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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Cathedral opens late for remembrance

Bristol Cathedral was open late this evening to allow people to remember the victims of the Orlando shooting, with candles lit in their memory. It followed a vigil on College Green attended by hundreds of people.

People in Bristol remember Orlando attack victims

Even officers from Avon and Somerset Police got involved in this evening's proceedings which saw dozens of colourful flags flown to represent and support the LGBT community.

A photo of Steve Jones from Avon and Somerset Police
Steve Jones from Avon and Somerset Police

That's all from us for tonight. See you bright and early tomorrow morning from 7am.

Bristol vigil: Social media reaction

Dozens of you have been posting photos of this evening's vigil across social media. Here's a selection which sum up how Bristolians came together to remember the victims of the Orlando shootings.

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Parking restrictions to be brought in around Southmead Hospital

Southmead Hospital
New restrictions will be brought in

Free unlimited parking in the streets around Southmead Hospital is coming to an end.

From next month parking restrictions will be brought in.

It comes after people living near the hospital and in neighbouring Horfield complained they couldn't find anywhere to park and their driveways were being obstructed by parked cars.

The new scheme - which includes limited waiting from Monday to Friday between 1pm and 4pm - will not be introduced until after the hospital’s on-site car park has been completed, the city council said.

Sunshine and showers forecast for Glastonbury

Glastonbury Festival 2015

With just over a week to go, festival goers are being advised to pack sunglasses and wellies.

Martin Bowles from the Met Office said the forecast would be more accurate closer to the time but "sunshine and showers" were likely.

The festival has been hit by flooding in previous years but Mr Bowles doesn't think there'll be a repeat this year. 

Aside from that, how is the weather looking tonight? Ian Fergusson has the details.

Ian Fergusson has tonight's weather

Green Party leader campaigning in Bristol

Natalie Bennett has been visiting Bristol today, campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union.

The Green Party leader has been campaigning in Bristol

Chancellor George Osborne also paid a visit to engineering firm Renishaw in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire. Both the firm and Mr Osborne want the UK to remain in the EU.  

It follows recent visits by Nigel Farage and Liam Fox - prominent "out" campaigners who spoke at a rally in the city.

UK's first ever melanoma conference created by Stroud woman

Imogen Cheese was diagnosed with skin cancer three years ago, now she is using her experiences to help others in the same situation. She has organised the UK's first ever melanoma conference which will bring together patients and doctors.

There is no cure for her melanoma but she hopes the event will empower those diagnosed with the disease and give them a fighting chance of survival. 

Imogen Cheese talks about the melanoma conference

The conference will take place in Bristol this Friday.

If at first you don't succeed...

One giant leap for bearkind! 

Watch the moment children at Benhall Infant School in Cheltenham send Roger the teddy into space. Sadly, he crash landed in Bishop's Cleeve because of the rain but they will try again when the weather improves. 

A school in Cheltenham has sent a teddy to the edge of space

Giving nature a helping hand in Minchinhampton

A Gloucestershire charity trying to reintroduce breeding pairs of hedgehogs into Minchinhampton has been on a bit of a mission to save the critters from getting stuck under cattle grids.

A photo of the hedgehog ramp being installed
Help A Hedgehog Hospital
One of the ramps being installed

Hedgehogs can easily fall into cattle grids and then aren't able to get back out again. 

The hospital has installed a small wooden ramp under one grid to ensure that hedgehogs can easily escape if they fall in.

It comes after two school children saved two hedgehogs which got trapped under a busy road for around a week.

A photo of a hedgehog
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Bristol vigil: 'Don't let anybody spoil it for us'

The chair of the Bristol Council of Mosques, Arif Kahn has given his message of support to the hundreds of people gathered on College Green.

Arif Khan, Chair of the Council of Bristol Mosques shares his message

The vigil in Bristol is one of many taking place across the world, as people come to terms with events in Orlando.

Orlando vigils around the world

Bristol vigil: Hundreds attend College Green

Speeches have been taking place on College Green at tonight's vigil in memory of those killed in Orlando. 

A balloon was released into the sky for each of the 49 victims as the Sing Out Bristol choir sang for the crowd. 

BBC Radio Bristol are live streaming the event on their Facebook page.

Daryn Carter is the organiser of Bristol Pride and spoke to BBC Points West during the vigil.  


We must stand side by side, and show our unity and strength. We will not let them win.

Arif KahnChair of the Bristol Council of Mosques

There is no fear in love, perfect love casts out fear. It's a real privilege to stand here today, we have kept the cathedral open for people to come and light candles here this evening

David HoyleDean of Bristol Cathedral

Bristol vigil in memory of Orlando shooting victims

The vigil on College Green has started. Dozens of colourful flags have been brought to the area to represent different parts of the LGBT community. BBC Radio Bristol are streaming the event on their Facebook page, and the BBC's Liz Beacon sent this report.

Hundreds gather at Bristol vigil for Orlando attacks

Hundreds of people have been gathering in front of City Hall and posting their pictures and video on social media.

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Travel help for Glastonbury Festival goers

Glastonbury Festival

People heading to the Glastonbury Festival next week will now be able to see which trains have seats available at the cheapest cost.

Great Western Railway is publishing a list of low fares on its website to encourage people to book in advance rather than turn up on the day at peak times. 

An additional 50 trains have been added to the regular services from London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, providing more than 10,000 extra seats.

The gates of Worthy Farm open next Wednesday with the live music starting on Friday.

Wiltshire twins' IVF video is an award winner

Twins Alice and Clara from St Mary's School in Calne have won the University of Sheffield's Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in Science Learning.

The pair were born through IVF and decided to explore the method in their competition entry and we have to say it's rather good.

Alice and Clara's award-winning video explaining IVF

"It took two days to film and a further two days to edit," says Alice. 

"The hardest part was trying to get the right balance between being informative while also being tongue-in-cheek and injecting some fun into the film. 

"We are surprised and very happy to have won the competition."

You can see the full video here.

Bristol's Orlando vigil starts shortly

Crowds are gathering at College Green in Bristol for tonight's vigil in memory of those killed in the Orlando attacks. The event has been organised on Facebook with hundreds of people saying they will attend.

Neale Fox teaches at City of Bristol College. His students have made this rainbow to honour those killed in #Orlando

Neale Fox teaches at City of Bristol College. His students have made this rainbow to honour those killed in #Orlando

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BBC Radio Bristol will be live streaming the event on their Facebook page and we'll bring you quotes and reaction throughout the event. 

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Charity skydive raises £26,000 for Wiltshire children's hospice

Forty people jumped from a plane over Old Sarum to raise money for Julia's House

This video isn't one for the faint-hearted. 

It shows Joe Hayes jumping from a plane over Old Sarum to raise money for Julia's House - all part of a world record attempt.

He called the sponsored jump "an incredible experience".

The charity offers respite care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

A total of 180 skydivers managed the jump for a variety of charities, however the weather prevented more people from taking part and breaking any records.

Joy at first 'spoony' hatch at Slimbridge

It's a world first for Slimbridge - one of the planet's rarest birds has laid eggs in captivity. A total of seven eggs have been laid by two spoon-billed sandpipers.

A photo of a spoon-billed sandpiper egg
One of the eggs hatched at the centre

The centre has another five breeding pairs, so there's a potential for more eggs. The ones already laid have been put in an incubator and will be watched closely over the next few days to see if embryos are developing.

Efforts to establish Slimbridge's flock as a back-up to the wild population dying out began in 2011.

A photograph of the bird on the nest
The birds on the nest

M32 skaters take advantage of motorway closure

It's normally OK to skate under the M32 motorway in Bristol, but its recent closure for roadworks saw some people skating in a place which would usually be too dangerous to them.

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People have also taken photos of people lying down on the motorway as well.

Buy British for British Flower Week and make the perfect bouquet

Did you know the majority of flowers that you find in the supermarket or florist actually come from Holland?

Well as it's British Flower Week we're being encouraged to shop locally for our flowers.

BBC Somerset spoke to florist Karen Hughes, from the Somerset Cut Flower Garden, who showed them how to make the perfect bouquet.

A guide to making a bouquet using Somerset-grown flowers

Bristol Rovers' new deal for Lee Mansell

The midfielder has already made 77 appearances for the club since joining in 2014, now Lee Mansell's contract is set to be extended by Bristol Rovers.

A photograph of Lee Mansell
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Lee Mansell

It was Lee's penalty kick that gave Rovers the promotion they were hoping for back in May last year. He's now the fifth player to have secured a new contract with the club.

I'm delighted to have signed again and really looking forward to getting stuck in. I've had a fantastic and successful two seasons with the club and look forward to hopefully another one this coming season.

Lee Mansell

From Stonehenge to Bristol, the Ancestor is on the move

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A Wiltshire sculpture that cost more than £35,000 to build has been spotted at Bristol's Download Festival. 

Artists Andy Rawlings and Michelle Topps, who built the 22ft sculpture over nine months, have been unable to sell it and rent it out for festivals and events.

The Ancestor seems to have gone down well with festival goers in Bristol and we also like the addition of a sword.

He has previously been on display near to Stonehenge and is thought to be returning to the stones for the summer solstice next week.

Missing wartime photos reunited after Facebook appeal


Back in 2014, a small envelope was handed in to Coombe Down surgery containing somebody's photos showing the life of a young man, thought to live in the Bedford area, dating from the 1920s to the 1940s. 

No-one at the surgery was able to help but Anne Meddick made it her mission to find who they belong to and she contacted the BBC.

After the story was posted on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page it was shared on social media and was eventually seen by Kate Goodwin who recognised Roy as her uncle.

Old photo

"To see my uncle was absolutely amazing, I recognised him instantly and the surname of Muggleton totally verified it," Kate said.

"We lost the photos a couple of years ago when my mother moved up to Combe Down.

"My mother is delighted... and the lady that found them two years ago is my mother's neighbour."

Police set to join Bristol vigil for Orlando shooting victims

Members of Avon and Somerset Police's LGBT+ team will be attending a vigil in Bristol at 6pm on College Green to show solidarity and support for the LGBT+ community following the terrorist attack in Orlando.

It's open to all and is designed to show the city’s support and solidarity with all those affected by the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Dramatic storm clouds over Dunster Castle

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Veterans learn new skills in canals restoration project

Wiltshire-based charity Help for Heroes is teaming up with the Canal and River Trust to help army veterans restore old canals and gain new skills and qualifications in the process.

David Teague serving in the Army
David Teague

David Teague, 26, of Tidworth, Wiltshire served as a Sapper with the Royal Engineers before being medically discharged in April following a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The veterans are starting off with restoring 500 m of canal bank and towpath at the historic Ryeford Wharf in Gloucestershire.

Piggy in the middle recovering from Bath and West show

Three pigs asleep

Meet Maple from Boyton Farm in Warminster - she's the one dozing in the middle after a very busy week at the Bath and West Show.

It's a well deserved nap as she returned home on Thursday with the Best in Breed award.

Her owner and breeder, Caroline Wheatley-Hubbard, said: "Three weeks ahead of the competition they take the pigs for walks to train them for the show and give them a good bath the night before."

More downpours this lunchtime

Rare 'spoonies' lay eggs for first time in captivity

Spoon-billed sandpiper

Two rare spoon-billed sandpipers in Gloucestershire have laid a total of seven eggs for the first time in captivity.

Nigel Jarrett from the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust in Slimbridge, said: "We've been doing everything short of playing Barry White to get these birds in the mood for love. 

"So when we found the first egg last week we almost couldn't believe it."

Spoon-billed sandpiper eggs

The eggs have been put in an incubator and will be examined in the next few days to see if embryos are developing.

Glastonbury house mural must go man told

Search begins for the best gardens in the West

BBC West has launched its own gardening competition to mark the 300th birthday of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. 

We sent Points West's Alex Lovell to look around Prior Park near Bath, one of Brown’s creations.

You can find out more about the competition here.

Heritage Heroes rebuild lives while restoring canals

Heritage Heroes boat at Ryeford
Canal and River Trust

Injured servicemen and women are being helped to rebuild their lives and learn new skills while uncovering "forgotten" canals.

Wiltshire-based charity Help for Heroes is working with the Canal and River Trust on the new project called Heritage Heroes.

Up to 60 veterans from around the country will work with engineers and heritage advisers to transform four canals.

In return for their hard work the veterans will earn City and Guilds qualifications in construction, health and safety, horticulture and land-based management.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is now flying with blood on board

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will now be able to carry blood products on board their aircraft and rapid response vehicles, meaning they can do emergency blood transfusions.

Staff at the charity have told BBC Somerset the service will now be able to save more lives.

The new equipment has been paid for by an £18,000 grant from the Henry Surtees Foundation.

Mother's play to raise awareness of autism in Somali community

Nura Aabe
Nura Aabe

Did you know there's no Somali word for autism? 

Bristol Somali Nura Aabe's play "Yusuf Can't Talk" is based on her own experience when she realised her son was autistic. 

Nura wants to raise awareness in the Somali community and hopes to reduce the stigma and shame families feel - and she wants to find a word in Somali for autism. 

The one woman show, starring Nura, is on tonight at the Arnolfini, in Bristol, at 7pm. 

Orlando shooting: Vigils held across the West

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Last night vigils were held in many places across the West including Bath and Swindon.

Another is being held in Bristol later to remember the people who died in a mass shooting in a nightclub in America over the weekend.

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Swindon vigil

In or out? EU referendum debates hot up across the West

George Osborne

The Chancellor George Osborne is in Gloucestershire this morning as part of his campaign for the UK to remain in Europe. 

Mr Osborne is visiting the engineering firm Renishaw in Stroud. 

He's expected to tell employees that the West has a better future inside the EU and that thousands of new jobs will be created for the region if we stay. 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Meanwhile more than 200 delegates from the farming community will be joined by the prominent leave campaigner and Conservative MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg.

The discussion at the Royal Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet will explore the pros and cons for the West's farming industry of either leaving or staying in the EU. 

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What do you do if you find an injured bat?

It’s the season when bats are starting to fly around the skies at night - but what do you do if you find an injured bat in your garden or on your driveway?

Kiri Green runs a hospital for bats from her house in Fishponds, Bristol, where she takes in injured or lost bats from across the West. 

She gives us some top tips for what to do if you find an injured bat.

Stroud cancer survivor sets up skin cancer conference

Imogen Cheese

A woman from Stroud, who was diagnosed with skin cancer three years ago, has organised a conference to help other patients. 

Mum-of-two, Imogen Cheese said her diagnosis was so "bleak" she was worried she wouldn't see her children grow up.

She now wants to empower people with the same diagnosis.

The first patient-doctor melanoma conference is due to take place in Bristol on Friday.

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