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  1. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Monday, 9 October 2017

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  1. Goodnight from us - back tomorrow at 7am

    That's all for now from BBC Local Live for the West of England - we'll be back online with more live updates from 7am tomorrow.

    Here's Ian Fergusson with tomorrow's forecast:

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    Video caption: Watch: BBC West weather forecast with Ian Fergusson
  2. Orchard School in Bristol: families offered reassurance

    Families of pupils, and staff at Orchard School in Bristol have been reassured and asked "not to panic" following the death of a 15-year-old pupil from suspected meningitis.

    Public Health England earlier confirmed they are working with the school, council officials and the University Hospital, Bristol to treat "a probable meningococcal infection".

    They say they are aware, following the death of two former students in the city, that the case is likely to cause alarm.

    But said there are "no known links with the deaths of students associated with St. Brendan's College".

    “The best advice remains for students, their family and friends to be aware of and alert to the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease, such as vomiting, severe headache, fever, dislike of bright lights, neck stiffness, a non-blanching rash, drowsiness, and altered levels of consciousness."

    Orchard School in Bristol
  3. Bat for the Pope

    A cricket bat has been handmade by Millichamp and Hall, in Taunton, to give to Pope Francis.

    The Archbishop eleven were guests of Somerset's county ground today.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to gift the bat when his cricket team plays the Pope's eleven in Rome later this month.

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    Video caption: Millichamp and Hall are making a cricket bat for the Pope
  4. Congratulations to gymnast Claudia Fragapane for winning bronze

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    Video caption: Watch: Claudia Fragapane says "all the hurt has gone away" after Rio

    Bristol's Claudia Fragapane says she is "so happy and so grateful" after winning bronze for her floor routine at the World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal.

    It's the 19-year-old's first ever individual medal at the world championships.

  5. Meningitis charity 'sad' to hear of teenage student's death

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    Image caption: Meningococcal bacteria

    Charity Meningitis Now said it was "very sad to hear of another young life being lost" following the death of a 15-year-old student from suspected meningitis.

    Dr Tom Nutt said the charity sent its "sincere condolences to the family and friends of the student from Orchard School" in north Bristol.

    He urged people "not to panic as meningitis remains a relatively rare disease".

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  6. MPs launch inquiry into cost of Hinkley C

    MPs have begun an inquiry into whether Hinkley C is worth building.

    This afternoon a parliamentary committee started hearing evidence about the deal signed for the new nuclear plant on the Somerset coast and whether it represents value for money.

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    Video caption: MPs have begun an inquiry into whether Hinkley C is worth building.
  7. Public Health England confirm suspected meningitis death

    It's been confirmed by Public Health England (PHE) that another teenager has died from suspected meningitis in Bristol.

    This time, a 15-year-old student of the Orchard School in Southmead has fallen victim to an infection.

    There are no known links to the previous cases associated with St Brendan’s Sixth Form College.

    "The Health Protection Team at Public Health England is currently treating the case as a probable meningococcal infection. This has not been confirmed yet but antibiotics have been arranged for close contacts of the case as a precaution", say the public body.

    Students, parents and staff at the school have been informed.

    Thara Raj, Consultant in Health Protection for Public Health England South West, said: "We are very sad to hear about the death of the student and our thoughts are with their family, friends and the school community at this difficult time.

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  8. BreakingNew suspected death from meningitis in Bristol

    The charity Meningitis Now has confirmed that there has been another suspected death from the disease in Bristol.

    The latest victim is a 15-year-old pupil at the Orchard School in the city.

    There is no confirmation of which type of meningitis is involved.

    Meningitis Now say: "We understand that people in the city will be worried but we would urge them not to panic ­- meningitis remains a relatively rare disease."

  9. Police appeal for man in connection with serious assault

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    Image caption: Police would like to speak to this man in connection with their investigation

    Police are appealing for help in identifying a man in connection with a serious sexual assault investigation.

    They said a number of incidents happened between 01:30 and 02:30 BST today in Yeovil town centre - in the Reckleford and Vicarage Walk areas.

    The man they would like to speak to is described as 1.67m (5ft 5ins) with black hair, a black beard and brown eyes.

    He was wearing white "slider-style"’ flip-flops with black stripes, blue jeans with rips on the front, a black round-necked t-shirt and a black bomber-style jacket with a zip on the front.

  10. Bus rights for disabled children

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    Video caption: Wiltshire mum petitioning for law change

    A mum from Wiltshire wants changes to the law for disabled people using public transport.

    Christina Alder from Corsham wants it altered so disabled buggy users, like her daughter, have the same rights as wheelchair users on buses.

    Christina's daughter Grace is 5-years-old and has hypermobility, global developmental delay, autism, separation anxiety disorder and other genetic problems.

  11. Parachute failure 'very unusual', court hears

    Victoria and Emile Cilliers

    An army parachute instructor has told a court that the equipment failure which saw Victoria Cilliers seriously injured after a 4,000ft fall at Netheravon Airfield in Wiltshire was "very unusual".

    Mark Bayada told Winchester Crown Court: "I have never seen (that) before in my whole time jumping."

    He added that Mrs Cilliers' petite stature would not have affected the outcome of any parachute malfunction.

    He said: "When it's a malfunction, it's a malfunction and even the lightest person is going to die if they do not do anything about it."

    Mr Ciliers,37, denies attempting to murder her and the trial continues.

  12. Somerset NHS boss describes growing pressure on local services

    The new chief executive of two of Somerset's biggest NHS organisations says supporting staff will be a key priority.

    Peter Lewis is taking up his role as joint boss of the trust that runs Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and Somerset Partnership next month.

    He admits staff morale has been tested by the pressures on local health services but believes closer working between the two trusts will improve matters.

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    Video caption: Peter Lewis will be boss of the two biggest NHS trusts in Somerset
  13. Early calls scheme is 'working exceptionally well', says nurse

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    Video caption: Watch: Advanced nurse practitioner Claire Ruiz thinks the scheme is working "exceptionally well"

    A scheme to ease problems this winter is being tried out in the Bath area, with nurses like Claire Ruiz visiting patients first thing in the morning.

    People who can't get to their GP surgery are being offered early morning home visits.

    They can call their GP for a phone-assessment and, if necessary, could be admitted to hospital earlier in the day.

    It's hoped this will reduce calls to emergency services and ease stretched resources against growing demand.

  14. Social mobility 'opportunity area' funding for West Somerset

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    Young people in West Somerset are to benefit from £190k of government money to "develop essential life skills".

    It's one of six "opportunity areas" across England, launched by Education Secretary Justine Greening last week.

    The scheme aims to promote social mobility, supporting schools and links with employers.

    Chair of the West Somerset Opportunity Area Partnership Board Fiona McMillan said: "Our vision is to create a system where no child in West Somerset is left behind."

    Schools in the "opportunity areas" will be partnered with successful schools and head teachers in other parts of the country.

    The push for social mobility is also part of the government's controversial proposals to create new grammar schools.

  15. Commons airgun control debate after toddler shot in head

    Harry Studley
    Image caption: Harry Studley has problems with his sight and suffers several seizures a day following the shooting

    Tighter controls on air weapons are to be debated in the House of Commons later, after a toddler was shot in the head with an airgun.

    Two-year-old Harry Studley still has a pellet lodged in his brain and suffers seizures after he was shot at a flat in Bristol in July 2016.

    His parents have been calling for airgun licensing to be introduced.

    Now a debate on the use and control of air weapons will be led by Bristol South MP Karin Smyth.

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    Toddler Harry Studley still has a pellet lodged in his brain after being shot by a neighbour.

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  16. Pedestrian who died after being hit by lorry on M5 is named

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    Image caption: Batosz Bednarek died on the M5 last month

    A pedestrian who died after being hit by a lorry on the M5 last month has been named.

    Bartosz Marcin Bednarek, 27, of no fixed address, died when he was struck by an HGV on the northbound carriageway, between J15-14, at about 4.40am on 14th September.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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

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

  18. Cheltenham Road reopened

    Police say Cheltenham Road has reopened, after earlier being blocked as emergency services attended a flat fire.

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    Image caption: Four fire engines attended the fire in flat above the Cheltenham Road