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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday 26 August, 2016

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It's looking like a wet bank holiday, make the most of Monday!

Why does it always seem to rain on the August bank holiday weekend?

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thundery showers on Saturday and overnight into Sunday morning.  

But Ian Fergusson has his own warning for people who are out and about in the West country this weekend.

Watch Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast for the West

And that's all from BBC Local Live for the West of England today. We're back on Tuesday from 7am with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Region's pop-up brothels lead to Romanian arrests

Watch police raids in Romania

Police have detained 16 people in Romania in connection with human trafficking to the South West.

Investigations were led by the South West Organised Crime Unit because of the number of "pop-up brothels" appearing across Avon and Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. 

During the raids more than £9,000 was found in cash and officers interviewed more than 40 potential victims. 

Casualty celebrates 30 years since West country start

Watch Casualty creator Jeremy Brock discuss the show's links to the West

After more than 1,000 episodes. and some dramatic storylines, a special 30th birthday episode of Casualty will be aired on the BBC tomorrow night.

It looks a bit different than it did in 1986, but the idea for the programme came from the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

And it was the local landmarks and local people involved who made Casualty what it is today.  

Final score: Gloucester 33 - 19 Glasgow

Final score: Leinster 19-39 Bath

Glasgow put late pressure on Gloucester

Try for Gloucester

Davies' try makes sure for Bath

Leinster make it a nail-biting finish at Bath

Gloucester take lead against Glasgow

Claudia Fragapane had to keep shtum about Strictly

Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane will be swapping the beam for the ballroom as she becomes one of the contestants on TV's Strictly Come Dancing.

The 18-year-old, from Bristol, will step onto our screens in September.

She's been talking to Points West about how she had to keep Strictly a secret from her Rio 2016 team-mates. 

Watch Claudia Fragapane explain why her Strictly appearance couldn't be revealed until after the Olympics

Laidlaw goes over for Gloucester

Second Glasgow try at Gloucester

'Tent City' decision: Mayor admits city has housing problem

A group of homeless people living in tents in Bristol has forced the city council to water down its powers of eviction over them. 

A judge said the bailiffs can move in and clear the camp but the rough sleepers couldn't be prevented from camping somewhere else in the city.

Watch Bristol mayor Marvin Rees discuss the city's 'housing crisis'

Glasgow go level against Gloucester

Rugby: Bath lead Leinster at half-time

Woman and two children hit by car near holiday park

A woman and two young children have been seriously injured after they were hit by a car near a holiday park at Brean Sands in Somerset earlier this evening.

The woman has been airlifted to Southmead Hospital and the two children have been airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital.

A number of roads have been closed, including Coast Road, South Road, Coat Road and Hurn Lane.

Police action over taxi driver racial abuse claims

Watch Aidarus Aidid from SARI give some examples of hate crime experienced by cabbies

Black and ethnic minority taxi drivers in Bristol say they've experienced a big rise in racial abuse. 

Earlier the police mounted an operation at Bristol Temple Meads railway station to reassure drivers they will investigate such incidents if victims come forward.

Eight cases of racial abuse have been dealt with by the group Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) since April, compared with 11 for the whole of last year.

Royal plane spotted in Gloucestershire

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The plane used to transport the Queen was in Gloucestershire today, but there was no sign of Her Majesty.

The BAE 146, which is operated by 32 Squadron as part of the Royal Flight, was actually on a training exercise at Gloucestershire Airport.

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SUBBED Carol Voderman lights up RAF Air Cadets' 75th anniversary

Watch Carol Voderman taking part in the Air Cadets' torch relay

TV presenter Carol Vorderman joined Air Cadets on the Clifton Suspension Bridge this morning to help them celebrate the organisation's 75th anniversary.

Carol is the group's ambassador and met cadets before taking part in a torch relay which is on a tour of the UK for the next six weeks.

Watch Carol Vorderman discuss an increase in girls joining the Air Cadets

Queue starts early for Status Quo gig

Guitar legends Status Quo take to the stage tonight at Somerset Rocks in Taunton.

More than 14,000 people are expected at the sell-out gig at Vivary Park and this committed group of fans made sure they were first in the queue this morning.

Watch the woman who has been to 700 Status Quo gigs

'Tent City' eviction order: What's the story?

Watch the story of the 'Tent City' eviction threat

Rough sleepers have been ordered to leave a Bristol park where they set up so-called 'Tent City' after the city council won an injunction.The group has camped in Peel Street Park since April but now has 28 days to leave or be evicted.

Gloucestershire's slim hopes of promotion appear to be over

Hamish Marshall
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Hamish Marshall's third Championship century of the season was not enough to save Gloucestershire from an innings defeat by Kent at the county ground in Bristol.

Needing 312 in their second innings to make Kent bat again, Gloucestershire were bowled out for 243 on day four.

Cochran fans plan statue in town

Eddie Cochran
BBC

A campaign is launched to erect a statue of rock 'n' roller Eddie Cochran in the Wiltshire town where he died.

The 21-year-old American musician was killed in a car crash in Chippenham in April 1960, following a gig in Bristol.

Campaigners are now hoping to raise £10,000 to repair the memorial plaque and to create a "significant statue".

Katy Perry reacts to online dater who pretended to be her

Katy Perry
AFP

Imagine spending six years of your life thinking you were dating pop star Katy Perry only to find out you were actually chatting online to a woman called Harriet from Gloucester.

That's what happened to Spencer Morrill, who revealed his strange story on a recent episode of US TV show Catfish, which investigates relationships where people have never met in real life.

Now the actual Katy has said the story made her sad.

My heart goes out to anybody that's been fooled like that. I felt bad for him

Katy Perry

Your views: Should Gloucester City finally get new home

Gloucester City's derelict ground
BBC

They are the non-league nomads who can't go home after their ground was destroyed in the floods of 2007.

But Gloucester City's exile from Meadow Park looks set to come to end with plans for a new stadium being decided by city planners next month.

There's been lots of reaction to this story on BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Facebook page with many of you hoping the Tigers will make a quick return to the city.

Proper football ground great atmosphere enjoyed my season there hope they get back to where they should be

Lee Jefferies

Surely it is time to get this issue resolved. Football is so popular. We should have a team who can play in Gloucester at their own ground

Patricia Havard

Give us back Gloucester City. It's been ridiculously too long

Christopher Mantus Anderson

Woman arrested after weapon incident at pub

Duke of Cornwall pub in Pill
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A 23-year-old woman has been arrested after a disturbance involving a bladed weapon at a pub in Pill, near Bristol.

"We were called to the Duke of Cornwall pub in Pill at just after 8pm last night following a report of a disturbance," said Avon and Somerset Police.

"No-one was injured during this incident."

The woman remains in custody where she is being quizzed on suspicion of possession of a weapon in a public place.

Claudia Fragapane enjoying early days of Strictly

Despite having minimal rest after the Olympics, Bristol gymnast Claudia Fragapane is clearly making the most of her time on Strictly Come Dancing.

Here she is with some of her fellow contestants warming up ahead of their first show next Saturday, when they find out which professional dancer they will be paired with.

She's already the bookies' favourite to take the Glitter Ball trophy and Claudia you're our favourite too!

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Hinkley C 'not necessary' to meet UK energy and climate targets

Watch Richard Black from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit explain the findings

An independent energy think-tank has cast doubt on the need for Britain to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

It's always been claimed Hinkley C is essential to provide enough energy to keep the lights on, but last month the project with unexpectedly paused by the government until September.

Hundreds of expensive slippers stolen from factory

These slippers cost between £79 and £149. They're called Mahabis and feature a detachable sole meaning they can be worn indoors and outdoors.

Police say hundreds of boxes of them were taken during a break-in at Groundwell Industrial Estate in Swindon last night.

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M5 northbound delays easing

Second post mortem ordered after Gloucester baby death

Archdeacon Street in Gloucester
BBC

A second post mortem is to be carried out on Ah'Kiell Walker, the baby who died after being taken to hospital from his home in Gloucester last month. 

The three-month-old died in Bristol Children's Hospital and a first post mortem failed to reveal the cause of death.  

His parents Alistair Walker, 26, of Archdeacon Street, and Hannah Herbert, 20, are both in custody charged with cruelty.

Bristol City's Derrick Williams signs for Blackburn

Tommie Hoban and Derrick Williams
Rex Features

Blackburn Rovers sign Derrick Williams for an undisclosed fee from Bristol City, while Tommie Hoban joins from Watford.

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Tests prove rare whale vomit is 'worthless'

Alan Derrick said he's "disappointed and sad" that "whale vomit" he found on a beach near Weston-super-Mare has turned out to be a worthless lump of whale fat and not the more valuable ambergris.

Mr Derrick said: "It smelled like it, looked like it, the colour was right and the aroma was right.

"I'm sad but it's going in the deep fat fryer and I've had a whale of a time."

Ambergris is a wax-like substance, known as ambergris, is produced in the intestines of sperm whales. It's used in perfume manufacture, smells like rotting fish and is very valuable.

Alan Derrick
BBC

Judge 'doesn't have power' to solve homelessness problem

Homeless protest outside court
BBC

Homeless people living in "Bristol Tent City" have been told they must leave Peel Park. 

A judge at the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre said he didn't have the power to solve the city's homelessness problem.  

However, the city council failed to gain a second element of the injunction to ensure the group doesn't relocate to any other of the city's open spaces.

This archive video was filmed after the community had been told the injunction was being sought...

Carol Vorderman receives torch from air cadets

Heading north on the M5? Warning of long delays

'I've watched every game Bath has played in the past two years'

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So, to recap, who is Todd Blackadder?

  • Bath Rugby's new director of rugby
  • 44 years old
  • Replaced Mike Ford who was sacked in May
  • Moved to England having been in charge of New Zealand-based Super Rugby side the Crusaders since 2009
  • A lock or flanker in his playing days
  • Captained New Zealand in 10 of his 12 Test matches
  • Also played for Edinburgh and was an assistant coach there and with the Scottish national team