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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Thursday 25 August, 2016

Live Reporting

By Caroline Le Marechal

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight from Local Live, we're back tomorrow

    That's all from us for today. It looks like it'll be yet another warm day tomorrow as summer holds on, top temperatures of 22C in sunny Somerset.

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    Video caption: Watch the weather forecast for tomorrow

    BBC Local Live for the West of England will return from 7am with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

  2. When the M5 became a car park

    It's one of the most important routes through the West, but the M5 was shut in both directions today because of an incident on the bridge.

    It caused gridlock and led to some people leaving their cars and, despite police safety advice, playing football on the carriageway. The motorway was reopened by lunchtime.

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    Video caption: Watch drivers stuck in long delays on the M5
  3. Sickness bug outbreak: More families say they've had it

    More families have been in touch with the BBC to say they've been affected by the stomach bug cryptosporidium. At the moment, around one third of the cases have been linked to Swindon's Oasis Leisure Centre.

    Julie Leaworthy's son Freddie contracted the bug after swimming at the Oasis. The 11 year-old was born with a weak immune system and Julie worries the bug has caused long term problems. 

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    Video caption: Watch Julie Leaworthy talk about her concerns for her son
  4. Bristol mayor doesn't rule out compulsory redundancies

    Marvin Rees

    Bristol mayor Marvin Rees took the hot seat on John Darvall's show and was quizzed about the 1,000 job losses he's just announced at the city council. 

    When asked if voluntary redundancy is the only way to achieve the £29m cut, Marvin said he did not rule out compulsory redundancies. 

    "The staffing is going to be one of the tools we look at, we’ll also be looking at our capital programme, as well as our services and how we can work with our city partners, if we withdraw can they can step in?"

    "It’s a huge challenge."

  5. Chedworth dig finishes with some good results

    A two-week dig at the site of a Roman villa in Chedworth, Gloucestershire ends today. 

    The National Trust team have made some interesting finds which showed the 4th century owner of the villa was a well travelled individual.

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    Video caption: Watch some of the latest finds from the dig at Chedworth Roman villa
  6. New charity helps children cope with losing a sibling

    A mum from North Somerset has set up a charity to help children cope with the death of a brother or sister.

    The Harvey Hext Trust - A Sibling's Wish was set up in memory of Sarah Hext's nine year-old son Harvey, who died last November from a rare form of cancer. 

    It aims to help bereaved families design a customised memory box. 

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    Video caption: Watch Sarah Hext explain more about the memory box
  7. Toddler flown to Florida for proton beam therapy

    Lara Wilcox, from Paulton in Somerset, has just flown to Florida for pioneering proton beam therapy to treat a cancerous tumour of the brain. 

    Proton beam therapy is like radiotherapy but results in less damage to surrounding cells.

    She was only diagnosed a few weeks ago and the NHS paid for Lara and her mum, Aimee, to go to the USA. The family are also raising money to pay for their living costs while they are there.

    Lara Wilcox
  8. M5 services first to make Good Food Guide

    Inside Gloucester Services

    Gloucester Services on the M5 has become the first ever motorway services to be listed in the Good Food Guide. 

    Inspectors for the renowned book said: "From artisan pastries and simple soups to main dishes such as haggis burger with crispy slaw, travellers can expect wholesome and fresh food to sustain them on their journey."

    Sounds like it's miles away from the stereotypical motorway services' soggy sandwich.

  9. The mechanics behind Team GB's cycling success at Rio

    Margins of victory at the Olympic games can be very tight, so any advantage is crucial.

    Team GB rode specially designed bikes in Rio and the research behind them was done at the University of Bristol.

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    Video caption: Watch Professor Stuart Burgess explain how much difference their tests can make
  10. Fulham away in the EFL Cup? 'Meh'

    Lee Johnson (left) & Craven Cottage

    Bristol City boss Lee Johnson's reaction to drawing Championship rivals Fulham in the EFL Cup third round was "oh no".

    "It's just, what do you want from the round, ideally? Well, you want a minnow at home or you want a top Premier League team away."

  11. Voyeur headteacher: 'No previous concerns about conduct'

    A primary school headteacher who used a spy pen to film pupils in the toilets at his school has been jailed for two years and eight months.

    Ashley Yates, 45, of Filton, used the device to record images in the toilets of The Tynings Primary School in Staple Hill, South Gloucestershire.

    The Tynings Primary School
    Quote Message: No previous concerns about his conduct had been reported to the us and it is important to stress that he acted alone and his crimes have been dealt with by the justice system from South Gloucestershire Council Spokesperson
    South Gloucestershire CouncilSpokesperson

    letter to parents on the school's website said: "These victims came to light after items were seized by police during the course of the investigation.

    "If any further victims are identified during the course of the investigation they will be notified immediately."

  12. The sailor getting his GCSE results at sea

    Students across the West have been opening their GCSE results today. 

    One man from Taunton opened his results on board HMS Portland in the shipping lanes of the Middle East.

    Leading Seaman Luke Groove took his exams earlier this year as part of a Royal Navy scheme.

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    Video caption: Watch Leading Seaman Luke Grove explain why he sat his GSCEs at sea
  13. Reading's Dickie rejoins Cheltenham

    Rob Dickie

    Reading defender Rob Dickie returns to Cheltenham Town on loan until January, after spending time with the club last season.

    Dickie, 20, can play at centre-half or right-back and spent much of last term on loan with the Robins, helping them win promotion from the National League.

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  14. Voyeur headteacher: Victims continue to be supported

    Avon and Somerset Police have given their reaction after headteacher Ashley Yates was jailed for two years and eight months for using a spy pen to film pupils in the toilets of his school.

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    Video caption: Watch Det Supt Sue Parker thank The Tynings Primary School after Yates' sentencing
  15. Did posters lead Bristol man to love?

    Romance can strike when you least expect it. Nick Hopton from Staple Hill in South Gloucestershire met Freya at Boomtown Festival, but failed to get her number!

    He knew she lived in Bristol so he embarked on a poster campaign to find her using the few bits of information he had about her.

    The pair eventually met up, but how did their first date go?

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    Video caption: Watch Nick tell the story of how he met Freya
  16. GCSE advice: Think about apprenticeships

    Careers advisor Keith Carter says apprenticeships are "one of the best options around" because you earn money while you're training. 

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    Video caption: Watch Keith explain the benefits of apprenticeships
  17. Bristol City sign Lens defender Moore

    Taylor Moore

    England Under-19 defender Taylor Moore signs for Bristol City from French top-flight side Lens for an undisclosed fee.

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  18. Voyeur headteacher: 'Abused position of trust for own desires'

    Ashley Yates was jailed for 2 years and 8 months for using a spy pen to film children and adults in his primary school toilets.

    Sentencing Yates, His Honour Judge Longman accepted that the former headteacher's main sexual interest was in adults urinating but he said he must have realised children were also going to be caught on his camera.

    Ashley Yates
    Quote Message: Yates totally abused his position of trust to feed his own personal desires. He set up the recording device in a toilet knowing that both children and adults would be using the facilities. I have no doubt that Yates’ crimes will have a lasting impact on his victims and their parents. from Det Insp Louise Boyce Avon and Somerset Police
    Det Insp Louise BoyceAvon and Somerset Police

    The police have also released an image of the pen Yates used to film his victims.

    Spy pen
  19. BreakingArrested Royal Marine 'victim of 2002 sectarian attack'

    Chris Page

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    A Royal Marine who is under arrest on suspicion of being involved in terrorism-related to Northern Ireland was the victim of an assault, allegedly carried out by loyalists, in his home town as a teenager. 

    Ciaran Maxwell, who's 30, was detained in Somerset yesterday. He is from Larne in County Antrim. In 2002, he was beaten by a group of men near his home. 

    Ciarán Maxwell

    Republican newspaper An Phoblacht reported that a group of up to 10 loyalists attacked him with iron bars and golf clubs. Ciaran Maxwell suffered a fractured skull. He was 16 at the time of the attack.