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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Thursday 30 June, 2016

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Holmes

All times stated are UK

Goodnight from BBC Local Live - we're back first thing tomorrow

That's all from BBC Local Live for the West Country - we're back tomorrow from 7am.

Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme - described as one of the darkest periods in military history.

Join us as the West Country pays tribute to the fallen.

A war memorial
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RIP Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub

Fire crews at Tisbury in Wiltshire pay their respects to Gordon Murray, creator of the children's series Trumpton, who has died at the age of 95. 

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Falcon chick plummets 224ft off cathedral

The young male, Raphael, is feathered and ready to fly but on its first test flight it fell more then 224ft (68m) from Salisbury Cathedra's tower
Salisbury Cathedral

Raphael, the peregrine falcon chick was fully-feathered and ready to take its first test flight on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, as the young falcon teetered on its ledge - 224ft up Salisbury Cathedral's tower - it was caught off guard by high winds and plummeted to the ground.

After an overnight stay at a rescue centre, Raphael was given the all-clear and has now been carried back up the 332 steps to its nest.

Anya Wicikowski, from the RSPB, said it will take a couple of days before the young bird tries flying again.

'Disappointed no lessons have been learned' - heart whistleblower

Children's cardiac services in Bristol are back in the news again.

A public inquiry in 2001 found major shortcomings and while the latest report concluded there was nothing on a similar scale this time, it does say patients were at risk of harm because of poor care.  

It was back in the late 1980s and early 1990s that rumours of high death rates among children began circulating.

The BBC's Matthew Hill spoke to Dr Stephen Bolsin, who exposed the original heart scandal 21 years ago about what he makes of the latest report.

Dr Stephen Bolsin gives his thoughts on the latest report.

It's been a turbulent week in politics...

Have you ever known a week quite like it? 

In/out, PM quits, protests and rallies - who said politics was boring?  

Celebrating 70 years of children's TV

An exhibition of children's TV shows - from Muffin the Mule in 1946 to Teletubbies - is opening at M Shed in Bristol this weekend. 

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Yoga on a horse?

Yes - it really exists... 

Horseback yoga from Long Ashton

Nicola Carley from Long Ashton, near Bristol, teaches a type of yoga that involves sitting on top of a horse at the same time. 

She has been showing BBC Radio Bristol some of the various poses she is able to achieve with her equine friend.

Sedgemoor speaks - the EU referendum result

Are you feeling satisfied or disillusioned with the EU Referendum result?

Sedgemoor had the biggest percentage of voters in Somerset wanting to leave.

BBC Somerset's been to Bridgwater to see how people are feeling a week on from the result.

175 years ago the inspiration behind Thomas the Tank Engine was born

The Box Tunnel was the inspiration behind the Thomas books

The Great Western railway line between London Paddington and Bristol was opened 175 years ago, allowing trains to pass through the newly-built Box Tunnel in Wiltshire.

Years later, in 1920, a certain little boy and his family moved to Box a stone's throw away from the tunnel.

He grew up to become one of the most famous children's author in the world - the Reverend W Awdry - who was inspired to write his Thomas the Tank Engine books by watching and hearing the trains come out of the tunnel.

Remains of 18th Century cottages found at Wapping Wharf in Bristol

The remnants of Bristol's shipbuilding trade have been unearthed at Wapping Wharf, which is currently being redeveloped to form new houses and shops.

Archaeologists have uncovered the wall of an 18th Century "ropewalk", where rope was made for use on ships as well as the foundations of cottages dating back to the 1730s.

The excavated buildings
Cotswold Archaeology

Before the site was built on in the 18th Century, the land there was used for grazing, and was owned by St Augustine's Abbey, which is now Bristol Cathedral.  

The excavated buildings
Cotswold Archaeology

E. coli - what those affected had in common

There has been a rise in cases of E. coli in our area - more than 40 people in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire have been taken ill following an outbreak of the bug. 

Public Health England's Mike Wade has told the BBC that the people affected are known to have eaten salads before becoming unwell and is advising us to wash them before use. 

The E. coli victims had all eaten salad before they became ill

They have also advised people to thoroughly wash salads before eating them.

Cornwall MP seconds Liam Fox for Tory leader

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann described Dr Liam Fox as being "compassionate, dignified and experienced." He is supporting him for the Conservative party leadership.

@LiamFoxMP grew up on a council estate like me. He is compassionate, dignified and experienced. I will ❎ for Fox. #ToryLeadership

Comedy festival takes over Bristol's Queen Square

Queen Square in Bristol has been transformed into "Bristol Comedy Garden" with acts like pub landlord Al Murray and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Bridget Christie - it's already started and finishes this Sunday. 

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How the aviation industry responds to accidents 'could help healthcare'

While hospital leaders try and learn the lessons from today's report, some healthcare experts are looking to other industries to see how they handle safety.

Our business correspondent Dave Harvey has been looking at one industry which seems a world away from hospitals and operating theatres, but still offers lessons in safety. 

He speaks to Martin Bromiley who lost his first wife following surgery.

First RAF F-35B stealth fighter jet lands in UK

The Ministry of Defence has released footage of a RAF F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter landing in Britain for the first time after crossing the Atlantic.

The aircraft was accompanied by two other F-35Bs from the United States Marine Corps

It touched down at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire just before 8pm last night.

First high speed train into Paddington named after Brunel

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The ss Great Britain, which looks after Brunel's artefacts, has also packed Brunel's designs for the Great Western Railway and sent them to London on the railway he built - first class of course.

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Gloucestershire teacher describes skill shortages

A secondary school head teacher in Gloucestershire fears the profession could be heading towards a recruitment crisis, particularly in science and maths.

Research by the online group Teach Vac reveals so far this year there's been as many as 45 job vacancies in both subjects across Gloucestershire.

Will Morgan is the head teacher at the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water.  

Bristol City Women re-sign defender Cleverly

Wales international defender Rhian Cleverly has returned to Bristol City Women.

"We have signed Rhian to give us short term defensive cover throughout July,” manager Willie Kirk said.

Bristol currently lie second in the league table, two points behind leaders Yeovil Town.

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Cult Robin Hood show makes a comeback

If you're of a certain age you'll remember the TV series Robin of Sherwood. The show ran for three seasons on ITV between 1984 and 1986.

You'll be thrilled to know it's coming back - here's how it happened.

Cult TV series Robin of Sherwood has made a comeback

A sneak peek of a rare Thomas the Tank Engine illustration

BBC Wiltshire has been to visit Reverend W. Awdry's son Christopher as a key part of the Great Western rail line opened 175 years ago today.

The Reverend W Awdry was the author of the beloved Thomas books - so what links his books with the railway?

His family moved to the village of Box in 1920 close to Box Tunnel where he would often see trains pass through inspiring him to create the cheeky but Really Useful little blue engine.

Reverend W. Awdry's son Christopher says his father got inspiration from the Box Tunnel

Lunchtime headlines from your local newspapers

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Here's an up-to-date look at the stories being covered by some of your local papers around the region:  

Beth Howard signs for Yeovil Town Ladies FC

Advice on avoiding E. coli after cases rise in Wiltshire and Bristol

There's been a sudden rise in the number of people being taken sick with E. coli around Wiltshire and Bristol.

Several of the people ate salad items before falling ill.

Public Health England's Mike Wade is advising people to maintain good hygiene and food preparation practices to prevent E. coli infection.  

Bristol children's hospital critical review: Your comments

Bristol Children's Hospital
BBC

Children receiving cardiac treatment at Bristol Children's Hospital were repeatedly given poor care and parents were let down, a review has found.

Here's a selection of your comments from the BBC Points West Facebook page.

Doreen Pearce wrote: "Nothing has changed there then. Thought after the last inquiry thing's would have got better. I lost my son there in 1981 when lots of children died. Something needs to change and fast."

Penelope Loader wrote: "So sad."

Liam Fox MP announces Tory leadership bid

Dr Liam Fox
PA

It's official - Liam Fox the North Somerset MP is entering the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. 

Mr Fox, a former Defence Secretary was prominent in the Leave campaign. 

It will be the second time he has stood for the top job. 

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

Over 60s domestic abuse cases in Somerset increase

BBC Somerset has discovered the number of cases of domestic abuse in Somerset involving people over the age of 60 has gone up.

Over 60s domestic abuse cases in Somerset increase

Headteacher charged with making indecent images of children

The Tyninings Primary School
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A primary school teacher from Filton has appeared in court charged with voyeurism and making indecent images of children. 

Ashley Yates, 45, has been suspended from The Tynings Primary School in Staple Hill, South Gloucestershire. 

Mr Yates, from Filton, was remanded in custody after appearing at Bristol Magistrates' Court earlier this morning.

He is charged with three counts of making indecent photos and two counts of voyeurism.

Subsidence problem forces closure of key Swindon road

Kingshill road
BBC

Kingshill Road in Swindon has been closed to through traffic after subsidence was found on a section of the carriageway.

The problem was discovered in the key arterial route into the town centre between Clifton Street and Bowood Road.

Swindon Borough Council’s highways team says it is investigating the matter with Thames Water and will keep the road closed until further notice.

Bristol sign Tonga international prop

Soane Tonga'uiha
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Now some more details on the news that Bristol have signed Tonga international prop Soane Tonga'uiha on a one-year contract.

The 34-year-old has played in two World Cups and played 121 top-flight matches in seven years at Northampton Saints, before spending two years with French Top 14 side Oyonnax.

Tonga'uiha, who has also played for Bedford Blues and Racing Metro, told Bristol's club website: "I'm looking forward to playing in the Premiership again, a hugely competitive league."

Metro Mayor and £900m devolution deal: Your comments

Bathnes council vote over devolution (Weds 29 June 2016)
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Three councils in the Bath, Bristol and South Gloucestershire area voted to accept the government's £900m devolution deal last night.

Here's a selection of your comments from the BBC Points West Facebook page:

Kay Tottman wrote: "If banes residents voted no to mayor what was the point if they say yes to a metro one."

Mike Rowland wrote: "Avon again. Bristol will dominate again. All the money will go to Bristol - again."

Bob Rashley wrote: "Just looks like added bureaucracy to me."

Hospital heart review: 'Nobody listened to us,' says family

The parents of a four-year-old boy, who died in 2012 following heart surgery at Bristol Royal Children's Hospital, said nobody at the hospital listened to their concerns that he was ill. 

Yolanda and Steve Turner from Warminster described Sean as "the perfect son".

Turner family story

A review has found children receiving cardiac treatment at the hospital were repeatedly given poor care and parents were let down.

The hospital's chief executive Robert Woolley said they had fully accepted the findings and were deeply sorry to all the families involved.

Gulls in Bath 'know when takeaways close' says study

Gull in Bath city centre
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Gulls in Bath are clued up on finding the best places and times to scavenge takeaway food, a university study has found.

The University of the West of England is running an 18-month research project as part of the local council's efforts to curb rising gull numbers.

Dr Chris Pawson said:  “We’ve been observing the gulls’ behaviour, where they choose to nest, where they decide to nest alone rather than in colonies, and where they are getting their food from. 

"Unsurprisingly Bath gulls seem to know when the pubs close and the optimal time and location for chips and other takeaway snacks."

Bristol Rugby sign Soane Tonga'uiha

Golden-ringed dragonfly found in North Somerset

Teenager questioned over brick throwing

The boy was interviewed by police over the incident on Monday which saw a 65-year-old man hit on the head by a brick thrown at a bus in Knowle, Bristol.

The victim is currently in a stable condition in hospital.  

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The headlines from your local BBC radio stations

  • Bristol: An independent review has found that patients have been put at risk of harm at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children's cardiac unit
  • Gloucestershire: More needs to be done to support people suffering and recovering from mental health issues in Gloucestershire according to the chair of a health trust in the county
  • Wiltshire: A Swindon head teacher is warning there are not enough secondary school teachers training in maths and science
  • BBC Somerset discovershas been a significant increase in the number of domestic abuse cases in the county involving people over the age of 60

Hospital heart review: Boss 'sorry' for failings

The boss of Bristol Children's Hospital has apologised for children repeatedly being given poor care.

Robert Woolley told the BBC that he "welcomes" the report, and wanted to say "sorry" to families where care "fell below acceptable standards".

He added that the hospital has made a series of improvements.

The boss of Bristol Children's Hospital apologies after report highlights care problems.

West 'Metro Mayor' backed by three councils in the Bath and Bristol area

Chancellor George Osborne delivering budget speech March 2016
BBC

Three councils in the region have voted to accept a single directly-elected "Metro Mayor" for the west of England.

Bristol City, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils voted for devolution.

Earlier this month, North Somerset voted against the plan, saying the deal was "not attractive enough".  

The four councils were offered a £900m deal over 30 years to invest in key areas, in the Chancellor's March Budget.

Your local newspaper headlines

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Here's a look at the stories being covered by some of your local papers around the region:

Hospital heart review: Children repeatedly given 'poor care'

Children receiving cardiac treatment at Bristol Children's Hospital were repeatedly given poor care and parents were let down, a review has found. 

A report found nurses were regularly under pressure and there was poor communication with families. 

The review follows the deaths of seven children who were treated on Ward 32.

Bristol Children's Hospital
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However, the review found there was no evidence to suggest failings on the scale of a previous inquiry in 2001 into baby heart deaths in Bristol. 

The report made a series of recommendations. It also recommended that NHS England should commission a review of paediatric intensive care services across England.