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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Wednesday 13 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Tammy McAllister

All times stated are UK

Your headlines from across the West Country

Amber Rudd
European Photopress Agency

Before we sign off for the evening, here's a quick round up of the main news from across the West Country:

We'll be back tomorrow from 7am to bring you the news, sport and weather.

Daryl's treatment going ahead as fundraising hits £80,000

Teenager Daryl Allinson has started another round of treatment for a rare leukaemia - even though the NHS is not funding it. 

Daryl Allinson will be in hospital for eight weeks while he undergoes chemotherapy.

The 13-year-old from Frome in Somerset is about to undergo a second bone marrow transplant at Bristol Children's Hospital.

His family launched a fundraising campaign, following the NHS England decision, which has already raised around £80,000.

'Serious breakthrough' made in TB vaccine work

A scientist at the University of Bath is hoping one of his discoveries will lead to a vaccine that can protect cattle against tuberculosis. 

If he's successful he could not only stop thousands of cows being slaughtered every year, but save the government millions of pounds trying to stop the spread of the disease.

Dr Jean van den Elsen says the new protein he's discovered stimulates an immune response which can also be used for other diseases.

A chance to appreciate Wiltshire from the air

There's no denying we are quite blessed when it comes to excellent scenery here in the West.

A new campaign from Visit Wiltshire has used drone footage to capture county landmarks from the sky.

Visit Wiltshire has sent a drone to take pictures of the county's landmarks

The film captures landmarks like Stonehenge, Wilton Windmill and Salisbury Cathedral. 

Visit Wiltshire is aiming to attract more domestic and international tourists to the county. 

Labour MPs in Bristol lose trade union support

Here's Rob Wotherspoon, branch secretary of the Communication Workers Union in Bristol.

His trade union branch has withdrawn its support to three Bristol Labour MPs Thangam Debbonaire, Kerry McCarthy and Karin Smyth after their part in the "coup" to oust Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.  

Cheltenham Ladies' College alumna Amber Rudd gets Home Secretary post

Amber Rudd
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Amber Rudd has been made Home Secretary as part of the cabinet reshuffle this evening.

Ms Rudd was formerly secretary for energy and climate change, a position she has held for just one year.  

She's got connections to the West Country, as she studied at Cheltenham Ladies' College in Gloucestershire.

There's more about her political career and background here as well as who else is in Theresa May's cabinet so far.

Bereaved mother speaks of moments before daughter's death

Earlier we told you about a North Somerset nurse who's been cleared of causing the death of a child.

Specialist nurse Carrie-Ann Nash was called to Weston hospital to fit a feeding tube for 10-year-old Phoebe Willis but the procedure went wrong and ultimately led to her death.

BBC Points West spoke to her mother, Heather Willis.

A mother describes how a medical procedure went wrong and led to her daughter's death

BreakingNorth Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox to lead international trade

Liam Fox
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Liam Fox will lead up a new department for international trade, the BBC understands. 

Hordur Magnusson: Bristol City sign Iceland defender from Juventus

Hordur Magnusson
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Bristol City have signed Juventus and Iceland defender Hordur Magnusson on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old was part of Euro 2016 quarter-finalists Iceland's squad but did not make an appearance in France.

Magnusson joined Juventus' academy in 2011 and has spent the past two years on loan at Italian side Cesena.

"He's very mobile, quick and smooth on the ball. He's 6ft 3in and has a great left foot," head coach Lee Johnson told Bristol City's club website.

Trade union in Bristol withdraws support to three local MPs

Chris Brierley

Politics reporter, BBC Points West

"A slap in the face to Jeremy Corbyn, but also to us, the workers who helped Bristol's Labour MPs get elected".

That's the view from members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in the city which has pulled its support from local MPs Thangam Debbonaire, Kerry McCarthy and Karin Smyth.

The group which represents postal workers across the West, says all three have played their part in the "coup" against Mr Corbyn who was democratically elected and and it's big news because the MPs benefited not only from having an army of volunteers but also financially too with the CWU giving them more than £30,000 over the past few years.

Jeremy Corbyn
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This spat locally epitomises the turmoil facing Labour nationally. Bristol is the only red enclave in a sea of blue in the West Country but there are lots of divisions whilst membership of the party under Corbyn has rocketed.

One union member told me some of our MPs are more right-wing that the Tories and that needs to change.

The threat of deselection is something some Labour MPs are acutely aware of. 

Team Bath athletes are selected for Rio Olympics

Emily Diamond
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The track and field athletes who'll represent Great Britain at the Olympics have been announced today, and several who train in Bath have made it.

Here's the list of those who qualified from Team Bath:

  • Athletics: Emily Diamond (pictured), Eilidh Doyle, Andrew Pozzi, Jazmin Sawyers
  • Judo: Ben Fletcher
  • Modern pentathlon: Joe Choong, Jamie Cooke, Kate French, Samantha Murray
  • Swimming: Jazz Carlin, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Chris Walker-Hebborn, Andrew Willis
  • Tennis: Marcus Daniell (representing New Zealand)
  • Weightlifting: Sonny Webster 

And here's the Paralympic Games list of who's qualified:

  • Athletics: Paul Blake
  • Wheelchair fencing: Piers Gilliver.

Potential Paralympic qualifiers

Athletics: Katrina Hart, Sophie Kamlish (final selection will be made on 27 July)

Gloucestershire MP reflects on 'turbulent times' in politics

The Conservative MP for Kingswood, Chris Skidmore reflects on the "hectic" past few weeks since Brexit and its impact on his party.

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore talks about the past three 'hectic' weeks since Brexit.

Gloucestershire officers nominated for bravery awards

Sergeant Geoff Blindell (l) and Constable Neil MacDonald
Police Federation of England and Wales

Two police officers who saved a suicidal man on a railway line near Cheltenham two years ago are to be recognised for their bravery.

Sgt Geoff Blindell (left) and PC Neil MacDonald put themselves in danger by pulling the man off the track at Swindon Road crossing where a train was due to arrive moments later.

Sarah Johnson, Chair of Gloucestershire Police Federation, said: "Both Sergeant Blindell and Constable MacDonald literally put their lives on the line to assist this suicidal stranger and undoubtedly saved his life. 

"By putting this man’s safety ahead of their own, these officers have shown their dedication and professionalism to the service, and that deserves the utmost recognition".

The awards take place in London tomorrow.

David Cameron 'brilliant at the dispatch box'

Prime Minister David Cameron had made his farewell statement outside 10 Downing Street and is arriving at Buckingham Palace to see the Queen.

Earlier he took to the dispatch box for his final PMQs where he made jokes about Larry the Downing Street cat, compared Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to a Monty Python character and received a standing ovation from his party members.

Devizes MP, Claire Perry gave her thoughts afterwards.

The Conservative MP for Devizes gives her reaction to David Cameron's final PMQs.

BreakingNurse cleared of manslaughter after girl's death

Phoebe Willis
Family photo

A nurse from North Somerset has been cleared of manslaughter following the death of a 10-year-old girl four years ago.

Phoebe Willis was admitted to Weston General Hospital in August 2012. 

She had a feeding tube fitted but died two days later from peritonitis after being transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital. 

Specialist nurse Carrie-Anne Nash has been cleared of manslaughter on the grounds of gross negligence. 

Bath skyline increase for the National Trust

Claverton Down
National Trust

A plot of land on Claverton Down, near Bath, has been donated to the National Trust.

The 15-acre site, known as Hancock's Land, makes up part of the Bath Skyline walk which is used by some 160,000 people each year.

Half of the land was left in the will of Susan Mary Jones-Valentine, while money to purchase the other half came from Michael Frank O'Brien Smith.

Small toys going for big money

If you have any old toys sitting in boxes in the attic it might be a good idea to start digging them out again because the value of toys from the 1970s and 1980s appears to be rocketing. 

Star Wars figure
East Bristol Auctions

This mint Star Wars figure from the 1970s is unopened and has an guide price of £400-£600. 

Earlier today on BBC Radio Bristol, Andrew Stowe from East Bristol Auctions told Emma Britton that this figure could reach £1,000.

Many toys in the auction date back to the early 20th Century.

Sunshine and showers

Jan Benfield sent us these photos, taken in Gloucestershire, showing the contrast between the sunshine and rain that drifted over the county earlier.

Gloucestershire countryside
Jan Benfield
Gloucestershire Countryside
Jan Benfield

The Russian adventurer using Bristol balloons

Cameron Balloons in Bristol is known around the world for the hot air balloons it makes.

Now, a Russian adventurer named Fedor Konyukhov is using a Cameron balloon as he tries to become the fastest person to fly non-stop around the world.

Tracey Miller went to the Bedminster factory to meet one of the team that helped Fedor's mission take flight...

The balloon that Fedor is using was made by Cameron Balloons in Bristol.

Making the headlines across the West this lunchtime

The walking trail that comes with a certificate of completion

A look at the Coleridge Way which starts in Nether Stowey

The Coleridge Way starts in Nether Stowey, Somerset. 

It's worth big money for the local economy in the area and it takes in some beautiful countryside along the way.

There aren't many 78 year olds who could do that...

Paul Youd from Taunton has done over 1,000 press-ups in just one hour to raise money for charity. 

78-year-old Paul Youd took on a press up challenge to raise money for charity

Paul raised over £700 by taking on the challenge which will go to the Taunton YMCA and the Taunton Association for the Homeless.

MP recovering at home after surgery complications

Charlotte Leslie, the Bristol North West MP, is on the mend after complications from emergency surgery to remove her appendix.

She "suffered a very minor pulmonary embolism" following emergency surgery at Southmead Hospital, according to a statement on her website.

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The NHS describes a pulmonary embolism as "a blockage in the artery that carries blood from the heart to the lungs".

Dave the cat with no nose is 'put to sleep'

Dave the cat
Bath Cats and Dogs home

Dave the nose-less tabby who was recently looking for a new home in Bath has "very sadly" died. 

The 14-year-old tabby was taken in by Bath Cats and Dogs Home after his elderly owner moved into a retirement home about a month ago. 

Bath Cats and Dogs Home said Dave had been taken ill "very suddenly" and "with great sadness it was decided yesterday that it was kindest to put him to sleep".

Dave the cat
Bath Cats and Dogs Home

Dave had to have the front of his nose removed a few years ago because of a cancerous tumour but the home said his death was "unrelated to his nose".

Bath Cats and Dogs Home thanked "everyone who shared Dave the cat’s story" 

We are devastated, but thankful that Dave had been loved for all of his 14 years

BreakingMissing boy from Swindon found

An 11-year-old boy reported missing from the Swindon area has been found, police have confirmed.

"We would like to thank everyone for their appeals and efforts," Wiltshire Police said.

Bristol shooting: Man and woman being questioned

Jolly Roger pub
BBC

As well as the arrest of a 23-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder, a woman, 20, has also been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Both arrests were made this morning in the St George area of Bristol in connection with a shooting in Easton last month.

A 25-year-old man was shot in the stomach during an attack outside the Jolly Roger pub.

BreakingArrest over Bristol shooting

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with a shooting outside the Jolly Roger pub in Easton, Bristol, on Sunday 19 June.

Boy, 11, missing from Swindon

An 11, from Peatmoor, near Swindon, has gone missing.

He was last seen at 8:30pm yesterday evening in Westlea Park, Westlea. 

Police describe him is 5 feet 5 inches tall and say he was last seen wearing a white shirt with a navy blue Lydiard Park Academy blazer.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wiltshire Police on 101.

Police charge 18 following drugs raids

Avon & Somerset Police have charged 18 people with a total of 60 counts of supplying drugs after a series of dawn raids in the town yesterday.

Multiple charges following drugs raids in Weston-super-Mare.

Thirteen men and five women, aged between 18 and 65, will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court today.

Police have spent nine months investigating the supply of drugs in North Somerset.

The Olympics: Look at that smile!

Anyone else agree Ruby Harrold, a gymnast from Bristol, appears to be quite chuffed with her selection for Team GB in the upcoming Olympics?...

Ruby Harrold is delighted to have been selected for the Olympic Games in Rio.

Stay or go - the new Prime Minister effect

Clockwise from top left: Theresa May, Robert Buckland, John Penrose, Claire Perry, Mark Harper and Justin Tomlinson
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Clockwise from top left: Theresa May, Robert Buckland, John Penrose, Claire Perry, Mark Harper and Justin Tomlinson

Five of our MPs currently hold government positions. These are:

  • Claire Perry (Devizes) - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport
  • Mark Harper (Forest of Dean) - Chief Whip
  • Justin Tomlinson (Swindon North) - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People
  • Robert Buckland (Swindon South) - Solicitor General
  • John Penrose (Weston-super-Mare) - Minister for Constitutional Reform

As Theresa May takes over as Prime Minister today, the above may be wondering whether they are being kept on or even promoted. 

One name to watch out for is Dr Liam Fox (North Somerset MP) - he's hoping to return to government after he played a big part in the Brexit campaign.

New hopes for TB vaccine in cattle

A vaccine is being developed at the University of Bath that could be used in the fight against bovine tuberculosis (TB).

Cows
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The scientists behind it have been given £240,000 to create a single dose vaccine against the disease. 

It has cost around £500m to control bovine TB in the last 10 years in England alone.

Outranked by The Queen...

Spare a thought for Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl. He says he hasn't got much to do today after an appointment was cancelled.

The reason?

He was due to meet with Theresa May to talk about cyber crime. Unfortunately she's a bit busy being appointed Prime Minister instead and has to go meet Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Theresa May
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Let's hope he hasn't taken this snub too personally...

A warmer picture with some rain

Despite the odd spot of rain, it does look like summer normality could return today. 

Daytime temperatures won't drop below 18 degrees...

Here's your weather forecast for today.

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We're with you until 10pm tonight with all the latest news, sport and weather. 

It was a beautiful sunrise this morning, but the West's police helicopter team appear to have had the best view of things...

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