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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Monday 19 June, 2017.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Another scorchio day in store tomorrow

And it's good night from your local live team in the West.

We'll be back from 7am tomorrow on what looks like being another scorcher of a day.

We'll be bringing you all the latest news, travel, weather and sport from across the region until 10pm.

Now here's Ian Fergusson with news of more "hot Spanish air" heading our way.

Hot Spanish air means temperatures will stay high

Police have been 'very reassuring'

Bristol councillor says police and the local Muslim community will be proactive.

Police forces in the West have met with imams and faith leaders today to offer them reassurances over safety, in the wake of the terror attack at a mosque in London.

They have reiterated that there is no suggestion of a direct threat here and that hate crimes will not be tolerated.

At Bristol's largest mosque in Easton, police have been on patrol reassuring worshippers.

Family of mosque terror suspect: 'We're devastated'

Darren Osborne
Facebook

Relatives of Finsbury Park mosque terror suspect Darren Osborne say they are in a state of shock.

In a statement, the family said they were "massively in shock".

It's unbelievable. It still hasn't really sunk in. We're devastated for the families, our hearts go out to those who've been injured. He'd never expressed any racist views. It's madness, it must just be complete madness.

Cover Up, Mate campaign targets builders and farm workers

Poster
NHS England

On one of the warmest days of the year so far, health experts are urging men who spend a lot of time outdoors to protect themselves against the sun, to reduce their risk of getting skin cancer.

The NHS Cover Up, Mate campaign is targeting male agricultural and construction workers, gardeners and sports players who they say often don’t always use sun cream.

Construction, agricultural and horticultural businesses are also being asked to sign up to a pledge to encourage their employees to protect themselves against the sun.

Wiltshire PCC speaks out on paedophile hunters

Sam Dallow (left) is caught in a sting by paedophile hunter Shane Brannigan
Shane Brannigan

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon has warned against vigilantes tackling paedophiles without police involvement.

Angus Macpherson has written a blog on the subject after a soldier was jailed following a sting by a self-styled paedophile hunter.

Sam Dallow admitted grooming a child after sending explicit messages over the internet from his Army barracks in Tidworth, Wiltshire.

Entrapment by self-appointed paedophile hunters who pose as children is risky and the evidence they gather may not even be admissible in court. There’s no control, no boundaries and no governance. Whilst the motives of the self-styled hunters are no doubt laudable, they may unwittingly be jeopardising police investigations.

Angus MacphersonPolice and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon

£10m funding gap in healthcare budget

The Clinical Commissioning group for Bath and North East Somerset, which co-ordinates health care across the area, has to save more than £10m by next April.

BANES CCG has already made cost saving efficiencies this year of £1.4m but is warning there's a serious financial gap between its budget and the increasing cost of providing care.

Alleged attacker's sister 'sorry for what's happened'

The street in Weston-super-Mare where the family of Darren Osborne lives
BBC
The street in Weston-super-Mare where the family of Darren Osborne lives

The sister of a man suspected of driving a van into a crowd of Muslims in Finsbury Park has said she is sorry for what has happened.

Darren Osborne, 47, has been held on suspicion of terror offences after the attack in the early hours of Monday.

Speaking outside the family home in Weston-Super-Mare, his sister said: "I am very sorry for what's happened."

The family says it will not be issuing any further statements at this time.

Police step up patrols outside West mosques after attack

Police have been out on patrol outside mosques in Bristol in response to the Finsbury Park terror attack in London.

Officers are keen to reassure worshippers, particularly during this holy month of ramadan, that they can attend prayers without fear.

Scott Ellis was live at Bristol's largest mosque in Easton to hear from faith leaders.

Mosque to hold street party to promote unity

Mosque terror attack: Suspect's mother says son is 'not a terrorist'

The mother of the man arrested on suspicion of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack says her son is "not a terrorist" and has mental health problems.

Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old father of four now living in Cardiff but originally from Weston-super-Mare, was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The Metropolitan Police said he was later arrested for the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.

The BBC's Andy Howard spoke to terror suspect's mother in Weston-super-Mare

BreakingFamily of mosque attack suspect 'in shock'

The family of Finsbury Park terror attack suspect Darren Osborne have spoken to the BBC and say they are "in shock" at what has happened.

Tributes to 'extraordinary' Lord Joffe

Leader of Swindon Borough Council, David Renard has paid tribute to the human rights campaigner Lord Joffe, who has died at his Wiltshire home.

Lord Joffe was an extraordinary man who had an incredible zest for life. He will be quite rightly remembered outside of Swindon for his career as a human rights lawyer and his work in the financial services industry, but he will be sadly missed by a great number of people here. He was passionate about Swindon and did an enormous amount of good work for local causes, while also being a real champion for the town. I had the pleasure of spending time with him through his role with the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Trust and it would be fitting if we could deliver a new home for our art collection in his memory. I would like to extend my sympathies and those of my colleagues at the council to his widow Vanetta and all his family at this sad time.

Mosque attack: footage shows suspected attacker being tackled

Darren Osborne
BBC

The man arrested on suspicion of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack is 47-year-old Darren Osborne from Cardiff, the BBC understands.

He was held after a man drove a van into Muslim worshippers who had been attending evening prayers at a mosque in north London.

Mr Osborne, who grew up in Weston-super-Mare, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and later further arrested over alleged terror offences.

BreakingMosque attack: suspect named as Darren Osborne from Weston

The BBC understands that the man arrested for the Finsbury Park terror attack is Darren Osborne aged 47 from the Cardiff area.

Mr Osborne grew up in Weston-super-Mare and has four children.

Schoolchildren write to MP with ideas to solve city's traffic woes

Year 3 pupils at Sefton Park Primary School in Bristol have written letters to the Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire with their suggestions on how to sort the city's traffic problems.

The office of the Labour MP says she'll get back to them as soon as possible.

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Bridge is closed for emergency repairs

Plimsoll Bridge
Geograph/ Anthony O'Neil

Drivers in Bristol are being warned to expect delays after one lane of a central swing bridge in Bristol had to be closed for emergency repairs.

Metal plates on the road surface of Plimsoll Bridge are sticking up and present a hazard, Bristol City Council says.

There will also be lane closures on Cabot Way and Humphry Davy Way on both approaches to Plimsoll Bridge.

Motorists are advised to avoid the outbound route where possible and to expect delays, especially during the evening peak for the rest of the week.

A spokesman said: "We apologise for the inconvenience during these essential works."

Delays at Temple Meads as tracks buckle in the heat

Train in a heat wave
PA

Staff at Bristol Temple Meads station have just put out an announcement that some of the railway tracks have buckled in the heat.

There is mild disruption to services through Temple Meads as trains are diverted along alternative tracks.

It comes as passengers on South West Trains services have voiced anger over "utter chaos" on some weekend services, which led them to travel in cramped conditions in 27C heat.

Human rights campaigner Lord Joel Joffe dies

Lord Joffe
BBC

The human rights lawyer and assisted dying campaigner Lord Joel Joffe has died at his Wiltshire home.

Lord Joffe was the chairman of Oxfam for many years and also acted as defence attorney for Nelson Mandela at his trial in 1963.

In recent years he had been campaigning for terminally ill people to have the right to die.

He retired from the House of Lords in 2015.

His family say he died yesterday at his home near Swindon after a short illness.

Wiltshire Police: 'We must unite against hatred'

Police cordon at Finsbury Park
Getty Images

Wiltshire Police has responded to the terrorist incident outside a mosque in Finsbury Park, saying security measures outside mosques will be reviewed.

Assistant Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “This incident will undoubtedly cause shock and concern and we would like to reassure all our communities in Wiltshire that we will not tolerate hate crimes of any nature.

"We are working closely with community leaders to ensure that we are doing everything we can to keep people safe.

"I must stress that there is no known specific threat to the county or to the South West region at this time.

"Following incidents such as this, there can be an increase in hate crimes within communities and we must unite and stand together against such hatred.

"We have seen communities working together offering support to each other after each of these attacks, and this is the spirit in which we must continue."

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All lanes open after crash on M5 in Somerset

Going to Glasto? Don't forget the suncream!

Castle Cary
Getty Images

Extra trains are being scheduled to help ferry festival-goers to and from the Glastonbury Festival.

Great Western Railway said it would provide 50 additional services, and a queuing system would be in place at Castle Cary between the station and the shuttle service.

The start of the festival is set to be a scorcher so ticket holders are being urged to pack the sun cream.

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Avon and Somerset Police statement on Finsbury Park attack

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has issued a statement following the incident in Finsbury Park last night.

There can never be any excuse for hate crime in any shape or form, and criminality of this type will not be tolerated.

Superintendent Andy BennettAvon and Somerset Police
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Fire service car wash helps London tower victims

Watch: Firefighters raised cash for London fire victims

Firefighters all over Gloucestershire were busy at the weekend washing people's cars, to raise money for victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster in London.

At least eight fire stations in the county volunteered, with money raised going to the London Fire Relief Fund.

They got busy with their hoses in places including Lydney, Fairford, Cirencester, Tetbury, Nailsworth, Coleford and Chipping Campden.

Bristol mayor reacts to Finsbury Park attack

Marvin Rees
BBC

The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, has responded to the attack that took place in London's Finsbury Park.

I am truly saddened and shocked by last night’s attack near Finsbury Park Mosque, and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by yet another horrific incident. The police and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will be providing reassurance to affected communities, particularly those observing Ramadan, and I’d urge Bristol residents to stay calm and support each other during this difficult time.

Marvin ReesBristol mayor

Safety 'high priority' says head of school where pupils went missing

A school has confirmed two of its pupils went missing a week ago.

The pupils walked out of Barnwood Church of England School on Friday, 9 June, without permission, but were found later.

Head Julie Matson described it as a "serious" matter and said she liasied with school governors, the Director of Education for the Diocese of Gloucester, and representatives from the council over the incident.

“Our pupils are at the heart of everything we do and the safety and welfare of all our children remains our highest priority,” she added.

M5 travel: Lane opens near Wellington but delays in area

Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, at J26 for A38 affecting J25 for A358.

M5 Somerset - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound at J26, A38 (Wellington), because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to J25, A358 (Taunton).

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

M5 travel: Another accident near Taunton

There's already one near the Avonmouth Bridge (see 12.36).

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Children went missing from primary school, head confirms

Two children went missing from a primary school in Gloucester on 9 June, it has been confirmed.

The pupils walked out of Barnwood Church of England school without permission and were found later.

Headteacher Julie Matson said: "This incident is being taken extremely seriously. We acted promptly to establish the facts and to address the incident fully."

The incident has been reported to Ofsted.

Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We have followed up with the school since then to make sure that appropriate steps have been put in place to stop this happening again.”

(Note, we've amended this post to make it clear the incident happened on 9 June)

Barnwood C of E school
Google

M5 accident: traffic backing up to split level section

M5
Highways England

M5 accident: Police dealing with incident

Severe accident: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe accident, at J18A for M49 affecting J20 for B3133.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound at J18a M49, because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion to J20, B3133 (Clevedon).

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

Unsolved 1957 child murder: Your comments

June and Royston Sheasby
BBC

The parents of two young children murdered in Bristol 60 years ago have died without seeing the killers ever brought to justice.

June and Royston Sheasby were seven and five years old when they disappeared from Snuff Mills in 1957. Their murders were so brutal they shocked the whole country, yet the crime still remains unsolved.

Here's a selection of your comments from the BBC Points West Facebook page.

Very sad, I hope their killer is finally caught & that he has suffered for the 60 years since killing these beautiful children.

Pam Jephcott

They played with my brother- my dad was one of the men who went out looking for them

Sue Strickland

I remember this too,I would have been 16 years old. Lived by Frenchay Hospital. Very sad that no one has been caught.

Marilyn Hill

West police chief reacts to Finsbury Park attack

A man has died and 10 people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a mosque in London's Finsbury Park.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has reacted to the attack on Twitter.

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Twelve-week closure to refurbish 200-year-old bridge

Kings Stanley Mill
Chris Allen/Geograph CCL

Repair work and improvements to a 200-year-old bridge in Gloucestershire start today.

The work on Stanley Mills bridge means it will be closed for 12 weeks to all vehicles - though pedestrians can continue to use it.

Gloucestershire County Council says the diversion will be signposted via Stanley Downton and Bridgend with an alternative route to the A419 and Stroud via Selsley.

Access to the village can be made via Bridgend or Selsley.

Travel: M5 accident now clear

Just in case you wondered what had caused all the problems this morning - he's the scene on the M5 near Avonmouth.

South West Ambulance Service helped out when a car overturned on the southbound carriageway.

Scene of M5 crash
Matt Morris/SWAS

Investigation after Bristol service station robbery

Police are investigating after a service station in Bristol was robbed in the early hours.

Cigarettes and cash were stolen in the incident which took place at about 1.00am at the Esso service station in Hotwell Road.

An employee suffered minor injuries during the incident.

Avon and Somerset Police said the offenders left in a vehicle which was later found abandoned in Gordon Road, Clifton.

The garage has been cordoned off while a forensic investigation takes place.

Closed garage
BBC

Retired policeman helps 1957 cold case murder investigation

Watch: Ernie Bussell remembers the 1957 case

The parents of two young children murdered in Bristol 60 years ago have died without seeing the killers ever brought to justice.

June and Royston Sheasby were seven and five years old when they disappeared from Snuff Mills in 1957. Their murders were so brutal they shocked the whole country, yet the crime still remains unsolved.

Ernie Bussell was a 17-year-old police cadet at the time and helped in the search. Ernie is assisting the cold case investigation in the hope of catching the children's killers.

Local newspaper headlines across the West

Travel: M5 back to normal after earlier accident

M5
Highways England

Tornado visits the West: And they're off!

Travelling by steam train isn't as glamorous as you'd think for the crews that run them.

In Tornado's case, her support crew were up at 4.30am on the morning of her tour.

The fire stayed lit overnight, but final preparations had to be done for a prompt departure at 8am.

We were onboard with Tornado's crew as she steamed across the West from Bristol to Devon.

The newest steam train on the railway ran a special tour from Bristol to Devon on Sunday.