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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday 23 May.

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All times stated are UK

Goodnight - it looks like it's going to be a sunny day tomorrow.

That's it from your Local Live team for today.

We'll be back tomorrow from 7am-10pm with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West.

Gold medals for West Country gardeners at Chelsea

Some of our West Country gardeners have been doing very well at the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show.

Bonsai trees from Swindon and Shepton Mallet took gold medals, while carnivorous plants from West Pennard near Glastonbury also picked up the top gong.

Avon Bulbs, from South Petherton in Somerset, won six gold medals in the Great Pavillion.

Watch: Avon Bulbs' plants have won six gold medals this year.

Women urged not to miss cervical cancer screening tests

Stopping women in the street and asking about their cervical cancer smear tests may seem a bit extreme, but this charity believes it can save lives.

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is the only charity in the UK specialising in cervical cancer. They say screening can save lives.

Across the west, 75% of women regularly attend smear tests, but in Bristol that figure is only 71%.

Watch: in Bristol only 71% of women regularly attend their tests.

Bristol Mayor: 'We are constantly vigilant'

The Mayor of Bristol has sought to reassure people about safety at the large events that will take place in Bristol this summer.

After yesterday's events in Manchester, Marvin Rees said that the the council and Avon and Somerset Police will review security practices.

Bristol hosts several large scale events over the summer, including the Balloon Fiesta, the Harbour Festival and Love Saves The Day.

Watch: Mavin Rees says he is reviewing security measures in Bristol.

The Flying Scotsman arrives in Somerset

Steam fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the world famous flying Scotsman in Somerset. The locomotive was on a tour through the West, ending up at the West Somerset Railway.

BBC Somerset was there to capture the moment she left the mainline.

It left the mainline at Norton Fitzwarren to join the West Somerset Railway

Shot peregrine released back into the wild

Peregrine falcon
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A peregrine falcon - hatched at Salisbury Cathedral - is being released back into the wild today after being shot.

Harry was found with an injured wing in Hampshire in March.

He's now recovered and is being released by the Hawk Conservancy in Stockbridge this morning.

In the past three years the birds of prey have laid eight eggs in their nest on the cathedral's spire.

Flatmate killer sentenced for manslaughter

Viktorija Ratiuk
Avon and Somerset Police
Viktorija Ratiuk stabbed 32-year-old Romualds Baluls in the chest in the flat they shared in Bircham Road

A woman who killed her flatmate after they had been drinking together has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison.

Viktorija Ratiuk stabbed 32-year-old Romualds Baluls once in the chest in the flat they shared in Bircham Road, Taunton, on 19 November.

Ratiuk was cleared of murder, but convicted of manslaughter, at a Bristol Crown Court trial.

The court heard a row erupted and Ratiuk attacked Mr Baluls with a knife.

Mr Baluls died from his injury at the scene.

You can read more about the story here

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

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M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, between J16 for A3102 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Quaker tapestry returns to town

Watch: the Quaker tapestry was made by 4,000 people in 15 countries

Part of a tapestry which captures Quaker history across the centuries has gone on display in Taunton.

The full artwork features 77 intricate panels, woven by 4,000 people aged between three and 93, from 15 different countries, in a community project that showcases momentous events in woven form.

It was started in a Sunday school in the town in the early 1980s.

Some sewers contributed whole panels and others only a stitch, but the finished product showcases everything from the Industrial Revolution to the abolition of slavery.

Stolen mascot bear is replaced by 'Mr Ted'

Pupils with a picture of stolen Hugo
BBC

A teddy bear mascot stolen from a primary school over Easter is being replaced.

Hugo the bear was taken by burglars from Holbrook Primary in Trowbridge. He'd been with the school for more than 20 years and even played a vital role in the weekly Friday assemblies.

When BBC Wiltshire listener Peter White heard the story he came to the rescue and donated his bear - Mr Ted.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at J19 for A369.

M5 Bristol - M5 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J19, A369 (Portishead), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Chief Constable and PCC: 'We have plans to deal with attacks and we rehearse them regularly'

Andy Marsh and Sue Mountstevens
BBC

Avon & Somerset Police's Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner have issued a joint open letter in response to the Manchester attacks.

We have long and well-established plans in place to deal with attacks of this nature and we rehearse them regularly with partners to ensure we are as ready as we possibly can be. We would urge you to remain alert but not alarmed – together we are doing everything we can to help protect our local communities. You may see extra officers in your local area in the coming days and weeks; they are there to be visible and engaged with our communities and provide reassurance at this difficult time.

Andy Marsh and Sue MountstevensAvon & Somerset Police Chief Constable and PCC

Bristol teen on moment bomb went off at concert

A teenager from Bristol has recalled what happened when the bomb exploded at the MEN Arena yesterday evening.

Calvin Welsford was in the front row of Ariana Grande's concert, and says he made for an emergency exit door when the explosion happened.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol at a vigil in Bristol this evening, he said:

"People were screaming for their lives. It was dreadful, just horrible. My mum and dad were really scared. Everyone knew I was there, I've had so many messages asking if I was OK. There was a panic when the screams started".

Watch: Calvin Welsford, 18, was in the front row of the Ariana Grande when the bomb went off concert

LIVE: Bristol vigil for Manchester

PCC & Chief Constable: 'we urge you to remain alert'

Andy Marsh and Sue Mountstevens
BBC

Avon & Somerset Police's Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner have issued a joint open letter in response to the Manchester attacks.

Andy Marsh (l) and PCC Sue Mountstevens (r) say they write with "the deepest sadness" after yesterday's events.

Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones who were killed and injured in this callous terrorist attack that targeted innocent children and young people and their parents. We would urge you to remain alert but not alarmed – together we are doing everything we can to help protect our local communities. Let us be clear, there is never any excuse for hate crime of any kind. Ours is a rich, multi-cultural community, one to be celebrated and strengthened.

Andy Marsh and Sue MountstevensAvon & Somerset Police Chief Constable and PCC

The full letter can be viewed here

Forest Green Rovers has officially become the world’s first vegan football club

Vegan food
Forest Green Rovers

The Gloucestershire club received the Vegan Trademark from The Vegan Society just days after winning promotion to the Football League for the first time in its 128 year history.

Forest Green Rovers removed all meat and dairy products from its matchday menu back in 2015.

Dale Vince, Forest Green Rovers chairman, said: “Living on a diet of plants, instead of animals, is one of the most important changes anybody can make.

“It’s not just for the sake of the environment, the health benefits, or to reduce animal suffering - but from performance perspective, as we’re showing with FGR."

Severe accident: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between Eros Close and A419 Dr Newton's Way.

A46 Gloucestershire - A46 Bath Road in Stroud blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Eros Close junction and Bell Hotel Roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Rogue builder jailed for three years

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

The leader of a gang of rogue builders who preyed on frail pensioners has been jailed for more than three years.

Johnny Carroll, 26, led a gang of workers who toured the south west and South Wales, quoting reasonable estimates but then bullying victims into paying thousands of pounds more.

In the space of 22 months he defrauded 21 pensioners out of £108,000, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Johnny Carroll
Devon & Cornwall Police

Mr Carroll of Calcutt Park, Cricklade, Wiltshire, admitted a single count of fraud and was jailed for three years and two months.

The judge said his work had been "badly executed and vastly overpriced".

Bristol Shia Mosque condemns Manchester attacks

The Shia Mosque in Bristol has issued a statement condemning those behind the explosion in Manchester last night.

The statement said: "This is brutal act, in which innocent people and young children have been killed and have been targeted.

"Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families of the bereaved and injured and everyone affected by it.

"We stand in solidarity with the parents of the victims and we condemn all terrorist’s activities. We stand firm and united to uproot terrorism from the communities."

Bishop of Salisbury and Muslim representatives issue Manchester statement

The Rt Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, and Rashid Ullah, chair of the Muslim Association of Salisbury, have issued a joint statement condemning the Manchester attack yesterday evening.

The murderous attack on innocent young people that we have seen in Manchester last night fills us with horror. We utterly condemn this evil act which is intended to cause an increase in fear, hatred and division in our country and its communities. We offer our deep condolences to all who have suffered bereavement, injury and trauma, and we pray for their healing in body and mind. We commit ourselves to reject absolutely this violence and hatred and the motivation that lies behind it, and we call upon all people to do the same daily by words and actions of love, compassion and reconciliation.

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam and Rashind UllahBishop of Salisbury & Chair of the Muslim Association of Salisbury, respectively.

Sir Roger Moore: Interviewed in 2008

Listen: Roger Moore on his first day as Bond

After the announcement that James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore has died, we've looked back in the BBC archives.

The film star was interview by BBC Radio Gloucestershire when he appeared at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2008.

He told us he remembered his first day on set as Bond very well.

Roger Moore
BBC

Police issue dispersal order for Melksham town centre

James Bond legend Roger Moore has died

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The family of actor Roger Moore have announced on Twitter that the James Bond legend has died at the age of 89.

In 1984, Roger and fellow actor Patrick Macnee caused much excitement in Swindon when they filmed scenes for Roger's final James Bond film, A View to a Kill, at the town's distinctive Spectrum building, owned by Renault.

Roger Moore and Patrick Macnee filming in Swindon
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Flying Scotsman: Shooting across Coalpit Heath towards Bristol

Flying Scotsman
Kathryn Dayer

You've been sending in your photos and videos of the Flying Scotsman as she steams through the West today.

Harry Hinnell captured the locomotive near Charfield.

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West Police: 'We are as prepared as we can possibly be'

West police forces are reassuring the public following events in Manchester.

Avon and Somerset's Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: "Prior to this appalling incident, plans were already in hand to review our local security arrangements for venues and crowded places.

"We have rigorous major incident plans in place which are regularly tested and reviewed during exercises with partner agencies, such as ambulance, health and fire, to ensure we are as prepared as we possibly can be."

Gloucestershire Police says there is no evidence to suggest the area is under threat.

Assistant Chief Constable Julian Moss is leading the force's response to the Manchester attacks.

He said: “At this moment there is no information to indicate any direct threat to Gloucestershire and it is important people that go about their daily lives.

"However, we are asking everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity via the anti-terror hotline.

“We have offered support to Greater Manchester Police overnight and will be providing specialist resources to aid their response to the incident should they require it.”

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Flying Scotsman in Gloucester

Watch: Flying Scotsman in Gloucester

Gloucester railway station platforms were crowded with people trying to get a glimpse of the Flying Scotsman earlier today.

The iconic locomotive called in at the station as part of trip through the West of England.

Flying Scotsman: More pictures from Gloucester station

Flying Scotsman
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Flying Scotsman
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Flying Scotsman
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Vigils taking place across the West to honour Manchester's dead

Flowers left on a street in Manchester near the scene of the attack
Christopher Furlong

Earlier we told you how a vigil to remember the victims of the Manchester attacks is taking place at the War Memorial in Bradford-on-Avon tonight.

St John's Church in Clevedon is open all day for prayer and there'll also be a prayer service at 6pm tonight.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees is also planning to turn tonight's full council meeting into an opportunity for the public to show solidarity with those affected.

Also in Bristol, the Bristol People's Assembly is arranging a solidarity event from 6-7pm by the water fountains in the city centre.

Meanwhile the General Election hustings due to take place at Gloucester Cathedral tonight has been replaced with a special 'Prayers for Manchester' service from 5.30pm.

Candles and a prayer station are also available in the cathedral for anyone who wishes to come and reflect throughout the day.

At Bath Abbey, Archbishop Justin Welby said the Gethesemane Chapel, a chapel dedicated to remembrance, is available for anyone wanting a quiet space to pray.

And members of the public are invited to light candles in Swindon town centre at 8.30pm.

Flat fire: Dead man named

Police have named a man whose body was found following a fire in Hartcliffe, Bristol, last week.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and enquiries into the cause of the fire continue.

A 16-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent and burglary and is currently on police bail.

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Flying Scotsman: Stunning backdrop

Onlookers have been sharing their images of the Flying Scotsman as it passed through Gloucester this lunchtime.

This photo was taken by Rob Ellis and captures the train against the stunning backdrop of Gloucester Cathedral

Flying Scotsman
Rob Ellis

Travel: Problems persist on M5 J19 at Portishead

An earlier collision and fuel spill on the slip road are causing some pretty bad problems in both directions. The slip road coming to the junction from the south is jammed and traffic going in the opposite direction is queuing over the Avonmouth bridge.

Motorway camera
Highways England
Motorway camera
Highways England

Bristol concert-goer: 'people were running and screaming'

A man from Bristol has been describing the moment a concert in Manchester ended in terror.

Calvin Welsford, 18, was sitting in the front row of the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena when the bomb went off.

He says he was helped to safety by the singer's security staff.

Please note the sound quality of the following clip is distorted.

Calvin Welsford, 18, was in front row of Ariana Grande concert

In pictures: Flying Scotsman in Gloucester

Flying Scotsman visits Gloucester
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Flying Scotsman visits Gloucester
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Flying Scotsman visits Gloucester
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Flying Scotsman visits Gloucester
BBC

Flying Scotsman due in Gloucester shortly

We're ready at the railway station with a great vantage point. We'll have pictures and video here shortly.

Gloucester station
BBC

Salisbury Cathedral offers a prayer for Manchester

Travel: Queues at M5 J19 for Portishead after earlier collision

Motorway camera
Highways England

Two rescued after fire in third floor flat

A woman has been rescued from a third floor balcony in Trowbridge after a flat fire.

Three fire crews were called to the blaze on College Road just before 7pm last night.

A man was rescued from the flat itself and taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

It's thought the fire was started by a halogen heater.

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