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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Thursday 17 August 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. A mostly dry night and bright start to Friday

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast

    Well that's all from us for tonight.

    We'll be back from 7am tomorrow with more news, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England.

  2. Appeal for information after garage fire

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    Police are appealing for information after a fire at the home of a woman and her two young children, which they believe was started deliberately.

    It happened in Ellicks Close, Bradley Stoke, at about 3.45am on Saturday.

    The family escaped unharmed.

    A 17-year-old who voluntarily attended a police station in connection with the incident was released without charge, Avon and Somerset Police said.

    Quote Message: The outcome could have been so much worse. At the time the fire started, the two young children and their mother were fast asleep inside. I’d urge anyone in the area at the time, or who may have information to help our investigation, to get in touch. from PC Ryan Day Avon and Somerset Police
    PC Ryan DayAvon and Somerset Police
  3. Mental health beds closure plan paused

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    Health bosses are reconsidering plans to close beds where emergency mental health assessments are made.

    The Places of Safety in Salisbury and Swindon each contain one bed and are used for those detained by police under the Mental Health Act.

    Click her to read more.

  4. Cricket: T20 Blast - Gloucestershire lose to Surrey

    Michael Klinger

    Gloucestershire have lost to Surrey this evening in the T20 Blast and are out of the competition.

    There was a slim glimmer of hope for them to progress to the quarter final stage, but they needed to win tonight's final South Group game, and hope other results went their way.

    But Surrey won by two wickets with four balls to spare, making 134-8 in reply to Gloucestershire's 130-9.

  5. 'Very frightening' Barcelona attack described

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    Video caption: Listen: Bristol woman Shelby Mansell describes "very frightening" attack

    A woman from Bristol has described how she hid for 40 minutes when she was caught up in the Barcelona attack.

    At least 13 people have died and 80 were injured after a van ploughed into crowds in the city's famous Las Ramblas tourist area.

    Shelby Mansell from St George in Bristol is on holiday and was in the area when the attack took place.

    She told the BBC News Channel what she experienced.

  6. Bristol council tax plans 'illegal'

    City Hall, Bristol

    Controversial plans to cut council tax relief in Bristol are "potentially illegal", local politicians have said.

    Bristol mayor Marvin Rees has said the council can no longer afford to run the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

    The claim was made by the Liberal Democrat and Green party groups at Bristol City Council.

    Click here to read the full story.

  7. Memories of Concorde from a former aviation worker

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    Video caption: Watch: Former aviation worker Carol Mabillot shares her Concorde memories

    Members of the public got their first chance to go on board Concorde at Filton yesterday ahead of the new museum opening later this summer.

    Hundreds of invited guests who've all contributed to the project were also treated to a flypast by the Red Arrows.

  8. Probe after patient locked in bedroom

    Callington Road Hospital

    An investigation is under way into why an elderly patient was locked in a bedroom at hospital psychiatric ward.

    Laurel Ward at Bristol's Callington Road Hospital was shut following the incident in June, and 15 patients were transferred to other hospitals.

    Click here to read the full story.

  9. Appeal for potential witness after park stabbing

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    A man who was stabbed at Swindon's Mannington Recreation Ground is said to be recovering well.

    The attack happened on Sunday 6th August at about 9:30pm.

    Wiltshire Police is now appealing for a potential key witness to get in touch.

    Quote Message: We have information about a potential key witness who was in the park at 9.30pm - just before the victim was assaulted. This person was on a bike cycling towards the entrance/exit to Morris Street. My message to that person is: we would like to speak to you as soon as possible - please come forward. from Det Con Alan Mills Wiltshire Police
    Det Con Alan MillsWiltshire Police

    The 19-year-old victim was taken to Southmead Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and has now been released from hospital and is recovering well.

  10. Fulham loan Woodrow to Bristol City

    Cauley Woodrow

    Bristol City have signed England Under-21 international striker Cauley Woodrow on a season-long loan from fellow Championship club Fulham.

    The 22-year-old spent the second half of 2016-17 on loan at Burton Albion and the Brewers wanted him to return, but they could not agree terms with Fulham.

    Click here to read the full story.

  11. Edward Heath investigation 'to end in Autumn'

    Edward Heath

    Wiltshire Police say their investigation into claims of historical child abuse made against Sir Edward Heath is expected to end this Autumn.

    The police operation, codenamed Conifer, is looking into allegations about the former prime minister, who lived in Salisbury.

    Officers say they'll publish a full report into the investigation when it concludes.

  12. Student from war-torn country to study medicine

    Beranger Igiraneza

    A student from Bristol, who grew up in war-torn Burundi, will now study medicine at Bristol University after picking up his A-level results today.

    Beranger Igiraneza, 18, was inspired by his own life growing up in the East African country.

    He got two As and a B in his studies at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School and will take up a place on the Bristol Scholars scheme to study medicine in the city.

    Quote Message: I feel ecstatic and relieved - like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It is nice to know that my hard work has paid off and I got the grades I needed to move on. from Beranger Igiraneza Student
    Beranger IgiranezaStudent

    He now wants to become a paediatrician, and said: "Children are innocent and are at most at risk in our society and I want to help them.

    "I want to use what I have learnt to help those less fortunate than myself.

    "I have come from a more disadvantaged place and I have seen what a little bit of kindness and decency does to help others."

  13. Cricket: T20 Blast - Surrey v Gloucestershire

    Michael Klinger

    Gloucestershire are playing away at Surrey this evening in the T20 Blast.

    There's a slim glimmer of hope for them to progress to the quarter final stage, but they need to win tonight's final South Group game, and hope another five results go their way.

    The match starts at 6:30pm.

    Click here to listen to ball-by-ball commentary.

  14. Mounted championships being held in Somerset

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    Video caption: Watch: Riders take part in mounted games in Somerset

    Teams from across Europe are taking part in the European Mounted Games Championships at the Bath and West showground.

    The competition involves teams of riders and ponies taking part in fast paced games which test their athleticism and riding ability.

  15. West restaurants make Britain's Good Food Guide top 50

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    Three restaurants in the West have made it onto this year's Good Food Guide top 50 eateries in the UK.

    Casamia in Bristol (10th), Le Champignon Sauvage in Gloucestershire (16th) and Whatley Manor, The Dining Room in Wiltshire (38th) make this year's list.

    Peter Sanchez-Iglesias won the chef of the year title for the seasonal cuisine he serves at Casamia.

    The restaurant won TV chef Gordon Ramsay's Best Restaurant award in 2010, but tragedy struck in 2015 when Peter's brother Jonray died of skin cancer.

    Click here to read more.

  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

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    M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, at J19 for M32.

    M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic eastbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  17. Flood pumping exercise 'a great reassurance'

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    Video caption: Watch: Locals welcome flood pumping exercise

    Environment Agency engineers are carrying out a major incident exercise at pumping stations in Somerset.

    It's to test their response to serious flooding.

    High volume pumps, which can fill two bath tubs every second, are being used as part of the operation.

    The exercises are taking place at Huish Episcopi Pumping Station and Westover Pumping Station, near Langport.

  18. Apprenticeship 'matched me more and how I could progress myself'

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    Video caption: Watch: 'Why I chose an apprenticeship'

    Many people are now choosing to take part in an apprenticeship scheme instead of going to university.

    On the day A-Level results have been announced, we've been speaking to 19-year-old Toby Lawrence from Gloucester who chose that option.

    He's on an IT apprenticeship scheme at Brobuild Ltd in Quedgeley.

  19. Injured man found on Cotswold road - two arrested

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    Two arrests have been made after an injured man was found by the side of a road in Chipping Campden.

    Officers were called to the man, aged in his 30s, on Wednesday morning. He was airlifted to Southmead Hospital where he's currently sedated and in a critical condition.

    Two other men, one aged 26 and one aged 44, were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

    Anyone with information is being asked to call the police on 101 quoting incident five of 16/8.

  20. 'Apprentices are the future of our company'

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    Video caption: Watch: Firm's director Nick Bracey on the benefits of apprentice schemes

    On the day A-Level results have been announced young people are being reminded that there are alternatives to going to university.

    Many people are now choosing to take part in an apprenticeship scheme instead.

    Nick Bracey, who's a director at Brobuild in Gloucester, says there are lots of benefits of running an apprenticeship scheme.