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  1. As it happened across the West of England on Monday, 15 August, 2016

Live Reporting

By Daniel Garrett

All times stated are UK

Scorchio in the West tomorrow

It's what you want to hear - dry, sunny and very warm - with highs of 25 degrees. Summer's not over yet!

Our weather guru Ian Fergusson has more...

That's all from BBC Local Live in the West of England for today. We'll be back tomorrow at 7am to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Jazz Carlin: 'It hasn't sunk in yet'

Team GB's Jazz Carlin said winning two silver medals at the Rio Olympics "has not sunk in yet".

The swimmer, from Swindon, told the BBC's Alistair Durden it was "an amazing feeling".

She added it made up for not being selected for the London 2012 games.

Jazz won her medals in the 800m and 400m freestyle.

Security, or history - what matters more?

Business owner Calum Yuill has been told by Bristol City Council to remove security shutters he's put on his shop.

But he's not overly happy...

Dujardin's fiancé spotted at Olympics with marriage plea sign

Dean Golding and his marriage sign

The fiancé of Team GB rider Charlotte Dujardin was among the crowd in Rio, to see her win her third Olympic gold medal, wearing a sign on his T-shirt saying: "Can we get married now?"

Dean Golding, a former long-distance runner, has been engaged to Dujardin since before the 2012 games.

She said: "I've been engaged for a long time. There was competition after competition after London, but I will make sure it happens this time."

Send your birthday messages to Eddie

Meet Eddie. He has complex mental health issues so he has to be cared for in a specialist hospital in Newcastle while his family are in Bristol ...and it's his 17th birthday on Saturday.

Birthday card for Eddie

BBC Radio Bristol wants to fill a massive birthday card with your messages and send the card to him in time for his birthday. 

Visit the Facebook page to leave your message for Eddie.

Rainbow cloud spotted in Wiltshire

Rainbow cloud
Lucy Hart

Lucy Hart sent us this stunning photo she took of a rainbow cloud in Edington in Wiltshire at the weekend.

We showed BBC Points West weatherman Ian Fergusson, who said it's an "optical artefact" caused by "refraction of sunlight through ice crystals in high-altitude clouds". 

He added: "This particular variety is most often called a 'sun dog', but also known as Parhelia or 'mock suns'." 

They are generally spotted when the sun is low - and can be extremely bright.

Charlotte's win 'just brilliant' for Newent team

How did the staff react at Carl Hester's yard near Newent, Gloucestershire, where Charlotte Dujardin is based?

Something like this...

Barry Mollet, manager of the estate, said it was "absolutely amazing" and they were "well happy".

Watch: A gold medal performance

Here's how Charlotte Dujardin, who is based at Newent in Gloucestershire, won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics...

Charlotte Dujardin wins third Olympic gold

Charlotte Dujardin
Getty Images

Gloucestershire-based Charlotte Dujardin becomes the second British woman to win three Olympic gold medals, after retaining her individual dressage title in Rio.

"I feel a little bit overwhelmed," said a tearful Dujardin, who also won team dressage gold four years ago.

"It means the absolute world to me to come out here and finish off being individual gold medallist again."

Read more by clicking here.

Wiltshire farmer counts the cost of Brexit

Farmer James Sheppard

A Wiltshire farmer has been counting the cost of Great Britain's decision to leave the EU. 

James Sheppard from Marlborough said farm machinery has gone up in price since the pound decreased in value, and cereal prices have increased too.

Stunning score for Gloucestershire's Charlotte

A huge score in Rio for Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, who are based near Newent in Gloucestershire. 

They have got 93.928% in the individual dressage and she storms into a lead, with four riders yet to go.

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Clifton College publishes report after paedo teacher conviction

Jonathan Thomson-Glover

A school in Bristol has published a report into its handling of any allegations regarding a former teacher and housemaster who was jailed for making, taking and possessing indecent images of children.

Clifton College said it was "deeply sorry" for the "exploitative and criminal behaviour" of Jonathan Thomson-Glover, who was sent to prison last year.

It said since his conviction, the college had "examined every process from a new viewpoint, determined to make the safeguarding of our pupils a paramount concern”.

Truffle-snuffling Mufty sniffs out first of the season

A Somerset truffle farmer believes she's found the UK's first truffle of the season, thanks to her dog.

Truffles are usually found in the autumn but Marion Dean's pet pooch Mufty recently sniffed out a 78g beauty.

Popular Glastonbury mural to remain

Mural on a listed building in Northload Street

A colourful mural in Glastonbury, Somerset, is allowed to remain where it is after an online petition to save it received more than 3,500 signatures.

Mendip District Council said the mural can remain on the listed building in Northload Street for two years, after which time the situation will be reviewed.

It planned to remove the "unauthorised" artwork but backtracked as "the mural had been, and continues to be, appreciated by locals and tourists alike".

The afternoon headlines from your local newpapers

Yannick Bolasie signs for Everton: Good news for Bristol City

We wouldn't normally tell you about an Everton signing ... but ...

Bristol City reportedly had a rather large sell-on clause so a cheque will be winging its way to Ashton Gate soon.

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Book a driving test today - you'll get a date in November

Driving instructor Jude Cecil

Driving instructors across the West are calling on the government to employ more examiners, to speed up the time it takes to book a test. 

Some local pupils are waiting up to four months for a slot, and if they fail at the first attempt, it can be a similar delay for a retest. 

Driving instructor, Jude Cecil, said it is very difficult to assess pupils that far in advance.

Rio 2016: West country medals update


The Olympic medal count for the West continues to grow after yet more success at the weekend. 

Nailsworth rower Pete Reed claimed gold in the men's eight. 

In the pool Swindon's Jazz Carlin won her second silver medal of the games, as did James Guy in the relay while Chris Walker-Hebborn picked up his first. 

That means the West's athletes now have three gold, seven silver and two bronze medals.

New RNLI lifeboat for Burnham-on-Sea after £48,000 raised

Cheque presentation
A cheque for £1,240.05 was presented to the appeal

An appeal to buy a new lifeboat for the Burnham-on-Sea area has reached nearly £50,000 in a year.

It means the RNLI will now be able to buy a new D-Class lifeboat so crews will have the right facilities to enable them to continue to save lives.

It is due on station in September and it will be officially named Burnham Reach in a ceremony next April.

Bulgaria death: Victim was 'top family man'

Michael Doyle
Marcus Doyle
Michael Doyle's travel insurance reportedly will not cover repatriation

The friends and family of a Swindon man who died in hospital in Bulgaria at the weekend are considering how to bring his body home.

Michael Doyle, 29, died on Saturday after becoming seriously ill on holiday last month and his medical bills have run into tens of thousands of pounds.

His friend Vince Conti says they've been friends for a long time and described him as a "top family man".

Woman sexually assaulted near school playground

Widden Primary School.
The attack happened near Widden Primary School

A 39-year-old woman has subjected to a serious sexual assault in Gloucester.

Police said the attack happened at about 3am on Saturday, near to Widden Primary School.

The attacker is described as white, in his 20s, about 5' 4" tall, and of stocky build.

He added the attacker spoke with an eastern European accent and had, short mousey hair and a flattened nose.

Balloon Fiesta in 360 degree video

This works really nicely in the YouTube app if you have your phone handy.

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Woman arrested after human remains found in garden

A 29-year-old woman has been arrested after human remains were found in the back garden of a house in the St George's area of Yeovil last week.

Police said the investigation started after reports a stillborn child may have been buried at the location.

"Further forensic tests will now be carried out," a police spokesman said.

He added the arrest is unconnected to the current resident of the property.

Slow-moving traffic on the M4 at its junction with the M32

This was the scene on the M4 at junction 19 a few moments ago.

We're told the delays are after an accident on the westbound M32 slip road earlier this morning.

Highways England

Last chance to have your say on West of England metro mayor

Could the West benefit from having a so-called metro mayor?

Members of Bristol City Council, Bath and North East Council and South Gloucestershire Council think so, but those in North Somerset disagree.

Some say it would get things done quicker but others fear it could be the death of local democracy.

Today is the last chance to have your say - the questionnaire can be found here.

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Crash on M4 slip road where it connects from the M32

How long is too long to wait for a driving test?

How long is too long to wait for a driving test?

Hundreds of learner drivers are having to wait too long to take their practical test.

The government's target is six weeks though some people in the West are waiting for up to 15 weeks.

The Driver Vehicle Standards Agency says it is recruiting new examiners.

Hillwalker lends support to woman walking in daughter's memory

Hillwalker Mhairi Ross says she wants to help Natalia Spencer on her coastal walk.

Earlier we told you about Natalia Spencer, who is walking the around the coast to raise money for the Grand Appeal.

She lost her daughter Elizabeth to a rare autoimmune condition. She's made it to Scotland.

There, hillwalker Mhairi Ross is lending her support after being "impressed and humbled" by the situation Natalia finds herself in.

Bristol bomb scare arrests: what we know

  • Three people - two men, aged 23 and 24 and a 19-year-old woman - have been arrested
  • Officers are questioning them on suspicion of theft and of causing a public nuisance
  • Police say the car that was found at Bridewell Street station
  • The army examined the car "as a precaution" before it was removed
  • The city centre of Bristol was closed for some hours on Sunday because of the scare
Bristol city centre

BreakingThree arrests made after bomb scare closed Bristol city centre

Three people have been arrested after a car was left outside Bridewell Street police station causing a bomb scare on Sunday, Avon and Somerset Police say.

Making the headlines in your local newspapers

Man held after stabbing in Cheltenham

A 23-year-old from London has been arrested after a man suffered multiple stab wounds in Cheltenham on Friday.

He was arrested overnight in Lewisham on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody.

Timelapse shows balloons drifting across city

Saturday night's ascent at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Have a look at this timelapse video of balloons drifting across Bristol on Saturday evening.

It was sent in by Dan Rhys, who lives in Clifton.

If you have any pictures of the fiesta you want to share then email to us:

Mother reaches 3,000 miles during coastal path walk in daughter's memory

Natalia Spencer explains where the money will be going

Amazing stuff from Natalia Spencer, who has walked 3,000 miles so far for Bristol Children's Hospital Grand Appeal. She's now in Scotland having started in the South West.

Her daughter, Elizabeth, died last year after contracting a rare autoimmune condition.  

She started walking in February and has covered Devon, Cornwall, the whole of Wales, Lancashire and Cumbria. She has raised £62,000 of her £100,000 target.

Fresh dig at Roman villa to explore bath house

A fresh excavation is under way into part of a Roman Villa which has been undisturbed for 1,600 years.

Archaeologists will be digging around the northern wing of Gloucestershire's Chedworth Roman Villa around the bath house and near the spring.

The dig is part of a five-year project to explore the north side of the villa.

Read more about this story here.

Chedworth Roman Villa

Driving test delays and other stories making your local radio headlines

Radio studio

Radio Bristol: If you live in Weston-super-Mare chances are you'd have to wait 16 weeks before you can book a driving test - and it's just as bad in Bristol and Bath too.

BBC Gloucestershire: The trend is echoed in Gloucester where students are facing a 15-week wait, and in nearby Cheltenham, this figure is 14 weeks

BBC Wiltshire: And in Wiltshire some people are having to wait up to four months to take their test. All of the county's test centres are failing to meet the government target of a six week wait.

BBC Somerset: Diversity Voice, a group representing EU nationals in Somerset, claim Brexit could have led to an increase in hate crime.

Seafront beach huts 'likely to stay'

Beach huts
Retrospective planning approval was granted after an amended planning application was submitted.

Love them or loath them the controversial beach huts on Weston-super-Mare seafront look likely to stay. 

The 24 rental huts, which were built last year, have been opposed by some people in the town who claim they block the view and are a potential hub for anti-social behaviour.

We'll hear later from Toby Blackburn - who started a petition to have the huts moved.

Good morning! A sunny and dry day ahead

West weather 15 August, 2016

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

There may be a few clouds at times but generally there will be lengthy spells of sunshine, which will make it feel pleasantly warm.

Maximum Temperature: 24C.