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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 22 June 2017

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Goodnight from BBC Local Live

We hope you've enjoyed our news and weather updates for the West today.

Our live page team will be back from 7am tomorrow to keep you updated with all the news, sport, travel and weather for the region.

Before we bid you goodnight, here's a look at the weather with Alina Jenkins.

Watch: Alina Jenkins has the weather details for tomorrow.

Migrant workers will 'think twice' before travelling to work in the UK

Watch: Workers "will think two times" before coming, says Ionut Ciupitu

As a BBC survey showed that many farmers could be short of staff this summer, BBC Points West spoke to migrant fruit pickers in the region.

The West Country has a proud horticultural tradition, but the fall in the pound since the Brexit vote means migrant workers can now earn more in Euro countries than in the UK.

Ionut Ciupitu, a Romanian picker who is the manager at Nynehead Fruit Farm in Somerset says workers will be thinking twice before they travel to the UK.

Colourful characters at Glastonbury Festival

Getting ready in the morning at Glastonbury Festival - the disco ball hat or the 'happy' shades?

Decisions, decisions, but these ones made the grade, in the sartorial stakes today... in our humble opinion of course.

Woman wearing happy glasses
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Disco ball hat man
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Pom Pom ladies
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Braids at Glastonbury
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'Irish beard' man
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French and Saunders Morphed!

French and Saunders on stage in Bristol
Slapstick Festival

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders have appeared at the Colston Hall in Bristol tonight - the first time they've been on stage together for more than eight years.

It was a one-off show celebrating their contribution to screen comedy.

They were presented with the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award 2017 - in the form of custom-made French and Saunders versions of the Aardman animated character Morph.

The sell-out show marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the French and Saunders BBC television series and 35 years of their work in comedy.

Morph award for Dawn French
Slapstick Festival
Morph award for Jennifer Saunders
Slapstick Festival

Taunton hosts England after 34-year wait

England v South Africa: Taunton ready for first England fixture since 1983

BBC Points West visits Taunton as the Somerset ground prepares to host an England match for the first time in 34 years, tomorrow.

Read more here:

Crowds gathering for Bristol Iftar

Here's the first tweet of what Easton looks like ahead of the Iftar feast taking place this evening.

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Bristol Muslim community feast open to all this evening

If you're in Bristol this evening, then head over to Easton when the sun goes down, where the Muslim community has invited fellow Bristolians to join them for some lovely food.

Today is the holiest day of Ramadan and to celebrate they have organised an Iftar - and for the first time it's being opened up to the public in a show of cultural and community unity.

Here's Scott Ellis to tell you more:

Your local paper headlines this evening

Human peace sign 'is about unity' say festival goers

As Michael Eavis confirmed they've spent more on security, at this year's Glastonbury (see our earlier post), than is spent on the royals - thousands of people gathered at the Stone Circle on site earlier today, to make a giant human peace sign.

These joyful souls may sound like they're citing inspirational messages taken from a herbal teabag sachet, but we're feeling the love nonetheless.

See the human peace sign from the air in our news threads and on Twitter.

"We're not scared" say festival peace-sign participants

Sex abuse collusion: 'Lessons must be learned'

The Bishop of Bath and Wells, who takes the lead on safety for the Church of England, says lessons must be learned from the case of the disgraced former Bishop of Gloucester, Peter Ball.

He carried out a string of sex offences against teenagers and young men. An independent review has today found that senior figures in the Church colluded with him.

The Right Reverend Peter Hancock says effective steps will be taken to ensure lessons are learned.

Watch: Bishop of Bath and Wells Peter Hancock takes the lead on safety for the Church of England.

Work begins on giant WW1 badge

Work has begun on restoring a giant regimental emblem on a hillside in Wiltshire.

The World War One chalk badge was carved by members of the Royal Warwickshire unit in 1916 while it was stationed in Sutton Mandeville for training.

The work, which is expected to take around five weeks to complete, is being funded with an £88,300 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Royal Warwickshire Regiment's emblem
TS Crawford

Antony Firth, from the Sutton Mandeville Heritage Trust, said a geotextile honeycomb will be pegged into the hillside to keep the chalk in place.

“On completion the badge will look the same as it did in the last century, but the method will be slightly different," he said.

“Ultimately we are all keen to see the badge restored to its former glory and visible again on the hillside for all to see.”

You'll thank us for this Glasto checklist

Glastonbury 2017
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For those still packing for the Festival week-end - here is your essential reading: a must-have list.

Earplugs, gaffer tape and bin bags - you'd be surprised what suddenly comes in useful at Glastonbury!

You'll thank us for this checklist later - click here to access it.

New Gloucestershire home for children's charity

A charity that supports families with special educational needs is to move into a disused business park that had once been earmarked to house unaccompanied migrant children.

The Whale Wharf site near Littleton-upon-Severn in South Gloucestershire will be the new home of Incredible Kids from the end of June, after being offered the site rent free by the owners.

The charity provides a safe space for families from across the West to get together and share their experiences, and organises play sessions for the children, with trained staff.

In 2016 the Home Office was considering the site as a potential centre to house, educate and prepare migrant children for their new life in the UK.

But the project stalled with campaigners saying officials appeared to have no coherent strategy for dealing with children arriving in the country.

We have been aware of the excellent work that Incredible Kids do for families in South Gloucestershire and across the Bristol region. When I heard that they were looking for new premises, I thought Whale Wharf offered an ideal safe, local location for the charity

Charlie TullManaging director, Whale Wharf

MOD inquiry into Castlemartin tank deaths

Castlemartin Barracks
BBC

The Ministry of Defence is to carry out an inquiry into a tank incident in Wales in which two Wiltshire-based soldiers died.

Corporals Matthew Hatfield and Darren Neilson died last week after an ammunition round is thought to have exploded during an exercise at Castlemartin firing range.

Two other soldiers from the Royal Tank Regiment at Tidworth were injured. One is still in a serious condition in hospital.

Read more here

Making the human peace sign at Glastonbury

Hundreds of people joined in to make a human peace sign at the Stone Circle earlier today.

As you can tell from these photos, there were plenty of good vibes.

See our earlier post for the aerial shots.

Peace sign at Stone Circle
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Stone circle
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Stone Circle scenes
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Stone circle scenes
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Trams could run in spa city once more

Vista of Bath
Matt Cardy
Bath and North East Somerset Council is funding a short study into the feasibility of a light rail tram system in the city

Plans to bring back trams to the city of Bath are to be investigated by the local council.

Bath and North East Somerset Council (Banes) has announced it is funding a short study into the feasibility of a light rail tram system in the spa city.

The authority said the decision was in response to suggestions from the public, made over the past year, for a review to be carried out.

The feasibility study is due to be completed by the end of March 2018.

Extra money could speed up roadworks at Bromley Heath

Bromley Heath viaduct
South Gloucestershire Council

Vital repair work to the Bromley Heath Viaduct in South Gloucestershire could take less time than originally planned, if almost £3-million-pounds-worth of funding is agreed next week by the West of England Joint Committee.

The roadworks could last for 33 weeks instead of the 56 weeks proposed initially.

An ageing viaduct over the River Frome needs to be repaired and strengthened.

A South Gloucestershire Council report projects queues back to the Dramway roundabout beyond Emersons Green, almost three miles (4.8 km) away during the work on the area.

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, at J20 for M5.

M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on entry slip road from M5 Northbound eastbound at J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Aerial shots of the human peace sign at Glastonbury

A giant human peace sign was made at Worthy Farm by hundreds of music fans today.

They gathered at the Stone Circle - and here's the full effect:

Hundreds of people make the peace sign at the Stone Circle.

Wanted prisoner could be in the Bristol area, police say

Police want you to get in touch if you've seen this man - he's called William Reade.

Reade had been released from prison on licence in November after serving a sentence for dangerous driving.

But he's now being recalled back to prison after breaking the terms of his licence.

Detectives believe he could be living in a caravan or sleeping rough, possibly in the Bristol area.

William Reade
Avon and Somerset Police

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

Football: Five-year deal for Rovers boss Clarke

Darrell Clarke
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Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has signed a new five-year contract with the League One club.

The 39-year-old led the club to consecutive promotions from the National League to League One before a 10th-place finish in 2016-17.

Read more about the story here.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea) and J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Former swimming pool in Taunton to be demolished

St James' St Swimming Pool (now closed), Taunton
Neil Owen

The former St James' Street swimming pool building, in Taunton, is set to be knocked down after the move was passed by the local council last night.

The area of land at Coal Orchard, which also has a public car park, will eventually become home to cafes, shops, offices and flats.

It will tie in with the ongoing development of the riverside area in the city.

This vision for Coal Orchard began in 2008 - everybody wants it to happen. It will be the place to go, if you look at the design. Mace, the people who we had as consultants are experienced; they're know what they're doing, they've listened to the town and all of that input has gone into the plans, so it's a step forward in the right direction. It's fabulous for Taunton!"

Roger HabgoodConservative Cabinet member, Taunton Deane Borough Council

Feast being prepared for Bristolians by Muslim community

Ramadan ends at the weekend, but today is the holiest day and it's being marked by a grand street fair known as an Iftar, in the Easton area of Bristol.

The mosque and the church are working together to put the event on and hope that local people will join them to celebrate all cultures and communities.

The Iftar starts at 8pm, on St. Mark's Road in Easton.

BBC Points West reporter, Scott Ellis spoke to the organiser, Imran Shah.

Preparations are being made this lunchtime for Bristol's first open street Iftar

We're going to defeat terrorism by being positive.

Mohammed El SharifMuslims for Bristol

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, between J14 for B4509 Thornbury and J15 for M4.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J14, B4509 (Thornbury) and J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Sex abuse collusion a 'matter of deep shame' for the church

The current Bishop of Gloucester says it's a matter of deep shame that the Church of England failed to act against Peter Ball - the city's disgraced former Bishop.

He carried out a string of sex offences against teenagers and young men. An independent review has today found that senior figures in the Church colluded with him.

Rachel Treweek told Steve Knibbs "things are very different now."

Watch: The Bishop of Gloucester speaks to reporter Steve Knibbs

Mayor asks protesters for better ideas

Hundreds of anti-austerity protesters marched through Bristol city centre
BBC
Hundreds of anti-austerity protesters marched through Bristol city centre

Bristol's Marvin Rees says there is little point in "shouting from the sidelines" about austerity.

And that there was little point in having a "black-and-white argument over cuts or no cuts".

He was speaking after hundreds of people gathered to call for justice for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

A rival for his job said protest was "often the only way people feel they can make their voices heard".

Glastonbury Festival site the 'safest place in the whole of England' says Eavis

Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis says he is looking forward to a "hell of a weekend".

He spoke to the BBC as he enjoyed the newest feature at the Festival - a drive-in cinema.

When asked about the need for increased security this year, he said that they spend "a fortune" on security to keep festival-goers safe.

Report finds Church of England conspired with ex-bishop over abuse

Senior figures in the Church of England "colluded" with disgraced former bishop, Peter Ball - who abused young men - an independent review has found.

Report finds church colluded with ex-bishop over abuse

The Crystal Maze - in numbers

Crystal dome
Channel 4

Classic game show The Crystal Maze returns to our screens tomorrow evening on Channel 4.

The show was filmed at Bristol's Bottle Yard studios in Hengrove.

During filming, the studios were home to:

  • A 32,500 sq ft maze
  • 136 production staff
  • A new Crystal Dome with 'intelligent LED' lighting that can be sequenced, and access for wheelchairs.
  • A newly designed Future Zone with a rotating floor.
  • 18 tonnes of sand in the Aztec Zone
  • 5,600 gallons of water to fill the waterfall and water rooms
  • 200 candles and 25 flaming torches in the Medieval Zone
  • 16,000 sq ft of scenic backdrop
  • Over 200 plants
  • 40 LED panels.

We're live from Glastonbury 2017

Our reporter Pam Caulfield is your guide at Worthy Farm.

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'Hose lady' thanked by sweaty runners

Watch: "It couldn't have been a nicer thing to do," said Diana

Diana Roe from Prestbury near Cheltenham has become a minor local celebrity after she spent three hours hosing down hot runners on Sunday.

More than 1,300 athletes ran 5k, 10k, or half marathon distances in the Cheltenham Challenge, on one of the hottest days of the year.

Diana's efforts near the end of the race were welcomed by the runners, who contacted BBC Radio Gloucestershire to say thank you.

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, at J19 for A369.

M5 Bristol - M5 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J19, A369 (Portishead), because of an accident involving a van. Traffic is coping well.

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

Glastonbury: A sea of tents

Glastonbury site
PA

This is what the Glastonbury site looks like from the air.

Pretty much canvas as far as the eye can see.

Glastonbury site
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Glastonbury site
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Glastonbury site
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M4 driver clocked at 146mph

Watch: the footage showed Billy weaving in and out of other cars before coming to a stop.

Wiltshire Police have released dashcam footage of a chase along the M4 with a drunk driver.

Billy James Rich, 23, was clocked at 146mph by an unmarked police vehicle which gave chase.

At Swindon Magistrates' Court, Billy pleaded guilty to drink driving and speeding.

He was disqualified from driving for 22 months, fined £692 and ordered to pay £69 victim surcharge and Crown Prosecution Costs of £85.

The speed limit is there for a reason. Not only did this driver reach completely unacceptable speeds, he had also been drinking. He clearly had no consideration for others and his actions put himself, other drivers and road users in danger

Andy LeeTri-Force Roads Policing Unit

Severe disruption: A38 Bristol both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Bristol both ways severe disruption, between Bradley Stoke Way and B4057 Gloucester Road.

A38 Bristol - A38 Gloucester Road in Aztec West closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Aztec West Roundabout and the B4057 Gloucester Road junction, because of a building fire.

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