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Summary

  1. Police say they have had 10 sightings from the public of missing nurse Anna Lewis
  2. Snow falls in some parts of the West of England
  3. The first video of a baby gorilla born at Bristol Zoo has been released - both doing well
  4. Bath scientists develop technique which could make getting vital medicines to remote areas easier
  5. Exmoor pony centre 'under threat'
  6. Council to sign off £650,000 study into Bristol Airport transport links
  7. Live news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Tuesday 25 April 2017.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Sunny spells with showers for Wednesday

Watch: Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast

Well that's all for tonight from us.

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

Just time to leave you with tonight's weather forecast, and it looks like we're going to get some sunshine and showers on Wednesday.

Here's Ian Fergusson with the details.

A look inside the UK's biggest school uniform wholesalers

Bet you didn't know the largest British wholesaler for school uniforms is based in Trowbridge...

Blue Max Banner supplies 10,000 schools and their machines can embroider eight garments at a time.

But how? Have a little look for some factory magic!

Warch: School uniforms being embroidered - eight at a time

Travel: M32 partially closed southbound overnight

Flower show could move after more than 150 years

Taunton Flower Show
BBC

It looks like Taunton Flower Show is to move from the site it's been held at since 1851.

Organisers say they need to find a new venue after Taunton Deane Borough Council decided to charge them for the use of Vivary Park.

The annual show is said to be the oldest event of its kind in Britain.

The event's Jim Lewis said: "We understand the council’s financial constraints but it is simply not economic for us to accommodate a five-figure charge within an already tight budget."

This year's show will be held at Vivary Park as normal, at the beginning of August.

Missing nurse Anna Lewis: Search continues

Anna Lewis
Avon and Somerset Police

Police have been searching open areas in north and central Bristol in the hunt for a student nurse, who hasn't been seen for nearly two weeks.

Here's what we know:

  • Anna Lewis, 27, is a trainee nurse living in Fishponds in Bristol.
  • She is studying at the University of the West of England, and was working at Southmead Hospital on a placement. 
  • She was last seen on CCTV leaving the hospital on Thursday 13 April.
  • Ms Lewis was reported missing by her family last Friday.
  • Police have said her disappearance is out of character and they are growing concerned for her welfare.
  • Today police announced that specialist officers will be searching in north and central Bristol.
  • Det Insp Roger Doxsey told our reporter Scott Ellis there have been 10 sightings reported since the campaign to find her began. 

Shoe-perb London Marathon run for charity

Only a few more shoe puns, we promise....

He's a real life superhero from Wiltshire. In fact, he's shoe-perman...

Martin Pearce completed the London Marathon dressed as a shoe.

He did it all to raise money for Children's Hospice South West and is giving his medal away to one very special girl.

Martin Pearce completed the London Marathon dressed as a shoe.

MP calls for refugee minister

The UK should introduce a minister for refugees, according to a parliamentary group headed by Bristol West's Labour MP Thangham Debonnaire. 

An eight-month inquiry says refugees are welcomed well in the UK, but more could be done. 

Ms Debonnaire explained how a new refugee minister could help resolve the current two-tier system.  

Watch: Thangham Debonnaire on introducing a minister for refugees

Guide dog is airline's most frequent flyer

Joey the guide dog with his owner Jan Gibson
PA

Some dogs are good at catching balls. This one's talent is catching planes!

A guide dog from Wiltshire has been named as easyJet's most frequent flyer - after taking his 35th flight.

Joey the guide dog mainly flies between London and Cyprus with his owner Jan Gibson from Swindon.

She said: "The crew and passengers often fuss over Joey and take photos as it's not often you get to see a dog on a plane."

EasyJet does not allow animals on its flights, apart from guide and assistance dogs.

Peter Duffy from easyJet said: "With 35 flights under his collar, he must be one of the most travelled dogs in the country."

Read the full story here.

Exmoor Pony Centre could close

Watch: Pony centre needs £20,000 to keep going

The trust which runs the Exmoor Pony Centre near Dulverton says it needs £20,000 to keep going.

The centre promotes and protects the animals which roam freely on the moors. 

It opened in 2006 and has attracted more than 50,000 visitors, while some 300 moor-bred foals have been saved.

Staff say they will struggle to stay open beyond August if they don't raise the cash, and have started a fundraising campaign.

Player cited after Gloucester's Rugby Euro cup semi final

Jone Qovu Nailiko
EPCR

A French rugby player is facing a disciplinary hearing after an incident in the European Challenge Cup semi-final between Gloucester and La Rochelle at the weekend. 

The Cherry and Whites' Richard Hibbard was allegedly struck by La Rochelle's Jone Qovu Nailiko in 45th minute of the match.

The EPCR, the governing body of club rugby in Europe, has confirmed it has received a citing complaint, and a disciplinary hearing will take place tomorrow.

Gloucester won the game, and will face Stade Francais in the final at Murrayfield on 12 May.

Snow and hail in the West: Another picture

This was the scene in Cam, Gloucestershire, this afternoon as hail turned the lawns white.

"Roll on summer," said John Wilkes who sent us the photo.

We agree. Big coat back out again today ....

Hail in Cam
John Wilkes

BreakingTour of Britain heading for the Cotswolds

Tour of Britain
SweetSpot

The penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain will end in the centre of Cheltenham, it's been revealed.

Some of the world's top professional cyclists will race through the Cotswolds on Saturday 9th September - for the 7th stage of the race.

En route they'll take in Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Winchcombe, and a King of the Mountains climb on Cleeve Hill.

You can get full details on the Tour of Britain website.

Vixens' boss aims for Ashton Gate return

Willie Kirk
The FA

Head coach Willie Kirk wants Bristol City Women to play more games at Ashton Gate, after playing there on Saturday for their first league match of 2017 in a rare double header with City's men.

Kirk's Vixens lost 3-1 to Reading in Women's Super League One Summer Series, kicking off an hour after the end of Bristol City and Barnsley's Championship meeting.

Click here to read the full story.

Missing nurse latest: Why the police are so worried

Police have been explaining why they are becoming concerned for the welfare of a student nurse from Bristol, who went missing earlier this month.

Specialist officers are searching open areas in north and central Bristol in the hunt for Anna Lewis, 27, was last seen on CCTV leaving Southmead Hospital on 13 April.

Det Insp Roger Doxsey from  Avon and Somerset Police explained why they were now becoming worried.

Watch: Det Insp Roger Doxsey on the search for Anna Lewis

Snow in the West: More of your pics

You've been sending us your snow photos on the Points West Facebook page.

Fiona says her kids managed to have a snowball fight in Axbridge, Somerset.

Snow in Axbridge
Fiona Bellingham

And Mandy sent this photo from Weston where more snow has settled. Well - a small dusting, anyway!

Snow in Weston
Mandy Headford

Severe accident: A419 Wiltshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A419 Wiltshire southbound severe accident, between A4259 Marlborough Road and M4 J15 affecting A4312 Oxford Road.

A419 Wiltshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A419 Marlborough Road southbound in Swindon between Commonhead interchange and Swindon East, because of an accident. Congestion to White Hart Roundabout.

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

'About 10 sightings' of missing student nurse Anna Lewis

Watch: Det Insp Roger Doxsey on the search for Anna Lewis

Back now to missing student nurse Anna Lewis.

Our reporter Scott Ellis has been talking to Det Insp Roger Doxsey. He says there have been 10 sightings reported since the campaign began to find her.

Anna, 27, was last seen on CCTV leaving Southmead Hospital on 13 April.

Specialist officers are searching open areas in north and central Bristol as police continue to hunt for a student nurse who went missing earlier this month.  

Snow in the West: Suspension Bridge tweets wintery image

Snow in the West: Weston sand sculpture goes all white

Here's the scenes on the beach at Weston. There's just been a hail downpour in Bristol city centre too.

View more on twitter

Severe accident: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, near Sands Hill affecting M4 J18 Bath.

A46 Gloucestershire - A46 in Dyrham blocked and very slow traffic in both directions near the Sands Hill junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Bath.

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

Snow in Weston-super-Mare!

Watch: Snow in Weston-super-Mare

Isn't it supposed to be nearly summer? 

It's been snowing in Weston-Super-Mare this afternoon. 

Thanks to Paul Evans for sending in the video clip.  

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J21 for A370 and J20 for B3133.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Search for missing student nurse: What we know

Anna Lewis on CCTV
Avon and Somerset Police

As specialist officers continue to search in north and central Bristol, this is what we know so far about missing 27-year-old student nurse Anna Lewis.

  • Anna, who lives in Fishponds, was last seen on Thursday 13 April
  • CCTV footage released by police shows her leaving Southmead Hospital at 12.15pm that day
  • The trainee nurse is studying at the University of the West of England, and was working at the hospital on a placement
  • She was reported missing last Friday by her family, who do not live locally
  • Yesterday police say her disappearance is out out of character and they are growing concerned for her welfare
  • Today police announce that specialist officers will be searching in north and central Bristol

Local election May 2017: Wiltshire profile

Watch: BBC political reporter Dan O'Brien on local elections in Wiltshire

Everyone’s talking about the snap general election, but don’t forget there are local elections on 4th May. 

Here’s a whistle-stop tour with BBC political reporter Dan O'Brien - can you guess which issue is bothering many Wiltshire voters? 

Missing student nurse: family being kept informed of developments

Anna Lewis
Avon and Somerset Police

Anna, 27, from Fishponds in Bristol, was last seen on CCTV leaving Southmead Hospital on 13 April. 

She was reported missing by her family.

Det Isnp Roger Doxsey said: "We are supporting Anna's parents and are keeping them fully updated on our inquiry as it progresses. 

"We're also working with UWE Bristol and Southmead Hospital to try and find out as much as we can about Anna and her movements in the days before she went missing."   

Missing student nurse search to target open areas in Bristol

Anna Lewis
Avon and Somerset Police
Anna Lewis was last seen leaving Southmead Hospital on 13 April

A search for a student nurse from Bristol, who went missing earlier this month, is targeting open areas in Bristol.

Anna Lewis, 27, who lives in Fishponds, was last seen on CCTV leaving Southmead Hospital on 13 April.

Avon and Somerset Police say specialist officers will be searching in north and central Bristol.

Det Insp Roger Doxsey said: “We’re clearly becoming very worried about Anna’s welfare as she has not been in touch with family or friends since Wednesday 12 April.

“We don’t believe she has her mobile phone or any money or bank cards with her, which is increasing our level of concern."

A police press conference is due to be held later this afternoon with more details of the search.

'We'll keep going as long as we can': Swindon Sikhs celebrate a year of feeding the homeless

Telvinder Dosanjh from the Swindon Sikh group who feed the homeless.

A group of Sikhs in their 20s and 30s who serve homeless people with pasta dishes and other meals are celebrating a their first year of operations.

The food is donated by the community and prepared by the volunteers. 

They were inspired to take action after the tragic death of a local rough sleeper during cold weather in February 2016.

Severe disruption: M32 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M32 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between M4 J19 and J1 for A4174.

M32 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M32 southbound between M4 J19, Bristol and J1, A4174 (Hambrook), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work.

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

Scything champion teaches traditional techniques

Watch: A summer meadow group has been set up in Wellington

Scything dates back to 500 BC but recently made a bit of a comeback when actor Aidan Turner took his shirt off in the BBC's adaptation of the Poldark novels. 

Now a group has been set up in Wellington, Somerset, to encourage people to learn how to scythe and take care of the community's green spaces.

And you'll be in safe scything hands - the summer meadow group is run by a national scything champion.

Mohed Altrad: Greig Laidlaw 'disappointed' Premiership blocked Gloucester investment

Greig Laidlaw
Ian MacNicol

Club captain Greig Laidlaw is "really disappointed" by the decision to block Mohed Altrad's investment in Gloucester RFC.

Full story here. 

Greig Laidlaw

Block of Altrad bid disappoints Laidlaw

Club captain Greig Laidlaw is "really disappointed" by the decision to block Mohed Altrad's investment in Gloucester.

Read more

Local election May 2017: Somerset profile

Watch: BBC political reporter Ruth Bradley on local election in Somerset

Everyone’s talking about the snap general election, but don’t forget there are local elections on 4th May. 

BBC political reporter Ruth Bradley went out to ask voters in Somerset what they want. 

Bath Lib Dems react as parliamentary candidate steps down

Bath skyline
Matt Cardy

I would like to thank Jay Risbridger for the integrity he has shown in swiftly reaching his difficult decision and for all his work fighting to prevent the brutal, hard Brexit Mrs May intends for us. We look forward to welcoming him on the campaign trail to help us unseat our Brexit Tory MP and return his Liberal Democrat successor to Parliament to properly represent the people of Bath.

Ben StevensChair of Banes Liberal Democrats

Mum and baby gorilla 'doing well'

Watch: First video of baby gorilla born at Bristol Zoo

The first video of a baby gorilla born at Bristol Zoo has been released. 

The western lowland gorilla was born to mum Touni and dad Jock in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

Touni, who is a first time mum, gave birth inside the Gorilla House alongside the rest of the troop and is said to be relaxed, eating and drinking well.

Pictures courtesy Bristol Zoo.  

New sign appears at controversial Javelin Park incinerator site, Gloucestershire

Stroud MP Neil Carmichael joins others leaving anti hard Brexit group Open Britain

Local election May 2017: Gloucestershire profile

BBC political reporter Hayley Mortimer on local elections in Gloucestershire

Everyone’s talking about the snap general election, but don’t forget there are local elections on 4th May. 

Here’s a whistle-stop tour with BBC political reporter Hayley Mortimer who can explain what's happening in Gloucestershire.

New technique to transport vaccines to remote areas

Watch: Dr Asel Sartbaeva explains the new vaccine technique

A new technique allowing vaccines to be transported without refrigeration is being developed at the University of Bath. 

Scientists said it uses 'cages', made from silica, which could make getting vital medicines to remote or dangerous areas easier, cheaper and safer. 

Dr Asel Sartbaeva said they are also looking at developing the silica into a tablet which would mean people would not need to be injected.

The team from Bath now have to find a pharmaceutical company willing to develop their invention.

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, between J16 for A3102 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Hold on to your hats - here's the Bristol Ferry at very high speed