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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 20 December 2016

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  1. There's some wet weather on the way

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    Video caption: Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast for the West of England

    That's all from us for tonight.

    We'll be back at 7am tomorrow with more live news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England.

  2. The story of the Glastonbury Festival so far

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    Video caption: The story of the Glastonbury Festival so far

    From hippies with flowers in their hair to mud, mud and more mud.

    Yesterday we heard that the 2019 Glastonbury Festival could be held at a site 100 miles away from Worthy Farm in Somerset to help protect the main site.

    So we needed no further excuse to look back at some of the history of the world famous festival.

  3. Police praise 'amazing' five-year-old

    Yousef Mostafa

    A five-year-old boy managed to phone for help when his mother locked herself in the bathroom. 

    Yousef Mostafa used his mum's mobile to call his father in Egypt, enabling him to alert police, after the mishap at their flat in Bristol. 

    Nahla Zahran was then rescued by firefighters after being trapped in the bathroom for four hours. 

    Quote Message: Yousef is amazing. I can't believe he only turned five a few days ago. He is so sensible and should be very proud of himself. I was amazed at how calm and sensible the children were, especially given the fact they have only been in this country for a few weeks and speak very little English. from PCSO Lauren Holt
    PCSO Lauren Holt
  4. Scam warning for vulnerable people

    Trading standards officers are warning that the state may have to pick up the bill to look after more and more people in their old age, because they're losing their life savings to scams.

    The victims are often elderly, and are vulnerable to fraudsters who target those who are isolated and lonely.

    BBC Points West's Dickon Hooper spoke to one man who's been affected:

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    Video caption: More and more people are losing their life savings to scams
  5. Women's Aid overwhelmed with Christmas donations

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    Video caption: Charity Swindon Women's aid doing everything they can to make Christmas special.

    Staff at Swindon Women's Aid have been overwhelmed with donations of presents for the women and families staying at their refuge. 

    BBC Wiltshire's Marie Lennon met Olwen Kelly, director, and she told her about how some of the things we tend to love about Christmas can make an abusive relationship even worse.

  6. Wheelchair designer hailed for invention

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    Video caption: Wheelchair designer hailed for introducing one of UK's best inventions.

    A wheelchair invented by a North Somerset charity to help people in developing countries has been recognised as one of the UK's best inventions. 

    Twenty-five years after being set up, the charity Motivation has seen one of its models added to the Design Museum in London. 

    Founder David Constantine said the traditional style wheelchairs only offer a one-size-fits-all solution.

  7. Bristol mum traps herself in bathroom - five-year-old son calls Egypt for help


    Calling family members in Egypt for help is a bit of a roundabout way to do it, but that's what Yousef Zahran did when his mum Nahla accidentally locked herself in the bathroom of their flat in Bristol.

    Yousef was left alone in his flat with his three-year-old brother so he used his mum's mobile phone to ring his father in Egypt for help. His father called a friend in London, who rang the Metropolitan Police, who then rang Avon & Somerset Police.

    A team from Avon Fire & Rescue had to use sledgehammers to break the door down but Yousef was reunited with his mum after a four hour wait.

  8. Glasto traffic disruption 'regrettable'

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    Traffic management around this year's Glastonbury Festival "fell short of acceptable standards".false

    The event in June saw the area's roads gridlocked with many people stuck in their vehicles for up to 12 hours.

    A report by Mendip District Council said the "overwhelming issue" was there was nowhere to park campervans when site access became problematic.

    Festival boss Michael Eavis admitted it had been "chaotic" but said 4in (10cm) of rain in three days before the event was "an impossible situation for a greenfield site".

    He said: "Next year I've secured the use of the Bath and West [showground] for any emergencies - and we can do park-and-ride from there."

  9. Berlin attack: Bristol's Broadmead Christmas Market reacts

    Bristol's Broadmead Christmas Market

    In the wake of the lorry attack in Berlin, how have visitors and stallholders in some of the biggest Christmas markets in England been affected?

    Twelve people were killed and dozens injured when the lorry ploughed through the popular market near west Berlin's main shopping street on Monday night.

    At similar-looking structures across England today the visitors still came to buy their food and Christmas goods - including at Bristol's Broadmead Christmas Market. 

    Click here to read more.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A37 Somerset both ways

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    A37 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Wraxall Road and B3153.

    A37 Somerset - A37 Wraxall Hill closed, queuing traffic and long delays in both directions between Pylle in Wraxall and Lydford Crosskeys in West Lydford, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on and accident investigation work.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  11. A canal in the sunshine


    It was a "tranquil scene" on the canal today at Fromebridge Mill in Whitminster, Gloucestershire.

    Thanks to John Wilkes for sending us the picture.

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    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, at J17 for A350.

    M4 Wiltshire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of an accident involving two cars.

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  13. Stonemason represents the UK at EuroSkills 2016

    It may not have the same coverage as the Rio Olympics but this event in Sweden attracted 70,000 viewers to a competition which tests vocational skill.

    Twenty-year-old Toby Brook from Wells travelled to Gothenburg for the event which involves 28 countries in trades such as gardening, games design and welding.

    He's a stonemason at Wells Cathedral and narrowly missed out on a medal for his work.

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    Video caption: Toby Brook travelled to Gothenburg for the vocational skills competition
  14. Christingle service at army camp school

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    Video caption: Kiwi Primary School in Bulford, Salisbury Plain have had their annual Christingle service

    The Kiwi Primary School in Bulford, on Salisbury Plain, has been getting into the Christmas spirit with a special Christingle service. 

    Some 260 children attended the service.

    Almost all of the children at the school are from army families, stationed in Wiltshire, from all over the world.  

  15. Inquest hears 'Goldfinger' John Palmer was unlawfully killed

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    Video caption: Inquest hears 'Goldfinger' John Palmer was unlawfully killed

    Earlier we told you about an inquest that heard notorious criminal John "Goldfinger" Palmer was shot six times in a "contract-style" killing.

    Mr Palmer, once described as Britain's richest criminal and thought to have been worth £300m, got his nickname after he was arrested on suspicion of melting down gold from the Brink's-Mat robbery, although he was never convicted.  

    He was said to have melted the metal down in the back garden of his mansion at Lansdown near Bath. 

    Det Ch Insp Stephen Jennings from the Essex & Kent serious crime directive, told the BBC there could have been numerous people who wanted to "cause him harm".

    Click here to read the full story.

  16. How to avoid falling victim to postal scams

    There are fears that social care budgets may be stretched as more older people are scammed out of their savings.

    Victims often go on to face ill health and depression after losing the money, which could have been used to pay for their health care. Instead the state has to look after them.

    Here's our top tips on how not to fall victim to postal scams:

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    Video caption: Watch: here's some advice on how not to fall for postal scams.
  17. Glastonbury Festival told to make changes to its traffic management plan

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    Video caption: Mendip District Council says problems this year were unacceptable

    Traffic management around the site of the 2016 Glastonbury Festival "fell short of acceptable standards", a council report has found.

    The event in June saw the area's roads gridlocked with many people stuck in their vehicles for up to 12 hours.

    Michael Eavis, festival organiser, said next year he had secured the use of the nearby Bath and West Showground for travel emergencies.

  18. Sale confirm interest in Bath's George Ford

    George Ford

    Sale Sharks are interested in speaking to Bath fly-half George Ford once the negotiation period opens in January, says director of rugby Steve Diamond.

    England's Ford has been linked with a move away at the end of the 2015-16 season, particularly since his father Mike was sacked as head coach in May.

    Click here to read the full story.

  19. Adventurer begins latest river challenge

    Gloucester adventurer Kev Brady has finally started his latest challenge.

    He's attempting to paddle board the length of the longest river in Sri Lanka - which is 208 miles (335 km) long. 

    Kev has already canoed along the Mississippi and swum the length of the River Severn.

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