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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates across the West of England on Friday, 21 July 2017

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  1. Goodnight from us: have a great weekend

    The Digital Team in the West wish you a good night.

    Today we've brought you some difficult news about a child abuse enquiry in Cheltenham and heard from Wiltshire families caught up in the earthquake in Greece.

    We've been able to bring you heartwarming stories of a boy of 5, who's home after 20 months in hospital; and of the university honour for actor Timothy West, who "used to bunk off school."

    If you are intending to enjoy Bristol's Harbour Festival over the week-end - we'll see you there.

    If you are travelling further afield, we hope you sail through the traffic!

    Back on Monday morning at 0700.

    Good night!

  2. Before we go - some wet weather news (sorry!)

    But it's not all bad for the weekend...

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    Video caption: West weather: "A showery story for the weekend," says Ian Fergusson.
  3. The boatrace to watch tomorrow: Bristol Harbour Festival

    With three hundred vessels taking part in Bristol's £12m Harbour Festival this weekend, you'll be hard-pressed to choose which boat to look at first.

    But here's our tip: never mind the multi-million-pound cruisers - these are the ones everyone will be talking about!

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  4. Charity match for Jamie Mines tomorrow

    Frome Town will play Yeovil Town tomorrow in a charity match for scaffolder Jamie Mines.

    Jamie was left without his right leg, left foot and both hands after suffering a massive electric shock while working on a site in Swindon last December.

    A fund to help the semi-professional football player, who is from Frome but now lives in Swindon, has already raised £144,000.

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  5. After 20 months in hospital, Dylan's home

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    Video caption: Watch: Dylan suffered brain damage after a choking episode

    There's been a special homecoming for one family in Wells today.

    Five-year-old Dylan has returned home after 20 months in hospital.

    It's one of the longest ever inpatient stays at Bristol Children's Hospital.

  6. Golf success: Westcountry duo

    Westcountry duo Chris Wood and Laurie Canter are both safely through to the weekend at the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

    Wood, 29, who won the Silver Medal here at Birkdale as top amateur in 1998, did it in some style.

    Right on the projected five-over cut mark, the Ryder Cup player from Long Ashton, Bristol, brought the house down at 18 when he holed his chip for an eagle to sign for a two-over 72 - three over for the Championship.

    Canter, 27, from Bath, playing in only his second Open, did it even more comfortably, also carding a second-round 72, to stand two over for the Championship.

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    Image caption: Chris Wood and Laurie Canter - safely through at the Open
  7. Playable pianos return to Gloucester

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    Video caption: Watch: Pianos return to the streets of Gloucester

    Playable pianos have returned to Gloucester for a 'Summer of Music, Arts and Culture'.

    The seasons of events are organised by Marketing Gloucester, and after the huge success of the piano trail in the city last year, they've been brought back.

    The pianos are donated by members of the public, and decorated by Gloucestershire College art students or local artists.

    Marketing Gloucester says the piano trail is one of the most successful event campaigns it's ever had.

  8. Harbour fest excitement washes in

    The Bristol Harbour Festival kicked off this evening and the live music is in full flow right now.

    Thousands are expected to come and celebrate all things nautical at the waterside, including more than 300 boats and their crews.

    The annual event is worth £12m to the city's economy.

    BBC Points West were on the pontoon earlier, to meet some of those taking part:

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    Video caption: Imogen Sellers at the Bristol Harbour Festival 2017
  9. Actor Timothy West honoured by Bristol University

    Actor Timothy West - who lived in Redland during his childhood in World War II - has received an honorary degree from the University of Bristol today.

    His first ever theatre performance was at Bristol's Old Vic in 1967.

    Timothy can often be seen with wife Prunella Scales sailing his narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Wiltshire: their travels have become well know across several TV series.

    The University of Bristol said it "bestows a number of honorary degrees on distinguished individuals who merit special recognition for outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the mission of the University."

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    Video caption: Actor Timothy West honoured by Bristol University
  10. Cheltenham child sex abuse investigation: the process we went through

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    Video caption: Watch: Det Ch Insp Chris Hanson explains investigation process

    An investigation into child sexual abuse has seen 16 children spoken to by detectives and social care workers.

    About 70 police officers from Gloucestershire Police were involved in the operation on Thursday, which saw four addresses searched in Cheltenham.

    Nobody was arrested and all of the children, of various ages, are now back with their families.

    Det Ch Insp Chris Hanson explained the investigation process they've employed in the last 24 hours.

    Click here to read more.

  11. Vintage tractors on the move

    Vintage tractors have been travelling in convoy through the Somerset countryside.

    They're taking part in the Somerset Steam and Country Show Road Run along with steam engines, classic cars and motorbikes.

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    Video caption: They're taking part in the Somerset Steam and Country Show Road Run
  12. 'Atmosphere of fear' at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School

    Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School

    A teachers' union at a school in Bristol has spoken of an "atmosphere of fear" where "results are placed above the welfare of children".

    The "entire teaching staff" at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School "will leave at the end of the term", the Bristol Post has reported.

    South Gloucestershire Council said it is aware of the concerns from the National Union of Teachers and "is willing to work with its representatives".

    The school is yet to comment.

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  13. Dylan, 5, returns home after 20 month hospital stay

    A five year old from Wells has finally returned home, almost two years after nearly choking to death.

    Dylan Woodley was airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital after choking on a hamm sandwich.

    He was left with severe brain damage and has been an inpatient at the hospital - until today.

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    Video caption: Watch: Reporter Ruth Bradley sees Dylan leave hospital after 20 months
  14. Sixteen children quizzed in abuse probe

    Gloucestershire Constabulary

    Sixteen children have been spoken to by detectives and social care workers as part of an investigation into child sexual abuse, the BBC has learned.

    About 70 police officers were involved in the operation on Thursday, which saw four addresses searched in Cheltenham.

    Click here to read the full story.

    Watch BBC Points West at 1830 for our report.

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  15. Swindon family caught up in Turkey quake woken by 'tremendous shaking'

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    Video caption: Listen: Matt Doyle talks of family's shock when quake hit

    A family from Swindon have told of their shock at being caught up in an earthquake while on holiday in Turkey.

    The 6.7-magnitude quake hit 12km (seven miles) north-east of Kos, near the Turkish coast, with a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey said.

    Matt Doyle, wife Nicola and son Corey were sleeping in their hotel room as the quake hit just eight hours after they arrived.

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    Remains of a cafe after an earthquake
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    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

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    M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between J18A for M49 and J19 for A369.

    M5 Bristol - Lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J18a M49 and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  17. BreakingTravel latest: Long delays on M5

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    On the M5 southbound between Wellington and Taunton we have reports of a caravan that has blown over - there are long delays.

    The road is blocked in both directions between J26 to J25. Police are on scene and currently dealing with an incident.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset both ways

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    M5 Somerset both ways severe disruption, at J26 for A38 affecting J25 for A358.

    M5 Somerset - M5 blocked and stationary traffic in both directions at J26, A38 (Wellington), because of an overturned caravan. Congestion to J25, A358 (Taunton).

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

  19. Body in hospital toilets: man identified at inquest

    An inquest into the death of a man, whose body was found in a hospital toilet, opened today.

    The man was named as Jonathon Earp, a hospital patient.

    The inquest heard that he had 'just popped out of his ward for a cigarette' but did not come back.

    His body was only found in the hospital toilets three days later.

    Gloucestershire Police are investigating the incident.

    The inquest was adjourned until Monday.

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    Image caption: Jonathon Earp's body was discovered in a hospital toilet.
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    Severe accident: A432 Bristol eastbound

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    A432 Bristol eastbound severe accident, at B4469 Muller Road.

    A432 Bristol - A432 Fishponds Road blocked and very slow traffic eastbound at the B4469 Muller Road junction, because of an accident.

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