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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Thursday, 2 March 2017

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  1. That's it for tonight - we're back from 7am tomorrow

    Thanks for being with us today. 

    Here's how the weather will be shaping up for the next few hours - and it's looking rather wet.

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    Video caption: Watch: Rain will dominate the next few hours across the West.

    We'll see you tomorrow from 7am, with an umbrella.  

  2. A new heron hide at RSPB reserve

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    Video caption: The RSPB reserve has the south west's largest colony of breeding grey herons

    A new, bigger, heron hide has been built at the RSPB's Swell Wood reserve near Taunton.

    Children from Curry Mallet School helped make one of the walls and a mural.

    The reserve has the South West's largest colony of breeding grey herons.

  3. Estate agents fined for price-fixing

    Burnham-on-Sea

    A price-fixing cartel of estate agents in Somerset has been fined more than £370,000.

    The firms colluded to set minimum commission rates for residential property sales at 1.5%, denying vendors the chance of a better deal.

    They were fined following a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) probe.

    You can read more about the story here .

  4. Hospital trust leaps to outstanding rating

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    Video caption: Watch: Robert Woolley says he listened to staff member's ideas for improvement

    The main teaching hospital in England has jumped from 'requires improvement' to 'outstanding' in a new CQC report.

    University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust has made the transformation in just two years.

    It runs the Bristol Royal Infirmary and seven other hospitals.

    Robert Woolley, the trust's chief executive, says the trust has experimented with new ideas to prevent common hospital afflictions such as bed-blocking and a lack of staff for operations.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

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    M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, at J25 for A358.

    M5 Somerset - M5 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J25, A358 (Taunton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Concern growing for deer trapped in allotments

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    Video caption: Watch: "I don't think they're happy stuck in here," said Diana Benjamin, an allotment keeper

    Oh deer. Two of them have been stuck in Stapleton allotments for nearly two months, after contractors working on Bristol's Metrobus project accidentally fenced them in.

    The pair have been living off the food people are growing there, but local holders are starting to get concerned about the welfare of the animals.

  7. Today a dinosaur drove to school

    Strange things appear to be happening as a result of World Book Day.

    This was the scene earlier today at Bishop's Cleeve Primary School near Cheltenham...

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  8. Old cinema transformed into arts venue

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    Video caption: Watch: See inside the former cinema

    An old cinema in Swindon is being given a new lease of life.

    The Palladian, which has been a feature of the town since the 1920s, has now been restored as a multi-purpose arts venue. 

  9. Hugo the hippo compared to a heap of muffins

    This is Hugo, one of Bristol Zoo’s most endangered youngsters, with his mum Sirana...

    Baby pygmy hippo

    He was born six months ago and now weighs about the same as 300 blueberry muffins, according to the zoo.

    His father Nato died earlier this year after a long battle with arthritis and suspected skin cancer. 

    "Both Sirana and Hugo are said to have coped well with his loss, with Sirana focusing on bringing up her little calf," the zoo said.

    Baby pygmy hippo
    Quote Message: Hugo’s favourite thing to do is to play with mum as he is a boisterous boy. Sirana will often playfully nudge Hugo around when they are both in their heated pool. Hugo is getting quite big now. As he grows he becomes more and more independent and is choosing to spend time on the other side of the pool from Sirana. from Sarah Gedman Mammal section team leader, Bristol Zoo
    Sarah Gedman Mammal section team leader, Bristol Zoo
  10. BBC Points West 60: Remember when 'hotpants' were new?

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    Video caption: Watch: Archive film from the 1970s

    Back in the 1970s hotpants were all the rage - but it wasn't just the women who were wearing them.  

    The above archive film was found as part of celebrations to mark BBC Points West's 60th birthday.

  11. Writer's first book in line for big prize

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    Video caption: Watch: "I've been very fortunate in that I've met the right people," said Laura James

    A writer from Wiltshire whose first book was snapped up by the same publisher as J K Rowling has now been shortlisted for a prestigious book prize.

    Laura James, from Biddestone, walked straight off a children's writing course and into a three-book deal with one of the biggest publishers around.

  12. Brothel-keeper escapes jail

    Swindon Crown court

    A woman who kept a brothel in the centre of Trowbridge for over 10 years has avoided a jail sentence. 

    Marion Meyer-Smith ran the brothel from a flat in Norwood Court, off Fore Street.

    In December she pleaded guilty to keeping a brothel between January 2002 and June 2016.

    Earlier today, a judge handed her a 12-month suspended sentence and community service for 80 hours. 

    A Proceeds of Crime hearing will take place on the 16th June, seeking to confiscate any money she made while running the brothel.

  13. Heirs to £325,000 found by BBC One show

    BBC One

    A Staffordshire man is set to receive a share of an estate worth around £325,000 after being tracked down by the BBC One show, Heir Hunters. 

    Percival Overbury from Gloucester died in a nursing home aged 96 with no will and no next-of-kin. 

    Robert Meek, from Rugeley, was one of 46 heirs discovered and featured on the BBC programme. 

    The show also revealed a family link to the legendary 1960s record producer, Joe Meek, who was Robert's uncle.

  14. Museum prepares for helicopter goodbye

    Crews standing next to a helicopter

    A special air display to mark the final flight of the Lynx helicopter is to be held at Yeovilton's Fleet Air Arm Museum.

    The event, on the 23rd March, will be a display by 815 Naval Air Squadron of RNAS Yeovilton.

    Westland's Lynx helicopter  has been in service for the past 41 years, seeing action in the Gulf, Antarctica and the Caribbean.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, at J16 for A3102.

    M4 Wiltshire - M4 lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  16. Monkeying around during school's World Book Day assembly

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    Video caption: Watch: A gorilla with a wheelbarrow interrupted the school assembly

    There was a big surprise for pupils at Midsomer Norton Primary School today. 

    Their head teacher was kidnapped by a gorilla! 

    But don't worry - he was quite safe and they got to write about it for World Book Day.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire both ways

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    M4 Wiltshire both ways severe disruption, between Leigh Delamere Services and J17 for A350.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 in both directions between Leigh Delamere Services and J17, A350 (Chippenham).

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

  18. What does Wells have to offer?

    Wells wants to be in the running to become the UK City of Culture 2021, so we thought we'd share some of its famous cultural points.

    Wells Market
    • Wells is the smallest city in England with about 12,000 inhabitants. It can call itself a city because of its famous 13th century Cathedral  
    • The Cathedral clock is one of the oldest clock mechanisms to still be functioning. Every quarter hour, jousting knights come out and a Quarter Jack bangs his heels
    • Market Place is a focal point of the city with a twice weekly market. Twice a year a funfair is held there including the annual charity boules competition  
    • Mary Rand, who lived in the city, won a world record in the long jump at the 1964 Olympic Games. A commemorative plaque showing the actual distance is engraved in the Market Place pavement
    • Wells is part of the annual West Country carnival circuit
    • The city has been used as the setting for several films including the 2007 comedy Hot fuzz
  19. Hunt on for 'golden train ticket'

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    Here's something a bit different for rail passengers.

    GWR has announced it has hidden free train tickets - including one special golden ticket - around our region, for a new competition.

    Locations include Bath Spa, Bristol Temple Meads stations and bookshops in Bristol.