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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday 1 August, 2016

Live Reporting

By Hayley Mortimer

All times stated are UK

Keep those brollies handy - more rain's on the way

It certainly hasn't felt like the first day of August - in fact the West Country saw more rain today than it did during the whole of July.

More than 8mm of rain was recorded in Clearwell in the Forest of Dean, for example. 

It's a good job Ian Fergusson didn't forget his brolly for his forecast earlier...

That's all from Local Live today. We'll be back with the West's latest news, sport, weather and travel from 7am.

Four generations under the same roof

One mansion, 45 rooms, a £1m refurb and four generations of the same family moving in to Frenchay Park House in Bristol.

The 18th Century grade II listed mansion was previously used by the North Bristol NHS Trust as its headquarters.

We've been for a look around...

Gas leak could cause disruption during rush hour tomorrow

Homes have had to be evacuated and roads have been closed after a gas main burst on a building site in Yeovil.

Work is still under way at the scene and it's been causing some traffic problems.

Reporter Scott Ellis says commuters should avoid Western Avenue in the morning...

Scott Ellis: It's going to take about 36 hours to fix

'Peace party' held after racist attacks

How do the people of Bristol respond to racist attacks? With a 'peace party' of course.

The event in Knowle West was organised after a number of attacks which saw bricks thrown at windows and doors spray painted.

Dozens of people came together to show their support for the victims.

Farming isn't easy when thieves keep stealing your equipment

The cost of rural crime in the west has gone up according to figures released today, with Gloucestershire recording one of the highest rises in the country last year. 

The Collins family have been farming for more than 100 years and quad bikes help them manage the land on their 11,000 acre farm. 

But this isn't easy, they say, when thieves keep stealing their equipment.

Season Preview: Yeovil Town

The new football season is just five days away and we've been chatting with the region's five managers and head coaches.First up is Yeovil Town manager Darren Way who is about to embark on his first full season in charge after he kept the club in the Football League after his appointment last December.  

He will be co-presenting BBC Somerset’s Breakfast Show with Claire Carter on Wednesday morning from 6.30am.  

Tiny diamond-tipped drill is changing lives in Taunton

More than a dozen people in Somerset have benefited from a complex surgical procedure using a tiny diamond-tipped drill to unblock arteries.

Rotablator drills through calcium in severely blocked arteries
BBC

Plaque, consisting of calcium, cholesterol, fat and other substances that circulate in the blood, can build-up in the arteries causing them to narrow.

Rotablation uses compressed air to drive a very small diamond tipped drill, which is used inside the arteries to break the blockage into tiny pieces.  

In the past, people had to travel to Bristol for the procedure, or potentially have a coronary artery bypass operation, but now it's available at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

No charges after death of Spitfire pilot at Somerset hospital

Kenneth Tyrer
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There will be no charges brought over a WW2 veteran who died during an incident with a fellow patient on a hospital ward. 

Ex-fighter pilot Kenneth Tyrer, 90, died at Yeovil Hospital in June last year after being allegedly kicked to the ground and hitting his head.

This was a tragic incident involving two elderly in-patients at Yeovil District Hospital that required careful consideration. Mr Tyrer's family have been informed and our thoughts remain with them. This matter will now be submitted to the coroner."

Detective Inspector Richard OconeAvon and Somerset Police

'Half a heart Henry' kept everyone entertained right to the end

Henry Bromberg stole the show at last year's Children in Need.

And he kept everyone entertained right to the end.

The nine year old, from Gloucestershire, died at Birmingham Children's Hospital on Friday while waiting for a new heart.

Upfest art defaced already

They've been in place for little over a week, but several colourful Upfest creations have been scribbled over with black spray paint.The Bristol festival saw thousands of people visit the city to watch some of the world's best graffiti artists at work.

West players named in England Rugby pre-season squad

Jonny May
Rex Features

There's good news for Gloucester Rugby fans as one of the club's star players is seemingly on his way back to full fitness.

Wing Jonny May has been named in England's 45-man pre-season squad after recovering from a serious injury. The 26-year-old had surgery on his knee in January.

Bath are also represented in Eddie Jones' squad, with five of the club's players called up to the national team.

Uncapped young star Charlie Ewels has been selected, as well as teammates George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Semesa Rokoduguni and Anthony Watson.

Yeovil gas leak: Heavy traffic due to road closure

Diversions remain in place while engineers deal with a gas leak in Yeovil.

Work is ongoing and Western Avenue is still closed, which is causing heavy traffic in the area.

Ten homes were originally evacuated when a digger hit a gas main on a new housing development near Thorne Lane.

This has now been reduced to five homes.

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A day in the life of an Olympic hopeful

A day in the life of an Olympic hopeful

"There's no shortcuts" if you want to be an Olympic athlete - "you've just got to give it everything".

That's the view of swimmer Jazz Carlin, from Swindon, who trains at the University of Bath.

She's won World, European and Commonwealth medals and is hoping to add an Olympic one to that collection in Rio.

BBC Points West followed her for the day to see exactly what it takes to compete at the highest level.

Equestrian community leads tributes to 'inspirational' rider Hannah Francis

Courageous. Inspirational. Brave.

Just some of the words being used to describe teenager Hannah Francis, who has died following a battle with terminal cancer.

The 18-year-old, from Radstock in Somerset, built up a huge following when she started posting pictures online of herself and Willberry Wonder Pony - a cancer 'mascot' bought for her by her trainer. 

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The equestrian community is leading tributes to Hannah on social media.

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Throughout her illness the young eventer has worked to help others in a similar position by raising thousands through her Willberry Wonder Pony charity.  

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Lucky escape for Gloucester couple after campervan gets stranded in sea

A couple from Gloucester had a lucky escape after their campervan became submerged on Brean beach yesterday...

Campervan stuck on Brean beach
BARB search and Rescue

They'd been walking on nearby Brean Down unaware of how quickly the tide comes in.

A spokesman for the Burnham Area Rescue Boat charity said thankfully the tide wasn't too high on Sunday evening and the van could be recovered and driven away.

Supermarkets recall Somerset yogurts over rubber fears

Yogurts
BBC

Five UK supermarkets have been warned to take thousands of pots of yogurt off their shelves amid concerns they may contain pieces of rubber.

The yogurts, supplied by Somerset firm Yeo Valley, but sold under own-brand labels, pose a possible health risk and should not be eaten, the Food Standards Agency said.

The products are sold at Asda, Co-operative, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose.

Yeo Valley said the rubber was found in a fruit conserve made by a supplier.

BreakingEvacuation after 'significant' gas leak in Yeovil

A cordon is in place following a gas leak in Yeovil, Somerset.

It's after a digger hit a gas main on a new housing development near Thorne Lane.

People living within 100 metres of the incident have been asked to leave their homes and the police are at the scene. 

A spokesman for Wales & West Utilities said it's not known how long it will take to repair.

RIP Hannah, the teenage horse rider who inspired thousands around the world

Horse rider Hannah Francis has sadly died after battling an aggressive form of bone cancer.

The 18-year-old, who lives near Radstock, built up a huge following on social media after posting pictures online of herself and her mascot Willberry.

A statement posted on her Willberry Wonder Pony charity Facebook page said: "James, Rachel and Sam are deeply saddened to announce that today Hannah passed away. 

"She has made every day count and has fought courageously from start to finish. They are immensely proud of their beautiful daughter and sister."

Clifton Suspension Bridge base jumper 'reckless'

Clifton Suspension Bridge
PA

Police have criticised a man who filmed himself jumping from the Clifton Suspension Bridge with a parachute before landing on the banks of the river Avon 250 feet below.

They say the base jumper's leap on Saturday afternoon was incredibly dangerous and irresponsible.

The trust which runs the bridge also regards the jump as reckless as well as illegal.

In your local newspapers this lunchtime

Swindon won't rush signings - Williams

LUke Williams
Rex Features

Swindon Town will not rush into making new signings, head coach Luke Williams tells BBC Wiltshire.

The League One club have made three permanent signings so far since May, but strikers Nicky Ajose, Michael Smith and Miles Storey have all left.  

All aboard the new train line in Wiltshire

Take a tour of the new extension to the miniature railway at Coate Water

A new train line has opened in Wiltshire which promises cheap ticket prices and no overcrowding.

Sadly you can't get that far on it though as it's an extension to the miniature railway at Coate Water Country Park in Swindon.

The project was started in 2013 and was officially opened over the weekend.

Wiltshire games volunteer counts down to Rio

Brian Avery at the Aquatics Centre
Bryan Avery

A Wiltshire man says his dream has come true after being selected as a volunteer at the Olympics in Rio. 

Brian Avery from Swindon will be based at the Aquatics Centre for both the Olympics and the Paralympics. 

He said "I'm absolutely ecstatic, it's like a dream come true especially as I'm a swimmer myself."

Brian will be poolside for the whole competition doing jobs like collecting swimmer's baskets, making sure swimmers are in the right place and getting medallists ready for their ceremonies. 

Brian's partner Jody is also volunteering at the Aquatics Centre as well as the judo events. 

Volunteers at the Aquatics Centre
Brian Avery
Rubber duck on a starting block at the Aquatics Centre
Brian Avery

Bird's-eye view of Bristol

Looks like the police helicopter pilot is getting some great views of Bristol this morning...

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Tributes to Henry Bromberg, the boy with 'half a heart'

Henry's dad said he entertained the doctors and nurses while in hospital

He was the boy who told us he only had half a heart but went on to steal the hearts of thousands.

Nine-year-old Henry, from Gloucestershire, was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and gained national attention when he appeared on last year's BBC Children in Need. 

We brought you the sad news of his death at Birmingham Children's Hospital on Friday.

His dad Robert told BBC Radio Gloucestershire Henry kept everyone entertained right to the end.

See the forest through ancient eyes

Walking or cycling through the Forest of Dean has just become a high-tech experience.

A new smartphone app uses GPS signals to trigger a beep at significant locations where users can see a photo of the exact spot more than 100 years ago.

The Hidden Heritage app aims to uncover the area's rich industrial heritage, such as the remains of mines and railways, that historians say were in danger of being lost forever.

There are about 30 points of interest featured on the new smartphone app

Good news if you're travelling south on the M5 in Gloucestershire

M5
Highways England

Earlier we told you about the closure of one lane of the motorway between the Stroud and Thornbury junctions. 

It was as a result of a lorry fire on Sunday afternoon.

The good news is that Highways England has lifted the restriction which was put in place to allow emergency carriageway repairs.

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Glass artwork brightens up Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral has been filled with brightly-coloured glass for a new exhibition that opens today.

'Reflection' features pieces of artwork from nine different artists and aims to provoke a spiritual response.

The work includes a huge, multi-coloured column of glass suspended above the font.

Latest artwork unveiled in Salisbury Cathedral

Did you lose this cuddly toy on the M5?

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If you recognise it get in touch and we'll pass your details on.

A campervan with a bit too much of a sea view

Stuck campervan
BARB Search and Rescue

A couple from Gloucester had a lucky escape after their campervan became submerged on Brean beach yesterday.

They'd been walking on nearby Brean Down unaware of how quickly the tide comes in. Luckily a beach warden alerted BARB Search and Rescue crews who checked if anyone was trapped inside.

A spokesman for the charity said thankfully the tide wasn't too high on Sunday evening and the van could be recovered and driven away.

Yeo Valley yogurts taken off shelves

Making the headlines in your local newspapers

End of era as boat maker retires

One of Bristol's longest serving boat builders is preparing to call it a day after almost 40 years in the job. 

David Abels runs the last big boat building business at the dry dock on the Harbourside. 

David Abels has been building boats in Bristol for the past 37 years

BreakingTwo held on suspicion of murder after baby dies

Police tape
BBC
The baby boy was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Saturday morning

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a three-month-old boy died in hospital.

The baby was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Saturday but was transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital where he died last night.

A 20-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, both from Gloucester, are being questioned by police.

A house in Archdeacon Street, Gloucester, has been cordoned off but police say it is "an isolated incident with no wider risk to the public".  

Cycle path junction to be widened at school crossing

The route was busy with cyclists and children when we filmed back in April

New safety measures are being introduced at a cycle path junction in Bristol used by children to get to school.

The Bristol and Bath Railway Path is popular with cyclists but parents say youngsters are at risk of being knocked down by some cyclists who they claim are going too fast.

Work will begin next week on opening the junction out into a square to make it safer. 

Weekend lorry fire still causing delays on M5

We warned you earlier about delays on the M5 due to emergency repairs after a lorry carrying hay caught fire yesterday.

Police and fire crews took these images and video of the incident.

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Shoes to help the homeless cover College Green

People in Bristol donated 197 pairs of shoes to homeless people in the city by placing them on heart-shaped mats scattered across College Green. 

People in Bristol donate shoes to help the homeless

It was organised by Keep Bristol Warm who said each heart represented a person living on the city's streets.

They say there are 197 homeless people in Bristol according to the last count in December. 

Beware of delays on the M5 between Stroud and Thornbury

M5 traffic
Highways England

This was the scene on the M5 a few moments ago close to the Thornbury junction.

One lane is closed southbound between junction 13 (Stroud) and junction 14 (Thornbury) for emergency repairs after a lorry carrying hay caught fire yesterday.

Although the motorway is flowing freely at the moment you might want to allow extra time for your journey.

A dry start but rain moving in by lunchtime

Weather map
BBC

Good morning from BBC Local Live for the West Country. We're here until 10pm with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

We'll see mostly cloudy skies this morning with the odd spot of rain at times. 

Rain will set in from the west towards midday, turning heavy at times especially over high ground. 

Maximum Temperature: 18C.