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Summary

  1. Melanie Hall reward money doubled to £100,000 after national paper puts up extra £50,000
  2. Man killed in air crash in Salisbury last week was RAF test pilot Alex Parr
  3. The roof has been ripped off a row of properties in Berkeley, Glos, by a major fire
  4. Adult services shake-up approved by Somerset County Council
  5. Bristol Zoo is celebrating its 180th bithday
  6. A sell-out crowd of 153,000 people attended the Royal International Air Tattoo over the weekend
  7. Live news, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Monday 11 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Ian Parker

All times stated are UK

Goodnight from BBC Local Live - we're back tomorrow morning

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

Here's a quick round up of today's top local stories:

Melanie Hall reward now £100k: The reward for information about who killed Melanie Hall is now one of the biggest ever offered after a national newspaper added £50,000 - the same amount her parents Pat and Steve Hall had offered.

Yeovil's Leonardo Helicopters loses bid to build army helicopters: The MoD says while it will buy 50 new Apache helicopters from the American firm Boeing  - work to service, update and support the aircraft will be still be carried out in Yeovil as part of a £3bn deal.

Avon and Somerset Police sorry over 'Asking 4 It' leaflet:   A police force has apologised after a sexual assault prevention leaflet titled R U Asking 4 It? was given to teenagers.  After an angry social media response the force admitted the leaflets were "inappropriate and out of date".

And you can find out more these stories on Points West at 10.50pm on BBC One.

Man arrested on suspicion of Swindon rape

A man has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault in the Read/Albion Street area of Swindon on Sunday 26 June.  The 19-year-old man from the town has been arrested on suspicion of rape and remains in police custody. 

Berkeley fire: Blaze 'suspected arson' fire service says

Police are investigating after a large fire at a property in Gloucestershire caused part of the building to collapse.

Many people living in Berkeley were woken by the noise, and tonight some are still unable to return to their homes

Rob Bunting, from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, described the blaze as suspected arson.

Leonardo misses out on helicopter deal but will service new Apaches

Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, the company formerly known as Agusta Westland, has lost its bid to build new helicopters for the army.

The Ministry of Defence will buy 50 new Apache helicopters from the American firm Boeing instead.

But work to service, update and support the aircraft will be carried out in Yeovil. The government expects this contract to be worth around £3bn.

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Euro 2016 celebrations... Portuguese style

They are surely one of the most unexpected champions of Europe since Greece more than a decade ago.

But, despite an injury to star player Crisiano Rolando, they held firm against host nation France and came out 1-0 winners.

And Saraiva's in Chard saw a crowd of 60 take in the big match. And, guess what? They still celebrating while watching replays today.

Portugal's win at Euro 2016 celebrated at a café in Chard
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Cabinet members agree to create a social enterprise to run adults with learning disabilities services for the county council.

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Meet the Newton Abbot Lynx - now living in Bristol

It remains the only confirmed big cat found in the UK.

This lynx was killed back in 1903, and has been living at the University of Bristol ever since..

We assume the one on Dartmoor won't end up in a university vault any time soon!

The animal remains the only confirmed 'big cat' ever found in the UK.

County Championship: Middlesex tail-end pair seize control against Somerset

James Fuller
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A remarkable ninth-wicket stand of 149 between James Harris and James Fuller put Championship leaders Middlesex in total control against Somerset.

Fuller made an unbeaten 84 and Harris 69 not out at Taunton to take the visitors to 361-8, a lead of 125.

Somerset made early inroads, reducing Middlesex from 51-1 to 133-6.

But the day turned when George Bailey was dropped on 43 - he went on to make 71 - and Middlesex added another 228 to day two on 361-8, 125 runs ahead.

James Fuller

Tail-end pair put Middlesex in control

James Fuller and James Harris share an unbroken stand of 149 as Middlesex lead by 125 after day two against Somerset.

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Melanie Hall £100k reward: Parents make plea to find killer

Here's Ali's full report on the reward money to catch the killer of Melanie Hall being doubled.

Melanie Hall reward doubled to £100k

Parents of Melanie Hall 'delighted' reward money doubled

Alison Vowles

Points West reporter

Time has moved on for most of us here in Bath, but in some ways for Melanie's family it has just stood still on the night she disappeared. 

I've spoken today to both her mum and dad. They're delighted that the reward has been doubled to £100,000 by a national newspaper.  

Melanie Hall
Family photo

As Steve told me the money is life-changing - it could help someone buy a house - move area - even start a new life. 

He says it's worth using their life savings if it will help find the answers to questions that have haunted them for two decades. 

Melanie Hall £100k reward: 'This sort of money is a real life changer'

So why has a national newspaper given such a large amount of money? 

Sun reporter Alex West explains.

Melanie Hall's father hopes £100,000 reward will reshape lives

Steve and Pat Hall
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Speaking to The Sun, Steve Hall said he is desperate to know what happened to his daughter Melanie Hall and how she was killed.

Melanie disappeared from Bath after a night out 20 years ago. Her body was eventually found next to the M5 motorway.

He believes someone has the information he and his wife Pat need.

You have that information, tell me what has happened, tell me who's involved in Melanie's demise. There is at least £100,000 reward which will come to you. That will reshape your life as the knowledge about Melanie's killing will reshape mine. I'm prepared to help you if you come forward and help me.

Steve Hall

North Somerset MP 'extremely pleased' Theresa May to be prime minister

Dr Liam Fox
BBC

Theresa May is to be the UK's next prime minister.

Asked what he thought of the news, North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox said: "It's wonderful we have a serious experienced leader in serious and dangerous times."

"I think the country can feel very, very reassured that we've got a prime minister who has the depth of experience that we're going to need.

"I'm extremely pleased we are going to have her as prime minister."

Congestion on the M4 near Swindon if you're heading towards Chippenham and Bristol

These schoolchildren are writing their first book

So what was your favourite book as a child? 

As part of the BBC's Awesome Authors initiative, a Local Radio poll has discovered that the Harry Potter books were the ones that most adults today say every child should read. 

Well not far from Dursley, or should that be The Dursleys, pupils at Minchinhampton Primary School are going one better and writing their own book - with the help of a local author. 

Are you sitting comfortably? 

That eerie description is the beginning of the first chapter.

Author John Dougherty says he likes working with children as they're not afraid to share their ideas.

Melanie Hall reward money doubled to £100,000

Melanie Hall
Family photo

A national newspaper has doubled the reward money offered to catch the killer of Melanie Hall who went missing 20 years ago after a night out in Bath.

On the 20th anniversary of her disappearance her parents Pat and Steve Hall offered £50,000 of their own money in an attempt to catch their daughter's killer.

Pat and Steve Hall
BBC

Originally, The Sun offered to put up the reward money on the Hall's behalf as staff at the paper felt it was unfair the couple had to use their life savings for this purpose.

But after speaking to the Halls it was decided the newspaper's money should be added to the £50,000 the couple had put up in an attempt to get someone with information to come forward.

Changes ahead for Somerset adult services

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Adult services shake-up approved

Cabinet members agree to create a social enterprise to run adults with learning disabilities services for the county council.

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Can you find Bath's independent shops?

Independent traders in Bath are calling for better signage in the city to help shoppers find their way around.

Right now the council uses those big map boards called monolith maps - the sort with the "you are here" arrows. 

But some business owners fear that isn't effective enough and want a return to the old-style fingerposts.

Bath High Street
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Baby shot in head with air gun 'no longer critically ill'

Harry Studley
Family photo

A one-year-old boy who was shot in the head with an air rifle is now described as in a "serious, but stable" condition, police have said. 

Harry Studley, who is being treated in Bristol Children's Hospital, was previously said to be critically ill following the accident on 1 July.

Last Monday Jordan Walters, 24, of Bishport Avenue, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

Hundreds join Black Lives Matter march in Bristol

People march through Bristol
BBC

Hundreds of people joined a march through Bristol this weekend in response to the fatal shootings of two men by police in the US this week.

The protest was in support of the Black Lives Matter movement which started in America three years ago. 

The march in Bristol followed two similar protests in London.

BreakingMan killed in air crash was RAF test pilot

Flight Lieutenant Alexandre Jay Parr
Ministry of Defence

A man who was killed in a light aircraft crash on Friday has been named by the Ministry of Defence as Flight Lieutenant Alex Parr.

Mr Parr worked at the Empire Test Pilots School at nearby Boscombe Down. 

He died when the civilian aircraft he was travelling in crashed in a field near Dinton, Salisbury.  

Air Chief Marshal, Sir Stuart Peach, described Alex as "an outstanding husband, father, Royal Air Force officer, pilot, test-pilot and friend". 

Clever, witty and warm he will be missed by many. A tragedy.

Police apology over 'inappropriate' leaflets

A police force has apologised to students after "inappropriate" leaflets were handed out during a workshop about sexual consent.

The out-of-date leaflets contained information about vehicle crime and robberies and how students can keep their belongings safe, but Avon & Somerset Police have admitted the brochures were not appropriate when talking about rape.

A few of the students at the North Bristol Post-16 Centre took to social media to complain about the leaflets.

Chloe Yelland said: "I'm ashamed that you have the audacity to 'Victim Blame' teenage girls with low cut tops..."

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Avon and Somerset Police have since apologised for giving out the old leaflets...

There are no excuses for rape. The victim is never to blame. Our stance couldn't be clearer and the students were right to challenge the incorrect message. We're sorry this has happened. I will personally ensure a correct session is delivered to the students involved and have already arranged for the leaflets handed out, which are nearly 10 years out of date, to be destroyed.

Chief Inspector Marie WrightForce lead for rape and sexual assault

Berkeley fire: 'I grabbed my children and called 999'

A neighbour has been describing the moment a fire ripped through a row of properties in Gloucestershire.

Police are treating the fire in Berkeley as suspicious and an investigation is under way this lunchtime.

Weiliang Su said he heard a loud noise at a former dry cleaners in the early hours of this morning...

Top scientist named university chancellor

Sir Paul Nurse
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Sir Paul Nurse, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist and former President of the Royal Society, has been named as the next Chancellor of the University of Bristol.

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Runner completes 5,000-mile British coastline charity run

Wayne Russell
Wayne Russell

If the thought of running one marathon is enough to tire you out, how about running the distance of 200 marathons?!

That's exactly what Wayne Russell from Gloucester has been doing for the past 10 months to raise money for the Superhero Foundation, which helps families in need of medical treatments.

Wayne Russell
Wayne Russell

He has completed a 5,000 mile solo run around the British coastline, during which he has slept rough and spent less than £3 a day.

His feet must be falling to pieces!

In your local newspapers today

Newspapers
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Here's a round-up of some of the stories being covered in the local papers today:

Did you spot the caped crusader in Wiltshire?

Did you spot the caped crusader in Wiltshire?

Batman fans in Devizes got a treat over the weekend when a full scale Batmobile rolled into town.

It's the UK's only Steampunk Tumbler Batmobile and was built by Podpadstudios, from Devizes, who specialise in making props for film and TV.It's 15 ft long and 9 ft wide - the same as the real thing. It is built as a prop but it's radio-controlled and has electric motors inside to move it around.

Need some inspiration? Meet one-armed BMX rider Jack Dumper

Teenager Jack Dumper might have one arm but he doesn't let that stop him riding his BMX and learning new tricks.

The 18-year-old, from Bristol, took part in the BMX World Championships at the Bath and West Showground in Somerset over the weekend.

Here's a video of him in action...

War veteran has medals stolen

War medals
Avon and Somerset Police

A 91-year-old war veteran had his six medals stolen from his home while he was out on a shopping trip.

He had left the medals on a work surface to clean before leaving his home in Wootton Park, Bristol, only to find on his return they had vanished.

Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for help in tracing the items.

Bristol Zoo's 180th birthday: Archive photos released for first time

Bristol Zoo has raided its archives to uncover a treasure trove of films and photos to celebrate its 180th birthday.

The zoo, which opened in 1836, said it believes many of the artefacts, which have been in storage for decades, have never been shown to the public before. 

Do you remember Rosie the elephant?

Rosie the Asian elephant
Bristol Zoo
Rosie the Asian elephant was a resident at the Zoo from 1938 until her death in 1961. She was born in the wild in 1925 and arrived at the zoo from a circus
Alfred the gorilla
Bristol Zoo
Another famous resident was Alfred the gorilla, who lived at the zoo from 1930 to 1948. At the time he was the only gorilla in captivity in the country. His body now stands in the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Guide books from 1926 and 1950
Bristol Zoo
Guide books from 1926 and 1950
Children's TV presenter Johnny Morris presenting Animal Magic from the zoo
Bristol Zoo
Children's TV presenter Johnny Morris was a regular visitor to the zoo with the programme Animal Magic
Soldiers at Bristol Zoo during World War One
Bristol Zoo
Soldiers visited Bristol Zoo during World War One

Swindon's Magic Roundabout from above

AAIR Devizes

What a sight! More than 70 classic and modern cars took part in a cavalcade around Swindon's Magic Roundabout over the weekend. 

The spectacle celebrated 60 years since the opening of the Pressed Steel factory in Swindon.  

Berkeley 'explosion' being treated as suspicious

This is the scene at Berkeley after a suspected explosion in the early hours of the morning.

The roof of a former dry cleaners has partially collapsed after a fire damaged the row of properties in Canonbury Street.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said they were treating the incident as suspicious.

Lily Allen denies selling Gloucestershire mansion to pay tax bill

Lily Allen
Reuters

Pop star Lily Allen is selling her £4.2m Cotswold mansion but has backtracked on claims it's because of a hefty tax bill.

The 31-year-old said in a tweet, which has since been deleted, that she'd "had a tough couple of years" and was having to sell her home in Cranham, Gloucestershire, to pay her tax bill.

The house includes a swimming pool, tennis court, gardens, barns and around seven acres of land.

Cotswold mansion
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Cotswold mansion's swimming pool
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BBC local radio headlines from across the West

Local radio station
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BBC Radio BristolA support service for victims of sexual assault says one in five women have been the victim of sexual violence in the city.

BBC SomersetFarmers have been talking about the measures they want the government to prioritise following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

BBC Wiltshire: Reports of hate crimes in the county have doubled since the EU referendum.

BBC Radio GloucestershireAuditions are being held today for the role of Henry the Third at a reenactment of his coronation in Gloucester later this year.

Berkeley 'explosion': Fire under control

Fire crews are assessing the damage to a row of businesses in Berkeley following a suspected explosion in the early hours of this morning.

The fire service is currently damping down the building and Canonbury Street remains closed.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's David Smith has sent us this video from the scene...

Record crowds touch down at Royal International Air Tattoo

What a weekend it was at RAF Fairford on the Gloucestershire Wiltshire border!

A sell-out crowd of 153,000 people attended the Royal International Air Tattoo and were treated to displays from more than 230 aircraft from 24 countries.

Displays by a F-35B, F-22 Raptor and an RAF Typhoon and Chinook were among the highlights of the military airshow, which is the largest of its kind in the world.

A Lockheed Martin F35B Lighnting II
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The £100m F-35B Lighnting II was one of the highlights of the air tattoo
A Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
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A Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
The Orlik Aerobatic team from the Polish Air Force
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The Orlik Aerobatic team from the Polish Air Force
Ground crew work on a Lockheed Martin F-35A
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Ground crew work on a Lockheed Martin F-35A
The RAF Red Arrows display
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The RAF Red Arrows display

'Explosion' in Berkeley, Gloucestershire

The fire damage in Berkeley
BBC

A fire has ripped through the roof space of a row of businesses in Berkeley following a suspected explosion.

The fire service has described it as a "serious incident" and four fire engines were sent to the empty property at around 1am.

No one was injured and the cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed.

The fire is now under control but Canonbury Street is cordoned off and it's expected to stay that way for most of the day.

Happy Birthday Bristol Zoo

Archive film footage of Bristol Zoo has been released to mark the zoo's 180th anniversary.

It includes footage of children being taken for rides on Asian elephant Rosie - a resident at the zoo from 1938 until her death in 1961.

Ever wondered how the zookeepers used to clean her? Well you are about to find out...