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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Thursday 25 August, 2016

Live Reporting

By Caroline Le Marechal

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight from Local Live, we're back tomorrow

That's all from us for today. It looks like it'll be yet another warm day tomorrow as summer holds on, top temperatures of 22C in sunny Somerset.

Watch the weather forecast for tomorrow

BBC Local Live for the West of England will return from 7am with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

When the M5 became a car park

It's one of the most important routes through the West, but the M5 was shut in both directions today because of an incident on the bridge.

It caused gridlock and led to some people leaving their cars and, despite police safety advice, playing football on the carriageway. The motorway was reopened by lunchtime.

Watch drivers stuck in long delays on the M5

Sickness bug outbreak: More families say they've had it

More families have been in touch with the BBC to say they've been affected by the stomach bug cryptosporidium. At the moment, around one third of the cases have been linked to Swindon's Oasis Leisure Centre.

Julie Leaworthy's son Freddie contracted the bug after swimming at the Oasis. The 11 year-old was born with a weak immune system and Julie worries the bug has caused long term problems. 

Watch Julie Leaworthy talk about her concerns for her son

Bristol mayor doesn't rule out compulsory redundancies

Marvin Rees
BBC

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees took the hot seat on John Darvall's show and was quizzed about the 1,000 job losses he's just announced at the city council. 

When asked if voluntary redundancy is the only way to achieve the £29m cut, Marvin said he did not rule out compulsory redundancies. 

"The staffing is going to be one of the tools we look at, we’ll also be looking at our capital programme, as well as our services and how we can work with our city partners, if we withdraw can they can step in?"

"It’s a huge challenge."

Chedworth dig finishes with some good results

A two-week dig at the site of a Roman villa in Chedworth, Gloucestershire ends today. 

The National Trust team have made some interesting finds which showed the 4th century owner of the villa was a well travelled individual.

Watch some of the latest finds from the dig at Chedworth Roman villa

New charity helps children cope with losing a sibling

A mum from North Somerset has set up a charity to help children cope with the death of a brother or sister.

The Harvey Hext Trust - A Sibling's Wish was set up in memory of Sarah Hext's nine year-old son Harvey, who died last November from a rare form of cancer. 

It aims to help bereaved families design a customised memory box. 

Watch Sarah Hext explain more about the memory box

Toddler flown to Florida for proton beam therapy

Lara Wilcox, from Paulton in Somerset, has just flown to Florida for pioneering proton beam therapy to treat a cancerous tumour of the brain. 

Proton beam therapy is like radiotherapy but results in less damage to surrounding cells.

She was only diagnosed a few weeks ago and the NHS paid for Lara and her mum, Aimee, to go to the USA. The family are also raising money to pay for their living costs while they are there.

Lara Wilcox
Wilcox family

M5 services first to make Good Food Guide

Inside Gloucester Services
BBC

Gloucester Services on the M5 has become the first ever motorway services to be listed in the Good Food Guide. 

Inspectors for the renowned book said: "From artisan pastries and simple soups to main dishes such as haggis burger with crispy slaw, travellers can expect wholesome and fresh food to sustain them on their journey."

Sounds like it's miles away from the stereotypical motorway services' soggy sandwich.

The mechanics behind Team GB's cycling success at Rio

Margins of victory at the Olympic games can be very tight, so any advantage is crucial.

Team GB rode specially designed bikes in Rio and the research behind them was done at the University of Bristol.

Watch Professor Stuart Burgess explain how much difference their tests can make

Fulham away in the EFL Cup? 'Meh'

Lee Johnson (left) & Craven Cottage
Rex Features

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson's reaction to drawing Championship rivals Fulham in the EFL Cup third round was "oh no".

"It's just, what do you want from the round, ideally? Well, you want a minnow at home or you want a top Premier League team away."

Voyeur headteacher: 'No previous concerns about conduct'

A primary school headteacher who used a spy pen to film pupils in the toilets at his school has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Ashley Yates, 45, of Filton, used the device to record images in the toilets of The Tynings Primary School in Staple Hill, South Gloucestershire.

The Tynings Primary School
BBC

No previous concerns about his conduct had been reported to the us and it is important to stress that he acted alone and his crimes have been dealt with by the justice system

South Gloucestershire CouncilSpokesperson

letter to parents on the school's website said: "These victims came to light after items were seized by police during the course of the investigation.

"If any further victims are identified during the course of the investigation they will be notified immediately."

The sailor getting his GCSE results at sea

Students across the West have been opening their GCSE results today. 

One man from Taunton opened his results on board HMS Portland in the shipping lanes of the Middle East.

Leading Seaman Luke Groove took his exams earlier this year as part of a Royal Navy scheme.

Watch Leading Seaman Luke Grove explain why he sat his GSCEs at sea

Reading's Dickie rejoins Cheltenham

Rob Dickie
Rex Features

Reading defender Rob Dickie returns to Cheltenham Town on loan until January, after spending time with the club last season.

Dickie, 20, can play at centre-half or right-back and spent much of last term on loan with the Robins, helping them win promotion from the National League.

Click here to read more.

Voyeur headteacher: Victims continue to be supported

Avon and Somerset Police have given their reaction after headteacher Ashley Yates was jailed for two years and eight months for using a spy pen to film pupils in the toilets of his school.

Watch Det Supt Sue Parker thank The Tynings Primary School after Yates' sentencing

Did posters lead Bristol man to love?

Romance can strike when you least expect it. Nick Hopton from Staple Hill in South Gloucestershire met Freya at Boomtown Festival, but failed to get her number!

He knew she lived in Bristol so he embarked on a poster campaign to find her using the few bits of information he had about her.

The pair eventually met up, but how did their first date go?

Watch Nick tell the story of how he met Freya

GCSE advice: Think about apprenticeships

Careers advisor Keith Carter says apprenticeships are "one of the best options around" because you earn money while you're training. 

Watch Keith explain the benefits of apprenticeships

Bristol City sign Lens defender Moore

Taylor Moore
Rex Features

England Under-19 defender Taylor Moore signs for Bristol City from French top-flight side Lens for an undisclosed fee.

Click here to read more.

Any Currency stripped of Cheltenham Festival win

Any Currency
Rex Features

Any Currency, trained by Martin Keighley, has lost his Cheltenham Festival win over a banned substance found in his urine.

The horse has been stripped of his win in the Glenfarclas Chase but his trainer Martin Keighley has not been fined.

Voyeur headteacher: 'Abused position of trust for own desires'

Ashley Yates was jailed for 2 years and 8 months for using a spy pen to film children and adults in his primary school toilets.

Sentencing Yates, His Honour Judge Longman accepted that the former headteacher's main sexual interest was in adults urinating but he said he must have realised children were also going to be caught on his camera.

Ashley Yates
Avon and Somerset Police

Yates totally abused his position of trust to feed his own personal desires. He set up the recording device in a toilet knowing that both children and adults would be using the facilities. I have no doubt that Yates’ crimes will have a lasting impact on his victims and their parents.

Det Insp Louise BoyceAvon and Somerset Police

The police have also released an image of the pen Yates used to film his victims.

Spy pen
Avon and Somerset Police

BreakingArrested Royal Marine 'victim of 2002 sectarian attack'

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

A Royal Marine who is under arrest on suspicion of being involved in terrorism-related to Northern Ireland was the victim of an assault, allegedly carried out by loyalists, in his home town as a teenager. 

Ciaran Maxwell, who's 30, was detained in Somerset yesterday. He is from Larne in County Antrim. In 2002, he was beaten by a group of men near his home. 

Ciarán Maxwell
Facebook

Republican newspaper An Phoblacht reported that a group of up to 10 loyalists attacked him with iron bars and golf clubs. Ciaran Maxwell suffered a fractured skull. He was 16 at the time of the attack.  

BreakingHeadteacher who filmed pupils with spy pen jailed

A headteacher who used a spy pen to film children and adults in his primary school toilets has been jailed for two years and eight months. 

Ashley Yates, 45, who was headteacher at The Tynings School in South Gloucestershire, admitted six counts of voyeurism and three counts of making indecent images of children. 

The court heard that in total he filmed 22 adults and 9 children. 

Yate woman paralysed after fall while sleepwalking

Kate Sell was paralysed from the chest down after she fell down the stairs while sleepwalking. She doesn't remember anything of the accident apart from waking up in severe pain.

She told her story to BBC Radio Bristol's John Darvall.

Listen to Kate describe what happened to her

Bristol Rovers loan Swansea's Roberts

Connor Roberts
Rex Features

Wales Under-21 international defender Connor Roberts has joined Bristol Rovers on loan for six months.

The full-back made 45 starts on loan at Yeovil last season but is yet to play a senior game for his home club, Swansea City.

Bristol's water fight and a pair of wet red trousers

Bristol's biggest water fight in Millennium Square included a surprise guest

Hundreds of people armed with water pistols, water bombs and even watering cans battled in Bristol's Millenium Square on Wednesday evening. 

Avon Fire and Rescue joined in and can you spot Bristol's former mayor getting a good soaking?

Reading's Dickie rejoins Cheltenham

Rob Dickie
Rex Features

Reading defender Rob Dickie returns to Cheltenham Town on loan until January, after spending time with the club last season.

Click here to read more.

GCSE careers advice if you were disappointed with your results

Thousands of students found out their GCSE results today. 

If you were disappointed and didn't do as well in your exams as you'd hoped, then have a listen to what careers advisor Katie Bateman has to say on the options available to you... 

GCSE careers advice from Katie Bateman

M5 open but police say there may be delays due to traffic backlog

Police advise the motorway is now fully open but there may be some delays as the traffic backlog clears. 

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This image displays the resulting congestion on Devon and Somerset's roads...

Google map image
Google

BreakingM5 reopens after police 'resolve incident'

M5 closure: Diversion in place via the A38

Highways England say a diversion is now in place via the A38. It's available for traffic in both directions - southbound drivers should exit at junction 26 and northbound cars can leave at junction 27. 

M5 diversion
Highways England
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M5 closure: Traffic builds up all the way to Taunton

Traffic on the M5 is building up all the way back to Taunton as police deal with an incident which has shut the motorway. 

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M5 closure: View of the traffic problems

The M5 near Tiverton and Wellington is closed while police deal with an on-going incident. Officers are advising people to remain in their cars.

Top image is Tiverton, bottom is Wellington.

M5 near Tiverton
Highways England
M5 near Wellington
Highways England

M5 closure: Impact of problems on Somerset's roads

M5 closure: Video from the queue

James is stuck in the queue of traffic. Remember, the M5 is closed between J26 and J27 because of a police incident.

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M5 closure: Road completely closed on the Somerset/Devon border

M5 closure
Gareth Beer

Here's a view from the closure thanks to Gareth Beer. The road is currently closed between J26 and J27.

M5 closure on Somerset/Devon border: What we know so far

  • The M5 has been closed between J26 for Wellington in Somerset and J27 for Tiverton in Devon
  • There is an ongoing police incident on a bridge between the two junctions
  • The closure is leading to long tailbacks on the M5
  • Police are asking motorists to avoid the route and be patient if they are in the queues

Somerset terror arrest: What we know so far

Ciaran Maxwell was arrested after searches in Larne, County Antrim and Devon
Other

Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell, 30, remains in police custody after being arrested yesterday.

Here's what we know so far:

  • He's suspected of being involved in preparing for acts of terrorism
  • Being held at a West Country police station as part of an investigation into Northern Ireland-related terrorism
  • He was detained by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command after searches in Larne, Northern Ireland and Devon
  • A house and woodland in Devon were searched along with two houses in Larne
  • It's understood a number of laptops and mobile phones were seized from the houses as part of the investigation
  • Police said the operation was pre-planned and intelligence-led

View of the M5 south of Taunton a few moments ago

M5
Highways England

Currently heavy congestion around J25-J26 in Somerset due to a police incident.

Mayor asked about the state of Bristol's roads and derelict buildings

Marvin Rees
BBC

Andy asked mayor Marvin Rees why Bristol's roads are in such bad condition. 

The mayor said the focus needed to be on the "upkeep of roads" and he would speak to his cabinet lead on roads to find out the latest. 

And finally another BBC Radio Bristol listener, Roy, expressed concern about "these derelict dirty hotels" by Temple Meads. 

The mayor said: "There are plans which have come before cabinet about this whole area. It’s not great - classic eyesore of the Post Office building - plans are in place and I will make sure they are in the public arena."

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