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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 24 August 2017

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  1. Goodnight from us

    Thanks for being with us today.

    If you, or a member of your family, got GCSE results today, we hope you have celebrated your achievements, as many did across the region.

    We are back as usual with all the latest tomorrow morning from 7am.

    Ian Fergusson has your weather outlook for the next few days - things will be staying dry with sunny spells.

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    Video caption: Ian Fergusson has the forecast for the next few days.
  2. Red panda cub born at Longleat

    Yes, cute is definitely the word for this little one.

    If you've had a stressful day - here's a little light relief.

    A new red panda cub has been born at Longleat Safari Park. The new arrival has been drawing in the crowds, but he's also a vital boost to an endangered species.

    We challenge you not to say "awwww" as you watch:

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    Video caption: The adorable critter will help boost numbers of the endangered species.
  3. 'She would have wanted me to help people', says mourning dad

    Two teenagers - Izzy Gentry and George Zographou - both went to St. Brendan's Sixth Form College in Bristol.

    But both have died from Meningitis B: 16 year old Izzy died a year ago and George, just last week.

    Today - as Michelle Ruminski reports - Izzy's father, Paul, offered his family's support to George's family in their grief.

    And he urged new students to "get vaccinated" against the killer infection.

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    Video caption: Mourning dad warms others to vaccinate for meningitis
  4. Bristol stab murder: man charged

    Police cordon at Ludlow Close in St Pauls area of Bristol earlier this week

    A 37-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Asiyah Harris.

    Asiyah, 27, died from stab injuries at a property in Ludlow Close in the St Paul's area of Bristol in the early hours of Tuesday 22nd August. She was named earlier today.

    Adan Dahir, of Ludlow Close, has been charged with her murder and remanded in custody. He will appear before Bristol Magistrates' Court tomorrow (25 August).

    Another woman who was arrested has been released pending further investigation.

  5. BreakingBristol stab murder : man charged

    Police say a man has been charged with the death of 27-year-old Asiyah Harris, who was named earlier today as the stab victim of a St.Paul's incident earlier this week.

  6. West's GCSE results slightly higher than average

    First analysis of the GCSE results across the South West have shown - with 66.6% on or above a grade C or new level 4 - the region's teenagers have done slightly better than the average for England (66.1%).

    19.5% of GCSE students achieved an A grade (or 7 and above for English Language, Literature and Maths) - slightly lower than last year.

    Many success stories have been reported from around the West.

    Will Glennon was in Swindon, where today's results were being closely watched after criticisms of the town's schools...

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    Video caption: Criticism of schools in Wiltshire meant today's GCSE results were closely scrutinised
  7. Behind the scenes of our Lego film

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    Some nifty camera shots were used for our earlier film about the Lego model of Cirencester Abbeyy that's currently under construction. Here's how it was done!

  8. Cirencester Abbey imagined in Lego

    There isn't much left of Cirencester Abbey. The whole lot was torn down by Henry VIII in 1539, but now the building has been rebuilt, in miniature, using Lego.

    Volunteer builders are three-quarters of the way through creating the building, which has used around 50,000 bricks. Another 20,000 will be needed to finish the model.

    People are being asked to 'chip in' a pound to help build it: the money raised will go towards improving the area where the abbey once stood.

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    Video caption: A model of the former monastery has been built out of 50,000 bricks so far.
  9. Cambridge's Roberts joins Forest Green Rovers

    Mark Roberts

    Former Stevenage and Fleetwood defender Mark Roberts joins Forest Green Rovers after leaving Cambridge United.

    The 33-year-old former Stevenage and Fleetwood player made 52 league starts for Cambridge over the past two years.

    He has signed a one-year contract with Mark Cooper's side.

    You can read more about the story here

  10. Crackling with emotion: that pigs' tale

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    Some firemen in Wiltshire save a group of piglets from a barn fire - and are later rewarded with a gift of sausages made from the animals.

    It was a story that provoked strong emotion, from discomfort, through to disgust and exasperation.

    But what does this bizarre tale - and the reactions to it from across the world - tell us about our attitudes to the consumption of meat?

    Click here to read more.

  11. 'Get vaccinated' dad of meningitis victim tells young people

    Paul Gentry says he is determined that increasing the take-up of meningitis vaccines will be a legacy of his daughter's death from the infection.

    The father of the 16-year-old Bristol girl, Izzy Gentry, was speaking at his daughter's former college - St. Brendan's - as public health and meningitis awareness groups held an event to improve the take-up of young people being vaccinated ahead of leaving for university.

    Mr Gentry also took the opportunity to offer his support "whenever they need it" to the family of another St Brendan's pupil, George Zographou, who died from meningitis B after falling ill at a festival in Cornwall last week.

    Although all students from Year 9 have been offered the MenACWY vaccine since last year, just 30% of current sixth-formers and those heading off to University in the coming weeks have sought the free service. They fall into a group that were not routinely targetted.

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    Video caption: Paul Gentry is campaigning for greater meningitis vaccine take-up amongst young people
    Quote Message: Not a day or night passes when I do not think of Izzy, but I know she is with me from Paul Gentry Izzy's dad
    Paul GentryIzzy's dad
  12. Overton twins extend Somerset contracts

    Craig (right) and Jamie Overton

    Somerset pair Craig and Jamie Overton have both had their contracts with the Division One county extended to the end of the 2020 season.

    The 23-year-old twin brothers' deals had been due to expire in 2018.

    Click here to read more on this story.

  13. GCSE joy across the West

    Mass envelope-opening took place this morning as thousands of teenagers across the West picked up their GCSE results.

    The pass rate was slightly down on last year in the region, but two thirds still got at least a C or the new equivalent:

    This year saw the introduction of new numbered grades, with numbers 1-9 replacing the traditional G to A*.

    Here are some of the reactions on social media in the West - congratulations all!

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  14. Teenage Lego fundraiser dies

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    Video caption: Tatiana raised money to buy Lego for other children in hospital.

    A Bristol teenager who raised money to buy Lego for patients in Bristol Children's Hospital has died.

    Tatiana Stankovic Davis raised £10,000 to buy the toy despite undergoing treatment for leukemia at the same time.

    The charity Fairy Bricks that provided the Lego sets wrote on their Facebook page that they were "in tears" at Tatiana's death

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  15. Deaf violinist performs at festival

    A 10-year-old boy with severe hearing loss has been chosen to take part in a special music festival in Poland.

    Charlie Denton from Stonehouse near Stroud was the only British child to be selected to perform at the Beats of Cochlear event, showcasing the musical talent of deaf children with cochlea implants to help them hear.

    He showed off his talents to us, with his mum Emma accompanying him on the cello.

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    Video caption: Deaf violinist performs at festival
  16. Radio ham turned hero champions the power of shortwave

    Michael Everett

    A ham radio enthusiast from Bristol has been hailed a hero after directing the emergency services to a distress call he received from a remote area of Exmoor.

    The call was from a member of a camping party. One of their group, a 12-year-old girl was having a severe epileptic fit.

    Mike Everett was browsing the radio spectrum when the call came in.

    Quote Message: It was an urgent call. All I heard was "ambulance". I didn't know where they were so I jumped on, confirmed the call sign and I was really excited to help them. The radio brought us all together where a mobile phone wasn't working. We're all too reliant on our mobile phones, so radio is still important. from Mike Everett Ham radio enthusiast
    Mike EverettHam radio enthusiast

    Since Mike's story broke he has been flooded with messages from around the world. The girl has made a full recovery.

  17. Young Bristol City quartet sign deals

    Zak Vyner (right)

    Bristol City have given new contracts to young players Zak Vyner, Lloyd Kelly, Max O'Leary and Jojo Wollacott.

    Click here to read the full story.

  18. Bulmers cider family raid: Eleven in court

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    Eleven men have appeared in court charged in connection with a multi-million pound raid at a cider-making family's luxury home in Somerset.

    Paintings and jewellery valued at £2.7m was stolen in the raid in 2009.

    All of the defendants deny any wrongdoing and will appear at Bristol Crown Court on 22 September.

    Read more about the case here.

    Bulmers cider family raid: Eleven in court

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    Paintings and jewellery valued at £2.7m was stolen in the raid in 2009.

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