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  1. The latest news, sport, travel and weather for the West of England on Monday 27 February 2017

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  1. Good night - it's going to be a cold one

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    Video caption: Watch: "A wintry mix of hail, sleet and possibly snow overnight" says Ian Fergusson

    It's goodnight from us as we leave you with Ian Fergusson and the latest weather forecast for the West region.

    We'll be back with more live updates from 7am tomorrow.

    Thank you for joining us today.

  2. Thai death man's brother 'wants answers'

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    Video caption: Watch: Scott Ellis reports for BBC Points West

    The brother of a British tourist found dead after a beach party in Thailand says he suspects foul play and want answers from the authorities.

    Andrew Apperley, 38, from Eastbourne, was reported missing after failing to return to his hotel four days after going to a Full Moon party.

    On behalf of his family in Gloucestershire, Richard Apperley said the situation was "just heartbreaking".

    "My mum lost her husband and now she's lost her youngest son... it's created a big loss in our lives," he said.

  3. A house full of vacuum cleaners

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    Video caption: Watch: Steve Cook has a passion for vacuum cleaners

    Earlier we told you about Steve Cook from Swindon who has a collection of 300 vacuum cleaners.

    He's got so many he has to store loads of them in a lock-up garage.

    His oldest one is more than 80 years old but he says his favourite was made in 1980. 

  4. Broadchurch writers consult rape charity

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    Video caption: Watch: "Watching a TV drama can have such a big impact," says Rowan Millar

    The new series of ITV drama Broadchurch starts this evening, starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman.

    As in previous series, some of the scenes were filmed in Clevedon, North Somerset, and also in Bristol.

    This series features a serious sexual assault and ITV consulted local charity Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) to ensure the right help would be available for anyone affected by the storyline.

  5. Boggs' buzzer beater gives Bristol dramatic win

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    Video caption: Bristol Flyers Brandon Boggs scores late winner against London Lions

    American forward Brandon Boggs scored a last minute winner for Bristol Flyers as they beat London Lions 73-72 in the British Basketball League on Saturday night.

  6. Wartime experiences of grandfather followed

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    Video caption: Watch: David Garmston reads a poem to the war dead

    BBC Points West presenter David Garmston has been on a journey of discovery for tonight's Inside Out West programme. 

    He travelled to the battlefields of the Western Front with historian Jeremy Banning to trace the wartime experiences of his grandfather, George Theobald. 

    But he found out there was more to his family's story than he originally thought.

  7. Bath's Berry back on the telly

    Mary Berry

    Bath-born baker Mary Berry is back on TV tonight for a new series in which she journeys back to her childhood to share a number of personal family memories.

    One of those, in the first episode tonight, is of her mother who enjoyed cooking right up the age of 105 when she died.

    Mary was trained at The Cordon Bleu in Paris and at the Bath School of Home Economics before beginning her food writing career as cookery editor of Housewife magazine in the 1960s.

    'Mary Berry Everyday' starts tonight at 8.30pm on BBC Two.

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    Video caption: Watch: Mary Berry demonstrates how to make a variation on bacon and eggs
  8. Detective misconduct probe - a 'process which has to be followed'

    Det Supt Sean Memory

    A senior detective who was probing claims of historical child abuse against the late Sir Edward Heath is being investigated for "misconduct", Wiltshire Police has confirmed .

    The force added the probe did not relate to Operation Conifer or his work as the senior investigating officer.

    It said the investigation against Mr Memory "is not an indication of guilt" but "a process which has to be followed as laid out in the Police Regulations".

    It also confirmed the "conduct under investigation" does not warrant suspension, "therefore Supt Memory is not suspended from duty".

  9. Road crash victim's partner meets killer

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    Video caption: Watch: "I want to know how he's feeling now," said Meg Williamson

    A woman whose partner was killed in a road crash has met the driver responsible for his death. 

    Meg Williamson, from Swindon, met Lewis Stratford ahead of his sentencing for dangerous driving. 

    Gavin Roberts, 28, died after Stratford's car crossed the central reservation on the A34, in Oxfordshire last year, while he was arguing with his girlfriend on a mobile phone.

    You can watch the full interview  on BBC Inside Out (South) at 7.30pm tonight , or via the BBC iPlayer afterwards.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

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    M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, at J19 for M32.

    M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  11. Yellow warning of ice tonight

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    Image caption: Close to freezing temperatures in the morning

    As the Met Office announces a yellow warning of ice, Ian Fergusson tells us more:

    Quote Message: There's a risk of ice on unsalted roads and pavements tonight and tomorrow morning as temperatures fall towards freezing and below. Showers in the West will bring a mixture of rain, hail, sleet and some small amounts of snow. from Ian Fergusson BBC Weather forecaster
    Ian FergussonBBC Weather forecaster
  12. Edward Heath probe cop faces misconduct inquiry

    Det Supt Sean Memory

    A senior detective is being investigated for "misconduct", Wiltshire Police has confirmed.

    It said Supt Sean Memory, who is investigating claims of historical child abuse against the late Sir Edward Heath, is off work "through sickness".

    But it added the probe did not relate to Operation Conifer or his work as the senior investigating officer.

    The Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation is confident the former Tory prime minister's name would be cleared.

  13. 'Suspicious black car' prompts police appeal

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    The girls, aged 9 and 11, were playing on the afternoon of Thursday, 21 February, when they were asked by two men in the car if they wanted a lift home. They declined.

    Police described the driver as a black male, "quite old" with an eastern European accent and wearing a denim jacket.

    The passenger was white or mixed heritage and "quite wrinkly".

    The black car could be a Renault Clio.

  14. Billie Piper signs up as theatre patron

    Billie Piper

    Acclaimed actress Billie Piper has returned to her roots to become a patron for the Shoebox Theatre in Swindon.

    The Swindon-born star - perhaps best known for her roles in Doctor Who, Diary of a Call Girl and Penny Dreadful - has recently won best actress awards for her title role in the stage show Yerma at the Young Vic in London. 

    Plenty of expertise there to draw from and extend to the theatre company which offers contemporary theatre a platform.

  15. Newspaper headlines from across the West

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  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M48 Monmouthshire both ways

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

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

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

  17. Broadchurch could prompt calls from sex assault victims

    Olivia Coleman and David Tennant

    A support service for victims of sexual assault is predicting a spike in calls following tonight's episode of Broadchurch.

    The popular ITV series is returning for a third series, in which it is looking at the aftermath of a serious sexual assault. 

    Some of the scenes were filmed in Clevedon and at a studio in Bristol.

    Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Assault Abuse - or SARSAS - has been working with the programme's producers to ensure support is available to people who've been affected by what they've seen. 

  18. Green belt 'needed for housing'

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    A think tank has called for more homes on green belt land around Bristol and Bath.

    The Centre for Cities says building on green belt is the only way of addressing the region's growing housing crisis.

    "About 4,300 houses could be built on brownfield land - clearly that's nowhere near what's needed," said Alexandra Jones from the think tank.

    The Metro Mayor for the West (Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire) will have the power to decide housing policy when he or she is elected in May.