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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 3 August, 2016

Live Reporting

By David Bailey

All times stated are UK

More showers on the way

Bright spells, showers and breezy.

So it looks like we're going to get more typical British summer weather again tomorrow.

Here's Ian Ferguson with the detailed forecast for Thursday and the rest of the week...

Ian Ferguson with the weather forecast for the West of England

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

Darrell Clarke: 'Third promotion not impossible'

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke is ready for the new season

Bristol Rovers fans are dreaming of a third successive promotion. 

After dropping into non-league football two years ago the Gas are now in League One. 

Geoff Twentyman has been to see manager Darrell Clarke as he prepares his team for the new season that starts on Saturday.

Ready for Rio

BBC Points West's Ali Durden looks some of the Olympic venues

BBC Points West's Alistair Durden is in Rio, Brazil, ahead of the Olympic Games which start officially on Friday.

He's covering the games for all of the BBC's regional television programmes across the UK.

He gave us a guided tour of the sporting venues from his vantage point overlooking the Olympic Park.

The Syrian refugee who lived with the mayor

Dijwar Khalil said the months he spent with the mayor were the most important of his life

A Syrian refugee has been talking about his time spent with the former Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, who gave him a roof over his head.

Dijwar Khalil said the three months he spent with Mr Ferguson were "the most important three months" of his life.

It follows the publication of a report which said many local authorities were not pulling their weight when it comes to taking in Syrian refugee families.

Wellington Monument fundraising appeal

The National Trust says it needs at least £4 million to restore the monument

It can be seen from miles around, but it's not looking its best at the moment.

Would you be prepared to give some money to help restore the Wellington Monument?

The National Trust says it needs to raise at least £4m.

The 175ft landmark was built in 1817 as a tribute to the Duke of Wellington but has been fenced off since 2005 due to falling stone debris.

It's thought to be the world's tallest three-sided obelisk.

Homeless men face eviction

Bristol City Council want to evict these homeless people from Riverside Park

Eight homeless people are facing being evicted from tents in Riverside Park in Bristol. 

They've been camped on land next to the M32 since April.

Now an eviction order's been served on them, which includes an injunction that the men claim will stop them sleeping rough anywhere in Bristol.

But the council says it only applies to public land.

A fundraising campaign has been set-up to pay for legal representation for the men.

Cheltenham boss looking forward to new season

Gary Johnson is ready for the big kick-off on Saturday

This time last year, Cheltenham Town were about to embark on a season in non-league football. 

But what a turnaround.

Crowned champions of the National League - they're back in the football league. 

Geoff Twentyman has been to see how Gary Johnson is preparing for life back with the big boys.

Funeral director's victim 'never thought money would not be paid'

Pauline Redman was one of Alison Pople's victims

A victim of a funeral director, who stole money donated by grieving families to charities, says she never expected the money not to be handed over.

Alison Pople from Cheddar failed to pass on donations worth £14,000 to good causes, and was given a suspended 15-month prison sentence.

One victim, Pauline Redman, asked for donations to be passed to charities and hospices following the deaths of her brother and sister-in-law.  

She said Redman held a "such a position of trust" she didn't consider the money would never be paid.

Glos' Taylor cleared to resume bowling

Jack Taylor
Rex Features

A bowling suspension handed to Gloucestershire's Jack Taylor in June has been lifted, following "remedial work" on his action.

The 24-year-old, previously banned for nine months in 2013, was suspended again in June after being reported for a suspected illegal bowling action. 

But he's now been given the all-clear to bowl again.

Happy ending for 95-year-old tortoise

Hattie the tortoise, who went missing on Saturday, is found under a garden shed

Remember yesterday we told you about a 95-year-old tortoise that had gone missing from a rescue centre in Bristol?

Well, the good news is she's been found, safe and well.

Hattie was discovered trapped under a gazebo in the rescue centre's garden.

She's appears to be a bit muddy but otherwise none the worse for wear.

Bridge cables 'still strong'

Chris Pope from Highways England has been assessing corrosion levels in the cables

It's almost half a century old and is still going strong.

The M48 Severn Bridge - the old Severn crossing - is getting a "health check" as it approaches its 50th anniversary in mid-September.

Cable inspection work is being carried out to check the corrosion levels of the suspension cables.

BBC Points West's Ali Vowles has been getting a close-up view of how the engineers are getting on.

Tributes to CTFC vice-chairman

Some sad news from Cheltenham Town today...

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Funeral director 'really sorry'

Alison Pople was spared jail at Taunton Crown Court

A funeral director who stole money donated by grieving families to charities in memory of their loved ones, says she's "really sorry" for what she did.

Alison Pople, 50, from Cheddar, failed to pass on donations worth £14,000 to good causes including Help for Heroes, the NSPCC and a local hospice.

She was given a suspended 15-month prison sentence at Taunton Crown Court after she admitted stealing.

Speaking as she left court she said she would have to live with what she had done for the rest of her life.

How about this for a corporate perk?

A group of Wiltshire workers are off to watch the Rio Olympics thanks to their boss. 

He set them up with prime seats at Friday's opening ceremony as a treat for working so hard.

Nick Debbie and Wez
BBC

The lucky people work for Imagine Cruising in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Nick Webb said: "I am so excited! We've been told we are seeing a few events whilst we're there, the football and the tennis, maybe we will get the chance to see a bit more."

Bristol rugby sevens players head to Rio Olympics

As we count down to the Rio Olympics we've been meeting some of the athletes from the West country who are representing Team GB.

Danielle Waterman and Dan Norton both play for Bristol rugby sevens, they've been telling us how they feel about playing the sport at Olympic level for the first time.

Danielle Waterman and Dan Norton head to Rio

Old Severn Bridge undergoes £4m inspection

Yes that's right, to make sure the bridge is up to scratch as it approaches its 50th anniversary four MILLION pounds is being spent on the latest inspection.

Highways England say it's worth every penny as they have to check the effectiveness of measures they've put in place over the last ten years to stop the wires inside the cables corroding. 

Severn Bridge
BBC
Severn Bridge
BBC

Funding to tackle 'storage crisis' in museums

Room full of boxes
BBC

Two museums in Wiltshire have been awarded a share of £45,000 of Arts Council funding to help solve what's being called the "crisis facing museum archaeology".

The money will pay for work to take place across the region, including building a main site for archaeological discoveries to be stored together.  

The Salisbury Museum and the Wiltshire Museum, which will benefit from some of the money, have storerooms piled high with artifacts.

Stone statue
BBC

On top of that, there are 25 cubic metres of excavated finds waiting to arrive. That's the size of a double decker bus!

David Dawson, director of the Wiltshire Museum, said: "This support will help tackle a problem faced by museums not just across the South West but also across the country."

Ever feel like you're being watched?

Take a look inside the room where Somerset's roads are monitored

The Somerset County Council traffic team keep an eye on you to try and keep the roads on the move, here's a behind the scenes look at what they see.

BreakingJoseph and Watson sign new Bath deals

England internationals Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson sign new Bath contracts to keep them at the side until 2019.

Centre Joseph, 25, who has scored 16 tries in 58 appearances for Bath, has been capped 25 times by his country.

The most recent of his nine England tries came on the tour to Australia, on which he played with Watson.

Versatile back Watson, 22, has 12 tries from his 67 games for Bath and 24 caps for his country.

Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph
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They are both exceptionally talented players who since gaining greater international experience are having much more of a positive effect on the group - both on and off the pitch.

Toby BoothBath first-team coach

BreakingFuneral director who stole from grieving families given suspended sentence

A funeral director from Somerset stole money donated by grieving families to charities in memory of their loved ones.

Alison Pople, 50, from Cheddar, failed to pass on donations worth £14,000 to good causes including Help for Heroes, the NSPCC and even a local hospice.

She also forged thank you letters from the charities, to cover up her crimes. 

Pople admitted stealing and was given a suspended 15-month prison sentence at Taunton Crown Court.

Prosecutors told the court that the crimes related to 46 funerals between 2011-2014.

Horses keeping fit on treadmills

Horses on treadmills at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire

With just three days to go until the biggest sporting event in the world Gloucestershire dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin and her horse Valegro are settling in to their accommodation in Rio.

Their regular yard is based in Newent, just down the road from Hartpury College which they visit each week to use a water treadmill.

The college is also the first in Europe with a horse simulator, used to improve rider performance.

Watch: Wiltshire bobby keeping the beat at Womad

Turn up your sound for the full experience!

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Lee Johnson: European football for City within five years

Lee Johnson oversees Bristol City training
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Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson says he wants the club to play Europa League football within five years.

The former Barnsley boss, 35, took over at Ashton Gate in February and steered City to 18th in the Championship table.

When asked where he sees the club in five year's time, Johnson said: "I'm going to stick my neck on the line a little bit and say Europa League."

US magazine rates Bristol in its top ten places to live

Headlines from across the West

Surgeon warns Brexit could cut funding for medical research

Cheltenham cancer surgeon Dr Charlie Chan fears EU money for UK medical research could be reduced or disappear completely following the vote to leave. 

Dr Chan says money might not be so easy to come by in the future. 

"We know that all forms of scientific research in Britain relies on funding from a number of sources, including grants from the EU.

"And of course when we leave the European Union it's likely those sources of funding will disappear." 

Our colleagues at BBC Gloucestershire asked the Department of Health for clarification on the situation but they have yet to hear back.

Lab research equipment
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Fancy new look for Stroud's old tax office

The old tax office building is being refurbished. Ecotricity's revamp, which includes its own offices next to the railway station, has got the go-ahead from planners.

What do you make of the design?

Plans for the building
Ecotricity

West councils told to do more to welcome Syrian refugees

The Home Affairs Committee has said many local authorities are not pulling their weight when it comes to taking in Syrian refugee families.

According to a government report only a handful of district and unitary councils in the West country have taken any in - and this figure is reflected across the country.

The figures are from the end of May.

Some councils we've spoken to say they have since taken in families, others are working to welcome refugees and Swindon says it uses a third party organisation so its 29 refugees aren't reflected.

Graphic showing number of Syrian refugees taken in by councils in the West
BBC

Crumbling Somerset landmark to be restored

Wellington Monument
National Trust/Fran Stothard

A campaign's been launched to raise £4m to help restore the crumbling Wellington Monument in Somerset. 

The structure - which can be seen from the M5 - is believed to be the world's tallest three-sided obelisk and the National Trust hopes to secure a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to pay for much of the work. 

The 175ft (53m) landmark was built in 1817 as a tribute to the Duke of Wellington but has been fenced off since 2005 due to falling stone debris. 

I can't get to school: Swindon teenager's bus petition

Fifteen-year-old Hayley Cole from Chiseldon is collecting signatures against changes to a bus timetable which sees the service miss out her village.

The teenager catches the Salisbury Reds X5 bus to New College in Swindon but from September it will no longer call at any of the stops in Chiseldon and she will have to get to the main A346 Marlborough Road.

Poster
Keyley May Cole
Fifteen-year-old Kayley depends on the bus to get to college

Kayley has now collected over 500 signatures in an attempt to save the route. 

Alex Chutter, operations manager at Salisbury Reds, said: "We decided not to continue serving internal roads because congestion there was causing considerable delays for our customers."

Handmade daisy tribute to teenager

A crocheted daisy garden is being created in memory of Emma Welch from Chilcompton in Somerset. 

The teenager died last year after complications following surgery.

The daisies are raising money for the Brain Tumour Research charity she supported.  

A crocheted daisy garden is being created in memory of a Somerset teenager

The rain may have finally passed. Will summer return?

Weather map
BBC

Good morning, we'll be keeping you up-to-date with the news from across the West until 10pm tonight.

It looks as though the weather is improving, today will be windy with the odd sunny spell. 

The temperature is starting to feel a little more like August with highs of 22 Deg C (72 Deg F).