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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday 26 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Holmes

All times stated are UK

The prince and the astronaut

Thanks for being with us today. We'll leave you with one final look at a special meeting that took place in Bristol today - with an astronaut you might recognise and Prince Charles.

The Prince of Wales with Tim Peake

The event was to mark the launch of the Prince's Trust's 40th anniversary impact report.

The Prince of Wales unveils a plaque at the Prince's Trust centre in Bristol

Tim Peake returned to Earth from a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station on June 18th, after being the first British European Space Agency astronaut to be sent into space.

BBC Local Live for the West will be back tomorrow from 7am.

New roundabout lights causing confusion in Bridgwater

Works to improve the Huntworth Roundabout in Bridgwater may not have had the desired effect. The scheme cost £3m but drivers seem to be confused by a new set of traffic lights.

Local resident John Matthews filmed three cars passing through red lights.

Three drivers have been filmed going through red in less than 10 seconds

BBC Somerset will be speaking to Somerset County Council about this on Claire Carter's breakfast show tomorrow morning.  

Pollution controls on River Leadon after fish deaths

Emergency pollution controls have been set up after large numbers of fish were found dead in the River Leadon in Gloucestershire. 

Richard Mander from the Gloucester Angling Club says it's devastating and he fears it will take up to 5 years for the river to return to its previous state.

Dead fish
Chris Bainger / Environment Agency

The cause of the pollution isn't yet known. Sarah Dennis from the Environment Agency spoke to BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

We were monitoring the water course, and we started to collect dead fish. The total number is unknown, but we believe it could be several thousand

The Environment Agency has set up a helpline for anyone who finds dead fish or has concerns, the number is 0800 807 060.

Prince Charles on 40 years of the Prince's Trust

Prince Charles on the 40th anniversary of the Prince's Trust

Prince Charles has been in Bristol to open a new Prince's Trust centre and to mark the launch of a report which highlights how young people from poorer backgrounds are disadvantaged when looking for work.

The prince said the most rewarding aspect of the Prince's Trust, which has been going for 40 years, has been seeing young people turn their lives around.

'Rockerels' after a new home

Rod Stewart and Jon Bon Jovi (no, not those ones) after after a new home. The names have been given to two cockerels with some rather flamboyant hairstyles.


The two cockerels are currently living together at the West Hatch Animal Centre in Taunton. 

However staff have suggested they are separately homed to form their respective "flock bands".

Taunton Deane council to vote on merger

Taunton Deane councillors will vote tonight on whether they want to merge with neighbouring West Somerset Council. 

The plans have divided opinion with some seeing it as a threat to the council's powers, while others say it would save money which could be spent on services.

The meeting is under way and is likely to run late so we'll bring you the results tomorrow.

Taunton Deane Borough Council headquarters
Taunton Deane Borough Council

Concorde museum begins to take shape

Plans to put Concorde on show in South Gloucestershire are starting to become a reality. 

The aircraft currently sits exposed to the elements on the former Filton Airfield but an £18 million indoor visitor centre is now being built which will house the plane.

The developers say it will open to the public next summer. 

Building work is taking shape at the new home of Concorde in Bristol.

M32 in Bristol closed from 8pm tonight

One of the key routes into and out of Bristol will be closed from 8pm tonight. The stretch of road between J1 and J2 of the M32 will be shut off for Metrobus works until 6am tomorrow.

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Freight train likely 'smashed by slingshot or air rifle'

We told you yesterday how the window of a moving freight train was smashed near Cheltenham. Police now say that the weapon used was likely to be an air rifle or a slingshot. 

Armed police officers were called to the railway tracks near Swindon Village and searched the area after the window of the driver's cab was shattered by an unknown object.

Freight train

No one was injured but police have reminded people of the dangers of throwing items at trains, saying "the ending could have been much worse".

Reports of thousands of dead fish investigated

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Reports of thousands of dead fish on a stretch of the River Leadon in Gloucestershire are being investigated. 

The Environment Agency has been carrying out tests between Dymock and Newent. 

The cause hasn't yet been confirmed.

There's a helpline for anyone who finds dead fish or is worried about the health of wildlife or farm stock, the number is 0800 807 060.   

Cheltenham want centre-back and keeper

Gary Johnson
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Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson is still hoping to add a defender and a goalkeeper to his squad before the new season.

"I've just got to keep looking for another centre-back and a goalkeeper", he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire after Monday's friendly against Bristol City.  

Johnson confirmed, however, that Charlton keeper Dillon Phillips will not return to Cheltenham in 2016-17. 

Your BBC local radio headlines


Here are the stories making your local radio headlines at 5pm today:

BBC Radio Bristol: Tim Peake has joined the Prince of Wales at an event in Bristol marking the launch of the Prince's Trust 40th anniversary report

BBC Somerset: Women and doctors in the West are being urged to be aware of a condition called parathyroidism, a condition often mistaken for the menopause

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: One of the top amateur jockeys in the history of national hunt racing, JT McNamara has died aged 41. He was paralysed by a fall from his horse during the Cheltenham Festival in 2013

BBC Wiltshire: A London drug dealer who was supplying drugs in Swindon has seen his jail term cut after an appeal. 32 year old Oliver Sulal was caught "street dealing" in May last year

JT McNamara 'held in huge regard'

Ian Renton, Regional Director of the Jockey Club pays tribute to JT McNamara

Tributes continue to be paid following the death of Irish jockey JT McNamara at the age of 41.

The father-of-three was a leading amateur rider when he was seriously injured after being thrown from his horse during the Cheltenham Festival in 2013.

Ian Renton, Regional Director of the Jockey Club, said JT's colleagues wrote his achievements on the weighing room wall at Cheltenham, next to the seat where he always sat when he rode at the course.

Tim Peake: Prince's Trust 'a fantastic charity'

British Astronaut Tim Peake on his work with the Prince's Trust

British astronaut Tim Peake has been speaking after he met Prince Charles in Bristol.

Tim told the Prince his Soyuz capsule experienced extreme temperatures on re-entry and landed in Kazakhstan with the force of a small car crash.

They met at the Bristol centre of the Prince's Trust. 

Major Peake became an ambassador for the charity more than a year before being launched into space for his mission on the International Space Station.

Fogden happy to take time out from game

Wes Fogden
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Former Yeovil and Portsmouth midfielder Wes Fogden says stepping out of full-time football will protect his body.

He left Yeovil in May with a year still to go on his contract.

Medieval history rediscovered in Gloucester

Medieval timber frame discovered behind plasterboard at The Fleece Hotel

An important part of Gloucester's history is crumbling away behind locked gates on Westgate Street. The Fleece Hotel closed in 2002 and has fallen into disrepair.

Gloucester City Council spent £100,000 of government funding on a survey of the site in the hope of finding a new developer. 

This month an exciting discovery was made behind the walls and ceiling of some of the hotel rooms - medieval timber frames. The council is now trying to determine how old the timber is.  

Tim Peake and Prince Charles

Astronaut Tim Peake joins the Prince of Wales at a Prince's Trust event to help disadvantaged young people find work.

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The Iron Duke is starting to take shape

The 16-tonne machine that once lead the rubber industry in Bradford-on-Avon has spent decades in parts in a Bristol store room until now.

A crane lifts a roller into place

In its day it enabled rubber to be attached to cloth, meaning waterproof garments like capes could be made.

Work to install it at Kingston Mills in Bradford-on-Avon, where it spent its working life, is now well and truly under way.

Installing a roller of the Iron Duke

'It's bigger than the Johnstone's Paint Trophy'

Lee Johnson (left) & Gary Johnson
Rex Features

Lee Johnson's Bristol City beat Cheltenham Town, managed by his father Gary, to clinch the "Johnson Cup" - in a pre-season friendly on Monday evening.

Family trophies are not normally up for grabs and the Johnson Cup is certainly a unique prize.

The father-son bragging rights eventually went to son Lee, as Bristol City won 2-1.

Whatever we're playing, however small the game - table tennis, tiddlywinks - we try to beat each other.

Lee Johnson

Prince Charles meets Tim Peake

Prince Charles met Tim Peake in Bristol

British Astronaut Tim Peake met Prince Charles during a visit to the Prince's Trust centre in Bristol, where the charity's beneficiaries, staff and supporters gathered for the launch of its 40th anniversary impact report.

The prince also met young people who have been helped by the Trust.

JT McNamara given 'greatest horseman' tribute

Gloucestershire trainer Jonjo O'Neill describes JT McNamara as "the greatest horseman I've ever known".

It follows the news of the jockey's death, three years after he was paralysed in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival, while riding Galaxy Rock which was trained by Jonjo.

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Marking 100 hours in a Swordfish

This is Lieutenant Simon Wilson. At the weekend he flew his 100th hour at the controls of the oldest surviving Fairey Swordfish in the world.

RNAS Yeovilton said records indicated this was the first time since WW2 that this amount of hours has been achieved on this aircraft type. 

Lieutenant Simon Wilson
RNAS Yeovilton
Lt Wilson has flown both the Mark 1 and Mark 2 Swordfish since 2011
Lieutenant Simon Wilson flying the Fairey Swordfish
RNAS Yeovilton
Corrosion grounded W5856 in 2003 but it re-joined the display circuit last year after a full restoration
Lieutenant Simon Wilson flying the Fairey Swordfish
RNAS Yeovilton
Lt Wilson is a qualified helicopter instructor from 815 Naval Air Squadron

It is a great privilege to fly such an iconic aircraft and to have achieved 100 hours, something I am very proud of. The aircraft is only allowed to fly for a small number of hours each season and I have been lucky enough to have flown the Swordfish since 2011.

Lieutenant Simon Wilson

Historic lido reunion planned

There will be a reunion at the pool at the weekend

People who used to swim at a pool in Bath are organising a special reunion for this weekend.

Cleveland Pools, on the banks of the River Avon, is the country's only surviving Georgian lido. 

Restoration will get under way next year, but in the meantime there's a special get together this Saturday to celebrate the landmark's history, and anyone who used to swim there is welcome.

Bayern keeper nears Bristol City move

Ivan Lucic
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Bristol City are close to completing the signing of Austrian goalkeeper Ivan Lucic from German champions Bayern Munich.

The 21-year-old has recently been on trial with the Robins and played against them for Cheltenham Town in a pre-season friendly on Monday.

"He's just got to complete his medical, which is 90% done," City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol.

JT McNamara 'a much-loved and respected figure'

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

JT McNamara
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JT McNamara will be remembered for his distinguished, stylish career in the saddle and his formidable strength of character after serious injury. 

The jockey had told friends he intended to retire in the summer of 2013 but a fateful fall that March prematurely ended his career. 

Weighing room colleagues were in shock and the Cheltenham Gold Cup the following day was run against a sombre backdrop. 

A plaque above where he sat at Cheltenham celebrates his 16 winners at the track, including four at the Festival. 

When Bruce Springsteen played in Limerick, he dedicated his song My Hometown to the stricken jockey. He was a much-loved and respected figure.

Bird's eye view of Minehead

Ever wondered what the view is like over Minehead on a sunny day?

We've taken a trip on the new 33m-high Observation Wheel, which will be based on the seafront for the next few weeks.

Our virtual trip lasts just under two minutes. 

It actually takes a bit longer than this, but we've sped the footage up a bit...

Take a ride on the Minehead Big Wheel

Sneaky peek at canal museum

Graham Boxer is head of museums at the Canal & River Trust

The National Waterways Museum in Gloucester will reopen later this week after being closed for the past eight months for refurbishment.

Ahead of the opening on Friday the BBC cameras got a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Graham Boxer from the Canal & Rivers Trust told BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood about the history of waterways in the city.

Former Cheltenham Festival jockey dies

JT McNamara
Getty Images

Here are more details on the death of 41-year-old Irish jockey JT McNamara who was paralysed after a fall at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.

McNamara, a father-of-three, was a leading amateur rider before being seriously injured.

He fractured two vertebrae in his neck after being thrown from his horse Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup on 14 March, 2013.

BreakingJockey JT McNamara dies aged 41

Former amateur jockey JT McNamara has died at the age of 41.

McNamara was paralysed following a fall at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013 in which he fractured two vertebrae.

On the receiving end of a taser

What's it like to be tasered?

A new public panel has been set up to make sure police are using tasers appropriately. 

The Taser Scrutiny Panel will review when and how Avon and Somerset Police are using the devices, and give feedback to the force. 

The board was set up by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens who hopes to reassure people that tasers are being used responsibly. 

But what's it like to actually be tasered? Our video might give you a bit of an idea (but without the agonising pain, hopefully).

'An operation changed my life'

Karen says her life has been transformed since she was treated

Women and doctors are being made aware of a serious medical condition, that's often mistaken for the menopause.

Hyperparathyroidism is the result of overactive glands in the neck.

Initial symptoms of tiredness, and aches and pains are often attributed to the menopause - but left untreated, the condition can lead to stomach ulcers or even kidney failure. 

Karen told us her life has been transformed since having an operation to treat it.

BBC local radio headlines

Valve radio set

Here are some of the top stories being reported on BBC local radio in the West of England:

BBC Radio Bristol: The 40th anniversary of The Prince's Trust will be marked in Bristol later with a visit from its founder, Prince Charles, and the British astronaut Tim Peake. 

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: A 16-year-old from Cheltenham's Bournside school is still in hospital in France, after a coach crash last weekend. 

BBC Somerset: A homeless woman in Somerset says people can have the wrong impression of rough sleepers.

BBC Wiltshire: The collapse of a Wiltshire travel company two years ago is still affecting holidaymakers. One man says he is still owed £1,200.

'Unbelievable' Olympic experience

Emma is going to Rio 2016

A veterinary manager from Somerset is gearing up for the Rio Olympics.

Emma Cornish will swap her job at the Isle Valley Equine Clinic in Chard to work as a volunteer at the equestrian events at the Games.

She's done it before, in London in 2012, so she knows it'll be an "unbelievable" experience.

Hay! Look at that fire...

The blaze was captured on camera

What was your commute home last night?

We told you about this hay bale trailer fire on the A417 in Gloucestershire.

The blaze, which was put out by the fire service, was captured on video by Luke Davis.

In your local newspapers today

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