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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 8 September 2016

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We're heading off for the evening, BBC Local Live will be back tomorrow morning from 7am with all of the latest news and updates.

Before we go here's a look at the weather map, with warm temperatures continuing through to Friday afternoon.

Rio Paralympics: Today's round-up

The Paralympics didn't start so well for Gloucester footballer Jack Rutter, captain of the GB 7-a-side team, for players with cerebral palsy or an acquired brain injury.

His side lost 2-1 against hosts Brazil at the Deodoro Stadium in Group A.

Jack Rutter
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Meanwhile Wiltshire's Stephanie Millward qualified for tonight's final of the S8 400m freestyle race.

Stephanie, who has multiple sclerosis, finished second in her heat and will be back in action just before 10pm.

There's also been a disappointing start for Bristol's Karen Butler who failed to qualify for the women's 10m air rifle standing earlier today.

She goes again in the 50m event on Tuesday.

Payne leads Glos to win over Glamorgan

David Payne
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David Payne stars with bat and ball as Gloucestershire beat Glamorgan by 10 wickets inside three days.

He followed a career-best 67 not out with a four-wicket haul to dismiss Glamorgan for 232.

The visitors needed just 90 to win and got home inside 20 overs.

Tour of Britain: Crowds flock to Bath for stage five climax

There was huge excitement at the finishing line of the Tour of Britain today.

Jack Bauer from New Zealand won today's stage of the race in front of huge crowds in Bath.

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Imogen Sellers was soaking up the atmosphere in Bath's Victoria Park.  

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Police 'cock-up' over map

Map of crime scene
Avon and Somerset Police

So you might call this a bit of a cock-up by the cops...

This map issued by Avon and Somerset Police, in an attempt to find witnesses to a serious assault, looks like a "giant penis", according to some people on social media. 

The police issued the image earlier this week after a man was stabbed in Shirehampton, Bristol, and now the similarity has been pointed out on social media and reported by the Bristol Post

The police have since issued a new map.

"Whatever the map may have resembled should not distract from the severity of the crime", a spokesman said.

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Ask the owner: A Q&A with Bristol Rovers' Wael Al Quadi

Wael Al Qadi has been taking questions from Bristol Rovers fans after a special BBC Radio Bristol programme live from the Memorial Ground tonight.

Here are some of his answers.

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And for those listening to this weekend's match, a special treat for fans.

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Severn Bridge at 50: Vintage car procession marks anniversary

The Severn Bridge marks a special anniversary today - 50 years of carrying traffic from England to Wales. To mark the occasion a special procession of vintage cars travelled across the bridge earlier today.

Scott Ellis also heard some memories of those people who saw it being built back in the 1960s.

Hoopoe bird rescued in Bridgwater

Police hunt wanted man in Chard

Chard
Marcus Evans

A number of roads were closed in Chard, Somerset, earlier this evening as police searched for a wanted man.

The man, from London, was wanted for failing to appear in court and was tracked to the town in a car. 

Officers in the police helicopter saw him enter a building and he was later arrested.

Cresta Leisure Centre said people had trouble leaving their site at around 5.30-6pm because Hellier Road and Coombe Street were shut.

They said there was a heavy police presence in the area and there were reports of people carrying guns.

The centre is now operating as usual and police have confirmed the incident is over and did not involve firearms.

Chard
Marcus Evans
Chard
Marcus Evans
Chard
Marcus Evans
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Tour of Britain: Excitement for Gloucestershire pupils

The children of Tuffley Primary School in Gloucester have enjoyed a prime viewing spot for the Tour of Britain today - and a day out of the classroom.

Our reporter Steve Knibbs spoke to Sam who was looking out for Bradley Wiggins, along with headteacher Will Greenwood.

University to catalogue stage designer Oliver Messel's personal collection

The University of Bristol Theatre Collection has received £73,000 from the Heritage Lottery fund to catalogue the personal archive of one of the 20th Century's foremost theatrical designers, Oliver Messel.

Oliver Messel
Harvard Theatre Collection, Harvard University

He was one of the "bright young things" of 1920s London and rubbed shoulders with Cecil Beaton and Rex Whistler. 

The University has acquired 75,000 of his personal items and now want to make them available for research.

Theatrical and costume designs
University of Bristol Theatre Collection

Olive, who died in 1978, designed the costumes for famous films such as Romeo and Juliet (1936) and was the art director for Caesar and Cleopatra (1945).

Cleopatra mask
University of Bristol Theatre Collection

Special programme puts spotlight on Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers is the focus of a special BBC Radio Bristol programme tonight.

Geoff Twentyman is broadcasting live from the Memorial Stadium and will be joined by the new Jordanian owner of the club, Wael Al Quadi.

There will also be a special screening of Inside Out West's new film about the club's new owner. That programme goes out on BBC 1 in the West at 7.45pm on Monday.

BBC Radio Bristol will also be streaming the show on their Facebook page.

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Severn Bridge at 50: Your memories

It's 50 years since the Severn Bridge opened and Peter Capnos got in touch to offer his memories of its early days.

In the early days, the cost of a crossing was 2/6. Shortly after the bridge opened, books of pre-paid tickets could be purchased to save worrying about loose change at the toll booth.

An old Severn Bridge ticket
Peter Capnos

During a recent clear out of old paperwork, I came across two books of these tickets with a total of 14 unused pre-paid journeys, though I wouldn't fancy my chances of using them now!

An old Severn Bridge ticket
Peter Capnos

The earlier ones issued by Gloucestershire County Council probably date from shortly after the bridge was opened, and the green ones issued by Avon County Council from the mid 1970s, by which time the Welsh language had been recognised.

Peter Capnos

Becky Godden murder trial: Accused 'had scratches on face'

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

A taxi driver had scratches on his face and appeared "distressed and upset" after he allegedly murdered a sex worker, a court is told.

Christopher Halliwell, 52, denies killing Becky Godden between 1 January 2003 and 3 April 2008.

Miss Godden was last seen alive getting into a taxi outside a club in Swindon. Later Mr Halliwell told his GP a passenger assaulted him, the court was told.

"I... noted that Mr Halliwell had scratches to his face... consistent with a fight.

"I can remember that Mr Halliwell was emotionally distressed and upset while telling me about what had happened to him," GP Dr Phillip Mayes said.

The case continues.

Warning over cuts to children's centres in Bath

Pete Simson

Broadcast Journalist

Bath Guildhall
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After much outcry back in 2014, it seems Bath and North East Somerset Council are once again looking at closing some children's centres in a bid to save money.

Two years ago thousands of people signed a petition resisting large-scale funding cuts and possible closure of Bath and North East Somerset’s 11 children’s centres. 

Then, extra funding was found to keep them all open, albeit relying heavily on the use of volunteers.

Now it would appear the provision of children’s centres is back on the agenda, the idea being to keep just 3 open.

Councils across the country are struggling with the costs of their children’s services but they also have a legal duty to provide for those who need it.

I expect this news to go down very badly once more with parents across the area.

Topping out ceremony at Keynsham's former Cadbury factory

A special ceremony has taken place on the roof of the former Cadbury factory in Keynsham.

It's been renamed The Chocolate Quarter and will house a retirement community as well as new retail developments.

During the ceremony a special top hat was fitted to a gas flue which stands 85 ft tall.

Left to right: President of the St Monica Trust, Charles Griffiths, The High Sheriff of Bristol, Ms Helen Wilde, the High Sheriff of Somerset, Edward Bayntun-Coward Esq and St Monica Trust’s Chief Executive, David Williams
St Monica Trust
Photo of the topping out plaque
St Monica Trust

The financial benefit of the Tour of Britain

Where the tour goes, spectators also go. Thousands of people have turned out to watch the Tour of Britain as it winds through the West, and this can mean big financial benefits for local businesses.

Andrew Foulkes is the General Manager of the Abbey Hotel in Bath.

Lee Haskins labels opponent a 'grumpy old man'

Lee Haskins
Rex Features

Bristol boxer Lee Haskins has called Stuart Hall a "grumpy old man" ahead of their world title fight.

The two step into the ring together on Saturday as Haskins makes a second defence of his IBF bantamweight belt.

He doesn't like me more than I don't like him - I've got no problems with him. You'd think it was pantomime wouldn't you, but he definitely has some serious bad blood against me.

Lee Haskins

Parliament: Labour praises Prime Minister for pausing Hinkley nuclear deal

The government risks blundering into "a gigantic financial and technological disaster" if it pursues plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley, MPs have heard.

Labour Shadow Cabinet Minister Paul Flynn praised the Prime Minister for pausing to review the deal.

The Leader of the Commons, David Lidington, said an announcement would come "very soon".

Watch: "We intend to take a decision on this very soon," said David Lidington

Welsh or English? 50 years of the original Severn Bridge

The Severn Area Rescue Association base is under the bridge
Severn Area Rescue Association
The Severn Area Rescue Association base is under the bridge in the spot from where the Aust ferry used to cross

Is the bridge part of England or Wales? Its history has linked the two for 50 years, building a unique identity for those who live in its shadow.

Chris Wood, from BBC Wales, has written about the colourful history of the structure, click here to read his article.

Head and deputy head leave top-rated Taunton school

Parkfield Primary School, Taunton
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A head and deputy headteacher have left an OFSTED outstanding rated school in Taunton at short notice. 

Parents at Parkfield Primary School were sent a letter by the Chair of the Governors on Monday, stating that Lisa Marchant and her deputy "were not in school". 

The letter said it wouldn't be appropriate to discuss the personal circumstances of a staff member but that the governors and local authority had been working to make sure interim leadership was in place.

The letter also added that there were no issues affecting pupil safety or educational performance. The interim head will be Steve Owen.

Video: BBC Gloucestershire's live broadcasts on the TOB

The Tour of Britain
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Crowds of people are expected to turn out to welcome the Tour of Britain cyclists who've now entered the West on their way through Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and onto Bath.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire has reporters at the following locations, from where they expect to broadcast live video of the event atmosphere via their Facebook page.

  • Cinderford
  • Westbury 
  • Gloucester
  • Stroud 
  • Dursley 

Even if you miss these exact timings, of course you can play back the videos and enjoy the atmosphere and excitement all over again.

Video: The first people who crossed the Severn Bridge

BBC archive: the day the Severn Bridge opened 50 years ago

Here's some cracking archive footage from the BBC of the first people who crossed the Severn Bridge when it first opened 50 years ago.

September: Spiders and school

At least that's how the old saying goes and here's proof those little critters are hard at work, this time on the aerials of the BBC Somerset radio car.

I wonder if they are taking refuge in the wing mirrors.

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Giant living anemones create a new home for clown fish

Clownfish, Bristol Aquarium
Bristol Aquarium

Clownfish at the Bristol Aquarium are settling into their homes  - some large anemones - ahead of their breeding season.

Apparently those seeking out and nesting in the largest, healthiest ones, are the most successful at having the most babies.

Olivia Orchart from the aquarium said: "We have added more than a dozen different anemones to their display, including the so-called magnificent sea anemone which can grow up to a metre in diameter."

Clownfish
Bristol Aquarium
Clownfish
Bristol Aquarium

"There are also 10 new bubble tip anemones along with a large number of bright yellow malu anemones.

"Hopefully the massive choice of accommodation will encourage the clownfish to pair off and start families of their own," she added.

Vintage cars celebrating a vintage bridge

As part of the celebrations for the Severn Bridge's 50th anniversary, a vintage car procession is taking place across the bridge...

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After the procession, a celebration event will take place attended by civil engineers who have worked on the bridge over the last 50 years.

How the Tour of Britain cyclists are affecting bus services today...

Becky Godden murder trial: Defendant arrives in court

The man accused of murdering Swindon woman, Becky Godden has arrived in court.

Christopher Halliwell, who is representing himself in the trial. denies murdering Miss Godden who was a sex worker, between 1 January 2003 and 3 April 2008.

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BBC Somerset's 'Carterella' panto: A message from Buttons

Jack Murley's been on stage at The McMillan Theatre for the first time ahead of Carterella for BBC Children in Need.  

So far, more than 500 tickets have been sold for the two performances but the show's producer, BBC Somerset's Dean Poolman, has said there are still more than 100 available.

Before the Severn Bridge: Your memories of the Aust Ferry

Watch: How passengers used to travel between Wales and England before the bridge

There's been some lovely comments on the BBC Bristol Facebook page of your memories of the Aust Ferry which used to carry over passengers from Wales to England.

Here's a selection of them:

John Morton: My late parents caught the ferry to Beachley, but the tide caught the ferrymen out. The ferry grounded before it reached the shipway. The ferrymen waded ashore leaving the passengers stranded. Those cars in the centre of the ferry were given drinks by the other passengers. When the tide turned the ferrymen waded back to the ferry. The passengers demanded to be returned to Aust and a refund as they had spent the whole day stranded.

Jane Moreton: We used to time it so that we ate our picnics while we were queuing, and sometimes we swapped food with other people - it was a friendly thing to do.

Graham Bennett: Yes you had to queue but no-one moaned or blew horns that was the day's when people talked to one another. When you drove on you we're on a turntable and they pulled the ropes around and put your car in the right place.

You can watch more about the Severn Bridge in this special programme on the BBC iPlayer.

Man charged with causing death by dangerous driving after Nailsea crash

Nailsea fatal crash
BBC

A man, 23, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in connection with a fatal collision in Nailsea.

James Bisset, of Yatton, has also been charged with:

  • causing serious injury by dangerous driving
  • driving a motor vehicle while above the legal alcohol limit
  • driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a controlled drug over the specified limit
  • possession of a class A drug (cocaine)

The charges relate to a collision between a car and pedestrians in Clevedon Road, Nailsea, in the early hours of 14 February. 

One of the pedestrians, 18-year-old Alex Gould, died from the crash.

Video: Exploring Clifton's hidden railway

All this week we're looking at some of the venues that will be open for Bristol's Doors Open Day this weekend. For some places this is a once-in-a-year opportunity.

Clifton Rocks Railway was a funicular railway carved out of the cliffs of the Avon Gorge originally designed to link people in Hotwells with the shops and businesses in Clifton. 

Maggie Shapland will be there to show visitors around on Doors Open Day...

Watch: Maggie Shapland guides visitors around Clifton Rocks Railway

Archive video: Severn Bridge crossing 'a dream come true'

Here's some more of the BBC's report 50 years ago on the official opening of the Severn Bridge:

Love cycling? Here's the Tour of Britain timings for today

OK they are very precise but these cyclists, as you can imagine, are super fast so you need to get in place in time or you'll miss them whizzing through.

There's more exact information on the TOB website.

TOB Britain Stage 5
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