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    Severe accident: A350 Wiltshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A350 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between B4158 Malmesbury Road and M4 J17.

    A350 Wiltshire - A350 West Cepen Way in Chippenham partially blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between Malmesbury Road Roundabout and Chippenham, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

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

  2. Local newspaper headlines this afternoon

    Newspapers

    Here's a look at the stories some of the local papers are covering:

    Bristol Post: Woman steals bike back from thieves who took it in just 40 seconds

    Bath Chronicle: University of Bath Vice-Chancellor Glynis Breakwell 'not to blame' for her 'extraordinary' pay

    Wiltshire Times: Questions posed on lack of development at Bowyers site

    Stroud News and Journal: David Beckham poses for pictures after being spotted shopping for antiques in Tetbury

  3. 'We are committed to bringing burglars to justice'

    PCC Sue Mountstevens

    Avon and Somerset Police has revealed burglaries in Bristol have risen by about 15% per year since 2013 - while the number solved has halved, to around 7%.

    Here's the response from the force's Police and Crime Commissioner:

    Quote Message: There are many reasons why some burglaries are not fully resolved including the nature of the crime itself, or a lack of investigative opportunity with no evidence, witnesses or further lines of enquiry. If you have been a victim of burglary in Avon and Somerset I do not want you to be deterred in reporting this crime in the future. Working together, with the police, probation, prisons, drug services and the criminal justice system, we are committed to bringing burglars to justice. It’s important that all our residents are safe and feel safe in their homes knowing their property is secure. from Sue Mountstevens Police and Crime Commissioner
    Sue MountstevensPolice and Crime Commissioner
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    Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, between J1 for A38 and J2 for A417.

    M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M50 westbound between J1, A38 (Tewkesbury) and J2, A417 (Ledbury), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

  5. Burglary spree 'being ignored by police'

    Policeman generic

    Police are failing to take action over a spate of "brazen" burglaries in Bristol, a group of residents claims.

    Two streets in Henleaze have seen several break-ins to sheds, garages or houses during the day, with burglars using crowbars to gain entry.

    Burglary victim Rob Knight said: "We are being hammered by a mixture of different types of burglars."

    Avon and Somerset Police said it no longer had burglary squads after losing 700 officers due to funding cuts.

    Read the full story here.

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    Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, between J1 for A38 and J2 for A417.

    M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M50 westbound between J1, A38 (Tewkesbury) and J2, A417 (Ledbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Football: Bristol City duo may not play tonight

    Bailey Wright

    Bristol City captain Bailey Wright and Matty Taylor are doubts as Bristol City look to extend their unbeaten run to 12 games at Ashton Court tonight.

    City are without defender Eros Pisano (knee), midfielder Gary O'Neil (knee) and forward Milan Djuric (groin).

    Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

    Read the full story and get key match facts here.

  8. A surge in burglaries in Bristol

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    Video caption: Watch: BBC Points West's Robin Markwell meets a burglary victim

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

    The numbers had been falling but since 2013 they've been on the up - an increase of about 15%.

    At the same time the number of burglaries solved by the police has nearly halved over the same period to 7% last year.

    It comes as the police say they had to close their specialist burglary unit because of cuts.

  9. Man arrested on suspicion of rape

    Police

    A man, 24, has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault in Yeovil following a CCTV appeal.

    The incident happened between 1.30am and 2.30am on Monday in Yeovil town centre.

    The victim, who is a teenager, is being supported by specialist officers and medical professionals.

    The man was arrested on suspicion of rape and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

  10. Jury considering Jeffrey Barry trial verdict

    Court sketch of Jeffrey Barry in the dock at Bristol Crown Court

    A jury at Bristol Crown Court is continuing its deliberations in the trial of Jeffrey Barry.

    Mr Barry is accused of murdering Kamil Ahmad, a neighbour, at his flat on Wells Road in Bristol on 6th July last year.

    He denies murder but admits manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

  11. Football: Bristol City could go second in the league

    Lee Johnson

    Bristol City are in action tonight, at home to Burton Albion.

    The Robins are nine games unbeaten and would go second with a win tonight.

    BBC Sport is running live text commentary online tonight. To see it, click here.

  12. Dogs making a splash

    Dog in swimming pool

    Hundreds of dogs and their owners will be making a splash at Cheltenham Lido this weekend.

    The event will mark the closure of the Lido for the winter.

    Like last year it will take the form of a mini festival, with lots of dog-related stalls.

    If you want to take your dog, it's already sold out but you can still go and watch.

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    Severe accident: A30 Somerset both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Somerset both ways severe accident, near Cod Lane.

    A30 Somerset - Very slow traffic on A30 in both directions in East Chinnock near the Cod Lane junction, because of an accident earlier on.

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

  14. Warning after Portuguese man-o-war sightings

    Portishead RNLI is warning beachgoers to look out for Portugese man-o-war jellyfish after sightings in the Severn Estuary.

    The Marine Conservation Society has recorded the highest number for five years in Cornwall and South Wales.

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    Video caption: Watch: The West Country visitors with a sting in their tails.
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    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at J18A for M49.

    M5 Bristol - M5 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J18a M49, because of a vehicle fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe accident, at J9 for A46.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound at J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), because of an accident.

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

  17. Pay rise for senior managers criticised

    City Hall in Bristol

    Potential pay rises for senior management at Bristol City Council have been heavily criticised.

    It comes after a report suggested changing the salary band for most senior staff, which could mean more pay for some.

    The council says it's reducing management costs by three quarters of a million pounds a year.

    The changes will be discussed next week.

  18. Time out at the Avon Gorge

    This week we've been bringing you views of our wonderful West Country via the BBC West Facebook page.

    Today we're at the sea walls on Durdham Downs in Bristol overlooking the Avon Gorge.

    Enjoy!

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  19. Wiltshire firefighter helped battle California's wildfires

    The US State of California is currently in the grip of some of the worse wildfires in recent memory and has declared a state of emergency as the fire services try to bring the blazes under control.

    Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service Watch Manager Andy Elliott, station commander at Maiden Newton fire station, returned from California last week after working with the Middletown crews of Cal Fire in their Lake Nappa Unit last month.

    Andy is one of only 12 Wildfire Tactical Advisors for the UK and says it's difficult to appreciate the devastation in California.

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    Video caption: Listen: Wiltshire firefighter Andy Elliott helped battle the Californian wildfires
  20. New train to be named after Bristol 'hero'

    A statue of John Wesley outside the New Room in Bristol
    Image caption: A statue of John Wesley outside the New Room in Bristol

    John Wesley is to have a new Great Western Railway train named after him.

    He was an English Anglican cleric and theologian who founded the Methodist Church.

    John Wesley was among the top of the list of nominations for the 100 Great Westerners in a competition run by ten Trinity Mirror newspapers across the West.

    The team at the New Room in Bristol (also known as John Wesley’s Chapel) spotted the competition in the Bristol Post and say they had no doubt that John Wesley deserved to be included.

    Quote Message: “He was a real pioneer and an enlightened campaigner for causes like gender equality, abolition of slavery, healthcare, education, and the natural environment. Wesley based himself in Bristol, and preached throughout the whole of the South West, (the train) will travel regularly around the same geographical region. " from David Worthington Manager of the New Room
    David WorthingtonManager of the New Room