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    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, at J19 for M32.

    M4 Bristol - One lane closed and it's very slow on M4 westbound in Gloucestershire at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a car that's broken 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, from J14 for A338 to J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M4 westbound from J14, A338 (Hungerford) to J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of an accident.

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

  3. Investigators' judgement 'clouded' by Savile failures

    More on our story about Sir Edward Heath and calls for an inquiry into the handling of allegations the former prime minister was involved in historical sex abuse.

    Charlotte Callen

    BBC West Home Affairs Correspondent

    Operation Conifer was launched at a time when the police and other organisations, including the BBC, were still reeling over failures to properly investigated abuse committed by Jimmy Savile.

    There was a desire to believe complainants and to treat them as victims.

    Many, including Sir Edward Heath’s supporters, believe that desire clouded investigators judgement. It led, they say, to police believing allegations when they should have probed deeper to find out the truth.

    They now back Sir Cliff Richard and other high profile celebrities in their campaign to have those suspected of sexual offences to be given anonymity until they are charged.

    His godson wants the same rights afford to those who have died too. They hope it may protect others in the future.

    To read more - click here.

    Sir Edward Heath
  4. Carl Beech jailed for 18 years

    Carl Beech

    A man who made false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against public figures has been jailed for 18 years.

    Carl Beech, 51, from Gloucester, was sentenced for 12 counts of perverting the course of justice, one of fraud, and for several child sexual offences.

    Mr Justice Goss said Beech had "no remorse" for his claims, which were "all a fabrication".

    Beech's lies led to a £2m Metropolitan Police investigation.

    To read the latest on this story, click here.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, at J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Wiltshire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow westbound at J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of debris on the road.

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

  6. Cossham Birth Centre to re-open

    Babies will be born at Cossham Birth Centre again from the autumn.

    The centre was closed temporarily in October 2018 because of an increased number of women needing labour inductions at Southmead Hospital and a shortage of midwives.

    But a successful recruitment drive means it will re-open from October 21.

    Women will be able to choose to have their babies there or at home under midwife care, based on an assessment of health risk.

    The centre will be closed during the night unless a birth is taking place.

    Mendip Birth Centre, at Southmead Hospital, would be offered as an alternative if Cossham was not available.

    Quote Message: We’ve always been committed to reopening Cossham Birth Centre and we’re looking forward to offering, where we can, women the option of choosing to have their baby there. We’re sorry some women haven’t been able to give birth there these past few months but this has always been about putting all of our services on a safe and sustainable footing for the long term. from Helen Blanchard North Bristol NHS Trust Director of Nursing and Quality
    Helen BlanchardNorth Bristol NHS Trust Director of Nursing and Quality
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    Video caption: Flattened plants highlights 'food security' issues

    A 300ft (90m) crop circle has been made in a field near the Womad Festival to highlight climate change.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, from J18 for M49 to J19 for A369 Martcombe Road.

    M5 Bristol - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound in City of Bristol from J18 M49 to J19, A369 (Portishead), 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 Wiltshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe accident, from J17 for A350 to J16 for A3102 Swindon Road.

    M4 Wiltshire - Two lanes closed and queues on M4 eastbound from J17, A350 (Chippenham) to J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of an accident.

    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 J13 for A419 to J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J13, A419 (Stroud) to J14, B4509 (Thornbury), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Council suspends fines for fly-posting

    Flyposting generic

    Bristol City Council has temporarily suspended fines for fly-posting, after several complaints from venues across the city.

    Owners of pubs, bars and clubs say they've been hit with £150 fines from the council's enforcement company, 3GS, after posters advertising events at their venues were put up without permission.

    However, the event promoters were the ones responsible. The council has admitted that ''a small number of Fixed Penalty Notices have been served to venues incorrectly" so it has "instructed that officers receive additional training" and "all FPNs served have been reviewed and cancelled if there has been a mistake."

  12. Two arrested after stabbing in Bristol

    Two people have been arrested after a teenager was stabbed in Bristol.

    The 17-year-old man was taken to hospital after the incident in a car park at Webb Street, off Stapleton Road, at 8.15pm yesterday.

    A 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remain in custody.

    Police are carrying out forensic examinations, a review of CCTV footage and house-to-house enquiries as part of their investigation.

    Quote Message: This is a concerning incident in which a young man has suffered some potentially life-changing injuries. I’d like to reassure the community that a thorough investigation is being carried out and if anyone has concerns I’d encourage them to make contact with their local neighbourhood policing team, who'll be carrying out extra patrols in the area. from Det Insp Roger Doxsey Avon and Somerset Police
    Det Insp Roger DoxseyAvon and Somerset Police