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  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Friday 16 June 2017

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Good night and welcome to the weekend

That's all from us on the BBC Local Live team here in the West.

We're looking forward to a bit of R and R this weekend, and it looks like it's going to be a hot one.

Here's Ian Fergusson with the all-important weekend weather forecast.

We'll be back at 7am on Monday with all your latest news, sport, weather and travel. See you then!

Ian Fergusson brings you the forecast.

Man violently assaulted in Trowbridge

Wiltshire Police is appealing for witnesses after a Trowbridge man was violently attacked in the early hours of this morning.

Police say a group of males assaulted the man, who was walking his dog on Pitman Avenue, at around 3am.

The victim was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath with injuries to his head and face.

A 20-year-old local man was arrested soon after the attack, on suspicion of robbery.

If you can help with any information, please contact police on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

This was a particularly nasty attack and we are still looking for other males who were involved in this incident

Alex TrombettaCommunity Co-ordinator, Wiltshire Police

Cheeki Rafiki deaths: White House 'ordered search resumption'

Yachting crew members James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin all died
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Yachting crew members James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin all died

The White House ordered the search for a yacht that capsized in the Atlantic should resume after it had been suspended, a court has heard.

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

Yacht manager Douglas Innes denies four counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Jurors heard the US National Security Advisor intervened two days after the search had been called off.

Click here to read more.

Major engine failure caused plane crash

Police car generic
Met Police

A fatal plane crash last year was caused by engine failure, and suitable helmets or harnesses may have reduced injuries, a report has concluded.

The flight school YAK-52 crashed on 8 July 2016 while making a forced landing near to the village of Dinton in Wiltshire, killing one pilot and injuring another.

Other factors were a lack of safety checks and allowing the unqualified pilot to attempt the landing.

The flight school failed to notice "an unprofessional and deteriorating situation", the report said.

Click here to read more.

Swindon Council sends fire safety letters to tenants

Swindon
BBC

Swindon Borough Council has sent letters to all tenants living in high-rise blocks of flats in the town after the devastating fire in west London.

Thirty people have now been confirmed dead in the incident in Kensington but that number is expected to rise.

The council also included fire safety guidance leaflets for high-rise and lower blocks of flats as well as sheltered schemes.

We have robust fire safety arrangements in place for our high-rise properties, which include regularly updated fire risk assessments and monthly inspections of all our fire doors and dry risers to ensure they are in full working order. We also test the fire alarm system fitted to all our high-rise residential blocks of flats on a weekly basis and our communal entrance doors and passenger lifts all operate in accordance with good practice. The external façade of all our high-rise blocks is also made of non-combustible material.

Cathy MartynSwindon Borough Council, cabinet member for housing and public safety

Bristol West MP: 'There can be no shortcuts in investing in housing'

The MP for Bristol West says the Grenfell Tower fire has made it "really clear" there cannot be any shortcuts when it comes to investing in public services.

Thangam Debbonaire said she understood why people were worried about their own safety.

She said she was satisfied that Bristol City Council was "on it" when it came to understanding the causes of the blaze.

And she added that cladding material used on Bristol tower blocks during recent refurbishments was "very different" to that used on the block in London.

Bristol West MP says politics has changed in wake of Grenfell Tower fire.

Having a ball!

A giant ball pit for adults has opened in the Lantern at the Colston Hall in Bristol.

These people seem to be enjoying themselves!

The Lantern at the Colston Hall has been turned into a giant ball pit for adults.

Keen botanists urged to 'pop down to the station' to chat about cannabis plants

Cannabis
Salisbury Police

Salisbury Police want to speak to the keen botanists who may have left these exotic plants in the Middle Street Meadow area of Harnham.

The exotic plants are cannabis and have now been destroyed.

The force politely asked the owners to "pop on down to Bourne Hill Police Station and we will happily have a chat with you".

Man with cannabis
Salisbury Police

Grieving mother's call for more help for drug addicts

A mother from Cheltenham whose son became addicted to heroin and died has called for more support for families affected by drugs.

It is estimated that for every person struggling with addiction, there are at least five others who are affected.

Irene Macdonald's son Rob started using heroin when he was 25. He died just two years later.

She's been working with the Developing Health and Independence charity, which runs events to support families affected by addiction across Bath, North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Irene Macdonald's son died a 'hidden death' after becoming addicted to heroin.

Monte Carlo or bust

A Taunton man is taking part in a "banger rally" by driving his £175 car 704 miles to Monte Carlo.

Nick Irvine set off today from Saint Quentin in northern France to the glamorous principality in the Monte Carlo or Bust banger rally.

Barring mechanical issues, he's due to arrive on Sunday.

Watch: Nick Irvine from Taunton is taking part in a Banger Rally.

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

Bristol police appeal for sex attack witnesses

Avon and Somerset police want to identify two men who sexually assaulted a woman in Bristol on Sunday morning.

The attack happened in St George Park at about 1am when the woman's path was blocked and the men "touched her inappropriately" before heading in the direction of Church Road library.

  • Both men are described as black
  • They are aged between 20 and 30
  • Slim build
  • One was about 5ft 5ins tall and wore a red hooded top with dark coloured joggers
  • The other was about 5ft 10ins tall and wore a grey hooded top.

Police want anyone recognising the descriptions, or who may have been a witness, to call 101 and quote the reference 5217130713.

Zach Mercer on captaining the England U20s for this weekend's World Cup Final

Zach Mercer interview

England's under 20s play in their Rugby World Cup final on Sunday - and the team captain is Bath's Zach Mercer.

It's been an incredible season for the young player. Mercer made his debut for Bath RFC and was also crowned Young Player of the Year by the Rugby Players' Association.

He is the son of former New Zealand rugby league international Gary Mercer.

Severe accident: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe accident, between J19 for A369 and J18A for M49.

M5 Bristol - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 Avonmouth Bridge northbound between J19, A369 (Portishead) and J18a M49, because of an accident.

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

Davy lamp fetches £15,000 at auction

The Davy lamp was bought by an anonymous buyer from abroad
Moore, Allen and Innocent

A 19th-century oil lamp, which had an estimated value of £100-£150, has fetched £15,000 at auction.

The Newcastle-type Davy miner's lamp, made by R. Watson, went under the hammer at an antique auction in Cirencester.

It was bought by an anonymous buyer from abroad.

Auctioneer Philip Allwood, from Moore, Allen and Innocent, said he was "staggered" and he believed it could be a world record high price for such an object.

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, at J19 for M32 affecting J20 for M5.

M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and very slow traffic eastbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange).

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

If you're travelling to Glastonbury by train, save this information.

Police at Glastonbury
PA

British Transport Police are preparing for a busy week ahead of the Glastonbury Festival.

Extra officers are being drafted in to work at Castle Cary railway station from Monday, as thousands of music fans prepare to make their way to the five-day event.

The force is encouraging people to save this text number, 61016, and their Twitter handle, @BTPAvonSomerset, in case they need any help.

Castlemartin tank death soldiers 'exceptionally talented'

Cpl Neilson (left) and Cpl Hatfield were described as"exceptionally talented soldiers"
Wales News Service
Cpl Neilson (left) and Cpl Hatfield were described as "exceptionally talented soldiers"

The commanding officer of Wiltshire-based The Royal Tank Regiment says the two soldiers killed during a training exercise in Wales were both "exceptionally talented soldiers who loved what they did".

Royal Tank Regiment corporals Matthew Hatfield, 27, from Wiltshire, and Darren Neilson, 31, from Lancashire died when an ammunition round exploded inside a tank at Castlemartin Range on Wednesday.

"The regiment has lost two real characters and feels truly honoured to have served with them. They will both be sorely missed," Lt Col Simon Ridgway said.

He added their "thoughts and prayers" are with the two other soldiers, their families and friends at this "incredibly difficult time".

Yeovil sign winger Browne from Grimsby

Rhys Brown scored Macclesfield's opening goal in their 3-2 FA Trophy final defeat by York City at Wembley in May
Press Association

Yeovil Town have made their first summer signing by bringing in winger Rhys Browne from Grimsby Town for an undisclosed fee.

The versatile 21-year-old Antigua and Barbuda international has signed a two-year contract with the League Two club.

Browne's father Steve also played at Huish Park for Yeovil in the 1990s.

Read the full story here.

Traffic still busy on the M5 near Bristol

M5
Highways England

This image is from cameras on the M5 between J17-J18 looking north.

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, between J20 for M5 and J19 for M32 affecting J21 for M48.

M4 Bristol - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M4 eastbound between J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J21 M48.

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

West country universities play host to thousands of prospective new customers

Bristol University say 30,000 visitors will attend their open days, today and tomorrow. In Bath, another 7,500 people have been through the doors of its university over the last two days.

With students and families currently paying thousands of pounds a year for degree courses, both institutions say they are acutely aware of the need to provide hopefuls with realistic and practical information.

Bath Uni is ranked 5th in the UK, with Bristol Uni not far behind, ranked 9th, according to QS World Rankings 2018.

Both universities are over-subscribed each year, so many young hopefuls will be disappointed. Bristol currently awards 6,000 places to undergraduates and Bath welcomes just 3,000.

For more information follow:

@ChooseBristolUG on Twitter or #bristolopenday

@UniofBath on Twitter or #bathopenday

Bristol Uni open day
BBC
Bristol Uni open day
BBC
Bristol Uni open day
BBC
Many young hopefuls visiting Bristol and Bath will not achieve places

Given the financial commitment involved, open days have become ever more important with students and their families. We are delighted to be able to show so many prospective students around our fantastic facilities and city, while showcasing our degree and scholarship options.

Alicia O'GradyDirector of External Relations, Bristol University

BreakingSoldiers killed at Castlemartin are named

A wreath is laid at the Tank Memorial Ypres Salient, Belgium, in tribute to the Castlemartin soldiers who died
TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT
A wreath is laid at the Tank Memorial Ypres Salient, Belgium, in tribute to the Castlemartin soldiers who died

The two Wiltshire-based soldiers who died this week during a training exercise in Wales have been named by the Ministry of Defence.

Corporals Matthew Hatfield and Darren Neilson died after the incident at Castlemartin Ranges on Wednesday.

Click here to read more.

They were both exceptionally talented soldiers who loved what they did. The Regiment has lost two real characters and feels truly honoured to have served with them; they will both be sorely missed.

Lieutenant Colonel Simon RidgwayCommanding officer of the Royal Tank Regiment

Man who stabbed dog to death banned from keeping animals

A man who killed his dog and left his body to rot in his flat for several days has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and given 250 hours of community service.

Wayne Bishop, 30, of Weston-Super-Mare admitted killing his dog, General, in a moment of cruelty at his flat in Droitwich when he appeared before magistrates in Worcester.

He was banned from keeping animals for life.

The knife recovered from the flat
RSPCA

General was discovered by police officers with a stab wound to his chest after neighbours raised concern of the stench coming from the property.

Bishop initially claimed he stabbed his dog after he attacked him but later admitted this was not true and that he had stabbed General in anger.

General’s death was an absolutely horrific case of animal cruelty at its worst. There is simply no excuse for such extreme cruelty."

Rachel HaywardRSPCA inspector

Bath RFC prop Marfo off to Edinburgh

Darryl Marfo (right) is tackled by Ceri Sweeney
Getty Images

Edinburgh have signed loose-head prop Darryl Marfo from English Premiership side Bath on a one-year deal.

The 26-year-old made three appearances for Bath after joining in January, having previously played for London Welsh and Harlequins.

Though born in London, Marfo qualifies to play for Scotland through his Ayrshire-born mother.

Full story here.

Glastonbury security beefed up after terror attacks

Getting into Glastonbury is going to take longer than ever this year as security is strengthened in the wake of the Manchester and London terror attacks.

Security tightened at Glastonbury

Pee and Display at Glastonbury

Pee Power at Glastonbury Festival
UWE

Urine power is set to light up information display panels for revellers at Glastonbury Festival next week.

Pee Power, a system designed by University of the West of England scientists to generate electricity from urine, will be on show a few hundred metres from the Pyramid Stage - near the famous Cider Bus.

The 40-person Pee Power urinal will charge 10 information panels using the expected 1,000 litres of urine per day flowing through the microbial fuel cells.

Thirty thousand hopefuls visit Bristol University for open day

Bristol University says fifteen thousand visitors per day have booked to attend open days, today and tomorrow.

Ranked 9th in the UK and 44th in the world, the academic provider is playing host to hundreds of prospective new students and their families. The university is over-subscribed each year.

All of the undergraduate schools and departments are hosting subject talks and tours for interested new students. They and their families will also be given information about university life, such as accommodation, student finances and support for students.

In order to accommodate the number of people attending the event, Woodland Road, Priory Road and Tyndall Avenue have been closed until 7pm tomorrow (Saturday).

For more information follow @ChooseBristolUG on Twitter or #bristolopenday.

Bristol Uni open day
BBC
Programme for the two-day event
Bristol Uni open day
BBC
Guides are on hand to direct hopefuls
Bristol Uni open day
BBC

Open days are an ideal opportunity for prospective students and their guests to see the University, our fantastic city, facilities and accommodation, and to meet current students and academic staff across the campus."

Alicia O'GradyDirector of External Relations at the University of Bristol

Severe congestion: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe congestion, between J15 for M4 and J19 for A369.

M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J19, A369 (Portishead).

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

M32 reopens but delays remain

M5 delays: J16 traffic very heavy

The carriageway on the right is southbound....

M5
Highways England

Severe accident: M32 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M32 Bristol northbound severe accident, at J3 for A4320 Easton Way.

M32 Bristol - Two lanes blocked and very slow traffic on M32 outbound at J3, A4320 (St Pauls), because of an accident.

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

More delays: M32 - two lanes blocked outbound

M5 delays latest: Queues now as far north as Thornbury

Problems follow earlier accident on the Avonmouth Bridge.

M5
Highways England

Jeremy Corbyn to appear at Glastonbury

Schoolgirl with dairy allergy died after eating kebab with yoghurt

Chloe Gilbert
Avon and Somerset Police

A schoolgirl with a severe dairy allergy suffered a fatal reaction after unwittingly eating a kebab containing yoghurt, an inquest has heard.

Chloe Gilbert, 15, from Seend, Wiltshire, collapsed in Southgate shopping centre in Bath on 5 March.

An inquest was told a member of the public administered an EpiPen to Chloe, who was in anaphylactic shock, but she died later in hospital.

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Click here to read more.

M5 delays: View at Clevedon - queues going back to Weston

M5
Highways England

M5 delays: latest view of the queues

Here's the view approaching the Avonmouth Bridge. The queues are currently as far back as Clevedon.

M5
Highways England

Delays on M5 after lorry sheds stone chippings

There are long queues on the M5 northbound after a load of stone chippings was shed on the Avonmouth Bridge.

Three lanes are closed between junction 19 for Portishead and junction 18a for the M49.

M5
Highways England

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J19 for A369 and J18A for M49 affecting J21 for A370.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed, queuing traffic and severe delays on M5 Avonmouth Bridge northbound between J19, A369 (Portishead) and J18a M49, because of a shed load of stone chippings. Travel time is one hour and 20 minutes. Congestion to J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare).

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