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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday, 18 November

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from us on Children in Need night

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    That's it from Local Live for the West of England for tonight. Points West have been having lots of Children in Need fun on the ice at the Mall at Cribbs Causeway tonight and the fundraising continues on BBC One.

    We'll be back at 7am on Monday with another full round-up of news, sport, travel and weather.

    Here's a look ahead to the weekend weather prospects - goodnight.  

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian Fergusson warns of heavy rain and strong winds for Saturday night
  2. Tom Homer

    Bath go top of the Premiership as they earn a scrappy win in the first derby with Bristol in seven years.

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  3. West Brexiteers among first to see Trump after US election victory

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    Video caption: Watch: US President Donald Trump with Arron Banks and his business partner

    Two of Donald Trump's first visitors after his surprise victory in the US Presidential election were from from a Brexit campaign group based in South Gloucestershire.  

    Bristol millionaire Arron Banks was invited to Trump Tower along with his business partner. 

    As the President-elect is teetotal they celebrated with water and chocolate. 

  4. Church Treasurer jailed for stealing church funds

    A church treasurer has been jailed for 16 months for stealing £32,000 from his church to fund his gambling habit.

    David Peach-Miles, from Newent, took the money over a period of ten months from St John the Baptist Church in Ruardean in the Forest of Dean.

    He admitted fraud by abuse of position and was also ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge by Gloucester Crown Court.

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    Video caption: David Peach-Miles
  5. Salisbury children's starring role in BBC Children in Need Choir

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    Video caption: The BBC Children in Need Choir perform Lean on Me in Salisbury

    A special performance has taken place in Salisbury featuring a choir of 200 local children.

    They've been learning the song Lean on Me to take part in the BBC Children in Need choir with youngsters across the country.  

  6. Rugby half-time score: Bath 13 - 9 Bristol

    Rival rugby fans are at the Rec tonight, as Bristol face Bath in the league for the first time in seven years.

    Bristol Rugby are at the bottom of the Premiership table, while Bath are third.

    At half-time Bath are leading 13-9.

    Hear full commentary on BBC Radio Bristol. 

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  7. Forest Green face key run of games

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport, West of England

    Forest Green Rovers striker Matt Tubbs believes they will win if they perform at their best when they host promotion rivals Lincoln City on Saturday.

    Lincoln are second in the league table, nine points behind the Gloucestershire side with a game in hand.

    "We know if we play to our full potential, will come away with three points," Tubbs told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

    "It is not going to be an easy game by any means.

    "But it is a big three games for us next week - if we can pick up points on the board it it will stand us in great stead around Christmas time."

    After facing Lincoln, National League leaders Forest Green host third-placed Tranmere on Tuesday night, before a trip to Wrexham next Saturday.

  8. New £3m buses for Cheltenham to Gloucester service

    A fleet of 12 new buses will be launched tomorrow on the 94 route between Cheltenham and Gloucester.

    Stagecoach West has spent £3m on the buses which have greater leg room, Italian leather seats, wifi and USB mobile phone charging points. 

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    Video caption: Listen: Operations Director for Stagecoach West, Rachel Geliamassi.
  9. Radstock scrapyard fire: emergency water supplies brought in

    A large fire at a car scrapyard around Radstock in Somerset has left up to 40 homes and businesses without running water.

    Bristol Water has sent out bowsers to the area so people can collect water in their own containers.

    Avon Fire and Rescue Service has needed to use a huge amount of water to put the fire.  

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    Video caption: Watch: the BBC's Alice Bouverie reports on how some people are without running water
  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A417 Gloucestershire eastbound

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    A417 Gloucestershire eastbound severe accident, between A46 Shurdington Road and A436.

    A417 Gloucestershire - A417 in Brockworth blocked and long delays eastbound between the A46 Shurdington Road junction and Air Balloon Roundabout, because of a serious accident.

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  11. Man jailed for 20 years for rape and sexual abuse

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    A Swindon man who repeatedly raped and sexually abused five girls between 1977 and 2014 has been jailed for 20 years.

    George Tinsley, 61, from Welcombe Avenue, Park South, Swindon, was found guilty of 38 counts of historic sexual offences at Swindon Crown Court. 

    Tinsley was sentenced to 20 years in jail and five on licence.

    Quote Message: Tinsley coerced and threatened the girls as he satisfied his own perverted sexual desires. He preyed on the young victims and made them believe that there'd be serious consequences if they spoke of the abuse." from Detective Constable Janet Thomas Wiltshire Police
    Detective Constable Janet ThomasWiltshire Police
  12. Cheltenham Town: 'We're all a bunch of rejects', says striker

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport, West of England

    Cheltenham Town forward Billy Waters says their squad is stronger for the fact that many Robins players have previously been released by clubs.

    "There is a trend in football - you always see players being told they're not good enough, or a club doesn't want them anymore," Waters told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

    "I think that's the case with the majority of players here. It shows a strength of character from the players, to bounce back.

    "We're all a bunch of rejects in this team at the end of the day and I think that's why we succeed."

    Waters is in his second season at Cheltenham and he helped them win promotion back to the Football League earlier this year.

  13. Pudsey on tour for Children in Need

    Pudsey Bear has been a busy bear this week as he built up to tonight's Children in Need extravaganza. You can tune in now on BBC One.

    Here are some of the highlights from his visits to Wiltshire schools.

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    Video caption: Pudsey Bear spent his week touring Wiltshire schools as part of BBC Children in Need.
  14. Children In Need: The project helping children who have witnessed domestic abuse

    It's Children in Need day today and we're looking at how your money helps different groups across the West.

    The Southside project in Bath holds play therapy sessions for children who have witnessed domestic violence in the home. Kai has been helped by Southside and has now become a volunteer.

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    Video caption: Watch: Kai has been helped by Southside and now volunteers at the group.
  15. Stonehenge: Celebrating 30 years as a World Heritage Site

    Stonehenge is celebrating 30 years of World Heritage Site status this weekend. 

    Ahead of the celebrations students from Stonehenge School and Avon Valley College have today unveiled a special plaque in honour of the iconic Wiltshire monument. 

    Here are some facts you may not know about Stonehenge.

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    Video caption: Wiltshire's Stonehenge monument is celebrating 30 years of World Heritage Site status
  16. Radstock fire: Some residents without running water

    Up to 40 homes and businesses in and around Radstock have no running water, following a large fire at a scrapyard.

    It's because Avon Fire and Rescue Service has needed to use a huge amount of water to put out the fire involving more than 100 scrap vehicles.

    Bristol Water is sending out bowsers to the area, for people to collect water in their own containers.   

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    Video caption: Watch: drone footage of the Radstock scrapyard fire
  17. Bath Community Academy expected to shut within two years

    Bath Community Academy

    The regional schools commissioner has agreed in principle to the closure of Bath Community Academy, formerly Culverhay School for boys, subject to seeking views of those affected by the closure. 

    The foundation in charge of it, the Cabot Learning Federation, made the proposal back in July, saying the academy was no longer sustainable because of low pupil numbers and concerns over standards.

    The academy, which currently has 241 pupils, is expected to close at the end of the summer term of 2018.  

    Bath & North East Somerset Council said it will now work closely with the regional schools commissioner and Cabot Learning Federation during the "listening period" to ensure the council hears and understands any issues and concerns being raised.   

    Quote Message: “I am disappointed to hear this decision. Now is the time for continued consultation with parents and stakeholders to ensure that the current pupils receive the best education during this difficult period, and that the academy site is used to the best educational advantage of the surrounding community.” from Ben Howlett Conservative MP for Bath
    Ben HowlettConservative MP for Bath
    Quote Message: We will be working with Cabot Learning Foundation, Bath Community Academy and other schools in the area to plan the transition and to find places for all the pupils. We will also be working closely with the families affected to provide, where eligible, home school transport depending on the distance needed to travel from home to school." from Councillor Michael Evans Cabinet member for Children’s Services, BANES Council
    Councillor Michael EvansCabinet member for Children’s Services, BANES Council
  18. Join Pudsey on ice for Children in Need on tonight's Points West

    Tonight Points West will be live from the ice rink at Cribbs Causeway. Here's Alex and Sabet with more info, and remember to tune in at 6.30pm. 

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    Video caption: BBC Points West CIN promo with Alex and Seb