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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Friday, 8 September 2017

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  1. A glimpse inside Bristol's hidden spaces

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    Video caption: For Doors Open Day, the Cathedral will show visitors spaces rarely seen by the public.

    As well as the BBC, Bristol Cathedral has opened a number of unusual areas to the public as part of the city's Doors Open Day.

    On Saturday, from 10am-6pm, members of the public are invited to "catch a rare glimpse of the Cathedral’s treasures".

    Click here to find a full list on the official website of the many venue's taking part in the day.

    And that's all for BBC Local Live for tonight. Join us on Monday from 7am for another day of online live news, sport, weather and travel across the West of England.

  2. Red Dwarf actor hopes more will episodes will be made

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    Video caption: "Hopefully more Red Dwarf will be made" says actor Robert Llewellyn

    The actor who plays Kryten in Red Dwarf says the cast have talked about making even more episodes.

    A new series is being shown next month on the TV channel Dave.

    Robert Llewellyn, who lives near Winchcome in Gloucestershire, explained on BBC Radio Gloucestershire earlier why the programme was so popular almost 30 years after it began.

  3. Rugby: Bath v Saracens (Sat)

    Anthony Perenise

    Samoa prop Anthony Perenise makes his first Premiership start for Bath since rejoining the club this summer.

    He takes the place of Kane Palma-Newport, who picked up an injury in their opening-day win at Leicester.

    For more team news, click here.

    Quote Message: Saracens are a great team. If you don't turn up against them, they'll make you pay. They'll be tough to break down. from Taulupe Faletau Bath number eight
    Taulupe FaletauBath number eight
  4. BBC Bristol open day: 'Can I just turn up?'


    Yes in fact you can, but please bring some photo ID and allow time for security checks and bag searches.

    Make your way to the main entrance on Whiteladies Road (BS8 2LR).

    There are lot of things to enjoy at your leisure but if you would like to go on a special tour or attend a Masterclass you would need to book a ticket, as places are limited.

  5. Rugby: Harlequins v Gloucester (Sat)

    Ruan Ackermann

    Glocuester Rugby visit the Stoop on Saturday to play Harlequins in the Premiership.

    Head coach Johan Ackermann gives a full debut to his son Ruan, who came on in their victory over Exeter.

    Kick-off is at 3pm.

    Click here for team news.

  6. Mayor and local leaders outline transport plans

    Congestion in Bristol city centre

    Joint proposals to improve transport have been released by leaders of three authorities and the West's mayor.

    These include new park-and-rides, a railway station at Charlfield and improving walking and cycling routes.

    The West of England Combined Authority (Weca) will meet next week to decide which proposals merit further research.

    Weca is chaired by regional mayor, Tim Bowles, and includes leaders from Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol city and South Gloucestershire councils.

    Click here to read more about this story on the WECA website.

  7. Preparations under way for BBC Bristol open day

    Open day

    On Saturday you can grab some hands-on experience with expert advice from BBC producers, read the news off an autocue and explore wildlife in a unique VR experience.

    The event takes place tomorrow between 10am–5pm.


    Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the studios and head to the BBC Bristol Wildlife Garden for some family fun.

    It's part of Bristol Open Doors project involving more than 100 venues across the city.

  8. Travel: Flight to Orlanda delayed due to Hurricane Irma

    Graphic showing the path of Hurricane Irma

    Due to the storm, which is now threatening the US, the one weekly flight from Bristol to Orlando has been delayed.

    Flight TOM374 to Sanford airport was due to depart on Sunday but has been delayed by 48 hours.

    It's planned to operate on Tuesday 12th September departing at 9am.

    For more information, click here to visit the Thomson website or click here to visit the Bristol Airport website.

  9. 'Like looking at death' says mother of Irma survivor

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    Video caption: Beryl Robinson's daughter Jennifer survived Hurricane Irma on the British Virgin Islands

    Hurricane Irma has been causing devastation across the Carribean.

    Beryl Robinson's daughter Jennifer and her grandson were trapped on the island of Tartola as the storm approached.

    Beryl, from Bristol, was speaking to her daughter on the phone when the hurricane hit and the line went dead.

    She waited for nearly two days to hear they were both alive.

  10. Swindon council to drop £350m Kimmerfields deal

    Kimmerfields site

    A £350m contract to redevelop a large piece of land in Swindon town centre is to be cancelled by the borough council.

    The decision has been announced by council leaders who say the pace of work is too slow, having signed the deal with developers Muse in 2008.

    The Kimmerfields site was meant to be turned into offices, homes, restaurants and a new bus station but remains mostly derelict.

    The BBC has approached the developer Muse for comment.

    Read more about this story.

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    Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

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    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, at J8 for M50.

    M5 Worcestershire - Queuing traffic on M5 northbound at J8 M50, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J10, A4019 (Cheltenham).

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

  12. Early evening headlines in the West's local newspapers

    In the papers
  13. Full access wanted for M5 junction

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    Video caption: Bid in to make Junction 10 of M5 available in both directions

    Gloucestershire County Council is bidding for up to £200m of government money to get full access on to the M5 at junction 10 (Cheltenham).

    It's the only junction between Birmingham and Exeter that doesn't allow traffic to join and exit in both directions.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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    M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A46.

    M5 Gloucestershire - M5 lane blocked on exit slip road and very slow traffic northbound at J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  15. Armed police to patrol Tour of Britain

    Armed police

    People visiting this weekend's stage of the Tour of Britain in Cheltenham "shouldn't worry" if they see armed officers.

    Gloucestershire Police says it's being done as a precautionary measure and not because of any threat to the event.

    Some of the officers will be carrying higher power firearms as recently seen at Gloucester's Tall Ships Festival.

    Quote Message: We want everyone who comes to the event to be safe and have a great time, please come and have a chat with our officers. from Supt Tony Godwin Gloucestershire Constabulary
    Supt Tony GodwinGloucestershire Constabulary
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    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

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    M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, between J19 for M32 and J18 for A46 Bath.

    M4 Bristol - One lane closed on M4 eastbound between J19, M32 (Bristol) and J18, A46 (Bath), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  17. Cricket: Somerset seal important win over Bears

    Tim Groenewald

    Somerset kept their Division One survival hopes alive, while piling more pressure on bottom side Warwickshire, with a 169-run victory at Edgbaston.

    With Somerset still to play fifth-placed Middlesex, their 21-point haul in Birmingham and Middlesex's impending draw against Yorkshire means their top-tier future remains in their own hands.

    Click here to read more.