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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 5 September 2016

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  1. Bye from Local Live, with news of long sunny spells ahead!

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    Video caption: Sara Thornton with a look at the weather forecast

    That's it from Local Live for tonight.  We're back at 7am tomorrow with more news, travel, and sport.

    We'll leave you with Sara Thornton with a look ahead to the weather prospects for the week. Goodnight. 

  2. Pack signs new Bristol City contract

    Marlon Pack

    Bristol City midfielder Marlon Pack signs a new two-year contract, keeping him with the Championship club until 2018.

    Pack, 25, has made 152 appearances for the Robins since joining the club from Cheltenham Town in the summer of 2013.

  3. Band of Brothers re-enactment to mark 101st village carnival

    More than 100 re-enactors, representing World War Two GI soldiers, have been taking part in Aldbourne's 101st annual Carnival.

    The 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment spent a lot of time in the Wiltshire village during the war.

    They were known as the "Screaming Eagles” and were immortalised in the Band of Brothers TV series.

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    Video caption: Re-enactors formed the Band of Brothers troop at Aldbourne's 101st Carnival
  4. Boss unhappy with lack of Cheltenham goals

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson says his team need to do more to change their fortunes in front of goal.

    The League Two side have scored just seven times in nine games so far, having been the highest scorers in the National League last season.

    Gary Johnson
  5. Computer problems mean free bus rides for some

    Most bus journeys in Bristol today have been free, because of what's being called a "computer glitch" at First Bus.

    The ticket machines, the bus tracking system and electronic signs all failed. 

    A company spokesman has apologised and says they're collecting fares where they can.  

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  6. Jilly Cooper signs up for Stroud's first ever book festival

    Jilly Cooper

    The announcement comes as Jilly, who lives in Gloucestershire, gets ready to launch her new book later this week. 

    Mount! is set in the world of flat racing and features her favourite character, Rupert Campbell-Black.

    The Festival takes place in November, with Jilly due to appear as part of a day of romantic fiction.

  7. Bath-based creator of Cold Feet reveals biggest challenge over new series

    The comedy drama ended 13 years ago and left us wondering if it would ever come back.

    Well now our prayers have been answered, with most of the original cast returning in a new series.

    BBC Radio Bristol caught up with Mike Bullen ahead of tonight's first episode on ITV at 9pm.

    Quote Message: The biggest question was 'why should we expect the audience to return to these characters?' I decided early on it couldn't just be they're still living in Manchester and we happen to drop in. There needed to be an event to bring them back. from Cold Feet creator, Mike Bullen
    Cold Feet creator, Mike Bullen
  8. Danny, Minty's wonder horse

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    Video caption: Danny the Wonder Horse

    Twelve-year-old Minty from Mere in Wiltshire has to cope with many illnesses, including cystic fibrosis, making most days a struggle. 

    But her pony, Danny, has transformed her life. The pair have only been together for just over a year but they're already winning competitions all over the West.

  9. Becky Godden murder accused goes on trial

    A man from Swindon has gone on trial accused of the murder of a woman missing for almost a decade. 

    Twenty-year-old Becky Godden was last seen in December 2002. Her remains were found in a field in Gloucestershire in 2011.

    Becky Godden

    Christopher Halliwell, 52, will defend himself at his trial in Bristol, which is expected to last for up to four weeks.

  10. Bristol City boss Lee Johnson live on Radio Bristol

    Geoff Twentyman has the City boss in the hot seat on his Sound of the City programme tonight.

    You can hear it here and watch it live on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page.

    If you want to ask a question get in touch with the team on 0345 900 5 949, text 81333, or email @geoff20man.

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  11. Man dies in A303 crash near Mere

    A man has died after stopping his car on the A303 in Wiltshire, after another motorist had left the road and ended up in a ditch.

    The man who died was hit from behind by a lorry towing a trailer loaded with bricks.

    The driver in the ditch suffered minor injuries. The eastbound carriageway was closed for eight hours.

  12. Brexit, 10 weeks on: Has anything changed?

    Seb Choudhury

    Presenter, Inside Out (West)

    On the surface, nothing seems to have changed in Weston-super-Mare. 

    The town is buzzing with visitors and the hotels are busy. But under the surface, Brexit has left a psychological scar. 

    In some it has created fear, in others an intolerance and it may even have made Britain seem like an unfriendly and unwelcoming place. 

    But I also found a sense of unity and pragmatism, that we are all in this together and whatever happens - we have to make it work.

    Inside Out West can be seen on BBC One (West) at 7.30pm this evening, or afterwards via the BBC iPlayer.

  13. Gloucester Cathedral 'oldest in England' to get solar power

    Gloucester Cathedral

    Gloucester Cathedral is being dragged into the 21st Century with the installation of 200 solar panels on its nave.

    Those behind the work promise they will be kept as discreet as possible with no silvering around the edges.

    "They will all be black, with no shiny or reflective surfaces," said project manager, Anne Cranston.

    Gloucester Cathedral
  14. Two more arrested in crackdown on drugs dealers

    Two more people have been arrested by Gloucestershire Police as part of Operation Emperor which is targeting drug dealing.

    A 43-year-old man and a 24-year-old man, both from Cheltenham, are in police custody.

    It brings the total number of arrests so far to 15.

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  15. Watch: Performance art just for your pets

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    Video caption: Krõõt Juurak & Alex Bailey have created performance art just for our four-legged friends

    Krõõt Juurak & Alex Bailey put on performances especially for our four-legged friends

    They're taking part in the Bristol Biennial Festival which takes place in Bristol over the next few days.

  16. Two teenagers held on attempted murder after burglary

    Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with attempted murder following a burglary in St George, Bristol. 

    The break-in happened at Bryant's Hill last month, leaving a man in a serious condition. 

    A 23-year-old man from Eastville, Daniel Marshall, has also been charged with attempted murder, all three appeared in court today.

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  17. No clues on PM's Hinkley Point decision from G20

    The prime minister Theresa May met the Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit today but her thoughts on a new nuclear power station being built at Hinkley Point were apparently not on the agenda.

    The EDF project, which is being partly-funded by China, has been on hold since July but the BBC's political editor, Laura Kuenssberg reports the Chinese have given the UK government even more time.

    Meanwhile unions are challenging the French board of EDF's approval of the financial case for the project, as they claim they were misled.

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  18. Somerset skipper Chris Rogers to consider retiring

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Somerset captain and former Australia Test opener Chris Rogers admits he may consider retiring as a player at the end of the season.

    The 39-year-old joined Somerset in October and replaced Marcus Trescothick as County Championship skipper.

    Chris Rogers of Somerset

    "I haven't been particularly happy with my own contributions," Rogers told BBC Radio Bristol. 

    Asked how likely he is to return to Somerset next year, he replied: "Probably doubtful, to be honest."