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  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Thursday 14 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Tammy McAllister

All times stated are UK

Your BBC Local Radio headlines from across the West Country

Irene Nel and her daughter
  • The family of a seriously-ill grandmother from South Africa say they're terrified she'll be deported with just 72 hours notice
  • EU citizens in the West fear they can't plan their future here after Brexit while hundreds of people gather at College Green in Bristol for a pro-EU rally
  •  A notorious Bristol pub will stay closed while it brings in new licensing conditions
  • The equivalent to one animal an hour is abandoned in Somerset last summer according to new figures from the RSPCA
  • Campaigners fighting to save Swindon's libraries have held a demonstration in the town this evening

We hope you've enjoyed reading and watching today's videos and the news from across the West Country. 

We'll be back from 7am tomorrow so we hope you'll join us then. If, in the meantime, you want to share any stories with us, please do get in touch with us via FacebookTwitter or email and we'll pick it up from there.

EU nationals' fears for their future

A meeting has taken place in Bristol where more than 250 EU nationals discussed their fears for the future after the Brexit vote. 

Yesterday in the House of Commons, David Cameron said their rights must be balanced against the British citizens living abroad

But these Europeans feel they're in limbo as a result.

The EU nationals in fear for their future after the Brexit vote.

Bristol landlord's relief after police fail to close down pub

Jolly Roger pub

The landlord of the Jolly Roger pub in Easton, Roger Reid, says he feels "wonderful" after the Bristol City Council opted to keep it open with conditions attached.

The pub's been closed for the past month following a shooting and today Avon and Somerset Police listed more than 30 allegations of serious crime over the past 18 months in a bid to close it down.

During the hearing, the council suspended the licence for the next two months and imposed several conditions when it re-opens.

These include closing at 11pm, no drinking outside and drinks to served only in plastic containers.

You can hear the full interview with Roger Reid on BBC Radio Bristol's Breakfast show with Emma Britton from 6.30am.

Aberdeen sign Bristol City forward Wes Burns on loan

Bristol City forward Wes Burns in training

Aberdeen have signed Wes Burns on a season-long loan after the Wales Under-21 forward signed a new two-year contract with Bristol City.

The English Championship club have the option to recall Burns, 21, in January.

He goes straight into the Dons' squad for Thursday's Europea League qualifier against Ventspils.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, who worked with Burns at Ashton Gate, said: "Wes is a fantastic young talent who can play right across the front line."

The Hairy Builder visits Clifton Cathedral

Dave Myers, The Hairy Builder

A leaky cathedral in Bristol is being repaired and Hairy Builder Dave Myers has been over there to see how they're carrying out the work.

Clifton Catholic Cathedral was built in the 1970s has been plagued with leaks since it opened and now the worn-out lead roof is being replaced.

You can see the full programme here.

Sunny weekend ahead? Forecasters give us a heads up

Somali mum breaks cultural stigmas around autism

A Bristol mum who developed a play to break the stigma around autism, has been invited to perform it in Parliament. 

Nura Abbey's son has the condition but it is not recognised within the Somali community, so now she's pushing MPs for more support.

A Somali mother writes a play about autism to break the taboo in her community

Bristol Harbourside Festival map released

Chris Rogers: Somerset captain has no regrets about Middlesex declaration

Chris Rogers
Rex Features

Somerset captain Chris Rogers says he has "no regrets" about his declaration against Middlesex on Wednesday, despite losing the match by two wickets.

Set 302 to win from 46 overs at Taunton, Middlesex completed a dramatic run chase with two balls remaining.

"If we were serious about winning the title, we want to win games. You can't just keep playing for draws and expect to be up there," he told BBC Somerset.

"We are here to provide entertainment. We came up short but gave everything."

Pro EU rally gets under way at College Green in Bristol

Bristol's Big Screen to be official Team GB Fanzone

Big Screen Bristol
At Bristol

With less than a month to go before the Olympics in Rio, now might be a time to consider where you want to watch some of the main sporting events with your friends and family.

The Big Screen at Millennium Square in Bristol could be one place as it's been named again an official Team GB Fanzone having done the same for the London 2012 Olympics.

What is a fanzone you may wonder? Apart from seeing the sports on a very big screen there will also be free sports activities to try out.

London 2012 Big Screen Bristol
At Bristol

Pokemon Go 'causing nerdy behaviour' in the West Country

Here's a selection of tweets about Pokemon GO that's captured everyone's attention - it's even leading to the police tweeting about how to keep yourself safe when you're trying to capture the little virtual beasts.

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Cameron Orr: Gloucester sign Australian prop and Paddy McAllister signs new deal

Cameron Orr
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Gloucester have signed former Australia Under-20 prop Cameron Orr, while front row Paddy McAllister has agreed a new contract with the Premiership club.

Orr, 21, is English qualified and came through Waratahs' academy before playing for Australian National Rugby Championship side Greater Sydney Rams.

He has played two junior world rugby championships for Australia Under-20s.

Belfast-born McAllister, 26, joined Gloucester in 2015 and made 17 appearances for the club last season.

Police fail to shut down 'violent' Bristol pub

Jolly Roger

Avon and Somerset Police has failed in its bid to shut down a pub in Easton.

The Jolly Roger has been at the centre of several high-profile crimes in recent months - including four shootings, a stabbing and 16 assaults.

Today the force asked Bristol City Council to revoke the licence for the premises. 

Instead it's been suspended for two months - with several conditions placed on it once it reopens.

New ministers 'failing to learn' over Hinkley Point C costs

Artist's impression of Hinkley Point C
EDF Energy

The South West Green Party MEP Molly Scott Cato has criticised ministers for continuing to support the planned new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

Earlier, ministers reaffirmed the government's commitment to the nuclear build following Brexit despite the National Audit Office saying the project could rise to nearly £30bn.

She said: "Tomake such an announcement on Hinkley Point just hours after such a damning report shows a worrying propensity for new ministers to fail to learn from the mistakes of the past."

Your local newspaper headlines

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Here's a look at the stories making the headlines in some of your local papers:

Wiltshire Times:Resident fury after another housing development approved

Bristol24/7:Norwegian novelist writes new book in Bristol

Gloucestershirelive:Police searching for guns in Tredworth house

Chard and Ilminster News:Two men arrested following high speed chase along M5 and through Burnham-on-Sea

Jonny Maddison: Yeovil Town sign Leicester City goalkeeper

Jonny Maddison
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League Two club Yeovil Town has signed Leicester City goalkeeper Jonny Maddison on a one-year contract.

The former Sunderland trainee, 21, is yet to play a senior first-team match.

He spent two years at Leicester after arriving on a free transfer, having previously played for Crawley and had a loan spell with non-league Leamington.

"Jonny has shown fantastic attitude and is a player with all the capabilities to play first-team football," Yeovil boss Darren Way told the club website.

South African grandmother's deportation process begins

A South African grandmother who's been living with her daughter in Bristol fears she's lost her deportation battle.

Irene Nel, 73, came to visit family on a tourist visa in 2012, but later fell ill with kidney failure.

The over 60s do not qualify for dialysis treatment in South Africa.

She has dialysis three times a week and her daughter said she will die "within weeks" if sent back.

She's now received a letter from the Home Office asking her to sign travel documents but the family lawyer fears this would mean she would have to leave immediately.

It's snowing in Bristol

Yes, it really does snow in July. 

This artificial snow has been created by University of Bristol student Lizzie Mould - and now it's going to be used on film sets in Hollywood.

Points West's reporter Andy Howard decided to dress for the occasion when he went to find out more.

Deep crisp and even

Europe's strongest

Laurence Shahlaei from Cheltenham has just been awarded the title of Europe's strongest man.

He trains in Swindon and in order to win the title had to lift weights of up to 450kg - as much as a grand piano.

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Bristol Downs classical stone bridge - plans approved

Artist's impression of classical stone bridge
Patrick Thornhill

Plans to build a classical stone bridge over Bridge Valley Road, in Bristol, have been approved by the city council.

The proposed bridge - for pedestrians and cyclists - would complete a missing link in the circular route around the Downs and offer a "safer" crossing.

Architectural drawing of the stone bridge
Dr Adrienn Tomor

We believe that the bridge will be a wonderful contribution to the area and become an added site of interest along the unique circular walk around the Downs.

Dr Adrienn TomorEngineer, University of the West of England

She said their next task would be to finalise the planning conditions with the council and set up an independent charity for the construction, as "fundraising can only start after that".

'I wanted to give my son a voice' - local author challenging autism stigma

Nura Aabe from Bristol has written a play to fight the stigma that surrounds autism in the Somali community. 

Her son is autistic but there aren't any words for autism in the Somali language.

The Bristol mother challenging perceptions of autism in the Somali community.

Nura has had to face her fears of public performance to create the play and she has been invited to perform it in London after the All Parliamentary Select Committee on Autism noticed what she had done.

Home nominated for architecture award

A partly-underground house in Gloucestershire has been nominated for the Royal Institute of British Architects' Sterling Prize.

Outhouse in Gloucestershire
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"Outhouse", in the Forest of Dean, is the first private house to feature on the shortlist for the prestigious award given to buildings that have made "the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture" in the past year.  

Outhouse in Gloucestershire
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Outhouse in Gloucestershire
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Outhouse in Gloucestershire
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Outhouse in Gloucestershire
Charles Hosea/Riba/PA Wire

It faces competition from five other buildings around the UK.  

BreakingForest of Dean MP returns to the backbenches

Student's invention is snow joke

A student at Bristol University could soon see something she invented starring in Hollywood blockbusters.

Lizzie Mould is studying for a Chemistry degree and has come up with the scientific formula for a new environmentally-friendly form of fake snow which is about to be used on a number of top-secret film projects.

Lizzie said it's early days, but she's working on improving the flurries. Here's what it looks like in action:

Chemistry student Lizzie Mould has made an eco-friendly fake snow

Football movements in and out of the West

Wales Under-21 forward Wes Burns has joined Aberdeen on loan after signing a contract extension with Bristol City...  

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And Yeovil have signed Leicester City goalkeeper Jonny Maddison on a one-year contract.

The former Sunderland trainee spent two years at Leicester and has previously played for Crawley and non-league Leamington.

Living entirely on pine needles

The skull of Parasaurolophus
School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol
The skull of Parasaurolophus, a hadrosaur, showing multiple rows of teeth

Their diet might not win awards for culinary diversity, but a new study by the University of Bristol has shown that the duck-billed Hadrosaurs lived entirely on pine needles.

The plant world went through a lot of changes during the time of the dinosaurs, but the Hadrosaurs turned their noses up at the new flowers and stuck to conifers. 

They were some of the most successful plant eaters of the dinosaur period.

Some of the immensely successful duck-billed hadrosaurs of the Late Cretaceous might have been eating flowering plants, but their tooth wear patterns, and especially close study of their coprolites - that's fossil poops - shows they were conifer specialists, designed to crush and digest the oily, tough needles and cones.

Dr Albert Prieto-MarquezUniversity of Bristol

There's only one word for this story - ouch

Ruby the Labrador managed to get her tongue stuck in a paper shredder. 

The poor dog's tongue was cut in 8 places and she was taken to County Veterinary Clinic in Taunton. Thankfully she has made a full recovery.

It's believed she was pursuing food which had been flicked onto the shredder, which then started up automatically while she was licking it.

This video below shows Ruby's injuries, but be warned as it does contain some images you might not like...

It's thought Ruby was trying to eat cat food when she shredded her tongue

More than 100 solar panels stolen from field

Solar panels
Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for information after 130 panels worth nearly £40,000 were taken from a field in Cam at the end of June. 

£1,000 of damage was also caused when the thieves cut through fencing to gain access to the site. 

The theft took place sometime between 9am on the 24th June and 9am on the 26th June.

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Liam Fox MP 'extraordinarily optimistic' about the future

Last night Dr Liam Fox, North Somerset MP, was appointed as Secretary of State for International Trade in Theresa May's new government.

This morning he said the country had "a wonderful future"...

Liam Fox leaves his home upbeat about the future and his new role.

Gotta catch 'em all, apparently

It isn't even officially released in the UK yet but it has very quickly become one of the most popular phone apps in the world. 

Pokémon Go has seen thousands of people wandering around with their mobiles out as they attempt to capture digital monsters.

Pokemon Go game

Rather conveniently, BBC Bristol has been named as a Pokéstop, a site which benefits players walking past (and staff playing the game who work there).

But the game is causing some problems, with a local cycling group warning that some players are getting in the way of cyclists on the Bristol-Bath Railway Path.

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The Bristol Post is also reporting that employees at Airbus in Filton were surprised to see dozens of Pokémon fans flocking around the site.

The Airbus site has been named as a "gym" in the game. Gyms are places where people come to battle other Pokémon fans.

Who'd live in a house like this?

Back to our story about private landlords in Weston-super-Mare - these photos show the state of some rental properties in the seaside town...

Homes up for rent in Weston-super-Mare

North Somerset Council has decided to introduce new landlord licenses to improve standards.

However, some landlords are not happy with this idea, with some saying they will have to pass the cost of the licenses on to tenants that they house.

Cheddar Gorge-ous

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This photo of Cheddar Gorge was taken by Martin Dolan on a recent photography trip, and he captured all the beauty of the gorge. Writing on his Facebook page, he said:

Standing at the very top of Cheddar Gorge so perilously close to the edge to witness the setting sun light up the cliffs was an awesome experience.

New chancellor reaffirms Hinkley commitment

Philip Hammond, the new chancellor, has said the planned nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point in Somerset is vital for a strong economy.

Despite some reports that the new reactor could cost £30billion, he believes it's still worth the cost.

Phillip Hammond
Getty Images

Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, he said:

Being able to deliver a reliable power supply is a prerequisite for a modern economy. Hinkley Point will make a huge contribution - 6% of our power generation capacity. We have to make sure that project goes ahead.

A reprieve from doggy death row

Earlier this year, Teddy the dog from Wroughton in Wiltshire was seized by police. 

Local magistrates had ruled Teddy had pit bull tendencies which could have been dangerous for the owner Tom's four-year-old daughter.

They also ruled that he should be destroyed, but Teddy has been released after a successful appeal by Tom, and he's been reunited with his family...

'Death row' dog released from police kennels after five months

But the release does come with strict conditions - Teddy has to be muzzled when he leaves the house and Tom has built a six foot fence around his garden to stop Teddy escaping. 

He's also not allowed to be walked by anybody under the age of 16.

Shooting pub licence to be reviewed later

The Jolly Roger pub

A pub in Bristol which had its licence removed following a number of serious criminal offences in and around the venue will find out later if it can continue trading.

Most recently a 25-year-old man was shot in the stomach outside the Jolly Roger pub in Easton.

Last month police used emergency powers to strip it of its licence and a full hearing on its future will be conducted by Bristol City Council later today.

Landlords upset over new licence requirement

Dirty sill with condensation

A new licensing scheme has been introduced by North Somerset Council for private landlords who own properties in Weston-super-Mare.

However, a number of landlords have opposed it because of the costs involved. They claim it targets them unfairly and say the cost will be passed on to tenants who can't afford it.  

Local landlord Paul Routledge spoke to Emma Britton on BBC Radio Bristol,

It's not proven to work, if you look across the board the majority of landlords do comply so it's unfair on them. We're going to offset the cost of this onto our tenants. The government is tarring all landlords with the same brush.

Challenging stigma in the Somali community

Nura Aabe's son has autism and she's determined to get parents from the Bristol Somali community talking about it. There is no word for autism in the Somali language.

She developed a play to challenge the stigma and has been asked to perform it in London after it was noticed by the All Parliamentary Select Committee on Autism.

She says parents in the Somali community need to seek the proper help for children who have autism...

Nura Aabe is using the play to raise awareness of autism.

Not a drop of rain in sight

Here's what the weather prospects look like for the day ahead. 

The lack of blue blobs moving across the weather map means it should stay largely dry and warm, with temperatures reaching 20 degrees...

Today's weather for the west.

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