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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England (3-6 April).
  2. Get in touch by email: bristol@bbc.co.uk or via Twitter @BBCBristol

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  1. Andrew Aloia

    BBC Sport

    Jack Nowell dives over for a try

    Andrew Aloia

    BBC Sport

    Jack Nowell scores two tries on his Exeter return as the Premiership leaders beat Gloucester to secure a play-off spot.

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  2. Student called up for World Championships

    Josh Hood in action

    Hartpury College student Josh Hood has been named in the Pentathlon GB Team for the 2018 Under-19 World Championships in Portugal.

    The 16-year-old will be making his championship debut as part of GB’s eight-strong line-up.

    The action gets under way on Sunday with the girls’ qualifying rounds, followed by the start of the boys’ competition on Monday.

  3. PCC supports 'nil cap policy' on sexual entertainment

    A freedom of information (FOI) request, by the BBC, has shown over a five year period from 2013-2017, Avon and Somerset Police were called to "incidents" at two central Bristol strip clubs 89 times.

    There were 23 arrests, resulting in 20 prosecutions at the two venues.

    Over the same period 14 patients were taken to hospital, following call-outs at the clubs, by South Western Ambulance Service.

    The figures are released as Bristol City Council has launched a public consultation seeking views on "erotic venues", ahead of reviewing its policies.

    The consultation continues until the end of May.

    Quote Message: I fully support a nil cap policy on sexual entertainment venues within Bristol. The real issue is that these venues cultivate and actively encourage objectification and the attitude of entitlement and access to women's bodies which all acts to reinforce gender inequality. If we want to support healthy and equal attitudes towards women and to match the aspirations of the city a nil cap on licenses is the most appropriate action. from Sue Mountstevens Avon and Somerset police and crime commissioner
    Sue MountstevensAvon and Somerset police and crime commissioner
  4. Views on sex entertainment sought following outrage

    Generic erotic dancer

    Views on when and where sex shops, sex cinemas, strip clubs and hostess bars are acceptable are being sought in Bristol.

    The city council has launched a survey seeking opinions about "erotic" outlets.

    Hostess bars and sex cinemas are currently illegal in the city, but its two strip clubs and four sex shops can apply for annual licences.

    The authority is reviewing its policies after a recent decision to re-license two city centre strip clubs provoked polarised opinions locally.

    Some residents have said they felt uncomfortable just walking past the existing venues.

    Others have linked them to increased rates of sexual harassment.

  5. Council director to address issues 'at neighbourhood level'

    Mike Jackson

    The first of four new directors who will work closely with Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has been appointed to the city council.

    In a new £165,000-a-year role, Mike Jackson will be working with partners across Bristol on the One City Plan.

    The plan aims to bring together organisations from the voluntary sector, the NHS and businesses to tackle issues like economic growth.

    Mr Jackson said: "I'm really excited by the offer and the opportunity to help drive the council's ambitious vision."

  6. Burglars snatch £100,000 worth of jewellery, including two Faberge eggs

    Some of the items stolen from the flat in Cheltenham.

    More than £100,000 of items have been stolen from a house in Cheltenham, sparking a police appeal for information.

    The burglars took valuable watches, jewellery, antiques and two Faberge eggs, along with the victim's grandfather's medals.

    The burglary occurred sometime on 25 March and was discovered when the victim returned home to his flat in Evesham Road the next day.

    The Faberge eggs are described as "very distinctive".

    One egg is gold with a porcelain rosebud housing a gold chain and diamond pendant.

    The other is a gold Zodiac Pisces egg which has a royal blue enamel front panel, a gold star sign and an aquamarine stone inside.

    The owner is anxious to find the items as they have been collected over a lifetime.

    Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

  7. Special charity shirts to be worn for 'The Clash'

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    Video caption: Listen: Fifteen individuals' faces to adorn Bath Rugby's shirts on Saturday

    When Bath Rugby run out at Twickenham Stadium for The Clash they will be taking 15 inspiring individuals onto the field with them in a unique way.

    For the first time, a charity shirt will feature Bath Rugby Foundation’s own, special XV; individuals whose determination to overcome the odds has seen them achieve remarkable success.

    Alex Brown from the charity says it's great to have the club on board.

  8. Bristol City Council explain executive director's salary

    City Hall in College Green, Bristol

    Bristol City Council has defended the proposed pay of a new executive director as a "necessary figure" in order to attract "sufficiently talented and committed people to lead and deliver services".

    Mike Jackson, the former chief executive of North Somerset Council, will receive a starting salary of £165,000 in the role of executive director for resources and head of paid service.

    He's the first of a number of new senior appointments at Bristol City Council as it makes radical changes to its structure with the aim of saving money.

    The recommendation to appoint Mr Jackson to the role - and his suggested salary - will be discussed at a full council meeting on 10th April.

  9. 'Bullying' PC guilty of gross misconduct

    Driving while using a mobile phone

    A police officer accused of pressing colleagues not to prosecute his daughter has been found guilty of misconduct at a tribunal.

    The Avon and Somerset Police officer had been accused of bullying volunteer officers after his daughter was caught driving and using her phone.

    At the conclusion of a three-day tribunal the panel said his lack of integrity "amounted to gross misconduct".

    The panel has retired to consider what disciplinary action should be taken.

  10. Crossing the English Channel upside down

    Upside down aeroplane

    A pilot from Somerset is preparing to fly his plane upside down to France and back, to raise money for charity.

    Will Hosie, 57, from Corfe, will set off from Kent to the Cap Griz Nez lighthouse near Calais on Saturday.

    It'll be the second time he's completed the unusual challenge, which he thinks has only been done by one other pilot.

    The charity event will raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

  11. New High Sheriff for Wiltshire and Swindon

    Nicola Alberry

    Wiltshire has a new High Sheriff.

    Nicola Alberry was sworn in earlier during a ceremony at Calne's Town Hall.

    Traditional duties of the role include:

    • Attendance on any member of the Royal Family visiting the county
    • Being prepared to be the Returning Officer at parliamentary elections
    • Ensuring the well-being and protection of High Court Judges when they visit the county
    • Presenting court awards

    Tap here to read more about the role on the Wiltshire Council website.

    Quote Message: During my year I want to raise awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on families and the wider community. Working with Wiltshire Community Foundation I hope to raise funds to support the fantastic work that charities and voluntary organisations do in the county to help and support these victims (both male and female) and their families. from Nicola Alberry High Sheriff for Wiltshire and Swindon
    Nicola AlberryHigh Sheriff for Wiltshire and Swindon
  12. In pictures: Prince Harry and Meghan in Bath

    Prince Harry

    Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle have been at the Invictus Games trials today, hosted by Bath University.

    The couple met wounded, sick and injured military and veterans who are bidding to take part in the next Paralympic-style games in Sydney this autumn.

    Events they watched included shot put, sitting volleyball and a 1,500 metre race.

    Prince Harry
    Prince Harry with fiancee Meghan Markle in Bath
    Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle
  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

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    M5 Devon northbound severe accident, between J27 for A38 and J26 for A38.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J27, A38 (Tiverton) and J26, A38 (Wellington), because of an accident.

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

  14. Pictures of cliff rescue of boy, 11

    The first pictures have emerged of the rescue of an 11-year-old boy who fell 200ft (60m) down cliffs in north Devon.

    The boy is originally from Los Angeles and was visiting the Lynton area in north Devon.

    The victim has a double fracture of the fibia and an injury to his back and has been transferred to hospital in Bristol.

    Boy being winched