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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Monday 5 June, 2017.

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Goodnight from the Local Live team

That's it from Local Live for today. We'll be back again tomorrow from 7am with news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West.

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

It looks like we're getting all the weather options, with sunny spells, blustery showers, hail and possibly thunder.

Further rain continuing this evening, before it gradually clears away.

Zoo death tiger will not be put down

Rosa King
BBC
Ms King, whose family home is in Chippenham, Wiltshire, studied for a diploma in animal care at Wiltshire College

The tiger that killed a keeper at a Cambridgeshire zoo will not be put down, the park has confirmed.

Rosa King, 34, died at Hamerton Zoo Park on 29 May.

"After extensive consultation with the staff at the zoo, we have decided not to put down the tiger. This decision has been fully supported by Rosa's family," park owners said.

An inquest into how Ms King died has not yet taken place and an investigation is still under way.

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London terror attack: Imam fears for safety of Muslims

The latest terror attack in London has sent shock waves through Muslim communities in the West.

One Gloucester Imam has joined 130 others across the country in refusing to perform the Islamic funeral prayer for the London terror attackers.

Imam Hassan said he was shocked and horrified by the events of Saturday night, and it's left him fearing for the safety of Muslims and himself.

Imam Hassan said he was shocked and horrified by the events of Saturday night.

'Hero' cat wakes mother to save her baby daughter from choking

Sophie Hellyer with her daughter April, 22 months, from Melksham, Wiltshire and their pet cat Pixie
PA

A "quick-thinking cat" is in line for an award after saving the life of a choking baby by waking up the girl's parents.

Pixie alerted Sophie Hellyer when her 15-month-old daughter April began coughing up fruit at their home in Melksham, Wiltshire.

The rescue cat jumped onto the couple's bed to wake them before frantically running to and from April’s room to raise the alarm.

Pixie is one of 15 cats vying for the title of National Cat of the Year in this year's Cats Protection National Cat Awards.

I was confused and couldn’t understand what Pixie was doing so followed her, and as soon as I saw April I could see she was choking. I yelled for Mike who patted her hard on the back and dislodged the fruit. It was incredible and we are just so thankful that Pixie was there. She’s our hero.”

Sophie HellyerPixie's owner

Watch: Drug dealer smashes into police car

Watch: Dashcam footage shows the moment a fleeing drug dealer smashed into a police car.

Dashcam footage showing the moment a fleeing drug dealer smashed into a police car, has been released by Wiltshire Police.

Leroy Harding, 30, crashed into two police cars after a patrol vehicle tried to stop his Renault Clio in Melksham last September.

In a second incident while on bail, he was clocked doing speeds of more than 100mph with only three wheels as officers pursued him along the A350.

PC Joe Shanklin, said: "Having crashed with the police car that I was driving, Harding continued to drive with a flagrant disregard for the law.

"It was extremely fortunate that on both occasions nobody was injured as a result of his mindless and selfish actions."

Harding, of Moorfields Road, Bath, was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to two charges of dangerous driving and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Crash scene 1
Wiltshire Police
Crash scene 2
Wiltshire Police
Leroy Harding
Wiltshire Police

Watch: Tribute to Wallace and Gromit actor Peter Sallis

Peter Sallis, the Wallace and Gromit actor, has died aged 96.

The actor was in his 70s, when his nasal Yorkshire tones became World famous thanks to the animator Nick Park.

Wallace and Gromit won three Oscars and Sallis often spoke about how glad he was to have such success late in life.

Peter Sallis: Wallace and Gromit actor dies aged 96

How to survive on the streets: 'It's all about safety'

An ex-homeless Bristol man describes life on the streets.

A former homeless man from Bristol, whose life has been turned around, describes how he used to survive on the streets.

Nick Park: 'He was always my first and only choice for Wallace'

Nick Park with Wallace and Gromit
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Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park has continued to speak about Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace in the Oscar-winning film series Wallace and Gromit, describing him as a "unique character".

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I'm so sad, but feel so grateful and privileged to have known and worked with Peter over so many years. He was always my first and only choice for Wallace. Working with him was always a delight and I will miss his wry, unpredictable humour and silliness - that started the moment he greeted you at the door, and didn't stop when the mic was switched off. Peter had naturally funny bones and was a great storyteller and raconteur off stage too and would keep us amused for hours.

Nick ParkAardman Animations

Train station reopens after 57 years

Work has ground to a halt on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway - but on purpose.

The Hayles Abbey Halt, which closed in 1960, has been painstakingly restored by volunteers from the heritage railway.

The special request stop is just a small platform and a tin waiting room, but today it was officially re-opened.

Formal opening of Hayles Abbey Halt on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Severe accident: M4 Bristol eastbound

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M4 Bristol eastbound severe accident, between J20 for M5 and J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - Two lanes closed on M4 eastbound between J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J19, M32 (Bristol), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Police say they are investigating Banksy vote offer

Secretive artist Banksy has offered fans a free print if they vote against the Conservatives.

The political graffitist posted on his website offering a print to voters in six Bristol area constituencies.

The move could land him in legal trouble, with Avon and Somerset police this evening confirming they are investigating.

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Nick Park tribute to voice of Wallace, Peter Sallis: 'An absolute honour to have known him'

Peter Sallis was the voice of Wallace
Aardman Animations
Peter Sallis was the voice of Wallace

More from Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park on the death of Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace.

He said that Peter's "oversized vowels and endearing performance" had helped him fashion Wallace from the beginning.

The way he first said 'We've forgotten the Crackers Gromit' and 'Cracking toast Gromit' or just 'Cheeeese!' soon lead to Wallace's enormous 'coat-hanger mouth'. They don't come along very often like Peter Sallis - he was a unique character, on and off screen, and an absolute honour to have known him.

Nick ParkAardman Animations

Wallace and Gromit creator pays tribute to voice of Wallace - Peter Sallis

Peter Sallis
BBC

Nick Park, the Bristol-based cerator of Wallace and Gromit, has paid tribute to Peter Sallis - the voice of Wallace - who has died at the age of 96.

The actor was the longest-serving cast member on Last of the Summer Wine before finding success late in life as the voice of the cheese-loving character in the Oscar-winning animated series.

Mr Park said the actor "could make the simplest incident sound hilarious" just by the way he said it.

"I’m so blessed and fortunate that he had the generosity of spirit to help out a poor film school student back in the early 1980s - when neither of us had any idea what Wallace and Gromit might become," he said.

Severe accident: A38 Somerset both ways

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A38 Somerset both ways severe accident, between A371 Sidcot Lane and Broadway.

A38 Somerset - A38 Bristol Road in Winscombe closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A371 Sidcot Lane junction and the Broadway junction, because of an accident.

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

Watch: Living with 'butterfly skin'

A Swindon woman who has suffered from a rare skin disorder since birth says she doesn't "let it get in the way" of what she wants to do.

Heather Skerry has recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (EB), which means her 'butterfly skin' blisters and tears at the slightest friction.

There are about 5,000 people in the UK living with EB.

The 26-year-old, who says she's had no skin on her back for 19 years, is hoping to raise awareness for the EB charity Debra.

Helen Skerry from Swindon has had rare skin condition all her life

Ex-police boss denies sexual touching

Gary Davies
BBC

An ex-police boss pushed his groin against a woman on a busy train, a court has heard.

The woman told Bristol Crown Court how Gary Davies walked past several passengers to get to her in a busy carriage before rubbing up against her.

His defence team said the touching, on a train between Taunton and Bristol, happened due to overcrowded carriages.

A former chief superintendent, Mr Davies, 54, of Shoreditch Road, Taunton, denies five counts of sexual assault against three women.

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Sand sculpture tribute to victims of London and Manchester attacks

Weston Sand Sculpture Festival
Weston Sand Sculpture Festival

A giant sand heart memorial has been created in Weston-super-Mare as a tribute to the victims of the London and Manchester terror attacks.

The five-tonne tribute was chosen after organisers of the town's annual festival put out an appeal on Twitter and Facebook for replacement ideas for a sculpture that had collapsed.

Alec Messchaert, project organiser, said: “Now, following the London terror attacks, it seems more fitting than ever to show unity, love and support.”

The sculpture will remain in place until the end of the festival in October and visitors are being invited to pay their respects by leaving flowers.

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Prominent farmer dies in work accident

Derek Mead
BBC
Derek Mead was also behind the campaign to re-open Weston-super-Mare's Tropicana swimming pool

Tributes have been paid to a prominent farmer and businessman who was killed in an accident on his farm.

Sixth-generation dairy farmer Derek Mead, 72, employed about 300 staff across the Mead Group.

A family statement said Mr Mead was killed in a "tragic accident" on Sunday afternoon "doing what he loved".

He was reportedly involved in a freak accident involving a dog and a tractor at his farm in Hewish, near Weston-super-Mare.

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Endangered warty pigs born at Bristol Zoo

Two of four warty pigs born at Bristol Zoo
PA

Four warty pigs have been born at Bristol Zoo.

The piglets - which have not been sexed or named - have spent their first day in their outside paddock.

This is the second litter for their mum Polly whose first was in December 2015.

Sarah Gedman, from the zoo, said: "The piglets are striped for camouflage at this age but the stripes will fade with time until they turn into perfect miniatures of their parents."

In the wild, only two populations of Visayan warty pigs exist on two islands in the central Philippines.

Warty pigs born at Bristol Zoo
PA

Sun protection needed for city's homeless

An appeal to protect Bristol's homeless from the hot sun has been launched by a community group.

Keep Bristol Warm is better known for providing warm clothing through the winter months.

Now it's asking people to help protect the homeless from sun burns and dehydration this summer.

The volunteer-led collective is looking for donations of bottles of water, sun cream, lip balm and wet wipes to keep the city's street dwellers "hydrated and protected".

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David Flitcroft

Former Barnsley and Bury boss David Flitcroft is confirmed as Swindon Town's new manager by the League Two-bound club.

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Taunton man talks of being caught up in terror attack

Watch: Richard Semple on terror attack

Richard Semple from Somerset was in London at the weekend and got caught up in the terror attack.

He said "we saw people covered in blood" and described it as "like walking out into a film set".

Police chief: Need for policing review after attacks

Avon and Somerset Police chief constable Andy Marsh has expressed the need for a review of policing methods in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol's John Darvall, Mr Marsh said his force is working to increase patrol levels and community engagement following the latest incident in London on Saturday.

He added he is "absolutely determined to keep our communities safe".

Listen: Andy Marsh on need for policing review

Man hit with 'hammer' at Stroud petrol station

London Road, Stoud
Google

A man's been attacked with a hammer during an armed robbery at a petrol station in Stroud.

Two masked thieves walked into the BP station on London Road at around 3am on Saturday demanding cash.

They hit the member of staff with what is believed to be a hammer before making off with hundreds of pounds.

The victim was treated for head and hand injuries but has since been released from hospital.

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time or who may have dash cam footage to get in touch.

'He wants to work' - homeless Bristol man, Steve, offered a job

A homeless Bristol man's life has turned around thanks to a chance encounter on the street.

Bob Barnes from Staple Hill spotted homeless man Steve and went to buy him some food. But when he got back Steve had disappeared - and Bob found out all his belonging had been stolen.

Bob left his telephone number and set up a go fund me to raise cash for Steve. Over £2000 was donated in a matter of hours.

Now Bob and Steve are good friends and Steve is living at a backpackers' hostel. And he's just been offered a cleaning job as well, by Bridget Deere, area manager for Emprise Services, who thinks Steve is going to fit in well at the company.

A homeless Bristol man is having his life turned around.

You have been warned: where Gloucestershire speed cameras will be this June

Police make arrest after Brislington death last night

Police have arrested a man in connection with the unexplained death in Bristol last night.

Officers were called to a property on Hungerford Road shortly before 8pm and a man was found with serious head injuries.

Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Mystery over hospice tree yarnbombing

Yarnbombed tree
Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

A tree in the grounds of a hospice in Cheltenham has been mysteriously yarnbombed!

Yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn.

Staff at the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice say they are mystified as to the identity of the yarnbomber.

Fundraising officer Beth Davis said: "Nothing was left except these beautiful knitted creations and some ‘Thank you’ knitted bunting."

She described it as "magical" and said patients, families, volunteers and staff are "stunned and delighted".

Yarnbombed tree
Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

'You've got to give people a fresh start in life'

A homeless Bristol man's life has turned around - thanks to a chance encounter on the street.

Bob Barnes from Staple Hill spotted homeless man Steve and went to buy him some food. But when he got back Steve had disappeared - and Bob found out all his belonging had been stolen.

Bob left his telephone number and set up a go fund me to raise cash for Steve. Over £2000 was donated in a matter of hours.

Now Bob and Steve are good friends and Steve is now living at a backpackers hostel. And he's just been offered a cleaning job as well, by Bridget Deere, area manager for Emprise Services, who wants to give Steve a fresh start.

Bridget Deere, area manager for Emprise Services, has offered Steve a job.

If you live in Bristol, Labour is most active on Facebook

Political parties are increasingly turning to social media platforms like Facebook to broadcast their adverts - and if you live in Bristol, Labour is by far the most active party.

Dickon Hooper reports.

How politicians use social media

Farm looking to expand 'micro-salad' business

Watch: Grow Bristol's Dermot O'Regan

A pioneering urban farm in Bristol is looking for new premises to expand, following a huge increase in demand.

Grow Bristol supplies restaurants and markets with micro- salads and vegetables, grown using nutrients from fish raised in tanks on the same premises.

It's part of a growing movement in the West to find innovative ways to produce our food.

Happy 150th birthday Birnbeck Pier

Watch: we went for a look around the derelict Victorian Pier.

Today marks 150 years since the famous Victorian pier at Birnbeck was opened.

However, the popular landmark was closed in 1994 and has been in a state of disrepair ever since.

But the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust says that it is "more confident than ever" that it can be restored.

'Thank you Bristol'

A homeless Bristol man's life has turned around - thanks to a chance encounter on the street - and he wants to say 'thanks'.

Bob Barnes from Staple Hill spotted homeless man Steve and went to buy him some food. But when he got back Steve had disappeared - and Bob found out all his belonging had been stolen.

Bob left his telephone number and set up a go fund me to raise cash for Steve. Over £2000 was donated in a matter of hours.

Now Bob and Steve are good friends and Steve is now living at a backpackers hostel. And he's just been offered a cleaning job as well.

Steve has written a poem to say thank-you to Bob and the people of Bristol.

Steve has written a poem to say 'thank-you' to the people of Bristol.

Police appeal after fatal road collision in Bristol

Somerset museum reopens after £2m revamp

Watch: The museum's Tom Mayberry

A popular museum has re-opened after a redevelopment costing over £2m.

The Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury displays the history of the county's local industries.

But there will now be a charge for the museum which was previously free in a bid to secure its long term future.

Watch: how political ads are targeted through social media

Politicians can use the information you give to social media companies about things like your age, income and gender to specifically target advertising at you.

Here Points West's Dickon Hooper speaks to Richard Gee, co-founder and director of the digital agency Rixxo.

How politicians use Facebook to target their messages

WATCH: How a homeless Bristol man's life was turned around

A homeless Bristol man's life has turned around - thanks to a chance encounter on the street.

Bob Barnes from Staple Hill spotted homeless man Steve and went to buy him some food. But when he got back Steve had disappeared - and Bob found out all his belongings had been stolen.

Here he explains how he left his telephone number and set up a Go Fund Me to raise cash for Steve.

A homeless Bristol man's life has turned around.

West Police issue terror statements: carry on as normal but remain vigilant

Police cordon
BBC

Police in the West have issued statements following the terror incident at London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night.

Seven people were killed and dozens injured during the attacks.

Our hearts go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones in this callous attack. The sustained threat of terrorism casts a shadow across all our communities and our priority is to reassure them that we’re doing everything we can to keep them safe.

Our thoughts today are with all the people caught up in the dreadful events at London Bridge and Borough Market in the capital last night. We ask that you remain vigilant and report any suspicious incidents to us. In the rare event of a firearms or weapon attack please remember: RUN, HIDE, TELL.

The terrible incidents in London overnight have shocked us all at Gloucestershire Constabulary and we send our deepest sympathies to the victims, their families and all those affected. Recent terrorist attacks will of course have made people anxious but terrorists attempt to disrupt our lives and create distrust and fear in communities so it’s important we all go on with our daily lives while remaining vigilant.

Children as young as three worry about the way they look

New book aims to help young children anxious about their body image.

Very young children are worrying about how they look, according to Bristol-based teachers and education consultants, Chris Calland and Nicky Hutchinson.

The pair have written a book for three- to seven-year-olds called 'Minnie and Max are OK', which aims to promote healthy body confidence and self esteem in a fun way.

They say they meet parents who are worried about their children, some as young as three, who are already anxious about their appearance.

How politicians are tapping into social media to target you

Social media will play a key role in the general election.

Political parties are increasingly using Facebook and other social media to target people with political adverts.

Everything you do on social media can be used by these companies to build up a profile of who you are.

This can then be sold on and used to help politicians make sure that you see the ads that they think will influence your vote.