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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 30 May

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Goodnight from us

That's it from us today at the end of a special extended BBC Local Live in the West.

We'll be back tomorrow from 7am with all the latest news, travel, sport and weather.

Here's Alina Jenkins with a look at what the weather has in store.

The weather forecast for the West with Alina Jenkins

'Dangerous' prisoner escapes hospital

Michal Kisiel
Wiltshire Police

Michal Kisiel was being treated for a head wound when he left Salisbury District Hospital.

Click here to read the full story.

BBC Points West election debate: Raymond's grammar school comments raise a laugh

Watch: Raymond's grammar school comments raise a laugh

Audience member Raymond raised a laugh with his question about education.

He claimed he was "too thick" to go to a grammar school.

BBC Points West election debate: Grammar schools discussed

Watch: Grammar schools discussed by the panel

Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat candidate for Wells, Daniel Woolf, UKIP candidate for Gloucester and Sarah Church, Labour candidate for South Swindon, discussed the idea of reintroducing grammar schools.

See more on 'General election 2017 - A BBC Points West Special' on BBC One now.

BBC Points West election debate: EU funding discussed

Watch: EU funding discussed

Molly Scott Cato, Green candidate for Bristol West, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative candidate for North East Somerset, debated EU funding and whether our region will suffer without it post Brexit.

See more on 'General election 2017 - A BBC Points West Special' on BBC One now.

BBC Points West election debate: Audience member asks question about NHS funding

The BBC Points West election debate is on air on BBC One now.

Stay with us on BBC Local Live for highlights and reaction - and you can join the conversation on the Points West Facebook page or on Twitter using the hashtag #GE17West.

One of the subjects under discussion was the NHS.

Watch: Sue asks panel about NHS funding

Audience member Sue asked the question: "Is the 'sacred cow' of the NHS worth saving in its existing form?"

Police hunt for escaped prisoner

Tall Ships head home after festival

The Matthew
John Wilkes

The tall ships have been heading away from Gloucester today after the annual Tall Ships Festival.

Photographer John Wilkes took these shots as The Matthew headed south on the Gloucester to Sharpness canal.

The Matthew
John Wilkes
The Matthew
John Wilkes
Sand sculpture
John Wilkes

BBC Points West election debate: Audience reaction

Here are the thoughts of just some of the audience members at tonight's debate.

You can see the full programme on BBC One at 10.45pm - and join the conversation on the Points West Facebook page or on Twitter using the hashtag #GE17West.

Empty chairs on set
BBC

"It was good to hear a diverse range of opinions all together on one platform," says Alex Hunt, 19.

"I enjoyed it a lot. But I was surprised that there wasn't more focus on issues that affect the South West," says James Murphy, 19.

"It was good to hear the candidates talking in depth about their constituencies and where they live," says Sam Durham, 19. "Hearing about where they live and where their kids go to school made it all more real for me."

"And breathe!" Filming is over for the Points West debate

Audience leaving election debate
BBC
Audience leaving election debate

It's been a lively debate with some great questions and strong passions have been stirred up on all sides.

You will be able to watch the full programme tonight on BBC One at 10.45pm.

But stay with us as we bring you some more of the highlights over the next few hours.

Get involved: #GE17West.

BBC Points West election debate: How do we fund the NHS?

Watch: Molly Scott Cato on funding of the NHS.

Molly Scott Cato, Green candidate for Bristol West, said her party had pledged to have a fully public NHS.

You can watch 'Election 2017 - A Points West Special' at 10.45pm tonight on BBC One.

BBC Points West election debate: Is there any reason to reintroduce grammar schools?

Watch: Daniel Woolf on grammar schools

Daniel Woolf, UKIP candidate for Gloucester, said a "personalised" system of education should be introduced, including grammar schools for for the "academically gifted".

You can watch 'Election 2017 - A Points West Special' at 10.45pm tonight on BBC One.

BBC Points West election debate: Will the West of England suffer without EU funding?

Watch: Tessa Munt on EU funding

Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat candidate for Wells, said she was "dismayed" there is "no real plan" for how money will be spent in our region after Brexit.

You can watch 'Election 2017 - A Points West Special' at 10.45pm tonight on BBC One.

BBC Points West election debate: Is the NHS worth saving in its existing form?

Watch: Jacob Rees-Mogg on the NHS

In response to a question about the NHS, and whether it is worth saving in its existing form, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative candidate for North East Somerset, said there will be a greater strain on front line services in future, and he is in favour of private help for the NHS.

You can watch 'Election 2017 - A Points West Special' at 10.45pm tonight on BBC One.

BBC Points West election debate: How do we make our country safe?

Watch: Sarah Church, Labour candidate for South Swindon

In response to a question about how to make our country safe from terrorists, Sarah Church, Labour candidate for South Swindon, said there needs to be a "layered approach".

You can see 'Election 2017 - A Points West Special' at 10.45pm tonight on BBC One.

BBC Points West election debate: Questions so far

BBC Points West debate set
BBC

Presenter David Garmston asks Sarah Church (Labour) whether, as a former soldier, married to a soldier who was wounded in Afghanistan, she agrees with Jeremy Corbyn when he says that our foreign policy decisions have increased our risk of terrorism.

"Everything we do when we involve ourselves overseas will have an impact," she says.

Daniel Woolf (UKIP) says that in response to recent terror attacks we need to "get tough".

"Times have changed," he says and it would be in "interesting" to have a referendum on bringing back the death penalty for terrorists.

"The NHS is the most amazing service and it is in crisis," says Tessa Munt (Liberal Democrat).

"We need to put a penny on income tax and ringfence it. This would raise £6.7 billion."

She says that the Tories have cut the bursaries for those training to work in the NHS. "It's madness," she says.

"The NHS is not a sacred cow it is a precious jewel," says Molly Scott Cato (Green Party). "It is such an important service. We pledge to have a fully public NHS."

"Will the West of England suffer without EU funding? No. It won't," says Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative), "because it is our money."

He says that we don't need the EU taking a cut and that farmers in his constituency look forward to being free to farm without EU subsides. "Because they are good farmers," he says.

The BBC Points West election debate gets under way

Candidates prepare for the BBC Points West election debate

You can see 'Election 2017 - A Points West Special' at 10.45pm tonight on BBC One

The panel for the debate is:

  • Conservative: Jacob Rees-Mogg, North East Somerset
  • Labour: Sarah Church, South Swindon
  • Liberal Democrats: Tessa Munt, Wells
  • Greens: Molly Scott Cato, Bristol West
  • UKIP: Daniel Woolf, Gloucester

BBC Points West election debate: Familiar set

The debate is being filmed in the same studio as Deal or No Deal, and presenter David Garmston is using the same - very luxurious - dressing room as Noel Edmonds.

"I've never seen so much shag pile in my life," he says,

The BBC dramas Poldark and Sherlock were also filmed here.

Debate set
BBC

Audience arrives for BBC Points West election debate

We're live at the Points West election debate - the audience is filing in to take their seats and the candidates are doing some last minute research in the green room.

I think it's safe to say that no one wants to get caught out on the facts tonight.

Questions have been submitted by the audience and it really is their show - and yours.

The audience will start the conversation and you can help shape it using social media with hashtag #GE17West.

We'll be bringing you highlights throughout the evening, and you can catch the full show later on BBC One at 10.45pm

David Garmston
BBC
Presenter David Garmston is briefed ahead of the debate

Man jailed over hoax bomb calls in Gloucester

Police cordon
Thinkstock

A 41-year-old man has been jailed for making a hoax bomb call about Gloucester railway station.

Rias Choudhury, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged following a 999 call made last Wednesday.

He appeared before Cheltenham magistrates on Friday and was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison and ordered to pay £35 costs and a victim surcharge.

Choudhury is the second man in the region recently charged with making hoax bomb threats.

Peter Osbourne was charged with four counts of making hoax calls last week.

BBC Points West election debate: Facebook live

Preparations are underway in Bristol for Election 2017 - A Points West special.

You can see the debate tonight on BBC One at 10.45pm.

In the meantime, you can see what's happening there now...

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Zoo worker killed by tiger 'loved job'

Rosa King
BBC

The mother of Rosa King, who died at Hamerton Park in Cambridgeshire, says her zoo work was "what she always loved".

Ms King is understood to be from Chippenham, in Wiltshire, and studied for a diploma in animal care at Wiltshire College.

The zoo described the keeper's death as a freak accident.

Click here to read more.

BBC Points West election debate: Rehearsals underway

Local newspaper headlines across the West

Want to join the audience for an election debate?

Paul Nuttall (left) and Jonathan Bartley (right)
BBC
Paul Nuttall (left) and Jonathan Bartley (right) will answer your questions on 4th June

On Sunday 4th June the leader of UKIP - Paul Nuttall - and leader of the Green party - Jonathan Bartley - will be taking part in a BBC One debate in Bristol.

Each leader will have half an hour of questions from a studio audience.

Would you like to be part of that audience?

If so please contact: applicants@FullHouseAudience.co.uk, or call 01299 829299.

Severe accident: A358 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A358 Somerset both ways severe accident, near Round Pool Lane.

A358 Somerset - A358 in Crowcombe blocked and slow traffic in both directions near the Round Pool Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

The forgotten fish of the River Severn

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

The River Severn is set to undergo a £20m makeover designed to make it more accessible to a forgotten variety of fish - the shad.

Once a staple dish for people along the river, shad populations have plummeted since weirs were introduced.

It is hoped new fish passes will help boost numbers not only of the shad, but other migratory fish too.

The forgotten fish of the River Severn

Severe accident: A357 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A357 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Wood Lane and A371.

A357 Somerset - A357 in North Cheriton closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Wood Lane junction and the A371 junction, because of accident investigation work.

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

Western Power Distribution confirms Bristol power cut over

Step Into Summer ends with a mass walk at Coate Water

Watch: About 100 walkers joined BBC Wiltshire's final walk in Swindon

BBC Wiltshire's Step Into Summer campaign has been a roaring success.

Today, they broadcast a special programme from Coate Water in Swindon to mark the end of it all.

Their listeners have collectively walked the equivalent of twice around the world, smashing the original target of the Wiltshire boundary length.

Shad: The forgotten fish of the Severn

Weir on the River Severn
BBC

A £20m project aims to bring shad — a subspecies of herring — back to the River Severn.

A few hundred years ago there was a major fishing industry based around the spawning shad and the River Severn.

The Industrial Revolution meant there was a demand to make the River Severn navigable for boats and that meant locks and weirs, making it difficult for migratory fish to get back up the Severn to breed.

Now a new project aims to bring back the Shad.

Click to read more about it here.

Escaped horses captured on camera

This isn't something that you expect to see on the A370 into Weston-super-Mare.

A Youtube user called "CrazyInWeston" captured two escaped horses running along the carriageway yesterday morning.

Watch: the two escaped horses running down the A370

World's last Sea Vixen makes crash landing at RNAS Yeovilton

A pilot has escaped unhurt after the landing gear failed on the world's last remaining Sea Vixen at the weekend.

The plane was returning to RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset when the wheels failed to deploy. The plane caught fire as it landed on its belly on the runway.

The aircraft, known as the 'Foxy Lady', is the only one of its kind still flying.

It was first used in the 1950s as a high-speed combat jet.

Watch: problems with the landing gear meant the plane had to land without wheels.

Set taking shape for Points West election debate

Don't forget that BBC Points West's election debate takes place tonight on BBC1 at 10:45pm.

The panel for the debate is:

  • Conservative: Jacob Rees-Mogg, North East Somerset
  • Labour: Sarah Church, South Swindon
  • Liberal Democrats: Tessa Munt, Wells
  • Greens: Molly Scott Cato, Bristol West
  • UKIP: Daniel Woolf, Gloucester

We'll have a specially extended BBC West Live feed here to cover all the key points as they are made.

Set being built
BBC

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, between J17 for A350 and J18 for A46 Bath.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J17, A350 (Chippenham) and J18, A46 (Bath), because of a tyre in the road. Approach with care. Traffic is coping well.

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

Collision flips car with passengers inside

A mother and her daughter had a lucky escape when their car was hit from behind, flipped over and left them suspended upside down in their vehicle.

The collision took place at about 5:30am on Sunday on the A417 Brockworth bypass.

Although the two women were shaken, they managed to escape out of the rear window with minor injuries.

Gloucestershire Police say they are looking for the offending driver, who drove off in what they think is a dark blue VW.

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Big success for BBC Wiltshire's Step Into Summer campaign

Step into summer graphic
BBC

When BBC Wiltshire started their Step Into Summer campaign, they aimed to collectively walk the Wiltshire county boundary.

That figure has been well and truly blown away. At the moment, BBC Wiltshire listeners and station staff have walked 61,762 miles, enough to circumnavigate the earth twice.

Step Into Summer ends tomorrow.

Zoo visitor describes moments after tiger attack

Pete Davis was visiting Hamerton Zoo Park with his family on the day that Wiltshire zookeeper Rosa King, 33, was killed by a tiger.

“We just heard a scream and one of the girls just shouted ‘run!’," he said.

"A few of us ran in to one of the small zoo-keepers' rooms by the enclosure and we stood in there until we were told it was clear to go.”

Dad Pete Davis describes the moments after the tiger attack at Hamerton Zoo Park.