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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Thursday, 5 October 2017

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  1. 'A chilly night ahead'

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast

    Well that's all from us for today.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 7am tomorrow.

    We'll leave you with the weather forecast from Ian Fergusson.

    And it looks like it's going to be a chilly night ahead.

  2. Operation Conifer: Chief Constable interview

    The national spotlight has been thrust on Wiltshire Police today as it finally published its report into Sir Edward Heath.

    Tonight the Chief Constable Mike Veale has defended himself and his force against accusations that Operation Conifer was a fishing expedition fuelled in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

    Presenter David Garmston has been been talking to Mr Veale.

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    Video caption: Watch: The Chief Constable of Wiltshire Mike Veale speaks about Operation Conifer
  3. Stolen bronze pig found after appeal

    Calne, Wiltshire

    A stolen bronze pig sculpture created to celebrate a Wiltshire town's pork pie making heritage has been found in a Gloucestershire reclamation yard.

    Police said the yard owner got in touch with officers after seeing the appeal.

    Det Con Jo Chesshire said the stolen item had been "quickly sold" on to the reclamation yard and its owner had no knowledge of where it had come from.

    A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the theft and other offences and is in police custody.

    Click here to read more.

    Stolen bronze pig found after appeal

    Calne, Wiltshire

    The bronze statue was found in Gloucestershire following a police appeal for information.

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  4. Hospital sorry for baby's care 'failings'

    Ben Condon

    A hospital has apologised to the parents of a baby who died and accepted it had "failed in his care".

    Ben Condon died at Bristol Children's Hospital in April 2015 after developing a respiratory illness. His parents said he should have had antibiotics earlier.

    University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust said "failing to give Ben timely antibiotics" had "contributed to his death".

    Ben's dad Allyn Condon said the apology was "two and a half years too late".

    Click here to read more.

  5. Seeing double - five times over!

    A Bristol primary school has welcomed what must be a record number of twins to their reception class this year.

    Hillcrest Primary School in Totterdown has not one, two, three or four sets...but five.

    While they're not all identical, teachers say they have to tell some of them apart by their freckles.

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    Video caption: Watch: Five sets of twins have all started in the same year group at a Bristol school
  6. Parachute fail wife 'among UK's best'

    Victoria Cilliers and Sgt Emile Cilliers

    The wife of an Army sergeant who survived a 4,000 ft fall after her husband allegedly tampered with her parachute was among the UK's top parachutists, a court has heard.

    Victoria Cilliers, 40, suffered multiple serious injuries at Netheravon Airfield, Wiltshire, on April 5, 2015.

    Emile Cilliers, 37, denies attempting to murder her.

    Click here to read more.

  7. Bath City appoint Jerry Gill as new manager

    Jerry Gill

    Jerry Gill has been appointed the new manager of Bath City FC.

    The former City player also played for a number of clubs, including Yeovil, Birmingham, Cheltenham and Forest Green Rovers, before he retired and went into coaching.

    Chairman Nick Blofeld said: “We’re really excited to have Jerry join us as our new Manager.

    "He’s a very talented coach who has worked with some of the best managers and young players in the country, and is well thought of throughout the game."

  8. Bristol school's twin-vision

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    Video caption: Watch: Head teacher Gina Lewis says it's "quite extraordinary"

    A whole five different sets of twins have started class at one Bristol primary school.

    Teachers at Hillcrest Primary School in Totterdown have resorted to using identifying marks to tell some of the pairs apart.

    Gina Lewis is the headteacher there and says having so many pairs in the same class is quite unusual.

  9. PCC supports police decision to investigate Sir Edward Heath allegations

    Angus Macpherson

    Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has said he fully supports Wiltshire Police's decision to investigate allegations into Sir Edward Heath.

    It follows the publication today of the findings of Operation Conifer which was carried out by the force on behalf of the police service nationally.

    The report found Sir Edward Heath would have been questioned over sex abuse claims if he was alive when they came to light.

    Wiltshire PCC Angus Macpherson said calls for the force's chief constable Mike Veale to resign were misguided.

    Quote Message: There have been calls for the Chief Constable, Mike Veale, to resign - or for me to sack him. I consider these to be fundamentally misguided. from Angus Macpherson Wiltshire PCC
    Angus MacphersonWiltshire PCC
  10. Royal Marines​ rescue dogs affected by Hurricane Irma

    Dogs lost or separated from their owners during hurricane Irma have been rescued by 40 Commando personnel who are based in Norton Fitzwarren.

    These dogs were on the first commercial flight out of the British Virgin Islands' main airport.

    They're now being cared for by animal charities.

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    Video caption: Watch: The dogs were rescued by 40 Commando personnel who are based in Norton Fitzwarren
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    Severe accident: A419 Gloucestershire westbound

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    A419 Gloucestershire westbound severe accident, between Cricklade Road and Midland Road.

    A419 Gloucestershire - A419 Bristol Road in Cirencester blocked and slow traffic westbound between the Cricklade Road junction and Fire Station Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

  12. Heath allegations revealed by Wiltshire Police

    Allegations that Sir Edward Heath raped an 11-year-old boy and indecently assaulted several others have been revealed by Wiltshire Police.

    The force has been investigating the former Prime Minster for the last two years.

    Today the chief constable of Wiltshire Police defended the inquiry.

    Our Home Affairs Correspondent Charlotte Callen has been following the story.

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    Video caption: Allegations about Sir Edward Heath have been revealed by Wiltshire Police
  13. The bacon's been saved! Stolen pig statue found

    Calne pig statue

    A bronze pig sculpture that was stolen from a Wiltshire town earlier this week has been found.

    The bronze sculpture was erected in Calne town centre in the 1970s, to commemorate the Harris pork factory - but was removed by thieves between Sunday evening and the early hours of Monday.

    Wiltshire Police said it was located after the owner of a reclamation yard in Gloucestershire realised its significance after it had been sold to him.

    It will now be handed back to Calne Town Council.

    A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the theft and other offences and is currently being questioned by police.

  14. Air rifle threat at children's home

    Aspirations Childrens Residential South West is based in Tiverton, Somerset

    A young person was able to access an air rifle and knives which were used to threaten staff and a resident at a children's home, a report has found.

    Ofsted inspectors found there had been a "high number of very serious and potentially fatal incidents" at the Crossways Care children's home.

    The home near Yeovil was rated inadequate after an inspection in September.

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    Severe accident: A4019 Gloucestershire westbound

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    A4019 Gloucestershire westbound severe accident, between B4633 Gloucester Road and Colletts Drive.

    A4019 Gloucestershire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on A4019 Tewkesbury Road outbound in Cheltenham between the B4633 Gloucester Road junction and the Colletts Drive junction, because of an accident.

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

  16. Ted Heath report: 'Still just allegations'

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    Video caption: Watch: Sir Edward Heath's godson responds to the Op Conifer report

    Following today's announcement that Sir Edward Heath would have been questioned over sex abuse claims if he was alive when they came to light, his godson, artist Lincoln Seligman, has been giving his reaction.

    He said the police investigation had cast a stain over a man who could not defend himself.

  17. Hospital sorry for 'failings' in premature baby's care

    Jenny and Ben Condon
    Image caption: Ben was born prematurely at 29 weeks in February 2015

    A hospital has apologised to the parents of a baby who died and accepted it had "failed in his care".

    Ben Condon died at Bristol Children's Hospital in April 2015 after developing a respiratory illness.

    Parents Allyn and Jenny Condon, from Weston-super-Mare, said he should have had antibiotics earlier.

    University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust said "failing to give Ben timely antibiotics" had "contributed to his death".

    It said it had "learnt lessons" and had "already made changes and improvements in light of their [Ben's parents] and Ben’s experience in our care".

  18. Your local newspaper headlines

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    Here are some of the stories making the news in your local newspapers this afternoon:

    Somerset Live: A303 traffic: Live updates as road blocked by crash

    Bristol Post.Updates: Main Bristol road closed after reports of man hit by lorry

    Wiltshire Times: Parking ticket at M&S overturned

    Gloucestershire Live: 'I thought he was a shoulder to cry on' - how this blackmailer 'degraded, humiliated and traumatised' three young women

  19. Dursley Walking Festival 2017 kicks off

    Dursley walkers

    The three-day Dursley Walking Festival kicks off again today for the sixth year.

    It features a "huge variety" of walks around Gloucestershire taking in Dursley, Stonehouse and surrounding villages, as well as the historic Cotswold Way and Dursley's very own Lantern Way.

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Mark Cummings will be joining walkers on Saturday.

    Organisers say the festival gets bigger every year, with hundreds of ramblers expected. Dogs are also welcome.

    For more information about times and routes, visit the Dursley Walkers website.