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  1. Parachute murder trial jury shown tampering demo video

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    Video caption: Watch: A clip from the video shown in court

    The jury in the trial of an army sergeant accused of tampering with his wife's parachute in an attempt to kill her has been shown demonstration videos of how the sabotage might have been carried out.

    Victoria Cilliers fell 4,000 feet when both her main and reserve chutes failed to properly open at the Netheravon air base in Wiltshire in 2015.

    A parachute expert re-created the alleged sabotage in a toilet cubicle at the airbase, which is where the prosecution say Emile Cilliers tampered with the parachute.

    The demonstrations were conducted at the request of the jury to see if a sabotage could take place in the confines of a toilet cubicle.

    Mr Cilliers denies two counts of attempted murder and one count of recklessly endangering life.

  2. Bristol hosts huge, wooden horses for wartime play

    Albert and Joey

    Bristol Hippodrome is preparing to stage its first night of War Horse as the acclaimed play tours the country.

    Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, the play follows the story of Albert and his horse Joey as they both go to France to fight in World War One.

    On stage, the play is quite a spectacle with huge, wooden puppets and live folk music.

    War Horse is on at the Hippodrome from 18th October to 11th November.

    War Horse puppet
  3. Man with MP-themed tattoo meets his hero

    Jacob Rees-Mogg Tattoo

    A man from Doncaster who has a Jacob Rees-Mogg tattoo on his chest has now met the politician.

    Ross Atkinson made national news in August over his £50 tattoo of the Member of Parliament for North East Somerset, which reads "Moggmentum".

    Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and fan Ross Atkinson

    Mr Atkinson met the MP at Westminster yesterday and he shared a drink and a private chat with him.

    He says he was surprised to find that his hero drank coffee, thinking him to be a tea drinker.

  4. Grime artist Solo45 charged with 29 counts of rape

    Solo 45

    Bristol Grime artist Solo 45 has been charged with a further 27 counts of rape, bringing the total number of rape charges he is facing to 29.

    He appeared at Bristol Crown Court accused of two counts of rape, one count of false imprisonment and one of causing actual bodily harm against one person in July.

    His trial was due to start today, but Avon and Somerset Police said three more victims had come forward.

    The trial has now been adjourned until April next year.

  5. FA apologises to players over Mark Sampson conduct

    Mark Sampson

    The FA has apologised to two players after new evidence showed sacked England's women's boss Mark Sampson made remarks which were "discriminatory on the grounds of race".

    An independent barrister ruled the former Bristol Academy manager made unacceptable "ill-judged attempts at humour" on two occasions, to Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence.

    Katharine Newton said despite this, she did not believe he is racist.

    A report of her reopened investigation was released as FA bosses and Aluko face a parliamentary inquiry today.

    MPs are likely to ask why the FA hired Sampson without knowing about a previous investigation into his conduct at Bristol.

  6. Henry VII painting arrives in Somerset

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    Video caption: Watch: The portrait is on loan from a national gallery

    A special painting's on display in Somerset.

    The painting of Henry VII is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. It's their oldest painting and dates from 1505.

  7. Government rejects call for mesh implants ban

    Image caption: The mesh is made of polypropolene and surgeons routinely use it in hernia repair

    The government has rejected a call for an inquiry and a ban on surgical mesh implants across the UK.

    It follows a debate on the matter by MPs in the House of Commons.

    Inside Out West investigated these implants earlier this week and revealed that a Bristol-based surgeon who carried out mesh surgery and left women in severe pain is being investigated by his NHS trust.

    Labour's Emma Hardy urged the government to suspend operations using mesh implants while a "full retrospective and mandatory audit of all interventions using mesh" is carried out.

    However, health minister Jackie Doyle-Price said "the issue is not with the product, it's about clinical practice".

    She added the government needed to make sure all clinicians have the most up-to-date and appropriate advice and said her priority was to make sure those affected got the support and care and treatment that they needed.

  8. Work starts to tackle Glastonbury Tor erosion

    Glastonbury Tor

    Helicopters from RNAS Yeovilton will be transporting 40 tonnes of aggregate to the top of Glastonbury Tor.

    It's to help tackle erosion on the top of the landmark - the result of the number of visitors climbing it each year.

    It's hoped these measures will last several years while a long term solution is put in place.

  9. Inquest into M5 police shooting opens

    Aerial shot of red car showing bullet holes

    The inquest into the death of a man who was shot by police near the M5 has been opened.

    Spencer Ashworth, 29, was stopped on the A369 Portbury Hundred near Bristol by firearms officers on 27 September.

    During a short hearing at Avon Coroner's Court, the inquest was told Mr Ashworth's body was identified by his mother.

    Senior coroner Maria Voisin adjourned proceedings until a review hearing on 24 January.

    Read the full story here.

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    Severe accident: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

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    M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe accident, between J1 for A38 and J2 for A417.

    M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M50 westbound between J1, A38 (Tewkesbury) and J2, A417 (Ledbury), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Bristol man in court over River Thames speedboat death

    Jack Shepherd
    Image caption: Jack Shepherd has been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence.

    A man from Bristol has appeared in court charged with manslaughter after a woman he was on a date with was killed in a speedboat incident.

    Charlotte Brown, 24, died in hospital after both she and Jack Shepherd, 30, ended up in the River Thames in December 2015.

    Police were called to reports of someone in distress near Wandsworth Bridge at around 11.45 on 8 December.

    Shepherd appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with manslaughter by gross negligence.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

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    M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between J19 for M32 and J20 for M5.

    M4 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J19, M32 (Bristol) and J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

  13. Use of the synthetic drug 'Spice' increases in Bristol

    Spice synthetic drug

    There has been an increase in the number of people using the synthetic drug Spice in Bristol.

    The psychoactive substances, formerly known as "legal highs", mimic the effects of cannabis and were banned by the government in May 2016.

    The Bristol Drugs Project said it had seen an increase, possibly due to it being more readily available.

    Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) said there been a spike in Spice-related admissions in the summer.

    Read the full story here.

  14. Bristol mayor to make 'state of the city' address

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    Political Editor, West of England

    Marvin Rees

    Bristol's mayor is expected to defend his record in a major speech today.

    Marvin Rees will be making his annual state of the city address at a time when the council is under severe financial pressure.

    He's only been in the job for 18 months, but is already grappling with making £100m of savings.

    Last time he talked determinedly of tackling the city's chronic congestion and delivering a long-awaited arena.

    A year on and the roads are still regularly jammed, while there are doubts about whether the arena will be built.

    He'll want to sound optimistic; he may have to choose his words carefully.

  15. Waiting times at Southmead A&E 'fall short of targets'

    Southmead Hospital

    New figures show people are having to wait longer to be seen in the accident and emergency department (A&E) at Southmead Hospital.

    The figures for last month indicate 80% of patients were seen within four hours. That falls short of the NHS target of 95%.

    The North Bristol NHS Trust, which runs Southmead, says it's working to expand its A&E ward capacity and is rated among one of the best trusts for patient satisfaction.

    The BBC has launched a new online NHS tracker, providing information about how local hospitals are performing in the three key target areas. It will be updated as the monthly and quarterly figures are published.

  16. Mesh implants 'life-changing and devastating'

    Mesh implant diagram
    Image caption: The mesh is made of a polypropylene, a type of plastic

    An MP is urging the Government to suspend operations using mesh implants and conduct a full audit and public inquiry into their use.

    Labour's Emma Hardy said the surgery has had an "horrific impact" on thousands of men and women across the country causing "life-long injuries".

    Inside Out West investigated these implants earlier this week and revealed that a Bristol-based surgeon who carried out mesh surgery and left women in severe pain is being investigated by his NHS trust.

    Quote Message: The scale of the number of people affected by mesh surgery could be one of the biggest medical scandals of our time. from Emma Hardy MP
    Emma HardyMP
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    Severe disruption: M4 Gloucestershire eastbound

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    M4 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, between J18 for A46 Bath and J17 for A350.

    M4 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M4 eastbound between J18, A46 (Bath) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

  18. M5 shooting inquest adjourned

    The shooting took place near J19 on the M5.
    Image caption: The shooting took place near J19 on the M5.

    An inquest into the shooting of a man just off the M5 near Bristol has been opened and adjourned until an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation is completed.

    Avon Coroner's Court heard that the victim, 29-year-old Spencer Ashworth, was shot dead by police firearms officers on 27 September 2017.

    He was born in Southampton and was of no fixed abode. He was single and worked as a courier driver.

    The inquest heard a postmortem examination has been carried out and is awaiting toxicology results.

    There will be a review of how the IPCC inquiry is progressing on January 24.

    A police cordon is in place at the Portbury Hundred
    Image caption: A police cordon was put in place around the scene of the shooting.
  19. Mesh implant risks discussed at Westminster


    MPs will be discussing the risk of surgical mesh implants in a Westminster debate this morning.

    Inside Out West investigated these implants earlier this week - they are widely used to treat common conditions in women who've had children.

    In the last decade more than 100,000 women in the UK have been fitted with the implants, but some have suffered serious complications.

  20. Your local newspaper headlines this morning


    Bath Chronicle: Bath's homeless Pigeon Man to be sentenced for breaching criminal behaviour order six times

    Bristol Post: Portishead woman says her journey to work in Bristol is so bad she's moving house

    Swindon Advertiser: Architects reveal a 'change of direction' for new Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

    Stroud News and Journal: Gloucestershire musicians invited to take part in BBC programme