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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday, 5 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Tammy McAllister

All times stated are UK

Goodnight and enjoy the sunny weekend weather

Before we finish off today's BBC Live Page feed for the West of England, here's a glance at the weather for the next two days and it looks very agreeable indeed.

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Time to head off to the great outdoors I say. 

So enjoy the weekend, and we'll be back at 7am on Monday to keep you up-to-date with the news, sport and weather for the region.

The Big Issue salesman adapting to married life

Jack Richardson fell in love with his wife Toni when she passed his pitch on Park Street, Bristol.

He gave her some money to pay a bill and it was the start of a very special romance which made the national headlines.

Months on from their wedding, how is Jack finding married life?

Jack Richardson captured the nation's heart when he married Toni.

Minehead's rugby star Danielle Waterman

We all love cheering on our local sports champions.

BBC Somerset spoke to Danielle Waterman who's competing in the Rugby Sevens at the Olympics in Rio - here's a little bit more about her sporting background:

Calls for Pokemon Go players to avoid war memorials

That's the message from the Royal British Legion in Somerset.

Pokémon Go, released in the UK last month, is played by users walking around the real world to catch virtual animals.  

Pokemon Go app
AFP

Volunteers at the Royal British Legion are worried that players are lingering at sites as part of the popular game.

The curator of Somerset's Military Museum has said people should treat the county's war memorials with more respect.

Bath foot discovery 'most likely a prank' say residents

We told you earlier about another human foot - the third this year - discovered in Bath.

BBC Points West spoke to a few residents to hear their thoughts on the matter...

People in Bath give their views about a third foot discovered in the city.

The headlines from your local papers

Nurse murder: Timeline of events

Today we've been updating you on the investigation into the murder of Bristol nurse Susan Donoghue in 1976.

She was murdered in her basement flat in Clifton and her killer has never been found.

However advances in DNA technology means Avon and Somerset Police now have a full DNA profile of the offender.

Susan Donoghue
Avon and Somerset Police

Here is a timeline of events leading to Susan's death and the investigation that followed.

Wednesday August 4: Susan was suffering from a cold so she took the night off work. Her partner left her flat just after midnight on August 5.

Thursday August 5: At 7.15am Susan’s partner returns to the flat and finds Susan’s body in bed. She had suffered serious head injuries. 

A pair of gloves and a truncheon are also found at the scene with Susan’s blood on. 

Bludgeon
Avon and Somerset Police

1976: The original investigation consisted of more than 80 officers and lasted more than 12 months. Several men were arrested but later eliminated from the investigation.

1995: A review of the case is undertaken. DNA is put on the National DNA Database but there is no hit.

Police at the scene of the murder
Avon and Somerset Police

1997/98: A further review takes place. There is also a mass screening of potential suspects identified from the original investigation. Crimestoppers also run a renewed appeal for information. There is still no match on the database.

2005: The DNA profile is upgraded due to advances in technology and remains on the National DNA Database. Some familial DNA screening is conducted but the offence remains undetected.

2009: Another familial DNA run is conducted but there is still no hit.

The vintage funfair steaming in to Bath

Carter's Fair uses entirely vintage fairground rides

A funfair quite unlike any other is about to open in Bath.

Carter's Fair is full of vintage fairground rides, some of which are over 100 years old.

The steam powered rides include the steam yacht which dates back to 1921. 

You can visit the fair in Bath's Royal Victoria Park from tomorrow until Sunday, 14 August.

Will shoppers in Gloucester use the Land Train?

The Land Train returns to Gloucester over the weekend to see whether shoppers will make use of the service.

It will run between the city centre and the Quays with pick-up points at Orchard Square and near St Mary de Crypt church. 

The question is whether it will run as fast as this video, only joking.

The Land Train returns to Gloucester to trial whether shoppers use the service

Olympic FanZone arrives in Bristol

The AstroTurf is going down at the official Team GB FanZone at Millennium Square in Bristol.

Although the opening ceremony will not be shown this evening you can see the preview from 8.30pm to 10pm tonight.

After that you can see the live feed via the BBC everyday from 1pm to 11pm.

And if all that sport inspires you, then you can also enjoy the free activities on offer there too.

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DNA hope in 1976 nurse murder

Susan Donoghue
Avon and Somerset Police
Susan Donoghue was murdered in 1976

Detectives investigating the unsolved murder of a nurse 40 years ago say they hope working with a full DNA profile of her attacker will bring them closer to finding her killer. 

Susan Donaghue, 44, was sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death in her basement flat in Bristol on August 5 1976. 

Gloves
Avon and Somerset Police
A pair of gloves were found at the murder scene

Her killer has never been found.

Now officers say advances in DNA technology have led to them getting a full profile of the murderer. 

Police truncheon
Avon and Somerset Police
A truncheon was also found at Ms Donoghue's flat

Det Ch Insp Julie MacKay said: "I am convinced that someone out there has information on what happened that August night in 1976.

"Susan was a well-liked and respected woman who was brutally murdered in her own home and I am determined to bring her killer to justice." 

Detectives in Bristol in 1976
Avon and Somerset Police
Despite an extensive murder inquiry at the time Ms Donoghue's killer has never been found

Bullet found after aggravated burglary in Bristol

Officers investigating after a burglary in St George.

A bullet has been found at the scene of an aggravated burglary in Bristol and police say they believe a shot was fired.

Officers were called to reports of four people breaking into a property in St George before assaulting a man at 11pm on Wednesday.

The man remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Police are linking it to an incident in Barton Hill 20 minutes earlier when a woman was forcibly removed from her car, which was then stolen.

NFL 'dream comes true' for North Somerset cheerleader

Becoming a cheerleader is a pretty tough gig, especially those acrobatics and energetic dance routines which are enough to knacker out most people.

But one woman from North Somerset has made a slice of history after becoming the first British cheerleader to join a National Football League cheerleading squad in America.

Holly Warden
PA

Ms Warden from Congresbury said: "I have dreamt about this since school ... I still can't believe it. 

"This is a dream come true for me and I am especially proud to be the only British NFL cheerleader. 

"Cheerleading is about physical and mental strength as well as agility and athleticism."

She out-danced 200 other contestants at trials in Mexico. Pretty impressive stuff.

Bath foot mystery: What we know so far

Forensic teams, third Bath foot
BBC

A third human foot has been found in Bath - within a few hundred yards of two other human feet which were found earlier in the year.

Here's a rundown of this ongoing mystery:

  • The first foot was found in Weston Park East in February. Forensic tests were inconclusive and police concluded that it was a medical or educational exhibit and no crime had been committed
  • The second foot was found in a garden of a property on Weston Park in July. Forensic tests are on-going
  • The third foot was also found in the garden of a property on Cranwells Park at 2.30pm on Wednesday and forensic tests are now taking place
  • The first two limbs were both left feet but police have not confirmed whether this latest finding is from a left or right limb
  • Police say they're keeping an "open mind" over whether the three body parts are linked in any way

Burial place of first Queen of England being restored

St Oswald's Priory
BBC
The priory, built out of Roman ruins, was largely destroyed by cannon fire during the Civil War and the Siege of Gloucester

Did you know the first Queen of England is buried in Gloucester?

Aethelflaed, Queen of Mercia, led armies against the Vikings and the Welsh and is believed to have been interred at St Oswald's Priory about 1,100 years ago.

A survey of the Grade I-listed monument revealed that stonework is badly weathered and worn down, so a team of stonemasons is repairing it over the next two months.

Fancy a visit down Bristol's ancient cave?

These rock features look slightly on the gruesome side, but I'm no geologist.

Pen Park Hole, Southmead, Bristol
BBC
Pen Park Hole
BBC

They were taken by BBC Radio Bristol presenter Laura Rawlings in a cave which is based in the heart of Bristol.

Laura Rawlings, at Pen Park Hole
BBC

She visited Pen Park Hole in Southmead after it was given a Site of Special Scientific Interest rating by Natural England today.

You can hear more about the 200-million-year-old rock formations in her report just before 5.30pm.

Pen Park Hole
BBC

M5 is slow northbound from Taunton

Video: Taunton Flower Show's Floral Marquee

Here's a taster of what you can expect inside the Floral Marquee at the Taunton Flower Show in Vivary Park.

It's also on tomorrow if you couldn't make it today.

Take a look inside the Floral Marquee at the Taunton Flower Show

All aboard the Gloucester land train

This weekend people visiting Gloucester will be able to get there in a rather unique way. 

A land train will be making trips between the city centre and the docks to make it easier for people with limited mobility to travel between the two areas of Gloucester.

If this weekend's trial run is successful the train could be brought back on a regular basis.

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New Bristol City signing Lee Tomlin is a 'loveable rogue'

The football season begins tomorrow and all this week we've been looking at how those in charge of West Country sides are preparing.

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson says he's confident his team will give it their all and has given his thoughts on new signing Lee Tomlin.

The 27-year-old rejoined the Championship club from Bournemouth on a three-year deal

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson on new signing Lee Tomlin

Judge blocks unions' efforts to stop Hinkley Point C project

A judge in France has refused to grant an injunction to unions who wanted to block EDF's decision to invest in Hinkley Point C. 

The energy company made their final investment decision last Thursday before the British government said it needed more time to consider a deal for the building of two new nuclear reactors.

Hinkley Point C site
PA

BreakingThird human foot found in Bath

Another human foot has been found in Bath.

It was found in the garden of a property on Cranwells Park on Wednesday and has been sent for forensic analysis.

Officers believe the first foot, found in February, was an exhibit from a medical or educational establishment and was not the result of a crime. The other is still undergoing tests.

All three feet have been found within a few hundred yards of each other.

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Cricket thriller as wickets tumble at Taunton

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Roelof van der Merwe
Rex Features

It's been something of a crazy morning at the cricket in Taunton. An incredible nine wickets have fallen since play resumed this morning, with Somerset losing six of them.

They recovered somewhat to reach 79-6 in their second innings as they headed to lunch on day two of their game against Durham. But at one stage Somerset were just 33-6.

Live text and local radio commentary of all today's county cricket matches can be found here.

Talk about a rollercoaster! One minute Somerset were exultant having mopped up the last three Durham wickets for 35, the next in the depths of despair on 0-3 with Trescothick, Rogers and Abell all gone in the space of just seven balls. Three more wickets had fallen by the lunch break to make it 9 in the morning session, although by then Roelof van der Merwe and Craig Overton had given Somerset just a glimmer of hope with an unbroken stand of 46. Bad batting? Good bowling? A dodgy pitch? A bit of all three but it's made for a thrill-a-minute game of cricket.

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BBC Gloucestershire's tash-tastic tribute to retiring editor

Selfie warning after CCTV captures trio on the tracks

This CCTV image shows the moment three youngsters posed for selfie photos on a railway track near Salisbury.

People taking a selfie on a train track
Network Rail

Network Rail issued an urgent warning to remind people of the dangers of stopping on a railway.

The individuals caught on camera were using a footpath crossing in West Grimstead.

Priti Patel, head of health and safety at Network Rail, said: “The railway is not a playground. 

"More than 80 trains go over this crossing at 85mph in both directions every day, so while you might think there is enough time to stop for a picture, it is incredibly easy to be caught out by an oncoming train especially if you are distracted."

Parents are also being urged to remind their children to keep off the tracks, as trespassing increases during the summer.

Take to the skies over Bristol with our 360-degree video

You've probably seen and read a lot about the Bristol International Balloon Festival today.

But when we saw this beautiful video from our colleagues at BBC Radio Bristol we just had to share.

To see it all, use the cursor on your computer or tilt your phone.

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Don't eat the spuds! Farmer's warning to potato thief

Potatoes
BBC

A farmer has issued a health warning after potatoes recently sprayed with chemicals were stolen from his field. 

Gloucestershire Police said 12 yards' worth of Crispin potatoes were taken from the field adjacent to Foley Road, in Newent, Gloucestershire. 

The farmer says they've recently been sprayed with a chemical, which could be harmful to eat.

Could you live on the world's most remote island?

Martin King on the world's most remote island
Martin King

Just seven miles long, Tristan da Cunha sits in the middle of the south Atlantic and is 1,500 miles from the nearest continent, making it the world's most remote island.

Martin King, from Stroud, has spent the last eight months there, helping the 280 islanders to improve their technology.

Martin King holding a fish
Martin King

With seven days of solid travel just to get there it's been quite an experience for him but he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire he is eager to get back.

Officials on the island have been appealing for people in Britain to come and help with a number of issues to help islanders become more self-sufficient.

A penguin on Tristan da Cunha
Martin King

Busy morning of signings for West's football clubs

Cheltenham have added Everton Under-20 goalkeeper Russell Griffiths on loan and Michael Doughty is returning to Swindon Town from Queens Park Rangers.

Meanwhile Bristol City have signed rising Chelsea star Tammy Abraham.

Russell Griffiths
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How high are rents in your area?

Woman looking at estate agent's window
Getty Images

Generation rent - that's the name being used for the large numbers of people seeing their disposable income disappear on renting a place to live. 

A report by the BBC has found that many people are paying so much in rent that they're finding it impossible to save enough to buy. 

In some parts of the West country private renters are spending almost a third of their take home salary on their rent.

You can see how affordable rent is in your area with this handy tool on the BBC's website.

Average wages vs average rent
Thinkstock

Headlines in your local newspapers

Somerset swimmer gunning for Team GB's first gold medal

After months of preparation many of our West country athletes are in Rio this morning ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony. 

All week we've been looking at some of our best medal hopes and today we focus on James Guy. 

He lives in Somerset where he trains at Millfield School and could be Team GB's first gold medal winner tomorrow in the 400 metre freestyle.

Go James!

New research questions link between badgers and bovine TB

Badgers may not transmit TB to cattle by direct contact, according to new research.

A study suggests that cows contract the disease by coming into contact with infected faeces and urine in pasture.

The scientists involved suggest that advice given to farmers to control the spread of the disease may need to be reassessed.

It comes as Defra is expected to extend its badger cull to seven new parts of South West, one of which is understood to be North Gloucestershire.

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West Olympians waking up to start of Rio games

After years of hard work the wait for Rio is almost over for the West's Olympians. 

Many of them are in the Brazilian city for tonight's opening ceremony which will be watched by an estimated three billion people.

Over the next few weeks we’ll see 10,500 athletes from 206 countries taking part, with 306 gold medals up for grabs – all against this incredible backdrop.  

Views of Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro

Jack Ellis death: I don't want other vulnerable young people to suffer

Jack Ellis
BBC

A vulnerable man who killed himself in supported accommodation in Weston-super-Mare said the house was one of several "torture chambers" in his life. 

Jack Ellis died at his flat in 2014. His sister says he'd been threatened there twice in the months before his death - not by staff or other residents.

She's spoken to the BBC and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Jack Ellis' sister, Rebecca Weeks

The housing provider Curo said they were shocked and saddened by Jack's death and that an independent case review had found no missed opportunities or warning signs in the weeks before it happened.  

Up, up and away! Balloons over Bristol

Balloons take off from the Downs in Bristol

We've sent some of our reporters into the sky's above Bristol this morning for this year's first mass ascent of the city's balloon fiesta.

Up to 30 balloons are taking off from the Downs ahead of next week's event.

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BBC radio headlines from across the West

Radio studio
BBC

BBC Radio Bristol: A vulnerable man who took his life in supported accommodation said the house was one of several 'torture chambers' in his life.

BBC Somerset: The Royal British Legion has said it's worried that players of Pokemon Go are gathering at war memorials in Somerset.

BBC Wiltshire: Private renters in Wiltshire are spending almost a third of their average take home salary on their rent.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: Doctors in the county say they've cut the number of prescriptions for antibiotics.

Could DNA solve murder of Bristol nurse 40 years ago?

Susan Donoghue
Avon and Somerset Police

It's 40 years ago today that a quiet community in Bristol was rocked by the horrific murder of a nurse, but detectives now say they are a step closer to finding her killer. 

Susan Donoghue was a night sister at Brentry Hospital. She was sexually assaulted and beaten to death at her home in Clifton. 

Due to advances in technology Avon and Somerset police have a full DNA profile of the offender and they're working hard to find a match.

Det Ch Insp Julie MacKay is leading the investigation.

Det Ch Insp Julie MacKay is leading the investigation into Susan Donoghue's murder

Great morning for ballooning

The organisers of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta are holding a preview event for next week's extravaganza this morning.

As many as 30 hot air balloons will take off from the Downs and conditions look perfect for incredible views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and other city landmarks.  

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