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  1. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Thursday 12 October 2017.

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  1. Goodnight from us

    That's it for now from Local Live: we'll be back in the morning at 7am.

    We wish you a pleasant evening.

    In the meantime, what will Friday the 13th bring, in terms of weather?

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    Video caption: Ian Fergusson has the latest: dry and mild, with sunny spells for some of us.
  2. Police charges following raids in Gloucestershire

    Ten men have been charged with cannabis production offences after a number of properties were raided in Gloucestershire.

    The men have been remanded in custody. They are thought to have been part of an organised crime network producing huge amounts of drug supplies.

    Watch our footage of one raid:

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    Video caption: Police have charged ten men with cannabis offences over two days of raids
  3. Bristol's Claudia Fragapane thanks Strictly for her medal success

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    Video caption: The Bristol gymnast has come back with a bronze medal from the World Championships.

    Bristol gymnast Claudia Fragapane has returned from the World Championships in Canada with a bronze medal.

    It was her first-ever individual medal, and she said that her experiences with Strictly Come Dancing were a big help:

  4. Bungling burglar jailed after raiding Gloucester sports store

    Man lying injured after raid

    A burglar in Gloucester, who's been convicted of 122 past offences, has today been jailed for three more.

    Michael Lebon was found near to Sports Direct in Gloucester, after falling while he had attempted to steal from the shop. He had broken his arm in the process.

    Police hadn't spotted him when they initially searched the store, but they were alerted by his groans when they returned with a contractor to board up a broken window.

  5. Liam Fox says Bristol's key to success after Brexit

    The minister responsible for making new trade deals after Brexit says Bristol is key to the UK's success after we leave the EU.

    Liam Fox was visiting the University of the West of England where they're carrying out cutting edge research into robot technology.

    In July, Dr Fox said the EU negotiations should be "the easiest in history"P; today those talks seem to have stalled again.

    BBC Points West's business correspondent, Dave Harvey has been talking to the Conservative MP for North Somerset.

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    Video caption: The North Somerset MP was touring UWE's robotics labs today.
  6. Six cannabis farms shut down by police in Gloucestershire

    Eleven men have been arrested and ten of them charged, following two days of coordinated police raids targeting organised crime groups in Gloucestershire.

    Six large cannabis farms were shut down and workers at car washes spoken to - suspected of being victims of "modern day slavery".

    The charges relate to the production of cannabis and conspiracy to produce and supply the drug, as well as falsifying documents.

    All ten men charged were remanded in custody.

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  7. Councils set up 'sharing services' firm

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    About 600 workers are being shifted to a new firm created by four local councils in a plan to share services and operational costs.

    Publica Ltd will be owned by Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Cotswold and West Oxfordshire councils.

    Cabinet member at West Oxfordshire, Colin Dingwell, said: "The company can start to sell its services to other councils so we can create income."

    Critics of the new firm say it lacks transparency and accountability.

    Read the full story here.

  8. Bristol dyslexia centre reaching children around the world

    30 years ago, the Bristol Dyslexia Centre started up.

    It began when Pat Jones was struggling to help her dyslexic son Mike, so she decided to teach him at home.

    From the games that she created, an animated programme called Nessy was born, which has since gone on to be used as as teaching aid by nearly 500,000 children across the world:

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    Video caption: The dyslexia school is planning to open a new centre in Texas, after 30 years of expansion
  9. Tobacco Factory refurbishment plans revealed

    Bristol's Tobacco Factory Theatre has released new plans to redevelop its interior.

    The venue says the upgrade will attract 30,000 more people to their performances and workshops every year.

    Among the planned refurbishments are a new entrance for the original theatre, a reorganisation of the dressing room space and a new multi-purpose performance space.

    It will cost £1.5m; the organisation has launched a crowdfunding bid for the remaining £300,000 it needs for the project.

    Plan of theatre expansion
  10. 'Live life to the full': deceased soldier's instructions to mum

    A Wiltshire soldier told his mum - when he went off to fight - that she should carry on and "live life to the full" if he should die.

    Fran Chandler is now training for the Great South Run, and raising money for the Royal British Legion in his memory.

    Corporal Matthew Hatfield died in a tank explosion at the Castlemartin ranges in Wales in the summer.

    His mum explained that the charity was close to his heart:

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    Video caption: Mother of Wiltshire soldier killed in action speaks about fundraising in his memory
  11. Parachute checker gives evidence in Cilliers case

    The trial of an army sergeant accused of sabotaging his wife's parachute has today heard from the man who packed the parachute.

    Emile Cilliers is accused of removing vital pieces of Victoria Cilliers' parachute in an attempt to kill her.

    But the man who checked her equipment two months before accident, said that in the hundreds of chutes he'd checked not one had the key parts missing or incorrectly fitted.

    Alan Westley, the chief reserve parachute packer at the base said he had checked around 500 reserve chutes in his career.

    Describing Mrs Cilliers, with whom he has jumped 100 times, Mr Westley said: "She was a very competent, capable jumper, she was an accelerated free-fall instructor."

    Victoria Cilliers fell 4000ft when her parachute failed to open at an airbase in Wiltshire in 2015 and received multiple injuries.

    The prosecution say both her main and reserve chutes were sabotaged by her husband Emile in an attempt to kill her and that he removed two ties, called slinks, so her reserve chute would fail to open.

    Emile Cilliers denies two counts of attempted murder and the trial continues.

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  12. New confirmed meningitis case at Bristol University

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    Public Health England (PHE) says it is working with the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust following a new confirmed case of Meningitis B in a student who attends the university.

    The student is currently receiving treatment and is said to be recovering well.

    PHE’s health protection team and the university have identified close contacts of the case (students who shared the same accommodation block) and antibiotics are being arranged as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of any additional cases.

    Mike Wade, Deputy Director for Health Protection at Public Health England South West, said:

    Quote Message: We urge students to look out for symptoms of meningitis and to be vigilant for anything out of character (amongst their housemates). We would also urge students to register with the Students’ Health Service and to take up the offer of the MenACWY vaccine which is available to students as part of the routine vaccination schedule for this age group. from Mike Wade Deputy Director for Health Protection, PHE South West
    Mike WadeDeputy Director for Health Protection, PHE South West
  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, between J16 for A3102 and J17 for A350.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 westbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of a broken down lorry.

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

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    Video caption: Yeovil Town Ladies: FA's Katie Brazier defends new WSL licence criteria

    The Football Association's head of women’s leagues and competitions, Katie Brazier, defends changes to Women's Super League club licence criteria.

  15. Campaign launched for a government Minister for Men

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    Video caption: Swayne O'Pie believes a men's minister is needed in government.

    A new campaign has started in Bath, claiming that "democracy requires a Minister for Men".

    The group has been started by Swayne O'Pie, who believes men's issues are currently being ignored by the government.

    He believes more should be done to address high levels of male suicide, and "failings" for boys in the education system.

  16. 200 Cheltenham finance workers affected by Scottish Widows deal

    Scottish Widows, based in Edinburgh, is to take over the UK pensions and savings division built up by Zurich.

    The long-rumoured deal has been announced by Scottish Widows' parent company Lloyds Banking Group.

    200 Zurich employees, based in Cheltenham, are expected to transfer to Lloyds.

    Read more here

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  17. Warning over gang of 'forty plus' youths roaming in Gloucester

    Gloucestershire Police has issued a warning to gangs of younger people in Gloucester, after several reports of anti-social behaviour in the county.

    They say groups of boys, aged between 13 and 16-years-old have been seen cycling around the city-centre wearing masks.

    "The group has been described as forty-plus in size at times, with the majority wearing face masks" say police.

    Seven incidents have so far been reported to police in less than a week.

    Individuals in the gangs have reportedly "threatened to hit people or run them over with their bikes".

    Quote Message: I want to send a message to those involved that we are working hard to get all of your names so it would be wise to stop the threatening and anti-social behaviour now. I'd also like to send a message to parents that they should pay an interest in what their children are doing out and about on the streets with the possession of masks. from Rob Bolland Police Constable, Gloucestershire Police
    Rob BollandPolice Constable, Gloucestershire Police
  18. Traditional skittles bowled out by modern life

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    It's a proper West Country sport, but there are fears the traditional pub game of skittles is reportedly slowly dying out.

    The number of skittles teams and leagues has halved over the past decade, because not enough youngsters are taking it up.

    Eddie Lewis, who plays at Windmill Hill Community Centre in south Bristol, says the younger generation wanted to go clubbing in town instead of taking up the game.

    Quote Message: I started when I was 24-years-old; I am now 78 so I have seen a lot of changes. Our league started in 1927 with eight divisions of 16 teams (128 teams). Now we have two divisions: one of 14 and one of 13 (27 teams), so you can see how we have suffered over the years. from Eddie Lewis Skittles player
    Eddie LewisSkittles player