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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Tuesday 28 June, 2016

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Holmes

All times stated are UK

Thanks for being with us tonight - we'll be back from 7am tomorrow

We're heading off for the evening, but before we go there's just time to appreciate the sunset this evening which was taken by Len Copland in West Coker, Somerset.

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Rogue trader Leslie Smith to pay £150,000 for white lines scam

Leslie Smith
Gloucestershire Police
Smith's victims spanned 13 counties between 2008 and 2012

A rogue trader who targeted churches, schools and charities in a car park white line painting scam has been ordered to pay more than £150,000.

Leslie Smith, who pretended to be from the Local Authority Highways, managed to scam 32 organisations out of more than £50,000 over four years.

He was sentenced to 16 months in prison in September after pleading guilty to fraudulent trading.

He has now been ordered to pay £150,000 Under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Smith, of Minsterworth, Gloucestershire, has three months to pay or face a sentence in default of 18 months.

Bristol man 'seriously hurt' as brick thrown through bus window

Inns Court Avenue

A 65-year-old man is in hospital with "potentially life-changing injuries" after he was hit by a brick thrown through a bus window.

The attack happened last night about 11.30pm when the 90 bus, travelling from Bristol to Hengrove, reached Inns Court Avenue in Knowle.

"The victim was struck in the head", a police spokesman said.

"He is currently in hospital for treatment where his condition has deteriorated.  Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact police.

'Go on! Get him!'

Earlier on we spoke to Dr John Cleese, who has been given an honorary degree from the University of Bath.

Things were going so well with the interview, and then...

John Cleese stopped his interview to shout at the police

Bristol Mayor refuses to comment on Jeremy Corbyn after no-confidence vote

Bristol's elected Labour mayor, Marvin Rees, says he doesn't want to become embroiled the national debate currently surrounding Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour party.

Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Plant, at a pro-EU gathering, he said there isn't anything to be gained for him getting involved with what's going on, and that the Corbyn debate is a "Westminster question".

Lorry now moved after a chaotic evening on Marlborough's roads

Wiltshire Police say the lorry which had crashed into a house in Marlborough has now been moved and the road is clear.

They said the driver had been following the sat-nav which led to the lorry becoming stuck. We spoke with local residents to see what they made of it all

The Hungarian HGV got stuck on The Green early this evening

Good start for the Somerset Rebels Speedway team

The Somerset Rebels Speedway team have started their season well.

They're unbeaten in the Premier League currently sitting fourth in the table with rides in hand over the clubs above them. 

And they're back in action tonight against Peterborough Speedway Panthers in the Knockout Cup.  

Sir Bobby Charlton & John Cleese honoured by the University of Bath

Graduations have started at the University of Bath. 

Over the next three days, thousands of students will receive their degrees, but there have also been honorary ones given out to famous faces including Sir Bobby Charlton.

Sir Bobby Charlton is conferred with a honorary degree of Doctor of Laws

Also receiving a degree today was Professor Doctor Doctor Doctor Doctor Cleese (yes, he now has four honorary doctorates), who said he was delighted to receive the award for Doctor of Clinical Psychology from the University of Bath:

'Dr Cleese' says how pleased he is to receive the honorary degree.
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Bristol volunteer shortlisted for Rugby award

Nino Genua
Bristol Rugby

Nino Genua volunteers at Bristol Rugby and he's just been shortlisted for the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards.

He has learning difficulties and Down's syndrome but has so far completed more than 45 hours work at the club.

Nino will find out if he's won at an awards ceremony at the House of Commons on Thursday 7 July.

We'll let you know how he gets on.

Rain halts Gloucestershire's reply at Grace Road

Neil Dexter
Rex Features

Leicestershire's Neil Dexter was finally dismissed for 136 on a rain-hit second day against Gloucestershire.

The all-rounder added 29 to his overnight 107 not out before a superb slip catch by Chris Dent ended his 86-run stand with Clint McKay.

Australian McKay raced to a 47-ball half-century before he miscued Liam Norwell (4-72) and was caught for 55.

The home side were eventually all out for 334 and Gloucestershire replied with 69-0 before bad weather arrived.

Neil Dexter

Rain halts Glos reply at Grace Road

Gloucestershire reach 69-0 in reply to Leicestershire's 334 all out before rain ends play on day two at Grace Road.

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Refugees and migrants 'welcome in Bath'

Following the EU Referendum result a demonstration has been held in Bath to show refugees and migrants they are welcome in the city.

It was organised by Bath Welcomes Refugees who say they want them to know they have friends and allies... "ready to fight with them for a positive, inclusive and diverse community in Bath and everywhere".

Bristol's Katie Swan 'disappointed' with result but still dreams of winning Wimbledon one day

Bristol tennis player Katie Swan has lost on her senior Wimbledon debut this afternoon. 

The 17-year-old was handed a wild card for the main draw and faced an opponent who was ranked nearly 400 places above her. 

Despite fighting hard in both sets Katie eventually lost 6-2, 6-3. 

She'll now compete in the junior event.

Second pro-EU rally held on College Green

This was the scene on Bristol's College Green a few moments ago.

Organisers say regardless of the EU Referendum result they want to demonstrate to the people of Europe that Bristolians are inclusive, open and patient.

They want show people how to turn the Leave decision into a positive one for all - regardless of age, gender, race, or demographics.

Lorry hits house in Marlborough

A lorry has got stuck in Marlborough and the disruption is causing a bit of a tailback in the Wiltshire town. 

Photo of the lorry

Police believe the lorry lost traction and slipped. 

Officers are going to try and get it moved within the next hour.

Lorry hitting the house

Brexit - how are local businesses being affected?

Since the Brexit vote last week, we've seen the FTSE and currency markets tumble, so is this having an immediate impact on business?

A snapshot survey by Business West has revealed that a third of their members have seen a negative impact, though of course that means two thirds are carrying on much as before. 

Our business correspondent Dave Harvey has been to engineering company Renishaw in Wotton-under-Edge and spoke to assistant chief executive Ben Taylor.

'Punk rock primates' and mustachioed monkeys - new arrivals in Gloucestershire

Cotswold Wildlife Park is celebrating the birth of an incredibly rare species.

Cotton-top tamarins are considered to be one of the world's most endangered primates. 

Tamarin expert Dr Anne Savage describes this species as "punk rock primates" due to their impressive manes, which can be raised and lowered, creating a striking fan-like display.

Blood and blue lights - students shown a day in the life of the health service

No these students aren't gawping at this unfortunate "accident" in the car park of Swindon's Great Western Hospital - they're here to learn. 

The car accident reconstruction
Great Western Hospital NHS Trust

This reconstruction, where a cyclist is hit by a car, aims to show what happens to people on their journey through the NHS, 

As well as watching the pros at work the students from three schools in the town were able to try their hand at basic life support before putting their questions to a range of healthcare professionals.

The victim being treated
Great Western Hospital NHS Trust

The idea behind the day is to give school children the chance to experience a typical day in the health service and what career paths are available. 

Arrests over schools historical abuse allegations 'crucial'

Three former school workers have been arrested after allegations of historical abuse at Gloucestershire and Wiltshire schools.

The men worked at Badgeworth Court and Dowdeswell Court near Cheltenham, and Clouds House near Salisbury.

The allegations date to the 1960s and 1980s and the schools are now closed. They came to light following a BBC Points West investigation last year.  

Det Ch Insp Jeremy Carter said he hoped the arrests send a strong signal to the victims of the allegations.

A selection of local newspaper headlines...

Rees-Mogg backs Boris for PM

MP Jacob Rees-Mogg says he will support Boris Johnson's bid to be the next prime minister.

Speaking to BBC Points West, Mr Rees-Mogg, a Brexit advocate, said he believed it's important any potential prime minister supported Brexit and has the country's confidence to negotiate an exit from the EU.

The North East Somerset MP added Boris was the stronger candidate for leadership over the North Somerset MP Liam Fox because he had led a more prominent campaign for Brexit.

Bristol's Swan out of Wimbledon

Katie Swan
Rex Features

Bristol teenager Katie Swan's senior Wimbledon debut has ended in a 6-2, 6-3 defeat.

The 17-year-old, ranked number 437 in the world, was beaten by the Hungarian world number 44, Timea Babos, in just under an hour.

Fire crews tackle thatched roof fire in Brent Knoll

Latest: Katie Swan in Wimbledon action

Katie Swan
Rex Features

Making her senior Wimbledon debut this afternoon, 17-year-old Bristol tennis player Katie Swan has lost the first set to Timea Babos, 6-2.

You can watch dedicated live coverage of her match here.

Go Katie! Swan now on court at Wimbledon

Katie Swan
Rex Features

Bristol teenager Katie Swan's first-round match against world number 44 Timea Babos at Wimbledon has just got under way.

You can watch dedicated live coverage of her match here.

Eight held over ATM thefts across UK

ATM arrests
Merseyside Police

Eight men have been arrested in an investigation into a series of cash machine thefts, one of which took place in Wiltshire and another in Gloucestershire.  

The thefts in Swindon and Hucclecote were carried out in May last year.

Three of the suspects were held during dawn raids on Merseyside, while five were arrested in prison.

Somerset man's artwork on Stones album cover

The Rolling Stones are using artwork, created by a man who grew up in Paulton, on a limited edition album cover. 

Rodney Matthews artwork
Rodney Matthews

Rodney Matthews has re-imagined the piece which had previously been used by the Stones for a US tour in the 1970s. 

Titled Another Time, Another Place, it depicts the original line up of the band in a fantasy setting.

To let: Civic Centre

Kingswood Civic Centre

Earlier this year South Gloucestershire Council was criticised for taking steps to shut a building it refurbished in 2011 at a cost of £6m.

But now it turns out the council is planning to rent out Kingswood's Civic Centre instead.

The authority has identified a tenant, has begun negotiations and believes this move will "save more than £400,000 in empty office space".

This will also allow us to start creating a new community hub downstairs in the Civic Centre and bring many much-loved services in Kingswood under one roof.

Matthew RiddleCouncil leader

Liam Fox a 'non-divisive Brexit candidate'

North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox is expected to throw his hat into the ring to lead the Conservaties in the next 24 hours.

The BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith says he will pitch himself as "a Brexit candidate but not a divisive Brexit candidate"...

Bristol teenager ready for Wimbledon debut

Teenager Swan ready for Wimbledon debut

Bristol teenager Katie Swan makes her senior Wimbledon debut later this afternoon.

The 17-year-old, ranked 437th in the world, faces world number 44 Timea Babos in the first round.

The match will be the second of the day on Court 16 - follow all the action from Day Two of the Championships here.

Arrests over schools abuse allegations

Badgeworth Court

Three former members of staff have been arrested in connection with allegations of historical abuse at schools in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.  

The men have been questioned over allegations of physical and sexual abuse at Badgeworth Court (pictured) and Dowdeswell Court near Cheltenham, and Clouds House near Salisbury.

The allegations date back to the 1970s and 1980s and the schools are now closed.

Man arrested for attempted murder of police officer

Drove Road, Weston-super-Mare
The incident happened on Drove Road in Weston-super-Mare

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder a police officer in Weston-super-Mare on Monday night.

The incident happened in Drove Road where the man produced a knife and tried to stab an officer who was pursuing him. 

Members of the public intervened and the man was detained by police.

Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Liam Fox wants to be PM? Not for the first time

Dr Liam Fox
AFP/Getty Images

Dr Liam Fox, the North Somerset MP, will join the race to lead the Conservatives in the next 24 hours, a source has told BBC2's Victoria Derbyshire programme.

It will be the second time the former defence secretary, 54, has thrown his hat into the ring.

He came a close third in the 2005 leadership contest which saw David Cameron emerge as the victor.

Who might succeed David Cameron? BBC Politics looks at the frontrunners.

Weather 'going downhill'

At a time when we could collectively do with some good news, you can always rely on the great British summer weather to not provide it...

Weather for the West of England 'going downhill', says Bee Tucker

Crews tackling thatched roof fire

A derelict property with a thatched roof is alight in Brent Knoll, Somerset.

Eight appliances have been sent to tackle the fire which is in the roof of the property.

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BreakingLiam Fox, leader of the Conservatives?

A source has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Two that Dr Liam Fox, North Somerset MP, will declare within the next 24 hours that he will stand for the Conservative party leadership.

Countdown to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

It's not long now until the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Earlier this year, BBC Local Radio called on amateur gardeners to take inspiration from their area to design a garden that could be built at the show next month. 

Simon Judge from Bristol was among the winning designers... but will his garden be ready in time?

Man dies after being hit by a van


A pedestrian has been killed when he was hit by a van on the A417 in Gloucestershire in the early hours.

The 41-year-old man, who is believed to be local, was pronounced dead at the scene, near Staunton.

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for witnesses to contact the force.

Malmesbury road reopens after crash

Have goggles, will swim

How about this for an impressive way to raise money?

Ollie Wilkinson is swimming 10km a day, every day for 30 days, at Sandford Lido in Cheltenham.

He's doing it to raise money in order to maintain and update the 80-year-old structure.

Road closed near Malmesbury