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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Monday, 22 August, 2016

Live Reporting

By Ian Parker

All times stated are UK

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  1. Summer is back with us tomorrow

    The sun is returning tomorrow after several days of quite frankly miserable weather.

    We've had our winter jumpers on in the office today but there's another heatwave on the way with temperatures peaking at 27C.

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    Video caption: Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast on Monday August 22

    And that's all from BBC Local Live for the West of England today. We're back in the morning from 7am with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Four women bailed after stabbings in Bristol

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    Video caption: Bristol assaults under investigation

    Four women have been released on bail after a series of assaults at nightclubs in Bristol early on Sunday.

    A man was stabbed at Pryzm nightclub and four people were attacked outside Dojo on Park Row. One man remains in hospital.

    A car linked to the incident was found on fire Chelsea Park in Easton. 

    An 18-year-old man is still in custody.

  3. Bristol City Council job losses: 'We're in a very challenging situation'

    Bristol mayor Marvin Rees has announced plans to cut 1,000 city council jobs in a bid to save £29m by next April.  

    He says he has inherited a "huge financial challenge" and could not "close the [savings] gap without reducing the number of jobs at the council".

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    Video caption: Bristol Mayor Mark Rees on city council job cuts

    The authority - which currently has around 6,970 employees - will launch a scheme which lets staff apply for voluntary severance later this week.

  4. Longleat features on commemorative stamp


    You can now send a little bit of Wiltshire around the world when you post a letter.

    Longleat features in a commemorative set of Royal Mail stamps to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of garden designer Capability Brown, who was responsible for Longleat's landscaped grounds.

  5. Rio 2016: West country ranks 17th in medal table

    So the Olympics in Rio has come to an end and what a games it's been for the West. 

    Athletes from our region contributed almost a quarter of Team GB's record medal haul.

    And just for fun we worked out that if the West had been a country we would have finished 17th in the medals table.

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    Video caption: West Country Olympic medal table
  6. Your reaction to Banksy Spy Booth removal

    You've been having your say on the removal of Banksy's Spy Booth mural in Cheltenham on BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Facebook page.  

    A pile of rubble is all that's left on the ground next to the house it was painted on.

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    Video caption: Banksy Spy Booth mural removed
    Quote Message: Every place that has a Banksy seems to take pride in it. Cheltenham, well the picture says it all! from Mandy Smith
    Mandy Smith
    Quote Message: Cheltenham appears to know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. from Patricia Dare
    Patricia Dare
    Quote Message: I can't believe we let that happen! It was just perfect for Cheltenham. So proud to have it in the Shire. What a massive shame. from Geraldine O'Driscoll
    Geraldine O'Driscoll
    Quote Message: Cheltenham didn't deserve a Banksy and this just proves it. If that had been in Gloucester it would have been treated like street art, not a money spinner. from Robert Crowhurst
    Robert Crowhurst
  7. Bristol City Council job losses: Staff shocked at scale of cuts

    It's been announced that up to a 1,000 jobs are to be cut at Bristol City Council. 

    Unions have branded the losses "completely unsustainable" and are warning that services will suffer.

    Staff are being offered voluntary redundancy.

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    Video caption: Bristol City Council has confirmed it's to cut up to a thousand jobs.

    £60m has to be saved from the council budget as government funding is reined in, meaning departments will have to become more efficient.

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    Video caption: Bristol City Council has confirmed it's to cut up to a thousand jobs.
  8. Staycation for Chris Woods' Ryder Cup celebration

    Bristol golfer Chris Wood is celebrating his first ever Ryder Cup place next month.

    He's chosen to head down the M5 to take it all in - as well as the little matter of his wedding at the weekend!

    Double congratulations Chris.

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  9. Ben Prater takes the Chicken Nugget Challenge

    Usain Bolt celebrated his ninth Olympic gold medal in Rio last week with a box of chicken nuggets.

    Legend has it he consumed 1,000 of them while at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, powering him to his first three golds.

    So we challenged BBC Radio Wiltshire's breakfast presenter to find out if fast food really does help you run faster.

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    Video caption: BBC Wiltshire's Ben Prater went on a chicken nugget diet to see if it made him run faster.
  10. New Poldark series features West country locations

    Poldark being filmed at the John Wesley Chapel

    If you're a fan of the BBC series Poldark then you'll want to watch the new series very closely for some familiar sights. 

    The show has used John Wesley's chapel, the New Room, in Bristol for some of the scenes.

    Filming has also taken place at Chavenage House in Gloucestershire and will feature in series two which starts on 4 September on BBC 1.

    Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark
  11. Dozens taken ill after bug found in swimming pool

    Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon

    At least 30 people in Swindon are now known to have fallen ill with cryptosporidiosis - the same infection that's closed the swimming pools at the town's Oasis Leisure Centre for three weeks.

    Around a third of the cases have been linked to the pool, which is now being drained and cleaned. 

    There have been four times as many cases of the bug, which causes sickness and diarrhoea, in the South West this year.

  12. Banksy Spy Booth removed 'to protect it', council says

    Banksy Spy Booth mural

    The mystery disappearance of the Banksy Spy Booth in Cheltenham has been solved!

    The owner of the property it was painted on removed the mural while urgent work - required by a council notice - was carried out on the listed building.

    The council is advising people not to steal any remaining pieces of the Banksy as they could be breaking the law.

    Quote Message: We have endeavoured to protect the Banksy as much as possible and to this end the notice required the owner to have due regard for the Banksy mural whilst works were being undertaken...Until the investigation is complete we are unable to say what if any further action will be taken. from Mark Nelson Enforcement manager, Cheltenham Borough Council
    Mark NelsonEnforcement manager, Cheltenham Borough Council
  13. Bristol City Council job losses: Workforce cut by 17%

    Bristol mayor Marvin Rees has announced plans to cut 1,000 jobs at Bristol City Council - that's 17 per cent of the council's workforce.

    Mr Rees, who was elected to the post in May, is attempting to plug a £60m hole in the authority's budget over the next three financial years.

  14. Memorial for British skydiver killed in French Alps

    David Reader

    A private memorial took place over the weekend for a skydiver who died after his parachute failed to open as he was jumping in the French Alps.

    David Reader, 25, from Newnham-on-Severn in Gloucestershire, suffered head injuries during a base jump near Sallanches, close to Mont Blanc.

  15. Everton to field strong side in Glover's league cup clash

    Yeovil Town take on the mighty Everton tomorrow night - the first time the two clubs will have met in a competitive fixture.

    Everton manager Ronald Koeman says he's taking it seriously and wants to win.

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  16. Woman killed in A303 collision


    A 79-year-old woman has died in a two-vehicle collision on the A303 at Mere in Wiltshire.

    The victim was driving her black Toyota Yaris on Sunday afternoon when it collided with a black Mercedes.

    A Wiltshire Police spokesman said the woman died at the scene.

    The Mercedes occupants were taken to Salisbury District Hospital with injuries not thought to be life threatening.  Police are appealing for witnesses.

  17. Hospital to investigate after woman dies in foyer

    Southmead Hospital

    Southmead Hospital says it will be carrying out an investigation following the death of a woman yesterday morning in the entrance of its Brunel building. 

    The incident happened at around 10am inside the main atrium. 

    In a statement the hospital confirmed the woman wasn't a patient at the hospital but added it was working with the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. 

    The hospital says the trust is supporting staff and patients with help from the chaplaincy team.

  18. The locomotive living in a bus depot

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    Video caption: 7027 Thornbury Castle has been purchased from record producer Pete Waterman.

    A bus depot might be the last place you'd expect to find a Great Western Railway locomotive, but that's not the case in Weston-super-Mare. 

    Jonathan Jones-Pratt has bought "Thornbury Castle" from music producer Pete Waterman and has put tracks down in his Crosvillle Motor Service depot to accommodate it.

    The engine was built to run after the Second World War and Jonathan wants to restore it to full working condition.