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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 9 January 2017

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  1. Tomorrow's weather for the West country

    Thanks for joining us today, we'll leave you with a look at tomorrow's weather for the West country.

    We'll be back from 7am tomorrow with more live updates. 


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    Video caption: Watch: A glimpse at the forecast for tomorrow.
  2. Druid to sue English Heritage over Stonehenge car parking charges

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    Video caption: King Arthur will take English Heritage to court over car parking charges at Stonehenge.

    A senior druid has been told he can take English Heritage to court over car parking charges at Stonehenge. 

    King Arthur Pendragon says it breaches his human rights to have to "pay to pray" at the stone circle for solstice events. 

    In a statement English Heritage says it's looking forward to presenting its full case at a later date.  

  3. Puppies left in recycling box at woods

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    Video caption: Watch: The three pups are now hoping for their happy ever after.

    These three little pups were dumped in a recycling box in North Somerset woodland. 

    Luckily they were found by a dog out walking with its owner.

    They were rescued and taken to an animal sanctuary in Barrow Gurney.

    The puppies will soon be looking for their fairy tail ending of a new home!

  4. Points West 60: Amazing Bullimore rescue 20 years ago today

    "A little chocolate, water and sheer determination" - that's what kept Bristol yachtsman Tony Bullimore alive when his boat capsized. 

    Today's film from the Points West archives shows Tony being rescued 20 years ago after surviving for five days in the hull of his vessel.

    As the world watched and waited, rescuers worked tirelessly to locate his boat, with many fearing whether the sailor could survive.

    However, although he was suffering with mild hypothermia and dehydration Mr Bullimore was in great spirits and could barely believe they found him.

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    Video caption: Watch: Tony Bullimore amazed the world when he was rescued 20 years ago today

    Points West is celebrating it's 60th anniversary this year so we're taking a look back at some of the news and events it has covered.

  5. The Bristol slam poet making a mark on the national stage

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    Video caption: Sven Stears from Bristol made it to the semi-final of a national poetry slam contest.

    This is Sven Stears, a performance poet from Bristol. He recently made it to the semi-final of a national poetry slam competition.

    These contests allow poets to perform their original work in front of an audience and get scored on it. 

  6. Care home call for clear-cut pet policies

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    Video caption: The Blue Cross wants all care providers to have a 'pet policy'

    What do you do when a loved one needs to go in to a care home but has a beloved furry companion?

    Some have to take care of the pet themselves, or make the decision to take the animal to a shelter or give it up for adoption, but there are some care homes which allow pets.

    The Blue Cross would like all providers to have a clear-cut pet policy and better transparency on whether or not older people can take their pet to live with them and what should happen if circumstances change.

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    Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

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    M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, between J23 for A39 and J24 for A38.

    M5 Somerset - Two lanes closed on M5 southbound between J23, A39 (Bridgwater North) and J24, A38 (Bridgwater South), because of an accident involving van.

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  8. Lines reopen after landslip but delays continue

    The railway line affected by the boulder which fell during a landslip has now reopened.

    The mass of rock tumbled onto the line near Kemble in Gloucestershire on Monday.

    National Rail Enquiries has warned of cancellations, delays of up to 15 minutes or diversions until the end of the day.

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  9. Attempted murder charge after A36 crash

    A man has been charged with attempted murder after a crash on the A36 in Wiltshire.

    Lukasz Jarosz, 34, from Wilton, near Salisbury, was arrested after the crash on Friday.

    A 13-year-old front seat passenger suffered a leg injury and remains in a stable condition in hospital.

    Mr Jarosz appeared at Swindon Magistrates' Court where he was remanded in custody until 6 February. He denies the charge.

    The court heard the black Skoda he was driving collided with a Nissan van at the junction with an industrial estate by a railway bridge just outside Wilton.

    It is understood that he found his wife dead at the family home prior to the incident.

    The house is a crime scene while Wiltshire Police investigates the death, which is being treated as "unexplained".

  10. World Tap champions from the West

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    Video caption: West of England Tap champions rehearse together for first time

    Fifteen dancers from the West of England have helped the official UK Tap Team win more titles in the World Championships.

    The 42-strong team were among 1,800 dancers from over 19 countries to compete in the 2016 International Dance Organisation competition in Riesa, Germany.

    Eight of the champions are from Swindon, with another six from Bristol and Bath, and one dancer from Gloucester. 

    Quote Message: This year was possibly the hardest competition I have ever seen, every year each country gets stronger. There were truly exceptional performances from around the world. from Jo Scanlan Head coach
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  11. Pig sculptures to be installed across Gloucesterhire

    Gloucestershire Old Spots pig

    School children are being invited to design a sculpture of a Gloucestershire Old Spots Pig. 

    The best design will feature on a new sculpture trail of 40 pigs in Gloucester and across the county, in June

    It has been called the Henson Trail after Joe Henson who championed the rare breed.

    It follows the Scrumpty Trail of 20 giant egg cup sculptures which featured across the city, during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

  12. A429 reopened to traffic after lorry sheds load of stone

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    A lorry carrying stone shed its load on to a car in a crash in the Cotswolds.

    The A429 towards Cirencester near the A40 junction was closed earlier but has now been reopened to traffic.

  13. Rail track boulder disruption ongoing

    A large boulder which fell 40ft down a cliff onto a railway line in Gloucestershire is continuing to cause disruption to services. 

    Engineers have spent the day breaking it into smaller pieces but Network Rail says the line may not reopen before the morning. 

    There are nets in place to prevent stones and debris falling onto the tracks but the boulder was bigger and heavier than the protective barrier is designed to withstand.

    Julian Burnell, from Network Rail, said staff will work round the clock to ensure that services are back to normal as soon as possible.

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    Video caption: Watch: Boulder disrupts Swindon to Gloucester rail service after falling on track.
  14. Forest of Dean woman's death 'not suspicious'

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    The death of a woman initially found injured at a Gloucestershire house was not suspicious, police have confirmed.

    Gloucestershire Police previously said the death of the 53-year-old in Littledean was unexplained.

    The woman was found with serious injuries at a house in Broad Street at 3pm on 5 January. She died a short time later.

    Police are conducting inquiries on behalf of the coroner, a spokesman said.

  15. Druid to sue over Stonehenge charges

    King Arthur Pendragon and supporters

    A senior druid has been told he can take English Heritage to court over car parking charges at Stonehenge. 

    King Arthur Pendragon argues it breaches his human rights to have to "pay to pray" at the stone circle for solstice events. 

    He was joined by other druid and pagan supporters to protest outside the courthouse in Salisbury. 

    English Heritage and Wiltshire Council said they would not comment while legal proceedings are ongoing.

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  16. Three hurt as lorry sheds load of rocks on to car

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    Three people are being treated in hospital after a lorry carrying rocks shed part of its load of Cotswold stone on to a car during a crash in Gloucestershire.

    Police said the crash happened just after 11.45am near Northleach on the A429 near the junction with the A40.

    Two cars - a Jaguar and a Ford Focus Sport - and the lorry were involved, a spokesman said. A 56-year-old man from Staffordshire, who was driving the Jaguar, was taken to Southmead Hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

    A man from Cheltenham and his female passenger in the Ford Focus were taken to Swindon Hospital with minor injuries. The lorry driver was no hurt.

    Officers said the road is likely to remain closed until about 7pm while an investigation takes place.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

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    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J8 for M50 and J9 for A46.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J8 M50 and J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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  18. Leonardo Helicopters secures a deal worth more than a quarter of a billion

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    Video caption: The contract with the Ministry of Defence will see the firm maintain Wildcat helicopters

    A five-year deal worth £271m will protect hundreds of aerospace jobs across the UK, the government has said.

    Many of those will be in Yeovil and at the Royal Naval Air Station, also in Somerset. 

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed the contract with Leonardo - the firm that maintains Wildcat helicopters for the Royal Navy.