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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Wednesday 19 April 2017

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Goodnight from Local Live - we'll be back tomorrow at 7am

That's it from BBC Local Live for the West of England - we'll be back online with more live updates from 7am tomorrow.

BBC weather forecaster Ian Fergusson is promising another mostly dry day for Thursday.

Ian Fergusson with the BBC West weather forecast

Judd Trump out in first round

Bristol's Judd Trump has been knocked out of the World Snooker Championships in a shock defeat to Rory McLeod in the first round.

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Metro mayor candidates television debate

BBC Points West metro mayor debate
BBC

A political debate featuring the six candidates who want to be the West of England's first mayor will be broadcast on BBC One tomorrow at 10:45pm.

The winner on 4 May will be given powers over transport and housing as well as £30m a year to spend on infrastructure. 

Click here if you want to read more about the six metro mayor hopefuls. 

From left to right: Stephen Williams (Lib Dems), Lesley Ann Mansell (Labour), John Christopher Savage (Independent), Darren Edward Hall (Green Party), Aaron Warren Foot (UKIP), Tim Bowles (Conservative)
BBC
From left to right: Stephen Williams (Lib Dems), Lesley Ann Mansell (Labour), John Christopher Savage (Independent), Darren Edward Hall (Green Party), Aaron Warren Foot (UKIP), Tim Bowles (Conservative)

Dragons' Den's Deborah Meaden on being a Points West reporter for the day

What's it like to be a Points West reporter? Here's Dragons' Den's Deborah Meaden

She took up the role for us as we celebrate Points West's 60th birthday.

CCTV showing £50,000 copper cable theft suspects released by police

CCTV picture of cable theft suspect.
British Transport Police

Thieves who stole £50,000 worth of copper cabling from Swindon railway station are being sought by police. 

CCTV footage shows the suspects, who appear to be wearing ski masks, by an embankment between 10.30pm and 11.30pm on 1 March.

CCTV picture of cable theft suspect.
British Transport Police

'Oh I say!': Brenda from Bristol reacts to going viral and gives her views on modern politicians

#Brenda, UK election's unlikely star

Watch: How dog owners can stop livestock worrying

Snap election tempts former Labour MP to stand and 'put in a proper challenge in Stroud'

Watch: David Drew says he's considering standing for Stroud

The former Labour MP for Stroud is considering standing in the snap election called for June. 

David Drew lost his seat to Conservative Neil Carmichael in 2010.

A303 accident now cleared and traffic flowing, according to Highways England

Concorde unwrapping condensed into 20 seconds

Earlier today (10:57) we brought you a live broadcast of Concorde being unwrapped from her protective plastic sheeting.

She had been covered up while construction work took place around the aircraft. 

Here's all the action condensed into just 20 seconds. 

Concorde 216 has been wrapped in a protective film while works take place around it.

Gold for West Country swimmer at British Swimming Championships

GOLD for @JazzCarlin! 🥇 The double Olympic silver medallist takes the 800m freestyle title in a time of 8:30.56 👏… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Behind-the-scenes at the TV metro mayor debate

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The West's metro mayor debate is being recorded tonight and will be broadcast on BBC One tomorrow evening at 10:45pm. 

If you can't wait til Thursday then take a look at Points West Facebook page or click on the picture above for a look behind-the-scenes.

Severe congestion: A303 Somerset westbound

BBC News Travel

A303 Somerset westbound severe congestion, between Harp Road and A358.

A303 Somerset - Very slow traffic on A303 westbound between Hayes End roundabout in South Petherton and Southfields Roundabout in Ilminster. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Leukaemia teen goes back to school

Watch: The 14-year-old has been having potentially life-saving treatment

A teenage boy, whose potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant had to be funded by public donations, has gone back to school. 

Daryl Allinson, from Frome, had his first transplant in 2015. When his rare form of leukaemia, returned a year later the NHS turned down funding for a second operation. 

 At that time his family was told he had months to live. 

Brenda's response to going viral

Watch: Brenda from Bristol's response to going viral

A woman has said she "cannot believe" the response on social media to her reaction to the news there is to be another general election. 

Brenda, 75, from Bristol, became an internet sensation after reacting with shock to the news on Tuesday. 

"You're joking?! Not another one?" she responded when told of the news. 

The video of her exasperated reaction went viral and prompted hundreds of comments on Twitter.

General election 2017: The West's most marginal seat will be 'humming' soon

WATCH: BBC political editor Paul Barltrop in Chipping Sodbury

BBC political editor Paul Barltrop says the Thornbury and Yate constituency is the West's most marginal seat.

He says it'll be "humming in the weeks to come" - the Conservatives won by 1,500 votes in the last election when they took it from the Lib Dems.

Bristol MP condemns decision to call a snap general election

Kerry McCarthy
Labour Party

“It is deeply irresponsible of the prime minister to call an election after she has triggered Article 50. To start the clock running to leave the EU, and then put everything on hold for an election campaign shows that she has put her party political interest above the national interest.”

Kerry McCarthyLabour MP for Bristol East

Trombonists across the world play the same tune for charity

Why all these trombones are playing the same tune

Musicians around the world are rallying to raise money for trombonist Stephen Sykes from Shepton Mallet who has cancer.

Despite an appeal for stem cell donors, a match for him hasn't yet been found.

Paddy Ashdown: Theresa May couldn't resist 'naked opportunism'

Former Yeovil MP Paddy Ashdown has hit out at Theresa May's surprise election announcement yesterday.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, the former Liberal Democrat leader said Mrs May was the "second prime minister who has acted in the interests of the party, not the country".

Paddy Ashdown
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Theresa May couldn't resist the opportunity to take advantage of naked opportunism. The only reason she wants an election is for Mrs May's personal reasons - to take advantage of a weak Labour party.

Paddy Ashdown

Concorde unwrapped ahead of Bristol aviation museum's grand opening

The last Concorde to take to the skies has been unwrapped ahead of the grand opening of a new museum in Bristol this summer. 

Hundreds of metres of film protecting it from building work were carefully peeled off Concorde 216 this morning. 

The jet will be the supersonic centrepiece of the £19m Aerospace Bristol centre, which will document Bristol's aviation heritage.

Concorde
Aerospace Bristol
Concorde
Aerospace Bristol
Concorde
Aerospace Bristol

BMW workers begin 24-hour strike in Swindon today

Members of the Unite union are today on strike in protest over plans to close the final salary pension scheme.

Today's strike is the first of eight planned 24-hour walkouts.

BMW management say that they have "been in meaningful discussions with Unite since September and put forward a number of options".

Members of the Unite Union are on strike at BMW in Swindon because of a row over pensions

Westbury dog attack: Police appeal for witnesses

Police are carrying out a full investigation into the incident and would like to speak to any witnesses or anyone who may know the dog owner involved.

The dogs are described as being large, muscular in appearance, with short tan fur. Neither had a collar on. 

It is believed they left the scene in a green Mini with a female owner, who is described as being aged in her late 60s, wearing glasses, a black jacket, black leggings, with brown boots.  

If you saw the attack or recognise the description of this woman get in touch with the police via 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously, if preferred.  

Soldier Sam Myford suffered bite wounds from his face down
Alice Withers
Soldier Sam Myford suffered bite wounds from his face down

EU grant will help Langport 'make the best of its assets'

Watch: £100,000 will help Langport "make the best of its assets," says Patricia Marks.

Some businesses in Langport say an EU grant to improve access to the River Parrett could bring in much needed revenue to the town. 

Langport has applied for £100,000 to make it easier to use the river for various activities. 

Patricia Marks, who runs the Somerset Business Agency, told Deborah Meaden, from TV series Dragons' Den, the money would help to "make the best of" the town's assets.  

Bishop of Salisbury pays tribute to Michael Perham

Rt Revd Michael Perham
Diocese of Gloucester
Rt Revd Michael Perham died from a malignant brain tumour.

“Many people in this Diocese have good reason to give thanks to God for [Michael Perham]," says the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, as he pays tribute to his friend, the Rt Revd Michael Perham, retired Bishop of Gloucester, who died on Easter Monday after a battle with a malignant brain tumour. 

“In his final year and a bit, he made a marvellous contribution to the Diocese in chairing the Pray Forum as part of our 'Renewing Hope – Pray, Serve, Grow'. 

"He died as he lived, in the love of God and with thanksgiving. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”

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Westbury dog attack - full story

Emily Vickery and Sam Myford
Alice Withers
Emily Vickery and Sam Myford were walking their two chihuahuas when the attack took place.

A heavily pregnant woman and her soldier husband were savaged by two large dogs as they tried to defend their pet chihuahuas.  

Read the full story here.

Lions roar in Bath: three players make squad for New Zealand tour but no room for George Ford

Two owls 'have feet stuck to glue traps in a week'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two owls have had their feet stuck to glue traps in a week in the West Country, the RSPCA says.

Owl. Pic: RSPCA
RSPCA

The animal welfare charity said it was warning of the dangers of such traps after the owls had to be rescued in St Columb in Cornwall and in Clapton In Gordano, in North Somerset.

The traps consist of a sheet of cardboard, plastic or wood coated with non-drying adhesive. They are legal to use for catching rats and mice.

Both owls were taken to the RSPCA's centre near Taunton in Somerset, where staff have been clearing off the glue with margarine, and helping the birds recover before "they are prepared for release back into the wild".

Swindon Town FC announces new training ground hope

Swindon Town FC
BBC

Swindon Town FC could have its own training ground and headquarters on one site within two years.

The club has been handed an undisclosed "significant" sum of money from the Nigel Eady Trust to develop a former golf club in Highworth, which the club chairman Lee Power bought a year ago.

Depending on how the planning process goes, the former Twelve Oaks Golf Club could be home to a gym, treatment rooms, lecture rooms, grass training pitches and a floodlit 4G artificial surface pitch. 

Currently the club leases the County Ground stadium from Swindon Borough Council.

Nigel Eady was a lifelong supporter of the football club and bequeathed the money in his will to the benefit of the football club and local community.

£20m plan to expand Bishops Lydeard railway station

Watch: It includes a proposal to link the station to Taunton

Dog attack husband: 'I was trying to protect my wife'

Watch: "I was trying to protect Emily"

BBC reporter Andrew Plant has been speaking to the couple attacked by dogs in Wiltshire.

Emily Vickery, who is 37 weeks pregnant, and Sam Myford were both treated for multiple bite wounds.

Sam says it was a terrifying experience and they both feared for their lives. 

'Terrifying experience' for dog attack couple

Wiltshire Police say a couple attacked by two large dogs in Westbury were subjected to a "terrifying experience".

Emily Vickery and her husband Sam Myford were out walking their pet chihuahuas when the dogs attacked. Emily is 37 weeks pregnant and was treated in hospital.

Injury photo
Alice Withers

PC Matt Fry said:

This was an extremely terrifying experience for the couple and their small dogs. Both chihuahuas have had to receive emergency veterinary care overnight. Fortunately their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening and they are expected to make a full recovery. The male victim was treated in hospital for several bite marks to his body, while his wife also attended a hospital as a precaution due to her being heavily pregnant.

PC Matt FryWiltshire Police
Couple who were attacked
Alice Withers

Westbury White Horse dog attack: Owner 'showed no remorse'

The sister of a pregnant woman attacked by two dogs at Westbury White Horse has told the BBC the woman with the animals "showed no remorse" and drove away after the ordeal without leaving her details. 

Alice Withers added she hoped the "cowards" who witnessed it and "did nothing to help" came forward to help police track down the dogs and their owner. 

Emily Vickery, who is 37 weeks pregnant, and her husband Sam Myford were targeted by two bull mastiff-type dogs at about 7pm on Tuesday.  

Both Emily and Sam received multiple bite wounds and were treated in hospital
Alice Withers
Both Emily and Sam received multiple bite wounds and were treated in hospital

There were 30 to 40 people in the area but no one came to help, despite Emily's screams, until a man drove his vehicle towards them beeping his horn to try to scare the dogs away. He managed to get them inside, but the dogs were still jumping up at the car windows trying to get at them. Without him I don't know what would have happened.

Alice Withers

BreakingPregnant woman and husband attacked by dogs at Westbury White Horse

A pregnant woman and her soldier husband were left "covered in blood" after being attacked by two large dogs at the Westbury White Horse monument. 

Emily Vickery, who is 37 weeks pregnant, and Sam Myford were targeted by two bull mastiff-type dogs at about 19:00 on Tuesday. 

Sam Myford was left with bite marks all over his body after the attack
Alice Withers
Sam Myford was left with bite marks all over his body after the attack

Both were treated for multiple bite wounds amid fears the 23-year-old had been forced into premature labour. 

Police say they are looking for a woman driving a green Mini who was seen with the dogs.

Emily and Sam were walking their chihuahuas when the attack took place
Alice Withers
Emily and Sam were walking their chihuahuas when the attack took place

Gloucester's Moriarty gets Lions call

Gloucester back row Ross Moriarty is the surprise inclusion to represent rugby union team the British & Irish Lions this summer.

Bath players Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph and Taulupe Faletau also made Warren Gatland's 41-man squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand, which was announced today.

But there is no place for Bath fly-half George Ford.

The Lions face the All Blacks over three tests, and will be captained by Wales' Sam Warburton.

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How do you call an early election?

Chart showing the seats in Parliament
BBC

There are two formal ways a general election could happen and Theresa May indicated she would call for the quickest way available under the act.

This would be if two-thirds of MPs backed a motion calling for an early election. 

The motion would require support from two-thirds of all the seats in the Commons - not just those who vote - and this includes one vacant seat as well. 

With 650 seats in the Commons, that means 434 MPs must back an early election.

Later today, the government will propose such a motion, under Section 2 of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011: "That there shall be an early parliamentary general election." 

The MPs will then vote on the motion and are expected to approve it overwhelmingly, because the main opposition parties have said they will support it.

Avon & Somerset Police considering an aquatic unit

Or should that be an "a quack-tic" unit?

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BMW has put forward 'a number of options' to help staff

A Mini sign
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BMW says it regrets the decision by Unite to stage industrial action over pensions and hopes the union's representatives will return to the negotiating table.

Members of Unite have walked out for 24 hours in the first of eight strikes, across four sites, ending on 24 May.  

We have been in meaningful discussions with Unite since September of last year and have put forward a number of options to help staff transition to the proposed new pension scheme arrangements. Like many businesses, we know that the costs and risks associated with defined benefit pension schemes makes them unsustainable and unaffordable in the long term. The reason we are proposing changes now is so we can protect existing and future pensions for all our staff and ensure the long term competitiveness of our UK manufacturing operations. Our door remains firmly open to further talks with Unite to find a resolution that is mutually acceptable to both sides.

A BMW spokesman

Watch Concorde being unwrapped

Concorde 216 is being unwrapped from protective plastic in her new home in Filton.  Watch it happening here...

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West Somerset Railway consults on expansion plans

West Somerset Railway have said they want to spend £20 million to expand the Bishops Lydeard section of the attraction.

They want to link the station at Bishops Lydeard to Taunton and add a new visitor centre and museum.

A consultation is taking place to look at the scheme.  

West Somerset Railway
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Concorde to be unwrapped shortly

Watch Concorde being unwrapped from its new home in Filton here shortly. Here's how she looks at the moment:

Concorde
BBC