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  1. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 2 May 2017

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Dry, chilly with clear spells tonight

Watch: West country weather: Tuesday, 2 May

That's all from BBC Local Live for the West Country for tonight.

We're back from 7am tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

It will be mostly dry with bright or sunny spells across the West this evening, with perhaps the odd shower in the east of the region. 

Any showers will fade away to leave a dry and chilly night, with clear spells. Minimum Temperature: 7C.

Charity celebrates 25 years of creating wheelchairs designed for difficult terrain

Watch: Wheelchair 'adopts to rough ground'

Back in the '90s, a charity was founded in North Somerset to create specially-designed wheelchairs for people in developing countries where road surfaces can be rough.

More than 25 years later, Motivation has helped tens of thousands of people with disabilities across the globe - and it's about to expand. 

The co-founder, David Constantine is just back from a trip to India. Here he explains the difference between the chairs.

Spanish fish save village elver eating contest

wATCH: Frampton-on-Severn elver eating competition

Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire has hosted its third Elver Eating World Championships, having revived the contest back in 2015 after "an absence of over four decades". 

Organisers said "instead of using the real thing, which is now a protected species" they were now offering "a man-made type of sustainable elver, re-named 'el-vers'". 

The "el-vers" are made in Spain from fish formed into the two-inch long "eel-like" shapes and cooked in oil and garlic. 

People taking part are challenged to eat a plateful in the fastest time - one pound for men and half-a-pound for women. 

Watch the sun go down on Bristol airport as it celebrates 60 years on the current site

Labour leader criticises PM for 'stage-managed' events behind closed doors in the West today

No fuel at M4 Membury Services - motorists warned

Theresa May: Diane Abbott confusion over police figures 'serious'

Theresa May
BBC

Theresa May has been speaking at a campaign rally in Bristol, where she urged shadow home secretary Diane Abbott to "have another look at her figures" after she got confused over the cost of Labour's pledge for 10,000 extra police officers for England and Wales.

Ms Abbott said it would cost £300,000 over four years before correcting herself to "about £80m", in an interview with LBC.

The PM said that although people were laughing it was "very serious" and showed the choice between "strong and stable leadership" under the Tories and a "coalition of chaos" under Jeremy Corbyn.

"I think she was suggesting you could employ a police officer for £8,000 a head," Mrs May told supporters. "I think she needs to go and have another look at her figures."

The PM also stressed that the Brexit negotiations "will not be easy", with 27 member states "united to get the deal that works for them". She said it was important to ensure "we get a deal that works in our national interests".

Wiltshire farm reaches deadline for crowdfunding refurbishments

Riverbourne Community Farm has been fundraising for two months

It's the last day of crowdfunding for Riverbourne Community Farm near Salisbury. They've been hoping to raise £20,000 to completely refurbish their cafe.

Although they look set to miss their proposed crowdfunding target, administration manager Jane Wilkinson says all money donated so far will be retained towards finishing the project. 

She remains hopeful that the new-build cafe will open in the Summer. The total cost of the cafe plans is thought to be £75,000. 

Knee transplant operation gives biker 'bright future'

Watch: Knee transplant operation gives biker 'bright future'

A man from Stroud, who was left with devastating injuries following a motorbike accident has become the first person in the country to have a knee transplant. 

Stuart Jotham lost a large part of his leg - including most of his knee - in the crash back in 2011. 

But now - thanks to an anonymous donor - he's up and walking again.

Orthopaedic consultant James Murray, from Bristol's Southmead Hospital, says after the second operation, Stuart's "a different person". 

Protesters 'unhappy' over PM's visit

Trego century helps winning Somerset chase 353 runs

Peter Trego
Rex Features

Alex Blake's 46-ball hundred for Kent was in vain as Peter Trego helps Somerset to a One-Day Cup win with a fine century.

Read the full story here.

Peter Trego

Trego century helps Somerset chase 353

Alex Blake's 46-ball hundred for Kent is in vain as Peter Trego helps Somerset to a One-Day Cup win with his own fine century.

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Prime Minister Theresa May is speaking in Bristol

Prime Minister Theresa May
BBC
Prime Minister Theresa May

The Prime Minister is speaking at a closed event in Bristol East - currently a Labour constituency. 

Missing Bristol man Jason Gurgul was due to 'go on holiday' yesterday

Jason Gurgul
Avon and Somerset Police / Kylie Gurgul

The 33-year-old was last seen in Bristol city centre in the early hours of Saturday.

Full story here.

Jason Gurgul

Missing man was due to 'go on holiday'

The 33-year-old was last seen in Bristol city centre in the early hours of Saturday.

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Can you help police find this missing woman?

Lisa-Ann Tait
Avon and Somerset Constabulary
Lisa-Ann Tait

Lisa-Ann Tait, 39, was last seen leaving an address on Fishponds Road at 5.30am on Saturday 29 April.

She is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall, of small build, with shoulder length dark brown hair.

When she was last seen she was wearing a white silky top with butterflies on it, a brown cardigan and black shiny leggings.  

Police ask anyone who sees her to call 999 and provide the call handler with the reference 5217095928. 

Son's disappearance 'every mother's nightmare'

Watch: "I'm in denial that it's happening to me."

The family of a 33-year-old man who went missing in Bristol city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning are appealing for help in trying to find him. 

Jason Gurgul was celebrating a work promotion when he went missing. 

His mother Alinka Gurgul, said he was due to go on holiday today. "He wouldn't do it. It's totally, totally out of character."

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J24 for A38 and J23 for A39.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) and J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), 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

'Affordable outcome' sought for Hinkley C

Watch: Nigel Cann is the construction director at Hinkley C

Energy giant EDF says it's confident an agreement with the unions can be reached which would prevent a potentially damaging strike. 

It comes as unions are balloting some 700 construction staff over industrial action they say could lead to "expensive delays".

EDF strenuously denies it would do anything to compromise safety on a nuclear construction site.  

Canal plunge couple remembered with 'love and great affection'

John and Joan Tipler
Family photo

Tributes have been paid to a couple from Bristol who died when their car plunged into a canal in the city. 

John and Joan Tipler, who lived in the Barton Hill area of the city, lost their lives in the accident late on 26 April after apparently losing control of their car and ended up in the river at Feeder Road.

"John and Joan had lots of friends and were very active within the local Royal British Legion. They were also members of their respective bowls and skittles clubs," their family said.

We will all remember them both, with much love and great affection

Unions criticise bonus offer for Hinkley workers as 'derisory'

Watch: Tim Morris is the regional officer for Unite

Unions are threatening industrial action which could disrupt the much-delayed building of Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset. 

Seven hundred construction workers are being asked if they want a strike ballot.

The Unite and GMB unions have previously warned that if contractors failed to pay a predicted bonus industrial action could lead to "expensive" delays at the Somerset nuclear plant site.

How can I afford to live around here?

Roadshow
BBC

BBC News has been on the road for six weeks finding out the views of young voters ahead of the elections for the first "metro mayors" in England.

Across the country there has been confusion about what the new metro mayor will do and how they differ from the traditional ceremonial mayor you will be familiar with wearing their chains.

In Bristol the group talked to us about the cost of living and asked how can I afford to live around here?

New Cheltenham note service for the shy folk among us

Sometimes you just can't find the right words to express how you feel. 

Whether it's reaching out to a crush, or perhaps telling those noisy people next door to be quiet. Two Cheltenham friends have decided to help with this predicament.

Their free service allows people to send anonymous notes, which the pair deliver to the intended recipient. 

Watch: Two friends have set up an anonymous note service in Cheltenham

Making the headlines in your local newspapers

Somerset CCC need 353 runs to beat Kent this afternoon

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J24 for A38 and J23 for A39.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) and J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), 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

Weston Playhouse to reopen after flooding

Weston-super-Mare's Playhouse Theatre was flooded last week. The venue said they weren't too sure as to why the venue flooded. 

They think a cap came off an old fire hydrant which came off, but some audience members reported it was an issue with the building's sprinkler system.

The Playhouse will be opening again tonight after a few days spent drying the place out. 

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Step into summer with BBC Wiltshire

BBC Wiltshire have launched their campaign to get us walking this summer. 

The collective aim is for people to walk the boundary length of Wiltshire - 240 miles. Every morning on BBC Wiltshire's breakfast show they will be adding up the total number of miles walked by listeners.

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BBC

To help, they're giving away free stepometers. 

Details can be found on their website here, so get those trainers on and get out walking!

Pedometer
BBC

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J14, B4509 (Thornbury), 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

Gloucestershire's new police chief takes the reins for one year

Charlotte Callen

BBC West home affairs correspondent

Rod Hansen has been appointed temporary chief constable for 12 months as there are ongoing discussions about whether the police and fire brigades might merge in the future to save money.

The government has said the services should discuss working together if it made financial sense. Rod Hansen made it clear to the BBC that he would like to do the job permanently if, or when, it is advertised.

For now, he's managing the force at a time of further cuts and following a critical HMIC report it will be a busy 12 months.

Rod Hansen
BBC
Rod Hansen has been appointed for 12 months but told the BBC he would like the job permanently

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between J16 for A38 and J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J16, A38 (Aztec West) and J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), 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

Missing Jason Gurgul: 'No reason he wouldn't return home'

Missing man Jason Gurgul
Family photo

The sister of Jason Gurgul's partner Kirsty has been speaking to Radio Bristol about how concerned Jason's family are over his disappearance.

The 33-year-old was last seen on Baldwin Street early on Saturday morning. Police have confirmed they are looking through CCTV from the city centre and harbourside areas. 

We just need him home for the family, his partner and his 11-month-old daughter. This is a hard time for us all. Kirsty [his partner] and Jason were texting each other through the night. His sister was meant to pick him up but he texted her saying he would get a taxi home. The last that Kirsty heard was for her not to worry about him. He had been planning with Kirsty what they were going to do on each day of their holiday, there's no reason why he wouldn't come home.

Katrina HayfieldSister of Jason's partner, Kirsty

Bluebells captured on camera in Gloucestershire

John Wilkes has sent in these photos taken on Cam Peak on the edge of the Cotswolds over the bank holiday weekend.

A lovely sign of spring.

Bluebells
John Wilkes
Bluebells
John Wilkes
Cam Peak
John Wilkes

Flanker Vui one of four to join Bristol

Chris Vui
Rex Features

Bristol sign Worcester flanker Chruis Vui, Gloucester pair Mat Protheroe and Dan Thomas and Sam Bedlow from Sale Sharks.

Samoa international Vui, 24, joined Warriors in December and has played eight times this season.

Full-back Protheroe, 20, and back-rower Thomas, 23, have made four and 15 appearances this term respectively.

You can read more about the story here

One year of oysters at Porlock

It's been a year since oysters farmed at Porlock first went on sale. 

The Somerset village was known for its oysters, but rival companies sabotaged the trade more than 100 years ago.

Speaking to BBC Somerset's Claire Carter, Mike Lynch from Porlock Bay Oysters said the oysters had been well received, and people enjoyed their taste.

Porlock Oysters
BBC

Oysters take two to three years to reach the right size. We bought 250,000 seed oysters which we'll be selling in 2019 and 2020. People so far think the taste is wonderful, there's no suggestion we won't be able to sell them. We already have 20 customers who have come to us asking to buy the oysters which is brilliant.

Mike LynchPorlock Bay Oysters

Gloucestershire Police's new chief constable: Knife crime a 'rare offence'

Gloucestershire's new chief constable has said knife crime in the county is a "rare offence" compared to other parts of the country.

Last month, Steven Sharpe was jailed for the murder of teenager Camran Green in Cheltenham.

Chief Constable Rod Hansen added that carrying a knife was unacceptable and more work was needed to be done to educate people about the consequences of carrying one.

Watch: knife crime is a "reality", but a rare offence in Gloucestershire says Rod Hansen.

Police search CCTV for clues to missing man

Jason Gurgul and mum
Family photo

Police searching for missing Bristol man Jason Gurgul say they're now looking through CCTV footage from the city centre and harbourside areas. 

Jason, who's 33, was last seen at 2:40am on Saturday morning on Baldwin Street. 

His family say it's out of character that he's not got in touch with them. 

They're in the process of organising a search which will take place this Thursday at 4pm from the Thekla. 

Got something to say - but don't know how?

Handwritten note
BBC
One of the notes delivered by the new service

Two friends have set up an anonymous note service in Cheltenham - for people who've got something to say but aren't quite sure how to do it.

George Hunt and George Rawlings encourage people to email their messages to nonamenote.com, write them all out, and then hand deliver them. 

At some point the pair hope to make money, but for now the service is free. 

Anyone who finds or receives a note  can use the site to ask the sender to reveal themselves - if they want to.

Watch: The service started after George was too shy to speak to a girl he liked

Hinkley C: Industrial action threat over bonus scheme

Hinkley C
PA

Unions are threatening industrial action which could disrupt the building of the Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset. 

About 700 construction workers on the site are being consulted from today on the possibility of a strike ballot. 

Unions Unite and the GMB are in dispute with the French power company EDF about a bonus scheme for workers. 

The unions say it is "derisory" but EDF says it's confident an agreement can be reached.

Work began on Hinkley Point C in March. It's expected to begin generating electricity in 2025.

A little boy with a rare cancer is taking part in a clinical trial

Alexander Vinson was two when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He's since undergone radiotherapy in the UK and proton beam therapy in USA. 

After being told he was initially cancer-free, his family then had the devastating news that it had returned and they had to arrange end-of-life care for Alexander.

Now, they've enrolled him in a new clinical trial in the hope it will shrink his brain tumor.

A Wiltshire boy is taking part in a clinical trial of a new cancer treatment.

Severe disruption: M4 Gloucestershire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, between J18 for A46 Bath and J17 for A350.

M4 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound between J18, A46 (Bath) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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