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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 22 March 2017.

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Goodnight from Local Live in the West

Watch: Rather windy with some rain tomorrow, says Ian Fergusson

That's it for today's coverage on BBC Local Live for the West.

We'll be back from 7am tomorrow with more news, travel, weather and sport updates from across the region.

Weather-wise, expect it to be rather windy with some rain.

Luke Jenkins death: Family's 'fight for justice'

Faye Valentine

The mother of a child who died following heart surgery has described the events leading up to his death, and their fight for justice since then.

Faye Valentine and Stephen Jenkins' seven-year-old son, Luke, died following heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital.

They have been awarded £100,000 in compensation .

We were saying 'he's bleeding' - they'd get a doctor to come and look or one of the outreach team to come and look - they just weren't listening to us. They felt we were going on at them but looking back now we weren't and we were right, and if they'd listened to us and had him back in intensive care, he'd still be here now.

Faye ValentineLuke Jenkin's mother

Luke Jenkins death: Family receive £100,000 settlement

Luke Jenkins

Aside from events in London, the parents of a seven-year-old boy who died following heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital have today been awarded £100,000 in compensation. 

Luke Jenkins, from Cardiff, suffered a cardiac arrest days after an operation at the hospital in March 2012. 

An NHS Ombudsman identified "missed opportunities in his care" and the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust admitted "failings". 

The family were awarded the compensation at a hearing in London's High Court.

Wells MP on 'dramatic' attack near Parliament

Watch: James Heappey MP spoke to BBC Points West's David Garmston

Wells MP James Heappey described the moment he and his colleagues were told about the terrorist attack in Parliament as "dramatic".

The Conservative also praised the security effort around Parliament for "containing the incident very efficiently and very effectively".

Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

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M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe accident, between J17 for A350 and J16 for A3102.

M4 Wiltshire - Lane closed on M4 eastbound between J17, A350 (Chippenham) 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

MPs remain in Westminster Abbey

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We've heard from two MPs from the West who are still in Westminster Abbey.

Michelle Donelan, MP for Chippenham, sent this text message to BBC Wiltshire: 

"Still in Westminster Abbey, will be for hours, trying to save battery. Has been terrifying for everyone but we are safe now. So awful the poor people who have died and their families. Staff are safe. "

And Andrew Murrison, MP for South West Wiltshire, said via text:

"Still in Westminster Abbey. Everyone very patient. Very British. General dismay at lives lost today and admiration of authorities."

Journalists and politicians caught up in terror attack

Watch: BBC Points West's Robin Markwell reports

Four people, including an armed police officer and a man believed to be the attacker, have died in a terrorist incident near the UK's Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard has said .

One of the victims was among several pedestrians hit by a car on Westminster Bridge, before it crashed.

At least 20 people were injured, including three other officers.

Police chief 'profoundly saddened'

Police in London
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Mike Veale, Wiltshire's chief constable, says it is a tragic day for the UK and a tragic day for the police service.

He has released a statement following the terror attack in London which has left four people dead and at least 20 people injured.

Mike Veale

I, like many others, have watched the horrors unfolding over the last number of hours in our capital city and my heart sank as I began to realise the tragic consequences of this terrible attack on so many innocent people. I am profoundly saddened to hear about the sad and terrible loss of one of our police family who has been killed as a result of this mindless violence. My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies go out to all those affected by this terrible incident.

Mike VealeChief Constable, Wiltshire Police

London terror attack: School children unaware of circumstances

Watch: Charelle Bond, a school cleaner, said staff were "on edge" when she arrived at work

Hotwells Primary School had a group of children in Westminster when the 'terror' attack happened. 

Head teacher Catherine Delor said the pupils are not aware of the circumstances and are safely on the coach back to Bristol.

Our school group were in the vicinity, but not directly caught up in any incidents. Our emergency plans for dealing with unusual events were smoothly put into action in liaison with the police.

Catherine Delor

School groups involved in London lockdown

Palace of Westminster incident

Children from the West on school trips to Westminster were put into lockdown as the terror attack unfolded in London. 

The groups were from Hotwells in Bristol and St John & St Francis Church School in Bridgwater.

Both primary schools have said everyone is safe and they're trying to get the groups home as soon as possible.

Travel: Air ambulance takes off from M5 near Taunton

Cotswolds MP part of Parliament evacuation live on air

Listen: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown evacuated live on air

The Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown was asked to leave his Westminster office live on air following terror attack.

The Conservative was being interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucestershire when police told him to leave his office.

Severe accident: A370 Somerset eastbound

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A370 Somerset eastbound severe accident, between Winterstoke Road and Hutton Moor Road.

A370 Somerset - A370 Herluin Way in Weston-Super-Mare closed and very slow traffic outbound between the Winterstoke Road junction and the Hutton Moor Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Minehead school reassures parents after attack

Travel: M5 n/b shut near Taunton to allow air ambulance to land

Terror attack: 'I tried to stop people coming onto the bridge'

Watch: Steve Voake on 'terror' attack in London

Author Steve Voake, from Midsomer Norton in Somerset, was walking across Westminster Bridge as the attack unfolded.

He said he could see two bodies lying on the bridge and one in the water.

Severe accident: A419 Wiltshire southbound

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A419 Wiltshire southbound severe accident, near B4040 Swindon Road.

A419 Wiltshire - A419 in Cricklade blocked and stationary traffic southbound near the B4040 Swindon Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Travel: Vehicles being held on M5 northbound nr Taunton

'Terror' attack: 'We are all shaken' says Cotswold MP

Listen: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown spoke to Nicky Price on BBC Radio Gloucestershire

Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said staff and MPs in Parliament are all "very shaken".

He told BBC Radio Gloucestershire he could see at least people lying injured from his office window.

Reports that Parliament lockdown is ending

Threat level remains at severe - Avon & Somerset Police

          Firearms incident in the Westminister palace grounds and on Westminster Bridge

Avon and Somerset Police have said despite the terror attack in London the threat level remains at Severe. 

This is one down from the top level of critical.

Terror threat levels are changed by MI5 which leads the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre. 

GCHQ in Cheltenham is one of the agencies that feeds into that analysis.

Westminster terror attack: MP's staff 'saw it all unfold'

Listen: James Heappey MP was with the Prime Minister when she was told of the incident

Wells MP James Heappey has described the moment he heard about the terror attack.

He was waiting to vote behind Prime Minister Theresa May when an aide told her what was going on.  

The Conservative MP for Wells said his staff were feeling shaken after seeing a man shot at Westminster.

Stroud MP describes scene after Parliament incident

Listen: Neil Carmichael says MPs were told a police officer had been attacked

Stroud MP Neil Carmichael has described the scene at Parliament.

Speaking to BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Steve Kitchen, he said MPs were told a police officer had been attacked by a knife as well as there being "some gun shots".

Westminster police alert - tweets from MPs

A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London , Commons Leader David Lidington has said.

Scotland Yard has also said it was called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured.  

Staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices, with these tweets from some MPs from our region...

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The afternoon headlines from your local newspapers

New car park for Yeovil District Hospital

Watch: The car park has taken more than a year to build

It's been a year in the making, and eaten up more than 7,000 tonnes of concrete. 

Today, Yeovil District Hospital's new car park opened for business.

The hospital hopes it will increase parking spaces at the site by around one third, with an extra 350 spaces for the public.

Size definitely counts for this fossil hunter

Archaeology as therapy trialled at Stonehenge

Stonehenge is the site for the mental health initiative

A project which uses archaeology for therapy is being tried out in one of the West's most famous landmarks. 

Over the last six months, Stonehenge has been home to "Human Henge" which has been looking at how exploring the ancient monument may be able to help people with mental health problems. 

Participants have been drawing on relationships between people and the past. 

Burst water main causing problems near Bristol

Here's the scene on Gloucester Road in Patchway, via Made In Bristol .

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Chamber of Commerce president welcomes Stonehenge tunnel rethink

Stonehenge traffic
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Earlier we told you that plans for a tunnel to replace the A303 next to Stonehenge could be shelved.

The National Audit Office has examined government plans for major road building projects and put a hold on 16 of them, citing concerns over value for money.

Andy Rhind-Tutt, President of Salisbury & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry, has welcomed the idea.

The opportunity to revisit the Stonehenge Tunnel scheme and consider a wider solution at much less cost would be very welcome and the catalyst needed to regenerate our historic city. It is a known fact that far more business turnover is affected on a daily basis on the A roads around Salisbury and South Wiltshire than that stuck primarily on Friday afternoons at Stonehenge.

Andy Rhind-Tutt President of Salisbury & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Severe disruption: A38 Bristol northbound

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A38 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between B4057 Gipsy Patch Lane and Callicroft Road.

A38 Bristol - A38 Gloucester Road in Patchway closed and slow traffic outbound between the B4057 Gipsy Patch Lane junction and the Callicroft Road junction, because of a burst water main and emergency repairs.

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

West Metro Mayor: What powers will they have?

The first major hustings of the Metro Mayor election in the West takes place in Bristol this evening.  

Six regions in England will hold elections on 4 May to choose new Combined Authority Mayors - that's their official title.  

Combined Authority Mayors will:

  • Have control over new long term budgets from central government
  • Implement transport investment, strategic planning, improve skills and invest in new homes
  • Lobby on behalf of their area, on the issues that matter to local people not only in Westminster, but on the world stage
  • Work with local business leaders to achieve what’s best for local jobs and the economy
  • Capitalise on local strengths and assets like universities, scientific research and innovation

Severe disruption: M32 Bristol southbound

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M32 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J2 for A432.

M32 Bristol - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M32 inbound at J2, A432 (Eastville), because of a broken down van.

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

Travel: Gloucester Road in Bristol to partially close due to burst water main

New chancellor for the University of Bristol

Nobel-prize winning scientist Sir Paul Nurse is to be installed as the University of Bristol's new chancellor today.

The geneticist and cell biologist takes up the largely ceremonial position today. The daily activities of running the university are carried out by the vice-chancellor. 

Sir Paul's research helped to explain how cells control their growth and division, which was vital for cancer research.

He was recently seen on stage high-fiving Matt Lucas, when giving out honourary degrees.

University chancellor

McClatchley sentencing: Police criticise 'callous' killer

Lee McClatchley
Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Police have called murderer Lee McClatchley "selfish and desperate", after he was sentenced to a minimum of 26 years for killing Tony Swift.

Bristol Crown Court heard that McClatchley was a cannabis dealer who owed money to various people. He had gone to Mr Swift's house to steal cannabis.

The pathologist at the trial said he believed Mr Swift was murdered with a claw hammer or something similar.

We are disappointed McClatchley had never explained what happened or shown any remorse and instead tried to infer Mr Swift's son Sam was responsible for the murder -an extremely callous thing to do. There's a sense of relief justice has been done for a good man who had supported many people and shown them a great deal of love over the years.

Richard Pegler Detective Inspector, Gloucestershire Police