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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from the West of England on Wednesday, 6 September 2017

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  1. Another day ends for our live coverage - goodnight

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    Video caption: Sunshine and showers in store tomorrow

    That's it from your BBC Local Live team in the West.

    We'll be back from 7am to 10pm tomorrow bringing you all the latest news, travel, weather and sport from across the region.

    Join us then. Goodnight.

  2. Taunton man bunkers down as Hurricane Irma hits

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    Video caption: Taunton man Phil Payne prepares for Hurricane Irma to hit Caribbean

    Hurricane Irma is currently battering islands in the Caribbean.

    The category five hurricane, the highest possible level, has sustained wind speeds reaching 295km/h (185mph).

    Ahead of the storm hitting the BBC spoke to Phil Payne from Taunton, who is currently working in the British Virgin Islands.

  3. Wider endometriosis recognition 'vital'


    A consultant gynaecologist from Bristol wants more recognition for endometriosis.

    Speaking to the BBC, Caroline Overton said there was "no cure" for the chronic condition and helping affected women manage their symptoms was imperative.

    She was speaking as part of a BBC Health piece - click here to read it.

    New guidelines for the NHS aim to reduce delays in diagnosis and save women years of unnecessary distress and suffering.

    Quote Message: As one of the most common gynaecological diseases in the UK, it is vital that endometriosis is more widely recognised. from Caroline Overton Consultant gynaecologist
    Caroline OvertonConsultant gynaecologist
  4. Dinosaurs help raise thousands for charity

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    Video caption: The animatronic dinosaurs were installed three years ago.

    Nearly £30,000 has been raised for Salisbury District Hospital's charity with the help of some robotic reptiles.

    Animatronic dinosaurs have helped raise the money for the Stars Appeal.

  5. Former Taunton MP dies

    Edward du Cann

    Conservative politician Sir Edward du Cann has died at the age of 93.

    He was an MP for more than 30 years and served as a minister in the governments of Harold Macmillan and Alec-Douglas Home in the 1960s.

    Sir Edward represented the Somerset constituency of Taunton between 1956 and 1987.

    Among those to pay tribute after his death was announced included Tory MEP Daniel Hannan:

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  6. Football: Yeovil Town Ladies sign Lloyd and Evans

    Chloe Lloyd and Gemma Evans

    Women's Super League club Yeovil Town Ladies have signed central midfielder Chloe Lloyd and defender Gemma Evans for the 2017-18 season.

    The University of South Wales students played for Great Britain at August's World University Games in Taipei.

    "It's going to be a tough season, but I'm excited to see what it brings," Lloyd told the club website.

    Evans added: "I look forward to the challenges ahead at a great club, with a good bunch of girls."

    Manager Jamie Sherwood said: "Chloe and Gemma are two players who will give everything they've got to help this team and club succeed."

  7. Should they stay or should they go?

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    Video caption: A petition to ban donkeys on Weston's seafront has gathered more than 100,000 signatures

    While more than 100,000 people signed an online petition calling for donkey rides to be banned from Clevedon seafront, others have now started a counter-campaign to keep the donkey rides going.

    Our reporter Robin Markwell went to Clevedon to see what people there think.

  8. Cricket: Gloucestershire in charge at Grace Road

    Josh Shaw

    Gloucestershire dominated with the ball and the bat on the second day against winless Leicestershire at Grace Road.

    Leicestershire started the day on 90-4 after rain limited play on Tuesday but they were all out shortly after lunch.

    Josh Shaw took 4-54 as the hosts were bowled out for 222, with Mark Cosgrove providing the only real resistance with 92 from 126 deliveries.

    Gareth Roderick and Chris Dent both made 57 to help Gloucestershire reach 218-3 when bad light stopped play.

  9. Who is your Unsung Hero? Nominations open

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    Video caption: Nominations for Unsung Hero of the Year 2017 open today

    Nominations for Unsung Hero of the Year 2017 open today

    Last year's winner in the West was Dave Jones from Chippenham Archers and he's been telling us what it meant to him and why we should recognise unsung heroes in our communites.

    To nominate someone, simply complete the application form on the BBC Get Inspired website and submit it before 22nd October. You can find it at:

    Fifteen winners from BBC Nations and English regions will be chosen and invited to attend the Sports Personality of the Year celebrations.

    One will then be crowned the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero of the Year 2017 in front of a venue full of sporting stars and legends live on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

  10. Petition battle over donkey rides in Clevedon


    A petition to ban donkey rides on Clevedon's seafront has prompted local residents to launch their own campaign to save them.

    The petition to stop the practice has attracted more than 100,000 supporters - most from outside the UK - in just one week.

    It claims the donkey rides are "cruel and unnecessary".

    Now over 400 people have signed a counter petition saying the animal's welfare is well cared for.

  11. Search for man thought to have links to brothel

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    Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of this man.

    Chihung Wong, 59, is wanted in connection with keeping/managing a brothel in Arthur Street, Gloucester in November 2016.

    Police received a tip-off and visited the property, rescuing a woman.

    Wong has not been seen since he was interviewed by police in April this year. He has links in Bristol and London.

  12. The Antiques Roadshow at 40

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    Video caption: The Antiques Roadshow is 40 years old

    The Antiques Roadshow is as British as fish and chips, and this year it's celebrating a big birthday.

    The programme is 40 years old. Not quite an antique, but just as treasured.

    What you may not know is that it's produced by the BBC in Bristol - it's where the shows are planned and set up before the team goes on the road.

  13. Council chief to go - 'the tough times just got tougher'

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    Video caption: Tough times for city council "just got tougher", says politics editor Paul Barltrop.

    Bristol's Chief Executive has become the latest senior figure to announce she's departing.

    Anna Klonowski is leaving as the City Council struggles to cut a hundred million pounds from its spending.

    She's citing personal reasons, after just seven months in the job.

  14. Cricket: Overton & Leach bowl Somerset into lead

    Craig Overton

    Craig Overton and Jack Leach took nine wickets between them to help Somerset build a commanding 211-run lead over Warwickshire on day two at Edgbaston.

    Having begun the day 203-4, Tom Abell's 82 helped Somerset reach 282, despite spinner Sunny Singh taking 5-72.

    Click here to read more.

  15. Poo date reaction: Fire service stands by story

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    Avon Fire and Rescue Service has issued a statement verifiying the truth of the poo date story.

    Firefighter Chris Crothers, from Green Watch at Temple Fire Station, was one of those called to the incident.

    He said: “We see strange things all the time, but this certainly has to be one of the strangest – purely because of why she was stuck.

    "We told them they would be telling the story for the rest of their lives but I don’t think any of us expected the story to get the interest it has."

  16. Travel: Train line reopens but services still delayed

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    The train line between Salisbury and Tisbury has re-opened after an earlier points failure.

    However, services are likely to be disrupted until 6pm.

    The line was blocked earlier and trains were required to divert via Westbury.

    The points have now been repaired and trains are able to run as normal.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

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    M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between J20 for M5 and J21 for M48.

    M4 Bristol - Stationary traffic on M4 westbound between J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J21 M48, because of a rolling road-block.

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

  18. Police 'extremely sorry' over death in custody

    James Herbert

    Avon and Somerset Police has apologised over the death of James Herbert while he was in police custody.

    It comes after allegations of gross misconduct were not proven against Temporary Inspector Justin French.

    Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Watson said the force had implemented changes and continued to strive to improve how it deals with people in mental health crisis.

    Quote Message: It’s clear there were missed opportunities in the way we dealt with James on that day and for that we’re extremely sorry, but we haven’t been waiting for the outcome of these proceedings to implement fundamental and wide-reaching changes in how we respond to people experiencing mental health crisis. from Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Watson Avon and Somerset Police
    Assistant Chief Constable Nikki WatsonAvon and Somerset Police

    A further misconduct meeting, which won’t be held in public, is due to be held at a future date.