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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 9 February 2017

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  1. That's all from BBC Local Live for today

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    Video caption: Here's Ian Ferguson with your weather forecast for the West

    We'll be back from 7am tomorrow morning with all your news, sport and weather for the West of England.

  2. Drugs and stolen property found during police raids near Frome

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    Stolen property, farm vehicles and approximately £20,000 worth of drugs have been seized during a police operation near Frome. 

    Three men, aged 40, 30 and 42 – all from Frome - were arrested for various theft offences, possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and theft of a motor vehicle.

    Among the items recovered were a quad bike, branded tools, gardening equipment, painting and decorating items. 

    Officers also found a large container filled with dried cannabis thought to be worth at least £20,000.

  3. Lewis Ball: Police appeal to car drivers

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    Image caption: Police want drivers with dash cams to get in touch

    Police are appealing for help from car drivers in the search for Lewis Ball.

    Lewis went missing after leaving the Thekla nightclub on Bristol's Floating Harbour on Sunday.

    Police believe he left the club but are still trying to find out which direction he then took and have appealed to car drivers who may have parked close to the club to contact them.

    Lewis is described as a white, 5ft 9ins tall of slim build. When he went missing he was wearing a black jumper, black skinny jeans and brown ankle boots. 

    If you are able to help, call 101.

    The Thekla
    Image caption: Lewis was last seen leaving the Thekla nightclub on Bristol's floating harbour
  4. Beastie comes to Bristol

    Have you seen this giant furry creature wandering around Bristol recently?

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    He's called Beastie, and he's part of an art festival called In Between Time. Forty artists will be performing various acts across the city over the next few days.

  5. Plans for castle keep to go on show in Gloucester

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    Image caption: The remains of the Gloucester Castle keep were unearthed during an archaeological dig

    The remains of a Norman castle keep could form part of the redevelopment of the former Gloucester prison. 

    They were unearthed in the grounds of the prison in 2015 during an archaeological dig.

    The location of the 12th Century Gloucester Castle keep is to be shown within a paved area of a new residential and business development.

  6. Bristol City Council: 'No money spent on review'

    Bristol City Council has said it has spent no tax payers money on a review of the city's finances.

    The report found that there was a "collective failure of leadership" at the council which led to a £29m deficit in its finances. 

    However, former mayor George Ferguson accused the council of playing "blame games" and said the “administration is more interested in spending our money on reviews”. 

    In a statement the council said the report by consultant Steve Bundred "was provided at no cost to Bristol City Council... due to an external grant received specifically for this purpose".

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    Image caption: The former mayor of Bristol George Ferguson accused the council of playing "blame games"
  7. Lampshades & university - Lizzy Yarnold's year

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    Video caption: Lizzie Yarnold's had a change of pace - making lamp-shades

    BBC Sport marks a year to go until the 2018 Winter Olympics by finding out what Great Britain's skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold, who's based in Bath, did during her year out. 

  8. Man dies in Trowbridge car park

    A seriously injured man has died in a car park in Trowbridge.

    Police were called to The Shires car park, near Asda at around 3.10pm this afternoon.

    The man, who was in cardiac arrest, was being treated by an ambulance crew but he died at the scene.

    Wiltshire Police believe he suffered an injury to his stomach.

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    Image caption: The man was found with serious injuries in car park near Asda in Trowbridge
  9. HGV driver 'thinks about crash every day'

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    Video caption: M32 crash scene

    A lorry driver whose HGV tipped over and crushed a woman to death on the M32, says he thinks about the accident every day.

    Lorraine McKeag, 60, from Dundry near Bristol, was driving on the roundabout where the M32 links with the M4. 

    A lorry driven by Adrian Duff, toppled over on top of her car because of a poorly fixed load.

    During an inquest into her death Mr Duff said the "horizon started changing" as he went around the bend and he ended up lying on his side until firefighters freed him from the cab. 

    Quote Message: I feel absolutely awful that someone died. I think about it every day." from Adrian Duff Lorry driver
    Adrian DuffLorry driver

    An inquest has heard how the lorry was poorly stacked but the company Graphic Packaging has said it has made safety changes since the accident. 

    Coroner, Maria Voisin said she was satisfied with the changes the company had made.

    Lorraine McKeag
    Image caption: Lorraine McKeag, 60, was crushed by the lorry
  10. Less A&E visitors among Weston General Hospital proposals over pressure

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    Video caption: People have until early April to have their say on the ideas

    Fewer people could be treated at Weston General Hospital's A&E department overnight. 

    That's one of the four main proposals being considered by the North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group to help the hospital cope with the pressure on its services. 

    The group has launched eight week consultation on the proposals.

  11. 'Selfless' widow killed after poorly-loaded HGV crushes car

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    Image caption: Lorraine McKeag, 60, died when the lorry fell onto her car

    A "selfless, loyal and loving" widow was killed when a poorly-loaded HGV fell onto her car as she was driving around a roundabout, an inquest has heard. 

    Retired librarian Lorraine McKeag, from Dundry, was driving on the M32 when she was crushed in the crash, in January 2015. 

    An inquest heard that "little care" had been taken by Graphic Packaging in Bristol when the HGV was loaded, making it unstable. 

    Avon coroner Maria Voisin said that she was satisfied with the safety changes the company had made. She ruled the cause of death to be road traffic collision, which she said happened "due to the manner in which it [the lorry] was loaded". 

    Quote Message: I feel absolutely awful that someone died. I think about it every day ." from Adrian Duff Lorry driver
    Adrian DuffLorry driver
    The crash on the M32
    Image caption: The crash happened where the M32 links with the M4 near Bristol
  12. Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees says council report is 'explosive'

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    Video caption: The Mayor gives his verdict after a damning financial management report.

    Marvin Rees has responded to a financial report which claims Bristol City Council managers routinely concealed savings that weren't being achieved.

    The report says £30m of savings hadn't been made, even after being pledged by officers.

    Read the full details of the story here.

    Quote Message: The mayor is right to take a hard look at poor leadership and culture among senior management. Now is the time to change that, and we want to work with Marvin to ensure frontline staff can get on with the job. from Steve Crawshaw UNISON
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  13. War hero, 93, honoured by pub

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    Video caption: Beer drinker and war hero Nelson Foyle has been honoured by locals

    A 93-year-old beer drinker has been honoured by his local pub, where he has been a regular for 81 years.

    Nelson Foyle has been a patron of the Dog and Gun in Netheravon, Wiltshire, ever since sampling his first taste of alcohol when he sneaked into the beer cellar there at the age of 12.

    Locals clubbed together to buy him a Lordship of the Manor title.

  14. Stunning Somerset snowdrop display to raise money for charity

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    Video caption: The Staplegrove garden is opening on 10 and 11 February to raise money for charity

    Here's a reminder that - despite the cold - Spring is on its way.  

    Every year the owners of Higher Yarde Farm, in Staplegrove near Taunton, open their gardens to the public.

    So far they've raised £12,000 for charity.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A4107 Bristol both ways

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    A4107 Bristol both ways severe accident, between Quaker's Road and Overndale Road.

    A4107 Bristol - A4107 Bromley Heath Road closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Quaker's Road Traffic Lights and Cleeve Hill Traffic Lights, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

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  16. Teenager sentenced after 'sickening' assault on a woman in Swindon

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    Image caption: The assault took place last May near The Savoy Pub in Regent Street

    An 18-year-old woman has been given a six month suspended sentence after she stamped on another woman's head. 

    Monique Rawlings, from Wharf Road, Wroughton, attacked the woman in Swindon town centre. 

    Jake Skilton, 22, and Jamie Skilton, 18, from Queens Drive, Swindon and George Sparkes-Corless, 20, from Roche Close, Swindon also pleaded guilty to affray after attacking the victim's three male friends.

    Quote Message: This particular incident, which was recorded on CCTV, records a significant and sustained, unprovoked attack by a female on another teenage female with a sickening level of violence. from PC Charlotte Upton Wiltshire Police
    PC Charlotte UptonWiltshire Police
  17. Boys arrested after school break-ins

    Three boys have been arrested on suspicion of burglary, after two break-ins at a primary school in Swindon.

    Two 13-year-olds and an 11-year-old were arrested after the burglaries at Goddard Park Primary School. 

    A MacBook, iMac Computers and an i-Pad were among the items stolen.

    They have been released on conditional bail until March.   

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    Image caption: The boys were arrested after Goddard Park Primary School was broken into twice in December
  18. Giraffes moving to Bristol's Wild Place Project

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    A wildlife park near Bristol will soon be home to the world's tallest animals.

    Today the Wild Place Project reveals plans to add giraffes to their animal safari

    Planning permission has been granted to build the £1.1million giraffe enclosure with room to roam on the 1.8 acre exhibit. 

    The giraffe house and paddock will allow guests to enjoy an 'interactive, up-close and personal encounter with the long-legged animals.' 

    Giraffe numbers have fallen from 140,000 to less than 80,000 in just 15 years and conservation projects are essential for protecting the species from extinction. 

  19. Headlines from newspapers across the West

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    Bristol Post: Shocking video shows man being kidnapped from busy Bristol pub

    Swindon Advertiser: Council tax to go up by 7.2 per cent but residents won't get a referendum

    Bath Chronicle: Overcrowded train from Bath labelled 'inhumane' after woman collapses

    Somerset Live: Somerset business with 300 employees and 20 offices SOLD

    Gloucestershire Live: Clean it up! CCTV captures moment brazen pair let dog poo on pavement, then wander off