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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 22 June 2017

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  1. Goodnight from BBC Local Live

    We hope you've enjoyed our news and weather updates for the West today.

    Our live page team will be back from 7am tomorrow to keep you updated with all the news, sport, travel and weather for the region.

    Before we bid you goodnight, here's a look at the weather with Alina Jenkins.

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    Video caption: Another dry day ahead for Friday.
  2. Migrant workers will 'think twice' before travelling to work in the UK

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    Video caption: How much longer can we rely on migrant workers to pick our fruit?

    As a BBC survey showed that many farmers could be short of staff this summer, BBC Points West spoke to migrant fruit pickers in the region.

    The West Country has a proud horticultural tradition, but the fall in the pound since the Brexit vote means migrant workers can now earn more in Euro countries than in the UK.

    Ionut Ciupitu, a Romanian picker who is the manager at Nynehead Fruit Farm in Somerset says workers will be thinking twice before they travel to the UK.

  3. Colourful characters at Glastonbury Festival

    Getting ready in the morning at Glastonbury Festival - the disco ball hat or the 'happy' shades?

    Decisions, decisions, but these ones made the grade, in the sartorial stakes today... in our humble opinion of course.

    Woman wearing happy glasses
    Disco ball hat man
    Pom Pom ladies
    Braids at Glastonbury
    'Irish beard' man
  4. French and Saunders Morphed!

    French and Saunders on stage in Bristol

    Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders have appeared at the Colston Hall in Bristol tonight - the first time they've been on stage together for more than eight years.

    It was a one-off show celebrating their contribution to screen comedy.

    They were presented with the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award 2017 - in the form of custom-made French and Saunders versions of the Aardman animated character Morph.

    The sell-out show marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the French and Saunders BBC television series and 35 years of their work in comedy.

    Morph award for Dawn French
    Morph award for Jennifer Saunders
  5. Taunton hosts England after 34-year wait

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    Video caption: England v South Africa: Taunton ready for first England fixture since 1983

    BBC Points West visits Taunton as the Somerset ground prepares to host an England match for the first time in 34 years, tomorrow.

    Read more here:

  6. Bristol Muslim community feast open to all this evening

    If you're in Bristol this evening, then head over to Easton when the sun goes down, where the Muslim community has invited fellow Bristolians to join them for some lovely food.

    Today is the holiest day of Ramadan and to celebrate they have organised an Iftar - and for the first time it's being opened up to the public in a show of cultural and community unity.

    Here's Scott Ellis to tell you more:

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    Video caption: Final touches are being made for a street food feast organised by the Muslim community.
  7. Your local paper headlines this evening


    Bath Chronicle: Parents warned after lone 13-year-old flees after approach from man 'acting suspiciously'

    Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Police investigating incident where cyclist was allegedly beaten in Bibury

    Chard and Ilminster News: Family of Tyrone Adams, 48, man with 'heart of gold' who went missing in Crewkerne pay tribute to their 'gentle giant'

    Gazette Series: Buildings evacuated and A38 closed after two-story building catches fire in South Gloucestershire

  8. Human peace sign 'is about unity' say festival goers

    As Michael Eavis confirmed they've spent more on security, at this year's Glastonbury (see our earlier post), than is spent on the royals - thousands of people gathered at the Stone Circle on site earlier today, to make a giant human peace sign.

    These joyful souls may sound like they're citing inspirational messages taken from a herbal teabag sachet, but we're feeling the love nonetheless.

    See the human peace sign from the air in our news threads and on Twitter.

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    Video caption: Some festival goers explain why they wanted to be part of the giant peace sign.
  9. Sex abuse collusion: 'Lessons must be learned'

    The Bishop of Bath and Wells, who takes the lead on safety for the Church of England, says lessons must be learned from the case of the disgraced former Bishop of Gloucester, Peter Ball.

    He carried out a string of sex offences against teenagers and young men. An independent review has today found that senior figures in the Church colluded with him.

    The Right Reverend Peter Hancock says effective steps will be taken to ensure lessons are learned.

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    Video caption: Bishop of Bath and Wells Peter Hancock takes the lead on safety for the Church of England.
  10. Work begins on giant WW1 badge

    Work has begun on restoring a giant regimental emblem on a hillside in Wiltshire.

    The World War One chalk badge was carved by members of the Royal Warwickshire unit in 1916 while it was stationed in Sutton Mandeville for training.

    The work, which is expected to take around five weeks to complete, is being funded with an £88,300 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Royal Warwickshire Regiment's emblem

    Antony Firth, from the Sutton Mandeville Heritage Trust, said a geotextile honeycomb will be pegged into the hillside to keep the chalk in place.

    “On completion the badge will look the same as it did in the last century, but the method will be slightly different," he said.

    “Ultimately we are all keen to see the badge restored to its former glory and visible again on the hillside for all to see.”

  11. You'll thank us for this Glasto checklist

    Glastonbury 2017

    For those still packing for the Festival week-end - here is your essential reading: a must-have list.

    Earplugs, gaffer tape and bin bags - you'd be surprised what suddenly comes in useful at Glastonbury!

    You'll thank us for this checklist later - click here to access it.

  12. New Gloucestershire home for children's charity

    A charity that supports families with special educational needs is to move into a disused business park that had once been earmarked to house unaccompanied migrant children.

    The Whale Wharf site near Littleton-upon-Severn in South Gloucestershire will be the new home of Incredible Kids from the end of June, after being offered the site rent free by the owners.

    The charity provides a safe space for families from across the West to get together and share their experiences, and organises play sessions for the children, with trained staff.

    In 2016 the Home Office was considering the site as a potential centre to house, educate and prepare migrant children for their new life in the UK.

    But the project stalled with campaigners saying officials appeared to have no coherent strategy for dealing with children arriving in the country.

    Quote Message: We have been aware of the excellent work that Incredible Kids do for families in South Gloucestershire and across the Bristol region. When I heard that they were looking for new premises, I thought Whale Wharf offered an ideal safe, local location for the charity from Charlie Tull Managing director, Whale Wharf
    Charlie TullManaging director, Whale Wharf
  13. MOD inquiry into Castlemartin tank deaths

    Castlemartin Barracks

    The Ministry of Defence is to carry out an inquiry into a tank incident in Wales in which two Wiltshire-based soldiers died.

    Corporals Matthew Hatfield and Darren Neilson died last week after an ammunition round is thought to have exploded during an exercise at Castlemartin firing range.

    Two other soldiers from the Royal Tank Regiment at Tidworth were injured. One is still in a serious condition in hospital.

    Read more here

  14. Making the human peace sign at Glastonbury

    Hundreds of people joined in to make a human peace sign at the Stone Circle earlier today.

    As you can tell from these photos, there were plenty of good vibes.

    See our earlier post for the aerial shots.

    Peace sign at Stone Circle
    Stone circle
    Stone Circle scenes
    Stone circle scenes
  15. Trams could run in spa city once more

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    Image caption: Bath and North East Somerset Council is funding a short study into the feasibility of a light rail tram system in the city

    Plans to bring back trams to the city of Bath are to be investigated by the local council.

    Bath and North East Somerset Council (Banes) has announced it is funding a short study into the feasibility of a light rail tram system in the spa city.

    The authority said the decision was in response to suggestions from the public, made over the past year, for a review to be carried out.

    The feasibility study is due to be completed by the end of March 2018.

  16. Extra money could speed up roadworks at Bromley Heath

    Bromley Heath viaduct

    Vital repair work to the Bromley Heath Viaduct in South Gloucestershire could take less time than originally planned, if almost £3-million-pounds-worth of funding is agreed next week by the West of England Joint Committee.

    The roadworks could last for 33 weeks instead of the 56 weeks proposed initially.

    An ageing viaduct over the River Frome needs to be repaired and strengthened.

    A South Gloucestershire Council report projects queues back to the Dramway roundabout beyond Emersons Green, almost three miles (4.8 km) away during the work on the area.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

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    M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, at J20 for M5.

    M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on entry slip road from M5 Northbound eastbound at J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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