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  1. Updates for the West of England on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

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That's all for tonight folks!

Time to wrap up here on Local Live for the West of England. We'll be back tomorrow from 7am bringing you all of the latest updates.

See what the weather has in store overnight and for tomorrow - the second day of the Cheltenham Festival - with Ian Fergusson.

Watch: A mostly dry night with some drizzle in the west of the region

Visitors fire last-minute penalty past Swindon

Cheltenham 2017: Gold Cup jockey Lizzie Kelly on being accepted in horse racing

Watch: "I had to do more to fit in and look right"

Lizzie Kelly speaks about becoming accepted in horse racing, ahead of becoming the first female Gold Cup jockey in 33 years. 

Rovers two down at Bury

Four parish councils club together to keep bus service running

Watch: The number 10 service between Porlock and Minehead is to be subsidised by four councils

They'll subsidise the number 10 service between Porlock and Minehead in Somerset with an injection of more than £13,000.  

It comes as a new report shows the scale of cuts to rural buses , with over £9.6m in funding slashed since 2010 in the West of England.

Penalty for Bury breaks deadlock

First goal for Swindon Town as second half gets under way

Ellis scores for Forest Green away at Sutton United

West winners at coveted wedding awards

A cake with cream icing and decorative leaves
Immediate Media

A bakery in Gloucestershire has won an award for its wedding cakes.

The Vanilla Pod Bakery in Cheltenham scooped Best Wedding Cake Company at the 2017 UK Wedding Awards.

Two Bath venues also picked up awards, the Assembly Rooms for Best City Venue and The Roman Baths and Pump Room for Best Historic Venue.

Cripps Barn, just outside Cirencester in Gloucestershire, also got a mention as Editor's Choice.

Caroline Hendry, editor of, said there are many reasons she picked the venue.

The 18th-century Cotswold barn is just so beautiful – with its flagstone floors, rustic beams and spectacular open fireplace, I can’t imagine a more perfect place to start married life. The team at Cripps Barn are also second to none and make every wedding at their venue special."

Caroline HendryEditor,
The Roman Baths in Bath

Exeter City v Cheltenham Town: popped ball pauses play

Cheltenham: Henderson's Altior win takes pressure off

Listen: Nicky Henderson on the win

Nicky Henderson says getting his first 2017 Cheltenham winner is big for the yard. 

Altior was the firm favourite for the Arkle chase and he came home in first.

City's river 'is a serial killer'

Henry Burke
Avon and Somerset Police

The father of a student who drowned in the River Avon in Bath has called the stretch of water a "serial killer" after his son became the 10th person to die in seven years.

Henry Burke, 19, from Ripon, North Yorkshire, left Zero Zero nightclub on 24 November after bouncers refused him entry as he "appeared drunk".

His father, Paul Burke, said: "If the river was a human being, it would be Bath's biggest serial killer."

An inquest concluded the student's death was accidental .

Football: Four of our teams playing tonight

Seats in a football ground
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Four of our sides are in action tonight, kick off at 7.45pm.

League One

  • Bury v Bristol Rovers
  • Swindon Town v Sheffield United  

League Two

  • Exeter City v Cheltenham Town

National League

  • Sutton United v Forest Green Rovers

Tune in to your local BBC radio station for commentary or find score updates on the BBC Sport website .

Clarity at last on redactions in controversial incinerator contract

A decision has been made on what parts of a controversial contract to build an incinerator in Gloucestershire should be revealed. 

The Urbaser Balfour Beatty contract was released under Freedom of Information rules but parts were redacted. 

However, a version released by Gloucestershire County Council contained an easy way to reveal the full unredacted details. 

The council was told it needed to publish the contract in full but now the the Information Tribunal has upheld parts of the county council's appeal to keep some parts private.  

Listen: County Council Chief Executive Pete Bungard speaks to BBC Radio Gloucestershire
Buveur D'Air

Second favourite Buveur D'Air storms to victory in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, trainer Nicky Henderson's sixth winner.

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Trowbridge murder: Victim 'had a heart of gold'

Jordan Taylor posing for the camera while on holiday
Taylor family

In a tribute to Jordan Taylor , 25, his family say he was the "most loving young man":

We would like to say thank you to every one for the loving support we have received in the past few days. He had a heart of gold; he loved and cherished each and every friend he had; his friends were his life and because of his funny personality and charm he had thousands of them. He was also a loving brother to Damian and Poppy. He loved and lived life to the full and we are so glad he did as his life was cut so short... Jordan, goodbye my best friend and son. We will miss you so much. Rest in peace with the angels, sleep tight and God bless xxxx

Family statement
Jordan Taylor as a young boy in a school photograph
Taylor family

Detectives are appealing for help to find a man they want to speak to in connection with Jordan's death.

He's described as white, approximately 25-30 years old, at least 6ft tall, of large build (weighing around 17-stone) with a round, chubby face and a dark goatee beard. 

Butcher fined for illegal sales and dirty shop

Dirty kitchen at shop
Forest of Dean District Council

A butcher has been ordered to pay £54,000 for selling meat to pubs and restaurants without authority from the Food Standards Agency.

Inspectors also found David Tomlin of The Country Butcher in Huntley, Gloucestershire, had failed to maintain hygiene standards on the premises.

Tomlin, 66, of Hucclecote admitted 10 offences.

He was fined £24,000 and ordered to pay costs of £30,000 at Gloucester Crown Court.

The Country Butcher shop closed down in December.

McCoy 'honoured' by Cheltenham statue

Watch: Tony McCoy reacts to the unveiling of his statue at Cheltenham

Twenty-times champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy says he is "honoured and flattered" to have had a statue built in his honour at Cheltenham.

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Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

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M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, at J1 for A38.

M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M50 westbound at J1, A38 (Tewkesbury), because of emergency pot hole repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Runner tried to skewer ex-Bristol player Ralph Knibbs 'like meat'

Earlier we told you how fell-running champion Lauren Jeska has been jailed after stabbing three athletics officials in Birmingham last year.

The court in Birmingham has heard how she stabbed former Bristol player Ralph Knibbs in the head and left him with "blood pumping out" of his head.

It was like Jeska was "trying to skewer meat", the court was told.

Lauren Jeska

Logan gets into the spirit at Cheltenham

Watch: BBC presenter Gabby Logan gives her thoughts about the new alcohol limits at Cheltenham

Organisers have taken steps to limit the amount of booze punters will be drinking at this year's Cheltenham Festival.

Racegoers will only be allowed to buy four pints per round and water points are available at every bar on site.

Presenter Gabby Logan has been enjoying a day at the meet and said she didn't really like the idea.

Threatened dermatology clinic saved by hospital partnership

Dermatology patients in Somerset could be spared a longer trip for treatment.

Musgrove Park Hospital's dermatology clinc was under threat due to a lack of consultants but it has now teamed up with the Bristol Royal Infirmary to use some of its doctors' time.

Watch: Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital has teamed up with Bristol Royal Infirmary

Cheltenham Festival: road closures in place

Those driving near the Cheltenham Festival site are advised to expect delays over the next four days.

Road restrictions are in place and no through traffic is allowed on A435 Evesham Road Southbound between Southam Lane / Hyde Lane (The Smiths Traffic Lights) and B4075 New Barn Lane / Swindon Lane (Swindon Lane Roundabout) from 4.30 - 7.30pm. 

Race traffic will be allowed on this route. 

Pratchett bust: Who was Sir Terry?


Earlier we told you about an artist who is helping to create a larger-than-life bronze statue of Sir Terry Pratchett . Here's a reminder of the author's importance:

  • Was most famous for his Discworld series of books which started in 1983
  • By 2013 he had written more than 40 installments
  • Terry had a striking dress sense and wore a large black fedora
  • At the turn of the century he was Britain's second most-read author, beaten only by JK Rowling
  • His quirky and satirical view of the world won him a worldwide following
  • In August 2007 it was reported he had suffered a stroke but the following December he announced he had been diagnosed with a very rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease
  • He died in March 2015

Athlete met with victim week before stadium stabbing to discuss dispute

Judge Simon Drew QC told running champ Lauren Jeska her stadium triple stabbing was a "cool, calculated" attack carried out with "chilling precision".

Jeska had been in dispute with UK Athletics over issues connected to her transgender status and, the prosecution told Birmingham Crown Court, she'd had a meeting to try to resolve it with the body's employee and one of her victims Ralph Knibbs - a week before the attack in March last year.

But the judge said meetings had not resolved to her satisfaction, adding the case was not about the dispute but "what happened thereafter" at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, included the attempted murder of Mr Knibbs, a former player for Bristol RFC, to which she had earlier admitted.

Lauren Jeska

Jeska, 42, of Machynlleth, Powys, has today been sentenced to 18 years in prison, with the judge having told her "it's clear that you have had many issues to struggle with" and "one came to a head last year".

Defence counsel Julie Warburton, in mitigation, said the dispute - which had caused a mental breakdown - was over hormones, with Jeska fearing she would have to undergo tests that would bring into public her transgender status - against, Ms Warburton said, a backdrop of whether her race results would be expunged. 

Two other UK Athletics employees were injured when they intervened as Jeska set upon Mr Knibbs as if, the prosecution said, she was "trying to skewer meat". 

Councils to fund threatened bus services

As a new report shows the scale of cuts to rural buses, parish councils in west Somerset are dipping into their own pockets to support services.  

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Four parish councils are putting together more than £13,000 to keep the number 10 bus service between Minehead and Porlock running for another year.

An FOI investigation by Campaign for Better Transport has revealed that a total of over £9.6m funds for buses have been cut since 2010 in the West of England. 

In the past year nearly 45 bus services have been withdrawn in the region and 30 services have been cut.  

Illegal motorbikes in restricted areas at all-time high

The number of people riding illegal motorbikes and driving 4x4s on restricted areas of Salisbury Plain is at an all-time high.

That's according to Salisbury Plain Watch who say they found 50 motorbikes that weren't road legal in just one weekend.

Warrant Officer Les French says he's never seen the situation this bad.

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Cheltenham Festival in the hunt to earn millions

Watch: Cheltenham Festival in the hunt to earn millions

The world's biggest National Hunt horse racing event canters into Cheltenham this week, providing a huge financial boost to both the sport and the local economy. 

The Cheltenham Festival brings in more than £20m though ticket sales, hospitality, sponsorship and other income, while there's some £4.3m in prize money on offer - the most of any jump festival in the world. 

The four-day event is also estimated to bring in £100m to the wider Gloucestershire economy. 

BreakingBoy, three, missing in Gloucestershire

Police are looking for a three-year-old boy who has gone missing in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.

He has blonde hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing burgundy jeans and a white jumper with burgundy sleeves and blue shoes.

He was riding a red and white scooter in the alley way between the shops and the flats in the Park area of the town.

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Police officer

BreakingFell runner champion jailed over triple stabbing

Former champion fell-runner Lauren Jeska has been jailed for 18 years for the attempted murder of UK Athletics official Ralph Knibbs over a row about her test samples. 

Jeska, 42,  admitted attempting to murder former Bristol rugby player Mr Knibbs at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham in March last year.

She also pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to Kevan Taylor and Tim Begley, who tried to intervene, and two counts of possessing a knife.

Lauren Jeska

Hospital skin clinic reprieved

A skin clinic facing closure due to a shortage of dermatologists will remain open after a partnership deal was struck with a teaching hospital.

The move will see the department at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital share doctors with Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Patients with skin conditions will still receive treatment at Musgrove Park for a year, but new patients will have to travel to Bristol or Exeter.

It is hoped the plan will attract new recruits to fill vacancies in Taunton. 

Musgrove Park Hospital
Geograph/ Barbara Cook

Andy Howard's selfie guide to Cheltenham

Take a tour around the Cheltenham Racecourse with BBC Points West's Andy Howard.

Cheltenham Festival: more pictures from the course

Our reporter Andy Howard has been looking around and taking in the views....

Men dressed in yellow suits
People watching at Cheltenham
Bookies waiting at Cheltenham

The charity rehoming former racehorses

Cheltenham Festival 2017: How Greatwood use racehorses to help disadvantaged children

BBC Points West visit Wiltshire-based charity Greatwood to see how they rehome former racehorses for life after sport.

The charity, based near Marlborough, was set up in 1993 and is home to nearly 50 retired racehorses.