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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Friday 15 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Tammy McAllister

All times stated are UK

Friday's BBC news headlines from around the West

Fahma Mohamed
BBC

Before we go, here's a round-up of the news from around the region:

  • Bristol teenager Fahma Mohamed is honoured for her work in protecting children from female genital mutilation
  • Four teenage boys are rescued from a large cave complex in Wiltshire after getting lost for five hours searching for virtual Pokemon monsters
  • More than 100,000 people sign a petition urging the Home Office not to deport a South African grandma from the West Country
  • Organisers of the Bristol Harbour Festival hope to curb drinking after complaints of rowdy, drunken behaviour during last year's event

Our local live team will be back on Monday from 7am with news, sport and weather for the West Country so until then, we hope you have a nice weekend.

France lorry attack survivor's photo moments before stampede

Here's the photo that Andy Shaw took of the Hotel Le Negresco three minutes before he saw people fleeing the lorry attack along the Promenade des Anglais.

Andy Shaw's photo of Hotel Negresco moments before the lorry ploughing into people
Andy Shaw

Mr Shaw, from Weston-super-Mare had seen the fireworks and had just taken this photo when he heard a loud bang and people screaming as they fled the lorry's path.

The landmark hotel was lit up in the colours of the Tricolore flag to mark Bastille Day which caught his attention.

County Championship: Matt Quinn helps Essex gain control against Gloucestershire

Matt Quinn
Rex Features

Matt Quinn took his tally of wickets in the match to 11 as Essex seized control against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.

The hosts were bowled out for 290 and Division Two leaders Essex, set 213 to win, ended day three on 16-1.

Gloucestershire's deficit of 78 was wiped out as openers Gareth Roderick (102) and Chris Dent (72) put on 148.

When Roderick was trapped lbw, that started a collapse of eight wickets for 62 runs, with Quinn (4-87) and Graham Napier (4-62) leading Essex's charge.

Fall in city's street sex worker numbers

A girl talks to a driver through the car window
PA

The number of female street sex workers in Bristol is continuing to fall, with "more than a third breaking free last year", a charity has said.

One25 said it helped 59, out of 147, women to leave street sex work in 2015-16. In 2013, there were 169 women on the streets, dropping to 151 in 2014.

Its impact report also showed it had helped 24 women at risk, enabling "all but one" to avoid street sex working.

It comes as the government is being urged to change laws on prostitution.

Explorer's bid to climb highest mountain on every continent

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Marie Curie

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is off climbing again, hoping to complete a quest to climb the highest mountain on every continent.

If he succeeds, the Exmoor-based explorer will become the first person to climb the highest mountains on all continents, as well as cross both polar ice caps.

Click here to read more.

Lorry attack survivor: 'Very sombre, very quiet' atmosphere

A man from Weston-super-Mare has described how the atmosphere in Nice has changed following the lorry attack last night which killed and injured scores of people.

Andy Shaw and his wife Sharon were on holiday when they were caught in the stampede to escape the lorry.

What he describes might upset you.

Matty Taylor

Striker Matty Taylor signs a new Bristol Rovers deal after rejecting offers from Championship and rival League One sides.

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Attack in Nice: Eyewitness describes 'pure panic' of stampede

A man from Weston-super-Mare has described how he and his wife ran for their lives to escape the lorry attack in Nice which killed at least 84 people last night.

Andy Shaw and his wife Sharon were on holiday enjoying the Bastille Day fireworks.

They were taking photos of the famous Hotel Le Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais when they saw people screaming and fleeing the lorry.

A man from Weston-super-Mare describes the panic as people fled the lorry attack

'People will bring drink from home' for Harbour Festival

We've spoken to a few people about their thoughts on efforts to curb drinking at this year's Bristol Harbour Festival.

Last year there was a rise in hospital admissions and complaints of rowdy, drunken behaviour and broken bottles littering the streets at the free event.

Efforts to curb drinking at the Bristol Harbour Festival 'probably won't work'.

Contrasting fortunes for Howell & Casey at Open

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Royal Troon

David Howell
Getty Images

Swindon’s David Howell gave himself a good chance of making the cut at Royal Troon as he defied the worsening weather to shoot a one-under-par second round 70.

After opening up with a 74, Howell began the day two on three over, dropping two more shots at the 2nd and the 5th.

But he rallied with birdies at 8, 9 and 16, to stand two over for the Championship.

Cheltenham-born Paul Casey already looked out of it after an opening day 77 and the American-based golfer’s slim hopes finally crashed when he followed three straight birdies with a triple bogey 7 at the 7th to shoot a three-over 74 – and book a quick return flight back to the States.

Crack cocaine and heroin seized

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The two men were acting suspiciously so were stopped and searched by police in Cheltenham.

Around £1,500 worth of suspected crack cocaine and heroin, in around 80 individual wraps, was seized.

In your local newspapers

These traffic officers are good eggs

Nick Wiltshire holding chicken eggs
Highways England
Wonder what Nick's having for tea tonight?

Hundreds of hens have been saved from death thanks to traffic officers on the M5.

Nick Wiltshire and Steve Mason spotted a van full of more than 200 battery hens turn off at junction 24 with a smoking tyre.

They helped unload 16 crates of hens just in time as within minutes the tyre caught fire which quickly spread through the van.

At the time the hens were being transported from a Bristol farm to Devon by the British Hen Welfare Trust to be re-homed as pets to avoid being sent to the slaughterhouse.

Bristol Harbour Festival 'is not all about drinking'

Organisers of this year's Harbour Festival are hoping their event doesn't end up being boozy.

They're trying to curb drunken behaviour after hospital admissions went up last year when the festival was on.

Organiser Mike Richmond, hopes people can enjoy the free entertainment without the need for alcohol.

Efforts are made to curb the amount of drinking at this year's Harbourside Festival.

Pokemon Go lost teens 'a bit glum, a bit embarrassed' about cave rescue

Four teenagers who got lost in the Box Mines near Corsham were a "bit glum, bit embarrassed" about their cave rescue.

They'd spent five hours in search of the virtual Pokemon monsters but got lost in the huge underground cave complex.

Box Mines
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Darren Bence from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "They managed to find their way to a feature called the cathedral which is an open air part of the rock where they managed to get a phone signal through, miraculously, and called the fire service."

The teens, who incidentally didn't find any of the digital monsters lurking in the caves, were also "a bit scared" of their predicament.

"They were all in reasonable spirits, they all looked a bit glum, a bit embarrassed about the whole thing especially when the whole Pokemon thing was added into the mix."

Minute's silence planned at Harbour Festival for Nice victims

Lorry attack Nice
AFP

A minute's silence will be held at Bristol's Harbour Festival this evening in memory of the 84 people who were killed when a lorry ploughed through crowds of people in Nice celebrating Bastille Day yesterday evening.

The silence will be led by the deputy mayor Estella Tincknell and will take place before the main concert begins.

Piano marathon relay under way in Cheltenham

The Cheltenham Music Festival has an interesting piece of music that's being played over and over again - and won't finish until Saturday morning.

Earlier today a variety of pianists began performing one piece of music in a relay - with the aim of playing it 840 times.

It's called 'Vexations'by Erik Satie, and this is how he intended it to be played - although as far as we know it was never performed in his lifetime.

The team is playing in St Paul's Church in Cheltenham including German pianist Florian Caplick who travelled from Scotland to take part.

If you fancy a go yourself at home - here's the score.

Update on damaged power cable in Chippenham

Power cables
Tim Fosker

We've got a bit more information about the power cable that's come down in Chippenham.

The pole which holds the cable came down when a car crashed into it. Emergency services were at the scene earlier but no-one's thought to have been injured.

Southern Electric now says the power’s not expected back until 8pm for the 42 affected homes.

Police are asking people to avoid the area of Malmesbury Road and Deans Way junction for the time being.

Date set for demolition of Westbury's cement chimney

Westbury cement chimney
BBC

Sunday 18 September will be the day when people in Westbury may hear a loud bang as the town's famous cement works chimney comes tumbling down in a controlled explosion.

Tarmac has said the detonation has been set for about 6.45am, symbolically marking the the end of more than 40 years of cement production at the site.

Jonathan Toyn said: "Tarmac is asking members of the public to view the demolition only from the safety of the White Horse viewing area rather than watching from nearby footpaths or fields."

The exact time will be announced nearer the planned date and will also depend on weather conditions.

If you haven't got any electricity in Chippenham this may be why

Fallen power cable
Tim Fosker

Thanks to Tim Fosker for the picture - he tweeted  Avoid Malmesbury Rd... Power lines are down!!

Southern Electric say engineers are still at the site and 42 homes are without power.

But they’re hoping for it to be back on by 5.15pm.

'Four 99s please'

Or perhaps they wanted a Cor-neighhh-to? Or a Calippo-clop?

These four horses were pictured forming an orderly queue for an ice cream on Minchinhampton Common, near Stroud.

We just hope they weren't waiting furlong... Although we're not sure ice cream is a stable diet for horses.

Ok the puns are a bit lame... we'll rein them in.

Horses queue for ice cream on Minchinhampton Common
James Marling

Friends go out Pokemon hunting - get stuck in mine

Pokemon Go
AFP

Four young Pokemon hunters have been rescued from a disused mine in Wiltshire.

They had gone looking for the digital creatures in the underground tunnels of Box Mines near Corsham while using the popular Pokemon Go app.

The following pictures were taken by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service..

Trowbridge Fire Station sent a rope rescue unit to Box where four people "lost in the mines"
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
Trowbridge Fire Station sent a rope rescue unit to Box where four people "lost in the mines"
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

The App lets players roam a map using their phone's GPS location data and catch Pokemon to train and battle. 

Trowbridge Fire Station sent a rope rescue unit to Box where four people "lost in the mines"
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

We would advise anyone thinking about going into the box mines not to, unless they know exactly what they are doing and have a map and an experienced guide with them.

Damien BenceStation manager, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Gran's deportation petition hits 100k

Irene Nel and Desree Taylor
BBC
Irene Nel (left) was taken ill during a trip to see her daughter Desree Taylor in 2012

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition urging the Home Office not to deport a woman with kidney failure from the West Country back to South Africa.

Irene Nel, 73, was visiting family in Bristol on a six-month tourist visa in 2012 when she was diagnosed.  

Click here to read more.

Don't go looking for Pokemon in 'caves'!

Pot-holing and Pokemon are not a good mix...

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Watch out for zebras crossing the road

Motorists - would this slow you down?

Parents in Redland, Bristol, are campaigning for a zebra crossing to be installed on Cranbrook Road.

Children joined in by dressing up in zebra stripped clothes.

Bristol golfer Chris Wood pulls out of Open

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Royal Troon

Chris Wood
Rex Features

Bristol golfer Chris Wood has pulled out of the Open Championship in Scotland because of an injury.

This year's Wentworth PGA champion has a good Open record - he finished tied for fifth as an amateur in his first Open in 2008, then missed out a on a play-off at Turnberry a year later.

But, having slumped to three over par after 12 holes on the Ayrshire coast, he withdrew, citing a "recurring neck injury", leaving playing partners Mark O'Meara and Yusako Miyazoto to tackle Troon's now torrential rain this morning as a two-ball.

So good you can almost smell it...

Check out this stunning pic of a lavender field in Faulkland near Radstock.

It was sent to us by Matt Pinner today.

lavender field
Matt Pinner

Rethink urged over library closures

Save Swindon's libraries
Sarah Church

Campaigners call for a "rethink" after plans to close 11 of Swindon's 15 libraries were approved.

Read more by clicking here.

Former Gloucestershire council leader has died

Up, up and away

A lovely morning for a hot air balloon ride over Bath...

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Colostomy bag offers schoolgirl greater freedom

Schoolgirl Tayla Lye-Taylor is a true inspiration.

At just 14 years old she has a colostomy bag after suffering with ulcerative colitis.

Earlier this month she stripped down to her bikini in the local newspaper to raise awareness of Crohn's Disease.

She's been talking to us about how using a colostomy bag has changed her life...

Could you provide a home for a refugee child?

A couple from Wiltshire say people shouldn't be scared of fostering refugee children.

Hassan Salman and his wife Montaha left Lebanon when war broke out in the 1990s and they now live in Swindon with their three-year-old son Ahmed. 

Hassan hopes people will welcome children fleeing war in the Middle East into their homes - as he plans to do...

Road reopens in Highnam

The B4215 near Gloucester has reopened after a collision earlier this morning.

It looks like the driver had a lucky escape, only suffering minor injuries. 

This was the scene after the crash...

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New sculptures in the Forest of Dean

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big (arty) surprise.

Two new works of art have been installed as part of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.

They’ve been created to mark 30 years of the trail first being opened.

One of them was created by artist Henry Castle who studied at the University of Gloucestershire.

Honorary degree for teenage FGM activist

A Bristol teenager, who led a campaign to end female genital mutilation, is collecting an honorary degree later today.

Fahma Mohamed is becoming a Doctor of Laws at the University of Bristol.

At the age of 14 she led a campaign to end FGM and other forms of violence against women and girls.

Nice terror attack 'absolutely appalling' says MP

At least 84 people have been killed after a lorry was driven into a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France.

It happened on the famous Promenade Des Anglais after a fireworks display. 

Neil Carmichael, the MP for Stroud in Gloucestershire, has family in Nice and has been speaking to BBC Radio Gloucestershire...

If you are concerned about friends or relatives in Nice, the number for the British embassy in France is 00 33-144-513-100.

An utterly heart-warming sports day video

Earlier this week we brought you 'one of best sports day videos you will ever see' - and it went viral!

Well Gloucestershire also has a heart-warming sports day story of its own.

Ava has mobility issues after suffering with meningitis as a baby and finds it difficult to walk or run.

Her classmates at Robinswood Primary School held hands and ran with her so she could compete in the sports day race and not feel left out.

'We stand together': West MPs react to Nice terror attack

Police inspect the lorry that hit the crowd in Nice
AFP

This morning we wake up to truly awful news from France.

More than 80 people have been killed in the southern city of Nice after a lorry was driven into a crowd celebrating one of the country's main national holidays, Bastille Day.

MPs from across the West Country have taken to Twitter to express their grief.

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has tweeted...

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And Bath MP Ben Howlett...

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Neil Carmichael, MP for Stroud...

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And Laurence Robertson, MP for Tewkesbury...

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BBC local radio headlines from across the West region

Radio studio
BBC

BBC Radio Bristol: New measures in place to clamp down on excessive drinking and anti-social behaviour at Bristol Harbour Festival this weekend.

BBC Somerset: Today is the last day for people to sign a petition calling for Wellington Monument to be restored.

BBC Wiltshire: A family in Swindon is hoping more people in the town will consider becoming foster parents to refugee children.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: Two new works of art have are being officially unveiled as part of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.

Best to avoid this route into Gloucester this morning