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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Holmes

All times stated are UK

'Don't be a Dick' says North Somerset Council

Ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament starting on Friday, North Somerset Council has created two interesting posters to warn people about the dangers of drinking too much.

One of the posters created for this campaign
North Somerset Council
One of the posters created for the campaign

The hope is that the colourful posters will help to reduce alcohol-fuelled crime during the tournament by reminding fans to drink responsibly.

One of the campaign posters.
North Somerset Council
"Don't be a franny" another campaign poster

And on that graphic poster bombshell we're signing off for the night. 

Thanks for being with us today, we'll be back at 7am tomorrow.

'Metro mayor': A big rejection in North Somerset

The idea of a "metro mayor" has been roundly rejected by 39 councillors in North Somerset.

Our correspondent Paul Barltrop was at the meeting: 

Councillors in North Somerset have voted no to plans for a 'metro mayor'

Keep it or or sell it - what would you do with a Banksy?

It often happens with Banksy artworks - as soon as they go up, people worry about what will happen to them. 

Banksy's pieces have sold for a lot of money in the past, or even been stolen!

One person that knows more than anyone about this is Dennis Stinchcombe. 

His boxing club made international headlines when it was dragged into an ownership dispute in 2014, before eventually selling its' Banksy for £400k.

Dennis Stichcombe became famous after selling a Banksy painted near his youth club.

£50,000 raised by dancing paramedics

The dancing paramedics from the South Western Ambulance Trust have reached £50,000 in their quest to raise money for Kath's magic bullet

They need to raise a total of £70k to fund cancer treatment for Bristol paramedic Kathryn Osmond who has exhausted all other treatment options.

Take a look at their fancy footwork...

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Will the warm weather last?

We've been basking in some very warm weather recently - but unfortunately it won't last! 

Here's Ian Fergusson with the latest weather forecast...

Ian Fergusson has your latest weather this evening.

'Metro mayor': It's a no in North Somerset

The idea of a "metro mayor" has been rejected by North Somerset Council, according to local media.

The Weston Mercury says 39 council members voted to scrap the idea, with Made in Bristol TV adding six people were in favour...

North Somerset Council votes against metro mayor: bit.ly/1Ydbjni #NSDevolve

North Somerset Council votes for motion against Metro Mayor: 39 for, 6 against, 5 absent

Here is full story as North #Somerset Council seeks to reopen talks with Government and remove need for mayor: northsomersettimes.co.uk/news/unattract…

She's on the road to Rio!

A triathlete from Gloucestershire has been selected to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Vicky Holland, from Redmarley, is a double Commonwealth Games medalist and a World Champion.

She actually reached the qualifying standard last September after a number of impressive performances, making her one of the favourites for a Gold medal.  

The 30-year-old joins a team of six which includes Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonathan.

Space man Tim Peake to join science festival

British astronaut Tim Peake is to join the Cheltenham Science Festival live from space.

He will make his final phone call from the International Space Station to a crowd at the Space Dome tomorrow afternoon.

The festival kicked off today and with more than 200 speakers and workshops, it's the biggest in the event's history.

Roads reopening in Bedminster

After the earlier crash on the A38 Bedminster Road in south Bristol, police have opened all three lanes - but traffic is still congested so give yourself some more time if travelling through there.

More information is on the BBC's travel page for Bristol.

'Years of poor standards' at school, claims mother

A new management team is in place at a secondary school in North Somerset after a poor Ofsted report which found that children there didn't always feel safe. 

Three months ago a child was stabbed on the playing field at Worle Community School. 

In an interview with the BBC, a mother whose children attend the school claimed they have endured years of poor standards, as Fiona Lamdin reports...

A mother says her children have "endured years of poor standards" at school in Worle.

Bristol road 'currently a carpark'

Something to keep in mind if you're travelling through Bedminster in south Bristol this evening - the A38 Bedminster Road is closed because of a police incident involving three vehicles. 

Traffic is very slow around the area as a result.

Incident on Bedminster Road, currently a carpark

Incident on Bedminster Road, currently a carpark

Referendum: Registered yet?

A photo of ballot boxes
BBC
Ballot boxes

You've only got until midnight to register to vote in the upcoming EU referendum. 

The Electoral Commission has been running a campaign encouraging people to apply for a vote, and 1.65 million people have signed up in the last month.

Registration can be done online.

The referendum on the UK's membership of the EU takes place on the 23rd June. 

A symphony for schoolchildren

These Yeovil schoolchildren have had a special visit from one of the a special group - the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Schoolchildren from Yeovil get a special performance from the Philharmonia Orchestra

The performance was part of a project called "Strike A Chord!" which aims to help children enjoy classical music. 

The spark came from conductor Charles Hazelwood who found that 60% of children in the UK have never heard a live orchestra before.

Time to dig out those dancing shoes!

Swindon Town FC are inviting applicants to audition for the role of their mascot, Rockin' Robin. They don't just want a CV though, instead they've asked people to film themselves dancing to their favourite songs and send it in to them.

You must not be afraid of dancing in public - the average attendance is at home games is around 7,000!

Swindon Town's mascot, "Rockin' Robin"
Swindon Town FC
Swindon Town's mascot, "Rockin' Robin"

'Hallelujah' - Arthur the vulture's found!

After a number of sightings recently, Arthur the vulture has finally been found by the team at RNAS Yeovilton. 

People have been sharing their delight on the BBC Points West Facebook page!

Such good news. So pleased he has been found safe and well.

Heather Chidgey

This is fantastic news. I had seen him near Milborne Port last week. Glad he's safe and home. Well done to the RNAS Yeovilton.

Andy Middleton

Hallelujah, Arthur has been found

Tina Burnell

This video shows just how far Arthur managed to travel in the past few days:  

An explanation of what happened to Arthur the Vulture and where he was found

Banksy school mural: Should it be sold?

Back to the Banksy‬ story of yesterday. Let's say the mural was worth about half a million pounds, should the school sell it?

Richard Jones, who has written about the elusive artist, believes the graffiti and accompanying letter would fetch a small fortune and the possible proceeds could make a big difference to the Bridge Farm Primary school community.

Author Richard Jones says selling the Banksy mural could make a "big difference" to the school community

What do you think they should do with it? You can share your view on BBC Points West's Facebook page.

A recap of the top stories across the west...

  • Parents of missing Bath teenager Connor Jarvis have been told their son's body has been found in Morocco
  • A family whose children attended Worle Community School, which was recently slammed by Ofsted inspectors, claim their children have had years of poor teaching
  • Voting takes place shortly at a North Somerset Council meeting about whether to back a directly-elected "Metro mayor"
  • A hoard of ancient Roman coins found in Somerset are back on display in the county

Fire-hit cricket club a 'no go zone'

People are being asked to avoid the grounds of a Wiltshire cricket club after their pavilion was destroyed by a fire.

Beanacre & Melksham Cricket club has put out a warning on social media saying asbestos was found in the walls and asking people to keep away.

Fire crews spent more than 12 hours putting out the fire on Sunday and police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

The club has lost £5,000 of equipment which wasn't covered by insurance. Here's what groundsman Tim Carpenter told BBC Wiltshire earlier:

Local sports teams have stepped in to help the cricket club after a fire at the weekend

Cute puppy alert!

Jango is training to become a fully qualified police dog

Jango is taking social media by storm… but he’s growing fast.

He will eventually assist officers in Gloucestershire, Avon and Somerset and Wiltshire for duties such as searching for drugs and explosives, searching for lost people, looking for crime scene evidence and protecting their handlers.

We’ve been along to one of his training sessions to see how he’s getting on.

Any Currency at risk of losing Cheltenham Festival victory

Aidan Coleman celebrates winning the 4.10 Glenfarclas Chase on Any Currency
Reuters

Any Currency is likely to be stripped of his Cheltenham Festival victory after traces of a prohibited substance were found in his system.

The 13-year-old gave Gloucestershire trainer Martin Keighley his first success winning the Glenfarclas Chase in March.

A hearing is to be staged by the British Horseracing Authority and you can read more by clicking here.

Fungal disease hits National Trust garden

Box blight
National Trust / Abby George

Gardens at Avebury Manor in Wiltshire are being attacked by a fungal disease which is costing the National Trust thousands of pounds to fix.

An outbreak of box blight is being blamed for killing and disfiguring plants on the estate.

The Monk Garden has been completely uprooted to be replaced by a similar plant and the Topiary Garden is being cornered off in areas to reduce the risk of spreading.

The Trust has raised £1,500 in community raffles to help replace the plants.

Metro Mayor vote: 'Who wants a billion pounds?'

There's a few hours to go until a vote to decide whether North Somerset Council will support a new directly-elected "Metro Mayor".

A lot of money is on offer to these councils in the west...

  • Bristol
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire
  • North Somerset

...which could benefit from £1bn from the government to fund things like road building and other transport projects. 

But could this mean a return to Avon in disguise? Our political correspondent Paul Barltrop explains further:

Political correspondent Paul Barltrop explains how the metro mayor system could work

Unusual accolade for Berkeley's Temple of Vaccinia

Temple of Vaccinia
Historic England

A hut in Gloucestershire, where the first smallpox vaccines were given, has been included in Historic England’s top 20 most weird and wonderful listed buildings.

Known as the "Temple of Vaccinia", the small thatched building in the corner of the garden at the Jenner House, in Berkeley, was meant to be a place for Edward Jenner - the pioneer of the vaccine - to relax, but instead he turned it into his surgery.

Cheddar school children help with road safety message

Speed trap
BBC

Children at Fairlands Middle School in Cheddar have been helping Avon and Somerset Constabulary educate speeding drivers on the A371 by questioning them and advising them on safer driving.

Forest Green sign Traore and Chemlal

Drissa Traore
Getty Images

Forest Green Rovers have signed midfielders Drissa Traore and Mohamed Chemlal.

Traore (pictured), 24, joins the National League club following his release by League One Swindon Town.

Chemlal, 21, has represented France at Under-18 level and joins from French fifth-tier champions Le Havre B.

Vintage Morris (nearly) 'went like a bomb'

Morris taxi
©richardedmondsauctions

"She went like a bomb" is a phrase motoring enthusiasts occasionally use to describe their cars’ fabulous performance, but in the case of the rare Morris model G taxi up for sale in Wiltshire this month, the description is frighteningly accurate.

The 1928 model's present owner bought it from a farmer on Salisbury Plain who had been using the rare vehicle as an improvised tractor. 

In order to increase the taxi’s weight so it could gain traction in the muddy fields, the farmer had filled it with scrap metal in the form of what he thought were empty military shell casings. 

Once the buyer got it home, he discovered the shells were still live - cue a hasty call to the bomb disposal unit!

Missing vulture Arthur recaptured at RNAS Yeovilton

Arthur the Vulture
Crown Copyright

A bird of prey which escaped from the Bath and West Show last Wednesday has been reunited with his owner after it landed at the Royal Naval Air Station in Yeovilton.

Despite numerous sightings of Arthur during the past week it wasn't until Monday evening that he was caught by experts at the naval base.

Arthur's owner Ben Potter from north Yorkshire said he was "elated" to have him back.

Bird control centre at Yeovilton
Crown Copyright

Bristol's Green Capital costs published by mayor

Clifton Suspension Bridge lit up green
Jon Craig

Bristol's elected mayor Marvin Rees has released the details of how public money was spent on Green Capital events last year.

He's released about 600 invoices from some 200 companies to Bristol 2015 Ltd which was in charge of organising the events and activities.

Earlier this year ex-Bristol MP Stephen Williams claimed the city council was "hiding" how it spent £8m of taxpayers' money.

The Labour mayor, said the council had the information so it was "right to make it available". 

"Not to do so only fuels rumour and assumption, when it is much better to let the facts speak for themselves," he added.

Cancer survivors find support in fly-fishing

Did you see the inspirational cancer survivors using fly-fishing to help them back to health on last night's Points West?  

The activity can help repair damaged tissues and muscles so a group was set-up eight years ago at Wimbleball Lake in Somerset. 

It's so successful they now have groups In Devon, Cornwall, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Women recovering from breast cancer are helped back to health through fly-fishing.

Bristol's 'Queen of Instagram' talks about her passion for photography

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Bristol’s "Queen of Instagram" is on with Steve Yabsley from midday on BBC Radio Bristol.

Here are some of the photos she has taken of places in and around the city and did you know there’s some 1,566,000+ photos published under the #Bristol tag?  

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View more on instagram

You can listen live to Steve here - or it will be available on the BBC iPlayer shortly after.

Under-21 boss Elliott to leave Bristol City

Wade Elliott
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Bristol City Under-21 manager Wade Elliott is to leave the club this summer.

The former midfielder captained the side as they won both League One and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in 2014-15, before retiring in 2015.

A club statement said: "The club is in the process of restructuring its coaching setup and, following detailed discussions, the 37-year-old will depart BS3."

Video: A deconstructed piano on Bristol's Stokes Croft

Bristol24/7

Piano man
Bristol24/7

A mystery musician gave an impromptu performance playing the innards of an abandoned grand piano on Stokes Croft, Bristol24/7 reports.

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Glastonbury tribute to DJ Derek

DJ Derek in action on the decks
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Glastonbury Festival is to feature a tribute to Bristol's DJ Derek as part of this year's line-up. Aidan Larkin will play a mini disc special of Derek's music on the Hell stage on Friday.

Derek Serpell-Morris, who was widely known as DJ Derek, went missing last July aged 73. His remains were discovered in March after a high-profile search.

The former accountant, was known to thousands of music fans and played hundreds of sets at local clubs and pubs, as well as at the Glastonbury Festival. 

BreakingBody found in Morocco confirmed as missing Bath man Connor Jarvis

Connor Jarvis
Family photo

The identity of a body found in the Atlas mountains in Morocco has been confirmed as missing Bath man Connor Jarvis.

The 19-year-old was due to return from a solo trip to Marrakesh on 28 May but he was not on board his flight. 

In a statement his parents John and Sian Jarvis said they had been told the person who lost their life on Mount Toubkal in Morocco "is that of our dear son, Connor".

"We are in Morocco now to bring Connor back home," they said.

"The family would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and messages and ask everyone to respect our privacy at this sad time."

It's only small, but it's causing a big fuss in Backwell

This manhole cover in Backwell is broken and makes a terrible clatter which has been driving people around the bend for the past six weeks.

North Somerset Council has promised to fix it "by the end of the week".But those living nearby remain to be convinced.

BreakingMan dies in M4 accident between Bristol and Bath

A man's died after a crash on the M4 in the early hours of Tuesday.

Police say the car left the eastbound carriageway between junctions 19 and 18 - at around 3am.

The body of the man was found a short distance away from the vehicle in a field.

An investigation is under way and anyone who may have seen what happened is being asked to call police on the 101 non emergency number.

Talks to cut cow deaths on Gloucestershire commons

Rodborough & Minchinhampton Commons
BBC

Hundreds of cows are released onto commons in Gloucestershire each year, but the number of them killed by vehicles is causing real concern.

Talks are taking place today between Gloucestershire Highways, the National Trust, councillors and the police, to try to make the roads around Rodborough and Minchinhampton Commons safer for drivers and the cows.

Last year eight cows were killed despite new reflective collars being tried, and a cow and her calf were killed earlier this month.  

Frome hoard returns to Somerset after painstaking clean-up

The Frome Hoard is still being catalogued six years after being discovered

Part of a hoard of ancient Roman coins discovered in Somerset are back on display in the county after six year's work to sort and clean them.

The Frome Hoard, discovered by a metal detectorist in 2010, is one of Britain's most important archaeological finds. It's being cleaned and catalogued by the British Museum in London.  

The rarest coins, and the pot in which they were buried, are going on display at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. 

Regional mayor plans face first vote

George Osborne, budget speech March 2016
UK Parliament

Plans for a new regional mayor face their first test tonight.

The Chancellor offered councils in Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and Weston the chance to share almost a billion pounds to invest in things like housing, roads and creating jobs over the next 30 years.

Councillors in North Somerset, who have opposed the new arrangement, get to have their say in a vote this evening.

Do you think a regional mayor will help get things done or do you fear for local democracy?

Join in the debate on our Facebook page or by email.