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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Friday, 17 March 2017

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Tammy Abraham

Brendon Mitchell

BBC Sport

Tammy Abraham scores his 22nd goal of the season as Championship strugglers Bristol City stun high-flying Huddersfield Town.

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That's all from Local Live for the West of England

We will be back on Monday at 7am with all the latest news, sport and weather for the region.

If you're heading out and about this weekend here's the weather forecast with Ian Fergusson.

Friday's weather forecast with Ian Fergusson

FT: Bristol City 4-0 Huddersfield

Efforts to curb 'professional' beggars

Beggar on street
BBC

Sleeping bags are being confiscated in Weston-super-Mare in an attempt to curb professional beggars from making money by pretending to be homeless.

North Somerset Council said it would take the items and leave a receipt so they could be reclaimed .

Town centre manager Steve Townsend said: "The vast majority of these individuals have places to live."

Cotswold Tory MP warns PM over school funding reform proposals

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Conservative Party

A Conservative MP, from Gloucestershire, has warned Prime Minister Theresa May she's facing defeat over a new funding formula for schools. 

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown of the Cotswolds has spoken out against the government's plans.

It comes as a new report by the Educational Policy Institute warns changes over the next few years will leave almost all schools worse off. 

Penalty: Bristol City 4-0 Huddersfield

David Cotterill slams it into the back of the net. Great win for City. 

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Bristol City 3-0 Huddersfield

Aden Flint with the skills. Cheeky flick into the net.

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Lucky break for police who discover stolen sheep in back of van

Stolen sheep
Avon and Somerset Polcie
The stolen sheep were discovered in the back of an abandoned van

Police have returned five stolen sheep to their owner.

The pregnant ewes were found in the back of a Transit van which failed to stop for officers on the A403 Aust Road, Pilning, on 16 February.

The van was found abandoned nearby with the sheep inside. While officers were making enquiries to trace the animals’ owner, a report came in of the theft of five sheep from Almondsbury.

Mother of trailer crash victim calls for safety standards

Freddy's mother has called for trailer safety checks

A mother whose three-year-old son was killed when a two-ton trailer became unhitched from a Land Rover has stepped up her appeal for better safety laws

Freddie Hussey died three years ago after the runaway trailer trapped him against a wall in Bristol.

His mother Donna has been speaking at an industry summit trying to improve standards.

No end date in sight for Taunton relief road completion

Taunton relief road
BBC

The BBC has learned that Somerset County Council is to sue the main contractor building a relief road for Taunton which is now two years overdue 

It escalates a dispute between the council and the contractor, Carillion, who are blaming each other for the delays and cost overruns which are said to run into more than £10m.

There is still no date set for the opening of the road.

It's going to be a multi-million pound claim. This road was meant to be delivered over a year ago and when I spoke a couple of months ago, I was still hopeful we would be able to open the road in April. We're still here today, it's disgraceful."

John OsmanCouncil leader, Conservative

Bristol City 2-0 Huddersfield: Injured Hogg 'conscious and talking'

'Dangerous and sickening paedophile' jailed for 22 years

A "dangerous and sickening paedophile" who abused a toddler in the back of a van has been jailed for 22 years. 

Kristopher Jane, 31, was told by the judge that the attack took place for his own "perverted sexual gratification."

Jane, of Warwick Road in Keynsham, Bristol, admitted 12 offences and was sentenced to an extended jail term of 22 years and subjected to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order. 

Jane also admitted sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl, and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. 

Read the full story here .

HT: Bristol City 2-0 Huddersfield

Second half on Radio Bristol on 94.9FM.

Lee Tomlin
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Lee Tomlin got the first
Tammy Abraham scores
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Tammy Abraham got the second

Bristol City 2-0 Huddersfield.

What. A. Goal. Tammy!

And he runs up to the ball boy to celebrate!

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Body of man found in river

Abdulkadir Mahamoud,
Avon and Somerset Police
Abdulkadir Mahamoud, 29, was last seen on 24 February after he left his home in Easton.

A police underwater dive team has recovered the body of a man from the river off Hotwell Road in Bristol. 

He was discovered around 1.40pm today.

In a statement police said: “Although a formal identification has not been made, we believe it to be the body of missing 29-year-old Abdulakadir Mahamoud from Easton, who has been missing since 24 February. 

“His family have been updated and our thoughts are with them.”

Bristol City 1-0 Huddersfield

Cracking goal from Lee Tomlin.

Coverage on BBC Radio Bristol on 94.9FM.

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Jordan Taylor: Man arrested on suspicion of murder

Jordan Taylor
Wiltshire Police
Jordan Taylor died from stab wounds

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Jordan Taylor. 

The man from Trowbridge was arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody in Melksham. 

Jordan Taylor, 25, from Hilperton, died from stab wounds after he and a friend were attacked in Trowbridge on Sunday morning.  

A  27-year-old Westbury man who was arrested on Thursday was earlier released with no further action and police say he is not connected to the investigation. 

BreakingJordan Taylor: Man arrested on suspicion of murder

Detectives from Wiltshire Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Jordan Taylor. 

An 18-year-old man from Trowbridge has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody in Melksham. 

Navy bids farewell to Lynx helicopter

The Lynx
LPhot Dan Rosenbaum
The Lynx was based at RNAS Portland in Dorset for over half of its service life from the late seventies.

The Royal Navy has said farewell to the Lynx helicopter with a flypast over southern England .

It was a chance for fans to say goodbye to the maritime aircraft, which is being decommissioned after 41 years.

Four Mark 8 Lynxes toured military sites associated with the helicopter after departing from their Yeovilton base.

They flew over locations including Weston-super-Mare, Lyme Regis and Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth.

More than a quarter of a million visit Cheltenham Festival

Robbie Power on Sizing John

Irish challenger Sizing John wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup for jockey Robbie Power and trainer Jessica Harrington.

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'Idiotic' dangerous driver jailed after police pursuit

A driver has been jailed after a dangerous pursuit in North Somerset last November.

Clive Hill, 41, of Butchers Close, Radstock Hill, who was disqualified from driving, failed to stop for officers driving through Backwell.

Clive Hill has been jailed following high speed police chase

After colliding with three cars he drove from Backwell to Tickenham, and then on to the B3128 in Failand where he collided with the final two cars before abandoning his vehicle.

Clive Hill
Avon and Somerset Police
Clive Hill was jailed for 14 months’ and disqualified from driving for 3 years and 6 months

The idiotic actions of Hill put lives at risk and it is a miracle that no-one was injured. The helicopter footage illustrates the extreme lengths Hill took to evade officers and show he had no regard for the safety of other road users, his passenger or himself.

PC Richard SageAvon and Somerset Police

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between J19 for A369 and J20 for B3133.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J19, A369 (Portishead) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Headlines from your local BBC radio stations

Radio
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BBC Radio Bristol:  A coroner has ruled that Isabel Gentry - who died of meningitis after a hospital "underestimated" her condition - was a victim of "neglect".

BBC Gloucestershire:  The pinnacle of the jump racing calendar, the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, was won by Sizing John.

BBC Wiltshire:  Prince Charles has been pulling pints at a Wiltshire brewery as part of his scheme promoting the role of pubs in local communities.

BBC Somerset:  Somerset County Council is going to sue the main contractor building a relief road for Taunton, said to be more than £10m over budget.

The Prince of Wales visits Wadworth Brewery in Wiltshire

HRH wasn't just checking out the beer during his visit to the brewery.

Play areas dismantled after noise complaints

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A play area in Manor Farm, Horfield, is being dismantled after residents who complained about noise and anti-social behaviour won a court case against the city council.

Magistrates ordered the local authority to take steps to reduce noise in the area - but Bristol City Council decided the cheapest option was to demolish it.

Isabel Gentry: Hospital to consider recommendations

The mother of 16-year-old Isabel Gentry,  who died of meningitis , has criticised the care her daughter received at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Claire Booty said she was "concerned about confusion" at the hospital when her daughter was first admitted and "surprised at the lack of sharing of information" between the emergency services.  

Claire Booty
BBC
Ms Booty said she was very upset at the hospital

She said the initial approach of the hospital was "damage limitation" not recognising that a "16-year-old has died in our care". 

Dr Mark Callaway, from University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said the hospital will consider the coroners recommendations carefully and it has taken steps to ensure a misdiagnoses does not happen again. 

Dr Mark Callaway speaking after an inquest into the death of Isabel Gentry

Isabel Gentry: Mother says Bristol Royal Infirmary let her daughter down

Isabel Gentry
Gentry family
'Isabel was a darling, she was bright and beautiful and witty...her death has left the family joyless," said her mother Claire Booty

The mother of 16-year-old Isabel Gentry, who died of meningitis, says her daughers death has left her family "joyless".

"Living each day without Isabel is a constant struggle," said Claire Booty, "I dare not think about how many years of life we have ahead of us without her."

Speaking outside Avon Coroners Court Ms Booty talked about her "beautiful, darling" daughter and criticised Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Claire Booty talks about her daughter and how a Bristol hospital dealt with her illness.

Ms Booty was speaking after a coroner ruled that Isabel died of natural causes contributed to by neglect.  

The teenager  was taken to  Bristol Royal Infirmary after falling ill on 18 May 2016 and discharged four hours later. She died two days later in hospital.  

The Avon coroner ruled that Isabel's condition was not assessed correctly by a junior doctor, a diagnosis was wrong and she should have been assessed by a senior doctor before being discharged.

Isabel Gentry: Corner rules teenager's death was contributed to by neglect

Isabel Gentry
Gentry Family
The Avon Coroner has called on the government to fund meningitis vaccinations for all teenagers following Isabel's death.

A coroner has ruled that neglect and gross failures in the care of Isabel Gentry contributed to her death from meningitis.

The teenager  was taken to  Bristol Royal Infirmary after falling ill on 18 May and discharged four hours later. She died two days later in hospital.

Avon coroner Maria Vosin said the junior doctor who initially saw Isabel did not take an accurate history, a diagnosis of viral gastroenteritis was not accurate and there was no senior review before she was discharged.  

Ms Voisin also said that a reports of previous case of meningitis at Isabel's school was not acted upon.

She ruled that Isabel's death was due to natural causes contributed to by neglect.

Robbie Power celebrates Gold Cup win on Sizing John

Sizing John runs final straight
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Robbie Power celebrates
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Robbie Power celebrates
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Isabel Gentry death: Corner calls on government to fund teenage vaccinations

Matthew Hill

BBC West health correspondent

A coroner has ruled that neglect and gross failures in the care of Isabel Gentry contributed to her death from meningitis.

The teenager  was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary after falling ill on 18 May and discharged four hours later. She died two days later in hospital.

Avon coroner Maria Vosin said there were gross failures in Isabel's care at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. She said a junior doctor who first saw Isabel should have referred her case to a registrar before allowing her to be discharged.

She said the doctor did not take an accurate history and a diagnosis of viral gastroenteritis was not appropriate and underestimated her condition.  

Ms Voisin has called on the government to fund meningitis vaccinations for teenagers.

Isabel Gentry
Gentry family
Isabel Gentry, 16, was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary after falling ill on 18 May

BreakingCheltenham Gold Cup winner

Sizing John wins the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup. More soon.

BreakingIsabel Gentry death: Neglect and gross failures in care

A coroner has concluded the death of 16-year-old Isabel Gentry from meningitis was contributed to by neglect and gross failures in care.

Watch: Cheltenham celebrates St Patrick's Day in style

Anyone would think it was St Patrick's Day at Cheltenham Festival.

Navy Lynx in farewell flypast

Lynx helicopters
Jack Negus
Jack Negus took this photo of the Lynx flying over Glastonbury Tor

The Royal Navy is bidding farewell to the Lynx helicopter with a flypast over southern England. It is a chance for fans to say goodbye to the maritime aircraft, which is being decommissioned after 41 years. 

Four Mark 8 Lynxes are taking a tour of military sites associated with the helicopter after departing from their Yeovilton base. 

They are flying over locations including Weston-super-Mare, Lyme Regis and Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth. 

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Excitement builds ahead of the Gold Cup at Cheltenham

Racegoers using binoculars
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Watching on for a winner....
Horses racing at Cheltenham
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View of the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
Horses racing at Cheltenham
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Crowds are gathering ahead of the Gold Cup