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    Severe accident: M4 Bristol eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Bristol eastbound severe accident, from J20 for M5 J15 to J19 for M32.

    M4 Bristol - Temporary closure on M4 eastbound in Gloucestershire from J20, M5 J15 (Almondsbury Interchange) to J19, M32 (Bristol), because of an accident on the M32.

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

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    Severe disruption: M4 Gloucestershire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, from J18 for A46 Bath to J19 for M32.

    M4 Gloucestershire - Temporary closure on M4 westbound from J18, A46 (Bath) to J19, M32 (Bristol), because of emergency repairs.

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

  3. CCTV released after disorder at Bristol pub

    Police have released CCTV images of several men following a disorder at a Bristol pub.

    The incident happened at the Luckwell Hotel on Luckwell Road at approximately 6.20pm on 1 December last year.

    If you recognise anyone in the CCTV images, or have information about the disorder, call 101 and use reference 5218266710.

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  4. Boarded up shops could soon be bars and restaurants

    A derelict row of shops in Swindon's Brunel Centre could soon be bars, cafes and restaurants.

    The planning application from the shopping centre’s owner said changing the shops, facing Canal Walk, to leisure use will help regenerate and revitalise that part of the town centre,

    Swindon Borough Council's cabinet member for the town centre Dale Heenan applauded the intention to adapt to changing circumstances in shopping areas.

    "Shopping centres also need to move with the times too, and the owners of the Brunel recognise, and understand the problem," he said.

    A decision on the application will be made soon by the council.

    For more on this story click here.

    Canal Walk
  5. Taxi drivers call for help with cost of CCTV after stabbing

    Dawlish Road

    After a minicab driver was stabbed at the weekend in Swindon, some drivers are calling for help with the cost of CCTV in their cars.

    Rana Khan, the chairman of the Swindon Drivers’ Association, which represents private house vehicle drivers, says that Swindon Borough Council should help his members out with the costs.

    Other drivers, including those of hackney carriages, those cabs which can be picked up from a rank on the street, tended to agree.

    Mike Thatcher, who was operating from a rank outside Swindon railway station said: “The council are bringing in that we have to have CCTV in the cars as part of the licensing condition. It may be coming that we can’t operate without it.”

    And Mr Thatcher had a suggestion about how the cost might be managed: “Perhaps the borough council can buy the equipment and install it – and we the drivers can rent it off them. That would get round the worry of having to maintain it. If you have to have it then if it’s not working you won’t be able to drive – but if you’re renting it form the council, then they’d be able to fix it for you. But we’d still be paying for it.”

    A Swindon Borough Council spokesman said: “This policy is currently out for consultation and a final decision will not be made until it is brought before the Licensing Committee later in the year.

    “The function of licensing is to protect the public and this measure is being considered because it will protect both taxi drivers and their customers.

    “As the cameras will be installed in private vehicles, it is not recommended that they be bought using public funds.”

    Police are still appealing for witnesses or anyone with any information about the stabbing of a driver in Swindon on Saturday morning. The 40-year-old driver picked up a woman and two men from Suju nightclub in Old Town just before 5.30am on Saturday and was taking them to Park North.

    After an argument, the driver stopped the journey in Dawlish Road, at which point one of the men stabbed the driver in the leg and the trio ran off in the direction of Radstock Road.

  6. War memorial vandalised

    Stroud war memorial

    A war memorial in Stroud has been vandalised.

    Damage to the cenotaph in Park Gardens, Slad Road, was discovered yesterday morning.

    It is believed a chisel or other heavy instrument was used to gouge out the engraving “And all subsequent campaigns” at the bottom of the monument.

    Stroud Town Council said it had been reported to the police, and has appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

    Stroud town mayor, Kevin Cranston, said: "This will cause great offence to people in Stroud who have lost loved ones in conflicts.

    "This monument does not celebrate war.

    "It is a memorial to people who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy today."

    The council said steps were being taken to repair the damage and reinstate the wording "as soon as possible".

    "We are also considering improving security measures in this area,” a spokesman said.

  7. Continuing row over role of railway drivers leads to walkout train driver

    Train

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) have walked out over South Western Railway's (SWR) "failure" to rule out it would move to a driver-controlled operation

    Services to and from Bristol have been suspended from Yeovil Pen Mill while trains to London Waterloo are running at a reduced service.

    The strikes are being held as discussions between the operator and the union continue over the role of guards on trains.

    SWR called the strikes "unnecessary".

    It said while services may be disrupted by the strike, there will still be trains running, and advised commuters to plan in advance and check departure times on its website.

    For the latest on this story click here.

  8. Street dance group fundraising for Barcelona championships

    A Bristol street dance group, which helps to inspire children from poorer backgrounds, is fundraising so all its members can go to the European Championships in Barcelona.

    Since HYPE - which stands for Helping Young People to Excel - was set-up 15 years ago, 98 per cent of its students have managed to go to college or university, created their own businesses or have careers in theatre, television and film.

    The group qualified for this year's European Championships, but don't get any funding - so need to raise money for all the members to travel and compete.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, from J11 for A40 Gloucester to J9 for A46.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J11, A40 (Gloucester) to J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), 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