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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday 28 February 2017

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That's it for today - prepare for a wet morning

Weather map for the West
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That's it from BBC Local Live for the West of England - we'll be back online with more live updates from 7am tomorrow.

And it looks like it's going to be a pretty wet morning across the region.

Moon tourists likely to use 'free return trajectory'

Watch: Libby Jackson explains the likely journey

A tourist mission to the Moon is being planned for late 2018.

It's "very exciting" according to Libby Jackson, from Keynsham, who is the human space flight manager for the Wiltshire-based UK Space Agency.

She says the flight would probably use a "free return trajectory" which means using the Moon's gravity to loop around it and make it back to Earth.

She says the two wealthy tourists booked on the first flight to the Moon since 1972 could pave the way for the masses to eventually experience space travel.

Football: The full-time scores are (almost all) in

Jonathan Kodija
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Jonathan Kodija, who was sold by City last year, scored Villa's first goal

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  • Tranmere Rovers v Forest Green Rovers  postponed
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Moon flight safety a 'huge challenge'

Watch: Libby Jackson explains how safe space travel is for tourists

It's been reported that US private rocket company SpaceX has taken bookings from two private citizens to be sent around the Moon .

Libby Jackson, from Keynsham, is the human space flight manager for the Wiltshire-based UK Space Agency and spoke about the news on BBC Breakfast.

She says the 300,000 mile journey would take about a week and says there are always risks with space flight.

Rugby: Bath sign Bristol hooker Brooker

Chris Brooker
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Bath have signed Bristol hooker Chris Brooker on loan until the end of the season .

The 30-year-old, who had a spell with Bath between 2006 and 2010, has made seven appearances this season.

Director of rugby Todd Blackadder said: "We're really pleased to have been able to bring someone who has as much experience as Chris in."

Poaching gangs 'on the rise' on Exmoor

Red deer
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Rangers on Exmoor claim there has been an increase in the number of red deer being killed illegally. 

Exmoor National Park Authority has reported a growing number of poaching groups going out at night.

Avon and Somerset Police say they take poaching seriously and their local team on Exmoor is very much aware of the issues.

In certain circumstances there's anywhere between four to eight deer getting taken off site. There's threats to farmers, threats to landowners, gates are left open and then you're left with livestock left out in the open at night. We've had gates driven through, we even found a couple of weeks ago a deer that was butchered on the moor, and this is going into the food chain.

Richard EalesExmoor National Park Authority

Football: Half-time now for Rovers

Football: Five games and two goals scored at half-time


          Gary O'Neil of Bristol City evades Andre Green of Aston Villa
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  • Forest Green's away game at Tranmere Rovers postponed .

Dyson to turn airfield into tech campus

Watch: "We've grown so fast over the last four years," said Sir James

Wiltshire-based firm Dyson has bought Hullavington airfield to turn it into a multi-million pound research and development centre. 

The airfield is a 517-acre site, near to the company's headquarters in Malmesbury, and will be its third site in the UK. 

It's hoped staff will be able to move into the old hangars by the end of year. 

Explorer collects 'special' knighthood from Buckingham Palace

David Hempleman-Adams receives award from Prince William
BBC

Wiltshire explorer Sir David Hempleman-Adams, 60, collected his knighthood from Prince William at Buckingham Palace earlier today. 

The Knight Commander of the Victorian Order is a special award from the Queen. 

Sir David Hempleman-Adams
BBC

Sir David, from Box, said: "It was a personal gift from the Queen - so being in Buckingham Palace, it just felt a tremendous honour." 

The honour is in recognition of his services to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.

London-to-Bristol taxi ride error blamed on customer

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Uber has refunded a £467 taxi fee after a London customer was driven 280 miles to Bristol by mistake.

Aaron Wray, 18, was trying to get to Croydon from Brixton on Sunday but the journey - which should've taken 30 minutes - went via the West Country and lasted more than five hours.

Uber has said the mistake was definitely Aaron's.

"We've tried to contact the rider, but our systems show they set an address in Bristol as their destination," a spokesperson told BBC's Newsbeat.

"When they arrived and it became clear this was an error, the driver returned to London to drop them off in Croydon."

Driving ban footballer fined £3,000

Islam Feruz
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Footballer Islam Feruz has been fined £3,000 after driving an £80,000 Porsche while disqualified.

The 21-year-old, who is currently on loan at Swindon Town from Chelsea, appeared at Glasgow's Justice of the Peace Court to be sentenced for the driving offences he admitted last month.

He also pleaded guilty to driving in Nelson Street, Glasgow, without any insurance on 9 September, 2015.

His not guilty plea to telling police he was someone else was accepted.

Football: Five teams from the West playing later

A general view of Villa Park Stadium
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Five sides from the West are in league action tonight - all kicking off at 7.45pm.

Tune in to your BBC local radio stations for commentary and updates, or follow text updates on the BBC Sport website .

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Remembering 60 years of flipping pancakes

Watch: Archive footage of pancake day events across the West

BBC Points West, which is celebrating its 60th birthday this year, has raided its archives on pancake day. 

Are you one of the runners in the 1959 Wrington pancake race? Is that you with a frying pan in Gloucester in 1982?

More Dyson jobs promised for the West

Sir James Dyson
PA

Inventor Sir James Dyson has announced plans for a new research and development centre at Hullavington in Wiltshire.

The billionaire who invented the Dyson vacuum cleaner brand wants to expand his UK operation.

Hullavington Campus
Dyson

The centre will be located on a 517-acre former Ministry of Defence site near Dyson's Malmesbury HQ.

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After 25 years of UK growth, and continuing expansion globally, we are fast outgrowing our Malmesbury Campus. The 517-acre Hullavington Campus is an investment for our future, creating a global hub for our research and development endeavours. It will enable us to continue creating world-class products and jobs right here in the Cotswolds.

Sir James Dyson

Flood warnings for two areas on the Somerset coast

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Two flood warnings are in place on the Somerset coast.  

More information can be found on the government's flood warning map by clicking here .

Both warnings relate to Dunster and Porlock Weir. 

The warning advises "overtopping and onshore flooding may occur as a result of high water levels combined with strong winds. The time of the forecast high water is 8.15pm".

Severe accident: A3094 Wiltshire both ways

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A3094 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between Saxon Road and Montague Road.

A3094 Wiltshire - A3094 Netherhampton Road in Salisbury closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Saxon Road junction and the Montague Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Shotgun killing in 1990 to be reviewed by police

Tony Alliss
Alliss family

Detectives are to review the killing of a man 27 years ago.

Tony Alliss died in July 1990 in woodland near Stroud following a long-running boundary dispute with his neighbours. Two men were accused of his murder but the trial collapsed. 

Now police say they will look at the case again, to see if there's any new evidence that could lead to a re-investigation.

Brother Bob Alliss believes forensic evidence uncovered by the family "raises questions" about what was heard at the trial. 

Click here if you want to read more. 

Travel: A303 shut near Ilminster following lorry and car crash

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Highways England say the single carriageway section was closed in both directions following an incident at 2pm involving an HGV and a car.

It's expected to be shut for several hours.

  • Westbound diversion = via the A358 at Horton Cross, with traffic joining the A30 towards Upottery before rejoining the A303. 
  • Eastbound diversion = Traffic is advised to follow the reverse of the above (A30 and A358 before rejoining the A303 at Horton Cross)

Phantom of the Opera live performance by cathedral organist

Watch: Gloucester Cathedral's organist play the soundtrack to the 1925 silent movie version of The Phantom of the Opera

Gloucester Cathedral's organist is to accompany the 1925 silent movie version of The Phantom of the Opera this weekend. 

Jonathan Hope will improvise the soundtrack to the original Lon Chaney black and white film. 

He'll be joined by silent film specialist Dr Jon Burrows from Warwick University, 

Londoner gets Uber to Brixton via Bristol

The journey receipt
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A man in London has ended up paying £467 for an Uber fare after accidentally going via Bristol.

Aaron Wray, 18, was trying to get from Croydon to Brixton - both in London - on Sunday, in a journey that should have taken 30 minutes.

But Uber claims he entered the wrong destination on the app and, after falling asleep, went on a five-and-a-half-hour round trip.

The company says it will refund the fee as a "goodwill" gesture.

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Tunisia beach attacks: Couple loved the country


          Eileen Swannack and John Welch had been together for eight years
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Wiltshire couple John Welch, 74, and Eileen Swannack, 73, loved Tunisia and had stayed at the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba twice a year for the past four years.

A family statement read to the inquest said: "Meeting her partner John in 2007 gave them both a new lease of life, they regularly holidayed abroad together, Tunisia in particular."

Football: Forest Green game postponed

Tunisia beach attack: Coroner condemns Sousse police response


          CCTV footage of the Tunisia beach attack gunman roaming the hotel complex
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The police response to the Tunisian beach attack where 30 Britons died was "at best shambolic and at worst cowardly", a coroner has concluded.

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith ruled they were "unlawfully killed" when a gunman opened fire at a hotel in Sousse in June 2015, claiming 38 lives in total including John Welch, 74, from Corsham and his partner Eileen Swannack, 73, from Biddestone.

The police response could and should have been more effective, he added.

Families of the victims will begin civil proceedings against travel firm TUI, which has denied gross failure.

Golden retriever raises £100k for dog cancer research

Zoe
BBC

A fundraising campaign, started by a woman from North Somerset, has raised more than £100,000 for research into cancer in dogs.

Jayne May from Nailsea began raising money for the Animal Health Trust after her 12-year-old golden retriever Zoe was diagnosed in 2013 and made a full recovery.

Within months she had smashed her fundraising target of £5,000.

There are 200 different types of cancer in dogs - and we are researching now the most common cancers in dogs. Without the funds the research was on hold."

Jayne MayFundraiser
National League

Tranmere Rovers' National League fixture against Forest Green Rovers is postponed after heavy rain at Prenton Park.

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Farmers temporarily lose free-range status after bird flu measures

Watch: Some birds have been released after bird flu restrictions were lifted

Poultry keepers in some parts of the West are releasing their birds for the first time in weeks after being forced to keep them inside barns as part of emergency bird flu measures. 

A national policy was established in December calling for all owners to keep their chickens, ducks and geese under shelter. 

It is now being scaled back but many farmers are keeping their hens indoors for the birds' protection.

Rules stipulate that eggs produced from hens cannot be classed as free-range if the birds have been kept indoors longer than 12 weeks and new labels stating the eggs were "laid by hens temporarily housed in barns for their welfare" are being introduced.

Bath sign Bristol hooker Brooker

Chris Brooker
Rex Features

Bath have signed Bristol hooker Chris Brooker on loan until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old, who had a spell with Bath between 2006 and 2010, has made seven appearances this season.

Read more on this story here.

Explorer to receive knighthood from Queen


          a man in a grey shirt and red life jacket waves to camera while on a boat
BBC

A West country explorer who recently circumnavigated the North Pole in under four months will receive a knighthood later today.

Sir David Hempleman Adams, who's from Box in Wiltshire, is getting the Knight Commander of the Victorian Order. 

The honour is a personal gift given by the Queen. 

It's being awarded in recognition of his services to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. 

New Moon tourism project very exciting says human space flight manager

US private rocket company SpaceX has announced that two private citizens have paid to be sent around the Moon .

Libby Jackson from Keynsham is the human space flight manager for the Wiltshire-based UK Space Agency and was interviewed about the new venture by BBC Breakfast.

The mission is planned for late 2018, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said, adding that the tourists "have already paid a significant deposit".

Libby says it's a very interesting time for a new industry.

Watch: Libby Jackson, from the UK Space Agency, gives her reaction to the new tourist flight to the Moon

Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, between J15 for A346 Marlborough Road and J16 for A3102.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J15, A346 (Swindon East) and J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Tunisia beach attacks: Coroner to rule all unlawfully killed

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, between J15 for A346 Marlborough Road and J16 for A3102.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J15, A346 (Swindon East) and J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Motorists urged not to ignore No Entry sign after road workers hit

A busy road junction with traffic lights, islands and fences
Google

Motorists in Bridgwater are being urged not to drive the wrong way down a temporary one-way system to avoid roadworks in the centre of the town.

Somerset County Council says workers doing the repairs have been "struck" by vehicles and there have been "several near misses" involving pedestrians due to motorists ignoring a No Entry sign where East Quay meets The Drove.

A CCTV camera has been installed to film those driving the wrong way and the council is warning that it may close the East Quay arm of the junction altogether if motorists continue to ignore the sign.

The one-way system is in place while EDF Energy carries out junction improvements and upgrades the traffic lights.  

Grant needed to link Somerset resorts

Brean Down Way cycle and footpath
BBC

Sedgemoor District Council is deciding later whether to approve a grant to finish the Brean Down Way cycle and footpath.

Around £2,500 is needed to complete the route from Brean to Weston-super-Mare. 

The money will enable volunteers to finish the field section in April.

Up to 100,000 trips a year are expected to be made on the path once it's established.

Enjoying a walk in the park might start to cost drivers

You might have to pay to park at a third Swindon beauty spot in future. 

The borough council already charges people to park their cars at Lydiard Park and Coate Water.

Now a consultation is ending into whether to charge at Stanton Park too.

Watch: Parking charges could soon be introduced at Stanton Park
Tony Allis

Tony Alliss died of gunshot wounds in woods near Stroud in 1990, following a long-running boundary dispute.

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Concerns over poachers targeting Exmoor's red deer

Two red deer seen through some woods
BBC

There's been a rise in the number of red deer being illegally killed on Exmoor. Exmoor National Park Authority rangers say there are growing numbers of poaching groups going out at night to hunt. 

They say it could harm the quality of the red deer found in the area because the largest stags are being targeted meaning they are not making it to the breeding season. 

Avon and Somerset Police say they take poaching seriously and that their local team on Exmoor is very much aware of the issues.

Could you take over the running of the Jacobs Wells Baths?

Jacobs Wells Baths building, Bristol
Google

A rescue mission is under way in Bristol to try to save the Jacobs Wells Baths building in Hotwells. 

The baths closed in the 1970s and the Grade II listed building then became home to the Bristol Dance Centre. 

Now the city council, which owns the run-down site, wants to lease it out to a new operator who could turn it into a community arts hub and raise the cash needed to pay for repairs. 

A public meeting is taking place at 6pm tonight at City Hall to discuss the idea.