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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Friday, 11 November.

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  1. Christmas lights go on at Cabot Circus

    Last night it was The Mall at Cribbs Causeway...but tonight was the turn of Cabot Circus in the centre of Bristol.

    Hundreds of people - including several local schools - took part in a lantern parade through Broadmead and there was a laser display for the crowds before the big Christmas light switch-on. 

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    Video caption: Christmas lights now on

    That's it from BBC Local Live for this week. We'll be back on Monday from 7am with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England.

  2. Work starts on £5m greyhound stadium

    Abbey Stadium, Swindon

    A turf cutting ceremony's taken place to mark the start of work on a £5m speedway and greyhound stadium in Swindon. 

    The new arena will replace the aging Abbey Stadium - which was built in the 1940s. 

    Clarke Osborne, from Gaming International - which owns the Abbey Stadium - said "years of planning and hard work" has "finally come together".

    If all goes to plan, speedway and greyhound racing will move from the current venue to the new circuit next May or June.

  3. Amazon agency supervisor tells reporter 'be prepared to put foot your down a bit'

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    Video caption: Amazon agency delivery drivers: Supervisor tells reporter “be prepared to put foot your do

    An undercover reporter who worked in Bristol for an agency that delivers parcels for Amazon was told by one supervisor to “be prepared to put your foot down a little bit”.

    Drivers for agencies - contracted by the internet giant - told the Inside Out West reporter they were expected to deliver up to 200 parcels a day.

    Some admitted breaking speed limits to stay on schedule, while others said time was not allowed for toilet breaks.

    Amazon said it was "committed" to ensuring drivers drive safely and legally and that as independent contractors of the agencies they can drive at their own pace and choose when they take breaks.

    You can read more about this story here or watch via the iPlayer a special Inside Out documentary about it.

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  4. Ultra-violet sport comes to Gloucester

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    Video caption: GlowSports has started running sessions at a community centre in Gloucester

    GlowSports has started at a community centre in Gloucester. 

    The GL3 Community Hub in Churchdown is running sessions until Christmas, with each week trying a different sport. 

    Children will get to play while wearing fluorescent bibs and using neon painted sports equipment in a room lit with UV blacklights.

  5. Otter surprises visitors to Bath park

    Otter spotted at Prior Park in Bath

    An otter has been spotted by surprised visitors at a park in Bath.

    The animal has been seen in the landscaped gardens of Prior Park - hiding in bushes close to the water and swimming in the lake.

    It's thought the mammal made its way into the National Trust managed park from the River Avon.

    Simon Ford, from the trust, said: "It will have been feeding on the Signal Crayfish which is an invasive species, so it is actually doing us a favour."

    Otter spotted at Prior Park in Bath
    Otter spotted at Prior Park in Bath
  6. Amazon agency supervisor says 'don’t worry about seatbelt'

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    Video caption: Amazon agency supervisor says “don’t worry about seatbelt"

    A BBC undercover reporter who worked for an agency delivering parcels for Amazon is told by an agency supervisor he "didn't have to worry about a seatbelt" because "the police won't stop" a delivery driver.

    Delivery drivers for agencies - contracted by the internet giant - regularly work "illegal" hours and receive less than the minimum wage, it has been claimed.

    Amazon said it required independent delivery providers to ensure drivers were fully licensed and insured and obeyed "all applicable traffic and safety laws".  

    You can read more about this story here or watch via the iPlayer a special Inside Out documentary about it.

  7. Amazon could face MPs over working conditions claims

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    Video caption: Amazon could face questions in parliament over working conditions, Iain Wright MP says.

    Amazon could face questions in parliament over the working conditions at the company.

    Delivery drivers regularly work "illegal" hours and receive less than the minimum wage, it has been claimed.  

    The firm said it was committed to ensuring drivers drive safely and legally, and are "fairly compensated".  

    Iain Wright, the Labour MP and chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee, told the BBC: "These are serious allegations that call into question a lot of business practises carried out by Amazon.

    "There are rising challenges in respect of what's happening with online retail and ever growing customer demand.

    "It's a balance - it's making sure that the customer gets what he or she wants, at a time that is suitable for them. But it shouldn't be done on the back of exploitation of workers."

  8. Thousands of knitted poppies adorn Warminster

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    Video caption: A Warminster chapel has been covered in knitted poppies to mark Armistice and Remembrance

    Everything from benches to graves have been covered in knitted and crocheted poppies in Warminster, to mark Armistice Day.

    More then 17,000 poppies were made by volunteers from the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal.

    The display includes a waterfall of poppies on the side of St Lawrence Chapel.

    There was also a special tribute to the fallen animals who died in the Great War - with knitted models of a horse, dog and carrier pigeon. 

  9. Convicted drug dealer ordered to pay back £51k

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    A convicted drug dealer from Gloucester has been ordered to pay back £51,000 of his ill-gotten gains.

    Until his arrest, police said Marcus Campbell, from Kingsway, was responsible for bringing the majority of class A drugs into the county. 

    He was part of a gang - jailed earlier this year - following a police surveillance operation that saw nearly £250,000 worth of cocaine being delivered to Gloucester.

  10. Delayed Atlantic swim bid set for Sunday start

    Ben Hooper

    Swimmer Ben Hooper was all set to begin the nearly 2,000-mile swim from the west coast of Africa to Brazil on Monday morning.

    But his world record bid - to become the first to officially swim across the Atlantic - was delayed after his medic and another crew member quit.

    Now the 38-year-old is hoping to start his four-month marathon attempt on Sunday.

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  11. Headlines from the local papers

    Newspapers

    Wiltshire Times: Wiltshire Council takes away staff credit cards and printers as it battles predicted £10 million overspend

    Swindon Advertiser: Over-filled wheelie bins left behind

    Weston Mercury: Man jailed for racist assault against security guard in Weston General Hospital’s A&E

    Somerset County Gazette: Kitten 'thrown out of van' by delivery driver

    Stroud News: Parked police car causes traffic chaos in Stroud after blocking bus

    Bristol Post: Driver pleads guilty to causing death of Nailsea teen Alex Gould and driving under influence

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

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    M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, between J21 for A370 and J20 for B3133.

    M5 Somerset - Lane blocked on M5 northbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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  13. 'Final flight' WW2 Spitfire engineer dies

    Ken Farlow at Gloucestershire Airport

    A terminally ill former World War Two Spitfire engineer whose poignant photo became an unlikely internet sensation has died.

    The photo of Ken Farlow, 95, staring at Spitfires through the fence of Gloucestershire Airport went viral after it was shared by his daughter.

    It came to the attention of airport bosses who treated him to a flight in a two-man trainer aircraft in July.

    Earlier, the airport tweeted: "With sadness we report the passing of Ken Farlow yesterday. His story touched hearts."

  14. Lollipop patrol cuts: 'It always seems they cut the very lowest'

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    Council funding for lollipop patrols in Bristol looks likely to be withdrawn.

    Bristol's Mayor, Marvin Rees, needs to plug a financial black hole of £92m.

    Cutting school crossing patrols could save up to £360.000. 

  15. Sickness bug forces Gloucestershire school closure

    Longney C of E Primary School near Gloucester

    An outbreak of sickness has forced the closure of a school in Gloucestershire.  

    The Longney C of E Primary School near Gloucester was closed this morning

    The school will undergo a deep clean over the weekend and is expected to be open again on Monday.

  16. RNAS Yeovilton personnel pay their respects on Armistice Day

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    Video caption: A service was held in the Fleet Air Arm Royal Naval Cemetery

    The West came to a standstill at 11 o'clock to remember the men and women who've fought and given their lives for our country. 

    A two minute's silence was observed across the UK.

    At the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) in Yeovilton, a service was held followed by an airdrop of thousands of poppies from the only flying MK1 Fairey Swordfish in the world.

  17. Lollipop patrols in Bristol could be at risk

    Bristol's Mayor, Marvin Rees, needs to plug a funding black hole of £92m.

    Council funding for school crossing patrols is one of the areas that could be targeted, saving up to £360,000.

    The Mayor told a public meeting that the cuts he has to make were going to hurt. 

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    Video caption: Six-year-old Sophie was hit by car. She says the lollipop ladies keep people safe