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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Friday 19 May, 2017

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Expect sunny spells and showers this weekend

That's it from an extended BBC West Live tonight. Before we go, here's a look at how the weekend's weather is shaping up.

Saturday will see sunny spells with some quite heavy downpours while Sunday will be mostly dry.

We'll be back as usual on Monday from 7am with all the news, travel, sport and weather.

Until then, enjoy your weekend!

Expect sunny spells and showers across the West this weekend.

BBC West digital editor won't be denied

It's dark, but he got his video of Flying Scotsman at Bristol in the end!

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Flying Scotsman in all her glory

These stunning photos were sent to us by Paul McRae as Flying Scotsman headed towards Gloucester earlier on from south Wales.

Flying Scotsman at Newport
Paul McRae
Flying Scotsman at Newport
Paul McRae
Flying Scotsman at Newport
Paul McRae

Late... but well worth the wait

The Flying Scotsman is running well now after the earlier delay, bringing delight to young and old along the way.

The flying Scotsman at Cam
John de Gruyther
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Flying Scotsman: That'll explain the late running then...

Flying Scotsman: running late

Chris Kelly

Digital Editor

Bad news. She's late. Having only just left Cam and Dursley, it means no appearance in Bristol until almost 10pm.

I for one am wishing I brought a coat with me...

Bristol Parkway
BBC

What a beautiful lady!

The Flying Scotsman at Gloucester station, captured by Maria Apperley...

The Flying Scotsman at Gloucester station
Maria Apperley
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Flying Scotsman: Crowds gather near Bristol Parkway

Chris Kelly

Digital Editor

A mini crowd has formed on a bridge near Bristol Parkway station.

But nobody checked the site before, as a high wall is blocking the view. So everybody has gathered on the side and are peeking through a fence.

Not long to wait now!

Crowds in Bristol
BBC

Major clear-up operation begins at Bristol traveller site

A massive clear-up operation is underway in Bristol to remove sofas, cookers, mattresses and garden waste - collected by travellers and dumped in a field.

Tonnes of rubbish were left behind on a green in Stockwood after the group moved off the site on Thursday.

It's thought they'd been charging people to remove household waste before dumping it out of site behind their caravans.

The council's now looking at ways to protect the site in future.

A major clear-up operation begins to remove sofas, cookers, mattresses and garden waste.

Flying Scotsman makes its way through Gloucester

One of the country's best known and most loved locomotives - The Flying Scotsman - has arrived in Gloucester.

It's due to stay in the city for about half an hour before steaming on past Cam and Dursley, arriving at Bristol Parkway just after 9pm.

If you can't catch a glimpse there will be another chance to see her when she passes by again on Tuesday.

Flying Scotsman
Erin Hensley
Flying Scotsman
Erin Hensley

Car pulled from river after 15 years underwater

A wrecked car has been pulled from the River Avon after more then a decade underwater.

The submerged vehicle was hoisted from the water, up river from Netham Lock, near Bristol city centre.

A spokesman for the historic Underfall Yard said it is thought it had been "submerged for approximately 15 years".

Bristol Harbour tweeted a thanks to Avon and Somerset police's dive team for removing a "very old hazard".

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Coffee artwork that's good enough to drink

If you're a coffee drinker you may have seen some of this stuff before.

Latte art is the process where decorative swirls are created on the top of lattes using hot milk.

Alex Zeal is a self-taught latte artist and barista who works in Bristol.

Under the moniker of 'thebristolbarista', his creations have gone down a storm online.

Barista Alex Zeal from Bristol shows off some of his latte art creations.

Police dogs put through their paces

The National Police Dog Trials are being held in Portishead in front of delighted children

The National Police Dog Trials is being held in Portishead today.

Teams from across the UK are being tested on tracking, on how they tackle armed offenders and carry out searches.

The event's not open to the public but local school children were invited to watch some of the dogs in action.

Awards for healthy options at Bristol's fast food joints

Coffee shops and fast food outlets across Bristol are being challenged to offer healthier food.

Almost two thirds of adults in the city are overweight or obese, and the council hopes a new awards scheme will lead to more choice on the menu.

In Bristol alone there are about 500 takeouts - one for every 896 people - putting the city top of the West's takeaway table (below).

The Bristol Eating Better Award follows on from the Sugar Smart campaign and work being done with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

West's takeaway figures
BBC

Flash floods hit Yeovil

There's been flash flooding in parts of Somerset this afternoon.

These pictures were taken in Yeovil, along Reckleford, by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue.

Fire crews were called out to help move a vehicle stuck in floodwater on the A30.

There's been flash flooding in parts of Somerset this afternoon following thunderstorms

I think there was a combination of the amount of hail that was coming down with the thunder and lightning and all the rain. It just culminated in the drains getting blocked up and everything forming a great big pond.

Richard HeyDevon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

UKIP candidate suspended over tweets

Twitter
PA

A UKIP general election candidate has been suspended by the party as part of an investigation into racist tweets.

Paddy Singh, candidate for Wiltshire North, made derogatory comments about African and Jewish people in 2014 and 2015.

Mr Singh confirmed to the BBC he sent the tweets and said he "did not mean to cause offence or be racist".

UKIP said it would conduct a "full investigation" and was "withdrawing support for his candidacy" at the general election.

Do politicians tackle the problems facing students?

We've been with Bath Spa University students today, finding out what the forthcoming general election means to young people.

This film was made by Film, Television and Digital Production BA (Hons)students.

Watch: Students share whether they think politicians are tackling the problems they face

Flatmate killer guilty of manslaughter

Viktorija Ratiuk and Romualds Baluls
Avon and Somerset Police
Viktorija Ratiuk, left, stabbed Romualds Baluls

A woman who stabbed her flatmate to death during an alcohol-fuelled argument has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Viktorija Ratiuk stabbed Romualds Baluls in the chest during a drunken row at the flat they shared in Bircham Road, Taunton, in November last year.

Ratiuk was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter at Bristol Crown Court.

The 32-year-old will be sentenced on Tuesday.

The pair worked together as charity bag collectors and had only known each other for a "matter of weeks".

Romualds was stabbed once in the chest as he was sat in a chair. Ratiuk will have to suffer the consequences of her impulsive actions.

Senior investigating officer, Andy Mott

Election opponents aim both barrels at UKIP candidate

UKIP candidate
PA

Opponents of UKIP election candidate Paul Singh in the Wiltshire North constituency have spoken out over the derogatory tweets he sent.

Green Party candidate Phil Chamberlain said UKIP was "scraping the bottom of the barrel for candidates if they think that such vile views are acceptable".

Conservative candidate James Gray called the statements "simply disgusting and disgraceful".

Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Mathew said: "If it is trampling on public decency, this is a police matter."

Wiltshire Police said they had not received any reports or complaints regarding the tweets.

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What issue is closest to students' hearts?

Watch: Poverty and animal cruelty are two of the issues raised

We've been live at Bath Spa University today, speaking to students about the general election.

One of the questions we posed was about the issues closest to their hearts.

UKIP candidate faces party ban over 'racist' tweets

Twitter
Reuters

A UKIP candidate - accused of writing offensive tweets about Africans and Jewish people - is facing being barred from standing for the party at the general election.

Paddy Singh, candidate for Wiltshire North, is accused of making the derogatory comments in 2014.

UKIP said it "would withdraw its endorsement" of Mr Singh if it was confirmed he made the comments.

Mr Singh told BBC Wiltshire he sent the tweets but said he "did not mean to cause offence or be racist".

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Bemmie? Bedmo? Bedminster? Which is it?

The debate is raging over the name of Bristol suburb Bedminster.

We've been out to find out what you think.

The debate is raging on what the Bedminster suburb of Bristol should be called.

Who'd be best PM? Barack Obama? Gordon Ramsay?

Watch: The students say who they'd like to be prime minister

In another question to students at Bath Spa University, we asked who they'd choose as prime minister if they could select anyone in the world.

£1m lottery win is 'icing on the cake'

Nick and Zoe Hoare
BBC

The owners of a pub near Salisbury are celebrating after winning a £1m lottery jackpot.

Nick and Zoe Hoare, who run The White Horse Inn at Quidhampton, scooped the top prize on the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker.

Zoe says it's changed their life.

"It's just given us so many opportunities," she said.

"It's the icing on the cake and we're looking forward to having the luxury of time."

Nick and Zoe Hoare
BBC

Somerset Rural Life Museum reopens in June... What can you expect?

BBC Somerset has been for a quick look at what visitors can expect.

A museum dedicated to the rural history of Somerset is due to reopen following a £2.4m facelift.

The Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury shut in 2014 but will open its doors again this summer.

The museum, which attracts up to 30,000 visitors a year, hasn't been refurbished since it opened in 1974.

Describe in one word what you think of...

....if we say the word 'politician'?

Watch: A group of students on the words they associate with politicians

We've been live at Bath Spa University today speaking to students about the general election and political campaigning around it.

As part of that, we asked several of the students what word comes to mind when we say 'politician'.

Bristol's Prince Street Bridge to reopen

Prince Street Bridge, Bristol
Google

Bristol's busy Prince Street Bridge is set to reopen to pedestrians and cyclists on Monday.

But the bridge - which needed refurbishment because it was heavily corroded - won't be open to southbound traffic until further monitoring and testing has been carried out.

The southbound-only traffic route is likely to be in place until at least summer 2018, at which point the mayor will review the way the bridge is being used.

That moment you realise there's a ferret by your feet...

Watch: Staff at the Bristol Lido were shocked to find a ferret wandering around.

General Election 2017: Are students engaged enough with politics?

We're live today with Bath Spa University students finding out what the forthcoming general election means to young people.

Here is the fourth film made by the Film, Television and Digital Production BA (Hons)students for BBC West Live.

Watch: Are students engaged enough with politics?

Travellers collected rubbish then dumped it in a field

Dumped rubbish
BBC

A big clean up operation has been taking place in Bristol after a group of travellers collected people's rubbish, then dumped it all in a field.

This happened on land off Craydon Road in Stockwood, where these travellers set up camp earlier this month.

They went door to door offering to remove bulky bits of rubbish like old fridges, ovens and garden waste - but left it all in a big heap when they vanished on Monday.

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: "We have staff still at the site clearing any waste and litter that has been left behind.

“Anyone who collects any kind of waste should hold a waste carriers licence.

"We would ask the public to make sure that if they are getting a fridge, or any other large item collected, they confirm that the person holds a licence, and also provides them with a receipt, even if they do not charge for the service.”

BreakingUKIP candidate 'could be withdrawn' over derogatory tweets

UKIP has said it could have no choice but to withdraw a general election candidate following comments he made on Twitter.

Paddy Singh, candidate for Wiltshire North, made apparently derogatory remarks about Africans and Jews.

UKIP said it "would withdraw its endorsement" of Mr Singh if it was confirmed he made the comments.

Mr Singh confirmed to the BBC he sent the tweets and said he "did not mean to cause offence or be racist".

Don't miss your chance to see the Flying Scotsman

Cameras at the ready!

This evening the Flying Scotsman will be passing through the area from Gloucestershire to Bristol.

Here's the list of all the stops and times so you don't miss catching a glimpse of the famous train.

Flying Scotsman
Neil Harvey

Gloucester: Platform four arriving at 20:04 and departing at 20:34

Then the Flying Scotsman will pass through the following stations:

  • Horton Road Junction - 20:35
  • Gloucester Yard Junction - 20:38
  • Tuffley Junction - 20:40
  • Haresfield Loop - 20:44
  • Standish Junction - 20:46
  • Cam & Dursley - 20:51
  • Berkeley Road Junction - 20:54
  • Charfield - 20:59
  • Yate Middle - 21:07
  • Yate - 21:07
  • Yate South - 21:08
  • Westerleigh Junction - 21:12

Bristol Parkway: Platform four arriving at 21:18 and departing at 21:54.

Shortly after you'll be able to see it pass through Patchway and Pilning before it heads off to Wales.

Students tell us their general election views

We're live at Bath Spa University today where we are getting the views of students here.

We'll be showcasing some of their films through the day.

Here, you can see Max Bigg, 19, and Kyri Theodorou, 20, setting up their camera.

Max Bigg, 19, and Kyri Theodorou, 20, setting up their camera.
BBC
Max Bigg, 19, and Kyri Theodorou, 20, setting up their camera.
BBC

Investigation launched into death of Gloucester man

The police watchdog will examine how Gloucestershire Constabulary staff responded to emergency phone calls made by a man who was later found dead.

Ashley Simmonds, 34, called the police on a number of occasions on the evening of 10 April 2017 and was reported missing the next day.

His body was discovered in Gloucester Docks on 13 April, and shortly afterwards the incident was referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

They will examine the actions of police staff who handled the emergency calls, and how the subsequent search for Mr Simmonds was conducted.

It is important we establish the facts surrounding this incident and whether the actions of police staff were appropriate and in keeping with training and policy. It is also important we establish whether improvements can be made to prevent a similar incident from taking place in future.

Guido LiguoriAssociate Commissioner - IPCC

General Election 2017: Are students more liberal? And what is the role of social media?

We're live today with Bath Spa University students finding out what the forthcoming general election means to young people.

Here is the third film made by the Film, Television and Digital Production BA (Hons)students for BBC West Live.

Watch: Are students more liberal?

Quidhampton couple 'quids in'

The owners of a pub near Salisbury are celebrating after becoming millionaires.

Nick and Zoe Hoare - who run The White Horse Inn at Quidhampton - have scooped the top prize on the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker.

They've been unveiled during a press conference in the last few minutes.

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General Election 2017: Which parties speak for students?

We're live today with Bath Spa University students finding out what the forthcoming general election means to young people.

Here is the second film made by the Film, Television and Digital Production BA (Hons)students for BBC West Live.

Watch: Which parties speak for students?

Should we talk to our plants?

We meet a man from Stroud who has designed a garden at this year's Chelsea Flower Show

Gardeners from the West are putting the finishing touches to their creations at Chelsea Flower Show, ahead of the grand opening on Monday.

Lots of top designers cherry pick plants which have been grown by someone else, but Chris Beardshaw, from The Nursery at Miserden, near Stroud, does everything himself.

Chris says the secret to his success is that he talks to his plants!

General Election 2017: What do students really think?

BBC West Live is coming to you from Bath today.

We're with Film, Television and Digital Production BA (Hons)students at Bath Spa University, finding out what the forthcoming general election means to young people.

Britain's youngest eligible voters - 18-24-year olds - have the lowest turnout on election days, while their grandparents have the highest.

So what would persuade them to vote? And how would it change British politics if they did?

Here is the first film about the election made by the students.

Watch: What do students think of the General Election?