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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Monday, 23rd October 2017

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  1. Good night from Local Live

    That's all from us for today. We'll be back tomorrow at 7am with more live news, sport, travel and weather for the West of England.

    We leave you with Ian Fergusson and the weather forecast.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West with Ian Fergusson
  2. Work experience for young people at Somerset trainer's stables

    One of horseracing's most famous names has opened up his stables for a new work experience scheme.

    Those getting a taste of life at Paul Nicholls' yard in Somerset have been offered their places by a charity which supports young offenders and those in danger of getting into trouble with the law.

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    Video caption: Young people being helped by Key4Life have spent the day at Paul Nicholls' yard
  3. Guidelines on sentences for drivers who kill 'don't go far enough'

    A father from Wiltshire says new rules which could see tougher sentences given to drivers who kill don't go far enough.

    Last year 157 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving. But figures show that while most were jailed, the average sentence was four years.

    The government wants to raise the maximum sentence from 14 years to life in prison.

    Richard Gilbey, who's son James died when he was hit by a car, says the courts need stricter sentencing guidelines as well.

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    Video caption: A father says new rules on tougher sentences for drivers who kill don't go far enough
  4. Parachute sabotage accused 'texted lover'

    Emile Cilliers

    An Army sergeant accused of tampering with his wife's parachute contacted his lover as his spouse underwent surgery after a 4,000ft fall, a court was told.

    Jurors were read messages sent between Emile Cilliers and Stefanie Goller in the hours after Victoria Cilliers' fall at a Wiltshire airfield in 2015.

    In one, Winchester Crown Court heard, the defendant asked Ms Goller to clean for him in the nude.

    Mr Cilliers, 37, denies attempting to murder his former Army officer wife.

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  5. Changing rugby warm-up reduces concussion, research shows

    A new warm-up programme for rugby players recommends replacing stretching with exercises that focus on better control of movement.

    Known as Activate, it focuses on balance, strength and agility and takes 20 minutes to complete.

    Research indicates the injury most significantly reduced by the programme is concussion.

    Professor Keith Stokes, head of Bath University's Department for Health said it was "not clear" why this was but it was "a particularly interesting finding".

    Steve Grainger, rugby development director at the Rugby Football Union, said: "We hope that coaches appreciate the importance of it and integrate the exercises into their training and pre-match routines."

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    Image caption: Hundreds of coaches have already signed up to the new programme
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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J24 for A38 and J25 for A358.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) and J25, A358 (Taunton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Wells Cathedral to showcase UK's largest ever piece of community artwork

    The mural at St Paul’s Cathedral in London earlier this month

    The UK’s largest ever piece of community artwork is set to go on display at Wells Cathedral from Thursday.

    The ‘Great Community Mural’ is a "visual celebration of the relationship between church and community".

    It stands at 10m x 3m and contains hundreds of pieces of artwork from churches up and down the country.

    All pieces of artwork were submitted as part of a competition where the winner won a prize of £10,000 for their local church as well as four highly commended entrants each winning £2,500.

  8. Motorist killed in road crash in Wiltshire

    Police sign

    A driver has died and a passenger is in a critical condition after a crash on the A350 north of Melksham in Wiltshire.

    Wiltshire Police said a Ford Mondeo crossed the central white lines on Beanacre Road, colliding with a heavy goods vehicle.

    The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 79-year-old woman was airlifted to Southmead Hospital, where her injuries are said to be life-threatening.

  9. The evening headlines from your local newspapers

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    A round-up of the headlines in the region this evening.

    Bristol Post: Car flips onto roof after ‘collision with ambulance’

    Swindon Advertiser: Knife menace worse elsewhere, say police

    Gloucestershire Live: Why man 'shredded' his father-in-law's TONGUE in a brutal hotel room assault

    Yeovil Express: Streak of destruction sees 12 vehicles damaged in Crewkerne

  10. A3102 overnight closures from 8pm

    If you drive anywhere near junction 16 of the M4, you may find it difficult to remember when the roundabout was free of delays or cones.

    The project to improve access and exit lanes onto the motorway and provide wider and smoother access to Swindon and Royal Wootton Bassett appears to be on schedule.

    But over the next five nights a one mile stretch of the A3102 Swindon Road will be closed.

    And the recommended diversion directs drivers 40 miles instead!

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    Video caption: Road affected at J16 of M4 from 8pm
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    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, after J16 for A3102.

    M4 Wiltshire - M4 partially blocked and slow traffic westbound after J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of an accident.

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

  12. Rugby injuries reduced by new exercises, says study

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    Image caption: The programme, Activate, is designed to reduce rugby injuries

    A 20 minute exercise programme before playing rugby can reduce the risk of injury significantly, a study by University of Bath and England Rugby has found.

    The research was conducted on 81 men's community rugby club teams and almost 2000 players.

    It found that concussion injuries were reduced by up to 60% and lower limb injuries by 40%.

    Dr Simon Roberts, from the University of Bath's Department for Health, said: "We are particularly excited by the potential for this work in making a long-term impact on the game."

  13. Parachute sabotage accused 'texted lover'

    Victoria Cilliers and Sgt Emile Cilliers

    A man accused of tampering with his wife's parachute contacted his mistress as his spouse underwent surgery after a 4,000ft fall, a court heard.

    Jurors heard messages between Emile Cilliers and his lover sent in the hours after Victoria Cilliers' fall at a Wiltshire airfield in 2015.

    In one, Winchester Crown Court heard Mr Cilliers asked Stefanie Goller to clean for him in the nude.

    Mr Cilliers, 37, denies attempting to murder his former Army officer wife.

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  14. Film director moves Bath Uni movie screening

    Ken Loach

    Bath University has said film director Ken Loach is "entitled to his views" after he withdrew one of his movies from a screening that was due to take place tonight.

    The director was due to give a talk after the screening of "I Daniel Blake" at the university, but the event will now take place at Bath City FC.

    It is in protest at the pay of vice chancellor, Glynis Breakwell, who has a salary of £450,000.

    Quote Message: All of us who made 'I, Daniel Blake' share the students’ concerns and support their campaign wholeheartedly. from Ken Loach Film director
    Ken LoachFilm director

    Mr Loach said: "All of us who made 'I, Daniel Blake' share the students’ concerns and support their campaign wholeheartedly.

    "We have therefore taken the difficult decision to relocate the screening of I, Daniel Blake to the Bath City FC Twerton Park ground.

    "I hope that students will join us at the new venue.”

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    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, after J16 for A3102.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 westbound after J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

  16. Baby vaccine to be trialled on pregnant women in Bristol

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    Video caption: Baby vaccine to be trialled on pregnant women

    Pregnant women in Bristol are among the first in the world to participate in a clinical trial of a vaccine which could protect babies against a virus that causes bronchiolitis and pneumonia.

    Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which can lead to severe infections like bronchiolitis and pneumonia, affects nearly all infants by the time they are two and results in around 30 deaths a year in the UK.

  17. Glos spinner Taylor banned from bowling

    Jack Taylor Gloucestershire

    Gloucestershire all-rounder Jack Taylor has been banned from bowling for 12 months because of an illegal action.

    The off-spinner, 25, was reported twice by different umpires within a year.

    An England and Wales Cricket Board hearing upheld the findings of an independent analysis at Loughborough University which showed his action was in excess of the allowed limit.

    It is the second time Taylor has been suspended from bowling, following a ban between June and August 2016.

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  18. Body found by side of road in Wiltshire

    Police cordon

    The body of a man has been found by the side of the A350 dual carriageway near Kington Langley in Wiltshire.

    Wiltshire Police are in attendance and one lane of the southbound carriageway has been closed.

    A spokesman said the force is in the very early stages of the investigation and enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of death, and whether or not there are any suspicious circumstances.

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    Severe accident: A303 Wiltshire both ways

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    A303 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between A36 Deptford and A350.

    A303 Wiltshire - A303 blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between Deptford and Chicklade, because of an accident.

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

  20. Last bit of marathon 'really hurt'

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    Video caption: Bristol mother-of-two sets world record for double buggy marathon

    A mother-of-two who's claiming a new world record for running a marathon while pushing a double buggy says she was confident she would achieve her aim.

    Jessica Bruce, from Bristol, completed the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday in three hours, 22 minutes and five seconds.

    Quote Message: It was like pushing this huge machine into a headwind but we managed to keep going. The last few hours really hurt but I was fairly confident we would be able to do about three hours 45 minutes so it was better then I thought. from Jessica Bruce
    Jessica Bruce