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Bristol communities and industry join rainbow recognition

Companies, communities and organisations across Bristol and its neighbouring counties have been celebrating Pride all week.

Many have registered to join the thousands who will parade through the city in the next hour.

BBC West will be reflecting the favour of the event and marching alongside.

Join us, via our website live stream and please send us your pics @bbcbristol #bbcbristol on Twitter and @BBCwest on Instagram.

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Ready for the Rainbows?

Companies, communities and organisations across Bristol and its neighbouring counties have been celebrating Pride this week.

Many have registered to join the thousands who will parade through the city tomorrow from 1030.

BBC West will be reflecting the favour of the event and marching alongside.

Join us, via our website, from 1000 tomorrow and please send us your pics @bbcbristol #bbcbristol on Twitter and @BBCwest on Instagram.

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Animal rescue centre takes in almost 200 hedgehogs

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An animal rescue centre in South Gloucestershire says it's been inundated with hedgehogs.

They say they've had nearly 200 of the endangered mammals being brought in by the public.

Yvonne Cox, from Hedgehog Rescue, said: "I think it's to do with the weather. I think it's also to do with awareness.

"There's a lot of TV coverage now, so people are more aware that hedgehogs out in the day need help."

She said the centre's aim was to release them back into the wild - ideally near to where they were found.

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Parents take legal action to get council help for children with special needs

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Dozens of parents of children with special needs are being forced to take legal action to get help from Gloucestershire County Council.

Figures from a Freedom of Information request show 149 families have taken the council to tribunal in the past five years.

The majority of cases were conceded or lost by the authority - meaning those families eventually got the support they needed. Parents say the process has a huge financial and emotional impact.

Gloucestershire County Council said tribunals were always considered as a last resort and it preferred to work with parents to discuss difference of opinion without the need for legal involvement.

Swindon bus project provides shelter for homeless
Gerry Watkins buys up old buses to convert them into night shelters for people without a bed of their own.
A small alpaca farm in Painswick has started doing yoga classes in the alpaca field
Farmer says alpacas give a similar effect to spending time with dolphins to increase relaxation.

Devon has highest number of SW child road casualties

Devon has the highest number of child road casualties in the greater South West - and it's on the rise according to new figures.

The charity Brake said it wanted to see more young people out walking without their lives being put at risk.

In 2017, 194 children were killed or injured on roads in the Devon County Council area - the highest level for more than five years, and up three on the year before.

However, the region - including Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire saw an overall decrease in such incidents: 1,094 in 2017, down from 1,224 the year before.

The issue is being highlighted on Wednesday with a series of supervised walks at schools and nurseries in the county, to help children learn key safety messages.

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Children killed or injured on roads in South West in 2017:

  • Bath and North East Somerset - 22
  • Bournemouth - 37
  • Bristol - 70
  • Cornwall - 116
  • Devon County Council area - 194
  • Dorset - 89
  • Gloucestershire - 104
  • Isles of Scilly - 0
  • North Somerset - 48
  • Plymouth - 64
  • Poole - 24
  • Somerset - 118
  • South Gloucestershire - 39
  • Swindon - 45
  • Torbay - 23
  • Wiltshire - 101

Weather warning for thunderstorms updated - and avoids Glastonbury

The Met Office has updated its weather warning for thunderstorms across the West.

It now mostly avoids Somerset - which could be good to avoid a soaked ground at Glastonbury ahead of the festival - and Bath, Bristol and most of Gloucestershire. But the warning encompasses most of Wiltshire.

It is active from now until 10am on Tuesday.

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Libraries across Gloucestershire have been merging books with staff members
The campaign aims to encourage people to use local libraries while having fun at the same time.