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  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Thursday 8 June, 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Goodnight from us

Thanks for being with us today. We are with you overnight in a few moment from 10pm as the polls close, bringing you all the election updates as they happen.

Before that, a look at the weather for the next few days.

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

How should police deal with self-styled 'paedophile hunters'?

Today Craftsman Simon Dallow, a 25-year-old soldier based at Tidworth in Wiltshire, was jailed for two years after he admitted grooming a child over the internet.

Dallow, of 6th Battalion The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, believed he was contacting a 14-year-old girl, instead he was speaking to 'paedophile hunter' Shane Brannigan.

Brannigan carried out his own sting, where Simon Dallow went to Andover thinking he would meet the girl - instead he met Shane and a colleague who filmed everything.

Some people are calling for these paedophile hunters to start working with the police, but Wiltshire's PCC has reservations.

Watch: a Wiltshire-based soldier was caught by one of these groups and sentenced today.

Community leaders rally in Gloucester

Gathering at a mosque

Today people from Gloucester came together to show strength against recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

The event included community leaders, politicians and members of the public.

We will not allow barbaric terrorists and murderers to divide our beautiful country. As you see today, we had people from the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, the Anglican Church and Muslim Imams all unifying.

Fabian WaheedOrganiser

Avon Fire and Rescue to create new harbourside safety group

New steps are being taken to improve safety for drinkers around Bristol's harbour, after four people died there in the last four months.

The group want to educate drinkers with their "don't drink and drown" message.

Their campaign is being supported by the mother of Jason Gurgul, whose body was found at the start of May.

Watch: the new group is appealing to drinkers to be aware of the dangers in the harbour.

Ah'Kiell Walker death: Court hears 999 call made by mother

Bristol Crown Court

A trial at Bristol Crown Court has heard the frantic 999 call made by a mother in Gloucester, whose baby she and her partner are accused of killing. Ah'Kiell Walker died in July 2016.

21-year-old Hannah Henry from Tuffley and 27-year-old Alistair Walker from London deny manslaughter and neglect charges.

In the recording, Hannah told the operator the baby wasn't breathing, and she was told to give Ah'Kiell mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

When paramedics Gary Mills and Simone Lee arrived, they tipped the baby on his side to drain water from his stomach. Gary said he found the baby soaking wet, and breathing only four times a minute.

The trial continues.

Thom Yorke recalls Glastonbury disaster

Thom Yorke

Radiohead are headlining at Glastonbury 2017 later this month.

But the band's relationship with the festival has been somewhat rocky in the past,.

Thom Yorke says he nearly walked off stage during Radiohead's headline performance there in 1997.

The show, which took place just two weeks after the release of their classic album OK Computer, was beset by technical problems.

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Voting in bras

Probably one of the more unusual tweets we've seen today...

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Bristol boxer Lee Haskins goes training with teenage son Anton

Bristol's world bantamweight champion Lee Haskins has enlisted the help of his teenage son Anton to prepare for his latest world title defence.

But who has the harder punch?

And what does Anton's mum think of the two of them sparring with each other?

Watch: Sparring father and son

Elections and hurricanes

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It's a bit of a metaphorical stretch, but in election terms we are now in the eye of the storm.

In naff Hollywood disaster movies it's where everything goes calm before the winds pick up again as the storm moves on.

Unlike the print media, there are strict rules binding what we in broadcast can or cannot say on election day. In a nutshell, we can't report on any campaigns in case we influence how people vote.

The election hurricane picks up at 10pm again tonight when polling closes, and reporting on exit polls and results start.

We will be with you throughout the night bringing you all the latest!

Springwatch filming finds rare mammals

Springwatch logo

Some species of rare mammals have been found by the BBC Springwatch team.

The BBC Two programme is currently filming at the Sherborne Estate, near Northleach in Gloucestershire.

The National Trust said the crew had helped to confirm several species of rare creatures are living there.

Rangers had suspected they were present, but a mammal survey carried out by the programme has now confirmed it.

They've discovered water shrews and yellow-necked mice, as well as given better detail about where hedgehogs are living in the village.

Working alongside Springwatch... has been quite revealing. We knew we had breeding yellowhammers, but he found 16 nests in one small area which confirmed they are breeding at much higher densities than we expected.

Simon NicholasNational Trust

Spin bus takes fitness on the road in Taunton

Here's an interesting idea - taking fitness on the road.

This spin bus has been travelling around Taunton for the past two weeks. On board are 12 bikes, a disco ball and a speaker system.

Justin Burke came up with the idea last summer when he was thinking about how to get fitness into schools. Although spinning classes are popular, moving 12 bikes around can be a bit difficult.

He paired up with personal trainer Greg Blenkinsopp and the spin bus was born.

The 'Spin Bus' will visit schools, villages without sport facilities and businesses

Hopes for new harbour patrol in Bristol


Six people have died in Bristol's waters since January this year.

Now, a new organisation called the Inland Water Safety Group is hoping to launch a patrol boat service for the Floating Harbour.

The group has the backing of Alinka Gurgul, the mother of Jason Gurgul, who died in the water earlier this year.

The Inland Water Safety Group needs to raise £2,500 to pay for a boat and patrols.

Always look on the bright side of traffic...

Bristol traffic also heavy

As well as congestion on the M5, traffic leaving Bristol is also busy:

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Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

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M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, between J26 for A38 and J25 for A358.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J25, A358 (Taunton), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Hamsters going to the polls

Forget dogs at polling booths, we're all about hamsters in polling booths here.

Beverly Borrill from Devizes became an internet sensation last year when she made a mock Great British Bake Off set for her hamster Lula.

This year, she has made a little hamster polling station, complete with mini ballot boxes.

If only voting in real life was as cute...

Special polling booth created by Wiltshire woman

Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

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M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, between J25 for A358 and J26 for A38 affecting J24 for A38.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound between J25, A358 (Taunton) and J26, A38 (Wellington), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J24, A38 (Bridgwater South).

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

Hartpury College closure 'in best interests of staff, visitors and students'

Hartpury College has issued another statement about the closure of their upcoming open day, after a video emerged showing a Hartpury student killing a fox which was hit by a vehicle close to the college.

The student was killing the animal to end its suffering, but that didn't stop the video circulating to negative effect on social media.

In light of current media attention, we believe that this is in the best interests of visitors, staff and students. We would like to re-emphasise that we understand that the video of the fox cub is both distressing and unacceptable. We are following our disciplinary procedures and students have been suspended from the college. Further action will be taken once our investigations are concluded. There have been suggestions that this incident is related to an earlier incident involving the death of a cat. We can confirm that the student involved in the earlier incident has been expelled from the college. At this stage there is no evidence to suggest the incidents are related. We continue to work with both the police and the RSPCA. These incidents do not, in any way, reflect the behaviours and beliefs of the college, our students, staff and graduates.

Hartpury College

Severe accident: A38 Somerset both ways

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A38 Somerset both ways severe accident, near A371 Cross Lane affecting Kingsway.

A38 Somerset - A38 Turnpike Road in Cross blocked and very slow traffic in both directions near the A371 Cross Lane junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Rooks Bridge.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

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

M4 Wiltshire - One lane blocked on M4 eastbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

A look at some of the West's more unusual polling stations

It's election day and that means hundreds of these polling stations have appeared across the West.

Polling stations are often in schools or libraries, but abbeys and even a garage are being used.

Watch: a garage and the oldest polling station in the country are all being used.

Fox cub killing 'not an act of cruelty'

Fox cub
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Students who filmed themselves killing an injured fox cub and then posted the footage on social media will be disciplined, their college has said.

The cub was hit by a vehicle close to Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.

One of the students, who was training to be a gamekeeper, dispatched the cub with a knife on Monday to prevent it from suffering, police said.

The act of killing was not cruel but sharing the footage on Snapchat was "unacceptable", the college said.

An online petition calling for the students involved to be excluded from the college has attracted more than 2,500 signatures to date.

Read more about the story here.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J22 for A38 and J21 for A370.

M5 Somerset - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 northbound between J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

BreakingM5 lanes opened after accident

M5 crash causing delays on A370 in Congresbury

Queues on the A370 going north in Congresbury

Lane opens on M5 northbound

Hartpury College cancels open day

Hartpury College sign

Hartpury College has cancelled an open day on its farming campus this weekend, with a spokesman saying they have taken the decision "for safety reasons".

It comes days after allegations that some of its students may have been in activities involving animal cruelty.

The video above was circulated online showing a fox cub being killed with a knife.

It later emerged that the fox was involved in a road accident and a Hartpury student killed the animal to end its suffering.

Officers are satisfied that it was not an act of animal cruelty. The fox had been struck in a collision and the student, who is training to be a gamekeeper, acted to dispatch the animal to end its suffering. We would remind people on social media not to post offensive or malicious comments related to this story.

Gloucestershire Constabulary

M5 queues continue with a two-hour delay

Delays on the M5 northbound are now approaching two hours, after a collision involving a horsebox and another vehicle between J21 and J20.

Police say the horsebox is lying on its side at the side of the motorway with a horse inside. It's injured, they add, and are working to free it.

Highways England says the queues are 6.5 miles in length.

Only one lane is open past the accident. Avoid it if you're able!

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Random bag searches now in place at Cabot Circus

Long queues forming on M5

The M5 is slow around J21 at Weston-super-Mare after an earlier accident.

If you're travelling north, this is what the queue currently looks like.

It'll add an estimated 1 hour 20 minutes to your journey, but the queues disappear at J20 near Clevedon.

Highways England

Prehistoric structures near Stonehenge 800 years older than thought

Crop marks reveal archaeology
Historic England
It is believed the timber circles were deliberately burned to make huge rings of fire

Two prehistoric wooden structures close to Stonehenge are 800 years older than previously thought, scientists have revealed.

The circles, which may have been used for festivals or rituals at West Kennet near Avebury, are now believed to have been built around 3300BC.

Professor Alex Bayliss said finding "palisades of this time is completely unprecedented in British archaeology".

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Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

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M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, between J21 for A370 and J20 for B3133.

M5 Somerset - Very slow traffic and long delays on M5 northbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of an accident involving an overturned horsebox earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Cobblers sign Waters from Cheltenham

Billy Waters

League One side Northampton Town have signed striker Billy Waters from Cheltenham Town for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old, who scored 16 goals for the League Two Robins last season, has signed a three-year contract.

He started his career at Crewe and has made 93 appearances since joining Cheltenham in July 2015.

"He was a key target for us and we feel he will provide a good balance to the other strikers we have at the club," said Northampton boss Justin Edinburgh.

Points West 60: Polling in the past

Watch: Polling in the past

It's election day, so we thought we'd look back to when the West went to the polls in years gone by.

Throughout 2017 we're sharing highlights from the archives as BBC Points West marks its 60th birthday.

Traffic slow on M5 north between J21-J20

Capsized yacht boss accused over deaths

James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren, Paul Goslin

A company boss on trial over the deaths of four sailors when a yacht capsized had been cutting costs, a court heard.

James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin died when Cheeki Rafiki, the yacht they were sailing, capsized in the North Atlantic.

Prosecutors at Winchester Crown Court said yacht manager Douglas Innes failed to get it checked ahead of its trip.

Mr Innes, of Stormforce Coaching, denies four counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Skipper Mr Bridge, 22, from Farnham in Surrey, Mr Male, 22, from Romsey, Hampshire, Mr Warren, 52, from Bridgwater in Somerset and Mr Goslin, 56, from West Camel in Somerset, died after the yacht lost its keel more than 700 miles from Nova Scotia in Canada.

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James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren, Paul Goslin

Capsized yacht boss accused over deaths

The four Cheeki Rafiki yacht crewmen died when it capsized more than 700 miles from Nova Scotia.

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Wiltshire mum saves her drowning little boy

Watch: Tina Schafroth relives the moment she thought her son had drowned

Wiltshire mum Tina Schafroth has been reliving the moment she thought her 13-month-old son George had drowned.

George fell, head first, into a water trough last weekend. Thankfully, Tina had been on a first aid course and saved his life.

She's convinced that had she not gone on the course, George wouldn't be here today.

West of England's Festival of Nature kicks off

Just relax: drone footage captures the beauty of the River Avon.

A two-week long event celebrating nature is beginning today to highlight the beauty of wildlife and what can be done to help protect it.

As part of this year's Festival of Nature organisers have set themselves a rather large task - to record 1,000 different species within 24 hours at the National Trust's Bushey Norwood site later in the month.

The festival will begin in Bristol and follow along the River Avon through Keynsham and into Bath with various events and workshops.

To tie in with the river theme, organisers have a campervan for screenings about the River Avon and the habitat it provides for wildlife - including this rather relaxing piece of drone footage.

Severe disruption: M32 Bristol northbound

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M32 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A4320 Easton Way and J2 for A432.

M32 Bristol - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M32 outbound between J3, A4320 (St Pauls) and J2, A432 (Eastville), because of debris on the road.

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

Springwatch attracts visitors to Sherborne


The BBC's Springwatch programme has attracted extra visitors to the National Trust site where it's being filmed.

Staff at the Sherborne Park Estate in Gloucestershire said more people have been visiting Lodge Park and walking around the estate, as a result of the programme, which began a three-week stint of broadcasting last week..

The National Trust has recruited more than 20 new volunteers to help out, running guided walks and sharing information about the landscape and its wildlife.