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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday 24 February 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Goodnight from the Local Live team

Foo Fighters
PA

We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of the Foo Fighter's much anticipated Glastonbury Festival announcement this evening.

The band announced they will play the Pyramid Stage on Saturday, 24 June  during a secret show for fans in Frome, Somerset - their first in 18 months.

Festival organiser Michael Eavis introduced them on stage, confirming they were playing.

Singer and guitarist Dave Grohl said: "So, who knew? How did you know? You just can't keep a... secret any more."

We'll be back again from 7am on Monday, have a great weekend until then.

Before we go, here's the latest weather with Ian Fergusson. 

Watch: Here's a look at this weekend's weather with Ian Fergusson

Billie Piper back in home town of Swindon

New lock keepers wanted for Kennet and Avon Canal

Watch: Canal and River Trust on the hunt for new lock keepers

Volunteers to keep the tradition of lock-keeping alive on the Kennet and Avon Canal are being sought. 

The Canal and River Trust said it needs more help operating locks and dealing with visitors on the 87-mile stretch of water in Wiltshire.

The charity said the offer was open to anyone over the age of 18 and it would provide training.

Gunner's turret fetches £2,600 in auction

Sapling of 300-year-old tree planted

Watch: The old walnut tree was destroyed in a storm

A sapling germinated from a much-loved walnut tree in Swindon which was destroyed by a storm have been planted this afternoon. 

The 300-year-old tree had pride of place overlooking the lake at the town's Lydiard Park but was brought down in a storm in 2013. 

Local gardener Mike Critchley had collected some of its walnuts with his son, today he planted the young tree by the site of the original.  

Wasps v Gloucester: Team news

Joe Simpson
Getty Images

Gloucester make two changes, with Lewis Ludlow coming in for Ross Moriarty, who is on Six Nations duty with Wales.

Salesi Ma'afu, forced off injured during the win over Saracens, is replaced by Paul Doran-Jones.

Could beavers be reintroduced in the Forest?

Watch: The Forestry Commission is exploring the possibility

Beavers have been absent from the Forest of Dean for 400 years - but there's a chance they could be reintroduced to help control flooding. 

The Forestry Commission is looking at options for natural flood management near Lydbrook and it's understood that could involve beavers.

Yarnold fourth after first day at Worlds

Lizzie Yarnold's first run leaves her sitting in fourth position going into the last day of the Skeleton World Championships in Konigssee, Germany.

Watch: Lizzie Yarnold fourth in Skeleton World Championships after first day in Germany

Foo Fighters in Frome: Lots of love for the Foo's Glasto announcement

It's fair to say most fans are pretty happy these rockers are performing at Worthy Farm later this year, and it's a thumbs up for how they went about telling everyone with a secret gig at the Cheese and Grain in Frome.

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Foo Fighters in Frome: Glastonbury Festival clear up date confusion

Foo Fighters in Frome: Questions over which night they'll headline Glasto

A few minutes ago, the Foo Fighters announced they would indeed be the headline act at Glastonbury Festival this year - although there seems to be a little confusion as to whether they'll be taking to the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday or the Sunday night.

Michael Eavis said "Saturday 25th June", but the 25th is a Sunday, not a Saturday...so the speculation continues.

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Breaking Foo Fighters in Frome: Michael Eavis announces Glastonbury headliners

Foo Fighters and Michael and Emily Eavis
Foo Fighters

After much speculation and excitement, one of the biggest rock bands in the world has begun its gig in Somerset.

Some 700 fans have got tickets to see the live show at the Cheese and Grain - and it's also being live-streamed here  for fans who weren't lucky enough to get a ticket.

As anticipated, this is one big stunt to let everyone know that they will be headlining Glastonbury Festival this year.

The live stream began with a video showing them being taken to the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm by Michael and Emily Eavis in a brief skit.

The Foo Fighters were told the stage wasn't ready but there was a great local venue down the road, which they could check to see if it was free for them to play.

This crossed to the live stream inside the Cheese and Grain where they were introduced by Michael Eavis as the headline act for the festival.

Dave Grohl
Foo Fighters

Injecting some fun into a trip to Ikea

Watch: Alistair Colley from Chippenham planned his prank a year ago

Furniture shopping isn't everyone's idea of a good time. 

Here's how a dad from Chippenham has made his visit to IKEA a little more interesting, using his wedding photographs.

Toddler shooting sentence: Parent's reaction

A Bristol man who shot a crying toddler in the head with an air rifle has been jailed for two years at Bristol Crown Court. 

Jordan Walters left 18-month-old Harry Studley with lifelong injuries when he fired at him last July.

During sentencing, Judge Julian Lambert said: "Only the resolution of Harry in his fight for life and the brilliance of the surgical team saved him. 

"But for your grossly irresponsible behaviour, Harry Studley would today be a bouncing little boy with unlimited expectations ahead of him in life." 

The judge also said Harry is showing symptoms of epilepsy and has badly impaired vision "and will so suffer for life".

His parents, Ed Studley and Amy Allen spoke to our Home Affairs Correspondent Charlotte Callen.

Watch: Ed Studley and Amy Allen speak after Jordan Walters was jailed for shooting their son with an air rifle

Newcastle United v Bristol City: Team news

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Rex Features

Bristol City are still without striker Tammy Abraham, so Matty Taylor and Milan Djuric could continue up front.

But head coach Lee Johnson may choose to make changes after his side lost 2-0 at home to Fulham on Wednesday.

Estate agent fined £200k after woman fell down well

An estate agents has been fined £200,000 after a house hunter fell down a 30ft foot well in a garden of a property she was being shown around. 

She suffered head injuries and still has post-traumatic stress disorder after the fall in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, in April last year. 

Swindon Magistrates heard how the woman had stepped onto a wooden board which gave way and she was trapped down the well, submerged in water, for an hour.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found Strakers in Devizes had been warned about the well and the board didn't look safe. 

Strakers admitted breaching Health and Safety laws. 


          The woman fell down the well in the garden of a property in Malmesbury
Malmesbury Fire Station

Foo Fighters in Frome: At the scene

Clinton Rogers

BBC Points West reporter

Foo Fighters gig at Cheese and Grain
BBC

It's the worst kept secret ever - the Foo Fighters, who are one of the most popular rock bands in the world, have been rumoured to be playing here at the Cheese and Grain in Frome for a couple of days.

But if it was a secret, it's not anymore because one of the band's guitarists, Pat Smear - even I remember him from his days with Nirvana - was here signing autographs for about 50 people. There's great excitement among the small crowd as you might imagine.

It's long been rumoured they may also be playing Glastonbury this year. They were meant to be heading there a few years ago but the lead singer broke his leg and they've been trying to rearrange ever since.

We think, and a lot of people think, they're using this is a PR stunt to announce to the world they will be headlining the festival.

Foo Fighters in Frome
BBC

Severe accident: A370 Somerset both ways

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A370 Somerset both ways severe accident, between B3140 Brent Road and Eastertown.

A370 Somerset - A370 Bridgwater Road in East Brent closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B3140 Brent Road junction and the Eastertown junction, because of an accident involving two cars.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Bristol v Bath: Team news

Jonathan Joseph
Rex Features

Bottom-of-the-table Bristol make eight changes to the team that lost at Leicester Tigers last week.

Former Wales international Gavin Henson starts at fly-half for the first time since October after injury.

Bath can call on the services of Jonathan Joseph after the centre was left out of the England squad for the Six Nations game against Italy.

Scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i and flanker Francois Louw both miss out because of suspension.

Severe accident: A350 Wiltshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A350 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between A363 Westbury Road and Bratton Road.

A350 Wiltshire - A350 Yarnbrook Road in Yarnbrook closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Yarnbrook Roundabout and the Bratton Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Bus boycott campaigner honoured in exhibition

Paul Stephenson (l) with Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees
Bristol City Council

The life and work of a Bristol civil rights leader is being celebrated in a special exhibition at City Hall.

A collection of 10 banners tell the story of Dr Paul Stephenson, a former youth club worker who led a  boycott in the 1960s protesting against the racist policies of the Bristol Omnibus Company.

The four-month campaign forced the bus company to change its stance and was also influential in the passing of the Race Relations Act 1965. 

Never did I think that one day there would be displays and exhibitions telling people about me or the things we did during those difficult times. I am pleased though to see that the stand we took and the fight that we fought is still remembered and shared. Where once I was the one fighting, today I look to our current leaders, and the next generation of Bristolians, to carry on our message of equality and fraternity."

Dr Paul Stephenson

Points West 60: Birds rescued from oil spill (1996)

Watch: Birds get cleaned up at Somerset animal centre after oil spill

Points West is 60 years old this year and to mark the occasion we're looking through the archives. 

Two decades ago, a number of birds had to be rescued after the Sea Empress ran aground off the Welsh coast, spilling 72,000 tonnes of crude oil into the sea.

Many of the bids were cleaned up at West Hatch Animal Centre in Somerset.

Toddler shooting sentence: Harry's struggles continue say parents

Jordan Walters
Avon and Somerset Police

The parents of a toddler who was shot in the head with an air rifle have released a statement after the man who shot their son was sentenced to two years in jail at Bristol Crown Court today.

Ed Studley and Amy Allen said in a statement: "Today we would like to say that justice has been seen to be done and Jordan Walters who caused Harry harm and such serious injuries has been dealt with by the court.

"Harry’s struggles continue and will do for the rest of his life and that cannot be changed. Fortunately we still have Harry in our lives. We are looking forwards now and not backwards."

Air rifle used to shoot Harry Studley
Avon and Somerset Police

Jordan Walters had previously admitted causing Harry Studley GBH after shooting him in the head with an air rifle, which he believed was not loaded at the time.

Harry's parents also want to see changes made to the law to make people with high-powered air rifles more responsible for their actions.

Severe accident: A350 Wiltshire both ways

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A350 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between A363 Westbury Road and A361.

A350 Wiltshire - A350 Yarnbrook Road closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Yarnbrook Roundabout in Yarnbrook and the A361 junction in Semington, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Three men charged after ex-nuclear bunker cannabis discovery

Cannabis factory
Wiltshire Police

Three men have been charged following a police raid which uncovered a huge cannabis farm growing in an ex-nuclear bunker in Wiltshire.

Martin Fillery, 45, of Pedwell Hill, Ashcott, Bridgwater, Plamen Nguyen, 27, of Bartholomews Square, Horfield, Bristol, and Ross Winter, 30, of Maytree Avenue, Bristol, have been charged with conspiracy to produce a quantity of cannabis - a class B drug, abstracting electricity without authority and conspiring to hold another person in slavery/servitude. 

All three remain in custody and will appear at Swindon Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Three other men arrested at the site are being released without charge, police said.

BreakingJail for man who shot toddler in the head

Harry Studley
Avon and Somerset Police

A man who shot a toddler in the head with an air rifle has been jailed for two years.

Jordan Walters had previously admitted causing GBH after Harry Studley, then aged 18 months, was shot at a block of flats in Bristol last July. 

Emma Horseman, who denied GBH by aiding or abetting the shooting, was acquitted by a Bristol Crown Court jury.  

Walters' barrister told the court he recognised the impact of his reckless act and "could not forgive himself for that". 

During sentencing at Bristol Crown Court, Judge Lambert said Walters' act was "grossly irresponsible".

"It's explicit that you didn't mean to harm him but you took a risk," he added. 

Taxi driver sought after fatal crash

Beechcroft Road, Swindon
Google

Police are asking a taxi driver who could have witnessed a fatal crash in Swindon yesterday to come forward.

A 32-year-old woman was killed in the collision involving a road maintenance vehicle outside Arkells Brewery on Beechcroft Road, Upper Stratton at about 4.30pm. She was on her way to collect her child from a minder.

Detectives say a taxi was seen turning right at the time of the crash.

We would like to speak to that taxi driver, if that is you please come forward. We know you were not involved in the collision but we would like to speak to you as a key witness."

PC Steve HuttonWiltshire Police

Foo Fighters fan confident the band is playing Frome

Watch: Lee Archer from Bath has tickets for a gig at the Cheese and Grain

The Foo Fighters may be a US rock band used to filling giant stadiums but tonight it appears they're in Frome, in Somerset, at an arts centre. 

Clinton Rogers met the fan who is first in the queue at the Cheese and Grain venue and is confident he has a ticket to see his favourite band.

Rugby: Louw's appeal against ban dismissed

Francois Louw
Rex Features

Bath flanker Francois Louw will serve a two-week ban after his  appeal against the decision  was dismissed.

The 31-year-old South Africa international was found guilty of tip-tackling scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone in the first half of his side's  win over Harlequins  last Saturday.

The Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel said they were "satisfied" that the initial decision was correct.

He will be able to make his first-team return against Saracens on 26 March.

Stolen pregnant sheep found in transit van

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, between J13 for A419 and J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J13, A419 (Stroud) and J14, B4509 (Thornbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Roads closed by storm-damage building

Watch: A major city route was shut on Thursday

A 22-year-old woman was injured on Thursday when she was hit by a piece of a building, on Bond Street South in Bristol, which fell off during Storm Doris.

Bristol City Council says it is liaising with the building owners, and safety inspections are currently under way. 

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Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

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M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, between J10 for A4019 and J11 for A40 Golden Valley Bypass Gloucester.

M5 Gloucestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 southbound between J10, A4019 (Cheltenham) and J11, A40 (Gloucester), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

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M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, at J22 for M49.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 eastbound at J22 M49, because of a broken down lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Football: 'Don't moan and groan during the game' - City chairman appeals to fans

Company takes over hospital's day surgery cases

Watch: Daycase UK is 70% owned by the hospital and 30% by an American company

Patients at Yeovil District Hospital undergoing keyhole surgery, or procedures not involving an overnight stay, could soon have their treatment provided by a private company rather than the NHS.

The hospital has created a new company to carry out all of its planned day surgery. 

It says the new venture, which is part owned by an American company, will reduce waiting lists and cut the number of cancelled operations. 

But the union representing dozens of nurses, who'll be transferred to the company from the NHS, isn't happy and have written to the trust to express concerns. 

I'm a Celeb star turns to BBC local radio

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Homes Under The Hammer presenter and I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant Martin Roberts will soon be on the airwaves in Wiltshire.

The property expert is taking over Friday mornings on BBC Wiltshire from Friday 10 March.

I started my career in BBC Local Radio and truly believe it is one of the cornerstones of UK broadcasting. Wiltshire is an outstanding and diverse county, and I look forward to bringing as much of its character and stories to the airwaves as possible over the coming weeks.

Martin Roberts

Are the Foos headlining Glasto or not then?

Foo Fighters
BBC

The rumours have been circulating for weeks.

Well, ever since they pulled their headline slot in 2015 after Dave Grohl broke his leg actually.

Ticket holders got excited earlier this week when fans on the band's mailing list got mysterious boarding cards carrying the name of a fictional airline, Obelisk Airlines - which had a Pyramid as its logo.

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Now, a new ticket appears to have been issued, for a gig in Frome, Somerset tonight. 

For non-geography experts that's approximately 15 miles from Worthy Farm, where Glasto is held.

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The Cheese & Grain in Frome has released a statement saying: "We have a strictly private event at the Cheese and Grain this Friday 24th February. 

"There will be no tickets available at all to anyone who has not already been invited.

The cafe bar is a not-for-profit company and charity.  

So, by the time we come back to you on Monday, Dave and co. could have already sized up new pairs of wellies for June.

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