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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 6 September 2016

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What's in store for the weather over the next few days?

It looks like the warm spell is set to continue for a little while longer, before temperatures fall again towards the end of the week.

Ian Fergusson has the complete picture.

That's it from Local Live for tonight.  We're back at 7am tomorrow with more of the West country's news, sport, weather and travel.

Police investigating 'racially motivated' assault

A ten-year-old boy was attacked in Fishponds, Bristol, on his way home from school by two other boys who are said to have shouted racial abuse.

Avon and Somerset Police say they're treating the incident as hate crime and say they're taking the incident extremely seriously.

Watch Det Supt Will White explain that such attacks are rare

Go-ahead for controversial superstore in Gloucester

A controversial £14m regeneration of an out-of-town retail park in Gloucester has been approved by councillors.

The project at the Peel Centre includes a Next superstore, but traders in the city centre had protested that more large chains might follow, pulling shoppers away from the city's traditional streets.

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Massive Attack documentary: Roots in city's 'multi-racial movement'

There's a special documentary for Massive Attack fans tonight, it charts the rise of the "Bristol Sound" and how the musicians met and collaborated.

Journalist Andy Batten-Foster says Massive Attack emerged out of a "multi-racial movement" in Bristol in their early days.

He likens them to The Clash, who also blended "white rock and reggae" in their musical style.

Unfinished: The making of Massive Attack can be seen on BBC One (West) at 10.45pm, or afterwards via the BBC iPlayer.

Becky Godden murder trial: Today in court

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A taxi driver from Swindon has gone on trial accused of the murder of a woman who was missing for almost a decade.

Christopher Halliwell, 52, denies murdering Becky Godden, who disappeared in 2003.

The jury heard that Mr Halliwell led police to the field where Becky's body was buried and that he is serving a life sentence for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan in 2011.

The judge told the jury that they'd been informed of Halliwell's previous conviction for murder because the prosecution believed there were similarities between Sian and Becky's deaths.

But he warned they must not assume he was guilty of killing Becky just because he had previously killed Sian O'Callaghan.

The trial continues.

BreakingGloucester City to finally return home as stadium plans approved

It's nine years since Gloucester City's Meadow Park ground was destroyed by summer floods.

Since then they've had to ground-share with other Gloucestershire teams but now a new 4,000 seater stadium has been given the go-ahead, meaning The Tigers can finally go home.

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Bess stars as wickets tumble at Taunton

Somerset spinner Dom Bess took 6-28 and claimed a brilliant one-handed diving catch on his County Championship debut against Warwickshire
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Somerset spinner Dom Bess takes 6-28 on his Championship debut as 21 wickets fall in the day against Warwickshire.

Keith Barker (4-33), Rikki Clarke (3-32) and Chris Wright (2-28) exploited the swinging conditions to bowl out Somerset before lunch for 95, spinner Jeetan Patel taking the last wicket.  

Meanwhile Gloucestershire finished day one of their County Championship game on 62-3 in reply to Glamorgan's 220 all out in Cardiff.

Singing lessons on the radio ahead of panto premiere

The team at BBC Somerset have been preparing for their first ever pantomime in aid of BBC Children In Need.

Carterella tells the story of a radio presenter (BBC Somerset's Claire Carter) down on her luck and searching for her Mr Right.

It also features Points West's Alex Lovell as the Fairy Godmother.

Before they set foot on stage they'll have to learn to sing, which is where Kat Stevens comes in.

Carterella will take place at the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater on Saturday October 15th. Tickets go on sale from the McMillan Theatre website tomorrow morning. 

All proceeds, after costs, will benefit BBC Children In Need.

Appeal launched for new cancer-fighting robots

Southmead Hospital's medical robot is starting to show its age but before it heads to the robot retirement home the hospital needs to find a replacement.

The hospital is one of only five places in the UK that use robots to treat men with prostate cancer, a technique that is much less invasive than traditional surgery.

Now they are looking to raise £2m to buy two robots, hopefully meaning they can treat more men.

Watch Anthony Koupparis, lead urology consultant at Southmead Hospital, explain why they want to continue offering the treatment

Making the headlines on your local BBC radio station

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  • BBC Somerset: An investigation into the care of a man with severe psychiatric problems who murdered a young mother from Yeovil  says agencies focused on his alcohol dependency rather than the issues underlying it
  • BBC Radio Gloucestershire: 85 year-old Denis Grogan celebrates his birthday by doing a wing walk in Cirencester
  • BBC WiltshireTwo Wiltshire MOD sites are set to close. Colerne Airfield and Azimghur Barracks  are two of 13 sites around the country that the Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has announced will close

Future of Swindon's libraries discussed

There's a public meeting in Swindon tonight as part of council plans to stop funding 11 of the borough's 15 libraries. 

Council officers will explain the plans and are inviting residents' opinions.

The libraries which are earmarked for closure could be passed to parish councils or volunteers.

Swindon Central Library
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Can you work out why police stopped this car?

Police in the Cotswolds stopped this driver at Fossebridge last week.

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This is the view from the driver's seat.

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Octogenarian catches the tattoo bug

Ted Pitman, 83, has just had his fourth tattoo done.

He says he caught the bug later in his life after being inspired by a poem on misbehaving in senior years.

So far he's had two toadstools and one boat inked onto his skin and BBC Somerset went to see his latest being done - a beehive.

Explosives found in searches following Somerset terror arrest

Police searches in Larne

A "significant amount of terrorist material" has been found during searches in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, police say.

The searches follow the arrest of Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell in Somerset last month, in connection with dissident republicanism.

Mr Maxwell is accused of terror, fraud and drug offences.

The 30-year-old, originally from Larne, has denied the fraud and drug offences and will appear again in court on 19 September in relation to all charges.

Becky Godden murder trial: 'I'm sick' accused told police

Christopher Halliwell told police he was "sick" as he confessed to killing Becky Godden, whose remains were found near Eastleach, Gloucestershire in 2011.

Jurors were told he led police to her body and asked officers if it was "too late to get help".

The court also heard Mr Halliwell allegedly informed Det Supt Steve Fulcher, who was leading the investigation, he would show him the "exact spot" where Miss Godden's body was buried.

He asked what was wrong with him and said to Mr Fulcher: "Normal people don't go round killing each other."

Mr Halliwell denies murdering Becky and the trial continues.

Becky Godden

Ben Prater and his inflatable counterpart

BBC Wiltshire's Ben Prater admits he's often known for spouting a lot of hot air, so on this morning's breakfast show they decided to make a life size model of him...out of balloons.

Dave Hickory has been working with balloons since 1997 but did he manage to successfully make a model of Ben?

Wiltshire magician creates balloon breakfast presenter

Boy, 10, hospitalised after 'racially motivated' attack

Police in Bristol are treating an attack on a 10 year-old boy as racially motivated.

He was treated at Bristol Children's Hospital for injuries to his head and body after the assault at a building site near Station Avenue South in Fishponds last night.

Two boys, aged 11 and 12, are due to be formally interviewed.

The video below shows the boy's injuries.

Bristol shooter determined to win medal at Paralympics

The Paralympic Games begin in Rio tomorrow and Karen Butler from Bristol will be representing Team GB for the fifth time.

Karen, who has spina bifida, will be competing in the shooting.

She came sixth at the 2012 games in London but this time round is determined to return home with a medal.

Cows return to common after 60 years

Dexters on Walton Common
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A Somerset common is being grazed for the first time in decades by cows fitted with electric shock collars.

Walton Common, near Clevedon, has not been grazed for at least 60 years because of a lack of fencing.

Now, in a bid to improve the grassland, an electric cable has been installed underground so cows fitted with shock collars can be introduced to the common.

Becky Godden murder trial: Accused 'led police to body'

Christopher Halliwell

Taxi driver Christopher Halliwell has gone on trial accused of murdering Becky Godden who was last seen in 2003.

Here's what the jury has heard so far today:

  • Mr Halliwell confessed to Becky's killing and led police to her body
  • He denies her murder
  • Becky's body was found in 2011 in a field near Eastleach, Gloucestershire
  • Mr Halliwell, 52, is serving a life sentence for murdering Sian O'Callaghan in 2011

For a full report click here. The case continues.

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Footballer given a break due to 'unbelievable' schedule

Tammy Abraham

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson says he has given striker Tammy Abraham a break due to his "unbelievable" playing schedule.

"He hasn't had more than four days off at any point in the last three years," Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol.

"Rightly or wrongly I've just given him 11 days off because this is a kid that's had 80 games on the spin."

How do you stop a cow from wandering off?

Cows have been let loose on a North Somerset reserve for the first time in decades...with "invisible" electric fencing installed to keep them from roaming off.

Watch: Walton Common has new "invisible" electric fences

Walton Common, near Clevedon, has not been grazed for at least 60 years because of a lack of fencing.

Now, in a bid to improve the grassland, an electric cable has been installed underground so cows fitted with shock collars can be introduced to the common.

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Massive Attack documentary: Milo Johnson revisits their old haunts

Milo Johnson, a member of the The Wild Bunch which was a forerunner to music group Massive Attack, has been revisiting some of his old Bristol haunts.

Milo Johnson revisits some of Massive Attack's old haunts in Bristol

His travels take him back to the place where the band held its first gig, in a rented space in King Street in the city centre.

Unfinished: The making of Massive Attack can be seen on BBC One (West) at 10.45pm, or afterwards via the BBC iPlayer.

Exploring Redcliffe Caves for Doors Open Day

This week we're profiling some of the venues open for Bristol's Doors Open Day

Watch: Redcliffe Caves

Redcliffe Caves were man-made in the 1600s and the red sandstone which was extracted was mixed with minerals to make glass. 

Later, the caves were used to store valuables such as elephant tusks as well as pottery and palm oil.

Rugby: Aled Brew leaves Dragons for Bath trial

Aled Brew
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Wales wing Aled Brew has joined Premiership side Bath on trial from Newport Gwent Dragons in a bid to resurrect his career.

The 30-year-old made only two first-team appearances for Dragons during the 2015-16 season.

Dragons have stated that Brew has left them "by mutual consent".

Former Dragons boss Darren Edwards is now part of Bath's coaching staff.

Rare red panda cubs born at Longleat

Red panda cubs
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The cuteness! Rare twin red panda cubs have been born at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.

It’s only the second time the species, which is endangered in the wild, has bred successfully at the park.

Twin red panda births are extremely rare and keepers say they are delighted with the pair’s progress.

Red panda cubs
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Red panda cubs
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Trial of Becky Godden murder suspect under way

The trial of Christopher Halliwell, 52, has begun at Bristol Crown Court. 

The former taxi driver from Swindon is accused of murdering Becky Godden - a charge which he has denied. He is representing himself in court during the trial.

Miss Godden's body was found in a field in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, in 2011.  

if you want to follow proceedings, BBC reporters Jon Kay (@JonKay01) and Andrew Plant (@Beeb journalist) are tweeting from the courtroom.

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Two military sites in Wiltshire to close

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The Ministry of Defence has announced it is to close 13 military sites across the country, including two in Wiltshire.

Colerne Airfield and Azimghur Barracks in Chippenham are among the sites being shut through the army's Estate Optimisation Strategy programme.

The MoD said the closures will "provide a plan for a smaller, but significantly better, Defence Estate to meet the needs of the Armed Forces".

The Estate Optimisation Strategy programme is expected to contribute £millions towards the army's land release target, and provide space for 160,000 new homes.

Cat's entertainment at pet theatre show

Watch: Krõõt Juurak and Alex Bailey performing for pets

A theatre performance aimed entirely at animals will be giving paws for thought in Bristol later this week.

Dramatic duo Alex Bailey and Krõõt Juurak are bringing their pet project to the Bristol Biennal Festival from 5-8 September.

The pair use their own research and consultations with pet psychologists to tailor their show to their animal audiences.

Dear diary, I need football socks for a 'freak of nature'

Imagine having to supply the football socks to keep a very tall defender happy.

That very issue was something that recently made it into the diary of Bristol City manager Lee Johnson.

Listen: Lee Johnson shares an example of keeping his players happy

Talking to BBC Radio Bristol's Geoff Twentyman, Lee Johnson said he kept a "thoughts diary" to record ways he can get "those little one percents" extra from his team.

The recent example he gave was about finding socks to fit 6'6" defender Aden Flint, who he jokingly described as "a freak of nature".

New robots sought to replace hospital's ageing robotic surgeon

Robotic surgery in Southmead Hospital
Southmead Hospital

Two new surgical robots are being sought to replace an ageing robotic prostate surgeon in Bristol.

Southmead Hospital has launched an appeal to raise £2m to pay for the new machines which offer life-saving treatment.

The hospital is the largest urological centre in the country, treating thousands of prostate cancer patients a year.

Robotic prostate surgery is much better for men suffering with prostate cancer than traditional surgical methods.It’s more accurate, less invasive, causes less blood loss, and reduces the length of stay in hospital. Men also have much better long term prospects for a full recovery.

Anthony KoupparisUrology consultant, Southmead

The headlines from your BBC local radio stations

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BBC Radio Bristol: First Bus has apologised after problems on a main park and ride service in Bristol

BBC Gloucestershire: Concerns have been raised that a major backer of a project to develop the King's Walk shopping area of Gloucester may have walked away

BBC Wiltshire: Proposals which could close 11 of Swindon's 15 libraries go before a public meeting tonight

BBC Somerset: People living in a village near Glastonbury have concerns over a potential increase in the number of heavy goods vehicles travelling through

Massive Attack documentary: The band's beginnings, remembered by Roni Size

Tonight a BBC One documentary will chart the early beginnings of one of the most famous music groups to come out of Bristol.

Massive Attack's debut album, Blue Lines, was released 25 years ago to critical acclaim and commercial success. 

Producer and DJ Roni Size is one of the contributors to the programme...

DJ Roni Size shares a few memories of Massive Attack's beginnings.

Unfinished: The making of Massive Attack can be seen on BBC One (West) at 10.45pm.

Teenager charged with attempted murder in Bristol

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A 17-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after a man, 18, was seriously assaulted in the St Philips area of Bristol. 

The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning and the victim was seriously hurt but police said his injuries were not life-threatening.

The 17-year-old is due to appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court later.

Brexit, 10 weeks on: Benefits, but also concerns

This week BBC Wiltshire is asking businesses what has changed for them since the vote to leave the European Union.

Today the spotlight moves to Chippenham firm Scisys, which makes software for satellite navigation systems.

Chris Cheetham, the firm's chief financial officer, said in the short term the Brexit effect had benefited the company. 

But he has concerns that a potential end to the free movement of workers to and from Europe could affect the business.

How police found Melanie Road's killer

Melanie Road
Melanie Road was murdered in 1984

The man who murdered 17-year-old Melanie Road from Bath, 32 years ago, received a life sentence in May.

She was attacked as she made her way home from a nightclub in 1984. 

Christopher Hampton was caught in 2015 after police linked DNA from her clothing to his daughter.

BBC1's Crimewatch is detailing how detectives caught Hampton after he spent 31 years on the run, and you can watch the first installment by clicking here.

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Behind the doors of Glenside Hospital Museum

This week we're profiling some of the venues open for Bristol's Doors Open Day - a once-a-year event to get into some of the places where the doors are usually shut to the public.

Watch: Glenside Hospital was built in 1861, and shut in 1994

The Glenside Hospital Museum at UWE's Glenside Campus once treated thousands of people who had mental health illnesses. It was also used as as a military hospital in World War One.

Now the museum wants to encourage a debate about mental health care, using its exhibits featuring former treatment methods, such as electro-shock therapy machines.

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Welcome to Tuesday! 

As always we'll be bringing you the latest news, sport and travel from across the West of England until 10pm this evening.  

It's expected to be a very humid day which may see some spots of drizzle but will remain mostly dry and sunny. 

Temperatures could reach up to 25C and there may be mist this evening.