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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 4 August 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. A fine, dry and warm Friday's on the cards

    Good night from BBC Local Live.

    We're looking forward to Friday as BBC weather forecaster Ian Fergusson is promising "nothing is going to spoil any outdoor plans you might have"...

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    Video caption: West weather forecast for Friday

    We'll be back tomorrow from 7am with more live updates from across the West of England.

  2. An August day on the Quantock Hills

    Quantock Hills

    Andy Linthorne emailed us this beautiful picture capturing the Quantocks on an August day.

  3. Headlines from the local newspapers

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    Here's a selection of headlines from the West's local newspapers...

  4. Grocer portrait restoration appeal for cash

    Archive images of Allan Whittern's grocery shop in Cheltenham

    In order to restore - and then display - the portrait of grocer Allan Whittern, the Cheltenham Trust has appealed for help to raise £3,000.

    A crowdfunding campaign for donations has already reached more than half of that sum but they need more before their pledge drive closes tomorrow.

    Quote Message: People used to pass by in semi-darkness and see the portrait there and speak to it, saying 'goodnight Mr Whittern', thinking he was coming out of the warehouse. He always wore his button hole, always had a smile and was always very kind When he died, it was standing room only outside the church at his funeral because so many people remembered him. He was a sweet old man. from Thelma Whittern Allan's daughter-in-law
    Thelma WhitternAllan's daughter-in-law
  5. Bench dedicated to Gloucestershire war hero Ben Whitchurch

    Private Ben Whitchurch
    Image caption: Private Whitchurch fought at the Battle of Imjin River in 1951

    Korean war hero Private Ben Whitchurch, who died earlier this year, has been honoured with a commemorative bench at Imjin House in Gloucester. 

    He was part of the Gloucestershire Regiment and fought at the Battle of Imjin River in April 1951. 

    Private Whitchurch described the battle in an interview filmed by the BBC in 2011 with fellow veteran Private Albert Fulgoni 

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    Video caption: Bench dedicated to Gloucestershire war hero Ben Whitchurch
  6. Swindon Town boss previews season ahead

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    Video caption: Luke Williams previews Swindon Town's season ahead

    The football season gets under way once again this weekend. 

    Here's the latest of our season previews and this time it's with Luke Williams, head coach at Swindon Town.

    He shares his thoughts with the BBC's Geoff Twentyman.

  7. Former Gloucester bar owner wins share of £61m EuroMillions

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    Video caption: A former bar owner in Gloucester's won a share of 61 million pounds

    Keith Reynolds is celebrating big time after winning a share of £61m in a EuroMillions lottery syndicate. 

    It's a double celebration for the former Gloucester bar owner and his partner, Sonia, who's just been given the all-clear from cancer. 

    She was feeling lucky after a successful operation in the US and asked her daughter to buy the ticket. 

  8. Paedophile jailed after vigilante sting at Peppa Pig World

    Andrew Sealey

    A paedophile from Somerset has been jailed after being caught in a sting operation at Peppa Pig World, in Hampshire, by a "vigilante paedophile hunter" who posed as a 15-year-old girl. 

    Andrew Sealey, of Manor Road, Milborne Port, was jailed for three years and four months.

    The 39-year-old ran an online theme parks forum which he used to lure children to attractions. 

    He pleaded guilty to eight charges of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and one of attempting to meet a child after sexual grooming.  

    Click here to read the full story.

  9. Olympic swimmer Jazz Carlin's dad wears his lucky t-shirt

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    Video caption: Swindon Olympic swimmer Jazz Carlin's dad wears his lucky t-shirt

    Roger Carlin, from Swindon, says he'll be wearing his lucky t-shirt when daughter Jazz takes part in her first race at the 2016 Rio Olympics on Sunday.

  10. Grocer portrait restoration hope

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    Video caption: Cheltenham door portrait of 1960s grocer to be restored

    Back in the 1960s, Cheltenham grocer Allan Whittern had a portrait of himself painted onto a door at the business he ran from 1932 until his death 50 years later.

    Allan's daughter-in-law Thelma described how the portrait came to be...

    Quote Message: Since he's been gone we’ve been asked by so many, 'Where is it? What have you done with it? You haven't destroyed it? from Thelma Whittern
    Thelma Whittern

    Now, the Cheltenham Trust - which runs the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum in the town - wants to restore it for exhibition later in the year.  

  11. Mayor appoints youngest daughter as consort

    Alice Hampson
    Image caption: Mayor Neil Hampson appointed 17-year-old daughter Alice as his consort

    Councillor Neil Hampson broke with tradition when he was sworn in as the 536th mayor of Gloucester in May.

    Instead of naming his wife as his official consort, Neil appointed his youngest daughter Alice to the role.

    The 17-year-old attends civic functions with her dad when she's not studying at Ribston Hall High School.

  12. Victim's courage 'immense'

    A man who kidnapped and seriously sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl 33 years ago has been jailed for nine years.

    David Green, 60, from Moseley in Birmingham, admitted charges earlier at Bristol Crown Court of kidnap, serious sexual assault and false imprisonment.

    Speaking outside court, Det Con Scott Westbrook-Smith said the victim had "feared for her life" during the assault.

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    Video caption: Victim's courage 'immense'
  13. Local athletes in royal send-off for Team GB

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, have released a video wishing Team GB athletes good luck for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

    Bath's Samantha Murray and Gloucestershire's Charlotte Dujardin both feature in the video.

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    Video caption: The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have recorded a message for Team GB.
  14. Family pay tribute to 'beautiful baby' who died on Sunday

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    Image caption: Baby Ah'Kiell Walker was taken ill at a property in Archdeacon Street in Gloucester

    The family of a three-month-old boy, from Gloucester, who died at the weekend say he was a "beautiful baby".

    Quote Message: Our days are so much darker without his smile, but we will never forget the times we had. He was taken too soon but his beautiful eyes, smile and amazing hair will always be in our hearts from Ah'Kiell Walker's family
    Ah'Kiell Walker's family

    His parents Hannah Henry, 20, and Alistair Walker, 26, of Archdeacon Street, Gloucester, have been remanded in custody accused of child neglect.

  15. Roman villa dig under way at Lufton near Yeovil

    Lufton Roman villa dig August 2016

    Archaeologists from Newcastle University are excavating the remains of a Roman villa near Yeovil.

    They're hoping to find out more about the structure which is considered to be very unusual due to its octagonal-shaped bathhouse.

    Here's a sketch of what the Roman villa would have looked like...

    Roman villa at Lufton

    There are also some stunning floor mosaics which the archaeologists have recorded as part of the project...

    Floor mosaics, Lufton Roman villa
    Lufton Roman villa, bathhouse floor mosaics
  16. David Green jailed: Archive report from 1983

    David Green from Mosely in Birmingham was jailed today for nine years for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Weston-super-Mare in 1983.

    The BBC's Graham Purches reported on the assault at the time and here's what he said...

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    Video caption: The BBC's Graham Purches reported on the sexual assault in 1983.
  17. Jamie Cooke: Even Olympians need their mum

    Cheltenham's modern pentathlete Jamie Cooke heads to Rio ranked world number one. BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Anna King has been speaking to the person who knows him best in the world!

    His mum Alison said he's "a very driven individual. It was always him waking me up in the morning to take him swimming".  

    Jamie Cooke

    But she's admits she still has a key role to play in Jamie's success.

    Quote Message: I spend a lot of time sewing flags on his fencing kit. He also comes back with a big pile of washing from when he's away. It would be sitting in his flat in Bath smelling for a month otherwise. from Alison Cooke Jamie Cooke's mum
    Alison CookeJamie Cooke's mum