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Summary

  1. As it happened across the West of England on Monday 18 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Hayley Mortimer

All times stated are UK

  1. Warm and muggy overnight and tomorrow will be even hotter

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    Video caption: Weather 18 July

    It'll be a warm and rather muggy night, with clear skies and temperatures remaining in double figures leading to a rather uncomfortable night for sleeping. 

    Tomorrow will be another dry, fine and hot day with widespread sunshine expected. 

    Maximum Temperature: 32C (90F)

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

  2. Dozens turn out for mass Pokemon Go walk

    About 70 people are currently in Cheltenham town centre and united with one aim and that's to find Pokemon.

    The digital game has taken the world by storm with millions of people downloading the app and roaming the streets using their smartphones to catch animated monsters.

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    Video caption: About 70 people turned up for a Pokemon Go event in Cheltenham town centre

    George Rawlings, who organised the event, described it as a "mass Pokemon walk through Cheltenham" and said everyone was "loving it".

  3. Cancer patient gets good news on US cancer treatment

    Mike Brandon with his wife Kate

    You may remember Mike Brandon from Westbury-on-Trym whose wife Kate raised £400,000 in a social media campaign to cover his medical costs in the USA earlier this year.

    He went to the States for life-saving treatment as his consultant told him all NHS routes were "exhausted".

    We're thrilled to share this Facebook post which says "Mike's initial bone marrow biopsy test has come back clear".

  4. Swindon man stronger than 'The Mountain'

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    Video caption: Laurence Shahlaei - Winner, Europe's Strongest Man

    Game of Thrones star "The Mountain" has been beaten to Europe's Strongest Man title by a man from Swindon. 

    Laurence Shahlaei took the title in Leeds from Hafthor Bjornsson, who's famous for his role in the popular television series.

    The personal trainer is the first Englishman to win the title in 27 years.

    After being interviewed on BBC Points West he showed how strong his grip is by crushing an apple.

  5. Brazilian musicians bring sunshine to the city

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    Video caption: Here comes the sun

    A group of young Brazilian guitarists have been performing at venues around Bristol this weekend. 

    They were spotted by staff at Bristol's community radio BCFM who then raised money for them to visit England. 

    For them, it's been an opportunity to see life beyond the impoverished "favellas" of Rio de Janeiro where they all live.

  6. Tractor-pulling demo wows crowds at rural show

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    Video caption: Tractor pulling was one of the attractions at the Somerset Steam & Country Show

    We're told tractor-pulling originated in the States when farmers would pull heavily-laden trailers to prove who had the most powerful tractor.

    This video was shot at The Somerset Steam and Country Show 2016, which took place over the weekend, where it was among the attractions.

    With that load I'm sure they're not getting many miles per gallon.

  7. Work starts on controversial incinerator in Gloucestershire

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    Video caption: Work has started on a controversial waste incinerator in Gloucestershire

    Work has finally started on a controversial waste incinerator in Gloucestershire after years of wrangling.

    Planning permission was granted by the government, despite fierce opposition from people concerned about emissions and pollution levels. 

    The plant, off junction 12 of the M5, will use household waste to make enough electricity to power 25,000 homes. 

  8. Haul of knives and swords found in police raid

    This bundle of weapons was confiscated from three men during a police raid in Swindon...  

    Knives and swords

    Numerous swords and large hunting knives were found in a house in Manchester Road after it was searched by police following a report of an assault.

    Officers found evidence of drug dealing taking place and arrested an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, both from London, and a 13-year-old boy.

  9. Keeping an eye on water pollution levels in Bristol

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    Video caption: Monitoring has been taking place for water quality in our area.

    As part of this year's Festival of Nature, nearly 200 people went out to monitor the water quality of our rivers and streams.

    The results show that some rivers feeding into the Avon in Bristol have higher levels of nitrates than other waterways.

    Nitrates come from things like fertilisers and dumped rubbish and can potentially affect aquatic life.

  10. Corrie actor joins Swindon panto cast as Prince Charming

    Ryan Thomas

    It might be the hottest day of the year but bosses at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon are already in panto mode.

    They have announced that Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas will play Prince Charming in their production of Cinderella.

    It'll be his stage debut in a panto after leaving the ITV soap as Jason Grimshaw. 

  11. War boat on display after man's six year restoration project

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    Video caption: Restored WW1 boat goes on display at Henley on Thames Traditional Boat Festival

    Bristol marine surveyor Robert Morley has spent the past six years restoring a 100-year-old war boat to its former glory.

    The CMB.9/DCB.1 torpedoed and sank a German warship during World War One and remained in Royal Navy service before being selected to become a prototype.

    It was the world's first autonomous drone vessel, completely unmanned and controlled by radio via a bi-plane.

    The boat was displayed over the weekend at The Traditional Boat Festival at Henley-on-Thames.

  12. Penguins cool down in the summer heat

    If you think it's rather hot today, spare a thought for the King Penguins at Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water. 

    Here's how they're using ice and water to keep cool...

    A penguin stands on a giant ice cube
    A penguin has a shower
  13. Heatwave warning for the West Country

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    Like it or not much of the UK is basking in a heatwave which is set to last until Wednesday.

    Public Health England says while most people needn't worry, for older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, summer heat can bring real health risks.

    It has highlighted a number of points to help keep people safe: 

    • Drink plenty of water - sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
    • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
    • Open windows when it feels cooler outside and it’s safe to do so
    • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
    • Keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
    • I you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
    • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day and wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes    
  14. WW2 hero takes to the sky after photograph goes viral

    Ken looks at a Spitfire through a fence at Gloucestershire Airport from his wheelchair

    A terminally-ill former World War Two spitfire engineer has taken to the skies after a poignant photo of him became an unlikely internet hit.

    The image of Ken Farlow, 95, staring through a fence at Gloucestershire Airport came to the attention of bosses after it was shared by his daughter.

    They transformed that glimpse from behind the fence into a VIP visit where he had a tour of the hangar and talked to pilots.

    Ken with staff by a Spitfire
    Ken talking to a pilot

    But Ken's visits to the airport got better and better. On Saturday he got to take to the skies himself at the airport's charity open day. 

    He flew in a two-seat Citabria aircraft with James Peplow, the owner of Aircraft Differences Training, a specialist flying school based at the airport and also got to see (and hear) his beloved Spitfire again.

    Ken flew in a 2-seat Citabria aircraft
    Ken flew in a 2-seat Citabria aircraft
  15. Couple accused of airgun injury to toddler appear in court

    Harry Studley

    A couple have appeared at Bristol Crown Court charged with grievous bodily harm after an 18-month-old boy was shot in the head with an airgun. 

    Jordan Walters, 24, previously admitted unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on the toddler and remains in custody.

    Harry Studley is in a serious but stable condition after being injured in Hartcliffe, Bristol, at 4pm on 1 July. 

    Walters' partner Emma Jane Horseman, 23, has not entered a plea to a charge that she aided or abetted him to commit the offence and a three-day trial has been pencilled in to begin on 30 January.

    She has also been bailed to appear at Bristol Crown Court on 30 September.

  16. Palm-sized tortoises stolen from garden centre

    Three tortoises worth £150 each have been stolen from a garden centre in Gloucestershire.

    They can fit into the palm of your hand and were stolen from a glass tank at Highfield Garden World in Whitminster.

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  17. Game of Thrones star loses European strongman title to...

    ... a dad from Swindon!

    Laurence Shahlaei has beaten Game of Thrones star "The Mountain" to the Europe's Strongest Man title.

    Originally from Cheltenham, Laurence took the title in Leeds from two-time title holder Hafthor Bjornsson who is also famed for his role in the popular television series.

    The 32-year-old is the first Englishman to win the title in 27 years. You can hear from him on Points West at 6.30pm this evening.

    Laurence Shahlaei and Hafthor Bjornsson
  18. LISTEN: Pokemon Go player calls 999 over 'theft'

    Yes, you read correctly... someone actually called 999 to tell police that someone had "stolen their Pokemon". 

    The gaming fan decided to contact Gloucestershire Police as an emergency while using the popular app Pokemon Go on the day after its UK launch.

    Police gave the player "words of advice" on when it is appropriate to call 999 followed by a warning text message.

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    Video caption: Pokemon Go player calls 999 over stolen Pokemon