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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 10 August, 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Gloucester's Dan Norton in rugby sevens quarter-final action

Britain's men are just getting started in their quarter-final match against Argentina in the Olympic rugby sevens.

Gloucester's Dan Norton scored the third try in their 21-9 victory over New Zealand which sent them there.

Dan Norton scores a try against New Zealand in the rugby sevens

That's all from BBC Local Live for the West country. We're back tomorrow from 7am.

Here's Ian Fergusson with details of tomorrow's weather and a promise things are warming up!

Weather forecast for the West country

Thornbury's Sally Conway wins judo bronze

Thornbury's Sally Conway scored a single yuko to beat Austria's Bernadette Graf 1-0 in the bronze medal match in the women's -70kg weight category.

You can watch the bout in full here.

Available to UK users only.

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Mid-August roadworks warning for West country drivers

Artist's impression of Elmbridge Court Roundabout improvements
Gloucestershire County Council

Two sets of roadworks are set to delay journeys in Gloucester and Bristol from next weekend.

Work on the year-long project to upgrade the Elmbridge Court roundabout on Gloucester's ring road will begin on Monday 22 August, with the first six weeks described as "the worst for congestion".

Meanwhile a section of St Augustine’s Parade in Bristol city centre will be reduced to three lanes for two weeks from Sunday 21 August, while work on the MetroBus project continues.

Family hopes lessons have been learned after son's death

Oliver Ford
Family photo

The family of a man who killed himself two days after a telephone assessment by a mental health nurse have welcomed a coroner’s call for improvements to the way patients are assessed.

Oliver Ford, from Weston-super-Mare, was found dead last August. His mother Sarah Ford had referred him to Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. 

Coroner Maria Voisin told the inquest she will be calling on Oliver’s care to be re-examined to ensure future deaths are prevented. 

Speaking after the inquest a family statement said they hoped "lessons have been that no other family has to live with the pain of losing a loved one in these circumstances".

Warning to contractors after Yeovil gas leak

Yeovil gas pipe leak
Wales and West Utilities

Wales and West Utilities is warning contractors to double check before starting any digging in the road.

It comes after a gas pipe was damaged near Yeovil Town Football Club last week, causing several hours of disruption for people living nearby.

Ten homes on the Abbey Manor estate had to be evacuated and engineers had to work through the night to replace the pipe.

Damaged pipe in Yeovil
Wales and West Utlities

The new Bristol development bucking the 'clone high street' trend

No more clone-towns

A new development in Bristol is hoping to turn the tide against what have been called "cloned high streets", dominated by the same familiar national chain stores. 

Shops in the Wapping Wharf area have been filled entirely with independent retailers from Bristol and Bath.

Making the headlines in your local newspapers

Olympic mum: It was all worth it

Siobhan Marie O'Connor's mum describes watching her daughter win silver

Siobhan Marie O'Connor maybe currently making headlines after winning Olympic silver in the 200m individual medley, but her mum admits she found it difficult to watch. 

Lindsey O'Connor, from South Gloucestershire, spoke to the BBC after her daughter finished 0.3 seconds behind Hungarian world champion Katinka Hosszu, who set an Olympic record. 

Siobhan Marie O'Connor's former swimming club celebrates her Olympic success

Meanwhile the people responsible for spotting Siobhan Marie's early potential have also been celebrating.

Michelle Ruminski met coaches at her former swimming club in Keynsham, where she started at the age of eight. 

'Fair play to them' - Kids Company client on staff working for free

We told you earlier about former Kids Company staff who are now working for free since the charity folded.

Nikki Bird, 24, was helped by the charity as a youngster.

She says she cried when the charity disappeared but is glad that former workers are carrying on despite being out of pocket.

A former client of Kidsco says she cried when the organisation closed

Cricket: Gloucestershire T20 Blast quarter-final under way

Rio 2016: Claudia Fragapane 'pleased in total' at Olympic performance

We're gutted that Claudia Fragapane and the GB Gymnastics women didn't win any team medals at the Olympics.

They had to settle for fifth, with the USA taking gold.

But the Bristol gymnast is remaining positive nonetheless.

Claudia Fragapane reflects on finishing fifth with the GB woman's gymnastics team

RUH confident it can improve waiting times

Bosses at Bath's Royal United Hospital say they are confident they can meet the improvements on waiting times required by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors criticised delays in Accident and Emergency but found overall standards of care to be outstanding. 

Helen Blanchard, director of nursing, said the improvements were "within our gift" and achievable.  

Helen Blanchard, director of nursing, responds to the CQC's report

Oliver Ford inquest: Coroner calls for better mental health assessments

Clinton Rogers

Chief Somerset reporter

The Avon coroner Maria Voisin has called for improvements in the way vulnerable mental health patients are assessed, especially at weekends. 

It follows the death of 25-year-old Oliver Ford, who was found dead two days after being assessed by a nurse over the phone. 

An inquest heard that no formal risk assessment was carried out and as the call was made on a Friday, Oliver would not have been seen until Monday. 

Mrs Voisin said she would be writing to Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust to ask them to review weekend cover.

Earlier the inquest heard that Oliver was found hanging in woodland near Clevedon last August.  

Hay bales turn pink to raise awareness of breast cancer

They might look like giant marshmallows - but what you're seeing as you drive past fields in some parts of the West country are actually pink hay bales.

BBC Gloucestershire's Hayley Mortimer went to a farm near Wotton-under-Edge to find out more.

Hay bales turn pink to raise awareness of breast cancer

Baseball tricks help Howell in T20 cricket competition

Gloucestershire's Benny Howell says studying techniques used by pitchers in baseball has helped him improve his bowling.

Benny Howell
Rex Features

Bath's RUH 'needs to improve waiting times'

A Care Quality Commission inspection has found Bath's Royal United Hospital needs improve its waiting times.

The health watchdog criticised delays in Accident and Emergency which impact on other parts of the hospital.

Overall standards of care were found to be outstanding and the report praised a strong safety record. 

Mary Cridge is head of inspections for the CQC South West.

Mary Cridge, head of inspections for the CQC, explains their findings

Siobhan Marie O'Connor: I just couldn't believe my time

Take a look at this interview with Siobhan O'Connor who's won a silver medal in Rio.

She's from South Gloucestershire and started her swimming career aged eight at Keysham Swimming Club.

Early this morning the 20-year-old finished just 0.3 seconds behind Hungarian world champion Katinka Hosszu, who set an Olympic record, in the 200m individual medley.  

Siobhan Marie O'Connor reacts to taking silver in the pool at the Rio Olympics

Perseid meteor shower in the skies tonight

This photo was taken over Ashton Windmill in Somerset ahead of the meteor shower which is due to reach its peak between Thursday and Saturday.

It's a composite image made from 728 photographs taken over three hours by Ben Birchall.

Ashton Windmill, Somerset

Former Kids Company staff now working for free, BBC finds

Staff from the now defunct charity Kids Company have been working for free to help vulnerable youngsters - a year after its closure, the BBC has found.

Kidsco was set up in London by Camilla Batmanghelidjh and folded in 2015 amid concerns about financial mismanagement.

The charity raised £42m in its nine years with an estimated £2m spent in Bristol helping hundreds of children and young adults in the city.

Jane Ivall is one of eight therapists who used to be paid by Kidsco and is helping vulnerable youngsters but says it has been hard without money.

Staff from defunct charity Kids Company helping vulnerable youngsters for free.

Wells Road death: Man arrested after body discovered in Bristol

We told you earlier about a murder investigation being launched in Bristol following the discovery of a woman's body.

Here's the scene next to the Wells Road a short time ago.

A man in his 40s remains in police custody.

A man is arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman's body.

Yeovil Town FC victory - enjoy some photos from last night's match

Shooting bronze 'pure enjoyment' - Ling

Shooting bronze 'pure enjoyment' - Ling

BBC Points West speak to Somerset's Ed Ling after he won the bronze medal in the men's trap shooting event at Rio 2016.

Rowing postponed for Stanning and Glover

Reigning women's pair champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning will have to wait longer to defend their titles...

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Inquest hears of 'poor decision making' by mental health services

Clinton Rogers

BBC Points West reporter

The inquest into the death of a man found hanging two days after talking to a mental health nurse have heard claims that the system failed him. 

Oliver Ford, who was 25, was found hanging in woodland near Clevedon last August. 

Two days earlier a nurse spoke to him on the telephone after concerns were raised by his family, but she didn't refer him for emergency treatment. 

The family's lawyer told today's inquest that "smacked of poor decision making".

Earlier the nurse had told the inquest that she had not been made aware Oliver was a suicide risk.

Government defends nuclear delay after Chinese ambassador's comments

The Transport Secretary has responded to comments by China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, who said relations between China and Britain are at a "crucial historical juncture" following a decision to review plans for a nuclear power plant at Hinkley.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling reacts to delay on Hinkley decision

Watch: Somerset's James Guy celebrates silver medal in swimming relay

RUH given 'requires improvement' rating by care watchdog

Bath Royal United Hospital
Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

Bath's Royal United Hospital and the Hospital for the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases both require improvement, the health watchdog has said.

The CQC carried out its inspection in March - here's a summary of the main points of the report for the RUH:


  • outstanding, compassionate care provided by nursing, medical and cleaning staff for patients at the end of their lives
  • staff worked well as a multi-disciplinary team throughout the hospital

Requires improvement:

  • A&E planning and staffing levels and responsive care
  • called for an appropriate environment for bereaved gynaecology and maternity patients and their families
  • should reduce the number of patient discharges at night
  • ensure that medicines and resuscitation equipment were safely stored
  • reduce the number of delays and cancelled for planned operations

Facebook Live from Bristol's Wapping Wharf

Dave Harvey

Earlier we told you about a Bristol developer, Stuart Hatton, who's shunning high street chains in favour of local businesses to lease out his properties at Wapping Wharf along the harbourside.

BBC Points West's business correspondent Dave Harvey will be broadcasting via the BBC News Facebook page at 11.45 this morning to tell us how the developer's managed to keep it free from the national chains.

West Country, la la la ... If we counted our medals alone, look where we'd be

So, we got thinking here that the West has done really well so far in the Olympics in Rio.

We've had Wiltshire's Jazz Carlin, Somerset's Ed Ling and James Guy and Bristol's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor too.

And to add to that, a gold medal in the eventing for France's Astier Nicholas who is based at Stockley near Calne.

If you just do a count on total medals (rather than taking into account gold/silver/bronze), the West is currently joint 11th. Go us!

Look at us! 11th!

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor is 'just amazing' her Keynsham coach says

Bitton's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor has won silver in the 200m individual medley at the Rio Olympics. 

The-20-year-old who trains at the University of Bath finished 0.3 seconds behind Hungarian world champion Katinka Hosszu, who set an Olympic record. 

BBC Radio Bristol's James Hanson spoke to Thelia Beament, the coach of the Gold Squad, Keynsham Swimming Club where Siobhan started her swimming career:

Siobhan Marie O'Connor wins a silver medal in the Women"s 200m Individual Medley Final.

Frome man's unexplained death - CCTV image released by police

Earlier in the month, we told you about the unexplained death of a man in Frome.

Two men left a local pub and were walking on Catherine Hill when one of them was assaulted by a man who was with five other men.  

Neither victim wanted to make a complaint and went home but the second victim was found dead in bed the following morning.

He has been formally identified as Hamish Howitt, 20, from Chichester.

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Man held after woman's body is found on Wells Road, Bristol

police tape

A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found on Wells Road in Bristol.

The body of a woman, aged in her 30s, was found just after 7pm last night and police say her death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination is now under way.

A police spokesman said: “A cordon has been placed around the area to allow crime scene investigators to examine it.

“A man in his 40s has been arrested and is currently in custody for questioning.”

Dolphin update: reports dolphin's death

A sad update on a story we told you about earlier.

Despite attempts to save a beached dolphin discovered at Berrow on Tuesday afternoon, it has died, is reporting.

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Hinkley Point C: Mandelson says delay is a 'natural pause for thought'

Carole Walker

Political correspondent

Hinkley Point C power station construction work

Lord Mandelson, former business secretary and President of the Great Britain China Centre has said the delay on Hinkley Point is a "natural pause for thought" but to allow the decision to be delayed beyond the end of September would be a mistake.

Speaking on Today, he said the project had been assessed by UK agencies from the start who considered there was a low risk of compromising national security and on that basis the previous government had decided to proceed with the deal. 

Lord Mandelson said that he believed it would be "commercially globally suicidal" for China if it were to invest on the one hand then try to mess around other countries' securities the next.

Nobody would trust Chinese investment again, nobody would want to do business with China again. 

The truth is China would have far far too much to lose if it compromised other countries' national security". 

He said the UK needs nuclear power is part of its energy supplies and needs harmonious relations with China and China needs Hinkley point as a showcase for its nuclear capabilities so "at the end of the day I think that's why it will go ahead".

Tax bill shock of £14 trillion (yes we're not joking) for Bristol man

The Bristol Post has reported this gem of a story - imagine checking your tax bill and discovering that Inland Revenue want an eye-watering £14 TRILLION from you.

By way of comparison, that's pretty much the entire national debt of the USA!

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Dolphin rescued off the Somerset coast

Rescuers in Burnham-on-Sea have saved a dolphin that became stranded on the beach. 

Lifeguards discovered it yesterday and kept it afloat and breathing - before the coastguard and rescue boat took over and returned it to the water.

Rescuers in Burnham-on-Sea have saved a dolphin that became stranded on the beach.

Watch: Bristol's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor wins silver in 200m swim

Your BBC Local Radio headlines from across the West Country

Kids Co Bristol

BBC Bristol: Staff from the now defunct Kids Company have been working for free to help vulnerable youngsters in Bristol - a year after the charity's closure

BBC Wiltshire: Swindon Borough Council is setting up four new parish councils to take over services like grass cutting and street cleaning in a bid to prevent them falling victim to government spending cuts

BBC Somerset: The Care Quality Commission has told the Royal United Hospital in Bath that it needs to improve. It follows a report by inspectors that highlighted delays and cancellations of routine treatments and long waiting times

BBC Gloucestershire: A food bank in Stroud is running fun days and holiday clubs for families who find the summer holidays a big strain on resources

Bristol businessman takes 'local' approach to new development

While most developments around the country end up with the same branches of national chains, a Bristol developer is taking different approach.

BBC Points West's Business Correspondent Dave Harvey explored Wapping Wharf in the city's harbourside to find out more:

A new development in Bristol is bucking the trend of high street brands by going local.