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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Wednesday 19 April 2017

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  1. Goodnight from Local Live - we'll be back tomorrow at 7am

    That's it from BBC Local Live for the West of England - we'll be back online with more live updates from 7am tomorrow.

    BBC weather forecaster Ian Fergusson is promising another mostly dry day for Thursday.

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    Video caption: Ian Fergusson with the BBC West weather forecast
  2. Judd Trump out in first round

    Bristol's Judd Trump has been knocked out of the World Snooker Championships in a shock defeat to Rory McLeod in the first round.

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  3. Metro mayor candidates television debate

    BBC Points West metro mayor debate

    A political debate featuring the six candidates who want to be the West of England's first mayor will be broadcast on BBC One tomorrow at 10:45pm.

    The winner on 4 May will be given powers over transport and housing as well as £30m a year to spend on infrastructure. 

    Click here if you want to read more about the six metro mayor hopefuls. 

    From left to right: Stephen Williams (Lib Dems), Lesley Ann Mansell (Labour), John Christopher Savage (Independent), Darren Edward Hall (Green Party), Aaron Warren Foot (UKIP), Tim Bowles (Conservative)
    Image caption: From left to right: Stephen Williams (Lib Dems), Lesley Ann Mansell (Labour), John Christopher Savage (Independent), Darren Edward Hall (Green Party), Aaron Warren Foot (UKIP), Tim Bowles (Conservative)
  4. Dragons' Den's Deborah Meaden on being a Points West reporter for the day

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    Video caption: What's it like to be a Points West reporter? Here's Dragon's Den's Deborah Meaden

    She took up the role for us as we celebrate Points West's 60th birthday.

  5. CCTV showing £50,000 copper cable theft suspects released by police

    CCTV picture of cable theft suspect.

    Thieves who stole £50,000 worth of copper cabling from Swindon railway station are being sought by police. 

    CCTV footage shows the suspects, who appear to be wearing ski masks, by an embankment between 10.30pm and 11.30pm on 1 March.

    CCTV picture of cable theft suspect.
  6. 'Oh I say!': Brenda from Bristol reacts to going viral and gives her views on modern politicians

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    Video caption: #Brenda, UK election's unlikely star
  7. Snap election tempts former Labour MP to stand and 'put in a proper challenge in Stroud'

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    Video caption: David Drew says he may stand for Stroud

    The former Labour MP for Stroud is considering standing in the snap election called for June. 

    David Drew lost his seat to Conservative Neil Carmichael in 2010.

  8. Concorde unwrapping condensed into 20 seconds

    Earlier today (10:57) we brought you a live broadcast of Concorde being unwrapped from her protective plastic sheeting.

    She had been covered up while construction work took place around the aircraft. 

    Here's all the action condensed into just 20 seconds. 

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    Video caption: Concorde 216 has been wrapped in a protective film while works take place around it.
  9. Gold for West Country swimmer at British Swimming Championships

  10. Behind-the-scenes at the TV metro mayor debate

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    The West's metro mayor debate is being recorded tonight and will be broadcast on BBC One tomorrow evening at 10:45pm. 

    If you can't wait til Thursday then take a look at Points West Facebook page or click on the picture above for a look behind-the-scenes.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: A303 Somerset westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A303 Somerset westbound severe congestion, between Harp Road and A358.

    A303 Somerset - Very slow traffic on A303 westbound between Hayes End roundabout in South Petherton and Southfields Roundabout in Ilminster. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  12. Leukaemia teen goes back to school

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    Video caption: The 14-year-old has been having potentially life-saving treatment

    A teenage boy, whose potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant had to be funded by public donations, has gone back to school. 

    Daryl Allinson, from Frome, had his first transplant in 2015. When his rare form of leukaemia, returned a year later the NHS turned down funding for a second operation. 

     At that time his family was told he had months to live. 

  13. Brenda's response to going viral

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    Video caption: Brenda from Bristol's response to going viral

    A woman has said she "cannot believe" the response on social media to her reaction to the news there is to be another general election. 

    Brenda, 75, from Bristol, became an internet sensation after reacting with shock to the news on Tuesday. 

    "You're joking?! Not another one?" she responded when told of the news. 

    The video of her exasperated reaction went viral and prompted hundreds of comments on Twitter.

  14. General election 2017: The West's most marginal seat will be 'humming' soon

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    Video caption: BBC political editor Paul Barltrop in Chipping Sodbury

    BBC political editor Paul Barltrop says the Thornbury and Yate constituency is the West's most marginal seat.

    He says it'll be "humming in the weeks to come" - the Conservatives won by 1,500 votes in the last election when they took it from the Lib Dems.

  15. Bristol MP condemns decision to call a snap general election

    Kerry McCarthy
    Quote Message: “It is deeply irresponsible of the prime minister to call an election after she has triggered Article 50. To start the clock running to leave the EU, and then put everything on hold for an election campaign shows that she has put her party political interest above the national interest.” from Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
    Kerry McCarthyLabour MP for Bristol East
  16. Trombonists across the world play the same tune for charity

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    Video caption: Why all these trombones are playing the same tune

    Musicians around the world are rallying to raise money for trombonist Stephen Sykes from Shepton Mallet who has cancer.

    Despite an appeal for stem cell donors, a match for him hasn't yet been found.

  17. Paddy Ashdown: Theresa May couldn't resist 'naked opportunism'

    Former Yeovil MP Paddy Ashdown has hit out at Theresa May's surprise election announcement yesterday.

    Speaking to BBC Somerset, the former Liberal Democrat leader said Mrs May was the "second prime minister who has acted in the interests of the party, not the country".

    Paddy Ashdown
    Quote Message: Theresa May couldn't resist the opportunity to take advantage of naked opportunism. The only reason she wants an election is for Mrs May's personal reasons - to take advantage of a weak Labour party. from Paddy Ashdown
    Paddy Ashdown
  18. Concorde unwrapped ahead of Bristol aviation museum's grand opening

    The last Concorde to take to the skies has been unwrapped ahead of the grand opening of a new museum in Bristol this summer. 

    Hundreds of metres of film protecting it from building work were carefully peeled off Concorde 216 this morning. 

    The jet will be the supersonic centrepiece of the £19m Aerospace Bristol centre, which will document Bristol's aviation heritage.

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