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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday, 2 December 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Weekend weather turning brighter

    Here's the weather forecast for the weekend and Ian says things are staying dry and there'll even be some sun on Sunday.

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    Video caption: Watch: West country weather with Ian Fergusson

    Thanks for being with Local Live for the West today, we're signing off until Monday morning at 7am - see you then.

  2. 'Pete the Street' captures scenes of Bath whatever the weather

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    Video caption: Watch: Meet artist "Pete the Street" who paints outside in all weathers

    Meet artist 'Pete the Street' who is known for painting on the streets of Bath come rain or shine.  

    One of his city scenes has sold for £30,000.

  3. Somerset street's fantastic Christmas lights display

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    Video caption: Watch: Each household spends an extra £50 on electricity to put on the show

    A row of houses in Burnham on Sea had their big switch on last night - with more than 100 people turning up to watch it through the fog.

    Residents in Trinity Close have been decorating their houses for nearly 20 years.

    The festive display raises thousands of pounds for charity and each year residents try to go one better on the previous year.   

  4. Edward Heath abuse claims: Police defend investigation

    Sir Edward Heath

    An inquiry into child sex abuse claims involving ex-Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath is exploring a "significant number" of lines, police say.

    Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Mike Veale has defended Operation Conifer, insisting it is not a "fishing trip or witch-hunt".

    He said officers had received "allegations spanning a significant number of individuals".

    It emerged last month that two people had been arrested.

    Former Conservative prime minister Sir Edward died at his home in Salisbury in July 2005, aged 89.

  5. The Missing: What's next for Baptiste?

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    Video caption: Watch: Laura Rawlings spoke to the writers of BBC One hit The Missing

    BBC Radio Bristol's Laura Rawlings spoke to the writers of BBC One hit programme The Missing, to find out what's next after the massive cliffhanger. 

    The second series of the thriller, which explores the emotional fallout of a child's abduction, ended on Wednesday.

  6. Former Somerset cricketer tries out rugby

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    Video caption: Watch: Alex Barrow in training for Taunton Rugby

    Alex Barrow has taken up rugby after his contract with Somerset County Cricket Club was not renewed in August.

    The former wicket-keeper is training with Taunton Rugby Football Club.

    And his coach says there's a chance he could play for the first team next year.    

  7. Police appeal after Halloween attack in Taunton

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    Police are appealing for witnesses after a Halloween night assault in Taunton left a man with a broken jaw.

    The incident happened around 2.15am on Sunday, 30 October.

    A 32-year-old man was attacked as he waited for a taxi opposite The Coal Orchard pub on Bridge Street.

    A man ran across the road and punched the victim in the face before making off towards the canal tow path.

  8. Human Swan ready for Channel challenge

    Could Sacha Dench become the first woman to cross the English Channel by paramotor in the next few days?

    Her team tweeted last night that she's waiting for a "weather window" to undertake the feat, and we're told that Monday is looking likely.

    Sacha's been following the migration of Bewick's Swans from Russia, and is due back at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire later this month.

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  9. Bristol City players could be loaned to Guernsey

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    Players from Bristol City could be loaned to Guernsey FC after a tie-up between the clubs has been agreed.

    The deal, which also includes helping Guernsey-based coaches and young players, came about through City's chairman Steve Lansdown.

    Click here to read the full story.

  10. Mystery bride 'stunned' by photographs

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    Video caption: Watch: Kathy Bremner reacts to the discovery of her 1974 wedding photos

    A Cheltenham woman who was identified in a series of mystery wedding photographs says she was "stunned" when she found out about them.

    Kathy Bremner said she found out about the photographs when her brother phoned her while she was collecting her car from a garage.

    A hunt began to track down the location and people featured in a set of black and white photos after a 35mm film was found undeveloped in a second-hand camera bought by a Romanian photographer.

    The venue was eventually identified as the Burleigh Court Hotel in Gloucestershire, and then Kathy's family contacted the BBC to say she was the bride in the pictures which were taken in 1974.

    Click here to read the full story.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

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

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound between J17, A350 (Chippenham) and J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  12. Sharpness fire: Blaze now under control

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    Relief crews are being drafted in to take over from firefighters who've been tackling a fire at a recycling plant in Sharpness.

    They now have it under control and are damping down. 

    Crews were called to the blaze at New Earth Solutions just before 6am this morning.

    The company ceased trading recently but materials were still being stored there. The building has been totally destroyed by the fire.

  13. Gloucester's Hibbard 'never too old' for Wales

    Richard Hibbard

    Gloucester hooker Richard Hibbard says he is not giving up on representing Wales again, despite 16 months on the international sidelines.

    The 2013 British and Irish Lions tourist recently signed a new contract at the Cherry and Whites, the club he joined from Ospreys in 2014.

    The 32-year-old has not played for Wales since scoring a try in the 21-35 defeat by Ireland in a World Cup warm-up match in August 2015.

    But when asked if he still had international ambitions, Hibbard said: "You're never too old."

    Click here to read the full story.

  14. Three jailed for sex trafficking in Bristol

    Jiri Mizer, Viera Sulcova and Vojtech Paloc

    Three people have been jailed for a combined total of 25 years for trafficking and controlling prostitutes from the Czech Republic.

    Jiri Mizer, 33, of no fixed address, and Viera Sulcova, 39, from Gloucester, were convicted following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

    A third man, Vojtech Paloc, 40, failed to attend the trial and was convicted in his absence.

    Avon and Somerset Police described the offences as "simply appalling".

  15. Bristol to tackle obesity by becoming a Sugar Smart City

    Jamie Oliver

    Bristol is launching a new drive to reduce the amount of sugar people are eating in a bid to tackle obesity and dental problems in the city.

    Recent data shows that 57 per cent of adults and more than a third of year six aged children in the city are now overweight. And a quarter of five year olds in Bristol have tooth decay.

    Bristol’s Youth Council is helping to steer the new programme - which will see the city become a Sugar Smart City in association with Jamie Oliver's Food Foundation - and on Monday night members will meet to discuss introducing a voluntary local sugar tax. 

    Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees said: "Eating too much sugar is contributing to rising obesity levels and dental problems, which are two significant factors linked to health inequalities in Bristol." 

  16. Bath scientists devise new national fire fitness test

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    Video caption: Watch: Imogen Sellers reports on the new tests for fire crews

    Researchers from the University of Bath have devised new scientific fitness tests for firefighters. 

    The role of fire crews has changed dramatically over the last two decades and the physical demands have changed too. 

    Now Bath scientists have come up with a test that will be used by brigades across the country.

  17. Severn Bridge tolls: Toll rise sparks indignation on Facebook

    Tolls are on the rise at the Severn Bridges from the new year.

    You've been sharing your views on the increase on BBC Points West's Facebook page.

    Severn Bridge
    Quote Message: Amazing how you can cross the bridge into Edinburgh Scotland not get charged but to get into Wales you do. This is disgusting the amount of money people have to pay to just get to work and back ! from Cathianne Downing
    Cathianne Downing
    Quote Message: Need to take out a second mortgage next time I head for Wales then.... from Sally Smith
    Sally Smith
    Quote Message: Absolute joke! It's a fortune already from Jon Brown
    Jon Brown
  18. Watch Bristol Flyers on the BBC

    Worcester Wolves v Bristol Flyers poster

    Ever wanted to watch British basketball?

    Later today the BBC will show the first of 32 British Basketball League (BBL) and Women's British Basketball League (WBBL) games live on the BBC Sport website and app, as well as on selected connected TVs. 

    And this evening's match will be Bristol Flyers away at Worcester Wolves.

    Click here to watch the game in full from 7:30pm.