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  1. The weather for the weekend

    It's been quite difficult to judge the weather this week, hasn't it?

    So here's Ian Fergusson with everything you need to know about the weather in the West this weekend:

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    Video caption: 'A cold start to Saturday'
  2. Skeleton medal in the cupboard: more to be revealed?

    Britain's Lizzy Yarnold - who trains at Bath University - today recorded the fastest time in the first heat of the women's skeleton at the #WinterOlympics.

    The defending champion's hoping to repeat her success at Sochi in 2014.

    It's the final tomorrow, on what has been dubbed 'Super Saturday'. Coverage begins at 11:20 BST.

    Meanwhile, Bath's Dom Parsons has been reflecting on becoming a bronze-medal-winner: he gained Great Britain's first gong of the Winter Olympics in the early hours of this morning:

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  3. Worker walkout could cause train disruption this weekend

    South Western Railway

    Rail passengers in the West are likely to face face disruption today as workers walk out in the ongoing dispute over the use of guards.

    Members of the RMT union at South Western Railway will stage the protest until Tuesday.

    The action follows failed talks with management to resolve their concerns over the use of driver only trains.

  4. Wiltshire 10-year-old running her own 'buzzness'

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    Video caption: Charlotte Hill makes candles using beeswax from her granddad's hives.

    10-year-old Charlotte Hill from Bradford-on-Avon puts the buzz into family business.

    Her granddad keeps bees in his garden and Charlotte now makes and sells candles out of the wax he collects.

    In fact she has now become the youngest member of Made in Bradford on Avon, a shop showcasing all the talent of the town.

  5. Rees-Mogg protests amid tight security

    There have been protests before a speech in Bristol by Jacob Rees-Mogg.

    The North East Somerset MP was jostled two weeks ago at the University of the West of England.

    This evening there was tight security outside the event, which was organised by the University Conservative Association.

    Forty protestors chanted outside, watched by police, as the audience went inside.

    Two hundred students attended, but the media were not allowed in.

  6. French serial killer 'confessed' to murder after police investigation

    Joanna Parrish

    A convicted French serial killer, who is understood to have confessed to the 1990 murder of a woman from Gloucestershire, did so after police identified new information.

    Joanna Parrish, 20, from Newnham-on-Severn was found dead in a river in Auxerre, having been abducted, raped and strangled.

    Her family's lawyer, Didier Seban, said Michel Fourniret has now admitted to her murder.

    He added that an enquiry was re-opened two years ago, and an investigation by the Dijon police identified information that linked him to the crime.

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  7. M5 Junction 15 closed until 6am

    The M5 northbound carriageway, at Junction 15 - north of the Almondsbury Interchange - is closed overnight (from 8pm) until 6 am tomorrow (Saturday 17 February).

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  8. The seven decade trombonist

    Meet the 95-year-old trombone player from Marshfield in South Gloucestershire.

    Derrick Ruddell has played as second trombonist in the same band for 70 years and he still has air to spare!

    To mark his seven decades in the band, they're putting on a special concert in his honour next Saturday.

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    Video caption: Derrick has played in the same band for 70 years.
  9. Annual snowdrop festival in Somerset today

    Hundreds of people gathered in Shepton Mallet today for the town's annual snowdrop festival.

    It celebrates James Allen, a Victorian amateur horticulturalist and snowdrop enthusiast who was the first person in the world to hybridise snowdrops.

    The Shepton Mallet Horticultural society has planted more than 200,000 bulbs around the town to bloom during the festival.

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    Video caption: Hundreds enjoyed the annual snowdrop festival in Somerset today
  10. Cheltenham crematorium closure continues

    Cheltenham cemetery

    Cremations at Cheltenham crematorium will not resume for another two weeks, the borough council has said.

    Problems with the cremators, including the emission of smoke into the crematory area, forced it to close earlier this week.

    A spokesman said engineers have been making repairs, but a piece of equipment needs to be sent from France, and it was "unlikely" cremations will resume until the week beginning 5 March.

    Families have been able to hold services at the site, but the actual cremations have been taking place about 50 miles away in Newport.

    Some cremations may have to take place in Taunton over the next two weeks, the council added.

    Quote Message: In light of the risks to staff and the public, we have had to suspend the cremation service for a further two weeks. We are doing everything we can to ensure that our cremator equipment is repaired as quickly as possible and we are regularly updating funeral directors of the situation, so that they can keep families fully informed. from Mike Redman Cheltenham Borough Council
    Mike RedmanCheltenham Borough Council
  11. Archive footage of a soon-to-be-demolished landmark

    The disused sorting office now

    The derelict former Royal Mail sorting office next to Bristol's Temple Meads station is finally set to be demolished.

    The eyesore was famously described by former Prime Minster David Cameron as looking like an "entrance to a war zone".

    The 1930s sorting office and adjoining 1970s office building has stood empty for nearly two decades.

    Now the site will become a new £300m campus for the University of Bristol, expected to open at the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

    The new Temple Quarter Campus will house a digital innovation centre, a business school and student residential village.

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    Video caption: WATCH: We found this vintage BBC footage of the sorting office
  12. Bovine TB strategy reviewed by government


    The government has announced it is to review its strategy to tackle bovine TB in cattle.

    The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said he believes it is a "good time to review progress".

    The 25 year strategy outlined a number of measures to fight the disease, including the culling of badgers - which has been taking place in areas including parts of Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

    Last year almost 20,000 badgers were killed nationally as part of the government's plan to control the spread of bovine TB.

    Quote Message: While the badger culls are a necessary part of the strategy, no one wants to be culling badgers forever. from George Eustice Farming Minister
    George EusticeFarming Minister
  13. Lydiard Park future uncertain after talks collapse

    The future of Lydiard Park in Wiltshire is again facing uncertainty after talks to recruit new owners and organisers for the much-loved site collapsed.

    Swindon Borough Council has spent two years trying to secure the site's future.

    The Heritage Trust were until today in the running to take over Lydiard Park as a community-run concern.

    The BBC understands there was a disagreement over an upfront cash amount needed for urgent maintenance.

    This afternoon the Trust reacted angrily to the council decision and released a statement stating that "the Council’s decision to continue to manage Lydiard puts its future in real jeopardy."

    Swindon's main opposition Labour party leader Jim Grant, meanwhile, has said: "it's an absolute disaster for Swindon, it's a shambles that the council have come to this conclusion over a two year period, and it shows the extent of the rank incompetence of the people running this administration. My big worry though is that this administration is still seeking to let Lydiard Park go out to the private sector"

    Lydiard Park house
    Quote Message: After a 2.5 year outsourcing process Swindon Borough Council have unilaterally decided to abandon plans to transfer operational and management control of Lydiard Park to the Lydiard Park Heritage Trust and bring the process to an end. Their decision leaves Lydiard without an effective management team and at grave risk. Despite publically acknowledging they do not have the skills and experience to run such an important heritage asset, the Council has rejected the sustainable future offered by the charitable Trust. from The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust
    The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust