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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 1 November 2016

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  1. Goodnight from us, we're back tomorrow at 7am

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

    Here's Ian Fergusson with Wednesday's weather and he's promising a beautiful day after a frosty start.

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    Video caption: BBC weather forecast with Ian Fergusson
  2. Wreath laid in memory of soldier shot for desertion in World War One

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    Video caption: Wreath laid in Bristol for WW1 deserter Alfred Jefferies

    The family of a Bristolian World War One soldier who was shot at dawn on 1 November 1916 - during the Battle of the Somme - have laid a wreath in his memory. 

    Private Alfred Jefferies had been treated for shell shock before he was found guilty of desertion at a court martial in 1916. 

  3. Prison governor calls for more time to work with inmates

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    Video caption: The Governor of a prison says she needs more time with inmates to help them rehabilitate.

    The governor of a women's prison is calling for longer sentences for prisoners who have been subjected to abuse, so they have more time to be helped and rehabilitated.Eastwood Park near Bristol marks its 20th anniversary of opening this year.

    Suzy Dymond says an estimated 50 per cent of all inmates are the victims of abuse. She says longer sentencing can help them.

  4. Old plastic bottles take on new life as glamorous poppies

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    Video caption: Watch: plastic bottles are melted down to make poppies

    Old plastic bottles have been transformed into poppies by charity shop volunteers in Wotton-under-Edge. 

    They've melted down the empty bottles and sprayed them red. They've then stuck 560 of the plastic petals to a black evening gown for the Longfield shop's window display.  

  5. Former Marine takes on ambitious challenge

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    Video caption: Former Marine takes on ambitious challenge

    A former Royal Marine who lives in Amesbury is about to set off on a gruelling world record record attempt.

    Louis Nethercott will attempt to walk around the world's five largest islands. 

    Louis, who has post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has received financial support for the trip from the charity Help for Heroes. He leaves in 10 days.  

  6. School children play surgeon with Southmead's robots

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    Video caption: Show and tell with Andy Howard robot op at Southmead

    Children have been having a go at performing surgery using robots at Southmead Hospital in Bristol - it's OK though, they didn't use real people.

    BBC reporter Andy Howard went along to meet the pupils from Horfield Primary who were shown what to do by consultant urologist Anthony Kouparis. 

    The hospital is campaigning to raise £2m to buy two more of the machines. 

  7. Promoted Yeovil Town Ladies 'used to play in a park'

    Yeovil Town Ladies fan

    Yeovil Town Ladies reflect on the club's journey from "a park" to the top flight, after sealing promotion to WSL 1.

    The Lady Glovers clinched promotion to Women's Super League One for the first time with Sunday's win at London Bees.

  8. Salisbury Plain and Aldershot army homes get £1.1bn investment

    Royal Marines training on Salisbury Plain

    New high quality army homes on Salisbury Plain and in Aldershot are getting £1.1bn worth of investment from the Ministry of Defence.

    More than 2,600 beds will be created with new single living apartments, office, shops and leisure facilities.

    Quote Message: Our armed forces deserve facilities and housing that match the need of this generation. We’re committed to delivering a better defence estate; ensuring our Armed Forces are properly supported and provided for. from Defence Secretary Michael Fallon
    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

    The building work will be complete by 2020 - when the last of the British Army units currently based in Germany will have relocated to Wiltshire.

  9. M5 snake handover to take place tonight

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    Video caption: Missing Keith the Snake is found in car

    You may remember Claire Brealey from Bristol who had to pull over on the M5 after finding a 5ft-long snake inside her newly purchased car. 

    The snake had wrapped itself around one of her dog's legs! 

    Well she's finally tracked down the snake's owner and they're going to do a quick handover at Michaelwood services this evening.

    Fiona Wellington is driving down from Sheffield to pick her snake up and says she can't wait. 

  10. Governor calls for longer sentences to help women prisoners

    Suzy Dymond-White

    The governor of Eastwood Park women's prison, near Bristol, is calling for longer sentences to be considered for women offenders coming out of abusive relationships so there is more time to help them within the prison system. 

    Governor Suzy Dymond-White said: "I firmly believe that a very high percentage of women in the criminal justice system have actually started that journey as a victim. 

    "And it's absolutely impossible, in a few short weeks, to turn somebody's life around and undo decades of abuse. 

    "Many women need a place of safety and they actually view coming into prison, or perhaps a probation hostel, as a place of safety. "

    The call comes as Eastwood Park marks its 20th anniversary after opening in 1996.

  11. BreakingInvestigation after CrossCountry train out of Bristol splits in two

    A train carrying more than 200 passengers split in two, operator CrossCountry has said. 

    There was reportedly a 14ft gap between the leading power car and the rest of the train following the incident near Bristol. 

    A spokesman for CrossCountry said: "The 1.30pm CrossCountry departure from Bristol Temple Meads to Glasgow on Monday October 31 came to a stand shortly after leaving the station after the leading power car became separated from the rest of the train. 

    "The incident happened at low speed and the on board safety systems stopped the train immediately. All 209 customers on board were safely taken off the train and able to continue their journeys after it was moved back into the station. 

    "An investigation is currently ongoing into the cause of the incident, although at this stage there is nothing to suggest a similar problem is likely to occur on any other train of this type." 

  12. Cyclist hurt in crash near M48 dies in hospital

    Scene of accident at Aust

    A cyclist who was seriously injured near the M48 at Aust last month has died in hospital. 

    Peter Brown, 74, from Horfield in Bristol, was involved in a collision with a black BMW on 12 October just after 10am. 

    It happened on a roundabout on the A403, close to junction 1 on the M48. 

  13. 'Horrifying' story behind wreath laying

    David Jefferies

    A wreath to remember two brothers who died in the 1916 Battle of the Somme is being laid in Bristol later today.

    Great-nephew David Jefferies said the family had not known about Alfred's fate until they were told by Bristol's Radical History Group. 

    Mr Jefferies said his father and grandfather had never talked about it and he described it as "horrifying". 

    The wreath is being laid at the Dings in St Phillips - where the brothers grew up - on the centenary of Alfred's execution.

    You can see more on this story on BBC Points West tonight at 6.30pm on BBC One.

    The Dings
  14. West Country politicians in District Councillor of the Year finals

    Tim Gwilliam

    Two West Country councillors are on their way to London after being nominated for a District Councillor of the Year award. 

    Labour councillor Tim Gwilliam, from the Forest of Dean, and Liberal Democrat Jo Roundell Greene, from South Somerset District Council, are shortlisted for the think tank Local Government and Information Unit awards. 

    The result will be announced tonight. 

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    Video caption: Jo Roundell Greene could be named 'District Councillor of the Year'