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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates across the West of England on Thursday, 20 July 2017

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  1. Goodnight to you from the BBC Local Live crew

    That's all from us for this Thursday evening.

    We've focussed on the 10th anniversary of the floods in Gloucester today and, as Ian Fergusson says, in the years since 2007 Mother Nature has challenged us on a few occasions.

    He's here with the forecast for tomorrow - there'll be some wet and windy weather, so beware.

    We'll be back with you from 7am tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel. Sleep tight.

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    Video caption: There could be some dangerous conditions on the roads as the weekend starts.
  2. Campaigners urge university to save historic pub

    Cattle Market Tavern

    Campaigners have written to Bristol University urging them to save an historic pub from being demolished to make way for the new campus planned near Temple Meads station.

    The Cattle Market Tavern has been left to rot since being closed in 1997.

    But Camra and the Bristol Civic Society have joined forces to save the pub.

    They say the pub would be "viable" with thousands of students and new workers in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone on its doorstep.

    Quote Message: We believe that the potential for this pub is immense. Given its proximity to the campus and all the other potential catchment, including the forthcoming expansion of businesses in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, we believe the university need to find an operator who is prepared to invest in the pub. from Peter Bridle Chair of Camra’s Bristol and District’s Pubs Group
    Peter BridleChair of Camra’s Bristol and District’s Pubs Group
  3. Digging up a neolithic house of the dead

    Marden Henge

    Archaeologists digging at Wiltshire's Marden Henge say they're uncovering a hugely significant "neolithic house of the dead".

    The team from Reading University are excavating the Cat's Brain long barrow - believed to be about 3,500 years old.

    It's the first time since the 1960s that an ancient burial ground like this has been excavated in the UK.

  4. Wood and Canter make steady start to Open

    West golfers Chris Wood and Laurie Canter have been in action at The Open Championship today.

    Chris, from Bristol, teed off at 6.30 this morning in the first group out at Royal Birkdale.

    He finished the opening round on one over par after a difficult start.

    Bath's Laurie Canter went one better though, coming in at level par just before 9pm.

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    Video caption: Bristol's Chris Wood and Bath's Laurie Canter have been in action today.
  5. 10 years on: the floods in Gloucestershire remembered

    One of the biggest emergencies the county of Gloucestershire has ever seen happened 10 years ago today.

    The floods of 2007 cost around £50m and ruined thousands of lives for some time.

    WATCH: BBC Points West's Sally Challoner looks back at the incredible efforts and pictures of a challenging time:

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    Video caption: Looking back at the emergency response to the 2007 Gloucestershire floods.
  6. HRH Princess Royal and her feathered friends

    Princess Anne has been visiting the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Gloucestershire today.

    To mark their 50th Anniversary, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal was treated to a display of the centres finest birds, including a vulture.

    She was game to be hands on...!

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    Video caption: Royal visit to mark Birds of Prey centre's 50 years
  7. Wellington's industrial heritage under threat

    The boiler house at Tonedale Mill
    Image caption: The boiler house at Tonedale Mill
    Inside Tonedale House
    Image caption: Inside Tonedale House

    Taunton Deane Borough Council is meeting developers this evening to demand "illegal work" is stopped at one of the most historically important industrial sites in the county.

    Councillors say the Grade II-listed Tonedale House and Grade II*-listed Tonedale Mill in Wellington are under threat.

    The complex, which has planning consent for conversion into flats, forms part of the historic Fox Bros woollen mills.

    They say the interior of Tonedale House has been stripped out and the former boiler room at the mill could be torn down, while the hugely important historic machinery ripped out and sold.

    Quote Message: I am horrified at what’s taken place. Wellington’s industrial heritage is nationally significant and needs to be properly protected. I sincerely hope that we do not have to resort to legal action – but we will not hesitate to do so if circumstances demand that we do. from Cllr John Williams Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council
    Cllr John WilliamsLeader of Taunton Deane Borough Council
  8. More than 100 arrested for drink and drug driving

    Drink driving

    Avon & Somerset Police say they've arrested 108 people in June for drink and drug driving offences.

    The charges were brought as part of their ongoing campaign named Operation Tonic.

    Chief Inspector Kevan Rowlands encouraged people to tell the police if they witness any drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    Quote Message: The people we arrested have put lives at risk by choosing to drive with alcohol or drugs in their system. Some of the people arrested are clearly dealing with difficult situations in their lives. If you know someone who is coping by using alcohol or drugs and still driving then please reach out to them and get them to stop before they add a drink drive arrest or the trauma of a collision to their problems. from Chief Inspector Kevan Rowlands Head of Road Safety, Avon & Somerset Police
    Chief Inspector Kevan RowlandsHead of Road Safety, Avon & Somerset Police
  9. Tall ships arrive in Bristol for the festivities

    Three tall ships made their return to Bristol this afternoon, heading for this weekend's Harbour Festival.

    The Earl of Pembroke and the Phoenix sailed underneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge to join Kaskelot, which is already moored at the harbourside.

    All three ships are back at their registered port for the biggest event in the city's calendar.

    Lucky visitors got a sneaky peek of the three star attractions - well, they're pretty difficult to keep hidden!

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    Video caption: Tall ships arrive for the Bristol Harbour Festival
    Kaskelot
  10. Ten years on from the floods in Gloucestershire

    Ten years ago today, heavy rain in Gloucestershire lead to one of the worst emergencies the county has ever seen.

    In just 14 hours two-months-worth of rain fell. Gloucestershire became submerged with devastating consequences.

    • 5,000 homes and businesses were flooded.
    • 825 buildings were evacuated: almost 2,000 people had to seek temporary accommodation.
    • In some areas the water was seven feet deep.
    • 10,000 motorists were stranded.
    • 1,400 bowsers were pressed into use.
    • The floods cost the county £50m.

    Today, local people have been remembering that time. Here are some pictures sent in by Adie Cooke who was serving at Stn 01 Lydney at the time and "had only been trained in water rescue in January and February of that year."

    Troops and fire officers work together
    Troops brought in with heavy vehicles
    Emergency services enjoy a cuppa
  11. Jail for stalker who forced victim from her home

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A persistent stalker who repeatedly broke a no-contact order and forced his victim from her own home has been jailed for 14 months.

    Kim Allison, a former Royal Navy helicopter instructor, met his female victim on a dating website after the death of his wife.

    The 62-year-old from Wellbeck Road, Yeovil, began stalking his victim when she ended their five-month relationship.

    At the height of his stalking the woman was so frightened that she fled her home in Torquay.

    Allison admitted three offences of breaching a restraining order and one of harassment.

    Exeter Crown Court heard the victim was plagued with obscene messages after Allison posted her details on sado masochistic sex websites.

    After the case Sergeant Simon Lee, from Devon and Cornwall Police's domestic abuse and sexual offences team, said stalking ruined lives and the sentence was a reflection of the "persistent and worrying nature" of Allison’s behaviour.

  12. Liam Fox more relaxed over Brexit timescale

    Liam Fox

    North Somerset MP Liam Fox appears to be more relaxed about how long a potential "transitional deal" could last once Britain leaves the EU.

    In an interview with the BBC, the International Trade Secretary, who recently suggested such an arrangement should last only "a few months", seems to be more sanguine.

    Quote Message: It would be a purely practical decision on time, based on can we put new customs arrangements in place, could we put new immigration arrangements in place, for example. They won't happen overnight. Frankly I have been waiting to leave the European Union for a very long time. Another two years, say, wouldn't be too much to ask.
  13. Gloucester fires: three incidents treated as arson

    A Gloucester firefighter has been talking about his team's fight to save buildings in the city today, which police now say were the targets of arson attacks.

    Parts of the Fleece Hotel on Westgate Street date back to the 12th Century - and calls came in in the early hours of the morning that fire had taken hold.

    Later this morning, alarms were raised about a blaze at the derelict Brunswick pub in Brunswick Road.

    There was also a third, smaller fire when some rubbish was set alight outside Cafe Rene.

    WATCH: Officer Rob Adcock describes his team's efforts

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    Video caption: Fleece Hotel fire crews faced "well developed" fire, says Kev Adcock.
    The burned out Fleece Hotel on Westgate Street

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    Video caption: Fire-hit Brunswick pub 'searched thoroughly', says Rob Adcock.
  14. BreakingGloucester fires treated as arson

    Three fires which broke out in Gloucester this morning are being treated as arson.

    The first was at the historic Fleece Hotel in Westgate Street, which was about to be restored by the council.

    The other two fires were started at the Brunswick Pub and in Priory Place.

  15. PCC's takeover plan 'not a priority' says fire service

    Avon Fire and Rescue

    Avon Fire and Rescue (AFR) says the police and crime commissioner's idea to take over the running of the fire service is "not a priority".

    The fire authority was criticised for having an "old boys club" culture in a Home Office report, a report Sue Mountstevens says made "grim reading".

    But a spokesman for AFR insisted the inspector made clear that "exploring this option ‘should not be allowed to stall the other changes detailed in this report that need to be made by the Authority without delay’".

    "As a result this will not be a priority in the short term but will be reviewed in the medium to long term," he said.

  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, between M49 and J19 for A369.

    M5 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between M49 and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of an accident.

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

  17. Bob Higgins: Former Bath football academy coach faces child abuse charges

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    Video caption: Football abuse accused arrives at court

    A former youth football coach who ran an academy in Bath has appeared in court facing historical child abuse charges.

    Bob Higgins, 64, appeared at Southampton Magistrates' Court earlier, charged with 65 counts of indecent assault against 23 boys all aged under 17.

    The court heard the alleged offences date from between 1970 and 1996.

    Mr Higgins, whose first name is Robert, of Litchfield Road, Southampton, indicated he would plead not guilty to the alleged offences.

  18. Two arrested for child neglect after drugs raid

    A man and woman from the Knowle West area of Bristol have been arrested on suspicion of child neglect.

    Three children, aged two, four and eight have been placed in the care of family members, following the drugs raid on their home.

    Quote Message: The conditions these children were living in were disgusting and there was clear evidence of Class A drug use there. It’s upsetting to find and just makes us more determined to keep asking for and acting on the information we need. from PC Jo Wood Avon and Somerset Police
    PC Jo WoodAvon and Somerset Police
  19. Somerset rider competes for Great Britain at Junior championships

    Phoebe Locke, aged 17 and from Burtle, is part of Team GB at the Junior European Eventing Championships.

    She is in second place in the leaderboard after the dressage section.

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    Video caption: Phoebe Locke is part of Team GB at the Junior European Eventing Championships
  20. Tall ships arrive in Bristol for Harbour Festival

    Three tall ships are making their return to Bristol for this weekend's Harbour Festival.

    The Kaskelot, which is already moored at the harbourside, is being joined by the Earl of Pembroke and the Phoenix.

    Watch their return live here, on BBC Radio Bristol...

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