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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, from J15 for M4 J20 to J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J15 M4 J20 to J14, B4509 (Thornbury), 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

  2. Headlines across the West

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    • BBC Radio Bristol: A bank has apologised to a Bristol vegan, who was told by an advisor that "vegans should be punched in the face".
    • BBC Gloucestershire: The father of Hollie Gazzard - says his charity work - has helped him remain positive following his daughter's murder.
    • BBC Somerset: Police officers in Somerset are to be given new powers to move on illegal traveller sites across the county.
    • BBC Wiltshire: The Dean of Salisbury Cathedral, Nicholas Papadopulos, has condemned the person who attached a Russian flag to scaffolding round the building.
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    Severe disruption: M32 Bristol southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M32 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J3 for A4320 Easton Way.

    M32 Bristol - M32 in City of Bristol exit slip road partially blocked and heavy traffic southbound at J3, A4320 (St Pauls), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Woman questioned after body found near cliffs

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    A 73-year-old woman has been arrested after a body was found at the bottom of the cliffs in Cornwall, police say.

    Officers were called by a member of the public who had spotted a woman's body near Gwithian on Friday afternoon.

    The dead woman was believed to be a 74-year-old from Wiltshire, officers said.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the woman's next of kin had been informed, the death was not being treated as suspicious and a file was being prepared for the coroner.

    They said: "In connection to this matter, a 73-year-old woman from Westbury, Wiltshire, has been questioned on suspicion of aiding or abetting a suicide under the Suicide Act 1961."

    She was later released under investigation pending further inquiries.

  5. Cake and cocktail world record attempt

    Briony Williams

    Former Great British Bake Off contestant Briony Williams, from Bristol, is today going for a new world record for the most people "eating cake and drinking cocktails at the same time".

    Briony is hoping to get more than 200 people at The Gloucester Old Spot on Kellaway Avenue in Bristol this evening.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, at J20 for B3133 Ettlingen Way.

    M5 Somerset - M5 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J20, B3133 (Clevedon), 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. Family of Hollie Gazzard fights to continue legacy five years after murder

    Hollie Gazzard
    Image caption: Hollie's family are committed to keeping others safe

    The family of murdered hairdresser Hollie Gazzard have promised to keep fighting to continue her legacy and promote a personal safety app.

    A charitable trust, which has been set up in Hollie's name, is helping to prevent domestic violence through the app Hollie guard, following the 20-year-old death in 2014.

    Hollie had tried to split up with her ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin a few days before, but he became jealous and stabbed her 14 times.

    Maslin, of Benhall Gardens, in Cheltenham, was later jailed for 24 years after he admitted murdering Hollie.

    The Hollie Gazzard trust developed the personal safety app in 2015 with features which allows users to turn their phone into a personal safety device.

    Since it's release the app has been successful with over 25,000 downloads.

    More recently, the app was was described by the BBC regional news presenter Alex Lovell as something that provided her with great comfort during two years of rape threats from 68-year-old Gordon Hawthorn.

    In 2017, her sister Chloe Gazzard was shortlisted as a finalist in the category for 'community champion of the year' in the women of the year awards for her work with the Hollie guard app.

    Friends and family will meet on Monday night at Hollie’s Bench on Southgate Street, at 6.30pm.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, from J9 for A46 to J10 for A4019.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J9, A46 (Tewkesbury) to J10, A4019 (Cheltenham), because of vehicle tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, from J14 for B4509 Thornbury to J15 for M4 J20.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound from J14, B4509 (Thornbury) to J15 M4 J20, because of Medical Incident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

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

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    Severe disruption: A361 Somerset both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A361 Somerset both ways severe disruption, from Cottle Close to Chilkwell Street.

    A361 Somerset - A361 Bere Lane in Glastonbury closed in both directions from the Cottle Close junction to the Chilkwell Street junction, because of resurfacing work.

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

  12. Cross-party cabinet to contest local elections

    Paul Barltrop

    Political Editor, West of England

    The unique cross party which has run Forest of Dean District Council since July 2017 is planning to reshape the political landscape.

    The coalition is launching the independent Forest Alliance to contest council elections in May.

    Council leader Tim Gwilliam, candidates and supporters are gathering at West Dean Centre in Bream this evening.

    They like to do things differently in the Forest of Dean – and its politics is no exception. It is hard to imagine councillors from parties at opposite ends of the political spectrum, like UKIP and the Greens, happily sharing power.

    But for nearly two years their Rainbow cabinet has run the district council, and they want to take things further.

    It’s not without difficulties. Local elections are fought under first-past-the-post rules, which make it very hard for small parties to win seats.

    And they haven’t managed to turn friendly cross-party co-operation into a full electoral pact; the Greens haven’t been persuaded not to stand against other independents on May 2nd.

    But the cabinet, and its almost accidental leader Tim Gwilliam, hope the Forest’s unique political experiment can go on.

  13. Whiteball tunnel closed for three weeks

    Similar maintenance work was carried out in 2014

    Network Rail will be closing the line between Taunton and Exeter for three weeks from today to carry out maintenance work on the Whiteball Tunnel near Wellington in Somerset.

    The rail operator said the work will ensure the tunnel is "fit for use for another 100 years".

    The maintenance work will include spraying concrete onto existing masonry to reinforce the structural integrity of the tunnel.

    Similar work estimated to have cost £15m was carried out in in 2014.

    Replacement buses will be running while the work is carried out.

  14. Second arrest after wounding incident

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    A second teenager has been arrested following an incident outside a fast food restaurant in which two men were wounded.

    Police were called to McDonald's in Emery Road, Hengrove, Bristol, at about 8:30pm on Friday, after reports of a disturbance.

    A teenager received a serious cut to his arm and remains in hospital, Avon and Somerset Police said.

    Another teenager received a cut to his back and has been released from hospital.

    A 16-year-old boy, and a male teenager, aged 17, were arrested on suspicion of wounding.

    Both have been released on bail pending further enquiries, and police have asked for anyone who may have captured the incident on a car dash cam or mobile phone to get in touch.