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Summary

  1. As it happened for the West of England on Tuesday 21 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Daniel Garrett

All times stated are UK

EU Referendum: Eeyore or out?

BBC Radio Bristol’s politics reporter Pete Simson has been gathering opinion in Weston-super-Mare ahead of the big vote on Thursday.

And yes, that's him 'interviewing' a donkey. Hmm.

That's quite enough horsing around for today, we'll be back with Local Live from 7am tomorrow.

Muggy and cloudy day in store tomorrow

Those heading to Glastonbury tomorrow can expect it to be muggy and cloudy. 

And for the rest of us, here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast: 

Late headlines from your local papers

Forest Green Rovers make new signing

The New Lawn
Empics

Ethan Pinnock has joined Forest Green Rovers on a two-year deal.

The 23-year-old has joined the National League club from London club Dulwich Hamlet, who he helped reach the Isthmian Premier League play-off final in May (which they lost).

Click here to read a little bit more.

Glastonbury floods 'were on a biblical scale'

The BBC's Fiona Lamdin has been at Glastonbury where she said it was more of "a slide than a drive" onto the festival site. 

Recent flooding has been described by workers as being "on a biblical scale".

Aye-aye's say 'aye' to bug hotel

Two aye-aye lemurs at Bristol Zoo have been snaffling insects in a new bug hotel, gifted to the zoo by a patron...

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EU Referendum: What are our children thinking?

It’s the debate that’s got everyone talking, including these pupils at Hans Price Academy in Weston-super-Mare. 

Are they for or against staying in the EU? 

EU Referendum: What our MPs are thinking?

In or out? It's just over a day away until the polls open and that question will finally be answered. 

But how will those who represent us in Parliament be voting?...

EU infographic
BBC

Fake police warning in Gloucestershire

The neighbourhood watch team in South Warwickshire have issued a warning about a BMW posing as a police car in Gloucestershire and South Warwickshire. 

A photo of the police warning on Facebook
Facebook

A similar incident has been reported to Gloucestershire Police, which happened on Saturday night near Moreton-in-Marsh.

Stonehenge Solstice: Stones manager pleased with turnout

So, this morning about 12,000 people gathered at Stonehenge to watch the sun rise at 04:52 BST.

It sounds like a mass of people, but that figure is about half what it was for the Summer Solstice last year.

Kate Davies, the Stonehenge manager, said she was, however, pleased with the numbers...

The manager of Stonehenge says she is happy with how the solstice event happened.

There was a big push to get people to attend the site by public transport or through car sharing, as English Heritage introduced a £15 parking charge for the first time this year.

They also enforced a ban on alcohol and drugs being brought to the site.

New deal for Bristol Rovers midfielder

Ollie Clarke
Rex Features

Bristol Rovers central midfielder Ollie Clarke has signed a new undisclosed-length deal with the club.

The 23-year-old played 35 times in all competitions last season.

"Being a Bristol lad I know what it means to the club and fans to be back in League One," Clarke told the club website.

"It's brilliant to re-sign," 

Princess Anne visits hospice for 40th anniversary

HRH Princess Anne was in Wiltshire today visiting Dorothy House Hospice at Winsley.

HRH Princess Anne has been out and about in Wiltshire today. 

During one visit she joined staff at Dorothy House Hospice, at Winsley near Bradford on Avon, who are celebrating the hospice's 40th birthday.

She also helped to dedicate a poppy sculpture in Wootton Bassett, erected to remember the fallen and the part the town played in so many repatriations.

Injured runner resumes 401 marathon challenge

A man who pledged to run 401 marathons in 401 days has resumed the challenge after 11 days off with a back injury.

Ben Smith took ten days out to have physiotherapy but is determined to finish his feat and raise more than £100,000 for charity.

Click here to read more.

Sunrise at Stonehenge solstice

Thank you Josh Dury for sending in this amazing photo of the sunrise at this year's summer solstice at Stonehenge.

Sunrise at Stonehenge summer solstice
Josh Dury

Click here to watch and read more about this morning's gathering.

About 12,000 people attended the neolithic site, which was half the number apparently of the same event last year.

A tweet from The Queen!

Ever wondered what HRH The Queen looks like while tweeting?

Wonder no more...

The Queen has tweeted to thank all who have sent messages of goodwill on social media for her Birthday #Queenat90

The Queen has tweeted to thank all who have sent messages of goodwill on social media for her Birthday #Queenat90

And here's what she wrote...

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'No offer' from Bristol City, says Lee Tomlin

Lee Tomlin
Rex Features

Bournemouth forward Lee Tomlin has claimed that Bristol City are yet to make an official bid to sign him.

The 27-year-old scored six times in 18 games after joining City on loan in January.

Many Robins fans have expressed their wish to see Tomlin join permanently but he posted the below on social media...

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Comic shop burgled - where's Batman when you need him

Batman rucksack
Wiltshire Police

Lego, a Star Wars board game and a Batman rucksack have been stolen in a raid on a comic shop in Wiltshire.

Automattic Comics in Corsham was targeted in the early hours of Sunday morning, police said.

CCTV shows a man kicking the front window of the shop causing it to smash, before he made off on a bicycle with the items.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police.

Dinosaurs, in the Cotswolds?

Photo of the dinosaur bones
BBC

A dinosaur bone found in the Cotswolds has gone on display at a new museum in the West Midlands.

The Natural History Museum has opened a collection at the University of Birmingham which includes objects from across the region.

One of them - a femur bone from a 12-tonne dinosaur called a Cetiosauriscus - was unearthed in the Cotswolds.

Surprise surprise, Glastonbury is wet under foot

Wet underfoot at the site
BBC

It's only a matter of hours until the gates open to the public for the 2016 Glastonbury Festival ...and the site's a little soggy.

BBC Points West's Fiona Lamdin has sent in these photos.

Waterlogged Glastonbury Festival site
BBC

Recent heavy rain has waterlogged fields and festival-goers have been warned of muddy conditions and advised to pack their wellies.

So what's new?!

How will Weston vote in the EU referendum?

We've been out in Weston-super-Mare finding out how residents there might vote in the upcoming EU referendum. 

No areas of the town were off-limits, including the beach...

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My 'body needs a break' - Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle
Rex Features

Chris Gayle has told BBC Radio Bristol his body "needs a break" after his second T20 Blast spell with Somerset came to an end on Sunday.

The 36-year-old scored a half century to help beat Hamsphire in his last scheduled county cricket match of 2016.

The West Indies batsman scored 177 runs over five matches for Somerset this year.

But he did not rule out returning to Taunton later this summer, if Somerset were to reach the final.

Weather warning to Glastonbury caravan and camper van drivers

Ticket holders for the upcoming Glastonbury Festival who are bringing their caravans along have been told that the opening of the east and wet camper van fields has been delayed because of the wet weather.

Some of the festival site has turned in to a bit of a mud bath due to the wet weather recently...

Muddy fields at Glastonbury

Separately, Highways England have advised that motorways and major A roads leading to the Festival site are likely to be busy as an estimated 190,000 people start to arrive.

Ben Condon inquest: 'No specific concerns' when admitted

Dickon Hooper

BBC Points West

The inquest into the death of Ben Condon is continuing at Flax Bourton Coroner's Court. He was born prematurely at Southmead but later died at the Bristol Children's Hospital.

Ben Condon with his mum Jenny
Family

When Ben was discharged from Southmead Hospital and taken home, he became ill and was admitted to Weston General Hospital.

Dr Dowds from the hospital has told the inquest that Ben had a slow heart rate, and when they were given his medical history, they booked a specialist ambulance to take him back to Bristol. 

Dr James Fraser, a consultant at the Children's Hospital says there were no specific concerns raised on the night he saw Ben, and their diagnosis at the time was viral bronchiolitis.

Weston £11m Food and Drink Centre being considered

Plans for a specialist food and drink centre near Weston-super-Mare are being considered later.

North Somerset Council is debating whether it should boost the sector by building an £11m centre off the M5 at junction 21.

If built, it would create up to 500 new jobs, offer food and drink firms the space to expand and offer them specialist and technical support on site.

The plan is to open the centre by August 2018.

Orange juice bottling plant
SPL

Lechlade motorcycle collision images released

Images of a seriously injured motorcyclist who was involved in a collision with a car in Lechlade have been released in the hope that it will prompt some new witnesses to come forward.

A photo of the man in hospital
Gloucestershire Constabulary

Gerald Stockwell, 66, from Swindon, was riding his Triumph motorcycle along the A361 Burford Road in Lechlade on the 19 June.

As he approached the junction with Hambridge Lane, a vehicle drove into his side of the road to overtake cars queuing there. The car hit Gerald before driving off at speed along Hambridge Lane.

A photo of his bike
Gloucestershire Constabulary

He is being treated for a collapsed lung and multiple fractures at the Bristol Royal Infirmary where he remains in a stable condition. 

I am hoping that the release of this photo of Mr Stockwell, which I understand some people may find disturbing, will lead to the driver of the blue car contacting me about what happened on Sunday

PC Tim GriffithsInvestigating Officer, Gloucestershire Constabulary

Warminster girl shortlisted in a national invention competition

Caroline Longley could find out later if her idea to measure the temperature of racehorses could win a national invention competition.

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She has beaten off 140 entries from people around the UK to make it to the final, her device goes against other ideas such as a carbon capture chamber, and a smart medical bracelet.

The competition is part of a scheme called Your Life which aims to encourage more younger people to study maths and physics after the age of 16.

Nick Wood leaves Gloucester Rugby

Nick Wood
Getty Images

Gloucester Rugby's longest serving player is leaving the club.

Nick Wood had been with the Cherry and Whites since joining their academy in 2001 and has spent his entire playing career at Kingsholm.

The news has been announced this morning as part of the club's list of ins and outs as pre-season training goes up another notch.

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Princess Anne dedicates 'Forever' memorial in Royal Wootton Bassett

HRH Princess Anne has been visiting Royal Wootton Bassett today, to dedicate a new memorial for the town.

A photo of Princess Anne dedicating the memorial
BBC

The sculpture is called "Forever", and has been designed by local artist Mark Humphrey to recognise the respect that people in the town gave to members of the military whose coffins passed through there

A photo of princess anne opening the memorial
BBC

Glastonbury burns victim: more details

Avon and Somerset Police has released more details about the man who has died at the Glastonbury Festival site.

Here's their full statement...

We were called by the fire service after reports of a man on fire at the Glastonbury Festival site at about 5.20pm last night. The man suffered serious burns and was taken by air ambulance to Southmead Hospital in Bristol. He was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where he sadly later died. The man's family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this time. Our enquiries are continuing but we are treating the death as unexplained and do not believe it to be suspicious.

A photo of the air ambulance at the Glastonbury site
BBC Somerset

BreakingBurns victim at Glastonbury Festival dies

A man who suffered serious burns at the Glastonbury Festival site has died of his injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, Avon and Somerset Police say.

Ben Condon inquest: Baby fell ill and died following hospital discharge

Dickon Hooper

BBC Points West

The inquest into the death of Ben Condon has begun at Flax Bourton Coroner's Court near Bristol.

Ben was born prematurely at Southmead in April last year. He was born at 29 weeks and spent six weeks in hospital. 

Ben Condon
Family

Ben was later taken home, but after two days he fell ill and was taken to the children's hospital in the city. Community nurses noted that he sounded "snuffly" but he was taken to hospital after his breathing became harder.

The inquest has heard that "in retrospect" it was possible it was "not the right decision" to discharge him when they did. But Dr Mannix, who looked after Ben at Southmead, said it was still the right call to send him home when they did.

Yes, this is worth £18,000!

The body of a 1930's Austin 7 which has probably sat in a Gloucestershire barn since the 1960s has sold for over £18,000 at a Chippenham auction this weekend.

A photo of the Austin 7
Chippenham Auction Rooms

The dented body of the car was missing its engine, wheels and real axle but that didn't stop it selling at auction. 

Nearly 300,000 Austin 7's were made between the years 1922 to 1939, making it one of the more popular cars that we drove at the time. 

A photo of the Austin 7
Chippenham Auction Rooms

Pushing the button... Lily to blow up Westbury chimney

A nine-year-old girl has beaten off competition from around 600 other youngsters to press the button to destroy the chimney at the old Westbury cement works.

Lily Sargent won a drawing competition run by Wiltshire Council and the company Tarmac, and she will push the button to take down the iconic and controversial structure.

Lily shows off the photo she drew
BBC

We hope in true demolition style, the button will be a big red one! 

A close up photo of Lily's drawing
BBC

Stonehenge Solstice: The moment the sun came up

Some really great images from English Heritage of the sun poking up over the glorious south Wiltshire countryside.

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Marathon man starts again on his 401 challenge

A Portishead man is restarting his challenge to run 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days today after injuring his back.

Ben Smith, who's in his thirties, had so far been able to run 284 marathons in a row but doctors told him to stop after he got a hernia in Northumberland.

He told the BBC he is determined to continue his journey:

Ben Smith has restarted his 401 marathon journey

Ben has taken ten days out to have physiotherapy but is determined to finish his feat and raise more than £100,000 for charity.  

Stonehenge Solstice: Police happy at how event unfolded

Wiltshire Police say the event at Stonehenge this morning was peaceful with just a handful of arrests.

The attendance this year - some 12,000 - was down the estimated 23,000 who had attended last year. England and Wales both playing crucial games is likely to have affected the numbers.

Revellers also had a ban on alcohol and drugs for the first time in an attempt to "curb drunken and disrespectful behaviour".

Martyn Sweett from Wiltshire Police gave BBC Wiltshire the latest.

Police in Wiltshire say they are pleased with the peaceful solstice at Stonehenge.

Princess Anne to make two visits in Wiltshire later

Princess Anne is making two stops on a visit to the West today. The Princess Royal will dedicate this poppy memorial in Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire.

The sculpture is called "Forever", and has been designed by artist Mark Humphrey. The memorial is a permanent gift to the people of Royal Wootton Bassett in gratitude for the respect shown to the military funeral cortèges that used to pass through the town.

A photo of the poppy memorial
BBC
The memorial sits on Marlowe Way in the town

She will also be helping Dorothy House Hospice near Bath mark its 40th anniversary. The Russell family are among the 45,000 people it has helped. They lost a husband and father to cancer.

The Dorothy House Hospice marks 40 years with one family telling how they were helped.

M49 reopens following earlier overturned lorry

Stonehenge Solstice: Did parking charges put people off?

A photo of crowds at Stonehenge
BBC

Although 12,000 people visited this year, this was down on 23,000 last year. In previous years parking has been free, but English Heritage introduced a £15 parking fee this year

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The event was largely good natured, with a party atmosphere on site.

If you want to see how the sunrise looked, BBC Wiltshire did a Facebook Live from there in the early hours.

Two girls in front of Stonehenge
BBC
A girl with a hula hoop
BBC

Stonehenge Solstice: amazing outfits and early starts

Although the summer solstice was actually yesterday (because this year is a leap year), thousands of people turned out - though numbers were down on last year

Joe Lemer with Merlin the Druid
BBC

The BBC's Joe Lemer was broadcasting his early breakfast programme from the site, he had to be there at 2am in the morning. Ouch!

He said that once the sunrise came up, a lot of people started to leave. English Heritage only remove the fence surrounding the stones twice a year to allow the many visitors access to the prehistoric monument site.

A photo of John
BBC

This year was also notable because it was the first time since 1967 that a full moon appeared during the solstice. It has been dubbed the "strawberry moon" as it marks the start of the strawberry harvest.

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