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

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  1. Dry overnight with largely clear skies

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    Video caption: West weather for 12 July

    That's all from BBC Local Live for the West of England.

    We're back from 7am tomorrow with all the latest news, sport travel and weather.

    It will remain dry overnight with largely clear skies and light winds.

    By dawn there is a chance of one or two mist or fog patches forming, mainly in inland sheltered spots.

    Minimum Temperature: 14C.

  2. Woman sues Disneyland over facial burns

    Erica Osbourne

    A woman suffered burns to her face when a blow torch set fire to her clothes in a Disneyland Paris restaurant, it has been claimed.

    Erica Osbourne claims it happened after her jumper caught fire when a chef used the torch on a crème brûlée dessert.

    She suffered second degree burns and lost part of her hair and eyebrows in the incident in February.

    A Disneyland Paris spokeswoman said safety was a "priority" and such incidents were "extremely rare".

    Read the full story here.

  3. Children help holidaymakers stay safe on the beach

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    Video caption: Children help holidaymakers stay safe on the beach

    Children from Weston-Super-Mare aged between six and seven have made a leaflet for visitors to the beach that will help them stay safe. And they've been out on the seafront giving them out.

  4. Cheeki Rafiki deaths: Father relives yacht search

    Victims

    The father of one of four men who died when a yacht capsized in the Atlantic has described to a court the moment he learnt his son was lost at sea.

    James Male and crewmates Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin died when the Cheeki Rafiki capsized in May 2014.

    Graham Male described the discovery of the yacht and life raft as "harrowing".

    Yacht manager Douglas Innes, who is accused of failing to get the vessel checked, denies four counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.

    Skipper Mr Bridge, 22, from Farnham, Surrey, Mr Male, 22, from Romsey, Hampshire, Mr Warren, 52, from Bridgwater, Somerset, and Mr Goslin, 56, from West Camel, Somerset, died after the yacht lost its keel 700 miles off Nova Scotia, Canada.

    The trial continues.

    Read more on this story.

  5. More concerts moved from venue after falling debris

    Colston Hall

    Earlier we reported on how Bristol's Colston Hall has moved some events after a baby seagull caused part of the main hall's ceiling to "fall off".

    Now the venue is having to move more shows due to investigation works taking longer than it first thought.

    Quote Message: As the safety of our visitors and performers is paramount we are taking the precaution to close the main hall while works continue. This will affect concerts taking place in the main hall this week, while the free foyer performances and shows in the Lantern will continue as planned. from Venue spokeswoman
    Venue spokeswoman

    These shows are being relocated to the O2 Academy:

    • Mercury Rev on Thursday 13th July
    • The Shires & Ward Thomas on Friday 14th July
    • Martha Wainwright and Angaleena Presley on Saturday 15th July
    • Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack & Andy Fairweather Low on Sunday 16th July
    • Mavis Staples on Monday 17th July
  6. Flower seeds vacuumed in nature project

    Hoover in action

    Flower seeds are being vacuumed up in Bath so they can be sowed in nearby hay meadows.

    The vacuum is being used on the Bath Skyline to scoop up the yellow rattle seeds, which are then dried out.

    National Trust area ranger, Rob Hopwood-Stephens, said: "The idea is to spread the yellow rattle seed, and lots of other wildflower seeds from some of our amazing hay meadows."

    The seeds were previously gathered by hand in a labour-intensive process.

    Read the full story here.

  7. Colston Hall ceiling problems due to 'a baby seagull'

    A baby seagull got into the roof cavity of Colston Hall and managed to dislodge some of the ceiling material, a spokesman for the venue to BBC Radio Bristol today.

    The problems with the ceiling caused performances to be cancelled at the weekend.

    The Gurt Lush Choir was due to perform at Colston Hall on Saturday night but had to find another site.

    In a statement on its website, the venue said there had been some "unexpected minor structural issue in the main hall"

    Colston Hall
  8. Tiny gecko only second to hatch at zoo in 180 years

    Tiny gecko

    A tiny 20mm gecko has hatched at Bristol Zoo and is only the second of the species to do so in nearly two centuries.

    The miniscule creature is about the width of a 20p piece and is on the critically endangered list.

    Its mum and dad were seized by border officers at Heathrow last year before being brought to Bristol Zoo.

    Quote Message: This is a really significant event because their habitat is being destroyed during logging and many have been over collected for the pet trade as this baby’s parents were. If we can establish a genuine ex-situ breeding programme, we can begin to manage their recovery. from Tim Skelton Curator of reptiles and amphibians at Bristol Zoo
    Tim SkeltonCurator of reptiles and amphibians at Bristol Zoo

    The species hails from Tanzania.

    The latest arrival has been in incubation for two months and its sex is not yet known.

    The males of the species usually become turquoise when they are a few months old so the reptile officers are keeping a watchful eye.

  9. Artist's work going on display at RIAT

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    Video caption: Watch: David Bent was formerly Artist in Residence for the Red Arrows

    A collection of paintings of aeroplanes will be on display at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford this weekend.

    The paintings are by Swindon's David Bent who was artist in residence for the Red Arrows

    David says he uses geometry to help inspire his work, as well as his love of aviation.

  10. Gay man wins Supreme Court case on equal pension rights

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    Video caption: Watch: "A victory for basic fairness and decency", says John Walker

    A gay man from Wilton, Wiltshire,has won a landmark ruling which will give his husband the same pension rights as a wife would receive.

    The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that if John Walker, 66, dies, his husband is entitled to a spouse's pension, provided they remain married.

    The ex-chemical company worker said it would "drag" the government "into the 21st Century", while human rights group Liberty said "thousands" could benefit.

    A government spokesman said it would review the implications of the ruling.

    Read more on this story.

  11. Cricket: Defiant Clarke saves game for Worcs against Glos

    Joe Clarke

    Joe Clarke rescued Worcestershire from a worrying position, scoring 93 not out to earn the visitors a draw against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.

    Chasing a notional 370 to win in 51 overs, Worcestershire slipped to 5-3.

    But Clarke, Ben Cox (21) and Ross Whiteley stabilised the innings and they were 155-5 when hands were shaken.

    Earlier, Chris Dent's 135 not out and 81 from Gareth Roderick helped Gloucestershire to 286-4 in their second innings before they declared.

    Read the full story here.

  12. Married for 70 years and still in love

    It's a love story that has lasted for 70 years.

    Olive and Albert Wills tied the knot at a church in Fishponds in 1947.

    Olive is now 93 and Albert is 95, and the pair have lived in the same house in Fishponds for most of their married life.

    Albert believes that "living for the moment" is the key to such a long marriage, though he admits he never thought they would be married for so long.

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    Video caption: Albert and Olive Wills are celebrating 70 years of happy marriage together.
  13. Electric shock amputee has foot removed

    Jamie Mines

    A scaffolder who had to have his leg and hands amputated after suffering an electric shock has had a further operation to remove his left foot.

    Jamie Mines was injured at the Kendrick Industrial Estate in Swindon just before Christmas.

    The 33-year-old was treated at Southmead Hospital in Bristol following the accident and returned home in June.

    However, a surgical wound on his left foot became severely infected and doctors called him back to amputate it.

    Read the full story here.

  14. Two motorcyclists killed in crash

    Kingshill, Swindon
    Image caption: The accident happened at about 12:30 BST on Kingshill near the junction with Clifton Street

    A motorcyclist and his pillion passenger have been killed in a crash.

    The motorbike collided with a car at about 12:30 BST on Kingshill near the junction with Clifton Street, Swindon.

    Emergency services were called but both the male rider and male passenger were declared dead at the scene.

    Wiltshire Police said the road will remain closed until at least 18:00 BST while the crash is investigated.

    The force is appealing for information.

    Sgt Andrew Moreton said: "I would appeal for anyone who was around the area at the time to let us know if they witnessed anything which might be relevant, or saw any unusual driving in the area around the time of the collision."

  15. RSPCA appeal after dog found shot in the head in Bristol

    This x-ray shows the horrific damage caused to the dog.
    Image caption: This x-ray shows the horrific damage caused to the dog.

    The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found with a gunshot wound to her head in Bristol.

    The Jack Russell terrier, who has been named Molly by the RSPCA team, has been left with pellets peppered beneath her skin and injuries to her jaw and face after being shot with a shotgun.

    Molly was rescued by a member of the public who had found the injured dog in Backwell near Bristol Airport before rushing her to a vet.

    Quote Message: Tragically we believe that Molly has been shot in the face at point blank range. It’s heartbreaking to think someone could intentionally attack a dog and then just leave her to fend for herself with such horrific injuries. We don’t know exactly what happened to her or how long she has been struggling alone with her injuries and are appealing to anyone who recognises Molly or knows what may have happened to her to get in touch. from John Atkinson RSPCA Chief Inspector
    John AtkinsonRSPCA Chief Inspector
    Molly
    Image caption: Molly
  16. Cycle path reopens after flood damage

    Anonymous cyclist

    A major cycling and walking route in Gloucestershire reopens today for the first time since the beginning of last year.

    The broadwalk path runs along the A417 - north of Gloucester - but was closed because of flood damage.

    The cycling charity Sustrans and Gloucestershire County Council have worked together to rescue it.

    The boardwalk forms part of the National Cycle Network route 45, which serves as a commuter route for people traveling between Gloucester and communities to the north-west in and around Maisemore.

  17. High street visit for pig on-the-run

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    Video caption: Watch: High street visit for pig on-the-run

    In this short clip from a CCTV camera you can see the escaped pig hoofing its way down Gloucester's Westgate Street,

    Maybe he's looking for the piggy bank? Or even a chemist to buy some oinkment?

  18. M4 looking busy as rush hour approaches

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    This was the scene on the M4 at the top of the M32 in Bristol a few moments ago.

    While the traffic is busy here it is running well elsewhere on the West country's motorways.

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  19. Electric shock amputee Jamie Mines has left foot removed

    Jamie Mines

    A scaffolder who had to have his leg and hands amputated after suffering an electric shock has had a further operation to remove his left foot.

    Jamie Mines was injured at the Kendrick Industrial Estate in Swindon just before Christmas.

    The 33-year-old was treated at Southmead Hospital in Bristol following the accident and returned home in June.

    However, a surgical wound on his left foot became severely infected and doctors called him back to amputate it.

    More on this story.

  20. Behind the scenes at Giffords Circus

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    Video caption: Watch: Join acrobats, dancers, clowns and chicken trainers

    Nell Gifford left home to join a circus aged 18, and fell in love with the way of life.

    She fulfilled her dream of starting her own village green circus in 2000.

    Based on a farm in Stroud, Giffords Circus goes on tour around England each summer.

    Acrobats, dancers, clowns and chicken trainers join the travelling troupe to take the show on the road.