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We'll leave you with a pink rainbow, if that's what it is

Taken in Bedminster
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Is it a rainbow? It looks quite unusual.

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The above was taken in Bedminster by Pam Caulfield earlier this evening. More here from social media:

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That's all for tonight. We'll be back online tomorrow from 7am with more live news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England.

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Mother wants daughters remains 'reunited'

Watch: Karen Edwards talks to BBC Points West

Becky Godden was murdered by Christopher Halliwell in 2003. Her family held her funeral but three years ago police uncovered more of her remains.

Karen Edwards, Becky's mother, says the police told her in March the DNA tests would take a matter of weeks. But she is still waiting for them to be released.

Wiltshire Police said once the tests are complete and it has been confirmed the remains belong to Becky, they will be in a position to return them to her family.

Four from 'drug network' charged over heroin and cocaine

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Four people have been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine as part of a crackdown on cross county drugs networks.

Officers raided houses in Cheltenham and Birmingham over the weekend, retrieving quantities of cash and class A drugs.

A man and a woman from Cheltenham were among those charged.

Football: Harry Pell to remain at Cheltenham

Harry Pell
BBC

Harry Pell told the club's official website he had spent the day discussing terms with Blackpool but had decided the right decision was to "turn their offer down and remain at Cheltenham".

I have spoken to the Gaffer (Gary Johnson) and he has re-iterated that he's very happy that I am still a Cheltenham Town player and I am 100% focused on the job in hand with the Robins. I'm looking forward to getting back and getting on with our campaign.

Harry Pell
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Football: Swindon sign Woolery for £350,000

Kaiyne Woolery
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Swindon Town have signed Wigan Athletic forward Kaiyne Woolery for £350,000.

The 22-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Wiltshire club.

"I got a promotion last year and I came here to get another one," Woolery told Swindon's club website.

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Fans go mad for souvenir Forest Green Rovers programme

Watch: All the programmes sold out

The Gloucestershire side have attracted worldwide attention since they were promoted to the football league for the first time in May.

Hoover sucks up flower seeds to spread the breed

Watch: The flower seeds will be sown in nearby hay meadows

The rare wildflower seeds will be used to restore new meadows.

Rob Holden, from the National Trust, said the yellow rattle seed is "really important" for wildflower meadows.

Government to respond to immigration law

Watch: Families campaigning for immigration law to be changed

Some families from the West say they're being torn apart and their children are being left heartbroken because of immigration rules.

The law requires British spouses to earn at least £18,600 before their non-EEA (European Economic Area) partner is allowed to live here.

It's thought as many as 15,000 children have been separated from a parent due to the scheme, which was designed to protect demands on UK benefits.

Earlier this year the Supreme Court decided that the rules are lawful but said that "children's welfare must be promoted in immigration decisions".

A government response will be published later this week. The Home Office has said the policy "is central to building an immigration system that works in the national interest".

Seed-gathering speeded up with vacuum's help

Watch: A vacuum is being used to harvest the yellow rattle plant

A rare wildflower haven in Bath is being used to harvest seeds to restore new meadows.

It's a project which has been so successful that the National Trust has brought in the gardening equivalent of a vacuum cleaner to beef up the operation.

The seeds were previously gathered by hand in a labour-intensive process.

Cricket: Gleeson gives Northants edge v Glos

Richard Gleeson
Rex Features

Richard Gleeson took five Gloucestershire wickets before a top-order collapse from Northamptonshire left the match intriguingly poised.

After day one ended with hosts Northants 343 all out, Gloucestershire responded with 265 in their first innings, seamer Gleeson taking 5-46.

But, hoping to build a sizeable second-innings lead, the hosts slipped to 19-5 as five batsmen failed to pass five.

Northants were 50-5 at the close with a lead of 128 runs and Alex Wakely on 23.

Rogue landlords to be targeted

Houses
BBC

Rogue landlords are to be targeted in Bristol after the council was given extra government funding.

Bristol City Council said it had been given £321,750 by the Home Office "to help drive up standards in the private rented sector" over the next two years.

Migrants are over-represented, living in the private rented sector in Bristol, particularly in properties in poor condition.

In Bristol we are working hard to tackle criminal landlords and through this extra funding, we expect to see a reduction in the number of these criminal landlords letting out poor quality accommodation and exploiting tenants.

Councillor Paul SmithCabinet member for homes, Bristol City Council

M4 crash victim was 'fantastic father'

Andrew Gwynne
South Wales Police

Andrew Gwynne, from Gloucester, died in a crash on the M4 near Cardiff on Saturday.

His family said losing him so suddenly was "devastating".

In a statement, they said: "He will be so dearly missed and was a massive part of a large family.

"He was always fun and energetic; a true family orientated man who was a fantastic father, partner, son, uncle and great uncle, and brother, who has been taken from us so tragically."

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Patients and families asked for best solutions to dementia care

Watch: Ted Wilson is from Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Some 6,500 people in Wiltshire are currently living with dementia.

Numbers continue to grow rapidly and the statistic is expected to be 30% higher by 2020.

Wiltshire Healthwatch has launched a month-long consultation on dementia services in the county, asking users and their families about the most effective way forward.

Provision for people diagnosed with dementia costs £150m every year in Wiltshire.

Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

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M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, between J21 for A370 and J20 for B3133.

M5 Somerset - Very slow traffic and two lanes closed on M5 northbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of an accident and a fuel spillage.

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

Cricket: Abell boosts Somerset against Surrey

Tom Abell
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Skipper Tom Abell and Steven Davies put in an unbeaten 138 as hosts Somerset recovered from 96-4 to end day one in an improved position against Surrey.

On a rain-hit day, Abell (88*) and Davies (68*) led Somerset to 234-4 before wet weather saw play abandoned.

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HGV hits building in Porlock

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The fire service says a HGV collided with an external wall of a property.

Acro-props were used to support some damaged railings and the lorry was removed from the building.

Severe accident: A4019 Gloucestershire both ways

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A4019 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between A38 and M5 J10.

A4019 Gloucestershire - A4019 in Coombe Hill blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the A38 junction and Cheltenham, because of an accident.

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

Dumped croc could have given someone 'a nasty bite'

The caiman
RSPCA

A caiman dumped at Chew Valley reservoir could have given a child a "very nasty bite", the RSPCA has said.

The two-foot long crocodile-type animal, which was initially thought to be an alligator, was found by a Bristol Water engineer last Friday.

The caiman
RSPCA

It has since been collected by the RSPCA and taken to a specialist crocodile centre.

They are attempting to trace who dumped it as they believe they were keeping the animal illegally.

It’s lucky this caiman wasn’t found by a child. Despite its size, this caiman could have given them a very nasty bite.

Chris JamesRSPCA
Caiman left at Chew Valley reservoir
BBC

Father named as M4 crash victim

Andrew Gwynne
Family photo

A man who died following a crash on the M4 near Cardiff has been named as Andrew Gwynne, a father from Gloucester.

South Wales Police officers had been pursuing a red Ford Focus when it collided with a Landrover at about 6pm on Saturday. A stinger was also used.

Mr Gwynne, 35, who was driving the Ford, died at the scene.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the incident which happened on the eastbound side of the carriageway between junctions 30 and 32.

Fatal fire believed to be an accident

Fire at the Fishponds flat
Tim Worth

A flat fire which left a man dead and a woman in a critical condition is believed to have started accidentally.

The fire broke out in Fishponds Road at about 8.40pm on Saturday.

At its peak, 55 firefighters tackled the blaze which was above a commercial property.

The fire is believed to have started accidentally in the first floor bedroom.

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Football: Swindon sign Wigan striker

Time-lapse shows platform works at Waterloo

Watch: Time-lapse shows the platform works

Three weeks of disruption has started for those travelling to London Waterloo from the West.

A refurbishment costing £800m means 10 platforms at the station will be closed until 28th August.

South West Trains says the work will mean changes to train times and that some stations will be busier than normal.

BreakingElectrocuted man suffered burns to arm, face and neck

South Western Ambulance Service said the worker electrocuted in Swindon suffered burns to his arm, face and neck.

Crews were called to a site in Regent Street at 1.54pm today.

The man has been taken to Great Western Hospital for treatment.

Worker electrocuted in Swindon

A worker has been electrocuted during works at Regent Street in Swindon.

Fire officers are at the scene.

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Abell and Davies steady the ship

Somerset 189-4 v Surrey

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

Tom Abell and Steven Davies are putting together a very decent partnership.

Abell is beginning to look comfortable and Davies has played with typical elegance against his former county.

The pitch is slow and the runs have started to flow as Somerset take control of the afternoon session.

Shopper 'shocked and horrified' by taunts

Suleiman Al-Sadi
Suleiman Al-Sadi

A man who claims staff at the DFS furniture store at Cribbs Causeway made fun of his "camp" appearance, said he was "shocked and horrified" by it.

Suleiman Al-Sadi said "five sales guys" made jokes about his appearance when he was shopping for a sofa last week.

A DFS spokesman said they were "disappointed" to hear of the allegations and were "taking it extremely seriously".

Read more on this story here.

A couple of them started whistling. I felt like I'd stepped back into the 1970s. They were trying to taunt me. It was making fun and jokes of my appearance. They didn't take me seriously.

Suleiman Al-Sadi

All very tight at Taunton

Somerset 130-4 v Surrey

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

Just 25 runs have been added since lunch as Rikki Clarke and Gareth Batty use all their experience to keep it tight.

Four balls after lunch, Batty bowled Eddie Byrom for 46 with a beautifully flighted delivery.

Somerset skipper Tom Abell, who has reached his half-century, has batted very well and runs are starting to arrive, with Steven Davies (7 not out) starting nicely against his former county.

Bomb threat man remanded in custody

SS Great Britain
BBC

A man accused of making threats to cause an explosion has appeared in court.

It follows the evacuation of five blocks of flats near the ss Great Britain museum ship, in Bristol, on Friday night.

James Francis, 21, is also accused of falsely claiming to have a bomb.

Mr Francis, of the city's Gas Ferry Road, was remanded in custody to appear at Bristol Crown Court on 8 September.

Wiltshire Healthwatch asks for opinions on dementia care

Watch: BBC Points West's Will Glennon shares Phil and Beverley Sharman's story

Wiltshire Healthwatch has launched a month-long consultation on dementia services in the county, asking users and their families about the most effective way forward.

Provision for the increasing number of people diagnosed with dementia costs £150m every year in Wiltshire.

Currently there are more than 6,500 people living with dementia. That's forecast to grow by almost 30% by 2020.

Child arrest numbers fall across West

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The campaign group, the Howard League for Penal Reform says the numbers of children (aged 17 and under) arrested in 2016 fell - a trend echoed in the Westcountry.

Avon and Somerset Police showed the greatest reduction in numbers: a 79% fall, from 7,255 in 2010, to 1,533 last year.

In Wiltshire, the same six-year period showed a 58% fall in child arrests, from 2,262 to 953.

Gloucestershire Police force showed the lowest percentage fall in the region - 56% from 2010 to 2016 - but they had the lowest number of children in their custody last year: a total of 663.

Nationally, child arrests have fallen by 64% in six years. Read more here.

Anonymous child
BBC

This is a tremendous achievement... we will continue to support police forces to develop good practice and reduce the number to an absolute minimum.

Frances CrookChief executive, Howard League for Penal Reform

Man who said he had a 'bomb' remanded

ss Great Britain
Google

A man who said he had a bomb and threatened to blow up a property has appeared in court. It follows the evacuation of five blocks of flats near the ss Great Britain, in Bristol, on Friday evening.

James Francis, 21, is also accused of giving information he knew or believed to be false.

No application was made for bail and Mr Francis, of Gas Ferry Road, was remanded in custody to appear before Bristol Crown Court on 8 September.

He appeared before city magistrates on Monday morning and spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

Clarke makes immediate impact

Somerset 92-3 v Surrey

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

It is a decade since Rikki Clarke has bowled a ball for Surrey in Championship cricket. He came into the attack with Somerset 43-1 after Stuart Meaker had make an important breakthrough, having Marcus Trescothick caught at slip for 26.

Jade Dernbach Rikki Clarke
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And Clarke immediately had two wickets in two balls. Firstly Tim Rouse edged behind and very next ball James Hildreth was trapped in front without scoring. Clarke and Meaker combined over twelve overs to take 3-23 and leave Somerset in trouble.

But Eddie Byrom and Tom Abell have played very well and guided the hosts to lunch with the scoreboard reading 92-3.

Grand housing estate design for Southmead gets go-ahead

A planning proposal to redevelop the former Dunmail primary school site in Southmead has been given the green light by Bristol City Council.

More than 160 new sustainable homes, with around a third of them earmarked for social housing with United Communities, were proposed by Kevin McCloud’s HAB housing company.

Local engagement activities with the community around Dunmail came up with "fruity street features" and community allotments.

Kevin McCloud, Chairman of HAB, said:

“Urban regeneration can be beautiful, sustainable and affordable. We are eager to crack on, and begin to shape a beautiful new quarter of Southmead.”

The development is expected to begin this Autumn.

Artist's impression of the estate
HAB Housing

Numbers of children arrested falls across the West region

The campaigning group, the Howard League for Penal Reform says the numbers of children arrested in 2016 fell - a trend echoed in the Westcountry.

Nationally there were still 87,525 children picked up by police forces.

More than 700 arrests last year were of primary school children, aged 10 and 11.

The group have monitored child arrests - for all young people aged 17 and under - since 2010.

More on local police force statistics follows...

Anonymous child
BBC

Ginger beard 'not good' for record attempt in heatwave

Listen: Sean Conway coping with the heat in Europe

Cheltenham ginger-bearded adventurer Sean Conway is attempting to break the record for the fastest bike ride across Europe.

He set off from Portugal on Saturday, and is aiming to get to Russia within 24 days.

He's now in Spain and says the current heatwave in southern Europe is making life difficult.

Watch Sean race against 'his nemesis' live on his website by clicking here.

Fatal M4 police chase crash sparks inquiry

M4 crash
BBC
The crash caused tailbacks on the M4

An investigation has been launched after a Gloucester man, in his 30s, died when his car crashed on the M4 during a police chase.

South Wales Police officers had been pursuing a red Ford Focus around the Cardiff area at about 18:00 BST on Saturday and a stinger was also used.

Minutes later, the car collided with a Landrover Freelander on the eastbound side between junctions 30 and 32.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is evaluating the incident.

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Lorry driver charged with dangerous driving

Police jacket
BBC

A lorry driver has been charged with dangerous driving following an incident on the A30 in Somerset.

John Lee, 61, of Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, is to appear at South Somerset Magistrates Court, Yeovil, on 17 August, Avon and Somerset Police said.

It's in relation to an incident on 4 July between Chard and Crewkerne, near to the junction for Cricket St Thomas.

Bristol DFS staff suspended over 'camp' taunts

Suleiman Al-Sadi
Suleiman Al-Sadi
Customer Suleiman Al-Sadi said he felt as though he had stepped back into the 1970s

A number of employees at a DFS furniture store have been suspended over allegations they made fun at the "camp" appearance of a customer.

Suleiman Al-Sadi from Bristol said members of staff at a store in the city whistled and laughed at him while he was shopping for a sofa last Tuesday.

He said he was "shocked and horrified" when they made jokes about his appearance.

DFS said an investigation was under way and several staff had been suspended.