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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Thursday 19 October 2017

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  1. 'A pretty blowy story with rainfall intensity lessening overnight'

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    Video caption: Good night from Local Live

    That's all from us for another day.

    We'll be back from 7am tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England.

  2. Stonehenge builders on Scottish oats

    Scottish fare - likely diet

    The "army of builders" of Stonehenge ate animals transported from as far away as the north east of Scotland, according to a new exhibition at the famous Neolithic site in Wiltshire.

    Analysis of pig and cattle teeth has revealed some of the animals were from as far as 500 miles away.

    The "Feast! Food at Stonehenge" exhibition includes the skull of an aurochs, an extinct species of cattle.

    It is aimed at allowing visitors to explore diets from 4,500 years ago.

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  3. Henry Purdy

    Gloucester score nine tries as they ease to a bonus-point victory over French side Agen in the European Challenge Cup.

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  4. Schools underfunded 'due to affluence', says councillor

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    Video caption: Schools in South Gloucestershire could soon be the lowest-funded in the country.

    Schools in South Gloucestershire could soon be the lowest-funded in the country.

    It follows the introduction of a new formula by the government, which says extra money will soon stabilise the situation.

    Toby Savage, South Gloucestershire Council's deputy leader and cabinet member for schools, says the region has always been underfunded because it is seen as an affluent local authority.

  5. Nurse and locum staff roles to be cut to save NHS Somerset

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    Video caption: Nurses and locum staff to be cut to save £18m in Somerset NHS budget

    Agency nurses and locum GPs must be cut in order to save £18m from NHS Somerset's budget next year.

    The high cost of paying for temporary staff in hospitals is seen as the major problem in the county.

    As is the rising demand for specialist long term nursing support in care homes.

  6. Failed pet silver foxes taken in by rescue centre

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    Video caption: Two pet silver foxes rescued after owners couldn't look after them properly.

    Two foxes which had been living in Wales have been taken in by Vale Wildlife and Rescue Centre, near Tewkesbury.

    The animals had to be given up by their owners who couldn't look after them properly.

    Jeff Wood, the assistant manager at Vale, said they aren't suitable as pets with most owners either giving them up to rescue centres or abandoning them completely.

  7. Government agrees to discuss concerns over epilepsy drug

    The Government's agreed to hold talks on the health risks of a epilepsy drug that's been linked to birth defects.

    Campaigners are demanding an inquiry into the use of sodium valproate, with compensation for those affected.

    Natasha Mason, a mother from Swindon, is one of the campaigners working to raise awareness of the side effects the drug can have on unborn children.

    She had urged her MP, Justin Tomlinson, to represent her views during a debate in the House of Commons today.

  8. White Helmets' bikes on sale after last display

    motorcycle display rider jumps fire

    The bikes of the recently disbanded British Army's motorcycle display team are being sold at auction in Sherborne next month.

    The six Triumph T140 bikes have been 'specially customised for stunts, with no rear suspension and a modified throttle.

    The team made a final farewell parade through its hometown of Blandford Forum, Dorset, on 27 September.

    The bikes go under the hammer at Charterhouse Auctioneers, near Yeovil, and are estimated to sell for £5,000-£8,000 each on 16 November.

    Each bike is being auctioned with a presentation file charting some of its history.

  9. First dark skies festival begins on Exmoor

    Stargazers and dark sky

    People in Somerset are being given the chance to learn more about the universe at the first-ever Exmoor Dark Skies Festival.

    The event is running over the next 10 days - and includes talks about astronomy and stargazing.

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    Severe disruption: A4135 Gloucestershire both ways

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    A4135 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between Ganzell Lane and B4058.

    A4135 Gloucestershire - A4135 Whiteway in Dursley blocked in both directions between the Ganzell Lane junction and the B4058 junction, because of a fallen tree. Approach with care.

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

  11. Gloucester hooker immortalised with tattoo ink

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    Video caption: Mega-fan gets tattoo of Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard

    Some fans will go to any length to prove their loyalty.

    For 18-year-old Shoshone Bishop, this meant getting Gloucester rugby hooker Richard Hibbard tattoed on her leg.

    She then tweeted Hibbard, who replied "fair play" to her permanent tribute:

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    Severe disruption: M4 Gloucestershire eastbound

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    M4 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, at J18 for A46 Bath.

    M4 Gloucestershire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J18, A46 (Bath), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. Rugby: New Welsh rules 'fairer than the old system'

    Luke Charteris

    New Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) rules on eligibility to play for Wales will put some players in a tough position, says Bath's Wales second row Luke Charteris.

    Any player taking up a new deal with a team outside Wales in future must have won 60 caps to be eligible for Wales.

    "It probably is a fairer way than the old system," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

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  14. Special delivery for Glastonbury Tor

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    Video caption: A Royal Navy helicopter's been carrying stone to the top of the Tor

    A team from RNAS Yeovilton has been helping the National Trust with conservation work at Glastonbury Tor.

    A Merlin helicopter from 846 Naval Air Squadron was used to deposit 40 tonnes of stone at the top of the hill, which is suffering from erosion problems from the thousands of visitors it attracts each year.

    The tor is too steep for regular vehicles to access.

  15. Cricket: 'Absolute privilege and honour' to serve

    Andy Nash

    Somerset CCC chairman Andy Nash is to step down in January after 10 years in the role.

    He told the club website he had been in the position since 2007, which he said "is a rather long spell at the crease", and it was now time to retire and allow someone else the opportunity to serve the club.

    Quote Message: The credit for what the club has achieved since 2007 goes entirely to the players, staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly and performed miracles. I would also like to pay tribute to our members and supporters whose passion, loyalty and unfailing good humour lends so much to the club's character. It has been my absolute privilege and honour to represent Somerset County Cricket Club and to have worked with so many outstanding and committed people. from Andy Nash
    Andy Nash