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Summary

  1. As it happened across the West of England on Friday 22 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Caroline Le Marechal

All times stated are UK

Plenty of sunshine is promised this weekend

BBC weather forecaster Alina Jenkins says it'll be a dry weekend

BBC weather forecaster Alina Jenkins is promising sunshine tomorrow and a mainly dry weekend - so put your screens away and get outside!

We'll be back with Local Live on Monday morning from 7am when Alina tells us there'll be a "fresher feel". 

Russian set to beat round-the-world solo balloon record

Fedor Konyukhov
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Fedor Konyukhov began his flight near Northam, close to Perth in south-western Australia, on 12 July

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov wants to set a new record for flying solo in a balloon around the world - he's expected to land in Australia tomorrow. 

Bristol-based Cameron Balloons designed his helium and hot-air balloon.

Fedor Konyukhov's balloon
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As well as exhaustion, Mr Konyukhov is battling freezing temperatures and ice in his oxygen mask

If all goes as planned, he'll shave two days off the current round-the-world balloon record of 13 days and eight hours, set by American Steve Fossett in 2002.

'Biggest, bestest toy' for baby shot in head with airgun

Doctors say they won't know for years whether Harry will suffer long-term damage

The parents of 18-month-old Harry Studley, who was shot in the head with an airgun in Bristol, say they're going to buy him the "biggest, bestest toy he can have". 

Harry's mum and dad, Amy Allen and Edward Studley, say they are overwhelmed by the community support since the shooting, in Bishopsworth, earlier this month.   

Amy Allen and Edward Studley
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Harry's mum Amy said it has been "the longest journey of our lives"

Harry has regained consciousness and is now undergoing physiotherapy. The air pellet is still lodged in his brain.

Two people have appeared in court charged with grievous bodily harm in connection with the shooting.

Cow rescued from the River Parrett

Earlier today a cow had to be rescued from the River Parrett in Somerset by firefighters.

These pictures were sent in to us by Donna Vale...

A cow has been rescued from the River Parrett by firefighters

Is Hinkley Point C finally about to get the green light?

John Moylan

BBC industry & employment corresponden

Hinkley Point in Somerset
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For the company to announce that it had called a board meeting and that the Hinkley decision is on the agenda sends a strong signal that it expects approval to be given.

It's also clear that the French government is on board. With its 85% stake in EDF, its approval would have been needed for the company to move to this crucial stage.

But the board still has to take the decision. With so much at stake, the possibility of a further delay can't be ruled out.

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Lovely picture from our West's police helicopter team...

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Cricket: Leics go fourth with win over Glos

Paul Horton
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Leicestershire go fourth in Division Two after wrapping up a six-wicket victory over Gloucestershire inside three days.

Click here for the match scorecard and report.

DJ Derek's death remains a 'mystery'

DJ Derek
Avon and Somerset Police
DJ Derek has played sets at Glastonbury and the Big Chill

The death of Bristol DJ Derek Serpell-Morris - better known as DJ Derek - will remain a "mystery". 

The 73-year-old's remains were found on woodland near Cribbs Causeway in March - he'd been missing since July last year. 

DJ Derek
BBC
Derek was known for playing 1960s rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall and soul music

At his inquest this afternoon, the court heard the cause of death could not be ascertained. 

And police said no evidence had been found to suggest anyone had harmed him or that he had intended to take his own life. 

Assistant coroner Dr Peter Harrowing recorded a narrative conclusion.

Parents of baby shot with airgun say his progress is 'amazing'

Speaking for the first time since 18-month-old Harry Studley was shot in the head with an airgun, his parents say the progress he has made is "amazing", despite them being told to expect the worst.

Parents Amy Allen and Ed Studley speak about Harry's recovery for the first time

Dad Edward says he and Harry's mum Amy Allen don't yet know the full extent of their son's injuries but "whatever the outcome he's still our little boy".

Harry Studley
Studley family
Harry Studley was shot in the head with an airgun on 1 July

Two people have appeared in court charged with grievous bodily harm in connection with the shooting.

Football: I became a man in non-league, says Swindon midfielder

John Goddard
Rex Features

Midfielder John Goddard says he "earned his stripes" playing non-league football before joining League One Swindon Town.

The 23-year-old, who netted 17 times in 41 games for Woking last term, signed for an undisclosed fee in May.

Click here to read the full story.

Bristol mosque reaction after hate crime sentencing

Here Zaheer Shabir, from Bristol's mosque community, reflects on reaction from muslims and the wider neighbourhood after an attack on the "beautiful building" in January...   

Zaheer Shabir said the mosque is "a place of worship, peace and a beacon of friendship"

He says there was "immediate panic and fear" after bacon was tied to door handles and mosque members were verbally abused. 

But he also highlights the "immediate outpouring of closeness, neighbourly ties, affection and unity" - both from people living nearby and others with no connection to the Jamia Mosque in Totterdown. 

Jamia Mosque
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Two men were jailed and two women given suspended sentences on Wednesday for religiously aggravated public order offences.

Waking up at Imjin Barracks in Gloucester

It's the end of an era for the commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps based at Imjin barracks in Gloucester. 

Lt Gen Tim Evans is retiring after 35 years in the military but what exactly is ARRC and what do they do?

We spent the morning looking around the army base to find out more about the NATO response force.

Waking up at Imjin Barracks

Cancer fighter Hannah Francis inspires us all

Horse rider Hannah Francis is currently battling an aggressive form of bone cancer and one could say she's leaving 'hoof-prints' on many hearts.

The 18-year-old, who lives near Radstock, inspired a complete stranger to fundraise for her...

Hannah Francis' story

Now hundreds of well-wishers are sending Hannah messages of support on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page

Too young for you to have to go through all of this. What an inspiration you are.

Sue Roberts

Looking down at my wristbands watching this brings a tear to my eyes.

Amy Elizabeth Weatherald

Hannah is such an inspiration and Willbery is a very special pony

Libby Moore

You are far too modest Hannah. EVERYONE is so proud to either know you of heard of you. A SUPERSTAR is a huge understatement.

Frances M Berry
Danny Whitehead

Wigan Athletic midfielder Danny Whitehead signs for League Two side Cheltenham Town on a season-long loan.

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Bride-to-be's delight as dock divers recover ring

Police divers with Nicola Hazell in the centre
PA

Police divers made bride-to-be Nicola Hazell's day when they found her engagement ring at the bottom of Bristol harbour. 

She'd lost it when she was out rowing two weeks ago.

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The diving team were on a training exercise when they were challenged by the harbour master to find Nicola's ring.

Avon and Somerset Police said the "lads had come up trumps".

Howzat for a new job? Former cricketer takes command of Royal Navy warship

Cdr Tim Berry
MOD
Cdr Tim Berry

Former Somerset county cricketer Tim Berry is now a captain of a Royal Navy warship.

Cdr Berry has taken command of HMS Somerset which is based at Plymouth Navy Base.

His career after cricket has seen him serving in a range of ships during his apprenticeship at sea, from frigates and destroyers, through to smaller offshore patrol vessels and larger amphibious assault ships based in Plymouth.

Motorway tips for the big summer getaway

Are you hitting the road after work today?

It’s one of the busiest days of the year for motorways in our region.

So we asked Highways England traffic officer Sandy Osborough for his top tips on driving on the motorways for the big summer getaway.

Meet traffic officer Sandy Osborough

Glider crash pilot named by police

Southwood Farm Lane
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The pilot died when the aircraft she was piloting came down in a field in Southwood Farm Lane, near Basingstoke

A woman who died when the glider she was flying crashed into a field has been named as Kay Draper, of Marlborough in Wiltshire.

Ms Draper's engine-powered aircraft came down near Basingstoke just before midday on Thursday.

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Bulford Camp 'rifle' sighting a false alarm

Thankfully the security scare at an army base in Wiltshire was a false alarm, but police say people should still be vigilant and report incidents.  

Armed officers and a police helicopter were scrambled to Bulford Camp, on Salisbury Plain, last night.

Reporter Scott Ellis has sent us this report from Bulford...

Scott Ellis said a runner reported seeing three men acting suspiciously near to the base

There's a Drowzee in the Points West studio

Pokémon Go has been taking the world by storm.

We found one of the digital creatures lurking around the Points West news desk. 

Don’t worry though - we caught it!   

"Gotta catch them all", apparently

Police officer suspended from driving after car crash

The scene of the crash
Matthew Thomas
Police accident

A police officer has been suspended from driving after a car crash in the Forest of Dean.

Police say the car was being driven with its blue lights and siren on as it was responding to an emergency call at the time.

A force spokesman said the suspension was routine procedure while inquires are carried out into the circumstances of the accident.

The driver of the Land Rover and two police officers in the police sustained minor injuries. 

American fighter jets leave RAF Fairford

If you live in Gloucestershire you may have seen three F-35 stealth fighter jets crossing the county's skies.earlier don't worry.

The supersonic jets have been based at RAF Fairford for a month while they took part in The Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough International Airshow,

They're now on their way back to the United States - accompanied by a large tanker for refuelling over the Atlantic.

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DJ Derek inquest takes place today

DJ Derek
BBC

The inquest of DJ Derek is due to take place this afternoon.

Derek Serpell-Morris had worked with the likes of Massive Attack and played hundreds of sets including at Glastonbury. 

The 73-year-old, from the St Paul's area of Bristol, was reported missing to police last July - and his remains were found by a member of the public in Patchway earlier this year. 

Avon and Somerset Police say his death wasn't being treated as suspicious.

Police find lost engagement ring during training exercise

Here's a feel-good Friday story for you.

Police in Bristol have reunited a lost engagement ring with its owner during a training session at the docks.

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BreakingBulford Camp: Police rule out suspicious activity

Bulford Camp
BBC

The three people reportedly seen with a rifle near an army base in Wiltshire have been located by police.

It's been confirmed that they were not involved in any suspicious activity.

Armed officers and a police helicopter were scrambled to Bulford Camp on Salisbury Plain last night.

Acting Inspector Vince Logue said: “With recent events, both in the UK and abroad, it is understandable that we are seeing an increase in calls from members of the public reporting suspicious behaviour. It is only right that we fully investigate calls of this nature. 

"Thankfully, this incident turned out to be non-suspicious."

EDF to decide on Hinkley Point next week

It looks like we are finally going to get a decision on the future of Britain’s first new nuclear plant in decades.

Library pictures of the EDF site at Hinkley Point

Bulford Camp: Runner reported seeing 'long-barrelled weapon'

Bulford Camp barracks
BBC
Bulford Camp barracks

A runner reported seeing three people on a ridge near Bulford Camp holding what appeared to be a "long-barrelled weapon," according to the Mayor of Tidworth, Chris Franklin.

"That's what it appeared to look like - it could've been a stick," he added. 

Armed officers and a police helicopter were scrambled to the army base on the Salisbury Plain last night.

Police said the the camp had been placed in "lockdown" and the area was searched but no suspects were located.

Have you lost your bunny rabbit? Bristol Airport may be able to help

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If this is yours get in touch with us and we'll pass your details on to the airport.

In your local newspapers today

In the papers
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Here's a round-up of some of the stories being covered in your local newspapers this morning: 

Somerset Live:Motorcyclist suffers possible life-changing injuries in A361 crash

Bristol Post: Going to Ashton Gate stadium next year? You might be in for a Michelin-star treat

Wiltshire Times:No ban for motorist, 89, who reversed into nan

Gloucestershire LiveDog bites teenager at Cheltenham Racecourse

Dazzled by the yellow blaze of rapeseed

Cherhill White Horse
John Heselden
Cherhill White Horse

The rolling green countryside is steadily turning yellow. 

This photograph of the brilliant yellow of fields of rapeseed near the Cherhill White Horse in Wiltshire was sent in by John Heselden

How a stranger raised thousands for horserider with terminal cancer

Teenager Hannah Francis inspired a complete stranger to fundraise for her.  

The 18-year-old horserider has terminal cancer and has built up a huge following on social media after posting pictures online of herself and her mascot Willberry.

The story of complete stranger who fundraised for teenage horse rider Hannah Francis.

She described how complete stranger Lvi Robertson was so moved by her story she thought of an idea to fund raise for her. 

'Stupid' driver clocks 154mph on M5

One-hundred-and-fifty-four miles per hour!

That's what police say a car was clocked at on the M5 in the early hours of this morning.

The motorist was stopped between the Worcester and Strensham junctions allegedly driving at more than twice the legal speed limit.

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Are you ready for the new age of the robots?

Craig Danby from Bristol is taking part in the new series of Robot Wars.

Craig Danby from Bristol is taking part in the new series of Robot Wars along with his creation called Foxic.

The programme follows teams of engineers and their robot gladiators as they fight for supremacy in the arena. 

It was originally presented by Jeremy Clarkson and is now hosted by Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon

Robot Wars starts this Sunday at 8pm on BBC Two.

Time stands still in Stroud

Sims Clock Tower
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Sims Clock Tower in Stroud

They say time stands still for no man - but that's not quite the case in Stroud at the moment.

One of the town's landmarks, the four-faced Sims Clock Tower, has stopped working, because it needs a new piece of equipment. 

The problem? It's going to cost £3,000 to get it fixed but it's not known if the district council will stump up the cash.

It's not the first time Stroud has been in a different time zone. The town initially refused to accept GMT in the 1800s.

'Business as normal' at Bulford army barracks

BBC Wiltshire reporter Karen Gardner is at the base and says it appears to be "business as normal" with a "normal level of security" on the gates.

She added that the camp is one of a "crescent of military bases in the area including Tidworth and Larkhill" and around a third of the army is based in these camps including the Royal Signals and the Royal Military Police.

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Inside a safe house

The location of the safe house is a closely-guarded secret

The Bristol-based charity Unseen has opened the West's first safe house for trafficked men.

The BBC was given an exclusive look inside the house.

Kate Gabers from the charity explains to Points West reporter Fiona Lamdin that human trafficking isn't just a problem for women.

Pink Bra'ss: A band with a difference

These Pink Bra'ss are making some noise for Breast Cancer.

Pink Bra'ss

You can see them perform at a special concert at Wells Town Hall later today. 

'Rifle' sighting sparks alert at Bulford Camp barracks

Bulford Camp
BBC
Police are treating the incident at Bulford military base as suspicious

Armed police and a helicopter were scrambled to an army base in Wiltshire on Thursday evening after the sighting of three people with a possible firearm.

The area around the barracks, on the Salisbury Plain, was searched but no suspects were located.

The Ministry of Defence would not comment on the level of threat at Bulford, but a spokesperson said security remained of "paramount importance".

It comes after a serviceman was threatened with a knife during an attempted abduction near an RAF base in Norfolk on Wednesday

Map showing Bulford Camp
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Another fine day... but there's a risk of thunder!

Good morning from BBC Local Live for the West Country.

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

Weather for Friday 22 July

It's going to be another warm and mostly dry day, with some sunshine too but it might not last.

Some may see the odd slow-moving, heavy and perhaps thundery shower too.