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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 25 January 2016

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  1. Windy for some but feeling cold for all

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    Video caption: West weather for 25 January

    That's all from Local Live for today. Don't forget we're back in the morning from 7am with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    It will be a cold and frosty night for many with largely cloudy skies. 

    The cloud possibly producing isolated drizzle or light snow flurries and the risk of ice in places but this will mainly be confined to higher ground such as the Mendips. 

    The winds will also gradually increase too. Minimum Temperature: 0C.

  2. Bath park-and-ride: Protester says decision 'not the end of the story'

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    Video caption: 'We were never going to win this one'

    After hearing that a greenbelt site was chosen by councillors as the location for Bath's fourth park-and-ride, Christine Boyd from the Bathampton Meadows Alliance said while the decision was "inevitable" the fight was far from over.

  3. Bath park-and-ride: Council says new site needed as city 'full up'

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    Video caption: Council leader Tim Warren on the decision

    Councillor leader, Tim Warren insisted the Bath east park-and-ride would reduce congestion.

    "If you've got 800 parking spaces then that's 800 cars not driving around the city looking for somewhere to park then it must do," he said.

  4. Park-and-ride greenbelt site chosen amid protest

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    Hundreds of people protested as a greenbelt site was chosen by councillors for Bath's fourth park-and-ride.

    Bath and North East Somerset Council (Banes) said its preferred option was site B, to the west of Mill Lane at Bathampton Meadows.

    Christine Boyd from the Bathampton Meadows Alliance said she was "pretty upset" at the decision which she said was a "terrible tragic loss".

    Banes said there was a "long-standing need" for the park-and-ride on the east side of the city.

    It added it needed to make "satisfactory arrangements for the purchase of the site and agreement from Highways England on access".

    The site, which is subject to planning, has spaces for 800 vehicles. 

    There'll be more reaction on Points West at 10.25pm tonight and also on Local Live tomorrow morning.

  5. Bristol mayor offers partnership with housing developers

    Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has said he is asking the government for more powers so that Bristol City Council can build more houses.

    He pledged to build 2,000 homes a year, 800 of which should be "affordable", so they will cost less than £250,000 a year. 

    He said Bristol City Council doesn't have any control over developers, but he wants to offer them a partnership to build the homes he pledged:

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    Video caption: Listen: Marvin Rees says he wants more powers to build new houses.
  6. Breaking'Site B' chosen for Bath's eastern park-and-ride

    Site B

    After a passionate meeting Bath and North East Somerset councillors have chosen site B as the preferred location for the city's fourth park-and-ride. 

    The decision now has to go before the planners before work can start.

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  7. Bristol in top 10 national rough sleepers list

    The government has released its figures for rough sleepers across the country in autumn 2016. 

    Bristol makes the top 10 list with 74 rough sleepers counted, though this is down on last year when the figure was nearly 100.

    Graph showing top 10 rough sleepers
  8. Plans 'well under way' to reopen Wells Rec play area

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    Video caption: The play structure was damaged by a fire on Bonfire Night

    If you've missed the play equipment on Wells Recreation Ground then good news, it's being replaced very soon.

    The wooden castle play house opened at the end of October but days later it was badly damaged in a suspected arson attack.

    Security measures at the ground are also being beefed up with the installation of a night vision security camera.

  9. Students to report 'months of online racial abuse' to police

    Two Bristol University students are to make a formal complaint to the police after they say they were subjected to months of online racial abuse by a group of up to 15 men

    Timi Ariyo has spoken out after a video about him containing abusive singing and monkey noises was sent on Snapchat.

    Tami Sotire said she was scared to report abuse directed at her on social media for fear the group would "become more angry".

    Today they also agreed to a meeting with the university about what had happened.  

  10. Well that didn't last long

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    A solitary 45 minute appearance was the whole of Storer's Yeovil Town career. 

    He joined the Glovers from Birmingham City at the start of January, but will now return to the West Midlands for personal reasons.

    Yeovil Town say they wish him the best for the future.

  11. Night out for Forest's wild boar

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    Video caption: Watch: local residents captured this boat on camera.

    A wild boar has been captured on camera wandering around Cinderford in the Forest of Dean.

    Comments have been left on Points West's Facebook page about the problems the animals can cause. 

    Cherry Chappell wrote: We have a ploughed field next to us thanks to them.... started by a mother and her youngsters, now just mainly see the growing youngsters!

    Caroline Anne Baker said: Leave him alone and he'll go home, wagging his tail behind him!

    And Sue Christley posted: It's not funny when they start digging up graves.

  12. Almost £4k raised to aid crossbow-shot swan

    Injured swan

    A funding page for a swan, shot in the head with a crossbow, has raised almost £4,000 in less than 36 hours.

    The bird known as "George" was found with a bolt lodged in its left eye in Cheltenham's Pittville Park on Tuesday.

    A JustGiving page to pay for its treatment and a reward to catch the person responsible has raised £3,945.

    Caroline Gould, from Vale Wildlife Hospital, said: "He's lost an eye and is critical but this shows the strength of feeling people have for George."

    Click here for more.

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  13. Campaign to adopt organ law in England

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    A campaign for Wales' organ donation laws to be adopted in England has been launched by a mother whose daughter needed a transplant.

    Wales became the only nation in the UK to introduce a "deemed consent" system in December 2015.

    Kerry Smith, from Abergele, Conwy county, but now living in Cheltenham, said it could save even more lives.

    The Department of Health in England said it was waiting to see how changes in Welsh legislation impact donations.

    Click here to read more.

  14. Bath east park-and-ride: Council meet to agree new site

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    A meeting to agree a site for Bath's fourth park-and-ride is under way.

    Two sites alongside the A4 at Bathampton have been chosen from a shortlist of eight to house the 800-space facility.

    Conservative leader Councillor Tim Warren said the park-and-ride was crucial to the council's plan to improve transport, tackle congestion and grow the local economy.

    But those opposed to the project say it is not needed and will do nothing to cut pollution in the city.

    You can watch the debate live on the council's website.

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    Severe accident: M4 Bristol eastbound

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    M4 Bristol eastbound severe accident, at J19 for M32.

    M4 Bristol - Slow traffic on M4 eastbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of an accident.

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  16. Family threatened with crowbar and hammer in 'terrifying' burglary

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    Three men armed with a crowbar and a hammer "terrified" a family with young children during a burglary. 

    They forced their way into the house on Castle Road, Kingswood, on Monday evening.  

    Det Insp Roger Doxsey said: “This was a terrifying experience for the victims, which included young children.

    “The suspects used violence against the victims and were armed with a crowbar and a hammer."

  17. Beggars' abandoned sleeping bags to be confiscated

    Beggar on street

    Sleeping bags are being confiscated in Weston-super-Mare in an attempt to curb professional beggars from making money by pretending to be homeless.

    North Somerset Council said it would take the items and leave a receipt so they could be reclaimed. 

    The YMCA in Somerset said the number of those begging had gone up, and from its outreach work it had found these people were "sofa-surfing" or out of work and education.

    Town centre manager Steve Townsend said: "Some even travel from outside of Weston and set up their pitch early each morning because of the income they can generate in a day from passers-by."

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    Severe disruption: M32 Bristol southbound

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    M32 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J2 for A432.

    M32 Bristol - M32 lane blocked on exit slip road inbound at J2, A432 (Eastville), because of a broken down car.

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  19. Potential witness to fatal bus stop assault sought by police

    Potential witness

    Police are hoping to speak to a man they believe may have vital information about the death of Ryan Seymour.

    The 35-year-old died a week after he was assaulted outside the George public house in Shirehampton, Bristol, on 26 November.

    It is thought the witness - seen in the CCTV above - was in a nearby takeaway at about 4.40pm before walking to the bus stop.

    A 48-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm is due to answer bail next month.

    Ryan Seymour
  20. Shot swan update: George in intensive care

    George the swan

    The swan which was found with a crossbow through its left eye is said to be in a critical but stable condition.

    The bird known as George was discovered in Cheltenham's Pittville Park and taken to Vale Wildlife Hospital where the bolt was removed.

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