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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 28 November

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. There's a lot of blue over that map!

    Good evening - as the day winds down it's time to take a look at how the weather will shape up over the coming few days. Ian's even taken a look at 2017 as he forecasts for December and January too!

    Looking like a chilly couple of days ahead and maybe a good time to invest in an electric blanket for the next few nights.

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    Video caption: Ian Ferguson brings us the West's weather for the coming days - and months

    That's all for Local Live for the West, we'll be back with you from 7am tomorrow.

  2. New Army accommodation for Salisbury Plain

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    Video caption: New army accommodation for single soldiers arrived at Larkhill barracks in Salisbury.

    New Army accommodation for single soldiers arrived at Larkhill barracks today, marking a big milestone for the project to prepare Salisbury Plain for thousands more personnel over the next four years. 

    They units look like metal containers but inside you find a bedroom, bathroom, doors and windows.   

    Once they're all in place red bricks will be built over the outside, making it look like more traditional barracks. 

  3. Badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire could be at an end

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    Video caption: They were the first two zones chosen by the government to try & reduce bovine TB

    Badger culling in parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire could be at an end.

    The cull has happened every autumn since 2013 - targets were missed in the first year and the culls have been fraught with clashes between pro and anti-cull groups but farming minister George Eustice says they will be announcing what happens now.

    Meanwhile farmers are being urged to do more to tackle cattle to cattle transmission of the disease in hot spots like the West country. 

    A new scheme was launched which will see farms which successfully tackle the disease get special accreditation.

  4. Two men arrested after racist attacks in Gloucestershire

    White taxi sign on top of a black car

    Police have made two arrests following two separate incidents in Cheltenham and Gloucester.

    The latest attack happened in the early hours of Saturday in Pittville Street. The victim, a taxi driver in his 20s, was verbally abused and then punched in the head and face after refusing a customer who didn't have enough money for the fare.

    The driver suffered a swollen eye and a cut below his eye.

     A 20-year-old Gloucester man was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and assault. He has been released on bail. 

    Petrus Undari was racially attacked in Gloucester earlier this month

    In the other incident earlier this month Petrus Undari (pictured above) was stopped in his car in London Road before a man punched and verbally abused him.

    The victim was treated in hospital for a gash to his face.

    A 45-year-old man from Abbeymead was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated assault. He has been released on bail.

  5. Glos assistant Harvey extends contract

    Ian Harvey

    Gloucestershire County Cricket Club's assistant head coach Ian Harvey has extended his contract with the county until the end of 2019.

    "It certainly wasn't a hard decision to stay," the 2003 World Cup winner said.

    Read more here.

  6. Sunset over South Gloucestershire

    Thanks to Amanda for sending this in. No clouds in the sky - we're in for a cold night!

    Trees silhouetted against a dark blue, orange and yellow sunset
  7. West councils to get nearly £6m to fix potholes

    Pothole on street lined with parked cars

    The West will get £5,846,000 from the government to fix potholes - that's enough money to fill 110,200 potholes!

    As well as fixing the roads, some of the country's most dangerous roads will be upgraded - including nearly five and a half miles of the A4173 through Brookthorpe and Edge in Gloucestershire and three miles of the A371 in North Somerset.

    Here's a breakdown of how much each area will be getting:

    Table showing how much each local authority will receive to fix potholes
  8. Review of river safety measures following student death

    Photographs of Henry Burke

    Safety measures on the River Avon in Bath are to be reviewed after a student died last week.

    Henry Burke, 19, was last seen leaving a nightclub in the city on Thursday, his body was recovered from the river on Saturday and police say his death is "unexplained".

    Campaigners are calling for greater safety after several people have died in the River Avon in recent years.

    The multi-agency River Safety Group will now meet to review the measures in place. A spokesman for Bath and North East Somerset Council, part of the group, added that this was the first death upstream of Pulteney Weir in Bath.

    Quote Message: This is the first fatality upstream of Pulteney Weir - an area where the adjoining land is predominantly privately-owned, with limited public access. The council is keen to emphasise that although the River Avon is a beautiful part of the city, people are reminded of the importance of staying safe around the water, particularly at night time."
  9. Bath's Christmas Market draws in the crowds

    Yes, it's that time of year once again - thousands of people flocked to Bath at the weekend to pick up some early Christmas presents from the market outside Bath Abbey. 

    The market say that 87% of their stallholders are local traders from Bath or the surrounding area.

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    Video caption: Watch: Hundreds of people have been visiting Bath for their annual Christmas Market.
  10. What's it like inside a homeless shelter?

    Bristol night shelter for the homeless

    Take a 360º look inside a night shelter for homeless Bristolians.

    Over Christmas, this shelter will take in more than 50 people a night and serve up hundreds of meals.

    Along with hot showers, the shelter will also provide laundry services to those living on the city's streets.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Bristol eastbound

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    M4 Bristol eastbound severe accident, between J20 for M5 and J19 for M32.

    M4 Bristol - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M4 eastbound between J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J19, M32 (Bristol), because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  12. The Shires to perform in Bristol

    Chart topping British country music duo The Shires will be performing in Bristol later. 

    Singer songwriters Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle, who attended Wells Cathedral School, will be performing at Colston Hall tonight. 

    The group's latest album My Universe became the fastest-selling UK country album in history when it was released last month.  

    The Shires play on Andrew Marr

    And The Shires will be on Points West at 6:30pm tonight.  

  13. This could be the plaster that changes the world

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    Video caption: Scientists have invented an infection detecting colour changing bandage.

    A clinical trial of a smart bandage which changes colour when it detects infections is beginning using samples from burns patients at Southmead and Bristol Children's Hospital.

    The technology, developed at the University of Bath, has the potential to combat the threat of drug-resistant bacteria.

    If the trials demonstrate that the bandages are effective then manufacturing could begin as early as next year.  

  14. Four-year-old with leukaemia switches on Christmas lights

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    Video caption: Leukaemia battling 4 year old, switches on town's Christmas lights

    A four-year-old boy who suffers from leukaemia was chosen to turn on the Christmas lights in Warminster, Wiltshire.

    Finn Martin was given the honour as a reward for his bravery during his illness. 

  15. Family search city for missing dad

    Wayne Stirrups

    More than 1,200 posters have gone up in Bristol, Cardiff and London over the weekend to help find a missing father-of-two.

    Wayne Stirrups from Canterbury in Kent told his family he was going to Cardiff to visit his sons, but has not been seen since 17 November.

    Family and friends of the 30-year-old traveled to Cardiff on Sunday to raise awareness of his disappearance.

    Mr Stirrups' brother Jason said: "We're all lost without him, we know he's in a bad place right now."

  16. First of new armed forces homes installed at Larkhill

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    The homes are part of the £1.1bn investment announced by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon earlier this month.

    As well as these "modular units" - which will provide accommodation for single personnel, the money is being used to improve technical, office, catering, retail and leisure facilities.

  17. Status Quo drummer rocks up at teenage fan's party

    A 16-year-old from Gloucester was given a very special birthday surprise over the weekend when the former drummer with Status Quo came to perform.

    Chloe Elliot has severe autism and is a massive Quo fan.

    Her parents arranged for all the Quo band members to sign a birthday card for her and the drummer John Coghlan brought his band to Longlevens to play at her party.

    John Coghlan
  18. River safety petition after student dies

    Henry Burke

    petition calling for the installation of safety barriers alongside a river where a student died has gained more than 4,000 signatures.

    Henry Burke, 19, was last seen leaving Zero Zero nightclub in Bath on Thursday.

    A body believed to be his was recovered from the River Avon on Saturday.

    Campaigners are calling for greater safety after several people have died in the River Avon in recent years.

    Meanwhile Bath Spa University, where Henry was a second year geography student, said he would be "greatly missed by everyone at the university".

    Quote Message: His commitment to his studies and extracurricular activities, including rugby and snow sports, demonstrate what a valued member of the university community he was. All our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Henry’s family, housemates, girlfriend, and friends at this terrible and difficult time.”
  19. What songs would be called if they were awfully West Country

    "Something in cider so strong", "I just can't get you out of Minehead" and "Whoops up cider heads"....

    It's the hashtag #WestCountryASong started up by Awfully British on Sunday, which has flared up with "a bit of South West music fun".

    Even the Wurzles have dusted off their laptop...

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