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  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Tuesday 13 June, 2017

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  1. Goodnight and we will join you again from 7am tomorrow

    We hope you have enjoyed reading our news, sport and weather updates for the West of England.

    The BBC live page will be back again from 7am - but before we go this evening, here's a look at what's in store weather-wise:

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    Video caption: More sunny weather ahead for the West country?
  2. £500k bid to reduce congestion on A39

    A £500k improvement scheme has been announced in a bid to cut congestion on the A39 in Somerset .

    The main sticking points along the commuter route are two light-controlled junctions with the B3116 and A368.

    The plan is to widen the road at the former (known as the Two-Headed Man) so there are dedicated turning lanes in each direction.

    There will be a public consultation on the plans at Marksbury Village Hall on 20 June from 4pm to 7pm.

  3. Taunton Brewhouse's £20m revamp plans

    Ruth Bradley

    BBC Somerset politics reporter

    Taunton Brewhouse artist's impression

    A redevelopment of the Brewhouse Theatre has been talked about for more than a decade. The theatre's chief executive said today it's time to "stop procrastinating" and start this work, which she says would be part of the economic, social and cultural regeneration of the town.

    An artist's impression was up on a screen in the auditorium at the Brewhouse this lunchtime, showing how a £20m extension and refurbishment could look from the outside, across the river.

    The estimated cost of the work is £19.2m which would be raised through grants, donations from local people and possibly a loan from the council.

    The team behind the plans, which are at an early stage, say the refurbished Brewhouse could generate £4.5m for the local economy per year.

    They'd like to be starting building work in 2020 with it completed in 2021.

  4. Skate park referendum to be held

    Residents in Portishead are heading back to the polls later to decide on a controversial new skate park.

    The town is hosting its own referendum to decide if a new facility should be built, following a decade of campaigning.

    Those in favour have accused Portishead Town Council of overdeveloping the town whilst overlooking facilities for young people.

    But councillor David Oynes says the town council is in favour of a new skate park.

    "I wish that the group that wants the skate park had been able to engage with the council in a positive way," he said.

    "So that we could have looked at the situation together and found a site and then progressed it."

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  5. Man flees from police across two lanes of M4

    Junction 15 of the M4

    A man is on the run after escaping from police by fleeing across two lanes of traffic on the M4 in Wiltshire.

    It follows a police chase earlier today along the busy motorway after officers spotted a suspected stolen vehicle on the A419 near junction 15 of the M4.

    Wiltshire Police said during the pursuit the driver "made contact with police vehicles in a bid to avoid being stopped".

    "As a result of his actions, a 70-year-old female driver collided with a number of other vehicles. She sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene before going to Great Western Hospital as a precaution.

    "When the vehicle was stopped, a 17-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle."

  6. Changes afoot for Cheltenham's car parks

    Cheltenham Borough Council is looking to improve its car parks across the town, following a consultation.

    A 14-year strategy has been produced that will see the authority reviewing charges and providing better signage.

    However, no new car parks are planned.

    The council has a £400k budget to implement the proposals, which will be voted upon at a cabinet meeting tonight.

  7. Giant kiwi carving given protected status

    Bulford Kiwi

    A giant chalk carving of a kiwi has been granted protected status on the centenary of a World War One battle.

    The 130m-tall (420ft) Bulford Kiwi, on Bulford Hill near Stonehenge, was carved by New Zealand troops who were stationed there.

    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has made it a scheduled monument on the advice of Historic England.

    Click here to read the full story.

    Giant kiwi carving given protected status

    Bulford Kiwi

    The monument was carved by New Zealand troops at the end of World War One.

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  8. Your local newspaper headlines this evening

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    Bristol Post: Bristol police officer sacked after having child in secret with suspected criminal 'linked to drugs trade'

    Wiltshire Times: Horningsham enjoys its most successful ever fair as it welcomes record-breaking crowd

    Stroud News and Journal: Damning Ofsted report highlights 'serious and widespread' failures in Gloucestershire County Council's children's services

    Somersetlive: Midsomer Norton resident doused explosive device with water after he was woken by fizzing noise outside his home

  9. Walkers urged to explore rivers for Festival of Nature

    River Severn

    Those who love a spot of nature therapy are being urged to get out walking during this year's Festival of Nature.

    The event is publicising a series of new after-work walks, longer walks along the River Avon between Bristol and Bath and a special sunrise to sunset walk between the two cities on the longest day of the year.

    And tomorrow walkers are encouraged to embrace the forgotten landscape of the Severn by joining others to take the 9:16am train from Bristol Templemeads and walk along the beach.

  10. Bristol man found in road with serious head injuries

    Police are trying to find out why a man was left lying in a Bristol street with serious head injuries.

    The victim was discovered by passers-by on Twenty Acres Road, Southmead, just after midnight on Monday morning.

    A police spokesman said: "At this stage, officers are keeping an open mind as to whether he might have been assaulted or suffered the injuries as a result of a fall.

    "We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the Twenty Acres Road area late on Sunday evening or the early hours of yesterday."

    The man remains in a critical condition in hospital.

    Twenty Acres Road, Southmead
  11. Bike wars in Bath: Rival firm Yo Bike defends criticism from Nextbike

    Nextbike, which has been operating in Bath for several years, has claimed several dozen YoBikes are being used by people in Bath, without having the appropriate permission from Bath and North East Somerset Council.

    Banes council said it is aware of the issue and is working to resolve the situation.

    Nextbike's managing director Julian Scriven said: "Sadly, YoBikes is a dockless or free-floating scheme... you can drop them anywhere."

    "For the residents here, where public places are restricted and the pavements are very narrow, one poorly-placed bike can inconvenience a lot of residents."

    But Will Trafford from Yo Bike says measures are in place to stop people from dropping them off just anywhere:

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    Video caption: Yo Bike responds to a rival firm which says Yo Bikes can be dropped off anywhere.
  12. More baby hoglets getting the four-star treatment

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    These little chaps are being looked after at the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital near Salisbury.

  13. World's last Sea Vixen may not fly again

    Engineers have been assessing the damage done to the world's last remaining Sea Vixen, after it crashed landed in Somerset last month.

    The aircraft, known as the 'Foxy Lady', was returning to RNAS Yeovilton after an airshow when its landing gear failed.

    The 1950s high-speed combat jet, landed on its belly on the runway and caught fire.

    Brian Johnston, from Royal Navy Historic Flight, says they won't know if it will fly again until a full assessment has been carried out

    "There's quite a bit of work to do and we haven't finished our investigations so we may come across some structure which we can't remake," he said.

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    Video caption: Watch: Problems with the landing gear meant the plane had to land without wheels.
  14. Clubber 'wandered off' before drowning

    Deakon Wilkins
    Image caption: Deakon Wilkins was last seen leaving Motion nightclub in Bristol in the early hours of 14 January

    An inquest concludes Deakon Wilkins drowned but not how or why he came to be in the water.

    Deakon Wilkins, 24, from Weston-super-Mare, vanished after leaving Motion nightclub in Bristol in the early hours of 14 January.

    His body was found on 5 February after a high-profile social media and leafleting campaign by his family.

    The coroner returned a verdict of death by drowning but said it was not known how or why he entered the water.

  15. Further strikes in the offing at BMW Swindon

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    A further wave of strikes by workers at car giant BMW is "almost certain" if a long-running dispute over pensions is not resolved, a union has warned.

    Unite officials from BMW car plants in Cowley, Goodwood, near Chichester, Hams Hall in the West Midlands and Swindon called for a new offer to be made after union members rejected a proposed deal.

    The dispute, over BMW's plans to close its final salary pension scheme, has already led to strikes, hitting production of engines, the Mini and Rolls-Royce cars.

    Unite expects to meet BMW bosses in the coming days for fresh talks.

  16. 'Complicated' Father Christmas parade cancelled

    Generic Father Christmas parade

    Staple Hill's traditional parade of Father Christmasses won't be going ahead this year.

    The committee that organises the parade says it has become too expensive and complicated to stage.

    It added that the rest of the annual Christmas On The Hill event will go ahead as usual.

    Ian Boulton, Labour councillor at South Gloucestershire Council, says he appreciates people will be disappointed by the news

    "It's got so large and it's difficult to organise," he said.

    "There's still plans for lots to go on, it's just going to be slightly different this year."

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

    M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J14, B4509 (Thornbury), because of a broken down coach and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

  18. Fearns to remain at Lyon - Gloucester RFC

    Carl Fearns

    Gloucester have confirmed back-row forward Carl Fearns will remain with Lyon, despite signing a deal to move to the Premiership side this summer.

    The Cherry and Whites announced in November that Fearns, 28, would move to Kingsholm on a three-year deal after the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.

    But Lyon offered him "significantly increased personal terms".

    Read the full story here.