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Summary

  1. As it happened across the West of England on Tuesday 30 August, 2016.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Cloudy overnight with some outbreaks of light rain

Cloud will build overnight, with some light rain possible over the Mendips and other high ground. Minimum temperature: 13C.

Any brightness tomorrow morning will soon be replaced with increasingly thick cloud. 

There will be some outbreaks of rain through the morning, but it won't be too long lived. Once the rain clears, it will soon brighten up and turn sunnier. Maximum temperature: 21C.

West weather for 30 August

That's all from BBC Local Live for the West Country for this evening. We're back at 7am with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Bristol tribute to the actor Gene Wilder

Tributes are being paid to the actor Gene Wilder who has died at the age of 83.

He'll be best remembered for his roles in The Producers, Blazing Saddles and of course his amazing performance in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

He trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the 1950s where Jenny Stephens is artistic director now...

M5 fully reopen between J24 and J25 southbound...

EFL Trophy: One win and two losses for our sides

The final whistles have gone and Yeovil stand victorious in their first Checkatrade Trophy game, but Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham Town have both lost...

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Making the headlines in your local newspapers

M5 southbound partially reopened after wrong way driver collision

Darrell Clarke: Swindon Town ticket charges 'disgraceful', says Bristol Rovers manager

Swindon Town's County Ground

'Shocking' ticket charges anger Clarke

Charging for new tickets for a rearranged Swindon Town v Bristol Rovers match is "disgraceful", says Rovers manager Darrell Clarke

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Bacteria test lead to fountain switch-off in Gloucester

Gloucester Park fountain
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A fountain in Gloucester Park has been turned off after tests showed high levels of bacteria in the water.

The discovery was made during an investigation by the Mail on Sunday which collected water samples from a number of fountains across the country.

Allen Wilson, owner of Gloucester-based Studies in Work - which carried out the testing in Gloucester Park - told BBC Radio Gloucestershire that the levels of bacteria he found "can cause ear problems, skin rashes and even respiratory problems". 

Gloucester City Council said it had closed the fountain "with immediate effect" when it became aware and was taking the issue "very seriously".

Wrong way driver closes M5 between Taunton and Bridgwater

The southbound carriageway of the M5 in Somerset is closed between junctions 24 and 25 after a car was driven the wrong way along the motorway.

Police said officers received multiple 999 calls to report the driver travelling north in lane three of the southbound carriageway.

Avon and Somerset Police said the vehicle collided with several other vehicles but thankfully the driver, a man in his 70s, only suffered minor injuries.

"No-one else was seriously hurt," the force spokesman added.

Football league trophy action tonight

Bloomfield Road, home of Blackpool FC
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Cheltenham Town have travelled to Blackpool for tonight's fixture

Three of our football sides are in action tonight in the newly branded Checkatrade Trophy.

  • Blackpool v Cheltenham (7:45pm)
  • Bristol Rovers v Reading U23 (7:45pm)
  • Yeovil v Portsmouth (7:45pm)

Tune in to your local BBC radio stations for commentary or follow the scores on the BBC Sport website.

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BBC West Garden Competition: Winner of the Best Private Garden – Esther Reeve from Calne, Wiltshire

This is very much a family garden which has been constantly evolving for the past six years. 

Esther designed the garden and husband Chris helped build it. The idea was to make it curvy.

The entire garden is only 10mx10m and there was a lot to fit in but they also wanted the space to ‘breathe’, the curved path gives a sense of taking a journey through the garden, the water feature projects tranquillity.

In such a small space there is an enormous breadth of planting in all available space, up the sides of the walls and fencing, using pocket planters. 

There is a random selection of plants and colours to enjoy and now that daughter Eleanor has arrived the garden will continue evolve over the coming years.

BBC West Garden Competition: Best Community Garden winner - Snuff Mills Community Garden

Jean Davidge and a team of 10 volunteers took over the upkeep of Snuff Mills Gardens at Stapleton in Bristol by the side of the River Frome.

When they started the Snuff Mills Action Group in 1998 the area had been neglected and was over grown. They grow and propagate lots of the plants themselves; creating a cottage style garden with an array of mostly sustainable plants and plenty of pollinators for bees.

The team meet to garden on Wednesdays and Sundays and often have to stop gardening because people visiting the park often want to ask questions and generally chat with them about gardening and to admire the work being done.

BBC West Garden Competition: Winner of the Best Weird and Wonderful Garden – George Bateman from St George in Bristol

And here's the winner of the same category:

George Bateman has lived in his present home in St George, Bristol, for almost 20 years, but it was only around nine years ago that he decided to completely change his garden from the conventional patch of grass with concrete paving and a vegetable patch. 

He started with some decking, followed by a pergola, bought a few trees, then a few more and then decided to make a sculpture. 

His project grew and grew and took on more and more elements – all of which he has designed and made himself. He finds peace in his garden and sees it as a piece of living art.  

BBC West Garden Competition: Special Commendation in Best Weird and Wonderful Garden category

Kayleigh, Isaac, Nikkita and Jenna have all helped build this rather unique garden.

After watching a film they were inspired to develop their garden around the ideas of nature, fairies and a magic circle of mushrooms. 

So they went about making their mushrooms and toadstools from small logs and old plastic bowls; nailing the bowls upside down on top of the logs and painting them. 

They made the door to the fairy house and a hedgehog home from an old tin bucket. Neighbours have donated plants and they now have a frog pond too. Nature loves their garden as lots of bugs, frogs, spiders, butterflies and bees can be found making it their home.  

Entrepreneur? It's just a fancy word for hustler

Liam Sherrell and Collins Suleaudu
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Liam Sherrell and Collins Suleaudu learned their skills on the street - and both ended up involved in crime. 

But now they've signed up to learn the legal hustle, along with others who want to turn an aptitude for robbery and dealing drugs into legitimate business opportunities. 

Read more about this story here.  

Liam Sherrell, Clayton Planter and Collins Suleaudu
BBC

Street 2 Boardroom was set up by Clayton Planter, a social entrepreneur from Bristol. He says he can help young people with a chequered past use the knowledge gained on the street "to do what's done in the corporate world".

"Entrepreneur is just a fancy word for hustler," he says. 

The programme involves weekly workshops - including "learning business jargon" and "networking" - and has funding from Avon and Somerset Police. 

The next series of workshops starts in September. 

Swindon Town v Bristol Rovers re-match price 'shocking'

Football fans have taken to social media to express anger at the decision to charge normal pricing for a ticket to see the rearranged game between Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers. 

The match was abandoned after 60 minutes on Saturday due to bad weather.

Swindon Town says it "must still cover matchday costs as they would for any home game", but fans aren't happy.

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Weston-super-Mare man in 1,300-mile aid journey to Italy

Rupert Langridge has set off on a long journey to the area of Italy affected by last week's earthquakes.

It's estimated that 290 people were killed by the quake which measured 6.2 on the Richter Scale. 

He is taking with him aid that people have donated from the Weston-super-Mare area.

Rupert Langridge has set off for Italy to take aid to people affected there.

Two on attempted murder charge after Bristol assault

Sturminster Road
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Police said the attack took place on Sturminster Road, Stockwood on Sunday morning

A man and a woman have been charged with attempted murder following a gang attack in Bristol. 

The victim, a 36-year-old man, was seriously assaulted by a group of men on Sunday. 

A 26-year-old man from the Erdington area of Birmingham and a 25-year-old woman from Whitchurch, Bristol, will appear in court on Wednesday. 

The victim suffered serious injuries to his hand and head and remains in hospital.

Jonathan Kodjia - bought for £2m, sold for £11-15m

Jonathan Kodjia
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Aston Villa have signed Bristol City's Ivory Coast striker Jonathan Kodjia for an initial fee of £11m, which could rise to £15m.

He scored 20 goals in 52 games for Bristol City after signing from French club Angers in July 2015.

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Taxi driver appears in court on murder charge

Becky Godden (also known as Becky Godden Edwards)
Wiltshire Police

A taxi driver has appeared in court via video link accused of murdering Becky Godden, who was missing for almost a decade.

Christopher Halliwell, 52, of Swindon, has pleaded not guilty to her murder and a trial is due to begin next week.

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Anger over Swindon v Bristol Rovers ticket charge

This was the scene at the County Ground on Saturday during the Swindon v Bristol Rovers derby...

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The game was abandoned in the 60th minute due to the weather and a decision has now been taken by Swindon to charge fans the full price for the rearranged fixture next month.

Fans have been discussing the decision on the Swindon Town FC Facebook page and it's fair to say it hasn't gone down well... 

That is a joke why should Swindon fans pay full price again for tickets? Wasn't our fault.

Mark Toombs

Typical Swindon the fans suffer yet again.

David King

Disgrace. Just shows how little respect the owner has for the fans. No chance I'm going. I think everyone should boycott to send a message.

Lawrence Phillips

Didn't expect it to be free, but did expect a reduced price! Awful decision by the club and a missed opportunity for some positive publicity.

Jake Henley

This is astonishing, especially when crowds were clearly on the decrease. I've been to all the home games so far and the gaps in the stands are getting bigger. This certainly won't help.

Barry Ponting

BreakingMore football: Kodjia heads north

"Record fee" for Bristol City.

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Anger over decision to charge fans for rearranged Swindon v Bristol Rovers match

Swindon Town has announced it will charge home and away fans for admission to the rearranged derby match which was called off on Saturday.

The game ended after an hour of play due to a downpour at the County Ground.

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Usually, tickets from abandoned matches remain valid for the rearranged fixture but Swindon have broken with that tradition.

"Due to high policing costs for the match Swindon have taken the decision to charge home and away supporters the full price for admission," says Bristol Rovers website.

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National Trust looking for Wellington Monument volunteers

The National Trust is looking for volunteers to become "Monument Champions", or people who will act as advocates for the Somerset landmark in the local community.

The monument has been closed to visitors since 2005 because of its poor condition

Speaking to BBC Somerset's Claire Carter, Helen Sharp from the National Trust said:

We're confident that the total cost to repair the monument will be £4 million. We're looking for people to help with surveys and to act as a sounding board for ideas.

Helen SharpWellington Monument Project Manager
Wellington Monument
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Rearranged date for Swindon v Bristol Rovers announced

It got abandoned under a deluge at the County Ground on Saturday - and now the rearranged fixture date has been announced.

Diaries out Town fans and Gasheads ...

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Swindon Half Marathon might not go ahead if funding gap not met

Organisers behind Swindon's Half Marathon say the event might not go ahead unless they plug a £27,000 funding gap.

The run is due to take place on the 16th October, but they say that essential expenses such as road closures mean they need the extra cash or the event won't take place.

They have started a fundraising campaign in a bid to make up the shortfall.

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Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith visits Bristol

Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has been in Bristol this morning, to meet with local party members and talk about his campaign. 

The Welshman in is a two-horse race with Jeremy Corbyn for the top job before the next election.  

Ballot papers have been sent out to members, with the results due on 24 September

Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has been in Bristol this morning

Congestion near Gloucester

Jazzie Watson sentencing - police response

Jazzie Watson has been sentenced to 11 years and three months for stabbing his half brother to death.

Outside Bristol Crown Court today, Det Sgt Leon Swaby from Avon and Somerset Police said he will have to live with the death of his brother for the rest of his life.

Detective Sergeant Leon Swaby is from Avon and Somerset Police

Jazzie Watson sentencing - more details

A Bristol man who stabbed his 17-year-old half brother to death has been given 11 years and three months in jail.

Jazzie Watson had already pleaded guilty to the charges. The court had heard that Watson was banned from the family home in 2015 after he stabbed Shamus McNama in the hand.

Jazzie Watson
Avon and Somerset Police

In February, after a night out Jazzie and Shamus argued, before Shamus was stabbed ten times with a 5 inch vegetable knife.

He handed himself into a police station the same day. Blood on his clothes were matched to his half brother.

BreakingMan jailed for murdering his half brother

A man from Bristol has been jailed for more than 11 years after he stabbed his 17-year-old half brother to death.

Shamus McNama was stabbed ten times after an argument with his 20-year-old brother Jazzie Watson. He later died of his injuries in hospital.

Champion runner accused of stabbing rugby star appears in court

A trial date has been set in the case of a champion fell-runner charged with the attempted murder of a former England and Bristol rugby star.

Ralph Knibbs played hundreds of times for Bristol in the 1980s and 90s. He was stabbed at the UK Athletics offices in Birmingham in March.

Lauren Jeska will stand trail next month.

Lauren Jeska
BBC
Lauren Jeska is accused of attempting to murder the former rugby star Ralph Knibbs

RSPCA and Badger Trust condemn latest badger cull

The RSPCA has said that the government "needs to stop fixating on killing badgers" as the latest badger cull is extended by the government.

Their assistant director of public affairs, David Bowles said "the trouble is that the government has moved away from using scientific evidence as a basis for the scheme and are now killing badgers for the sake of it".

A pair of badgers
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Seperately the CEO of the Badger Trust, Dominic Dyer has spoken out against the plans. "The badger cull is built on three pillars of sand, incompetence, negligence and deceit...we could kill every badger in England but bovine TB could continue to spread in cattle herds due to inaccurate TB testing."

Fifth arrest in boarding school abuse investigation

Steve Brodie

BBC West

Police investigating allegations of physical and sexual abuse at boarding schools in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire during the 1970s and 80s have arrested a fifth person.

The 68-year-old man, who has not been named, was arrested in Gwent and is now being questioned by detectives on suspicion of physical abuse.

The 15-month police enquiry began after a BBC investigation revealed the allegations at the privately run Badgeworth Court and Dowdeswell Court schools in Gloucestershire and at Clouds House in Wiltshire.

Church bells stolen from Cotswolds village

Gloucestershire Police have put out an unusual appeal for information after three large church bells were taken near Moreton-in-Marsh.

They say the bells were taken sometime between the 8 June and 7 August. Images have been released that show where the bells used to sit, as well as a similar looking bell (if you happen to see it somewhere).

The police want people to ring them on 101 with any information.

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Swindon to get a new sports stadium

A new £6m speedway and greyhound racing stadium has been approved for the northern outskirts of Swindon.

After a whole 10 years of waiting, the new stadium will be built next to the existing Abbey Stadium in Blunsdon. Developers hope the work will be completed by next spring. 

Clarke Osborne is the boss of Gaming International - they're behind the plans and he told Shaun Hodgetts on BBC Wiltshire that he was "very happy and relieved" that the plans have finally gone through. 

Greyhound stadium
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BreakingTaxi driver appears in court accused of Becky Godden murder

A taxi driver has appeared in court accused of murdering a woman who had been missing for almost a decade.

Christopher Halliwell, 52, made a brief appearance at Bristol Crown Court ahead of a trial that is due to begin next week.

The father-of-three has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Becky Godden, 20.

The body of Miss Godden was found in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, eight years after she disappeared.