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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday, 30 September 2016

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Goodnight - that's it from Local Live for this week

We will be back on Monday morning at 7am - until then we'll leave you with this stunning photo of Coaley in Gloucestershire...

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Weekend weather: cool with some very heavy showers

Here's your forecast with Ian Ferguson...

Watch: Weather forecast for the weekend

Finally revealed in full: BBC row over Sooty having a female friend

A new documentary reveals the full extent of the BBC row more than 50 years ago of popular TV puppet, Sooty, having a girlfriend - Sue. 

In it, the Gloucestershire man who produced 'The Sooty Show' tells how the then Director General, Hugh Carleton Greene, had to step in and ruled "there must be no touching"...

Watch: Matthew Corbett and Sooty producer Trevor Hill discuss the furore

Final score: Heavy defeat for Bristol Rugby

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Not the start to the weekend Bristol Rugby fans were hoping for - their team remain rooted to the bottom of the Premiership after a heavy defeat at home to Saracens.

Travel: Crash on the A419 near Swindon

Horsing around on the ward

Watch: Lofty on his rounds

He's not what you'd expect to see doing the rounds at Yeovil District Hospital but Lofty, an American Miniature pony, cheered up staff and patients when he visited earlier today.

Retired artists' Forest of Dean home needs our votes

Outhouse is one of six UK buildings to be shortlisted for the 2016 Riba Stirling Prize for architecture.

While a select line-up of judges will decide the winner, the BBC - in partnership with Riba - is inviting you to vote for your favourite.

Click here for more information.

Headlines from your BBC local radio stations

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BBC Radio Bristol: An 81-year-old man has been jailed for 16 years after being convicted of multiple sex offences against children in Bristol in the 1970s.

BBC Somerset: A father and son from Frome have been telling BBC Somerset how a fire, believed to have been started deliberately, has forced them out of their home.

BBC Gloucestershire: A Cheltenham drug dealer has been jailed for nearly four years after being caught selling drugs outside a school.

BBC Wiltshire: Two brothers have admitted breaching environmental laws, after a blaze at one of their waste sites in Swindon lasted two months.

Cider celebrations as Jenson prepares for 300th race

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McLaren
It's a party we all want to be invited to as Jenson Button prepares for his 300th race

Frome's Jenson Button is preparing to race in his 300th Grand Prix this weekend at Sepang, Malaysia.

He will be only the third driver in F1 history to take part in 300 races, with Rubens Barrichello driving in 322 races and Michael Schumacher in 306 races.

Pub celebrations
McLaren
Does this look like your local?

McLaren have marked the occasion by transforming their hospitality centre in Sepang into a makeshift English country pub called the ‘Dog and Button’ and serving ‘Somerset Scrumper’.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton
McLaren
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton catch up over a pint

Somerset man jailed over murder plot

Simon Webber
Suffolk Police
Simon Webber was one of five men convicted

Five men, including one from Somerset, have been jailed over a plot to kill a man with a sawn-off shotgun. 

Simon Webber, 32, from Bridgwater, was jailed for 23 years for his part in the conspiracy to murder.

The victim survived a gunshot wound to the chest but needed surgery following the attack in Suffolk in August 2015.  

Click here to read the full story.

'Help me walk again'

Watch: Nakita Wright has a rare surfing-related condition which has left her paralysed

Eight-year-old Nakita Wright, from Trowbridge, is one of only 64 people in the world to be diagnosed with Surfers Myelopathy.

She picked up the condition after falling awkwardly while learning to surf in Portugal. 

Now her family is hoping to raise £15,000 for specialist treatment to help her walk again.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J26 for A38 and J27 for A361.

M5 Somerset - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J27, A361 (Tiverton), because of a vehicle fire.

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'It's going to be a cracking game of rugby'

The words of Andy Robinson, director of rugby at Bristol Rugby who are in Premiership action tonight against Saracens.

The boss has made three changes to his side after their loss to Exeter, bringing in Jack Tovey, Charlie Amesbury and Samoa prop Anthony Perenise.

And you can click here to read more and follow live updates once the game kicks off at 7.45pm.

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Headlines from papers across the West

Meet the superstar skateboarder

Watch: Schaeffer McLean, 12, in action

Schaeffer McLean, 12, from Winterbourne is starring in a new short film shot in Bristol. 

The prodigy has been skateboarding since the age of four.

Called Whatever the Weather, the film is about a young boy's determination to get out and skateboard whenever he can.

Makes it look easy, doesn't he?

Theresa May: Why I delayed the Hinkley C decision

Watch: "I looked at the evidence, I looked at the issues," says Prime Minster Theresa May

Speaking in an interview with BBC Points West, Prime Minister Theresa May defended the decision to delay the UK's agreement on Hinkley Point C.

The contract for the £18bn nuclear power station was signed yesterday following an unexpected delay in July.

Bath Rugby sign New Zealand back row Paul Grant

Have you seen any Asian hornets in the Cotswolds?

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The National Bee Unit says it's getting reports of Asian hornets being spotted in six different locations in Tetbury. 

It's since one of the insects was found there earlier this month. 

Efforts are continuing to track down any hornet nests and destroy them. 

Bristol stage show raises awareness of disability

Nine role models have been selected from across the South West to take part in Beauty Unseen. 

The show's taking place at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, this weekend and includes a special costume donated by fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. 

Here's a sneak peek from the dress rehearsal.

Watch: Dress rehearsal for Beauty Unseen

'Dangerous' paedophile jailed after being deported from Canada

Julian Mardon
Avon and Somerset Police
Julian Mardon indecently assaulted three boys in the 1970s

An 81-year-old man, who was deported from Canada to the UK earlier this year, has been jailed after being convicted of 16 sex offences against children in Bristol in the 1970s.

Julian Mardon admitted 16 charges, including offences of indecent assault, and was sentenced to 16 years at Bristol Crown Court. He was found not guilty of nine other offences following a trial.

Speaking after sentencing DS Katherine Davis said Mardon was a "dangerous man with a deplorable track record of being able to manipulate and influence people in order to abuse children".

Rugby: Gloucester v Bath team news

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Captain Greig Laidlaw returns as one of four changes for Gloucester from the side that lost to Newcastle Falcons.

James Hook is given his first start of 2016-17 at full-back, Billy Twelvetrees makes his 100th Gloucester appearance and prop Paddy McAllister also starts.

Bath make three changes, as former Gloucester lock Elliott Stooke gets his first Bath start against his old club.

Hooker Tom Dunn also comes into the visitors' first team, while Aled Brew replaces injured centre Dan Bowden.

Full story here.

Is Dr Liam Fox really at war with his neighbours over the EU?

The International Trade Secretary, a staunch Brexiteer, loves this country so much he has a Union flag flying in his garden.

The Times reported he's now at loggerheads with the people living next door, after his neighbour put up an EU flag.

A great story, you might think, but is it true? ...

Watch: The story of Dr Liam Fox and his flag

Waste site owners admit causing two-month fire

Watch: BBC Points West's Scott Ellis reports from outside Swindon Crown Court

Two brothers who operated a recycling site where a fire burned for two months have admitted breaching environmental legislation.

Lee and David Averies appeared before Swindon Crown Court accused of the offences relating to the storage of waste at two sites they ran in Swindon.

Watch: Ian Jeary, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, says the fire was one of the largest incidents they've ever dealt with

Gloucestershire's Baker of the Year reflects on the "mad hours" he works

Watch: Dominic Salter explains what's gone into his success

The award by the British Bake industry magazine came shortly after Dominic Salter and his family opened a new bakery in Stonehouse called Salt.

Dominic's self-taught and also runs a sandwich shop in Cheltenham.

Appeal to help girl with rare surfing-related condition to walk again

A Wiltshire family is hoping to raise £15,000 for specialist treatment for their paralysed daughter to help give her the best chance of walking again. 

Eight-year-old Nakita Wright from Trowbridge is one of only 64 people in the world to be diagnosed with Surfers Myelopathy.

She picked up the condition after falling awkwardly while learning to surf in Portugal. 

Listen: Tasha Wright and her daughter Nakita speaking to BBC Wiltshire's Rebecca Rooney

Cheltenham Town forward out for six weeks with knee injury

Koby Arthur
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A knee injury sees Cheltenham Town forward Koby Arthur - on loan from Birmingham City - ruled out for six weeks.

The 20-year-old, on loan from Championship club Birmingham, is in his second spell with the Robins and has made three appearances this season.  

Growth in pheasant shooting set to benefit Somerset's economy

The British Association of Shooting and Conservation says businesses like hotels experience extra trade because of the increased numbers of visitors coming to take part in shoots. 

The pheasant shooting season starts tomorrow and Tim Russell from the organisation says not only has its popularity grown over the past few years but Exmoor is considered one of the best places to take part in the country. 

He also defended the sport against its critics.

Listen: Tim Russell says the sport also helps to protect the balance of nature

Two Easyjet cabin crew celebrate breastfeeding victory

An employment tribunal in Bristol has found that EasyJet discriminated against two mums who wanted shorter shifts in order to keep breastfeeding.

Watch: Victory for two breastfeeding mums from Bristol

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

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M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, at J19 for A369.

M5 Bristol - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J19, A369 (Portishead), because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe accident, between J10 for A4019 and J9 for A46 affecting J11 for A40 Golden Valley Bypass Gloucester.

M5 Gloucestershire - Slow traffic on M5 northbound between J10, A4019 (Cheltenham) and J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J11, A40 (Gloucester).

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BreakingAveries Recycling fire: Brothers admit environmental offences

Scene of the fire
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Two brothers who operated a recycling site where a fire burned for two months have admitted breaching environmental legislation.

Lee and David Averies appeared before Swindon Crown Court accused of the offences relating to the storage of waste at two sites they ran in Swindon.

The pair ran Averies Recycling Ltd, at Marshgate, and Swindon Skips Ltd, Cheney Manor, which have since gone into administration.

Lee Averies also admitted two further offences relating to his role as director of Calne Aggregates.

The pair will be sentenced next month.

Hospital criticised after death of baby boy

Great Western Hospital
BBC

The Great Western Hospital in Swindon has been told to improve its child safeguarding measures after the death of an 11-week-old baby boy who was shaken by his father.

A serious case review says staff didn't tell social services or the police about Jayden Saxton's injuries until the early hours of the morning after he was admitted.

In a statement the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it regularly works with the police and social services to raise concerns about patients.

A spokesman told us a consultant paediatrician was involved had been involved the care of this patient.

Jordon Saxton, 21, from Faringdon, Oxfordshire, was jailed for nine years last October after being convicted of the manslaughter of his son.

Ofsted says 'pupils not safe' at Andalusia Academy Muslim school

Andalusia Academy Bristol
BBC

An independent Muslim faith school where "pupils are not safe and exposed to unnecessary risks" has been rated "inadequate" by Ofsted.

The watchdog said admissions registers at Bristol's Andalusia Academy were inaccurate and the school failed to check up on absent pupils. 

But Ofsted said the school created a "positive British Muslim identity among pupils" and "promoted British values". 

The school said it was "disappointed" and now had a new leadership team.

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BBC Sooty row over 'sexing up' revealed

Bristol's Chris Wood to make Ryder Cup debut

The 28-year-old will be competing alongside players like Rory McIlroy and Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose. 

He's one of six first-timers selected for the team to take on the USA in Minnesota. The competition gets under way this lunchtime.

Wood told BBC Sport he hopes to be one of the faces of the future in golf's big tournaments.

Watch: Chris Wood talks about his debut on the Ryder Cup team

Work to improve busy Gloucestershire roundabout picks up pace

The first phase of works at Elmbridge Court roundabout in Gloucester is nearly over. 

Engineers have been digging up the existing road and putting in what's known as a hamburger lane over the middle of the roundabout. 

Here's an image of what it could look like when it's finished.

Elmbridge Court roundabout
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Gloucester's Morgan gets England call

Five players based in our region have been included in England rugby union coach Eddie Jones' 37-man training squad ahead of the autumn Tests.

There is a surprise return for Gloucester number eight Ben Morgan, who has not played for England since the World Cup last year.

Additionally Gloucester wing Jonny May and Bath's Charlie Ewels are also named in a 45-man 'Elite player' squad.

Those selected in the smaller squad for the training camp in Brighton in October are:

Forwards: Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby).

Backs: George Ford (Bath Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby).

Severe roadworks: A3088 Somerset both ways

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A3088 Somerset both ways severe roadworks, between A303 and Bunford Lane.

A3088 Somerset - A3088 Cartgate Link Road closed in both directions between Cartgate Roundabout in Stoke sub Hamdon and the Bunford Lane junction in North Coker, because of resurfacing work during the night. Between 19:00 and 6:00 from 19:00 on 30th September to 6:00 on 1st October

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Electric boat plan for Bristol Community Ferry Service

Bristol Ferry Service
BBC

A ferry boat service in Bristol is to get a new electric boat after receiving a £257,000 grant from a charitable trust. 

Bristol Community Ferry Boats will also use the money to help older people meet each other and create an apprenticeship scheme for young people. 

Chair of the company, Mark Tucker said the new ferry would "help alleviate Bristol's transport problems" and would be completed in 18 months' time.

The service was threatened with closure in 2013 but was saved by a consortium.