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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Further rain and strong winds expected at time

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    Video caption: West weather for 1 February

    That's all from BBC Local Live for today. We're back in the morning from 7am with all the latest news, sport, traffic and weather for the West Country.

    It will be dry for a time this evening, however further rain will move in from the southwest overnight. 

    The rain will be heavy and persistent at times and it will be accompanied by strong winds, with coastal gales likely.

    Minimum Temperature: 9C.

  2. Allez Bath!

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    Video caption: Allez Bath

    It's BBC Points West's 60th anniversary this year so we've been looking back through our archive. 

    Nineteen years ago, Bath Rugby fans were celebrating victory against Brive in the Heineken Cup final. 

    They were the first British winners of the competition.

  3. Extra police patrols following attacks on elderly

    Five attacks on elderly people in the same area of Bristol in a matter of weeks have led extra police patrols being put on.

    The most recent attack was this morning. 

    Detectives are investigating whether they're linked but are urging people to take extra care. 

    Sgt Helen Riddell said some of the similarities are "obvious" to detectives:

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    Video caption: Extra police patrols follow attacks on elderly
  4. New 'pancake flat' Swindon half-marathon

    Swindon half-marathon route

    Athletes are now able to sign-up to take on the newly relaunched Swindon half-marathon in September.

    Last year's event was cancelled due to lack of funds but the route's now been changed and it's hoped thousands will register. 

    Organiser Graeme Hardie says the route is largely flat to make it more accessible:

    "The previous course was very hilly, which made it very, very difficult for wheelchair athletes whereas this [new course] is almost entirely pancake flat - and very suitable for wheelchairs."

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    Video caption: Registration opens for September race
  5. Cereal factory's bid to attract butterflies

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    Video caption: Butterfly meadow behind Wiltshire factory

    A cereals manufacturer is hoping to tempt butterflies into the backyard of its factory near Bradford on Avon.

    The Nestle site at Staverton, on the banks of the River Avon, makes Shreaded Wheat and Shreddies.

    Now a sustainability project has been set up to attract different species of butterflies to the site.

  6. Wild boar problem probed

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    Video caption: Wild boar problem probed

    There's growing reports of wild boar causing unacceptable damage in towns and villages across the Forest of Dean. 

    It's estimated there are around 1,500 of the animals living in the Forest with more appearing to venture in to residential areas rather than staying in the woods. 

    Now a new group has been set up to try to tackle the problem.

  7. Former goalkeeper attacked after switching sides

    A former Bristol City and Rovers goalkeeper says he was attacked when he switched between the two rival clubs ten years ago.

    It comes the day after star-striker Matty Taylor shocked Rovers supporters by joining rivals City.

    Steve Phillips spent nearly a decade and over 250 games with City before moving to Rovers where he spent another four successful years.

    He has been talking to our sports editor Alistair Durden:

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    Video caption: Goalkeeper attacked after switching sides
  8. Theatre's interior seen for the first time since renovation work started

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    Video caption: Watch: the Bristol Old Vic is undergoing a multi-million pound transformation.

    Refurbishment work has been going on since November to transform the front of house, so we went to take a look at how work is progressing.

    For the first time, the 1766 exterior wall of the theatre has been exposed, showing how the building was built on over the centuries. 

    Coopers Hall at the front of the building has also been cleared and will now become a function hall and exhibition space.

  9. Four-hour ambulance wait: Patient's son 'clearly distressed'

    Matthew Hill

    BBC West health correspondent

    When I arrived at the scene, the patient was being treated in the ambulance.

    The rain was easing off but it had been pretty heavy for some time.

    I spoke to Neil Welchman, the son of the patient, who was clearly distressed.

    He told me his father Dennis had been lying by the side of the road in a pool of water for hours.

    This call would not have been considered life-threatening and therefore there is no target time for such callouts.

    However, his family feel, given the circumstances, it should have been much sooner.

    Click here for more on this story.

  10. BreakingMPs back government's Article 50 bill

    MPs have voted overwhelmingly to allow Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way. 

    More on this story.

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    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, between J16 for A3102 and J17 for A350.

    M4 Wiltshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of an accident.

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  12. Four-hour wait for man with broken hip

    Neil Welchman

    An elderly man was left lying in a gutter for four hours with a broken hip while waiting for an ambulance, his family have told the BBC.

    They claim they were told not to move Dennis Welchman, 75, after he fell in Cheddar, Somerset on Tuesday night.

    "He has been lying in the middle of the road in the soaking wet and it's taken this long to get an ambulance there - it's disgusting," said his son, Neil Welchman (pictured above).

    South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS) said it was given conflicting information about his injuries.

    A spokesman added staff were called out to two life-threatening emergencies in Cheddar at the time.

    Click here to read more.

  13. Stonehenge visitors: Who are they?


    Earlier we told you (2.37pm update) how two bodies tasked with protecting Stonehenge had visited the world famous site to look at proposals for a tunnel around the stones.

    They were the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos) and the UN's cultural body, Unesco.

    Here's is a quick explainer on what they do:

    • Unesco decides which sites have world heritage status. It's also responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication
    • Icomos describes itself as a non-governmental international organisation which works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places
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    Severe accident: M50 Gloucestershire eastbound

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    M50 Gloucestershire eastbound severe accident, at J1 for A38.

    M50 Gloucestershire - M50 lane closed on entry slip road eastbound at J1, A38 (Tewkesbury), because of an accident.

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  15. Teenager invents her own language

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    Video caption: Melissa adds Sknavnns to seven other languages she's already learnt.

    Melissa May from Corsham says she has invented a totally new language.

    She has spent the last three years putting together 1,500 words of 'Sknavnns', which literally means 'our speaking of the language'. 

    As part of her efforts she has created a 50-page dictionary which details the definitions, related terms and roots of each word she has invented. 

    But sadly she cannot hold a conversation with anyone in her new language - because she is the only person in the world who speaks it.

  16. Football: Behind-the-scenes at Bristol City yesterday

    Some football fans will enjoy this, some won't...

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    In case you missed it, City signed the 26-year-old from rivals Bristol Rovers on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

    He is the first player in 30 years to swap Rovers for City since striker Trevor Morgan did so in January 1987.

  17. Proposal to demolish former office block

    Quantock House, Taunton

    Plans to demolish an office block in the centre of Taunton and replace it with a 60-bedroom care home and 58 care apartments are being considered later.

    Quantock House in Paul Street was used by the government to house Defra and the Valuation Office but has been disused for sometime.

    Taunton Deane councillors will take a vote on the plans at 5pm today.

  18. Security guard held at knifepoint during robbery

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    "Terrifying" CCTV footage of a man holding a knife to a security guard's throat has been released, with his permission, to encourage anyone with information to come forward.

    The masked man forced his way into the Bristol Road Tesco Express in Gloucester on 9 January.

    He is believed to be a white man, in his late teens or early 20s, 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build and has a Gloucester accent.

    Quote Message: This was a terrifying incident for the security guard and one that has really affected everyone who witnessed it. from Det Sgt Wendy Burford
    Det Sgt Wendy Burford
  19. Pensioner denies damaging neighbours' land

    Valerie Vivian

    A pensioner accused of damaging land which belongs to her neighbours has appeared in court. 

    Valerie Vivian, 70, has denied criminal damage to property valued at under £5,000.

    The brief hearing was held at Bath Magistrates' Court earlier.

    She is alleged to have damaged a strip of land off Miller Walk in Bathampton, near Bath, in October last year.

    A trial date has been set for 12 April.