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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 20 June 2016

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A dry and pleasant day in store tomorrow

If you're planning on getting up bright and early for the summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge you'll be pleased to hear that tomorrow's weather is looking rather nice.

Here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast:

Ian Fergusson has the weather for the West

Well that's all from us at Local Live in the West - we're back tomorrow from 7am. 

Summer solstice alcohol ban at Stonehenge

If you were thinking about taking a beer with you to watch the sunset at Stonehenge tonight think again...

Alcohol has been banned from the summer solstice celebrations for the first time, English Heritage say it's to prevent anti-social behaviour and drive down clear-up costs.

There's also a new £15 charge to park at the site.

But neither of the new rules appear to be putting people off with thousands descending on Stonehenge in the last few hours.

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Biker seriously injured in hit and run in Lechlade

Swindon's Great Western Hospital

A 66-year-old biker has been knocked off his motorcycle in a hit and run in Lechlade.

The collision happened on the A361 at around 11.45am on Sunday and the victim was airlifted to Swindon's Great Western hospital with a collapsed lung and broken ribs.

Police said the blue Renault, which had a loud exhaust, was seen driving off at speed along Hambridge Lane after colliding with the motorcyclist, who was travelling in the opposite direction.

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A man with severe burns has been airlifted from the festival site to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Medals of 'one of the most remarkable men' in war history go on display

The Victoria Cross that was won by a commander of the Gloustershire regiment in the battle of the Somme has gone on display for the first time.

It's part of an exhibition of Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart's medals at the Soldiers of Gloucestershire museum.

He's famed for his multiple escapes from death including being shot in several places, surviving two plane crashes and tunneling out of a prisoner of war camp.

Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart's medals are going on display for the first time

Air ambulance lands at Glastonbury

We're getting reports that someone has been badly injured in an accident at the Glastonbury festival site. 

Our friends in Somerset tweeted this picture of an air ambulance at the scene. We'll bring you more as we get it.

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Bristol Rovers' Gosling signs new deal

Jake Gosling

Bristol Rovers midfielder Jake Gosling has signed a new contract with the League One club.

The 22-year-old, who joined Rovers in 2014, was part of the squad that won a second consecutive promotion last season.

"It was an easy decision to extend my stay with Bristol Rovers because the club and supporters are terrific," Gosling told Rovers' club website.

Nicholson 'won't lose sleep' over Rio snub

Andrew Nicholson
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Wiltshire-based rider Andrew Nicholson says he "won't be losing any sleep" over comments from the New Zealand Eventing team's high performance coach Erik Duvander, who has said Nicholson is "not selectable" for the Rio Olympics.

Three-time Olympic medalist Nicholson broke his neck last year but has recovered to win a three-star event at Bramham earlier in June and achieve two top-ten finishes at his first four-star event in Germany.

He had hoped to appear at his seventh Olympic Games but told BBC Wiltshire: "If it's not to be, it's not to be. I won't be losing any sleep over it.

"The trouble I've had from them (the New Zealand high performance team) over the last 18 months has not been helpful to me. I wouldn't give them the time of day. 

"They haven't shown respect for what I've done for them over the years - I've pretty much fallen totally out with them."

Swindon Calais volunteers pledge to try again

A group from Swindon who were planning to give aid to refugees at the so-called Jungle at Calais have pledged to try again, after being stopped from getting on a ferry at Dover at the weekend.

Members of the People's Assembly have told the BBC they're writing to the British and French governments to ask for a refund on their tickets which they say were worth around £8,000.

They were part of a 250-strong convoy of cars and lorries trying to make their way to France.

Swindon aid group refused entry to France

Sneak peek at BBC Radio Bristol's EU Referendum debate

Here's a behind the scenes look at BBC Radio Bristol's EU debate which is being recorded for broadcast on Wednesday morning from 9am. 

The panel about to face the audience's questions are Liz Bilney, Molly Scott Cato, Stephen Perry and William Dartmouth.

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Euro 2016: Where are you watching England vs Slovakia?

They're expecting over a thousand people at Ashton Gate in Bristol this evening to watch England's Euro 2016 game against Slovakia.

But can we expect scenes like this again?

Fans erupt into cheers as England score the winning goal against Wales

Bristol City claim to have the biggest indoor pub screen in the country. 

Kick off is at 8pm so it should be getting busy about now.

Somerset teenager 'could die within months' unless money is raised for transplant

The family of a teenager from Frome are trying to raise around £100,000 to fund a second bone marrow transplant to treat his rare form of leukaemia. 

He was given a transplant from his brother but the disease came back.  

NHS bosses decided not to fund another treatment for 13-year-old Daryl despite his consultant at the Bristol Royal Infirmary recommending it. 

Daryl and his mum Sam have been speaking to the BBC.


In a statement, NHS England said: "These are difficult decisions, which is why they're taken by clinicians and experts on the basis of evidence on which treatments are effective."

Sun shining on SS Great Britain as BBC Radio Bristol record EU debate

Don't forget your parking money at Stonehenge tonight...

Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on Stonehenge for the annual summer solstice celebrations later. 

Although the event is free, this is the first year English Heritage has introduced parking charges. 

It said the £15 charge per vehicle will encourage people to car-share and help cover the cost of managing the event.

English Heritage will allow people to access the monument field from seven o'clock tonight

And we've had an update from our friends at BBC Wiltshire already:

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New business venture? It's got a windmill, a rocket and some holes...

Crazy golf course

A crazy golf course on the seafront of Weston-super-Mare has been put up for sale.

The seasonal business is operated by a vendor but property website Rightmove says the site may lend itself to an alternative use subject to planning permission.

Crazy golf course

Would you like to own a crazy golf course of your own, or have you played at this one and want it to stay? Email us your thoughts.

Ben Condon death: Hospital didn't explain why staff wanted to delete comments

A report following the death of an eight-week-old baby found Bristol Children's Hospital missed several chances to engage, failed to share important findings and delayed complaint investigations.

Ben Condon died in April last year. His parents, Allyn and Jenny Condon, have repeatedly raised questions about his treatment and how their complaints were dealt with.

At one point a recorded meeting was held between the hospital and Ben's parents. After the parents left the room senior staff admitted the family were "absolutely right" and had "a point", and then asked if their comments could be removed from the recording.

The Condon's heard what was said because they had also been recording the meeting on their mobile phone. This was left recording when they left the room. 

You can hear their recording below, the people speaking are a senior manager and Dr Margaret Schindler, a consultant from intensive care who did not treat Ben.

Hospital apologies for handling of baby Ben Condon's death

A report said University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust didn't properly investigate the Condon's concerns and lost sight of the fact that this was a grieving family who simply wanted answers.

The trust also didn't properly explain why senior staff were talking about deleting this recording.

The hospital says that was a serious error but not a cover up and has apologised to the family.

Rare Strawberry Moon coincides with Solstice


This year's Summer Solstice coincides with a Strawberry Moon - a full moon which marks the start of the strawberry season. 

It's a rare phenomenon - the two have not coincided for almost 50 years.

Thousands of people will gather at Stonehenge later to mark the occasion - sunset tonight is at 9:26pm and sunrise tomorrow will be at 4:52am.

We couldn't talk solstice, though, without looking back on some of the antics at the stones over the years. Get a load of the purple chap....

People celebrating after dark at the annual Summer Solstice held at Stonehenge in 2012
People celebrating at the annual Summer Solstice held at Stonehenge in 2012

Former NHS boss to be charged with fraud

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Five people are to be charged with a number of fraud offences committed against Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.

One of the accused, Royston Dyke, was a senior manager within Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Dyke was responsible for overseeing project managers engaged in the Trust's estate works.

All five defendants will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on 11 August.

Somerset man named 2016 Paper Aeroplane champ

Somerset has a new world champion!

Congratulations to Sam Clement who is the 2016 Paper Aeroplane World Champion.

Scores of people turned out in Burnham-on-Sea's High Street for the second annual competition. 

Congratulations to Sam Clement who is the new Paper Aeroplane World Champion

Braveheart the hedgehog released after strimming incident

Braveheart the hedgehog
Help a Hedgehog Hospital

An injured hedgehog - named Braveheart by rescuers -  is being released into the wild today after being nursed back to health.

It was rescued by staff at the Help a Hedgehog Hospital in Gloucestershire who thought he'd have to be put down after being cut by a hedge strimmer. 

Gardeners are being warned to be on the look out for hedgehogs waking from hibernation before using bladed tools.

Mudfest at Glastonbury after days of rain

Mud, mud, glorious mud. Or so the song goes.

But there's nothing glorious about the muddy conditions at Worthy Farm for the thousands of people heading to Glastonbury Festival this week.

Our reporter Laura Jones has been at the site this morning - with her wellies of course!

Metre-wide globe marks nurses' war contribution

A Wiltshire artist is making the first UK sculpture to remember nurses who died or survived combat.George Welch from Chippenham has designed a four foot pair of hands holding a globe a metre wide. Today, the piece will be moulded ready to be cast in bronze and stone.  

Nurses from combat recognised by Wiltshire artist

Yeovil-based police officers nominated for bravery award

Student officer Rebecca Quirk and her tutor Matthew Wilson
Avon and Somerset Police

Two Yeovil-based police officers have been nominated for a Police Bravery Award.

Student officer Rebecca Quirk and her tutor Matthew Wilson tackled a drunk man who threatened to set a Yeovil petrol station on fire last June.

Chairman of Avon and Somerset Police Federation, Vince Howard, said: “Both PC Wilson and PC Quirk dealt with the matter without thought for their own personal safety.

"They acted with outstanding bravery and only their quick thinking in this potentially life threatening situation prevented what could have without a doubt been a major disaster with fatalities.”

The ceremony takes place on 14 July in London.

Appeal made after fatal Farrington Gurney road crash

Ambulance generic

Police are appealing for witnesses after a double fatal road crash near Farrington Gurney on the A39 on Friday.

The crash happened just after 11.30am towards the village involving a Renault Megane and a Fiat Panda.

A 70-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man died from their injuries.

Two other people remain in a serious but stable condition in Southmead Hospital.

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Giant lilies in bloom at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Eight giant Himalayan lilies, Cardiocrinum giganteum, are in full bloom at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.

We visited them to take a closer look. 

New arrivals at the Botanic Garden

Hospital apologises to bereaved family of baby Ben Condon

Ben Condon

We told you earlier about how the trust running Bristol Children's Hospital was criticised in an independent report over how clinicians dealt with questions from the bereaved family of eight-week-old baby Ben Condon.

Robert Woolley, the chief executive of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Our systems and processes didn’t work for the Condon family. 

"We are saddened we missed too many opportunities to proactively engage with Ben’s parents, to fully answer their questions and to really get a grip of their complaint. 

"We are truly very sorry for adding to Ben’s family’s distress and apologise to them unreservedly."

He added the board was going through the report "very carefully" to build on the actions it had already taken and plans to create a "comprehensive action plan" to address all the points raised.

Mud alert for Glastonbury Festival goers

Our BBC Somerset reporters have been on site at Worthy Farm this morning - and sent us these pictures of the site - and be warned, it's very muddy.

Let's hope the weather will clear up soon and it won't be a repeat of the mudfest in 2007.

The Glastonbury Festival site is muddy and wet in the run-up to the 2016 festival

Stonehenge gets ready for Summer Solstice celebration


Today is the the longest day of the year so it can only mean one thing for Wiltshire - the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge.

Thousands of people are expected to gather there to mark the occasion tonight and tomorrow morning.

English Heritage is opening up the monument field from 7pm.

The sunset itself will be at 9:26pm, and sunrise is 4.52am on Tuesday.

Train that caused all those delays is moved from track

Remember all those train delays heading into London at the end of last week?

It was down to a train that had derailed just outside of Paddington. It's been removed - here's how they did it.

Derailed London Paddington train lifted back on tracks

Glastonbury festival-goers joined by Brian Blessed on the bog

Glastonbury Festival-goers are to be joined on the loo by Kathy Burke, Brian Blessed and C

Glastonbury Festival-goers are to be joined on the loo by Kathy Burke, Brian Blessed and Cerys Matthews this year. 

Charity WaterAid is putting three Talking Toilets in sight of the Pyramid stage to highlight the 2.3bn people who have no access to a basic toilet.

It's hoped the "babbling bogs" will encourage users to back the charity's Toilets Save Lives campaign. 

The charity's Marcus Missen, said: "Who hasn't wanted to listen to Brian Blessed while sitting on the bog?"

Jolly Roger pub

A 21-year-old man is arrested in connection with a shooting outside a pub in the Easton area of Bristol, police say.

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Explorer sets off from Bristol to sail around the North Pole

Adventurer David Hempleman-Adams on his venture to the North Pole

Adventurer David Hempleman-Adams, along with a crew of seven, sailed out of a Bristol harbour at the weekend on their way to the North Pole.

The veteran of more than 30 Arctic expeditions is hoping to round the pole and return via Greenland in a single season.

If successful they will become the first British team to complete the challenge, which only become possible recently due to retreating sea ice.

Congestion on the M5 junction 16

Security firm providing medical staff for custody suites

G4S logo

An investigation by the BBC has discovered the private security firm G4S is providing doctors and nurses in custody suites and sexual health centres across Wiltshire.

The forensic medical officers are there to help anyone who's been arrested or who've suffered sexual assault.

One senior Wiltshire police source said this means there's now 24/7 access to better services in some places where the contract is running.

In a statement G4S told the BBC they're proud of what they do and are focussed on the outcome of the service, that it was about taking victims outside of a police environment and was not privatisation by the back door.

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The Moon is a balloon! New feature for this year's fiesta

A huge Moon balloon will feature at this year's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in August.

The installation will measure 7m across, and will feature detailed Nasa imagery of the lunar surface.

Each centimetre on the balloon will represent 5km on the surface of the Moon.

It's been designed by Luke Jerram, the Bristol artist who was behind the giant water slide in Park Street in 2014.

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Bristol shooting victim in 'serious but stable condition'

Jolly Roger pub, Easton

A 25-year-old man who was injured in a shooting at a Bristol pub over the weekend is in a "serious but stable condition" police have said.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning outside the Jolly Roger pub in Easton.

Det Supt Andy Bevan said: “Firstly, I would like to thank those members of the community who have already come forward and spoken to us. 

“It is key that anyone with any information, regardless of how insignificant you think it might be, comes forward now. 

“At this stage, we are keeping an open mind as to whether this is linked to any previous incident."

Full service running to Paddington after derailed train congestion

Good news if you're travelling to London Paddington this morning.

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