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More gun turrets discovered in the west

Watch: More gun turrets discovered in the West

An explanation's been found for the number of gun turrets discovered across the West.

Last week we told you about a turret from a Lancaster bomber discovered in a garden in Bath. Since then, we've heard about two more. 

South Gloucestershire's manufacturing role during the Second World War is the reason they're there. It's thought they all came off the production line at Parnall aircraft factory in Yate.

Soldiers given leek by Queen

Watch: Leeks are presented by the Queen to mark St David's Day

As Colonel-in-Chief to the Royal Welsh regiment, The Queen told soldiers it was a "great pleasure" to celebrate St David's Day with them in Wiltshire.

She added soldiers are now more engaging with her - suggesting that she has become "less frightening" with age.

Click here if you'd like to read more about her visit.

Grayson Perry loans tapestry to stately home

'The Upper Class at Bay' by Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry/Frampton House

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry has loaned one of his tapestries to a stately home in Gloucestershire.

The work, The Upper Class at Bay, has been installed in a bedroom at Frampton Court, while a tapestry that has hung there for 300 years is restored.

Grayson Perry, who stayed at the country estate in 2012 and was "inspired" by its owners, said it was appropriate it should be there.

It's hoped the loan of the tapestry will help fund the restoration work.

Meet the abseiling Wombles on their extreme litter pick

Watch: An extreme clean-up

The Keynsham Wombles have decided to clean up rubbish that collects underneath the viaduct over the River Chew.

The group of friends, who pick up litter around the town in their own time, managed to fill many sacks.

Lancaster gunnerpods link revealed

Gunner pod
BBC

South Gloucestershire's manufacturing role during World War Two has been credited with discovering several gunnerpods from across the West. 

A turret from a Lancaster bomber found in a garden in Bath sold at auction for more than £2,500. 

Since then two more have been found and it's thought they were all part of the mass production at Parnall aircraft factory in Yate during the war.

Domestic violence vote law plans unveiled

Mehala Osborne
BBC

Domestic violence survivors will soon find it easier to cast anonymous ballots in elections, the government has said.

A petition launched last year said the voter registration system made it "impossible" for those wishing to keep their details off the electoral roll.

It said women were prevented from voting through fear of revealing their location to an abusive ex-partner.

Mehala Osborne, who launched the petition to change the law while living in a Bristol safe house, said the changes would ensure "survivors in the future will not be denied their voice".

Army goats given a royal inspection

Watch: The Queen visited Tidworth today

The Queen has been meeting members of the Royal Welsh regiment in Wiltshire - including mascot goats Shenkin and Llywelyn.

She presented leeks dipped in gold to soldiers at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth during her visit to mark St David's Day.

Shenkin and Llywelyn were on parade in accordance with a Royal Welsh tradition dating back to the late 1700s.

Tree planted in memory of man kicked to death in vigilante attack

Bijan Ebrahimi
AFP

A tree has been planted in memory of a disabled man who was kicked to death in a vigilante attack in Bristol four years ago.

Bijan Ebrahimi, 44, was murdered by a neighbour in Capgrave Crescent in Brislington, amid false claims he was a paedophile - despite Mr Ebrahimi repeatedly calling 999 in the days before his death. 

At today's memorial ceremony in Queens Square, Chief Constable Andy Marsh said the "loss of Bijan's life was an avoidable tragedy. We should have saved Bijan."

Memorial ceremony for Bijan Ebrahimi
BBC

Bijan's sister Manisha Moores said it was "an emotional day" and "the first time people have celebrated the lovely guy that he was". 

PCSO Andrew Passmore, 56 and PC Kevin Duffy, 52 were convicted of misconduct in connection with the death and sacked by Avon and Somerset Police.

Lee James was convicted of murder in 2013 and is serving a life sentence.

Sock shock - was the hidden money donated intentionally?

Watch: BBC Points West's Clinton Rogers reports from the charity depot

Police are trying to trace the owner of a pair of socks handed to a refugee charity in Taunton - with a thousand pounds tucked inside. 

No-one's sure whether it was a mistake or a genuine donation. 

TV's Animal Park returns to Longleat

Kate Humble and Ben Fogle
Longleat

The BBC is returning to Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire to film a new series of Animal Park. 

The 15-part series comes off the back of a summer special to mark the park's 50th anniversary. 

The programmes will be presented by Kate Humble and Ben Fogle and will feature Anne the elephant and the birth of the first cheetah cubs at the park.

Banksy's opening a hotel in Bethlehem

Watch: Bristol street artist Banksy has unveiled his biggest project since Dismaland

A hotel which prides itself on the "worst view in the world" is set to attract international attention - because it is a collaboration with the famous street artist from Bristol, Banksy. 

The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem looks out on the concrete slabs of the controversial barrier Israel has built in and around the occupied West Bank. 

The rooms of the hotel are filled with the anonymous artist's work, much of which is about the conflict. 

Click here if you'd like to read more.

Police trying to find owner of cash-filled socks

Watch: The cash-filled socks were donated to charity RAFT

A pair of socks with £1,000 stuffed inside has been found among items donated to a refugee charity .

A volunteer at Refugee Aid From Taunton (Raft) discovered the wad of cash after they noticed the footwear was "heavier than expected".

It is not known whether the money was intentionally left inside by a generous donor who wished to remain anonymous.

Lorry hits man on road near hospital

Police tape
PA

A man has been hit by a lorry on a road near to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

The collision happened at about 1.30pm and the man is receiving treatment for a head injury.

Some roads in the area have been closed but people can still access the hospital.

Tribute to mum killed by road-sweeping vehicle

Nina Maggs
Wiltshire Police

A woman who was knocked down and killed by a road-sweeping vehicle in Swindon last week has been named by police. 

Nina Maggs, 32, died in the collision outside Arkells Brewery on Beechcroft Road last Thursday afternoon.

She was described by her family as a "warm and friendly person" who "made everyone smile". 

When Nina got married she looked beautiful; when she gave birth to her daughter she glowed as it was the best day of her life. She was a loving, doting mother to her daughter who she cherished and adored. Although Nina suffered with MS, she overcame her illness and was a strong fighter, she was a pillar of strength for all around her - the strongest person we know.

Family of Nina Maggs

Magic moments from FA People's Cup

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Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

'The clock is ticking for my departure' - Cheltenham Town chairman

Watch: "The time is approaching where we need to bring in fresh blood," said Paul Baker

Paul Baker, the Cheltenham Town chairman, says he's actively looking for a successor.

After more than 20 years in the role, he's confirmed that he doesn't expect to be in the position beyond the end of the next season. 

Baker was elected Chairman in 1997 and is now talking to a number of individuals about joining the Robins board.

Newspaper headlines from around the West

Driver who killed Swindon man on A34 jailed

Crashed car
Thames Valley Police

A driver who crashed his car while using his mobile phone - killing a man from Swindon - has been jailed for three years and eight months. 

Lewis Stratford was arguing with his girlfriend over the phone when he caused the crash on the A34.

The 24-year-old collided with a BMW driven by Gavin Roberts, 28, who died in the crash on 11 June last year. 

Gavin Roberts and Meg Williamson
Meg Williamson

Stratford met his victim's girlfriend Meg Williamson after admitting causing death by dangerous driving. 

He was sentenced at Reading Crown Court and banned from driving for four years and 10 months.

Home care provider in liquidation: 'Services should continue over weekend'

Listen: Donna Miles from Gloucestershire County Council

The home care provider Cleeve Link has gone into liquidation. 

The company, which is based in Cheltenham, provides a range of services to almost 500 people across Gloucestershire, including meals on wheels and telecare responders. 

Gloucestershire County Council says there won't be an interruption in services. 

Donna Miles is a lead commissioner in health and social care at the authority and says they are doing "everything they can".  

Paul Baker

Cheltenham Town chairman Paul Baker says "the clock is now ticking" on his departure from the League Two club.

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Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, between J12 for B4008 Quedgeley and J13 for A419.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J12, B4008 (Quedgeley) and J13, A419 (Stroud), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Royal leeks for soldiers

The Queen presenting leeks to soldiers
PA

The Queen has been presenting leeks to soldiers at Tidworth barracks to mark St David's Day. 

She's visiting the Royal Welsh regiment as part of her role as their Colonel in Chief. 

The Queen at Tidworth barracks
PA
Soldiers cheering
PA

Severe disruption: M4 Gloucestershire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, at J18 for A46 Bath.

M4 Gloucestershire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J18, A46 (Bath), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Electrification work 'badly planned and conceived'

Watch: Karin Smyth, Labour MP for Bristol South, reacts to the report

A report by MPs has strongly criticised the planning behind the electrification of the Great Western railway. 

The Public Accounts Committee investigated how costs had risen by more than a billion pounds. 

The project is years behind schedule and MPs warn there could be further delays. 

Royal welcome at Tidworth

The Queen has received a warm welcome to a rather wet and rainy Tidworth barracks in Wiltshire.

Her Majesty is visiting the Royal Welsh regiment in her role as Colonel-in-Chief to mark St David's Day.

Queen arrives at Tidworth

The Queen arrives at Tidworth barracks

Queen arriving at Tidworth
PA

The Queen is visiting Tidworth barracks in Wiltshire.  Her Majesty arrived a short time ago

Last time her Majesty was in the West, it was to mark 300 years of the Royal Artillery at Larkhill. Today , she'll hand out leeks to the Royal Welsh as part of her role as Colonel-in-Chief.

Domestic abuse services get £56k boost

Domestic abuse generic
PA

Three Swindon agencies supporting women fleeing domestic abuse have been given a £56,000 grant from the government.

Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Community Safety Partnership and Swindon Women's Aid will spend the cash over two years.

It will pay for two staff to help women moving from the town's refuge to their own accommodation and those fleeing the abuse.

Royal leeks for soldiers

The Queen
PA

The Queen is visiting Salisbury Plain today and one of her duties will be handing out leeks!

Last time her Majesty was in the West it was to mark 300 years of the Royal Artillery at Larkhill. 


          Lance Corporal Shenkin of 3 @TheRoyalWelsh awaiting HM The Queen in Tidworth @theroyalfamily @BBCWiltshire

Lance Corporal Shenkin of 3 @TheRoyalWelsh awaiting HM The Queen in Tidworth @theroyalfamily @BBCWiltshire

The Queen is the Royal Welsh regiment's Colonel in Chief and is visiting their barracks in Tidworth to mark St David's Day.    

BBC Wiltshire reporter Karen Gardner will be covering the event and took this picture of one of the more unusual members of the welcoming committee.

Breaking No new discoveries from Christopher Halliwell's former home search

Police are digging at two addresses in Broad Street, Swindon
PA

Police say they haven't discovered "any items of significant interest" following searches of the garden of a property where double-killer Christopher Halliwell once lived.

Officers began digging at two addresses in Broad Street, Swindon, last week  and continued into this week due to bad weather.

Taxi driver Halliwell was jailed for life last year for the 2003 murder of Becky Godden, having already admitted killing Sian O'Callaghan in 2011.

Wiltshire Police said the excavation was related to new intelligence the force had received.

Det Ch Insp Jeremy Carter said: “We have meticulously explored the intelligence provided to us and have not discovered any items of significant interest as a result of the search activity undertaken. 

“This investigation will continue, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further."

Footage shows deer trapped in allotments by transport works

Watch: Deer trapped in Bristol allotments

Two deer have been accidentally trapped inside an allotment in Bristol. 

The roe deer got stuck inside Stapleton allotments after contractors working on the nearby Metrobus route accidentally fenced them in almost two months ago.

Allotment keepers are worried they won't leave because of the building work going on around them.  

£1,000 surprise found in sock donation

Are you missing £1,000? 

Do you recognize these socks? 

Might be a good idea to call the police.

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Hospital reassures patients over 'never events'

Musgrove Park
BBC

The medical director at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton says the number of so-called "never events" is a tiny fraction of the overall number of surgical procedures it carries out every year. 

Never events are categorised by the Department of Health as so serious they should never occur.  

Seven of them were reported at the hospital between May 2015 and December 2016 but bosses say as 40,000 surgical procedures are carried out each year the rates are very low. 

The incidents included nerve blocks being administered to the wrong area, the wrong teeth being taken out and patients not being given the right strength of lenses in eye surgery.

The hospital says it's working closely with other organisations to ensure mistakes don't happen again and patients shouldn't be concerned.

Fear of thunder turned into fascination

Watch: Thunder fear to fascination

Have you ever rushed to the window to watch a thunder storm overhead? 

Nikki Pike from Amesbury is so obsessed with storms she's now a registered "severe weather watcher" for BBC Wiltshire. 

But amazingly she used to be terrified of thunder and lightning. 

Her garden is full of weather tracking paraphernalia and she photographs the changing weather for the BBC Weather Watchers.  

Home care provider in liquidation

A home care provider that supplies services in Gloucestershire has gone into liquidation.  

Cleeve Link has 11 branches across the Midlands and South West, including Newent, Cheltenham, Quedgeley and Moreton-in-Marsh.

Gloucestershire County Council says the Care Quality Commission informed it that the company has been put into liquidation by its holding company.

Cleeve Link helps people who need help to remain in their own homes with services like home care, rapid response, hospital transfers and telecare.

We'll bring you more details when we get them.

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The man with over 100 bras

Watch John Girvan show us his extensive bra collection

Ladies, a personal question for a Friday - how many bras do you have in your underwear draw? 

Can you beat John Girvan from Devizes who has a collection of about 100? 

They come in all shapes, colours and sizes and the collection even includes one made out of dusters!  

Great Western electrification 'mismanaged'

Train
PA

Concerns have been raised whether the Great Western rail electrification plan can be delivered by December 2018 and to a budget of £2.8bn. 

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said "mismanagement" of the project had left customers "angry and frustrated". 

It warns "similar flaws" could impact on planned electrification schemes on Midland and TransPennine routes. 

Network Rail said it had "learnt lessons" and major projects do not go ahead before they are properly scoped".

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Watch: Holly Green has the weather forecast for the West

At last, it's Friday! 

Unfortunately you'll definitely need your umbrella today if you're heading out.

Holly Green has the forecast for around the West.