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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 10 January 2017

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Temperatures set to drop with a risk of snow

We hope you've enjoyed watching our videos and reading our news and sport updates today.

There will be more live updates from 7am tomorrow, so we hope you can join us then.

Before we go here's the latest forecast from Ian Fergusson. Goodnight.

Watch: Cold weather ahead with a risk of snow

Snooker trick shot attracts more than a million views

Watch: More than a million people watch a snooker trick shot on Facebook

Just in case you missed it earlier, here's another look at the golf/snooker trick shot that has been watched by more than a million people online.

This footage of the 500ft long putt set up across a bar in Bristol has been sped up.

Allstar Sports Bar shot the video in around 11 hours, they usually film a trick shot for Christmas and this slightly late version has now gone viral.

Wedding ring lost for seven years - found by metal detectorist

Tom
Somerset Artifact Seekers

In its first find of 2017, a Somerset metal detectorist group has reunited a man with his wedding ring, seven years after he lost it in a field.

The Somerset Artifact Seekers group, which helps people search for lost items, were contacted by Tom over Christmas and asked if they would use their equipment to search his field for the ring.

Despite not being "100% sure" if he'd actually lost it in the field, metal detectorist Richard managed to track it down.

"I showed him roughly where I thought, bearing in mind it’s been seven years," said Tom.

"But I didn’t even have time to make a cuppa and put boots on before he was back with my ring. So pleased."

Mum dispels Down's syndrome myths with book

A mum from Bath has written a new book to try and help dispel some of the myths surrounding Down's syndrome. 

Caroline White was told her son Seb had Down's 24 hours after he was born. 

Caroline has campaigned a lot to try and change perception and now she's written a book full of anecdotes of how her eight-year-old son has enriched her life. 

Watch: A mum from Bath has written a book to help dispel myths surrounding Down's syndrome

Yeovil roadworks near Pen Mill station cause delays

Watch: Work to help mitigate the impact of a new housing development is causing delays

Motorists in Yeovil are being faced with another set of roadworks in the town.

The junction of Sherborne Road and Lyde Road is being shut for the next three months as part of wider plan to replace the mini roundabout with traffic lights.

The aim is to improve traffic flow but in the meantime it means diversions and delays for those trying to get around town. 

Five BAFTA nominations for Bath-based director

Ken Loach at the Cannes Film Festival receiving the Palme d'Or award
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The Bath film director Ken Loach has been nominated for five BAFTA awards for his film 'I, Daniel Blake'.

Among them; Best Director, Best Film and Best Screenplay.

The nominees were announced today, with the film going up against the multi-Golden Globe winning La La Land, and Manchester by the Sea in the Best Film Category.

See the full list here.

Customers cause rethink on iconic store closure

Watch: The shop has been trading in Taunton since the mid-1850s

An independent family-owned shop which has been a fixture on Taunton's high street since the mid-1850s has put its closure plans on ice.

The County Stores was to shut this month but now they say they'll continue trading while looking for new tenants after customers urged them to stay open.

New sugar tax to fund after-school sports clubs?

A Wiltshire school club has been used to try to convince parliament of the best way to get children active. 

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has tabled a debate on how to spend the proceeds from the new sugar tax.

We spoke to some of the children in the sports club to see what they thought:

Watch: North Swindon MP wants to spend the new sugar tax on getting kids involved in sport

Why is the large blue butterfly protected?

Watch: Large blue butterflies filmed at Daneway Banks in Gloucestershire, one of the locations Cullen is alleged to have taken a specimen from

A man has appeared in court charged with capturing and killing the UK's rarest butterfly from sites in Gloucestershire and Somerset. 

Phillip Cullen, 57, of Cadbury Heath, Bristol, denies six offences related to the endangered large blue and was bailed. He will go on trial in March. 

The prosecution is believed to be the first involving offences relating to large blue butterflies in the UK, if convicted Cullen faces a prison sentence or an unlimited fine.

The globally-endangered large blue has always been rare in Britain but became extinct in 1979. It was made a protected species in 1981, making it a criminal offence to kill or collect them. 

In 2004 the large blue occurred on nine sites in the country following a major conservation programme.

Severe disruption: M32 Bristol northbound

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M32 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at J2 for A432.

M32 Bristol - M32 lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic outbound at J2, A432 (Eastville), because of a broken down lorry.

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Underhill 'exciting addition' - Blackadder

Sam Underhill: Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder excited by signing

Tresco bar boss 'had row at party' before he went missing

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A holiday island bar manager had been in an argument with a group of Polish workers at a party on the night he went missing, an inquest has heard.

Josh Clayton
Clayton family

The body of Josh Clayton, 23, from Taunton, was found on rocks near Tresco in the Scilly Isles following an eight-day search. 

Party-goer Leroy Thomas said he saw Mr Clayton "ranting and raving" and saying he was going to kill himself.

Mr Clayton's family broke down in tears at the inquest in Plymouth.

Severe accident: A372 Somerset both ways

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A372 Somerset both ways severe accident, between A37 and B3151.

A372 Somerset - A372 in Podimore closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Podimore Roundabout and Red Post Junction, because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

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Motorist's bottle throwing lands him £610 fine

A motorist from South Gloucestershire has been caught red-handed throwing plastic bottles from his car.

Little did he know the driver behind him had a dash cam and later handed the footage over to the council.

The culprit was given a £610 fine for littering.

Watch: A man has been fined £610 for littering in South Gloucestershire

Severe disruption: A38 Somerset both ways

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A38 Somerset both ways severe disruption, between Downside Road and New Road affecting B3130 Barrow Street.

A38 Somerset - A38 in Bristol Airport closed, queuing traffic and delays in both directions between the Downside Road junction and the New Road junction, because of a vehicle fire. Congestion to the B3130 Barrow Street junction.

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Sale 'yet to speak' to Bath's Ford

George Ford
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Sale boss Steve Diamond says they are yet to speak to England and Bath fly-half George Ford over a potential move.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Rec after his father Mike was sacked as head coach last May.

Ford is under contract at Bath until 2018, but is understood to have a break clause in that deal for this summer and Sale are keen to talk to him.

Reporter tries his hand at snooker trick shot

We've been talking about an amazing golf/snooker trick shot that has been seen now by millions on Facebook (see video at the top of page).

Our reporter Scott Ellis has been trying his hand at the craze - have a watch below to see if he can pull it off.

Watch: Scott Ellis has a go at setting up a snooker trick shot after one filmed in Bristol is seen by a million

Man in court accused of trapping and killing UK's rarest butterfly

Large blue butterfly
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A man has appeared in court charged with capturing, killing and possessing specimens of the UK's rarest butterfly.

Phillip Cullen, 57, is accused of six offences relating to large blue butterflies, which are endangered globally.

He is alleged to have captured and killed two butterflies, one from Daneway Banks, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire and another at Collard Hill, near Street, Somerset, in June 2015. 

Bristol Magistrates' Court heard the butterflies were found at Cullen's home in Cadbury Heath, Bristol last year.

He denies six charges and was released on unconditional bail to stand trial in March.

Amazing trick shot in Bristol

A video of an intricate (and frankly, amazing) golf/snooker trick shot has had more than a million views just two days after it was published on Facebook. 

Allstar Sports Bar in Bristol always film a trick shot for Christmas, this year they were a bit late but there efforts have gone viral.  

The 500ft putt took general manager Shane O'Hara and bar assistant Tom Woolman around 11 hours to set up and film. 

Watch: General manager Shane O'Hara says the trick shot was difficult to set up but worth it

Severe disruption: A350 Wiltshire both ways

BBC Travel

A350 Wiltshire both ways severe disruption, between A303 and A36.

A350 Wiltshire - A350 closed and delays in both directions between The Furzehedge Junction in Pertwood and Crockerton Roundabout in Warminster, because of an earlier overturned lorry and recovery work.

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Search for WW1 medal owner's family

Can you help get a World War One medal home? 

The medal belongs to Joseph Clark McCamish who served in the Somerset Light Infantry. 

Nik Hill, from Gloucestershire, initially believed the medal was his grandfather's until his research showed it belonged to Mr McCamish.

Now he wants to reunite the medal with its rightful owners.

Watch: The medal was originally given to a member of the Somerset Light Infantry

If you have any useful information please give BBC Somerset a call on 0345 303 1566 and we can pass it on. 

Snooker trick shot team now want to create 1,000ft version

The makers behind a 500ft long fancy trick shot now want to better their latest creation after it went viral on social media.

The putt took around 11 hours to film and attracted more than a million views on social media after it was posted by Allstar Sports Bar.

Bar assistant Tom Woolman set up the shot with general manager, Shane O'Hara, who says he has big plans for the next one.

Watch: General manager Shane O'Hara wants to go bigger and better with his next trickshot

Warning of snow on Thursday

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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow for the South West region on Thursday.

"Rain moving eastwards across the south of the UK on Thursday may turn to snow in places," says its website

"Whilst this is unlikely, there is a small chance of snow settling with disruption to road, rail and air services as well as interruptions to power supplies and other utilities."

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'Hollywood drama' in setting up snooker trick shot

Earlier we showed you a rather intricate and impressive snooker trick shot created by two chaps from a Bristol bar.

It's had more than a million views just two days after the video made by Allstar Sports Bar was published on Facebook. 

The 500ft putt took around 11 hours to set up and film by general manager Shane O'Hara and bar assistant Tom Woolman.

Watch: General manager Shane O'Hara says they didn't think it would take so long to set up

Football: Swindon re-sign Gladwin from QPR

Ben Gladwin
Rex Features

Swindon Town have re-signed midfielder Ben Gladwin on loan from QPR until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old originally joined the Robins from non-league Marlow in July 2013.

He moved on to Championship side QPR in May 2015 but returned to the County Ground on loan in October.

Gladwin could feature for Swindon, who are four points above the relegation zone in League One, against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Masseur worked for 'own sexual gratification'

Malcolm Baker
Gloucestershire Constabulary/BBC

Cheltenham masseur Malcolm Baker, of Hillary Road, has been jailed for 15 months for abusing six of his clients.

At Gloucester Crown Court, Judge Jamie Tabor QC said Baker had cast aside his training and expanded his repertoire to full body massage researched on the internet.

"I believe you did this for your own sexual gratification," he told Baker during sentencing.

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Snooker trick shot took an 'all-night stint' to complete

Watch: Tom Woolman said he thought it'd take an hour to film

So we've been telling you about an amazing snooker trick shot that has been watched by more than a million people on Facebook (12.45pm update).

The stunt, which took place in a Bristol bar, took hours to set up.

Tom Woolman described the effort as an "all-night stint".

Rock on rail investigation - landslip a 'known issue'

Watch: "It's something we'll be looking at very closely," said Julian Burnell from Network Rail

A boulder fell on to a railway line in an area of "known disturbance" where minor rock falls occurred "from time to time", it has been revealed.

The rock tumbled on to the line near Stroud, Gloucestershire, on Monday.

The cutting has safety netting in place but Network Rail said it was not built "to stop anything of this size".

The company will now examine whether "more resilient measures" are needed, but said it was too early to say if it was a "close call or not".

Read more on this story,

Trick shot in Bristol Sports Bar gets more than a million Facebook views

A video of an intricate (and frankly, amazing) snooker trick shot has had more than one million views just two days after the video was published on Facebook.

Allstar Sports Bar in Bristol shot the video as their late Christmas Trick shot and it's since gone viral.

A two-minute long snooker trick shot, in a bar in Bristol, is watched by a million people.

The 500ft putt took around 11 hours to set up and was filmed by general manager Shane O'Hara and bar assistant Tom Woolman. 

We'll be speaking to them later on today here on BBC Local Live to tell you how it was done.

Masseur sentenced to 15 months in prison

Malcolm Baker
BBC

More on the masseur who sexually assaulted six female clients who has been jailed for 15 months (12.01pm update).

Malcolm Baker, 68, from Cheltenham, abused the women during massages they had paid for.

The former accountant, who retrained in massage at Gloucestershire College when he retired, denied all counts but was found guilty at an earlier trial.

Baker, of Hillary Road, was found guilty of six counts of sexual assault against six different victims.

Read more on that story here.

Bristol City Women set for Ashton Gate double-header

Tom Garry

BBC Sport, West of England

Bristol City Women will play at Ashton Gate when they start their 2016 WSL campaign at home to Reading in April.

The day will see a double-header of games, with Bristol City's men hosting Barnsley in the Championship at 3pm before the Women's game at 6pm.

It's hoped the initiative will see a boost in the attendance for the WSL match as the Vixens return to the top flight after being promoted last year.

Ashton Gate corner flag
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BreakingMasseur jailed for sexually assaulting clients

A masseur who sexually assaulted six of his female clients has been jailed for 15 months. 

Malcolm Baker, 68, from Cheltenham, abused the women during massages they had paid for.

Sports Camp owner backs Wiltshire MP on sugar tax use

The owner of a sports camp in Swindon is backing a debate on the use of money raised through the sugar tax.

Mark Draycott, of the Draycott Sports Camp, agrees with North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson that the money from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy should go towards paying for after-school sports clubs like his.

Watch: "I'm 100% behind the idea," said Mark Draycott

Tresco holiday island death: Bar boss 'frantic' to leave party

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Tresco bar boss Josh Clayton was "desperate and in panic" as he tried to leave a staff party, an inquest has been told.

Josh Clayton
Clayton family

The body of Josh, 23, from Taunton was pulled from the sea 10 days after he went missing from the party on 13 September 2015.

Fran Dudley, friend and colleague on the privately owned holiday island,  said he was "struggling" to find the keys to a golf buggy - saying he needed to get home because he was working at 07:00.

She told him to stay put while she got a bike but when she returned he has gone, the inquest in Plymouth heard.

"He was frantic and desperate to drive," she said.

She added that Josh, who was "incredibly popular" among seasonal staff on the island,  was "definitely not himself". The inquest continues.

MP calls for sugar tax to be spent on inactive kids

Sugary drinks
Thinkstock

A Wiltshire MP is calling for proceeds from the new Sugar Tax to be spent getting inactive children into sport.

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson is leading a debate in parliament today. 

He wants projects like Draycott Sports Camp in Swindon to be funded by the new levy on sugary drinks. 

The camp is for children who don't normally excercise.

Railway line 'had rock fall issues'

Boulder on the tracks between Gloucester and Swindon
BBC

A boulder fell on to a railway line in an area of "known disturbance" where some minor rock falls occurred "from time to time", it has been revealed.

The rock tumbled on to the line near Stroud, Gloucestershire, on Monday.

The cutting has safety netting in place but Network Rail said it was not built "to stop anything of this size".

The company will now examine whether "more resilient measures" are needed, but said it was too early to say if it was a "close call or not."

Young cancer patients taking to seas

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust team hug
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

About 100 young people recovering from cancer are taking to the UK's seas in a "confidence-building" project run by yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur.

Round Britain 2017, organised by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, will take place between May and September and will visit more 60 towns and cities including Bristol.

The crew will visit cancer treatment centres where they will meet other young people who are still in recovery.

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Cystic Fibrosis drug gets NHS funding

Watch: Kalydeco has now been approved for funding by the NHS

William Foord from Wiltshire is nearly two years old and has Cystic Fibrosis.

His mum Emma has been fighting for a particular medicine, called Kalydeco, to be made available on the NHS. It was licensed in England but only funded in Scotland. 

Well it has finally been approved for funding on the NHS and it's due to be made available in the next couple of weeks. 

Emma hopes the drug will increase William's life expectancy and give him a normal and happy life.

Travel: All lanes open again on M5 near Bridgwater

BBC local radio headlines across the West

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  • BBC Radio Gloucestershire- A plan for a new supermarket, office blocks, day nursery and drive through coffee shop near Arle Court Roundabout in Cheltenham could generate 500 jobs
  • BBC Radio Bristol- An independent report into Bristol's year as European Green Capital has ruled that suspicions about the way some of the £12m was spent staging the event in 2015 were totally unfounded
  • BBC Somerset- A new scheme to give young people training in the emergency services has been launched in Somerset. The 999 Academy in Bridgwater is the first of its kind in the county and one of two in the West Country
  • BBC Wiltshire- A Wiltshire mum whose boy has Cystic Fibrosis says their lives will be changed now that they have access to a life extending drug for him