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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday, 17 June 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

And the weather this weekend...DRY!

We thought the rain would never end but it looks like we're going to have a dry weekend.

Here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast.

Ian Fergusson has the weather

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.

Don't forget the Bristol Grand Prix begins at 11am tomorrow.

The official launch has just finished at the Watershed. The event brings high-quality cycle racing to the streets of the city.

Tomorrow gets under way with the Love My Bike lap, offering everyone the chance to enjoy the course before the official races begin.

Cyclists
Bristol Grand Prix

T20 derby: Gloucestershire need 30 runs

Still very close at the moment, you can follow the final stages here.

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T20 derby: Tight finish in prospect

Here's the latest from the County Ground.

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I predict a musical riot...

Thousands of fans are waiting for the Kaiser Chiefs to take to the stage at Westonbirt Arboretum tonight.

The award for the best hashtag so far goes to Tri-Force Inspector Dave Eddy...

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Appeal for return of war medals taken from train

A son is appealing for the return of his father's war medals, after they were taken from a train luggage rack.

Keith Ridings, 64, was returning from his father's funeral on the 11:17 train between Birmingham New Street and Exeter St Davids on Tuesday.

The medals were awarded to his father between 1945 and 1948, while serving in North Africa and the Middle East.

Keith Ridings's father
British Transport Police

He said: "I inherited these medals from my father's estate only a couple of weeks ago.

"It upsets me someone is in possession of those medals, who has no idea what he went through to get them."

The bag, which also contained clothes and various personal items, was found to be missing from the rack when Mr Ridings got off the train at Exeter.

Jo Cox death: Politicians speak of rise in hatred

A vigil in honour of Labour MP Jo Cox will take place at Bath Abbey tomorrow night. 

Books of condolence have also been opened across the West as people continue to remember the MP who was killed yesterday. 

Her death has also forced politicians to question the way politicians are seen and treated. 

Forest of Dean Labour peer Jan Royall, who had known Jo for 20 years, told BBC Points West that politics has been "tarnished" by hatred.

Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie also spoke of an "escalation in hatred", particularly on social media.

Baroness Royall and Charlotte Leslie MP say there has been a rise in hatred

T20 derby: Somerset finish on 158/5

Here's the latest from Alistair Durden at the County Ground in Bristol. 

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Woman charged with manslaughter dies in prison

Forensic officers on site in the Quaker memorial garden
BBC

A woman accused of killing a Bristol man has died in prison.  

Michaela Sweeting, 38, of William Street, Totterdown, was arrested after a man was attacked in the city centre.

Robert Hines, 56, from Horfield, died following the assault in Quaker Memorial Garden on 24 May.

Ms Sweeting's death at Eastwood Park Prison, in Gloucestershire, is not being treated as suspicious.

Matthew James Hill, 31, is also charged with manslaughter in relation to the death of Mr Hines.

Marathon man embarks on mammoth run through Malawi

A Wincanton man has set himself the challenge of running across Malawi.

Brendan Rendall will be jogging 650 miles - the equivalent of 25 marathons - in 25 days.

He is raising money for the Friends of Mulanje Orphans charity to build a science block at a secondary school.

This video shows how he was greeted by children at the school.

A man from Wincanton is planning to run around 650 miles in Malawi

Stage is almost set for Jess Glynne at Kingsholm Stadium

The turnstiles will reopen at Kingsholm Stadium tomorrow night... but there won't be a rugby ball in sight.

Gloucester Rugby's stadium is being converted into a concert venue and will host singer Jess Glynne who will perform in front of thousands of fans.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire went to see how the preparations are getting on and spoke to Kingsholm's events manager Patrick Morris.

Gloucester Rugby's Kingsholm Stadium prepares to host Jess Glynne

Bath's Ford 'can be England legend'

George Ford
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Bath's George Ford could develop into a “legend of the game” along with fellow England number 10 Owen Farrell, England skills coach Glen Ella believes.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Ian Robertson, Ella said: "They will both go on Lions tours, and they will win World Cups. That’s how confident I am in these guys.

“They are great players now - they could be legends of the game in ten years' time“

The pair will both face Australia in Saturday's second test in Melbourne.

Ex-police officer admits fraud and false accounting charges

Bournemouth Crown Court
BBC

A former police officer from Wiltshire Police has admitted 11 counts of fraud, forgery and false accounting while working as a treasurer for the 7th Swindon Scouts and Orchid Vale PTA in Swindon.

Ex-Supt Andrew Carr, 47, from Swindon, pleaded guilty to all the charges made against him at Bournemouth Crown Court earlier today.

He was sacked from the police force last month. Sentencing will take place on 21 July.

Bristol MP Karin Smyth: The enormity of Jo Cox's death hasn't hit home yet

Parliament is being recalled on Monday in tribute to Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed yesterday. 

Bristol South Labour MP Karin Smyth is among the politicians paying their respects, praising Jo's internationalism and love for her constituency. 

Karin says security for MPs should always be a high priority but says she hopes the attack will not prevent constituents having access to their MPs.

Woman, 20, in critical condition after M5 crash

A 20-year-old woman is being treated for life-threatening injuries after a serious car crash on the M5 last night between Tewkesbury and Cheltenham. 

She was airlifted to hospital in Bristol from the southbound carriageway between junctions 9 and 10. 

Three other people from Gloucester were taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for treatment, including the 18-year-old driver. 

A 15-year-old girl, who was also in the Renault Laguna, is said to be recovering well at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Motorway
BBC

Vigils to remember Orlando massacre victims

A candlelit vigil is being held in Cheltenham tonight for the victims of the Orlando Massacre. 

It follows a number of ceremonies held across the region this week in memory of the 50 people killed in a shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

Candles will be lit at Sanford Park in Cheltenham from six o'clock this evening and another vigil will be held at the Shire Hall in Gloucester at 7.30pm tomorrow. 

Vigil held for the Orlando massacre victims
BBC

T20 derby: Current conditions at the County Ground

Will the rain hold off for the Gloucestershire vs Somerset T20 derby at the County Ground in Bristol tonight? That's the big question.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain across the city from 5pm until 10pm.

The match is due to start at 6.30pm.

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There's a police dog theme today...

First we brought you Ozzy, now meet Boris.

The rescue Staffie has had his life transformed as a police dog!

He's just graduated from training school and is all set to be a sniffer dog for the region's forces.

A dog cared for by the RSPCA becomes a police sniffer dog

Jo Cox death: Book of condolence opens in memory of killed MP

A book of condolence has been opened in Bristol Central Library in memory of Jo Cox MP.

The book will remain open to sign until Monday 27 June.

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Train derailment latest: Timetable alterations

There continues to be major disruption to train services from the West Country to London Paddington.

It comes after an empty carriage derailed last night, knocking out signalling and overhead wires when it hit a gantry.

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Railway hopes to get vintage train back on track with new trailer

Class 207 thumper
BBC

The Swindon and Cricklade Railway has taken delivery of a new trailer to replace one on a vintage diesel train that was destroyed in a fire. 

Their rare Class 207 "thumper" was valued at around £100,000 and had only recently been refurbished when it caught fire nearly a month ago.

The blue and white replacement wagon has come to the museum from Pershore and you can see it being off-loaded and put on the track in the pictures below.

Replacement train carriages after thumper fire
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Replacement train wagons delivered after thumper fire
BBC
Replacement train wagons delivered after thumper fire
BBC

Family reunited with lost 1940s photographs

Thank you to everyone who shared the story of the 1940s photographs found in a doctor's surgery on social media.

Kate Goodwin recognised the man in the pictures as her uncle and BBC Radio Bristol were able to reunite them with her mother Pat.

Pat from Combe Down was delighted to see the photos of her brother again

Police dog attacks BBC reporter...kind of

There’s a new police dog in town!

Ozzy is nine weeks old and is the latest recruit in the Tri-Force police dog unit covering Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Ozzy is the newest recruit at the police dog unit

Sold! Hammer Horror tomb fetches £440 at auction

The gothic tomb used as a classic 1970s Hammer Horror film prop
BBC

A gothic tomb used as a classic 1970s Hammer Horror film prop has sold for £440 at auction.

The prop - made from fibreglass and wood - is believed to have been used in the 1971 film Lust for a Vampire.

It went under the hammer at Moore Allen and Innocent in Cirencester earlier today and was purchased by a local buyer.

Jo Cox death: Taunton MP still welcomes public interaction

Jo Cox scene of the attack
Reuters

The Conservative MP for Taunton, Rebecca Pow met Jo Cox during a charity tug-of-war event for Macmillan Cancer Support. They were both elected new MPs in May 2015.

Rebecca said: "I speak particularly for the new intake who all come from what I call the real world, out and about, with families, who've worked, and who've gone into public service for what I would say were all the right reasons.

"I live in my constituency so wherever I go I absolutely love meeting people and talking to them and finding out what's going on....it will be hard to curtail that and I think the job would be the sadder for it."

The Labour MP was shot and stabbed outside Birstall Library where she held her weekly constituency surgery meetings.

Train derailment latest: problems in the West of England

A train derailment in London has led to problems for people travelling from the West to the capital.

Michelle Ruminski has the latest from Swindon.

West trains are delayed by a derailment in London - we talk to Great Western Trains.

Taunton and Blackdown Hills broadband speed face off

We've all had times when the internet just isn't fast enough for our needs.

But on the Blackdown Hills we've been told that's the norm rather than the exception.

Now a group wants more than £4m from a European fund to spend on speeding up their internet, so we decided to put it to the test.

A group on the Blackdowns is applying for £4 million to increase internet speeds

Bristol Rovers sign up Byron Moore

Swindon Town striker Nicky Ajose to join Charlton Athletic

A deal has been agreed for Swindon Town striker Nicky Ajose to join Charlton Athletic for a fee in the region of £800,000, BBC Wiltshire understand.

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

On 6 June chairman Lee Power said the club had rejected a £500,000 bid from an unnamed Championship club for Ajose.

BBC Wiltshire also understands that Swindon have agreed a deal worth about £400,000 to sign keeper Lawrence Vigouroux.

Nicky Ajose
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Serious accident closes A38 at Farrington Gurney

Hammer Horror tomb goes under the hammer

Fancy owning a part of gruesome movie history?

This Hammer Horror Gothic film prop is up for auction at Moore Allen and Innocent in Cirencester today.

It's thought it was used in the 1971 film Lust for a Vampire.

They reckon the tomb - made from fibreglass and wood - will fetch £300-£500.

Gothic tomb film prop
BBC

Cinderford Town 'forced' to accept promotion

The chairman of Cinderford Town has told the BBC the club had "no option" but to accept promotion to the Southern League Premier Division.

Chairman Stuart Tait
BBC

The Gloucestershire club initially refused promotion after winning the Southern Division One South & West title, over financial concerns.

The club voted "unanimously" to accept going up, at a meeting on Wednesday.

A Football Association appeal board found that Cinderford had "no discretion to refuse promotion".

Swindon teenager honoured with an award in his memory

Picture of Stephen Thomas and his father David
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A teenager from Swindon who died when a whale spotting trip went tragically wrong has been honoured with an award named after him.

Stephen Thomas had Down's syndrome and was passionate about photography. His achievements included winning a prize in the International Photography Competition hosted by the Down's Syndrome Association in 2014. 

Dame Judy Dench, a judge in this year's competition, said: "I think celebrating his life is a necessary thing to do."

Dame Judi Dench
BBC

Carlos Biggemann from New Zealand won the award dedicated to Stephen with the photograph of an Australian sunset.

Photo of a sunset
Carlos Biggemann

Baroness Jan Royall: Jo Cox MP had 'zest for life'

Flowers and tributes are left in Market Square, Birstall
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The Forest of Dean Labour peer, Baroness Jan Royall, is a former Leader of the House of Lords. 

She has known Jo Cox for 20 years through their work together in Brussels and at Oxfam.

She told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "She [Jo] said there’s more that unites us than divides us, and that encapsulated Jo’s beliefs.  

"She worked for a world in which we could all live and work together.

"She had a tiny, tiny little house near the River Wye and she just loved being outdoors with her husband, her kids and all the people that she loved.

"I was 60 last year - she came to my birthday party with her husband and kids. 

"It was absolutely fantastic, she had such a zest for life and she was so enthusiastic, and everybody sort of caught that zest when they were with her. Amazing."

London derailment latest: some capital services cancelled

Travel news graphic
BBC/Thinkstock

CCTV images released after man's death near Bristol park

Police have released images of two men who could have vital information about a man's death near a Bristol park recently.

Robert Hines, 56, died following an incident in the Quaker Memorial Garden off Redcliff Hill on Tuesday, 24 May.

A 31-year-old man has been charged with his manslaughter.

If you know anything, please contact the police.

CCTV image 1: Redcliffe man's death
Avon and Somerset Police
CCTV image 2: Redcliff Park man's death
Avon and Somerset Police

All eyes on rare spoon-billed sandpiper eggs

The first-ever spoon-billed sandpiper eggs to be laid in captivity are being incubated at the WWT in Slimbridge.

A total of seven eggs were laid by two of the rare birds - a huge success for the conservation project which has been running for three years.

Staff say they are due to hatch in a few weeks' time.

One of the world's rarest birds has laid eggs in captivity for the first time

Timetable changes for train passengers heading to London Paddington

Empty train derails at London Paddington
Network Rail Sources

An amended timetable has been put in place by Great Western Railway after an empty train derailed at London Paddington yesterday

Four of the six lines into the station have been opened but two will remain closed for at least the rest of the day, the operator has said.

The amended timetable is in place on its Thames Valley and South Wales - Bristol - London routes, with just over half the trains on these routes running.  

A GWR spokesman said: "Many of our services continue to operate, but some services are likely to be busier than normal and we are asking customers to check before travelling."

GWR has apologised to its passengers for the continuing disruption.

'Everyone has a place in Midsomer Norton' says Pride organiser

Organisers of Midsomer Norton's first-ever Pride festival say they hope it'll help LGBT people in the area feel part of the wider community. 

The event, which is being held tomorrow, is being funded by the town council and supported by the local community trust.

Meet Nik Jovčić-Sas, who's the organiser of Midsomer Norton Pride.  

Midsomer Norton is to hold its first ever Pride event