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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 10 November.

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  1. Good night from BBC Local Live for the West country

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

    We're back in the morning from 7am with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel news.

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    Video caption: West weather for 10 November

    Showers will ease this evening, leaving most places dry with clear spells developing. 

    Temperatures will drop quickly, with frost possible in rural areas. There may also be the odd mist or fog patch by morning. 

    Minimum Temperature: 3C.

  2. Five cars set alight in Bristol

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    Video caption: Five cars have been set alight in Bristol

    Several parked cars in Victoria Terrace, Clifton, have been set on fire and completely destroyed.

    Avon & Somerset Fire Service said crews attended a fire involving five vehicles which were well alight when they arrived on scene.

    The fire is thought to have been started deliberately and only shells of the cars remain.

    Some local residents have said this is the first time in living memory anything like this has happened in this area.

  3. Leaking school shut following theft of lead from roof

    Bourton-on-the-Water Primary School

    A school in the Cotswolds was forced to close on Wednesday after a "large amount of lead" was stolen from its roof, police have said.

    The theft is thought to have taken place during half term, but water began leaking through the roof following rain earlier this week and the school was closed on Wednesday and remained partially shut today.

    "The lead stolen is thought to be worth thousands of pounds," said a Gloucestershire Constabulary spokeswoman.

  4. Mall Christmas lights switched on by All Saints

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    Video caption: Mall Christmas lights switched on by All Saints

    Noughties popsters All Saints have switched on the Christmas lights at the Mall at Cribbs Causeway. 

    The all-girl band - who sold 12m records in the late 90s - played to hundreds of fans and shoppers, raising cash for the BBC's Children in Need appeal. 

    Recently back together, the former school mates are in the middle of a nationwide tour.

  5. Tim Sherwood's role at Swindon Town 'could be a long project'

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    Video caption: Tim Sherwood: Swindon Town role 'could be a long project', says new director of football

    New Swindon Town director of football Tim Sherwood tells BBC Wiltshire his role at the League One club "could be a long project".

    The former Aston Villa and Tottenham boss was appointed at the County Ground on Thursday, on a gentleman's agreement with "no contract".

  6. D-Day veteran surprised with French medal

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    Video caption: Verdun Hayes: Legion D'honneur

    A D-Day veteran who marked his 100th birthday with a skydive has been given a surprise honour for his role in liberating France.

    Great-grandfather Verdun Hayes - who was born in Somerset where he lived for 97 years - has been awarded the Legion d'honneur, France's highest decoration.

    He had just returned from Normandy to pay his last respects to those who died when he received a surprise visit from the French Consul, Alain Sibiril.

    In April the centenarian did a skydive to raise money for the North Devon Hospice.

  7. Patients asked to return crutches to A&E

    Man on crutches

    People issued with crutches by an accident and emergency department are being asked to return them.

    Bristol's Southmead Hospital said it handed-out up to 25 pairs of crutches on average per day, but "unfortunately the vast majority are never seen again".

    Emergency department matron Juliette Hughes said they "cost a lot of money" but could be recycled and reused and asked patients to bring them back.

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  8. Betting 'rife' in football - banned manager claims

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    Video caption: Nick Bunyard: Banned ex-Frome Town manager claims "betting is rife" within football

    Former Frome Town boss Nick Bunyard, who is banned from football until 2019 for betting on his own team, claims betting "is rife" within the game.

  9. 'Exceptional' photographic collection acquired by museum

    Photographic equipment
    Image caption: Some of the exhibits from the Fenton collection

    Hundreds of cameras, images and other photographic equipment have been acquired by Wiltshire's Fox Talbot Museum.

    The collection will be moved from the British Film Institute in London to the museum in the grounds of Lacock Abbey.

    A large 1840s camera from the Fenton collection
    Image caption: A large 1840s camera

    The Fox Talbot Museum celebrates the achievement of William Henry Fox Talbot, who took the first photographic negative at the abbey in 1835.

    Negative retouching viewer from the Fenton collection
    Image caption: A negative retouching desk

    Curator Roger Watson said the museum is very grateful to the BFI: 

    "The transfer will offer a significant improvement in our ability to tell our core story of the birth of photography and will be a visual feast for our visitors.”

  10. Meet the man who hasn't shampooed his hair in 13 years

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    Video caption: Meet the man who hasn't washed his hair in 13 years!

    How often do you shampoo your hair? Daily or twice a week?

    Dr Phil Langton, who is a scientist, shaved off his hair for the BBC's Children in Need appeal 13 years ago.

    After hearing hair can become self-cleaning, when it grew back he decided to try it out as an experiment.

    He says people's reactions vary with some people asking if there are bugs and lice in it - with one person who was sat next to him moving to the other side of the table.

    "I don't think it smells - but you can't smell your hair - my hairdresser stands fairly close and he had no idea," he said.

  11. Walsall coach joins Bristol City

    Dean Holden

    Walsall first-team coach Dean Holden has left the League One club to join Bristol City as assistant head coach.

    The move will see Holden, 37, work with existing assistant John Pemberton and be reunited with head coach Lee Johnson, who he succeeded as Oldham boss in 2015 when Johnson joined City.

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  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

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    M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between J19 for M32 and J20 for M5.

    M4 Bristol - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M4 westbound between J19, M32 (Bristol) and J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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  13. Nineteen thousand shrouded figures laid out on College Green

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    Video caption: 19,240 figures representing lives lost have been laid out on College Green.

    An art installation which represents the British soldiers who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme has arrived in the West.

    Some 19,240 hand-stitched shrouded figures have been laid on the green by Bristol Cathedral in front of City Hall where they will stay until 18 November. 

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    Earlier this year the figurines were laid out in Exeter to mark the anniversary of the start of the battle 100 years ago on 1 July.

  14. Pupils make plastic cup poppies for Armistice Day

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    Video caption: Pupils at a school in Gloucestershire show the BBC how to make plastic cup poppies

    All over the country, groups have been marking this year's Armistice with handmade poppies. 

    Coopers Edge School in Gloucester is no different, the pupils have been showing us how to make some from red plastic cups.

  15. Motorcyclist in fatal collision on A4 named

    The Globe roundabout
    Image caption: The accident happened on 7 November at 6.24pm

    A motorcyclist who died following a collision with a car has been named by police.

    Daniel Martin, from Felton in North Somerset, was killed when his Triumph motorcycle collided with a BMW on the A4, close to the Globe roundabout, on Monday evening.

    He was taken to Bath's Royal United Hospital but died from his injuries.

    Police continue to appeal for witnesses.

  16. Izale McLeod exits Yeovil Town for personal reasons

    Izale McLeod

    Yeovil Town have released 32-year-old striker Izale McLeod by mutual agreement, on personal grounds.

    He made just two league starts for Yeovil this season.

    "We've decided Izale is going to cancel his contract, which I think is fair play to him and we wish him well," manager Darren Way told BBC Somerset.

  17. Caravan park application refused

    The former Avon and Somerset Police dog and mounted section

    A planning application to turn a former police training base into a 62-pitch touring caravan site has been refused.

    The Caravan Club had wanted to demolish and redevelop the police dog and horse centre on Clanage Road, Bristol, to include amenity buildings and warden accommodation.

    But Bristol City Council planners said the development would "detract from the openness of Bristol's Green Belt and fail to preserve or enhance heritage assets, namely the Bower Ashton conservation area and the Ashton Court Estate".

    The planners also noted the application "fails to demonstrate that the proposed development will be safe from flooding or that it will not adversely increase flood risk elsewhere".

  18. Murder accused denies wrongdoing

    Wilfred Isaacs

    A man accused of shooting dead his neighbour in a caravan park home in Somerset has denied any wrongdoing.

    Wilfred Isaacs Senior, 49, (pictured) died and his son Wilfie Isaacs Junior, 22, was injured at the Chubbards Cross caravan park near Ilminster on 5 May.

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

    Defending himself at Bristol Crown Court, Charlie Broadway, 24, said: "I didn't do anything wrong that day."

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  19. Noise at scrapyard 'worst ever experienced' says expert

    Bidwell Metals Ltd

    A scrapyard that caused "misery to local people" must close down.

    Residents living near Bidwell Metals Ltd (BML) in Radstock, Somerset, complained about noise from a shredding machine, forklift trucks, angle grinders and mechanical grabs.

    An Environment Agency expert said the noise nuisance was the "worst he had ever experienced in his career".

    The company argued it had a right to cause noise because of the length of time it had been trading on the site.

  20. Noise 'misery' scrapyard to close

    Residents said noise was coming from a shredding machine, forklift trucks, angle grinders and mechanical grabs.  

    Noise 'misery' scrapyard to close

    Bidwell Metals Ltd

    A scrapyard that caused "misery to local people" is to close down.

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