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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Friday, 7th July 2017

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  1. Goodnight from Local Live

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    Video caption: Weather for 7 July

    That's it from Local Live for today. We'll be back at 7am on Monday with all the news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West.

    Here's Sarah Thornton with your weekend weather.

  2. Football: Cheltenham snap up Sellars and Eisa

    Jerell Sellars

    League Two club Cheltenham Town have signed forwards Mohamed Eisa and Jerell Sellars, both on one-year deals.

    Sellars, 21, left Aston Villa at the end of last season and has experience of the fourth tier after a loan spell with Wycombe in 2015-16.

    Sudan-born Eisa, 22, scored 57 goals for Greenwich over two seasons.

    "We've known about Mo for a couple of seasons and kept our eye on him due to his goalscoring prowess at that level," said boss Gary Johnson.

    Find all the latest football transferson our dedicated page.

  3. Pride lights up Bristol

    The Victoria Rooms

    It's Bristol Pride Day tomorrow and the Victoria Rooms have been lit up in celebration.

    Pride Day starts at 11am with the Pride Parade. There will also be a multi stage outdoor music festival, community and family areas, bars, food and a market.

    More details here.

  4. Bristol City's Wilbraham signs new deal

    Aaron Wilbraham

    Veteran Bristol City striker Aaron Wilbraham has signed a new one-year deal with the Championship club, which includes non-playing responsibilities.

    The 37-year-old club captain has played for the Ashton Gate outfit since 2014.

    The former Crystal Palace player has scored 34 goals in 126 appearances in all competitions for the Robins so far.

    "His personality and positive influence, both on and off the pitch, is greatly valued," head coach Lee Johnson told the club website.

  5. Fuel thief jailed for car-drag death

    Shakrul Islam

    A man who killed his friend by dragging him under a car after a botched attempt to steal fuel, has been jailed.

    Shakrul Islam, 31, had already used the car as a weapon to scare petrol station staff, a jury was told.

    Kyle Clarke, 27, died when he was dragged for half a mile under the car in Bristol in January.

    Read the full story here.

  6. Rugby: 'It will change your life forever'

    #GetInspired

    Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards

    So says Ben Nutt - winner of Premiership Rugby's BreakThru Achiever award this week - about HITZ, the grassroots rugby programme that has helped him turn his life around.

    Ahead of arguably the biggest game in world rugby tomorrow, it's worth taking a minute to remember those at the other end of the pyramid - the volunteers whose efforts are the foundation of our domestic game and have been rightly rewarded by the organisers of English rugby's top-flight.

    You can read more about Ben and winners from Bath and Bristol, by clicking here.

  7. Sheffield United loan Hussey to Swindon

    Chris Hussey

    League Two club Swindon Town have signed left-back Chris Hussey from Championship outfit Sheffield United on a season-long loan deal.

    The 28-year-old is new boss Dave Flitcroft's seventh summer signing.

    Hussey played for Bury, Burton Albion, AFC Wimbledon and Coventry City before his 2016 move to the Blades.

    "I'm delighted to be here and it is a big club. I'm looking to get promoted this season and I'm sure everyone else is as well," he told Swindon's website.

  8. Father says first aider who tried to save dying son is 'friend for life'

    The father and brother of a motorcyclist who died in a crash last week have praised the first aider who tried to save his life.

    Rich Howman, from Paulton near Bath, made an emotional plea for people to learn CPR after he helped to resuscitate Shaun Morgan.

    Shaun's father Steve and brother Joe, along with Rich, told BBC Points West's Alex Lovell what Rich's actions mean to them.

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    Video caption: Father praises first aider who tried to save his son
  9. Commuters warned of major rail works

    The new Japanese-made trains

    Commuters are being warned that major engineering work on the Great Western Railway mainline could disrupt travel for the next week.

    The work is preparing the 176-year-old line for new faster Hitachi trains that are due to come into service later this year.

    Network Rail said the trains are capable of travelling at 140mph, but only after upgrade work is completed.

    Read the full story here.

  10. Football: Forest Green sign Chelsea keeper Collins

    Bradley Collins

    Forest Green Rovers have signed goalkeeper Bradley Collins on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.

    Collins, 20, twice won the FA Youth Cup with Chelsea and lifted the UEFA Youth League in 2016.

    "I'm delighted to have this opportunity coming from Chelsea Under-23s now to play men's football," Collins told the club website.

    Forest Green Rover's manager Mark Cooper added: "Bradley joining Forest Green Rovers shows how far we've come."

  11. Massive medieval mayhem

    Tewkesbury Medieval Festival in 2014

    It's Europe's largest annual medieval re-enactment, according to organisers, and it's back this weekend.

    Thousands of re-enactors, spectators, entertainers and stallholders have travelled from all over Europe to be part of the spectacle in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

    The main attraction - the Battle of Tewkesbury - takes place at 4pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.

  12. Watch: Take a ride between Weston-super-Mare and Brean

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    Video caption: Brean Down Way has opened after 20 years of planning.

    The Brean Down Way has been officially opened - after 20 years of planning.

    Cyclists and walkers can use the new eight-mile track.

  13. GWR rail service disruption due to electrification works

    Trains

    Rail services in the West are expected to be disrupted for the next nine days because part of the Great Western railway line will be out of action.

    Electrification work is being carried out between Chippenham and Swindon. Services will be reduced and replacement bus services laid on.

  14. Forest Green 'may complain' to FA over Notts County approach

    Liam Noble

    Forest Green Rovers may complain to the FA about the way Notts County have tried to sign their captain Liam Noble.

    The Gloucestershire club claimed Notts breached FA rules by making "behind-the-scenes contact" with the player.

    But Magpies owner Alan Hardy insisted his club had acted "in a professional and diligent manner".

    Rovers chairman Dale Vince said he was now considering a complaint.

    "Notts County have continued the verbal assault in the media and said that are untrue about our club secretary.

    "We may [complain to the FA] because I don't think they'll grasp the seriousness of the situation unless we do."

  15. Battle of Tewkesbury commemorated at Medieval Festival

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    Video caption: Watch: Battle of Tewkesbury to be commemorated

    More than 3,000 people from all over Europe are descending on Tewkesbury this weekend ready for battle.

    It's all for the annual Medieval Festival, which commemorates the 1471 battle between the Yorkists and Lancastrians in the Wars of the Roses.

    Organisers say it's the largest annual medieval battle re-enactment in Europe.

  16. Millennium Square to become cricket fan park

    The Millennium Square planetarium has been dressed up as a cricket ball for the Fan Park day

    Bristol's Millennium Square is to host the very first Women's Cricket World Cup fan park this Sunday.

    Fans will be able to watch the action between England and Australia on a big screen.

    The match will be played out at the sold-out County Ground in Taunton and gets under way at 10am.

    The fan park is free to enter and will stay open for 30 minutes after the end of play.

  17. Football: Cheltenham sign Greenwich forward Eisa

    Cheltenham Town

    Cheltenham Town have signed former Greenwich Borough forward Mohamed Eisa on an initial one-year contract.

    The 22-year-old Sudan-born player scored 57 goals for Greenwich over two seasons and has previously played for Dartford and VCD Athletic.

    "We've known about Mo for a couple of seasons and kept our eye on him due to his goalscoring prowess at that level," said boss Gary Johnson.

    "To me he looks like a player with great potential."

    Find all the latest football transferson our dedicated page.

  18. Fuel thief jailed for killing accomplice

    Shakrul Islam
    Image caption: Shakrul Islam was convicted of the manslaughter of friend Kyle Clarke

    A man who killed his friend during a botched fuel robbery has been jailed for seven years.

    Shakrul Islam, 31, ran over Kyle Clarke on the Texaco petrol station forecourt, in Hengrove, Bristol, in January.

    Non-driver Islam drove for nearly half a mile with 27-year-old Kyle trapped underneath the car.

    Judge Peter Blair, said:"This has had an earth-shattering effect on Kyle's family.

    "They were planning on emigrating to Australia and had that day made a final payment for visas."

    Islam, of Chipping Sodbury, was found guilty of manslaughter at Bristol Crown Court.

    Kyle Clarke
    Image caption: Kyle Clarke was knocked down and killed in January
    Texaco in Hengrove
  19. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Bristol westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Bristol westbound severe accident, at J19 for M32 affecting J2 for A432.

    M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on entry slip road and very slow traffic westbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of an accident. Congestion on M32 to J2, A432 (Eastville).

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

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    Severe accident: A36 Wiltshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A36 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between Church Lane and Roman Road affecting A360 Devizes Road.

    A36 Wiltshire - A36 Wilton Road in Salisbury blocked in both directions between the Church Lane junction and the Roman Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to St Pauls Roundabout.

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