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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Friday, 3 February 2017

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  1. Rain and winds easing but it's getting colder

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    Video caption: West weather for 3 February

    That's all from BBC Local Live for this week. We're back from 7am on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the West Country.

    Regarding the weather, rain will soon start to ease with just a few showers through the night. 

    With the winds continuing to ease, the temperature will soon start to tumble, giving some frost in rural spots and an ice risk across the region. 

    Minimum Temperature: 2C.

  2. Antarctic exploration ship being restored

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    Video caption: Antarctic exploration ship RRS Discovery being restored in Gloucester

    Parts of the famous exploration ship RRS Discovery are being restored at Gloucester Docks.

    The ship sailed for the Antarctic in 1901 in a pioneering expedition led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

    Since the 1980s she's been in Dundee, back where she was built, but with masts and rigging in desperate need of repair.

  3. BBC Points West at 60: Bingo!

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    Video caption: Points West at 60: Bingo

    The trawl continues of the BBC Points West archives to celebrate the programme's 60th anniversary. 

    It was ‘eyes down looking’ when we met Gloucester bingo caller extraordinaire Gladys Stait in 2005.

  4. Terror charge Royal Marine pleads guilty: The background

    David Maxwell

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    Ciaran Maxwell

    Ciarán Maxwell was brought up in Larne's Seacourt estate - he began the rigorous training to become a Royal Marine in 2010.

    His Facebook page featured pictures of exercises in Britain and abroad.

    But the charge suggests he was involved in terrorism from 2011, before he'd even finished that training. 

    The 31-year-old has a partner and child. What influenced him to turn terrorist may never be known but his case could prompt a review of vetting procedures.

    It also raises questions over how he was able to take anti-personnel mines from his base in Somerset to Northern Ireland.

    It is understood Ciarán Maxwell has cooperated with police since his arrest and this along with his guilty plea will be taken into account when it comes to sentencing.

    The defendant had no previous criminal record but he had made the headlines before.

    In 2002 republican paper An Phoblacht reported that he had been the subject of an unprovoked attack by a group of loyalists near his home in Larne. 

  5. Football preview: Bristol City v Rotherham United

    Matty Taylor

    Bristol City signings Matty Taylor and David Cotterill are available to make their debuts against Rotherham on Saturday.

    Rotherham could give a debut to full-back Ben Purrington, but former Bristol City centre-back Joel Ekstrand, who joined on Thursday, is not match fit. 

    Kick-off at Ashton Gate is at 3pm.

    Here's a few facts ahead of the game:

    • Bristol City are winless in five league games against Rotherham, though have drawn the last two
    • The Millers have scored in each of their last 16 league games against Bristol City, last failing to do so in December 1989
    • Rotherham United have the lowest average possession figure (39.2%) and passing accuracy (63.5%) in the Championship this season
    • Bristol City are on the current longest winless run in the Championship - nine games (W0 D1 L8).
    • However, Rotherham have lost 18 of their last 22 Championship fixtures (W3 D1)
  6. Repair work continues at 'arson-hit' church

    Fire damage at St Michael on the Mount without (Oct 16)

    Work has begun sifting through the wreckage of the former St Michael on the Mount Without church which was badly damaged by fire in October.

    The Diocese of Bristol said the first step would be to clear the debris while carefully sifting for any salvageable heritage items.

    A spokesman said once that was done a temporary cover would be put over the roof with as much of the original roof and drainage used as repairs are done.

    The work is expected to be completed by the late summer.

  7. Bath flanker Mercer signs new contract

    Zach Mercer

    Bath flanker Zach Mercer signs a contract extension to stay with the club until the end of the 2018-19 season.

    Bath flanker Mercer signs new contract

    Zach Mercer

    Bath flanker Zach Mercer signs a contract extension to stay with the club until the end of the 2018-19 season.

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  8. The event that encourages being nosy

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    Video caption: Residents in Bristol are pulling back their curtains and encouraging nosy neighbours

    Residents in Bristol are pulling back their curtains and putting on a show this weekend.

    The Window Wanderland event encourages locals to turn their windows and front rooms into spectacles for the neighbourhood to enjoy.

    The BBC's Jon Kay took the opportunity to look through people's windows and take in some of the displays.

    (Photos: Window Wanderland)

  9. Ladies from the West to play in tomorrow's Six Nations

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    Video caption: Eight Bristol Ladies players will be in England Women's side tomorrow.

    As well as their England stars, the team has five players representing Wales and Ireland this weekend. 

  10. 'What lessons can be learned' following chemical incident

    The scene at the University of Bristol

    Just before 7pm a controlled explosion was carried out at Royal Fort Gardens after an "unstable chemical" was accidentally produced in a University of Bristol laboratory.

    This is what the University has just released:

    "Our Chemistry building and those buildings in the near vicinity were evacuated as a precaution due to an unstable substance being manufactured by mistake. 

    "The substance was disposed of safely and no one was injured. We will be looking into what happened and seeing what lessons can be learned."

  11. Uni chemical incident: Reporter live at the scene

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    Video caption: Alice Bouverie speaks to Station Manager Stuart Matthews from Avon Fire & Rescue.

    University buildings were evacuated earlier after an incident involving a suspected "unstable chemical" in a laboratory.

    Fire crews were called to the chemistry building at The University of Bristol at about 14:30 GMT.

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    Severe disruption: M48 Gloucestershire both ways

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    M48 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between J1 for A403 and J2 for A466.

    M48 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M48 Severn Bridge in both directions between J1, A403 (Aust) and J2, A466 (Chepstow), because of strong winds and restrictions. Matrix sign set to 40 mph. Traffic is coping well.

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  13. Royal Marine Maxwell pleads guilty to terror charge

    Ciarán Maxwell

    A Royal Marine from Northern Ireland has pleaded guilty to offences related to dissident republican terrorism, including bomb-making and storing stolen military weapons.

    Ciarán Maxwell, 31, appeared via video link at the Old Bailey in London.

    He was arrested in Somerset last August after the discovery of two dissident republican arms dumps near Larne, County Antrim.

    He also pleaded guilty to drugs and fraud charges.

  14. Bomb disposal team dealing with university 'chemical incident'

    The scene at Bristol Uni

    Earlier we told you how part of the University of Bristol was evacuated after an "unstable chemical" was accidentally produced in a laboratory.

    Initially a wide area was cordoned off but this was later reduced. 

    The Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team has attended to dispose of the substance and the Avon Fire & Rescue Service attendance has been reduced to one crew.

    There have been no reports of any injuries, the fire service spokesman added.

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  15. Arrest made after series of robberies

    Fishponds park

    A 34-year-old Bristol man has been arrested following a series of robberies in the Fishponds area.

    Avon and Somerset Police said it followed five attacks on elderly people in the Fishponds area of the city.

    Officers continue to appeal for witnesses.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

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    M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J25 for A358 and J24 for A38.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J25, A358 (Taunton) and J24, A38 (Bridgwater South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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