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  1. News, sport and weather for the West of England on Friday, 12 May 2017

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And with that, it's good night from the Local Live team

That's the end of another week. Before we go, here's a look at how the weekend's weather is looking. 

Saturday will be mostly dry and Sunday will see sunny spells with a few showers. 

We'll be back as usual on Monday at 7am with the news, travel, sport and weather. See you then...  

All over: Gloucester 17-25 Stade Francais

The try from Ross Moriarty is converted, but the final whistle goes, and it's glory for the French side.

BreakingGoing down with a fight: Gloucester 15-25 Stade Francais

Gloucester score! With just 90 seconds to go, they are unlikely to mount a famous comeback, but at least they will get the final word...

BreakingTry: Gloucester 10-22 Stade Francais

And that should be that... with nine minutes left, the French go over for another try. 

Try: Gloucester 10-15 Stade Francais

Uh oh, the French take the lead. From 10-0 down they have come back with, now, 15 unanswered points.

Nervous times for the Cherry and Whites...

Follow the live action here...

Still 10-10 at Murrayfield...

Who's going to win this, then? Are Stade Francais set for a fifth European final loss out of five? Or will Gloucester end the season trophyless?

You can get involved via #bbcrugby on Twitter.

Half time: Gloucester pegged back by Stade Francais

Jonny May scores
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They're level at the break at 10-10 after an intense first 40 minutes.

Jonny May ran all of 60m to open to the scoring for the Cherry and Whites, before Sergio Parisse touched over from three yards to get the French side on terms.  

We've also had the "fight of the season" between, well, almost everyone on the pitch. 

Bristol litter vigilante told to stop

Watch: Out on the streets with Bristol's litter vigilante

A litter vigilante, who's been patrolling the streets of Bristol picking up rubbish for almost 10 years, says he's been told to stop by the local waste company. 

William Burnett says he does it to make the city a safer place. 

However, Bristol Waste said it is unsafe as he does not have protective gloves and could get hurt.

BreakingTry: Gloucester 5-0 Stade Francais

An interception try! Gloucester lead!  

Follow the live action here...

Best seat in the house...

Game of Thrones star on new Somerset flooding film

Watch: Ellie Kendrick on The Levelling

The clear-up after devastating floods which hit the Somerset Levels three years ago is the backdrop to a new film, The Levelling. 

The film's star is Game of Thrones actress Ellie Kendrick. 

She said it was "very different" to filming Game of Thrones, and she "got pretty handy with her wellies".

Can Gloucester lift the European Challenge Cup?

Gloucester lifted the European Challenge Cup in 2015, after previous success in 2006
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Gloucester lifted the European Challenge Cup in 2015, after previous success in 2006

Gloucester make three changes to the side that won their European Challenge Cup semi-final at La Rochelle as they face Stade Francais in Friday's final.

Centre Matt Scott, wing Charlie Sharples and back row Lewis Ludlow come in for Henry Trinder, David Halaifonua and Jacob Rowan respectively.

But they change six from Saturday's loss to Exeter in their final Premiership game of the season.

Victory would see the Cherry and Whites lift the trophy for the third time.

Kick off is at 8pm and you can follow the action live here...

One-Day Cup: Adam Hose scores century as Somerset beat Gloucestershire

Adam Hose scored his maiden one-day hundred
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Adam Hose scored his maiden one-day hundred

One-Day Cup South Group leaders Somerset beat Gloucestershire by 81 runs to secure a fifth win in six.

In a rain-reduced game of 46 overs per side, a 93-ball unbeaten 101 from Adam Hose and Jim Allenby's 90 off 110 balls helped Somerset post 294-6.

Chasing a revised target of 297, the hosts slipped to 62-4 with Craig Overton (2-39) amongst the wickets.

Jack Taylor's explosive 68 stemmed the flow of wickets, but Gloucestershire fell short and were all out for 215.

Click here to read more...

Somerset celebrates its nurses in style

They've been celebrating International Nurses Day in Somerset in real style. 

Doctors, nurses and other medical staff at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton downed tools for a few minutes to stage a flashmob, a quick dance... in front of some rather astonished onlookers!

Doctors and nurses at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital down tools to stage flashmob dance

Guide dog up for national award

Quest the guide dog
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A Swindon man and his guide dog have been shortlisted for an award. 

Jez Fletcher and his dog Quest are off to the national Guide Dogs Annual Award next week and have a chance of winning the Beyond the Call of Duty prize. 

Due to his work as an experienced senior child protection manager, Jez often has to travel the country and Quest is always found by his side.

Quest has become so much more than a guide dog, he has a calming presence with children and parents, meaning hostile situations are defused and it is easier for Jez to do his job.

Somerset beat Gloucestershire in One-Day Cup derby

Gloucestershire v Somerset
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Adam Hose scored an unbeaten century - his first for Somerset - as his side beat Gloucestershire by 81 runs in the Royal London One Day Cup. 

Set 297 to win in 46 overs, Jack Taylor hit a quickfire 68 before getting caught. Gloucestershire were all out for 215.

A look inside Shepton Mallet Prison

Watch: Inside Shepton Mallet prison

The former Shepton Mallet Prison is to be converted into homes, a cafe and a heritage centre.

However, before the redevelopment begins, visitors are being invited to tour the historic building.

The prison was once home to the Kray Twins, and was the oldest of its kind in the country before it closed in 2013.

Memorial sculpture for horse-mad teenager to be unveiled

A Swindon sculptor has created a special tribute for a horse-mad teenager who died last month.

Leah Hook, from Stroud, loved to help at Barton End Stables near her home, and staff and riders have arranged for a special tribute to be erected there in her honour tomorrow.

Ben Lee has built the sculpture for the 16-year-old, a winged horse made out of horseshoes.

Ben with the winged horse sculpture
Ben Lee

The moment Gus the giraffe was born at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

There's been a new arrival at Noah's Ark Zoo farm in Wraxall!

Eight-year-old giraffe Genny has given birth to a new calf, Gus.

Watch the moment the new baby giraffe was born and took its first shaky steps...

Watch: Baby giraffe being born

Body found in river believed to be missing Isaac Morris

Isaac Morris
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The body of a man recovered from the River Avon in Bristol this morning is believed to be missing man Isaac Morris, police say.

Isaac, 25, was reported missing last Friday.

Avon and Somerset Police say that formal identification has not yet taken place.

They add his family have been informed and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

NHS cyber attacks not affecting hospitals in the West

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust website was among those affected
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There are reports of a string of cyber attacks on the NHS in England

Some hospitals in London, the South East and the North have been affected.

NHS England says they are aware of the issue and are looking into it. 

So far we have received no reports of any issues affecting hospitals in the West, but we will let you know if we hear any different. 

Countdown to Gloucester v Stade Francais

Gloucester Rugby are hoping to win the European Challenge Cup for the second time in three seasons when they take on Stade Francais tonight in Edinburgh.

Gloucester fans up in Scotland for the match have been doing a bit of sightseeing before kick-off!

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BreakingMan charged with attempted murder after hit and run

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was hit by a car and seriously injured.

The incident happened at about 5.30am on Monday in Winnycroft Lane, Matson, Gloucester.

The 54-year-old woman sustained serious injuries to her leg, back and head and is being treated at Southmead Hospital in Bristol

Delroy Lee Nelson, 42, of Matson has been charged with attempted murder and remanded in custody.

One-Day Cup: Gloucestershire v Somerset

Gloucestershire v Somerset
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Gloucestershire are currently chasing Somerset's 294-6 in the One-Day Cup derby in Bristol.

You can listen to BBC Radio Bristol commentary here on or click here for the live stream.

Pothole flower filler warned to stop

Flowers planted in potholes
Jason Dorley-Brown

A green-fingered protester has been warned by council officials to stop filling potholes with flowers.

Jason Dorley-Brown said he wanted to "put a smile on faces" by using flower power to highlight the "serious problem" of the holes across Bath.

But officers say he has shown a fragrant disregard for the rules, saying his attempts to point out the holes "do not meet the required standards".

Mr Dorley-Brown said he was "very careful" about which roads he chose.

Flowers planted in potholes

Pothole flower filler warned to stop

Jason Dorley-Brown said he wanted to "put a smile on faces" by using flower power to highlight the "serious problem"

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The day the Wishing Fish Clock was installed

After months of restoration work, the Wishing Fish Clock in Cheltenham is to be switched back on again.

The bubble-blowing clock will be restarted by Masquerade author Kit Williams, who created the timepiece for the Regent Arcade shopping centre.

So let's turn back the clock to the very day in 1986 that it was installed...

Watch: The clock being installed in 1986

Schools in Bristol fighting obesity 'at crisis point' in pupils

One in three pupils in Bristol has a weight problem by the time they leave primary school.

One in three pupils in Bristol has a weight problem by the time they leave primary school, according to local health experts. 

Obesity levels in children is said to be at "crisis point".

Some schools have banned sweets and chocolates in packed lunches.

And "daily mile" walk or runs are being introduced to combat the problem.

Baby giraffe born at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Genny the giraffe
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The patter of baby giraffe steps can be heard at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm this morning. Eight-year-old Genny gave birth yesterday evening at the park's giraffe house.

The new arrival will be a sibling to brothers George, aged four, and Geoffrey, two. 

Sadly, dad Gerald passed away earlier this year. 

I’m really happy for Genny and her family, a real positive after the sad passing of dad Gerald earlier this spring and a lasting legacy for our special family. The new calf has taken its first shaky steps this evening and we’ll monitor mum and baby.

Emma GreenAfrica section head keeper
Genny the Giraffe
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New leech breeding programme at Bristol Zoo

When we think of leeches, images of medieval medicine and blood-sucking spring to mind.

They still play a vital role in modern medicine, dissolving blood clots and restoring circulation after tissue grafts.

Bristol Zoo is one of the first in the UK to launch a new breeding programme for this species, classed as "near threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Leech
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These leeches have five pairs of eyes, are both male and female and can grow up to 20cm long

Travel: M4 traffic building up following crash

Here's the view on the M4 near to J18.

M4 J18
Highways England

Travel: Long delays on M4 in Wiltshire following crash

The air ambulance has just landed to help out between junctions 18 and 17.

M4 traffic
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Antique ring vanishes from hospital safe

Antique ring
Holpin Family

The bereaved son of a dementia patient is appealing for the return of his mother's antique ring which disappeared from a hospital safe.

Angelina Holpin, from Tytherington, was transferred from St Martin's in Bath to Callington Road, Bristol, in December

Her son Gary said: "Although she had dementia and her communication skills were very poor, it was one of the first things she alerted me to."

The hospital trust has said it tried to find the ring but without success.

Read the full story here.

Bristol teen attacked for being gay

Benjamin shared this photo after being assaulted on a night out in Bristol last weekend.

Avon and Somerset Police is appealing for information about his attackers and says it's treating the attack as a homophobic hate crime due to the offensive language used towards him before the assault.

Benjamin was treated for his injuries at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

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Teen was punched in face during homophobic assault

Police
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An attack where a teenager was punched in the face is being treated as a hate crime, police say.

Homophobic language was used during the assault on Park Street, Bristol, just before 4am on Sunday.

The victim was treated at the Bristol Royal Infirmary for facial injuries.

Police have provided a description of the offenders. The first is a white male aged between 20 and 23 with light brown hair in a quiff style. He was wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt and black skinny jeans.

The second is a white male aged 23 to 25 years old, around 6ft, of muscular build, with dark brown hair, with a short-cut well-groomed beard. He was wearing a dark long-sleeved shirt and black jeans.

#GetsMyVote Family-friendly policies 'all promises'

James #GetsMyVote
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In the run-up to the General Election on 8 June, we’re asking people across the country to tell us what #GetsMyVote.

Earlier today the Liberal Democrats said they wanted to introduce more family-friendly policies such as extended paternity leave. We asked people at Bristol Zoo what would influence their vote.

James, from South Gloucestershire, at the zoo with his son, said parties made lots of promises they couldn't keep.

"It's a bit of a gimmick in terms of if you look at countries like Sweden there's actually something meaningful about paternity leave," the 39-year-old said.

"In terms of the UK  I can't see it's really going to swing it for many families, it's just not really applicable.

It's more about tax credits, but again who's going to write these cheques later. It's all promises.

Chippenham murder: Suspect appears in court

A Wiltshire man, accused of murder, has appeared in court.

Matthew Chapman, 22, from Wood Lane in Chippenham was charged after an incident in the town.

Russell Nixon, aged 38 and from Derby Close, was found with significant injuries, on London Road in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He later died.

Mr Chapman was remanded in custody.

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Live: Cheltenham's Fish Clock is turned back on again

Today's local newspaper headlines

Paper graphic
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Here are some of the top stories being covered by some of the papers around the West Country:

Bath Chronicle: Ambulance service issue statement on A36 incident

Gloucestershire Live: Police tear through the streets to catch bicycle thief

Swindon Advertiser: Museum awarded £55,000 of funding to get poetry festival off the ground

Bristol Post: Person hurt after ceiling collapses in Weston-super-Mare

Rare spiders in 'game of deadly musical chairs'

Earlier we told you that while some fearful critters get a bad rap, they still have big jobs to do.

Desertas Wolf Spiders, one of the world’s rarest arachnids, were brought to Bristol Zoo for breeding in 2016 in an attempt to save them from extinction.

Bristol Zoo has set up the first captive breeding programme and is studying their courtship behaviour. 

Dr McCabe says that due to a type of grass binding the soil where they burrow and blocking their natural shelters, they are locked in "a game of deadly musical chairs" as they compete for fewer and fewer burrows.

Rare spiders in "game of deadly musical chairs"

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