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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 27 October 2016

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  1. Goodnight - that's it from BBC Local Live for today

    We'll be back again at 7am tomorrow to update you on what's happening across the West of England.

    To give you an idea of what weather to expect, it'll be a grey start with some bright spells.

    It should stay dry with a top temperature of 16C.

    Weather, Friday, 28 October 2016
  2. Apprentice winner plans to expand business in Bradley Stoke

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    Video caption: Mark Wright

    The winner of the 2014 series of BBC1's The Apprentice is looking to expand his business in the West Country.

    Mark Wright is setting up a new office in Bradley Stoke for his digital marketing business, Climb Online.

    He was on the BBC Points West sofa this evening.

  3. Milk vending machine opens at a Somerset farm

    We're normally used to seeing snacks and fizzy drinks being sold in vending machines here.

    But now a farm in East Horrington, Somerset, is selling milk from its large herd of cows.

    Here's their vending machine in action...

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    Video caption: A machine that vends milk has been installed at a farm in East Horrington
  4. Heartbroken family appeals for money after their dog was mauled

    A family from Brockworth in Gloucester say they have been forced to ask for donations to help keep their puppy alive. 

    Eddy the dog was attacked by another dog while on a walk in a field. 

    The pet's insurance had run out weeks before the attack, the family says, and they are now facing a £5,000 vet's bill.

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    Video caption: A heartbroken family is appealing for donations after their dog was attacked
  5. Former TV Apprentice winner on the Points West sofa

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    Video caption: Mark Wright

    While Lord Sugar continues his hunt for his next apprentice tonight on BBC One, one of the former winners of the show is also on the look out for candidates here in the West.

    Mark Wright won series ten in 2014 and launched his digital marketing business, Climb Online. 

    He's now expanding with a new office in Bradley Stoke near Bristol and told Points West's Alex Lovell and David Garmston all about it.

  6. Son describes seeing his father shot dead in Somerset caravan park

    Wilfred Isaacs Senior

    A son has described seeing his father shot dead as a feud between two traveller families ended in murder. 

    Wilfie Isaacs Jnr, 22, fought back tears as he told a jury at Bristol Crown Court how he was shot in the shoulder and watched as his father, Wilfred Isaacs Jnr, 49, (pictured) was seconds later gunned down with the same pump-action shotgun. 

    Mr Isaacs Jnr said: "Everything happened so quick. Billy passed the gun to Charlie and shot me and shot my dad. It was close range. 

    "Charlie held it up and pulled the trigger. Shot me in the shoulder. He was probably aiming for my head but I moved at the last minute. Then he shot my dad." 

    "My dad fell on the floor. After he shot me and my dad he aimed at my mum and my two-year-old daughter. He said 'go in or I'll shoot'." 

    Mr Isaacs said he had not seen the black pump-action shotgun before but the Broadways were "always firing guns in the air". 

    He added that he would "hear guns being fired all the time".

    Brothers John, Charlie and William Broadway deny murder and attempted murder.

    Three others are also on trial. The trial continues.

  7. Future of Tetbury's playing fields uncertain

    There are fears from some that Tetbury in Gloucestershire could lose its green spaces as the town continues to grow. 

    A year ago there were about 2,500 homes but that figure is rising by more than 800. 

    The town's rugby club has already given up some of its space but is hoping to move to a new site just outside the town.

    Club coach Simon Ursell explains:

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    Video caption: More building work in Tetbury will spread to Tetbury RFC
  8. Cancer survivor urges others to consider medical trials

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    Video caption: Listen: Pat Eagle underwent a breast cancer test which changed NHS guidelines.

    Pat Eagle from Slimbridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. While she was being treated her oncologist suggested a new radiotherapy trial.

    Thankfully over 15 years later she finally has the all-clear from cancer. As a result of the tests she went through patients are now only given three weeks of radiotherapy instead of five.

    Pat says it's better for patients as it saves unnecessary trips to hospital. She's now encouraging others to ask if medical trials are available when they go through cancer treatment.

  9. Report finds 'litany of failings' of Warminster boy's heart surgery death

    A new report into the death of a four-year-old boy at the Bristol Children's Hospital has exposed what it calls a "litany of failings" in his care and treatment. 

    Sean Turner from Warminster went into hospital for heart surgery in March 2012 but died from a bleed on the brain.

    The report from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman lists 22 failures by nurses and doctors, saying at one stage Sean was left so seriously dehydrated that his parents found him sucking on wet wipes. 

    The report, which was first obtained by Shaun Lintern at the HSJ publication, casts doubt over conclusions of an earlier independent review into children's cardiac care at the hospital. 

    In a statement NHS England said it hadn't seen the report and was "unable to examine its outcomes in detail". 

    There'll be more on this on BBC Points West tonight at 6.30pm.

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  10. Objections raised to development at a former Bristol chocolate factory

    Plans to develop the former Elizabeth Shaw chocolate factory in Bristol have come under heavy criticism from some people in the local community.

    There have been many failed attempts to get the development moving, a new developer called Generator South West wants to build 135 new homes and other facilities on the site.

    The planning application has garnered 530 comments with many saying there is no mention of affordable housing. 

    Paul Isaacs, MD of the firm, told BBC Radio Bristol's breakfast programme they were proud of their community engagement during the planning process...

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    Video caption: Listen: The developer rang in to Radio Bristol to put his side of the story across
  11. Bristol lady chooses black poppy for Remembrance

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    Video caption: Listen: Carla Denyer explained why she will be wearing a black poppy this year.

    Carla Denyer from Redland made the headlines in Bristol last year when she tried to leave white poppies for sale in Bristol City Hall. 

    The white poppy is seen as an alternative Remembrance symbol, focusing on peace.

    This year, she has chosen to support the black poppy rose appeal

    It's a project dedicated to raising awareness of black, minority and ethnic soldiers who have fought over the years.

  12. Four arrests made after pedestrian killed in Stroud crash

    Bisley Road/Horns Road junction Stroud

    Four people have been arrested after a man died in a collision in Stroud.  

    An 18-year-old man from Gloucester, an 18-year-old man from Stonehouse, a 36-year-old man from Stonehouse and a 37-year-old woman from Stonehouse have all been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.  

    The crash happened at 2.35pm today at the Bisley Road and Horns Road junction in the town.

  13. Shotgun victim was 'very, very rude' to the accused, court hears

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    BBC Points West reporter

    Wilfred Isaacs Senior

    A murder trial’s heard that a father and son who were shot at a traveller’s site near Ilminster wanted to fight a neighbouring family after a child was rude to them. 

    Wilfred Isaacs Snr, 49, (pictured above) died on 5th May after a shotgun was fired. 

    His son, Wilfy Isaacs Jnr, was injured in the shooting and was cross-examined this afternoon at Bristol Crown Court about the events that led up to the shooting.

    The court heard that when Mr Isaacs Snr complained about the child being rude to him, the Broadways attacked him with a metal bar before getting a shotgun out.

    Mr Isaacs Jnr was also asked by the defence whether his side of the family went to the Broadway's plot armed with a metal bar, machete and shouting threats.

    The defence counsel said: "The truth is you and your father were very, very rude to the Broadways as they stood behind a fence.

    "Charlie Broadway jumped over the fence with a gun. You didn’t run away because during the day you were out to get them. They thought you had weapons."

    Brothers John, Charlie and William Broadway deny murder and attempted murder.

    Three others are also on trial. The case continues.

  14. Men avoid jail over two-month tip fire in Swindon

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    Image caption: Lee and David Averies had previously denied the charges

    Two brothers whose waste site burned for two months after 3,000 tonnes of rubbish caught fire, have avoided going to jail.

    Brothers Lee and David Averies admitted breaching the Environmental Protection Act in court last month.

    Lee Averies was given a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years, and David Averies was fined £4,208 plus costs of £50,000.

    The blaze at Averies Recycling Ltd in Swindon in 2014, cost an estimated £500,000 to put out.

  15. Pedestrian dies in Stroud collision

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    A man has been killed after a car crashed into him in Stroud earlier today, police have said.

    The incident happened at 2.35pm today on Bisley Road when a red Saab 900 XS collided with the pedestrian.

    Despite officers performing CPR and support from the air ambulance, he died at the scene.

    The road is currently closed at the Bisley Road and Horns Road junction so an investigation can take place.

  16. Plans announced to encourage fish to return to the River Severn

    Ambitious plans have been announced to encourage fish to return to the length of the River Severn.

    It's hoped that by building fish passes across weirs, near-extinct native populations will recover.  

    BBC reporter Sarah Falkland reports from the Severn in Worcester.

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    Video caption: Sarah Falkland reports from upper reached of the Severn in Worcester
  17. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, before J17 for A350 affecting J16 for A3102.

    M4 Wiltshire - Long delays on M4 westbound before J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of an accident involving a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J16, A3102 (Swindon West).

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  18. Businessman recalls smell of waste site left by Averies brothers

    Two brothers have been spared jail after the waste tip they ran caught fire and burned for two months.

    The blaze at Averies Recycling Ltd in Swindon, in 2014, cost an estimated £500,000 to put out.

    Ian Bailey, who works nearby, describes what it was like living with the smell of burning rubbish:  

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    Video caption: Ian Bailey director of Bailey's Repair Centre, Swindon
  19. Beautiful People: The Bamboo Club story

    This week BBC Radio Bristol has been telling the story of the Bamboo Club. It was a legendary reggae club in St Pauls that saw the likes of Bob Marley and Desmond Dekker play there.

    The club opened 50 years ago and was first club in the UK to cater for the West Indian community. It was destroyed in a fire in 1977 but remains special in the memories of many Bristolians.

    Here's an exclusive chance to hear the documentary before it's broadcast on the radio tomorrow.

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    Video caption: A portrait of one of Bristol's most famous nightspots.