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Summary

  1. Ex Marine Alexander Blackman due to be resentenced
  2. DIY SOS: Bristol big build beginning
  3. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Monday, 27 March 2017

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  1. Here's Sara Thornton with your weather forecast

    Thanks for joining us today.

    We'll say goodnight and leave you with Sara Thornton who has your weather forecast.

    We'll be back from 7am tomorrow.

    See you then.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast with Sara Thornton
  2. DIY SOS brings Bristol family back together

    DIY SOS is preparing to change the lives of a Bristol family.

    When Ryan Pollard, from Hartcliffe, collapsed after an operation five years ago, he was left needing round-the-clock care. 

    He's been in a care home in Gloucester ever since. 

    But now, the BBC show is about to start work on his family home, so he can finally return. 

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    Video caption: DIY SOS prepares to help a Bristol family be together again

    The DIY SOS team are in position and ready to start work tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Watch: DIY SOS prepare to start work on Ryan's home
  3. Born on the night of a fire, so they called her Smokey

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    Video caption: He was born on the night of the fire so they called him Smokey

    CCTV of a fire that was started deliberately at a community farm in Bristol was released earlier and shown here on Local Live.  

    Well, meet the goat kid born on the farm that night who has been named 'Smokey'.  She slept through the fire.

    Luckily none of the farms animals were injured. 

    Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

  4. DIY SOS helps Bristol family

    When Ryan Pollard, from Hartcliffe in Bristol, collapsed after an operation five years ago, he was left needing round-the-clock care. 

    He's had to stay in a care home in Gloucester ever since. 

    But now, the BBC's DIY SOS show is about to start work on his family home, so he can finally return.

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    Video caption: DIY SOS is to help a Bristol man move back with his family
  5. Father of two thanks woman who saved his life

    A lorry driver from Bristol has been reunited with the woman who saved his life.

    Father of two, Stuart James, was delivering a sofa when he had a cardiac arrest in Cirencester.

    Local dog groomer Dawn Baynes - who used to be in the army - carried out CPR on Mr James, saving his life.

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    Video caption: Father of two reunited with woman who saved his life
  6. Sir James Dyson: 'We need international students'

    The Wiltshire billionaire Sir James Dyson, who campaigned for Brexit, is calling on the government not to crack down on international students after we leave the EU.

    Announcing a massive increase in profits today, Sir James said his company and other hi-tech firms were crying out for engineers. 

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    Video caption: Sir James Dyson calls on the government not to crack down on international students
  7. Actress Trudie Styler becomes hospice patron

    Trudie Styler and Sting with 2 children in wheelchairs
    Image caption: Trudie and Sting with children from Julia's House at their Wiltshire home

    Actress and film director Trudie Styler has become a patron of Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity.

    Trudie has a home in Wiltshire which she shares with her husband Sting. 

    She first became interested in Julia’s House after hearing about plans to build a Wiltshire children’s hospice at a fundraising event hosted by film director Guy Ritchie and his wife Jacqui, who are also both patrons. 

    Afterwards she and Sting invited more than 170 Julia’s House families to spend a day in the grounds of their home near Amesbury.  

    Quote Message: Sting and I have hosted many wonderful events at Lake House, our family home in Wiltshire. One that will always stick in our memories was when children, siblings and parents from Julia's House came to us for a family day out. It gave us great pleasure to offer some respite and relaxation to these lovely people who cope with stress, exhaustion and heartache on a daily basis. The children we met that day touched our hearts.” from Trudie Styler
    Trudie Styler
  8. Abandoned puppy takes his first steps

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    This little hound is just starting to find his feet after a traumatic experience.  

    The puppy, nicknamed 'Scraggs', has been fighting for his life after being abandoned in a black plastic bag in a hedge in Churchdown.

    Vets in Cheltenham had to raise his body temperature to increase his chance of survival.

    He is beginning to making steady progress.

  9. Gymnastics silver for Strictly star Claudia

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    Video caption: Gymnast Claudia Fragapane has won a silver medal on her return to competition.

    Bristol gymnast and star of Strictly Come Dancing, Claudia Fragapane, has won a silver medal on her return to competition.  

    She kicked off her high heels and returned to the floor at the British Championships. 

    Her routine did include a few influences from her time in the ballroom, which she says has helped her show a different side to her character

  10. Giant hares released in the Cotswolds

    Cotswold Hare Trail

    A number of large 5ft-tall (1.5m) hares have started appearing across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

    The decorated sculptures make up the Cotswold Hare Trail , which opened over the weekend.

    Almost 50 hares will be on view in over 20 villages, towns and cities across the region until 10 September.

    The hares will go to auction in October, with the profits going to charity.   

    Cotswold Hare Trail
  11. CCTV: Community farm up in flames

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    Video caption: CCTV shows moment fire started at Bristol farm

    CCTV footage has been released of the moment a fire started at Lawrence Weston Community Farm in Bristol.

    Two people carrying equipment can be seen as they walk up to the buildings and start the fire.

    Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused as the fire tore through offices at the Lawrence Weston site.

    Police are appealing for witnesses as they carry out their investigation.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

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    M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J24 for A38 and J23 for A39.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) and J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. Plan to bring back pine martens to Gloucestershire

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    Pine martens could be reintroduced into the Forest of Dean after an absence of 200 years.

    Andrew Stringer, from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, said it has the "perfect habitat" for the mammals, which could be "beneficial" in reducing grey squirrel numbers.

    A feasibility study is being carried out by trust and Forestry Commission.

    If the reintroduction goes ahead, 60 pine martens would be released over three years from next spring.

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  14. Police appeal for stolen war medals to be returned

    Police are appealing for help after a collection of war medals was stolen from a house in Bath.

    The medals were stolen from Leslie Waldron in November 2015 and he is making a final plea for help in finding them.

    The 79-year-old lost his OBE to the thieves as well as a number of distinguished war medals which belonged to his father.

    Police believe the collection may have been sold on a number of times and hope auctioneers, traders and collectors may help find them. 

    Quote Message: The medals are a unique record of military service, and some of them are distinctive in that they are engraved with his name and service number. These have huge sentimental value to the victim and he would be over the moon to have them back. from PC Sam Hodson Avon & Somerset Police
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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, at J25 for A358.

    M5 Somerset - M5 lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J25, A358 (Taunton), because of a broken down van.

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

  16. Bus driver's tribute to grandmother in short story

    "This was the lady who walked home through the Blitz, rather than be late home for tea" .

    Louise Guy has written a short story paying tribute to her grandmother Gwen Harmer

    The bus driver from Bristol wanted to write about her grandmother's life - rather than how people saw her in her last few days.

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    Video caption: Watch: Louise Guy from St. Annes wrote a short story about her grandmother.
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    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

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    M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between J18A for M49 and J19 for A369.

    M5 Bristol - One lane blocked on M5 Avonmouth Bridge southbound between J18a M49 and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

  18. Possible travel disruption around Bath Spa between 8-23 April

    Great Western Railway warn of potential rail disruption at Bath Spa as improvement work will be ongoing between 8-23 April.

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  19. Rural isolation: Countryside idyll hides problems

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    Video caption: Frank Rumble from Calne helps people 'in the sticks' by giving them a lift.

    Wiltshire man Frank Rumble helps people living in the countryside to get out and about.

    He's part of a big group of volunteers in Wiltshire who help others get to appointments and carry out daily tasks. 

    It's part of scheme which aims to increase the general well-being of elderly people living in rural areas.  

  20. Arctic Convoy veteran dies aged 91

    One of Wiltshire's veterans who served in the Arctic Convoys during World War Two has died, aged 91.

    Ken Beard and more than 20 other veterans from the county were finally awarded Arctic Star medals at a ceremony in Trowbridge in 2013.

    Ken was also made an MBE and became the first person to be given the Freedom of Ludgershall.

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    Image caption: Ken Beard was awarded the Arctic Star in 2013