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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Friday, 11 August 2017

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  1. Goodnight from Local Live

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    Video caption: West weather for 11 August

    That's all from BBC Local Live for today. We're back tomorrow at 5pm with a special edition from the Bristol Balloon Fiesta.

    We'll be bringing you the best pictures from Ashton Court - from the mass ascent through to the nightglow and fireworks.

    Here's Ian with the weather.

  2. Making the headlines in your local newspapers

    In the papers

    Weston Mercury: New look Italian Gardens open after £2.48m revamp

    Bristol Post: Car drives the wrong way along the M5

    Swindon Advertiser:Riding instructor accused of attempted kidnap remanded in custody

    Gloucestershire Live:Son with 'heart of gold' suffered fatal heart failure after taking concoction of drugs

  3. Two goats appear to be stuck on a ledge at Brean Down

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    Video caption: The National Trust says the animals tend to get themselves down when ready
  4. Points West 60: Butlin's opens in Minehead

    This year BBC Points West is marking it's 60th birthday.

    As part of the celebrations, we keep delving into the archive to reflect some of the stories reported on in the last six decades.

    As this film shows, the opening of Butlins in Minehead in 1962 was much discussed!

    Can you spot anyone you know?

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    Video caption: BBC Points West 60: Archive footage as Butlin's opens in Minehead.
  5. Older athletes: 'I'm half in tears and half in awe'

    An older athlete running the hurdles

    Bristol-based photographer Alex Rotas, 68, took up photography several years ago.

    She has has spent much of her time since then looking through the lens at older sportsmen and women and has just returned from the European Masters Athletics Championships in Denmark.

    Quote Message: I'm half in tears and half in awe watching these amazing athletes and what they achieve in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s and just marvelling at their athleticism. I was watching these people just achieve the most incredible athletic feats that I never imagined were possible. I found it very moving and it made me recalibrate my own sense of what the ageing body can do. It's not only their athleticism that comes through, it's their joy. These people are so full of life that it's inspiration on every single level. from Alex Rotas Photographer
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    To see more photos from Alex, click here.

  6. Adventurer says he will try record attempt again

    Sean Conway

    Extreme adventurer Sean Conway has been forced to end a 4,500-mile cycle world record attempt across Europe due to injury.

    He was hoping to break the record by cycling from Portugal to Russia in less than 25 days.

    However, after just six days and 800 miles he ended his journey in northern Spain due to tearing a quad muscle in his leg.

    He said he would "100 per cent" attempt the challenge again, adding: "I know I can bounce back."

    Click here to read more.

  7. Metrobus bridge works close roads this weekend

    There'll be more road closures than normal this Balloon Fiesta weekend in Bristol, as another piece of the now £230m Metrobus project is put into place.

    A new bridge is being built at Bathurst Basin, meaning Cumberland Road, Commercial Road and the old Bathurst swing bridge will be shut from 6pm tonight to 7am on Monday.

    Find out more details here.

    Metrobus road closure map for Bathurst Basin
  8. Nuclear bunker cannabis gang jailed

    The cannabis factory at RGHQ Chilmark.

    Three men who converted a former nuclear bunker into a giant cannabis farm have been jailed.

    The men used the underground complex near Devizes undetected for three years to grow £6m worth of the drug.

    Martin Fillery, 45, Plamen Nguyen, 27, and Ross Winter, 30, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to produce class B drugs and abstracting electricity.

    Sentencing took place at Salisbury Crown Court on Friday.

    Read the full story here.

  9. Bristol City V Birmingham City

    Birmingham Bristol City

    Bristol City will play Birmingham tomorrow.

    Bristol City defender Aden Flint is unlikely to take part after being the subject of three failed bids by Blues.

    Sweden Under-21 winger Niclas Eliasson could make his debut, while forwards Milan Djuric and Matty Taylor are out.

    For a preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game click here.

  10. Laser surgery claim optometrist suspended

    Undercover filming by the BBC
    Image caption: John Margetts said he was not told to make the claims by Optical Express

    An optometrist who claimed laser eye surgery was "mandatory" for RAF pilots has been suspended for 12 months.

    John Margetts made the claim to an undercover BBC reporter at a Bristol branch of Optical Express.

    The firm said it prioritises patient care and safety, and Mr Margett's statements ran counter to its best practice.

    At a General Optical Council hearing Mr Margett was found to be dishonest and his fitness for practice impaired.

    Read the full story here.

  11. Inside the nuclear bunker cannabis farm

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    Video caption: WATCH: Take a look inside the nuclear bunker cannabis farm.

    Three men have been jailed for running a cannabis factory inside a former nuclear bunker in Wiltshire.

    Martin Fillery, was given eight years for conspiracy to produce the cannabis and Plamen Nguyen and Ross Winter were each given five years for the same offence.

  12. Sat nav blunder leads to lorry overturning

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    Video caption: Sat nav blunder leads to lorry overturning

    A large lorry trailer has overturned in Wiltshire, trapping villagers in their homes.

    The driver was led by his sat nav down a narrow private lane in Barnfield, near Marlborough. He managed to tip the vehicle over while trying to get out.

    The road is now blocked, but luckily the driver was uninjured.

  13. Nile Ranger: Ex-Premier League footballer released early from jail

    Nile Ranger has played for Southend United and Newcastle United
    Image caption: Nile Ranger has played for Southend United and Newcastle United

    Footballer Nile Ranger has been released from prison about 10 weeks into his eight-month sentence.

    The 26-year-old Southend United forward was jailed in May after admitting online banking fraud in which a woman lost more than £2,000.

    His club said he was eligible for early release because of the short duration of his sentence and "his consistently excellent custodial behaviour".

    Ranger will return to training with the League One club immediately.

    Read the full story here.

  14. Reminder: M48 bridge closed this weekend

    The M48 bridge over the River Severn is going to be closed for maintenance this weekend from 4am on Saturday 12 August until 10pm on Sunday 13 August.

    More information here.

  15. MP resigns from Bath University body over 'eye-watering' vice-chancellor pay

    Andrew Murrison

    A Wiltshire MP has quit a prestigious Bath University body in protest over the pay of vice chancellors.

    Surveys have named Bath University's Glynis Breakwell as the highest-paid British vice-chancellor, with an annual salary of £451,000, compared to the average salary of British VCs of about £250,000.

    Now Andrew Murrison, the South West Wiltshire MP, has criticised the "self-serving cartel" running universities across the country.

    He has resigned from Bath University Court, described as "the statutory body representing the interests of the University's internal and external constituencies".

  16. Roads closed in Taunton after man 'assaulted'

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    Image caption: Roads marked in red have very slow or stopped traffic

    A man has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries following an alleged assault in East Reach, Taunton.

    Avon and Somerset Police say another man, in his 50s, has been arrested and is currently in custody.

    Many roads in the area are congested as a result and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

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  17. Balloon fiesta: how traffic will be affected

    Balloons over Ashton Court this morning

    Travelling to tonight's Balloon Fiesta event?

    With 100,000 people expected to attend over the weekend, drivers will need to plan their journeys.

    Highways England say motorways and major A-roads around Bristol are likely to be busy until Sunday.

    • M5 at junction 19 could be particularly busy during the event as southbound traffic will use it to access the event
    • M5 at junction 21 will also see increased traffic as northbound traffic uses the A370 to get to the Fiesta
    • traffic will also use the M32 to travel through Bristol to Ashton Court.