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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 26 September 2016.

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  1. 'Some more warmth returning' - latest on weather with Ian

    That's it from BBC Local Live for today - we'll be back again tomorrow morning from 7am.

    Expect cloud, maybe some drizzle, and possibly a brighter afternoon - that's what Ian Fergusson predicts anyway...

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    Video caption: 'Some more warmth returning,' says weather forecaster Ian Fergusson
  2. Jeremy Corbyn hopes the West's Labour MPs will 'think again'

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    Video caption: Jeremy Corbyn hopes Bristol Labour MPs will "think again" and support him.

    All three of the West's Labour MPs have said they will not serve in a cabinet role alongside Jeremy Corbyn should they be invited. 

    In an interview with BBC Points West's David Garmston, the Labour leader said he hoped the MPs would "think again" as they had "wiped the slate clean".

    They're all in Liverpool at the party conference where there have been calls for unity after the bitter leadership campaign.   

  3. Girls as young as 12 'raped and abused', court is told

    Girls as young as 12 were repeatedly raped, sexually abused and trafficked for sex in Bristol, a court has heard.

    Seven men have gone on trial, accused of a total of 46 offences, including rape, sexual assault, rape of child under 13 and false imprisonment.

    All the accused deny the charges.

    Click here to read more.

    Bristol Crown Court
  4. Top wartime code-breaker from Bristol is honoured

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    Video caption: Director of GCHQ made a rare public appearance to honour Gordon Welchman.

    A blue plaque has been unveiled in Bristol remembering Gordon Welchman who worked at Bletchley Park alongside other top mathematicians like Alan Turing.

    Cheltenham's GCHQ helped establish the plaque in his birthplace of Fishponds.

    The government listening centre is also setting up a codebreaking workshop for children in the church hall.

  5. 'No question that Halliwell has committed other murders'

    One of the main stories of the day has been around an interview with former Wiltshire Police detective Steve Fulcher reflecting on the arrest of double murderer Christopher Halliwell, from Swindon.

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    Video caption: "No question" Christopher Halliwell has committed other murders, says former detective

    Halliwell was jailed on Friday for the 2003 murder of Becky Godden, having already been convicted of killing Sian O'Callaghan in 2011.

    Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, ex-detective Steve Fulcher said Halliwell told him "police want to interview me about eight murders".

    Mr Fulcher said he "concluded" it meant Halliwell was linked to other cases.

  6. New funding for Brewhouse theatre

    Brewhouse theatre

    Taunton's Brewhouse Theatre has received its first new funding from the Arts Council since it was re-opened two years ago. 

    The theatre went into administration in 2013 and was taken over by new management the following year.

    Now it's been given a grant of £15,000 to put on the in-house production of 'Around the World in 80 Days' in December.

  7. China's Geely auto group backs Bloodhound

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    Video caption: The supersonic car gets its largest sponsorship deal to date.

    China’s Geely auto group has become the main sponsor behind the British Bloodhound supersonic car project which is being built in Avonmouth, near Bristol.

    The Asian company’s support means the jet-cum-rocket racer now has the financial means to go and break the land speed record next year.

    Geely is the largest privately owned car manufacturer in China.

    It is perhaps better known in the West as the owner of Volvo and the London Taxi Company, which makes “black cabs”.

  8. Football: Tammy Abraham 'plays like Wright'

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    Video caption: Abraham 'like a sponge', says Pemberton

    Bristol City's first-team coach John Pemberton tells BBC Points West that on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham reminds him of Ian Wright.

    Click here to read more.

  9. Export award for Cotswold engineering firm

    Batten and Allen factory

    A company in Cirencester has received an award for exporting, despite a drop in the value of the pound after Britain voted to leave the EU.  

    Batten and Allen is a designer and manufacturer of stampings and metal pressings - and it's been named Exporter of the Year in the Cotswold Life awards.  

    Quote Message: Our parts are found in everything from metalwork to jewellery. There's a 50% chance the components we make can be found in your mobile phone, car or computer. from Company director Sean Batten
    Company director Sean Batten
  10. Making the headlines in your local newspapers

    In the papers

    Bristol Post:Waste crews to be given state-of-the-art tablets to snoop into your recycling

    Bath Chronicle: Bank robber makes off with money from Keynsham Halifax after threatening staff

    Gloucestershire Live:Not acceptable: Fury from borough council after Cheltenham Half Marathon leaves roads in chaos

    Salisbury Journal:Van blocks ambulance on way to hospital

  11. Bristol Half Marathon - the highlights

    Some 10,000 runners took to the streets of Bristol for the Bristol Half Marathon yesterday.

    Here's how it looked...

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    Video caption: 10,000 runners took to the streets of Bristol for the Bristol Half Marathon.
  12. Pero's Bridge undamaged after ship's rigging catches on structure

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    Martin Lewington tweeted this picture of Under the Stars' boat hitting Pero's Bridge in Bristol earlier this afternoon.

    He said it made "quite a big bang" as the mast struck the top of the bridge.

    A Bristol City Council spokeswoman said the vessel was being towed from its berth in St Augustine’s Reach when its rigging caught the end of the elevated Pero’s Bridge.

    "The force of this pulled a wire out of a piece of the rigging known as the spreader. Neither the boat nor the bridge were damaged," she added.

    Mast hitting bridge
  13. New job for former Bath Rugby boss

    Mike Ford

    Mike Ford has been appointed backs coach at French side Toulon, having left Bath at the end of last season.

    His departure followed a disappointing ninth place finish in the Aviva Premiership. 

    The 50-year-old, who's also served on the coaching staff for England, will work alongside head coach Diego Dominguez at the three-time European champions.

  14. Gloucestershire winner for 'One Man and His Dog'

    Dick Roper with assistant Tom Blease

    A farmer from the Cotswolds has won the 40th One Man and His Dog competition on BBC One's Countryfile programme. 

    The contest, which was broadcast last night, sees shepherds and herding dogs from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland competing.

    Dick Roper from Northleach, pictured above (left) with assistant Tom Blease, has been working with sheepdog, Will, for the last five years.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

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    M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J16 for A38.

    M5 Bristol - M5 entry slip road partially blocked and slow traffic southbound at J16, A38 (Aztec West), because of a broken down lorry.

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  16. Links to murderer dismissed by family

    Linda Razzell

    A Welsh woman's family dismisses claims linking her murder to double killer Christopher Halliwell.

    Glyn Razzell is serving a life sentence for murdering Linda Razzell, originally from Llanybydder in Carmarthenshire.

    But former detective Steve Fulcher said Halliwell could be linked to six other murders - including Mrs Razzell's.

    Her family said they have "no doubt" that estranged husband Razzell is guilty.