury Cathedral - has successfully fledged.

    The RSPB rescued three chicks from a nest in Shropshire, at the beginning of June, after their parents were illegally killed by poisoned bait.

    A suitable nest was found in the Midlands for two of the orphaned birds while the third - "Wylie" - was installed in a nest box halfway up the cathedral's 123m (403ft) spire.

    Following a "tense wait", the three-week-old chick was finally accepted and fed by the cathedral's peregrines and even "tolerated" by their own "surprised" chick Dene.

    And now it has successfully fledged.

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  10. Explorer's painting to hang in his home town


    The painting above, by the Cheltenham explorer Edward Wilson, was recently found in the Antarctic covered in mould and penguin poo.

    He was a member of the ill-fated race to the South Pole led by Scott of the Antarctic, where he died in 1912.

    Wilson's original painting has been restored and a copy is to go on display at the art gallery and museum in Cheltenham which bears his name - The Wilson.

    Edward Wilson
  11. 'Cheapest and worst' A358 option given

    A358 sign

    Highways England proposed the cheapest way to upgrade the A358 despite more costly options having more benefits, an investigation has found.

    A local democracy campaigner obtained the Highways England documents using Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.

    Campaigner Dave Orr said: "We now know it's been value engineered down because the budget is constrained."

    Highways England says it will listen to all feedback from its current single option consultation for the upgrade.

    You can read more about the story here.

  12. Veterans help rebuild canal lock

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    Video caption: Watch: Andy Howard reports for BBC Points West

    Pewsham lock on the Wiltshire & Berkshire canal is being restored with the assistance of Help for Heroes veterans.

    It's part of a recovery programme for wounded soldiers readjusting to civilian life.

    The group featured above are four weeks into a six week course.

    It's rather apt that the lock's being restored by soldiers as it was once used for military demolition practice before World War Two.

  13. Recycling firm fined for dumping toxic waste

    Lee Phelan and John Barcham

    A recycling firm near Bristol has been found guilty of dumping 61,000 tonnes of hazardous waste into the foundations of a supermarket distribution centre.

    Churngold Recycling Ltd was paid to remove and safely treat 31,000 tonnes of waste from a BMW plant in Oxford.

    Instead the firm mixed it with more waste so it weighed 61,000 tonnes and then sold on as groundworks material.

    Both directors were cleared for perverting the course of justice and for knowingly breaching permits.

    Click here to read the full story.

  14. Recognise anywhere you know? The West Country looking spectacular!

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    Video caption: We've commissioned this film to show the best of the West. Do you recognise any places?

    We love life here in the West Country, and there's no denying we have some beautiful spots that need a wider audience.

    Points West have commissioned this film showing off the best of the West. Can you spot where it was filmed? We'd love to hear from you. There are 34 locations, so plenty to have a go at!

    You can tweet us, or have a guess on Facebook

  15. Major delays on trains into London Paddington

    A signalling problem is causing major delays to trains into London Paddington.

    Trains to and from the station may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes, according to National Rail.

    Major disruption is expected to continue until 22:00.

    Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express services are currently suspended.

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  16. Wimbledump: Tennis ball flushed down the loo

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    The above tennis ball has been found at Hayden Sewage Works in Cheltenham - and Severn Trent Water is wondering how it got there.

    Quote Message: We expect to see things turning up at the works that shouldn’t have been flushed, like baby wipes and cotton buds, but not tennis balls. How on earth someone has managed to flush a tennis ball down the loo, I don’t know, but this is just one example of the amazing things we find. These things will normally get stuck in the drains and sewers and cause blockages which then, if not identified and cleared can lead to sewers backing up and overflowing into people’s homes and gardens, which is a really horrible, but totally avoidable thing to happen. from Grant Mitchell Community relationship advisor for Severn Trent in Gloucestershire
    Grant MitchellCommunity relationship advisor for Severn Trent in Gloucestershire

    We hope Severn Trent doesn't keep a Lost Property box for things like this.

  17. Investors take over leisure site scheme

    North Star site

    A new investor has been secured to take over a troubled scheme to build a large-scale leisure complex in Swindon.

    Plans for a ski centre, hotel and cinema at the existing Oasis leisure centre stalled after previous developers Moirai failed to meet key targets.

    Click here to read the full story.

  18. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A4013 Gloucestershire both ways

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    A4013 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between A4019 Tewkesbury Road and Grevil Road affecting Dowty Road.

    A4013 Gloucestershire - A4013 Princess Elizabeth Way in Cheltenham blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between Car Dealership and the Grevil Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the Dowty Road junction.

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

  19. The barber making haircuts easier for autistic youngsters

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    Video caption: What's it like to have your haircut if you're autistic?

    A barber shop in Bristol has joined a movement to make it easier for autistic children to get their hair cut.

    RQ's in Redfield use techniques to make the experience less stressful.