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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 16 June 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Good night from BBC Local Live

That's all from us on Local Live in the West - we're back tomorrow from 7am. 

It's been a day of tremendous shock and sadness following the death of the Labour MP Jo Cox, who died after being attacked in her constituency.

The region's politicians have united in tribute to the 41-year-old.

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The Forest of Dean Labour peer, Baroness Jan Royall told BBC Radio Gloucestershire she had known Jo Cox for 20 years through their work together in Brussels and at Oxfam.  

The MP also had a holiday home near Symonds Yat, where both she and Baroness Royall often spent weekends together.

Baroness Royall will also be speaking live on Mark Cummings' breakfast show tomorrow, just after 8am.

Euro 2016: England still expects and Wales still hope

Before we wrap up for the evening we thought you'd like to see these joyous scenes from today's England v Wales match.

First up, English and Welsh fans came together at The Bell pub in the border village of Redbrook. See if you can spot the difference...

Jubliation and resignation after England win

Then there were the massed ranks of supporters who watched at Bristol City's Ashton Gate stadium. Their celebrations were a little bit messier and a lot noisier! 

Loudest cheer as England scores winning goal against Wales

MP Jo Cox death: Security concerns of all MPs

Following the sad news of MP Jo Cox's death following an attack in her constituency, MPs in the West have been paying tribute to the 41-year-old.

Campaigning for the EU referendum was halted and the Leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling - who was in Bristol today - spoke of security fears that all members of parliament face on a daily basis.

Reaction also came from Lib Dem peer Nigel Jones, who was MP for Cheltenham when he was wounded in an attack in 2000 which killed his aide Andrew Pennington.

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Somerset students hold rally outside the Houses of Parliament

Students from the Foxes Academy in Minehead were part of a group of 100 people who protested in London earlier as part of the "Right Not A Fight" campaign.

The campaign calls for students with learning difficulties to have the same choices in education as other young people.

Wiltshire veteran's long wait for medals finally over

For one Wiltshire war veteran the wait for his recognition is finally over. 

Frank Diffell, from Shaw, near Melksham, helped secure the Normandy beaches during the D-Day landings in World War Two, while serving with the Royal Navy.

In 2014, the French President François Hollande said all surviving veterans would be given France's highest military honour, the Legion d'Honneur, but somehow Frank was forgotten.

Frank with his medal
BBC

Last week the 92-year-old travelled to Normandy for the D-Day commemorations where he was awarded his medal. Congratulations Frank!

Frank's medal, the Legion d'Honneur
BBC

Euro 2016: How did you watch the big game?

With football fever in the air BBC Points West asked viewers how they were watching the England v Wales match.

Here are some of the pictures they received... 

Crete
Becky Massey

This photo was emailed to us from Crete by Becky Massey - who rather pointedly said it was taken on her HONEYMOON!!

Montage of football fans
Family photos

The picture on the far left was sent in by proud mum Lucy who said “Thought you might like a picture of my daughter. I'm English and her Dad is Welsh so as you can see she's having trouble deciding who to support.” 

It was all "too much" excitement for baby Nancy, third photo, and finally Oscar - on the right - enjoyed cheering on his team.

Montage
Family photos

More first time football fans on this one, on the left is Archie and on the right are Tilly (two) and Finlay (10 weeks) with daddy, aww, bless!

Euro 2016: Watch the ups and downs of England v Wales

The Bell pub on the England-Wales border hosted fans from both countries as they watched their sides' clash in a tense game.

As we now know their were moments of celebration for both sides, with England the eventual victors.

Last Merlin leaves RAF Benson bound for Somerset

Last Merlin leaves RAF Benson
RAF Benson

A two-year process to hand 25 helicopters from the RAF to the Royal Navy is completed, following the departure of the last Merlin from RAF Benson.

The aircraft have been transferred to the 846 Naval Air Squadron in Somerset and are replacing the navy's Sea King fleet.

Five Sea Kings - which had been based at RNAS Yeovilton - made a final flypast over the skies of Bristol and Glastonbury in March.

Funnel cloud spotted over Cheltenham

Calum Chance spotted what looks like a funnel cloud forming over Cheltenham earlier.

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Charlton and Swindon agree Ajose deal

Nicky Ajose
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A deal is agreed for Swindon Town striker Nicky Ajose to join League One rivals Charlton Athletic, BBC Wiltshire understand.

The former Manchester United trainee, 24, was Swindon's top scorer last term with 25 goals in all competitions.  

Cheltenham man tackles OCD condition in charity walk

Tom Clancy from Cheltenham has obsessive compulsive disorder, a condition which can give him crippling "intrusive thoughts" and feelings of fear and anxiety.

Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy

He has become one of an estimated 6,000 people who tackle the route from John O' Groats to Land's End. There's more on Tom's walk on the BBC News website.

More tributes to Jo Cox MP

Young wildlife fan hands over pocket money to barn owl appeal

This adorable letter was written by seven-year-old Finn, who was responding to an appeal from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust for money to help the county's barn owl population.

A photo of Finn's letter
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Finn's handwritten letter to the trust

The trust has launched an urgent appeal to raise £20,600 to create new nesting places for barn owls.

A spokesman said: "Everyone here melted when they saw this, it's just wonderful that Finn, unprompted, decided to do this. 

"We imagine it's probably the equivalent of a month's worth of wages to an adult."  

Avon and Somerset Police to end Southwest One contract

Police officers
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Avon and Somerset Police will not be renewing its contract with the joint venture company Southwest One.

A 10-year-long deal is due to end in October 2017, and chief constable Andy Marsh confirmed he had "given notice" that the contract will not be renewed.

Instead he said he wants to work with neighbouring police and fire services.

Southwest One, which is 75% owned by IBM, carries out administrative, IT and human resources tasks for the force.

West politicians pay tribute to MP Jo Cox

Fellow MPs and other leading political figures in the West have been reacting on social media to the death of Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox.

Jo Cox MP
AP

The 41-year-old was shot and stabbed during an attack in her constituency, police have said.

She was married with two young children.

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Euro 2016: Jubilation and woe at Ashton Gate

England fans mingled with - a few - Welsh fans at Ashton Gate to watch England beat Wales 2-1 in their group match.

The English were particularly ecstatic at their stoppage time comeback...

England fans celebrate their team's victory

One of the Welsh fans put a brave face on to react to his side's valiant performance...

Welsh fan reacts to Wales being beaten by England in Euro 2016

What's happening to Cheltenham's 'Banksy' house?

Mystery still surrounds what's happening to the Banksy house in Cheltenham after scaffolding was put up around the building.

Earlier this year the property, with the famous Spy Booth artwork on it, was put up for sale.

The mural, on the Fairview Road house, has been the target of thieves, fought over and vandalised since it appeared in 2014.

Bristol Rovers sign Plymouth defender

Peter Hartley
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Bristol Rovers have signed Plymouth Argyle central defender Peter Hartley.

The 28-year-old was offered a new deal at Argyle but will now join Rovers on 1 July once his current contract expires.

Hartley becomes Rovers' first new signing of the summer since winning promotion to League One.

Euro 2016: A game of two halves at border village pub

These England fans are happy as Larry...

As the England fans at The Bell pub on the England-Wales border are celebrating England's first win in Euro 2016 the Welsh supporters are coming to terms with the result.

Wales led 1-0 at half time but England secured victory with two goals in the second half.

Nick Till landlord of The Bell says "We all know each other and we are all friends. It's always a good atmosphere here for the games."

...the Welsh fans did try to rouse their team

"I'm gutted," says Gabriel Marshall... "but England played well and deserved to win but I just won't be able to show my face in the bar for the next two weeks," he added.

Euro 2016: Ashton Gate celebrates

Euro 2016: It all finished 2-1 to England

Which will really please these people...singing their hearts out at Ashton Gate before the match.

England fans sing God Save the Queen

Not such good news for these guys.

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And sadly it can only mean back to work for these chaps.

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Euro 2016: One happy fan as Wales score

And to even things out, here's one happy fan at The Bell pub in Redbrook as Gareth Bale's free-kick went in the net a little earlier.

Don't forget BBC Sport is running live text commentary on the match. You can keep up-to-date here

Bad omens for England?

Euro 2016: And the crowd goes...slightly crazy!

England fans in the border pub, The Bell, in Redbrook on the River Wye, celebrate after Jamie Vardy equalises for their team.

England goal reax

What's happened to all the traffic on the M32?

Euro 2016: Now it's one-all as Jamie Vardy equalises

Jamie Vardy has equalised for England in the second half of their Euro 2016 Group B clash with Wales.

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Euro 2016: On the border English nerves are building

Welsh football fan
BBC

With Wales one-nil up at the start of the second half there's a surge of emotion from the Welsh fans, while the English look much more nervous.

Sick as a parrot? - perhaps this picture say it all...

England 0 Wales 1

Crowd at Euro 2016
BBC

Gareth Bale has scored for the Welsh 42 minutes into the Euro 2016 match.

We'll have reaction from the pub on the England-Wales border shortly...

Fans' reactions from the Welsh side of the border

There's huge anticipation on the England-Wales border with lots of pub banter already. "We have heart and we have unity," says Welsh fan Gabriel Marshall.

Sean Miller has walked five hours to get to the Bell pub

Bragging rights for the most committed fan in The Bell goes to England fan Sean Millar who walked five hours to get to the pub - in Redbrook on the River Wye - for the game and says the effort will be worth it.  

This could be the biggest screen to watch the game on...

Fans have been gathering at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol to watch the England v Wales match on what must be one of the largest screens in Bristol.

The BBC's Ali Durden was there with all of the fans, and he even managed to find two brave Wales fans in the middle of it all:

Ali Durden is at Ashton Gate

Golfers chip in with their Euro 2016 predictions

Chris Wood (left) & Jamie Donaldson
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Bristol golfer Chris Wood has given his prediction for England v Wales to BBC Radio 5 Live, ahead of the US Open.

“They (Wales) will score," Wood said. "But it will be 2-1 England. You'd like to see England try and score first and then win the game."

His roommate, Wales' Jamie Donaldson, replied: “I think Wales are going to win 1-0. It's going to be a scrappy game, England won't be able to score, Bale will score and then we'll hold on and win 1-0."

The pair were speaking ahead of the first day of play at the US Open, at Oakmont Country Club, Pennsylvania, where Wood tees off at 18:47 BST this evening.

Olympic glory hopes for Bath based judoka Ben Fletcher

Ben Fletcher has just been named in the Great Britain Olympic squad for Rio. 

He trains at the University of Bath, but missed out on the Commonwealth Games two years ago due to a knee injury.

Ben and Megan Fletcher
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Ben Fletcher training with his sister Megan

Ben is one of seven members of the judo team and will fight in the 100kg category

Euro 2016: Who to cheer for? And in which language?

We're gearing up for today's big Euro 2016 match between England and Wales, which will be broadcast on BBC1 from 1:30pm.

Some of the chants heard on the terrace will be well known in English, but what would they sound like in Welsh? 

BBC Radio Bristol has the answer...

ENG vs WAL - How to cheer your team on

Making the news on your local papers this lunchtime

Council responds to disabled boy's assessment delay

Grace Thomas and Louis Perandin
BBC

Earlier we told you about 11-year-old Louis Perandin from Somerset. Louis is disabled and needs to use a wheelchair.

His mum, Grace Thomas, says she is having to teach him at home because she's still waiting for an occupational therapy report, which would allow him to use his wheelchair at the Blue School in Wells.

Somerset County Council said it wanted to "bring all waiting times down" and referrals were "prioritised when received". 

The Blue School said it couldn't comment on individual cases but said it was working with the family. 

England v Wales - which side are you on?

If you can't make it to France to see England play Wales - what about choosing somewhere on the Welsh border?

Wayne Rooney (left) & Gareth Bale
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BBC reporter Pam Parkes is at the Bell Inn, in Redbrook on the River Wye, which is showing the game live.

The pub is in England but Wales is only a five minute walk away.  

Cheltenham 'prison education hero' awarded MBE

John Sidwell
One to One Maths

John Sidwell is the co-founder of One to One Maths, a charity based in Cheltenham dedicated to helping innumerate prisoners.

He has been included in the Queen's birthday honours list for 2016.

According to One to One Maths, some 50% of prisoners have numeracy skills below the level of an 11-year-old and 80% reject formal prison education.

John said he is thrilled and honoured to receive the award.

Tuition
One to One Maths

Bristol Rovers' Parkes joins Leyton Orient

Tom Parkes
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League Two side Leyton Orient have signed Bristol Rovers' central defender Tom Parkes on a two-year deal.

The 24-year-old will leave Rovers when his contract ends on 1 July.

Parkes made 190 appearances for the club and was part of the side that won promotion last season.

A tale of two pubs, two villages and two countries

For one village in Gloucestershire, today's crunch match between England and Wales is a game of two pubs. 

Redbrook in the Forest of Dean is split down the middle by the River Wye - on one side of the village, you're in England, and on the other side you're in Wales.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Justyn Surrall has been to the footbridge that separates the two.