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  1. Goodnight from us

    ...let's hope we get another beautiful morning like this one tomorrow.

    Thanks to Julie Redman for sending in these early shots of Nailsea and Clevedon.

    Early morning views
    Image caption: Beautiful views towards Nailsea and Clevedon this morning
    early morning views of Nailsea and Clevedon
    early morning views of Nailsea and Clevedon
  2. What does the weather have in store for us tomorrow?

    Here's Ian Ferguson with the details:

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    Video caption: Ian Fergusson has the forecast - dry and mild until later on Wednesday.
  3. 'This could affect how we respond to a critical incident' says police chief

    There's a "very serious" threat that cuts may affect a 'stretched' force's reaction to terrorist incidents, its leaders have warned.

    Avon and Somerset's Chief Constable, Andy Marsh - along with the Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens - says there must be a government rethink about police funding curbs.

    Speaking on BBC Points West this evening, the Chief Constable warned that his officers were struggling to carry out their jobs as they would wish:

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    Video caption: Avon and Somerset's Chief Constable, Andy Marsh, says his officers are being affected by funding shortages
  4. Bath will get a new skate park in Alice Park

    Alice Park

    Bath and North East Somerset Council have announced that they will spend £97,000 building a skate park in Alice Park.

    Any underspend will be used for other play area improvements in the park, which is in eastern Bath.

    The skate park has also attracted £30,000 of private donations, £20,000 from the Medlock Trust and a private donation of £10,000 by an anonymous Larkhall resident.

    Plans for the skate park have been developed with the Council by the new Alice Park Trust, which includes both councilors and residents.

  5. A family forced out of its home by Hurricane Irma has come to Somerset

    The Ormonds are staying with relatives in Bradford-on-Tone after their home in the British Virgin Islands was badly damaged.

    The Ormonds have lost everything.

    But they want to return to the island of Tortola to help rebuild it.

    BBC Points West visited the family as they try to process what happened:

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    Video caption: The Ormonds are staying with relatives in Bradford-on-Tone
  6. Murder-accused 'feared for his life'

    Jordan Taylor
    Image caption: Jordan Taylor died as a result of his injuries in the car park of Trowbridge Community Hospital on 12 March

    A man who is accused of murder says he stabbed two men who attacked him because he thought they were going to kill him, a court has been told.

    Hayden Maslen, 19, denies killing Jordan Taylor, 25, by stabbing him four times and wounding a second man, Neil Vaughan. He admits carrying a knife.

    He told the court he did not call 999 because he was scared police would not believe him and think he started it.

    The case, at Bristol Crown Court, will continue tomorrow.

  7. When carpet just won't cut it

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    Video caption: Dom Lowe and his son Jon wanted to do something different with their garage.

    Dom Lowe wanted to do something a bit different when he built a garage next to his home in Pensford.

    He and his son John have spent the last three weeks gluing two pence pieces to the floor to create an impressive mosaic out of coppers.

    When it's done, his floor will contain exactly 33,870 coins.

  8. Happy Birthday Glastonbury Festival! 47-years-old today

    A certain Emily Eavis has been celebrating the birthday of the Pilton Festival on social media - known and loved by us as the Glastonbury Festival.

    On this day in 1970, the first poster advertising the event informed locals that The Kinks would headline and tickets were on sale for £1.

    Those were the days...

    Pilton Festival poster
  9. Amazing teen turns adversity into a triumph

    Earlier we brought you the story of Ashley Carter, a teenager from Taunton, who has started an anti-bullying campaign.

    17-year-old Ashley suffered at the hands of school bullies because the way he looks.

    He has Treacher Collins Syndrome, which means he was born without cheekbones and a receding jaw and has had a lifetime of medical treatment and operations.

    But this amazing teenager has turned his experiences into a positive.

    Watch more of Ashley's story and find out how he intends to help others:

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    Video caption: Ashley Carter was bullied at school, but made use of his experiences for his anti-bullying campaign
  10. Football: Bristol City v Stoke City match facts

    Lee Johnson

    Lee Johnson's Bristol City welcome Premier League side Stoke City to Ashton Gate for an EFL Cup fixture tonight.

    Here's a few match facts ahead of the 7.45pm kick-off:

    • These two sides have met only once in the League Cup, with Bristol City winning 1-0 in the second round in August 1977
    • Last season, the Robins reached the League Cup fourth round for the first time since 1988-89, but they have never reached that stage in successive campaigns
    • Bristol City have already taken a Premier League scalp this season, coming from behind to beat Watford 3-2 in round two. They have never eliminated two top-flight teams in one campaign
    • Stoke have reached the fourth round in seven of the past nine seasons, although they were knocked out at this stage last season by a 2-1 defeat by Hull
  11. British kayaker 'murdered' on Amazon canoe trip

    Emma Kelty

    A British woman who disappeared while on a solo kayaking trip in the Amazon has died, the Foreign Office have said.

    Emma Kelty, 43, went missing last week and local authorities have arrested a teenager in connection with her murder.

    Her body has not yet been found but, according to police in Brazil, a teenage boy has said he participated in her murder along with six other people.

    The Foreign Office said it was supporting her family in Taunton, Somerset.

  12. Nick Webb

    BBC Wales Sport

    Glamorgan batsmen Chris Cooke and Kiran Carlson

    Nick Webb

    BBC Wales Sport

    Kiran Carlson's career-best 137 not out and 84 from Andrew Salter help Glamorgan recover to 342-7 against Gloucestershire.

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  13. Clarke takes 7-55 as Somerset struggle

    Rikki Clarke

    Rikki Clarke takes a career best 7-55 as Surrey have the better of day one against relegation rivals Somerset at The Oval.

    Clarke takes 7-55 as Somerset struggle

    Rikki Clarke

    Rikki Clarke takes a career best 7-55 as Surrey have the better of day one against relegation rivals Somerset at The Oval.

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  14. Celebrating local food heroes

    The work of local food heroes is being celebrated by the BBC this week, at the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

    Today we are highlighting the work of Sharon Fulcher from Swindon, who has raised thousands of pounds for research into Parkinson's Disease.

    Her nominator says "she is very special":

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    Video caption: Points West Food Hero: Sharon Fulcher
  15. Who is your local food hero?

    The work of local food heroes is being highlighted by the BBC Food and Farming Awards tomorrow.

    Sharon Fulcher, from Swindon, is one of those recognised; Sharon is a carer for her husband who has Parkinson's Disease.

    She's raised more than £3,000 by holding a 'Tea and Cake Cafe' in her garden - baking all of the cakes herself.

    She's also given her time as a volunteer for 20 years with a group called Woodcraft Folk (like scouts).

    Her nominator says: "she doesn't think she is special, but she is!"

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    Video caption: Points West Food Hero: Sharon Fulcher
  16. 'The situation is unsustainable' say Police Federation

    Police officer

    See our earlier posts about the concerns raised for local police budgets...

    Those running the Avon and Somerset force have today said the service is "at a tipping point" with funding cuts.

    The situation local police find themselves in is "unsustainable", according to Vince Howard, chairman of the Police Federation for Avon and Somerset.

    Responding to chief constable Andy Marsh's claims earlier today that the force "cannot sustain further funding cuts" without extremely serious consequences, Mr Howard said: “The situation is unsustainable and urgent action is required by the Home Office in the form of proper investment in policing to address the situation.”

  17. Teenager starts anti-bullying campaign

    A teenager from Taunton has started an anti-bullying campaign after being picked on at school.

    Ashley Carter, who's 17, was picked on at school for the way he looks.

    He has Treacher Collins Syndrome, which means he was born without cheekbones and a receding jaw.

    He's had more than 30 operations.

    But this amazing teenager has turned his experiences into a positive.

    Watch his heart-rending story and be inspired:

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    Video caption: Ashley Carter started the campaign after being badly bullied at school.

    See more of Ashley's story shortly...

  18. New mural completed in Yeovil Country Park

    Mural

    Visitors to one of Yeovil’s most popular Country Parks can now enjoy a new piece of artwork painted on a stretch of wall alongside the cycleway.

    The mural depicts the heritage and wildlife of Yeovil Country Park, including huge train wheels that loom out of a cloud of steam, a diving kingfisher and other wildlife.

    The mural has been painted by Bristol artist Jody Thomas who said: “From the moment I started the wall passers-by of all ages - from the very young to the very old - have stopped by to ask questions, made interesting suggestions and comment on how this rather dull looking wall needed brightening up."

  19. Man accused of murder "thought he would be killed"

    A Trowbridge man accused of murder has today told jurers he "genuinely thought he was going to be killed".

    19-year-old Hayden Maslen, from the town, is charged with killing Jordan Taylor, who was 25, and wounding another man.

    He's been giving evidence at Bristol Crown Court.

    He says he thought an aerosol can in Jordan Taylor's hand during the incident was a glass bottle.

    Mr Maslen pleaded guilty to carrying a knife but denies murder.

    The case continues.

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  20. Abandoned 999 calls: 'This is unsustainable'

    Police on patrol in Manchester

    Calum Macleod, vice-chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, says there are a number of theories as to why the call numbers have risen.

    "One, crime is actually rising so you are seeing more crime day-to-day, and two, there's less visibility so the public is feeling less secure in their day-to-day environment," he said.

    He says resources are at a critical level and that the loss of 40,000 police officers and police staff will have an impact on service delivery.

    "This is unsustainable. I'm certain the safety and security of the public is compromised."