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Summary

  1. As it happened across the West of England on Tuesday 30 August, 2016.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Cloudy overnight with some outbreaks of light rain

    Cloud will build overnight, with some light rain possible over the Mendips and other high ground. Minimum temperature: 13C.

    Any brightness tomorrow morning will soon be replaced with increasingly thick cloud. 

    There will be some outbreaks of rain through the morning, but it won't be too long lived. Once the rain clears, it will soon brighten up and turn sunnier. Maximum temperature: 21C.

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    Video caption: West weather for 30 August

    That's all from BBC Local Live for the West Country for this evening. We're back at 7am with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Bristol tribute to the actor Gene Wilder

    Tributes are being paid to the actor Gene Wilder who has died at the age of 83.

    He'll be best remembered for his roles in The Producers, Blazing Saddles and of course his amazing performance in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

    He trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the 1950s where Jenny Stephens is artistic director now...

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    Video caption: Tributes are being paid to the actor Gene Wilder who has died at the age of 83
  3. Making the headlines in your local newspapers

    In the papers

    Bristol Post: Bristol taxi driver threatened with hammer by passenger

    North Somerset Times:Late-night Broadchurch filming in Clevedon this week

    Gloucestershire Live:The child's play house at the centre of Gloucester's latest illegal cigarette bust

    Swindon Advertiser:Swindon Town's abandoned Bristol Rovers game rearranged - but fans face buying a new ticket for clash

  4. Darrell Clarke: Swindon Town ticket charges 'disgraceful', says Bristol Rovers manager

  5. Bacteria test lead to fountain switch-off in Gloucester

    Gloucester Park fountain

    A fountain in Gloucester Park has been turned off after tests showed high levels of bacteria in the water.

    The discovery was made during an investigation by the Mail on Sunday which collected water samples from a number of fountains across the country.

    Allen Wilson, owner of Gloucester-based Studies in Work - which carried out the testing in Gloucester Park - told BBC Radio Gloucestershire that the levels of bacteria he found "can cause ear problems, skin rashes and even respiratory problems". 

    Gloucester City Council said it had closed the fountain "with immediate effect" when it became aware and was taking the issue "very seriously".

  6. Wrong way driver closes M5 between Taunton and Bridgwater

    The southbound carriageway of the M5 in Somerset is closed between junctions 24 and 25 after a car was driven the wrong way along the motorway.

    Police said officers received multiple 999 calls to report the driver travelling north in lane three of the southbound carriageway.

    Avon and Somerset Police said the vehicle collided with several other vehicles but thankfully the driver, a man in his 70s, only suffered minor injuries.

    "No-one else was seriously hurt," the force spokesman added.

  7. Football league trophy action tonight

    Bloomfield Road, home of Blackpool FC
    Image caption: Cheltenham Town have travelled to Blackpool for tonight's fixture

    Three of our football sides are in action tonight in the newly branded Checkatrade Trophy.

    • Blackpool v Cheltenham (7:45pm)
    • Bristol Rovers v Reading U23 (7:45pm)
    • Yeovil v Portsmouth (7:45pm)

    Tune in to your local BBC radio stations for commentary or follow the scores on the BBC Sport website.

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  8. BBC West Garden Competition: Winner of the Best Private Garden – Esther Reeve from Calne, Wiltshire

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    Video caption: Calne garden wins Best Private Garden in BBC West Garden Competition

    This is very much a family garden which has been constantly evolving for the past six years. 

    Esther designed the garden and husband Chris helped build it. The idea was to make it curvy.

    The entire garden is only 10mx10m and there was a lot to fit in but they also wanted the space to ‘breathe’, the curved path gives a sense of taking a journey through the garden, the water feature projects tranquillity.

    In such a small space there is an enormous breadth of planting in all available space, up the sides of the walls and fencing, using pocket planters. 

    There is a random selection of plants and colours to enjoy and now that daughter Eleanor has arrived the garden will continue evolve over the coming years.

  9. BBC West Garden Competition: Best Community Garden winner - Snuff Mills Community Garden

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    Video caption: BBC West Garden Competition: Best Community Garden: Winner Snuff Mills Community Garden

    Jean Davidge and a team of 10 volunteers took over the upkeep of Snuff Mills Gardens at Stapleton in Bristol by the side of the River Frome.

    When they started the Snuff Mills Action Group in 1998 the area had been neglected and was over grown. They grow and propagate lots of the plants themselves; creating a cottage style garden with an array of mostly sustainable plants and plenty of pollinators for bees.

    The team meet to garden on Wednesdays and Sundays and often have to stop gardening because people visiting the park often want to ask questions and generally chat with them about gardening and to admire the work being done.

  10. BBC West Garden Competition: Winner of the Best Weird and Wonderful Garden – George Bateman from St George in Bristol

    And here's the winner of the same category:

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    Video caption: BBC West Garden Competition: Winner of the Best Weird and Wonderful Garden

    George Bateman has lived in his present home in St George, Bristol, for almost 20 years, but it was only around nine years ago that he decided to completely change his garden from the conventional patch of grass with concrete paving and a vegetable patch. 

    He started with some decking, followed by a pergola, bought a few trees, then a few more and then decided to make a sculpture. 

    His project grew and grew and took on more and more elements – all of which he has designed and made himself. He finds peace in his garden and sees it as a piece of living art.  

  11. BBC West Garden Competition: Special Commendation in Best Weird and Wonderful Garden category

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    Video caption: BBC West Garden Competition Special Commendation in Best Weird and Wonderful Garden catego

    Kayleigh, Isaac, Nikkita and Jenna have all helped build this rather unique garden.

    After watching a film they were inspired to develop their garden around the ideas of nature, fairies and a magic circle of mushrooms. 

    So they went about making their mushrooms and toadstools from small logs and old plastic bowls; nailing the bowls upside down on top of the logs and painting them. 

    They made the door to the fairy house and a hedgehog home from an old tin bucket. Neighbours have donated plants and they now have a frog pond too. Nature loves their garden as lots of bugs, frogs, spiders, butterflies and bees can be found making it their home.  

  12. Entrepreneur? It's just a fancy word for hustler

    Liam Sherrell and Collins Suleaudu

    Liam Sherrell and Collins Suleaudu learned their skills on the street - and both ended up involved in crime. 

    But now they've signed up to learn the legal hustle, along with others who want to turn an aptitude for robbery and dealing drugs into legitimate business opportunities. 

    Read more about this story here.  

    Liam Sherrell, Clayton Planter and Collins Suleaudu

    Street 2 Boardroom was set up by Clayton Planter, a social entrepreneur from Bristol. He says he can help young people with a chequered past use the knowledge gained on the street "to do what's done in the corporate world".

    "Entrepreneur is just a fancy word for hustler," he says. 

    The programme involves weekly workshops - including "learning business jargon" and "networking" - and has funding from Avon and Somerset Police. 

    The next series of workshops starts in September. 

  13. Swindon Town v Bristol Rovers re-match price 'shocking'

    Football fans have taken to social media to express anger at the decision to charge normal pricing for a ticket to see the rearranged game between Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers. 

    The match was abandoned after 60 minutes on Saturday due to bad weather.

    Swindon Town says it "must still cover matchday costs as they would for any home game", but fans aren't happy.

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  14. Weston-super-Mare man in 1,300-mile aid journey to Italy

    Rupert Langridge has set off on a long journey to the area of Italy affected by last week's earthquakes.

    It's estimated that 290 people were killed by the quake which measured 6.2 on the Richter Scale. 

    He is taking with him aid that people have donated from the Weston-super-Mare area.

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    Video caption: Rupert Langridge has set off for Italy to take aid to people affected there.