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  1. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Wednesday, 11 October 2017

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  1. Goodnight from Local Live

    That's it from the Local Live team for today.

    We'll be back again tomorrow at 7am with all the news, sport, travel and weather from across the region.

    Here's Ian with your weather forecast for the coming hours and days.

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    Video caption: Weather on 11 October 2017
  2. 'A simple antibiotic could have saved her', says father of Izzy Gentry

    The father of Bristol teenager, Izzy Gentry, who died earlier this year after contracting meningitis B, has called for a campaign to raise awareness of the disease.

    The family - along with victim George Zographou's family - are to meet with the Health Secretary next month and will demand wider availability of meningitis vaccines.

    Paul Gentry says he also wants more training for medical staff:

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    Video caption: Paul Gentry, father of Izzy, on meningitis awareness
  3. Brexit could leave West Country hospitals short of staff

    There are concerns that uncertainty over Brexit could leave the NHS in the West Country short of specialist staff.

    Figures suggest the number of EU nurses and health visitors has fallen by a third since Brexit.

    Our Health Correspondent, Matthew Hill has been looking at the issue.

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    Video caption: José Garcia is one of many EU medical professionals who work in the West Country.
  4. Attenborough recalls, as Blue Planet 2 is released

    More than 100,000 people applied to be at a premiere of the latest series made by the BBC's Natural History Unit in Bristol tonight.

    Blue Planet 2 promises to take millions of viewers "to unexplored parts of the world's oceans, and reveal creatures we've never seen before".

    Ahead of the screening of episode one, Sir David Attenborough told BBC Points West how wildlife filming has always fascinated his audiences - in his own inimitable way:

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    Video caption: David Attenborough recalls wildlife filming
  5. Bath taxi drivers and MP warn students: 'Don't take cabs you haven't ordered'

    Students in Bath are being warned about the dangers of getting into a vehicle that they haven’t pre-ordered.

    “Only BaNES licensed hackney carriages are allowed to pick up a hail on the street, or from a taxi rank, and their large white taxi sign will be lit up when they are available for hire. All other vehicles must be pre-booked,” said Paul Roles, spokesperson for Bath Taxi Drivers.

    “Although young people might think it is convenient to jump into a car that just happens to be there... they should think again. Such rides are un-registered and un-insured.

    "There would be no record of you ever having got into the vehicle, (and) if you were involved in a crash, you would not be insured.”

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    Image caption: Bath taxi drivers Leo Mulvs, Paul Roles and Darth Speed with Wera Hobhouse MP, next to Mr Speed’s licensed hackney carriage.
    Quote Message: I cannot emphasise enough to young people: never, ever, get into a car unless you have pre-booked it, or if it is a licensed Hackney Carriage. from Wera Hobhouse MP for Bath
    Wera HobhouseMP for Bath
  6. Do you recognise any of these men?

    CCTV images of four men have been released by police following an armed robbery at a Co-op store in Bristol.

    Avon and Somerset Police say they want to identify the men as part of their investigation into a robbery at the Filton Avenue store.

    The crime happened at 2250 BST on Sunday (8th October).

    The men, some of who were armed with baseball bats, threatened staff and forced them to lie on the floor, before making off with cash and cigarettes.

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  7. PM agrees meeting for meningitis families

    The families of Bristol meningitis victims, George Zographou and Izzy Gentry, are to meet with the Health Secretary to discuss wider vaccine effectiveness and availability for teenagers.

    The meeting with Jeremy Hunt - on 1 November - was agreed by Theresa May at Prime Minister's Questions earlier.

    MPs had been hearing evidence from Bristol East Labour MP Kerry McCarthy, and others, about the deaths of young people in their constituencies.

    Watch: the Prime Minister's response...

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    Video caption: Meningitis families granted meeting with Health Secretary at PMQs today
  8. Saving the M5's 'Willow Man'

    Willow man

    The artist behind the 'Willow Man' sculpture that stands next to the M5 near Bridgwater has been on site this week carrying out repairs.

    The sculpture's willow structure has degraded since it was unveiled in 2000, and there are fears it could be gone within five years.

    The artist who designed it told BBC Somerset that long term funding is needed to secure its future.

  9. Not one West Country town in top ten of 'Happiest Places to Live'

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    Image caption: Bath came 38th in the list of happiest places to live

    There are no West Country towns in the top 10 of the 2017 "happy at home" index.

    Cheltenham and Bath came in 29th and 38th place in terms of happiness rating.

    But spa towns generally fared well: the Warwickshire town of Royal Leamington Spa was ranked the happiest place to live in Britain.

    More than 17,000 people were asked how happy they are with aspects of where they live, by the property website Rightmove.

    Community spirit, feeling safe, the friendliness of locals, amenities and local services plus earning enough to live comfortably were all taken into account.

    Why do you think your town didn't score higher? Let us know on bristol@bbc.co.uk or @BBCBristol

  10. West MP: 'Out of kilter' university Vice Chancellor's pay must be addressed

    University vice-chancellors' pay has "got out of kilter" with the public sector and needs to be dealt with as a "matter of urgency", according to MP, Andrew Murrison.

    The Conservative representative of South West Wiltshire - who quit a role at Bath University earlier this year in protest over the "eye-watering" pay of its vice-chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell - today called for the Government to have a "very firm conversation" with the sector.

    "I see no evidence to suggest that paying people more is going to improve the quality of the institution - if anything the data seems to suggest the reverse," he said.

    Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell (left) and Andrew Murrison (right)
    Image caption: Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell (left) is paid £451,000 a year for her role as vice-chancellor at Bath which Andrew Murrison (right) has described as "eye-watering".
  11. Parachute 'not tampered with in toilet'

    Victoria Cilliers and Sgt Emile Cilliers
    Image caption: Emile Cilliers denies attempting to murder Victoria Cilliers in April 2015

    An instructor at a sky-diving club where a man is accused of tampering with his wife's parachute has said he does not think an alleged sabotage could have taken place in a toilet.

    Victoria Cilliers, 40, suffered multiple injuries in a 4,000ft fall at Netheravon Airfield, Wiltshire in 2015.

    Emile Cilliers, 37, denies attempting to murder her.

    Mark Bayada, in charge of equipment at the club, told Winchester Crown Court, the toilet door's "weak hook" could not "take the weight" of the kit, enabling it to be tampered with.

    Read the full story here.

  12. Commandos return to Somerset after hurricane relief effort

    Lance Corporal Mario D' Agostino giving lessons to locals on the basic maintenance of a generator.
    Image caption: Lance Corporal Mario D' Agostino giving lessons to locals on the basic maintenance of a generator.

    More than 600 servicemen and women of 40 Commando Royal Marines have returned to their base at Norton Manor Camp, Taunton, after a three week deployment to the Caribbean as part of Operation Ruman.

    They were deployed on 8 September across the Caribbean to deal with the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

    Their work included helping police to secure the main prison on the island and return over 100 escaped prisoners.

    They also helped to ensure food, water and shelter was available and reinstated critical infrastructure.

    Quote Message: The military task force supported by Mounts Bay and HMS Ocean has been a game changer here… everybody should be proud of what they’ve done. from Gus Jaspert The Governor of the British Virgin Islands
    Gus JaspertThe Governor of the British Virgin Islands
    Superintendent Dave Foot (centre) briefs team commanders prior to return of escaped prisoners.
    Image caption: Superintendent Dave Foot (centre) briefs team commanders prior to return of escaped prisoners.
  13. Bristol boy 'did not die from meningitis'

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    Image caption: The Year 11 pupil at Orchard School died in hospital at the weekend

    A boy who died in hospital in Bristol did not have meningitis, Public Health England (PHE) has now confirmed.

    It was suspected the boy, who died at the weekend, had contracted the disease. He was in Year 11 at Orchard School in the city.

    PHE says all of its tests, completed so far, are "negative for meningococcal infection".

    Its incident team have concluded there is "no need for any public health action to be taken at the school".

    Read the full story here.

  14. Unborn baby RSV vaccine to go on trial

    Pregnant woman

    A new vaccine, aimed at protecting babies against a virus that can cause deadly respiratory infections, is to be clinically trialled in the UK.

    Pregnant women in Southampton, London, Bristol and Oxford will be the first in the world to take part in the testing of the vaccine.

    It aims to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) that causes about 30 baby deaths a year in the UK.

    The virus can cause severe infections in lung and breathing passages.

    Read the full story here.

  15. Rugby: Gloucester make nine changes for Pau match

    Billy Twelvetrees

    Gloucester make nine changes to their starting side for Thursday's Challenge Cup trip to French side Pau.

    Young flanker Jake Polledri makes his full debut for the Cherry and Whites and full-back Tom Hudson makes his first European appearance for the club.

    But six experienced players remain from Saturday's league win over Northampton.

    Tom Savage will skipper the English side - who won the Challenge Cup in 2005-06 and 2014-15 - for their first game in Pool Two.

    Read the full story here.

  16. Driver with prosthetic leg in Le Mans bid

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    Video caption: James Russell from Nailsea becomes one of the first civilians to join the TeamBrit outfit.

    James Russell from Nailsea is one of the first civilians to join the military Team Brit outfit.

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  17. Community beds closure: 'Not surprised but appalled'

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    Video caption: Listen: Cllr Amanda Broom describes her reaction to the proposed closure

    Inpatient wards at Shepton Mallet and Chard are set to close temporarily due to ongoing staff shortages.

    Somerset health bosses say that 24 new beds will open at its other community hospitals.

    Liberal Democrat councillor Amanda Broom has been campaigning to keep Chard community hospital open.

  18. Feeder Road will not be open for rush hour this evening

    Feeder Road

    Western Power has confirmed Feeder Road will not be open in time for the rush hour this evening.

    A spokesperson said: "Unfortunately due to the complex nature of the bridge repairs, the road closure will not be lifted in time for the normal ‘rush hour’ commuters this evening.

    "We do expect to complete all the repairs later this evening so that the road closure can be removed as soon as possible."

  19. 'Why Chard and Shepton Mallet were chosen'

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    Video caption: Listen: Why Chard and Shepton Mallet hospitals were chosen

    Nick Broughton, chief executive of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has explained why Chard and Shepton Mallet community hospitals were selected for closure.

    The two facilities will be temporarily shut for the winter because of staff shortages.

  20. Deceased Bristol pupil tests negative for meningitis

    Orchard School

    All of the tests completed so far on a Bristol student who died last weekend are negative for meningococcal infection, according to Public Health England.

    As a precautionary measure all close contacts of the case, who attended Orchard School, were identified and offered antibiotics prior to these results becoming available.

    Thara Raj, Consultant in Health Protection for Public Health England South West, said: “Although the results are negative for meningococcal infection, it is important that students and parents remain vigilant to the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.

    “If anyone is feeling unusually unwell, and displaying the symptoms of meningitis or septicaemia, they should contact their GP immediately or call 111.”