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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Monday, 3 April 2017

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And we are done for tonight

We've come to the end of another day - back tomorrow with more live updates from 7am.

Before we go, here's a look at the weather forecast with Ian Fergusson...

Watch: "A bit of a change on the way in terms of rain," says Ian Fergusson

Rugby: What can Gloucester fans expect of Johan?

Watch: "He's incredibly highly rated," says journalist Brendan Nel

Brenden Nel, rugby editor at, said Gloucester's new head coach - Johan Ackerman - has been like "a breath of fresh air" to South African rugby. 

He outlined to BBC Points West's Ali Durden what fans of the Cherry and Whites can expect.

'How short of builders are we? You try and get one!'

Watch: TV presenter Martin Roberts on our shortage of builders

A report out says huge projects like Hinkley Point C and the thousands of new homes being built are boosting the industry. However there aren't enough builders to go round.

Martin Roberts, who presents Homes under the Hammer on TV, has been at Bridgwater College today to launch a scheme designed to inspire a whole new generation of construction workers.

Rugby: 'It was a hard decision' says new Gloucester head coach

Watch: "It was a hard decision," said Johan Ackermann (Video: Brenden Nel/

Johan Ackermann has got a very good reputation in South Africa - many tipping him as a future coach of the national side.

But next season he'll be gaining further experience in Gloucester as the new head coach of the Cherry and Whites.

He's 46 years old, has played 13 times for South Africa and was part of their World Cup winning squad in 2007.

Foodbank facing 'unprecedented demand'

Watch: The Bristol North West foodbank is the city's oldest

A foodbank in Bristol says it's dealing with unprecedented demand.

The Bristol North West - which is celebrating it's sixth birthday - says around 40% more people are using it compared to the same time last year.

In December, the foodbank ran out of food completely after giving away more than 5.5 tonnes of food in a month.

Family visits murder scene 30 years on

Watch: Who killed Helen Fleet 30 years ago?

Police are re-examining evidence found after the murder of Helen Fleet in Weston-super-Mare 30 years ago. 

She was 66 when she was stabbed and strangled in Worlebury Woods. 

Her family have now been back to the scene for the first time since the murder.  

A piece of Rome, under a shopping centre

Watch: See below the King's Walk Shopping Centre

A chamber underneath King's Walk Shopping Centre in Gloucester is being opened to the public tomorrow. 

King's Walk Bastion contains the remains of a Roman city wall and a medieval tower - probably constructed during the reign of Henry III.

It's being opened for tours by Gloucester City Council.

Gloucester name Ackermann head coach

Johan Ackermann
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Gloucester Rugby have named former South Africa lock Johan Ackermann as their new head coach ahead of the 2017-18 season.

The 46-year-old coach of the Johannesburg-based Lions Super Rugby side is to replace Laurie Fisher, who left the Cherry and Whites in March.

Ackermann, who won 13 Springboks caps, will work as number two to director of rugby David Humphreys.

Click here to read the full story .

'Inspiring young people into the world of building'

Watch: "We're trying to inspire young people into the world of building," said Martin Roberts

The construction industry is flat-out with huge new projects including Hinkley Point C, new road schemes, universities expanding and thousands of homes being built. 

Some 4,000 extra builders are needed each year, for the next five years, to keep up with demand.

Today the construction industry has been attempting to inspire young people to put on their hard hats. 

TV presenter Martin Roberts was at Bridgwater College to launch a new 'Adopt-a-school' scheme to pair schools with local building firms.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A40 Golden Valley Bypass Gloucester and J10 for A4019.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J11, A40 (Gloucester) and J10, A4019 (Cheltenham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Travel: M32 northbound shut overnight

Flood warning after duvet dumped in ditch

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Phil's Twitter profile says he works as a water level manager and wetland ecologist on the Somerset Levels.

£500k-worth of cannabis discovered in house

A cannabis factory containing hundreds of plants has been found by police in Bristol.

The plants, said to be worth more than £500,000, were found at a house in Whitchurch following a tip-off to the cash-for-information Crimestoppers service.

Avon and Somerset Police  said a "scene remains in place" at the property in Kinsale Road while specialist drugs teams and crime scene investigators carry out detailed work.

Kinsale Road, Bristol

PC Richard Jeffery, said it had been a "sophisticated set up".

"Thanks to information provided through Crimestoppers we were able stop hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of illegal drugs getting on to the streets, and importantly make the dodgy wiring safe," he added.

Family seeks answers on 1987 wood murder

Helen Fleet
Avon and Somerset Police
The body of 66-year-old Helen Fleet was found in woodland near Weston-super-Mare in 1987

Relatives of a woman who was brutally murdered in 1987 are hoping someone will "look to their conscience" and come forward, 30 years after the killing. 

Helen Fleet, 66, was beaten, stabbed and strangled while walking her dogs in Worlebury Woods near Weston-super-Mare.

Despite a major investigation no-one has ever been charged with her murder. 

Although the murder weapon was never recovered police are hopeful forensic advances could shed light on other items found at the time.

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Dairy farmer 'physically sick' by undercover footage

Footage of a farm-worker kicking and punching animals left farmer James Read feeling "physically sick" and "very upset".

Last year Owen Nichol, of Buckland Road in Taunton, was filmed at Pyrlands Farm by Animal Equality UK.

The 18-year-old has admitted causing unnecessary suffering to cows and calves .

Watch: Secret filming in December showed calves being punched and kicked

Mr Read said he was "really appalled" by Nichol's behaviour.

Toni Shephard, from the campaign group, said it was "pleased" he had been "convicted for this terrible violence".

"We hope that he will receive the harshest sentence possible," she said.

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, at J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Rugby: Gloucester forward pair to join Bristol

Joe Latta
Rex Features

Bristol add Gloucester second row pair Joe Latta and Joe Batley ahead of the 2017-18 season on undisclosed-length deals.

Click here to read the full story .

Farmhand admits punching and kicking calves

Owen Nichol

A farm-worker has admitted causing unnecessary suffering to cows and their calves at a dairy farm in Somerset. 

Owen Nichol, 18, of Buckland Road in Taunton, was captured on an undercover camera kicking and punching the animals at Pyrlands Farm in December. 

The RSPCA launched an investigation after being shown the footage gathered by Animal Equality UK. 

The farm's owner said he was appalled when he saw the film and the worker had been dismissed.

Click here to read more.

Second egg for cathedral's peregrine falcons

Salisbury Cathedral

A second egg has been laid by a pair of peregrine falcons nesting on the spire of Salisbury Cathedral.

The egg was laid some time before 04.30am on Sunday morning.

The first egg in the new clutch was laid on Friday.

Peregrine falcon nest
Salisbury Cathedral

It follows news that one of the first chicks to hatch on the cathedral tower, after an absence of 61 years , was found shot on farmland in Stockbridge in mid March.

The bird is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing treatment for a fractured wing.

BBC and Glastonbury have 'created something really special'

Glastonbury Festival

A deal has been signed between the BBC and the orgainsers of the Glastonbury Festival to broadcast the Somerset event for the next five festivals.

We have worked closely with a fantastic team at the BBC since 1997 - it has become an integral part of what we do at Glastonbury. Together we have created something really special - two decades of historic live broadcast from many of the biggest names in contemporary music.

Emily EavisFestival co-organiser
Ed Sheeran

In June, the festival is being headlined by Ed Sheeran, Radiohead and the Foo Fighters.

As Glastonbury is one of the world's leading musical celebrations, I'm delighted that the BBC will be its broadcast home until 2022, the BBC's 100th anniversary year, bringing the magical joy of Worthy Farm to everyone, whether at home or on the move.

Bob ShennanDirector, BBC radio and music

Racing authorities 'deeply saddened' by jockey's death

James McNeile
David Simpson

Racing authorities say they are "deeply saddened" following the death of an amateur jockey at a point-to-point meeting in Wiltshire over the weekend.

James McNeile, 57, from Devizes, suffered brain damage when he fell in the 15:45 race at Larkhill point-to-point on Saturday and died in hospital on Sunday.  

In a joint statement the British Horseracing Authority, the Point to Point Authority, the Larkhill Point to Point racecourse and the Committee of the Avon Vale Hunt said its thoughts were with Mr McNeile's family and friends. 

"Tragic incidents such as this are exceptionally rare. However, for athletes competing in any sport, there is an element of risk that cannot be wholly removed. 

"What is important is that, from any incident such as this is, we do all that we can to understand what caused it, and then see if there is anything we can learn from the incident. 

"These processes are already under way."

BBC secures Glastonbury broadcast until 2022

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival will continue to be shown on the BBC until at least 2022.

It means viewers will still be able to avoid the mud and watch some of the world's biggest acts from the comfort of their homes.

The deal includes the next five festivals as well as the 50th edition, at Somerset's Worthy Farm.

Almost 19m tuned-in to see coverage last year and organiser Emily Eavis says she wants to continue making broadcast history with the corporation.

To give the farm, staff and villagers a break, the festival is not taking place in 2018.

Ken Loach: How attitudes to homelessness have changed

Watch: Director Ken Loach talks about attitudes to homelessness 50 years after Cathy Come Home.

Half a century on from Ken Loach's seminal film Cathy Come Home, modern-day homelessness in Loach's own home city of Bath is being explored. 

In a special programme on BBC One in the West tonight at 7:30pm , John Saunders meets people from across the West Country who are facing eviction, living in temporary accommodation or even sofa surfing with friends or family, to ask if Cathy's experience rings true today.  

In this clip Ken Loach talks about how attitudes to homelessness have changed since his drama was shown in 1966.

Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, between J25 for A358 and J26 for A38 affecting J24 for A38.

M5 Somerset - Very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J25, A358 (Taunton) and J26, A38 (Wellington), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J24, A38 (Bridgwater South).

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

Three-month-old boy dies of injuries

Thresher Drive, Swindon

A three-month-old baby, who was injured in an incident at a house in Swindon, has died.

The boy was found with "life-threatening injuries" at a property on Thresher Drive, on 25 March.

Click here to read more .

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, at J20 for B3133.

M5 Somerset - M5 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Fall jockey died 'doing what he loved'

Larkhill Point-to Point
Geograph/Andrew Smith

A 57-year-old amateur jockey has died after falling from his horse and hitting his head on a fence. 

James McNeile, from Devizes, Wiltshire, suffered brain damage after he fell in the 3:45pm race at Larkhill point-to-point on Saturday. 

He died peacefully on Sunday, his family said.

Click here to read the full story .

Lunchtime local newspaper headlines

Students' views on the construction industry

These students were asked for their views on what they thought it's like to work in the construction industry. 

West Country builders are being urged to join forces with local schools to help recruit more young people into the sector. 

An extra 4,000 builders and construction professionals are needed every year across the region. 

A new "adopt a school" scheme has been launched, linking building firms with local schools, to try to attract more young people.  

Students gives their views on working in the construction industry

Celebrating all dogs long and short

More than 100 dachshunds meet up in Bath for the Sausage Dog Club

More than 100 dachshunds and their owners gathered in Bath at the weekend to celebrate their long and short dogs. 

They met in front of the historic Royal Crescent to celebrate the Sausage Dog Club's second anniversary. 

The club was started by dog lover Lauren Barnes and now has more than 250 members.

Village hall on wheels

An old double decker bus is being converted into a mobile village hall.

Calne-based charity Open Blue was given the 18-year-old bus by Stagecoach, last April.

Since then a team of volunteers has been working to convert it into a mobile community centre, which can be driven around to rural villages and remote communities.

Andy Weeds, from the charity, said they were "blown away" when they were told they were getting a bus for free.

Renovated bus to target isolated communities

Shortage of young people in building industry

There's a crisis in the construction industry in the South West. 

Experts say we need an extra 4,200 workers every year for the next five years. 

But young people don't seem to want to work in the sector. 

A new "adopt a school" scheme has been launched, linking building firms with local schools, to try to attract more young people into the industry. 

Director of Dribuild, Mike Holt, explains what the work is really like.  

A new scheme is launched to try to attract people into the construction industy

Bath study hopes to shed light on links between cycbercrime and autism

Woman using a computer
The new study led by Bath University will look at any links between cycbercrime and autism

A study investigating links between cybercrime and autistic-like personality traits is to begin.

Autism and traits of the condition appear to be more prevalent among cyber criminals than for other types of crime but the link remains unproven. 

The Bath University project aims to cover all aspects of cybercrime, such as coding and malware, as well as activities carried out over the dark web.

The work will provide information on the size and nature of cybercrime and the degree to which autistic-like traits are represented in cybercrime offenders. 

A growing perception among law enforcement agencies suggests that a significant number of people arrested in connection with cybercrime may be on the autism spectrum. Through our project we will explore whether autistic traits are actually associated with computer-related abilities and cybercrime.

Professor Mark Brosnan University of Bath's Centre for Applied Autism

Ken Loach: Cathy Come Home's impact

Modern-day homelessness in director Ken Loach's home city of Bath is being explored, half a century on from his seminal TV play Cathy Come Home,

In  a special programme on BBC One in the West tonight at 7:30pm , John Saunders meets people from across the region who are facing eviction, living in temporary accommodation or even sofa surfing with friends or family.

In this clip Ken Loach talks about the impact Cathy Come Home had.

Watch: Ken Loach talks about the impact of his 1966 TV play

BreakingBaby boy dies of injuries following Swindon incident

A three-month-old baby, who was injured in a an incident at a house in Swindon, has died.

The boy was found on March 25 and taken to hospital in the town before being transferred to the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

A spokesman said: "A 50-year-old local man remains on bail after being arrested in connection with the incident. Police are continuing with their enquiries.”  

Analysis: Ackermann is new Gloucester head coach

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

Ackermann is the latest to take on the head coach hot-seat at Kingsholm, and comes to England with a big reputation, having led the Lions to the Super Rugby final last year.

Director of rugby David Humphries has cited Ackermann's ability to turn around an under-performing outfit, which he will have to do with the Cherry and Whites, who continue to flounder in lower-table Premiership mediocrity.

Tributes paid to amateur jockey

Tributes have been paid to an amateur jockey who died after an injury sustained at a point-to-point meeting in Wiltshire over the weekend.

The Injured Jockeys Fund said James McNeile, 57, from Devizes collided with a fence and suffered a serious head injury and died in hospital on Sunday.

He was competing in the 3:45pm Open Maiden race at Larkhill Racecourse near Salisbury.

Fellow amateur jockeys and members of the horse racing world have taken to social media to pay their tributes.

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Foodbank marks sixth anniversary

The first food bank to open its doors in Bristol, is marking its sixth anniversary this week. 

What started as a stop-gap to help hungry families has now become a permanent feature in the community. 

Over the years the Bristol North West food bank has helped more than 18,000 people in crisis - and is now helping in other ways, such as running cookery courses to teach people how to make their money and their food, go further.

Bristol North West food bank

I was spending about £100 a week and now I've got down to about £60 - where I'm making it from scratch now. If you are on a budget or on benefit and you're finding it hard - then this is an ideal thing to do.

Jo Williams, a local resident who has signed up for a cookery course

BreakingJockey dies during point-to-point near Salisbury

A Wiltshire jockey has died after a fall during a point-to-point meeting near Salisbury.

James McNeile, 57, from Devizes, collided with a fence at Larkhill Racecourse on Saturday and suffered a severe head injury.

Officials said he died peacefully in hospital on Sunday.

Fellow jockey David Crosse has paid tribute to him.

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BreakingGloucester Rugby announce new head coach

Johan Ackermann
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Gloucester Rugby have appointed South African Johan Ackermann as their new head coach.

Ackermann,46, will leave his position at the Johannesburg-based Lions to take up his new role at Kingsholm. 

He spent one season as a player at Northampton, but has spent the rest of his career in his home land winning 13 caps for the Springboks as a second row forward.

It follows the departure of Laurie Fisher last month.