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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Tuesday, 24 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.

    Here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast.

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    Video caption: Watch: The weather forecast with Ian Fergusson
  2. Cycle scheme helps improve mental health

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    Video caption: Watch: People with depression get on their bikes

    A cycle scheme in Bristol is helping people to improve their mental health.

    Bike Minded was set up to promote general well-being but it’s also supporting people with conditions such as anxiety and depression.

    Health professionals are also referring people to them as part of treatment plans.

  3. Man's 100-helium balloon flight over Africa

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    Video caption: Watch: Tom Morgan's "magical" flight

    An adventurer from Bristol has flown 25km (15.5 miles) across South Africa suspended from 100 helium balloons.

    Tom Morgan reached heights of 8,000ft (2,438m) while strapped in to a camping chair.

    The 38-year-old and his team spent two days inflating balloons ahead of the flight, which he described as "unbelievably cool".

    After several failed attempts there was just enough helium left for one last try.

  4. Bath University promises action over Vice Chancellor's pay

    Bath University has promised action over its Vice Chancellor's pay.

    Glynis Breakwell earns more than 450 thousands pounds, the highest of any British university. On top of that it's been revealed she's been given an interest free loan.

    Today Bath's governing council has been meeting. Our Political Editor Paul Barltrop was there.

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    Video caption: Watch: Bath University has promised action over its Vice Chancellor's pay
  5. Tiny hats needed with colour coded pom-poms for newborn babies

    Are you a keen knitter? Well, Bath's maternity unit is asking for help.

    Staff have introduced a new woolly hat system for their newborn babies - and they need five thousand knitted per year, to keep up with demand.

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    Video caption: Watch: Bath RUH needs tiny hats with colour coded pom-poms
  6. Charity spreads the word about meningitis

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    Image caption: Meningitis symptoms

    Charity Meningitis Now has been handing out leaflets and giving information to students in Bristol.

    There have been four cases of meningitis in the city during the past two months, although Public Health England (PHE) stresses this is no more than they would expect normally.

    After the under-fives, young adults are the second most at riskgroup, which is why the charity says it's important that students are well-informed about the disease.

  7. The poet who takes inspiration from trees

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    Video caption: Watch: Marchant Barron at Westonbirt

    Westonbirt Arboretum has been showcasing the work of disabled poet Marchant Barron.

    Marchant is a poet who takes his inspiration from trees.

    Quotes from his work can be seen all around the park, which comes into its own in autumn.

  8. Council looking to cut more than 400 jobs

    Swindon Borough Council

    More than 400 jobs are expected to be lost at a local authority as council bosses tackle funding cuts.

    Conservative-run Swindon Borough Council says it needs to save an estimated £30m over the next 30 months.

    It said nearly half of the savings would come from reducing staff numbers "which will affect all departments".

    The borough's deputy leader Councillor Russell Holland said they were looking at 420 jobs - or 15% of the current workforce of 2,800.

    Click here to read more.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

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    M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at J17 for A4018.

    M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic on M5 northbound at J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  10. Midwives appeal for knitted baby bobble hats

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    Video caption: Watch: Rachel Coleman, a nurse at the RUH

    Keen knitters have been asked by midwives in Bath to knit hats for babies.

    They have asked for hats with different coloured bobbles - red, orange and green according to the baby's level of need.

    The maternity unit at the Royal United Hospital in Bath needs 5,000 hats every year.

  11. Parachute trial accused 'caused gas leak'

    Victoria Cilliers and Sgt Emile Cilliers
    Image caption: The army fitness instructor denies attempting to murder Victoria Cilliers in April 2015

    An Army fitness instructor accused of attempting to murder his wife caused a gas leak at their home by loosening a nut on a valve, a court has heard.

    Emile Cilliers, 37, is accused of trying to kill Victoria Cilliers, 40, by sabotaging her parachute.

    He also faces a second attempted murder charge and a third charge of tampering with a gas fitting at their home in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on 30 March 2015.

    Mr Cilliers has denied the charges at his trial at Winchester Crown Court.

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    Severe accident: A38 Somerset both ways

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    A38 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Fletcher's Lane and Biddisham Lane.

    A38 Somerset - A38 in Rooks Bridge blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Fletcher's Lane junction and the Biddisham Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

  13. Large warehouse fire in Yate being tackled

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    Video caption: Watch: Footage of the fire (C) Jack Collins

    Fire crews are currently tackling a large fire in a warehouse in Yate.

    The warehouse, which is used as a pet supply store, has been evacuated and crews are using jets and high pressure hose reels to extinguish the fire.

    Avon Fire and Rescue said a cordon is in place around the incident and people in nearby buildings are being advised to keep away.

  14. Man in 100-balloons camping chair flight

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    A man has flown 25km (15.5 miles) above South Africa suspended from 100 helium balloons.

    Tom Morgan, from Bristol, reached heights of 8,000ft (2,438m) while strapped to a camping chair with water barrels for balance.

    The 38-year-old spent two days inflating the balloons ahead of the flight which he described as "magical".

    The challenge moved to South Africa on Friday after several failed attempts in Botswana.

    "The problem was finding a good weather window and it was difficult to protect the balloons as they kept bursting," Mr Morgan said.

    With just enough helium left for one more attempt, the adventurer and his team moved their base to just north of Johannesburg.

    Tom Morgan
  15. Council could cut hundreds of jobs in Swindon

    About 420 jobs could go at Swindon Borough Council as bosses tackle cuts in funding and growing demand for services.

    The Conservative-run authority says it needs to save an estimated £30m in the next 30 months, nearly half of which will come from reducing the number of staff.

    All departments are expected to be affected.

    The BBC's Dan O'Brien has been looking through the figures.

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    Video caption: Watch: Dan O'Brien at Swindon Borough Council
  16. Traffic queues after M4 accident

    Almondsbury interchange traffic

    This is the scene currently at the Almondsbury interchange after a multi-vehicle accident.

    Three lanes are blocked eastbound on the M4 heading towards the M32.

    Traffic is reported to be very slow.

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    Severe accident: M4 Bristol eastbound

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    M4 Bristol eastbound severe accident, between J20 for M5 and J19 for M32 affecting J21 for M48.

    M4 Bristol - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 eastbound between J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a multi-vehicle accident, recovery work and debris on the road. Congestion to J21 M48.

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

  18. Rugby: Local players named in Wales squad

    Rhys Priestland

    Three local players have been named in the Wales rugby squad for the upcoming autumn internationals.

    Bath's Rhys Priestland and Taulupe Faletau, as well as Gloucester's Owen Williams are all named.

    Warren Gatland has named a 36-man squad for matches with Australia, Georgia, South Africa and New Zealand.

    Click here to read more.

  19. Knitters wanted to make tiny bobble hats for maternity ward

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    Knitters and crocheters are being asked to make baby bobble hats for the maternity ward at Bath's Royal United Hospital.

    Midwives say the bobbles should be red, green or orange so they can be used to indicate what level of care each baby needs.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

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    M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, between J15 for A346 Marlborough Road and J14 for A338.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound between J15, A346 (Swindon East) and J14, A338 (Hungerford), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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