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Summary

  1. Updates of news, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Monday 4 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Hayley Mortimer

All times stated are UK

Good night from Local Live in the West of England

Finally, it's tomorrow weather. It's looking like a decent day but we have to get through a cloudy phase first.

Here's Ian Fergusson with the forecast.

There's ongoing coverage of the Gloucester incident on the Citizen's website.  

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

'Major incident' at Gloucester Park

This from the Gloucester Citizen's reporter Daniel Chipperfield.

We're told by the police that a statement is due soon on the incident.

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Quacking new line-up at WWT Slimbridge

There are some new ducks swanning around at WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire.

The giant Dusty Ducks have been designed by celebrities and include some familiar faces including Joanna Lumley's Patsy Dusty and Chris Packham's Ziggy StarDusty.

They form a trail around WWT Slimbridge to celebrate the centre's 70th anniversary.

'Eco Park' stadium designs down to two

Forest Green Rovers' stadium plans down to final two...

Glenn Howells Architects design for Forest Green Rovers' stadium

'Eco Park' stadium designs down to two

Two designs are selected for a new 5,000 capacity stadium for Forest Green Rovers in Gloucestershire.

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Bristol man rebuilds the world's rarest car

It may have (unofficially) been the fastest car in the world back in 1911, but this Fiat S76 certainly hasn’t undergone the world’s fastest restoration.

Bristol petrol-head Duncan Pittaway has spent the past two decades devoting his life to painstakingly rebuilding the world's rarest car - dubbed The Beast of Turin.

Listen to his story in the video below...

Bristol Zoo's baby gorilla is growing fast

It seems like only yesterday that Bristol Zoo's baby gorilla Afia was delivered by emergency caesarean section.

Now 20 weeks old, the Western Lowland gorilla is enjoying her surroundings and learning to play, climb and feed herself.

Zookeepers have released a series of pictures and say Afia is developing a “strong personality".

Footy fan backs himself for the big England job

Could the next England Football Team manager be an unknown 26-year-old Plymouth Argyle Football Club fan from ‪Bristol‬?

Well, Darryl Barkwill has put a bet on himself at odds of 10,000/1 to land the big job one day.

Has he wasted his fiver?

Could a 26-year-old from Bristol be the new England manager?

There's a man eating a tiger in Bristol...

Oh, wait… It’s a skull of a man eating a tiger. Well, thank goodness for that! 

We’ve taken a look into the depths of Bristol Museum with experts Ben Garrod and Bonnie Griffin and this is what we’ve found.

There was more about this on Laura Rawlings Radio Bristol show today - you can listen again here.

Rare Star Wars toy could fetch thousands at auction

Two huge Star Wars collections are going under hammer in Wiltshire this week.

Items include an extremely rare Boba Fett figure, which the company stopped making as it was deemed dangerous to children.

Dolton Powell murder: 'A vicious and senseless attack,' says CPS

Dolton Powell
Gloucestershire Constabulary

A jury spent just over two days deliberating at Bristol Crown Court before finding 18-year-old Jordan Barclay guilty of stabbing and killing Dolton Powell.

Nine men had stood accused of playing a role in 21-year-old Dolton's death outside the All Nations Community Centre in Gloucester last August.

Barclay, of Campbell Street, in the St Paul's area of Bristol, was found guilty of murder today and will be sentenced on Wednesday.

Nico Daley, of Dermot Street, also of Bristol, was found guilty of wounding Dolton's friend Elijah Sutherland with intent.   

Jordan Barclay and Nico Daley
Gloucestershire Constabulary
Jordan Barclay and Nico Daley

All six of the other defendants were cleared of murder and wounding with intent.   

The Crown Prosecution Service said the case was "complex to investigate and prosecute."

Dolton Powell was a young man enjoying a night out with friends when he was fatally stabbed by Jordan Barclay in a vicious and senseless attack. Thanks to a thorough police investigation, the prosecution provided the jury with evidence that pieced together the violent and tragic chain of events that took place. These two men have now been brought to justice for their involvement in this horrific, violent incident.

Huw RogersHead of the Crown Prosecution Service South West Complex Casework Unit

Good boy! Police dog Fozzy sniffs out cash and drugs

Police dog Fozzy only gained his licence three months ago... but this weekend he proved his skills after sniffing out £28,000 in cash and £21,600 worth of drugs following a car crash.

A man was reported to have left the scene of the crash in Corsham, in Wiltshire, carrying a number of small bags and a shoebox before returning a few minutes later empty handed.

Police dog Fuzzy
Wiltshire Police

Fozzy tracked a scent through grass, over a stone wall and into a wooded area before locating a number of bags dumped deep in a bush. 

PC Simon Goodwin said: “Without Fozzy, I don’t believe these items would have been found. I’m really proud of him – he has a big career ahead of him."

University lights up to mark Pride week in Bristol

This is a lovely shot taken by Carolyn Eaton of Bristol University's Wills Memorial Building on Queen's Road in the city.

It's been lit up to mark Pride week which features a number of events until Sunday, 10 July.

Bristol Uni's Wills Building
Carolyn Eaton

Dolton Powell murder: Biggest case for Gloucestershire Police since serial killer Fred West

A knife at the scene
Gloucestershire Constabulary

The Dolton Powell murder investigation was the largest Gloucestershire Police undertook since the arrest of serial killer Fred West, the force has revealed.

Officers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary were drawn in to help gather evidence and dozens of witnesses were interviewed following the attack which took place outside the All Nations Community Centre in Gloucester.

All Nations Community Centre
Gloucestershire Constabulary
The scene of the attack
Gloucestershire Constabulary

Detective Superintendent Steve Porter said: "People were very scared they didn’t want to talk to the police, they were very reluctant to come forward.

“But with the help of the community and the help of the family, people came forward. We were able to piece it together.”

Jordan Barclay, 18, was found guilty of murder at Bristol Crown Court today.

Seven other men from Bristol were charged with Mr Powell's murder under the joint enterprise law but were cleared.

Road to close after lorry flips over in Gloucestershire

It's best to stay clear of the Air Balloon Roundabout in Gloucestershire this evening.

The A417 southbound carriageway will close for four hours after a lorry filled with hay flipped over earlier today.

Recovery of the HGV has been postponed until 8pm when there is less traffic to cause the least disruption.

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Man arrested after gun fired at school prom after-party

Cherington
BBC

A 49-year-old man has been arrested after a gun was fired at a party held by school pupils at a Gloucestershire farm.

No one was hurt during the incident which happened at around 4am on Friday morning when students were having a party in Cherington following their school prom. 

The man has been released on bail. Officers say he has a firearms licence which has now been suspended and his guns have been seized.

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'Troublesome increase' in hate crime in Avon and Somerset after EU referendum

The number of hate crimes being reported in Avon and Somerset has almost doubled since the EU referendum, according to police.

Officers and staff have been reviewing crime reports and have seen the numbers increase to an average of 10 incidents per day in the last week compared to four.

Last week a Bristol shopkeeper handed out flowers to welcome migrants living and working in the city
BBC

In an open letter, chief constable Andy Marsh and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens, said: "Nationally there has been a rise in the number of hate crime incidents to the national online reporting site, and we have seen a troublesome increase across Avon and Somerset too. 

"We value the rich, multi-cultural diversity of the cities, towns, villages and rural communities where we live and work and the people that make them, and we know this is true of many of you. 

"We would like to think that people will intervene to challenge, condemn and report abusive behaviour. 

"We want to reassure victims that those behind it are not representative of Britain."

Bob the horse with no tail ends up with two

This could be a tall tale we're telling, but it's true.

Bob is a horse at the Ferne Animal Sanctuary and his woeful tale of having no tail to swish from his behind meant he was unable to swat away horse flies which have a painful bite.

Bob the horse from Ferne Animal Sanctuary gets a second artificial tail

After his plight was broadcast on BBC Somerset, the charity has raised enough donations for one tail.

Not only that, the company that makes them also heard of his predicament and have sent him another one.

Well, you can never have enough pony tails...

Swindon sign midfielder Thomas

New signing at the County Ground ...

Conor Thomas

Swindon sign midfielder Thomas

Former Coventry City midfielder Conor Thomas signs for League One club Swindon Town on a thee-year contract.

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Gardener inspired by engineer IK Brunel's ss Great Britain

Wow! What a brilliant job by BBC Radio Bristol listener Simon Judge, who was selected to design a garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace flower show.

The design was influenced by renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel's ss Great Britain.

Simon Judge's garden
BBC
Simon Judge's garden
BBC

Preparations under way for giant chalk poppy in Wiltshire

Away from the Dolton Powell case ...

Earlier we told you about a new chalk badge being carved into a Wiltshire hillside.

Here's a little bit more about why the eye-catching landmarks...

A giant poppy is being carved into the hillside in Fovant near Salisbury

CCTV captures moment Dolton Powell is killed

Police have released CCTV images showing the moment Dolton Powell was fatally attacked in Gloucester.

The 21-year-old had witnessed his friend Elijah Sutherland being stabbed by Jordan Barclay in a car park off Chase Lane.

He tried to stop Barclay from fleeing the scene by standing in front of his car, but was stabbed in the neck.

Despite the best efforts of people at the scene, he died from his injuries.

Barclay, of Campbell Street, in the St Pauls area of Bristol, was found guilty of murder at Bristol Crown Court today and will be sentenced on Wednesday.

'I wish I could change places with him,' says Dolton Powell's mother

Dolton Powell's mother, Angela Nugent has spoken of her pain after losing her son.

The 21-year-old was stabbed to death last year outside the All Nations Community Centre in Gloucester.

Jordan Barclay, 18, of St Pauls, Bristol, was found guilty of murder at Bristol  Crown Court today.

Seven cleared and one guilty of murder

Latest news on the Dolton Powell case...

Dolton Powell

Seven cleared and one guilty of murder

Seven people are cleared and one man is found guilty of murdering a man after a party in Gloucester last year.

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EDF 'has confidence' in Hinkley Point nuclear power project

French power utility EDF on Monday said it still had confidence in its plans to build a nuclear reactor complex at Hinkley Point in Somerset - and Brexit is not a barrier to this.

The company made the statement at the end of a process of consultation with its works council of employee representatives.

It added the board could now proceed to make a final decision on the investment in the plant which, if positive, could set the project in motion. 

Hinkley Point
BBC

Dolton Powell: Jordan Barclay guilty of murder

Jordan Barclay
Gloucestershire Constabulary

This picture shows the moment Jordan Barclay walked into a party at the All Nations Community Centre in Gloucester where he later killed Dolton Powell.

Mr Powell was attacked after the party on 23 August last year.

Eight men from Bristol were jointly accused of Mr Powell's murder under the joint enterprise law.

Bristol Crown Court heard the 21-year-old had remonstrated with the men after his friend was stabbed several times.  

Barclay, 18, of Campbell Street, in the St Pauls area of Bristol, has been found guilty of murder.

BreakingMan found guilty of murdering Dolton Powell

Dolton Powell
Family Photo

A 18-year-old man has been found guilty of murder following the death of 21-year-old Dolton Powell in Gloucester.

Eight men from Bristol were also accused of Mr Powell's murder under the joint enterprise law.

Jordan Barclay, of Campbell Street, in the St Pauls area of Bristol, has been found guilty of murder at the city's crown court.

Nico Daley, of Dermot Street, also of Bristol, has been found guilty of wounding Elijah Sutherland with intent. 

All six other defendants have been cleared of murder and wounding with intent. 

Carlton James was also cleared of assisting an offender. 

Forest Green Rovers show off two final designs for new stadium

Here are the final two designs that Forest Green Rovers have chosen for their new stadium.

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The club's owner, Dale Vince, is hoping to build a new 5,000 capacity stadium as the centrepiece of a £100m Eco Park development near junction 13 of the M5.

Bristol Zoo's C-section baby gorilla can be 'very stroppy'

Afia the baby gorilla
Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo's baby gorilla - Afia - is now 20 weeks old. Her keepers told us she can be "very stroppy" if she doesn't get her own way.

Afia
Bristol Zoo

Afia's favourite foods include avocado and steamed sweet potato. She's just cut her eighth tooth and is still sleeping through most of the night. 

She's not yet on show to the public but if you're nearby and you listen carefully, her keepers said she "loves banging things - especially things that make lots of noise".

Baby gorilla Afia
Bristol Zoo

Father and son rescued from mud at Weston-super-Mare

Beach rescue
Barb

A man and his eight-year-old son have been rescued from deep mud on Weston beach almost a mile from the shore as the tide was coming in.

The pair had waded out across the mud flats to the sea around Sunday lunchtime when they became stranded.

"They were seen struggling through the mud with a fast incoming tide nearby, so for their welfare the hovercraft was tasked with flying them back to safety," a coastguard spokesman said.

The Burnham rescue hovercraft had been in the area at the time for the town's rescue services day.

Air rifle injury accused denies GBH charge

Bishport Avenue, Hartcliffe, Bristol
BBC

The second person accused of grievous bodily harm after a one-year-old boy was injured with an air rifle on Friday afternoon in Bristol has denied the charge against her.

Emma Jane Horseman, 23, of Bishport Avenue in Bristol, pleaded not guilty and has been remanded in custody.

Jordan Walters, of the same address, admitted a charge of grievous bodily harm. 

The pair are due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on 18 July.

BreakingMan admits GBH after baby is injured with shotgun

Jordan Walters, 24, has pleaded guilty at Bristol Magistrates' Court to grievous bodily harm after a one-year-old baby was shot in the head with an air rifle in Bristol.

Disappointment for Bristol - Wimbledon hopeful retires...

The story behind the 'Beast of Turin'

The car broke the 1911 world land speed record has been rebuilt by Duncan Pittway.

The Beast of Turin is a 28.5 litre engine car which broke the world land speed record in 1911. 

Fiat, which built the car, destroyed it so no-one could recreate it. 

Duncan Pittway, from Bristol, saw the car in book when he was a child and was captivated. 

Just over a decade ago, he started the journey to rebuild the car with a team of volunteers. 

He traced parts for it across the globe and made the ones he couldn’t find.

Good news, Bristol City fans?

Man, 38, dies after crash on Saturday

Ambulance generic
BBC

A man has died in hospital after a crash in Gloucestershire over the weekend.

A dark green Ford Fiesta left the road and crashed into a tree on the A4136 in Drybrook, close to the junction with Oakland Road at about 5.50pm on Saturday. No other cars were involved.

The driver, a 38-year-old man from Hartpury, was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with serious head injuries but died yesterday, Gloucestershire Police said.

Teenager with cancer raises enough funds for private treatment

Daryl Allinson has leukaemia and was refused treatment on the NHS

A teenager from Frome with a rare form of leukaemia say he's overjoyed after receiving tens of thousands of pounds in donations to help pay for a bone marrow transplant. 

Daryl Allinson has already had one round of treatment - but the NHS says it won't pay for another as it isn't sure how effective it would be. 

The family has now raised enough money to start the treatment process privately - although Daryl and mum Sam say their consultant has told them to be realistic.

Swindon drivers beware...

Stars Wars memorabilia catalogued ahead of auction

If you're a Star Wars fan then collecting various merchandise could be of interest to you.

A private collection is going up for auction near Chippenham on Friday and it's being catalogued at the moment...

A collection of Star Wars memorabilia is catalogued ahead of an auction

One of the lots that could attract a lot of attention is a rare Boba Fett figure, which is reported to be worth around £1,000.

If that means nothing to you, Boba was the most feared bounty hunter in the Star Wars galaxy - and also happens to be a genetic clone.

New chalk badge is carved on a Wiltshire hillside

Fovant Badges near Salisbury
Richard Bullard

Work has begun to carve a huge chalk badge on a Wiltshire hillside to mark the centenary of World War One.

The new poppy design is currently outlined in plastic and will sit alongside eight other emblems that have been carved into the land at Fovant, near Salisbury. 

The first badge was built in 1916 by soldiers who were stationed nearby during the war.