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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 18 July 2017

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  1. A final look at the weather as we say goodnight

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian Fergusson says to expect cloud, some brightness and a threat of rain tomorrow

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

    We're back at 7am tomorrow with more live news, sport, travel and weather updates.

  2. Campaigner to help town become dementia friendly

    Yeovil is aiming to be a 'dementia friendly' town

    A number of locations in Somerset have begun efforts to earn 'dementia friendly' status - with Yeovil the latest town to go for it.

    Campaigner Terry Eccott, diagnosed with stage one vascular dementia four years ago, says making a town "dementia friendly" is about raising awareness of the little things that can make a big difference.

    Quote Message: For example, if someone with advanced dementia sees a black mat on the floor they might think it's a hole, if they see a blue carpet they might think it's water. Their perception of depth is different. from Terry Eccott
    Terry Eccott
  3. Event rider appeals for help to keep Olympic horse

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    Video caption: Watch: Jonty Evans wants to keep his horse, Art

    A Gloucestershire event rider is appealing to the public to help him keep his Olympic horse.

    Jonty Evans, from Cheltenham, took ninth place in Rio last year but Art's owner says after interest from abroad the horse will be sold unless £500,000 can be raised locally to buy him.

    Jonty has launched a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to keep Art, who he calls his partner and best friend.

  4. Jane Austen centre gets fiver worth £50,000

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    Video caption: Watch: It's the 200th anniversary since the novelist's death

    A museum dedicated to Jane Austen has been presented with a £5 note featuring a tiny 5mm portrait of the author worth £50,000.

    Micro-artist Graham Short engraved five notes and put four in circulation sparking a hunt for the valuable notes.

  5. Man seriously assaulted in Cheltenham

    College Road/Bath Parade, Cheltenham

    A man has been taken by air ambulance to hospital following a serious assault in Cheltenham.

    The man, aged in his 40s, was found with serious neck and head injuries in Sandford Park by a member of the public.

    Police are appealing for anyone who was in Sandford Park between 4pm and 6pm to get in touch.

    Click here to visit the force's website.

  6. Athlete takes gold in World Para-athletics Championships

    Sophie Kamlish

    Bath's Sophie Kamlish is celebrating after winning gold at the World Para-athletics Championships in London last night.

    The 22-year-old, who trains at the University of Bath, won the T44 100m final after setting a new world record in the heats.

    The T44 is the race for athletes with a single amputation below the knee.

    It was Britain's 11th gold of the games.

  7. Holiday traffic: Beat the summer getaway gridlock


    Motorists are being warned of heavy traffic on the M5 as around nine million vehicles take to the roads over the weekend ahead of a summer getaway.

    The RAC predicts there'll be 36.5 million "leisure" journeys in the first fortnight of the school holidays.

    It said drivers would experience "customary chaos" and warned of traffic hotspots including the M5 Almondsbury Interchange and from Bristol to Taunton.

    The busiest period is likely to be Saturday between 11am and 4pm.

    Click here to read more.

  8. Jamie Mines: 'You learn to adapt so quickly'

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    Video caption: Watch: Jamie says it was "so frustrating" at first

    A scaffolder from Swindon who had his limbs amputated after a massive electric shock at work says he's rebuilding his life and hopes to learn to walk again.

    The accident happened in December and more than £100,000 was raised to help Jamie Mines with his rehabilitation.

    Jamie says it's "amazing" what he can do now.

  9. Cricket: Mustard out after 'brilliant' Bell-Drummond catch

    Gloucestershire's Phil Mustard is out after a "brilliant" diving catch by Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond in their T20 Blast match at The Spitfire Ground.

  10. Show in a pickle over stolen Cheddar

    A prize-winning Cheddar

    Police are hunting a thief who stole thousands of pounds worth of prize-winning cheese from an agricultural show.

    Eleven blocks of Cheddar, each weighing about 20kg, were taken from the Yeovil Show at the weekend.

    A £500 reward has been offered by one cheesemaker for the safe return of his two winning cheeses.

    Show organisers said the most valuable cheese stolen was mysteriously returned to the site on Tuesday.

    Click here to read more.

  11. A day on the Cotswold Way: A 'real eye opener'

    David Bailey

    BBC News

    Well that's it for my short taster of what it's like walking the Cotswold Way.

    Staff I've just spoken to at a pub in Winchcombe, where walkers stay, say they're normally all checked in by 5.30pm at the latest.

    Plenty of time for them to down a couple of local beers and get a hearty meal.

    Then it'll be up early again tomorrow for their next leg of the Cotswold Way.


    Today has been an eye opener for me.

    When I became one of the first people to walk the full 102 mile length of the route after it had been made an official National Trail, I never thought I'd be retracing part of the route a decade later.

    I'm surprised about how much I remember about specific parts of the route - the steep climb up to Dover' s Hill for example.

    But also I realise there are lots of it that I'd forgotten. Were there really that many steps up to the top of Broadway Tower a decade ago?

    One thing that hasn't changed is the beautiful English countryside. I'd recommend a hike along the Cotswold Way to anyone who appreciates getting away from it all and experiencing nature at its finest.

  12. Cotswold Way: 'Just wonderful' according to US couple

    David Bailey

    BBC News

    Bob and Connie Greenlee, from the US state of Oregon, have been walking the Cotswold Way for the last two days.

    Supping a well deserved beer at the White Hart in Winchcombe, they said it had been "wonderful".

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    Video caption: Watch: Bob and Connie Greenlee speak highly of the "beautiful scenary"

    And Karen Charlton, who works at the pub, notices different groups of walkers who stay at the inn have different demands:

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    Video caption: Watch: Karen Charlton says walkers from overseas "like to try the local ales"
  13. 'Sickie' police officer caught celebrating win on camera

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    Video caption: Watch: Footage courtesy of Racing UK

    On one of the occasions PC Jonathan Adams called in sick, he was seen celebrating a racing win on television.

    A television clip of PC Adams jumping around and celebrating, originally shown on Channel 4 Racing, was shown to the panel during the misconduct hearing.

    Click here to read more.

  14. Cotswold Way: Ultramarathon runners, 5k runners and amazing views

    Ira Rainey

    Bristol author and ultramarathon runner

    Cotswold Way sign

    Ultramarathon runner and Fat Man to Green Man author Ira Rainey has run the Cotswold Way before. Here, he shares his memories of the route.

    Following the path down through to Wotton-under-Edge and on to Hawksbury Upton is a great section. The views from Wotton Hill are amazing and Hawkesbury Upton is a nice little village, where they hold a family charity 5K run each summer, running on some of the Cotswold Way itself.

    I’ve run it with my kids a couple of times and it’s great to see so many families out on the trail. I’ve also run the last section from Lansdown down into Bath many times, as it’s close to my house.

    Taking a short detour off the path to climb Kelston Roundhill is a great way to spend half an hour or so sitting beneath the iconic copse of trees. On a clear day the view looking out over Saltford, Keynsham and far beyond is breath-taking.

    Views on the Cotswold Way

    Working in Bath I also sometimes run-commute on the Cotswold Way down from Lansdown into Weston and into the centre of Bath. It’s a great way to wake yourself up in the morning and beats sitting in traffic. On a bad weather day you can even occasionally have the path to yourself for most of the way.

    The beauty of a path like the Cotswold Way is that it takes you to places you would never normally get to see. Not only is the countryside the trail passes through really is some of the best the West Country has to offer, but you also get to pass through the grounds of places like Dodington Park that were designed by Capability Brown in the 1760s.

  15. PC sacking needed 'to maintain public confidence'

    Gloucestershire Police

    Following a two-day misconduct hearing, allegations against PC Jonathan Adams have been found proven and he has been sacked by Gloucestershire Police.

    The rookie officer pulled three "sickies" to go and watch horse racing.

    Quote Message: It is important that police officers are honest and that public confidence should be upheld. In the circumstances we conclude that dismissal without notice is appropriate in order to maintain public confidence in the force. We are forced to conclude that PC Adams was not suffering the degree of sickness that he claimed he was. We accept that Barton Street was a difficult and high pressured working environment and accept there were issues of a high turnover of supervisory staff and PC Adams was facing a high work load. We accept these three areas had a detrimental impact to his health. from Alex Lock Chairman of the misconduct panel
    Alex LockChairman of the misconduct panel

    Click here to read more.

  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, at J26 for A38.

    M5 Somerset - M5 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J26, A38 (Wellington), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  17. Breaking'Sickie' police officer sacked

    PC Jonathan Adams who pulled three "sickies" to watch horse racing has been sacked by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

    More to follow...

  18. Triple 'sickie' PC faces losing his job

    PC Jonathan Adams

    A rookie police officer is facing the sack after pulling three "sickies" to go and watch horse racing.

    A disciplinary hearing panel found allegations of gross misconduct against PC Jonathan Adams to be proven.

    He pulled three "sickies" to go to Royal Ascot and twice to Nottingham Racecourse during a nine-month period, the hearing was told.

    The panel has now retired to consider the punishment, which could include dismissal without notice.

  19. A day on the Cotswold Way: Climbing a Gothic folly

    David Bailey

    BBC News

    Broadway Tower

    Another landmark near the northern end of the Cotswold Way is Broadway Tower.

    The 18th Century folly was designed by the famous landscape designer Capability Brown.

    Broadway Tower

    From the top of the tower, the views of the Vale of Evesham are spectacular.

    Although, it's pretty windy up here today.