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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday 26 July, 2016.

Live Reporting

By Tammy McAllister

All times stated are UK

  1. Showers on the way for Womad

    That's almost all from us, just time to show you the weather forecast and unfortunately it's looking like it might turn a bit damp for the start of the Womad Festival tomorrow.  

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    Video caption: Ian's weather forecast

    That's all from BBC West Live. We'll will be back tomorrow from 7am with news, sport and weather for the West country.

  2. Madison Hotel fire: Now under control but emergency services remain

    Fire crews have been dealing with a large fire at the derelict hotel in Swindon and police officers have also been managing traffic which has been affected by the incident.

    Wiltshire Police say the building was empty and nobody has been injured but they expect emergency services to be at the scene throughout the night.

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  3. Geoff Twentyman meets the West's football bosses

    Geoff Twentyman has been talking to Swindon Town head coach Luke Williams as part of his series chatting to the region's current crop of young managers. (Only Cheltenham Town's Gary Johnson is over 40!)

    You can catch it on BBC Points West next week.

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  4. Patchway man jailed after hiding dead body to run cannabis farm

    Nicholas Clark

    A man has been jailed for three-and-half years after he illegally moved and hid the body of a Royal Navy veteran so a cannabis factory could be set up in his home. 

    Paul Jackson, 40, moved the body of his neighbour Nicholas Clark, 63, after he died from natural causes. He concealed it under debris in a yard behind a former gym in Gloucester Road, Patchway.

    Mr Clark served in the Navy as a helicopter engineer between 1967 and 1981 and his remains were found when the yard was being cleared in April 2015.

    Cannabis farm Paul Jackson court case

    The yard was behind a disused gym and flat being rented by Jackson's co-defendant Anthony Whillier, 30, who had been using the property to grow cannabis. 

    Whillier (pictured on the right) was handed a two-year suspended jail sentence and 240 hours of community service after admitting the charges against him.

    Paul Jackson (l) and Anthony Whillier
  5. Video: Plumes of black smoke over Swindon after hotel fire

    BBC Wiltshire's Late Show presenter Dan Chisholm took this video of the fire at the derelict Madison Hotel in Swindon earlier this evening.

    He was making his way into the studios but got caught up with the traffic delays and congestion.

    Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Service has said no injuries have been reported but crews are still at the scene.

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    Video caption: Crews attend a large fire that broke out at a derelict hotel in Swindon.
  6. Last minute preparations for Womad 2016

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    Video caption: The Womad Festival site takes shape ahead of the event starting tomorrow.

    Final preparations are under way at the Womad Festival in Wiltshire which begins tomorrow. 

    The event's being held at Charlton Park near Malmesbury for the tenth year running and there'll be lots to keep you entertained with seven stages featuring 90 artists from 49 different countries. Phew!

    Here's a photo we dug out of the Womad Festival in 2014 - loving the summer evening skies here.

    Womad 2014, Charlton Park, Wiltshire
  7. Madison Hotel fire: People asked to avoid the area

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    Firefighters from Gloucestershire have been brought in to help tackle a fire in the roof of the Madison Hotel in Swindon.

    Nine fire crews are now in attendance and crews from other parts of Wiltshire are providing cover for the town while the fire continues.

    No injuries have been reported and an investigation will begin once the fire is out.

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    Smoke from fire at Madison Hotel
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  8. Hundreds attend Pokemon Go event in Bristol

    Many Pokemon fans were still queuing to get into the special event at Bristol Zoo when the doors closed at 7pm.

    Let's hope they find happy digital hunting grounds elsewhere in Bristol this evening.

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  9. Heads up on overnight M32 closure from 8pm


    A section of the M32 in Bristol will be closed tonight so work on the city's new MetroBus scheme can be carried out.

    The southbound carriageway between junction one and two will be shut from 8pm until 6am tomorrow morning. Diversions will be in place.  

  10. Video: Fire at the derelict Madison hotel in Swindon

    The Swindon Advertiser has shared their video of a fire that's broken out at a derelict hotel in the town.

    Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service says several crews are at the scene and have advised people to avoid the area if they can.

    The fire is mainly concentrated in the roof of the Madison hotel building on Oxford Road.

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    Video caption: Eight crews have been called to a major blaze at the old Madison Hotel in Swindon.
  11. Derelict Madison Hotel alight in Swindon

    Eight crews have been called to the derelict Madison Hotel in Swindon where a fire has broken out.

    Firefighters were called to the building on the White Hart roundabout by the A419 at about 6pm.

    Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue say it's best to avoid the area if you can.

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  12. Your BBC Local Radio headlines this evening

    Matt Faulkner, BBC Somerset

    Here's a round up of the BBC Local Radio headlines this evening:

    • The two Cheltenham students who were seriously injured in a coach crash in France are due to be flown home this week
    • The latest Care Quality Commission inspection of Yeovil District Hospital has rated it as 'Requires Improvement'
    • A fire at a Wiltshire farm has killed more than 750 pigs and piglets
    • The family of a man whose body was dumped in a yard in Patchway so a neighbour could set up a cannabis farm have said it will take them a long time to come to terms with how he was treated
  13. Fire badly damages house in Burnham-on-Sea

    A house in Burnham-on-Sea has been severely damaged by fire.

    The fire service was called to reports of flames and smoke coming out of the window of a two storey semi-detached home on Burnham Road just after two o'clock.

    Firefighters have been trying to stop the fire spreading to the neighbouring property.

    There are five fire engines there and Burnham Road is currently closed.

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  14. Tests continue on River Leadon following fish deaths

    Work's continuing along the River Leadon in Gloucestershire after ammonia leaked into the watercourse over the weekend.

    Yesterday we told you how several thousand fish had died in the river.

    The Environment Agency says the leak has now been stopped and its staff shared these photos of the work they've been doing today.

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  15. Rubbish left by travellers causes anger and upset in Lockleaze

    Local residents are unhappy as travellers have left rubbish and excrement after moving on from a site in Lockleaze.

    BBC Radio Bristol posted this video on their Facebook page earlier this afternoon and it's already getting comments from some of you:

    Janet Patricia Oram: "Disgraceful they should be fined for leaving the mess."

    Laurence Ian Marsh: "It's so wrong just wrong."

    Nikki Fox: "its art mann."

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    Video caption: Local residents are unhappy as travellers leave rubbish and excrement in Lockleaze.