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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England 21- 25 May 2018

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  1. Have a great Bank Holiday weekend

    We hope the forecast won't dampen your plans - as it looks like there will be showers ahead.

    Here's more from Alina Jenkins.

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    Video caption: Thundery showers ahead for the region.
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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J20 for B3133 and J21 for A370 affecting J19 for A369.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound between J20, B3133 (Clevedon) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J19, A369 (Portishead).

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

  3. Love Saves the Day festival to offer drug safety testing

    Drug testing at festival

    Drug safety testing is going to be offered at the Love Saves the Day music festival this weekend.

    Bristol became the first city in the UK to offer testing to the general public in a nightclub earlier this month.

    Previously it had only happened at festivals.

    The service, provided by a social enterprise group, gives people the chance to check their drugs are safe to use.

    The Loop’s Multi Agency Safety Testing Service (MAST) will be setting up a tent at the event.

  4. Social media a 'burden' says university vice chancellor

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    Video caption: Watch: Bristol Uni vice chancellor Prof Hugh Brady

    The vice chancellor of the University of Bristol says social media is putting a huge amount of pressure on young people.

    This comes as students from the West demand better mental health support following a number of sudden student deaths.

    Staff at both of Bristol's major universities say they are making improvements and working with the NHS.

  5. Everyday objects celebrated in new exhibition

    Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare

    A new exhibition in Weston-super-Mare is celebrating 150 years of everyday objects.

    The Museum of Memories at The Grand Pier features thousands of items dating back to the Victorian era including toys, sweets and breakfast cereals.

    The exhibition opens on Saturday and aims to show how consumer tastes have changed over the decades.

  6. Students march for mental health support

    Hundreds of students from Bristol University are marching on their vice-chancellor's offices this evening.

    They believe the University should be spending more on mental health services.

    It follows the sudden deaths of eleven students in the last two years.

    Reporter Robin Markwell is there.

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    Video caption: Students march for mental health support
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    Severe disruption: M48 Monmouthshire eastbound

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    M48 Monmouthshire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A466 Wye Valley Link Road and J1 for A403.

    M48 Monmouthshire - One lane closed on M48 Severn Bridge eastbound between J2, A466 (Chepstow) and J1, A403 (Aust), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Endangers tree kangaroos at Bristol Zoo

    Male Tree Kangaroo

    A new exhibit showcasing an endangered species of tree kangaroo opens to the public at Bristol Zoo tomorrow.

    It is hoped that the pair, called Kitawa and Mian, will breed to sustain their species.

    The marsupials are native to Papua New Guinea and have adapted to life in the trees.

    It is the first time Bristol Zoo Gardens has had Goodfellow’s tree kangaroos in its 181 year history.

    Female Tree Kangaroo
    Quote Message: Tree-kangaroos are solitary animals so they will only join each other when they show signs of wanting to mate. We hope this pair will welcome some babies of their very own to help boost numbers of this rare species in captivity. from Lynsey Bugg Curator of mammals at Bristol Zoo
    Lynsey BuggCurator of mammals at Bristol Zoo
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    Severe accident: A39 Somerset both ways

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    A39 Somerset both ways severe accident, between B3225 and Parson's Street.

    A39 Somerset - A39 High Street in Porlock closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B3225 junction and the Parson's Street junction, because of an accident.

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

  10. Fitness instructor preparing for total loss of sight

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    Video caption: Watch: Nick Jones is losing his sight but loving his life more than ever

    A fitness trainer who's losing his sight is using the fact as an opportunity to pursue the career he loves.

    After Nick Jones, from Chippenham in Wiltshire, was diagnosed with a condition which could mean he loses his sight completely, he set about building his own gym.

  11. Police search fails to find body of Jesse Richards

    Jesse Richards
    Image caption: Jesse Richards

    Police searching for the body of a Gloucester man in a field in the West Midlands said today that nothing has been found.

    Father-of-three, Jesse Richards, died in a gang attack in Evesham nine years ago. But his body has never been discovered despite a £10,000 reward for information.

    Forensic teams had been searching land near the village of Corley in Warwickshire.

    Five men were jailed over Mr Richards' death in 2012.

  12. Somerset's Strawberry Line cycle route to reopen

    The Strawberry Line runs through parts of north Somerset

    A popular cycle route in Somerset which was closed to allow a water mains upgrade to be carried out reopens later.

    Bristol Water has installed a new pipe along a section of the Strawberry Line between Barrow Gurney and Cheddar.

    The reopening was delayed as work on the £27m project was disrupted due to poor weather and roosting bats.

    Visitors using the Winscombe section will also benefit from a new surface in the Shuteshelve Tunnel, along with new reflective white lining and cats eyes.

    Quote Message: We appreciate that Bristol Water has faced some unforeseen difficulties during their works, but we are pleased there will eventually be improved facilities for people using the Strawberry Line. from Councillor Peter Bryant North Somerset Council
    Councillor Peter BryantNorth Somerset Council
  13. Appeal for witnesses after fatal crash in Chew Magna


    Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash in Chew Magna.

    The collision involved one car on the Wells Road at about 8.20pm yesterday evening.

    The driver and passenger were both taken to hospital, where the passenger later died.

  14. Jim Booth's family condemn 'brutal and cowardly attack'

    Jim Booth
    Image caption: Jim Booth on board the HMS Imersay in Malta in 1947/48

    The man who attacked 96-year-old Jim Booth with a hammer was sentenced to 20 years in prison today.

    In a statement Mr Booth's family said:

    "Our father is an honourable, gentle, compassionate and generous person. He is the head of the family, a dearly loved father to his four children, and adored by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, to whom he’s known simply as ‘The Legend’.

    "On November 22nd last year, a light was shone on the very best and worst of humankind, when our father was subjected to a brutal and cowardly attack inside his home. Miraculously, though left for dead, and against all odds, he survived.

    "In the very difficult six months since, our father has shown extraordinary courage and determination as he’s battled with the pain and long-term effects of the injuries. He is truly inspirational.

    "Characteristically, he worries about the impact of his attack on us, his family. We are all devastated and deeply shaken.

    "The memory of first seeing him in hospital immediately after the attack will stay with us forever. We share the revulsion and incomprehension expressed by the hundreds of people who kindly sent their best wishes and offered support.

    "We are grateful to everyone who has helped our father; the staff at Musgrove Park Hospital; Avon and Somerset Police; Senior Crown Advocate Rachel Drake; friends and neighbours; members of the submariners’ community and complete strangers whose kindness has been extraordinary.

    "Our father is, and always will be, our own family hero, our ‘Captain of the Gate’ and we are immensely proud of him every day. His faithful heart continues to beat at the core of our family. Soon to celebrate his 97th birthday, he remains unbowed, an unconquerable soul, and we look forward to many more happy and memorable times spent together."