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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Monday, 8 May 2017

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Dry weather set to continue

Well that's it for today from your Local Live team in the West of England.

Join us from 7am tomorrow for all the latest news, travel, weather and sport from across the region.

To see us out, here's Ian Fergusson with a dry and bright forecast for Tuesday...

Expect more dry weather this week with chilly nights

Abuse victim opened up to help others

A woman who was attacked by a former partner has urged other domestic abuse victims to speak out.

Earlier we showed you the shocking pictures of Caroline Way from Axbridge, Somerset, who was left with a broken jaw, a cracked eye socket and two black eyes. 

She took photos of her injuries and decided to release them publicly to try to help others enduring violence at the hands of their partners.

Abuse victim shares her shocking injuries on Facebook

Gloucester sign Bristol back Woodward

Jason Woodward
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Gloucester have signed full-back Jason Woodward from relegated Bristol for next season.

The New Zealand-born 26-year-old was called up to an England strength and conditioning training camp on Sunday.

He made 17 Premiership appearances for Bristol in 2016-17, scoring four tries and contributing a total of 85 points.

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Jason Woodward

Gloucester sign Bristol back Woodward

Premiership side Gloucester add full-back Jason Woodward from relegated rivals Bristol for next season.

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Drought? What drought? Wincanton races abandoned as ground is "too dry"

The organisers of Wincanton Races have had to cancel Thursday's fixture... because the track is too dry.

The meet planned for the following Thursday, 16 May, has been moved to Warwick.

The British Horseracing Authority has authorised the transfer of the entire fixture, citing low reservoir levels at Wincanton.

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Rare Mynah bird eggs laid at Birdland

Bali mynah
Dick Daniels

A critically endangered species of bird has laid eggs for the first time in more than a decade at a Gloucestershire tourist attraction.

The Bali mynah, also known as Bali starling or Rothschild’s mynah, has laid the eggs at Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water.

In 2001 there were only about six left in the wild on their native island of Bali, Indonesia, although conservation efforts have since increased that number.  

There are now about 700 held in zoos and bird parks throughout the world, with 28 collections in the UK -  all are part of an internationally co-ordinated captive breeding programme.

Keepers at Birdland are hoping the eggs will hatch in the next few days.

Council's response over support worker's bribery admission

Earlier, we told you that a family support worker who used to work for North Somerset Council has admitted bribery charges.

Androulla Farr sold the details of a child's whereabouts to its birth mother for £2,000.

Here's what North Somerset Council says...

Androulla Farr left North Somerset Council in 2006. We have been helping the police with their enquiries regarding this case.

North Somerset Council

From Berkeley Castle to Berkeley Close... in a Berkeley

Watch: From Berkeley Castle to Berkeley Close

Two enthusiasts are recreating a road trip made more than 50 years ago in three-wheeled cars. 

Geoff Dabrowa and Barry Jones, from Cambridgeshire, are hoping to cover more than 1,500 miles around the UK in just over a week. 

They are recreating the journey that Bob Currie and Andre Baldet made in 1960, which took three days and included driving through one night. 

The 57-year-old 328cc Berkeley T60s set off from Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire this morning.

The journey which will take them as far north as Inverness, before turning south to reach Berkeley Close in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire — the site of the former Berkeley car factory.

The route of the original Berkeley to Berkeley in a Berkeley road trip in 1960
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The route of the original Berkeley to Berkeley in a Berkeley road trip in 1960

Rowers aim to break round-the-UK record

Watch: Rowers aim to break round UK record

A team of rowers is due to set off later this month in an attempt to row around the coast of the UK, non-stop and unaided. 

Two members of the team of four are from Somerset and one is from Bristol. 

The friends will set off from London on 27 May in an attempt to beat the current world record.

So who is our new metro mayor?

Tim Bowles assumed office as the first Mayor of the West of England today.

Here's a bit more about his history.

Here's the curriculm vitae for the new Mayor of the West of England

Support worker accepted bribe for details of adopted child

A former family support worker at North Somerset Council has admitted selling details of an adopted child's whereabouts to its birth mother.

Androulla Farr, 50, of West Wick, Weston-super-Mare, today pleaded guilty to one count of bribery/corruption at North Somerset Magistrates’ Court.  

Farr accepted the £2,000 bribe, even though the child's details were protected by an adoption order.

She is due before Bristol Crown Court for sentencing on 6 June.

North Somerset Magistrates' Court
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Swanning around in the sunshine

It's all looking pretty tranquil at Chew Valley lake today where the swans are soaking up the rays.

Thanks to Mike Pottow for sending in this shot.

Swans and ducks
Mike Pottow

Severe accident: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

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A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, near Middledown Road affecting M4 J18 Bath.

A46 Gloucestershire - A46 in Dyrham blocked, queuing traffic and long delays in both directions near the Middledown Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Bath and to Nimlet.

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

Bristol Water monitoring reservoirs as water levels fall

Bristol Water says reservoir levels are lower than normal and it's monitoring the situation following the prolonged dry weather.

A spokesman said it will have to re-assess if the dry spell continues.

The Environment Agency meanwhile has asked people to use water wisely, but says there are no supply issues at the moment.

Environment Agency map of water levels
Environment Agency
This map created by the Environment Agency shows the current river levels for England

The Environment Agency, water companies, businesses and farmers are working together to minimise any potential impacts to people and the environment should the dry weather continue.

Environment Agency

Marvin Rees "looking forward" to working with Tim Bowles

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees has offered the new West of England metro mayor Tim Bowles his congratulations after Thursday's election victory.

Conservative Mr Bowles (pictured below, second from the left) was sworn in as the combined authority mayor this morning. 

Mr Rees (pictured on the right) joined the ceremony alongside Bath and North East Somerset leader Tim Warren (second from right) and South Gloucestershire leader Matthew Riddle (left).

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Severe accident: M48 Bristol westbound

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M48 Bristol westbound severe accident, between M4 J21 and J1 for A403.

M48 Bristol - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M48 westbound between M4 J21 and J1, A403 (Aust), because of an accident.

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

Pony centre gallops past fundraising target

Watch: Centre helps unwanted wild pony foals

A pony centre in Exmoor that faced closure has been saved by overwhelming public support. 

Trustees announced the Exmoor Pony Centre near Dulverton could close at the end of the summer unless £20,000 was raised, but crowdfunding brought in more than that amount in just eight days. 

The centre helps unwanted wild Exmoor pony foals facing slaughter each autumn.

Bath councillor jailed for his role in cannabis ring

Donal Hassett
Avon and Somerset Police
Donal Hassett was suspended by the Conservative Party when he was charged by police

A councillor in Bath has been jailed for 33 months for his part in a cannabis drugs ring.

Donal Hassett, 57, was accused of acting as the 'property fixer' — using fake paperwork to rent four homes which were turned into cannabis factories.

He was convicted at Bristol Crown Court in February of conspiring to produce cannabis between January 2015 and March 2016.

Hassett, of Southdown Road, Bath, was suspended from the Conservative Party when he was charged. 

'Doctors pleased' with injured rider's progress

Emily Gilruth
BBC

The family of a rider seriously injured in a fall at Badminton Horse Trials say she is improving.

Forty-year-old Emily Gilruth, from Malpas in Cheshire, fell at the third fence of the cross-country course on Saturday and suffered a brain injury.

She is being cared for at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

Her family issued a statement via British Eventing to thank well-wishers for their support and messages.

They also paid tribute to Badminton's medical team and staff in the intensive care unit at Southmead.

The doctors are pleased with her progress. She has had a stable night and remains under sedation.

Emily Gilruth's family

New leader for Somerset Conservative councillors

David Fothergill
BBC

There's a new man in charge of the ruling Conservative party at Somerset County Council. 

They have made David Fothergill leader after their election victory last week. 

He's been on the council for eight years and was cabinet member responsible for highways. 

He takes over from John Osman, who lost his Wells seat last Thursday to former Lib Dem MP Tessa Munt.

Police want to speak to this nail bar worker over human trafficking

Van Than Nguyen
Avon and Somerset Police

Police are looking for this 26-year-old man, who is wanted in connection with an investigation into human trafficking.

Van Than Nguyen is suspected of offences involving nail bars in Bath and across the country.

He goes under the alias of Giang Le and is also known as Jimmy.  He is described as Asian, 5ft 4in tall and of slim build.

Football: Video of Tammy Abraham's last day of training

'Intoxicated' climber falls off cottage roof

Amesbury town centre, Wiltshire
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Amesbury Town Centre

An "intoxicated" free climber has had a lucky escape after falling off the roof of a cottage in Wiltshire.

The 19-year-old was taken to Salisbury District Hospital with a fractured eye socket and broken wrist, after clambering over a property in the centre of Amesbury in the early hours of Saturday.

Wiltshire Police said it's thought he tried to climb on to the house "while intoxicated" and had been "very lucky not to cause himself more serious injuries".

An investigation's been launched into the damage caused to the property.

West of England Mayor officially sworn in

Watch: Tim Bowles sworn in as West of England Mayor

It has happened.... the newly elected West of England Mayor has been officially sworn in.

The Conservative Tim Bowles won the race for the newly-created position in last week's election.

He has taken charge of the West of England Combined Authority, covering Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Archive footage: FA Vase winners in 1982

Watch: Forest Green Rovers win at Wembley in 1982

Forest Green Rovers are going back to Wembley for the National League Promotion final next weekend, after beating Dagenham & Redbridge on Sunday.

Did you realise that today is the 35th anniversary of Forest Green Rovers' FA Vase win at Wembley in 1982?

The Gloucestershire side beat Rainworth Miners' Welfare FC 3-0 to lift the trophy in front of 12,500 fans.

This is how the famous victory was reported on BBC Points West at the time.

Making music with magical gloves

Watch: The gloves were developed in Bristol

Fans of the 'air guitar' pay attention - some gloves made in Bristol have made the action a sort-of reality thanks to some clever technology. 

The Mimu gloves recognise gestures made using the hands, such as fists or pointing in a particular way.

The movements are then translated into musical notes or chords. 

UWE researcher Dom Brown has based his PhD project on the gloves, which have been used on stage by artists including Imogen Heap and Ariana Grande.

Donations paid for new children's hospice

Watch: Martin Edwards, chief executive, says Julia's House "only gets 6% of its funds" from the NHS

A new hospice for children with life-threatening illnesses in Wiltshire says it's almost entirely dependent on charitable donations.

The £2m hospice in Devizes will provide care for 36 children and their families.

Alcohol drinkers given water-side safety advice

Watch: Drinkers should "stay away from the edge of the water," says Andrea Roberts

Drinkers are being warned to stay away from the water's edge at Bristol's harbourside, following the death of a fourth man after a night out.

The Royal Life Saving Society has been sharing its Don’t Drink and Drown campaign outside nightclubs including the Thekla boat on the waterfront. 

It says it's vital young people are reminded of the dangers.

Martin Clunes opens new children's hospice

Watch: Martin Clunes officially opened the centre

Children with life-threatening illnesses have a new £2m hospice to help them and their families.

Wiltshire was the last major county in the south without a purpose-built centre, until Julia's House in Devizes was opened over the weekend.

See inside a Victorian jail

Watch: See inside the old Victorian prison in Gloucester

Here's your chance to see inside the former Gloucester Prison. 

The last inmates moved out four years ago and plans are in place to redevelop the building. 

But before work begins it's being opened up as a tourist attraction. 

Joel Campbell from Jailhouse Tours gave us a sneaky peak of what visitors can expect to see.

Banksy 'Brexit' mural appears in Dover

The piece appeared near Dover's ferry terminal
Banksy

A large mural by Bristol street artist Banksy has appeared on the side of a building in Dover. 

The artwork close to the Kent port town's ferry terminal features a workman on a ladder chipping away at one of the 12 stars on the European flag   

Representatives for the elusive guerrilla artist confirmed the piece was by him. 

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Injured Badminton Horse Trials rider 'responding'

Emily Gilruth
BBC

A relative of a rider who was seriously injured in a fall at the Badminton Horse Trials says she has started to respond to doctors. 

Forty-year-old Emily Gilruth, from Malpas in Cheshire, fell at the third fence of the cross-country course on Saturday.

She's being treated at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. 

A message on social media says the development is "encouraging" but there is still a "long way to go".

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New West of England mayor to be sworn in at 11am

Watch: Andrew Carter says the mayor, primarily, will be across "economic-related matters"

The newly elected West of England Mayor will be sworn in later this morning. 

Tim Bowles (Conservatives) defeated Labour's Lesley Mansell in last week's election.

With a £30m budget over four years, he's taking charge of a new combined authority which covers Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.

Andrew Carter, chief executive of Centre for Cities, says the new mayor will be responsible for transport, housing and planning among other things.

'Out of control' garden bonfire spreads to woodland

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A garden bonfire has spread to nearby woodland in Somerset, according to the fire service.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service said crews from Yeovil were sent just before 8am this morning, to tackle the blaze which is described as "well alight".

From the airwaves to the ...canal waves?

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All this week, BBC radio presenters Dominic Cotter and David Smith are on the water for their 'great Gloucestershire boat trip'.

They're taking a narrowboat from Sharpness to Tewkesbury, stopping off at Purton, Saul, Sellars Bridge and Gloucester along the way.

Listen to them live on BBC Radio Gloucestershire from midday.

Domestic abuse victim shares shocking daily selfies

Watch: Caroline Way took a picture each day after the attack

A woman from Somerset has shared, via social media, photos of her face after being assaulted.

Caroline Way took a picture each day after the attack by her then-boyfriend at her home in Axbridge three years ago.

She hopes her actions will help other women avoid getting into abusive relationships.

Union J star's sister dies after crash

George and Harriet Shelley
Instagram/Harriet Shelley

The sister of former Union J singer George Shelley has died after being involved in a car crash last month.

Harriet Shelley had been in intensive care since the accident in Bristol.

A spokesman for her brother told the Sun: "George and the entire family are devastated and heartbroken at the loss of their beloved, beautiful Harriet.

"They are all together, supporting each other at this difficult time and would appreciate the time and space to do so before they make any further comments."

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Record numbers take part in Bristol 10k

Watch: Runners take part in the Great Bristol 10k

A record number of runners took part in the Great Bristol 10k on Sunday. 

13,000 people turned out for the race, with the event being a sell-out this year. 

They came from all over with many raising money for charities. 

Some were trying to achieve a personal best and others were taking in some of the splendid views along the course.

Andrew Nicholson wins Badminton Horse Trials at 36th attempt

Watch: Andrew Nicholson wins Badminton title in tense finale

New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson has won the Badminton Horse Trials at the 36th attempt, two years after suffering a serious neck injury.

The 55-year-old Wiltshire-based rider was lucky not to have been paralysed after a fall in 2015 and required eight hours of surgery on his neck.

He held his nerve in the show-jumping phase on Nereo to edge out Germany's defending champion Michael Jung.

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Football: Forest Green 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge (agg: 3-1)

Forest Green
Rex Features

Forest Green Rovers set up a National League promotion final against Tranmere Rovers after a 3-1 semi-final aggregate victory over Dagenham & Redbridge.

Rovers will be hoping to put behind them the disappointment of last season, when they were defeated 3-1 in the Wembley final by Grimsby Town.

The promotion final at Wembley will take place on Sunday, 14 May.

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