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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Monday, 4 September 2017

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  1. Goodnight from us - we'll be back tomorrow at 7am

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

    It's going to be a cloudy start tomorrow with outbreaks of rain, but this will clear later to leave a brighter, fresher day with just the odd shower later on.

    Here's Ian with the forecast in detail...

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    Video caption: Weather forecast: West of England for 5 September 2017
  2. Midge Ure explores the stories and secrets of Colston Hall

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    Video caption: Midge Ure delves into the archives for BBC Points West ahead of venue's refurbishment.

    Bristol's Colston Hall is about to close its doors ahead of a two-year refurbishment.

    But before it does, Bath-based pop star and Ultravox frontman - Midge Ure - has been taking a look around.

  3. New external board to scrutinise Avon Fire Authority

    Avon Fire Authority is to be scrutinised and challenged by a new external panel, following a highly critical government report into the way it is run.

    A Home Office report published in July unearthed an "old boys club" culture and called for reforms to leadership.

    Today, it was agreed the panel will be led by a chief fire officer from Wales and will oversee the planned reforms.

    The Police and Crime Commissioner has been invited on the board, as have councillors from across the region along with the Bristol anti-racist organisation, Sari.

    Avon Fire Authority
  4. 'Jolly August stuff': Jacob Rees-Mogg laughs off ministerial rumours

    He's speaking in front of a Downing Street backdrop...

    But North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg tells the Daily Politics he was "astonished" about talk linking him with the Conservative leadership.

    He dismissed it all as "jolly August stuff".

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    Video caption: Jacob Rees-Mogg laughs off leadership talk
  5. Police back calls for 'effective' CCTV in Southmead

    Calls for more effective CCTV in the Southmead area of Bristol are being backed by the police.

    It follows serious anti-social behaviour and disorder on a housing estate last week - which saw vehicles being set on fire.

    More than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for effective use of CCTV in the area and "stronger intervention" by police.

    Supt Andy Bennett said: “We fully support the local community in their calls for effective CCTV coverage in Southmead and we’ll work closely with our partners to help achieve this.”

    Southmead area of Bristol
  6. Girl who had orange-sized tumour starts school

    It was a special first day at school for four-year-old Lyra Cole from Highbridge.

    She had a brain tumour the size of an orange removed when she was just five months old.

    Her parents say she's lucky to be alive.

    Clinton Rogers has more...

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    Video caption: Parents of Four-year-old Lyra Cole, from Highbridge, say she's lucky to be alive.
  7. Next generation of wild cranes fledge

    The first successful fledging of a second generation of cranes has taken place at a Somerset nature reserve - after three years of nesting attempts.

    Between 2010 and 2014, 94 hand-reared cranes were released at the RSPB site on West Sedgemoor.

    This year, conservationists reported that three pairs of those original cranes had nested and reared four chicks.

    Click here for the full story.

    Crane
  8. Candle-lit vigil held to mark hospital's overnight A&E closure

    It's two months since the overnight closure of Weston General Hospital's A&E unit was introduced.

    The department is currently closed between 10pm and 8am after the watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, raised concerns about staffing levels.

    Helen Thornton is from the group Protect Our NHS North Somerset which is organising tonight's event.

    She says there's no formal date for when normal service resumes at the hospital:

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    Video caption: It's been two months since Weston General's A&E started closing overnight.
  9. Hundreds of 'swan bags' donated by Ikea

    Hundreds of Ikea bags have been donated to a Somerset wildlife rescue centre, to transport swans.

    An appeal for the large blue bags was put out on social media by Secret World Wildlife Rescue last week.

    Within days a box of 300 bags was sent to the charity by the Swedish flatpack furniture giant, along with a note saying how "great" it was the bags were being used to rescue swans.

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    Video caption: A branch of IKEA has donated 300 bags to a wildlife rescue charity
  10. Concerns raised about Amazon working conditions

    A group of drivers delivering parcels for a courier company working for Amazon claim they are owed thousands of pounds.

    The group of 24 drivers were told in July that there was no more work for them and asked to hand in van keys. They were told they would be paid for jobs already completed.

    Concerns have also been raised about working conditions for the drivers.

    See more about this story on Inside Out West on BBC One at 7.30pm.

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    Video caption: Amazon drivers 'owed money' by agency
  11. Could 'Fantastic Beasts' be filming a Hogwarts scene at Lacock?

    The village of Lacock in Wiltshire is alive with the buzz of Hollywood today.

    Warner Brothers Productions have a large facility set-up at Lacock Abbey and security is very tight.

    Some star actors have even been spotted in local pubs and the rumour is they're filming the sequel of the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

    But everyone's keeping tight-lipped about exactly which film it is - including Graham Heard, from the National Trust.

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    Video caption: Probably the worst kept secret in Wiltshire but the filming of sequel is taking place.
  12. New Filton Navy defence missiles tested

    A new air missile defence system developed in Bristol for the Royal Navy has been successfully tested off the coast of Scotland, according to the Ministry of Defence.

    Defence company MBDA's Sea Ceptor missiles can intercept and destroy enemy missiles travelling at supersonic speeds and will form part of the protection for the Navy's new aircraft carriers.

    Harriett Baldwin, minister for defence procurement, announced the successful firings during a visit to MBDA's site in Filton.

    Richard Smart, from the MOD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said he was "really pleased with the result".

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    Video caption: Richard Smart, Director Weapons at the MOD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation.
  13. Weston Hospital's overnight closures defended by trust

    A candle-lit vigil is being held tonight at Weston General Hospital by campaigners highlighting two months since the hospital introduced its overnight A&E closure.

    The trust which runs the hospital made the decision after concerns were raised by the health watchdog about staffing levels.

    Chief executive of the Weston Area NHS Trust, James Rimmer, says they have been keeping everyone informed about the changes but staff shortages are an ongoing issue:

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    Video caption: The trust says it is in talks with health bosses about A&E and staffing shortages.
  14. Swinging down the aisle

    Who knew that churches could also double up as circus training schools?

    For Bristol Doors Open Day this year, Circomedia are opening up their doors in partnership with Ujima Radio for a day of arts and circus displays.

    Here's a sneak peek at what you can expect if you enter the huge circus school.

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    Video caption: Ahead of Doors Open Day 2017, we've been for a look around this disused church.
  15. Jail sentence for Bath restaurant boss over fire risk

    Eastern Eye, Bath
    Image caption: The Eastern Eye restaurant is in the centre of Bath

    A restaurant owner in Bath has been fined £70,000 and sentenced to jail for "multiple" fire safety failings.

    Abdul Hadi Choudhury was sentenced to six months, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to breaching fire safety regulations in his Eastern Eye restaurant.

    Bristol Crown Court heard the restaurant's fire detection and alarm system had no power, fire escapes were blocked, and unlit and internal fire doors had been wedged open.

    Summing up, the judge said the “compendium of multiple failings” meant that had a fire occurred "it would have been almost impossible for the customers and staff to have escaped to safety".

  16. Road re-opens after car crashes into pub

    Scene of crash

    The A4 in Bristol between Hotwell Road and Charles Place has re-opened after a car crashed into a pub in Hotwells.

    The road was closed for several hours after a car drove through the front of the Merchants Arms in the early hours.

    The driver walked away with minor injuries.

  17. Bristol Parkway closure travel advice

    Commuters at Bristol Parkway station

    Bristol Parkway station is shut for two weeks. But measures have been put in place to try to avoid commuter disruption as much as possible:

    As we approach the evening rush hour, here's some of the travel advice given by GWR, CrossCountry and National Rail Enquiries:

    • CrossCountry has an amended timetable in operation with an hourly service between Bristol Temple Meads, Cheltenham and Birmingham New Street
    • Great Western Railway services between Filton Abbey Wood and Yate will be replaced by buses
    • Some services that usually run to and from Bristol Parkway will be amended to start or terminate at Bristol Temple Meads
    • CrossCountry services will be diverted via, and call additionally at, Patchway
    • It has said bicycles would not be allowed on replacement buses
  18. Call for universities to 'boycott' developer after heritage destruction

    Jacobean ceiling, Small Street, Bristol

    Green councillors in Bristol want universities and student unions to "boycott" a builder after it was claimed a 400-year-old ceiling was demolished a day before an inspection by historic listings officers.

    The elaborate Jacobean fresco was inside a former town house in Small Street, which is due to be turned into student flats.

    Developers said the ceiling had been removed to "respect the safety of the building" and nothing illegal had been done.

    But in an open letter, councillors called for the University of Bristol, University of the West of England, and student unions "not to promote or give official recognition" to the student flats in Small Street "or any other projects from the same developer".

    Jacobean ceiling, Small Street, Bristol
    Image caption: Historic England said it received an urgent listing request last week but the ceiling was "deliberately removed" before it could be assessed.
    Quote Message: A beautiful piece of Bristol’s history has been smashed forever. Frustratingly there is very little most of us can do – even as elected councillors – except express our anger. from Eleanor Combley Green Party leader, Bristol City Council
    Eleanor CombleyGreen Party leader, Bristol City Council
  19. Memorial to lost Forest freeminers

    Ernie Hughes and Baroness Royall at the memorial

    A new memorial was unveiled at the weekend to remember freeminers who died in mining accidents in the Forest of Dean.

    The 7ft (2.13m) monument made of steel and stone stands next to Pan Tod beacon on Ruardean Hill, Gloucestershire and records the names of 50 men.

    It has been built by ex-miner Ernie Hughes whose father Leslie died at the Northern United colliery in Cinderford in 1951, aged 45.

    Mr Hughes said he had wanted to set up the memorial "all his life".

    Click here to read more.

  20. Fifty years since flying saucers hoax

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    Video caption: The fiftieth anniversary of the great UFO hoax

    Fifty years ago this week the nation was gripped by stories of flying saucers found in locations across the south of England, including in Chippenham and Clevedon.

    The UFOs bleeped, hissed and hummed, and were filled with a foul-smelling mysterious liquid, prompting a major police and Army response.

    But it turned out they had touched down from somewhere a little closer to home than Mars.

    Click here to read more.