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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Thursday 14 September 2017

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  1. Good night from us

    That's it for today from the team at BBC Local Live in the West. We'll be back from 7am tomorrow with all the latest news, travel, sport and weather.

    We leave you with the weather forecast for tomorrow - it looks like a mixture of sunny spells and showers.

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    Video caption: Tomorrow's weather forecast for the West
  2. 'More people go to heritage properties than football matches'

    Gloucester is in the midst of its history festival - with the event now in its 7th year.

    It celebrates the West's past, as well as attracting well-known authors and presenters.

    Among them is TV presenter and historian Dan Snow - he's been on stage this evening and has been explaining why as a nation we're so passionate about the past

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    Video caption: TV presenter Dan Snow explains why we all love history
  3. Pratchett's study reproduced at museum

    Terry Pratchett; His World at Salisbury Museum

    Dozens of boxes filled with Sir Terry's personal possessions have been brought to Salisbury Museum from the study of his Wiltshire home.

    Hundreds of items have been unpacked to create a replica of the cobwebbed workspace Sir Terry called "The Chapel".

    The museum's display cases are packed with Pratchett paraphernalia, much of which has never been seen by the public before.

    Read more about the story here

  4. Tweedy the Clown may drop 'scary' clown label

    Tweedy the Clown says he may stop calling himself a clown, because many see the characters as figures of fear rather than fun.

    The Cheltenham entertainer, who is currently performing with Giffords Circus, says horror films and the killer clown craze has changed people's perceptions of clowns.

    Tweedy the Clown

    He says clowns are no longer the most popular characters for children's parties.

    "If I say I'm a clown it doesn't put in their minds what I do at all," he said.

    "I make people laugh and I bring joy, where as they're thinking - clown, fear, scared - the complete opposite."

  5. Police pay row

    Thousands of West Country police officers will get a one percent bonus after the government's decision to relax the public sector pay cap.

    But there's a problem. Local forces will have to find the money for it.

    With budgets already tight - and further reductions to come - there are fears that the number of police may have to be cut, or forces merged, to save the millions of pounds needed to pay for it.

    Here's our Home Affairs correspondent Charlotte Callen.

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    Video caption: Police will get a 1% bonus after government decision to relax public sector pay cap
  6. Why did this vintage car end up buried on Salisbury Plain?

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    Video caption: Remains of a vintage MG roadster have been unearthed by archaeologists

    The remains of a vintage MG roadster have been unearthed by archaeologists excavating a former military site.

    The 1932 MG J2 was found within a World War Two artillery position during excavations at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain.

    It is believed to be a pool car used by troops training in the 1960s which was dumped in a disused weapons pit.

  7. Jimi Hendrix guitar sells for £4,800 at auction to a European buyer

    Guitar

    The first guitar that Jimi Hendrix played on UK soil has sold at auction in Wiltshire for £4,800.

    Auctioneer Luke Hobbs said there were a number of interested parties bidding for the object, which has been sold overseas to Europe.

    Although the guitar was never used at a gig, it's known to have been played by Hendrix in 1966 when he first arrived in London, at the flat of keyboardist Zoot Money.

  8. Tiny keeled box turtles hatch at Bristol Zoo

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    These tiny endangered keeled box turtles are believed to be the first of their kind to be bred in Europe.

    Keepers at Bristol Zoo have spent 12 years trying to successfully breed the animals, and the zookeepers are "delighted at the new arrivals".

    The turtles are found in China, India and Vietnam, but their numbers have been dropping as people capture them for food.

    Unusually, they prefer earth to water. They bury in the ground during the day and come out at night to look for food.

    Turtle
  9. Vigilante trapped girl's online groomer

    David Taylor

    A man who was caught by a "paedophile hunter" when he went to meet a "girl" he groomed online has been jailed.

    David Taylor, 45, made online sexual approaches to what he thought was an 11-year-old before arranging to meet her in Bath in April.

    When Taylor, of Rodwell Park, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, arrived he was confronted by the unnamed vigilante.

    Taylor was jailed for 40 months after he admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

    You can read more about the story here.

  10. Swindon energy plant meeting under way

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    A decision is due to be made on whether a waste-to-energy plant can be built in east Swindon.

    Developers behind the proposed gasification plant near Stratton say their facility generates power by converting household waste into gas.

    But campaigners fighting the plans say they consider it to be an incinerator.

  11. Government "should assist" in fire safety systems

    Tower block

    Bristol City Council's cabinet member for housing has appealed for more help from the government to deal with the cost of installing sprinkler systems in Bristol tower blocks.

    A BBC investigation has revealed that none of the city's 59 tower blocks have central alarm or central sprinkler systems.

    Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, cabinet member Paul Smith said the cost of installing sprinkler systems would be between £15m to £20m.

    Quote Message: We have sprinkler systems in our bin rooms, the riskiest place for a fire. The government says they want to be helpful with fire prevention, but the costs have to be borne by our tenants. Our rents are being pushed down by government each year and the government stops us from borrowing. We believe our flats are safe. Each flat would contain a fire for an hour, and the fire service will arrive in 10 minutes. The government encouraged these blocks in the 1960s, they should assist us in putting in safety systems. from Paul Smith Cabinet member for housing, Bristol City Council
    Paul SmithCabinet member for housing, Bristol City Council
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    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

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    M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, at J22 for M49.

    M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic westbound at J22 M49, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  13. Prison music charity marks 30 years of work with prisoners

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    Video caption: Changing tunes works with prisons in Bristol and Erlestoke.

    A Bristol charity which sends musicians into prisons is celebrating its 30th anniversary by releasing a special album.

    Changing Tunes works in over a dozen prisons including Bristol and Erlestoke in Wiltshire.

    It claims to have a big impact on reoffending rates. The charity's success has attracted the attention of famous artists like Billy Bragg and Frank Turner.

  14. Criminal's movie memorabilia to be sold

    Cannabis farm

    Movie memorabilia belonging to a criminal behind a cannabis factory in a nuclear bunker is to be auctioned off.

    Martin Fillery, 45, from Bridgwater was jailed for eight years. Two other men were also jailed.

    Police have been identifying which of his assets were paid for by his criminal activity.

    The auction will be held at Wilson Auctions in Belfast on 26 October. No further details of what is being sold have been released.

    You can read more about the story here

  15. Jane Austen £10 note enters circulation

    The new £10 note - featuring one of Bath's most famous residents - is entering circulation today.

    Novelist Jane Austen will replace naturalist Charles Darwin on the plastic tenners - which also includes raised dots for blind people.

    It replaces the paper £10 note, which will still be accepted in shops until Spring 2018.

    The Austen family moved to Bath from Hampshire in 1801 and lived there until the death of Austen's father in 1805.

    Click here for the full story.

    Mark Carney
    Image caption: Bank of England governor Mark Carney with the new note
  16. Banana boat memorial for drowned sailors planned

    A memorial for five Bristol men swept out to sea from a banana boat in the 1960s is being planned.

    The SS Chuscol was heading back to Avonmouth in April 1966, when it was hit by 70ft waves near the Azores and the men washed overboard.

    SS Chuscol

    Now Mally Malham - the son of one of the sailors - wants to get in touch with the families of the other men and organise a memorial.

    "These sailors have never had a grave," he said.

    "There was a plaque which was placed on the SS Chuscal but was removed due to superstition."

    The memorial will be funded by Fyffes, the company that employed the sailors.