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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 23 August 2017

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  1. Goodnight from us

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    Video caption: BBC weather forecast for West of England with Ian Fergusson

    That's it from BBC Local Live for the West of England for today - we'll be back online with more live updates from 7am tomorrow.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening.

    We leave you with Ian Fergusson and the weather forecast.

  2. Chicken factory approved

    People living in two villages in Wiltshire have been protesting outside a meeting against plans for a huge chicken farm.

    Those living nearby claim the traffic, the smell and the noise would make their lives very difficult.

    But councillors approved the plans.

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    Video caption: People living in two villages have been protesting against plans for a chicken farm
  3. Teenagers help the homeless

    Teenagers in Bristol have been working today to help rough sleepers.

    They were concerned about the rising numbers of homeless people in the city and decided to see how much they could do to help in just one week.

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    Video caption: Teenagers in Bristol have provided food, clean clothes and toiletries to homeless people.
  4. Cheltenham Town v West Ham

    HT: Cheltenham 0-2 West Ham

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    Cheltenham Town performed well against Premier League side West Ham United in the first half, but two goals shortly before half-time gave the Hammers control of this EFL Cup tie.

  5. Chicken factory plan approved

    Protest against factory plans

    Campaigners have lost their battle against plans for a huge poultry factory in Wiltshire after the proposal was approved by councillors.

    The farm between Sutton Veny and Longbridge Deverill, near Warminster, will house nearly 180,000 chickens.

    Villagers say the factory will cause unacceptable levels of noise, smell and traffic.

    The company behind the scheme insists it will improve the local environment.

  6. Bikers to wed at Harley Davidson rally

    Shelley Denton

    Two motorcycle enthusiasts from Gloucestershire are to get married on the eve of Europe's largest Harley Davidson bike rally.

    Shelley Denton and Paul Osborn are to tie the knot in Scotland tomorrow after travelling to the Cairngorms for Thunder in the Glens.

    Click here to read the full story.

    Paul Osborn
  7. Distasteful or the perfect way to say thank you?

    A farmer from Wiltshire has defended her actions, after receiving a barrage of criticism online.

    Earlier this year, Rachel Rivers' piglets were rescued from a fire so she decided to reward the fire crews - by giving them sausages made from the animals they'd saved.

    It's fair to say it's got people worked up -so is it distasteful or the perfect way to say thank you?

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    Video caption: A farmer from Wiltshire has defended her actions after receiving criticism online
  8. Football: Cheltenham v West Ham preview

    Cheltenham Town FC

    Midfielder Kevin Dawson could make his first Cheltenham start against West Ham in their EFL Cup second-round tie.

    Dawson joined the League Two side from Yeovil in the summer but his debut was delayed following a thigh injury.

    West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is unlikely to risk winger Michail Antonio after his recent return from a hamstring operation.

    Austria forward Marko Arnautovic is suspended for the game while defender Winston Reid (calf) is a doubt.

  9. Part of the M5 to be closed tonight

    M5 junction 23

    Here's a warning for drivers.

    The M5 southbound will be closed overnight in Somerset for safety repair work.

    It'll be shut from 8pm between junction 23 for Bridgwater, Glastonbury and Wells and junction 24 for Minehead and Bridgwater.

    It won't open again until 6am tomorrow.

    Drivers have been advised by Highways England to allow extra time for their journeys.

  10. Your chance to report for BBC Points West

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    Video caption: All the information you need to become a guest reporter for Points West.

    BBC Points West is giving one viewer the chance to join them as a guest reporter.

    Want to find out more? Watch here.

  11. Local newspaper headlines across the West

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  12. Red panda cub born at Longleat safari park

    Turner the red panda

    A rare red panda cub has been born at Longleat in Wiltshire.

    The baby male - named Turner - is the fourth successful birth in the past three years.

    Keeper Samantha Allworthy said Turner was "doing really well".

    She added his birth was "critical to the ongoing success of captive breeding programmes for red pandas worldwide".

    Red pandas were officially designated as "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2008.

    Samantha Allworthy and Turner
    Image caption: Samantha Allworthy said Turner was a "very large healthy baby".
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    Severe accident: A345 Wiltshire both ways

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    A345 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between A342 and Enford Hill.

    A345 Wiltshire - A345 in Upavon closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A342 junction and the Enford Hill junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Police directing traffic.

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

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    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

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    M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, at J19 for M32.

    M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  15. BreakingChicken farm plans approved

    Plans have been approved for a large chicken farm near Sutton Veny.

    More than 100 villagers had protested against the scheme.

    More on this story to follow.

  16. Fire station apologises for sausage pictures

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    Pewsey fire station has apologised for posting pictures of sausages made from pigs they'd rescued on social media.

    Six months ago fire crews extinguished a fire at a farm near Pewsey, saving 18 piglets and two sows.

    The farmer Rachel Rivers has since gifted sausages from the same pigs to the firefighters who rescued the animals. They posted pictures of them on Facebook.

    The story has prompted strong public reaction and divided opinion, and the pictures have now been taken down.

    Quote Message: In regard to a recent post on this page. We recognise that this has caused offence to some – we apologise for this and as such have removed the post. from Statement Pewsey fire Station Facebook page
    StatementPewsey fire Station Facebook page
  17. Rugby: Bath player wants success with Wales

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    Video caption: Faletau: Lions players must relay messages to Wales teammates ahead of autumn test

    Bath's Taulupe Faletau says Wales can take confidence from the British and Irish Lions' second Test victory in New Zealand ahead of their autumn game against the All Blacks.

    Wales play New Zealand as part of a four-Test autumn series in which they also take on Australia, Georgia and South Africa.

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    Severe accident: A40 Gloucestershire both ways

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    A40 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between B4216 Newent Lane and Bulley Lane.

    A40 Gloucestershire - A40 in Huntley closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the B4216 Newent Lane junction and the Bulley Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car and motorbike and an oil spillage.

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