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  1. Latest news, sport, weather and travel across the West of England on Thursday 12 January 2017

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  1. Missed the snow? Have some snowy scenes from 2010

    Many of you clearly didn't get to see much of the snow that was forecast today.

    You might be a bit disappointed you weren't able to build a snowman or get the sledge out.

    But never mind, instead here's a reminder of what snowy scenes can look like in the region, from this day in 2010.

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    Video caption: Some picturesque snowy Somerset scenes from back in January 2010

    That's all from us on Local Live for today, we'll be back from 7am tomorrow with more news, sport, travel and weather.

    Hope you have a good night.

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    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.

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  3. Points West 60: A tale of three missing rings

    Ooops! It wasn't just the rubbish which found it's way into the bin of Carol Riddings from Wellington in Somerset.

    Points West met her 19 years ago.

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    Video caption: Carol Riddings found some lost rings.
  4. Tweet compares politicians to famous Cleese, Barker and Corbett sketch

    This Twitter photo featuring North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has been doing the rounds. 

    Some people say the way they are positioned is eerily reminiscent of the famous class sketch, broadcast on The Frost Report in 1966.

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  5. Opening hours changing at Somerset's Minor Injury Units

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    Video caption: The change of opening hours will come into effect from 6 February

    Opening times at Somerset's minor injury units in Glastonbury, Chard, Shepton Mallet, Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead and Burnham-on-Sea are set to change from the 6th February.

    Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said the changes would help ensure all the units can remain open seven days a week and would affect a relatively small number of patients.

    Outside of opening hours, a paramedic will be available for patients.

  6. Bristol Mayor 'confident' in arena despite delays

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    Video caption: Watch: Marvin Rees said that Bristol Council must deliver an arena despite delays.

    Earlier we told you about another set-back for Bristol's long-awaited arena, after the local authority failed to agree on the cost of the project with developers.

    The council says it'll open a year later now, by autumn 2020.

    Mayor Marvin Rees told us he's confident it will go ahead.

  7. South Bristol link road nearing completion

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    The long-awaited South Bristol link road looks set to open to drivers next week, according to Cllr Tim Kent. 

    When open, it will link two key routes out of Bristol, the A38 and the A370. 

    The plan was approved by both Bristol and North Somerset Councils three years ago.

    The new road was first used by hundreds of cycling Santas back in December.

  8. Snow watch: Concerns turn to icy road conditions

    We might not have seen much of the snow that was forecast but the West is now braced for icy road conditions tonight and into the morning after the wet conditions through the day. 

    Councils are asking us to take care when we're out and about tonight. 

    They're also urging us to check on vulnerable neighbours who might be affected by the freezing conditions. 

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  9. Swindon Town sign three new players

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    Swindon Town have signed defender Fankaty Dabo, midfielder Charlie Colkett and striker Islam Feruz on loan from Chelsea.

    • England Under-20 international Dabo, 21, is yet to make his professional debut
    • Feruz, 21, has had loan spells with Blackpool and Hibernian
    • Colkett, 20, was recently recalled from a loan at Bristol Rovers

    The trio could feature against Bolton in League One on Saturday.

  10. Severn crossings: £3 toll plan

    Severn Bridge

    Cars, small vans and small buses will pay just £3 in tolls when the Severn Crossings go into public ownership around 2018, under UK government plans.

    The proposed reduction is more than previously suggested, less than half the current £6.70 charge for cars.

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  11. Rugby: Bath's Matt Garvey needs surgery for neck injury

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    Bath forward Matt Garvey is to be sidelined for "a little while" as he needs to undergo surgery after injuring his neck.

    The former London Irish man, 29, who can play in the second or back row, was injured in Friday's loss at Newcastle.

    "He really hurt his neck and he has got pins and needles in his arms and through his hands," director of rugby Todd Blackadder said.

    "So he could be out for a little while yet but it's hopefully not too serious. But to lose a big boy like that is an opportunity for someone else."

  12. Robotic animals roaming wild on new wildlife documentary

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    Video caption: Watch: Rob Pilley, series producer shows off his robotic animal friends.

    A new nature programme produced in Bristol will hit our television screens tonight. 

    BBC1's Spy In The Wild uses remote-controlled models to film up close and personal accounts of animal behaviour. 

    The programme will look into the lives of animals including meercats, otters and even ostriches. 

  13. Robins boss pays tribute to his friend Graham Taylor

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    Video caption: Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson on the death of his friend Graham Taylor

    Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson has paid tribute to former England manager Graham Taylor who has died at the age of 72.

    The pair worked together at Watford and were close friends.

    "He was a great man. It is very sad and football's lost a good'un," Johnson told us.

  14. Snow watch: Disappointment in Bristol and Taunton

    But Sybil Ruscoe feared her dog Billy would get lost in the snow in Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire:

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    Forecasters say the wet snow could see a risk of ice on untreated roads by the morning:

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  15. BreakingPlans to raise council tax in latest Bristol City Council savings plans

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    Council Tax in Bristol is set to rise by 5 per cent from April. 

    It's one of several measures announced by the authority today as it continues its drive to cut costs by more than £100m over the next five years. 

    Following weeks of consultation the council has released details of £64m worth of savings. 

    Plans include closing library buildings, cutting bus subsidies, support for the vulnerable and funding for the city's parks. 

    Parking charges will also increase, with free Sunday parking set to be scrapped. 

    A full list of the proposed savings will be available on the council's website this evening.

  16. Tidal lagoon plan published by government

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    A Gloucester-based energy company looks set to benefit from a £1.3bn tidal lagoon project in Swansea Bay

    They will be used to generate electricity using the tides by letting water into, or releasing it, from the lagoons.

    Water entering or leaving the lagoons will rush past turbines connected to electricity generators.

    Tidal Lagoon Power, which has a base at Gloucester Docks, hopes this could lead to a development of larger lagoons around the UK coast. 

    There are plans to build one of them near Bridgwater.

  17. Snow watch: Still raining in Gloucester

    BBC Weather Watcher LoriBee perhaps a little disappointed at the situation in Gloucester.

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    Better luck in other parts of Gloucestershire and Priddy and Brompton Regis in Somerset.

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