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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Thursday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Best to look for that brolly tonight

    That's it from us for today, we'll be back tomorrow from 7am. 

    It's going to be rather wet across the region tomorrow, as you can tell from the huge blue patches on the below map.

    Thankfully that will clear away from much of the region south of Swindon by the afternoon, leaving temperatures of 9 degrees.

    Weather map showing lots of rain
  2. Cafe helping the homeless

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    Video caption: Homeless people can get food and drink bought for them by others

    As well as the regular menu, Bumble Coffee House in Taunton has been offering a separate one for local homeless people.

    Items of food and drink are kept on coloured strips of paper, they've been paid for by other customers in the café. 

    They say dozens of customers have taken them up on their new project.

  3. Fire authority 'did not probe concerns'

    Fire engine

    A fire authority repeatedly refused to start an investigation into allegations over the way it was being run, the fire service minister has said.

    Brandon Lewis said he asked Avon Fire Authority to commission an independent inquiry into the claims, which the authority refutes, on at least two separate occasions last year.

    The government has since ordered its own investigation.

    The authority said its chairman will make a statement at its next meeting on 10 February.

  4. Football: Former Bristol City defender joins Rotherham

    Joel Ekstrand

    Rotherham United have signed defender Joel Ekstrand on a deal until the end of the season.

    Ekstrand, 27, left fellow Bristol City just before the end of the January transfer window.

    The Swedish centre-back played only two games for the Robins, having previously helped Watford win promotion from the Championship in 2015.

    Rotherham are bottom of the Championship with 16 points from 29 games and are 12 points from safety.

  5. Bath spa water could be bottled for sale

    The world-famous city of Bath is well known for its spa waters, which have brought visitors to the area since the Roman times.

    Now, the council leader is exploring selling off some of the famous water as a way of bringing in revenue.

    Tim Warren told BBC Radio Bristol's John Darvall that they already sell it to local hotels, but they now want to bottle the stuff for drinking instead.

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    Video caption: Listen: Tim Warren said he was exploring selling the city's famous spring water.
  6. Marine A: The story so far

    Alexander Blackman

    Former Marine Alexander Blackman, from Taunton, was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for killing a Taliban fighter.

    Next week he will appear before a court martial appeal court for an appeal hearing against that sentence.

    Helmet-cam footage of what happened has been shown in court several times, but it was withheld from the media over fears it could encourage extremists.

    The court hasn't released any footage from the helmet camera which shows the moment the Taliban fighter was shot in the chest.

    Blackman's case highlighted the pressure soldiers are put under in extreme conditions.

    His colleagues and high-ranking Royal Marines have supported Blackman's case, with one of them describing his conviction as a 'travesty'.

  7. Marine A footage shows Apache gunfight

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    Video caption: Marine A: British Apache fires at Taliban fighter

    Footage which shows the moments before former Marine Sgt Alexander Blackman killed a Taliban fighter has been released for the first time.

    Blackman, from Taunton in Somerset, was sentenced to life by court martial back in 2013.

    The original court martial ruled this film would not be released, but that has been challenged by the BBC and other media organisations.

    In the film, gunfire from an Apache helicopter can be heard above, as well as someone saying 'they've missed him' and 'error, after error, after error'.

  8. Breaking'Marine A' helmet-cam footage released

    Footage showing the moments leading up to the incident in which ex-Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, from Taunton, killed a Taliban fighter has been released.

  9. What do you do if you can't speak and dial 999?

    This information could be handy in some situations.

    When dialing 999, you may not be in a position to speak - pressing 55 on the keypad alerts the police that you're in trouble.

    It's estimated there are 5.5 million silent 999 calls a year, usually when the number is called by mistake.

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    Video caption: If speaking or making noise will put you in danger, how can you get help from 999?
  10. In search of wild boar in Gloucestershire

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    Video caption: Watch: Steve Knibbs goes deep into the Forest of Dean to see wild boar.

    Recently we've heard about a group which has been set-up to tackle the number of wild boar coming into urban areas of the Forest of Dean. 

    But what about those animals that live in the depths of the Forest? 

    BBC Points West reporters Steve Knibbs has reported on wild boar for 10 years but has never seen one for himself.

    Could he find one with some help?

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A3098 Wiltshire both ways

    BBC Travel

    A3098 Wiltshire both ways severe disruption, at A350 Warminster Road.

    A3098 Wiltshire - A3098 Leigh Road in Westbury closed and delays at the A350 Warminster Road junction, because of an incident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  12. Trees blamed for damage to ancient bridge

    Rebuilding Tarr Steps

    Calls have been made for landowners to manage their woodlands better to help prevent the stones of an ancient bridge in Exmoor being washed away.

    The Tarr Steps in Exmoor National Park across the River Barle were knocked out of place during storms in November.

    Conservation manager Rob Wilson North said the "big problem" was "the water bringing fallen debris from the woodland".

    The bridge has now been rebuilt for the second time in four years.

    Click here to read more.

  13. 'I'll never be able to forgive them'

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    Video caption: After being shot in the head by a family friend, Harry now has daily seizures.

    The parents of a toddler shot in the head by a family friend have spoken out about the incident.

    Harry Studley, now aged two, still has a pellet lodged in his brain after Jordan Walters shot him at a flat in Bristol last July.

    Walters admitted causing grievous bodily harm and will be sentenced on 24 February.

    His parents Amy Allen and Edward Studley said they would never be able to forgive him.

    Click here to read more.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Gloucestershire eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M4 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, around J18 for A46 Bath.

    M4 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound in South Gloucestershire around J18, A46 (Bath), because of a broken down vehicle.

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  15. Cambridge intake no longer most privately educated

    Students at Cambridge University

    Cambridge University now has fewer privately educated students than universities such as Bristol, Durham and St Andrews, entry figures reveal.

    The figures reveal there are now more state-educated pupils at Cambridge - 61.9% - than Bristol, with 61.4%.

    In response, the University of Bristol has already announced far-reaching plans to assist applicants from poorer backgrounds or who have been at underachieving schools.

    Click here to read more.

  16. Bristol's best cycling spots mapped

    All this week BBC Radio Bristol is mapping some of the best hidden cycling routes with the help of charity Sustrans.

    Today's excursion takes us out of Bristol and down into North Somerset, ending at Nailsea:

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    Video caption: Watch: Paola Spivach's route takes us from Bristol to Nailsea.
  17. Harry Studley's parents recall seeing him in hospital

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    Video caption: Amy Allen said it was the 'hardest thing in all my life seeing him lifeless'

    Harry Studley's parents have described what happened in the moments after the toddler was shot in the head by an air rifle.

    The toddler was rushed by air ambulance to Bristol Children's Hospital, where doctor's said his chances of survival weren't good.

    Amy Allen said seeing Harry on the operating table with all the doctors and nurses around him was "the worst thing a mother could go through".

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    Severe roadworks: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

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    A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe roadworks, between M4 J18 and A4 London Road West.

    A46 Gloucestershire - A46 closed in both directions between the M4 J18 junction in Tormarton and London Road Roundabout in Bath, because of roadworks. From 20:00 on the 2nd to 6:00 on 3rd February

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  19. A housing crisis in Gloucestershire?

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    Video caption: The National Housing Federation says the average price of a home in the area is £261,000.

    The National Housing Federation has said that the average price of a home in Gloucestershire is now nearly £261,000 - almost 10 times the average salary. 

    It says with wages below national average, high levels of rural unemployment, and a shortage of affordable properties, many people are struggling to buy their own home.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J21 for A370 and J22 for A38.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea), because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work.

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