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  1. As it happened across the West of England on Wednesday 31 August, 2016

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  1. Dry with sunny spells tomorrow on the first day of metrological autumn

    Goodnight from BBC Local Live for the West country.

    We're back tomorrow from 7am with all the local news, sport, travel and weather.

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    Video caption: West weather for 31 August

    Any cloud will fade away overnight with clear skies developing for most. The winds will turn light, which may lead on the some mist and fog patches developing.

    Tomorrow will see plenty of sunshine and only limited amounts of cloud. Through the day the sunshine will turn hazy as high cloud spills in from the west. 

    Maximum temperature: 21C.

  2. Rio 2016: Volunteer, 79, liked it so much he's now considering Tokyo 2020

    A man from Bath - who's about to celebrate his 80th birthday - is back at home after being a volunteer at the Olympic Games in Rio.

    George Harding was inspired to sign up after being a Olympic "Games Maker" in Weymouth four years ago.

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    Video caption: Rio 2016 volunteer now considering Tokyo 2020

    He says he absolutely loved his experience in Brazil, which restored his faith in young people and the future, and he's now considering volunteering for Tokyo.

  3. Four hurt in 999 ambulance crash

    Crashed ambulance

    Four people have been injured after an ambulance on an emergency call collided with another vehicle in Somerset.

    The crash happened on the A30 Yeovil Road, near Crewkerne, earlier this evening.

    A South Western Ambulance Service spokeswoman said two of the injured were ambulance crew and the other two were members of the public who were travelling in the other vehicle.

    She added that no patient was in the ambulance at the time and "care was not compromised" at the destination where the crew was heading.

  4. Bracken from heath to hearth

    Invasive bracken growing wild here in the West of England is being cut down and turned into a fuel, as part of a scheme to let other plants flourish. 

    It could also mean we'll see more grass growing through on moors and common land - where the ferns have got a strangle hold.  

    BBC Points West's Scott Ellis introduces one company claiming to be the first to farm fern...

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    Video caption: Bracken from heath to hearth
  5. Running Man paramedic begins treatment

    A paramedic whose colleagues took part in a Running Man 'dance off' to raise money for cancer treatment has started a video diary of her experiences.

    Kath Osmond from Bristol has skin cancer which has spread to her bones, lymph nodes and lungs.

    In this video, she talks openly and frankly about her cancer. Some people may find it upsetting.

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    Video caption: Kath Osmond, the paramedic behind #runningman4Kath, will vlog her cancer treatment.
  6. MP Jacob Rees-Mogg on Conservative Brexit 'turf wars' claims

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    Video caption: A Tory MP says there has been only 'cricket pitch mowing', not turf wars, over Brexit

    The North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg says there has been only "cricket pitch mowing", not turf wars, over Brexit.

    There have been reports of tussles between Brexit Secretary David Davis, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and their departments over responsibility for the Brexit negotiations.

    But the Conservative told the World at One's Martha Kearney the three politicians were "affable" personalities who would get on with the job.

  7. Hinkley Point C - another twist?

    Hinkley Point in Somerset

    Ready for a fresh twist in the long-running saga over the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset? 

    French union officials have started legal action against the decision by EDF to go ahead after its board narrowly voted in July to proceed with the controversial project, expected to cost £18bn, to build two nuclear reactors.

    But the government postponed a final decision shortly after Theresa May became prime minister.  

    A court hearing has been scheduled for 5 September.

  8. In your local newspapers this evening


    Bath Chronicle: Motorcyclist and van in collision on M5, causing huge delays

    Swindon Advertiser: £70k fraud charge faced by former Wickes assistant manager and 7 others before the courts

    Gloucestershire Live: 'Exemplary' Royal Marine jailed for jealous attack on partner using military hold

    Yeovil Express: Three men assaulted in group attack in West Street, Ilminster

    Bristol Post: Astonishing pay-off for Bristol City Council boss Nicola Yates - a decision made in "secret"

  9. Swindon Town's chairman responds to ticket price anger

    Lee Power

    Swindon Town's chairman Lee Power has released a lengthy statement supporting the recent ticket price decision which has angered a number of supporters.

    In it he says:

    • The abandoned match on Saturday, against Bristol Rovers, "was an act of God and beyond the club's control"
    • Matchday costs are "higher than usual" due to it being a derby match
    • The club has tried and failed to reach an agreement with police and authorities about a reduction in costs for the rearranged fixture

    To read his full statement, click here to visit the Swindon Town website.

  10. Police have another week to question Marine, arrested in Somerset

    Ciaran Maxwell

    Detectives have been given more time to question a Royal Marine in connection with a terror-related investigation.

    Ciaran Maxwell was arrested last week in Somerset, after searches in Larne and Devon. 

    He was moved to a police station in London and the Metropolitan Police will be allowed to keep him in custody for another seven days.

    His arrest is believed to be in connection with the discovery of two arms dumps in County Antrim earlier this year.

  11. Gloucestershire teenager killed in M6 collision

    Iain Thornton

    A Gloucestershire teenager, who died after being hit by a car on the M6, has been named as Iain Thornton.

    The 15-year-old from Didmarton, was airlifted to hospital following the crash in Lancashire, but died of his injuries in hospital.

    Iain's family have described him as a much-loved son and brother. 

    The collision happened at Charnock Richard Services on the motorway at around 1.45pm yesterday.

    Quote Message: These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts remain with this young man’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time. from Sgt Lee Campbell Lancashire Road Policing Unit
    Sgt Lee CampbellLancashire Road Policing Unit
  12. Rovers fans offered free ride to rearranged fixture

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    Yesterday we told you about the anger among football fans following Swindon Town's decision to charge normal pricing for the rearranged fixture with Bristol Rovers.

    The game was abandoned after 60 minutes on Saturday due to a storm and resulting waterlogged pitch.

    Well Bristol Rovers have today offered a helping hand to their supporters, with free coach travel to the rearranged fixture.

  13. M5 delays near Weston-super-Mare following motorbike crash

    M5 traffic

    This was the scene on the M5 between Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon a few moments ago.

    Motorway traffic is stretching back to Highbridge following an earlier motorbike crash which has caused congestion on a number of roads in the area.

    However all lanes on the M5 northbound, between J21 and J20, have now reopened.

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  14. Rape at a Gloucestershire beer festival

    A police car

    A police appeal has been launched after a woman was raped at a festival in Gloucestershire last weekend.

    The victim, who was at the Frocester Beer Festival, was attacked in a tent by a man she had met at the event, according to Gloucestershire Police.

    "The victim danced with the man before realising she had become separated from her friend. She walked back to her tent to look for her but was followed by the man. He is then alleged to have raped her in her tent," said a force spokesman.

    The man is believed to be from Bristol, aged in his late 20s or early 30s, and described as wearing a short-sleeved burnt orange polo shirt, dark blue shorts and white sport socks with black markings.

  15. Swindon Town v Bristol Rovers - £14,000 policing cost confirmed

    In the latest twist in the Swindon Town tickets tale, Wiltshire Police have confirmed that the cost of policing the original match versus Bristol Rovers was £14,000.

    We told you yesterday that the club planned to charge non-season ticket holders again to get into the rearranged match, blaming police costs for the move.

    Wiltshire Police said the costs were fixed following a pre-match assessment as is standard procedure.

    Quote Message: This is in line with national agreements. The primary focus is always in relation to the safety of those attending the match. STFC will pay a proportion of that cost (about a third), in this case just over £14,000. from Supt Gavin Williams
    Supt Gavin Williams
  16. Rescued fox 'behaved like a dog'

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    Video caption: Charity warns against keeping foxes as pets

    A charity on the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border says an increasing number of people are keeping foxes at home as pets.

    The Vale Wildlife Hospital, near Tewkesbury, is currently rehabilitating 21 foxes. 

    It says keeping them as pets is wrong as the animals belong in the wild. 

    One fox was so domesticated when it was brought to the hospital it behaved like a dog.

  17. Bristol City defender sent to help Accrington

    Zak Vyner

    Bristol City defender Zak Vyner has joined Accrington Stanley on loan until January.

    The 19-year-old made four Championship appearances last season after coming up through the ranks at Ashton Gate.

    His help is much needed probably, as Accrington have the second worst defensive record in League Two, conceding 10 goals in five games.

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