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  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Tuesday, 6 June, 2017

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Good night from us

That's it from us here at BBC Local Live in the West. We'll be back tomorrow from 7am with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

It's been pretty windy across the region today. But tomorrow's promising to be much quieter.

We leave you with Ian Fergusson who has the full forecast.

Watch: Ian Fergusson has the weather for the next few days.

Theresa May defends police spending record

The Prime Minister visited Cheltenham's Science Festival today as part of campaigning.

Her visit was a brief one - just 45 minutes to speak to Tory supporters and see a few festival stands.

While there, she was asked about police spending in Gloucestershire. The police force there has lost 280 officers in recent years, but she says funding has been protected in some areas.

Watch: on a visit to Cheltenham, Theresa May defended cuts to Gloucestershire's police.

Renewed appeal for missing Ilminster teenager

Cindy
Family photo

Avon & Somerset Police have renewed their appeal for information about missing 14-year-old Cindy Worthington.

She was last seen in the Donyatt Hill area of Ilminster at around 8.40pm on Sunday.

Police say she is 5'4", of medium build with blue eyes and long straight dark brown hair. She was wearing a light blue crop top, denim leggings and black Nike trainers.

She’s a vulnerable 14-year-old girl and we’re doing everything we can to ensure she is safe and returned home quickly. As part of our inquiry we’re particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw or spoke to her on Sunday night, especially anyone who provided her with a lift. If you did give her a lift, where did you drop her off and did she tell you where she was going?

Detective Inspector Angela BurtonwoodAvon & Somerset Police

Election profile: Bristol East

BBC Points West has been touring constituencies across the West. Today they were in Bristol East, a Labour stronghold for the last 25 years. It was once the seat of the stalwart Tony Benn.

It's one of the seats the Tories want to take. Labour are defending a slim majority of around 4,000.

Watch: Political reporter Robin Markwell takes a look at the election battle for Bristol East

Dashcam footage shows high speed chase

Watch: Police dashcam footage reveals the moment a drug dealer was caught

Dashcam footage from a Wiltshire police car has revealed the moment a drug dealer from Bath was caught after a high speed chase.

Leroy Harding, 30, crashed into the police car in Melksham last September.

He was found with Class A drugs and several hundred pounds in cash.

He was jailed at Swindon Crown Court after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Guinea pigs 'vote' in mini polling station at Longleat!

Guinea pigs at miniature polling station
Longleat

A group of guinea pigs have been getting into election fever with their own miniature polling station at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire this week.

They were offered a list of candidates which included Ms G Raff, Mrs C Lyon and Mr R Madillo representing a range of parties like the Liberal Meerkats, the Green Tree Frog party and the Boa Constrictor party.

Guinea pigs at miniature polling station
Longleat

It's just a bit of of timely fun for visitors, but Longleat said: “We’re hoping it might just persuade a few more of them to turn up on Thursday to exercise their right to vote.”

General election 2017: The Greens campaign in the West

Watch: Caroline Lucas in Bristol

With just 48 hours until the general election, the political parties are stepping up their campaigns.

In the West, all but three of the region's seats are Conservative-held, and polls point to several being close contests.

When Green Party leader Caroline Lucas campaigned in the West recently, she said her "single-minded intention" was to get Bristol its first Green MP.

Muslim leaders meet after London terror attack

People from Bristol's Muslim community have been meeting in the wake of the London terror attack to discuss what can be done to tackle extremism.

Representatives from mosques in the city want to make it clear - the action of the terrorists has nothing to do with Islam.

Watch: Scott Ellis reports on the meeting of leaders from Bristol's Muslim community

Wiltshire martial arts star died of natural causes, coroner confirms

Hannah Cubin
Family photo

A talented teenage martial arts fighter from Wiltshire died from natural causes, Salisbury Coroner's office has confirmed.

In December, Hannah Cubin, 14, was at a friend's sleepover where she suddenly stopped breathing. Despite emergency medical help she could not be revived.

A Facebook post by her parents Andy and Dawn Cubin, stated: "In simple terms, Hannah died of heart failure from a condition that neither we, nor she could have been aware of."

Salisbury coroner's office is yet to set a date for the inquest hearing.

The teenager, from Crudwell, near Malmesbury had been talent spotted by the UK national coach. Hannah was also a member of the Malmesbury Taekwondo School.

Dan O'Shaughnessy

Finland defender Dan O'Shaughnessy signs an extended contract with League Two club Cheltenham Town until 2018.

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Theresa May at Cheltenham Science Festival

As campaigning in the general election nears the final stages, the Prime Minister has been in Gloucestershire.

Theresa May stopped in at the Cheltenham Science Festival as she made her way down to the south of England on the Conservative battle bus.

She visited the GCHQ stand, chatting to staff from the listening post before touring the rest of the exhibition and posing for selfies with visitors.

Scientists showed the Prime Minister a building block from a quantum computer before she had a go on a steam-powered vending machine

Theresa May visits Cheltenham Science Festival

Severe accident: M4 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol westbound severe accident, between J22 for M49 and J23 for M48.

M4 Bristol - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M4 westbound between J22 M49 and J23 M48, because of an accident.

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

M5 traffic queuing after accident

Traffic on the M5 is slow after an earlier accident - the cameras in that area show large queues developing:

Queuing traffic
Highways England

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, between J18A for M49 and J19 for A369 affecting J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M5 Avonmouth Bridge southbound between J18a M49 and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway).

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

D-Day veteran returns to Normandy

Listen: Ron Johnson says he regrets missing out on the D-Day operation

A World War Two veteran has joined hundreds of others in Normandy, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Former glider pilot Ron Johnson, 95, from Shrivenham near Swindon is among a group of veterans who have travelled in a convoy of taxis to France.

He explained to BBC Wiltshire's Ben Prater why he never took part in the D-Day operation itself in 1944, despite having trained for it.

Costume company moves around 100,000 costumes into new home

With this many outfits you'd never be short of things to wear.

Bristol Costume Services have just set up shop at the Bottle Yard Studios in Hengrove.

The company provide costumes and accessories for film, theatre and television productions across the UK.

Their new warehouse is as large as two football pitches!

Watch: the company has moved all of their stock - as many as 100,000 costumes - into Bristol's Bottle Yard.

Bath & Bristol West see big increase in registered voters

Graph showing voter figures
BBC

Official voter data released to the BBC, Press Association and ITN shows the Bristol West and Bath constituencies are among those with the biggest increase of new voters.

A total of 46.9 million people will be able to vote nationally, with an extra 1 million on the electoral roll compared to December last year.

You can read more on this story here

Investigation into police force doctor closed due to lack of evidence

Dr Reg Bunting
BBC

An investigation into how allegations of sexual assault against a former police doctor were handled has closed due to a lack of evidence.

Dr Reginald Bunting worked for Avon and Somerset Police between 1972 and 2004. He died in 2013. It was alleged he committed sexual offences against staff members during his time with the force.

Police watchdog, the IPCC was looking into how those allegations were handled by Avon & Somerset Police in 1991, 1994 and 1998.

But most officers they spoke to couldn't recall investigations made or allegations against Dr. Bunting.

IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said:

It is clear that investigative work was carried out into the allegations on at least two occasions but unfortunately no records can be found which show the outcome of this work. The passage of time, the lack of paper records, which would have been disposed of, and the inability of witnesses to accurately recall events all amount to a lack of evidence on which to assess the conduct of relevant officers. I appreciate this will be frustrating for all those affected by Dr Bunting’s medical examinations particularly the officers who reported concerns.

Cindy ButtsIPCC Commissioner

Windy weather blows across the West

It's rather blustery outside today - the wind has felled several trees in the West.

Paul Rudkin snapped this one in Minehead earlier today. Wind speeds will be strong across Somerset, with gale force potential on exposed coastlines.

Fallen tree
Paul Rudkin

Meanwhile Angela Wright came across this felled tree in Brockworth, Gloucester.

Fallen tree
Angela Wright

Caribbean trip funded by corrupt payment

A social worker who sold the address of an adopted child to her birth mother to pay for a Caribbean holiday has been spared jail.

Androulla Farr, 50, contacted the "vulnerable" mother and offered to hand over details of her young daughter's adopted family in exchange for £2,000.

Bristol Crown Court was told the mother was "desperate" to know the details and Farr passed it on at meeting in a cafe.

Judge William Hart sentenced Farr to 16 months jail suspended for 18.

At a previous hearing Farr admitted a charge under the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889.

Power cut hits Radstock

Western Power Distribution have tweeted of a power cut in Radstock:

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Bristol muslim leaders to hold anti-radicalisation talks

Watch: Abdul Malik on tackling radicalisation

Leaders from Bristol's Muslim community are meeting this lunchtime in the wake of the London terrorist attack.

They will be discussing aspects of the Government's "Prevent" strategy which aims to tackle radicalisation.

Abdul Malik, Chair of the Easton Jamia Mosque, told BBC Points West's Scott Ellis it is "a huge issue".

Swindon man jailed for child sex offences

Eric Pyle
Wiltshire Police

A Swindon man who carried out sex offences on two young girls over a period of 20 years has been jailed for 10 years and two months.

Eric Pyle, 61, from Toothill, carried out the first offences on one child between 1990 and 1993 and the second offences on the other child between 2008 and 2010.

Pyle was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court after pleading guilty to 12 sex offences against children and three counts of making indecent images of children.

Wiltshire Police's Nicola Ainsley said: “We welcome this sentencing, as it reflects the seriousness of these offences and the impact they have had on the children involved.

General election 2017: The UKIP campaign in the West

Watch: Paul Nuttall on terror attacks

With just 48 hours until the general election, the political parties are stepping up their campaigns.

In the West, all but three of the region's seats are Conservative-held, and polls point to several being close contests.

When UKIP leader Paul Nuttall took part in a televised election debate in the West recently, he focused his views on the recent terror attacks in the country.

Minute's silence observed across the West

People across the West Country observed a minute's silence at 11am today.

They were remembering the victims of the terror attack that took place in London at the weekend.

Silence at Chippenham Town Hall
BBC
Mayor Mary Norton led the silence at Chippenham Town Hall
Silence at Devizes Town Hall
BBC
A crowd gathered to pay their respect at Devizes Town Hall
Silence at Avon and Somerset Police HQ
BBC
Staff at Avon and Somerset Police HQ in Bristol joined together for the ceremony

Severe disruption: M48 Monmouthshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M48 Monmouthshire both ways severe disruption, between J2 for A466 and J1 for A403 affecting J21 for M48.

M48 Monmouthshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M48 Severn Bridge in both directions between J2, A466 (Chepstow) and J1, A403 (Aust), because of strong winds. Matrix sign set to 40 mph. Congestion on M4 to J21 M48.

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

Glastonbury Festival announces new security measures following terror attacks

Festival crowd
Getty Images

Organisers of the Glastonbury Festival have warned ticket holders to expect extra security checks this year in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

All ticket holders will be subject to extra searches of their vehicles, their bags and their person, and so organisers have asked visitors to pack as lightly as they can.

The statement reads: "This will make entrance slower than in previous years. Please be patient if there are queues, and please cooperate with any security requests and all searches."

Visitors are also advised to avoid the peak time for arrivals on Wednesday 21 June and arrive instead on Thursday 22 June or Friday 23 June, if possible.

WATCH: The West remembers victims of terror

The West fell silent earlier this morning to remember the victims of the terror attack in London.

Severe disruption: A40 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A40 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between Grange Court Lane and Hinders Lane.

A40 Gloucestershire - A40 in Huntley blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Grange Court Lane junction and the Hinders Lane junction, because of a fallen tree. Approach with care.

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

Severe disruption: M48 Monmouthshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M48 Monmouthshire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A466 and J1 for A403.

M48 Monmouthshire - One lane closed on M48 Severn Bridge eastbound between J2, A466 (Chepstow) and J1, A403 (Aust), because of strong winds and restrictions. Traffic is coping well.

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

General election 2017: The Lib Dem campaign in the West

Watch: Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg campaigns in Bath

With just 48 hours until the General Election, the political parties are stepping up their campaigns.

In the West, all but three of the region's seats are Conservative-held, and polls point to several being close contests.

Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg recently joined local party members in Bath to help their campaign to retake the city.

Train delays in Bristol due to signalling failure

Delays on the railway lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway are expected until 1pm.

National Rail says a fault with the signalling system between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway is causing delays of up to 60 minutes to trains between these stations.

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Peter Sallis: Remembering the voice of Wallace

To mark yesterday's sad news of the death of Peter Sallis, aged 96, we've been having a dig around in the archives.

The actor was well known for appearing in Last of the Summer Wine. But he was also famous as the voice of Wallace, in Wallace and Gromit.

Here's the BBC's David Sillito chatting to Peter, and Wallace and Gromit's creator, Nick Park, on the actor's 87th birthday.

Watch: A moment's silence for the victims of terrorism

A minute's silence at Cabot Circus Bristol

People across the West Country held a minute's silence at 11am today to remember the victims of the terror attack in London at the weekend.

At Cabot Circus in Bristol there was a brief announcement over the PA system, then the place fell silent and everyone stood still for a moment of quiet reflection and remembrance.

Security and workers gather for a minute's silence at 11am at Cabot Circus, Bristol

Cabot Circus
BBC

The West gets ready for a minute's silence at 11am

People across the West Country are expected to observe a minute's silence today at 11am in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack that took place in London on Saturday.

In Cabot Circus, Bristol, shoppers and workers are still going about their day-to-day business.

There was an announcement a few minutes ago that a silence will take place shortly.

Cabot Circus
BBC

General election 2017: The Labour campaign in the West

Watch: Labour hope to gain ground in Stroud

With just 48 hours until the general election, the political parties are stepping up their campaigns.

In the West, all but three of the region's seats are Conservative-held, and polls point to several being close contests.

In Gloucestershire, the Labour Party hope to take back some seats from the Conservatives, including Stroud, and say they are pleased with the reaction from voters.

Birdlip road to close for resurfacing

LIVE: Watch the BBC Somerset general election debate with Jack Murley

General Election 2017: The Conservative campaign in the West

Watch: The Prime Minister in Bristol East

With just 48 hours until the general election, the political parties are stepping up their campaigns.

In the West, all but three of the region's seats are Conservative-held, and polls point to several being close contests.

When the Prime Minister visited the region recently, she focussed her campaign on Bristol East - a seat the Conservatives have only once before seized from Labour.