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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel for the West of England on Monday 31 July 2017.

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  1. Good night from Local Live

    That's all from us tonight.

    We'll be back from 7am with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West.

    Here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast for the first day of August.

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    Video caption: Good night from Local Live
  2. An embarrassment for the military: Marine who helped terrorists is jailed

    A Royal Marine, who made pipe bombs, stashed weapons and explosives in hides across England and Northern Ireland, and planned to help terrorist attacks on around 300 targets, has been jailed for 18 years.

    At the hearing for Ciaran Maxwell, who admitted preparing terrorist acts, the court was told the 31-year-old lived a "dangerous double life" as a bomb-maker and claimed he faked sympathies for the Irish republican cause because he was "paralysed" with fear.

    Professor Bill Tupman, a terrorism expert at the University of Exeter says the case is a serious embarrassment to the military, for several reasons...

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    Video caption: Terrorism Expert, University of Exeter, on drugs and the marine
  3. Mystery donor funds cathedral window fix

    Bristol Cathedral

    An anonymous donor has given £125,000 to Bristol Cathedral to restore a window damaged by a wartime bomb.

    The cathedral's rose window was created in 1877 but suffered a number of cracks when a blast destroyed the north side nave windows during World War Two.

    The cathedral said the gift was the "largest philanthropic gift" it had received since the rebuilding of the nave in the 1860s.

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    Mystery donor funds cathedral window fix

    Bristol Cathedral

    Bristol Cathedral said it was the "largest philanthropic gift" it had received in more than 150 years.

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  4. Cheeki Rafiki yacht operator goes bust

    Douglas Innes of Stormforce Coaching

    The operator of a boat which capsized leading to the deaths of four men, including two from Somerset, has ceased trading, its director has said.

    Douglas Innes, 42, of Stormforce Coaching, had been responsible for the Cheeki Rafiki, which lost its keel 700 miles off Nova Scotia in May 2014.

    Both Mr Innes and Stormforce were convicted on 14 July of failing to ensure the safety of the vessel.

    Mr Innes said, following the trial, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) had suspended the firm's accreditation.

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    Cheeki Rafiki yacht operator goes bust

    Douglas Innes of Stormforce Coaching

    Stormforce Coaching's accreditation has been suspended by the Royal Yachting Association.

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  5. Mother of daughter who died raising money for heart charity

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    Video caption: Mother of daughter who died raising money for heart charity

    A mother from Wiltshire, whose teenage daughter died while she was at a sleepover, is trying to raise money to identify other young people who have undiagnosed heart conditions.

    Hannah Cubin, 14, died last Christmas. Her mum Dawn has joined forces with the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

    Dawn wants to fund a mobile screening unit to try and detect problems in children and teenagers earlier.

  6. Forest Green Rovers to feature on FIFA video game

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    Video caption: Forest Green Rovers will be the first club outside Europe's top leagues to feature on FIFA

    Forest Green Rovers will be the first club outside of Europe's top leagues to feature on the game FIFA.

    They have been chosen by EA Sports to celebrate their first promotion to the Football League in their 128-year history.

    The game featuring them will be released on 29 September.

  7. Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell had mines and other explosive equipment

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Royal Marine with links to dissident republicanism who made 14 pipe bombs also stashed away an assortment of other weapons and equipment in hides at various sites across England and Northern Ireland, a court was told during a sentencing hearing.

    Ciarán Maxwell, 31, who lived in Exminster and serviced with 40 Commando in Taunton, was jailed for 18 years at the Old Bailey after admitting charges earlier this year of preparing terrorist acts.

    Mins. Pic: Police Service of Northern Ireland

    Along with the 14 pipe bombs, the court heard Maxwell also stashed:

    • Two anti-personnel directional mines (one is pictured)
    • Two explosively formed projectiles (EFPs)
    • 29 complete explosive firing systems
    • 33 initiators (part of a detonator for explosives), including two military initiators
    • 13 military "Igniter Safety Fuze Electric" initiators
    • Three fully-constructed improvised detonators
    • Other component parts for IEDs [improvised explosive devices]
    • Other materials and chemicals to make explosives
    • A replica handgun and ammunition
  8. Victorian workhouse memorial unveiled

    l-r Cllr Mike Cresswell, Cllr William Wallace and Cllr Graham Granter

    A memorial dedicated to a former Victorian workhouse has been unveiled.

    The site of the Bridgwater Union Workhouse in Bridgwater, Somerset, is being replaced with a primary school, due to open in September.

    County councillor William Wallace said it was "right we don't forget the past" and the opening of a new school would be "a bright new chapter".

    The workhouse was built in 1837, at a cost of £7,500, and housed about 300 people.

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  9. Sports Forum live from Ashton Gate

    Geoff Twentyman

    A heads-up for all footie and rugby fans!

    BBC Radio Bristol's Geoff Twentyman is joined live from Ashton Gate by a panel of guests ahead of the new football and rugby seasons tonight.

    All the gossip, transfer news, latest signings and more.

    Listen live via the iPlayer.

  10. Playing on the streets 'makes communities happier'

    A Bristol scheme that allows residents to close their street to traffic so children can play has now been adopted by more than 500 streets in the UK on a regular basis.

    And a new report says it's making communities happier.

    These children in St George, who our reporter Jennie Smith spoke to, also agree:

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    Video caption: Closing streets off to allow children to play is helping to create happier communities.
  11. Serious questions must be asked about arms smuggled from Somerset military base

    A judge has today jailed a Royal Marine, who built explosives for an Irish republican dissidents.

    Ciarán Maxwell, who lived in Exminster and served with 40 Commando in Taunton, admitted preparing acts of terrorism at an earlier trial. He was jailed for 18 years.

    The trial at the Old Bailey heard Maxwell, originally from Larne, stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs - four of which were deployed - in 43 purpose-built hides at eight locations in Northern Ireland and England.

    Marine Commander Dean Haydon, of the counter-terrorism unit, says serious questions will be asked about how the 31-year-old managed to smuggle arms and explosives out of military bases, including Taunton.

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    Video caption: Counter Terrorism Unit intelligence on what the marine intended 1
  12. Lewis Moody visits Tyne Cot Commonwealth war cemetery

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    Video caption: Lewis Moody visits Tyne Cot Commonwealth war cemetery.

    On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele we've been hearing from Lewis Moody.

    The former Bath and England rugby captain is visiting Belgium for the commemorations.

    Lewis has family members who fought in the battle and has been speaking about the importance of his relative's medals and the significance for him personally of returning to the site of the battle during the centenary.

  13. Filmmaker wants to 'burn some ideas into your head'

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    Video caption: Film: Hairitage by Aisha Sanyang-Meek

    More than 40 short films by young South West artists including animators, poets and a refugee who found sanctuary in Bristol are among 200 being screened across England.

    One of those films has been made by 21-year-old Aisha Sanyang-Meek from Bristol.

    Aisha said she made her three-minute film because she had "always wanted to make a film about afro hair".

    You can see all the films - including Aisha's - at the Arnolfini in Bristol from 18-28 August.

    Quote Message: I wanted to comment on conversations about cultural appropriation, internalised and systematic racism and the effects they've been having, and are still having, on people of colour. from Aisha Sanyang-Meek
    Aisha Sanyang-Meek
  14. Extraordinary footage: ambulance catches fire on the M5

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    Video caption: An ambulance caught fire on the northbound M5 this weekend near Weston-super-Mare.

    Drivers on the northbound M5 on Sunday morning were astounded when they suddenly saw an ambulance catch fire as it drove past the Weston-super-Mare exit.

    The ambulance was flagged down by a fellow driver who said the crew didn't even realise their vehicle was on fire.

    Traffic was delayed as the emergency services tackled the blaze.

    South West Ambulance Service confirmed no one sustained any injuries in the fire.

  15. Local drivers asked to plan around A378 closure for the summer

    A busy commuter route in Somerset is closed for five weeks from today.

    Somerset County Council says the A378 Langport Road requires drainage improvements.

    Watch out for the diversion:

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    Video caption: Drainage work is being carried out on the main road between Taunton and Langport
  16. Nightclub headbutt attacker sought by police

    Nightclub assault CCTV pictures

    A man who headbutted another man at a Swindon nightclub is being sought by police.

    A 20-year-old man was attacked by an unknown man at The Tree nightclub just before 2am on Saturday 1st July.

    His injuries included a split lip and broken teeth.

    These photos have been released of a man police would like to speak to who may have more information about the attack.

    Nightclub assault
  17. The afternoon headlines from your local newspapers

    Local newspapers

    Bristol Post: Man arrested after baby rushed to hospital with serious head injuries

    Swindon Advertiser: Repair bill for 'minor structural damage' after HMP Erlestoke disorder passes £1m

    Gloucestershire Live: Why were taxi drivers honking their horns in Cheltenham this morning?

    Weston Mercury: Weston Pride takes town by storm celebrating equality and diversity