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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from the West of England on Monday, 11 September 2017

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

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    Video caption: West weather: A mix of showers and dry spells overnight and into tomorrow.

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

    Weather-wise, expect a dry start to Tuesday with heavier showers returning in the evening.

  2. Who will be the BBC Points West guest reporter?

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    Video caption: Points West guest reporter auditions

    Over the weekend BBC Points West threw its doors open for guest reporter auditions.

    We launched a search to find our very own guest correspondent.

    Here's a little bit of what happened.

  3. Family rescued from Somerset beach

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    Video caption: The owners of the vehicle got trapped on Brean beach at the weekend.

    The owners of this vehicle got trapped on Brean beach at the weekend.

    A local farmer came to the rescue with a teleporter agricultural vehicle to tow the car off the wet sand.

  4. Residents allowed home after 'hazardous substances' found

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    Residents are being allowed back to their homes after "hazardous substances" were found during a house fire in Bedminster.

    Emergency crews and bomb disposal experts were called to the blaze in Hastings Close on Friday.

    Assistant Chief Constable Caroline Peters, said the force believes this was an "isolated incident" and says there's "no reason to believe it is in any way connected to terrorism".

  5. How fast could you eat an onion?

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    Video caption: How fast could you eat an onion?

    The annual Newent Onion Fayre took place over the weekend.

    Up to 15,000 people attend the festival which includes the famous "onion eating contest".

  6. MPs to push government on adult learning cuts

    Adult learners

    Four Somerset MPs and the leader of the county council have been in Westminster urging the government to reverse its decision to cut funding to the main provider of adult education.

    Course provider SS&L is facing a funding gap of nearly £3m following cuts in government money and has postponed all its courses.

    Marcus Fysh MP (Yeovil), James Heappey MP (Wells), Rebecca Pow MP (Taunton Deane) and David Warburton MP (Somerton and Frome) held an emergency meeting last week to call on the Skills Minister urgently to review the situation.

    Council leader David Fothergill said the government encouraged the council to outsource the service in the first place.

  7. Five Rovers fans ejected for drug taking and alleged racism

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    Bristol Rovers say five of their fans were ejected for drug taking and alleged racism at their game against Walsall on Saturday.

    The club said a comment made about a Walsall player was overheard by other fans.

    They alerted officials and the incident has been reported to the police.

    Three other people were removed for taking drugs and a fourth person for being drunk.

  8. Teenager used hunting knife in Trowbridge stabbing

    Jordan Taylor

    A teenager accused of murdering a 24-year-old man used a hunting knife "designed to inflict damage", a court has heard.

    Hayden Maslen, 18, from Park Street in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, denies murdering Jordan Taylor (pictured) on 12 March.

    Bristol Crown Court heard Mr Taylor and a friend intended to mug Mr Maslen by using an aerosol can to spray him with.

    Mr Maslen says he was carrying the knife for protection and had used it in self-defence.

  9. Inquiry into impact of social media on young people's mental health

    Alex Chalk

    An inquiry by the MP for Cheltenham into the impact of social media on young people's mental health has been hearing more evidence today.

    Alex Chalk is concerned about rising levels of anxiety among teenagers.

    Psychologist Linda Papadopoulos and vlogger and Youtuber Grace Victory will be attending today.

    Social media platforms will also give evidence before the panel of MPs and experts over the coming days.

  10. Speedway: Swindon head to Poole in first leg of play-offs


    After finishing top of the league, Swindon Robins have chosen Poole Pirates as their play-off opponents.

    Despite some good results against Pirates recently, Robins manager Alun Rossiter says they'll be tough competitors.

    Robins have brought in Kyle Newman for tonight after Brad Wilson-Dean ruled himself out through injury.

    Click here for full coverage of the meeting from 7pm.

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  11. Walking dead: the council mistake living for the departed

    How would you feel if you got a letter from the council saying you were dead. For the past four year!

    That's what happened to the - very alive - Ena. Watch her explain how the whole sorry mess unfolded.

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    Video caption: Ena King got a letter from North Somerset Council claiming she had died four years ago
  12. Police 'cannot risk lifting cordon' after 'hazardous substances' found

    Avon and Somerset Police says it is "working as hard" as it can to get people back in their homes, after "hazardous substances" were found after a house fire.

    Emergency crews and bomb disposal experts were called to the blaze in Hastings Close in Bedminster, Bristol.

    The force said it had to bring in “specialist scientists" as well as "experts from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit" to examine the substances.

    Bedminster, Bristol
    Quote Message: There are a significant number of hazardous substances within the property and until we are certain what they are, we cannot risk lifting the cordon. I do not want to speculate on the circumstances which led to the fire but we do believe this to be an isolated incident and we have no reason to believe it is in any way connected to terrorism. from Assistant Chief Constable Caroline Peters Avon and Somerset Police
    Assistant Chief Constable Caroline PetersAvon and Somerset Police
  13. Warminster man dies in A36 crash

    A man from Warminster died following a crash earlier this morning.

    The collision occurred on the A36 just north of Chapmanslade, near to Black Dog Woods, shortly before 7am, according to Wiltshire Police.

    A silver Vauxhall Omega, a grey Seat Leon and a third unknown vehicle – believed to be a lorry – were involved in the collision.

    The driver of the Omega – a 52-year-old man – died at the scene.

    The road reopened shortly after midday.

  14. Sheep Dog Trials held in Cotswolds

    The International Sheep Dog Trials at Lodge Park in Northleach

    The International Sheep Dog Trials took place in the Cotswolds over the weekend.

    Teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales competed against each other in the event at Lodge Park in Northleach.

    The annual event is described as "the pinnacle in the sheep dog trialling calendar" and it only comes to England once every four years.

    The International Sheep Dog Trials at Lodge Park in Northleach
    The International Sheep Dog Trials at Lodge Park in Northleach
    The International Sheep Dog Trials at Lodge Park in Northleach
  15. Hurricane Irma: Taunton-based 40 Commando sent to Virgin Islands

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    Royal Marines from Taunton-based 40 Commando are in the Virgin Islands reassuring residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

    The commandos are also giving out water and repairing essential services in Tortola.

    Virgin Islands
    Virgin Islands

    The company is part of the Lead Commando Group alongside attachments from the army, navy and RAF to provide humanitarian assistance to British Overseas Territories.

  16. Online sperm donation 'felt more personal'

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    Video caption: Online sperm donation "felt more personal" says couple from Cheltenham.

    Online sperm donation appears to have become a popular way to conceive, with dozens of social media groups and online forums offering donations.

    In a BBC Inside Out West investigation, a same-sex couple from Cheltenham have shared their experience of finding a donor through Facebook.

    The "murky world" of online sperm donation will be explored in BBC Inside Out West on BBC One at 19:30 BST this evening.

  17. Badger vaccination scheme to restart

    George Eustice

    As well as announcing a roll-out of the badger cull to 11 new areas, including Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Dorset, the Government has launched a new advisory service for farmers.

    It will provide advice to livestock owners in areas at high risk or on the edge of the areas suffering the disease.

    Chief vet Nigel Gibbens said: "Proactive badger control is currently the best available option and the licensing of further areas is necessary to realise disease-control benefits across the high risk area of England, rather than at local levels."

    Quote Message: Vaccination is just one part of our comprehensive strategy, which also includes tighter cattle controls, improved biosecurity and badger control in areas where bTB is rife, to tackle the reservoir of disease in wildlife. While our eventual aim is to eradicate the disease completely, farmers are facing the reality of bTB on their farms every day. from George Eustice Farming Minister
    George EusticeFarming Minister
  18. Flying Scotsman given push up hill

    It might have been the most powerful locomotive of its day, but a hill near Crowcombe in Somerset nearly got the better of the Flying Scotsman last week.

    After several failed attempts to get up the hill, another steam locomotive from the West Somerset Railway had to be called in to give her a push.

    The railway say it was down to the wet weather and slippery rails.

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    Video caption: The legendary locomotive had a problem getting up a hill on the West Somerset Railway.
  19. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, between J16 for A3102 and J17 for A350.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  20. 'Hazardous substances' found at fire scene not terror-related

    Scene of fire in Bedminster

    "Significant hazardous substances" have been found after a house fire that is not terror-related, police have confirmed.

    Emergency crews and bomb disposal experts were called to the blaze in Hastings Close in Bedminster, Bristol.

    One of two men hurt in the fire, at about 19:00 BST on Friday, suffered "life-changing injuries", police said.

    Four roads remain cordoned off and a number of residents are unable to return to their homes.

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    'Hazardous substances' found after fire

    Scene of fire in Bedminster

    Avon and Somerset Police confirm one man has been arrested in connection with the blaze in Bristol.

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