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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 5 October 2016

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  1. Dry, cloudy and chilly!

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    Video caption: Dry, cloudy and chilly!

    That's it from Local Live for tonight, as we leave you here's a look at tomorrow's weather prospects.

    Have a good evening - we're back at 7am tomorrow morning with more of your news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Ben Smith talks about his mammoth marathon achievement

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    Video caption: Watch: Ben Smith talks about his mammoth marathon achievement

    Runner Ben Smith has completed an epic charity challenge by running 401 marathons in 401 days. 

    Earlier today Ben completed his final marathon in his home city of Bristol, with around 350 people joining him on his very last run. 

    He told Alex Lovell from Points West that he was "overwhelmed" by the support he received and is now going to concentrate on the physical and mental "comedown" from his gruelling feat.

    Women's world record holder in the marathon, Paula Radcliffe, was among those sending their congratulations to Ben.

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    Video caption: Paula Radcliffe congratulates Ben Smith
  3. Bristol park-and-ride subsidy defended

    A decision to pay a park-and-ride operator some £400,000 a year, despite it not operating any bus services since 2010, has been defended. 

    The site at Long Ashton, near Bristol, was built in 1997 and leased to Park-and-Ride Limited (PRL) with the council subsidising it for the first six years. 

    The service was not profitable and the council ended up running the buses. 

    Councillor Mark Bradshaw said park and ride is "extremely important" and certain "costs are involved".

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    Video caption: Park-and-ride subsidy defended by councillor
  4. Drummers bring taste of Africa to Gloucestershire college

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    Video caption: Cheltenham's National Star College caters for students with disabilities

    Dancers and drummers from the group Bana Kin have been paying a visit to Cheltenham's National Star College. 

    The musicians come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ivory Coast and the West Indies. 

    They were at the college as part of Black History Month.  

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    Severe disruption: A46 Gloucestershire southbound

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    A46 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, at B4465.

    A46 Gloucestershire - A46 Bath Road in Tormarton blocked southbound at the B4465 junction.

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  6. Campaigners save nursery from eviction by council

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    Parents and staff are celebrating after a nursery was granted a stay of execution

    More than 1,000 people signed a petition to save Rocking Horse Day Nursery in Warmley, near Bristol, after South Gloucestershire Council announced plans to close it in December.

    But at a meeting on Wednesday councillors voted unanimously to extend the notice period. 

    The decision will give the nursery time to secure another home.

  7. Stag carved into tree trunk at Somerset school

    Peter Phillips and the stag carving

    Minehead Middle School site manager Peter Phillips sent in this great photo of a stag carved into a tree trunk on the school's grounds. He's the man stood next to it.

    It was carved by the very talented Somerset chainsaw artist Matthew Crabbe. 

    Impressive, huh?

  8. Professional 'bodger' celebrates 28 years in the trade

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    Video caption: Skilled woodturner Roger Marwood makes the posts for the nets at Wimbledon

    Skilled woodturner Roger Marwood from Somerset makes the posts for the nets at Wimbledon.

    His work also features in the Vatican!

    The professional "bodger" is celebrating 28 years in the trade.

  9. Bath hospital's new car park: Has it made a difference?

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    Video caption: The new car park at Bath's RUH has opened, with changes to payment options. Has it helped?

    A new car park has opened at Bath's Royal United Hospital, with changes to payment options. 

    Are users finding it has made a difference to parking there?

  10. Grooming a cow for the Dairy Show

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    Video caption: This cow was being prepared for showing

    What goes into preparing a cow to be displayed at the Dairy Show?

    Well, at the The Moo'ty Parlour cows are groomed to "udder perfection".

  11. Meet the Clifton Suspension Bridge's first female bridgemaster

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    Video caption: Trish Johnson is the first ever female bridgemaster at Clifton Suspension Bridge.

    Trish Johnson has become the first female bridgemaster of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

    She said it's "great" to be the first woman but said it's hopefully more to do with her experience than the fact she's female!

    She described the job as unique and said "there's so much variety in the job".

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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J22 for A38 and J23 for A39.

    M5 Somerset - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea) and J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of tyre debris on the road.

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  13. 401 marathons: Congratulations from Paula Radcliffe

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    Video caption: Ben receives a message from Paula.

    Ben Smith finished his 401 marathon challenge earlier today in Bristol's Millennium Square.

    Shortly after completing the achievement he was shown a message of congratulations from the current women's world record holder in the marathon, Paula Radcliffe.

  14. Arrests after Bradford-on-Avon bridge crash incident

    Damaged Town Bridge

    Four people have been arrested in connection with an incident which saw a car crash into a medieval Grade-I listed bridge in Wiltshire.

    On Monday a burglary took place in Leigh Park Road in Bradford-on-Avon where a car was stolen. The vehicle was later found crashed into the Town Bridge causing "extensive damage". 

    Wiltshire Police confirmed three men, aged 22, 26 and 35, and a woman aged 32, all from the local area, have been arrested in connection with the burglary and are in custody.

  15. The headlines from your local newspapers

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    Bristol Post: Cyclist shows police evidence of bad driving - ends up getting in trouble for swearing

    Gloucestershire Gazette: Thornbury student injured in freak accident on Greek island

    Somerset Live: Police are investigating after man approached girl outside school

    Wiltshire Times: Bus and tractor crash closes road

  16. Singing Children of Africa on tour in Somerset

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    Video caption: 'Educate the Kids', works to do exactly that, across the continent.

    A group of African children is visiting Somerset thanks to the help and fundraising of a local charity. 

    Educate the Kids works to do exactly that, right across the continent.

    The touring group is made up of 28 children from the Mombasa region of East Africa, where the charity was originally founded in 1998.

    The children will join lessons in schools as well as performing to audiences across Somerset. 

  17. Watch: The moment Ben Smith finishes 401 marathons

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    Video caption: Ben Smith has completed his 401 challenge

    A runner has completed an epic charity challenge by running 401 marathons in 401 days. 

    Ben Smith started his marathon challenge on 1 September, 2015. Injury did see him stop for a few days after running his 284th marathon but he was soon back on his feet. 

    Today Ben completed his final marathon in his home city of Bristol, with around 350 people joining him on his very last run. 

  18. Countess of Wessex visits Dairy Show

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    Video caption: Countess visits Dairy Show

    The Countess of Wessex dropped in via helicopter to the Dairy Show near Shepton Mallet today.The event, held in the shadow of continuing uncertainty about the future of the industry, attracted hundreds of dairy farmers from across the country.  

  19. BreakingMarathon man completes final challenge

    Runner Ben Smith has reached the end of his mammoth marathon challenge.

    The 34-year-old crossed the finish line at Bristol's Millennium Square, completing his 401st marathon in 401 days. In doing so he has raised more than £250,000 for anti-bullying charities.

    Well done Ben!