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  1. News, sport, weather and travel news updates from across the West of England between 1-5 October 2018

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    Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe accident, from J10 for A4019 to J11 for A40.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J10, A4019 (Cheltenham) to J11, A40 (Gloucester), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Hammer attack at pawnbrokers

    Men armed with hammers robbed a shop in Bristol on Friday afternoon.

    Police said they were called to a shop on East Street in Bedminster at about 15:15 BST.

    A police spokesman said: "Three men armed with hammers were involved.

    "There is currently an increased presence in Bedminster while officers respond to the incident and carry out a search of the area."

    It is not yet clear if anyone was injured in the attack.

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    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, at J15 for .

    M4 Wiltshire - Queuing traffic on the exit slip road on M4 westbound at J15, Swindon East, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

  4. BA scraps summer flights from Bristol

    British Airways is scrapping its summer only flights from Bristol Airport next year "for commercial and operational reasons".

    A BA spokesman said it had made the decision "due to the complexity and cost of operating from airports where we have no crew bases".

    BA started the flights to the popular Spanish destinations of Malaga, Ibiza and Palma and to the Italian city of Florence in May 2017.

    The firm said it did not mean it was withdrawing from these airports permanently.

    Nigel Scott, business development director at Bristol Airport, said: “In the meantime the destinations previously operated by British Airways are served by other airlines from Bristol Airport so passengers are able to continue flying to these destinations from their local airport.”

    Bristol Airport
  5. M5 crash causes traffic delays

    Traffic has been badly affected by an earlier crash on the M5.

    There were several vehicles involved in the crash near Clevedon.

    The motorway has now been cleared but there are still long delays in the area affecting drivers and bus passengers.

    M5 southbound at J19
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  6. Police officer banned for drug use

    A woman repeatedly used an illegal drug while working as a police officer.

    Former PC Harriet Wood, who resigned in April, was banned from Avon and Somerset Police in a disciplinary hearing held at the Portishead headquarters on Friday.

    Bosses said Ms Wood had "brought discredit onto the police service" but her actions did not "represent the hard-working and dedicated police officers and staff who work for the communities of Avon and Somerset".

    In April the officer submitted a sample for testing to determine whether she had consumed controlled drugs.

    Three days later she approached a senior officer to confirm she had used cannabis and had done so "for a period of time".

    The drugs test came back as negative but misconduct proceedings continued because of the admission.

    Supt Richard Corrigan, head of the Professional Standards Department, said: “Although regulations allow an officer to resign while under investigation for gross misconduct, the misconduct process will still continue.

    “As a result of the gross misconduct outcome, the former officer will be placed on the National College of Policing’s Barred List preventing her from working within policing and certain law enforcement bodies

    “The illegal use of a controlled drug while holding the office of police constable is completely inexcusable."

    Avon and Somerset Police headquarters
  7. Location for new Cheltenham school announced

    The location for a new £30m school in Cheltenham has been revealed.

    Gloucestershire County Council officers said the school would be built on council-owned land off Kidnappers Lane in the Leckhampton area of the town.

    A council spokesman said the land had previously been identified for housing.

    The spokesman said the plans for the new school will be subject to the statutory planning process and key stakeholders will be consulted throughout the process.

    The council said If nothing was done to address the lack of spaces in Cheltenham secondary schools by 2019, all year seven places would be full with more than 120 children left without a place.

    Kidnappers Lane
  8. Stowaway lizard travels almost 3,000 miles

    A lizard travelled almost 3,000 miles in the suitcase of people coming back from their holiday in Cape Verde, off the coast of west Africa.

    The RSPCA said they were called to deal with the animal after it was found by someone when they returned home to Cheltenham.

    RSPCA animal collection officer Richard Carr said: "We hope this highlights to people how important it is to thoroughly check and recheck luggage including clothes, shoes, towels and bags before leaving holiday destinations to avoid bringing back an unexpected stowaway.”

    The RSPCA said the lizard would not survive UK temperatures and to release a non-native animal into the wild would be an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

    Lizard
  9. Bath rugby legend suffers stroke

    Steve Ojomoh

    The former England flanker Steve Ojomoh has suffered a stroke, his family has confirmed.

    "Max, Ava and I thank you for all your kind messages and wishes. We can confirm Oj (Steve) has had a stroke, and he's not out of risk yet," his wife Lisa said.

    "The ICU team at Southmead are doing a fantastic job and we will keep everyone updated when we have news, but our focus is on Oj."

    Ojomoh, formerly of Bath and Gloucester, was capped 12 times by his country

  10. Making the headlines in the West's local newspapers

    In the papers

    Bristol Post:How Bristol’s businesses are working to combat street homelessness in the city centre

    The Forester: 'Low life' steal charity boxes from Coleford business premises

    Weston Mercury: Fraudster jailed after £350k tax scam exposed

    Salisbury Journal: Father found dead at his home was 'caring and loving man'

  11. Video content

    Video caption: Amelie Morgan: Youth Olympics excite five-time European junior medallist

    Ahead of the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, 15-year-old artistic gymnast Amelie Morgan catches up with BBC Points West.