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Summary

  1. As it happened across the West of England on Wednesday 20 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Sarah Jones

All times stated are UK

Where's that duvet? It's going to be a cooler night

Yesterday we saw the hottest day in the West since July 2015 but today it has turned decidedly cooler.

And over the next few days temperatures are going to be quite a bit cooler than they've been.

Here's Alina Jenkins with the forecast...

West weather 20 July 2016

That's all from BBC Local Live for the West of England - back again tomorrow from 7am.

Ben Raine

Leicestershire struggle after dismissing Gloucestershire for 183 as 15 wickets fall on day one at Cheltenham.

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Parents defend Bath Community Academy

Parents defend school in Bath

Parents have been defending a school in Bath which is closing down because of low pupil numbers.

They were told in a letter yesterday that Bath Community Academy will close next year.

Opened in 2012, the school can cater for up to 720 students but only has 290 at the moment.

Shepton Prison: Plans turned down

Shepton Mallet Prison
BBC
Shepton Mallet Prison

Plans to convert the disused prison at Shepton Mallet into luxury flats have been turned down.

Developers had wanted to turn the jail into 146 luxury houses and flats.

But planners have tonight decided the car parking plans were inadequate and rejected the application.

Martial arts expert earns top ranking

Gabriella Rossetti
Bangor University

A Jiu Jitsu expert from Bristol has become only the fourth woman in the world to be graded a second degree black belt in the martial art.

Gabriella Rossetti, 24, is currently the only woman in the world holding the grade and the first to reach it in 14 years.

She earned it after facing a simulated attack by men armed with knives and sticks.

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Cooling off at the 26th hole

As the temperatures get up into the 90s the urge to strip-off and leap into the nearest lake can be overwhelming.For the green keepers at Cumberwell Park Golf Club in Bradford on Avon - the water feature at the 26th hole was just too inviting...

Green keepers at golf club in Bradford on Avon cool off

Council vote to 'get tough' on begging

Richard Burge, Gloucester City Safe Coordinator

Councillors in Gloucester are to "get tough" on begging in the hope it will cut down on anti-social behaviour.

At a meeting tonight the council decided it would put an order in place, allowing it to take action against persistent offenders.

Before the meeting Richard Burge, Gloucester City Safe Coordinator, said begging and street drinking was putting people off coming into the city.

Football: Swindon need to strengthen 'but there is still time'

Luke Williams
Rex Features

Swindon Town still "have work to do" on recruitment before the new season, head coach Luke Williams tells BBC Wiltshire.

"We do have a little bit of work to do on recruitment. We need to strengthen a little bit and there is still time," he said.

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Yate house gutted by fire

Yate house gutted by fire

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze which has gutted a house in Yate. 

The fire broke out this morning, damaging the ground floor and first floor before spreading to the loft. 

No-one was hurt despite several people being in the terraced house when the fire broke out.

Meet the award winning football coach

Danny Kingdon coaches Park Knowle FC and is the 'disability coach of the season'.

Danny Kingdon, who coaches Park Knowle FC, has been named as the Disability Coach of the Season.

'Real loss' if Burnham's pier is shut

Burnham-on Sea pier is put up for sale

It's 100 years old and has been in the same family for 48 years. But with no one in the family well enough to take it on - Burnham-on Sea's pier has been put up for sale.

It might be the shortest pier in the country but these local lads say they like it "just the way it is".

Men jailed for tying bacon to mosque door handles

Kevin Crehan (left) and Mark Bennett
Avon and Somerset Police
Kevin Crehan (left) and Mark Bennett were part of a group that targeted the mosque in January

Two men have been jailed and two women given suspended sentences after rashers of bacon were tied to door handles at a Bristol mosque.

During the incident on 17 January, the group shouted racial abuse at a member of the mosque and tied a St George's flag to the fence of the Jamia Mosque.

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Lewis Gregory celebrates

Nottinghamshire collapse to 135 all out on the final day at Trent Bridge to hand Somerset a 10-wicket victory.

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The force is strong in the Forest of Dean

A key scene in the latest Star Wars blockbuster was filmed in the Forest of Dean.

But Darth Vader has now returned... in the form of a crop circle.

Darth Vader appears in crop field in the Forest of Dean

M32 to close overnight

Infographic about M32 closure
Getty Images

Another overnight closure of the M32 is just hours away - as work continues on Bristol's MetroBus project. 

The multi-million pound public transport scheme is currently working to install a bus-only junction. 

It means the motorway will be closed both ways around junction three from 8pm until 6am tomorrow morning.

Hanging bra-skets

Bleadon hanging bra-skets…
Mike Gutsell

Has the Women's Institute struck again?

These ample flower bra-skets were found stuffed with blooms hanging on railings in Bleadon, Somerset.

Owen Smith: 'I will invest in nuclear power'

Owen Smith
BBC

Labour leadership contender Owen Smith says he supports the building of a new power station at Hinkley Point.

Speaking at the start of his leadership battle with Jeremy Corbyn, Owen Smith said nuclear power was a vital part of Britain's future energy security.

Mr Corbyn opposes the development of new nuclear power stations.

Asked if he would support the development of Hinkley Point, Mr Smith emphatically said: "I would be investing in nuclear."

In at the deep end for BBC Somerset reporter

Shortest pier put up for sale

Burnham-on-Sea pier up for sale

It's the shortest pier in the country and a West coast landmark, but now the historic pier at Burnham-on-Sea has been put on the market.

Louise Parkin said it has been in her family for a long time but her parents aren't well enough to look after it anymore.

Let's hope the weather's not ruff on Saturday!

Three days to go until the Wilts Police Dog Show at Bowood, 11am to 4pm on Sat & Sun - look how excited Charley is!

Three days to go until the Wilts Police Dog Show at Bowood, 11am to 4pm on Sat & Sun - look how excited Charley is!

Shepton Prison: Decision due over conversion plan

Shepton Prison
BBC

Council planners are expected to decide today whether to give plans to convert Shepton Mallet prison into homes and a museum the go-ahead.

Developers City and Country want to turn the building into 146 luxury houses and flats. 

There will also be a museum, but some local residents have concerns about parking and the preservation of the building's heritage.

Jamie Overton

A stress fracture in his lower back means Somerset pace bowler Jamie Overton will miss the rest of the 2016 season.

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Kenny Everett's radio show tapes sell for £720

Kenny Everett
BBC

Master tapes made by DJ Kenny Everett have sold at auction in Gloucestershire for £720.

The five hours of recordings were made by him for Radio Victory and have been unheard since 1976.

The were sold at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester earlier.

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Seven fire crews tackle house fire in Yate

Seven fire crews have put out a large fire at a terraced house in South Gloucestershire.

Avon Fire and Rescue were called out just before 10am and spent over three hours at the scene.

The ground and first floor of the house in Edgeworth were gutted and the fire also spread to the loft area but was contained within the property.

People were in the house at the time but got themselves safely out without being injured.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Fire engine generic
PA

PIP payments: 'I feel they're taking my independence away from me'

Wendy Smith

Citizens Advice in Bristol says it's seeing more people losing a key element of their disability benefits - and their independence. 

It comes as the government announces another consultation into Personal Independence Payments - or PIP. 

Wendy Smith who lost her leg to cancer, has been moved from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP and lost all the mobility element of PIP.

It means she can no longer afford to run her car.

"The little bit of independence I had has been taken away from me," Wendy said.

Minehead RNLI rescue people trapped by tides

RNLI lifeboat
RNLI/Nigel Millard
Four people were rescued by the RNLI on Monday evening

Four people were rescued by Minehead’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew after being trapped by the rising tide on Monday evening.

Both the station’s boats were launched to help them.

Two kayakers had left Porlock Weir earlier in the day and gone ashore on Selworthy Sands, but had to climb up onto the rocks as the tide rose.

And a husband and wife trapped on a large rock immediately under Hurlestone Point were also rescued.

The RNLI's Paul Arnold said: “These were two classic cases of people not understanding the way the tides run in the Bristol Channel and then finding themselves in trouble."

What do you bury in a time capsule?

Pupils from Minerva Primary Academy in Fishponds have been working for the past few weeks on creating their own time capsule.

They will be filling this up with lots of paper hot air balloons where they have written and illustrated their favourite parts of Bristol.   

They are going to bury the time capsule right next to Brunel's ss Great Britain today with the objective for it to be opened in 2056 by kids in the future.

A group of school children are putting items in a time capsule at the ss Great Britain.

GWR speed restriction now NOT going ahead

So, it seems that GWR are now not going ahead with the speed restrictions and cancellations we just mentioned.

A spokesman for the firm said: "The heat speed restriction planned at Paddington 2.30pm will now not go ahead.

"To protect vulnerable points between Paddington and Reading, we will however have a key route strategy in place, which see some amendments to our London and Thames Valley services."

So hopefully the commute home later won't be as stressful as you thought!

BreakingMore delays on GWR train services due to hot weather

There will be a second day of restrictions on Great Western Railway services because of the hot weather, the firm announces.

Investigation after 'near miss' level crossing incident in Somerset

An investigation has been launched after a van almost crossed a level crossing in front of a steam train in Somerset.

Video shows a van entering the level crossing then reversing when the train sounded its horn.

A van entered the level crossing as a steam engine was approaching

West Somerset Railway said: "We will be carrying out our own internal investigation, and will be speaking to local users of that Crossing reminding them to take care when crossing.

"The Level Crossing Order for that location, with give way signs, requires a 5mph speed restriction for trains, and locomotives having to sound whistles or Horns on approach."

Pokemon Go sea rescue on Brean beach

You can't believe the things people are doing to find Pokemon.

And in the latest incident, two youngsters playing the game had to be called in from knee-deep mud on Brean beach this week.

Burnham-on-sea.com reports that the teenage girls had waded half a mile out to mudflats to hunt for the hit smartphone game's virtual monsters.

A beach warden used a loudspeaker to call them back and warned them of the dangers of tidal waters.

Pokemon teens stuck on mudflats
Burnham-on-Sea.com

Train delays at Chippenham are sorted out now

What's it like to go viral when you're only 11?

A Wiltshire school boy has become an internet sensation after his sports day video was seen by millions of people around the world. 

Ollie has additional needs and his classmates at Baydon St. Nicholas Primary School near Marlborough all linked arms and ran behind him so he would experience the joy of winning. 

The video of the 11-year-old was posted on social media and the reaction has been incredible.  

Wiltshire sports day video seen by millions

Children's social dept in Bath racks up huge overspend

More than £865,000 was overspent by Bath and North East Somerset (Banes) Council on children's social work last year.

It was due to more agency workers needing to be used to cover things like maternity leave and long term illness.

The figures were released as part of an annual report into the council's finances.

The council said it had recently recruited a number of new social workers and it was now becoming less reliant on agency staff.

Children generic
BBC
Children's services at Bath and North East Somerset Council overspent by £865,000

Daughter's legal battle over mother's house

A woman has lost the latest round of a property battle with a 91-year-old man who lived with her mother who died two years ago.

The dispute centres on the house Audrey Blackwell had owned in the village of Twyning Green, Gloucestershire.

Mrs Blackwell's daughter, Lynn Lewis, had inherited the house but 91-year-old Stanley Warner, who had shared it with Mrs Blackwell for nearly 20 years, still lived there.

Mrs Lewis had begun legal action and sought possession of the house.

But earlier this year a county court judge had ruled that Mr Warner could buy it, and now the High Court has dismissed an appeal by Mrs Lewis.

Twynings Green, Gloucestershire
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The house is situated in the village of Twyning Green

New school planned on former Sedgemoor Splash site

Sedgemoor Splash in Bridgwater closed in 2009 and now plans have been approved to build a primary school on part of the site.  

People on the BBC Somerset Facebook page have been sharing their memories of the pool.

Katie Scott said: "Miss The Splash but am glad for the new school. Bridgwater needs it."

"The whirlpool bit was my favourite!" posted Richard Dare.

And Dean Lewis added: "Joke closing this down. Just like the Tropicana in Weston! Robbing children's childhoods! I had great memories in both these places. Joke."

Councillors have approved plans to build a school on part of the Northgate site

Train delays in Chippenham due to broken down freight train

Lib Dems choose general election candidate for Cheltenham

Making the headlines in your local newspapers