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  1. As it happened across the West of England on Wednesday 6 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Sarah Jones

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night from Local Live in the West of England

    That's it for Local Live today. Back at 7am tomorrow.

    Before we go though, here's a final look at tomorrow's weather - a dry start but "erratic" showers are possible in the afternoon.

    Ian Fergusson has the forecast...

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    Video caption: West of England weather forecast
  2. 'A place of sanctuary' for refugees

    Syrian refugees from Bristol, Bath and Somerset have come together for their first Eid since being resettled here. 

    Some of these families gathered in Bristol to mark the end of Ramadan with a meal and gifts - and in response to the recent increase in hate crime.

    Joon Lynn Goh, from Citizens UK Bristol, said our cities should be "places of sanctuary"...

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    Video caption: Syrian refugees from Bristol, Bath and Somerset gather to celebrate Eid together.

    The government has pledged to take 20,000 Syrians escaping the civil war over five years.  

  3. South Glos - your black wheelie bins are going to get smaller

    Black wheelie bins
    Image caption: Black wheelie bins getting smaller in South Glos

    People in South Gloucestershire are going to have to make do with smaller wheelie bins from next year - as the council tries to save money. 

    Earlier today South Glos councilors agreed to bring in 140 litre black bins from next summer, replacing the current 240 litre bins.

    Meanwhile, recycling collections will increase to weekly in a bid to improve recycling rates.

  4. Update on what's making headlines around the West Country


    Here's a round-up of some of the stories being covered in the local papers:

  5. Isla's dream to walk

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    Video caption: Isla Haffield has cerebral palsy and her family are raising money to help her walk.

    If you had a magic wand what would you wish for? Isla Haffield from Cheltenham would wish to walk.

    But for that to happen her parents need to raise £80,000 for a life-changing operation. 

    So, as part of Isla's walking dream, a family fun day has been organised this Sunday at the Cheltenham Civil Service Club.

  6. Seeing double

    These endangered ring-tailed lemur twins have been born in Bristol...  

    Pair of rare ring-tailed lemurs at Wild Place Project
    Image caption: Lemur twins with first-time mum Warbie

    The two tiny lemurs - weighing less than 100g (3oz) each - are just four weeks old and are still clinging to their mother, first-time mum Warbie.

    Keepers at The Wild Place Project, said the babies appear strong and are feeding well.

  7. Painting the body beautiful

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    Video caption: Body Art at the Art Couture Painswick Fesitval

    Think you could stand still for six hours while someone paints you? That's what models will be doing next weekend at the Art Couture Painswick Festival.

    The Gloucestershire village will be awash with colour when the streets are taken over by artists.

    There will be three categories - wearable art, creative headwear and body art - and around 10,000 visitors are expected at the event on Sunday, July 17.

  8. Sister of lost soldier "blind-sided" by Chilcot Report

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    Video caption: Sister of lost soldier "blind-sided" by Chilcot Report

    The sister of Sergeant Bob O'Connor who was killed in action when the Hercules plane he was travelling in was shot down in Iraq, has been speaking about the Chilcot report. 

    Sarah O'Connor said she felt angry and heavily criticised the Prime Minister at the time, Tony Blair, for invading Iraq.

    She says she was blind-sided by the contents of today's report.

  9. 300-million-year-old fossils part of sculpture trail

    Coal Measure Giants by Henry Castle and "huge sculpture" by Pomona Zipser
    Image caption: The two new sculptures will go on show to the public from 15 July

    Two new sculptures have been craned into position in the Forest of Dean as part of the sculpture trail's 30th anniversary.

    Coal Measure Giants has been cast out of iron by Henry Castle and includes a couple of boulders - dug up nearby - with the imprint of the trees that grew on the spot 300-million years ago.

    The other "huge sculpture" has been created out of a felled sweet chestnut tree by Pomona Zipser.

  10. Stab victim's family speaks out

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    Video caption: Dolton Powell's family have strong views on tackling knife crime in Gloucester

    Today Dolton Powell's murderer was jailed for life. The 21-year-old was stabbed to death in Gloucester last year.

    His family have been speaking out about their views on knife crime.  

    His stepfather says adults need to "take back our place from the kids", while his sister thinks gang culture can lead to people carrying knives.

  11. Free taxi rides for the Welsh only

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    Video caption: You can get a free taxi in Bath today, but only if you're Welsh!

    If you're in Bath and you're Welsh then you were in luck earlier because one city cabby was (until 4.30pm) offering free taxi rides to anywhere within the city centre.

    Paul Roles, who is originally from Cardiff, decided to turn off the taxi meter for anyone Welsh to celebrate Wales playing the biggest game in their history.

    Wales are up against Portugal in Lyon tonight to try and book a place in the final of Euro 2016.

    But to get a free cab ride with Paul you have to qualify...

  12. MP 'angry' and 'cheated' following Chilcot report

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    Video caption: Conservative MP for Wells - who served in Iraq before entering politics - has given his re

    The Conservative MP for Wells - who served in Iraq before entering politics - has given his reaction to the Chilcot report.

    James Heappey said it had left him feeling "angry" and "cheated" - but that there was no one person to blame.

    Follow the BBC's extensive coverage over the report by clicking here.

  13. Pick it up!

    Dog poo on pavements can be a problem and one Clevedon politician has had enough.

    Cllr Jane Geldart got so fed up that she has decided to leave this chalk message reminding people about their pooches' poo...

    Jane's message on the pavement

    Some have left their own messages on Points West's Facebook page...

    Sarah Burt, said: "Good on her. If you can't clear up after your animal don't own one" while Robert Lloyd has backed her saying: "Yep she has my vote."

    But David Mcloughlin posted that "She will probably get an Asbo for graffiti :)" and Lianna Foster said she hopes "the police arrest her. Whilst she should be upset. She a councillor she could do something internally."

  14. Misplaced your TV remote? Please don't call 999

    The TV remote is "not lost", it's "gone" said this caller.

    And what with the potential for neighbours complaining about how loud the TV is, surely that's a matter for Avon and Somerset Police, right?...

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    Video caption: Phone call to Avon and Somerset 999

    For more on the inner workings of Avon and Somerset Police, check out their @ASPoliceLive Twitter feed on Thursday.

    From midnight to midnight the force is hosting it's second 24-hour "tweetathon".

  15. Bear reunited with head 50 years after losing it

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    Video caption: Bristol Museums show us an exhibit found in their archives with two bear skulls.

    A brown bear has finally been reunited with its real head almost 50 years after losing it.

    The skeleton of the brown bear was found in the Bristol Museums' archive topped off with another bear's skull.

    But after a rummage in the store, museum curators have managed to unearth its right head and put the two back together again.

  16. New Bustard arrivals due on Salisbury Plain?

    Great Bustard and chick

    Could more Great Bustard chicks be on the way? 

    Another nest has been discovered on the breeding site on Salisbury Plain.

    There are about 40 Great Bustards in Wiltshire.