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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday.

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That's it from BBC Local Live for the West today

That's all today from BBC Local Live for the West of England. 

Weather-wise it's expected to be a cold and wet night and tomorrow's not looking much brighter.

Ian Fergusson has the latest forecast:

Watch: Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast

Abuse charity says it knows of 50 children waiting for help

Watch: Bristol charity needs more funding to help children who have been sexually abused

A Bristol charity says it is aware of more than 50 children, waiting for support, who've been raped or sexually abused. 

The Green House works with children as young as four, but says due to a lack of funding it can't help everyone who needs it straight away. 

Football: Swindon Town are also through

They beat Exeter 4-2 on penalties.

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Football: A high, a low and a penalty shoot-out

After 90 minutes, Cheltenham Town are through to the next round, Bristol Rovers are out of the cup and Swindon Town face a penalty shoot-out:

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Gas mask used in pollution protest

Statue with gas mask
Let Bristol Breathe

Anti-pollution campaigners have placed gas and dust masks on statues to protest about poor air quality in Bristol.

The protest accompanies an online petition calling for Bristol to "breathe clean air".

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Cheetah cubs born at Longleat

Cheetah cubs
Longleat

A pair of cheetah cubs are the latest cute additions to Longleat Safari Park.

The cubs’ birth eight weeks ago is a first for the Wiltshire wildlife attraction, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Cheetah cubs
Longleat

However, don't rush yet to see them as the pair, a male and a female, will remain inside with mum Wilma (pictured below) until they are 12 weeks old.

Proud mum Wilma
Longleat

Football: Half-time scores from our clubs in cup action tonight

Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town and Cheltenham Town are all in action tonight in the Checkatrade Trophy.

These are the half-time scores.

HALF TIME: @officialpompey 0-0 @Official_BRFC

HT | @OfficialECFC 0-1 TOWN - Luke Norris' first-ever goal for the Reds is the difference between the two sides after an entertaining half.

Half-time: #CTFC 0-0 #BWFC A fairly even first half with only a couple of clear chances. All to play for...

Archbishop of Canterbury visits Glastonbury Tor

Archbishop at Glastonbury Tor
PA

The Archbishop Of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, has taken a reflective walk up to Glastonbury Tor as part of his visit to Somerset today.

Archbishop at Glastonbury Tor
PA

While he was here the Archbishop also commented on the US election, but was very non-committal.

He said: "I'm praying for Mr Trump and for Mrs Clinton and for the people of the United States and the outcome. 

"I'm not going to be any more precise than that."

Archbishop at Glastonbury Tor
PA

Haunting figure spotted in Bristol

A grey statue-like figure appears on top of a disused garage in Bristol
@FryboyRacing

A very creepy figure has appeared on top of a disused garage near Bristol Temple Meads station.

Any ideas what it is or where it came from? 

Contact us using the 'Get involved' details at the top of the page.

A grey statue-like figure appears on top of a disused garage in Bristol
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Relive when 40 Commando paraded through Taunton

Watch: Archive footage as 40 Commando Marines parade through Taunton (2013)

It has been announced that 40 Commando's Norton Manor Camp, near Taunton, will close by 2028.  

Take a look back to the day in 2013 when a troop of Royal Marines from the unit paraded through Taunton.

Travel: All lanes reopen on the M5 near Bristol

Football: Three of our clubs are in cup action tonight

Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town and Cheltenham Town are all in action tonight in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Each game kicks off at 7.45pm and you can follow live scores via the BBC Sport website.

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Man with dog limps away from car crash

Police sign
BBC

Police in Gloucestershire want to trace a man who limped away from a collision in Dursley this afternoon with a Spaniel-type dog.

The man was driving a silver BMW 3 series that collided with a silver Citroen C3 in Uley Road at about 2.35pm.

It's not believed his injuries are life threatening but he may need medical treatment, and officers need to speak to him about leaving the scene of a collision, which is an offence.

Wiltshire students assess the US Presidential election

Listen: Wiltshire students share their view on the election

The 2016 US Election campaign has been a somewhat memorable one, to put it mildy. 

As voters head to the polls, we've been asking some of Wiltshire's teenagers at Bradon Forest School in Purton, near Swindon, what they think of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The late Jimmy Young's memories of the Forest

Watch: "Foresters are very special people," said Sir Jimmy Young

What did broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young remember most about living in the Forest of Dean? 

Delivering bread.

He was born in Cinderford and grew up in the county before moving away during the war. He died on Monday, aged 95.    

in 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gloucestershire for his outstanding service to broadcasting and his close association with the county.

Food bank use set to be trust's highest

Food bank
BBC

A record number of food parcels will be handed out across the UK this financial year, a major food bank charity said.

The Salisbury-based Trussell Trust said it had issued 500,000 in the past six months and was on course for the highest number in its 12-year history.

It blamed benefit changes, which it said "accounted for 44% of referrals".

Severe accident: M5 Bristol northbound

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M5 Bristol northbound severe accident, between J15 for M4 and J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

M5 Bristol - M5 busy but moving and one lane blocked northbound between J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J14, B4509 (Thornbury), because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, at J16 for A3102.

M4 Wiltshire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and very slow traffic westbound at J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of a broken down lorry.

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Bath Rugby scrum-half signed by Exeter

Niko Matawalu
Rex Features

Bath's Fiji international scrum-half Niko Matawalu has been signed by Exeter Chiefs until the end of the season, with a view to a longer term deal.

Matawalu has made 10 Premiership appearances since joining Bath from Pro 12 club Glasgow ahead of last season.

War memorial vandalised in Gloucester

Graffiti on war memorial
Gloucestershire Police

A war memorial has been vandalised in Gloucester ahead of Remembrance Day.

The memorial at Gloucester Park was spray painted sometime between 5pm yesterday and 7am this morning.

This graffiti tag is used regularly around Gloucester and police say they are eager to trace the offender.

Information can be reported to the force through its website.

Remembrance Day poem inspired by veteran grandfather

Watch: Robin Aitchinson reads his Remembrance Day poem

As we approach Remembrance Day, many people are thinking of loved ones and family connections to those that fought in the first and second world wars.

Robin Aitchinson's grandfather, Hugh, was a D-Day veteran from the Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944. 

Inspired by, and as a tribute to his grandfather, Robin - from Coalpit Heath - wrote a poem titled Longest Day.

GWR electrification: The government has taken 'a drastic step'

Watch: Today the government has taken a drastic step, says political correspondent Paul Barltrop

The electrification of the Great Western Railway is in turmoil. 

Ministers have announced that the track between Bristol and Bath will not be electrified for now. 

It's amid new revelations about how the whole project is even more over budget and behind schedule than previously thought.

Military doctor honoured with OBE

A Royal Navy Surgeon Commander from RNAS Yeovilton has been awarded an OBE for his work dealing with migrants in the Agean Sea.

Cdr Matthew Turner was leading the medical team on board the Vos Grace. His team treated over 5,000 migrants that were rescued from the sea between November 2015 and January 2016. 

I am absolutely amazed and humbled to have been awarded an OBE. In 21 years as a Doctor and 12 as a Royal Naval Medical Officer, this was the single biggest challenge I have had to face."

Cdr Matthew TurnerRoyal Navy Surgeon Commander
Matthew Turner
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Somerset charity criticises closure of 40 Commando base

A charity which works with Royal Marine families in Somerset has criticised the way the government announced the closure of 40 Commando's Norton Manor camp near Taunton. 

The site will close by 2028 as part of a Ministry of Defence review.

Sue Burr is the founder of For Forty and says the announcement came as a surprise to everyone at the base.

Watch: Sue Burr, founder of For Forty, says the closure shows a "lack of respect"

Over 70 residents of Gloucester street face eviction

Dozens of residents of Belgrave Road in Gloucester have been told to leave by the start of January next year. Last week they received a letter telling them the homes they were renting had been purchased by a company called Hencap.

They are planning to turn the accommodation into homes for vulnerable adults. This man has been living in the street for eight years.

Listen: Residents have been told to find somewhere else to live by the start of January

In a statement Henley Healthcare - the parent company of Hencap - said that they want to make a significant investment to bring these homes up to modern standards so they can provide "much needed" housing for vulnerable adults.

They have offered to help existing residents with their search for new accomodation.

Bath MP to look for other funding source after GWR electrification deferral

The MP for Bath Ben Howlett has said the deferral of electrification of the Great Western Railway between Bristol and Bath is "disappointing". 

The stretch is one of four parts of the planned Network Rail electrification programme which have been deferred, he says he will look to get funding from the future West of England devolved authority.

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GWR

Ben has also said that four-tracking of the line through Filton will be delayed until at least 2024.

Great Western Railway have also commented on the decision, saying it still expects to deliver its programme of customer improvements by 2019.

Customers will be disappointed at these further delays to parts of the electrification programme even following Sir Peter Hendy’s review earlier this year. We have already made significant progress with the DfT in finding ways to provide the improvements we planned, without the electrified infrastructure expected following the Hendy Review.

GWR spokesperson

Wiltshire Police appeal for 'good Samaritan' after Swindon house fire

Wiltshire Police are looking for a man who helped to rescue people from a burning house on Manchester Road in Swindon.

The man was using an ATM opposite the house but ran over and helped a member of the family break down the front door to carry out the injured people.

He then left when the fire service arrived. The four occupants of the house remain in a serious but stable condition in hospital. Wiltshire Police and the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service are investigating the cause of the fire. 

Burnt house
BBC
Burnt house
BBC

New lease of life for distinctive Wiltshire landmark

Watch: A complete facelift is planned for the Westinghouse site

A redevelopment of one of Wiltshire's old industrial sites is soon to begin. 

Large parts of the 48-acre Westinghouse site in central Chippenham have been in a poor state of repair for years. 

Up to 400 houses, a supermarket, hotel and businesses are due to be built on the land.

New mud boats launched on Stroud canal

Two new mud boats, named by the public, have launched on Stroud Canal. 

Warp and Weft have been paid for by Stroud District Council and will be used to move dredged material from the canal.  

Watch: Two new mud boats, named by the public, have launched on Stroud Canal

Defence review reaction: Town's genuine affection for 40 Commando

40 Commando homecoming parade May 2013
BBC

It's not hard to miss Taunton's genuine affection for the marines from 40 Commando.

In May 2013 an estimated 15,000 people lined the streets of Taunton to cheer some 700 marines who had just returned from their fourth and final deployment to Afghanistan.

From small children waving flags to decorated war veterans, it was like the whole town had come to a standstill for the morning,

And later family and friends of the marines looked on as Prince Philip - the captain general of the Royal Marines - presented campaign medals.

Yesterday it was announced that the unit's home, Norton Manor Camp, is to close by 2028 as part of a review of Ministry of Defence land.

Prince Philip at Norton Manor camp in May 2013
BBC

Bristol statues given gas masks in air quality protest

Campaigners against air pollution in Bristol have decorated several statues with gas masks to highlight levels of pollution in the city.

Statues including Cary Grant, Queen Victoria and Ram Mohan Roy have been made part of the protest, while over 4,000 have signed a petition online calling for Bristol to "breathe clean air".undefined

The city has struggled with poor air quality in recent years and in May was named as one of around 40 towns and cities across Britain and Ireland which breached air pollution safety levels.

Statue wearing a mask
Bristol Green Party
Statue wearing a mask
Bristol Green Party
Statue wearing a mask
Bristol Green Party

40 Commando's 'high values' make real difference to community

40 Commando on parade at Norton Manor camp in 2013
BBC

The Reverend Stephen Kivett, vicar of All Saints' Norton Fitzwarren, said he was "absolutely stunned" to hear yesterday's announcement that Norton Manor camp, the home of the home of 40 Commando in Taunton, is to close by 2028 as part of a review of Ministry of Defence land.

He said 40 Commando's high values and high standards "made a real difference which rubs off on the rest of us".

"During the time when they lost so many in Afghanistan the community and 40 Commando grew much closer and that relationship has been very significant and important one to us."

Bristol MP 'horrified' at rail electrification delay

The MP for Bristol West Thangam Debbonaire has spoken out against the government announcement to defer electrification of parts of the Great Western Railway running to and from Bristol Temple Meads.

The lines running between Bristol Parkway and Temple Meads Station, as well as Bath Spa to Bristol Temple Meads will not be electrified with the current engineering work.

Thangam said the cost of electrification is much smaller than the planned HS2 line and that it shouldn't be delayed.

Listen: MP for Bristol West Thangam Debbonaire isn't happy electrification of lines through the city have been deferred

Child hit by van near Taunton primary school

A child has been hit by a van near Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School in Taunton. 

Police are on the scene and are warning traffic could be disrupted in the area for around four hours. 

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Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire eastbound

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M50 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, between J1 for A38 and M5 J8.

M50 Gloucestershire - Stationary traffic on M50 eastbound between J1, A38 (Tewkesbury) and M5 J8, because of a broken down vehicle and a rolling road-block.

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Electrification deferrals: What it means for the West

Earlier this year rail passengers in Bath suffered extensive disruption when the railway was closed from the 2nd to the 11th April.

The line was lowered to allow for its eventual electrification past several historical structures in the Bath area.

Rail work taking place
Network Rail

With this morning's news that electrification is to be deferred on the lines from Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads and also from Bath Spa to Bristol, passengers travelling west of Chippenham will not be using electric trains.

Instead the new trains ordered for the Great Western Railway will have both diesel and electric engines on board to allow passengers to complete their journeys.

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A very public proposal in Cheltenham

A public talk by Steve Backshall at Cheltenham Town Hall doesn't seem an especially romantic place to pop the question.

That didn't stop Gary from getting down on one knee and proposing to his partner, Lynn. Steve tweeted the video of the special moment to his followers this morning.

All together now - awww!

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BreakingGWR electrification deferred in Bristol and Bath

The government has announced that some electrification work on the Great Western Railway will be deferred after a review into the costs and length of the project.

The railway lines affected are those running from Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads, and from Bath Spa to Bristol Temple Meads, where work has already begun

Work on the estimated £2.8bn project will continue on other parts, including the railway running from Bristol Parkway to Swindon and Cardiff.

In January it was announced that the project was running up to four years late.