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

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  2. More gun turrets discovered in the west

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    Video caption: Watch: More gun turrets discovered in the West

    An explanation's been found for the number of gun turrets discovered across the West.

    Last week we told you about a turret from a Lancaster bomber discovered in a garden in Bath. Since then, we've heard about two more. 

    South Gloucestershire's manufacturing role during the Second World War is the reason they're there. It's thought they all came off the production line at Parnall aircraft factory in Yate.

  3. Soldiers given leek by Queen

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    Video caption: Watch: Leeks are presented by the Queen to mark St David's Day

    As Colonel-in-Chief to the Royal Welsh regiment, The Queen told soldiers it was a "great pleasure" to celebrate St David's Day with them in Wiltshire.

    She added soldiers are now more engaging with her - suggesting that she has become "less frightening" with age.

    Click here if you'd like to read more about her visit.

  4. Grayson Perry loans tapestry to stately home

    'The Upper Class at Bay' by Grayson Perry

    Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry has loaned one of his tapestries to a stately home in Gloucestershire.

    The work, The Upper Class at Bay, has been installed in a bedroom at Frampton Court, while a tapestry that has hung there for 300 years is restored.

    Grayson Perry, who stayed at the country estate in 2012 and was "inspired" by its owners, said it was appropriate it should be there.

    It's hoped the loan of the tapestry will help fund the restoration work.

  5. Meet the abseiling Wombles on their extreme litter pick

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    Video caption: Watch: An extreme clean-up

    The Keynsham Wombles have decided to clean up rubbish that collects underneath the viaduct over the River Chew.

    The group of friends, who pick up litter around the town in their own time, managed to fill many sacks.

  6. Lancaster gunnerpods link revealed

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    South Gloucestershire's manufacturing role during World War Two has been credited with discovering several gunnerpods from across the West. 

    A turret from a Lancaster bomber found in a garden in Bath sold at auction for more than £2,500. 

    Since then two more have been found and it's thought they were all part of the mass production at Parnall aircraft factory in Yate during the war.

  7. Domestic violence vote law plans unveiled

    Mehala Osborne

    Domestic violence survivors will soon find it easier to cast anonymous ballots in elections, the government has said.

    A petition launched last year said the voter registration system made it "impossible" for those wishing to keep their details off the electoral roll.

    It said women were prevented from voting through fear of revealing their location to an abusive ex-partner.

    Mehala Osborne, who launched the petition to change the law while living in a Bristol safe house, said the changes would ensure "survivors in the future will not be denied their voice".

  8. Army goats given a royal inspection

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    Video caption: Watch: The Queen visited Tidworth today

    The Queen has been meeting members of the Royal Welsh regiment in Wiltshire - including mascot goats Shenkin and Llywelyn.

    She presented leeks dipped in gold to soldiers at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth during her visit to mark St David's Day.

    Shenkin and Llywelyn were on parade in accordance with a Royal Welsh tradition dating back to the late 1700s.

  9. Tree planted in memory of man kicked to death in vigilante attack

    Bijan Ebrahimi

    A tree has been planted in memory of a disabled man who was kicked to death in a vigilante attack in Bristol four years ago.

    Bijan Ebrahimi, 44, was murdered by a neighbour in Capgrave Crescent in Brislington, amid false claims he was a paedophile - despite Mr Ebrahimi repeatedly calling 999 in the days before his death. 

    At today's memorial ceremony in Queens Square, Chief Constable Andy Marsh said the "loss of Bijan's life was an avoidable tragedy. We should have saved Bijan."

    Memorial ceremony for Bijan Ebrahimi

    Bijan's sister Manisha Moores said it was "an emotional day" and "the first time people have celebrated the lovely guy that he was". 

    PCSO Andrew Passmore, 56 and PC Kevin Duffy, 52 were convicted of misconduct in connection with the death and sacked by Avon and Somerset Police.

    Lee James was convicted of murder in 2013 and is serving a life sentence.

  10. Sock shock - was the hidden money donated intentionally?

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    Video caption: Watch: BBC Points West's Clinton Rogers reports from the charity depot

    Police are trying to trace the owner of a pair of socks handed to a refugee charity in Taunton - with a thousand pounds tucked inside. 

    No-one's sure whether it was a mistake or a genuine donation. 

  11. TV's Animal Park returns to Longleat

    Kate Humble and Ben Fogle

    The BBC is returning to Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire to film a new series of Animal Park. 

    The 15-part series comes off the back of a summer special to mark the park's 50th anniversary. 

    The programmes will be presented by Kate Humble and Ben Fogle and will feature Anne the elephant and the birth of the first cheetah cubs at the park.

  12. Banksy's opening a hotel in Bethlehem

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    Video caption: Watch: Bristol street artist Banksy has unveiled his biggest project since Dismaland

    A hotel which prides itself on the "worst view in the world" is set to attract international attention - because it is a collaboration with the famous street artist from Bristol, Banksy. 

    The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem looks out on the concrete slabs of the controversial barrier Israel has built in and around the occupied West Bank. 

    The rooms of the hotel are filled with the anonymous artist's work, much of which is about the conflict. 

    Click here if you'd like to read more.

  13. Police trying to find owner of cash-filled socks

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    Video caption: Watch: The cash-filled socks were donated to charity RAFT

    A pair of socks with £1,000 stuffed inside has been found among items donated to a refugee charity .

    A volunteer at Refugee Aid From Taunton (Raft) discovered the wad of cash after they noticed the footwear was "heavier than expected".

    It is not known whether the money was intentionally left inside by a generous donor who wished to remain anonymous.

  14. Lorry hits man on road near hospital

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    A man has been hit by a lorry on a road near to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

    The collision happened at about 1.30pm and the man is receiving treatment for a head injury.

    Some roads in the area have been closed but people can still access the hospital.

  15. Tribute to mum killed by road-sweeping vehicle

    Nina Maggs

    A woman who was knocked down and killed by a road-sweeping vehicle in Swindon last week has been named by police. 

    Nina Maggs, 32, died in the collision outside Arkells Brewery on Beechcroft Road last Thursday afternoon.

    She was described by her family as a "warm and friendly person" who "made everyone smile". 

    Quote Message: When Nina got married she looked beautiful; when she gave birth to her daughter she glowed as it was the best day of her life. She was a loving, doting mother to her daughter who she cherished and adored. Although Nina suffered with MS, she overcame her illness and was a strong fighter, she was a pillar of strength for all around her - the strongest person we know. from Family of Nina Maggs
    Family of Nina Maggs
  16. Magic moments from FA People's Cup

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    Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

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    Video caption: More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

    You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

  17. 'The clock is ticking for my departure' - Cheltenham Town chairman

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    Video caption: Watch: "The time is approaching where we need to bring in fresh blood," said Paul Baker

    Paul Baker, the Cheltenham Town chairman, says he's actively looking for a successor.

    After more than 20 years in the role, he's confirmed that he doesn't expect to be in the position beyond the end of the next season. 

    Baker was elected Chairman in 1997 and is now talking to a number of individuals about joining the Robins board.

  18. Newspaper headlines from around the West

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    Here are the stories making the headlines in the newspapers around the West this afternoon: 

  19. Driver who killed Swindon man on A34 jailed

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    A driver who crashed his car while using his mobile phone - killing a man from Swindon - has been jailed for three years and eight months. 

    Lewis Stratford was arguing with his girlfriend over the phone when he caused the crash on the A34.

    The 24-year-old collided with a BMW driven by Gavin Roberts, 28, who died in the crash on 11 June last year. 

    Gavin Roberts and Meg Williamson

    Stratford met his victim's girlfriend Meg Williamson after admitting causing death by dangerous driving. 

    He was sentenced at Reading Crown Court and banned from driving for four years and 10 months.

  20. Home care provider in liquidation: 'Services should continue over weekend'

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    Video caption: Listen: Donna Miles from Gloucestershire County Council

    The home care provider Cleeve Link has gone into liquidation. 

    The company, which is based in Cheltenham, provides a range of services to almost 500 people across Gloucestershire, including meals on wheels and telecare responders. 

    Gloucestershire County Council says there won't be an interruption in services. 

    Donna Miles is a lead commissioner in health and social care at the authority and says they are doing "everything they can".