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Summary

  1. Lauren Jeska admits attempted murder charge against ex Bristol Rugby player Ralph Knibbs
  2. Yeovil father 'overwhelmed' over response to social media video of his son being bullied
  3. The number of students going to the US to study and play football is on the up
  4. Bath's Mary Berry to leave The Great British Bake Off TV programme
  5. News, sport, weather and travel across the West of England on Thursday, 22 September 2016

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Goodnight from us - more tomorrow from 7am

Thanks for being with us today. We'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning with all the latest news that you need from the West Country. 

It'll continue to stay dry, though autumn is definitely on the way - temperatures are starting out at 12C tomorrow. 

Watch: what does tomorrow's weather have in store?

Before we go, Scott Mighall snapped this beautiful shot of sunset over Wiltshire this evening:

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Police appeal for information after ATM attack

Thieves have used a digger to steal an ATM machine in Tewkesbury overnight, demolishing the wall of the Co-op store in Northway in the process. 

The robbers put the ATM in a 4x4 before making their escape.

Gloucestershire Police believe the machine had tens of thousands of pounds in it, and now they are appealing for witnesses with information to come forward.

Watch: Detective Inspector Hannah Mackie describes the ATM attack in Gloucestershire

Retiring Somerset captain happy with team's performance

It was a big day for Somerset County Cricket Club today. They beat Nottinghamshire today, and if Middlesex and Yorkshire draw, they could get their first ever County Championship.

Club captain Chris Rogers announced today he will not be returning to Somerset next season, he says he has been really happy with how the club has played over the last few days.

Watch: Retiring captain Chris Rogers discusses Somerset's performance.

Fans of the club were equally impressed with the team, applauding them as they left the pitch this afternoon.

Watch: fans are happy with Somerset's performance.

Newsagents in Bristol ram-raided

A branch of McColls in Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol has been attacked.

Avon and Somerset Police were called to reports of a car being driven into the front of the shop at 1:30am. They say alcohol was taken during the robbery, and four men were involved. 

The front of the shop has since been boarded up while repairs take place. 

Police investigate after a shop was ram-raided in Westbury-on-Trym overnight

Large pay-offs stopped at Bristol City Council

Nicola Yates
Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council has approved new measures to offer the chief executive role on a contract basis to avoid large severance pay packages.

The move comes after the previous chief executive, Nicola Yates, was understood to have received a £200,000 pay-off when she left her job in July.

Under the new terms, the contract will run on a fixed-term basis and a panel will review performance annually.

Gloucestershire man to swim across Atlantic

Gloucestershire's Ben Hooper is jetting off to Senegal this weekend, as he starts a world record attempt to swim from Africa and South America.

It has taken three and a half years of training and fundraising to get to this point - we wish him well on his Atlantic swim.

Ben Hooper attempts to set a world record swimming between two continents.

Somerset win, now it's time to sit back and nervously watch

Tom Garry

BBC Sport, West of England

Somerset's victory was emphatic and they can now sit back and watch events at Lord's unfold on Friday.

Their bid for a dream-come-true first league title is now out of their hands - they need Middlesex and Yorkshire to draw or the wait will go on.

But a draw at Lord's is certainly not out of the question, with time running out for the defending champions Yorkshire to win, and Middlesex needing to bat for much of Friday to have a chance.

On the contrary, this is arguably the most excited that Somerset fans will have been for many a season.

Captain Chris Rogers' performance was assured and world class, followed by the announcement of his retirement, aged 39.

How fitting it would be if his last act as a professional cricketer were to be lifting the elusive Championship trophy.

Chris Rogers
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West country golfer hits trick shot hole-in-one

Paul Barrington is no stranger to unusual feats of golf - it's what he does for a living. This trick shot was a little different however. 

He hit a hole-in-one on a 334 yard par 4 course, after bouncing the ball on a paving slab first, and giving it a good mid-air wallop!

Watch: the moment Paul Barrington hit a hole in one from this trick shot.

Somerset man defying medical odds

Ashton Gundry was left with life-changing injuries after being seriously injured in a road accident.

A collision with a car left him in a coma, and his family were told that if he did wake up, he would be in a permanent vegetative state.

After six weeks asleep, he suddenly started talking again - much to the surprise of doctors. Since then his recovery has been slow, Ashton is having to re-learn skills he had before the crash.

Watch: Ashton Gundry says how he is re-learning skills after his crash

Now, the remains of his motorbike are being pulled from Yeovil to Bristol to raise awareness of road safety.

Ashton's ruined bike
BBC

Have Bristol City got a cunning plan? Baldrick's thoughts on the Robins

Tony Robinson, aka Baldrick, has been spending his afternoon doing a Q&A session with his 14,000 Twitter followers, and he gave his opinions on Bristol City's promotion prospects

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He also revealed his favourite ever Bristol City match...

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The oldest telegraph pole on the canal

Watch: The pole is "very distinctive," says Dave Marshall

A 110-year-old telegraph pole has been saved as part of Stroud's canal heritage.

The 30-foot tall pole will remain as part of the landscape even though it's no longer needed, after BT engineers said they would continue to look after it.

It has very distinctive cross pieces and such poles were a noticeable feature in early photos of the Cotswold Canals.

It's the last of the poles which once connected Stroud and Stonehouse... it's very much part of the canal's history and heritage.

Dave MarshallStroud District Council's canal project manager

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Somerset captain to leave the team

Somerset win to maintain title bid

Somerset celebrate
Rex Features

Somerset beat Nottinghamshire and will win the County Championship if title rivals Middlesex and Somerset draw at Lord's.

They added 208 runs in 32 overs and, having reached his second century of the game at Taunton, captain Chris Rogers declared at lunch on 313-5.

Set 541 to win, relegated Notts were bowled out for 215 to lose by 325 runs.

You can read more on the match here.

A rare look inside the Severn Tunnel

With the Severn Tunnel is closed for the next month while electrification works take place, it gives us a rare chance to take a look inside a space that few people get to see.

The Severn Tunnel is a marvel of Victorian engineering. The project's chief engineer was Sir John Hawkshaw, and his great, great, great granddaughter Alice Bouverie went inside the tunnel to learn more about its history with Martin Beaumont.

Watch: Alice Bouverie interviews historian Martin Beaumont about the Severn Tunnel

Surviving Freshers' Week

Thousands of students have descended on the west for Freshers' Week events.

For many this will be the first time living away from home, so BBC Radio Bristol's Laura Rawlings and Simon Buschenfeld have put together a (not so serious) guide on how to survive those magic first days:

BBC Radio Bristol's guide to surviving Freshers' Week

Cash machines raided at two Co-op stores

Last night two cash machines at two different Co-op stores in the West were attacked.

Watch: Two ATMs have been attacked in Tewkesbury and Bath

In Tewkesbury, raiders used a telehandler machine to smash into the side of the building and then lift the ATM onto a 4x4 vehicle before driving it away.

The supermarket there is owned by The Midcounties Co-operative, which said in a statement: “We can confirm there was an incident at our Northway Lane store this morning. The police are currently investigating and we are assisting them with their enquiries.”

The other incident happened at a store in Widcombe Hill, Bath.

How much is a chief executive worth?

Bristol City Hall
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There's been a lot of talk in the media recently about the severance pay of Bristol City Council's former chief executive. 

Nicola Yates was reported to have received over £200,000 after being dismissed from her contract. Now, Bristol Council will consider introducing a fixed term contract for her replacement.

Gary Hopkins is the Lib Dem councillor for Knowle, he says the payoff was controversial in light of the recently announced 1,000 job cuts at the council.

Watch: Gary Hopkins discusses chief executive pay.

What's it like inside the Severn Tunnel?

Watch: Inside the Severn Tunnel

Here's a view of the Severn Tunnel that you don't normally get.

BBC cameras were invited inside the the four-mile-long tunnel while it's closed for six weeks for electrification work to be carried out.

The 130-year-old structure beneath the Severn Estuary links South Gloucestershire with Wales.

Trains are due to run again when it re-opens on 21 October.

Former Bristol Rugby player 'still recovering' from attempted murder

Lauren Jeska
BBC
Lauren Jeska pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court

More now on the news that a fell-running champion has admitted attempting to murder former Bristol rugby player Ralph Knibbs.

Lauren Jeska, 41, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court earlier.

Police said Mr Knibbs suffered life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in the head and neck, and is still recovering from the attack.

The former Bristol RFC centre and head of human resources and welfare at UK Athletics, was in court to hear Jeska enter her pleas via video link from HMP Foston Hall in Derbyshire.

Jeska, of Powys, will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 15 November.

What is the Autumn equinox?

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Summer is over, Autumn has arrived and the Met Office has written an article explaining the point at which the seasons change.

Click here to read it.

Kryten from Red Dwarf is back

Listen: "I really enjoyed myself," said Robert Llewellyn

Fans of the long running sci-fi comedy show Red Dwarf are getting excited ahead of a new series which begins tonight on the channel Dave.

Rimmer, Lister, Kryten and The Cat are back after a gap of four years.

Robert Llewellyn who plays Kryten, and who lives in the Cotswolds, told BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Breakfast show that returning to the character was not difficult, and he really enjoyed putting the rubber mask back on.

Once I've got that costume on I just become him, it's an extraordinary experience

Robert LlewellynKryten

Thieves use 'digger' to remove cash machine

Co-op store in Tewesbury
BBC

Thieves have used a telehandler - a machine with a telescopic arm - to smash into a Co-op store in Tewkesbury and steal the cash machine, causing substantial damage to the building.

Tens of thousands of pounds are thought to have been in the cash machine, according to Gloucestershire Police.

Co-op in Tewkesbury
BBC

A force spokeswoman said: "Police were called at 3.45am to a supermarket on Northway Lane in Tewkesbury, to reports of a digger ramming the cash point. 

"The ATM was removed by the digger and then placed in a 4x4 vehicle, which the offenders then made off in, potentially towards the Grange area."

Co-op in Tewkesbury
BBC

Twitter heats up over Mary Berry's Bake Off exit

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Quite a dramatic response to the news from Bath's Mary Berry that she's leaving The Great British Bake Off ahead of its move to Channel 4.

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Huntsman cleared of broken ribs assault allegation

The woman being knocked over
Dorset Hunt Sabs

A huntsman whose horse hit a protester during a hunt in Somerset, causing seven broken ribs and a punctured lung, is cleared of causing grievous bodily harm.

Click here to read more.

Cricket: Hopes remain high for Somerset

Somerset players celebrate
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It's day three of Somerset's final match of the season as they try to win the County Championship for the first time.

The side made 365 in their first innings before bowling out Nottinghamshire for 138. 

Somerset are 244-3 in their second innings needing a win and hoping that the result in the Middlesex v Yorkshire match goes their way.

Play is under way and you can find commentary via the BBC Sport website.

Jeska pleads guilty over Ralph Knibbs stabbing charge

Lauren Jeska
BBC
Lauren Jeska will be sentenced in November

The fell-running champion Lauren Jeska has admitted stabbing three top athletics staff.

One of them was former Bristol and England rugby player Ralph Knibbs.

Jeska, 41, admitted a charge of attempted murder against Mr Knibbs and also causing actual bodily harm to Kevan Taylor and Tim Begley who tried to intervene.

Mr Knibbs represented England and played 436 times for Bristol Rugby during a career which spanned the 1970s and 1980s.

Bake Off's Mary Berry 'so very sad'

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry
PA

Mary Berry, who was born and raised in Bath, has announced that she is quitting The Great British Bake Off TV programme ahead of its move to Channel 4.

Here's her statement in full:

What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of 7 years of magic in a tent - The Great British Bake Off. The Bake Off family - Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter. My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one. I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision. I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it. Farewell to soggy bottoms.

BreakingChampion runner admits attempting to murder former rugby player

Lauren Jeska, a champion fell runner, has pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to the attempted murder of former Bristol rugby player Ralph Knibbs.

Corbyn’s kids: Can you teach children your politics?

Left wing campaign group Momentum has set up an activity group for children, aimed at supporting parents and carers and engaging the children in politics.

Natasha Josette from Stroud, who's one of the founders of Momentum Kids, explained the project to BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, and psychologist Dr Sam Wass and children’s author Eleanor Levenson discussed whether young children are receptive to politics.

BreakingBath's Mary Berry is leaving The Great British Bake Off

TV cook Mary Berry, who was born and raised in Bath, has quit The Great British Bake Off, saying she will stay with the BBC out of "loyalty".

More to follow.

Mars man's park tribute vandalised

Watch: See some of the damage in Kingswood Park

A finger sign pointing to the planet Mars, erected in memory of scientist Colin Pillinger, is among a number of items that have been vandalised in a Bristol park.

The tribute to Colin, who famously attempted to land a spacecraft on the red planet in 2003, was damaged in Kingswood Park.

The British planetary scientist was born and educated nearby.

Colin Pillinger
Gett

Bristol councillors to discuss chief's pay

Nicola Yates
BBC
The former Chief Exec Nicola Yates left her post in July and had faced criticism for seeing her pay rise to £172,000 while presiding over cuts in council services

Bristol City Councillors will today (2pm) discuss making big changes to the pay and conditions of the council's top job. 

Among a raft of suggestions, they recommend the City Director is employed on a fixed term contract with no golden goodbye if sacked.

This is a response to claims the former Chief Exec Nicola Yates was given a £200,000 payoff when sacked by Mayor Marvin Rees.

From the newspapers this morning

Yeovil bullying video dad 'overwhelmed' by response

Tony McManus
BBC

Yesterday we told you about a dad who posted a video online of his son being attacked, to raise awareness of bullying, and later said he had been "overwhelmed" by the response.

The footage, showing Simon McManus' son Toby, 12, being kicked and punched by a group of boys, was initially uploaded to social media app Snapchat.

Mr McManus copied the footage and shared it on Facebook, where it was viewed more than two million times in two days.

The police say they're now investigating and you can read more about it by clicking here.

Remembering the summer

Watch: Summer enjoyed around Bristol

The Autumn Equinox is upon us - and that means the summer is officially over.

Today's the day that the length of night and day is the same all over the earth - so let's enjoy the memories we have of the summer in the West.

And if you want a better idea of what the Equinox is all about, click here to watch BBC weather presenter's Matt Taylor's brilliantly simple explanation.