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Good night from Local Live

Watch: Ian Fergusson with the weekend forecast

That's all from us here at Local Live for another week.

We'll be back from 7am on Monday with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West Country.

Have a great weekend. Here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast.

Wiltshire pair will attend Manchester attack benefit concert

Two friends from Trowbridge who were caught up in the Manchester terror attack have decided they will go to Sunday's benefit concert in the city.

Jack Scanlon and Zara Robson-Rodriguez were left mentally and physically scarred by the blast.

Two friends caught in the Manchester attack decide they'll go to Sunday's benefit concert

Fans arrive in the West ahead of Champions League final tomorrow

The West has a distinctly continental flavour this weekend, as thousands of football fans from Spain and Italy descend on our region ahead of the big European final in Cardiff tomorrow.

Extra trains and coaches are being laid on, and with every bed taken in the Welsh capital, hoteliers here are hoping to take full advantage.

One fan - Alfredo Duro - has decided to beat transport problems by walking from Madrid to Cardiff.

Watch: Reporter Alistair Durden on fans arrival in the West

Charles and Diana letters to be auctioned off

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A candid letter written by the Prince of Wales days after his separation from Princess Diana is to be auctioned off.

It reveals his hopes of being appreciated "after I am dead" and how "awful" it had been living through "all the misinterpretation and the flak".

The letter, which was sent to interior designer Dudley Poplak, is to be sold in June.

In total, six lots will be auctioned at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester.

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Coroner says further hospital weekend deaths 'possible'

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Further deaths could occur at hospitals unless changes are made to the way patients are cared for at nights during weekends, a coroner has said.

An inquest heard Steven Amos died after surgery in Gloucestershire in 2016.

His condition deteriorated over a weekend and he was not seen by a senior doctor until the Monday morning.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it was "confident" it had processes in place to "effectively escalate concerns".

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Appeal to find good samaritan

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for a Good Samaritan called Keith to come forward after he scared off an offender who was attacking a woman.

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Burglary at NHS Blood and Transplant base affects donors

Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses and information after thieves broke into the NHS Blood and Transplant base at Brassmills Enterprise Centre, Bath.

The burglary happened overnight Tuesday 30 to Wednesday 31 May. Food and money was taken.

A spokesman said the break-in also meant that 48 people who had given up their time to donate blood were unable to do so.

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Animals attract the crowds at Royal Bath and West Show

The Royal Bath and West Show ends tomorrow.

And as every year the animals are always one of the most popular attractions.

Whether you're a lover of pigs, horses, cows or goats there's always a veritable menagerie of cute farmyard creatures on show.

Watch: Cute animals at the Royal Bath and West Show

Tiger death zoo 'fixed safety concerns'

Rosa King
Hamerton Zoo

Safety concerns raised several years ago at a zoo where a tiger killed a keeper were fully addressed, the licensing authority has said.

Rosa King, 34, died at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire on Monday.

The findings of a 2012 inspection report highlighting damaged fencing and concerns over "escape protocol" were widely reported after her death.

However, the local council confirmed its recommendations were "fully complied with".

Ms King, whose family home is in Chippenham, Wiltshire, had worked at the zoo for 14 years.

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Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

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M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, at J23 for A39.

M5 Somerset - M5 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Most wanted man 'spotted in Geneva'

Mark Acklom
National Crime Agency

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives, thought to have been at large in Spain, has apparently been photographed in Geneva.

Mark Acklom, 43, who allegedly posed as an MI6 agent to con a divorcee from Gloucestershire out of her £850,000 life savings, disappeared in 2012.

Carolyn Woods alleged Mr Acklom posed as an MI6 agent and conned her into "lending" him her savings during a year-long romance in Bath.

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Teddy Sheringham

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BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

Former England striker Teddy Sheringham holds talks with the League Two club about their managerial vacancy.

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Swindon Town set to appoint former England striker as manager

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Swindon Town are set to appoint former Tottenham and Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham as their new manager.

BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis says Sheringham will be the replacement for Luke Williams, who resigned last month.

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Severe congestion: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe congestion, between J15 for M4 and J20 for B3133.

M5 Bristol - Stop-start traffic on M5 southbound between J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon). Travel time is one hour.

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

Latest reaction: Police to monitor drivers' behaviour around cyclists

Earlier we told you that motorists who drive too close to cyclists as they overtake are being targeted by Avon and Somerset Police officers on bikes today.

And the issue has provoked quite a bit of debate on the BBC Points West Facebook Page.

Here are some of the latest posts on the scheme.

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Football fan walks from Madrid to Cardiff for Champions League final

A Spanish football fan who is walking from Madrid to Cardiff for the Champions League final has got as far as Bristol.

Alfredo Duro says Real Madrid is "his life".

A Spanish journalist is walking form Madrid to Cardiff for the UEFA Champions League final

Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M4 Wiltshire - Very slow traffic and a lane closed on M4 eastbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of an accident.

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

Police target drivers who get too close to cyclists

Drivers are being warned they could be prosecuted if they get too close to bicycles when overtaking - following a surge in complaints from cyclists.

Officers from Avon and Somerset Police say they're receiving more than 50 reports of so-called "close passes" every month.

They're taking to two wheels themselves in a covert operation to catch inconsiderate drivers.

Watch: Reporter Scott Ellis with details of the police operation

Michal Kisiel remanded after escaping from custody while in hospital

Michal Kisiel
Wiltshire Police

A prisoner who went on the run while being treated for a head injury has appeared before magistrates.

Michal Kisiel, 30, is charged with escaping lawful custody, common assault and threatening an individual with a bladed article.

He was arrested on Wednesday after he was seen in Nunton, Wiltshire, some five miles from Salisbury Hospital.

Kisiel, originally from Poland, was remanded in custody to appear before the city's crown court on 6 July.

Kisiel, who is also known as Michal Kisier, who lived in Luton, is serving a five-year sentence at HMP Erlestoke near Devizes.

Severe congestion: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe congestion, between J26 for A38 and J20 for B3133.

M5 Somerset - Stop-start traffic on M5 northbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon). Travel time is one hour and ten minutes.

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

Spanish man walking from Madrid to Cardiff talks to Points West

Alfredo Duro is a Spanish journalist and is walking from Madrid to Cardiff for the Champions League Final tomorrow between Real Madrid and Italian champions Juventus.

Alfredo walked through Bath and stayed in Bristol overnight where BBC Points West's Alistair Durden caught up with him.

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Day Two Highlights - Springwatch 2017

Springwatch is filming for the second day running at the Sherborne Estate in Gloucestershire.

A working farm has been turned into the outside broadcast base for the three weeks of filming.

Watch the highlights so far...

Watch: Find out what has has happened on our cameras in the past 24 hours.

Making the radio headlines this afternoon

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  • BBC Radio Bristol: Holly Hedge animal sanctuary in North Somerset is appealing for help to look after its ever growing collection of abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens.
  • BBC Gloucestershire: A nuisance 999 caller from Cheltenham, who breached her court injunction, has been jailed.
  • BBC Somerset: Avon and Somerset Police are stopping drivers today who don't give cyclists enough room.
  • BBC Wiltshire: Virgin Media has apologised to a pensioner in Wiltshire after sending letters to her dead daughter threatening action if a bill wasn't paid.

Wrong ashes scattered in front of family

A crematorium in North Somerset has apologised after its staff scattered the wrong ashes in front a grieving family and then covered-up their mistake.

The investigation was started after the staff involved told their manager what had happened.

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Ebdon Road Cemetery
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Woman jailed for nuisance 999 calls

Jackie Lee
Gloucestershire Constabulary

A nuisance 999 caller who breached her court injunction within 24 hours of it being issued has been jailed.

Jackie Lee, 56, of Coombe Glen Lane, Cheltenham, persistently called police and ambulance using the 999 emergency number.

She was given an anti-social behaviour injunction at Gloucester County Court on 25 May, which banned Lee from making nuisance calls.

But she breached the injunction within 24 hours of it being served and then another 13 times before she was arrested and jailed.

Judge Singleton sentenced her to be remanded in prison until 9 June.

I consider these breaches to be very serious. At a time when the terror threat has been 'critical' and now 'serious', you are wasting the time of the emergency services.

Judge SingletonGloucester County Court

An aerial view of the Royal Bath and West Show

Take a trip on the big wheel at the showground near Shepton Mallet

'Farmers want to be more sustainable - but they are prevented from doing so'

Patrick Holden on why farming subsidies need to be linked to environmental standards.

As Britain leaves the EU, the government is considering how to replace the system of European subsidies that has shaped British agriculture for decades.

With farmers gathering today at the Royal Bath and West Show to discuss the future, Patrick Holden, chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, argues that any new payments must encourage more environmentally sound food production.

Gloucestershire Airport will take extra traffic for Champions League Final

Thousands of fans and hundreds of VIP passengers from across Europe are traveling to Cardiff to watch Real Madrid play Juventus tomorrow - and Gloucestershire Airport is taking extra flights to help accommodate them.

Operations Director, Darren Lewington said: “Cardiff and Bristol Airports are geared up for the major passenger charter aircraft bringing fans in for the event but have insufficient capacity to meet the demand for the over 100 corporate aircraft expected to attend the final from Europe and beyond."

But Lewington also admits that extra flights will bring unwated extra noise.

“We appreciate that our nearest neighbours won’t enjoy the prospect of night departures and we do have an annual quota of 100 night flights permitted between the hours of 11pm to 6am within our Green Policy to ensure this is not a regular occurrence," he says.

Aircraft at Gloucester Airport
Gloucester Airport

'We need farmers who are paid to be stewards of the environment'

Patrick Holden on why farming subsidies need to be linked to environmental standards.

As Britain leaves the EU the Government is considering how to replace the system of European subsidies that has shaped British agriculture for decades.

With farmers gathering today at the Royal Bath and West Show to discuss the future, Patrick Holden, chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, argues that any new payments must encourage more environmentally sound food production.

Undercover officers target drivers who get too close to cyclists

Motorists who drive too close to cyclists as they overtake are being targeted by police officers on bikes today.

Plain-clothes officers from Avon and Somerset Police will be reporting "close-pass drivers" on Filton Road in Bristol and Lower Bristol Road in Bath, for patrol cars to intercept.

Cyclists should be given at least the same space as vehicles when overtaking, widely considered to be 1.5m (4.9ft), the force said.

Drivers stopped will be given "roadside education" on how to pass cyclists safely.

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Operation Close Pass was developed by West Midlands Police

Since the beginning of 2017 we’ve received more than 240 reports of near misses. I know cyclists behave badly too, but that poor behaviour is less likely to result in death or serious injury than poor behaviour by the drivers of cars and other motor vehicles.

Chief Inspector Kevan RowlandsHead of road safety, Avon and Somerset Police

Spanish man walking from Madrid to Cardiff in the name of football

Alfredo Duro is a Spanish journalist and is walking from Madrid to Cardiff for the Champions League Final tomorrow between Real Madrid and Italian champions Juventus.

Alfredo walked through Bath and stayed in Bristol overnight, and is making his way through the West to the National Stadium in time for the big match.

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Your reaction: Undercover police to monitor drivers' behaviour around cyclists

Earlier we told you that motorists who drive too close to cyclists as they overtake are being targeted by Avon and Somerset Police officers on bikes today.

Since then, there's been an influx of comments on the BBC Points West Facebook Page sharing your views on the issue.

Here are a selection of your thoughts on the scheme.

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Prisoner charged after hospital escape

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A prisoner who went on the run while being treated for a head injury is due before magistrates later.

Michal Kisiel, 30, is charged with escaping lawful custody, common assault and threatening an individual with a bladed article.

He was arrested on Wednesday after he was seen in Nunton, Wiltshire, some five miles from Salisbury District Hospital.

Kisiel, originally from Poland, is serving a five-year sentence at HMP Erlestoke near Devizes.

Don't forget: the A46 north of Bath will be closed tonight

Ramps give ducklings a boost

Ducklings which struggled to get in and out of the water at a Wiltshire lake have been taking full advantage of a set of tiny ramps.

Last year, many of the baby ducks at Warminster Park were too small to clamber in and out of the lake and became easy prey for gulls and a local heron.

But now, thanks to the new installations, life for the young hatchlings has just got a little bit easier.

Watch: BBC Wiltshire set up a camera to try and capture some of the ducklings once they hatched.

BreakingPrisoner who went on the run in court this morning

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Salisbury Bishop 'very disturbed' by Trump's climate deal exit

The Bishop of Salisbury
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The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam

The Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment, the Bishop of Salisbury, has condemned Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam issued a lengthy statement overnight, calling the move "extreme carelessness".

He says the decision is wrong for the US and wrong for the world.

Trump says the agreement is an economic burden and could destroy millions of American jobs.

For the US government to withdraw from taking responsible action in keeping with the Paris agreement is an abject failure of leadership. The USA emits nearly a fifth of global CO2 emissions. This step is particularly disappointing at a time when China, the world’s other mega-emitter of CO2, has committed to deep and sustained cuts in emissions to protect its own citizens as well as the rest of the world. In challenging President Trump’s decision, ‘We the people’, including churches and other faith leaders, must speak clearly: this decision is wrong for the USA and for the world. I commend those American churches and faith leaders who are speaking out and organising against this decision.

The Rt Revd Nicholas HoltamBishop of Salisbury