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Summary

  1. Man who died in "firearms incident" near Portishead is named by police
  2. Two teens jailed for endangering drivers by throwing missiles
  3. Prison mental health care criticised by family
  4. Flat fire murder victim named by police
  5. Jacob Rees-Mogg mobbed in abortion protest
  6. Man hit by car in Cirencester dies in hospital
  7. Get in touch: Email bristol@bbc.co.uk or via Twitter @BBCBristol
  8. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Monday, 2 October 2017

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  1. Good night from Local Live

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    Video caption: Watch: The weather forecast with Sara Thornton

    That's all from us here at Local Live tonight.

    We'll be back from 7am tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West Country.

    Here's Sara Thornton with the weather forecast.

  2. Views sought on plans to move firefighter statue

    Avon firefighter statue

    Avon Fire and Rescue is asking for staff and the public to let them know what they think of plans to move its memorial statue from Bristol city centre.

    The firefighter statue is due to be relocated to the new headquarters in Portishead. About 3,000 people have signed a petition against the plan.

    The statue was commissioned following a fundraising campaign in the wake of 9/11 attack in New York in 2001.

  3. More details revealed on library service review

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    New details have emerged about proposals to review Somerset's libraries service.

    The county council says it's going to review its workforce to look at whether volunteers could take on a bigger role, and will consider whether to completely hand over smaller, less well used libraries to community groups to run.

    It's also said it wants to save about £500,000 from the service over the next three years.

    A consultation on the final plans is due later this year.

  4. Why are Yeovil's crowds dropping?

    Huish Park

    Some Yeovil fans have expressed concerns at the clubs falling home crowds, after BBC Points West found that average crowds have fallen by nearly 4,000 per game over the past four years at Huish Park.

    In response, Yeovil's supporter director, David Mills said: "I think it is a combination of things. Last year we had a run of bad results and also off the field, things weren't quite right.

    "We just need to be better on and off the pitch.

    "I've been working with the club to help improve the matchday experience and making the fans feel a bit more looked after. Fans want value when they come to football."

  5. Tributes paid to 'fun loving, sociable and cheeky guy'

    Jamie Jeffery

    Tributes have been paid to a 28-year-old man who was killed in a crash on the A48 near Westbury-on-Severn.

    Jamie Jeffery, from nearby Minsterworth, died when the motorbike he was riding collided with a horsebox.

    Quote Message: Jamie was a fun loving, sociable and cheeky guy, with a love for life, leaving a positive impact on everyone he met. He had so much to live for and to see that cut short at only 28 years of age is a complete tragedy. Our loss is crushing and he will be sadly missed and never forgotten. from Family statement
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  6. Man killed by police on M5 identified

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    Video caption: Watch: Robin Markwell reports from scene of shooting

    A man who was shot dead by police near Bristol last week has been named.

    He was 29-year-old Spencer Ashworth, whose last known address was in Portishead, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

    Officers opened fire on a car on the A369 Portbury Hundred near junction 19 of the M5 on Wednesday morning.

    The IPCC said information indicated officers had responded to a report of a man travelling on the M5 with a handgun who had threatened another motorist.

    BBC Points West's Robin Markwell was at the scene earlier.

  7. Adult education in Somerset survives for this year

    Somerset's adult education provider has been thrown a financial lifeline, after learning it would lose all of its government funding.

    Somerset Skills and Learning has now been told more money is available in the short term:

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    Video caption: Somerset Skills and Learning has been given more money
  8. Teens terrorising motorists with rocks and stones caught on CCTV

    Two teenagers repeatedly endangered drivers' lives by throwing missiles from a motorway bridge, say police.

    Peter John Nugent, 18, and Jordan Alan Arendorf, 19, have today been jailed for two-and-a-half years, after admitting four charges of causing a danger to road users.

    Watch: Police submitted evidence from CCTV cameras of the boys. They said: "Their actions... could easily have resulted in a fatality."

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    Video caption: Pair jailed after admitting throwing items from motorway bridge
  9. Treasure changes hands in Somerset

    Roman coins found by a bulldozer driver have gone on display in Somerset.

    The 3335 coins were discovered at Yeovil Recreation Centre in 2013.

    Now they have been bought by the South West Heritage Trust...

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    Video caption: The 3335 coins were discovered at Yeovil Recreation Centre in 2013
  10. Flat Holm island trials portable solar panels

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    Video caption: Watch: John Hingley of solar power firm Renovagen explains the concept

    Pioneering portable solar power technology is being used on Flat Holm, in the Bristol Channel, to meet the island's growing electricity needs.

    The Rapid Roll system allows flexible solar panels to be unrolled like a carpet from a trailer in two minutes.

    It aims to meet demands from increased tourism and environmental and logistical challenges.

    The hope is for the technology in future to offer a solution in areas hit by natural disasters like hurricanes.

  11. Prison service 'redoubling efforts' over suicides

    Andrew Rawlins

    Earlier we told you how a man from Clevedon took his own life just 48 hours after being remanded in HMP Bristol.

    Andrew Rawlins - a father-of-one from Clevedon - had struggled with mental health problems from an early age. Andrew was one of five inmates to kill themselves at the prison in 2016.

    His sister Katrina says he should have been cared for in a mental health unit rather than remanded in custody.

    Now, the Ministry of Justice has released a statement outlining what is being done to protect people with mental health issues in prison.

    Quote Message: We take the mental health of prisoners extremely seriously, and are redoubling efforts to make prisons safe. That’s why we’ve increased the support available to vulnerable offenders - especially during the first 24 hours in custody - and invested more in mental health awareness training for prison officers. Funding for prison safety has also increased, with a new a suicide and self-harm reduction project to address the increase in self-inflicted deaths and self-harm in our prisons. from Prison Service Spokesperson
    Prison ServiceSpokesperson
  12. Yeovil fans 'voting with their feet'

    Huish Park

    Yeovil Town need to do more to encourage fans back to the League Two club's home matches, amid dwindling attendance numbers, according to the Glovers Trust.

    Figures obtained by the BBC show the average crowds at Huish Park have fallen from 4,342 three seasons ago, to 2,721 over the first six home games of this season.

    Brendon Owen, chairman of the Glovers Trust, told BBC Points West: "The fans are protesting. They are making their voice heard with their feet.

    "The season ticket-holder numbers have dropped to just 1,500 or so.

    "We believe that those who run the club have disengaged with the supporters. It's the general downward spiral of the club that we are worried about."

  13. Rail disruption between Bristol and Bath

    A person has been hit by a train at Bath Spa, causing disruption to journeys between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads.

    National Rail say it is expected to continue until 20:45 BST.

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  14. Roll-up solar panels power Flat Holm island

    Flat Holm

    Roll-up solar panels are being used to help power an island in the Bristol Channel.

    The Rapid Roll system allows flexible solar panels to be unrolled like a carpet from a trailer in two minutes.

    The pioneering technology aims to meet demands from increased tourism and environmental and logistical challenges on Flat Holm.

    The hope is for the technology in future to offer a solution in areas hit by natural disasters like hurricanes.

    Click here to read more.

  15. Crash murder bid man had just found wife's body

    Lukasz Jarosz

    A driver jailed for deliberately crashing his car after undoing a schoolgirl's seat belt said he acted after he found his wife's body hanging in the bathroom.

    Lukasz Jarosz, 35, crashed his car at a junction of the A36 at Wilton, Wiltshire, on January 6, after he had found his wife, Aneta, dead earlier that afternoon.

    Bournemouth Crown Court heard Jarosz had become "hysterical" after the "tragedy" of discovering his wife's body.

    After the crash he was described by witnesses as "distressed, wailing, on his knees in the rain and inconsolable". The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered a fractured leg in the impact.

    Jarosz, was found guilty of attempted murder and jailed for eight years.

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  16. Teens jailed for throwing items at cars on motorway

    Overbridge near Kings Weston Lane, Bristol

    Two teenagers have been jailed after objects were dropped on passing traffic from motorway bridges near Bristol.

    Peter John Nugent, 18, and Jordan Alan Arendorf, 19, were each jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting four charges of causing a danger to road users on the M5 and M49.

    The incidents took place between April and June 2016, police said.

    The pair, both from Lawrence Weston, also admitted one charge of assault after a stone slab smashed through a windscreen and hit a driver last June.

    Avon and Somerset Police said: "Their actions were reckless to the extreme and could easily have resulted in a fatality. It’s impossible to comprehend how anyone could have such disregard for other people’s safety."

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  17. 'Underspend' boost for Somerset adults

    A woman using a computer

    Somerset Skills and Learning, which provides adult education, has been told it will now get some more money.

    It was set to lose nearly all of its government funding, but education "underspends" will mean it can start running courses again.

    Quote Message: We cannot confirm the budget at this stage of the procurement as contract talks are still taking place. The amount will be published once all contracts have been signed. This money comes from underspends in the Adult Education budget. from A Department for Education spokesperson
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  18. 'Hamburglar' blamed for pig statue theft

    Calne, Wiltshire
    Image caption: The statue of two pigs was erected in Calne town centre in the 1970s, to mark the site of the Harris pork factory

    Calne's bronze pigs sculpture have been stolen from the town's shopping centre.

    It was made to commemorate the town's Harris Bacon Company, in 1979, but disappeared some time over the weekend.

    CCTV footage of the pigs being taken from their plinth in Calne is being reviewed by police.

  19. Bath's RUH facing 'extreme pressure' in September, BBC finds

    RUH

    Bath's RUH hospital was placed on the highest level of NHS alert in September, ahead of the peak winter months when NHS demand at its highest.

    There are four levels of NHS alert, the highest of which is Opel 4, where patient safety is potentially at risk. It used to be called black alert.

    BBC Radio Bristol asked for more comment but was told the RUH was "not ready to respond" to claims its services were stretched.

    Health bosses would only say the hospital was on Opel 4 for "a period" last month.

    The BBC also understands some patients were also turned away from A and E.

  20. Terminally ill boxer rejects chemo to fight cancer his way

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    Former champion boxer Dean Francis was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January.

    Since then he's stopped chemotherapy and is aiming to heal himself through alternative therapies.

    BBC documentary makers have been following his story and the impact his decision has had on his wife Ghalia and their four-year-old son.

    Watch more on BBC Inside Out (West) on BBC One at 7:30pm and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.