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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Farewell and football

    David Flitcroft

    Here's a run-down of how our teams fared in the EFL Cup this evening:

    And that's it for another day. We'll be back online tomorrow from 7am with more live news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West.

  2. Sobering statistics from BBC Wiltshire

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    Video caption: Alcohol related admissions to Swindon's Great Western Hospital have risen 20% in 5 years.

    Here's some more of the alcohol-related hospital admission stats from BBC Wiltshire.

    Its investigation has revealed numbers of admissions have risen 20% in five years.

  3. HSE investigating after electric shock injures worker

    The Health and Safety Executive is investigating after a worker was electrocuted in Swindon yesterday.

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

    The man suffered burns to his arm, face and neck and was taken to Great Western Hospital for treatment.

    A HSE spokesperson said: “HSE is aware of this incident and is making initial enquiries.”

  4. Appeal after woman goes missing from Ilminster

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    The police helicopter is helping in the search for a missing woman.

    Caroline Green, 43, of Silver Street, Ilminster, was last seen at 5.30pm yesterday.

    Avon and Somerset Police said she may appear drowsy due to the medication she is taking.

  5. Alcohol-related hospital admissions up 20% in Swindon

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    Video caption: 59-year-old Steve from Swindon has been in and out of hospital since his teens

    An investigation by BBC Wiltshire has revealed a 20% rise in alcohol-related admissions to Swindon's Great Western Hospital in just five years.

    Some 1,500 admissions were made in the year 2011/12 - that number had increased to 1,800 in 2015/16.

    Nearly 8,000 visits were made to the GWH across that period where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the main reason for admission or was a secondary diagnosis.

    Nearly half came from people the 40-59 age group.

  6. Campaigner Terry Hutt hands in A&E closure petition

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    Video caption: Campaigner Terry Hutt hands in A&E closure petition.

    A campaigner fighting to save the emergency department at Weston General Hospital has delivered a petition to the Government.

    Terry Hutt handed in the 8,000 signature document to the Department of Health in London.

    The hospital's A&E unit is currently closed overnight between 10pm and 8am because it cannot be staffed safely.

  7. Flamingo chick hopes to be in the pink soon

    Flamingo chick at Bristol Zoo

    As well as the spiders, here's another recent addition to Bristol Zoo - one of seven great flamingos to hatch this summer.

    And while the fluffy chick may already be posing like the rest of his family, it'll be a few years until his bright plumage appears.

    Trevor Franks, Bristol Zoo’s team leader of birds, said: “Some places in the United Kingdom struggle to breed them but we have a thriving colony here. But that has taken a lot of work over many years.”

  8. E-fit released after dog walker attacked

    Efit of suspect

    Police have issued an efit of a man they want to talk to in connection with a "nasty assault" on a dog-walker in Chard.

    The woman suffered serious head injuries in the attack which happened near the reservoir off Chaffcombe Road on Friday.

    Other dog walkers heard screaming at about 4pm before the woman stumbled towards them, injured.

    The man was seen running away.

    The woman remains at Southmead Hospital and is in a stable condition.

  9. Cricket: Davies century puts Somerset on top

    Steven Davies

    Steven Davies hit his first Championship century for Somerset as they took maximum batting points on day two against Surrey at Taunton.

    Click here to read more.

  10. Bristol MetroBus costs rise to £230m

    The Ashton Vale to Temple Meads section has caused the majority of Metrobus overspend

    The cost of building Bristol's MetroBus network has gone up by almost 5% in a year to £230m, the city council has revealed.

    Initially estimated to cost £190m in 2015, the bill has risen a further £10m from £220m since November, a report to cabinet says.

    Contractor costs, design changes and contaminated land disposal are cited as key reasons for the rise.

    Click here to read more.

  11. BreakingFive treated after 'hazardous' substance reported at health club

    Paramedics and fire crews were called to a hotel and health club in Trowbridge this afternoon after a hazardous material was reported.

    South Western Ambulance Service said five people were treated at Fieldways Hotel on Hilperton Road for sore throats and headaches.

    At this time the health club is closed but the hotel is open.

    The emergency services received the call shortly before 4pm and the fire service is investigating the cause of the incident.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A370 Somerset both ways

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    A370 Somerset both ways severe disruption, between Churchland Way and M5 J21.

    A370 Somerset - A370 Somerset Avenue in Weston-Super-Mare closed and very slow traffic in both directions between West Wick Roundabout and Weston-Super-Mare, because of a police incident.

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

  13. Breeding rare spiders 'a steep learning curve'

    Desertas wolf spider

    A Desertas wolf spider has successfully bred in captivity, with Bristol Zoo calling it "world first

    More than 1,000 tiny spiderlings have hatched with the zoo saying they're so precious that some are being hand-reared by dedicated keepers.

    Quote Message: Because this was the first time this species had ever been taken into captivity to breed, it was a steep learning curve. After some of the female spiders were mated, it was an anxious wait to see if they would produce egg sacs. We were thrilled when they did, and to see the tiny spiderlings emerge was fantastic - a real career highlight. Establishing the world's first captive breeding programme for this species is a fantastic step towards protecting it for the future. from Mark Bushell Bristol Zoo's curator of invertebrates
    Mark BushellBristol Zoo's curator of invertebrates