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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday, 10 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Hayley Mortimer

All times stated are UK

Did you pass the citizenship test?

Earlier this evening we posted some questions from the UK citizenship test.

Well we promised you the answers... so here they are.

UK Citizenship Test

1 Jane Seymour gave birth to the son that Henry VIII wanted. What was his name? Answer C = Edward 

2 How often is Prime Minister's Questions held? Answer D = Every week whilst Parliament is in session 

3 How many countries belong to the Commonwealth? Answer C = 53 

4 Who introduced a system called Feudalism to Britain? Answer C = Normans 

5 The UK joined which international organisation in 1973? Answer B = The EEC 

6 What is Charles Dickens famous for? Answer D = Writing novels 

7 How many people make up a Scottish jury? Answer C = 15 

8 Who was Cnut (Canute)? Answer = A Danish king of England 

9 What was the Spanish Armada? Answer C = A fleet of Spanish ships 

10 The Royal Society was set up to promote what? Answer C = Art

That's all from Local Live today. We'll be back with the West's latest news, sport, weather and travel from 7am on Monday.

Diversion route in place after M5 accident

The M5 is closed between J17 and J18 at Cribbs Causeway to enable the emergency services to work at a serious collision.

A diversion is in place. Southbound traffic should exit at J17 and follow the solid square symbol on local signs, taking the A4018.

Turn right at Canford on to the A4162 and continue to the junction with the A4. Turn right and head north on the A4 to Avonmouth and J18a of the M5.

The east Bristol 'Frown-Off' helps build community relationships

Getting involved in your community can be as easy as smiling.

That's the message from community activists in East Bristol... and we love it!

Have a watch of the video below.

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Police puppy named after decorated Afghan hero

Oz the police puppy
Avon and Somerset Police

This adorable German short-haired pointer is the newest recruit at Avon and Somerset Police.

The puppy will be trained over the next year to become an explosives search detection dog.

He has been named Oz after army bomb disposal expert Olaf ‘Oz’ Schmid who died in Afghanistan in 2009.

Mr Schmid was posthumously awarded the George Cross in 2010 after disarming more than 70 Improvised Explosive Devices.

Happy Birthday Ma'am

Celebrations have been held across the West of England today to toast the Queen's official 90th birthday.

This choir at Queen's Crescent School in Chippenham marked the day with a party in the playground.

It won't be a weekend washout, says Ian

After a day of heavy rain for some of us in the West Country, there's a glimmer of things improving over the next few days.

Here's Ian Fergusson with the weekend weather forecast.

Bridgwater child sex offender: How he was caught

Mark Lester
Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Child sex offender Mark Lester has been found guilty of more than 50 offences against children.

The 60-year-old, of Riverside Close, in Bridgwater, was found guilty of 51 offences including rape and sexual assault.

Here's the background to how he was caught:

  • In January 2015 Lester is arrested after breaking into a house and threatening the two occupants with a knife, tying them up and sexually assaulting one
  • He is convicted of two counts of false imprisonment and two counts of sexual assault in connection with this incident
  • Lester is investigated for non-recent sexual crimes against children
  • He is convicted of five counts of rape on a child and a further 42 counts of gross indecency on a child, sexual assault on a child, incitement to cause a child to commit sexual activity and making/taking indecent images of children

Lester is due to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Friday 8 July.

Tipper truck fatal crash accused in court

Tipper truck collision

A Wiltshire man has appeared at Bristol Crown Court today charged in connection with a tipper truck crash that killed four people in Bath.

Peter Wood, 55, of Brooklands, Chippenham is accused of unlawfully killing four-year-old Mitzi Steady, from Bath, Robert Parker, 59, from Cwmbran, Phil Allen, 52, and Stephen Vaughan, 34, both from Swansea.

They were all killed in the crash on Lansdown Lane on 9 February last year.

Two others, Philip Potter, 19, and Matthew Gordon, 29, have previously appeared in court charged in connection with the incident. 

During the hearing, Mr Wood did not enter a plea to the charge against him. 

The case has been adjourned to 1 July, when Mr Wood will appear alongside Mr Potter and Mr Gordon for a pre-trial hearing.

Shooter targets Rio Paralympics

The ParalympicsGB Shooting team
British Paralympic Association

Sportswoman Issy Bailey will make her Paralympic Games debut after being selected on the Great Britain team for Rio 2016.

The 21-year-old shooter, from Cirencester, has made a rapid ascent through the ranks in recent years.

She was introduced to the sport as part of her rehabilitation after she was involved in a car accident in June 2013. 

Less than a year later she represented Great Britain for the first time at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Poland.

Del Boy send-off for Only Fools and Horses fan

A Somerset man who loved Only Fools and Horses was given a Del Boy send-off when he was taken to his funeral in a replica yellow Reliant Regal.

Keith Drew, from Frome, who died in May aged 76, loved the BBC sitcom and once owned his own Reliant van.

Del Boy star David Jason sent a message of condolence to the family after Mr Drew's daughter contacted his agent.

Feeling clever? See if you can answer these citizenship questions

An investigation by BBC Points West has discovered an increasing number of EU citizens are taking the citizenship test. 

Some have told the BBC this is so they can vote in General Elections and because they're worried what will happen if we leave the EU.

But how well do you think you know about the UK's history, culture and institutions? Here are some of the questions:

In case you don't fancy googling the answers as you go along, we'll post the answers later!

BreakingTwo-mile tailback on M5 after collision

Drivers are being warned of delays on the M5 this evening following a three-vehicle collision.

One lane is closed southbound just after the Michaelwood Services in Gloucestershire while police and the ambulance service deal with the incident.

Police say there have been minor injuries and are warning drivers of a two-mile tailback.

Duo are rowing their way to Rio 2016

A West Country rowing duo will get the chance to defend their title at this summer's Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who started their careers at the University of Bath, were today named in the squad who will represent Team GB in Brazil by the British Olympic Association.

They picked up gold back in 2012 and since then have remained unbeaten, winning two World and two European Championships.

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Top stories from your local papers around the West

In the papers

Here's a selection of the stories making the headlines around the patch this evening:

Somerset Live: Somerset's obesity crisis: Over 4,500 admitted to hospital last year

Wiltshire Times: Euros 2016: Passports taken from 9 Wiltshire football fans

Gloucestershire Echo: The moment a law student stabbed a man on the Megabus

Bristol Post: Broadmead to undergo multi-million pound redevelopment

BreakingSerious collision in the Cotswolds

Emergency services are dealing with a serious collision on the A40 between Northleach and Little Barrington which happened this afternoon.

Four people were hurt, with at least one person being seriously injured in the crash which involved at least three cars. Road closures are still in place at the A40 at Northleach where it crosses the A429, the A40 at Little Barrington where it meets the B4425 at Bibury and the A40 junction towards Sherbourne.

Husband's teddy voice brought back to life

This heartwarming video shows the moment a Bristol woman heard her late husband's voice again - from her teddy bear.

Before Den Walters died of cancer 11 years ago he recorded a message to his wife Jean, which was transferred to the bear's voice box.

Mrs Walters, who has dementia, said it "broke her heart" when the device stopped working six weeks ago.

Her family made a social media appeal and the original developer managed to restore the voice.

The recording says, "I think you are the best girl in the world for me love Den," which is how he signed his letters to her when he was in the army.

She said: "Even though 11 years have gone by, it was like he never left me."

Legionella found at a Wiltshire community hospital

Hospital ward

Maternity services at Trowbridge Community Hospital have been postponed after legionella bacteria was found during a routine water test. 

The Great Western Hospitals Trust, which manages the building, says the bacteria which can cause a serious lung infection, has been found in a non-clinical area. 

They say the rest of the hospital is running as normal and patients who may be affected are being contacted.

One more drive on Filton runway for Bristol Cars

Take a look at these colourful cars taking a spin along the runway at Filton Airfield today.

Around 20 different Bristols, ranging from the 1940s to the present decade took part in the drive past before the runway gets demolished and redeveloped.

Bristol Cars make final drive past at Filton

Marquee crash driver is jailed after injuring 21 people

Mercedes crashes into a marquee
Hampshire Constabulary

A man has been jailed for 16 months for crashing his Mercedes into a marquee, injuring 21 people.

Winchester Crown Court heard Peter Bialek was twice the drink-drive limit when he drove into a private ball - attended by 300 people - at a farm near Nether Wallop in Hampshire.

The 66-year-old, from Salisbury, admitted causing grievous bodily harm and furious driving and was banned from driving for two years.

Ilton shooting suspects deny murder charges

Chubbards Cross caravan site near the village of Ilton

Three men have denied charges of murder and attempted murder following a double shooting at a caravan site in Somerset. 

John Broadway, 37, and his younger brothers Charlie, 23, and Billy, 18, appeared at Bristol Crown Court via video link earlier.

They are accused of the murder of Wilfred Isaacs Senior, 50, and the attempted murder of his son, Wilfred Isaacs Junior at the Chubbards Cross caravan park, near Ilton, on 5 May. 

The trial, which is expected to last four weeks, will take place before a High Court judge on 24 October.

People are STILL without water in Tewkesbury

A bowser from Severn Trent Water connected to Tewkesbury Hospital

Severn Trent Water says some customers are still without water after Wednesday's burst main.

It said the repair has been more complicated than first thought so it's taking longer than expected to carry out repairs.

Customers have also reported experiencing low water pressure and some water discolouration because of the repair works.

End of an era for Bristol Cars

Dozens of Bristol Cars made their final drive past at Filton Airfield earlier today.

Bristol Cars were made in the aircraft factory by Bristol Aeroplane Company workers after the Second World War and later in Patchway.

It is said that every Bristol was tested at 100mph on the historic Brabazon runway by the managing director.  

Around 20 different Bristols, ranging from the 1940s to the present decade took part in the event at the runway which is due to be demolished and redeveloped.

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NHS cancer drugs fund changes: Fund is 'bad for patients'

A Bristol cancer specialist says so much money is spent on the Cancer Drugs Fund that thousands of patients who it doesn't provide for are dying unnecessarily.

The fund pays for innovative drugs the health watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), has rejected for widespread use. Next month this will change, with NICE making all of the decisions.

Dr Paul Cornes says the cash - £350m last year - could be better spent on a greater number of patients, using cheaper and more effective treatments. 

We've got that Friday feeling too

Wellies at the ready...the countdown to Glastonbury 2016 is on!

Around about this time in two weeks Jess Glynne will be on the Pyramid Stage. Excited much?

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Sir Geoff Hurst: Euros will be a 'successful tournament'

Sir Geoff Hurst says this year's England team is the most exciting for 50 years.

The hero of England's only major tournament win in 1966, who lives in Cheltenham, has been speaking to BBC Radio Gloucestershire ahead of England's first group game against Russia in Marseille tomorrow.

Arrests made after Marlborough road crash death

Two men in their 20s have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a pedestrian was killed in Marlborough yesterday evening.

The 24-year-old and 27-year-old, who are both from the Marlborough area, have been released on conditional bail.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which happened at around 5.30pm on the A4, close to Savernake Hospital.

The A4 in Marlborough
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NHS cancer drugs fund changes: 'You can’t put money on a life'

A cancer patient from Bath says she wouldn’t be alive today without drugs that aren't routinely available on the NHS. 

When Helen Laukan’s aggressive cancer returned her consultant managed to secure thousands of pounds from the Cancer Drugs Fund to pay for her treatment.

The fund pays for drugs that NICE has deemed unaffordable for widespread prescribing on the NHS, but from next month the health watchdog will make all of the decisions.

From the archives: Muhammad Ali meets Bristol bus activist Paul Stephenson

Wiltshire boxer's world title fight hope

Kelly Morgan will take a step closer to a world title fight when she takes on Lisa Cielas

Wiltshire boxer Kelly Morgan will take a step closer to a world title fight when she takes on Lisa Cielas in Swindon this evening.

A victory would make her the WBC silver middleweight champion with a full world title fight promised if she wins.The fight will be at Swindon's Grange Drive Leisure Centre at 7pm this evening.Kelly told us how much the support from the town means to her.

Only Fools and Horses fan's fantastic final ride

Reliant Regal hearse
Only Fools and Hearses
Keith Drew is being taken to his funeral in a replica of Del Boy Trotter's yellow Reliant Regal

This specially-designed three-wheel hearse carried Keith Drew, from Frome, to his funeral.

Keith, who passed away in May, was a big fan of the sit-com and his family also received a message of condolence from Del Boy himself, the actor David Jason.

He said he was "pleased" that Keith "had so many laughs enjoying the work that we did".

He added: "If the vicar is wearing a hat, tell him to keep an eye on it. I am sure your dad would appreciate that thought."

Keith Drew
Jo Drew
Only Fools and Horses fan Keith Drew died in May

Child sex offender found guilty of 51 offences

Mark Lester
Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A child sex offender has been found guilty of more than 50 offences against children.

Mark Lester, 60, of Riverside Close, Bridgwater, was found guilty of 51 offences including rape and sexual assault – in the majority of these cases the victims were children.

He is due to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on 8 July.

Still unsure how to vote in the EU referendum? This might help


On Thursday 23 June we'll all help make a decision that will shape the country for generations to come.

But would the West County be better in, or out of the European Union?

David Garmston hosts a special debate this Sunday on BBC One. 

James Clarke

Defender James Clarke signs an undisclosed-length new contract with promoted Bristol Rovers

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Ex-wife of green energy tycoon awarded 'modest' £300k divorce settlement

Dale Vince
Forest Green Rovers

The ex-wife of the Gloucestershire-based green energy tycoon Dale Vince has been awarded a lump sum of £300,000 in final settlement of the couple's divorce cash battle.

Kathleen Wyatt had earlier demanded a £1.9m payout, although she did not lodge a maintenance claim until more than 25 years after they had separated, and nearly 20 years after their divorce.

Approving the settlement, High Court judge Mr Justice Cobb, said: "I am perfectly satisfied that it is reasonable, and that the wife is entitled to receive a modest capital award following the breakdown of this marriage."

In your local newspapers

Last chance to see giant woolly city of 'Briswool'

M Shed

If you want to see "Briswool" - a giant woollen version of Bristol - then this weekend is your last chance. 

More than 20,000 people have been to see it since it opened two weeks ago at the M Shed. 

 Artist and creator Vicky Harrison said it had been an "incredible experience" with visitors leaving thousands of "heart warming and supportive" messages. 

M Shed

The museum said it had been really popular with "amazing" feedback on #Briswool on Instagram. 

Briswool closes on Sunday with a yarnstorming event to decorate the museum. You can join in too and make flags showing your favourite bit of the city. 

So is it goodbye Briswool? Vicky can't say yet what will happen once it's all packed up - but watch this space! 

Royal enthusiast Terry Hutt from Weston-super-Mare marks Queen's 90th

Royal enthusiast Terry Hutt from Weston-super-Mare joined the crowd outside St Pauls Cathedral to mark the Queen's 90th birthday. 

He even slept overnight to get a good spot.

Here he is interviewed by the BBC Breakfast team.  

More water woes after Tewkesbury water pipe burst

Water tanker

Severn Trent Water says some customers are still experiencing interruptions to their water supply after Wednesday's burst main.

It said some customers may be experiencing some water discolouration because of the repair works. 

"Although unappealing, we have no reason to believe there is any risk to your health," a company spokesman said.

But one Twyning resident told the BBC he had been told the damage caused by the burst "was worse than at first though" and the work is "likely to take several more days to resolve".