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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Thursday, 27 April 2017.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from us

    Thanks for being with us today. Before we go, a quick look at tomorrow's weather map. Patchy rain will spread south across the West, though temperatures will be much warmer than recent days, with highs of 14 in some parts.

    BBC Local Live for the West will return from 7am with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

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    Video caption: Watch: temperatures are picking up after recent colder weather.
  2. Volunteer workers descend on North Somerset for cycle path construction

    In less than three months, a new cycle path running all the way between Weston-super-Mare and Brean Down is set to open. 

    All this week dozens of volunteers have set up camp near Brean to help get part of the path built. At the moment, cyclists have to travel on the road between the two places. The new path is due to be officially opened on the 7 July.

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    Video caption: The path will link Brean and Weston-super-Mare
  3. Bringing cinema magic to the elderly

    One of the oldest cinemas in the world has come up with a new idea - taking films on the road. 

    The Curzon in Clevedon was opened in 1912. Their latest venture makes it possible for elderly people still to enjoy an afternoon at the movies without leaving their care homes.

    Susannah Shaw came up with the idea when she began working there.

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    Video caption: Watch: the Curzon is making it possible for the elderly to enjoy an afternoon movie.
  4. Knife crime charity volunteer says demand for their services remains high

    Gloucester-based charity Increase the Peace faces closure after losing its funding. The charity encourages young people to stay away from knife crime, but its request for funding from the police and crime commissioner has been turned down.

    Sisters Shayla and Kayla made a video pleading for Gloucester's PCC to reverse his decision. 

    Their mother Pam says the charity's youth workers can help troubled youngsters before the authorities get involved. 

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    Video caption: Watch: Pam Mitchell's charity Increase The Peace faces closure due to funding cuts.
  5. Spice 'a most evil drug'

    Spice drug

    The chief executive of Taunton's Association for the Homeless has been speaking to BBC Somerset, after the death of a 30-year-old man in Taunton who took Spice yesterday.

    Six of the charity's clients were also badly affected by the same drug.

    Quote Message: A number of our clients are using Spice, this new legal high. This batch was particularly strong, something like 150 times stronger than cannabis or marijuana. We were aware that around half a dozen of our clients had been affected by this spice, so CPR was administered. It basically comatoses you, people just collapse. It really is a most evil drug." from Justin Roxburgh Chief executive, Taunton Association for the Homeless
    Justin RoxburghChief executive, Taunton Association for the Homeless
  6. Refugee figures unveiled in Salisbury Cathedral

    Salisbury Cathedral exhibition

    A set of 12 oversized "refugee" figures, carved from a single tree, has been unveiled at Salisbury Cathedral.

    The exhibition, called Dispersing the Night, was created by Brazilian sculptor Ana Maria Pacheco who said the sculptures illustrate the suffering of exile, migration and displacement.

    At the centre, a young man carries an older man on his back, with 10 figures reacting in the shadows.

    The exhibition can be seen on display until 23 July.

    You can read more about the story here

  7. Family tribute for canal crash couple

    The sister-in-law of Joan Tipler, who died with her husband when their car crashed into a canal in Bristol last night, says she was "always one of the family and would do anything for anybody".

    Pauline Searle said Joan's daughter was on her way back from Portugal after hearing the news.

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    Video caption: Sister-in-law speaks after elderly pair die after car crashes into Feeder Canal
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, at J21 for A370.

    M5 Somerset - M5 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare). Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Wiltshire's spectacular crop circles return

    Depending on who you ask, crop circles are examples of aliens visiting us, or man-made formations.

    This one captured on camera near Devizes is definitely man-made. Pretty spectacular, even if ET didn't have a helping hand in making them.

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    Video caption: Footage captured by drone in Wiltshire
  10. Are shipping containers the solution to our homeless problem?

    It turns out shipping containers can be used for a lot of things. Bristol already has several near the Engine Shed that are used as bases for business.

    Now, an organisation called "Help Bristol's Homeless" wants to use them to help people off the streets and back into accommodation.

    They plan to convert 11 of these shipping containers into living accommodation, from which homeless people could apply for more permanent homes. 

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    Video caption: Here's one solution to the shortage of affordable homes in Bristol - shipping containers.
  11. Tributes paid to Bash Street Kids creator

    Leo Baxendale

    Tributes have been paid to a man described as "the most influential artist in UK humour comics". 

    Leo Baxendale, who lived in Stroud, died at the weekend at the age of 86 after a long fight with cancer.

    Among his many creations were characters such as The Bash Street Kids, Minnie the Minx, Little Plum and The Three Bears.

    His son Martin, also a cartoonist, told the BBC his father was "an impossible act to follow".

    "His drawings were always both very, very funny and sublimely well drawn - Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling to my greetings card and gift book scribbles. 

    "He cast a long shadow which will be greatly missed now it's gone."

    Click here to read more.

  12. Knife crime charity 'won't give up without a fight' following funding cut

    A Gloucester charity which aims to prevent knife crime in the city has been forced to close its doors due to a lack of funds.

    Increase The Peace works with 80 young people each week, but after being funded by Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner for the last four years, that funding has now stopped. 

    The PCC Martin Surl said their latest bid for £218,000 over the next four years was unsustainable, but the charity's founder Delroy Ellis says he will fight to keep the charity going.

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    Video caption: Watch: Delroy Ellis founded "Increase The Peace" and will look at other funding sources.
  13. Taunton Flower Show to move after more than 160 years

    Taunton's Flower Show has been held in the town's Vivary Park since 1851, but organisers have revealed this year's show will be the last at the current site.

    They claim Taunton Deane Borough Council asked them to pay a five figure sum to use the park, which was more than they could afford.

    From next year, the Show will be held at a venue yet to be determined.

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    Video caption: 2017 looks like it will be the last Taunton Flower Show at Vivary Park

    In a statement, Taunton Deane Borough Council said it was a planned cost increase which had been brought to the Show organisers attention in January. 

    The Council also said that the increasing costs of maintenance from the wear and tear caused by the Show, as well as the loss of public access, meant that new charges needed to be introduced.

    Up until this point the use of the Park for the Taunton Flower Show had been free. 

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at J18A for M49.

    M5 Bristol - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J18a M49, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, between J17 for A350 and J18 for A46 Bath.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J17, A350 (Chippenham) and J18, A46 (Bath), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  16. Petition against Colston Hall renaming gathers pace

    Yesterday, we brought you the news that Bristol's Colston Hall is to ditch its name, as it says it was too "toxic".

    Since that announcement, a petition against the name change has so far hit 1,800 signatures.

    The petition was started back in March when the idea was mooted, however the recent confirmation of has caused it to snowball.

    Petition website
  17. Marine A 'to be released from prison'

    It's reported a former Somerset Royal Marine convicted of shooting dead a wounded Taliban fighter will be freed from prison tomorrow. 

    Alexander Blackman had his murder conviction reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility last month. 

    The Guardian newspaper reported he'll be released from Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

    The Justice For Marine A campaign group is also saying he'll be released.

    His wife Claire blackman was a vocal campaigner against his sentence, saying he had "always regretted his actions"

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    Video caption: Watch: his supporters were campaigning for his sentence to be reduced.
  18. BreakingMarine A, Alexander Blackman to be released from prison tomorrow

    Alexander Blackman

    Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, who had his sentence reduced for shooting dead an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, will be released from prison on Friday, the Justice For Marine A campaign group said.