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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 1 June 2017

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Goodnight from us

That's it from us at the end of the first day of June. Hope you've enjoyed our look behind the scenes at Springwatch tonight.

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

We leave you with a look at tomorrow's weather forecast with Ian Fergusson.

Watch: Ian Fergusson has the weather forecast for tomorrow

B-52 bombers arrive at RAF Fairford

B-52 bombers from the US Air Force have started to arrive at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

The aircraft, from the 2nd Bomb Wing, will be based in the county to support training missions.

The military exercises stretch right across Europe and will take place until mid-June with regular flights expected.

Watch: B-52 bombers from the US Air Force start to arrive at RAF Fairford

Kevin McCloud gives his verdict on West Country cider

TV presenter Kevin McCloud has been judging the cider entries at this year's Royal Bath and West Show.

Globally, the cider market is showing signs of taking off - and even the Americans, it seems are heading West to sample the offerings here.

As Kevin told Points West business correspondent Dave Harvey, judging cider is an arduous task!

Watch: TV presenter Kevin McCloud was one of the cider judges at the Royal Bath and West Show

Gloucestershire PCC accused of spit hood u-turn

Spit hood
Herts Police

The Police Federation has accused Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) of a U-turn over the use of spit hoods in custody suites.

A trial of the hoods was expected to begin in the region this year, but PCC Martin Surl has now said the force "will not be rushing into the plans".

He said it is a "highly emotive issue" and called for a public consultation.

However, the Police Federation asked why the PCC was "interfering in operational policing decisions".

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Springwatch: And that's a wrap

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

Thanks for following all my behind the scenes updates from Springwatch today.

I hope you've been able to get a glimpse of how the programme is put together - I certainly have.

I've had my eyes opened to all that's involved in the production. When I watch from my sofa at home this week I'll see it all in a different light.

Springwatch: Live programme over

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

Well that 60 minutes went quickly!

The live programme on BBC Two has now finished.

It was fascinating to see behind the scenes as the production crew worked their magic - especially when having to cope with a huge technical glitch, when the communications link with North Wales went down.

"You picked a good day to come," the series producer says to me darkly.

Springwatch: Panic over

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

A huge sigh of relief behind the scenes as the technical problem with the link to North Wales has been sorted, and Martin Hughes-Games makes it to air.

TV gallery
BBC
There were a few furrowed brows and lots of discussions in the gallery for a while - something to do with a broken communications link

Springwatch: Coping with a technical hitch

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

There's panic in the gallery after someone discovers that a live feed from North Wales doesn't work.

Martin Hughes-Games can't hear his cue due to a technical glitch.

The director changes the running order, and goes to a pre-recorded item instead.

Hopefully things will be back to normal soon.

Springwatch: Live on BBC Two

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

TV gallery
BBC
What you're seeing on your Springwatch screens on BBC Two is all controlled from in here

The director has a huge bank of screen in front of him - with all the live wildlife feeds and images from the various cameras at his fingertips.

Springwatch: Getting ready to go live

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

Farmyard
BBC

Activity has ramped up now behind the scenes as the clock ticks down to the live programme on BBC Two at 8pm.

The production tent emptied as everyone went to get their evening meal, and now people are back and concentrating on the job ahead.

The rehearsal has taken place, and I've just seen Michaela Strachan heading to make-up - which is in a small portable cabin in the corner of the farmyard.

Tent in farmyard
BBC

Behind the scenes: In the gallery

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

TV gallery
BBC

Behind the scenes on Springwatch, I visit the TV gallery (which is actually a big truck parked in a barn at the Sherborne Estate) .

When I came in, there had just been a discussion about the use of a particular prop in the introduction: I think it may hit the cutting room floor.

The presenters get into place, ready to go live.

Springwatch: The Nestfinder General

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

Steve Roberts
BBC

If it wasn't for this man there would be no Springwatch: Steve Roberts is the programme's nestfinder.

He spends ages wandering around the countryside and carefully observing, to locate possible nests the team can film.

He's particularly happy when I meet him - he's just found a couple of yellowhammer nests with eggs in them - something the producers were extremely keen to show on camera.

"The birds have spent millenia developing means of hiding - they don't want you to find them," he says.

"You're being pitted against that, trying to overcome the skills the birds have developed to stop being found."

Did you know it's World Hydrography Day?

World Hydrography Day's been celebrated in Taunton.

The UK Hydrographic Office put on an exhibition at the Museum of Somerset.

Find out more about what hydrographers do here.

Watch: The UK Hydrographic Office put on an exhibition at the Museum of Somerset

'Back in those days, growing teasel was a way to get extra money'

Listen: Recorded in 1987, this is 87-year-old Fred Cousins, a teasel grower from Meare Green

The Rural Life Museum reopens in Glastonbury this weekend after being closed for more than two years for redevelopment.

To celebrate we've got a treat from the museum's archive. Recorded in 1987, this is 87-year-old Fred Cousins, a teasel grower from Meare Green, near Hatch Beauchamp, giving us an insight into his life and work.

BBC Somerset's Charlie Taylor will bring his show live from the museum as it reopens.

Springwatch: Feeding the team

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

Drew Walker
BBC

Drew Walker is in charge of catering at Springwatch this year.

"We do about 60 breakfasts, 110 for lunch and 110 for dinner every day," he says.

There's a choice of creamy chicken curry, sweet chili crab cakes or a vegan mushroom stroganoff the day I visit... And the crab cakes turn out to be delicious.

Drew Walker
BBC

Severe disruption: B4289 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

B4289 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, at A4289 Devizes Road.

B4289 Wiltshire - B4289 Newport Street in Swindon blocked and slow traffic westbound at the A4289 Devizes Road junction, because of a car fire.

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

Springwatch: How do they hide the cameras?

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

Nigel Bean
BBC

This is Nigel Bean, Springwatch's 'wildlife producer'.

He organises all the wildlife filming on site, including deciding where to put the cameras and nest boxes.

"We aim for a bit of a cross section: maybe an owl, a bird of prey, some small birds, maybe some water birds," he explains.

And, he says, although technology is getting better, that means cameras are getting bigger - creating more of a challenge when you're trying to hide them in nest boxes: "When we went high definition we went bigger. I'd like them to be smaller because it's quite restrictive sometimes."

Springwatch: Red button broadcasts

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

Springwatch presenters
BBC
Presenter Brett Westwood, centre, and his colleagues provide commentary on the live cameras during his live shows
Springwatch presenters
BBC
As well as the main TV programme on BBC Two each evening, other broadcasts are available during the day. You can watch them on the red button

Bath man jailed for forging 'harassment' letters

Mark Webb was convicted at Bristol Crown Court
Google

A man who tried to frame a neighbour for harassment has been jailed for 15 months.

Mark Webb, of Oldfield Park, Bath forged letters to himself purporting to be from Frances Avis to add credibility to allegations he had made against her.

Bristol Crown Court heard Ms Avis was later found guilty of harassment and given a six-month prison sentence. But she won an appeal and was not jailed.

Webb pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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Springwatch: Watching the cameras 'til 4am

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

Scarlett Monroe and Lily Moffat
BBC
Scarlett, left, and Lily work on Springwatch

Meet Scarlett Monroe and Lily Moffatt, two of the people responsible for watching all the live camera feeds and deciding what will get shown on TV.

When I meet Lily, whose official job title is 'story lead', she's quite excited about a dead mole that has just been brought into the buzzard's nest.

It's a 24-hour-a-day job to follow the cameras, and a team of people including Scarlett, one of the 'story developers', take it in turns to monitor the screens from 4am to 4pm.

Springwatch TV screens
BBC
Could you stay awake long enough to do it?

West cider-making attracts international attention

Tens of thousands of people have descended on the Bath and West showground for day two of one of the region's biggest events.

Globally, the cider market is showing signs of taking off - so West Country firms are there ensuring they get in quick and exploit the business opportunities on offer.

Points West business correspondent Dave Harvey is there too.

Watch: Cider-making is attracting a lot of interest at the Royal Bath and West Show.

Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, between J20 for B3133 and J21 for A370 affecting J18A for M49.

M5 Somerset - Very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J20, B3133 (Clevedon) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 40 minutes. Congestion to J18a M49.

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

Severe accident: M4 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol westbound severe accident, between J21 for M48 and J22 for M49 affecting J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - Very slow traffic on M4 westbound between J21 M48 and J22 M49, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J19, M32 (Bristol).

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

Springwatch: Behind the scenes

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

One of the temporary TV galleries which has been set up in a barn at the Sherborne Estate was a hive of activity when I visited on Thursday afternoon.

TV edit suite
BBC
Do you think they've got enough screens?

Springwatch: Life on the farm

David Bailey

Reporting from the Springwatch set

Farmyard
BBC
Meetings take place in portable buildings, seen left, and dinner is served from a catering truck

A working farm on the Sherborne Estate has been turned into the outside broadcast base for the three weeks it takes to film Springwatch.

Barns have become TV galleries and editing suites, tents have been set up as makeshift production offices, and portable buildings have been brought in to house people and equipment.

And most importantly of all, there's a mobile toilet truck and a huge catering tent. What else could a person ask for?

Farmyard
BBC
Most of the galleries and edit suites are housed inside the farm's twin barns, seen left
Catering tent
BBC
The whole team eats together at this marquee, complete with its own blackboard with the day's menu

Severe accident: A38 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, at B4008.

A38 Gloucestershire - A38 in Hardwicke blocked and slow traffic in both directions at Cross Keys Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

Family pays tribute to 'dedicated professional'

Rosa King
Family photo

The family of Rosa King who died after a tiger entered an enclosure at a Cambridgeshire wildlife park have paid tribute to her.

Her parents, Peter and Andrea, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, described Rosa as a "dedicated professional" who "lived and breathed a vocation that meant the world to her".

"Rosa was passionate about animals from the age of 2 when she first sat on the back of a horse. After that, her life was always going to be about animals," her parents said.

"She would stand up for those who couldn't stand up for themselves including the animals and campaigned and raised money for animal charities.

Rosa's whole attitude to the animal kingdom is probably best summed up in the following statement:

When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul

Rosa King

Springwatch: Behind the scenes

David Bailey

BBC News, West

Springwatch logo
BBC

Last Thursday was a beautiful day for getting a sneaky look around on the Sherborne Estate in the Cotswolds, where there's an army of over 100 people involved in the production of Springwatch.

I grabbed some exclusive behind the scenes interviews throughout the rest of the day on behalf of our local news team, BBC Gloucestershire, which I'll be sharing with you today on the Springwatch live blog.

First up: how do you turn a farm into a broadcast base?

Farm
BBC

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, between J16 for A3102 and J17 for A350.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), 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

Record numbers of kittens abandoned

Record numbers of abandoned kittens have been taken in at the Holly Hedge sanctuary near Barrow Gurney.

Find out more here.

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Find a box, draw a picture

WATCH: Simonsbath Festival wants people to draw on the pads inside these boxes.

Visitors to Exmoor are being invited to contribute their drawings to a community art project.

Small tins containing sketchbooks and pencils will be hidden on Exmoor. If you find one, organisers would like you to add your own drawing.

The results will feature in a public exhibition.

Death of man in Bristol not being treated as suspicious

Police say they are not treating the death of a man in Bristol yesterday as suspicious.

Officers were called to an address in Barton Hill after a body was found at 6:20am.

Enquiries are continuing on behalf of the coroner.

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Video captures arrest now under investigation

This video captures the moment a man is detained by police officers in Yeovil under the Mental Health Act.

We have obscured the faces of the officers present as the arrest is now under investigation by the Avon and Somerset force's professional standards department.

The video was posted on social media, but has since been deleted.

It appears to show one of the officers hitting the man in the face.

Video on social media appeared to show one of the officers hitting the man in the face. (Credit: Somerset Live/Trinity Mirror)

Peregrine falcon family's Springwatch cameo

The routine and habits of a peregrine falcon family living in the lofty tower at Salisbury Cathedral have been delighting BBC Springwatch viewers.

The Wiltshire cathedral is "the ancestral home of the 'urban' peregrine" with records dating from the mid-1800s, according to the RSPB.

But up until 2014, when three falcon chicks successfully fledged from a newly installed nest box, there had been no recordings since 1953.

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Electric shock scaffolder leaves hospital

Jamie Mines
Family of Jamie Mines

A scaffolder who had to have his leg and hands amputated after suffering an electric shock five months ago is leaving hospital.

Jamie Mines, from Frome, Somerset, was injured at Kendrick Industrial Estate, Swindon, in December.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

A fundraising drive to help the semi-professional football player has raised £142,000.

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Force responds to video of restrained man being 'punched'

Avon and Somerset Police says the man being filmed in a video circulating on social media was being detained under the Mental Health Act.

A spokesman said they "welcomed public scrutiny" of their use of "reasonable" force.

Man being restrained by police
Avon and Somerset Police

We were called shortly before 5pm from the ambulance service regarding a man acting aggressively towards their staff. It appeared the man was suffering from a mental health episode, so officers took the decision to detain him under the Mental Health Act. This decision is always taken to safeguard the individual from harming themselves and others. While we always act in the best interests of the person in crisis, there is sometimes a need for restrain to protect the person, our officers and members of the public. This man was taken to a mental health facility where he can receive the treatment he needs. The public rightly expects police officers to use force reasonably so we welcome their scrutiny. Our Professional Standards Department will now make their own enquiries into this matter.

Avon and Somerset Police

Drivers warned to allow extra time after repairs on M5

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Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, at J25 for A358 affecting J26 for A38.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound at J25, A358 (Taunton), because of emergency repairs. Congestion to J26, A38 (Wellington).

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