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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday 28 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Pamela Parkes

All times stated are UK

Goodnight and hope you have a lovely weekend

That's it for our BBC Local Live page for today.

We'll be back on Monday morning from 7am so do join us then.

In the meantime we'll leave you with the weather forecast from BBC Points West's Ian Fergusson.

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Blackbrook swimming pool opens in Taunton

Here's a look round Taunton's brand new 25m pool which opens tomorrow at Blackbrook Pavilion.

It looks pretty snazzy to us, so maybe worth practising your front crawl there if you're stuck for something to do this weekend.

Blackbrook Leisure Centre's new swimming pool

The view from the top of Salisbury Cathedral

Bristol's bus users are unhappy at proposed service changes

First Bus says it is looking at making changes to buses in the Bristol area. 

Some users are unhappy with the proposed changes and a petition has started to save the number 38 which runs from Bristol and Bath to Keynsham.

Other services that will be affected include the X39, 37 and 39.  

First Bus is set to bring in a whole raft of changes to services from September

Hinkley Point C: What's at stake in numbers

Hinkley Point C decision delay 'can't go on for ages and ages'

Chris Langdon from Somerset Chamber of Commerce says businesses just "want to get on with the project".

Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association says the delay will create "real problems" if the decision is not made quickly.

Fears grow for missing Foyle's War actress

Foyle's War actress Honeysuckle Weeks has gone missing, police have said.

Officers have been searching for the 36-year-old, from Petworth in West Sussex, since Thursday evening.

She's known to have links to Wiltshire. 

Detective Kate Witt from Sussex Police said: "If you read this Honeysuckle, please get in touch to let us know you are ok."

Honeysuckle Weeks

The boy who stole our hearts has died

Henry Bromberg
Bromberg Family

Henry Bromberg from Gloucestershire, who stole the show at last year's Children in Need, has died at Birmingham Children's Hospital.  

He had a rare heart condition and needed a transplant.

Henry became a young ambassador for the Nailsworth charity Readathon after it helped keep him entertained while he was undergoing treatment. 

Points West will have a tribute to Henry on Monday. 

Goram Fair returns to Bristol this weekend

The Goram Festival ran from the 1950s to the 1990s at the Blaise Castle Estate in Bristol.

It is named after the legend of the giant who created the Avon Gorge. 

Now, after two decades the festival is set to return this weekend.

The Goram Festival used to be held at the Blaise Castle Estate

Traffic: The good and the bad news

So while traffic on the M5 in Somerset may be looking a bit better...

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The A303 is backing up in Wiltshire.

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Man v Window: Police release CCTV pictures of vandalism

Have you seen these two men? They were seen outside Starbucks on Wine Street, Bristol, between 8.20pm and 9pm last Friday.

CCTV pictures show them outside the store drinking and talking to a passer-by - and then kicking the window of the cafe.

Their first attempt didn't work as this video shows, but subsequent kicks to the glass caused the window to crack which will cost hundreds of pounds to fix.

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'Frustration is clear' over Hinkley

Carrie Gracie

China editor

In public the Chinese company CGN is sounding polite. The firm issued a statement saying it understood the new government's need to familiarize itself with such an important project. But off the record its frustration is clear. 

A source close to the company told me the delay was a surprise and a pain and that everyone was bemused. 

Last year, one of Theresa May's chiefs of staff Nick Timothy expressed concerns about the national security implications of giving China a long term role in the UK's critical infrastructure. And with the government now saying that all components of the deal are under consideration, CGN is frustrated that speculation about this has been allowed to continue.

Video: Take a look at Bristol City's new stadium

JT McNamara's 'life was not in vain'

J T McNamara's funeral

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of Jockey JT McNamara, who died earlier this week.

The 43-year-old broke his neck in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013.

He was buried in the village of Manister, Co Limerick, near the rider's home and stables.  

Sir Anthony McCoy, a friend and 20-time champion jockey, said his death will ultimately help other injured jockeys. 

JT McNamara
Garde Champetre ridden by JT McNamara

'Still hope' to save the life of Gloucester grandmother held on death row

Supporters of 60-year-old Lindsay Sandiford, who is on death row for smuggling drugs into Bali, say there is still hope to save her life.

The grandmother from Cheltenham denies the charges but is in Indonesia's notorious Kerobokan Prison, not knowing when she might face a firing squad.  

Steve Knibbs reports.

A round-up of BBC Local Radio headlines from across the West


BBC Bristol: First Bus has said controversial cuts to services in the Bristol area are down to the local authority, not them

BBC Gloucestershire: The MP for Cheltenham Alex Chalk says getting Gloucestershire's A&E services back on track is of paramount importance

BBC Wiltshire: More than 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for the opening hours not to be cut at Salisbury's walk in medical centre

BBC Somerset: Downing Street has defended its decision to put off final approval of a new nuclear power plant in Somerset

A303 traffic problems near Buckland St Mary in Somerset

Gloucestershire hospital trust misses A&E targets

Cheltenham General Hospital

A government watchdog says the trust which runs Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General hospitals has not met A&E waiting times.

NHS Improvement said it failed to meet the four-hour standard and would "provide extra support" to ensure A&E patients are seen "more quickly".

The trust said it was "disappointed" but was "committed to getting it right for our patients".

Accident on the M5 near Weston-super-Mare and Burnham

One lane is closed and Traffic England says the road's expected to be cleared by 7.30pm or so.

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Too cute! Video of Bristol Zoo's baby gorilla is capturing hearts

Bristol Zoo's baby gorilla Afia

She's grown up a lot since this video was made but Bristol Zoo's baby gorilla is just adorable in this video filmed when she was 11-weeks-old.

Afia was born by C-section and is now 24 weeks old and is "very stroppy".

Traffic: M5 southbound at a standstill

Appeal for missing actress Honeysuckle Weeks

Honeysuckle Weeks
Actress Honeysuckle Weeks in the BBC production of Lorna Doone

The actress Honeysuckle Weeks has gone missing.

The 36-year-old, who starred in Lorna Doone and Foyle's War, was last seen in Chichester on Thursday evening. 

Detective Kate Witt said she has links to Wiltshire: "We are concerned about Honeysuckle as her recent behaviour has concerned family and friends and she has expressed to them she is feeling anxious. 

"If you read this Honeysuckle, please get in touch to let us know you are ok." 

Your local newspaper headlines from around the West

What now for Hinkley Point C after the government's delay?

Hinkley Point B
Getty Images

The deal to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point was on the verge of being signed, so where does the UK government's delay leave the project?

Some of your questions are answered about the surprise situation the nuclear project finds itself in.

Exercise Lion Strike in action on Salisbury Plain

Blaise Castle walled garden restored to its former glory

A team of volunteers are working round the clock to restore the Victorian walled kitchen garden at the Bristol estate.

The walled kitchen garden estate is being restored thanks to a group of volunteers

May 'not going to be pushed around' on Hinkley Point C

Eleanor Garnier

Political Correspondent

Theresa May
Getty Images

What I'm hearing is that the new prime minister, Theresa May, won't be pressurised into a decision until she's ready. Put frankly, she's not going to be pushed around. This project would have huge implications for not just energy policy, but national security and foreign relations too, and therefore the government thinks it warrants and deserves this level of scrutiny.

Remember we've got a new government in Number 10. The business department is being completely restructured. David Cameron and George Osborne might have taken a very particular attitude towards the Hinkley project, but Theresa May's government will not be a mirror image of the last government.

And on the timing yesterday. As I understand it the PM's team believe it wasn't for them to say in advance of the EDF board meeting what their thinking was. The company might have wanted the UK government to make its position clear first, but Mrs May was not going to be bounced into that.  

What does this look like to potential foreign investors and the question of whether Britain is still open for business? I'm being told we shouldn't over interpret the review - there's a sense of reassurance, rather than policy being ripped up to start all over again.

Traffic: Traffic building up in Bristol

Traffic: It's slow on the M5 near Bridgwater

Wonder what caused these lines? We have the answer

People of Cheltenham - have you spotted the squiggly pavements?

Apparently the effect is caused by the equipment used to power wash the walkways.

Squiggly lines on the pavements of Cheltenham

According to the borough council the lines are left "from when we had the chewing gum removed from the pavements at the end of May".

The lines will soon fade with wear and weather, we're told.

CND: Government right to review deal

CND logo

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) has welcomed the government's decision to review the Hinkley Point C nuclear deal.  

General secretary Kate Hudson said even supporters of nuclear power now recognise how bad this deal is.   

It means signing up our future to some of the most expensive electricity we have seen, and handing over £30billion in subsidies to France and China just isn't a credible economic plan.

She added while the cost of renewables had fallen sharply, the cost of nuclear "continues to rise".

"Renewable energy is now the future - this is where investment is needed - not billions on outdated, dangerous and expensive nuclear energy."

Trio of penguin chicks hatched

These are two of the three penguin chicks which hatched earlier this month at a wildlife attraction in Gloucestershire.

They were born at Birdland Park and Gardens, which is near Bourton-on-the-Water.

Penguin chick
Birdland Park and Gardens

We're told they're keeping well and their keepers are pleased to see they are growing rapidly.

Alistair Keen with one of his new arrivals
Birdland Park and Gardens
Alistair Keen with one of his new arrivals

Swindon brothel madam who went on the run abroad jailed

Diana Jones
Diana Jones/Facebook
Diana Jones was jailed for four years

A brothel madam who went on the run abroad for seven years has been jailed.

Diana Jones, from Carmarthenshire, lived a "life of luxury" in Cyprus - which has no extradition treaty with the UK - after refusing to pay back £2.6m she earned from brothels in Cardiff and Swindon.

But she was arrested in May at Stansted Airport after flying back into the UK, reportedly due to concerns about her health.

She has been jailed for four years.

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Union slams 'bewildering and bonkers' Hinkley delay

Hinkley Point
Getty Images

Union chiefs have condemned the Government's delay over the building of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

GMB, which represents workers in the energy and construction area, said the "unnecessary delay" is "putting the project's financing and 25,000 jobs at risk".

Theresa May's decision to review the go-ahead on Hinkley Point C is bewildering and bonkers. After years of procrastination, what is required is decisive action not dithering and more delay. This unnecessary hesitation is putting finance for the project in doubt and 25,000 new jobs at risk immediately after Brexit. It is a gross error of judgement and must be reversed.

Bird's eye view of the River Severn

How lovely is this drone's eye view of the River Severn in Gloucestershire?

Video courtesy of the National Waterways Museum

The film is part of a river exhibit at the newly-refurbished National Waterways Museum in Gloucester.

About £1m has been spent over the winter at the venue which aims to "showcase the uniqueness of the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal".

EDF: 'No comment to make'

EDF said it remained confident about the government's commitment to build nuclear reactors in Hinkley Point despite Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark saying that a final decision will be made in the early autumn. 

EDF chief executive Jean-Bernard Levy said: "There is no comment to make. The statement made by Mr Clark is perfectly clear. I have no doubt about the support of the British government led by Mrs May."

Asked on an analyst call for EDF's results about the possible impact on the project's construction schedule, Mr Levy said that the timing for Hinkley Point is under permanent review, depending on events - notably the effective date of signature of the contracts. 

In numbers: Hinkley Point C

Although the final decision over building a new £18bn nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is on hold while the government "reviews the project",thousands of firms in the West country are still hoping to reap the benefits.

Below are two graphics which show the enormity of the project. 


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The West country through your pictures

Martin Early took this picture from the beach at Minehead just after sunset last night.

If you have a favourite photo you want to share please email it to us and we'll show the best ones here.

Martin Early
Minehead sunset