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  1. News, sport, travel and weather from across the West of England on Monday 12 June 2017

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All times stated are UK

Goodnight from Local Live

That's it from your Local Live team.

We'll be back again tomorrow from 7am-10pm with all your news, sport, weather and travel updates.

We'll leave you with the weather forecast for the next few days.

Stroud's Labour MP, David Drew, talks about returning to office

Some MPs are returning to old jobs, as it were. Labour's David Drew represented Stroud from 1997 to 2010.

Since then, he's completed a PhD and was vice-chair of Forest Green Rovers, from which he's now stood down.

He says since he lost his seat in 2010, there have been quite a few changes at Westminster for MPs.

The process of swearing in the MPs begins on Wednesday, when they will take an oath, before the ceremonial state opening of parliament next week.

Strawberry fields forever... or at least until August

Strawberries
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Fruit farmers in Gloucestershire are extending the growing time for strawberries to coincide with the school holidays.

Growers are planting 60-day crops that will fruit through to late August and make it easier for parents to take their children strawberry picking during the school holidays.

They say it'll mean people can fill their punnets right up until the kids go back to school.

Police in Bath appeal for witnesses after 27-year-old man attacked

Walcot Street, Bath
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The attack happened on Walcot Street

The man was assaulted on Walcot Street in the early hours of Saturday, May 27, and suffered an injury to his eye.

A police spokesman said: "The incident happened sometime between 2am and 3am on Saturday, 27 May on Walcot Street.

"The 27-year-old victim sustained an injury to his eye in the incident.

"Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5217118613."

New Bath MP, Wera Hobhouse spends first full day in Parliament

Wera Hobhouse won the Bath seat from the Conservatives.

Another new MP in the Westcountry is Bath MP, Wera Hobhouse.

She was formerly a Lib Dem councillor in Rochdale and she moved to Britain from Germany in 1990.

Her career also included being an artist, specialising in oil paintings so this new post is very different:

Slimbridge's crane pair hatch their first chick

Crane chick
WWT Slimbridge

A nature reserve in Gloucestershire is celebrating after its resident crane couple hatched their first ever chick.

Although there have been a number of failed attempts in recent years, these photos sent by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge show the little chick looks healthy and is becoming more adventurous.

Ruby and Bart were hand-reared in 2010 and released as part of the Great Crane Project, which reintroduced nearly 100 cranes across the West Country.

Staff are now hoping the couple's second egg will also hatch successfully.

The photos were taken from Hogarth Hide.

crane chick
WWT Slimbridge

New Labour MP for Bristol North West spends first full day in Parliament

Some of the new MPs from across the West will be sworn in later this week.

Darren Jones has been elected at his second time of trying for the Bristol North West seat.

Mr Jones grew up on a council estate in Lawrence Weston but went on to become a technology lawyer.

He told BBC Points West that he's looking forward to getting stuck in.

Darren Jones is looking forward to getting stuck into his new job.

Teacher banned over sex chat with teen

Isambard Community School, Swindon
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A music teacher who asked a 13-year-old girl to send an "explicit" picture of herself has been banned from teaching.

A discplinary panel heard Nathan Jones, 34, made the request during a Skype conversation with "child A".

He was suspended from Isambard Community School, Swindon, in March 2015 and later dismissed for gross misconduct, despite resigning.

Read the full story here.

Somerset cricketer on playing for England at the county ground

Somerset cricketer Craig Overton has been called up to join the England T20 squad.

He could be playing in front of his home crowd in Taunton soon:

Craig Overton's reaction to playing in Taunton as part of the England squad.

Somerset man's suicide: Family's call for help 'ignored'

A report into the death of a Somerset man who suffered a serious brain injury in a road accident says he was let down by numerous agencies for more than 20 years.

In the end Dave Alsbury - referred to as 'Tom' in the formal report - took his own life in 2014.

His family say their repeated cries for help were ignored.

Our reporter Clinton Rogers spoke to Dave's sister, Alyson Norman.

Somerset cricketer is called up to the England T20 squad

Craig Overton has been called up to England's T20 squad.

Somerset cricketer, Craig Overton has been called up for the England T20 squad.

He will be joining Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tom Curran, and Mason Crane for their three-match Twenty20 series against South Africa.

Brothers hoping to hire new cider mill workers

Brothers cider bottling-line
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The new owners of the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill say they want to continue bringing in new staff after saving the site from closure.

The Showering family, who own drinks firm Brothers, bought the site from Dublin-based C&C Group in October last year. But were only able to save 24 jobs at the time.

They've since expanded, taken on additional local workers - and say their success will be great for the town.

£100k data breach fine 'will seriously impact' Glos City Council coffers

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Gloucester City Council says a £100k fine over its data breach will have a "serious and detrimental impact on its finances".

The council was fined by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after a cyber attack accessed 30,000 council emails containing sensitive information.

Managing director of the council, Jon McGinty, said: "There is insufficient evidence to show that the hacking event took place after the council became aware of the existence of the potential vulnerability.

"The council believes that the penalty issued by the ICO will have a serious and detrimental impact on its finances, and the services that we will be able to provide to the residents of Gloucester in the future.

"The council has invested more than £1m over the past three years to further improve its IT security and remains vigilant to the threats that all businesses face on a daily basis."

The council is also considering whether to appeal the fine.

Gloucestershire bat out the day to draw with Nottinghamshire

Graeme van Buuren
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Graeme van Buuren scores 88 not out as Gloucestershire bat out the day to draw with Nottinghamshire.

Read the full story here.

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

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M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between J19 for M32 and J20 for M5.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J19, M32 (Bristol) and J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a broken down car.

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

Strongman with cerebral palsy shows off his strength

Meet Gary Clarke from Ilminster.

He has cerebral palsy. But he hasn't let that stop him beoming a strongman.

Here he is pulling a vintage tea truck up a slope at the Ilminster Midsummer Experience.

Somerset's Craig Overton named in England squad for Twenty20

Craig Overton
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Somerset all-rounder Craig Overton has been named in the England squad for the Twenty20 series against South Africa.

He will replace Durham seamer Mark Wood in the squad after the first match.

The three-match series starts in Southampton on 21 June.

Click here to read the full story.

Father relives 'harrowing' yacht search

James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren, Paul Goslin
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The father of one of four men who died when a yacht capsized in the Atlantic has described to a court the moment he learnt his son was lost at sea.

James Male and crewmates Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin died when the Cheeki Rafiki capsized in May 2014.

Graham Male described the discovery of the yacht and life raft as "harrowing".

Yacht manager Douglas Innes, who is accused of failing to get the vessel checked, denies four counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Yorkshire beat Somerset in thriller

Adam Lyth
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Somerset are still without a County Championship win this season after Yorkshire pull off a dramatic three-run win at Taunton.

Read the full story here.

Swindon teacher banned from profession over explicit text messages

Isambard Community School
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A teacher from Swindon has been banned from the profession for life.

Nathan Jones used to teach music at Isambard Community School in north Swindon.

He was investigated after he asked a student, who was aged 13 at the time, to send explicit pictures to him. He later admitted all the allegations made against him.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership found Mr Jones guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

Huge swarm of 30,000 bees descends on car boot sale

A car boot sale near Cheltenham had some surprise guests when a swarm of 30,000 bees arrived at the event.

The bees were eventually enticed into a hive and released into the wild.

Police plea over misuse of emergency number

Wiltshire Police have spent the morning running their Twitter feed from the force control room.

The hope is that the action will raise awareness about when to dial 999 and when to call the non-emergency 101 number.

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Somerset man who killed himself was 'not supported' report finds

Somerset County Council HQ
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A man with a brain injury who took his own life was not provided with appropriate support, a serious case review says.

The 43-year-old from Somerset, known as "Tom", suffered a traumatic injury in a road accident when in his twenties.

The report highlighted a "lack of joined-up working" across social care, health bodies and drug and alcohol services, and chances to intervene were missed.

It concluded that, despite numerous contacts with many health and care professionals and the concerns of family members, he was not given appropriate support.

The independent report was commissioned by the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) after Tom killed himself in 2014.

Somerset County Council has accepted the review and its findings, saying all parties are committed to learn from Tom's case.

A council spokeswoman said: "Tom’s story was the focus of a major training event for more than 100 professionals from different organisations. Social workers have received further training about assessments and there is more scrutiny of practice and performance."

Plan to remove city bus restrictions

Bus in Bristol
First Group

Restrictions on bus operator First Bristol, put in place more than 25 years ago, could be removed.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) applied them in 1989, after fears two merged firms, taken over by First Group in 1996, could have too strong a bargaining position with the council.

First Bristol said it welcomed the intention to remove the restrictions.

The CMA said stakeholders had until 30 June to comment.

Click here to read more.

Cheeki Rafiki: Father tells of 'harrowing moment' he discovered his son was lost

James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin all died
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From left, James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin

The father of one of four crew members who died when the Cheeki Rafiki capsized in the mid-Atlantic has told a court of the "harrowing" moment when he found out his son had been lost at sea.

Graham Male, the father of James Male, 22, from Romsey in Hampshire, said he was kept informed by the US coastguard about the search, and after the yacht was found by the US warship USS Oscar Austin they were sent a photograph of the yacht's life raft still on board the up-turned yacht.

The yacht lost its keel more than 700 miles from Nova Scotia as the crew were returning the 40ft vessel from Antigua to the UK in May 2014.

The others who died alongside Mr Male were skipper Andrew Bridge, 22, from Farnham in Surrey, Steve Warren, 52, from Bridgwater in Somerset, and Paul Goslin, 56, from West Camel in Somerset.

Douglas Innes, 42, director of Stormforce Coaching Limited, faces four counts of manslaughter by gross negligence at Winchester Crown Court, which he denies.

Biker airlifted to hospital after crash

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a collision with a coach in south Wiltshire.

Police were called to the B390 near Shrewton at 4:15pm yesterday.

The 48-year-old local man was flown to Southampton Hospital via air ambulance.

Haskins to decide on next step after defeat

Bristol fighter Lee Haskins lost the IBF world bantamweight title at the weekend during his clash with Belfast's Ryan Burnett .

Here he reveals he will be thinking hard about "what is best for my family and me" in the aftermath of his defeat.

Tough questions for Bristol fighter after losing IBF world bantamweight title.

Everybody say aaaaaah!

Baby lemur
Bristol Zoo

Meet the latest flufflball to join the ranks at Bristol Zoo.

This baby crowned lemur was born to mum Tiako and dad Loko and is "progressing well".

Its sex has yet to be determined.

When they are infants it can be difficult to determine which sex they are. Female crowned lemurs are predominantly grey in colour while in comparison the males are a darkish brown. This colour difference between the sexes develops more clearly with age.

Sarah GedmanMammals team leader

Former police chief cleared of sex offences

Gary Davies
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An ex-police boss has been cleared of five counts of sexual assault.

Former Avon and Somerset chief superintendent Gary Davies from Taunton was alleged to have assaulted three women between December 2015 and May 2016.

He denied all charges and was cleared by a jury at Bristol Crown Court on Friday.

BreakingPensions offer rejected in BMW dispute

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Workers at car giant BMW have voted to reject an offer aimed at resolving a long-running dispute over pensions.

Unite union members based at plants in Swindon, Cowley, Goodwood, near Chichester, and Hams Hall in the West Midlands turned down the offer by 56.6%.

Workers have already staged four walkouts during the dispute, which is over the closure of a final-salary pension scheme.

BMW said the offer was "fair" and it was disappointed at the ballot result.

Click here to read more.

Rees-Mogg: Theresa May should 'live forever'

North East Somerset Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire programme to pledge his support for the prime minister.

He said: "We need Mrs May to remain. We need a period of stability and calm."

When asked how long he thought Mrs May would last as prime minister, he added: "May Theresa May live forever, hallelujah, hallelujah, amen."

Jacob Rees-Mogg
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Easyjet safety vote row: What we know so far

Easyjet plane
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Here's how the story unfolded...

  • On Thursday, June 8, flight EZY6058 from Malaga to Bristol is scheduled for take off just before midnight but doesn't depart due to technical issues. Passengers are put up in hotels in Malaga and given food vouchers.
  • The flight is delayed until Saturday, 10 June but then a further technical issue is discovered.
  • Some passengers claim that when one of the engines failed to start the captain offered them the choice of whether the plane should be flown or not.
  • Others said the vote was on whether they wanted to get off the plane or stay on board and see if it could be mended. There are claims passengers were crying.
  • Easyjet disputes this and says it would never have flown without both engines working.
  • Saturday, June 10: A replacement aircraft from London Gatwick finally conveys passengers home, 40 hours behind schedule.
  • Easyjet apologises but says "passengers' safety and wellbeing is our first priority".

Festival of Nature opens across Bath, Bristol and Keynsham

Bristol's harbourside was buzzing this weekend at the opening of the Festival of Nature, with families getting close to wildlife and learning all about the natural world.

The BBC's Natural History unit was there too, celebrating its 60th birthday with all kinds of film-making activities.

The wider festival is on for the next two weeks in Bristol, Bath and Keynsham.

Click here to find out what's going on where you live.

Festival of Nature has opened and lasts two weeks across Bristol, Bath and Keynsham.

BreakingCouncil fined £100k over data breach

Gloucester City Council has been fined £100k after 30,000 emails were downloaded from council mailboxes containing sensitive information.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued the fine after a cyber attacker from the Anonymous group accessed the data.

The culprit had exploited a weakness in the council's website security which it had been warned about.

Sally Anne Poole, from the ICO, said the lapse was a "serious oversight".

The ICO investigation found that the council did not have sufficient processes in place to ensure its systems had been updated while changes to suppliers were made.

Ms Poole added: “The council should have known that in the wrong hands, this type of sensitive information could cause substantial distress to staff.

“Businesses and organisations must understand they need to do everything they can to keep people’s personal information safe and that includes being extra vigilant during periods of change or uncertainty.”

Glastonbury weather: Early forecast predicts 'fair spread of outcomes'

Ian Fergusson

Glastonbury festival
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BBC Points West's resident weather expert is looking ahead to next week, to see what Glastonbury revellers can expect from the skies above...

The latest forecast keeps a fair spread of outcomes, but most probable is for largely dry weather for start next week with temperatures above average initially, expected to fall back towards average mid-week onwards. Pattern looks westerly driven, with a higher chance of some showers/rain Wednesday on. However, mostly dry lead-up to start means antecedent ground conditions of 2016 unlikely.

Fundraising drive after woman dies in fire

A fundraising campaign has been launched on Facebook to help the family of a woman who died in a house fire in Wiltshire.

The 70-year-old was found by fire crews in Royal Wootton Bassett early on Friday morning.

An investigation into how it started is ongoing.

Emergency services were called to Brynards Hill just after 3am and say there was nothing they could do to save the woman.

Her husband managed to escape the fire and was outside by the time fire crews arrived.

Soldier on helping terror attack victims: 'It was the natural thing to do'

A soldier from Wiltshire who helped save lives in the aftermath of the terror attack on London Bridge last weekend says it was a natural thing to do.

Lt Jared Bambridge from 1st Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, based in Warminster, was on a night out with his girlfriend in the capital.

He ran towards the danger after hearing shots being fired.

He says he never considered running away.

Soldier from Wiltshire helped save lives in aftermath of the London Bridge terror attack.

Concern over 'cheap and tawdry' banners for Weston seafront

Weston seafront
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Plans for 14 advertising banners attached to lamp posts on Weston-super-Mare seafront have been submitted to the local council.

Each one would be about 2m high and less than a metre wide, with the aim being to bring in revenue for North Somerset Council.

Some people are unhappy about the plans though, calling them "cheap, tawdry and farcical". They say they're worried it'll spoil the look of the seafront.

The council says the plans have been recommended for approval - with conditions - and will be considered by councillors on Wednesday.

MP David Drew steps down as football club vice-chairman

Listen: David Drew says he will watch as many games as he can next season

The new Labour MP for Stroud has resigned as vice-chairman of Forest Green Rovers.

David Drew was originally appointed to the board of directors in 2010, after he lost his seat in that year's general election to Conservative Neil Carmichael.

But now he has been re-elected as an MP he said he had had to put in his resignation, and would not be as involved in the club's sports and green technology business park project, proposed next to the M5.

I'll be watching Forest Green as many games as I can. I didn't miss a minute last season, it might be a bit more difficult now.

David Drew