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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel for the West of England on Tuesday 29 August 2017.

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  1. Goodnight from us!

    Thanks for being with us today.

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

    John Hammond has your weather outlook for the next few days - and it looks like everything is about to change with cooler, wetter weather on the way.

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    Video caption: Weather outlook
  2. A curious science: what's in a name?

    The science centre At Bristol is no more: a £3m revamp version was launched today.

    Now it's called...

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    Video caption: Reactions to the Bristol science centres new name has been mixed

    We asked you what you thought of the curious new name and you've been tweeting and messaging all day.

    Here's a selection (and this is a representative selection):

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  3. Children's hospice will make the 'most of short and precious lives'

    A hospice for children in Wiltshire - the very first in the county - finally opened its doors today.

    Julia's House in Devizes will provide respite and support for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions along with their families.

    Ally Ryder is from Children's Hospice South West which has been helping families across the West for a quarter of a century.

    It is separate from Julia's House but knows all too well the pressure hospice charities are under.

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    Video caption: Hospice for children in Wiltshire - the first in the county - finally opens its doors.
  4. Somerset home educators asked to explain growing trend

    The number of children being home educated in Somerset has risen by 50 per cent in the last two years to almost a 1000.

    That's 40% above the regional average.

    The council is now conducting a survey of parents to find out why the numbers have increased so dramatically.

    Clinton Rogers has more:

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    Video caption: Somerset home education numbers have doubled in two years
  5. Landfill fire 'incredibly difficult' to tackle

    Firefighters have put out a massive fire at a landfill fire in Somerset.

    Crews were called to Dimmer Landfill site near Castle Cary yesterday afternoon.

    It is not yet known what the cause of the fire was but it is thought the hot weather could have been a factor.

    Bill Harvison, from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said it had been "incredibly difficult" tackling the blaze.

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    Video caption: Firefighters have put out a massive fire at a landfill fire in Somerset.
  6. Barn fire alert

    Fire appliances have been mobilised, from Somerton, Street, Bridgwater, Martock, Glastonbury and Wells following fourteen calls about a barn fire.

    Support is also being given from Wiveliscombe, along with a water carrier from Bridgwater.

    Crews have confirmed that a barn measuring 30m sq, with around 200 tonnes of hay and straw inside is well alight.

    Incident is on going.............

    Devon and Somerset fire
  7. Remains of unborn offspring found inside ancient Somerset sea dragon

    Remains of an unborn baby have been found inside the body of a 200 million-year-old sea reptile from Somerset.

    The 3.5 metre (11ft) pregnant ichthyosaur lived at the time of the earliest dinosaurs during the early Jurassic period.

    Scientists said the incomplete embryo was less than 7cm long and consisted of preserved vertebrae, a forefin, ribs and a few other bones.

    There was evidence the foetus was still developing in the womb when it died.

    Click here for the full story.

    Ichthyosaurus
    Image caption: Ichthyosaurus were ''sea dragons'' that ruled the oceans in Jurassic times
  8. Sly shopper misses the Bank Holiday rush

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    Video caption: Fox found in Swindon branch of House of Fraser

    Staff at a Swindon store have been describing how their Bank holiday sales were disrupted when a foxy intruder fell through the roof.

  9. Bake Off contestants include Bristol cancer survivor

    Twelve bakers - including a software developer from Bristol - are entering the Great British Bake Off tent tonight as the show makes its Channel 4 debut.

    It's the first time the show has been broadcast on the channel - which will be fronted with new presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding and a new judge - Prue Leith.

    Paul Hollywood is the only original member of the gang to return.

    Among the dozen amateur bakers taking part is 50-year-old Chris Geiger.

    A cancer survivor, he became a Bake Off fan while recovering in hospital.

    Click here to read the full story.

    Chris Geiger
  10. Hundreds turn out for annual river football match

    Annual Football in the River match

    A Cotswold village's first and second teams took to the waters again over the Bank Holiday weekend to battle it out in an annual river match.

    The two sides braved the freezing River Windrush to take part in the 30-minute splashabout match in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire.

    Several hundred spectators - who were advised to wear waterproofs if they planned to stand "pitch" side - turned out to watch the five-a-side clash.

    The annual match has been taking place in the ankle-deep water between the village's two main bridges for over a century.

    Annual Football in the River match
    Annual Football in the River match
    Quote Message: "It was rough and cold out there but it was decent weather. We've had pretty poor weather the last couple of years and it is nice to have the weather for it." from Max Salf, 24, Player for the 2nd XI
    Max Salf, 24,Player for the 2nd XI
  11. 'You should be very proud' PM tells Beattie

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    Video caption: Beattie decided to raise money for the nursery destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire.

    A three-year-old who declared she wanted to help the children of Grenfell Tower's nursery, has been thanked by the Prime Minister.

    Beattie Waring, from Bristol, and her nursery playmates, decided to help their peers in London after seeing the fire unfold on TV.

    Now the nursery has received a letter from the Prime Minister's office, thanking them for their help and telling the children they "should be very proud".

    The nursery said "Beattie is delighted!"

    We met Beattie when she began her fundraising campaign, last month:

    A letter from the PM
  12. Fire investigated after 24-hour fight to control

    An investigation has begun into a massive fire at a landfill site in Somerset.

    It took Devon and Somerset fire fighters 24 hours to extinguish the blaze.

    For those living nearby it was a miserable bank holiday, as they were asked to keep their doors and windows shut.

    It's not the first fire they've had at the Dimmer landfill tip near Castle Cary and although the cause is not yet known, people are already being asked to be careful about what they throw away.

    Pall of smoke
    Image caption: Thick black smoke forced locals to keep windows and doors closed for 24 hours
  13. Browne fifty gives Essex advantage

    Nick Browne

    Essex work themselves into a strong position on a rain-hit second day of their County Championship game against Somerset.

    Browne fifty gives Essex advantage

    Nick Browne

    Essex work themselves into a strong position on a rain-hit second day of their County Championship game against Somerset.

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  14. Fox which fell through shop roof is released into wild

    Fox

    A fox has been released back into the wild after it caused a department store in Swindon to be evacuated.

    The bushy-tailed bargain hunter fell through the roof at House of Fraser yesterday lunchtime, causing the shop to close for a few hours.

    It was caught by a local animal rescue centre, checked over and has been released back into the wild.

    House of Fraser, Swindon
  15. Drive-by bag snatch in Bristol

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a drive-by bag snatch on Friday, when a Bristol woman was dragged part way down the pavement by her robbers.

    The woman was walking to work on St Albans Road in Henleaze, Bristol at around 0645 when two people, suspected to be male, on a dark-coloured moped, mounted the pavement and snatched her bag.

    She received minor injuries after being dragged a short way, before the thieves made off with her bag and its contents.

    The victim saw the offenders ride off down White Tree Road.

    A number of items from the victim’s bag were found later in The Crescent in Henleaze, and handed into police

    A bag similar to the one that was snatched
  16. 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 - Long delays and very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea).

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

  17. Heavy queues on the M5 northbound

    This is the scene on the M5 at J21 near Weston-super-Mare. The congestion you see is on the northbound road.

    The queues have been caused by a car that came off the carriageway.

    Avon and Somerset Police are there directing recovery efforts. They've told us that nobody in the vehicle has suffered any injuries.

    Traffic congestion
  18. Four years on from Rio: Trials and tribulations for the West's paralympic athletes

    GB's Sophie Kamlish
    Image caption: GB's Sophie Kamlish wins 100m T44 final after setting world record in the heats at the World Para-athletics Championships in July

    It's been just over a year since Rio - so what's been the progress for two of the West's athletes, who inspired us all?

    Sophie Kamlish, Paralympic T44 "blade runner" took part in the World Para Athletics Championships earlier this year, while Frome's Emily Diamond got married last weekend - just a few weeks after taking silver in the women's 4x400 m relay at the World Athletics Championships in London.

    Our reporter Chloe Ball-Hopkins looks at the fortunes of two of our sporting stars.

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    Video caption: Sophie Kamlish, Paralympic T44 "blade runner"

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    Video caption: Frome's Emily Diamond
  19. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

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    M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, between J17 for A4018 and J18A for M49.

    M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway) and J18a M49, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J16, A38 (Aztec West).

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