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  1. Melanie Hall reward money doubled to £100,000 after national paper puts up extra £50,000
  2. Man killed in air crash in Salisbury last week was RAF test pilot Alex Parr
  3. The roof has been ripped off a row of properties in Berkeley, Glos, by a major fire
  4. Adult services shake-up approved by Somerset County Council
  5. Bristol Zoo is celebrating its 180th bithday
  6. A sell-out crowd of 153,000 people attended the Royal International Air Tattoo over the weekend
  7. Live news, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Monday 11 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Ian Parker

All times stated are UK

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

    Radio studio

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

    Here's a quick round up of today's top local stories:

    Melanie Hall reward now £100k: The reward for information about who killed Melanie Hall is now one of the biggest ever offered after a national newspaper added £50,000 - the same amount her parents Pat and Steve Hall had offered.

    Yeovil's Leonardo Helicopters loses bid to build army helicopters: The MoD says while it will buy 50 new Apache helicopters from the American firm Boeing  - work to service, update and support the aircraft will be still be carried out in Yeovil as part of a £3bn deal.

    Avon and Somerset Police sorry over 'Asking 4 It' leaflet:   A police force has apologised after a sexual assault prevention leaflet titled R U Asking 4 It? was given to teenagers.  After an angry social media response the force admitted the leaflets were "inappropriate and out of date".

    And you can find out more these stories on Points West at 10.50pm on BBC One.

  2. Man arrested on suspicion of Swindon rape

    A man has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault in the Read/Albion Street area of Swindon on Sunday 26 June.  The 19-year-old man from the town has been arrested on suspicion of rape and remains in police custody. 

  3. Berkeley fire: Blaze 'suspected arson' fire service says

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    Video caption: Rob Bunting, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service

    Police are investigating after a large fire at a property in Gloucestershire caused part of the building to collapse.

    Many people living in Berkeley were woken by the noise, and tonight some are still unable to return to their homes

    Rob Bunting, from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, described the blaze as suspected arson.

  4. Leonardo misses out on helicopter deal but will service new Apaches

    Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, the company formerly known as Agusta Westland, has lost its bid to build new helicopters for the army.

    The Ministry of Defence will buy 50 new Apache helicopters from the American firm Boeing instead.

    But work to service, update and support the aircraft will be carried out in Yeovil. The government expects this contract to be worth around £3bn.

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  5. Euro 2016 celebrations... Portuguese style

    They are surely one of the most unexpected champions of Europe since Greece more than a decade ago.

    But, despite an injury to star player Crisiano Rolando, they held firm against host nation France and came out 1-0 winners.

    And Saraiva's in Chard saw a crowd of 60 take in the big match. And, guess what? They still celebrating while watching replays today.

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    Video caption: Portugal's win at Euro 2016 celebrated at a café in Chard
  6. Meet the Newton Abbot Lynx - now living in Bristol

    It remains the only confirmed big cat found in the UK.

    This lynx was killed back in 1903, and has been living at the University of Bristol ever since..

    We assume the one on Dartmoor won't end up in a university vault any time soon!

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    Video caption: The animal remains the only confirmed 'big cat' ever found in the UK.
  7. County Championship: Middlesex tail-end pair seize control against Somerset

    James Fuller

    A remarkable ninth-wicket stand of 149 between James Harris and James Fuller put Championship leaders Middlesex in total control against Somerset.

    Fuller made an unbeaten 84 and Harris 69 not out at Taunton to take the visitors to 361-8, a lead of 125.

    Somerset made early inroads, reducing Middlesex from 51-1 to 133-6.

    But the day turned when George Bailey was dropped on 43 - he went on to make 71 - and Middlesex added another 228 to day two on 361-8, 125 runs ahead.

    Tail-end pair put Middlesex in control

    James Fuller

    James Fuller and James Harris share an unbroken stand of 149 as Middlesex lead by 125 after day two against Somerset.

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  8. Melanie Hall £100k reward: Parents make plea to find killer

    Here's Ali's full report on the reward money to catch the killer of Melanie Hall being doubled.

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    Video caption: Melanie Hall reward doubled to £100k
  9. Parents of Melanie Hall 'delighted' reward money doubled

    Alison Vowles

    Points West reporter

    Time has moved on for most of us here in Bath, but in some ways for Melanie's family it has just stood still on the night she disappeared. 

    I've spoken today to both her mum and dad. They're delighted that the reward has been doubled to £100,000 by a national newspaper.  

    Melanie Hall

    As Steve told me the money is life-changing - it could help someone buy a house - move area - even start a new life. 

    He says it's worth using their life savings if it will help find the answers to questions that have haunted them for two decades. 

  10. Melanie Hall £100k reward: 'This sort of money is a real life changer'

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    Video caption: Alex West

    So why has a national newspaper given such a large amount of money? 

    Sun reporter Alex West explains.

  11. Melanie Hall's father hopes £100,000 reward will reshape lives

    Steve and Pat Hall

    Speaking to The Sun, Steve Hall said he is desperate to know what happened to his daughter Melanie Hall and how she was killed.

    Melanie disappeared from Bath after a night out 20 years ago. Her body was eventually found next to the M5 motorway.

    He believes someone has the information he and his wife Pat need.

    Quote Message: You have that information, tell me what has happened, tell me who's involved in Melanie's demise. There is at least £100,000 reward which will come to you. That will reshape your life as the knowledge about Melanie's killing will reshape mine. I'm prepared to help you if you come forward and help me. from Steve Hall
    Steve Hall
  12. North Somerset MP 'extremely pleased' Theresa May to be prime minister

    Dr Liam Fox

    Theresa May is to be the UK's next prime minister.

    Asked what he thought of the news, North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox said: "It's wonderful we have a serious experienced leader in serious and dangerous times."

    "I think the country can feel very, very reassured that we've got a prime minister who has the depth of experience that we're going to need.

    "I'm extremely pleased we are going to have her as prime minister."

  13. These schoolchildren are writing their first book

    So what was your favourite book as a child? 

    As part of the BBC's Awesome Authors initiative, a Local Radio poll has discovered that the Harry Potter books were the ones that most adults today say every child should read. 

    Well not far from Dursley, or should that be The Dursleys, pupils at Minchinhampton Primary School are going one better and writing their own book - with the help of a local author. 

    Are you sitting comfortably? 

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    Video caption: Pupils at Minchinhampton Primary School are writing their own book

    That eerie description is the beginning of the first chapter.

    Author John Dougherty says he likes working with children as they're not afraid to share their ideas.

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    Video caption: Minchinhampton Primary School helps author write book
  14. Melanie Hall reward money doubled to £100,000

    Melanie Hall

    A national newspaper has doubled the reward money offered to catch the killer of Melanie Hall who went missing 20 years ago after a night out in Bath.

    On the 20th anniversary of her disappearance her parents Pat and Steve Hall offered £50,000 of their own money in an attempt to catch their daughter's killer.

    Pat and Steve Hall

    Originally, The Sun offered to put up the reward money on the Hall's behalf as staff at the paper felt it was unfair the couple had to use their life savings for this purpose.

    But after speaking to the Halls it was decided the newspaper's money should be added to the £50,000 the couple had put up in an attempt to get someone with information to come forward.

  15. Changes ahead for Somerset adult services

  16. Can you find Bath's independent shops?

    Independent traders in Bath are calling for better signage in the city to help shoppers find their way around.

    Right now the council uses those big map boards called monolith maps - the sort with the "you are here" arrows. 

    But some business owners fear that isn't effective enough and want a return to the old-style fingerposts.

    Bath High Street
  17. Baby shot in head with air gun 'no longer critically ill'

    Harry Studley

    A one-year-old boy who was shot in the head with an air rifle is now described as in a "serious, but stable" condition, police have said. 

    Harry Studley, who is being treated in Bristol Children's Hospital, was previously said to be critically ill following the accident on 1 July.

    Last Monday Jordan Walters, 24, of Bishport Avenue, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

  18. Hundreds join Black Lives Matter march in Bristol

    People march through Bristol

    Hundreds of people joined a march through Bristol this weekend in response to the fatal shootings of two men by police in the US this week.

    The protest was in support of the Black Lives Matter movement which started in America three years ago. 

    The march in Bristol followed two similar protests in London.