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Summary

  1. The water main in Willsbridge burst at about midnight on Wednesday
  2. At its peak, 35,000 homes in the Bristol area were without water or had low pressure
  3. Thirteen schools closed and bottled water and bowsers were supplied in Keynsham
  4. Plus other news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West on Wednesday, 19 July 2017

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  1. That's all folks - join us again from 7am tomorrow

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    Our work here is done for the night but we'll be back online with more live news, sport, weather and travel updates from 7am tomorrow.

    Weather-wise, enjoy what could be a fresher night, leading into a day tomorrow which will be noticeably cooler and more comfortable.

    Overnight cloud will clear and there may be one or two showers, but for many it'll be a dry and fine day, albeit fairly breezy.

  2. Burst water main: Reminder of school closures

    People at water bowsers in Keynsham

    A reminder that a few schools in Keynsham will remain closed tomorrow - even if water is restored overnight. Those schools are:

    • Wellsway School
    • St John's School
    • Chandag Infants, Chandag Juniors
    • IKB Academy

    St Keyna school in Keynsham says it will open tomorrow until 12pm, whether there is water or not, but has asked those who have mains water to take in as much as they can to help with toilet flushing.

    If anything changes with that overnight you'll find the latest on these council websites, or we'll update you on BBC West Live in the morning.

  3. Suspension bridge toll man talks about his love for the job

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    Video caption: Watch: Toll man Shaun says he is proud to display a picture of his workplace at his home

    Every day some 55 million people go about their lives across England.

    Our BBC England colleagues have spent the day gathering a snapshot of how the nation looks across a 24-hour period.

    As part of that, Shaun Phillimore - who collects tolls on the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol - has shared what he loves most about his job.

  4. Burst water main: Latest update

    People queuing at a water bowser

    Bristol Water has updated its website with some fresh information on the burst water main.

    This is what it says:

    Water supply is now returning to Hanham, Longwell Green and Bitton following the reconfiguration of the network.

    Once your water is back on it may be a brown or cloudy colour, this is normal following a burst. Run the taps for a few minutes until it’s clear.

    We are still working on the main to bring the supply back to properties in the Saltford and Keynsham area, this should be completed by midnight.

  5. Fire authority chair says he can 'only say sorry to the people of Avon'

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    Video caption: Watch: Cllr Donald Davies tells BBC Points West he's sorry "money has been effectively wasted"

    The new chair of Avon Fire Authority says he is "really disappointed" with what has been uncovered in the Home Office report, published earlier today.

    Councillor Donald Davies said he can "only say sorry to the people of Avon" and make sure "this never happens again".

    Click here to read more on this story.

  6. Five men rescued in human trafficking raid

    NCA officers

    Five men believed to be victims of a human trafficking network have been rescued in a police raid.

    The men are thought to have been trafficked into the UK from Slovakia.

    A man and a woman, both aged 41, linked to a car wash business in the Brentry area of Bristol have been arrested the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

    They are believed to be part of a wider organised crime group, and are also being investigated over money laundering and fraud offences.

  7. Avon Fire Authority: Union demands change but should not come at cost of service

    Tam McFarlane

    The Fire Brigades Union has warned that recommendations for change at Avon Fire Authority must not be a "smokescreen for cuts".

    Quote Message: At a time when all fire services have seen massive budget cuts we need guarantees that additional resources will be made available to match any recommendations. No matter what, we want everyone to be clear, we will not allow this report to be a smokescreen for further cuts to life saving fire cover. from Tam McFarlane FBU rep for the South West
    Tam McFarlaneFBU rep for the South West
  8. Plane passenger recalls 'terrifying' emergency evacuation

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    Video caption: Listen: Plane passenger recalls 'terrifying' emergency evacuation

    Andy Holder from Gloucester was on board a Thomas Cook flight which had a technical fault during take-off on Tuesday night, as it was leaving Hurghada airport in Egypt.

    "All of a sudden black smoke began pouring into the cabin," he said.

    Thomas Cook said all 251 passengers and nine crew on board were safely evacuated using the emergency slides.

  9. Aeroplane evacuation: 'Everybody was screaming and shouting'

    Thomas Cook plane

    A man from Gloucestershire said he was "terrified" when the cabin of a plane he was on filled with black smoke, just as it was about to take off from Egypt.

    Andy Holder from Gloucester was on board a Thomas Cook flight which had a technical fault during take-off on Tuesday night, as it was leaving Hurghada airport.

    "All of a sudden black smoke began pouring into the cabin," he said.

    Quote Message: It was the most terrifying thing. People were choking. from Andy Holder
    Andy Holder

    "All hell broke loose, it was pandemonium. Everybody was screaming and shouting," he said.

    "All of a sudden the captain said 'emergency evacuation' and the inflatable chutes opened up."

    Thomas Cook said 251 passengers and nine crew were on board the the Boeing 757-300 - flight MT519 to London Gatwick.

    They all evacuated the aircraft using the emergency slides, and the passengers will be flown back to the UK tonight.

  10. Latest pictures: Queues as people collect water from Waitrose car park

    People collecting water
    Water tanker and people queuing
    Back of water tanker
  11. Oldest graduate 'left school with no qualifications'

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    Video caption: Watch: Peggy Styles says things got better after the war

    A grandmother who has become Bristol University's oldest ever graduate says she left school at 15 with no qualifications because her family had no money.

    She says her achievement shows it is never too late to learn.

  12. Football: Forest Green sign midfielder

    Forest Green boss Mark Cooper

    Forest Green Rovers have signed former Swindon Town midfielder Jordan Simpson on a two-year contract.

    Simpson was with the Robins from the age of six, but did not make a first-team appearance.

    The 18-year-old is Forest Green's 10th signing since winning promotion from the National League.

    "He's box to box, he's good on the ball, so he should be a good addition to the squad," Rovers boss Mark Cooper (pictured) told the club website.

  13. Grandmother graduate 'example to others'

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    Video caption: Watch: Dr Peggy Styles talks about the achievement

    An 86-year-old grandmother has graduated from Bristol University with a doctorate - after leaving school at 15 with no formal qualifications.

    Peggy Styles, from Failand, is the oldest ever student to graduate from the university.

    She took eight years to complete an EdD - the educational equivalent of a PhD - and had to suspend her studies for 18 months after a kidney infection left her fighting for her life.

  14. Avon Fire Authority: Public money has been 'wasted'

    Nick Wilton and Anna Villette
    Image caption: Cllr Nick Wilton (left) and Anna Villette (right)

    Serious questions are being asked about the running of the Avon Fire and Rescue Service.

    A damning Home Office report has unearthed an where senior officers enjoyed big pay rises and enhanced pensions.

    Here's some of the reaction...

    Quote Message: So much public money has been quite frankly wasted on senior officers salaries and pension enhancement. from Anna Villette Adviser to Avon firefighter whose case was part of the evidence
    Anna VilletteAdviser to Avon firefighter whose case was part of the evidence
    Quote Message: Senior officers in public service should be held to a higher standard in terms of their ethical performance. from Nick Wilton North Somerset councillor and member of Avon Fire Authority
    Nick WiltonNorth Somerset councillor and member of Avon Fire Authority
  15. Two men charged with hate crime attack

    Hate crime victim

    Two men have been charged after a teenager was the victim of a homophobic assault in Bristol city centre during a night out.

    The 19-year-old victim was attacked in Park Street in the early hours of 7 May, suffering injuries to his face.

    One of the arrested men, a 22-year-old from Yatton, was charged with assault. A second 22-year-old was charged with a public order offence.

    Both men will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

  16. Burst water main: 'Supply back on by midnight'

    People using a water bowser

    Here is the latest info from Bristol Water:

    We have now isolated the problem and have reconfigured our network to supply water to the affected areas.

    Approx 6,000 properties in Hanham, Longwell Green and Bitton will be back in water by early evening, with all other areas back in supply by midnight.

    This has been a major and complex incident with significant damage to one of our largest mains. We appreciate your understanding and thank you to everyone who has been helping their neighbours and those who need help to get water.

    Alternative water will be in place for the evening and can be found at:

    • Ashton Way car park, Keynsham
    • Waitrose, Keynsham
    • Asda, Longwell Green
    • Manor Road playing field, Keynsham
    • Saltford Community Centre (in place by 5pm)
  17. Bristol Rovers sign ex-Army defender

    Tom Broadbent

    Bristol Rovers have signed former Hayes & Yeading defender Tom Broadbent on an undisclosed-length deal.

    The 25-year-old, who operates mostly at centre-back, had been on trial with the League One side and has featured in a number of pre-season games.

    He has also represented the Army in football, playing in May as they beat the RAF and the Royal Navy to retain the Inter Services Football title.

  18. Avon Fire Authority: 'Criticisms aimed at senior management'

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    Councillor Donald Davies, chair of Avon Fire Authority, has posted a statement on the fire service website.

    In it he says "mistakes have been made in the past", criticism "is focused on a very small group of people in senior political and management roles" and he says he's working on an action plan in response.

    Click here to read his statement in full.