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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 13 October 2016.

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  1. Tommorow's weather - cool with the chance of some showers

    That's it from BBC Local Live for tonight - we'll be back tomorrow at 7am with more news, travel, sport, and weather.

    Here's Alina Jenkins with a look at Friday's weather...

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    Video caption: Tommorow's weather - cool with the chance of some showers
  2. Gorilla Adventure 'a brilliant adventure', says John Bishop

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    Tune in to BBC Points West at 10.25pm for more of a flavour from the Panda Awards in Bristol.

  3. BBC jobs under threat in Bristol

    The BBC's base in Bristol

    About 100 jobs are under threat at the BBC’s offices in Bristol, we understand.

    The corporation’s production arm, BBC Studios, has announced a restructuring plan to move towards a “flexible model” with some staff brought in for specific projects and others kept on for work that carries on around the year.

    Nationally, some 300 jobs are under threat.

  4. Remaining unfazed at the 'Green Oscars'

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    Video caption: Wildlife awards turns Colston Hall in Bristol into a 'jungle'

    The green carpet was down at Colston Hall in Bristol tonight for 'The Pandas' - the annual Oscars of natural history television.

    With Sir David Attenborough opening the 'wild' event - business correspondent Dave Harvey was there and "kept going" despite the unwanted attentions of some unconvincing local wildlife.

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  5. Savings options are 'horrifically unpalatable', says Mayor of Bristol

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    Video caption: 100 million pounds has to be saved by Bristol City Council over the next five years.

    Cuts of £92m will be made to Bristol city council's budget by 2022, the city's mayor has said.

    Marvin Rees said the cuts were due to government funding reductions, extra demand on services and weaknesses in the council's financial practices.

    The Labour politician said: "It's been a very challenging week going through the options, they're not palatable, they're not nice."

  6. Warted Hubbards and Turk's Turbans go on show

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    Video caption: Hundreds of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes have been grown at Tyntesfield.

    Hundreds of pumpkins have gone on show at Tyntesfield Estate near Wraxall, North Somerset.

    Around 30 different varieties of pumpkins, squashes and gourds were grown at the National Trust property.

    Gardener, Paul, said: "If you go to the supermarket - generally - they're all orange, but there's loads of different colours.

    "And the names are really unusual, there's Crown Prince, Turk's Turban and Warted Hubbard and we've got some small ones that are called Jack Be Little."

    The pumpkins will be on display for three weeks before either heading off to the restaurant or being sold.

  7. 'No serious breaches' at Gloucester stab murder hospital

    Ryan Matthews
    Image caption: Hospital patient Ryan Matthews was convicted of killing Sharon Wall

    There were "no serious breaches" in health and safety law at a mental health hospital in Gloucester where an NHS worker was stabbed to death, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

    Staff member Sharon Wall, 53, died after being attacked by patient Ryan Matthews at Wotton Lawn hospital in July 2014.

    Matthews was convicted of her murder and sentenced to a whole life order in January 2015.

    The HSE has now concluded its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killing.

    It said it had "identified areas for improvement" in how the NHS Trust involved "manages the risks of violence and aggression generally" but it said there was "no evidence linking the Trust’s management systems to Sharon’s death".

  8. New 'classroom' has fire pit for toasting marshmallows

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    Video caption: Watch: children at Cheltenham primary school get closer to nature

    The finishing touches are being put to a new outdoor classroom - known as a "forest school" - at St Thomas More Catholic Primary in Cheltenham. 

    Children at the school will be able to get closer to nature with a wildlife pond and a fire-pit to teach pupils about the dangers of fire.

    They'll also be able to toast marshmallows on the flames.

  9. Bristol City Council cuts 'pretty unpalatable' says councillor

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    Video caption: Bristol City Council is proposing a swathe of cuts across many of its services.

    Bristol City Council is proposing a swathe of cuts across many of its services as it tries to save millions of pounds. 

    Among the more than 30 measures - being suggested by the city council - are libraries, bus services, lollipop patrols and police community support officers. 

    It also wants to put council tax up by 4% a year until 2020. But even with all of that - more savings will still have to be found. 

    Councillor Craig Cheney, cabinet member for Finance, Governance and Performance, says it's "pretty unpalatable".

  10. UK's first 'Quidditch' league set up by Bristol muggles

    A quidditch hoop

    The fictional sport of Quidditch, popularised in JK Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter books, is about to get it's first very own UK league.

    Bristol University's Quidditch club - the Brizzlepuffs - want to establish a South West League for the "fast-growing sport".

    The game, which has been adapted for "muggles" - non-magical folk - to play, has only ever been played in tournaments in this country.

    The first match in the South West Quidditch League will take place on Saturday.

    Quote Message: Muggle Quidditch is surprisingly similar to the wizard version, but minus the flying and spells. It is the fastest growing full-contact mixed gender sport in the world. It [a league] will get more teams playing more games in the year, and that's something everyone wants." from Josh Blannin Team coach
    Josh BlanninTeam coach
  11. Bristol City Council cuts 'not achievable', says union

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    Video caption: Major cuts are planned across council services in Bristol

    Bristol City Council - as we reported earlier - has to make savings of £100m over the next five years. 

    Major cuts are planned across the city's council services but Gavin Brooks, from Unison, says the scale of cuts is "absolutely massive" and he doesn't think it's achievable.

  12. 1,000 film makers in Bristol for 'Green Oscars'

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    Video caption: A thousand wildlife film makers are in the West today for its annual award ceremony

    A thousand wildlife film makers are in the West for its annual award ceremony - the Pandas. 

    Our region is the world's biggest producer of wildlife programmes with 40% made in Bristol.

  13. Hairdresser to help homeless get through winter

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    Video caption: A hairdresser from Wincanton is collecting donations for the homeless

    A hairdresser in Wincanton has launched a shoebox appeal to help Somerset's homeless get through the winter.

    Victoria Boseley is collecting items to give out over Christmas that will make life easier.

    It follows Taunton Open Door saying more people are sleeping rough in the centre of the county town.

  14. New drug puts end to 180-mile commute

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    Video caption: New home-administered cholesterol treatment for Wiltshire man

    A Wiltshire man who has had to travel to Wales every two weeks for the past 25 years for medical treatment, can now stay at home thanks to a new drug.

    David Fisher has a condition that means his LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol is high and he has needed regular sessions - similar to dialysis. 

    Now he's been saved from the 180-mile round trip with a treatment he can do himself at home.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Gloucestershire eastbound

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    M4 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, between J18 for A46 Bath and J17 for A350.

    M4 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 eastbound between J18, A46 (Bath) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of an overturned car.

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  16. Mayor says 'time for joined up action' over Bristol council cuts

    Mayor Marvin Rees

    Up to £100m has to be saved by Bristol City Council over the next five years. 

    Plans include reducing funding for dementia care, homeless services and even bus passes - some could be cut completely. 

    Today, a major consultation process has been launched by Mayor Marvin Rees.

    Quote Message: The kind of decisions that are available to us are not decisions to be made by city council alone. What people receive from Bristol is not just as a result of the city council - it's as a result of all those institutions working or not working together. So now's the time for joined up leadership. Now's the time for joined up action for Bristol as a whole. from Marvin Rees. Bristol Mayor
    Marvin Rees.Bristol Mayor

    The union Unison agrees there needs to be more joined up thinking across the board in order to stop the situation getting worse. 

    However they say they'll work with the council to protect jobs.

  17. Further arrests in flats murder probe

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    Four more people have been arrested after a man was stabbed to death in Gloucester - taking the arrest total to 12 people.

    Paul Pass, 49, died in the attack at Marian Court flats in Archdeacon Street last Friday.

    Gloucestershire Police said two 19-year-old men and an 18-year-old man, all from Gloucester, were arrested on suspicion of murder while a 24-year-old Gloucester man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

    Four teenagers arrested yesterday remain in custody while a 37-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man have been released on bail.

  18. Clifton College evacuated after 'chemical incident'

    Clifton College

    Clifton College in Bristol has been evacuated following an incident involving a chemical.

    Avon Fire and Rescue said a hazardous materials team was sent to the site after Picric Acid was discovered in the science block in a dried state.

    Picric Acid is normally kept in a wet form, as when it dries out it is sensitive to shock and friction.

  19. The afternoon headlines from your BBC local radio stations

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    BBC Radio Bristol: Bristol City Council has announced plans in a bid to save almost £100 million pounds over the next five years.

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire: The manufacturer Unilever has warned that the collapse in the value of the pound will push up the prices of its well known brands.

    BBC Wiltshire: A team of Wiltshire-based military veterans are on their way to Haiti today - to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

    BBC Somerset: Taunton is seeing an increase in the number of homeless people sleeping rough in the town centre.