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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 3 August, 2016

Live Reporting

By David Bailey

All times stated are UK

  1. More showers on the way

    Bright spells, showers and breezy.

    So it looks like we're going to get more typical British summer weather again tomorrow.

    Here's Ian Ferguson with the detailed forecast for Thursday and the rest of the week...

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    Video caption: Ian Ferguson with the weather forecast for the West of England

    That's all from Local Live today. We'll be back with the West's news, sport, weather and travel from 7am tomorrow.

  2. Darrell Clarke: 'Third promotion not impossible'

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    Video caption: Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke talks ahead of the new season

    Bristol Rovers fans are dreaming of a third successive promotion. 

    After dropping into non-league football two years ago the Gas are now in League One. 

    Geoff Twentyman has been to see manager Darrell Clarke as he prepares his team for the new season that starts on Saturday.

  3. Ready for Rio

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    Video caption: BBC Points West's Ali Durden looks ahead to the Olympic Games

    BBC Points West's Alistair Durden is in Rio, Brazil, ahead of the Olympic Games which start officially on Friday.

    He's covering the games for all of the BBC's regional television programmes across the UK.

    He gave us a guided tour of the sporting venues from his vantage point overlooking the Olympic Park.

  4. The Syrian refugee who lived with the mayor

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    Video caption: Syrian refugee Dijwar Khalil talks of his time living with Bristol Mayor George Ferguson

    A Syrian refugee has been talking about his time spent with the former Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, who gave him a roof over his head.

    Dijwar Khalil said the three months he spent with Mr Ferguson were "the most important three months" of his life.

    It follows the publication of a report which said many local authorities were not pulling their weight when it comes to taking in Syrian refugee families.

  5. Wellington Monument fundraising appeal

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    Video caption: The National Trust says it needs at least £4 million to restore the monument

    It can be seen from miles around, but it's not looking its best at the moment.

    Would you be prepared to give some money to help restore the Wellington Monument?

    The National Trust says it needs to raise at least £4m.

    The 175ft landmark was built in 1817 as a tribute to the Duke of Wellington but has been fenced off since 2005 due to falling stone debris.

    It's thought to be the world's tallest three-sided obelisk.

  6. Homeless men face eviction

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    Video caption: Bristol City Council want to evict these homeless people from Riverside Park.

    Eight homeless people are facing being evicted from tents in Riverside Park in Bristol. 

    They've been camped on land next to the M32 since April.

    Now an eviction order's been served on them, which includes an injunction that the men claim will stop them sleeping rough anywhere in Bristol.

    But the council says it only applies to public land.

    A fundraising campaign has been set-up to pay for legal representation for the men.

  7. Cheltenham boss looking forward to new season

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    Video caption: A look ahead to the new football season with Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson

    This time last year, Cheltenham Town were about to embark on a season in non-league football. 

    But what a turnaround.

    Crowned champions of the National League - they're back in the football league. 

    Geoff Twentyman has been to see how Gary Johnson is preparing for life back with the big boys.

  8. Funeral director's victim 'never thought money would not be paid'

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    Video caption: Pauline Redman said she never thought money given to charity would not be paid

    A victim of a funeral director, who stole money donated by grieving families to charities, says she never expected the money not to be handed over.

    Alison Pople from Cheddar failed to pass on donations worth £14,000 to good causes, and was given a suspended 15-month prison sentence.

    One victim, Pauline Redman, asked for donations to be passed to charities and hospices following the deaths of her brother and sister-in-law.  

    She said Redman held a "such a position of trust" she didn't consider the money would never be paid.

  9. Glos' Taylor cleared to resume bowling

    Jack Taylor

    A bowling suspension handed to Gloucestershire's Jack Taylor in June has been lifted, following "remedial work" on his action.

    The 24-year-old, previously banned for nine months in 2013, was suspended again in June after being reported for a suspected illegal bowling action. 

    But he's now been given the all-clear to bowl again.

  10. Happy ending for 95-year-old tortoise

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    Video caption: Hattie the tortoise, who went missing on Saturday, is found under a garden shed

    Remember yesterday we told you about a 95-year-old tortoise that had gone missing from a rescue centre in Bristol?

    Well, the good news is she's been found, safe and well.

    Hattie was discovered trapped under a gazebo in the rescue centre's garden.

    She's appears to be a bit muddy but otherwise none the worse for wear.

  11. Bridge cables 'still strong'

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    Video caption: The latest inspection of the old Severn Bridge is costing £4m and taking ten years

    It's almost half a century old and is still going strong.

    The M48 Severn Bridge - the old Severn crossing - is getting a "health check" as it approaches its 50th anniversary in mid-September.

    Cable inspection work is being carried out to check the corrosion levels of the suspension cables.

    BBC Points West's Ali Vowles has been getting a close-up view of how the engineers are getting on.

  12. Funeral director 'really sorry'

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    Video caption: A funeral director who stole from charities has been given a 15-month suspended sentence

    A funeral director who stole money donated by grieving families to charities in memory of their loved ones, says she's "really sorry" for what she did.

    Alison Pople, 50, from Cheddar, failed to pass on donations worth £14,000 to good causes including Help for Heroes, the NSPCC and a local hospice.

    She was given a suspended 15-month prison sentence at Taunton Crown Court after she admitted stealing.

    Speaking as she left court she said she would have to live with what she had done for the rest of her life.

  13. How about this for a corporate perk?

    A group of Wiltshire workers are off to watch the Rio Olympics thanks to their boss. 

    He set them up with prime seats at Friday's opening ceremony as a treat for working so hard.

    Nick Debbie and Wez

    The lucky people work for Imagine Cruising in Royal Wootton Bassett.

    Nick Webb said: "I am so excited! We've been told we are seeing a few events whilst we're there, the football and the tennis, maybe we will get the chance to see a bit more."

  14. Bristol rugby sevens players head to Rio Olympics

    As we count down to the Rio Olympics we've been meeting some of the athletes from the West country who are representing Team GB.

    Danielle Waterman and Dan Norton both play for Bristol rugby sevens, they've been telling us how they feel about playing the sport at Olympic level for the first time.

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    Video caption: Danielle Waterman and Dan Norton head to Rio
  15. Old Severn Bridge undergoes £4m inspection

    Yes that's right, to make sure the bridge is up to scratch as it approaches its 50th anniversary four MILLION pounds is being spent on the latest inspection.

    Highways England say it's worth every penny as they have to check the effectiveness of measures they've put in place over the last ten years to stop the wires inside the cables corroding. 

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    Severn Bridge
  16. Funding to tackle 'storage crisis' in museums

    Room full of boxes

    Two museums in Wiltshire have been awarded a share of £45,000 of Arts Council funding to help solve what's being called the "crisis facing museum archaeology".

    The money will pay for work to take place across the region, including building a main site for archaeological discoveries to be stored together.  

    The Salisbury Museum and the Wiltshire Museum, which will benefit from some of the money, have storerooms piled high with artifacts.

    Stone statue

    On top of that, there are 25 cubic metres of excavated finds waiting to arrive. That's the size of a double decker bus!

    David Dawson, director of the Wiltshire Museum, said: "This support will help tackle a problem faced by museums not just across the South West but also across the country."

  17. Ever feel like you're being watched?

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    Video caption: Take a look inside the room where Somerset's roads are monitored

    The Somerset County Council traffic team keep an eye on you to try and keep the roads on the move, here's a behind the scenes look at what they see.

  18. BreakingJoseph and Watson sign new Bath deals

    England internationals Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson sign new Bath contracts to keep them at the side until 2019.

    Centre Joseph, 25, who has scored 16 tries in 58 appearances for Bath, has been capped 25 times by his country.

    The most recent of his nine England tries came on the tour to Australia, on which he played with Watson.

    Versatile back Watson, 22, has 12 tries from his 67 games for Bath and 24 caps for his country.

    Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph
    Quote Message: They are both exceptionally talented players who since gaining greater international experience are having much more of a positive effect on the group - both on and off the pitch. from Toby Booth Bath first-team coach
    Toby BoothBath first-team coach