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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from the West of England (11-16 March)

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  1. Weather: It's likely we'll see some snow again this weekend

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast

    There'll be showers overnight for some leading into a much colder Saturday.

    It'll be windier and much colder with showery rain in the morning turning to snow in the afternoon and evening.

    While Sunday will be mainly dry with a very cold easterly wind.

    And that's it for our live page for another week. Join us again on Monday from 7am for more live news, sport, weather and travel.

  2. Drone footage shows time 'running out' for landslip hotel

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    Video caption: Watch: See the drone footage

    The owner of a cliff top pub in West Somerset says she's worried time is running out to save it from falling into the sea.

    Cara Strom said a major land slip this week had forced her to temporarily close part of the Blue Anchor Pub in Minehead.

    She said, although the building is "not in immediate danger" the "do nothing option is simply not an option".

    "We informed West Somerset Council that the winter had not been kind to the cliff and that things were accelerating," she said.

    "Although still stable once the pub does fall into the sea the road will be next, to me it seems a false economy not to prevent any further erosion now."

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, at J26 for A38.

    M5 Somerset - M5 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic southbound at J26, A38 (Wellington), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Cheltenham in Bloom disbanded

    The Cheltenham in Bloom committee is being disbanded after 35 years.

    It was set up in the 1980s to try and get businesses and residents to decorate their buildings and homes with flowers and plants.

    Despite winning a number of awards it has now been decided there are enough groups in the town to "champion the cause of parks and municipal planting".


    Adam Reynolds, parks development manager, said it was "sad" but the committee had brought people together with a "shared aim".

    "The ethos of the committee lives on in the many friends groups that have formed since its original beginnings and the works of green space volunteers in Cheltenham, which is now at an all-time high," he said.

  5. BBC Wiltshire 'taking the lead' for Sport Relief

    Ben Prater

    BBC Wiltshire's breakfast presenter Ben Prater will be walking two miles this weekend with his dog, Humbug, and he'd like you to join him.

    Bring your dogs to Roundway Hill, near Devizes, on Sunday 18th March for a bit of exercise and to raise money for Sport Relief at the same time.

    The walk will start at midday with people taking part asked to be there by 11:30.

    For more details and event updates go to the event page

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

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    M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J22 for A38 and J21 for A370.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), 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

  7. Women's artwork boosted at Swindon gallery

    Catpeople by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
    Image caption: Catpeople by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

    The number of works created by women at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery has been "substantially increased", the gallery has said.

    The museum has been given seven artworks by two contemporary female artists - Nicola Tyson and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd - by The Contemporary Art Society.

    Four drawings by Nicola Tyson, whose works are in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London, will now be on show in Swindon.

    Play Dead by Eileen Cooper
    Image caption: Play Dead by Eileen Cooper

    While Marvin Gaye Chetwynd will be the only Turner Prize nominated female artist in the town's collection, with her three collages from the Catpeople (2017) series.

    All the works will be on display from 28 March until 14 April.

  8. Roman Baths flooded with 100k extra visitors

    Staff at one of Bath's biggest attractions are celebrating one of their best years ever.

    It's been revealed 1.3m people visited the Roman Baths and Pump Room last year, breaking its personal record.

    The huge turn out puts the historic site in the top 25 attractions in the UK.

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    A council spokesman said he was "delighted" with the "record number".

    "The Roman Baths was the 9th most visited charging attraction in the UK, and the second most-visited attraction in the South West, after Stonehenge," he said.

    "Its moved up three places to become the 23rd most-visited attraction in the UK."

  9. Massive diesel soot particle created

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    A diesel soot particle, three million times larger than an actual particle, is being created by Luke Jerram.

    The Bristol artist has been commissioned by the University of the West of England to sculpt a single invisible particle - which will stand up to 3m tall.

    The artwork is part of a three-year research project, led by the university and funded by the Wellcome Trust, into healthy urban development.

    Mr Jerram's previous art projects include turning Park Street in Bristol into a giant water slide and mooring a flotilla of abandoned fishing boats in Leigh Woods.

  10. Harriet Tucker wins despite dislocated shoulder

    Harriet Tucker

    Jockey Harriet Tucker defied a dislocated shoulder to guide Pacha Du Polder to success in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham.

    Tucker said her shoulder popped out as she jumped the second-last fence with Pacha Du Polder, a 25-1 shot trained by Paul Nicholls, leading the field.

    "I was praying no-one was going to beat me because I couldn't hit him any more with my right hand," she said.

    "I had to keep pushing and screaming at him and he just got there."

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  11. Racehorse sanctuary charity threatened with closure

    Moorcroft Boy
    Image caption: Moorcroft Boy survived this dramatic fall

    A Somerset charity which helps ex-racehorses has warned it could close due to a lack of funds.

    The Racehorse and Rehoming Sanctuary near Bruton says it's running out of funds and needs more to continue its work.

    The pictured horse, Moorcroft Boy, survived that dramatic fall which left him with a broken neck.

    He later went on to win the Scottish Grand National in 1996 and lived to the grand old age of 28 - pretty good going for any horse.

  12. Gold Cup win 'unreal', says trainer

    Jockey Richard Johnson, trainer Colin Tizzard (second left) and owner Anne Broom

    Native River won a thrilling Cheltenham Gold Cup after an epic duel with Might Bite.

    The horse gave trainer Colin Tizzard, who's based at Venn farm in Milborne Port, his first victory in the race after some spectacular jumping under champion jockey Richard Johnson.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Mr Tizzard said "it was unreal".

    Quote Message: To win the Cheltenham Gold Cup means everything to everyone's life. Let's not pretend it's not. Richard Johnson galloped and jumped as fast as he could and the horse never let him down once. He just powered away. We've had a wonderful preparation and you think something could go wrong in the race, but it didn't. The Irish have been winning everything this week but Richard gave it that sort of ride. When Might Bite came beside him, Native River just flew over the last. He wasn't quite right after Cheltenham last year so we've stuck to the plan and it has come in. I never thought in my biggest dreams that I would win a Gold Cup. from Colin Tizzard Trainer
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