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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 28 September 2016

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  1. Goodnight from us - back tomorrow at 7am

    That's it from BBC Local Live for the West of England - we'll be back online with more live updates from 7am tomorrow.

    In the meantime here is one of our favourite tweets of the day - bird song at Stonehenge.

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  2. Thursday morning is looking wet, wet, wet

    Image caption: Wet in the morning but drier in the afternoon

    It's a day of two halves tomorrow, weather-wise. 

    Prepare for a wet rush hour on Thursday morning as rain is heading our way but it looks like it will dry up during the afternoon.

  3. Thousands spent on new Somerset cycle track

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    Video caption: Around half the money is coming from the Hinkley Point C project

    New and improved walking and cycling facilities in southern Bridgwater and North Petherton are being funded by a community fund set up by the Hinkley Point C project.

    Councillors hope the project will offer cyclists a "real alternative to the A38".

  4. Headlines from newspapers across the West

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    Bristol Post:Woman sexually assaulted as she walked home

    Swindon Advertiser: Family's shock as dog urine pours through ceiling

    Somerset Live:Yeovil teaching assistant who allegedly slept with schoolgirl was reported for 'improper conduct'

    Bristol24/7:Shortlist of Playable City hopefuls revealed

    Bath Chronicle: Motorbiker died in head-on collision after veering onto other side of road at A46 Hartley Bends

    Gloucestershire Live:Horrific moment a man is knifed in a Gloucester bar

  5. Marathon man runs on and on ...but the end is in sight

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    Video caption: Ben Smith has run a marathon a day for 401 days

    Ben Smith, from Bristol, is running a marathon a day for 401 days and he's nearing the end of his challenge.

    He's worn out 22 pairs of trainers and lost 19kg during his ultra marathons challenge.

    After being bullied at school he is aiming to raise £250,000 for anti-bullying charities.

    His final three marathons take place around Bristol on the 3rd, 4th and 5th October.

  6. Talks to save Somerset cider mill

    Shepton mallet Cider MIll
    Image caption: The Somerset site was supposed to close by the end of summer

    A union claims it has been told that buyers may still be found for the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill.

    The Unite union says it's been told by C&C that the company is in advanced talks with a potential buyer and more should be known in two weeks.

    The company announced in February that the plant would close by the end of the summer with the loss of 120 jobs, but it's still running having made 40 people redundant so far.

  7. Snap-happy pupils photograph Gloucestershire wildlife

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    Video caption: Over 1,000 Gloucestershire pupils have taken part in wildlife photography exhibition

    More than 1,000 pupils from schools across Gloucestershire have taken part in a wildlife photography exhibition.

    Pupils captured spectacular snowdrops displays, rare butterflies and even elusive adders.

    The exhibition at the Museum in the Park in Stroud runs until 2nd October.

  8. 'Final' ship leaves historic shipyard

    Forth Hope
    Image caption: The Forth Hope was built at the historic Albino Dockyard

    Could this be the final boat to be built at a shipyard on Bristol's Floating Harbour?

    The Albion Dockyard has been in operation since 1820, but leaseholder David Abels is retiring and there's a question mark over the yard's future.

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    Video caption: David Abels says the dry dock is important to Bristol as its future is uncertain.

    Bristol City Council said it plans to "keep all, or at least some of the yard for operational use". 

    However, there are some concerns the dock may be redeveloped and turned into apartments.

  9. Inspiring the engineers of the future

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    Video caption: Students inspired by the West's best engineers

    More than 40 companies from around the West have gathered in Wiltshire to try and inspire a generation of school students to consider a career in engineering.

    Employees from companies including Dyson, Airbus, Siemens and Hitachi have been at the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering.

    Some 1,400 pupils toured the interactive stands and took part in experiments and games at the Olympiad Leisure Centre in Chippenham.

  10. Police hunt man after sex attack in Weston-super-Mare

    An investigation has been launched after a woman was seriously sexually assaulted in Weston-super-Mare.

    The woman, aged in her forties, was attacked by a man in Albert Avenue during the early hours of the morning last Friday.

    Acting Det Sgt Nick Riley said the attack was "very concerning". 

    “In particular, we want to speak to a man who came to the victim’s aid after she was attacked," he said.

  11. Headlines from BBC local radio across the West

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    BBC Gloucestershire: County councillors have agreed to a £5m expansion of Cleeve School.

    BBC Wiltshire: Police say an important official diary detailing the early investigation into Swindon murderer Christopher Halliwell has gone missing. 

    BBC Somerset: The BBC understands that production could continue at Shepton Mallet Cider Mill. The Unite union claims staff have been told the owner is in talks with a potential buyer for the site.

    BBC Radio Bristol: Plans have been submitted to build 160 homes on the site of a former school in Southmead.

  12. Bristol planners throw out diesel power plant proposals

    St Philip's Marsh Nursery school
    Image caption: The plans for a power generator near St Philip's Marsh Nursery School have been rejected

    Plans for a controversial diesel power generator near a nursery school in Bristol have been thrown out.

    City planners rejected the proposals for the St Phillip's area after nearly 300 objections.

    Green councillor Clive Stevens said the decision was a victory for the community who had "come together to fight this dirty power station, which could have poisoned our air so close to a nursery school." 

    An earlier application for a power station in St Werburgh's was rejected last year.

  13. Bank-less town could get a new Nationwide

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    Video caption: A mock funeral was held in the town when its last bank shut in April

    Nationwide Building Society is considering opening a branch in Glastonbury after the town's last bank shut earlier this year.

    Local people held a mock funeral in April when Lloyds Bank shut its doors for the last time.

    The news has been welcomed by James Heappey, MP for Wells, who says the town has to "take the opportunity" to get a bank branch back.

  14. Man jailed after vigilante child sex sting

    Nathan Watson
    Image caption: Nathan Watson was confronted by the vigilante group after arranging to meet a child

    A Bristol man has been jailed for 14 months for admitting sending a series of sexual messages to a child.

    Nathan Watson, 43, Kingsland Road, was confronted by a vigilante group after he arranged to meet an '11-year-old girl'.

    It later emerged the girl he thought he was talking to was in fact a member of the group who confronted him and filmed the encounter.

    DC Tony Davey said Watson was a "serious risk to children" but warned people not to take "matters into their own hands".

  15. Wiltshire artist to create SAS stained glass memorial

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    Video caption: New Stained-Glass SAS Memorial

    Wiltshire artist John Maine has been commissioned to create a new stained glass window at Hereford Cathedral celebrating 70 years of the SAS being based there.The window will be made of 3,000 pieces of glass in 40 different colours and the SAS motto "Who Dares Wins" will be engraved in black marble beneath it.The window should be ready in Spring 2017.

  16. New Royal Navy ship to be affiliated with Bristol

    It'll be longer than the Clifton Suspension Bridge and one of the largest Royal Navy ships ever built.

    HMS Prince of Wales will be affiliated with the city of Bristol when she enters service.

    The vessel is part of a new generation of Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers which are being built for the Royal Navy. 

    This affiliation means that the ship will spend time in Bristol, allowing visitors on board, while also boosting the city's image overseas.

    HMS Prince of Wales
  17. Bereaved mum's 'Walk of Love' reaches 4,000 mile landmark

    Bereaved mother Natalia Spencer from Cheltenham has reached John O'Groats as she walks 6,000 miles around the coast of Great Britain in memory of her daughter.

    Elizabeth died in December, aged five, after contracting a rare autoimmune condition.

    Mrs Spencer set off from Dorset in February and has completed 4,000 miles, raising £62,000 of her £100,000 target for Bristol Children's Hospital's Grand Appeal.

    Natalia Spencer
  18. Envelope update

    Severe roadworks: both ways

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    both ways severe roadworks, in Taunton.

    Carnival in Taunton. On 15th October

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  19. Reduction in IVF cycles in Wiltshire concerns former patient

    Wiltshire couples struggling to conceive face a reduction in the number of IVF cycles they can receive on the NHS from next month.

    At the moment they can get three attempts but Wiltshire's GP commissioning groups says they're "reluctantly" having to cut that to one as that's all they can afford under current NHS funding.

    The decision will disappoint many would-be parents according to Becky Bourton from Swindon who went through four cycles and says the first attempt is often a failure.

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    Video caption: IVF couples in Wiltshire face reduced rounds of treatment