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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Wednesday 29 June, 2016

Live Reporting

By Abigail Mobbs

All times stated are UK

Good night from the BBC Local as councils in the greater Bristol area vote to support the idea of a Metro Mayor

We'll have all the reaction tomorrow morning to tonight's decision by three councils in the greater Bristol area to support the idea of a £1bn devolution package and the appointment of a Metro Mayor for the area.

That's all from BBC Local Live for the West of England, we're back tomorrow from 7am.

Metro Mayor: South Gloucestershire yet to decide

Metro Mayor: Two West councils accept devolution deal

Both Bristol City Council and Bath and North East Somerset Council have voted to accept a single directly-elected Metro Mayor for the West of England. 

In Bristol, 59 councillors were in favour, five abstained and two were against. 

South Gloucestershire councillors are still in their meeting this evening and are yet to vote.  

North Somerset Council has already voted against the idea.   

The deal goes to public consultation before being passed back to parliament in October. 

BreakingBristol votes for West Metro Mayor plan

Bristol City Council has voted to accept a single directly-elected "Metro Mayor" for the West of England.  

BreakingBath and North East Somerset say yes to Metro Mayor plan

The West of England devolution deal is passed 40 votes to 12 by Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Making the headlines in the West Country's newspapers

Dog rescued from puppy farm looking for a foster home

Would you take in a rescue dog? 

Amy was taken to St Giles Animal Rescue in Taunton after being recovered from a puppy farm.

She's now being cared for by a couple in Portishead, near Bristol, until a new home can be found for her.

Locked-in boy calls for all disabled children to learn to read and write

Chantal Bryan, from Chippenham, was 36 weeks pregnant when she had a car accident. Her son, Jonathan, now 10, was born with some of the "worst brain injuries doctors had ever seen" and has locked-in syndrome. 

Mum Chantal said when she looked at him as a baby "there was something about him". 

She and Jonathan's dad taught him to communicate with his eyes, using a spelling board. He's now written to the government urging it to make sure all disabled children learn to read and write. 

Dickie and Jane celebrate 70 years of marriage

Dickie and Jane at their wedding
Carolyn Lissack

Richard "Dickie" Arscott married Jane Dare Knibbs on the 29th June 1946, 70 years ago today.

The couple, who now live in Cirencester, married in Bournemouth after a six week courtship.

They have five children, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, with a third due in two weeks.

Richard was in the RAF and played a big part in the Berlin Air Lift. Now at 90 and 91 they both remain independent and busy.

Dickie and Jane now
Carolyn Lissack

'You can get married at 16 but you can't vote'

A group of teenagers who were too young to vote in the EU Referendum are staging a protest in Bristol tonight. 

They say they are "robbed of their rights" and the outcome may have been different if those under-18 had been given a chance to go to the polls.

Robin Markwell reports.

'Metro Mayor' D-day for the West of England

Paul Barltrop

The fate of a billion pound devolution deal for Bristol and its neighbouring councils will be decided this evening. 

The government's offering £30m pounds a year over 30 years, so long as an elected "Metro Mayor" is introduced. 

Councillors from Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bristol are all meeting to vote on it this evening.

North Somerset Council has already voted against the idea

BBC West political editor Paul Barltrop explains what's at stake.

We'll keep you updated throughout the evening.

Carers make 100-year-old's birthday swim wish come true

Staff at Sadie Knight's care home in Gloucestershire couldn't grant her 100th birthday wish for world peace - but they could make her second choice come true. 

Sadie said a nice swim would be the next best thing. 

Next item on her list? To go flying.......so watch this space. 

Marauding heron at Prior Park in Bath

This heron has taken over a coot's nest at Prior Park in Bath - and doesn't want to give it up.

Staff at the National Trust sent us this footage showing the nest's new resident.  

The heron had previously lived in the landscape garden

The heron has kicked out some coots from the nest they were living in

Banksy SWAT van sells for £180,000 at auction

The Banksy artwork
Bonhams

A piece of art spray-painted by Bristol artist Banksy has just sold for £180,000.

The artwork had a guide price of £200,000 to £300,000, and hasn't been seen by the public since it was featured in a show in Los Angeles in 2006, where Banksy made his American debut.

The total for the buyer will be £218,000 with fees. 

But he or she won't be able to drive it home as it doesn't come with an engine.

Liam Fox to stand for Tory leader

Liam Fox MP
AFP/Getty Images

North Somerset MP Liam Fox has confirmed he is standing for the Conservative Party leadership.

Dr Fox is a former defence secretary and was prominent in the Leave campaign.

He's the latest senior Tory to throw his hat into the ring after cabinet minister Stephen Crabb launched his campaign earlier.

Sources close to Dr Fox confirmed he would stand for the leadership again, having lost to David Cameron in 2005. 

Bristol archer Larry Godfrey misses out on Rio

BreakingNorth Somerset MP to stand for prime minister

Former defence secretary Liam Fox will stand for the leadership of the Conservative Party, sources said. 

'I just did what needed to be done' Gloucester student talks about giving first aid at the Orlando shooting

Police cars on the scene of the shooting
Orlando Police

A group of criminology students from the University of Gloucestershire were on a field trip with Florida police when they were called to the Pulse nightclub on the night of the shooting.

One of the women helped administer first aid and has spoken for the first time since the event.

She has asked to remain anonymous and issued a statement through the university. She said she "wasn't a hero" and "just did what needed to be done".

'The police are the real heroes for the way they reacted to the situation. They are the brave ones and I am completely in awe of what they did that night.'

Criminology student

Teenagers say they should have had EU Referendum vote

Teenage pupils say they should have had a vote in the EU Referendum

Pupils at Hanham Woods Academy, near Bristol, say they should have had a vote in the EU Referendum because their generation will have to "live with the decision the longest".  

County Championship: Day three wash-out for Leicestershire and Gloucestershire

Fischer County Ground, Leicester
Rex Features

Rain prevented any play on the third day between Leicestershire and Gloucestershire at Grace Road.

Umpires Steve Garratt and Nigel Cowley took the decision to abandon play shortly before 12:30pm.

Gloucestershire are 69-0 in their first innings, replying to a score of 334 all out by the home side.

A draw now seems inevitable unless the two teams agree on declarations to leave Gloucestershire with a second-innings target.

Fischer County Ground, Leicester

Rain washes out play at Grace Road

Rain prevents any play on day three of Leicestershire's County Championship match against Gloucestershire

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Random acts of kindness: we catch up with children after video goes viral

A film made by Points West a year ago on random acts of kindness goes viral

It's turned into this week's Facebook sensation with some four-and-a-half million people watching a year-old video about children carrying out random acts of kindness in Bristol.

Students from eight schools spend a day last June being as kind to as many people as possible.

Now, Tracey Miller has been back to meet those who were involved.

'It could take 12 hours': Somerset students swim the English Channel

Hamish McCarthy is a teacher at Taunton Prep School

Schoolchildren from Taunton Prep School are challenging Royal Marines in a race across the English Channel.

Hamish McCarthy, a trainer and teacher at the school, said: "They will start in the dark and will swim two hours each in total."

The seven pupils are in training at Clevedon Marine Lake. They'll be swimming the 21 miles from Kent to France.

Bristol drawn against local rivals Bath in rugby's European Challenge Cup

The draw for the pool stages of the rugby European Challenge Cup has taken place.

Bristol are in the competition for the first time in seven years, and have been drawn against local rivals Bath in pool 4. 

Gloucester are in Pool 1 and face French and Italian opposition. 

Bath's Rec ground
PA

The draw itself...

Pool 1:La Rochelle, GLOUCESTER, Treviso, Bayonne

Pool 4:Cardiff, BATH, Pau, BRISTOL

Somerset schoolchildren take on Royal Marines

A team of schoolchildren from Somerset race Royal Marines across the English Channel

A team of schoolchildren from Somerset are attempting to take on one of the world's most elite fighting forces by challenging them to a race in the English Channel. 

The seven pupils from Taunton Prep School are in training at Clevedon Marine Lake. They'll be swimming the 21 miles from Kent to France, against a team of serving and injured Royal Marines    

And they have some fighting talk!

Nailsworth locals 'disgusted' by cottage neglect

Nailsworth locals 'disgusted' by cottage neglect

The former home of poet WH Davies has fallen into disrepair and locals are not happy about it.

Neighbours of Glendower cottage have been calling on Stroud District Council to intervene and make urgent repairs for years. 

The council has issued a statement, which says it's looking at the options available to undertake remedial work efficiently.

If you're trying to contact Great Western Hospital in Swindon you may have a problem

Cannabis factory discovered in Trowbridge

A 59-year-old man has been arrested after officers found a cannabis farm in a property on Ashton Street in Trowbridge.

Approximately 100 plants were found over two floors of the house with a sophisticated hydroponics system.

The man was arrested and taken to Melksham custody. He has since been released on police bail.

Cannabis farm
BBC

PC Mark Hough said: "The cultivation of cannabis is a criminal offence, regardless of the scale of the factory."

"As with many cannabis factories, the electricity supply had been by-passing the meter and could have put residents and buildings in the area at huge risk."

Government 'full tilt' on Hinkley following Brexit doubts

Plans to build the Hinkley C nuclear power plant in Somerset have not been affected by the Brexit vote, energy secretary Amber Rudd says.

There were doubts over the scheme earlier in the week due to the UK's vote to leave the European Union.

Hinkley C
BBC

But Ms Rudd said the government is "still full tilt on Hinkley Point".

She said she had spoken to the chief executive of French energy giant EDF, which is building the power plant, and the company was "absolutely committed" to making a final investment decision on the scheme.

Quarter of Swindon's GP practices are 'unsustainable'

Concerns have been raised about the level of service GPs can offer in Swindon.

Gill May, the executive nurse of the town's clinical commissioning group, said a quarter of practices are vulnerable in their ability to see people on their registered list.  

The issues were discussed at a meeting with Swindon Borough Council's Heath Overview and Scrutiny Committee last Tuesday.

Doctor checking blood pressure
BBC

Dr Peter Swinyard, of the Phoenix Surgery in Swindon and who is chairman of the Family Doctor Association, said: "The funding for General Practices as a proportion of the NHS budget has dropped from around 11% five years ago to 7% now."

One birthday - 100 years apart

Ivy holding Riley on her lap
Sherborne House Care Home

Ivy and Riley celebrated their birthdays together last week, there is exactly 100 years between them.

Ivy, aged 101, lives at Altogether Care's Sherborne House Care Home in Yeovil and one-year-old Riley's dad works at the care home.

A happy belated birthday to them both! 

Round-up of today's local newspaper headlines

Man injured after brick thrown through a bus window in Bristol

A 65-year-old man has suffered serious injuries after a brick thrown through a bus window struck him in the head.

The victim was a passenger on the number 90 bus from Bristol city centre to Hengrove, a brick was thrown when the bus reached Inns Court Avenue in Knowle.

The victim was a passenger on the No 90 bus from Bristol city centre to Hengrove

The man was taken to hospital for treatment and police say they are awaiting an update, the last they heard he was stable but has suffered some potentially life changing injuries.

We are in contact with Avon and Somerset and will let you know when we hear more news.

Latest local radio headlines from across the West

BBC Wiltshire: New concerns have been raised about the "vulnerable" state of Swindon's GP surgeries. 

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: A task-group to look at mental health problems among teenagers could be set-up.

BBC Somerset: North Somerset MP Liam Fox is expected to confirm he's running for leader of the Conservative Party later.  

BBC Radio Bristol: The first ever breakfast club to support ex-service personnel of the Armed Forces has organised in the city.

Year-old Points West video on random acts of kindness goes viral

With England exiting the European Championships in a disastrous fashion and politics in the UK in meltdown, we think everybody needs a heartwarming story to cheer them up.

Step up BBC Points West - where a year-old video about random acts of kindness has been seen by almost four million people.

A film about school children carrying out acts of kindness has become an internet hit

Gloucestershire students helped victims of the Orlando shooting

We've learned that a group of students from the University of Gloucestershire were on a field trip with Florida police when they were called to the Orlando nightclub following a mass shooting earlier this month.

The criminology students were shadowing officers on the night of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

Emergency services
BBC

The University has told us the police made sure the students - who have asked to stay anonymous - were in a safe location, and were not in danger at any time.

Dr Caroline Mills, from the University, said she one of the students helped give first aid to one of the shooting victims.

The magic behind Coldplay's Glastonbury performance revealed

The glowing wristbands were made in Wiltshire.

If you managed to catch Coldplay playing at Glastonbury on Sunday you might have noticed thousands of glowing wristbands in the crowd.

Did you know they are made by a Wiltshire company?

We popped along to find out more about them.

Coldplay wristbands
PA
Chris Martin on stage
Getty Images

Metro mayor D-Day for the West of England

The fate of a billion-pound devolution deal for Bristol and its neighbours will be decided later on today.

The government's offering the cash over 30 years, so long as an elected metro mayor is introduced.

Money in a wallet
BBC

The scheme will be voted on this evening by councillors from Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bristol.  

Investigation launched into E.coli outbreak in West

More than 30 adults in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire have been taken sick after an outbreak of E-Coli.

E.coli strain
BBC

Several of the affected people are known to have eaten salads before becoming unwell. Public Health England is reminding everyone to take extra care preparing food and to wash hands well afterwards.

An investigation is under way to find the cause, so far no source of the outbreak has been found. 

It starts off dry today but not for long so don't forget your umbrella

Weather map
BBC

Good morning, we'll be live reporting from across the West Country until 10pm tonight.

Looking at the weather it's likely to be a cloudy and wet day as rain spreads in from the west, bringing drizzly outbreaks and some heavier bursts in places, especially over higher ground.

Maximum temperature: 16C (61F)