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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 17 November

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. That's it from Local Live, get your winter woolies ready for tomorrow

    Wrap up warm because it's going to be a cold one tomorrow, there might even be some snow west of Taunton. 

    Temperatures will only manage to reach 7C by the afternoon, brrrrr!

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    Video caption: Watch: tomorrow's weather is set to be cold with snow possible.

    Thanks for being with Local Live for the West this evening. We will be back at 7am with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

  2. Points West tries the Mannequin Challenge

    Have you heard of the Mannequin Challenge? It's the latest craze sweeping social media. In a nutshell, participants have to stay as still as possible while they are filmed.

    The team at Points West thought they'd give it a go. It's not always as chaotic behind the scenes as they have made out here!

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    Video caption: It's been sweeping the internet, so the team at BBC Points West had a go.
  3. Yeovil MP reacts to news that GKN is set to close

    The MP for Yeovil, Marcus Fysh said he is saddened to hear that GKN is set to close, with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

    He told Sabet Choudhury he wants to keep aircraft production in Yeovil and denied that the closure is linked to Brexit.

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    Video caption: Watch: Yeovil MP says he is 'disappointed' with GKN's closure.
  4. Noise complaints over Gloucestershire zipwire

    One of the longest zipwires in the country is set to become even bigger but not everyone is thrilled with the prospect.

    Neighbours of the National Diving and Activity Centre in the Forest of Dean are fed up with the screams and cries of thrillseekers that take the plunge down the zipwire. 

    Council planning officers won't make a decision on whether the attraction can expand until the 13th December.

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    Video caption: Watch: the Activity Centre wants to expand, but local residents aren't happy.
  5. Children in Need: The charity who help children who have experienced domestic abuse

    We've been profiling projects in the West that have benefited from Children in Need funding.

    Survive works with children in Bristol and South Gloucestershire that have experienced domestic abuse at home. 

    They received £99,598 to fund one-to-one support work and group activities to help the children understand what they have gone through.

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    Video caption: Survive works with children in South Gloucestershire who have experience domestic abuse.
  6. Bristol City and Forest Green forwards join Torquay on loan

    Shawn McCoulsky and Kieffer Moore

    Forest Green striker Kieffer Moore and Bristol City forward Shawn McCoulsky have joined Torquay United on loan.

    Torquay-born Moore, 22, has joined on a 28-day loan while McCoulsky, 19, will be at Plainmoor until mid-January.

    Click here to read more.

  7. Children in Need: Volunteers who help parents of premature babies

    Tomorrow is the big night for Children In Need. This week we've been looking at some of the projects that benefit from the charity's funding.

    Bliss Champions work in hospitals supporting families with premature babies. Kelly Edmonds explains how she helps answer parents' questions.

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    Video caption: Bliss Champions work in hospitals supporting families with premature babies
  8. Cost of football: Bristol City vs Bristol Rovers

    Graphic breaking down the cost of Bristol Rovers and Bristol City
  9. Victims of hate crime urged to report incidents to the police

    Upset girl (model)

    Victims of hate crime in Gloucestershire are being encouraged to come forward, following what's thought to be a racially motivated attack on a man. 

    The victim's eye and forehead were injured after being punched in the face and shouted at in Gloucester. 

    He'd been sitting in his car at the junction of London Road and Great Western Road on Monday morning.

    Quote Message: Lots of young people like to use social media because they feel that they can't talk to the police. Some victims say they think we're too busy to deal with the incident and others don't recognise they have been an actual victim of hate crime. So it's about getting out there, speaking to people and encouraging the reporting of it. from Steph Laurence Gloucestershire Constabulary
    Steph LaurenceGloucestershire Constabulary
  10. Home support for our own 'pocket rocket'

    Claudia Fragapane has been flying the flag for the West on Strictly Come Dancing. Her family are based in the Kingswood area of South Gloucestershire. 

    Michelle Ruminski went along to meet the Fragapane family ahead of Claudia dancing at the world famous Tower Ballroom in Blackpool this weekend.

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    Video caption: Watch: Michelle Ruminski went to speak to the Fragapane family at her mum's salon.
  11. What's in a name?


    A team from the University of the West of England has analysed sources dating from the 11th to the 19th Century to fully explain the origins of surnames.

    BBC Radio Bristol hosted a Facebook live with UWE's names expert, Dr Harry Parkin, and many of you sent in your own surnames for an explanation of where they came from. 

    • Maggie Curtin asked about her maiden name Ozzard. The most likely origin was from France, thought to be a variant of a phrase "son of the deaf man". It's also the origin of the surname Izzard.
    • Emily Lloyd asked about Muxworthy, which has its origins in 12th century Devon.
    • Andy Miles asked about the surname Blinman, which he thought only exists in Bristol. It comes from the Middle English term for a "blind man". The 'd' in the word 'blind' was dropped sometime around the 17th century.
  12. Salisbury Pudsey choir preparing for their big night

    A choir of 200 children has been assembled from schools across Salisbury to take part in a special choir for Children in Need. 

    They'll perform the Bill Withers song Lean on Me live in Salisbury Arts Centre on Friday evening. 

    The children in Salisbury will also link up with choirs from around the country that have been practising for weeks to be part of a special part of Friday's Children in Need broadcast.

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    Video caption: Pudsey choir ready for Children in Need.
  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

    BBC Travel

    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, between J16 for A3102 and J17 for A350.

    M4 Wiltshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M4 westbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of an accident on the other side of the road.

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  14. Warmth going out of the window in the West?

    A BBC analysis of official figures suggests homes in the West of England are losing more heat than the national average.

    Leaky roofs

    Houses are rated for efficiency. A home rated E, F or G is losing too much heat through draughty windows and poorly insulated walls. 

    People then have bigger heating bills and colder houses.

    For people living on a low income poor insulation means money out of the window. But for a lucky few it is possible to stay warm on just 15 minutes a day.

  15. GKN confirms closure of its Yeovil site

    Hundreds of jobs will be lost in Yeovil as GKN announced it is closing the site at the end of 2017. 

    The company makes airframes for Royal Navy helicopters but was affected by manufacturer Leonardo's decision to take helicopter production in-house rather than using GKN.

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    Video caption: GKN says it will close its site in Yeovil at the end of 2017

    A spokesman for the company told the BBC they had looked at a number of options to try to keep the site open, from transferring more non-helicopter work to Yeovil to looking at building drones at the site - a suggestion which came up during the consultation. 

    But they said none of the options would provide a sustainable future for what is a specialist helicopter site.  

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  16. The Price of Football: West of England

    BBC Sport has calculated how much it costs fans to support their local football teams

    Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town, Cheltenham Town, Yeovil Town and Forest Green Rovers all supplied data as part of the annual Price of Football survey. 

    It looks at how much tickets cost, the price of food and drink and the grounds and how much you need to spend to wear the latest kit.  

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    Video caption: BBC Sport have calculated how much it costs fans to support their local football teams.
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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J14 for B4509 Thornbury and J13 for A419.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane blocked on M5 northbound between J14, B4509 (Thornbury) and J13, A419 (Stroud), because of a broken down vehicle.

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  18. BreakingGKN Yeovil to close at the end of 2017

    Hundreds of jobs are set to go at GKN in Yeovil after the firm announced the factory will close. 

    Last month GKN Aerospace in Yeovil, Somerset, which makes airframes for Royal Navy helicopters, said 230 jobs were at risk as it looked at whether to "significantly downsize" or close after the potential loss of a contract.

    Leonardo, which assembles the Wildcat helicopter in the town, told GKN it planned to take production in-house.  

    Today GKN said they had "explored all possible options to avoid closuire" but it had "found no realistic chance of significant, long-term helicopter work in the foreseeable future, and we have been unable to find a solution that would make GKN Yeovil a sustainable business.

    "As a result, we are deeply saddened to announce that we will now proceed to consult on the basis that the site will close at the end of next year."