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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 17 August, 2016.

Live Reporting

By Daniel Garrett

All times stated are UK

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Your look at tomorrow's weather in the West

There will be a few clouds but it will remain mostly dry around the region tomorrow. 

The odd shower may appear however. 

BBC Points West weatherman Ian Fergusson has the lowdown.

That's all from Local Live for today - we'll be back from 7am for live updates from across the West of England.

Memorial for Gloucestershire skydiver

David Reader
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A special memorial is to be held for a skydiver from Gloucestershire who died during a jump in the French Alps.

David Reader, 25, who worked for an indoor skydiving company in Norway was tragically killed 10 days ago when his parachute failed to open.

His family has organised a private memorial in Newnham this weekend.

FULL TIME: Bristol Rovers 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

And the first home defeat for Rovers since 24 November 2015.

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'It's not even like they're my legs anymore'

A woman mauled by two dogs at a boarding kennel in Cadbury Heath has returned home from hospital after having skin grafts on her legs.

Donna Croft said: "It's not even like they're my legs anymore. I'm an active person. I'm always out doing something. I just don't feel like the same person anymore."

South Gloucestershire Council is investigating the attack but the dogs' owner has refused to have the animals destroyed.

'Fantastic' says octogenarian wing walker

'Fantastic' says octogenarian wing walker John Brown

An octogenarian who wing walked for his 80th birthday described the experience as "fantastic", and said he "wouldn't have missed that for the world".

John Brown's son Peter said he was pleased his father had achieved his ambition, and granddaughter Hayley Lee added that she was really proud of him.

IPCC probe into police contact with Bristol death fall man

Police cordon
BBC

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has begun an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the death of a man who fell from a building in Easton, Bristol, on Tuesday.

The incident happened at Rawnsley House on Goodhind Street at about 11:50 BST.

A probe is under way to establish the circumstances of the contact Avon and Somerset Police had with the man prior to his death.

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Breaking'Yes please' says council's cabinet to new parish councils

HALF TIME: Bristol Rovers 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

Tom Garry

BBC Sport, West of England

If Bristol Rovers win tonight, it'll be their 11th consecutive home victory, beating a record that has stood since 1935 (which they equalled by beating Oxford on Sunday).

If they lose, it'll be a first home defeat since 24 November 2015. 

And if they draw, well, they’d have extended their unbeaten home run to 17 games in all competitions.

Half-time score: Bristol Rovers 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

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GOAL: Rovers have their work cut out...

...as Bolton have doubled their advantage.

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University staff and students raise money to build African classrooms

Montage of performances by Project Zulu's children's choir

A University of the West of England project that uses music to help fund schools in South Africa has been expanded. 

Children's choirs have been performing in the UK to raise money to build new classrooms. 

Project Zulu has now grown to include six primaries in the township Madadeni.

GOAL: Rovers fall behind

It's an early goal for Josh Vela as Bolton take the lead...

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And they're now on the pitch...

Preview: Bristol Rovers v Bolton Wanderers

Bristol Rovers' Chris Lines (left) and manager Darrell Clarke
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Bristol Rovers take on Bolton Wanderers at home tonight in League One.

Tune in to BBC Radio Bristol for live build-up and coverage - 94.9FM, 104.6FM, 103.6FM and on Digital.

The match kicks off at 19:45 BST.

Swindon Town fan has banning order rejected

A Swindon Town football fan is free to attend matches after a banning order was rejected.

A Swindon Town football fan is free to attend matches after a banning order against him was rejected by a magistrate.

Aaron Frayling - whose name was on a police database after admitting disorder three years ago - was stopped at Bristol Airport in June and told he couldn't travel to the Euro 2016 games in Paris with his friends to watch the matches in the Fan Zone. 

It took a magistrate at Chippenham Law Courts less than five minutes to dismiss the claim.

Amanda Jacks, from the Football Supporters Federation, said she believes police forces need to narrow down their targeting of people they want to stop.

Pub to raise money for Bulgaria death man's family

A pub in Swindon is fundraising for the family of a man who died abroad. 

The body of 29-year-old Michael Doyle has been flown home from Bulgaria, but his family are facing a huge medical bill. 

Now a two-day fundraising event is being planned at the Swiss Chalet pub in Gorse Hill.

Swindon parish council decision - Dan explains

Dan O'Brien

Political reporter, BBC Wiltshire

A map showing the proposed parish boundary changes
Swindon Borough Council
A map showing the proposed parish boundary changes

Like many councils, Swindon Borough is grappling with how to deal with government spending cuts. By 2020, it expects at least 80% of its budget to be sucked up by the costs of social care for vulnerable adults and children.

And like many councils, it is trying to get the smaller Parish Councils - which don't have any restrictions on the amount they raise taxes by - to help out by taking over services like grass cutting, street cleaning, grounds maintenance, community centres, and even some libraries.

But Swindon is taking that idea a step further - setting up four brand new parish councils in areas where none previous existed, explicitly for the purpose of running these services.

One would cover the distinct area of West Swindon, two would cover vast areas vaguely described as 'Central Swindon', and one would encompass the South including Old Town and Wichelstowe.

The opposition parties and many of the town's resident associations are angry about it for two main reasons. Firstly, it opens the door to potentially considerable tax rises. Secondly, the feeling that these new parishes are being imposed on people who've never asked for them without getting any real say.

But the message from the Conservative administration is clear: funding cuts mean the status quo isn't an option, so either we get parishes to cut the grass in future, or the grass simply won't get cut.

Happy birthday to Swindon's wing walking octogenarian

He's done it!

John Brown, from Swindon, has celebrated his 80th birthday with a wing walk over the Cotswold countryside near Cirencester.

Octogenarian John Brown celebrates birthday with a wing-walk

He strapped himself to the 1940's bi-plane partly to celebrate his milestone birthday, but also in memory of his wife Thelma who died a few years ago.

Will Swindon get four new parish councils?

Composite image showing proposed parish councl boundary changes around central Swindon
Swindon Borough Council
Current and proposed - this image illustrates the proposed parish councl boundary changes around central Swindon

A cabinet decision's expected tonight over controversial plans to create four brand new parish councils around the central Swindon area.

The idea is that the new councils would take over services which could otherwise fall victim to government spending cuts.

BBC Wiltshire's political reporter Dan O'Brien is at tonight's Cabinet meeting (6pm) and you can follow his updates on Twitter (@DanOB1986).

Somerset CCC reach semi-finals

Tom Garry

BBC Sport, West region

It is a big margin of victory for Somerset against a solid Worcestershire side - who won the cup in 2007 - and keeps alive the dream of a first one-day-format competition title for Somerset since 1979.

Sri Lankan star Mahela Jayawardene is Somerset's hero today, reaching a century from just 99 balls to set up a terrific win.

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Travelling through the Cumberland Basin in Bristol tonight?

Plimsoll Bridge opened with barge passing underneath
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Bristol's Plimsoll Bridge will be closed tonight from 9pm until 6am on Thursday morning.

The council says it's to allow routine drainage work to be done.

Diversions will be in place during the closure.

Swindon Town in talks with ex-Aston Villa striker

Nathan Delfouneso
Rex Features

Unattached former Aston Vila and Blackburn striker Nathan Delfouneso is considering an offer from Swindon Town.

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Octogenarian celebrates birthday with a wing walk

This morning we introduced widower John Brown, from Swindon, who is today celebrating his 80th birthday with a wing-walk.

Well that idea, which he said his wife hated when she was alive, is moments away from becoming a reality...

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Stick to the day job, James

Have you been inspired by Rio 2016 to take up a new sport?

BBC Radio Bristol reporter James Hanson was sent to try his hand at long jump, and this is what happened.

First there was #OlympicNan, now there's Nanny Jan

Someone's getting very excited about the start of the Olympic BMX competition this afternoon.

Nanny Jan is the grandmother of Somerset's BMX star Liam Phillips and shared these photos of her patriotically decorated house.

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Grandmother Mavis Williams hit the headlines at the beginning of the Olympics when she took to social media in support of her gold medal-winning grandson Adam Peaty

With Liam going for gold in Rio could this be the start of a nan off?

Nanny Jan
Twitter

Watch: Banned driver leads police on high speed chase

Zahoor Hussain raced at 80mph along residential streets before crashing

Police have released footage of a chase with a driver who was already banned from the roads after killing his friend.

Zahoor Hussain, 29, from Almondsbury, near Bristol, was jailed in 2010 after the crash which killed Zoe Smith, 17, from Speedwell.  

He's been jailed again after racing his car at 80mph along residential streets before crashing into a bus and a van.

Listen: Somerset CCC in One-Day Cup quarter-final action

Somerset are playing Worcestershire at the County Ground in Taunton, click here to listen to live commentary.

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This just happened a few seconds ago, Worcestershire all out for 210.

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Watch: All change for red lights that drivers ignore

Huntworth roundabout
John Matthews
Drivers have been driving through red lights at the new roundabout

A new £2.9m roundabout at junction 24 of the M5 in Bridgwater is already needing some attention after a series of crashes.

Drivers have been going through red lights at the Huntworth roundabout so the county council is having to change the timing of the traffic lights.

Bristol City assess defender Ekstrand

Joel Ekstrand
Rex Features

Unattached ex-Watford defender Joel Ekstrand is training at Championship club Bristol City, says head coach Lee Johnson.

The 27-year-old, who has two senior international caps for Sweden, left Watford in July.

Warning if you fancy a dip in Swindon

Oasis Leisure Centre
BBC

Scratch this off as a summer holiday idea with the kids!

The Oasis Leisure Centre has had to close its pools for three weeks due to "essential maintenance".

Should you want a swim, there are, of course, alternatives in Swindon such as the Link Centre, Health Hydro or Dorcan Recreation Centre.

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Oasis Leisure Centre sign
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Joshua Bonehill-Paine pleads not guilty to harassing MP Luciana Berger

Joshua Bonehill-Paine
BBC

A man from Somerset has pleaded not guilty to charges of racially-harassing a MP.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 23, of Yeovil, is accused of harassing Luciana Berger, the MP for Liverpool Wavertree. 

Luciana Berger
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Luciana Berger is the Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree

It's alleged he posted five anti-semitic articles about Ms Berger. Mr Bonehill-Paine pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey to racially-aggravated harassment. He faces trial in December.

Man reported for motoring offences after car left outside police station

Police cars
BBC

A 24-year-old man will face court for a number of motoring offences after a car was left outside a police station in Bristol sparking a bomb alert.

The Volkswagen Golf was left outside Bridewell police station on Sunday which led to many nearby roads being closed.

He will be summonsed over using a vehicle without insurance, driving without a licence, and using a vehicle without a MoT.

A 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman, also arrested in connection with the incident, were released without charge.

Two men bailed after Bristol death

Two men arrested on suspicion of murder after the unexplained death of a man in Bristol have been released on bail.

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

Scene of the murder
BBC

Rio 2016: BMX rider's quest for gold

Liam Phillips

Somerset's Olympic BMX rider Liam Phillips begins his campaign for a gold medal this afternoon.

The 27-year-old from Burnham-on-Sea is already the sport's world champion and is one of the favourites heading into today's seeding races. 

It's his third Olympics - he was also at Beijing and London 2012, where he came back from breaking his collarbone weeks before the event to reach the final. 

Investigation after football club torched

The scene of the fire in Weston-super-Mare

Police are trying to find out who started a fire at St Johns Football Club in Weston-super-Mare.

Its believed to have been started deliberately and severely damaged the building - police say it's lucky no one was inside at the time.

Pensioner to do wing-walk as late wife told him not to

Thelma Brown
John Brown

"She hated the idea of me doing it, so that's why I'm doing it."  

That's all the reason John Brown from Upper Stratton needs to be strapped to the top of a 1940s bi-plane hundreds of feet in the sky.

John's just turned 80 and says he doesn't want another birthday to pass without doing something exciting.

We'll hopefully bring you footage of his wing-walk later today.  

Go John! 

John Brown on why he is doing a wing-walk at 80

New students urged to get jabs

New students are being urged to check their vaccinations are up-to-date

A public health official in the West is urging universities to get tough with students who haven't had their MMR jab. 

Dr Bharat Pankhania, a disease control consultant with Public Health England, is warning there could be outbreaks if young people aren't protected. 

It's 18 years since the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination was wrongly linked to autism, causing many parents not to give it to their children. 

It comes as a national call is made for new students to get a vaccine against meningitis.

Councils call for new M5 junction and third Severn bridge

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The two councils want the junction between J13 for Stroud and J14 for Wotton-under-Edge.

It would also be linked to the Forest of Dean by a bridge over the River Severn.

A feasibility study will take place later this year.

Rio 2016: Disappointment in men's 110m hurdles

There was disappointment in the men's 110m hurdles for Team GB's Lawrence Clarke and Andrew Pozzi who both failed to qualify for the final. 

Andrew started well before crashing into several hurdles and crossing the line in fifth. He was later disqualified. 

"It was just abysmal," he said. "No other words to describe it." 

Lawrence Clarke goes in the 110m hurdles semi-final

Lawrence Clarke, who was fourth at London 2012, finished sixth in his race. 

"It's quite emotional because this is my last Olympics," he said. "In one I came fourth, in London, and a semi-final at another. I can't complain."  

Warm weather gets seal of approval