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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday 3 October 2017

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  1. Good night from Local Live

    That's it from us tonight. If you were caught in the Bristol traffic earlier we hope you got home safely.

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

    Here's Sara Thornton with the weather forecast.

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    Video caption: Watch: Weather with Sara
  2. 'We are putting them in limbo and that's inhumane'

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    Video caption: Adminstrative limbo could be against international law

    More on our story about the plight of economic migrants forced to live in limbo in the UK.

    Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire says she is seeing an increased number of immigration applications delayed by the Home Office because they are considered complex.

    She said: "Because passports are held by the Home Office while a decision is made, families cannot travel and in some cases are unable to continue with their normal life.

    "This can lead to enormous stress and anxiety for them."

  3. Left in limbo: Home Office must 'come clean' on 'unacceptable way to treat our friends'

    Diane Abbott

    Figures seen by the BBC show the longest time an applicant had to wait for a residency decision between January 2014 and June 2017 was 719 days, while the longest an application was on hold for during the same period was 1,001 days.

    Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott urged the Home Office to "come clean" over the issue.

    Quote Message: This is a completely unacceptable way to treat people who are our friends, our colleagues, and our neighbours. Ministers need to come clean about the true scale of this backlog and explain what steps they are taking to sort it out. from Diane Abbott Shadow Home Secretary
    Diane AbbottShadow Home Secretary
  4. Cyclists campaign for new cycle route in town

    Cyclist in traffic

    More than 500 cyclists have signed a petition calling for Taunton Deane Borough Council to create a new cycle route along the Firepool development.

    Taunton Area Cycling Campaign is handing the petition over today saying the proposal is a "once in a lifetime chance" to provide a decent cycle link from the town centre to the station.

    Station Road was picked out by the group as one of 15 "problem hotspots".

    It says the Boulevard would mean some cyclists could avoid it.

  5. Left in limbo: 'I still haven't met my baby son'

    Baby feet

    Farooq Shaik's second son was born 10 months ago... he has yet to meet him.

    The IT contractor's wife left their home in Leeds with their toddler during her pregnancy to see her family in India a year ago and he expected to join her shortly after.

    But a decision on his residency application is still pending.

    He is one of many people left in limbo in the UK waiting for the Home Office to decide their fate.

    Quote Message: They rejected it because they say my income isn't genuine even though I have paid my taxes for the past 10 years and have proof which I've sent to them. I'm yet to see my family in India because I can't travel as my visa was in process and now it's been rejected. from Farooq Shaik
    Farooq Shaik
  6. Drivers speak of travel woes after Bristol's road network grinds to a halt

    Drivers have been taking to social media tonight in desperation after an accident on the M5 in north Somerset led to gridlock on most commuter routes.

    For many the traffic's meant cancelled plans or late bedtimes for kids.

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  7. Council scraps £160k chief exec role

    Bristol City Hall

    The role of chief executive at Bristol City Council is to be scrapped.

    It is part of a shake-up of the management structure at the authority, announced by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees.

    The last chief executive, Anna Klonowski, resigned from the £160,000-a-year post last month.

    Mr Rees said the changes would create savings of around £700,000 a year and would reduce the senior management team by seven.

    The council has had three chief executives in the past 18 months; Ms Klonowski, Stephen Hughes and Nicola Yates.

    Earlier this year a report found "a collective failure of leadership" at the council led to £29m deficit in its finances.

    Read more here.

  8. Work starts to build new crematorium for town

    Cheltenham Crematorium artist impression
    Image caption: It's hoped the new crematorium will open during spring 2019

    Work to build a crematorium and two chapels in Cheltenham has started.

    The new buildings and car park will be sited on borough council land directly behind the current cemetery.

    Bereavement services manager Rob Hainsworth said: "We're going to create two gardens where the flowers from the funeral can be viewed.

    "There's a lot of tense situations in a lot of funeral services, so it's nice that people can chat afterwards in what will be a beautiful courtyard garden."

    Cheltenham Crematorium artist impression
  9. Investigation after bronze pigs stolen

    Police have launched an investigation after a bronze sculpture of pigs was stolen in Wiltshire.

    They have been in the centre of Calne for nearly 40 years, to honour the town's pork pie making heritage.

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    Video caption: Watch: Reporter Michelle Ruminski has the latest.
  10. Harry Redknapp to 'lend a hand' at Yeovil Town

    Harry Redknapp

    BBC Somerset understands Yeovil manager Darren Way has invited former Tottenham and Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp to lend a hand at Huish Park.

    Speaking on BT Sport Redknapp stated he would be happy to help at a club such as Yeovil, without taking a salary.

    It's now understood Way has contacted Redknappto invite him to watch upcoming games.

    Yeovil are currently 17th in League Two, seven points above the relegation zone.

  11. M32 traffic at a standstill into Bristol

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    Video caption: Watch: Traffic is at a standstill on the M32 heading into Bristol
  12. More pictures: Bristol traffic queues

    This is the scene on the Downs in Bristol at the top of Blackboy Hill. Some motorists are at a standstill.

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    Video caption: Watch: Traffic at the top of Blackboy Hill
  13. Frustration as Bristol traffic is gridlocked throughout rush hour

    Here are just some of the tweets from frustrated commuters this evening rush hour.

    Cath Mackintosh tweeted this picture of gridlock coming into Bristol on the Portway.

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  14. M5: Bristol traffic at a standstill

    Traffic around Bristol is at a standstill in the aftermath of the M5 closure near Portishead today.

    All lanes on the motorway have reopened in the last half hour, but delays have built up during the evening rush hour.

    A BBC reporter says it's taken an hour to travel from Whiteladies Road in Clifton towards the Suspension Bridge, and she's still not arrived there.

    Bristol traffic map
    Image caption: The red lines here indicate traffic queues.
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    Severe accident: A358 Somerset both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A358 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Roebuck Gate Lane and Smokeham Lane.

    A358 Somerset - A358 in Flaxpool blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between Flaxpool Garage and the Smokeham Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

  16. M5: Lanes reopened but traffic still heavy

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    M5 traffic queue
    Image caption: Approach to M5 junction 19
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    Severe congestion: A370 Bristol westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A370 Bristol westbound severe congestion, between A4174 South Bristol Link and B3133 High Street.

    A370 Bristol - Severe delays and queuing traffic on A370 westbound between the A4174 South Bristol Link junction in Long Ashton and the B3133 High Street junction in Congresbury. Travel time is an hour and ten minutes.

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