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  1. News, sport, travel and weather from across the West on Thursday 15 June 2017.

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All times stated are UK

Goodnight from Local Live

That's it from us for today - we'll be back again tomorrow from 7am to 10pm with all the news, sport, weather and travel from across the West Country.

Before we go, here's your evening weather forecast.

Looks like it'll be nice again tomorrow!

Weather evening June 15 2017

Elderly psychiatric hospital ward shut over safety concerns

Callington Road Hospital
BBC

A ward at a Bristol psychiatric hospital has been temporarily shut while an NHS trust "investigates safety-related concerns specific to the ward".

Fifteen elderly patients in the Laurel Ward at Callington Road Hospital, in Brislington, are being transferred to other units run by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership.

In a statement, the trust said: "In making the decision to temporarily close the ward we had to balance the necessity to protect safety with the potential impact on wellbeing that a move might cause.

"While the ward is closed we will accommodate new admissions as far as possible.

We are working to resolve the situation and reopen Laurel as soon as we are fully satisfied that no safety concerns remain."

BreakingSecond soldier dies after Castlemartin tank incident

A second soldier from the Wiltshire-based Royal Tank Regiment has died following an incident at a military firing range in Pembrokeshire.

Both soldiers were injured at Castlemartin yesterday afternoon, defence minister Tobias Ellwood said.

Two people are still being treated for their injuries.

Mr Ellwood said: "It is with great sorrow I can confirm the death of a second soldier from the Royal Tank Regiment following yesterday's incident at Castlemartin Ranges."

Fears for wildlife after spate of bird shootings

Seagull
MARI BUCKLEY / GEOGRAPH

An RSPCA inspector fears more animals could be killed or injured after a spate of incidents where birds have been shot by someone using an air rifle.

Three calls were made in a week to the same industrial estate in Highbridge in Somerset by local residents, who also found gulls that had been shot.

The RSPCA is now appealing for anyone with information about the person responsible to contact them.

Unfortunately, we regularly have to deal with injured or dead animals which have been shot by people using air rifles. The injuries caused by such attacks are horrific and often fatal. It is very distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing such horrific injuries to defenseless animals.

Inspector Hayley LawrenceRSPCA

'Islam promotes peace': Inside Bristol's only Muslim faith school

Andalusia Academy has 250 pupils - some come from as far away as Cardiff and Swindon.

Staff say that they teach the real meaning of Islam and work to prevent children becoming radicalised.

"Islam promotes peace, it promotes the sanctity of human life," says the assistant head teacher, Rebecca Chowdhury.

Mutilated cow found with face and tongue removed

Police are appealing for help after a dead cow was found with parts of its face and the tongue removed "with a significant degree of precision".

The animal was found near Charmy Down, near Bath.

Police believe the "unusual and distressing incident" happened overnight on 10 or 11 June.

BBC Music Day 2017: I feel good... even in hospital

What better tune to sing in hospital to raise patients' spirits?

The choir sung the James Brown classic I Got You (I Feel Good) at Southmead Hospital for BBC Music Day 2017.

Police hunting armed coffee robber

CCTV image of man police want to speak to about an armed robbery in Bristol
Avon and Somerset Police

Police in Bristol have released CCTV images after a man threatened shop staff with a knife when they tried to stop him stealing jars of coffee.

A white man in his 30s went into the Co-op store on Two Mile Hill Road at about 9:20pm on Saturday 11 June.

Officers want to speak to the man pictured in connection with the incident.

Bristol's world-famous Bamboo Club honoured with blue plaque

The blue plaque unveiled at the site of the world-famous Bamboo Club in Bristol
BBC

One of Bristol's most famous music venues has been honoured with the unveiling of a blue plaque to mark BBC Music Day 2017.

The Bamboo Club, which became a world-famous blues and reggae club in St Pauls, was the first West Indian nightspot in the city.

It opened in 1966 and stayed open for 11 years until it burned down in 1977 just days before then Sex Pistols were due to perform.

The likes of Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley played there, and a crowd gathered this morning to mark the impact it had on music culture in Bristol.

Crowd gathers to watch unveiling of Bamboo Club blue plaque on BBC Music Day
BBC
Watch: Why the Bamboo Club in St Pauls became a groundbreaking club in St Pauls.

Stonehenge tunnel 'should be reconsidered', Unesco says

Stonehenge
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A controversial plan to build a tunnel at Stonehenge should be reconsidered, a Unesco report has recommended.

The report says a short tunnel could damage the World Heritage Site and a bypass above ground, or a longer tunnel should not be ruled out.

The findings will be presented to the World Heritage Committee next month.

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Choir warms up at Southmead Hospital

Amanda Parr goes behind the scenes at Southmead Hospital as a choir made up of 60 different choirs is performing in the main atrium for BBC Music Day 2017.

It's based here to highlight how music can improve the health and wellbeing of patients.

Music as therapy is the theme here for BBC Music Day 2017.

Ammunition ban after Wiltshire regiment soldier dies during training

Police at Castlemartin Range
BBC

A 48-hour ban has been placed on the use of some live ammunition during an international training exercise after a soldier from a Wiltshire-based regiment died.

The soldier from the Royal Tank Regiment - based in Tidworth - died earlier today after being injured at Castlemartin Range yesterday.

Minister for People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood, said the soldier died with his family "by his bedside" at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Police, who are investigating the incident alongside the Health and Safety Executive and the Ministry of Defence (MoD), said the three other soldiers remained in hospital in a serious condition.

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Music is the best medicine at Southmead Hospital

As part of BBC Music Day, a large choir made up of 60 choirs is performing in the main atrium at Southmead Hospital this afternoon.

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Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J17 for A4018 and J16 for A38 affecting J18A for M49.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway) and J16, A38 (Aztec West), because of a broken down lorry. Congestion to J18a M49.

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

Forest Green sign Cooper from Birmingham

Charlie Cooper
Rex Features

Forest Green Rovers have signed Birmingham City midfielder Charlie Cooper on a two-year deal.

The Blues youth product, 20, spent most of last season on loan at the New Lawn making 24 appearances and helped the club get promoted to the English Football League for the first time.

Cooper is the son of Rovers boss Mark and the grandson of former Leeds and England left-back Terry Cooper.

Wiltshire invention redeveloped for children

Tom Lawton from Malmesbury invented the Million Mile Light, hoping it would increase the visibility of runners.

He's since honed the technology to be sensitive enough to be used by children.

It has a tiny, silent, kinetic engine that powers four ultra bright LEDs. The lights blink with every step you take, no matter how fast or slow you move.

It clips onto your waistband, bicep, wrist or ankle straps, and uses 100% renewable energy with no need for batteries. The design won silver at the 2017 Running Awards.

Watch: Wiltshire invention redeveloped for children

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at J17 for A4018 affecting J18A for M49.

M5 Bristol - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound at J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J18a M49.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J17 for A4018 and J16 for A38 affecting J18A for M49.

M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway) and J16, A38 (Aztec West), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J18a M49.

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

Stroud man denies manslaughter of soldier Jack Mitchell

Jack Mitchell
MITCHELL FAMILY PHOTO
Jack Mitchell was based at Larkhill Camp in Wiltshire

A 29-year-old man has denied killing a soldier outside a nightclub in Stroud.

Jack Mitchell, 24, a gunner at Larkhill Camp in Wiltshire, died outside the Warehouse nightclub in Stroud in the early hours of Sunday, 5 February.

Jake Davies, from Bowbridge, pleaded not guilty to manslaughter at Gloucester Crown Court.

He will next appear at Bristol Crown Court on Monday.

Do you know who this man is? Glos Police want to know

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The incident happened in Gloucester in the early hours of Sunday 2 February 2017.

The man is wearing a short sleeve black top and dark shoes with a white rim around the sole.

CCTV footage shows the man at Bar Fever on Eastgate Street on Saturday 1 February 2017.

Lessons learned at Swindon Town ahead of new season

Swindon Town's new manager David Flitcroft is getting his squad ready ahead of the new season.

The relegated club is now changing the way it works, with new manager David Flitcroft being given full control of all first team matters.

During the press conference on Wednesday, chairman Lee Power (on the right of the screen) spoke more about the lessons learned from relegation and how the new manager can put it all right.

Chairman Lee Power talks about lessons learned from relegation.

Escaped cows mooved on from graveyard

The herd of cows was caught making a break for it through Thornbury Cemetery.

CCTV footage captured the moment a herd of cows went roaming through a graveyard in Thornbury.

They live in an adjoining field and were spooked, sending hundreds of cows spilling out.

After a 20 minute bid for freedom, they were all rounded up by the farmer, who has repaired the broken fence between the field and the graveyard.

Former Yeovil MP says Tim Farron 'undermined' Lib Dems with 'prejudiced' views

David Laws
BBC
David Laws was Yeovil MP for 14 years

Former Yeovil MP David Laws has attacked his outgoing party leader Tim Farron for undermining the Liberal Democrats' election campaign with "outdated opinions and views" on homosexuality.

Mr Laws, who was Lib Dem MP for Yeovil between 2001 and 2015, wrote in the i newspaper today that "you cannot be a leader of a liberal party while holding fundamentally illiberal and prejudiced views, which fail to respect our party’s great traditions of promoting equality for all our citizens".

Mr Farron quit as party leader yesterday saying he was "torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader".

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, at J21 for A370.

M5 Somerset - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

All-rounder Shaw joins Gloucestershire on loan

Josh Shaw
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Yorkshire all-rounder Josh Shaw has rejoined Gloucestershire on a one-month loan deal.

The 21-year-old, who has a contract at Headingley until 2018, made his first-class debut for Gloucestershire in March 2016.

Deer makes stag-gering appearance

A deer ran in to the reception of DAS House in a busy business district of Bristol.

Staff at a law firm had a bit of a shock when a deer ran into their reception.

CCTV footage captured the moment the startled animal ran across the foyer of DAS House in Bristol.

It is believed the same deer was responsible for traffic problems in the city centre earlier on Tuesday.

Frozen singer spotted in Bristol

We can't let it go - the famous Frozen singer Idina Menzel was wandering around Bristol as part of her tour.

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Increased security in place for Elbow Westonbirt concert

Elbow
BBC

People attending tonight's Elbow concert at Westonbirt Arboretum are being advised of increased security measures following recent terror attacks.

Concert-goers are being warned that bag searches will be carried out upon entry to the event.

People are also advised to bring as little as possible with them to ensure a "speedy entry" to the arena.

Certain items such as glass, cans, umbrellas and non-plastic cutlery and crockery will not be allowed at the concert.

The same security measures will also be in place at forthcoming Westonbirt summer concerts by Olly Murs, Rick Astley and Craig David.

In light of recent events, we wanted to take a moment to reassure you that customer safety at our events remains our priority and our security teams continue to be vigilant.

Forestry CommissionSpokesperson

Would you donate your eyes after you've died?

NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on people to donate their corneas when they die to help someone else to see.

They've just opened the Bristol Eye Bank in Filton, but say they're struggling to meet a national shortage of donors.

Bristol is a target area because there are several specialist eye teams in the city.

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Actor inspects Bristol Old Vic renovations

Actor Simon Callow was in Bristol last night, visiting the theatre which helped to launch his career.

He came to inspect the £25m refurbishment of the Old Vic theatre, which dates back to 1766.

Our reporter Sabet Choudhury caught up with him.

Watch: Simon Callow visits the theatre which helped launch his career.

Cheltenham Green Party chairman defects to Labour

Green Party placard
PA

The chairman of the Green Party in Cheltenham has defected to the Labour Party.

Adam Van Coevorden has stood for the Green Party in two General Elections and seven local elections.

He's now resigned from the party - locally and nationally - to join Jeremy Corbyn's campaign.

The decision comes after he polled just 943 votes in last week's General Election.

On BBC Gloucestershire he said he believed the Green Party effectively shot themselves in the foot by talking about a progressive alliance and tactical voting.

We were already struggling. What we're finding is that our members in Cheltenham weren't even voting for us. So when you have a political party where your own members aren't voting for you they tell you they're going to vote tactically, they're going to vote Liberal Democrat, it's barely viable. A lot of members treat the Green Party as a pressure group, not as an electoral party."

Adam Van CoevordenFormer chairman of the Green Party in Cheltenham

M5 crash: View of the queues at Bridgwater

M5 Bridgwater
Highways England

Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, between J23 for A39 and J22 for A38 affecting J24 for A38.

M5 Somerset - Two lanes closed, queuing traffic and severe delays on M5 northbound between J23, A39 (Bridgwater North) and J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea), because of an accident involving a car and trailer carrying livestock. Congestion to J24, A38 (Bridgwater South).

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

Government plans for cleaning up air 'shamefully inadequate'

Car exhaust
BBC

Earlier we told you how the Friends of the Earth had analysed government projections for air quality.

The group says the data suggests there could be more than 2,000 early deaths from air pollution each year across the South West.

It says the figures indicate "toxic air" in Bristol until 2020; in South Gloucestershire until 2019; and in Cheltenham until 2018.

The government's own data reveals the staggering scale of this public health crisis. Shockingly, air pollution is predicted to continue damaging people's lungs for many years to come. The current plans for cleaning up our air are shamefully inadequate

Oliver HayesFriends of the Earth

Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, between J22 for A38 and J23 for A39.

M5 Somerset - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 southbound between J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea) and J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of an accident.

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

McDonald's 'pleased' with planning decision ruling

McDonalds logo
BBC

McDonalds have responded to a government decision to overturn planning refusal for a drive-through restaurant in Fishponds.

We are pleased that our application has been allowed but will now be taking time to review the Inspector’s decision. We strongly believe that we will make a positive contribution to the local community, not least through the creation of 65 new jobs for local people. This is in addition to the more than 450 employees already employed across the city. We remain committed to being a good neighbour to communities across Bristol and continue to operate our business in a responsible way which is beneficial to those in the immediate and surrounding areas.

McDonald's spokesperson

You won't bee-lieve this

This swarm of bees chose a rather unusual home in Weston-super-Mare - someone's washing line.

Sam Ticknall came home to find hundreds of bees swarming in her back garden.

Honeybees swarm on objects in the summer, when the new queen heads off to find a new hive.

Since she isn't a strong flyer, she has to stop and take a breather - so the other bees follow suit.

Thankfully this swarm was taken away by a local beekeeper.

Bees on a washing line
Sam Ticknall

Severe disruption: A338 Wiltshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A338 Wiltshire both ways severe disruption, between Everleigh Road and A342.

A338 Wiltshire - A338 Church Street in Collingbourne Ducis closed in both directions between the Everleigh Road junction and the A342 junction, because of an overturned large farm trailer and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

What is a Clean Air Zone?

Bee
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A Clean Air Zone is where targeted action is taken to improve air quality and resources are prioritised to shape the environment in a way that delivers improved health benefits and supports economic growth.

They also:

  • Take immediate action to improve air quality and health
  • Support local growth and ambition
  • Accelerate a transition to a low emission economy
  • Have access restrictions to encourage cleaner vehicles - which could involve owners being charged to enter an area

Friends of the Earth has analysed government pollution predictions and believe Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Cheltenham will have "worrying" levels of air pollution well in to 2020.

They want the government to introduce and fund Clean Air Zones.