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Summary

  1. As it happened across the West of England on Friday, 24 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Ian Parker

All times stated are UK

'Toilet technicians' on patrol at Glastonbury

That's all from BBC Local Live for the West Country on the day the citizens of the UK voted to leave the European Union.

We're back on Monday from 7am.

Just before we go spare a thought for the team who are responsible for keeping the infamous Glastonbury loos clean.

BBC Points West's Fiona Lamdin reports.

Brexit: PM behaved in a 'enormously dignified' way, says West MP

Jacob Rees-Mogg is a longstanding Eurosceptic and one of the front runners in the Leave campaign. 

The Conservative MP for North East Somerset called the EU Referendum "the most important night in modern British history". 

Speaking to BBC Points West he said he admired the work David Cameron had done as prime minister in everything "other than Europe"...

Lowest crime rate at Glastonbury so far...

Police
Glastonbury Police
This year officers have been presenting a friendly face to the public and asking campers to pose for selfies with them as part of a competition.

Police are hoping this year's festival remains on track for the lowest ever crime rate in the event's history.

Just 12 arrests have been made since the festival's gate opened on Wednesday - that figure was 31 at this point in 2015.

Avon and Somerset Police said the majority of arrests were for drug use, while most of the crimes reported were for theft.

Last year, Glastonbury Festival's crime rate was the lowest ever with just 75 arrests and 246 reported crimes overall.

Go George!

Five years ago a motorbike crash left George Pas paralysed from the chest down.

Tomorrow he'll be attempting to 'cycle' the length of a marathon, using only his hands and arms.

George Pas will attempt to cycle a marathon 5 years after a crash left him paralysed

EU referendum result: Bristol 'remains welcoming and inclusive'

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees has tweeted the following...

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Good news, the West's motorways are back to normal

M5
Highways England

Following this afternoon's congestion on the M5 near Taunton motorists can breathe a welcome sigh of relief.

For several hours the queues in Somerset stretched all the way from Wellington to Bridgwater.

And later on the M4 motorists faced delays of up to 40 minutes heading west between junctions 18 and 19.

Both motorways are now flowing freely.

IPCC investigation after man dies in Lydbrook

A police car's bonnet
BBC

An investigation is under way after a man died in police custody in Gloucestershire.

Officers were called to the Stowfield Business Park in Lydbrook at around 11pm on Wednesday.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the man was in his 50s. He has not been formally named.

It is understood the man died at the scene. Police have urged anyone with information to come forward.

A police car's bonnet

Force investigated over man's death

An investigation is launched after a man dies at a Gloucestershire business park while in police custody.

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EU referendum result: 'A fantastic day'

We caught up with some farmers in Somerset who're delighted with today's result.

Some connected with the farming community are celebrating the vote to leave the EU.

At Frome Livestock Market, many told the BBC that leaving the EU was the only way to safeguard Britain's agricultural future. 

They said decisions made in Brussels left them at a financial disadvantage.

EU referendum result: Glastonbury speaks

"We're not happy" ..."pretty miserable" ..."we'll survive like we always do" ..."very annoyed".

That's the views of some at Worthy Farm who spoke to 5 Live's Colin Paterson earlier.

More motorway woes, this time on the M4

"Delays of 40 mins", says Highways England, on the M4 westbound before junction 18 (Bath)...

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Timeline: The unsolved murder of Melanie Hall

Melanie Hall
Family photo

'Good news' for M5 commuters in Somerset

Labour leader pulls out of Glastonbury gig after EU referendum result

Jeremy Corbyn
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The Glastonbury Festival has tweeted that Jeremy Corbyn will no longer be visiting Worthy Farm as he needs to focus on "much bigger issues facing the country".

He had been due to address music fans in the Left Field area, the line-up for which is organised by singer and activist Billy Bragg.

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Left Field mixes "pop and politics" and he would have been given a platform to discuss issues including social justice, the economy, gender and "and the possibilities for genuine change".  

Bristol City's Reid signs extended deal

Bobby Reid
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Bristol City midfielder Bobby Reid has signed a new two-year deal at the club, with the option of a further year.  

The 23-year-old, who came through the Championship side's youth system, has played 71 senior matches for City, including 30 appearances last season.

He extended his previous deal until 2017 as recently as April, but could now stay with the Robins until 2019.

If you are travelling north on the M5 in Somerset you need to read this...

M5
Highways England
Traffic is particularly heavy on all approaches to junction 25 for Taunton

An earlier accident on the M5 in Somerset is causing long tailbacks northbound from junction 26 to the Bridgwater turnoff.

Highways England says two lanes have now re-opened and is appealing for drivers to stay in their vehicles as two lanes around the accident site, just to the north of Taunton, have re-opened.

Traffic in the immediate area is said to be busy and best avoided if possible.

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EU referendum result: Brexit MP says 'keep calm and carry on'

The Bristol North West MP, Charlotte Leslie, told the BBC she favoured Leave over staying in the EU.

She described Brexit as "the better of two types of risk" and said now was the time to "keep calm" and carry on.

Ms Leslie also urged voters to now work together to secure the UK's future.

Man arrested on suspicion of Melanie Hall's murder

Melanie Hall
Avon and Somerset Police

Police say the 45-year-old man was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of the murder of Melanie Hall.

He remains in custody for questioning and Melanie's parents have been told of the development.

Melanie was last seen at the former Cadillacs nightclub in Walcot Street, Bath, in the early hours of 9 June, 1996. 

Her remains were found in vegetation near the Thornbury junction of the M5 in 2009.

'Extraordinary display of democracy'

Chippenham's MP Michelle Donelan has described the past 24 hours as "seismic" for the country's future.

"The decision on our European Union membership was a very important and difficult decision... and an extraordinary display of democracy," the Conservative said.

Michelle Donelan
Michelle Donelan

I believed in giving the European Union one last shot. After a passionate campaign, we need to come together and ensure that we secure the best possible deal for the UK outside of the European Union.

Michelle Donelan

Who's celebrating the referendum result in the West and who's not...

Thirteen of our 19 council areas in the West voted "Leave", including all of Wiltshire and most of Somerset. 

Points West's political editor Paul Barltrop has this roundup of last night's events and the reaction so far today...

M5 near Taunton congested after earlier accident

M5
Highways England

This is the M5 a few moments ago close to the Taunton junction.

Traffic is queuing northbound after an earlier accident.

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Could this be a retro Glastonbury message?

Defaced poster
Martin Ellis

Martin Ellis spotted this somewhat modified poster on his way to the Glastonbury Festival.

Perhaps it refers to the summer of love - from early days of the festival?

Uncertainty over exports from some firms

Wyke Farms in Somerset is the UK's biggest exporter of Cheddar cheese to France. 

Their managing director Rich Clothiersays the "promises" made by Vote Leave that trade won't be affected must be kept.

The cheese firm Wyke Farms is one of the biggest cheddar cheese exporters

Lopresti: Cameron is a 'hero'

Jack Lopresti, Conservative MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, says he is happy that David Cameron lived up to his promise to deliver a referendum on membership of the European Union.

Jack Lopresti, Filton & Bradley Stoke MP, is delighted with the result

Gloucestershire reactions to 'Brexit'

Former Lib Dem MP for Cheltenham, Martin Horwood, has voiced his dismay at the vote to leave the EU.

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Gloucester-born popstar Nathan Sykes is angered by some of the reactions from younger people to the result.

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How will the vote for Brexit affect the West region?

Our Political Correspondent Paul Barltrop says that some big names from our area could be poised to make a move towards greater positions of power in the wake of David Cameron's resignation...

The West of England narrowly voted out, but what does the result mean for the region?

Referendum turnout praise from Yeovil MP

EU vote reaction: Future Airbus investment at Filton could be at risk

The president of Airbus' UK operations says the decision to leave the EU could impact on future investment at the South Gloucestershire plant. 

Paul Kahn told the BBC that although investments already announced will go ahead, others are more uncertain.

Airbus will now be working to minimise the Brexit impact

The company employs around 4,000 people in Filton and is part owned by the French and German governments. 

Sean Holley: Bristol first-team coach leaves promoted club

Bristol first-team coach Sean Holley has left the club by mutual consent, following their promotion to the Premiership in May.

The 45-year-old, previously of Ospreys, was with Bristol for three seasons.

Sean Holley
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'You're ruining my festival'

They may be looking forward to the start of musical proceedings, but some Glastonbury festival-goers weren't too happy that we broke the news to them about the result of the EU referendum. 

Others were more reflective on what it might mean and the reasons behind it.

Revellers at the Glastonbury Festival give their views on the UK's Brexit decision

Gloucester Leave campaigners celebrate historic EU referendum result

The bubbly has been flowing early in Gloucester as those backing the Leave campaign celebrate victory in the referendum.

Their efforts in the city helped achieve one of the West of England's biggest votes to leave the European Union, with 58.5% backing them.  

Leave campaigners celebrate EU exit

Forest Green Rovers sign MK Dons youngster

Forest Green Rovers have signed versatile defender Harry Hickford from Milton Keynes Dons on a one-year deal.

The 20-year-old, who can play in defence or midfield, began his career as an MK Dons trainee but did not play a senior game for the League One club.

Harry Hickford
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'Pray but keep rowing' - Bishop of Bath & Wells

The Bishop of Bath & Wells, Peter Hancock, is at the Glastonbury Festival today and gave his reaction to the UK's vote to leave the European Union. 

He says that although he's optimistic about the future, he prays that people will unite around the decision that has been made.

The bishop of Bath and Wells, Peter Hancock, wants people to unite after Brexit decision

Glastonbury Festival opens with a tribute to murdered MP Jo Cox

The Pyramid Stage opened at 11am this morning with a video of Portishead's cover of Abba's "SOS".

The memorial to Jo
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Bristol commuter reactions: 'Quite happy' about result

Our cameras have been at Bristol Temple Meads station this morning, speaking to commuters to and from Bristol about what they make of the referendum results...

Commuters in Bristol give their views on the UK referendum decision to leave the EU.

Bristol's Swan in Wimbledon draw

Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire: 'We've woken up in a divided country'

The MP for Bristol West has been speaking to BBC Radio Bristol and says a big majority of people in her constituency voted to stay.

Bristol West Labour MP, Thangham Debbonaire, says she is disappointed at the EU vote

As well as this, she told Radio Bristol:

I am feeling devastated, I've already had messages from people who are worried about the results. It does seem like we now live in a divided country, and it's up to us as elected representatives to come together and show leadership so that we move forward through the uncertainty. I can't reassure people it will be OK, we've got a financial problem to deal with now. The EU markets are in turmoil as a result.

'No impact' for Hinkley Point nuclear plant

The Chairman of the France's state-owned power firm EDF has said that the Brexit vote won't affect it's plans to build a new power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

A photo of Jean-Bernard Levy
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As of today, we believe that this vote has no impact on our strategy, and the strategy...for our UK subsidiary has not changed. Our business strategy is not linked to Great Britain’s political affiliation with the European Union, so we have no reason to change it

Jean-Bernard LevyEDF chairman

Bristol businessman Peter Hargreaves on Brexit

Glastonbury Festival gets underway in earnest today

Away from the EU referendum briefly ...

And after all the travel chaos of the past few days, thousands of people have now set up camp at the Glastonbury Festival site, and the music starts today.

ZZ Top, Disclosure, Foals and pop star Jess Glynne are on the bill, Muse will be tonight's headliners.

A festival attendee treks through the mud
Jonathan Short/Invision/AP

More than 2,000 acts will perform on more than 100 stages this weekend, the biggest crowds are expected to be for ELO and Adele. The festival site has started to dry out, though most revellers still in wellies for the time being.

A compilation of live songs recorded at the festival will be dedicated to the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

A man dressed as a ballot box
Ben Birchall/PA Wire

You can view the BBC's coverage from Glastonbury here.