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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Wednesday 4 October 2017

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  1. Good night from the Local Live team

    That's all from BBC Local Live for tonight.

    We're back from 7am tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel. In the meantime, here's John Hammond with tomorrow's forecast.

    Hope you have a peaceful evening!

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    Video caption: John Hammond brings you the forecast on Wednesday 4 October, 2017
  2. Do you think Usain Bolt's been spotted in Bristol?

    Usain Bolt in KFC?

    You've been having your say on Facebook in your own inimitable style...

    Pedro Rodrigues: Do the test...steal his food you will find out.

    Stacey Doyle: Elvis Is hiding in the kitchen. Bristol rocks.

    David Robert Mcnaughton Durnan: He mentioned on "Top Gear" he loves chicken nuggets. Getting him some fried chicken.

  3. Plea for developers to take on fire-ravaged church

    The remains of the church roof following the fire in October 2016
    Image caption: The remains of the church roof following the fire in October 2016

    Estate agents are calling for "seriously interested" people to come forward with plans to redevelop an historic church in Bristol that was badly damaged by fire.

    About two thirds of the roof of St Michael on the Mount Church was destroyed by the blaze almost a year ago, which had been deliberately started.

    Colliers International said proposals were being sought from "parties looking to acquire this high-profile opportunity and undertake comprehensive conversion and refurbishment works".

    It added the Diocese of Bristol was "ready to reinstate a steel roof" at its own cost.

  4. Has Usain Bolt been spotted in Bristol?

    Is this Usain Bolt?
    Image caption: Is this Usain Bolt?

    Can this be true? Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, in a KFC restaurant in Filton ordering dinner earlier this evening?

    So says eagle-eyed football fan Louis Anderson, who is convinced he spotted the multiple Olympic sprint champion ordering a meal at about 6.45pm.

    "I was walking to the counter and just did a double take," he told us.

    "I'm 100% convinced it was him, but I was star struck I think and couldn't bring myself to ask him for a selfie.

    "I don't think anyone else noticed him, but he wasn't trying to hide his face. He was on his own and waited about five minutes before he left with a big bag of food."

    You may not know but Usain's cousin Vinette Jones lives in Filton, too.

    We asked her this evening if Usain was in town. She said: "No comment..."

    Meanwhile, a staff member at the KFC restaurant says he's sure it wasn't the Olympic star.

    "If it was, I'd have taken a picture myself," he said.

  5. Weston A&E department 'will open 24/7 again'

    Weston General Hospital

    The accident and emergency department at Weston General Hospital will reopen to patients overnight, according to the local MP.

    It was closed temporarily overnight in the summer because the hospital's trust couldn't find enough senior doctors to staff it.

    The Conservative John Penrose has been speaking after North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group published its draft vision for local healthcare services.

    There are concerns that it doesn't directly address the future of the A&E department, but Mr Penrose says he's been assured a 24/7 service will be brought back.

    Quote Message: I'm completely determined that it must reopen. I have spoken to the woman who runs the commissioning that we must have permanent, 24/7 emergency treatment on site in Weston. She looked me straight in the eye and sad 'yes we will'. from John Penrose
    John Penrose
  6. Harry's in town to help show Darren the way to success

    Harry Redknapp will have his first day at Yeovil Town tomorrow after he accepted manager Darren Way's call for help.

    It comes after the former Tottenham, West Ham and Portsmouth boss mentioned on the TV at the weekend that he was keen to help a young manager.

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    Video caption: How do the good people of Yeovil feel about Harry Redknapp's appearance?
  7. Picture shows damaged gas pipe at murder accused's home

    A damaged gas valve in Emile Cilliers' kitchen. The image is released by Wiltshire Police and the top arrow shows damage to a nut made by a pair of pliers found in a toolbox located in the utility room
    Image caption: A damaged gas valve in Emile Cilliers' kitchen. The image is released by Wiltshire Police and the top arrow shows damage to a nut made by a pair of pliers found in a toolbox located in the utility room

    More on the trial of the Army sergeant accused of trying to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute before she leaped to earth from 4,000 feet.

    Just days before that murder attempt, on 29 March 2015, he tried to kill Victoria Cilliers by deliberately causing a gas leak in the family home while he stayed away.

    The jury at Winchester Crown Court heard today that within hours of the failed attempt to gas his wife at home and "despite his complete disinterest" in her "he suggested that she might like to go parachuting the following weekend".

    Mr Cilliers denies all charges. The trial continues.

    Emile Cilliers
    Image caption: Emile Cilliers at court
  8. Church cinema - take a pew (literally) and pass the popcorn

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    Video caption: Watch: A church with a big screen

    A scheme that provides portable film screening equipment is now covering a 450-mile radius and showing movies in 50 rural communities.

    The Rural Cinema Scheme is being funded by Cotswold District Council, to allow communities with no nearby cinema to still get a night at the movies.

  9. It's never too late to... become a ballerina

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    Video caption: Watch: How becoming a 'Silver Swan' could improve your health

    A new ballet class has taken to the barre in Gloucestershre, but it's for the more mature ballerina.

    Silver Swans is part of a Royal Academy of Dance project for dancers over the age of 55.

    The classes in Stroud aim to help improve fitness and wellbeing as well as being a lot of fun.

    The dancers are learning a specially adapted scene from Swan Lake with a view to performing it in public later this year.

  10. Last two years of dairy farming 'a disaster'

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    Video caption: Watch: Somerset farmer Paul Candy describes the last two years as "a disaster"

    Dairy farmers could see an upturn in fortunes in the coming months, following a disastrous two years of low prices.

    Since 2012 the industry has seen more than 200 farms go out of business in the West Country.

    A report published today says an increase in global demand for milk means profits will begin to rise.

  11. Tanning salon voyeur jailed

    Nikolas Heath

    A man who filmed naked women in a Bristol sunbed salon for his own "squalid sexual gratification" has been jailed for eight months.

    Nikolas Heath, 55, has also been banned by a judge from entering any beauty or tanning salon for the next 10 years.

    He was caught after an unsuspecting woman inside a Gloden salon saw him filming her on his mobile phone from the adjacent tanning booth.

    Heath, of Moor Lane, Clapton-in-Gordano, North Somerset, admitted six charges of voyeurism which took place between May and December 2015.

  12. More rush hour woes after crash causes delays in Bristol

    You may still be recovering from the widespread gridlock that ground Bristol to a halt in yesterday's evening rush hour.

    Tonight there are delays in the Fishponds area after a crash near Straits Parade.

    It is heavily congested in the area.

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  13. Swindon Robins hoping for Premiership speedway title

    Swindon will need to create a bit of sporting history if they're to be crowned Premiership champions.

    The Robins head to Wolverhampton for the 2nd leg of the Grand Finals, having lost the opening leg 47-43 at the Abbey Stadium on Monday.

    Since the top division play-offs were introduced in 2002, no team has gone on to win the title having lost their home tie.

    There's commentary on 103.6fm and via

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    Video caption: Watch: Speedway squad travel to Wolverhampton for second leg tonight
  14. Ofsted throws Bristol primary school into special measures

    Luckwell Primary School

    Governors at a Bristol primary school roundly condemned by Ofsted say they are "deeply disappointed" by the watchdog's assessment.

    Luckwell Primary School, in Bedminster, has been put into special measures after inspectors found serious failings - including students not being dealt with for using racist or homophobic language.

    The inspection found the playground wasn't properly supervised, that some students didn't feel safe, and that they weren't making sufficient progress in lessons.

    Redland Green School, a secondary academy, will now take over Luckwell Primary by becoming a sponsor of a new 'multi academy trust' which Luckwell will be part of in January.

  15. Friends tell of Las Vegas shooting horror

    Three friends from Bristol have been re-living the horror of being caught up in the Las Vegas mass shootings.

    Fifty eight people were killed and hundreds more wounded when a gunman opened fire on an open-air music festival.

    George French, Jacob Munday and Joe McAlinden saw people falling all around them

    Our correspondent Clinton Rogers has heard their stories, which some people may find disturbing.

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    Video caption: Watch: Three friends have been re-living the horror of being caught in the Las Vegas shootings.
  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M48 Gloucestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M48 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between J1 for A403 and J2 for A466 Wye Valley Link Road.

    M48 Gloucestershire - Strong winds and restrictions on M48 Severn Bridge in both directions between J1, A403 (Aust) and J2, A466 (Chepstow).

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

  17. Bath central library to stay in city centre

    Ken Loach, who lives in the city, joined protests against plan to move the central library
    Image caption: Ken Loach, who lives in the city, joined protests against plan to move the central library

    Bath's central library is to stay put, after a vociferous campaign which was backed by the likes of film director Ken Loach.

    Bath and North East Somerset Council was considering the move, hoping to save £800,000 a year.

    Hundreds of protesters, including Loach, gathered in Bath earlier this year to demonstrate against the plans to move the library.

    Now the authority is recommending to keep the library where it is.

  18. Ex spy chief admits 'truth or dare' game assault

    Brian Lord

    A former GCHQ spy chief was fined and conditionally discharged today for assaulting a woman guest at a dinner party by putting his hand on her knee during a "truth and dare" style game.

    Brian Lord OBE, ex-deputy director for intelligence and cyber operations at GCHQ, was accused by the woman of sexually assaulting her for a two- to three-minute period during a party game.

    The 56-year-old was due to stand trial on that charge at Gloucester Crown Court today having pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing.

    But at the last minute the prosecution laid a second charge of common assault and Lord, of Parton Road, Churchdown, near Gloucester, pleaded guilty to that.

    He was conditionally discharged for a year, ordered to pay the woman £100 compensation and also ordered to pay £200 costs.

    Judge Michael Cullum formally declared him not guilty of sexual assault after the prosecution did not proceed with that charge.

  19. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, between J13 for A419 and J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J13, A419 (Stroud) and J14, B4509 (Thornbury), 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