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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Monday, 21 August 2017

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  1. Cloudy and dry tonight - brighter tomorrow

    That's all from BBC Local Live for the West of England.

    This evening will stay cloudy but dry. The night will be mild and humid and it will become rather murky with mist and fog over the Mendips and other hills. Minimum Temperature: 15C.

    We're back in the morning from 7am with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. See you then!

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    Video caption: West weather for 21 August
  2. Protesters vow to stay at controversial incinerator site

    Javelin Park protest

    Protesters who have blocked the main gates to the construction site of a controversial incinerator say they intend to stay until at least tomorrow morning.

    The campaigners moved in early yesterday and claim the facility near Gloucester represents a bad deal for the taxpayer.

    A large vehicle and a sofa have been placed in front of the gates of the Javelin Park, which is near junction 12 of the M5

    Gloucestershire County Council said it will generate enough electricity to power 25,000 homes.

    The £500m facility is due to open in two years.

  3. Anthony Perenise: Samoa prop rejoins Bath from Bristol

    Anthony Perenise

    Bath have re-signed tighthead prop Anthony Perenise from Bristol for the 2017-18 Premiership season.

    The 34-year-old Samoa international made 85 appearances in his first spell at the Rec from 2011 to 2014.

    "He has shown throughout his career his quality in the set-piece, as well as his formidable presence and ball-carrying ability around the park," said Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder.

    "I've no doubt he will prove a huge asset over the coming season."

    Read more on this story.

  4. Teenagers celebrate swimming the English Channel

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    Video caption: Watch: The team from Street & District Swimming Club completed the charity swim in under 12 hours

    A group of Somerset teenagers had to contend with high seas and jellyfish as they swam the English Channel to raise money for charity.

    The team of six, aged between 13 and 17 and from the Street and District Swimming Club, completed the challenge last month in less than 12 hours without wetsuits.

    They raised more than £2,000 for the Make-a-Wish foundation which gives children with life-threatening conditions the opportunity to fulfill a lifetime dream.

  5. Travellers leave field in Weston-super-Mare

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    Video caption: Watch: Those who organised the protest are calling it a "victory for the people"

    Travellers have left a playing field in Weston-super-Mare after a confrontation with up to 300 local people last night.

    Organiser Tony Hobden who planned the demonstration through social media defended what he'd done, saying local people needed their voices to be heard.

    But traveller groups say confrontations like this are caused by a lack of proper provision for travellers and that they're being victimised by a society which doesn't provide enough legal sites for them.

  6. Possibly the best pancake ever?

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    Video caption: Watch: Stonehenge created in batter

    We bet you've never eaten a pancake like this before.

    Daniel Drake and Henry Gustafson from Saint Louis, Missouri, in the US, are famous internet pancake artists who will give any design a go.

    We set them a challenge to create a Wiltshire landmark and the result is amazing.

  7. Ultrafast broadband firm began life in a pub

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    Video caption: Watch: TrueSpeed was created five years ago

    A broadband network set up by two men in a Somerset pub is expanding after securing a £75m private investment.

    TrueSpeed was created five years ago to deliver superfast internet to rural areas.

    It's also agreed a deal with Western Power to use their poles to put up fibre-optic cables to save costs on digging underground.

    About 600 homes are being connected but the directors have plans to sign up many more.

    Quote Message: This is brilliant news for the residents and businesses in our region. This significant investment will provide our customers with a real choice of infrastructure for the first time. from Evan Weinburg Chief executive officer, TrueSpeed
    Evan WeinburgChief executive officer, TrueSpeed
  8. More people in Somerset 'struggling with alcohol use'

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    Video caption: Watch: Alex Chapman, from Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service

    There's been a significant increase in the number of people in Somerset seeking help for alcohol problems.

    The Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service says the amount of people needing help has nearly doubled in the three years since it opened.

    Staff say it may be partly due to the service being well-advertised.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A370 Somerset both ways

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    A370 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Puxton Lane and M5 J21.

    A370 Somerset - A370 in Hewish blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Puxton Lane junction and Weston-Super-Mare, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to Congresbury.

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

  10. Roundabout work to cause overnight road closures

    How the roundabout will look after the work

    Work on the Elmbridge Court roundabout in Gloucester is entering the final stage of its year-long project.

    Motorists have been warned to expect disruption from tonight until Thursday.

    There will be full closures in place between 10pm and 5am on the:

    • A40 Golden Valley Route East and Westbound
    • A40 Northern Bypass North and Southbound
    • A417 Barnwood Link North and Southbound

    A signposted diversion will be in place, using a combination of Tewkesbury Road, Estcourt Road, Barnwood Road, Corinium Avenue, A417, M5, A40 and Cheltenham Road.

  11. Rugby player Matt Dawson supports Big Tick Project

    Matt Dawson

    Former England rugby player Matt Dawson has joined forces with a research project in Bristol after he was bitten by a tick in a London park last year.

    He contracted Lyme disease from the bite, leading him to need heart surgery.

    "I had two days where I felt awful. Very feverish, on the sofa, crashed out," he said.

    Now 18 months on, after multiple treatments and heart operations, he's now supporting the Big Tick Project which raises awareness of tick bites and how to avoid them.

    Click here to read more.

  12. Making the headlines in the West's local newspapers

    In the papers

    Bristol Post: Boat which sank after explosion is leaking fuel into Bristol Harbour

    North Somerset Times: Increasing delays on M5 after ‘emergency’ pothole repairs

    The Forester: Forest of Dean forum discusses the impact of wild boar

    Salisbury Journal: Passengers unhurt after car lands in tree

  13. Fraudster 'tried to sue the police'

    Earlier we told you how Michael Troy Cremin, 41, was found guilty of six counts of fraud and one count of pretending to be a barrister.

    Det Sgt David Fryatt, from Gloucestershire Police, said Cremin overegged his position and introduced letters after his name suggesting he was a doctor of law.

    He then never sought to correct anyone who believed he was a genuine solicitor or barrister.

    And during the investigation he tried to take legal action against the force's chief constable.

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    Video caption: Fraudster 'tried to sue the police'
  14. Sid Nelson: Millwall defender joins Yeovil Town on loan until January

    Sid Nelson

    Yeovil Town have signed defender Sid Nelson from Championship club Millwall on loan until January.

    The 21-year-old has made 38 appearances for the Lions, but none this season.

    Nelson is Yeovil's 12th summer signing and joins a side with one win from their first three League Two games of the new campaign.

    "I'm really pleased the deal has finally been agreed as we've been in discussions with Millwall for a number of weeks," said Yeovil boss Darren Way.

    More on this story.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

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    M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J20 for B3133 and J19 for A369.

    M5 Somerset - Stationary traffic on M5 northbound between J20, B3133 (Clevedon) and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of a rolling road-block and emergency repairs.

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

  16. Bristol tower block owners warn residents on fire prevention

    Despite the owners of Eclipse Tower in Bristol saying there was a "low risk" for fire, it has sent a warning letter to some residents.

    The Bristol Alliance has advised residents on how fires can be prevented, including:

    • Switching off electrical appliances at night
    • Getting wiring tested regularly
    • Not having barbecues on the balcony

    It said it was working with the Department for Communities and Local Government to "implement a safe and efficient solution for the building following additional testing results".

    The Grenfell Tower fire started in a fridge-freezer, and outside cladding and insulation failed safety tests, police in London have said.

  17. Tower block has same category cladding as Grenfell Tower

    Eclipse Tower

    The Eclipse Tower in Bristol's Cabot Circus has cladding in the same category as cladding that was on Grenfell Tower in London.

    The privately owned building uses Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) and is also understood to have a polyethylene (PE) core, the same combination as at Grenfell.

    The information came to light following a Freedom of Information request by the BBC to Avon Fire and Rescue Service.

    Extra patrols have been introduced as a precaution.

    A spokesman said the building, which houses luxury flats, was considered "low risk" following safety checks.

  18. Cancer victim says fraudster 'knew what he was doing'

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    Video caption: Watch: 'I feel ashamed I was taken for a fool by him'

    A man who conned a woman with terminal cancer has been found guilty of six counts of fraud and one count of pretending to be a barrister.

    Bristol Crown Court was told Michael Troy Cremin, 41, conned Sandra Burch out of £92,000 after misleading her into believing the money would be used to buy land on her behalf.

    "He knew of my health - I have secondary breast cancer, it's treatable but not curable - and he knew we needed the money... so I could stay at home," Ms Burch said.

    "He knew what he was doing."

  19. Bristol tower clad similar to Grenfell Tower

    A tower block in Bristol has similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower block in London, the BBC has learned.

    Avon Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that the privately-owned Eclipse Tower at Cabot Circus uses Aluminium Composite Material (ACM).

    It is also understood to have a polyethylene (PE) core, the same combination as at Grenfell Tower.

    Eclipse Tower
  20. Fraudster conned terminal cancer woman out of £92k life savings

    Michael Troy Cremin
    Image caption: Michael Troy Cremin

    A man who conned a woman with terminal cancer has been found guilty of six counts of fraud and one count of pretending to be a barrister.

    Bristol Crown Court was told Michael Troy Cremin, 41, conned Sandra Burch out of £92,000 after misleading her into believing the money would be used to buy land on her behalf.

    Sandra Burch
    Image caption: Sandra Burch

    Cremin, who advertised himself as a lawyer and advocate but has been described by police as a "fantasist", was listed on a legitimate chambers website and falsely claimed to have a law degree from the University of London.

    Cremin, formally of Buncombe Way in Cirencester, will be sentenced on Tuesday.