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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Monday, 7 August 2017

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  1. We'll leave you with a pink rainbow, if that's what it is

    Taken in Bedminster

    Is it a rainbow? It looks quite unusual.

    Email: bristol@bbc.co.uk

    The above was taken in Bedminster by Pam Caulfield earlier this evening. More here from social media:

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    That's all for tonight. We'll be back online tomorrow from 7am with more live news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England.

    Goodnight!

  2. Mother wants daughters remains 'reunited'

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    Video caption: Karen Edwards: 'I want Becky to be reunited with the rest of her'

    Becky Godden was murdered by Christopher Halliwell in 2003. Her family held her funeral but three years ago police uncovered more of her remains.

    Karen Edwards, Becky's mother, says the police told her in March the DNA tests would take a matter of weeks. But she is still waiting for them to be released.

    Wiltshire Police said once the tests are complete and it has been confirmed the remains belong to Becky, they will be in a position to return them to her family.

  3. Four from 'drug network' charged over heroin and cocaine

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    Four people have been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine as part of a crackdown on cross county drugs networks.

    Officers raided houses in Cheltenham and Birmingham over the weekend, retrieving quantities of cash and class A drugs.

    A man and a woman from Cheltenham were among those charged.

  4. Football: Harry Pell to remain at Cheltenham

    Harry Pell

    Harry Pell told the club's official website he had spent the day discussing terms with Blackpool but had decided the right decision was to "turn their offer down and remain at Cheltenham".

    Quote Message: I have spoken to the Gaffer (Gary Johnson) and he has re-iterated that he's very happy that I am still a Cheltenham Town player and I am 100% focused on the job in hand with the Robins. I'm looking forward to getting back and getting on with our campaign. from Harry Pell
    Harry Pell
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  5. Football: Swindon sign Woolery for £350,000

    Kaiyne Woolery

    Swindon Town have signed Wigan Athletic forward Kaiyne Woolery for £350,000.

    The 22-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Wiltshire club.

    "I got a promotion last year and I came here to get another one," Woolery told Swindon's club website.

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  6. Fans go mad for souvenir Forest Green Rovers programme

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    Video caption: Fans go mad for Forest Green Rovers programme

    The Gloucestershire side have attracted worldwide attention since they were promoted to the football league for the first time in May.

  7. Hoover sucks up flower seeds to spread the breed

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    Video caption: Flower seeds are being vacuumed up in Bath so they can be sowed in nearby hay meadows

    The rare wildflower seeds will be used to restore new meadows.

    Rob Holden, from the National Trust, said the yellow rattle seed is "really important" for wildflower meadows.

  8. Government to respond to immigration law

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    Video caption: Families campaigning for immigration law to be changed say children are traumatised by it.

    Some families from the West say they're being torn apart and their children are being left heartbroken because of immigration rules.

    The law requires British spouses to earn at least £18,600 before their non-EEA (European Economic Area) partner is allowed to live here.

    It's thought as many as 15,000 children have been separated from a parent due to the scheme, which was designed to protect demands on UK benefits.

    Earlier this year the Supreme Court decided that the rules are lawful but said that "children's welfare must be promoted in immigration decisions".

    A government response will be published later this week. The Home Office has said the policy "is central to building an immigration system that works in the national interest".

  9. Seed-gathering speeded up with vacuum's help

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    Video caption: Vacuum saves labour intensive seed-gathering process

    A rare wildflower haven in Bath is being used to harvest seeds to restore new meadows.

    It's a project which has been so successful that the National Trust has brought in the gardening equivalent of a vacuum cleaner to beef up the operation.

    The seeds were previously gathered by hand in a labour-intensive process.

  10. Cricket: Gleeson gives Northants edge v Glos

    Richard Gleeson

    Richard Gleeson took five Gloucestershire wickets before a top-order collapse from Northamptonshire left the match intriguingly poised.

    After day one ended with hosts Northants 343 all out, Gloucestershire responded with 265 in their first innings, seamer Gleeson taking 5-46.

    But, hoping to build a sizeable second-innings lead, the hosts slipped to 19-5 as five batsmen failed to pass five.

    Northants were 50-5 at the close with a lead of 128 runs and Alex Wakely on 23.

  11. Rogue landlords to be targeted

    Houses

    Rogue landlords are to be targeted in Bristol after the council was given extra government funding.

    Bristol City Council said it had been given £321,750 by the Home Office "to help drive up standards in the private rented sector" over the next two years.

    Migrants are over-represented, living in the private rented sector in Bristol, particularly in properties in poor condition.

    Quote Message: In Bristol we are working hard to tackle criminal landlords and through this extra funding, we expect to see a reduction in the number of these criminal landlords letting out poor quality accommodation and exploiting tenants. from Councillor Paul Smith Cabinet member for homes, Bristol City Council
    Councillor Paul SmithCabinet member for homes, Bristol City Council
  12. M4 crash victim was 'fantastic father'

    Andrew Gwynne

    Andrew Gwynne, from Gloucester, died in a crash on the M4 near Cardiff on Saturday.

    His family said losing him so suddenly was "devastating".

    In a statement, they said: "He will be so dearly missed and was a massive part of a large family.

    "He was always fun and energetic; a true family orientated man who was a fantastic father, partner, son, uncle and great uncle, and brother, who has been taken from us so tragically."

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  13. Patients and families asked for best solutions to dementia care

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    Video caption: A month-long call for opinions on dementia care in the county

    Some 6,500 people in Wiltshire are currently living with dementia.

    Numbers continue to grow rapidly and the statistic is expected to be 30% higher by 2020.

    Wiltshire Healthwatch has launched a month-long consultation on dementia services in the county, asking users and their families about the most effective way forward.

    Provision for people diagnosed with dementia costs £150m every year in Wiltshire.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

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    M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, between J21 for A370 and J20 for B3133.

    M5 Somerset - Very slow traffic and two lanes closed on M5 northbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of an accident and a fuel spillage.

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

  15. Cricket: Abell boosts Somerset against Surrey

    Tom Abell

    Skipper Tom Abell and Steven Davies put in an unbeaten 138 as hosts Somerset recovered from 96-4 to end day one in an improved position against Surrey.

    On a rain-hit day, Abell (88*) and Davies (68*) led Somerset to 234-4 before wet weather saw play abandoned.

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  16. HGV hits building in Porlock

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    The fire service says a HGV collided with an external wall of a property.

    Acro-props were used to support some damaged railings and the lorry was removed from the building.

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    Severe accident: A4019 Gloucestershire both ways

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    A4019 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between A38 and M5 J10.

    A4019 Gloucestershire - A4019 in Coombe Hill blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the A38 junction and Cheltenham, because of an accident.

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

  18. Dumped croc could have given someone 'a nasty bite'

    The caiman

    A caiman dumped at Chew Valley reservoir could have given a child a "very nasty bite", the RSPCA has said.

    The two-foot long crocodile-type animal, which was initially thought to be an alligator, was found by a Bristol Water engineer last Friday.

    The caiman

    It has since been collected by the RSPCA and taken to a specialist crocodile centre.

    They are attempting to trace who dumped it as they believe they were keeping the animal illegally.

    Quote Message: It’s lucky this caiman wasn’t found by a child. Despite its size, this caiman could have given them a very nasty bite. from Chris James RSPCA
    Chris JamesRSPCA
    Caiman left at Chew Valley reservoir