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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Wednesday, 30 August 2017.

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  1. Good night from your Local Live team

    Thank you for joining us today!

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

    And to sign off, here's Ian with the all-important forecast.

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    Video caption: Here's the forecast on Wednesday evening, 30 August 2017
  2. All quiet in Southmead

    The BBC has been to the scene in Southmead where police have tonight descended to deal with complaints about disorder and anti-social behaviour this week.

    It's quiet on the streets so far, but there continues to be a visible police presence.

    See our earlier posts for details of the earlier actions of police.

    Police on the scene in Southmead tonight
    Image caption: Police on the scene in Southmead tonight
  3. Police respond to anti-social behaviour incidents in Southmead

    Police in Bristol say they have, this evening, sent mounted police to the Southmead area to disperse individuals responsible for "disorder and anti social behaviour" over a series of nights.

    The action followed a series of complaints by locals in the Greystoke Avenue area.

    Nine Section 35 notices were issued by the police, giving them legal powers to make individuals, who are served notices, leave the area for 48 hours.

    Section 35 orders are usually issued 'in response to members of the public... being harassed, alarmed or distressed.'

    One arrest has been made for a breach of the order. There are no injuries reported.

    It is believed the incident is now being scaled down.

    The Greystoke Road area of Souithmead
    Quote Message: We will not tolerate any form of anti social behaviour or local disorder and will take a robust approach to deal with it." from Avon & Somerset Police
    Avon & Somerset Police
  4. Three quarters of children's centres in Somerset could close

    The BBC has revealed that three quarters of children's centres in Somerset could be closed and the buildings handed over to schools and nurseries to be used in other ways.

    The plan - detailed in an internal memo - would leave just 10 children's centres.

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    Video caption: The county council is considering giving the other buildings to schools and nurseries
  5. Inspectors compared crew conditions to 'modern slavery'

    Inspectors from the International Transport Workers' Federation compared crew conditions on board the Tahsin to that of "modern slavery".

    The ship is owned by a Turkish company called Voda, who have not responded to requests for comment.

    The captain denied the crew had not had drinking water, but admitted wages were paid late.

    He said it was due to the owners and their cashflow problem.

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    Video caption: The Tahsin has been impounded at Sharpness
  6. So what is a Section 35 order?

    A&S Police have this evening confirmed they are dealing with an anti-social disorder incident in Southmead. They confirm they have issued "nine Section 35 notices".

    Here's what the law says. You can read more about it here:

    Authorisations to use powers under section 35

    (1) A police officer of at least the rank of inspector may authorise the use in a specified locality, during a specified period of not more than 48 hours, of the powers given by section 35. “Specified” means specified in the authorisation.

    (2) An officer may give such an authorisation only if satisfied on reasonable grounds that the use of those powers in the locality during that period may be necessary for the purpose of removing or reducing the likelihood of—

    (a) members of the public in the locality being harassed, alarmed or distressed, or

    (b) the occurrence in the locality of crime or disorder.

    (3) In deciding whether to give such an authorisation an officer must have particular regard to the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of assembly set out in articles 10 and 11 of the Convention. “Convention” has the meaning given by section 21(1) of the Human Rights Act 1998.

    (4) An authorisation under this section—

    (a) must be in writing,

    (b) must be signed by the officer giving it, and

    (c) must specify the grounds on which it is given.

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  7. One arrest made in Southmead: police confirm mounted police dispatched

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    Avon & Somerset Police have confirmed they are dealing with an 'anti-social behaviour incident' in Southmead, involving mounted police.

    One arrest has been made for a breach of a police order for individuals to leave and not return for 24 hours.

    In a statement, police said: "This is a preventative action and aims to provide community reassurance for local people... following complaints about disorder and anti social behaviour in the area during the past few nights."

    They added: "We will not tolerate any form of anti social behaviour or local disorder and will take a robust approach to deal with it."

    More to follow as we get it...

    Avon and Somerset Police
  8. Police confirm anti-social behaviour dispersed by mounted police in Southmead

    Avon & Somerset Police have released the following:

    "We are this evening carrying out a dispersal order operation in the Southmead area.

    This follows complaints about disorder and anti social behaviour in the area during the past few nights."

    Police say they issued "nine Section 35 notices" at 1620, that legally allow them to tell individuals to leave and not return within 48-hours.

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  9. BreakingMounted police and riot vans reported in Southmead

    There are reports that police and riot vans are dealing with an incident in Southmead, Bristol.

    Police tell us they are responding to 'a dispersal order' in the Greystoke Avenue area.

    More as it emerges...

    Map of Southmead
  10. Third bomb detonated off Somerset

    Wait for it... (Don't blink!)

    Royal Navy divers have successfully detonated a third WWII bomb, found off Hinkley Point earlier today.

    See our earlier coverage for more.

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    Video caption: Third unexploded bomb detonated
  11. Sutton Mandeville Badge restored

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    Video caption: Royal Warwickshire Regiment badge had been overgrown

    Motorists on the A30 between Salisbury and Shaftesbury may spot the newly restored Royal Warwickshire Regiment badge in all its glory.

    The regimental emblem was cut into the hillside, originally, by soldiers in 1916.

    It was restored by a group of volunteers from Sutton Mandville Heritage Trust as well as contractors Earlcoate Construction.

    The group hope to restore the ‘Shiny 7th’ badge of the 7th (City of London) Battalion of the London regiment – next year.

    Read more here.

  12. Another week, another bomb off Hinkley Point

    Hinkley Point energy company EDF says it expects its divers to find more unexploded bombs as they prepare the seabed for Hinkley C.

    A third WWII device in as many weeks - this time a 250lb bomb - was detonated off the Somerset Coast at 1920 this evening.

    The process was slightly delayed when a windsurfer strayed into the 1,000m exclusion zone imposed by the coastguard:

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  13. De Girolamo joins Chesterfield on loan

    Diego De Girolamo

    League Two side Chesterfield sign Bristol City striker Diego De Girolamo on a season-long loan deal.

    De Girolamo joins Chesterfield on loan

    Diego De Girolamo

    League Two side Chesterfield sign Bristol City striker Diego De Girolamo on a season-long loan deal.

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  14. Bristol scientists study extinct reptile's swimming technique

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    Video caption: Study shows how plesiosaurs swam

    A study of how plesiosaurs swam 100 million years ago could lead to more manoeuvrable flipper-driven submarines.

    Researchers from University of Bristol were involved in a study which used a robot in a water tank to investigate the unique four-flipper swimming technique of the extinct ocean reptiles.

    Co-author Colin Palmer, from the University of Bristol, said: "Our team has blended biology, palaeontology and engineering to produce a significant advance in our understanding of plesiosaurs' propulsion.

    "Our results resolve a long-standing debate about the mechanics of plesiosaurs swimming and demonstrate the effectiveness of the tandem flipper arrangement.

    "The thrust and efficiency enhancements this provided must have contributed to the evolutionary success of these animals."

  15. A Flying visit

    If you fly, you could still get a seat on the Flying Scotsman as it ploughs through the Somerset countryside in the next fortnight.

    The classic steam train arrived in the West country today and commuters and passengers at many of our stations were treated to the sight of its clouds of steam and pumping iron.

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    Video caption: It will be running on the West Somerset Railway
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    Severe disruption: A4018 Bristol both ways

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    A4018 Bristol both ways severe disruption, between B4051 Park Row and A38 Anchor Road.

    A4018 Bristol - A4018 Park Street in Bristol City Centre closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B4051 Park Row junction and the A38 Anchor Road junction, because of a broken down lorry and recovery work.

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

  17. 'No crime committed' on Tahsin, say police

    Tahsin

    More on the impounded tanker at Sharpness...

    Gloucestershire police have confirmed they were contacted by the International Transport Workers Federation with concerns about the welfare of the crew of the Tahsin.

    "Checks regarding accommodation and food and drink were conducted and all found to be satisfactory," a force spokesman said.

    "Partner agencies facilitated the payment of crew salaries."

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    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, between J15 for A346 Marlborough Road and J16 for A3102.

    M4 Wiltshire - Queuing traffic on M4 westbound between J15, A346 (Swindon East) and J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder, all traffic being temporarily held and debris on the road.

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