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  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Friday, 13 October 2017

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  1. That's all folks - good night

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    Video caption: West weather: "A grey start to the weekend but the sun will shine through"

    That's it from us for today. We'll be back on Monday from 7am with all the news, sport, travel and weather from across the region.

  2. Award-winning film by lecturer hits cinemas

    Unrest film poster

    A feature-length documentary produced by University of Gloucestershire lecturer Lindsey Dryden is being released to some UK cinemas this week

    Unrest is an intimate portrayal of director Jennifer Brea’s fight to overcome Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) diagnosis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

    The film was awarded Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Illuminate Award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest.

    Quote Message: Our Film Production department is extra special because it allows filmmakers deeply connected to industry to continue making our own films while we work with students, which enriches students and lecturers alike... it's very exciting to be able to bring the film to cinemas across the UK, and especially in the south west. from Lindsey Dryden Film Production Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire
    Lindsey DrydenFilm Production Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire

    Unrest will be shown at the Watershed in Bristol on 22nd October.

  3. Salisbury brass band in London for national finals

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    Video caption: Woodfalls brass band in London for national championships.

    A brass band which is based near Salisbury is competing at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.

    The Woodfalls band has progressed to the finals of the National Championships and will be one of 20 bands competing in London.

  4. Attempted murder trial: Parachute slinks 'had never failed'

    Parachute slinks

    A man accused of trying to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute removed vital parts that when present have never failed, a court heard.

    Emile Cilliers, 37, denies the charge.

    Winchester Crown Court heard claims he removed slinks, which attach lines to the harness from a reserve chute, that "never failed" when properly fitted.

    Read the full story here.

  5. Trio banned from calling 999 unless genuine emergency

    Emergency call handler

    Three men from South Gloucestershire have been banned from making unnecessary calls to the emergency services.

    One of the men, a 50-year-old from Thornbury, called the police 88 times in 2016 and sent 50 emails to police officers and staff in the first six months of 2017.

    Quote Message: Many frequent callers have complex health and social care needs so a multi-agency, structured approach is used to assist and improve those patients’ access to health and social care. from Claire Morgan Frequent caller lead at SWASFT
    Claire MorganFrequent caller lead at SWASFT
    Quote Message: We have taken this action because our communities rightly expect their emergency services to be available when they’re needed, not tied up with people making false or time-wasting calls. from Clive Summerill Neighbourhood inspector
    Clive SummerillNeighbourhood inspector
  6. Arrests made over taxi driver assault

    Police officers

    Five men from the Swindon area have been arrested after a taxi driver was assaulted on the outskirts of the town.

    The 28-year-old driver was attacked by a group of men when he drove them from Cricklade Road/Poplar Avenue area to the Supermarine area on 8th October at about 11pm.

    The men also took cash, keys and the driver's mobile phone.

    Police want to speak to anyone who witnessed a confrontation between a taxi full of men and their driver near to the Supermarine Club, or saw any other vehicles driving suspiciously.

  7. Rugby: Josh Lewis will start for Bath against Benetton Treviso

    Josh Lewis

    Fly-half Josh Lewis will make his first start for Bath in Saturday's Champions Cup opener against Benetton Treviso.

    The 25-year-old arrived from Ebbw Vale in the summer and steps up with Freddie Burns suspended and Rhys Priestland injured.

    Read more team news here.

  8. Sean Gower being sought by police

    Sean Gower

    Police are looking for Sean Gower, 36, after he failed to comply with the conditions of his licence which were put in place following his release from prison.

    He’s previously been convicted of a wounding offence.

    The Bristolian has been described as white, about 6ft 1in, of slim build, with scruffy, mousey coloured hair. He only has one eye and has a finger missing.

    He often sleeps rough and has connections with Bridgwater, Bristol, Yeovil, Taunton and Devon.

    Police say members of the public shouldn't approach him but dial 999 instead.

  9. PHE 'doing what it can' to prevent meningitis B spread

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    Video caption: Public Health England "doing what it can" to prevent meningitis B spread

    Public Health England is asking University of Bristol students to remain vigilant after another confirmed case of meningitis B.

    Antibiotics are being given as a precaution to those who have been in close contact.

    Bristol has seen eight cases of this type since January.

  10. 'A death threat and having to move house - it was tough'

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    Video caption: Lee Johnson: Bristol City head coach on death threat and being forced to move house

    Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson says he received a death threat during the 2016-17 season after signing Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor.

    The Robins lost a club-record eight consecutive league games mid-way through the campaign.

    Johnson's side are fourth in the table and the 36-year-old was named Championship Manager of the Month for September.

  11. Would-be burglars caught on CCTV

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    Video caption: CCTV captures burglary attempt on a Bristol house while the family sleep inside.

    Earlier this month these would-be burglars were caught on CCTV trying to break into a house in Bristol while the family were asleep upstairs.

    They try to open a door through the letterbox but run off after being disturbed. However they return to try again.

    There's been a surge in burglaries in Bristol, according to Avon and Somerset Police.

    The force said it no longer has burglary squads after losing 700 officers due to funding cuts.

    Read the full story here.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Gloucestershire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, at J18 for A46 Bath.

    M4 Gloucestershire - Very slow traffic on M4 westbound at J18, A46 (Bath), because of earlier shed load of pallets. Travel time is 50 minutes. Congestion to J17, A350 (Chippenham).

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

  13. Four homeless people die in Bristol in one week

    The Bearpit

    Four homeless people have died in a week in Bristol city centre, the BBC understands.

    Two of the deaths were in hospital, one in a hostel and another in an area called the Bearpit, which is a sunken roundabout in the city centre.

    The cause of the deaths is not clear at this stage.

    People working with the homeless in city say there's been an increase in the use of the synthetic drug 'spice' in the area, but there's been no confirmation the drug is connected to the deaths.