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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 6 September 2016

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  1. What's in store for the weather over the next few days?

    It looks like the warm spell is set to continue for a little while longer, before temperatures fall again towards the end of the week.

    Ian Fergusson has the complete picture.

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian Ferguson has tonight's weather forecast for the next few days

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

  2. Police investigating 'racially motivated' assault

    A ten-year-old boy was attacked in Fishponds, Bristol, on his way home from school by two other boys who are said to have shouted racial abuse.

    Avon and Somerset Police say they're treating the incident as hate crime and say they're taking the incident extremely seriously.

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    Video caption: A boy's been attacked by other children in what appears to be a racially motivated attack.
  3. Go-ahead for controversial superstore in Gloucester

    A controversial £14m regeneration of an out-of-town retail park in Gloucester has been approved by councillors.

    The project at the Peel Centre includes a Next superstore, but traders in the city centre had protested that more large chains might follow, pulling shoppers away from the city's traditional streets.

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  4. Massive Attack documentary: Roots in city's 'multi-racial movement'

    There's a special documentary for Massive Attack fans tonight, it charts the rise of the "Bristol Sound" and how the musicians met and collaborated.

    Journalist Andy Batten-Foster says Massive Attack emerged out of a "multi-racial movement" in Bristol in their early days.

    He likens them to The Clash, who also blended "white rock and reggae" in their musical style.

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    Video caption: Journalist Andy Batten-Foster on the early days of Massive Attack.

    Unfinished: The making of Massive Attack can be seen on BBC One (West) at 10.45pm, or afterwards via the BBC iPlayer.

  5. Becky Godden murder trial: Today in court

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    A taxi driver from Swindon has gone on trial accused of the murder of a woman who was missing for almost a decade.

    Christopher Halliwell, 52, denies murdering Becky Godden, who disappeared in 2003.

    The jury heard that Mr Halliwell led police to the field where Becky's body was buried and that he is serving a life sentence for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan in 2011.

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    Video caption: Watch: Andrew Plant reports from outside Bristol Crown Court

    The judge told the jury that they'd been informed of Halliwell's previous conviction for murder because the prosecution believed there were similarities between Sian and Becky's deaths.

    But he warned they must not assume he was guilty of killing Becky just because he had previously killed Sian O'Callaghan.

    The trial continues.

  6. BreakingGloucester City to finally return home as stadium plans approved

    It's nine years since Gloucester City's Meadow Park ground was destroyed by summer floods.

    Since then they've had to ground-share with other Gloucestershire teams but now a new 4,000 seater stadium has been given the go-ahead, meaning The Tigers can finally go home.

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  7. Bess stars as wickets tumble at Taunton

    Somerset spinner Dom Bess took 6-28 and claimed a brilliant one-handed diving catch on his County Championship debut against Warwickshire

    Somerset spinner Dom Bess takes 6-28 on his Championship debut as 21 wickets fall in the day against Warwickshire.

    Keith Barker (4-33), Rikki Clarke (3-32) and Chris Wright (2-28) exploited the swinging conditions to bowl out Somerset before lunch for 95, spinner Jeetan Patel taking the last wicket.  

    Meanwhile Gloucestershire finished day one of their County Championship game on 62-3 in reply to Glamorgan's 220 all out in Cardiff.

  8. Singing lessons on the radio ahead of panto premiere

    The team at BBC Somerset have been preparing for their first ever pantomime in aid of BBC Children In Need.

    Carterella tells the story of a radio presenter (BBC Somerset's Claire Carter) down on her luck and searching for her Mr Right.

    It also features Points West's Alex Lovell as the Fairy Godmother.

    Before they set foot on stage they'll have to learn to sing, which is where Kat Stevens comes in.

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    Video caption: The BBC Somerset team are preparing for the panto which will take place on 15 October

    Carterella will take place at the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater on Saturday October 15th. Tickets go on sale from the McMillan Theatre website tomorrow morning. 

    All proceeds, after costs, will benefit BBC Children In Need.

  9. Appeal launched for new cancer-fighting robots

    Southmead Hospital's medical robot is starting to show its age but before it heads to the robot retirement home the hospital needs to find a replacement.

    The hospital is one of only five places in the UK that use robots to treat men with prostate cancer, a technique that is much less invasive than traditional surgery.

    Now they are looking to raise £2m to buy two robots, hopefully meaning they can treat more men.

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    Video caption: Campaign launched to raise funds for state-of-the-art robots to treat prostate cancer.
  10. Making the headlines on your local BBC radio station

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    • BBC Somerset: An investigation into the care of a man with severe psychiatric problems who murdered a young mother from Yeovil  says agencies focused on his alcohol dependency rather than the issues underlying it
    • BBC Radio Gloucestershire: 85 year-old Denis Grogan celebrates his birthday by doing a wing walk in Cirencester
    • BBC WiltshireTwo Wiltshire MOD sites are set to close. Colerne Airfield and Azimghur Barracks  are two of 13 sites around the country that the Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has announced will close
  11. Future of Swindon's libraries discussed

    There's a public meeting in Swindon tonight as part of council plans to stop funding 11 of the borough's 15 libraries. 

    Council officers will explain the plans and are inviting residents' opinions.

    The libraries which are earmarked for closure could be passed to parish councils or volunteers.

    Swindon Central Library
  12. Octogenarian catches the tattoo bug

    Ted Pitman, 83, has just had his fourth tattoo done.

    He says he caught the bug later in his life after being inspired by a poem on misbehaving in senior years.

    So far he's had two toadstools and one boat inked onto his skin and BBC Somerset went to see his latest being done - a beehive.

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    Video caption: Ted Pitman lives near Langport and started getting tattoos later in life
  13. Explosives found in searches following Somerset terror arrest

    Police searches in Larne

    A "significant amount of terrorist material" has been found during searches in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, police say.

    The searches follow the arrest of Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell in Somerset last month, in connection with dissident republicanism.

    Mr Maxwell is accused of terror, fraud and drug offences.

    The 30-year-old, originally from Larne, has denied the fraud and drug offences and will appear again in court on 19 September in relation to all charges.

  14. Becky Godden murder trial: 'I'm sick' accused told police

    Christopher Halliwell told police he was "sick" as he confessed to killing Becky Godden, whose remains were found near Eastleach, Gloucestershire in 2011.

    Jurors were told he led police to her body and asked officers if it was "too late to get help".

    The court also heard Mr Halliwell allegedly informed Det Supt Steve Fulcher, who was leading the investigation, he would show him the "exact spot" where Miss Godden's body was buried.

    He asked what was wrong with him and said to Mr Fulcher: "Normal people don't go round killing each other."

    Mr Halliwell denies murdering Becky and the trial continues.

    Becky Godden
  15. Ben Prater and his inflatable counterpart

    BBC Wiltshire's Ben Prater admits he's often known for spouting a lot of hot air, so on this morning's breakfast show they decided to make a life size model of him...out of balloons.

    Dave Hickory has been working with balloons since 1997 but did he manage to successfully make a model of Ben?

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    Video caption: Wiltshire magician creates balloon breakfast presenter
  16. Boy, 10, hospitalised after 'racially motivated' attack

    Police in Bristol are treating an attack on a 10 year-old boy as racially motivated.

    He was treated at Bristol Children's Hospital for injuries to his head and body after the assault at a building site near Station Avenue South in Fishponds last night.

    Two boys, aged 11 and 12, are due to be formally interviewed.

    The video below shows the boy's injuries.

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    Video caption: Police in Bristol are treating an attack on a 10 year-old boy as racially motivated.
  17. Bristol shooter determined to win medal at Paralympics

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    Video caption: Karen Butler from Bristol will be competing in the games for the fifth time.

    The Paralympic Games begin in Rio tomorrow and Karen Butler from Bristol will be representing Team GB for the fifth time.

    Karen, who has spina bifida, will be competing in the shooting.

    She came sixth at the 2012 games in London but this time round is determined to return home with a medal.

  18. Cows return to common after 60 years

    Dexters on Walton Common

    A Somerset common is being grazed for the first time in decades by cows fitted with electric shock collars.

    Walton Common, near Clevedon, has not been grazed for at least 60 years because of a lack of fencing.

    Now, in a bid to improve the grassland, an electric cable has been installed underground so cows fitted with shock collars can be introduced to the common.

  19. Becky Godden murder trial: Accused 'led police to body'

    Christopher Halliwell

    Taxi driver Christopher Halliwell has gone on trial accused of murdering Becky Godden who was last seen in 2003.

    Here's what the jury has heard so far today:

    • Mr Halliwell confessed to Becky's killing and led police to her body
    • He denies her murder
    • Becky's body was found in 2011 in a field near Eastleach, Gloucestershire
    • Mr Halliwell, 52, is serving a life sentence for murdering Sian O'Callaghan in 2011

    For a full report click here. The case continues.

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