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  1. As it happened for the West Country on Thursday, 23 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Hayley Mortimer

All times stated are UK

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No sign of a heatwave, says Ian

It may be mid June but there's no sign of a heatwave coming our way.

Tomorrow's expected to be another day of sunny spells and showers... but with all eyes on Worthy Farm, will the rain threaten Glastonbury Festival?

Here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast:

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That's all from Local Live today. We'll be back from 7am tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the West of England ...and, of course, the small matter of a particular vote outcome to discuss!

Four arrested in migrant smuggling probe

National Crime Agency
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Four men have been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged smuggling of migrants across the English Channel.

It follows raids in Wiltshire, Birmingham and Blackburn on Tuesday, the National Crime Agency said.

Two British men, aged 65 and 49, a British citizen of Kuwaiti origin, 42, and an Egyptian, 33, were arrested.

Victoria Pendleton would race again at Cheltenham

Victoria Pendleton
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Victoria Pendleton has confirmed she would ride at the Cheltenham Festival again, if given the chance.

The double Olympic cycling champion raced at the 2016 Festival in March having first sat on a racehorse just 12 months before.

She finished fifth on Pacha Du Polder in St James's Place Foxhunter Chase.

"I don't think I'll ever ride at Aintree but if I get the opportunity to ride at Cheltenham and have a horse good enough, I will definitely take it up," she told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Emergency powers used to remove licence from Bristol pub

Jolly Roger pub
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A pub in Bristol has had its licence removed by police following a number of serious criminal offences in and around the pub.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary said it had used emergency powers to strip the Jolly Roger of its licence.

It comes after a 25-year-old man was taken to hospital having been shot in the stomach outside the pub in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The order, granted by Bristol City Council, means the pub will not be able to sell alcohol or hold any licensed events for the next three weeks, pending a full licensing hearing on July 14.

Judge allows man to 'die with dignity'

Great Western Hospital, Swindon
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The High Court has allowed a hospital to withhold resuscitation treatment for a dying patient with advanced dementia despite objections from family members.

The patient's daughter said her father wanted to be treated and the 'do not resuscitate' decision by Great Western Hospital, in Swindon, had caused "immeasurable distress"  

But the judge said that resuscitation was not in the best interest of the patient because CPR would be "positively harmful", if successful.

BBC reporter gets 'stuck in' at Glasto

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The BBC's Fiona Lamdin gets "stuck in" with a guided tour of the site

There may be no music yet, but Glastonbury has already kicked off in Somerset.

The BBC's Fiona Lamdin gets "stuck in" with a guided tour.

You can watch the full guided tour on the BBC News Facebook page.

Meet the Gloucestershire 'super mum'

Imagine being 24 years old, a step-parent to one child already and then fostering three children - all at once.

That's where it started for Sarah Naish, from Dursley in Gloucestershire.

Ten years later she adopted a further five siblings, including a nine-month-old baby, all in need of a fresh start in life. 

Sarah has been fostering and adopting children for almost 30 years and has been described as a 'super mum'. 

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Stories making the headlines in your local papers

In the papers
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Here's a look at some of the local newspaper headlines from the region this evening:

Glastonbury kicks off with no music

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Glastonbury's main stage opens on Friday but festival goers are all ready to party.

There may be no music yet, but Glastonbury has already kicked off in Somerset.

Performances on the main stage do not start until Friday, but nevertheless the camp sites are steadily filling up with festival goers.

The BBC's Lizo Mzimba is there.

Time 'running out' for top scorer Taylor

Matty Taylor
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Bristol Rovers chairman Steve Hamer tells BBC Radio Bristol time is "running out" for striker Matty Taylor to sign a new deal at the club.

Taylor scored 28 goals in all competitions last season making him Rovers' top scorer.

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Man dies in police custody - investigation launched

Stowfield Business Park
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Ariel shot of Stowfield Business Park

An investigation has been launched after a man in his 50s died while in police custody in the Forest of Dean.

The man died last night after officers were called to an incident at the Stowfield Business Park at around 11pm.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said its investigators had been notified and had spent the day "overseeing post incident procedures". 

A post mortem is ongoing and formal identification is yet to take place. 

The man was believed to be driving a black Range Rover Sport prior to the incident. Anyone with information is asked to email witness@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk or call 0800 096 9070.

Near-drowning at reservoir sparks fresh safety measures

Cheddar Reservoir
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Bristol Water says it will be increasing its presence at Cheddar Reservoir in Somerset after a child almost drowned earlier this month.

The toddler was riding his bike close to the water edge on Sunday 12 June, but a few minutes later was seen floating face down in the water.

He was resuscitated by members of the nearby sailing club before being rushed to hospital, the water firm said.

It has warned people of the dangers of swimming in reservoirs and open water and says it will look at what extra steps can be taken to ensure safety.

Bristol man's award-winning poem in memory of his wife

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A man from Bristol has won first prize in a national creative competition for sufferers of Parkinson's disease.

Robin Young wrote his poem, Terminal, following the death of his wife from cancer six years ago. 

It describes a bunch of flowers he was given by friends when they found out his late wife had cancer.

Hairdressers held to ransom after cyber attack

Stuart Holmes Salon
Stuart Holmes Salon

A Gloucestershire hair salon says it has been forced to pay a ransom after its computer system was hacked.

Staff at Stuart Holmes Salon, in Cheltenham, received a message on their screens on Tuesday informing them all their systems had been frozen. 

They lost access to all their records or appointments and details of their clients and hackers wanted £1,600 in return for giving them back the information.

Business owner Sara Holmes, who called the police straight away, has been speaking to BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Footballer banned from talking for 10 days... kind of

How hard would you find staying silent for 10 days?

Yeovil Town FC player Nathan Smith took himself off to India for a retreat, where he wasn't allowed to talk, read, exercise or write for that time.

He instead was taught a form of meditation which he practiced for around 10 hours a day. 

He shared a bit of the experience with BBC Somerset...

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Glastonbury Festival: Camper van frustration over lack of information

People heading for the Glastonbury Festival in camper vans are still parked up in the holding area at the Bath and West Showground.

Many have taken to Twitter complaining about the lack of information about what's going on.

Some have been told to stay put for the whole weekend and that buses will be put on to take them to and from Worthy Farm.

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M5 services wins national architecture award

Gloucester Services has won a national architecture award. 

The grass-roofed service station, near junction 12 of the M5, is one of 46 buildings to have been honoured by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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Closure for Becky's family and friends - killers' appeal application dismissed

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the applications from Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare to appeal against their convictions and sentences for the murder of 16-year-old Becky Watts, from Bristol.

Becky Watts, Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare
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Nathan Matthews (middle) and Shauna Hoare (right) were found guilty of killing Becky Watts (left)

Detective Inspector Richard Ocone said: “Our thoughts remain with Becky’s family and friends who have had to endure several court hearings following the trial last year.

“We hope they will be able to take some closure from this decision which was the last attempt by Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare to challenge their prison sentences.”

Glastonbury Festival pays tribute to MP Jo Cox

Jo Cox MP tribute at Glastonbury Festival
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Hundreds of festival-goers are paying tribute to MP Jo Cox at Glastonbury Festival.

The event, which was postponed from Wednesday, is being held at The Park and will be followed by a march to officially open The Sisterhood - a hidden venue in the Shangri-La area of the festival.

You can watch the tribute live on BBC Points West's Facebook page.

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Do you have the best garden in the West?

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown who transformed the landscape of the West Country with his designs. 

Nominations are now open as BBC Points West searches for the best gardens in the West, but don’t worry we don’t expect anything quite on the scale of a real Capability Brown design.

Here are the categories...

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Click here for a full list of the terms and conditions and for how to enter the competition.

'No reasonable argument' from Becky Watts' killers

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Becky Watts was murdered in February 2015

Announcing the decision to dismiss the appeals from Matthews and HoareLady Justice Macur said: "We are satisfied that there is no reasonable argument that the convictions are unsafe or that the sentences were wrong in principle or manifestly excessive."

Matthews was sentenced in November to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 33 years in jail after being found guilty of 16-year-old Becky's murder.

Hoare was jailed for 17 years after being convicted of manslaughter.

Case dismissed for Becky Watts' killers

Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare
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The killers of Bristol teenager Becky Watts have lost challenges against their convictions and sentences.

Her stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 29, and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 22, had their cases dismissed by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London. 

The proceedings, watched via video link from Bristol by members of Becky's family, followed an earlier rejection of the pair's applications for permission to appeal by a single judge.

BreakingBecky Watts: Killers lose challenges against convictions

Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, who killed teenager Becky Watts, have lost Court of Appeal challenges against their convictions and sentences.

Glastonbury Festival: Confusion grows over camper van car park

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People heading for the Glastonbury Festival in camper vans are being diverted via the nearby Bath and West Showground site.

From there they are being towed on site by a tractor, six at a time.

For some, not being in a muddy field has been a blessing and they've been told they can stay there instead.

But showground bosses insist this is just a temporary measure and the vans have to be taken to Worthy Farm otherwise they'll be moved on.

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Lechlade arson attacks 'risking lives'

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The charity Gloucestershire Crimestoppers says it's only a matter of time before someone is injured, following a series of arson attacks in Lechlade.

Four serious fires have been started deliberately in buildings in the town since the start of May.

Yesterday, the charity offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information which leads to the arrest and charge of those responsible.

Gloucestershire Police said it want to reassure the public it is doing everything it can to trace the persons or persons responsible.

Getting ready for Glastonbury

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Glastonbury's main stage opens on Friday but festival goers are all ready to party.

The music is just getting under way and festival-goers are ready to go!

Man charged with murdering 61-year-old Bristol woman

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A man has been charged with the murder of a woman believed to be his partner in Bristol. 

Vaclovas Liubavicius, 61, of Gadshill Road, is due to appear before city magistrates later. 

The 61-year-old woman was found at a property in the same street on Tuesday. 

She was taken to hospital but later died. 

The victim has not yet been formally named but it is understood she was in a relationship with the suspect. 

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

Tent space spotting - Glastonbury style

There's a gap there. And there. And there.

It's like Google Maps for tent pitching spaces. Although we suspect these spots are going to go rather quickly this morning.

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Could Tewkesbury's alleys become tourist attractions?

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A new project is aiming to get more people noticing the historic alleyways in Tewkesbury. 

Project Alleycats wants people to take an interest in the alleys - so they can be better maintained. 

One of the plans to attract tourists is to install art work along the pathways.

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Glastonbury Festival: Wood chippings arriving 'in truck loads' to soak up mud

QPR tie can give Swindon belief - Williams

Luke Williams
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Swindon Town's EFL Cup tie against QPR gives them an opportunity to "turn their fortunes", says head coach Luke Williams.

Championship side QPR will host League One Swindon at Loftus Road in August.

The Robins won 2-0 at QPR in round two in 2013-14, starting a run of seven wins in 11 games, and Williams knows a similar result could lift his squad.

"A game like that can turn your fortunes for you and give people that extra bit of belief and confidence," Williams told BBC Wiltshire.

Residents' concerns after travellers set up camp near Frenchay

Travellers
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People living near the former Frenchay hospital site in Bristol say they're concerned as many as 20 caravans have moved onto land near the village museum.

They say the group of travellers arrived at 11pm last night and moved large boulders to gain access to the site.

One villager who's spoken to the group says they're planning to leave in a few days.

Morning Glastonbury - are you awake yet?

Mud, mud, go away...

How is everybody at Worthy Farm?

Our pictures show a small squelch underfoot. We'd love to know how you're getting on there. And for interested parties, here's a selection of photos of how things have been going so far.

Glastonbury arrivals
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While many are waking up after a good night's sleep spare a thought for Glastonbury's new arrivals.

Man sleeping on stone
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But not everyone needs a tent to sleep in ...

Glastonbury Festival
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As well as the pyramid stage there are dozens of other smaller performance areas on offer.

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A wide variety of entertainment is on offer over the next few days.

Spike in numbers of dogs stolen in Avon and Somerset

One hundred and sixty four dogs have been stolen in the Avon and Somerset force area over the past three years. 

That's a rise of 20%, so how do we keep our treasured pooches safe? 

Rachel from Bath's Cats and Dogs Home...

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How does the Glastonbury Festival deal with huge amounts of mud?

Wednesday may not have been the greatest of introductions for this year's Glastonbury Festival.

First there was the horrendous traffic and then the quagmire when everybody got on site.

So, how does Worthy Farm deal with huge amounts of mud. We have the answer...

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If you've ever wondered how Glastonbury Festival deal with mud here's the answer

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Meet the Gloucestershire "supermum" who has been fostering and adopting for 29 years

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A Gloucestershire "supermum" has been talking about her experience of fostering and adopting children over the past 29 years. 

Sarah Naish from Dursley fostered three siblings in 1987 and ten years later adopted a further five youngsters. 

Those children are now grown up and Sarah's now a grandmother. 

Patience pays off for our lads from Weymouth at Glastonbury Festival

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Yesterday we brought the story about three friends from Weymouth who'd spent six hours travelling to the Glastonbury Festival.

Well, the good news is that they've arrived safely at Worthy Farm and earlier they sent us this short video.

If you're on site why not send us pictures or video and let us know how you're getting on.

EU referendum: UK goes to the polls

Polling station
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Polls have opened in a historic referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union or leave.

An estimated 46,499,537 people are entitled to take part in the vote - a record number for a UK poll.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST and will close at 22:00 BST.

It is only the third nationwide referendum in UK history and comes after a four-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns.

Read more: EU Referendum: How to vote on polling day

Polling day guide: What to watch for