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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 16 August, 2016

Live Reporting

By Daniel Garrett

All times stated are UK

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The sunny weather continues tomorrow

You'll be pleased to hear it's going to be warm and sunny again tomorrow - although there's a risk of some showers around the region in the evening.

Here's Ian Fergusson...

That's it from Local Live for today ...we'll be back again tomorrow at 7am.

Pair arrested over 'unexplained' death

Little Stoke, Bristol

Two men are being questioned by police on suspicion of murder following the "unexplained" death of a man in Bristol.

The 45-year-old's body was found in Little Stoke on Sunday.

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FINAL SCORES: The full-time whistles have been blown

Here's the final scores for the West's football league teams in action...


Norwich 1-0 Bristol City

League One  

Gillingham 1-1 Swindon

League Two

Carlisle 1-1 Cheltenham

Mansfield 1-0 Yeovil

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Woking 0-1 Forest Green

RED CARD: 90th minute sending off for Swindon

Not what Swindon Town want in the 90th minute...

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Norwich 1-0 Bristol City

League One  

Gillingham 1-1 Swindon

League Two

Carlisle 1-1 Cheltenham

Mansfield 1-0 Yeovil

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Woking 0-1 Forest Green

GOALS: Yeovil losing to 10-man Mansfield

...and Swindon Town have conceded an equaliser as well.

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Norwich 1-0 Bristol City

League One  

Gillingham 1-1 Swindon

League Two

Carlisle 0-1 Cheltenham

Mansfield 1-0 Yeovil

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Woking 0-1 Forest Green

Mayor Marvin answers a few questions

Away from the pitch and to Bristol politics - City Mayor Marvin Rees has been in office now for 100 days and he joined Sabet and Alex on the BBC Points West sofa.

Among the questions discussed were the status of bus services in the city and whether he's considering reversing the controversial Resident Parking Zones (RPZs).

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees answers your questions

Football: Half-time wrap

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Norwich away is one of the toughest fixtures of Bristol City's season, against a side that played Premier League football last term, but the Robins are still in the game while the score is only 1-0.

Swindon's goalless encounter at Gillingham has lacked quality so far but a point would be a solid result for Luke William's side, as the Gills began the night top of League One.

In League Two, Yeovil are up against 10-man Mansfield, so will look to capitalise on their advantage in the second half and extend their unbeaten start to the league season, but Cheltenham have been up against it so far at Carlisle, who are on top despite the 0-0 scoreline.

For Forest Green, a win at Woking is a must to avoid losing early ground in the promotion race, and they've been good value for their 1-0 scoreline so far and could be further ahead.

GOAL: Forest Green take the lead

It's a 19th minute goal for Keanu Marsh-Brown, and Forest Green Rovers take the lead away at Woking.

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Norwich 0-0 Bristol City

League One  

Gillingham 0-0 Swindon

League Two

Carlisle 0-0 Cheltenham

Mansfield 0-0 Yeovil

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Woking 0-1 Forest Green

'We all cried' - gold medallist shares her emotions

The West's newest gold medallist talks about her 'incredible' day at the Olympics

"It was one of those days where I think we all cried - it was just incredible."

The words of Gloucestershire's Charlotte Dujardin who became the second British woman to win three Olympic gold medals by retaining her individual dressage title in Rio.

Earlier she spoke to BBC Points West's Ali Durden, along with team-mate and fellow Newent resident Carl Hester.

'Justified' shop shutters have to go

Picton Street, Bristol

A shopkeeper has been told to remove his store's external security shutters, despite the local council admitting that "security measures are justified".

Calum Yuill had shutters put on his Grade II listed shop in Bristol following burglaries in the area.

But the the city council ordered their removal, claiming they harm the site's architectural and historical interest.

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Local medical emergency teams feature in TV series

Teams at Southmead Hospital and the Great Western Air Ambulance are to feature in a new TV series.

The BBC followed the emergency staff to spotlight the life-saving work they do on a day-to-day basis.

Adam Brown, emergency medicine consultant at Southmead Hospital, said the programme "was designed to concentrate on real, true, emergencies" .

An Hour to Save a Life can be seen on BBC Two tonight at 9pm.

Fire at Weston football club causes 'widespread damage'

Fire damage
Avon and Somerset Police

 Avon and Somerset Police say the fire at Weston St Johns Football club caused 'widespread damage'.

Officers believe the fire was a deliberate act of arson and are appealing for witnesses.

Fire damage
Avon and Somerset Police

It’s extremely fortunate that no-one was in the football club or else the fire could have had fatal consequences. If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious in or around the Coleridge Road area around the time of the fire, or if anyone knows who may have been responsible, please call us as soon as possible.

PC Chris LinternAvon and Somerset Police

Tuesday night football - who what where

Tammy Abraham
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Bristol City have won their opening three fixtures of the season

All games kick-off at 7.45pm - and this is the place for goal flashes.


League One  

  • Gillingham v Swindon - live build-up and coverage on BBC Wiltshire: 103.5FM, 103.6FM, 104.3FM, 104.9FM, 1332 & 1368AM and Digital.

League Two

  • Carlisle v Cheltenham - live build-up and coverage on BBC Radio Gloucestershire 104.7FM
  • Mansfield v Yeovil  - live build-up and coverage on BBC Radio Bristol: 94.9FM, 104.6FM, 103.6FM and Digital

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BBC Points West at Woodchester Park

Alex Lovell at Woodchester Park

Here's a sneak peek of BBC Points West filming at Woodchester Park, near Stroud, for its forthcoming Capability Brown celebrations.

The famous landscape gardener was born 300 years ago and was involved in sculpting the beautiful park and gardens.

Alex Lovell can be seen above enjoying the sunshine in the company of the National Trust's Richard Wheeler.

Weston football club fire believed to be arson

A fire at Weston St Johns football club, in Coleridge Road, Weston-super-Mare, is believed to have been started deliberately.

The fire broke out at about 6.25pm on Monday causing "widespread damage," Avon and Somerset Police said.

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'Unacceptable' standard of dementia care in the West

The Alzheimer's Society say a new report on dementia care in the UK shows an "unacceptable postcode lottery of care", especially in parts of the West region.

In Somerset, less than half of all patients have had their dementia care reviewed in the past 12 months.

Two held after man's death in Bristol

Police generic

Two men have been arrested after the body of a man was found in Little Stoke, near Bristol, on Sunday.

Police say the 45-year-old's death is being treated as "unexplained".

The men, aged 36 and 43, are being questioned by detectives and remain in custody.

Trowbridge sprinter through to the 200m semi-finals

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GB's Talbot makes 200m semis
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Wiltshire man completes the world's longest and toughest horse race

James Harbord from Devizes has just finished the Mongol Derby

A Wiltshire man's completed one of the world's toughest races, while riding a semi-wild horse. 

James Harbord, from Devizes completed the 1,000 km Mongol Derby in 10 days. 

His team, from the Household Cavalry, rode 28 horses each during the race.

The afternoon headlines from your local newspapers

New campaign tackles illegal money lenders

Have you been the victim of a loan shark? Then this campaign is for you.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team wants victims to report the crime - where money is loaned at extremely high rates of interest and often under illegal terms. 

They've teamed up with the independent housing association Gloucester City Homes to offer support to residents about better ways to borrow money.

New campaign tackles illegal lenders

Ceefax back from the dead?

Remember the BBC television text service, Ceefax?

It's making a comeback, sort of, thanks to a bunch of enthusiasts who remember it fondly.

Peter Kwan from Stroud is one engineer behind a project to recreate BBC Ceefax pages

Peter Kwan from Stroud is one of the engineers behind the project, known as Teefax

He explained to Vernon Harwood on BBC Radio Gloucestershire the new name came from a love of drinking tea.

Bone marrow transplant teenager 'feeling stronger'

The Somerset teenager - refused a second life-saving bone marrow transplant by the NHS - is showing early signs of recovery after a public appeal funded his treatment. Thirteen-year-old Daryl Allinson from Frome has a very rare form of leukaemia  

After his first transplant failed, Daryl's consultant said he would carry out a second - but NHS England refused to fund it.  

Watch: Firefighters cut Lilly the terrier from drain pipe

Lilly the Jack Russell has had quite a couple of days.

The four-year-old terrier chased a rabbit down a drain pipe but ended up getting stuck.

Wells Fire Station released footage of the dramatic rescue which included chimney rods, specialist cameras and a steel cutter.

Lilly chased a rabbit down a drain pipe and got stuck

Lilly's owner, Fiona Withers, said she was now "fine and back to normal".

Crews from Wells, Glastonbury and Yeovil fire stations spent the afternoon rescuing Lilly.

"It was quite embarrassing having three fire tenders turn up," Fiona said.

More than 100 prostate cancer patients benefit from 'novel' treatment

Isotope unit team
Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre

More than 100 people with advanced prostate cancer have been treated by a new procedure pioneered in Bristol.

It's where a substance called Radium 223 is injected and absorbed by the body to deliver radiation to the bones. It provides pain relief and extends life expectancy

Dr Amit Bahl, from the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, said: "The team find it incredibly motivating to be able to provide a novel treatment in this area of unmet need which has such great benefits for our patients."

Rio 2016: Charlotte Dujardin pays tribute to her best friend

Watch Dujardin's gold medal-winning performance (UK viewers only)

After winning gold in the dressage event Charlotte Dujardin took to social media to pay tribute to her 14-year-old horse Valegro who has carried her to an historic three Olympic golds.

She told her fans about the first time she saw her mount at Carl Hester's Gloucestershire stables. 

Charlotte Dujardin's Facebook post

She also offered advice to youngsters dreaming of similar success with their ponies or horses. 

Whether that's winning a prelim test, an elementary or those working right the way through; believe you can achieve anything you set your heart on because anything is possible, as this wonder horse with the heart of gold has shown us all.

County Championship: Sussex complete innings win over Gloucestershire

Steve Magoffin
Rex Features

Sussex needed just 17 balls on the fourth day to complete an innings victory over Gloucestershire at Hove.

The visitors had resumed on 149-8, although Sussex knew they only required one more wicket as Liam Norwell was unable to bat because of concussion.

Steve Magoffin (2-18) bowled Jack Taylor, who top-scored with 56, as Gloucestershire were dismissed for 158.

The hosts were two runs short of making Sussex, who took a maximum 24 points from the match, bat again.

Tuesday night football: Big match for Bristol City

There's a whole load of football action tonight including Bristol City making the trip to Carrow Road to take on relegated Premier League side Norwich.

Elsewhere, Swindon travel to fierce rivals Gillingham in League One while Yeovil are away at Field Mill where they take on Mansfield in League Two.

In the National League, Forest Green are away at Woking.

There's live coverage on your local radio station and reports on the BBC Sport website afterwards.

Michael McGovern
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Teenage blood recipient backs donor campaign

A Wiltshire teenager who nearly died after contracting Weil's disease, resulting in kidney failure, has given his support to a new campaign for more people to give blood.

Sam Lawson, 18, from Swindon fell seriously ill whilst on holiday in Tunisia in 2014 and needed 20 units of blood during his treatment.

The Missing Type NHS campaign is calling for more young people and Black and South Asian communities to donate blood - especially those with O negative and A negative blood types.

The latest figures show that UK donations have dropped by almost 25% over the last ten years.

Father looking over unconscious son whilst he receives hospital treatment.
NHS Blood and Transplant
Sam Lawson and his father Peter during his time spent in hospital.

I went from healthy to a frail and useless thing. I would love to give blood if I could, from what I've been through and knowing the ins and outs of it all it helps so many people. Now I know how much of an effect it has on the people that desperately need it.

Sam LawsonBlood recipient

LISTEN: City's mayor clocks up first 100 days in office

It's 100 days since Bristol's new elected mayor took office. 

Marvin Rees beat his rival George Ferguson by almost 30,000 votes back in May.

One of his manifesto promises was to make politics more family-friendly - but he admitted it hadn't been easy and there were lessons to be learned.

Marvin Rees on family-friendly politics

So we asked people in Bristol how they thought he's done so far and what they want him to tackle next.

People in Bristol have their say on what Marvin Rees should tackle next

Fire crews save terrier in trouble

Anyone who owns or knows a Jack Russell is well aware that they like nothing more than scurrying down tunnels, the tighter the better.

Lilly the JR got herself into a spot of bother doing just that, getting stuck in this drain pipe.

Lilly the Jack Russell
Wells Fire Station

Crews used chimney rods, specialist cameras and finally a steel cutter to reach the four-year-old pooch who was six metres along the 16m-long pipe. 

"After attempts to pull Lilly out failed, Lilly was lightly sedated by a vet and the owner managed to persuade her to come out. Lilly and owner both very relieved!," Wells Fire Station reported.

Fire crews using cutting equipment
Wells Fire Station
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Lilly is said to be recovering well from her ordeal. Now do you promise to stay away from tunnels in future Lilly?

Lilly the Jack Russell
Wells Fire Station

Hot, hot, hot: How are you enjoying the sun?

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How are you enjoying this glorious weather, send us your snaps here and we'll feature them on Local Live.

What matters more, security or protecting a listed shop front?

Calum Yuill has been told by the council to remove security shutters from his shop

A Bristol shopkeeper who installed security shutters after a series of burglaries last year has been told to remove them by the council.

But Callum Yuill worries it would leave him open to further attacks and force him to close.  

Bristol City Council said a planning enforcement notice which was served on 30 June but it has not been challenged.

In making this sort of decision the council does take account of the need for security, but in this case it was decided that the improved security of the premises by the method adopted did not outweigh the harm to the heritage asset

Ready to get your bake on?

The Olympics may have delayed proceedings slightly but the good news is there's only one more week to wait before The Great British Bake off returns to our screens.

Keen bakers will battle it out from Wednesday 24th August and one of the contestants lives near Yeovil.

Val is a 66-year-old former primary school head teacher who apparently likes to do aerobics in her kitchen while waiting for her jams to boil!

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Making the headlines in your local newspapers

School failed to spot inappropriate behaviour by former teacher

Jonathan Thomson-Glover
Avon and Somerset Police

A Bristol school has been criticised over its handling of allegations about a former teacher who was jailed for making indecent films of over a hundred pupils.

An independent report following the conviction of Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 54, suggests signs of inappropriate behaviour at Clifton College could have been picked up earlier.

Thomson-Glover pleaded guilty to making the films at the school. He was jailed for three years and nine months in 2015.  

The 18-page report was commissioned after parents complained they had raised concerns about him but little was done.

It says staff didn't properly understand the risks his behaviour could pose and recommended changes to training, complaints procedure and the recording of child protection information. 

The College has apologised to parents and says it has improved the way it deals with child protection in line with the recommendations.

Clifton College
Clifton College

Last month Thomson-Glover was sentenced to an additional six months in prison after he pleaded guilty to four counts of indecency with two children at another school and at a holiday home in Cornwall.