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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Friday, 5 May 2017

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A mainly cloudy, but dry night

Watch:West weather for 5 May

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

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

After a bright evening it will become fairly cloudy overnight, although remain largely dry. It will be milder than last night, although breezy.

Minimum Temperature: 8C.

Conservatives increase majority at Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council elections
BBC

The Conservative Party has increased its majority at Wiltshire Council, securing 68 out of 98 seats.

The Liberal Democrats lost two seats, as well as its group leader, while Labour lost one of its four seats and UKIP lost its only one.

Turnout for the county-wide vote was nearly 40%, the council confirmed.

Meanwhile, Labour won two of the three controversial new parish councils in Swindon.

Read more on this story here.

'The Tory boa constrictor has swallowed UKIP'

Watch:'The Tory boa constrictor has swallowed UKIP'

Former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown admitted it was "a very good night for the Tories across Britain".

He said as predicted a new party had been born, called "Blue Kip", and "they're sweeping the board.

"I think many people in Britain are going to get worried the Conservatives are going to get such a large majority at the next election.

"That would not be good for Britain."

Bristol Rugby revamp squad for return to Championship

Bristol Rugby
Rex Features

Bristol Rugby has confirmed 25 players will be leaving the club this summer as it prepares for life back in the Championship.

But 18 are coming in, including All Black Steven Luatua, Ireland international Ian Madigan, Australian international Luke Morahan and Samoan internationals Chris Vui and Alapati Leiua.  

Lib Dems: 'We held our ground'

Watch: Lib Dems: 'We held our ground'

The Liberal Democrats were hoping to start their comeback but instead they lost seats, five in total across the West. 

But there was a glimmer of hope for them in Wells - remember Tessa Munt's heartache two years ago when she was ousted as the city's MP? 

She's now back as a councillor - having beaten the Somerset County Council leader, John Osman, by 95 votes. 

The former Lib Dem leader, Paddy Ashdown, admitted "it wasn't as good a night as we'd wished".  

Ticket details revealed for Forest Green semi-final showdown

After Forest Green Rovers' 1-1 draw last night in the National League play off semi-final, the tension is building for Sunday afternoon's second leg.

You can get your tickets for the match at the New Lawn up until midday on Sunday.

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Metro mayor to be sworn in next week

Watch: Points West's Robin Markwell explains what the new role entails

The West's new "metro mayor" will take office next week. 

Conservative Tim Bowles won the post with 70,300 votes.

Turnout was 29.7%, with 199,519 voting out of a possible 671,280.

Fewer than a third of registered voters used their ballot in the election of the first of six new English regional mayors.

Body found in Bristol Floating Harbour is missing dad Jason Gurgul

Jason Gurgul
Kylie Gurgul
Jason Gurgul is the fourth man to have lost his life in Bristol's Floating Harbour this year

The body of a man found in Bristol's Floating Harbour has been formally identified as missing man Jason Gurgul. 

The 33-year-old father-of-two was last seen in the early hours of 29 April during a night out in the city centre. 

Avon and Somerset police divers recovered a body yesterday near Welsh Back. 

An initial post-mortem examination indicates "no evidence of any suspicious circumstances", a police spokesman said.

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Cricket: England thrash Ireland in one-sided ODI in Bristol

England began their Champions Trophy preparations in style with an emphatic seven-wicket one-day win in their first home international match against Ireland.  

In front of a near full house at the County Ground, the tourists fell apart after a good start, losing their last eight wickets for 45 as Adil Rashid's 5-27 helped dismiss them for 126.  

Click here for the full match report...

Wiltshire police trained to use drones

Drone used by Cumbria Police
BBC

Police in Wiltshire are being trained to use drones to help them when investigating crimes.

Some volunteer special constables are being shown how to use them as part of a new training trial launched today.

If it goes well, Wiltshire Police said "regular police officers" will also be trained in using the drones,with the aim of rolling it out across the whole force.   

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

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M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, between J19 for A369 and J20 for B3133.

M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J19, A369 (Portishead) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

BreakingBody found in Floating Harbour confirmed as Jason Gurgul

The body of a man found in the Floating Harbour in Bristol yesterday has been formally identified as missing Jason Gurgul, police have said this evening.

Jason was reported missing after failing to return home from a night out in Bristol last Friday.

Findings of an initial post mortem examination indicate there is no evidence of any suspicious circumstances in relation to his death.

More to follow...

Analysis: Williams leaves Swindon Town FC

Andrew Hawes

BBC Wiltshire Swindon Town commentator

Luke Williams
BBC

With fan frustration writ large at the County Ground, a continuation of the status quo was pretty much impossible.

Lee Power has been open about the failure of the club's recruitment over the past year, and the interlude of Tim Sherwood being the pivotal figure at the training ground didn't really help Luke Williams either.

That said, questions remain over whether the style of play Williams was wedded to could both develop players for sale and get results in the nether regions of the EFL - both requirements of the job.

How much, or little control, his successor gets in the acquisition of new players could well define their fate.

'Interesting new council' makeup for Wiltshire

Watch: 'Interesting new council' makeup for Wiltshire

As the Tory vote in Wiltshire increased, the current Leader of Wiltshire Council, Jane Scott, put their success down to "hard hard work", with the candidates "working their patches" for the past year.

She said the election had been a "two-horse race" between "us and the Liberal Democrats".

"It's going to be an interesting new council."

Swindon Town coach 'leaves by mutual agreement'

Luke Williams
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In a statement on Swindon Town's website the club confirmed Luke Williams has left his position as Head Coach of the Football Club "with immediate effect".

The club said it followed a review after the team was relegated to League Two.

"As a result, the football club and Luke Williams have mutually agreed to go their separate ways.

We would like to wish Luke the very best of luck for the future."

Rare blond hedgehog released into wild

Burt the blonde hedgehog
Secret World Wildlife Rescue

A rare blond hedgehog found severely ill has been released back into the wild.

The unusual hog, named Burt, was admitted to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue at the end of September.

Burt, who was treated for ringworm, was due to be released in autumn but had "other plans", carer Trudi Howell said.

"He went into hibernation so spent the winter in our hedgehog hotel," she said. He has now been released at a secret location.

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Premiership preview: Sale v Bath

Mike Phillips
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Former Wales and British and Irish Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips makes his final appearance for Sale Sharks before his retirement this summer.

The Sharks make six changes, with 23-year-old prop James Flynn starting for the first time this season.

Bath, who need a bonus-point win and fourth-placed Leicester to get nothing at Worcester in order to reach the play-off spots, make four changes.

Luke Charteris, Anthony Watson and Nathan Catt are all absent.

Have you seen missing diabetic man Isaac Morris?

Isaac Morris
Family photos

Isaac Morris, 25, was last seen in the Westbury Park area of Bristol last night.

Avon and Somerset Police say officers are concerned for his well-being as he doesn't have his medication with him.

Isaac is white, has dark or auburn hair which is long on top, has a distinctive ear and lip piercing and two lines of Japanese writing tattooed on his wrist.

Police say anyone spotting him should call 999 immediately.

Bank targeted in 'anti-fracking'demo

Barclays Bank, Queens Road, Bristol
BBC

Anti-fracking slogans have been painted on the walls and doors of a bank in Bristol.

It's part of a series of protests by Rising Up which wants to "expose the role of Barclays Bank in environmental destruction and the wider toxic role banks play in social and climate injustice".. 

In a statement Barclays confirmed it has a majority stake in Third Energy, "which has been drilling, developing and producing gas in the region for over 20 years, with an excellent environmental and safety record".

We are conscious of the concerns of local communities and other groups over potential environmental and community impacts, which we take seriously and will continue to monitor

New mayors elected on low turnout

Tim Bowles
BBC

Fewer than a third of registered voters used their ballot in the election of the first of six new English regional mayors.

The elections on 4 May will see "metro" mayors take the reins of groups of councils known as combined authorities.

Experts said this was better than the historically low turnouts for police and crime commissioners.

Conservative candidate Tim Bowles won the £62,000-a-year West of England post with 70,300 votes. Turnout was only 29.7%, with 199,519 voting out of a possible 671,280.  

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Elections: Where to find every result from Wiltshire

Wiltshire Council is updating its website with every election result from every part of the county.

Click here to access the relevant part of their website.

Elections: Dan O'Brien live at the Chippenham count

Listen: Dan O'Brien live at the Olympiad in Chippenham

The count is under way for the Wiltshire Council elections and in the last hour the leader of the county's main opposition party has lost her seat. 

BBC Wiltshire's political reporter Dan O'Brien is at one of the four counts taking place.

Attlee's granddaughter 'didn't think about him a lot'

Watch: Jo Roundell Greene speaks about growing up in a political family

The granddaughter of Labour prime minister Clement Attlee has been speaking to the BBC's Paul Barltrop, as it emerged she will stand as a candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Yeovil at next month's general election.

"I didn't think about my grandfather a lot," Ms Roundell Greene said when asked whether her grandfather's legacy overshadowed her own political aspirations. 

"I have never ever been a Conservative and it's fair to say my family were not Conservatives."

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Severe accident: A432 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

A432 Bristol westbound severe accident, at B4469 Muller Road affecting B4048 Lodge Causeway.

A432 Bristol - A432 Fishponds Road in Eastville partially blocked and very slow traffic inbound at Eastville Park, because of an accident. Congestion to the B4048 Lodge Causeway junction.

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

Wiltshire pensioner rides world's fastest zip line

An 83-year-old from Trowbridge has taken a ride on the world's fastest zip wire. 

Pat Davies completed the challenge yesterday afternoon in Snowdonia.

She described the experience as "absolutely amazing". 

Watch: Pat Davies from Trowbridge is 84 at the end of the month.

Analysis: Swindon Town manager Luke Williams leaves club

Andrew Hawes

BBC Wiltshire Swindon Town commentator

With fan frustration writ large at the County Ground, a continuation of the status quo was pretty much impossible.

Power has been open about the failure of the club's recruitment over the past year, and the interlude of Sherwood being the pivotal figure at the training ground didn't really help Williams either.

That said, questions remain over whether the style of play Williams was wedded to could both develop players for sale and get results in the nether regions of the EFL - both requirements of the job.

How much, or little control, his successor gets in the acquisition of new players could well define their fate.

Luke Williams
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