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Summary

  1. Murder arrest following man's death in Chippenham
  2. No charges over 2015 Conservative battle bus cases
  3. The National Star College near Cheltenham is celebrating its 50th today
  4. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 10th May

Live Reporting

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Goodnight from Local Live

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

Join us from 7.00am tomorrow for all the latest news, travel, weather and sport from across the region. 

So to the all-important weather. Here's Ian Fergusson with a warm and humid forecast for Thursday...   

Watch out for possible downpours on Thursday and Friday

Thunderbolts and lightning?

Maybe ... Ian will have the forecast for the next few days shortly.

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Just in case you wondered what was happening ...

... at train stations along Bristol's Severn Beach line.

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National Star College at 50: Skydiving supergran

Guest
BBC

This is "supergran" Kathleen Ellerker.

She did her first skydive a year ago and has planned another for July, when she'll be 85 years old.

Her daughter works for the National Star College and Kathleen told Anna King, live on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, that she had been given a tour of the "amazing" facilities and decided she wanted to help them fund-raise.

This is the first 85-year-old skydiver we've ever had, so we're absolutely delighted she's doing it. I'm not brave enough - supergran has put me to shame. Fundraising has been so crucial to National Star over the last 50 years.

Gill HenryHead of Fundraising, National Star

Erectile dysfunction op no longer offered in West hospital

Watch: An anonymous sufferer shares his experience

Men whose sex lives have been affected by erectile dysfunction following prostate surgery are now unable to get corrective surgery in Bristol. 

Ten years ago Southmead Hospital was carrying out about 30 operations a year.

But recently less than five operations have taken place because the local NHS is turning down applications for funding.

Erectile dysfunction is a rare, but potentially devastating complication, which can occur following the removal of all or part of the prostate gland. 

NHS England says men must now travel to designated centres, yet to be set up, in London.

Archive footage: Canal bridgekeeper who can't swim!

Watch: Archive footage from 1978

This is a really interesting look into the past to a canal bridgekeeper who, amazingly, can't swim!

We've dug it out as part of BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Great Gloucestershire Boat Trip which continues this week. The old BBC film explored the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal. 

The Day Out: Sharpness programme was shown in 1978 on the BBC in the West of England. 

Ivor Prosser was the longest serving bridgekeeper on the canal, at Sellars Bridge near Quedgeley, and at the time of filming he'd been in charge of the bridge for 33 years.  

National Star College at 50: 'Three things I like the most'

Watch: Alisha William shares three things she likes the most about college life

A college for people with physical and learning difficulties is celebrating its 50th anniversary today. 

The National Star College, at Ullenwood, has been teaching students since 1967.

Alisha Williams, 19, is in her first year at the college and lists dancing and her friends among the things she likes the most about college life.

Travel: Earlier collision on A46 is cleared

Body identified as missing man Jeremy Gibbs

Police tape
BBC

A body found in a field off Bramble Drive in Bristol on Monday has been formally identified as that of missing man Jeremy Gibbs. 

A post-mortem examination has been carried out and Avon and Somerset Police confirmed the 46-year-old's death is not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Gibbs' family have been informed and his death has been referred to the Coroner’s Office.

National Star College at 50: A radio role for 'DJ Dan'

Watch: Dan Mai speaks to Anna King live on BBC Radio Gloucestershire

Dan Mai - who's in his last year at the National Star College - has a dream of becoming a DJ.

Earlier he was interviewed live on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and took the chance from presenter Anna King to introduce a song live on air.

Severe accident: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between M4 J18 Bath and A420.

A46 Gloucestershire - A46 blocked and queuing traffic between Bath in Tormarton and Cold Ashton Roundabout in Cold Ashton, because of an accident.

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

Salisbury Festival cancelled in 2018

Salisbury
BBC

The annual Salisbury International Arts Festival will not take place in 2018.

It has been cancelled to allow a three-way business merger between Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and festival organisers to take place. 

All three organisations say they are "committed to a future where we will continue to produce and present world class arts for the people of Salisbury and Wiltshire".

A spokesman confirmed the festival will return in 2019.

Klinger and Liddle lead Glos to victory

Michael Klinger
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Michael Klinger's ton and Chris Liddle's 5-36 help Gloucestershire beat Kent to keep alive their One-Day Cup qualification hopes.

Read more about the match here.

'What's Your Story?' - Some top tips for filmmaking

Watch: Ciara Hillyer shares her top tips for making videos

BBC Points West is launching its 'What's your story?' project today to encourage 16-30-year-old filmmakers to share their work.

Ciara from Bristol says her first video is the one she's most proud of.

Suspended coffee taking off in Bristol

Watch: Suspended coffee scheme in action in Bristol

Did you get a coffee on the way home tonight? Or maybe you like to get one on the way into work in the morning?

If so, then you might be interested to know that several cafes and bars in Bristol are now offering "suspended coffees".

The international scheme allows customers to buy an extra coffee for someone who cannot afford to pay for their own.

Jennifer Best of Poco Tapas Bar in Stokes Croft said the scheme has been very popular and "it makes people feel good".

Terminally ill drummer writes song for 'marvellous' NHS staff

Watch: Jimmy Copley is releasing a song to thank the staff who have been caring for him

A drummer from Bathford who has just weeks to live has written a song for the medical staff who have fought to save his life.

Jimmy Copley was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2015 and has become friends with the staff caring for him.

The father-of-two has played for music greats including Eric Clapton, Paul Weller, Tears for Fears and the Pretenders.

He has enlisted the help of some famous friends as a way of saying thank you to staff on the haematology wards in Bath and Bristol. 

Alan Archibald linked with Swindon manager job

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald
SNS

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald is on a shortlist of candidates for the Swindon Town vacancy.

The English League One club are looking to replace Luke Williams who left the Wiltshire outfit last week after they were relegated.

Archibald has impressed The Robins owner/chairman Lee Power in guiding Thistle to a top six finish in the Premiership this season.

Partick Thistle say they have yet to receive an approach.

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Police 'building up picture' of Chippenham murder

Watch: Det Insp Jeremy Carter of Wiltshire Police on investigation

A murder investigation is continuing in Chippenham this afternoon after the death of a man in the early hours. 

A 38-year-old man died after being found with serious injuries following an alleged assault on London Road. 

Det Insp Jeremy Carter of Wiltshire Police said officers are 'building up a picture' of the incident and are questioning a 22-year-old man on suspicion of murder. 

Dale Vince: Forest Green promotion 'inevitable'

Dale Vince
Rex Features

Owner Dale Vince believes Forest Green Rovers are destined for the Football League - even if they lose Sunday's National League promotion final.

Forest Green face Tranmere at Wembley, a year after losing to Grimsby in the final, with Vince certain his side will eventually be promoted.

"It's just a question of when. If it doesn't happen this Sunday, we'll have another shot next year.

"It's part of the long-term vision for the club," the 55-year-old said.

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Road to remain closed while murder investigation continues

London Road in Chippenham will remain closed until further notice while Wiltshire Police investigates the death of a 38-year-old man.

Officers want anyone who may have witnessed an assault in the area at around midnight to contact the force.  

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Hunt on for soldiers behind 'badge carving'

A search is under way to find relatives of soldiers from Warwickshire who carved their regimental emblem into a hillside in Wiltshire. 

Royal Warwickshire Regiment emblem on hillside
TS Crawford
A WW1 postcard showing the Royal Warwickshire Regiment's emblem carved into the Wiltshire hillside

Members of the Royal Warwickshire unit dug out the badge in 1916 while stationed in Sutton Mandeville for training. 

The emblem is now due to be restored with funding from the National Lottery.

We're trying to find any information about the...battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. They were training here [Sutton Mandeville] before they went on to the Somme.

Anthony FirthSutton Mandeville Heritage Trust
WW1 postcard of soldiers in front of huts
Toby Green

Luke Hall reacts as CPS investigation into expenses is resolved

As the CPS finishes its "very thorough investigation" into Tory battle bus expenses, Conservative's Luke Hall has issued a statement:

I am pleased that the legal authorities have confirmed what I believed was the case all along: that candidates and Agents acted honestly... I am glad that this matter is finally resolved. It is now time to strengthen election rules to safeguard electoral integrity ...

Luke HallConservative MP Thornbury and Yate
Conservative MP's
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Luke Hall was one of five Conservative's in the west who was found to have acted 'honestly'

Developer 'won't build in Laurie Lee's valley'

Slad Valley
Save Slad Valley

Developers have withdrawn an application to build houses in a valley made famous by writer and poet Laurie Lee.

Gladman Developments Ltd had wanted to build 20 houses on Baxter's Fields in the Slad Valley near Stroud.

They appealed against a council decision to turn down the proposal, but have now withdrawn that appeal.

The firm originally put in plans to build over 200 homes on the site, but two previous planning applications were also rejected.

Local campaigners from the Slad Valley Action Group said it was "fantastic news" and said they would now approach Gladman to see if they can buy back the fields for the local community.

CPS decision confirms politicians 'acted honestly'

Neil Carmichael
BBC

No Conservative politicians will face criminal charges over the expenses scandal involving the party's battle bus in 2015. 

Two Gloucestershire politicians were implicated, and here are their responses to today's news:

I welcome this decision by the Crown Prosecution Service which confirms I acted honestly and properly throughout the election campaign in 2015.

Neil CarmichaelStroud PPC

I always expected this to come to nothing, because I acted with complete honesty and integrity throughout. I’m pleased that common sense has finally prevailed.

Alex Chalk

James Heappey 'pleased' that expenses investigation over

James Heappey
BBC

No Conservatives will face charges for breaches of expenses rules over the 2015 general election "battle bus".

After a year-long investigation, prospective candidate for Wells - James Heappey - says he's "pleased" the CPS investigation has been resolved.

Being under investigation has not been pleasant for me, my family and my team but it is right that the allegations have been fully examined. I have always said that we did nothing wrong and I know that my constituents will be as pleased as I am that this matter is now resolved.

James HeappeyProspective candidate for Wells Constituency

Bristol man runs to Paris

Watch: Nick approaches his finish line in Paris

A long-distance runner from Bristol has completed a challenge to run from London to Paris.

Late last night Nick Butter finished the 168-mile journey, after 37 hours and 59 minutes of effort.

He's set himself a number of challenges this year before he takes on his biggest challenge yet of running 197 marathons in 197 days, starting in January 2018.

National Star College at 50: Barbe-queue celebration

Anna King and Jo Heatley
BBC

Imagine planning a barbecue for 500 people. 

That has been one of the jobs for Jo Heatley, events organiser at the National Star College.

The grilled lunch is currently being enjoyed by staff and students, and is being followed by an afternoon tea with a birthday cake made by "a lovely lady called Iris from our catering team", Jo told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

No case to answer: Conservative MP's expenses investigation resolved

Conservative battle bus
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The Crown Prosecution Service has found there is no case to answer in the investigation into the Conservative Party's national spending on battle bus campaigning for the 2015 election.

West Conservative MP's James Heappey, Alex Chalk, Marcus Fysh, Luke Hall and Neil Carmichael were involved in the investigation but it has been announced that no further action will be taken.

After a very thorough investigation, we are pleased that the legal authorities have confirmed what we believed was the case all along: that these Conservative candidates did nothing wrong. These were politically motivated and unfounded complaints that have wasted police time. We are glad that this matter is finally resolved.

Patrick McLoughlinConservative Party chairman

Bye bye gritters...Spring is here

'What's your story?' - Ciara's story

Watch: Some inspiration from Ciara Hillyer

This is Ciara from Bristol's 'What's your story?' digital video.

She has Cystic Fibrosis and has been documenting her life.

Inspired to raise awareness after her friend passed away from the condition, Ciara hopes others will share their stories.

Find out more about the 'What's your story?' project on BBC Points West's Facebook and Twitter pages, or watch Points West tonight at 6.30 pm on BBC One.

National Star College at 50: Disability 'will never get in the way'

Alisha Williams
BBC

Alisha Williams is 19 years old and is in her first year at the National Star College. 

She is studying Creative and Performing Arts and loves to dance, and refuses to let being confined to an motorised chair get in the way of that.

I've always [danced] and they've always adapted my chair - I've never let it get in the way. There has been times I've not been able to move in a certain way but I've adapted my chair to make sure I can.

Alisha Williams

National Star College at 50: Facts and figures

Chris Sandys

Live at the National Star College

National Star College
BBC

It's a gloriously sunny morning at the National Star College in Ullenwood , where balloons have been pumped up and tables laid for an afternoon birthday party like the college has never seen before.

A few facts about this place:

  • Ten students were part of the college's opening year (1967)
  • Fifty years later and some 1,500 young people are now supported
  • The Ullenwood campus is 16 times bigger than the original college 
  • Some of the things the college provides are long-term accommodation, respite care, internships, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and psychological support
Balloon
BBC

Free beer for some who register to vote!

Watch: Some pubs are working to encourage young voters

Some Bristol businesses are encouraging people to register to vote by offering free food and drinks.

Several city pubs are offering the incentive for any 18-24 year-olds who can prove they've registered to vote in June's general election.

Also, a takeaway in Fishponds says it will give free chips to any 18-24-year-olds who have registered to vote for the first time.

National Star College at 50: Dan becomes a DJ

National Star College 50: 'We'll all be singing'

Chris Sandys

Live at the National Star College, Ullenwood

Cara Wood and Anna King
BBC

Cara Wood, a day team manager, tells BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Anna King her working day started at 7am.

There are handovers from the overnight staff and the workers then support the learners with their morning routines.

But it's this afternoon she is mostly looking forward to today:

At about midday we'll be having a barbecue, a live band, there's a cake to cut and we'll all be singing as we're really happy to celebrate what the college has done over 50 years.

Cara WoodDay team manager, National Star College

College for people with disabilities celebrating 50 years

Watch: National Star College archive film

A college which aims to help people with disabilities "realise their potential as equal and active citizens" is celebrating its 50th anniversary today. 

The National Star College opened in Cheltenham in 1967 and offers full and part-time, residential and day courses at its main site in Ullenwood. 

Take a look at some of the archive footage discovered on some forgotten tape reels in the basement. 

Can you see yourself or maybe someone you know? 

Severe disruption: A4 Wiltshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A4 Wiltshire both ways severe disruption, between Blackcross and The Causeway.

A4 Wiltshire - A4 London Road in Chippenham closed in both directions between the Blackcross junction and The Causeway junction, because of a police incident. Traffic is coping well.

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

We're LIVE at the National Star College

Chris Sandys

BBC News, Ullenwood

National Star College
BBC

"Happy birthday to you, happy birthda...."

That's enough digital singing - but it's a grand day of celebrations for the National Star College which is celebrating its 50th today.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Anna King is LIVE at the college, near Cheltenham with her mid morning programme, meeting some of those who study and work here. 

And I'll be here for the next few hours as well reflecting the mood.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire live at the National Star College
BBC

BBC local radio headlines this morning

Microphones on a desk
BBC

BBC Somerset: A terminally ill drummer from Bath is hoping to raise money for the hospitals which have helped him by releasing a single.  

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: A Gloucestershire college for people with physical and learning difficulties is today marking its 50th anniversary.

BBC Radio Bristol: Men in the West whose sex lives have ended because of prostate surgery are suffering in silence because they can't get a corrective operation. 

BBC Wiltshire: A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 38-year-old man was found dead in the street following an alleged assault in Chippenham.

One-handed typist reunited with man who helped her speed up

Watch: Lorna and Peter meet again

One-handed typist Lorna Ellery has met an old school friend who developed a tool, 30 years ago, to help her type faster on a manual typewriter. 

Peter Redfearn created the Foot Operator Shift Key (FOSK) after Lorna told him having to lock the shift key every time she "wanted to do a capital" slowed her down.

The pair were reunited at Cheltenham's National Star College, for people with disabilities, as part of celebrations for its 50th anniversary today.