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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 8 August, 2016

Live Reporting

By Claire Linstead

All times stated are UK

Rare look beneath Clifton Suspension Bridge

It's almost time for us to say goodbye but we'll leave you with this final video from under the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Hidden chambers have been opened to the public for the first time.

Twelve vaulted rooms under Brunel's famous bridge are opened to the public

That's all from Local Live in the West Country. We'll be back from 7am to keep you up-to-date with the news, sport and weather for the region.

Here's Emily Wood with tomorrow's forecast.

Watch: Thermae Bath Spa, before and after

It's the only place in the country you can bathe in hot spring waters, but when the city's old spa baths closed in the late 70s thousands of years of thermal history in Bath appeared to end. 

So in 1996 the council decided to build a new spa. 

A spiraling budget and delayed opening mean it's not been without its critics, but today it celebrated its 10th anniversary and this video compares the old with the new.

It's 10 years since Bath Spa was redeveloped. Here are the before and after shots

Charity apologises after critical inspection closes care home

We've been reporting on how Mendip House near Bridgwater, which cares for six severely autistic adults, is to be closed down as a result of a critical inspection report.

The Care Quality Commisision said the facility is "poorly managed" and serious allegations have been raised which are being investigated by police. 

The National Autistic Society, which runs the care home, has apologised and said they are working hard to put things right.

Jane Harris, National Autistic Society Director

Corbyn: I will convince swing voters in the West

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn brought his leadership campaign to Bristol tonight.

He spoke to our political reporter Adam Fleming before addressing supporters on College Green.

There's a full report on BBC Points West at 10.25pm.

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Bronze for Taunton farmer Ed Ling in trap shooting

Taunton farmer Ed Ling has just won Britain's third medal of the Rio Olympics with bronze in the trap shooting.

The 33-year-old defeated Czech David Kostelecky 13-9 in the 15-shot contest having won a shoot-off to reach the bronze medal decider.

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High Court bans travellers from camping at park-and-ride

Somerset County Council has taken High Court action to stop travellers setting up camp and disrupting its park-and-ride service in Taunton.

The Gateway site in Ruishton has had to shut several times in recent years due to travellers moving onto it.

The order, made by Bristol High Court, will allow the authority to take action more quickly. 

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Top judge warns CCTV is 'vital' as cameras are turned off in Salisbury

A senior judge in Salisbury has raised concerns over CCTV coverage of the city centre after cameras were switched off.

Ongoing negotiations between Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council over the running of the surveillance equipment has seen them out of action for weeks.

Judge Cutler says some court cases completely depend on CCTV evidence.

Judge Cutler has concerns over CCTV coverage in Salisbury

Salisbury City Council meet tonight to decide whether to take over responsibility for the cameras.

Rio 2016: Somerset rowers into semi-final

Nancy Frostick

BBC Digital Kick Off Sports Reporter

Helen Glover (left) and Heather Stanning
Rex Features

It was closer than expected but Yeovil-born Heather Stanning and former Millfield schoolgirl Helen Glover have won their heat of the women's coxless pairs rowing event at Rio 2016.

In a tight finish the London 2012 champions just edged out Denmark to qualify for the semi-final.

They'll be back in action on Wednesday - until then ladies rest up!

Keep track of the latest live Olympic action here.

Hidden Brunel bridge vaults opened up

Hidden chambers discovered under the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol are open to the public for the first time.

The 12 vaulted chambers were found in 2002, nearly 160 years after the crossing was opened in Bristol.

For decades it was assumed the massive two-storey structures which support the bridge towers were solid stone or filled with stone.

Now, after drilling through 2m (6.5ft) stonework and installing a doorway, two chambers have been opened for tours.

Chambers under the Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust
Workmen discovered the chambers in the 110-feet tall south tower on the Leigh Woods side of the gorge

It's almost like a cathedral and because it was built using lime mortar it's filled with stalagmites and stalactites so it's just amazing to go inside

Laura HiltonVisitor Services manager

Jeremy Corbyn campaigning in Bristol

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is bringing his leadership campaign to Bristol tonight. 

He's speaking on College Green and will be joined by the shadow health secretary and loyal supporter Diane Abbot. 

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BBC Radio Bristol will be hosting a Facebook Live stream from College Green on their page shortly.

First it was Gullfrazie, now there's another spice gull

A second seagull has ended up in a curry-ious situation, covered head to foot in spicy sauce.

The RSPCA were called out to save the bird who fell into a vat of tandoori sauce in Newport, South Wales. He was taken to the Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre near Tewkesbury.

It follows another gull who got trapped in a vat of tikka masala in June, ending up with the nickname Gullfrazie. 

Apart from both birds taking on a bright orange tinge, neither were harmed and just needed a good clean.

Seagull coated in spicy sauce
PA
The gull nicknamed Gullfrazie
AP

Walsall v Yeovil Town preview

Nathan Smith
Rex Features

League Two side Yeovil could be without defender Nathan Smith for the trip to Walsall, while forward Francois Zoko is not yet match fit.

New signings Bevis Mugabi, Matt Butcher and Tahvon Campbell could all be in line for their first starts for Town.

Full preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's EFL Cup game here.

Measles is spreading at music festivals

Festival-goers have been urged to ensure they are vaccinated against measles after a "significant number of cases" were linked to events this summer. 

There have been a number of suspected cases picked up at popular festivals including Glastonbury, officials said.

Public Health England describes festivals as the "ideal place" for the infection to spread because of the large numbers of people mixing together.  

Glastonbury Festival
Reuters

The cases were linked to these festivals:

  • Glastonbury festival: 16 cases
  • NASS festival: Seven cases
  • Triplicity Music and Arts Festival: Six cases
  • Tewkesbury Medieval Festival: Three cases
  • Nozstock: The Hidden Valley: Two cases
  • Noisily Festival: Two cases
  • Secret Garden Party festival: One case
  • Yeovil Show: One case

Traffic: Two incidents now 'cleared' on M5 near Taunton

Motorists using the M5 in Somerset have been facing problems in both directions following two separate incidents, an overturned vehicle and a crash.

Highways England are now reporting both have been cleared but there are still long delays.

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Fire in Swindon's H Samuel roof now out

Fire at shop in Swindon town centre

Fire engines at the scene of the fire
BBC

Firefighters are dealing with a blaze on the roof of a shop in Swindon town centre.

Four fire engines have been called in to tackle the fire at the H Samuel store in Regent Street.

It's unknown whether anybody was in the property at the time.

Rio 2016: Ling shoots straight into the final

Nancy Frostick

BBC Digital Kick Off Sports Reporter

Ed Ling
Getty Images

Taunton's top marksman Ed Ling has secured a place in the men's trap shooting final at Rio 2016.

Missing just one shot in the final round, Ling's total score of 120 from qualifying will see him target a medal later today.

In his third Olympics, can the Somerset farmer trigger a gold rush for Team GB? 

The men's trap final takes place from 7pm our time - follow it live here.

Swindon B&B owner sings opera to her guests

Would you like an operatic aria with your full-English fry-up?

Well if you're staying at a B&B near Swindon there's a chance you might be treated to an impromptu rendition.

Landlady Jackie Sansum sings opera to her B&B guests

The Old Post Office in South Marston has won awards for its hospitality. 

Jackie Sansum, the landlady, is a professional singer so she sometimes gives the guests a special solo performance. 

M5 blocked due to overturned vehicle

There's more trouble on the M5 this afternoon... 

The traffic was already heavy following a collision near J20 earlier.

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Ten years of Thermae Bath Spa

Has it really been 10 years since Thermae Bath Spa first opened?

The project has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors but has it been good value for money?

Reporter Ali Vowles has been there for us this afternoon looking back on the saga of the spa.

Wiltshire terror attack victim remembered

The family of a Wiltshire woman, who was killed in last year's Tunisia terror attacks, have been speaking to the BBC about putting their lives back together.

Eileen Swannack, from Biddestone, was on holiday with her partner John Welch, from Corsham, when a gunman opened fire on the beach. In total 38 people lost their lives, 30 were British.

They've been fundraising for the "Smile for Joel" fund which was set up by the family of another victim who lost his life that day.  

Wiltshire terror attack victim remembered

Stunning views of Tyntesfield

A new video has been released by the National Trust showing aerial views of Tyntesfield.

The estate near Bristol was captured by a drone camera.

Tyntesfield started out as a family home

Claudia Fragapane's parents soaking up Rio Olympic atmosphere

Safe passage for local rowers in Rio

Team GB men's eight
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It's "job done" for Gloucestershire rowers Pete Reed and Matt Gotrel and the rest of Team GB's men's eight.

They are safely through to Saturday's final with a dominant performance in their heat, leading from start to finish.

The Netherlands, New Zealand and Italy were all unable to keep up with the pace set by Reed, Gotrel and co.

Follow all the action from Rio live here.

Four arrests after youth stabbed in Salisbury

Four people have been arrested after a 16-year-old youth was stabbed on Sunday in Salisbury.

He's in hospital with head and neck injuries following the incident on Downton Road.

Police arrested three men aged 36, 38 and 40 and a 40-year-old woman.

We are still appealing for witnesses and would urge anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious or anyone acting suspiciously around 1 to 1.30 on Sunday afternoon to come forward. Understandably, incidents like this will cause concern amongst the local community. I would like to reassure residents that this was not a random attack and we are conducting a thorough and robust investigation in to the incident.

Inspector Pete SparrowWiltshire Police

Tough start to season for Bristol City's Zak Vyner

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Zak Vyner
Rex Features

The news that young Bristol City defender Zak Vyner is out for six weeks with ankle ligament damage is a blow for the Robins, after a very positive opening weekend, as they beat Wigan 2-1.

City fans will hope to see the 19-year-old make a swift recovery after he impressed towards the end of last season and broke through into the first-team.

There is sufficient defensive depth in the squad to minimise the impact of his absence, but he would have hoped for an opportunity when City face Wycombe Wanderers in the League Cup on Tuesday.

M5 traffic update: at a standstill for several miles

The traffic is currently at a standstill after an accident near J20 on the M5, heading southbound.

The traffic is now looking bad all the way back past the Almondsbury Interchange.

M5 traffic
Highways England

Accident on the M5 southbound at J20 for Clevedon

There's queuing traffic from J20 all the way back to the Avonmouth Bridge...

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Mendip House: National Autistic Society to close facility

More on Mendip House in Somerset which was given a critical inspection report by the Care Quality Commission.

The CQC said there were a number of serious allegations including abuse and neglect which have now been reported to the police.

The National Autistic Society, which runs the facility near Highbridge, says it will now close as a result of the report.

Given the depth of the problems that the CQC and our own investigation have uncovered, we have taken the difficult decision to close Mendip House and are working on this with the CQC and our other partners. Rather than give residents and families months of uncertainty while we try to turn the service around, we have decided it is better for everyone's sake to close now. This means we can use the time to help find the best possible new homes for our residents and to establish transition plans.

Jane HarrisDirector at the National Autistic Society

I am extremely concerned that Mendip House has failed to meet even some of the most basic needs for the people living there. These are unacceptable failings and must not be allowed to continue. After discussions, the provider, The National Autistic Society, have informed us they are taking action to cancel the registration of Mendip House and learn from the failings found at the last CQC inspection.

Debbie IvanovaDeputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care

National Autistic Society's Mendip House 'poorly managed' and 'chaotic'

Concerns are being raised about the National Autistic Society's Mendip House near Highbridge.

An inspection by the Care Quality Commission says the facility is "poorly managed" and serious allegations have been raised.

Mendip House accommodates six people who have autism and complex support needs.  

The inspections took place in May and June. Here's a summary of what they found:

  • There were a number of serious allegations, such as abuse, neglect and degrading treatment of people
  • One staff member raised their concerns with inspectors directly as they had no confidence that the provider would take their concerns seriously and act on them. The concerns were reported to the police and the local authority safeguarding team immediately whose investigations continue
  • Health plans were poor and medical records weren't updated people at risk of weight gain or loss were not being weighed to help ensure they remained a healthy weight
  • The home had been extremely poorly managed. Inspectors found a chaotic approach to management systems, structures and record keeping

Human foot discovery: What do residents think?

A third human foot was found in Bath at the end of last week.

The limb was found in a garden in Cranwells Park. Police are keeping an open mind over whether it is linked to two others found nearby.

Residents close to the discovery told us how they felt about the situation.

Bath residents tell us what it's like to know human feet have been found near their homes.

Headlines from BBC Local Radio

Radio studio
BBC

Here's what's making headlines on BBC Local Radio across the West.

BBC Radio Bristol: Two arrests after a gun is shot at a pub in Wrington

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: Parents were fined nearly 400 times over the past year for taking their children out of school during term time

BBC Somerset: Compass Disability say they are hopeful a new wellbeing centre will be open in Taunton within the next year

BBC Wiltshire: Supporters of Swindon Swimmer Jazz Carlin have been celebrating her Olympic silver

Injury news for Bristol City: Zak Vyner out for six weeks

Olympian Claudia Fragapane's parents 'incredibly proud'

Great Britain Gymnast Claudia Fragapane from Bristol has already competed in her first round over the weekend which included all-round, vault, floor exercise and beam.

Claudia's mum Theresa Fragapane said there were "only a few mistakes" but that the team had "done their best".

Claudia will go on to compete in her second round tomorrow with more gymnastic events throughout the week.

Her parents Paolo and Teresa are in Rio supporting her for the duration of the games.

Paolo and Teresa Fragapane are proud to be supporting GB's Claudia in Rio

Jazz Carlin 'over the moon' with silver medal win

Swindon swimmer Jazz Carlin won a silver medal in her first swim for Team GB last night.

Jazz got a record time of 4:01.23 in the women's 400m freestyle at Rio 2016.

Her boyfriend Lewis Colman said "she's achieved everything she's ever wanted".

Jazz told BBC Sport "it definitely hasn't sunk in yet" but that she is "so happy".

Jazz Carlin took the silver medal coming in at just over four minutes.

Four years ago I was watching on the sidelines wishing I was part of the Olympics.

Jazz CarlinTeam GB Swimming Silver Medallist

Wrington gun incident: More from the police

More on the gun incident in Wrington on Sunday from the police.

They say:

  • They were called to a pub on Broad Street, Wrington, at 8pm on Sunday
  • A firearm was discharged but nobody was injured
  • A 51-year-old man was assaulted - and later arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life
  • Another man – aged 48 - has been arrested on suspicion of assault

There's more on the story on the Bristol Post website.

Jazz Carlin has achieved 'everything she wanted' with silver medal win in Rio

The boyfriend of new Silver Medallist Jazz Carlin Lewis Colman says he "still can't believe it" after she took silver in the women's 400m freestyle at Rio 2016 for Great Britain.

The 25-year-old from Wiltshire held off American Leah Smith in the final 50 metres to win Team GB's second medal of the night moments after Adam Peaty won 100m breaststroke gold.

USA's Katie Ledecky won in a world-record time.  

Ledecky dominated to finish in a time of three minutes 56.46 seconds.

Carlin touched home in 4:01.23 and Smith took bronze in 4:01.92.

Carlin touched home in 4:01.23

She's just achieved everything she's ever wanted to do in one amazing swim, all the heartache she's been through and everything she's sacrificed just became so worth it in those amazing four minutes.

Lewis ColemanBoyfriend of Jazz Carlin

Ethical business? How easy is it to match that with success?

Just how easy is it for a business to be ethical and successful?  

The Gloucester-based insurance firm Ecclesiastical raised £50m in just over two years to help 3000 charities.

It's chief executive Mark Hews said the fact they're owned by a charity and don't have to pay dividends to corporate shareholders is the key.

He says he's now challenging his staff to raise £100m for good causes in the next four years.

A Gloucester-based insurance firm raised £50m in two years to help 3000 charities

Thermae Bath Spa celebrates 10 years

It's a decade since the Thermae Bath Spa in Bath was opened to the public. 

It was originally meant to cost just more than £13m but the final amount was more than three times that and the local council put in more than £20m.

There was a major celebration to mark the revival of the spa in 2003 when the Three Tenors visited the site and performed a spectacular open-air concert. 

Building and legal issues hindered the project but finally people took to the waters in August 2006. 

The company that runs the spa claims more than £100m has been generated for the local economy.

The Thermae Bath Spa celebrates 10 years since it opened

Wiltshire's Jazz Carlin wins a silver medal at Rio Olympics

Great Britain and Wiltshire's Jazz Carlin took silver in the women's 400m freestyle at Rio 2016, as the USA's Katie Ledecky won in a world-record time.

The 25-year-old held off American Leah Smith in the final 50 metres to win Team GB's second medal of the night moments after Adam Peaty won 100m breaststroke gold.

Ledecky dominated to finish in a time of three minutes 56.46 seconds.

Carlin touched home in 4:01.23 and Smith took bronze in 4:01.92.

It's an incredible feeling and it's definitely not sunk in yet. I'm so grateful for everyone's support back home and anyone who got up to watch in the ridiculous hours of the morning - I'm just over the moon.

Jazz CarlinGB Olympic Swimmer and Silver Medallist

Carlin missed out on selection at London 2012 but bounced back two years later at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she won gold in the 800m freestyle and silver in the 400m event.