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Summary

  1. As it happened across the West of England on Wednesday 6 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Sarah Jones

All times stated are UK

Good night from Local Live in the West of England

That's it for Local Live today. Back at 7am tomorrow.

Before we go though, here's a final look at tomorrow's weather - a dry start but "erratic" showers are possible in the afternoon.

Ian Fergusson has the forecast...

West of England weather forecast for Thursday

'A place of sanctuary' for refugees

Syrian refugees from Bristol, Bath and Somerset have come together for their first Eid since being resettled here. 

Some of these families gathered in Bristol to mark the end of Ramadan with a meal and gifts - and in response to the recent increase in hate crime.

Joon Lynn Goh, from Citizens UK Bristol, said our cities should be "places of sanctuary"...

Syrian refugees from Bristol, Bath and Somerset gather to celebrate Eid together.

The government has pledged to take 20,000 Syrians escaping the civil war over five years.  

South Glos - your black wheelie bins are going to get smaller

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Black wheelie bins getting smaller in South Glos

People in South Gloucestershire are going to have to make do with smaller wheelie bins from next year - as the council tries to save money. 

Earlier today South Glos councilors agreed to bring in 140 litre black bins from next summer, replacing the current 240 litre bins.

Meanwhile, recycling collections will increase to weekly in a bid to improve recycling rates.

Update on what's making headlines around the West Country

Isla's dream to walk

Isla Haffield has cerebral palsy and her family are raising money to help her walk.

If you had a magic wand what would you wish for? Isla Haffield from Cheltenham would wish to walk.

But for that to happen her parents need to raise £80,000 for a life-changing operation. 

So, as part of Isla's walking dream, a family fun day has been organised this Sunday at the Cheltenham Civil Service Club.

Seeing double

These endangered ring-tailed lemur twins have been born in Bristol...  

Pair of rare ring-tailed lemurs at Wild Place Project
Wild Place Project
Lemur twins with first-time mum Warbie

The two tiny lemurs - weighing less than 100g (3oz) each - are just four weeks old and are still clinging to their mother, first-time mum Warbie.

Keepers at The Wild Place Project, said the babies appear strong and are feeding well.

Painting the body beautiful

Body Art at the Art Couture Painswick Fesitval

Think you could stand still for six hours while someone paints you? That's what models will be doing next weekend at the Art Couture Painswick Festival.

The Gloucestershire village will be awash with colour when the streets are taken over by artists.

There will be three categories - wearable art, creative headwear and body art - and around 10,000 visitors are expected at the event on Sunday, July 17.

Sister of lost soldier "blind-sided" by Chilcot Report

Sister of lost soldier "blind-sided" by Chilcot Report

The sister of Sergeant Bob O'Connor who was killed in action when the Hercules plane he was travelling in was shot down in Iraq, has been speaking about the Chilcot report. 

Sarah O'Connor said she felt angry and heavily criticised the Prime Minister at the time, Tony Blair, for invading Iraq.

She says she was blind-sided by the contents of today's report.

300-million-year-old fossils part of sculpture trail

Coal Measure Giants by Henry Castle and "huge sculpture" by Pomona Zipser
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust
The two new sculptures will go on show to the public from 15 July

Two new sculptures have been craned into position in the Forest of Dean as part of the sculpture trail's 30th anniversary.

Coal Measure Giants has been cast out of iron by Henry Castle and includes a couple of boulders - dug up nearby - with the imprint of the trees that grew on the spot 300-million years ago.

The other "huge sculpture" has been created out of a felled sweet chestnut tree by Pomona Zipser.

Another exit from Forest Green Rovers...

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(Earlier we told you Kurtis Guthrie had left for League Two football with Colchester United.)

Stab victim's family speaks out

Today Dolton Powell's murderer was jailed for life. The 21-year-old was stabbed to death in Gloucester last year.

His family have been speaking out about their views on knife crime.  

His stepfather says adults need to "take back our place from the kids", while his sister thinks gang culture can lead to people carrying knives.

Free taxi rides for the Welsh only

You can get a free taxi in Bath today, but only if you're Welsh!

If you're in Bath and you're Welsh then you were in luck earlier because one city cabby was (until 4.30pm) offering free taxi rides to anywhere within the city centre.

Paul Roles, who is originally from Cardiff, decided to turn off the taxi meter for anyone Welsh to celebrate Wales playing the biggest game in their history.

Wales are up against Portugal in Lyon tonight to try and book a place in the final of Euro 2016.

But to get a free cab ride with Paul you have to qualify...

Kurtis Guthrie

League Two side Colchester United sign forward Kurtis Guthrie from Forest Green Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

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MP 'angry' and 'cheated' following Chilcot report

James Heappey said it had left him feeling "angry" and "cheated"

The Conservative MP for Wells - who served in Iraq before entering politics - has given his reaction to the Chilcot report.

James Heappey said it had left him feeling "angry" and "cheated" - but that there was no one person to blame.

Follow the BBC's extensive coverage over the report by clicking here.

Pick it up!

Dog poo on pavements can be a problem and one Clevedon politician has had enough.

Cllr Jane Geldart got so fed up that she has decided to leave this chalk message reminding people about their pooches' poo...

Jane's message on the pavement
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Some have left their own messages on Points West's Facebook page...

Sarah Burt, said: "Good on her. If you can't clear up after your animal don't own one" while Robert Lloyd has backed her saying: "Yep she has my vote."

But David Mcloughlin posted that "She will probably get an Asbo for graffiti :)" and Lianna Foster said she hopes "the police arrest her. Whilst she should be upset. She a councillor she could do something internally."

Misplaced your TV remote? Please don't call 999

The TV remote is "not lost", it's "gone" said this caller.

And what with the potential for neighbours complaining about how loud the TV is, surely that's a matter for Avon and Somerset Police, right?...

Phone call to Avon and Somerset 999

For more on the inner workings of Avon and Somerset Police, check out their @ASPoliceLive Twitter feed on Thursday.

From midnight to midnight the force is hosting it's second 24-hour "tweetathon".

Bear reunited with head 50 years after losing it

Bristol Museums show us an exhibit found in their archives with two bear skulls.

A brown bear has finally been reunited with its real head almost 50 years after losing it.

The skeleton of the brown bear was found in the Bristol Museums' archive topped off with another bear's skull.

But after a rummage in the store, museum curators have managed to unearth its right head and put the two back together again.

New Bustard arrivals due on Salisbury Plain?

Great Bustard and chick
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Could more Great Bustard chicks be on the way? 

Another nest has been discovered on the breeding site on Salisbury Plain.

There are about 40 Great Bustards in Wiltshire.  

Another Bustard nest was found yesterday - this is at least number 6 this year. Not yet sure if it is a second clutch or a late first one.

Jet stream blows in "mares' tales"

We're getting lots of photos from our BBC Weather Watchers of pretty, wispy clouds across the West today. 

Our BBC Weather colleagues say it's the jet stream at work. 

The clouds occur at very high altitudes, at a temperature of about −50 to −40C.

They are commonly known as mares' tails because of their likeness to horse tails.

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Chameleon misses modelling role by whisker

This little reptile from Marlborough has narrowly missed out on becoming the face of a national pet store. 

Rango the chameleon owned by Steve Todman, beat more 30,000 pets to reach the final six hoping to promote Amazon Pets. 

Despite his striking appearance he was pipped to the post by Effie, a mini lop rabbit.

Teenager sentenced to life in jail for murdering Gloucester man

A teenager who murdered a man after a birthday party in Gloucester has been handed a life sentence.

Jordan Barclay, 18, stabbed Dolton Powell, 21, in the neck outside the All Nations Community Centre last August.

The judge at Bristol Crown Court said Barclay should serve a minimum of 20 years.

Dolton Powell
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Chilcot inquiry: 'Blair is the world's worst terrorist'

The sister of a serviceman killed in the Iraq war has described former Prime Minister Tony Blair as "the world's worst terrorist".

Sarah O'Connor was speaking at a press conference following the findings of the Chilcot report.

Miss O'Connor's brother Bob was based at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.

In January 2005, he was among 10 personnel from the base who were killed when the plane they were travelling in was shot down in Northern Iraq.

Gustav Holst museum closed after heavy downpours

A Gloucestershire museum is counting the cost of flood damage caused by the torrential downpours last month.

The Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham has temporarily closed its doors to the public while repairs are carried out.

An event celebrating the gramophone of the composer Gustav Holst has also had to be cancelled.

Here's a look inside the building to see what it looks like now.

The Gustav Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham has closed for repairs

Duke and Duchess to attend Air Tattoo

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be attending the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford this weekend.

The Duchess is patron of the Air Cadet Organisation and will be present as the airshow stages official celebrations marking the Air Cadets' 75th anniversary. Also this year, the airshow will feature the international display debut of the Lockheed Martin F-35B fast jet. 

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday have already sold out however there are a limited number still available for the Friday.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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Couple train 48 guide dog puppies

Norma and Derek Stent have dedicated more than 30 years to training guide dogs.

The couple from Bath have just taken on their 48th puppy, Codey. 

Each dog has to be taught 25 commands so they can eventually assist a blind or partially sighted person.

Norma says they could never be without a dog and now foster up to two at a time.  

Couple's dedication to training guide dog puppies

Gulls on the hunt for takeaway grub in Bath

Hold onto your cheesy chips! Seagulls have their eye on them.

Researchers at the University of the West of England have been studying urban gulls in Bath.

Their research has show the gulls have adapted to the urban environment by waiting for punters to leave the pub so they can feast on the snacks they leave behind on outdoor tables, bins or by littering on the street.

Seagulls adapting to urban environment in Bath

Brexit effect clarification call from Somerset BME charity

Vote Leave posters
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A BME charity in Somerset is calling for special meetings to clarify the effects of Brexit on EU nationals living here. 

Diversity Voice wants organisations like councils, police and the NHS to reassure people that they will not be discriminated against. 

The organisation says it's also received an "alarmingly high" number of calls from people concerned about racist behaviour reported in the press recently.

They're also calling for events to be held offering advice about entitlement to work and the welfare system on where they stand post-Brexit.

'Droopy' garden on show to highlight PMS

Drawing of a garden
Emma Bannister

You wouldn't expect to see drooping foliage at a prestigious flower festival but that's exactly what Emma Bannister has on display at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. 

The Bath-based landscape architect has created a garden for the National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome

Emma was inspired by her daughter's experience and how often people are misdiagnosed.   

"Hers and our life was, and still is, altered by this experience and we feel that it is 'time to talk' about it," she said. 

Your Eid celebration tweets

We've posted a couple of Eid tweets this morning but if you want to share your messages with us you can contact us via FacebookTwitter or email.

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Welsh footie fans look forward to semi-final game

We spotted this in the Staplegrove area of Taunton from one Somerset-based Welsh fan.

Shirley Whyte, who's a self-affirmed rugby fan, is switching to football this evening to watch the Wales v Portugal game with her family.

Staplegrove Welsh flag
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The other flag, which also happens to feature a dragon, is Somerset's county flag.

New house built in Taunton for injured Royal Marine

An injured Royal Marine and his family will soon have their own home in Taunton thanks to South West builders who are working for free. 

The project would have cost about £450,000 but the plot, time and expertise are being given for free, as well as some help from the Royal Marine's Charity. 

Cpl Phillip Eaglesham, who was injured in Afghanistan, watched the foundations of their house being put in place.

Cpl Philip Eaglesham's family will have their own home thanks to builders working for free

Bristol's Arnolfini hopes to scoop top museum award

Good luck to the staff at the Arnolfini Museum in Bristol. 

They're one of five finalists in the Arts Fund Museum of the Year awards. 

The Duchess of Cambridge will present the winner with the £100,000 prize at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London later. 

It's tonight! We'll join our fellow #MuseumoftheYear finalists for the winner announcement. Good luck everyone!

It's tonight! We'll join our fellow #MuseumoftheYear finalists for the winner announcement. Good luck everyone!

Bereaved relatives await findings of the Chilcot inquiry

The repatriation of the ten victims of the c-130 Hercules crash in Iraq
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Relatives of service personnel from the West killed in the Iraq war are waiting to hear the findings of the long-awaited Chilcot report. 

Sarah O'Connor's brother was based at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire. 

Sgt Bob O'Connor died alongside nine air crew when the Hercules plane they were in was shot down.

Ms O'Connor said: "Ultimately, that war and the way that it was handled, has become the open door allowing terrorists to maim and kill everybody because of one man's decision [former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair]."

We'll be in London with Ms O'Connor and hearing more of her views on Points West following the publication of the report. 

Pensioner flies high for charity

An 80-year-old woman from Somerset has completed a wing walk to raise money for charity.

Angie Horne, a charity volunteer from Wedmore braved the skies for Parkinson's UK.  

Lee Tomlin 'just wanted to come back' to Bristol City FC

Puppy power couple on training guide dog pups

If you've ever had a young puppy in the house you'll know how much effort goes into training them.

So surely Norma and Derek Stent from Bath deserve some kind of medal?

They've fostered an amazing 48 guide dog pups over the years.

"We can't imagine life without a dog," they say.

Your BBC local radio headlines around the West Country

Liam Fox
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Here's a selection of stories that your BBC local radio stations are covering this morning:  

  • North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox has been eliminated from the Conservative leadership race after coming last in the ballot of MPs yesterday. He has pledged his support for the winner of that ballot, Theresa May
  • Closing 11 libraries in Swindon could find the £1m savings needed. Swindon Borough Council says only four would remain open and job losses cannot be ruled out
  • A Facebook campaign has been set up to try to save a special school in Fairford where all the pupils were removed last Friday
  • More details are being revealed about the behaviour of the urban gull, as an 18 month project into the birds' habits continues in Bath