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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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Good night from us

Thanks for being with us here on BBC Local Live on a day when temperatures here in the West hit the early 30s!

We hope you've been enjoying the hot weather. These lemurs at Bristol Zoo certainly have. Keepers kept them cool by giving them their food in the form of ice lollies.

Watch: Lemurs at Bristol zoo eating specially-made ice lollies

We're back tomorrow from 7am - when the weather is expected to be even hotter. Good news for the Glastonbury Festival and Summer Solstice.

Here's Alina Jenkins with all the details.

Alina Jenkins with details of tomorrow's weather

Public car parks open at Glastonbury Festival

Festival-goers at the Glastonbury Festival are beginning to arrive at the site.

The public car parks opened at 9pm and security teams are starting to search bags, but people won't be allowed onto the site tonight.

It's expected 150,000 ticket-holders and another 50,000 crew members will attend the site over the coming days.

Night-time revellers at Glastonbury Festival
Press Association

'UK government should do all it can to seek free trade with the EU' Honda boss warns.

Honda has warned a bad Brexit deal could be harmful for jobs, as negotiations get underway between the UK government and Europe.

Four thousand people are employed by the manufacturer in Swindon, which relies heavily on components being imported from the EU.

Speaking to the press today, its Vice President called for:

  • tariff-free trade
  • systems put in place to avoid any friction or customs hassles
  • the Customs Union conditions to be maintained

Honda claims any new tariffs and border checks as a result of Brexit could lead to a reduction in the number of cars they produce.

My request would be for the UK government to do all it can to seek a deal that will promote free and frictionless trade between the UK and the EU, while ensuring the continued competitiveness of the small and medium sized businesses that make up our supply chain.

Ian Howells warned on changes to border checksSenior Vice President, Honda
Honda boss pleads for free trade with Europe
BBC

A look back at how the Glastonbury Festival started

Watch: Archive video from BBC Points West

Tomorrow the Glastonbury Festival opens its doors to excited music fans from across the country.

Although 150,000 will be arriving over the next few days, the festival started out as a rather small affair.

BBC Points West has taken a look back through the archives to a time when some of the locals in Pilton weren't too happy with the festival.

We wonder what they'd make of the numbers now.

Trial aims to make nose bleed treatment more comfortable

Simulated nose bleed using theatre makeup
Getty Images

A research study to understand the most efficient way to treat a nose bleed is under way at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital.

It's trying out the use of tranexamic acid (TXA) as an alternative to having to undergo the "extremely uncomfortable" nasal packing - which also requires a hospital stay.

Consultant Dr Jason Louis said in most cases the bleed can be stopped by pinching the nostrils and leaning forward.

He added results suggested TXA could provide a "promising alternative treatment" to current practice and "greatly enhance" patient experience in the future.

Tewkesbury Fire LATEST

Gloucestershire Fire Service have confirmed that no-one is trapped or has been injured at Northway Lane MOT Centre, where they have five appliances attending a fire.

They say fifty per cent of the single storey building, 100 metres by 20 metres high, is ablaze.

They say they are 'reasonably confident' the fire is under control.

Jetting off for a ballooning adventure

Two balloonists have took off from Bristol Airport today, on a mission to fly hot air balloons in countries that have never seen one before.

But Phil and Allie Dunnington have had to restore a vintage aircraft first.

Michelle Ruminski went to meet them.

Watch: Two balloonists have taken off on a mission to fly hot air balloons around the world

Tewkesbury fire UPDATE

Five fire crews are fighting a fire at an MOT centre in Gloucestershire.

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'Very sad' to see armed police at Stonehenge

Crowds gather at Stonehenge for the summer solstice
PA

David Spofforth from the Pagan Federation said it was "very sad" that armed police were necessary to keep the solstice celebrations at Stonehenge tomorrow secure.

I am not saying I am welcoming this, I sadly accept it. But you just have to look at the events such as at Finsbury Park, a peaceful religious gathering where people suffered so much by the actions of one hate-filled individual. You just have to accept these security measures in the current climate.

David SpofforthPagan Federation

Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe accident, between J14 for B4509 Thornbury and J13 for A419.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J14, B4509 (Thornbury) and J13, A419 (Stroud), because of an accident.

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

Fire at MOT centre in Tewkesbury

Severe accident: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between Gorse Lane and A420 affecting M4 J18 Bath.

A46 Gloucestershire - A46 in Dyrham blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Gorse Lane junction and Cold Ashton Roundabout, because of an accident. Congestion to Bath.

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

Senior fire officer recommends sprinklers 'if money was no object'

Watch: Simon Shilton said sprinklers would be fitted to all tower blocks if money was no object

Teams from Avon Fire & Rescue and Bristol City Council are visiting residents living in all of Bristol's 59 tower blocks as part of a reassurance exercise following the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

One of the officers leading the checks was Assistant Chief Fire Officer Simon Shilton, who said he'd recommend fitting sprinkler systems to control smoke in large communal areas - but only "if money was no object".

Armed police to guard summer solstice celebration

The summer solstice - marking the longest day - attracts thousands of people every year
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Armed police will be on patrol at Stonehenge as thousands of people gather to celebrate the summer solstice.

Extra security measures have been put in place following the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

Wiltshire Police said the move was to "reassure the public that we are doing everything we can to keep them safe".

The Pagan Federation said it "sadly accepted" the need for such security measures.

Plimsoll Bridge reopens after emergency repairs

See an aerobatic display from the cockpit!

Hold on to your hats!

A jet plane taking part in Weston's Air Festival captured stunning footage of the pilot's aerial display.

The weekend's wonderful weather ensured fantastic views of Weston-super-Mare Pier, Birkbeck Pier and the North Somerset coastline from this Strikemaster MK82A jet.

Hold on to your hats!

Plan to create coastal wetland habitat along Severn Estuary

Common snipe
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Common snipe

Flood defences are to be built along the Severn Estuary in an £80m to protect against climate change and create new wildlife habitats.

The 10.5 mile (17km) stretch runs from the River Avon and Avonmouth Docks to Aust Cliff, near the old Severn bridge.

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said: "We need to take notice of climate change now and face up to the impact it could have on us in the future."

By tackling flood risk, the aim is more firms will want to invest in the area.

We do like to be beside the seaside!

It's another scorching day in the West with some of the highest temperatures in the UK!

Looks like the heat's here until Thursday too.

Points West reporter Clinton Rogers has been given the tough job of visiting Minehead to see how people there are coping.

It's another scorching day in the west with some of the highest temperatures in the UK

Dementia ward to close in Yeovil

A seven-bed dementia ward based in Yeovil is to close in July.

Managers say it's due to ongoing difficulties in recruiting specialist staff.

Magnolia Ward at Summerlands Hospital caters for people with dementia and mental health problems and is set to close on 12 July, says Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Four new beds will open at Pyrland ward in Taunton and other spaces will be found in local care homes.

A new seven-day community outreach service is also being launched which the trust says has worked well in other hospitals across the country.

Honda warns over bad Brexit deal

Honda has warned a bad Brexit deal could be harmful to its business, as negotiations get underway between the UK government and the EU.

It employs 4,000 people in Swindon and relies heavily on components being imported from the EU.

Honda claims any new tariffs and border checks as a result of Brexit could lead to a reduction in the number of cars they produce.

Honda employs 4,000 people in Swindon, Senior Vice President Ian Howells warned on changes to border checks.

Range Rover test driver stuck in mud

Car stranded on mudflats
BARB

A man was rescued by hovercraft after he took a new Range Rover out for a test drive and got stuck in mudflats.

The luxury 4x4 was reported trapped in mud near the beach at Weston-super-Mare at 18:00 BST on Monday. It was pulled out by the hovercraft before the tide surrounded it.

A coastguard spokesman said the man had taken the vehicle "off-road" without realising the danger of the mudflats.

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Car stranded on mudflats

Range Rover test driver stuck in mud

Coastguards in Weston-super-Mare pulled the luxury car to safety before the tide surrounded it.

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Special fins help swimmers become mermaids

Watch: See the swimmers with their special fins

If you've ever fancied becoming a mythical creature and getting fit at the same time, then a swimming teacher in Cheltenham might just have the answer for you.

Using special fins, swimmers in the town are learning to move like mermaids.

More than 130 balloons at famous fiesta

Balloons lifting off
Bristol Balloon Fiesta

More than 130 hot air balloons will be appearing at this year's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court.

The event is now 39 years old and organisers are expecting 500,000 visitors to visit the site over the four-day fiesta.

As usual, there will be mass ascents (weather permitting) at 6am and 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Balloon fiesta
Paul Box
Balloon fiesta
Paul Nicholls

Former Rovers player signs for Port Vale

Rob Lainton
Rex Features

Port Vale have made two signings, bringing in Colombian winger Cristian Montano and goalkeeper Rob Lainton (pictured).

Montano, 25, arrives in Burslem on a two-year deal from Bristol Rovers.

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Glasto advice for tomorrow...

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Headliners Radiohead have already offered some words to the wise for you all (scroll down) - now the festival itself has offered some suggestions.

It's gonna be a hot one apparently, so organizers are saying:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Protect yourself
  • Save water
  • Don't overdo it

All good advice but from our experience the latter is easier said than done.

In essence they're saying: Have fun folks, but be safe.

Former MP refutes Panorama allegations about fire safety

Grenfell Tower
Rick Findler/PA Wire

Speaking on BBC Radio Bristol, the former MP Stephen Williams has refuted allegations made by Panorama that he was one of four MPs who were warned about the risks of fire in tower blocks.

Panorama alleged that warnings were received but legislation was not changed as a result.

I've only just caught up with hostile messages about it. Their allegations are completely untrue. It's unthinkable that someone would come to a minister with fire advice and the minister would ignore it. It didn't happen in my case. It's not true that we didn't do anything. Fire regulations were amended in 2010 and 2013. In 2015 I announced a further review due to be completed about six months ago. Fitting sprinklers to tower blocks would be a huge decision to take. There's no political judgement here at all, these are areas where technical experts draw up the regulations and advise ministers on where to implement them.

Stephen WilliamsFormer MP for Bristol West

Radiohead on Glasto: 'Leave your ego at the gates"

Ed O'Brien from Radiohead chats to Annie Mac ahead of headlining Glastonbury Festival.

Ed O'Brien of Radiohead, who of course headline Glastonbury Festival for the third time this Friday, has advised Glasto newbies to "leave your ego and your shades at the gates".

"It's all about humility," the guitarist told Radio 1's Annie Mac. "You're one part of this huge, amazing festival - it's not about you."

He said the band had No Suprises planned for their Friday night slot, which ties in with the release of OKNOTOK, but admitted to being "a little nervous" despite being old timers at the festival.

"We've got the Glastonbury tingles," he said. "It means a lot."

Ed O'Brien, of Radiohead
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In other Radiohead news, NME reports the case against Live Nation in regards to a stage collapse at a Radiohead show in 2012 has ended in a mistrial - and further delays could mean the case doesn’t make it to court at all.

The band's drum technician Scott Johnson was killed in the incident in Toronto five years ago, while three others were injured.

Live Nation have denied any wrongdoing in the incident, saying, in 2013, that they "did everything possible to ensure the safety of anyone who was on or near the stage".

Former Bristol MP among those warned about tower block fire risks

Grenfell Tower fire: Moment firefighters first saw the blaze

Four separate government ministers were warned that fire regulations were not keeping people safe, in letters that have subsequently been seen by the BBC.

In the leaked letters, experts warn that those living in tower blocks like Grenfell Tower in London were "at risk".

One of those ministers was former Bristol West MP Stephen Williams.

He was a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group which received letters that have been seen by BBC's Panorama.

The letters show experts have been worried about fire safety in tower blocks for years.

Metrobus: 'Off-bus ticketing' to be run by First Bus

Construction work on the Metrobus route
Travelwest

First Bristol has been chosen to run the first part of the MetroBus service route to become operational: from Ashton Vale to Temple Meads.

MetroBus marks the start of an exciting new era for public transport in and around Bristol, with even lower-emission vehicles, faster boarding and dedicated sections of priority highway. It will be an entirely new way of travelling with one of the main features that the public will notice being that MetroBus only offers off-bus ticketing, which means that customers will buy their tickets before they board the vehicle which will result in a noticeably faster journey.

James FreemanManaging Director, First Bristol

The route is expected to launch towards the end of this year.

'Sketch box' art goes on show

Watch: Take a look inside the Exmoor sketch boxes

This year’s Simonsbath Festival on Exmoor plans to be the biggest and best so far.

For the first time it will include an exhibition of work produced by walkers on Exmoor who came across a "sketch box", which contained a notebook and pencil, along with instructions encouraging them to draw, read or write whatever they like inside.

The finished artwork will be displayed in St Luke’s Church on June 21, and then at the Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross, for the Midsummer Family and Community Concert which closes the festival on June 23.

Earlier in the year we met a group of Canadian walkers who had come across the box.

The homeless men building their own homes

Watch: Paul says a "hand up" is better than a hand-out

Paul was homeless for 17 years. Then he met Jasper Thompson, the founder of Help Bristol's Homeless.

Since then, together with several other homeless men, they've been converting shipping containers into new homes for the homeless.

And they have big dreams to develop the idea further.

Weston General Hospital receives government cash windfall

Weston general hospital
BARBERS

Weston's MP John Penrose has said he welcomes the news that Weston Hospital will receive almost £850,000 of government cash to improve their A&E facilities.

He said the funding had been given in preparation for care during the winter months.

The hospital recently announced it would be closing its A&E department between 10pm and 8am from the 4th July after a Care Quality Commission report said "significant improvements must be made".

Everybody knows Weston's A&E has had its problems of late, fuelling irresponsible rumours about its future. This grant shows a genuine long-term commitment to the Hospital's future, and the A&E department in particular, by Ministers and senior NHS Chiefs who are putting their money where their mouth is. This will help the Hospital improve facilities and reduce waiting times.

John PenroseConservative MP for Weston-super-Mare

BreakingFirst Bus confirmed as new Metrobus operator

Metrobus
West of England LEP

First Bristol has been confirmed as the operator for the first part of the MetroBus service in the Bristol.

A series of bus routes will run as part of the project, linking North Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

First Bristol will run the first route from Ashton Vale to Temple Meads when services begin in autumn.

When finished, Metrobus say there will be 31 miles of segregated busways and bus lanes in the Bristol area.

Finsbury Park suspect's family 'in shock'

Darren Osborne
Facebook

The family of the Finsbury Park terror suspect say they are "shocked" and "devastated".

It emerged yesterday that suspect Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old father of four now living in Cardiff, was originally from Weston-super-Mare.

He has been held on suspicion of attempted murder and alleged terror offences.

Mr Osborne's mother, sister and nephew said in a statement: "We are massively in shock, it's unbelievable. It still hasn't really sunk in."

They added that their "hearts go out to those who've been injured".

Mayor, fire service and police to visit Bristol's tower blocks

Marvin Rees
BBC

The visits are intended to reassure residents across Bristol and address any concerns they may have about safety following the tragic fire in London.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees (pictured) said: “We have all been extremely saddened by the Grenfell fire, and the shock continues to resonate. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the friends and families of those who have lost their lives or been affected by this awful tragedy.

“We do not believe there is cause for concern about our tower blocks, but we are monitoring events very closely and will take on board any recommendations that come out as a result of the investigation."

The first visit is taking place now at Butler House on Summer Hill Road.

Range Rover rescued from the mud at Weston-super-Mare

The stranded Range Rover
BARB Search & Rescue

Most of us were out enjoying the sun yesterday but things didn't go so well for this driver who became stuck in the mud flats at Weston-super-Mare.

A hovercraft from Burnham-on-Sea was called out and the vehicle was eventually towed to safety moments before the tide came in.

BARB Search & Rescue said the vehcle was "reported to be stuck in the mud over 400 metres from the main beach".

The driver of the Range Rover was a young man who had attempted to test out the vehicle, having watched TV adverts of it being driven off-road - but without realising how dangerous the mudflats can be.

Spokesman, BARB Search & Rescue

Glastonbury Festival gates open tomorrow

Glastonbury crowds
Yui Mok/PA Wire

The eyes of the entertainment world will be on Pilton in Somerset from tomorrow.

Some 150,000 fans will be arriving for the 2017 Glastonbury Festival. Last year there was traffic gridlock, with some fans stuck in their cars for up to 12 hours.

So what about the all important weather forecast? Friday will be cloudy but largely dry. Hopefully there won't be a repeat of the mud baths we saw in previous years.

Weather graphic
BBC

Among other artists, this year's festival will see Ed Sheeran, The Jacksons, Katy Perry and Barry Gibb playing.

Gloucestershire Police 'working hard to address shortcomings'

Gloucestershire Police
BBC

Gloucestershire Constabulary is dedicated to protecting every vulnerable person in the county, according to Assistant Chief Constable Julian Moss.

Addressing concerns raised today by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, Wendy Williams, he pointed out that while her report did contain criticisms of the force, it also clearly states that our "initial response to high risk investigations is generally good" and that "children are at the centre of decision-making when officers attend incidents".

However, he admitted that the HMIC criticisms were valid and said the force was working hard to improve its service.

We’ve put more detectives into the child protection team and more police staff into our central referral unit, we’ve merged three IT systems we were using into one and we have changed our shift system to increase the coverage we have. Anecdotally the changes are already having real benefits and I’m hopeful the next report will reflect this. The last few years have been incredibly challenging for our officers with the number of child protection referrals almost doubling year on year.

Julian MossAssistant Chief Constable