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    Severe accident: A38 Gloucestershire both ways

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    A38 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between A430 Bristol Road and Podsmead Road.

    A38 Gloucestershire - A38 Cole Avenue in Gloucester closed and queuing traffic between the A430 Bristol Road junction and the Podsmead Road junction, because of a serious accident involving car and pedestrian. Diversion in operation - through Quedgley.

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

  2. Important changes to how you get your TV programmes

    Changes are being made to the way some channels are broadcast on Freeview on June 5.

    You may need to retune your TV equipment to continue watching programmes when these take place in your area.

    More details about what to do can be found by clicking here. Scroll down for full information.

    You can also call the Freeview Advice Line free on 0808 100 0288

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    Video caption: Watch to find details of what to do to make sure you can keep watching programmes after June 5
  3. Former Yeovil pub to be turned into flats

    The Former Great Western Hotel Pub on Camborne Grove in Yeovil

    A former Yeovil pub will be turned into flats after the district council lost a planning appeal against developing the site.

    The Great Western Hotel on Camborne Grove, near Yeovil Pen Mill railway station, closed its doors to paying customers on December 2, 2017.

    South Somerset District Council’s area south committee – which makes major planning decisions for Yeovil – turned down plans in November 2018 to convert the former pub into flats, describing the proposed amount of parking as “woefully inadequate”.

    But this decision has now been overturned by the Planning Inspectorate, meaning developer – the Peterborough-based Kenika Properties – can proceed as originally intended.

    Planning inspector C J Tivey visited the site on May 7, and published his final report ahead of the next area south committee meeting in Yeovil on June 5.

    He said the site was a “sustainable location” due to its proximity to the town centre, as well as access to the railway station and the 68 bus service.

  4. Elections leaflets needed by uni

    Polling station sign

    The University of Bristol is looking for old election leaflets that have been posted through people's front doors.

    They're especially interested in any leaflets from the recent local and European elections.

    The university collection includes more than 30,000 leaflets and related documents from all British Parliamentary elections since 1892, and from European elections held in the UK since 1979.

    The material is available to students, researchers, and members of the public.

    Anyone who has any election material or newspaper cuttings they'd like to donate should contact the university here.

  5. Windrush compensation event to be held in Bristol

    Jamaican immigrants arrive in Britain on Empire Windrush at Tilbury, circa 1948

    The Home Office is holding an event in Bristol to raise awareness of a compensation scheme for people affected by the Windrush scandal.

    The scandal involved the wrongful detentions and deportations of some members of the Windrush generation - the thousands of people who travelled to the UK from the Caribbean in the years after World War Two.

    The compensation scheme has been set up for "long term residents who were unable to prove their lawful right to live in the UK and suffered difficulties as a result".

    The event in Bristol is one of a series being held across the UK, and will offer practical advice on how to make a claim.

    It will take place on Monday June 3 at the Junction 3 Library and Learning Centre in Easton from 11:00 to 13:00.

    Quote Message: The Windrush Generation have given so much to this country and I am determined to right the wrongs they experienced. The compensation scheme is an important step and I am pleased that it has now launched and is making payments. from Caroline Nokes Immigration Minister
    Caroline NokesImmigration Minister
  6. Bath and West turns its attention to the environment

    The Bath and West Show turns its attention to the environment later today, with a debate on how to make farming more sustainable.

    Intensive farming and the use of pesticides are often blamed for habitat loss and pollution. But more farmers are signing up to European-funded schemes to protect wildlife and the environment. Tonight leading conservationists will debate the future at an event hosted by Somerset Wildlife Trust.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

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    M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, from J23 for A39 to J22 for .

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M5 northbound from J23, A39 (Bridgwater North) to J22, Burnham-On-Sea, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  8. 'Furever' home for bulldog Georgie after 562 days in rescue centre

    Georgie with staff at the rescue centre
    Image caption: Georgie's goodbye with staff before leaving for her forever home.

    A rescue centre's longest-stay dog has found a home after 562 days in kennels.

    Georgie arrived at Bristol Animal Rescue Centre in November 2017.

    The bulldog-cross has been waiting around five times longer than average - which is around three to four months for a dog at the shelter.

    Georgie's new family said it was "love at first sight" when they met her and took her to her new Bristol home on Sunday.

    The centre has 51 dogs currently looking for homes. Anyone interested in adopting one of the dogs is invited to look at its website and make inquiries over the phone as the dogs are not on view to the public.

    This is as a result of the dogs finding the sights and sounds of public viewing too stressful.

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    Severe congestion: M5 Devon northbound

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    M5 Devon northbound severe congestion, between J27 for A361 and J19 for A369 Martcombe Road.

    M5 Devon - Stop-start traffic on M5 northbound between J27, A361 (Tiverton) and J19, A369 (Portishead).

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

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    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire both ways

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    M4 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, from J17 for A350 to J16 for A3102 Swindon Road.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 in both directions from J17, A350 (Chippenham) to J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of an accident.

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

  11. Council bid to ban street drinking and begging

    Anonymous teenager drinking from bottle

    A council wants to bring in a ban on street drinking and begging in Yeovil town centre.

    South Somerset District Council wants to use a type of order to stop people drinking alcohol when warned by police.

    Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) can be used if an activity has a "detrimental effect on the quality of life in the locality" which is "persistent" and "unreasonable".

    A PSPO can last no longer than three years but can be renewed. Failure to comply with the order can result in a fine or a fixed penalty notice.

    The council wants to hear from local people on how they are affected by street drinking and betting, and whether they would support the ban.

    A consultation started on Monday 28 May and and lasts until Sunday 7 June.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

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    M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, from J22 for M49 to M48.

    M4 Bristol - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 eastbound in Gloucestershire from J22 M49 to M48, because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

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    Severe congestion: M5 Somerset northbound

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    M5 Somerset northbound severe congestion, between J25 for A358 and J23 for A39.

    M5 Somerset - Stop-start traffic and severe delays on M5 northbound between J25, A358 (Taunton) and J23, A39 (Bridgwater North).

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

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    Video caption: Crowd of six thousand celebrate Bristol's community Iftar

    Organisers of the Iftar wanted to share their faith and food with the wider community, and promote a greater understanding of Islam.

  15. Accident and oil spill closes A370 for eight hours

    The A370 between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare will be closed for eight hours after an accident and oil spill.

    The incident happened in Cleeve earlier and emergency services are at the scene.

    Electricity equipment has also been damaged.

    There are warnings that routes to Bristol Airport are affected.

    Local diversions are in place.

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