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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Monday, 27 June 2016

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All times stated are UK

Good night for now, we're back in the morning

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That's all from BBC Local Live for the West Country for today.

We're back tomorrow from 7am.

For the remainder of Monday it will be a dry and clear night with the winds falling light. 

It will be a fairly cool night in rural areas.  

After a bright start to Tuesday cloud and rain will arrive from the west through the morning. 

Becoming windy, especially across western coasts. 

Drier, brighter conditions developing by the evening.  

County Championship: Myburgh and Hildreth hit hundreds for Somerset

James Hildreth
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Centuries from Johann Myburgh and James Hildreth helped Somerset to a huge lead against Hampshire on day two of their County Championship match.

They shared a third-wicket stand of 167 at The Ageas Bowl before Myburgh, in his first four-day appearance of the summer, was dismissed by leg-spinner Mason Crane for 110.

Hildreth was out lbw for 152 to seamer Ryan McLaren (5-104) as Somerset declared on 474-8 - a lead of 255.

Hampshire then closed on 18-1.

James Hildreth

Somerset in control as pair hit tons

Somerset earn a big first-innings' lead over Hampshire thanks to centuries from Johann Myburgh and James Hildreth.

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County Championship: Neil Dexter hits ton against Gloucestershire

Neil Dexter
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Neil Dexter hit his second Championship century for Leicestershire on day one against Gloucestershire at Grace Road.

The 31-year-old reached three figures off 237 balls to lead their recovery after losing both openers cheaply.

Mark Cosgrove (54) shared a stand of 101 and passed 500 runs for the season in the process as the home side closed on 252-7, with Dexter 107 not out.

Kieran Noema-Barnett (3-42) and David Payne (2-59) were the pick of a tight Gloucestershire attack.

Neil Dexter

Dexter hits ton against Gloucestershire

Neil Dexter's 107 not out steers Leicestershire to 252-7 on day one against Gloucestershire at Grace Road.

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Glastonbury over for another year

People leaving Glastonbury Festival
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And just like that Glastonbury Festival is over for another year.

The mud was miserable but spirits weren't dampened, as each of headliners lived up to their billing.

Hyper-organised music fans are already registering for Glastonbury 2017 tickets. 

The first tickets will go on sale this autumn and will only be available to people who have already registered.

But enough about next year, we haven't gotten over this year yet.

'I was just one chocolate bar away from a heart attack', Bristol mum says

Hali Jafari from Westbury-on-Trym lost half her body weight after being told she had "the cholesterol of a 70-year-old" despite being under 30.

Three years ago she tipped the scales at 22 stone and was a size 26 - now Hali describes herself as a "healthy size 10-12".

"My children are very proud of me and my youngest looks at photos of me beforehand and says 'who's that mummy?'"

"I've had many people walk past me because they don't recognise me - and when I remind them - they say how well I look."

Glastonbury on track for lowest ever crime rate

Crowds at Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival is on course for a record low level of crime and arrests. 

The 2015 festival saw the best ever crime rates for the festival at Worthy Farm and this year is poised for even lower figures. 

There had been 40 arrests by 10am on Monday, compared with 72 in 2015, and 186 reported crimes, compared with 242 last year, Avon and Somerset Police said. 

Some 114 of the reported crimes this year were thefts from tents. 

Birthday cards sent in 1946 never made their destination

Birthday cards sent in 1946
Rusty Shaw

Can we finally deliver these cards 70 years after they were sent?

The cards, addressed to a Peggy Vowles in Street, were sent in 1946.

One is signed Vi & Les and the other Cynthia. 

An American student got in touch with BBC Radio Somerset after he found them in a second-hand shop in Winchester.  

MP Ben Howlett: 'Rubbish in Bath has to stop'

Rubbish in Bath
Ben Howlett

Rubbish strewn across the streets from split bin bags on collection day is discouraging tourists from visiting Bath, according to the city's MP Ben Howlett.

He's launched a campaign called Bag it Better to encourage people to put waste in appropriate bags overnight.

“We cannot continue to just blame seagulls or the council for the mess," the Conservative said.

"The vast majority of residents and businesses bag their waste responsibly, but a small number clearly need to improve their bagging and place it out in the morning, not evening, to help address this problem," he added.

Charlton sign Ajose from Swindon

Nicky Ajose
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Charlton Athletic have signed striker Nicky Ajose from fellow League One side Swindon Town for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old, who scored 25 goals in 40 appearances for the Robins last season, has agreed a three-year deal with the Addicks.

"Nicky is a fantastic addition," Charlton boss Russell Slade told the club website.

"He's a proven goalscorer, is very strong in the box and has got a great work ethic as well."

Nicky Ajose

Charlton sign Ajose from Swindon

Charlton Athletic sign striker Nicky Ajose from fellow League One side Swindon Town for an undisclosed fee.

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Hundreds attend pro EU protest in Bristol

Hundreds of people are gathering in Bristol for a pro EU rally.

It comes after 62% of people in the city voted to stay in the EU in last week's referendum.

Organisers say the rally is to show solidarity for all European citizens living in the West Country and migrant asylum seekers and refugees.

Starting at College Green, the group will march through the city centre and along to Castle Park.

IPCC continues to investigate death of man in police custody

Aerial shot of Stowfield Business Park
Aerial shot of Stowfield Business Park

Investigations are continuing following the death of a man while in police custody in Gloucestershire.

Officers went to the Stowfield Business Park late on Wednesday night following a call from members of staff. 

They detained the man before an ambulance was called but the man was declared dead at the scene just after midnight.  

A post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests are being carried out.

Back to reality for Glastonbury festival-goers

The worst-ever mud failed to dampen the spirits of thousands of music lovers at Glastonbury Festival.

And as the festival-goers embark on their long bus/train/car journeys home, it's safe to say most of you are already having withdrawal symptoms!

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Who once lived in the shadows of Stonehenge?

Field with marquee

Many may think Stonehenge is the biggest and most important Neolithic henge in Britain, but that's not the case.

Marden Henge is the largest and is based between the iconic stone circle and Avebury. 

It no longer has any stones but is said to be one of Britain's least understood ancient sites. 

Until now that is.

A month-long archaeological dig is now under way to look at areas that in the past have hardly been touched.

Neolithic experts believe the exploration could transform our understanding of the Stone Age people who lived there 4,500 years ago.


One of the "vilest men in Britain" convicted of child abuse offences

A paedophile who preyed on underage boys in Bristol has been found guilty of 13 child abuse offences.

Douglas Slade, 75, systematically groomed boys over three decades in the 60s, 70s and 80s. 

He also helped run a network for fellow paedophiles to exchange information on child abuse. 

Slade was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of six serious sexual offences and seven counts of indecent assault  

His friend Christopher Skeaping, 72,  was also found guilty of indecently assaulting underage boys.

He will be sentenced on Friday.

Andrew Plant reports.

BreakingWest Coast steam train 'near miss' firm and driver sentenced

Tangmere locomotive

A train driver and a steam train operator have been sentenced over a near miss in which a locomotive stopped across a busy main line railway junction in Wiltshire.

Safety equipment had been bypassed on the Tangmere locomotive which meant it passed a signal at danger in Royal Wootton Basset earlier this year.

An express train from London had passed through less than one minute earlier

West Coast Railways has been fined £200,000 plus £64,000 costs on health and safety charges.

Driver Melvyn Cox has received a four month sentence suspended for 18 months and must carry out 80 hours unpaid work.

Rubbish clear up at Glastonbury Festival

The morning after the night before.

Teams of litter pickers have begun the mammoth task of clearing up all the rubbish left behind at Glastonbury Festival.

Gloucester centre Henry Trinder sidelined after knee surgery

Henry Trinder
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Gloucester Rugby and England Saxons centre Henry Trinder has been ruled out of action "for the foreseeable future" after undergoing knee surgery.

The 27-year-old injured the same right knee in February 2015, on his first start for five months after hamstring and shoulder problems.

Trinder played 14 games last season, scoring four tries. But he suffered the latest injury towards the end of it and has now had to undergo another operation.

EU referendum pollcards found dumped outside count

Hundreds of polling cards containing the personal details of voters have been found outside one of the counts for the EU referendum.

They were only cleared up from Thornbury Leisure Centre car park after BBC Points West notified South Gloucestershire Council.

The council has apologised but insisted none of the information is confidential.

Glastonbury Festival - the muddiest yet?

Many people have left Glastonbury Festival by now but some vehicles are still having trouble getting through the mud.

Festival organisers say about a quarter of vehicles are still in the public car parks but the exits are flowing well.

Tractors and 4x4 vehicles are being used to tow stuck cars and vans out.

Nick Stokes, from the charity Wessex 4x4 Response told BBC Somerset this is the busiest and muddiest year he's ever known.

Lorry driver given community order after causing woman's death

Teresa O'Regan
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A truck driver from Cheltenham who was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving has been sentenced at Bristol Crown Court. 

Alan Cole knocked down 72-year-old Teresa O'Regan with his refuse wagon as she walked her dogs in Norton in November 2014. 

He's been given a 12 month community order, will have to do 60 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for 12 months. 

Cole's also been ordered to pay £200 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £60.

Bristol MP calls for Jeremy Corbyn to resign

Bristol South MP Karin Smyth is calling for Jeremy Corbyn to resign "in the wake of the EU Referendum".

The Labour MP said: "People rightly recognise Jeremy is a decent, kind man, but being leader of the Labour Party - and of the country - is about much more.

"I also know Bristol needs a Labour government. It is my view we can only realistically deliver this with a new leader." 

Wimbledon 2016: Bristol teenager Katie Swan ready for Grand Slam debut

Katie Swan
BBC Sport

British teenager Katie Swan tells BBC Points West she will "do her best" when she makes her Grand Slam debut in the women's singles at Wimbledon.

The 17-year-old, who is from Bristol but is now based in the United States, was handed a wildcard and will face the world number 44 Timea Babos in the first round.

Swan, who is ranked 437th in the world, reached the quarter-finals of the junior competition at Wimbledon last year.

Police investigate 'racial attack' in Salisbury

Map of Salisbury

A Polish woman in her late 20s was assaulted by at least two men on Friday night, police have said. 

She was hit in the face and sustained injuries to her body while in the Clarendon Road and Kelsey Road area of the city.

Wiltshire Police is investigating whether this was a racially-aggravated crime because of what was said during the attack - which detectives are not revealing.

Officers are currently looking at CCTV for clues to the attackers.

Some of the stories in the West's newspapers today

In the papers
  • The Bristol Post is reporting the Portishead to Bristol rail link is delayed again due to issues laying track through the Avon Gorge
  • The Swindon Advertiser features a search for families who can take in asylum-seeking children
  • Gloucestershire Live has a story about new-age travellers evicted from Yorkley Court and Linear Park and who've created a new camp in the Forest of Dean. 
  • And the Somerset County Gazette is showcasing the artwork of home educated children from across the county 

Mystery of overturned car in Yeovil car park

We're not sure how this happened either...

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Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire resigns from shadow front bench

Thangam Debbonaire MP
Labour Party

The Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire has resigned as shadow arts and culture minister. 

She said: "In Bristol West, we voted overwhelmingly for Remain, and I know that activists worked their socks off for the campaign.

"I was therefore very disappointed that Jeremy Corbyn did not put his heart and soul into arguing for our membership of the EU."

She added she believed David Cameron's resignation would "spark a general election" which she did not think Jeremy Corbyn could win.  

Bristol Rugby add to their coaching staff

Police believe more victims of paedophiles will come forward

Douglas Slade (left) and Christopher Skeaping (right)
Avon and Somerset Police
Douglas Slade (left) and Christopher Skeaping (right)

Avon and Somerset Police have been talking about their investigation which lead to the conviction of two paedophiles at Bristol Crown Court this morning

Douglas Slade, 75, and Christopher Skeaping, 72, formerly of Bristol and London respectively, were both involved in the Paedophile Information Exchange - a group which campaigned for the age of consent to be lowered to allow sex with children to be legalised.

Slade is the worst example of a predatory and depraved paedophile and he used every method he could think of to find children he could abuse. No child will ever be safe in his company. If he hadn’t been arrested, charged and now convicted, I’ve no doubt he’d have continued to offend. Our investigation into Slade and his associates is ongoing and we believe there will be more victims who haven’t yet come forward.

Det Sgt Paul MeltonAvon and Somerset Police
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Post-Brexit roses offered to immigrants

Roses in a bucket

An unknown person in Bristol is attempting to challenge the racism people have reported since the UK voted to quit the European Union.

A tub of flowers has been placed outside a toyshop on Gloucester Road  with a label reading: "If you are an immigrant to the UK please take a rose."

Read more on the BBC Newsbeat website.

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Paedophile's victims speak of 'devastating impact'

Douglas Slade
Avon and Somerset Police

Victims of the convicted paedophile Douglas Slade (pictured) have spoken about the "devastating impact" his offending has had on their lives. 

In statements, given to Bristol Crown Court, one of his victims wrote: "I viewed people in authority, specifically men, as predators and rebelled against the way in which they tried to get me to be.

"I was so well-groomed that I didn’t think anyone would believe me…I can even recall being told that I would go to prison if I said anything that happened to me." 

Another victim wrote: “My wife asked me after I had given evidence - whether a weight has been lifted from my shoulders - and it hasn't. His actions will go with me to my grave, but I shall now store it at the back of my mind again."

Paedophile guilty of abusing boys over 30 years

Douglas Slade

A paedophile who preyed on underage boys in Bristol has been found guilty on 13 charges this morning. 

Douglas Slade systematically groomed young boys over three decades -  the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

He also helped to run a network for fellow paedophiles so they could exchange information on child abuse.

His friend Christopher Skeaping was also found guilty of indecently assaulting underage boys.

The pair will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court later this week. 

Slade could face life in prison.

What's your Monday face?

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Bristol-based Phoenix comic creators - and brothers - Robin and Lorenzo Etherington want to know which one is your Monday face?

Flooding gives unexpected thrill to crane scientists

Cranes in Somerset

Recent flooding in Somerset has given scientists a rare chance to study the effect of extreme weather on wildlife, in particular a flock of cranes.

A new study shows in 2013 the birds were forced out of their usual roosts and feeding sites, and spent two extra hours a day searching for food.

Click here to read the full story.

Extreme athlete beats British coast...again

Sean Conway

Sean Conway, from Cheltenham, has completed his latest challenge - a 4,000-mile ultra-triathlon around the coastline of Britain.

It took him 85 days to cycle, run and swim in stages around the coast and he described the circumnavigation as "without doubt, the hardest thing that I have ever done".  

You can read more here.

Sean Conway
Discovery Channel
Sean Conway is believed to be the first person to run, swim, sail and cycle the length of the UK.

Glastonbury Festival: Car versus mud

Volunteers with 4x4s have been working through the night to help clear Worthy Farm of stranded vehicles...

Time to start the mass exodus from Glastonbury

Today could be the 'best day of the week' weatherwise

BBC forecaster Bee Tucker is feeling positive about today - but the rest of the week is looking "changeable"...

Weather forecast for the West Country

Glastonbury: The aftermath

Back to Pilton, Somerset, and hands up if you're sad it's all over? Or maybe you're delighted you're not clambering back into your car while trying your best not to get mud on the car door, the foot pedals, the steering wheel, the seat, the gear stick, etc...

People leaving Glastonbury
People leaving Glastonbury
People leaving Glastonbury
Litter pickers at Glastonbury
Rubbish left after Glastonbury
Rubbish at Glastonbury