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Steam Fair fields become muddy quagmire

The wet weather has proved a challenge for people going to one of the West Country's biggest events.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair got underway today as heavy rain turned fields into a quagmire.

Traffic queued for up to four hours to get on to the site near Blandford Forum.

Organisers had earlier appealed for extra tractors to help tow vehicles through muddy fields.

Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme has spent the day there:

Bristol City's Baldock joins Brighton

Sam Baldock
Sam Baldock has left Bristol City to join Brighton. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City striker Sam Baldock has joined Championship side Brighton on a four year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old has been the subject of numerous bids from the South Coast club throughout the summer transfer window.

Baldock scored 36 goals in 93 appearances since arriving at Ashton Gate from West Ham in August 2012.

He was League One's top goalscorer last season with 26 goals.


BREAKING: #BHAFC have signed striker Sam Baldock from Bristol City on a four-year deal.



Banksy sale raises £400,000 for Bristol boys club

A controversial artwork by the Bristol artist Banksy has been sold for more than £400,000 - securing the future of a youth club in the city.

The 'Mobile Lovers' mural went up near the Broad Plain Boys Club in April causing a row with Bristol City Council over its ownership - which was only settled once the elusive artist intervened.

Caron Bell reports:

"Aggressive tactics" being used to tackle rubbish fire

Fire crews tackling a blaze that's been smouldering for more than five weeks have today adopted what they call "more aggressive tactics" in an effort to put it out.

They've finally been able to get close to the source of the fire in a huge pile of rubbish at a recycling centre in Swindon.

But they warn the clouds of smoke which have been blighting the area could continue for weeks.

Bob Constantine reports:

Eating tomatoes can reduce the risk of prostate cancer

Men who eat more than 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18% lower risk of developing prostate cancer. Credit: Paul Mayall / PA

Research by the University of Bristol has found that eating tomatoes could reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Men who eat more than 10 portions a week have an 18% lower risk of developing the disease.

Researchers looked at the diets and lifestyles of more than 13,000 men aged between 50 and 69.

10,000 men in the UK die from prostate cancer every year.

Banksy's Mobile Lovers sells for £403,000

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Banksy's Mobile Lovers has been sold for £403,000. Credit: ITV News West Country

It's been revealed Banksy's Mobile Lovers artwork has sold for £403,000.

A cash-strapped boys club in Bristol has sold it to a private collector. All the proceeds will benefit Broad Plain Boys' Club and affiliate youth clubs.

There was controversy when the club removed the work from a wall nearby, until the artist himself backed its ownership.


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Mud mayhem at the Great Dorset Steam Fair

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A vintage car on its way to the Steam Fair. Credit: ITV News West Country

Wet weather has proved a challenge for people going to The Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Many exhibitors were forced to sleep overnight in their cars when they couldn't get to the muddy camping fields.

There have been queues of over 4 hours to get into the car parks, as visitors head to the site despite the mud.

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There have been long queues trying to get into the muddy car parks. Credit: ITV News West Country
muddy car park
Our satellite truck has been stuck in the long queues! Credit: ITV News West Country

Brunel's last cigar to go on show in Bristol

More than 700 items that belonged to Brunel have been acquired by the Brunel Institute at the SS Great Britain in Bristol.

The historic artefacts will form part of a new exhibition about the famous Victorian engineer.

They include his personalised pen knife and a cigar case containing his last cigar.

Iconic photo of Brunel smoking a cigar
Brunel was often photographed smoking a cigar
Brunel's last cigar
It may not look very impressive but perched on the top of this case is Brunel's last cigar Credit: ITV News
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