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  1. Escaped prisoner hands himself in

    Police have confirmed absconder Phillip Barrett has been arrested after handing himself into a police station.

    Barrett made his getaway on the M32 while being transported to HMP Bristol at about 14:40 GMT on Thursday.

    Avon and Somerset Police confirmed today he walked into a police station in Bristol at about 11am and has been detained.Officers would like to thank everyone who helped and provided information during the appeal period.

    Phillip Barrett
    Image caption: Officers have confirmed he has been found
  2. Man charged with assaulting police officers

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    A 26-year-old man has been charged after two police officers were assaulted in Devizes.

    Police were called to reports of a disturbance by The Green at about 11pm on Saturday.

    The man has been charged with assaulting a person occasioning them actual bodily harm, obstructing/resisting a constable in the execution of duty, and two counts of possession of a class B drug.

    He's been remanded in custody and was due in Swindon Magistrates Court earlier.

  3. Delays after train hits 'obstruction' on line

    A train hitting an obstruction between Bristol Parkway and Gloucester is causing disruption to journeys between these stations.

    National Rail Enquiries is warning services may be cancelled, delayed or revised and problems are likely until 13:30.

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  4. 140-year-old fishing rule could be broken

    A 140-year old rule that stops fishing of Rivers - including the Severn - for 3-months of the year could be scrapped.

    The close season is in place to protect freshwater species while they lay their eggs between mid March and mid June.

    It means it's forbidden to fish between mid March and mid June.

    The Environment Agency is asking anglers for their views in a 8-week long public consultation.

  5. Sheep attacks by dogs on the increase

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    BBC Spotlight

    Sheep on Bodmin Moor

    The number of sheep being attacked by dogs in the south west is rising, with authorities warning dogs could be banned from moorland if it does not improve.

    New figures from NFU Mutual show livestock worrying has cost the south west economy more than £1m in the past four years.

    One of the worst affected areas is Bodmin Moor, where 54 sheep were killed recently though it is thought the real number of incidents could be much higher as many attacks are not reported.

    Worried female livestock had also lost unborn lambs as a result, farmers said.

    Constable Chris Collins, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said cases were "hugely under-reported" and more people reporting incidents would help police "work out where this problem is coming from".

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    Video caption: Rural affairs officer PC Chris Collins is trying to get more incidents reported
  6. The impact of the West murders 25 years on

    Fred West

    Twenty-five years ago today, Fred West confessed to killing his daughter Heather.

    It came as police began to search 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, where they would go on to find the bodies of nine girls and young women.

    West and his wife Rosemary's crimes shocked the world, and brought unwelcome attention to the city.

    A special edition of BBC Inside Out West - at 7:30pm on BBC One - asks some of those involved in the case what impact the murders had.

  7. Field searched in possible link to Linda Razzell murder

    Linda Razzell

    The police are continuing to search a field in Wiltshire close to where Linda Razzell was last seen in 2002.

    The site in Highworth is still cordoned off following a tip-off from a member of the public.

    The 41-year-old was last seen on her way to work in Swindon. Her husband Glyn was sentenced to life in prison for her murder but a body has never been found.

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    Image caption: Detectives are searching a field near Pentylands Lane in Highworth
  8. 'Gas explosion' flats may be demolished

    Hartcliffe flat explosion

    Bristol City Council will decide whether to demolish all or part of a block of flats which were blown apart by a gas explosion.

    One man remains in hospital after being badly burned, when two flats exploded in Hartcliffe on Saturday evening.

    Another woman escaped by jumping from the top floor onto a trampoline below. Her daughters also live with her - but were luckily out at the time.

  9. BBC local radio headlines across the West

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    • BBC Radio Bristol: Bristol City Council will decide whether to demolish all or part of a block of flats that were blown apart by a gas explosion.
    • BBC Gloucestershire: It could be the end of the close season for anglers on the River Severn. A consultation is underway by the Environment Agency which could see the 140-year rule scrapped.
    • BBC Somerset: More than £300,000 is being allocated towards developing a case for major new transport projects in the Mendip area.
    • BBC Wiltshire: Police are continuing to search a field in Wiltshire close to where Linda Razzell was last seen in 2002.