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    Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe accident, from J11A for A417 Brockworth Bypass Gloucester to J12 for B4008 Quedgeley.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J11a, A417 (Gloucester) to J12, B4008 (Quedgeley), because of an accident involving a vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Video content

    Video caption: Charles Piutau: Bristol Bears star on Premiership debut and being one of 10 siblings

    BBC Points West speaks to Bristol Bears' Charles Piutau ahead of his Premiership debut against Exeter Chiefs on Sunday.

  3. Wiltshire must save £25m next year

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Julia Corbett

    Savings of £25m will have to be made from the Wiltshire Council’s budget next year as central government grants are cut.

    Government grants made up £8.1m of the council’s overall £327m funding in 2018-19, however next year that total will be reduced to zero as Wiltshire becomes one of 168 districts, counties, unitaries and London boroughs which will have Govenrment funding abandoned.

    In order to balance the books, it plans to hand over more services to town and parish councils and is investing in ways to make services digital.

    Baroness Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council said: “There has been a reduction in funding but at the same time an increase in the demand on services which has put increased pressure on this council... We have to be even more efficient year on year. One way to do this is to look at digital services and how this can create further solutions to make us more efficient... We still need to offer that face to face contact.”

    The council claims digital services will save the council £5m every year by 2021.

    One million calls are currently made to Wiltshire Council every year, which costs £2.50 every time some dials, it said.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, from J17 for Stanton Saint Quinton Roundabout to J18 for A46 Bath.

    M4 Wiltshire - Two lanes closed on M4 westbound from J17, Stanton (Chippenham) to J18, A46 (Bath), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. 11-year-old hurt in Swindon traffic accident

    Wiltshire police say an 11-year-old girl was hurt in a traffic incident in Swindon.

    The girl has been taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital by ambulance.

    "We were called at just after 2pm today to a traffic collision between a young girl pedestrian and a car on Meadowcroft, Upper Stratton, in Swindon," police confirmed.

    Officers are still at the scene and Meadowcroft is closed.

    Drivers should use alternative routes.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between J16 for Park Avenue and J17 for B4055 Cribbs Causeway.

    M5 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J16, Park (Aztec West) and J17, B4055 (Cribbs Causeway), because of a broken down car.

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

  7. Strictly's Joe Sugg prepares to dance in Blackpool

    Joe Sugg and dance partner Dianne Buswell
    Image caption: Joe Sugg and dance partner Dianne Buswell

    Wiltshire's Joe Sugg is preparing to dance on the famous sprung dance floor at the Blackpool Tower.

    The 27-year-old vlogger, from Corsham, made it his aim to get to the Blackpool Tower ballroom, for his gran, who used to be a ballroom dancer.

    Joe has an army of millions of young followers on social media, but has become a household name since joining the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

    He's impressed the judges on his way to Blackpool and will have plenty of support from his family - including his gran - when he takes to the dance floor again on the live show tomorrow night.

    Joe Sugg and his gran
  8. Bristol makes big contribution to Brexit debate

    Thangam  Debbonaire

    A petition calling for Brexit to be stopped will be debated by MPs on Monday.

    Monday's debate will provide an opportunity for MPs to question a Government Minister directly on this topic.

    More than 109,500 signatories have urged the Government to halt Brexit "if there is no agreement by the deadline for reaching agreement with the EU during the talks".

    The petition states: "Leaving with no deal will be very bad for businesses and for the Irish border issue and for EU citizens living here."

    The largest number of signatures - 1,094 - has come from the Northern Irish constituency of Foyle, represented by Sinn Fein MP Elisha McCallion.

    The second biggest group (667 signatures) was from Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire's Bristol West constituency and the third largest of 650 from Labour MP Daniel Zeichner's Cambridge constituency.

    The debate by MPs on the Petitions Committee will start the debate in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm and will be opened by Labour MP Liz Twist.

    In response to the petition, a Government spokesman said: "Whilst striking a deal with our EU partners remains the outcome we expect, no deal plans are well-developed and we stand ready to make a success of Brexit, whatever the outcome of our negotiations."

  9. New recycling HQ opens in Swindon

    Recycling Technologies

    A Swindon company, that is pioneering a new way of stopping plastic going into landfill, is opening new headquarters today.

    Recycling Technologies has engineered a machine that can chemically convert previously un-recyclable material into new plastic, wax and oil.

    It comes as the borough council plans to tell residents to stop recycling plastic because much of it is being sent abroad where it "isn't properly recycled".

    Plastic recycling
  10. Firefighters on final stretch of 150-mile, two-day trek

    Eight firefighers who are walking for two days straight without sleep are on the final stretch of their Children in Need challenge.

    The crew from Avon Fire and Rescue are trekking 150 miles in 60 hours with heavy gear on their backs.

    Tonight they are due to finish at Temple Fire Station in Bristol and hope to collect £7,000 along the way.

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    Severe disruption: M32 Bristol northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M32 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at J1 for A4174 Avon Ring Road.

    M32 Bristol - M32 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J1, A4174 (Hambrook), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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