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  1. News, sport, weather and travel across the West of England on Monday 24 July, 2017.

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  1. Signing off...

    The digital team wish you a good night!

    Today we have brought you the news of NHS Bristol's battles with A&E pressures and the life and death decisions they have had to make because of them.

    We have celebrated with Anya Shrubsole and her parents on what has been the England and Bath cricketer's 'dream' achievement: the winning wicket at the World Cup.

    At this time, we have no idea whether Gloucestershire's Chris Hughes has been 'triumphant' on Love Island, but we suspect Wiltshire's emergency call handlers will come out as the heroes of 999 Emergency this evening.

    We leave you with this truism from @wiltshirepolice...

    Have a safe night.

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  2. Weather for the West with Ian

    If you're planning what to do with the family tomorrow or just wondering whether to take your umbrella to work, it looks like a largely fine day with the possibility of a few showers into the afternoon.

    Here's Ian Fergusson with all the detail.

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    Video caption: Weather for the west with Ian
  3. Get your skates on or lose your wheels...

    If you have left a bike at Bristol Temple Meads with the intention of collecting it later - you'd better get down there quickly!

    Cyclists who leave their bikes at the station for weeks on end are being warned to move them - or lose them.

    Every cycle at the station was tagged three weeks ago. Any tagged bikes still there in the next day or two will be given to charity - as BBC Points West's Martin Jones reports:

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    Video caption: Martin Jones reports from Temple Meads station on the bike cull
  4. The parents of Bath-born cricket star Anya Shrubsole talk about their daughter's success

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    Video caption: Anya Shrubsole's parents watched as their daughter led England to World Cup victory.

    The parents of Somerset cricketer Anya Shrubsole have spoken to BBC Points West about watching their daughter bowling the England women's cricket team to World Cup success.

    The team beat India in front of a sell out crowd at Lord's and while Anya's mum was barely able to watch, her dad spoke of their pride as Anya made history.

    Quote Message: We've seen her bowl well before and we've seen her bowl terribly before [but] ... on that stage, at that moment, in that occasion, well, it doesn't get any better than that. from Ian Shrubsole Anya's dad
    Ian ShrubsoleAnya's dad
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  5. Hospitals will assess treatment needs at door after one third of A&E visits deemed unnecessary

    A&E departments in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset will start 'clinical streaming' in the next few months.

    With 60,000 patients in the area unnecessarily seeking A & E care last year, the departments have been under immense pressure.

    The pilot for the sifting scheme was stopped after a patient was sent to see a Brisdoc GP instead of A&E and died after a blood clot was missed.

    Following the death of Bristol man Dave Birtwhistle, the system has been changed and an A&E doctor or nurse will direct patients to where they should be treated and will also take a full set of observations to assist the decision.

    The new system will be in place in the Autumn.

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    Video caption: Scott Ellis has a report on the 'clinical streaming' that will start in the next few months.
  6. Stroud Subscription Room sale 'like a gun to our head'

    Stroud Subscription Rooms

    Earlier we told you how a cash-strapped council is looking to sell the Stroud Subscription Rooms.

    It is one a number of options being considered for the Grade ll-listed building by the district council.

    But Julie Wickham from campaign group Support Our Subs says "it feels like the community has a gun to its head" and says the sale option "should be taken off the table".

    "To say they'd explored every option and something couldn't be found then they could put it for sale," she said.

    "By running it in tandem it feels very upsetting".

  7. Gloucestershire's Chris Hughes in Love Island final tonight

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    Video caption: Gloucestershire contestant Chris Hughes competing for the final prize.

    Love Island's Chris Hughes is tonight competing in the final of the ITV2 show, which has attracted 2 million viewers a night.

    The 22-year-old farmer's son from Gloucestershire, who went to local Hartpury College, could receive £50,000 if he wins.

    He's been part of an on/off couple with fellow contestant Olivia Attwood for much of the series.

    Will you be watching at 9pm?

  8. Stroud Subscription Rooms put up for sale for £600k

    Stroud Subscription Rooms

    An arts and entertainment location is being put on the market as its owners consider the Grade II-listed building's future.

    In January Stroud District Council said would reviewing all options for the future of the Subscription Rooms.

    The authority is considering whether to keeping it under council control, let another group run it, or to sell it. The closing date for all bids for the 183-year-old venue is 15 September.

    The "imposing ballroom and exhibition space" and "occupying a prominent position in the centre of Stroud" is being offered for sale at £600,000.

    So far nine organisations have expressed an interest in running it and a decision will be taken later this year.

  9. Appeal for witnesses following violent assault in Bath

    Avon and Somerset police have appealed for witnesses following an incident in Bath when a man suffered a fractured jaw.

    At 0300 on Saturday 1 July, the victim and his girlfriend left the Weir Lounge Club and walked towards Pulteney Bridge.

    The victim was punched in the face after intervening in a fight. He fell to the floor and was then kicked whilst on the floor.

    He and his girlfriend walked away, but a few minutes later two men from the group punched the victim in the face, giving him a fractured jaw.

    The suspects are described as:

    • a mixed heritage man, aged 20-21 years of slim build and wearing black Chino style trousers and a grey zip-up jacket, and
    • a white man 5ft 8ins tall, aged 20-21 years, of stocky build, having a quiff of brown hair
    • A man who was also present during the second incident but did not get involved is described as a white man, aged 20-21 years old, about 5ft 6ins tall with brown hair, which had a distinctive blond streak through the middle.

    Anyone able to help, is asked to call 101, quoting reference 5217148642

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  10. Somerset cricketer Anya Shrubsole on accomplishing her 'dream'

    Cricketer Anya Shrubsole has spoken about achieving her dream after bowling England to World Cup success at Lord's on Sunday.

    The 25-year-old, who started playing for England as a teenager, competed in front of a sell-out crowd, with an estimated worldwide TV audience of around 100 million viewers.

    The Bath-born and raised cricketer is still getting used to her team's incredible achievement.

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    Video caption: England bowler Anya Shrubsole on bowling England to success
  11. Bristol NHS commissioners defend policy of diverting patients from A&E

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    NHS commissioners in Bristol have defended their policy of diverting patients from A&E in order to relieve pressures on services.

    A national review of such schemes has been launched by NHS England. It will report its findinging next summer.

    Bristol NHS CCG today said:

    • a third of people who go to A&E - 60,000 across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire - could have received adequate and more timely care by an alternative practitioner
    • waiting times in A&E last winter were an average four hours, in line with national targets
    • but local minor injury unit waits were just 30 minutes on average

    Commenting on the recent decision to close Weston's A&E overnight, they said:

    "The system is coping well and all patients have received safe and appropriate care. The numbers of patients needing urgent or emergency care have been in line with expectation and we continue to carefully monitor patient activity to understand and manage the impact."

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  12. Controversial A&E 'sifting' system will return to the BRI

    Bristol's NHS Commissioners say a 'clinical streaming' scheme - halted following the death of a local man - will return to accident and emergency services in the area in the Autumn, following improvements.

    David Birtwistle from Bristol was diverted away from the Bristol Royal Infirmary and seen by a GP instead. He later died as the result of a blood clot.

    He had been seen by a nurse on arrival, who decided he could be treated more suitably by a local doctor.

    NHS Bristol CCG say the new system - adopted by other areas - will have specialist accident and emergency staff making such assessments.

    The findings of the national review, by NHS England, will be published in the summer of 2018.

    Quote Message: We would like to express our deepest condolences, once again, to the family of Mr Birtwistle. This tragic incident has affected everyone who cared for him. from Dr Lesley Ward, urgent care lead NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group
    Dr Lesley Ward, urgent care leadNHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group
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  13. Wiltshire emergency call operators star in Channel 4 programme

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    Wiltshire's emergency call handlers are featuring in '999: What's Your Emergency?' from tonight.

    The Channel 4 documentary, which starts at 9pm, will be following the team as they answer calls and deal with emergency situations.

  14. Swindon Town manager commends his young team as they prepare for friendlies

    Swindon Town manager Dave Flitcroft has told BBC Wiltshire he's looking forward to the challenge of two friendlies in the next 48 hours.

    The Robins' "young, vibrant team" has been getting used to the heat as they put in some high-end training in Portugal.

    Flitcroft commended the players commitment to training and described the environment as one of "learning, improvement and development"

    The team are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they travel to play a young Derby side behind-closed-doors.

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    Video caption: Swindon Town manager speaks to Shaun Hodgetts of BBC Wiltshire
  15. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: A4044 Bristol northbound

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    A4044 Bristol northbound severe congestion, between A420 Old Market Street and A4032 Newfoundland Street.

    A4044 Bristol - Heavy traffic on A4044 Temple Way Underpass northbound between Old Market Roundabout and the A4032 Newfoundland Street junction. In the roadworks area.

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

  16. Gloucester police: third possible teenager abduction attempt, by masked man

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    Police are investigating a report that a third teenage girl was approached by men in a van in the Abbeymead area of Gloucester.

    The incident happened on Dancers Hill at around 8pm on Saturday (22 July) when a 'noisy' blue van pulled up alongside a 13-year-old girl.

    One of the occupants tried to pull her into the vehicle. That man is described as wearing a black jacket and a black mask on his face. He had brown eyes.

    It's the third report of its kind in a week. On each occasion, the girls were able to get away but officers are asking people to be vigilant and report any stranger approaches.

    If you have seen this van or have any information please call 101 quoting incident number 181 of 22/7/17

  17. This afternoon's newspaper headlines across the Westcountry

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    Image caption: In the papers, stories across the west

    Swindon Advertiser: Man, 80, accused of child rape more than 50 years ago.

    Bristol Post: Drunk on Bristol easyjet flight urinated 'everywhere except the loo' then fell down aircraft steps.

    North Somerset Times: Co-founder of Springboard steps down 30 years after she created charity of disabled children.

    Gloucester Gazette: Disabled Dursley woman achieves horseback archery coaching qualification.

    Wiltshire TImes: Plans for a new dementia centre to be opened in Warminster.

  18. Avon and Somerset police appeal for missing 13-year-old

    Avon and Somerset Police have appealed to the public for any information about a missing 13-year-old girl.

    Mia Hooper, from Patchway, was last seen at around 10pm on Wednesday 19 July.

    She’s described as white, of medium build, 5ft 4ins, with long straight brown hair.

    She was last seen wearing a green bomber jacket, black leggings and trainers.

    Anyone who has information has been asked to call 999.

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  19. Man makes road-rage death threat

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    Video caption: Former BBC Producer filmed in a bizarre road rage incident alongside a Hampshire motorway

    A family claims they were threatened by an ex-BBC producer after a two-car crash in Hampshire.

    The driver, Louise Small, said the man involved was former BBC wildlife producer Fergus Beeley.

    A heated exchange followed a two-car crash involving the family's Mazda on the M27 near Hedge End in Hampshire.

    Footage of the argument was recorded in a Sainsbury's car park on Saturday.

    A man is captured on mobile phone threatening a family in a car, saying: "I do wish you were dead."

    BBC News has contacted Mr Beeley for a comment but he has yet to respond.