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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 7 September 2017

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  1. Goodbye and goodnight - brollies needed tomorrow

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    Video caption: West weather: Showers on the way overnight, says Ian Fergusson.

    That's it from our live page for another day.

    Join us again from 7am tomorrow for a live commentary of the day's news, sport, travel and weather across the West of England.

  2. Football: Yeovil sign Wales' O'Sullivan & Miles

    Huish Park

    Yeovil Town Ladies have signed Wales internationals Laura O'Sullivan and Hannah Miles for the start of the new Women's Super League One season.

    Goalkeeper O'Sullivan, 26, previously played for Cardiff City Ladies and full-back Hannah Miles, 19, has been capped eight times at senior level.

    Click here to read more.

  3. Dad takes up karate after heart transplant

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    Video caption: A man believes he's the only person in the country with a donated heart to take up karate.

    A man from North Somerset believes he's the only person in the country with a donated heart to take up karate.

    Four years ago Kevin Mashford was given just months to live, as he waited in hospital for an new organ.

    BBC Points West's Fiona Lamdin has been to meet him in training alongside his sons Josh and Liam.

  4. Five kittens abandoned near Bridgwater

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    Video caption: The RSPCA is trying to find out who left them in box by a busy road

    The RSPCA is appealing for help to find out who left a litter of kittens in a box by a busy road.

    The survivors are being looked after by the woman who found them.

  5. Cricket: Trescothick moves Somerset close to win

    Marcus Trescothick

    Marcus Trescothick hit an unbeaten 119 as Somerset moved towards a win over Warwickshire on day three at Edgbaston.

    Continuing on 36 not out, 41-year-old Trescothick put on 148 with James Hildreth (68) to declare on 265-4, setting the hosts 402 runs to win.

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  6. Family of meningitis victim want to raise awareness

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    Video caption: George Zographou died aged 18. His family want to raise awareness of the B strain.

    The family of a Bristol teenager, who died after contracting Meningitis B, say they're devastated that their son hadn't been vaccinated against the disease.

    George Zographou was 18 when he fell ill this summer.

    His family want to raise awareness of the B strain, and to let people know that they can pay privately to be vaccinated against it.

  7. New Aardman film trailer released

    Need a fix of plasticine-based stop-motion shenanigans on a Thursday evening?

    Here's the new trailer for Bristol-based Aardman's latest animated film.

    View more on twitter
  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A363 Somerset both ways

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    A363 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Pump Lane and B3105.

    A363 Somerset - A363 Bradford Road closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Pump Lane junction in Bathford and the B3105 junction in Bradford-On-Avon, because of an accident.

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

  9. Former head of RAF pays tribute to 'bubbly' Battle of Britain pilot

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    Video caption: Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon pays tribute at Battle of Britain pilot's funeral.

    Hundreds of people attended the funeral of one of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots.

    Former Spitfire pilot Kenneth Wilkinson, who was a former Cheltenham Grammar School pupil, died in July at the age of 99.

    The service took place in Solihull where he lived.

    Former head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon, paid tribute to him saying "there was something very special about Ken".

  10. Cricket: Norwell haul puts Glos on verge of win

    Liam Norwell

    Liam Norwell took five wickets to keep Gloucestershire on course for victory at Leicestershire before bad light stopped play at Grace Road.

    Gloucestershire added 150 runs to their overnight total of 218-3 before being bowled out shortly after lunch.

    Mark Cosgrove made a battling 68, but Norwell removed the top four batsmen on his way to figures of 5-37.

    The hosts continued to struggle as they closed on 154-7 when play was abandoned, a lead of eight runs.

  11. Local newspaper headlines

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    Here are some of the stories making the news in our local newspapers this evening:

  12. Battle of Britain pilot's funeral held

    Kenneth Wilkinson

    Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of one of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots.

    Former Spitfire pilot Kenneth Wilkinson, who was educated at Cheltenham Grammar School, died in July at the age of 99.

    The pilots were dubbed "the few" by wartime leader Winston Churchill for their role in helping thwart Hitler's invasion plans.

    Click here to read the full story.

  13. Poo date was 'terrible mistake'

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    Video caption: 'I've never had a date like this before'

    A woman who got trapped between two windows after a first date which went horribly wrong says it was a "terrible mistake".

    The anonymous woman, from Bristol, was trying to retrieve a poo she had thrown out of a window after finding her date's toilet would not flush properly.

    Posting on Reddit, she said her friends have been comparing her to hapless comedy character Miranda Hart.

    Click here to read more.

  14. 'Perseverance conquers' says last British Dambuster

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    Video caption: "Perseverance conquers" says last British Dambuster after collecting university award.

    The last surviving British Dambuster, George "Johnny" Johnson, has been recognised for his contribution to British society.

    The 95-year-old, from Bristol, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Lincoln.

    He was 22 when he took part in the 1943 air raid that used experimental "bouncing" bombs on German dams as part of the squadron which flew from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

    Speaking at the ceremony, the former airman who later became a teacher, told students: "It is your own drive and tenacity, and motivation which brings success.

    "Do not lose any of these skills, they have brought you to where you are today."

    Click here to read more.

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  15. MP ignites fresh row over abortion

    Jacob Rees-Mogg

    North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is the first British politician in decades to publicly oppose abortion in all cases, even when a woman has been raped.

    It was not, he stressed, government policy, but his own personal view based on Catholic teachings.

    He got credit from his supporters for his candour, but others found his views "extreme" and wildly at odds with majority opinion in the UK.

    So why is abortion such an apparently taboo subject in British politics?

    Click here to read more.

  16. Last British Dambuster George 'Johnny' Johnson receives doctorate

    George "Johnny" Johnson

    The last surviving British member of the Dambusters raid has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Lincoln.

    George "Johnny" Johnson was 22 when he took part in the 1943 air raid that used experimental "bouncing" bombs on German dams.

    The 95-year-old, from Bristol, was part of the squadron which flew from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

    Click here to read more.

  17. Football: Bristol City 'had perfect transfer window'

    Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson

    Bristol City had a "perfect" summer transfer window, head coach Lee Johnson has said.

    City added nine players before the 31 August deadline, including Senegal striker Famara Diedhiou for a club-record £5.3m.

    Three players departed and a further 15 were loaned to other clubs.

    Click here to read more.

  18. A place where puppets are born

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    Video caption: Puppet Place in Bristol is a hub for puppet construction. Here's a look behind the scenes.

    Behind an unassuming wall in Bristol sits a thriving workshop for puppet manufacture.

    Puppet Place are opening their doors this weekend for Doors Open Day. Here's what visitors can expect.