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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather across the West of England for 17 - 21 June.
  2. Get in touch by email: bristol@bbc.co.uk or tweet us at @BBCBristol

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, from J14 for A338 to J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and queues on M4 westbound from J14, A338 (Hungerford) to J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a break down.

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

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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Berkshire - Two lanes closed and queues on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A303 Wiltshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A303 Wiltshire eastbound severe accident, from A345 to Solstice Park Avenue.

    A303 Wiltshire - A303 closed and it's slow eastbound from Countess roundabout to the Solstice Park Avenue junction, because of an accident.

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

  4. So what is the summer solstice?

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    Video caption: BBC Weather's Stav Danaos looks at the science behind the phenomenon

    The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. This year in the Northern Hemisphere it falls on Friday 21st June.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    • While it is the day that has the most sunlight, Britain's weather typically does not become hotter until later in the summer.
    • Around the time of the summer solstice areas of Norway, Finland, Greenland, Alaska and other polar regions experience 'midnight sun'.
    • In the Arctic Circle the sun does not set at all. This is down to a latitude 23 degrees from the pole, matching the angle of Earth's tilt.
    • While June 21 is the summer solstice in Britain, for Australia and countries in the southern hemisphere this date marks the winter solstice.
    • The solstice falls between June 20 and June 22 and during a leap year it always falls on June 20.
  5. Boy to compete in world scooter championships

    Freddie Aplin

    A 10-year-old boy from Gloucestershire is off to Spain in a few weeks time for a very special competition.

    Freddie Aplin, from Tetbury, will be competing in the Junior World Scooter Championships in Barcelona.

    Last month he took the title of Under-12 Junior European Champion in Liverpool and now he's hoping to prove he's the best in the world

  6. School children hold climate change protest in Gloucester and Stroud

    Climate change protest in Gloucester
    Image caption: The climate change protest in Gloucester

    A 13-year-old girl from Gloucester has led a climate change protest in the city with fellow pupils calling for more action to tackle the issue.

    Eleanor Buffery held the the demo outside Shire Hall in Gloucester with her group, 'Youth Strike for Climate, Gloucester’ at school.

    She is also hoping to make her school, Denmark Road High School greener

    Her demands are

    • Save the future – The Govt should adopt and debate the green new deal and declare a climate emergency
    • Teach the future – The Govt should change the school curriculum to educate children about climate change
    • Tell the future – The Govt should communicate more with the public about what it is doing for climate change
    • Empower the future – The Govt should recognise that it is young people who will be affected and involve them in decision making

    In Stroud another rally took place calling for the same level of action.

    Climate change rally
    Image caption: Protesters took to the streets in Stroud earlier on Friday
  7. Inquest into care home death woman due to end

    Care home sign

    An inquest is set to finish today into the death of a 93-year-old woman who was living in a care home when she died.

    Marie Stanton died last March, eight days after being taken to hospital with a very low body temperature.

    Doctors said she was hypothermic and raised safeguarding concerns over the care she had received in the days leading up to her death.

    The inquest is due to conclude today.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, from J14 for A338 to J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Berkshire - M4 closed and queues westbound from J14, A338 (Hungerford) to J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of an accident involving lorry, two vans and a car.

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

  9. Video content

    Video caption: Libraries across Gloucestershire have been merging books with staff members

    It's in a bid to encourage people to use their local libraries and bookshops, whilst having fun at the same time

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    Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, at J21 for A370.

    M5 Somerset - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow southbound at J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of an accident involving two cars.

    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, from J22 for to J23 for A39.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound from J22, Burnham-On-Sea to J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of a break down.

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