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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Thursday, 31 August 2017

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  1. Goodnight from us: have a peaceful one!

    The local live team are signing off and hoping for peace and quiet across the region tonight.

    Before we go, here's a look ahead to tomorrow's weather:

    Ian tells us it will be a cold night, but there's brighter news for tomorrow!

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    Video caption: The weather for tomorrow and onwards
  2. 'All our heritage is being done away with': Swindon's tented market closes

    People in Swindon have expressed mixed feelings about the closure of the tented market in the town.

    Many small businesses have launched and run their trade at the facility, over many years.

    Will Glennon has more...

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    Video caption: Swindon's tented market is closed for the last time
  3. Destroyed Jacobean ceiling 'should be rebuilt'

    Small Street, Bristol

    A 400-year-old Jacobean ceiling - demolished by the owners while it was being considered for listed building status - should be rebuilt, conservationists say.

    The elaborate ceiling in a building on Small Street in Bristol was destroyed on Wednesday.

    Mike Fox, from Save Britain's Heritage, said it was "appalled at the mutilation" and is calling for "interim protection" for buildings being assessed for listed status.

    "We strongly encourage Bristol City Council and Historic England pursue all available means to have it reconstructed and to reprimanded those responsible," he said.

  4. Probation union 'not surprised' about critical report

    Ian Lawrence

    The public is being put at "more risk than necessary" by a private probation company, in Gloucestershire, inspectors have warned.

    Ian Lawrence, from the National Association of Probation Officers, said they were "not at all surprised" by the report.

    Staff at the community rehabilitation company (CRC), who supervise thousands of offenders in Gloucestershire, are facing "unreasonable caseloads".

    Working Links, which runs the CRC, said it would "work hard to address the issues identified".

    Quote Message: The release of yet another damning report from Her Majesty's Inspector of Probation about inadequate service provision in Gloucestershire is further proof that our predictions prior to the privatisation of the probation service have proven to be correct. There are also huge problems as a result of staff cuts of around 40%, resulting in high absence figures, massive caseloads and a damaging loss of morale. from Ian Lawrence National Association of Probation Officers
    Ian LawrenceNational Association of Probation Officers
  5. Calm after the storm: Police presence in Southmead continues

    A proactive police operation to break up a teenage gang in Bristol ended with a night of disorder and arson attacks which have left residents describing the area as "a nightmare."

    Mounted police had been sent in to Southmead to enforce nine dispersal orders, but as soon as they left, the teenagers regrouped.

    Extra patrols are being put on around the housing estate in Bristol tonight.

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  6. Happiest day of people's lives ruined

    Dozens of couples have been desperately looking for a new wedding venue after a hotel in Somerset went into liquidation.

    The last bride to get married at Battleborough Grange Hotel has described the situation as 'horrendous', with the hotel dirty, broken fittings and their guests having to pay for their accommodation in cash.

    Other couples are facing having to find a new venue for their wedding at short notice, many without insurance to pay for the additional costs.

    Tracey Miller reports.

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    Video caption: Dozens of couples lose their wedding venue as hotel goes bust
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    Severe disruption: M48 Gloucestershire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M48 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, between Severn View Services and J2 for A466 Wye Valley Link Road.

    M48 Gloucestershire - M48 closed westbound between Severn View Services and J2, A466 (Chepstow), because of a police incident.

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

  8. Local dismay as Swindon's 'tented market' closes

    A part of Swindon's history came to an end today.

    The Tented Market, which has launched countless businesses over the years, closed its doors for the last time, leaving traders devastated. In its place developers want to build a 12-storey block of flats.

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    Video caption: Swindon's tented market is closed, to local dismay
  9. Gloucestershire probation service risks public safety, says report

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    Video caption: Probation service rated as poor

    The public is being put at "more risk than necessary" by a private probation company, inspectors have warned.

    Staff at the community rehabilitation company (CRC), who supervise thousands of offenders in Gloucestershire, are facing "unreasonable caseloads".

    Chief inspector of probation Dame Glenys Stacey's report said the firm had made "drastic staff cuts to try and balance the books".

    Working Links, which runs the CRC, said it would "work hard to address the issues identified".

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  10. Jacobean ceiling 'deliberately destroyed'

    Small Street, Bristol

    An elaborate Jacobean ceiling has been demolished by developers just as it was being considered for listed status.

    The 400-year-old feature was destroyed on Wednesday ahead of plans to convert a property on Small Street in Bristol into student accommodation.

    Historic England (HE) said it received an "urgent listing" request last week but the fresco was "deliberately destroyed" before it could be assessed.

    An HE spokeswoman added the developers had been "legally within their rights".

    Small Street, Bristol
  11. Police looking for vulnerable woman

    Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for the public's help in locating missing 46-year-old missing Bristol woman, Cheryl Jones.

    Cheryl left her home in the Bishopsworth area of Bristol at just after midday today (31 August) and hasn't been seen since. They say they are concerned for her welfare.

    Cheryl is described as white, of large build, 5ft 6ins, with a local accent. She was wearing a black hooded top and black jogging bottoms. If you see Cheryl, police have requested that you call us on 101 quoting reference 5217199305.

    Cheryl Jones
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    Severe accident: M4 Bristol eastbound

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    M4 Bristol eastbound severe accident, between J20 for M5 and J19 for M32.

    M4 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 eastbound between J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J19, M32 (Bristol), because of an accident and recovery work.

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

  13. Worthington joins Yeovil on loan

    Yeovil Town

    League Two side Yeovil Town sign Bournemouth midfielder Matt Worthington on a loan deal until January.

    Worthington joins Yeovil on loan

    Yeovil Town

    League Two side Yeovil Town sign Bournemouth midfielder Matt Worthington on a loan deal until January.

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  14. Cannabis worth estimated £2.5m seized in Bristol

    Avon and Somerset Police have thwarted a cannabis 'factory' operation in Bristol, thanks to a tip-off from locals.

    "we seized 200 suspected Cannabis plants from a property off Filton Avenue in Bristol.

    They were worth around £250,000 in terms of street value."

    Unfortunately, at the time of the raid, police say, there was no one at the property and no arrests were made.

    PC Paula Manos, beat manager said, “Thanks to information from the community about suspicious activity at this property we were able to seize a substantial amount of harmful drugs and stop them from getting into our community."

    “This was a very well established and contained set-up and without that vital information from the community it may well have gone undiscovered.”

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  15. Bats in the belfry

    Eight churches in the West country have been chosen as part of a £3.8m scheme to tackle the problem of bats in churches.

    A hundred churches nationwide are being surveyed to find ways to allow both congregations to live together peacefully.

    All bats are protected, so clergy are unable to act even if their presence is causing problems.

    Sally Challoner reports from Holcombe in Somerset:

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    Video caption: Bats in Westcountry churches may attract funding
  16. Remember when Bristol Rovers made their last record signing?

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    Video caption: From the archive: Andy Tillson signed for Bristol Rovers in 1992.

    The summer transfer window closes at 11pm tonight, and during this window alone football clubs across Europe have spent hundreds of millions of pounds in their bid for greater success.

    Some way off the big spenders is Bristol Rovers who have not surpassed their record transfer fee in 25 years.

    In 1992 the club spent £375,000 on defender Andy Tillson from QPR.

  17. Gloucestershire and Somerset badger cull licences extended

    Badger

    Badger culling will take place in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset for a further five years.

    New supplementary licences have been granted by Natural England.

    The previously issued licences for the areas expired in November.

    Culling is part of the government's 25-year strategy to eradicate bovine TB, but opponents say there is no evidence it is effective.

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