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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England (14-18 May)

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  1. Weather: A warm and sunny weekend ahead

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    Video caption: Watch: John Hammond with the weather forecast

    That's it from us for this week - we'll be back on Monday morning from 7am with more live news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England.

  2. Bath residents invited to nominate heritage assets

    The Circus in Bath

    Signal boxes, traditional shops, parks and wartime relics are among the heritage assets people have said are important to them in Bath and North East Somerset.

    The council is updating its local list - a record of buildings, monuments, sites, places, areas and landscapes that have a 'degree of significance' - and is asking residents for nominations.

    The classification can demonstrate the community's strength of feeling when planning applications are decided - and potentially save structures from demolition.

    Quote Message: At its heart, local heritage listing provides a much-needed opportunity for communities to have their views on local heritage heard. It recognises that the importance we place on the historic environment should extend beyond the confines of the planning system to recognise those community-based values that contribute to our sense of place. from Baroness Andrews Former chair of English Heritage
    Baroness AndrewsFormer chair of English Heritage
  3. Bus service saved by council

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    North Somerset Council has stepped in to save a bus service after the commercial operator pulled out because of falling passenger numbers and fierce competition.

    The current 106 bus service, which operates from Regent Street in Weston-super-Mare to Worlebury, had been operated by Carmel Bristol on an interim basis after the service was withdrawn by Crosville last month.

    Crosville Motor Services decided to end its local bus and school transport services after struggling with "fierce competition" and "challenging" market conditions.

    The bus and coach company, which has a fleet of 30 modern and vintage vehicles and operates services 100 and 106 in Weston-super-Mare, also decided to end its shopper services.

    North Somerset Council has now agreed to deploy its own minibus to the area to ensure communities have a regular transport link into the town centre, while the authority comes up with a long-term solution.

    The service aims to operate hourly on Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays).

  4. Terry Pratchett exhibition wins award

    Terry Pratchett

    The exhibition honouring Sir Terry Pratchett at Salisbury Museum has been given a national award.

    The HisWorld displays ran from September 2017 to January 2018 with more than 21,000 people visiting from all over the world.

    It has been crowned the best Temporary or Touring Exhibition in the UK at the Museums and Heritage Awards.

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  5. Charity workers heading to royal wedding

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    Video caption: Watch: Naseem Talukdar shares his return invite

    A few lucky West Country charity workers are heading to Windsor Castle this weekend as guests at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

    Among the 1,200 invited to a picnic is a co-founder of a charity which helps to feed the homeless in Bristol.

    Set up two years ago, the Feed the Homeless Bristol charity has handed out 30,000 meals on its twice weekly patrols through the city centre.

    The charity is even returning the favour by inviting the royal couple to a food event in Bristol.

  6. Campaigner claims Taser police 'institutionally racist'

    PC Claire Boddie

    Avon and Somerset Police have been called "institutionally racist" by Desmond Brown, an equality campaigner who sits on several police and council boards in Bristol.

    Speaking after PC Claire Boddie was found not guilty of assaulting Judah Adunbi, 64, in Bristol last year, Mr Brown said: "Justice doesn't work for people of colour in Bristol. There is a disturbing pattern.

    "It feels like trying to move a dinosaur that doesn't want to change.

    "We are now considering civil action and will continue to fight for justice and equality."

    The force's deputy chief constable, Sarah Crew - who leads the force's diversity and inclusion board - said there were areas of community engagement to be "proud" of "but we know there's more work to do".

    She added the force has a string of groups dedicated to this work.

  7. Expats on Brexit: 'We're not worried'

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    Video caption: Watch: "We're not worried," say Elaine and Andrew Knapman

    Expats originally from the West of England have been talking about about their hopes and fears over Brexit.

    Elaine and Andrew Knapman, a retired couple from Bristol who now live in Fuerteventura, say they are not worried and do not think anything will change.

    Watch more on the BBC's Sunday Politics West programme on BBC One at 11:00 BST on Sunday.

  8. 'A challenging time' for Taser accused PC

    PC Claire Boddie and Judah Adunbi

    The Bristol police officer cleared of assaulting Judah Adunbi with a Taser has been through a tough time, according to a police staff association.

    PC Claire Boddie was found not guilty of the charge at Salisbury Magistrates' Court.

    The Avon and Somerset Police Federation said it welcomed the outcome.

    Quote Message: This has been a challenging time for Claire, her family and friends. We are aware that there is still an IOPC investigation, so we are unable to comment any further until this aspect has been progressed. We hope this investigation is finalised in a timely manner. from Spokesman Avon and Somerset Police Federation
    SpokesmanAvon and Somerset Police Federation
  9. Expats on Brexit: 'I could lose my job'

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    Video caption: Watch: "I could lose my job," says Dave Chadwick

    Expats originally from the West of England have been talking about about their hopes and fears for Brexit.

    Dave Chadwick, an IT specialist from Gloucester, is concerned any restriction on his freedom of movement could mean he loses his job.

    This subject area is being explored in detail by the Sunday Politics West team. Watch more on BBC One in the West on Sunday at 11:00 BST.

  10. RUH-led project wins NHS 70th birthday award

    Home First Team

    A community-wide project to help patients go home sooner from hospital has been named as a regional winner in the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards.

    The Home First scheme was launched by the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust in 2017.

    The scheme has been chosen from hundreds of applicants to represent the South of England in the competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.

    'Home First' will be up against other regional winners for the national award at a ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

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    M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J19 for A369 and J18A for M49.

    M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J19, A369 (Portishead) and J18a M49, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  12. Hundreds fined for 'environmental crimes' in Bristol

    A litter bin

    A total of 800 people were fined last month for environmental offences in Bristol.

    This brings the total number of fines handed out by the council's controversial "litter police" since the beginning of the year to 4,347.

    The civil enforcement officers, hired by the council from external company Kingdom, have the power to issue fines of up to £100 to anyone they catch dropping litter or defacing property with graffiti.

    Bristol City Council said picking up litter costs the city £6m a year; money that could be better spent elsewhere.

  13. Council urged to reconsider park-and-ride plan for Weston

    Weston-super-Mare beach

    North Somerset Council has been urged to reconsider a park-and-ride scheme in Weston-super-Mare following traffic issues over the Bank Holiday weekend.

    Last year the council's executive member for transport, Elfan Ap Rees, ruled out the notion of a park-and-ride for the town due to cost concerns.

    But now Liberal Democrat councillor Mike Bell has said the traffic jams over the first May Bank Holiday weekend "showed that a fresh approach to traffic management in the town was needed".

    But while Cllr Ap Ress agreed there can be a problem at peak holiday periods, he said a park-and-ride scheme was not viable on a permanent basis.

    He said the council was looking at possible emergency parking options on council-owned land close to junction 21 of the M5.

  14. Drop-in events for M49 Avonmouth junction upgrade

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    Highways England is building a new junction on the M49 near Avonmouth.

    The plans for the junction are still being finalised and two drop-in events are being held to offer residents more information about the design and timeline.

    • Friday 18 May, 2pm to 8pm, Severn Beach Village Hall
    • Saturday 19 May, 10am to 4pm, Easter Compton Village Hall
  15. Weightlifter 'blessed' to avoid serious injury after crash

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    Video caption: Listen: Tammi Lummes says she has been "so fortunate"

    A weightlifter from Wiltshire has been told her training may have saved her from serious injury after her car hit a seven-tonne lorry in Marlborough.

    Amazingly, Tammi Lummes walked away from the crash with just cuts and bruises.

    She's still hoping to fly off to her first European Championships next week.

  16. Cyclist aiming for world record during challenge

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian will set off on Saturday morning

    Ian To from Liddngton, near Swindon, is attempting to break the world record for cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats.

    He'll set off on Saturday morning attempting to complete the 840 mile route in under 44 hours, and may only sleep for less than an hour during the challenge.

    He's raising money for the National Autistic Society in the process.

  17. Police acknowledge public's 'deep concerns' over Taser incident

    Taser

    Speaking after PC Claire Boddie was found not guilty of assaulting Judah Adunbi, the assistant chief constable of Avon & Somerset Police, Steve Cullen, said the force would now work with the Independent Office for Police Conduct on the misconduct process.

    Quote Message: While we are limited in what we can say while these proceedings are ongoing, to ensure they are conducted fairly and without prejudice, we do want to acknowledge the deep and genuine concerns this incident has raised in some of our communities. We want to be open and transparent about our use of powers, including use of Taser, so communities trust us to use them appropriately and lawfully. This also means having processes in place to independently scrutinise how we use them. from Steve Cullen Assistant chief constable
    Steve CullenAssistant chief constable
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    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between J19 for M32 and J20 for M5.

    M4 Bristol - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M4 westbound between J19, M32 (Bristol) and J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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