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  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Thursday 30 June, 2016

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Holmes

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from BBC Local Live - we're back first thing tomorrow

    That's all from BBC Local Live for the West Country - we're back tomorrow from 7am.

    Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme - described as one of the darkest periods in military history.

    Join us as the West Country pays tribute to the fallen.

    A war memorial
  2. RIP Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub

    Fire crews at Tisbury in Wiltshire pay their respects to Gordon Murray, creator of the children's series Trumpton, who has died at the age of 95. 

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  3. Falcon chick plummets 224ft off cathedral

    The young male, Raphael, is feathered and ready to fly but on its first test flight it fell more then 224ft (68m) from Salisbury Cathedra's tower

    Raphael, the peregrine falcon chick was fully-feathered and ready to take its first test flight on Tuesday night.

    Unfortunately, as the young falcon teetered on its ledge - 224ft up Salisbury Cathedral's tower - it was caught off guard by high winds and plummeted to the ground.

    After an overnight stay at a rescue centre, Raphael was given the all-clear and has now been carried back up the 332 steps to its nest.

    Anya Wicikowski, from the RSPB, said it will take a couple of days before the young bird tries flying again.

  4. 'Disappointed no lessons have been learned' - heart whistleblower

    Children's cardiac services in Bristol are back in the news again.

    A public inquiry in 2001 found major shortcomings and while the latest report concluded there was nothing on a similar scale this time, it does say patients were at risk of harm because of poor care.  

    It was back in the late 1980s and early 1990s that rumours of high death rates among children began circulating.

    The BBC's Matthew Hill spoke to Dr Stephen Bolsin, who exposed the original heart scandal 21 years ago about what he makes of the latest report.

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    Video caption: Dr Stephen Bolsin gives his thoughts on the latest report.
  5. It's been a turbulent week in politics...

    Have you ever known a week quite like it? 

    In/out, PM quits, protests and rallies - who said politics was boring?  

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    Video caption: Have you ever known a week like it? Who said politics was boring.
  6. Celebrating 70 years of children's TV

    An exhibition of children's TV shows - from Muffin the Mule in 1946 to Teletubbies - is opening at M Shed in Bristol this weekend. 

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  7. Yoga on a horse?

    Yes - it really exists... 

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    Video caption: Horseback yoga from Long Ashton

    Nicola Carley from Long Ashton, near Bristol, teaches a type of yoga that involves sitting on top of a horse at the same time. 

    She has been showing BBC Radio Bristol some of the various poses she is able to achieve with her equine friend.

  8. Sedgemoor speaks - the EU referendum result

    Are you feeling satisfied or disillusioned with the EU Referendum result?

    Sedgemoor had the biggest percentage of voters in Somerset wanting to leave.

    BBC Somerset's been to Bridgwater to see how people are feeling a week on from the result.

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    Video caption: People in Bridgwater have been sharing their thoughts a week on from the EU referendum
  9. 175 years ago the inspiration behind Thomas the Tank Engine was born

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    Video caption: 175 years ago the Great Western rail line between London Paddington and Bristol was opened

    The Great Western railway line between London Paddington and Bristol was opened 175 years ago, allowing trains to pass through the newly-built Box Tunnel in Wiltshire.

    Years later, in 1920, a certain little boy and his family moved to Box a stone's throw away from the tunnel.

    He grew up to become one of the most famous children's author in the world - the Reverend W Awdry - who was inspired to write his Thomas the Tank Engine books by watching and hearing the trains come out of the tunnel.

  10. Remains of 18th Century cottages found at Wapping Wharf in Bristol

    The remnants of Bristol's shipbuilding trade have been unearthed at Wapping Wharf, which is currently being redeveloped to form new houses and shops.

    Archaeologists have uncovered the wall of an 18th Century "ropewalk", where rope was made for use on ships as well as the foundations of cottages dating back to the 1730s.

    The excavated buildings

    Before the site was built on in the 18th Century, the land there was used for grazing, and was owned by St Augustine's Abbey, which is now Bristol Cathedral.  

    The excavated buildings
  11. E. coli - what those affected had in common

    There has been a rise in cases of E. coli in our area - more than 40 people in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire have been taken ill following an outbreak of the bug. 

    Public Health England's Mike Wade has told the BBC that the people affected are known to have eaten salads before becoming unwell and is advising us to wash them before use. 

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    Video caption: The E. coli victims had all eaten salad before they became ill

    They have also advised people to thoroughly wash salads before eating them.

  12. Cornwall MP seconds Liam Fox for Tory leader

    North Cornwall MP Scott Mann described Dr Liam Fox as being "compassionate, dignified and experienced." He is supporting him for the Conservative party leadership.

  13. Comedy festival takes over Bristol's Queen Square

    Queen Square in Bristol has been transformed into "Bristol Comedy Garden" with acts like pub landlord Al Murray and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Bridget Christie - it's already started and finishes this Sunday. 

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  14. How the aviation industry responds to accidents 'could help healthcare'

    While hospital leaders try and learn the lessons from today's report, some healthcare experts are looking to other industries to see how they handle safety.

    Our business correspondent Dave Harvey has been looking at one industry which seems a world away from hospitals and operating theatres, but still offers lessons in safety. 

    He speaks to Martin Bromiley who lost his first wife following surgery.

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    Video caption: Dave Harvey examines what the aviation industry can offer in safety lessons.
  15. First RAF F-35B stealth fighter jet lands in UK

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    Video caption: First RAF F-35B stealth fighter jet lands in UK at RAF Fairford

    The Ministry of Defence has released footage of a RAF F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter landing in Britain for the first time after crossing the Atlantic.

    The aircraft was accompanied by two other F-35Bs from the United States Marine Corps

    It touched down at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire just before 8pm last night.

  16. Gloucestershire teacher describes skill shortages

    A secondary school head teacher in Gloucestershire fears the profession could be heading towards a recruitment crisis, particularly in science and maths.

    Research by the online group Teach Vac reveals so far this year there's been as many as 45 job vacancies in both subjects across Gloucestershire.

    Will Morgan is the head teacher at the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water.  

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    Video caption: Teacher recruitment crisis in Gloucestershire
  17. Bristol City Women re-sign defender Cleverly

    Wales international defender Rhian Cleverly has returned to Bristol City Women.

    "We have signed Rhian to give us short term defensive cover throughout July,” manager Willie Kirk said.

    Bristol currently lie second in the league table, two points behind leaders Yeovil Town.

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  18. Cult Robin Hood show makes a comeback

    If you're of a certain age you'll remember the TV series Robin of Sherwood. The show ran for three seasons on ITV between 1984 and 1986.

    You'll be thrilled to know it's coming back - here's how it happened.

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    Video caption: Cult TV series Robin of Sherwood has made a comeback
  19. A sneak peek of a rare Thomas the Tank Engine illustration

    BBC Wiltshire has been to visit Reverend W. Awdry's son Christopher as a key part of the Great Western rail line opened 175 years ago today.

    The Reverend W Awdry was the author of the beloved Thomas books - so what links his books with the railway?

    His family moved to the village of Box in 1920 close to Box Tunnel where he would often see trains pass through inspiring him to create the cheeky but Really Useful little blue engine.

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    Video caption: Reverend W. Awdry's son Christopher says his father got inspiration from the Box Tunnel