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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Friday, 23 June 2017

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Glastonbury Festival 2017
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As the sun sets at Glastonbury... that's all from us for another week.

We'll be back from 7am on Monday with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West.

Have a great weekend. Here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast.

Weekend weather: West of England

Shrubsole positive about England chances

Women's World Cup 2017: Anya Shrubsole positive about England chances

England vice-captain Anya Shrubsole feels England are in with "as good a chance as anyone" of Women's World Cup success.

BBC Points West's Alistair Durden visits the Bath-born bowler at the National Performance Centre in Loughborough before the 2017 competition, which starts on Saturday.

Read more here

Council to build more homes in Bristol

Ground marked for housing
BBC

More council houses are to be built by Bristol city council.

They'll be built in Ashton Vale. 130 new homes are planned for the site.

Over 50 will be council houses, while the rest will be sold to fund other developments around the city.

Depp sorry for Trump assassination 'joke'

Johnny Depp at Glastonbury on Thursday
Reuters

Actor Johnny Depp has apologised for remarks he made about US President Donald Trump in a speech at the Glastonbury Festival.

Depp told People magazine it was in "poor taste", did not "come out as intended" and was only meant to amuse.

Depp had asked the crowd: "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?"

Trump supporters condemned the actor and the White House described his comments as "sad".

Click here to read more.

Beckham snapped at McDonald's drive-thru in Chippenham

David Beckham has stunned locals by joining the drive-thru queue at a McDonald's in Wiltshire.

The football icon was in Pilton officially opening a housing development with Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis.

He was grabbed in Chippenham for a selfie by "star struck" Philip Moulton.

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Revealed: How Chard inventor's X-rays astounded medical world

Watch: How a near neighbour of a prosthetic limb pioneer astounded the medical world

Paralympic swimmer Kate Grey has been discovering the West's links to the revolution in prosthetic limbs.

Here, she discovers how James Gifford - an army colonel, owner of prosperous lace mill and neighbour of prosthetic pioneer James Gilligahm - discovered the use of X-rays to see inside the body.

From his studio, Gifford's first X-ray images astounded the medical world.

Watch the full story on Invented in the West Country on BBC One at 7:30pm.

Glastonbury's 'a marathon not a sprint'

Watch: Ice lollies, shampoo and a good air bed are a few of the tops offered from revellers

Revellers at Glastonbury give us their top tips for getting by at Worthy Farm.

Two tiny turtles hatched in Bristol

Watch: Two of the rarest turtles in the world have hatched at Bristol Zoo Gardens

They may be no bigger than a matchbox, but two new arrivals at Bristol Zoo Gardens are VIPs as they're some of the rarest turtles in the world.

The Bourret's Vietnamese box turtle species is critically endangered.

The pair are currently being looked after by zookeepers but once they're big enough they'll join the other turtles at the zoo.

David Beckham: 'I'm 42 and this is my first music festival'

David Beckham says he's excited and "slightly nervous" about his visit to Glastonbury - his first ever music festival.

He's at the site with his son Brooklyn, but says he won't be camping in a tent.

Earlier the pair officially opened a social housing project built on land donated by Michael Eavis.

Watch: David Beckham says Glastonbury is his first ever music festival

Sex game death man guilty of manslaughter

Kevin Adams
PA

A man whose sexual partner died after he left him tied up with a gas mask on his face has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Dohoon Kim, 36, was found dead on the bedroom floor after meeting friend Kevin Adams, 52, at Mr Adams' home in Swindon for sex in June 2015.

Bristol Crown Court heard the pair had taken drugs before engaging in "extreme" sexual activity.

Adams was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter.

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Kevin Adams
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Kevin Adams leaving Bristol Crown Court after being convicted of the manslaughter of his sexual partner who he left tied up with a gas mask around his face.

Demolition work begins at RUH

Demolition work has started at the Royal United Hospital in Bath to make way for a new £16m outpatient centre.

The Old Pharmacy Building at the front of the hospital and the former Blue Badge car park are being cleared, ready for construction to begin in September.

Along with a hydrotherapy pool, gym and therapeutic garden the purpose-built centre will also include new clinical areas to "improve the patient experience".

It's expected to be completed by spring 2019.

Royal United Hospital in Bath
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Beards of Glastonbury

Those of a nervous disposition may wish to look away now.

But it seems that the glitter beard trend has morphed - and we now have the glitter-moustache-and-bell combo, as well as the full-on green-beard-with-flowers-in look.

Pognophiles unite.

A man with a beard
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Man with beard
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Severe accident: A4176 Bristol both ways

BBC News Travel

A4176 Bristol both ways severe accident, between Clifton Down and A4 Portway.

A4176 Bristol - A4176 Bridge Valley Road in Clifton blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Clifton Down junction and the A4 Portway junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M49 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M49 Bristol southbound severe accident, between M4 J22 and M5 J18A.

M49 Bristol - One lane closed on M49 southbound between M4 J22 and M5 J18a, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Cowardly' intruders target elderly woman

Police tape
BBC

Police are appealing for witnesses after two people broke into the home of an elderly woman as she lay in bed upstairs.

They got into the house in Lawrence Weston in Bristol last night by smashing a patio window with a paving slab.

They then searched the property in Rockingham Gardens - including the bedroom she was lying in.

They stole a black jigsaw carrying case.

Police are now carrying out additional patrols in the area to reassure residents.

This was a cowardly and targeted crime on a vulnerable woman and our focus is to catch these offenders as soon as possible. Although the victim was unharmed, she was understandably left in a state of shock and distress. Someone in the community is sure to have knowledge about this offence and I'd urge them to examine their conscience and pass on any useful information.

Detective Constable Martyn StanleighAvon and Somerset Police

Taunton busy for England vs South Africa

The England vs South Africa match is under way in Taunton.

It's the first time England will have played at the County Ground in 34 years.

As you can see here, the town is certainly celebrating.

Watch: It is the first time England will play at the County Ground in 34 years

Unused fire HQ a 'scandalous waste'

Watch: Tam McFarlane said the building was a "waste of taxpayers' money"

Fire union officials say an empty fire control centre needs to be filled to prevent more public money being wasted.

The unoccupied building in Taunton has now cost more than £16m in charges.

It was one of nine planned regional centres, but computer problems led to the project being scrapped in 2010 and it was never opened.

Tam McFarlane, from the Devon and Somerset Fire Brigades Union, called it a "scandalous waste of taxpayers' money".

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Beckham at Glastonbury

David Beckham with Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis
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Yesterday it was Johnny Depp - today's it's David Beckham who has been spotted in and around Glastonbury.

As Glasto 2017 kicks-off, Beckham joined its founder Michael Eavis and Eavis' grandsons Noah and George to dig some dirt and officially open a social housing project.

Built on land donated by Eavis, Maggie’s Farm is a development of affordable homes near Pilton.

The properties are to be rented out to local families and workers at Worthy Farm in the months leading up to the festival.

David Beckham watches Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis plant a tree with his grandsons Noah and George
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David Beckham watches Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis plant a tree with Eavis' grandsons Noah and George

How to make a carrot kazoo

Vegetable Orchestra plays Glastonbury

Yes, really.

As well as that top tip on making instruments from your groceries, you can also listen to a veritable vegetable orchestra playing Freak Out - just click above.

Brings a whole new meaning to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Blind Melon and Smashing Pumpkins.

Only at Glastonbury, eh?

Travellers move in to Stockwood after ditch to prevent them is delayed

Travellers have moved onto fields off a residential road in the Stockwood area of Bristol.

Up to 25 caravans are reported to have arrived at the site next to Craydon Road.

It's the fourth time travellers have taken over the fields in the last two years.

Work to install a ditch to prevent travellers from entering the site was due to begin next week.

Craydon Road, Bristol
BBC

Bristol celebrates links with European twin cities

Two thousand people are to take part in a celebration of Bristol's links with Europe - on the first anniversary of the vote to leave the EU.

The city is marking 70 years of being twinned with Bordeaux and Hannover, as negotiations over Brexit get under way.

Political editor Paul Barltrop reports from Bristol's City Hall

Finsbury Park attack: Man appears in court

Tributes in Finsbury Park
Reuters

A 47 year old man has appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court charged with murder and attempted murder following the attack in Finsbury Park in the early hours of Monday morning

In a hearing lasting only 4 minutes, Darren Osborne - who grew up in Weston-super-Mare - gave his name and date of birth and said he had no address.

He was remanded in custody until a preliminary appearance at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

He was wearing a white police issue t-shirt and had a black eye on his left eye

Glasto: Friday in pics...so far

The Pyramid Stage reflected in a woman's sunglasses
Ben Birchall/PA
Reflecting (sorry not sorry) on a great start to the festival
Charlie XCX
Yui Mok/PA
Charlie XCX giving it some on the Other Stage on Friday afternoon
The crowd at Glastonbury
Oli Scarffoli/AFP/Getty
Play 'see if you can spot your mate in the crowd'
Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band
Matt Cardy/Getty
The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band made a colourful addition to the line-up
Chrissie Hynde
Yui Mok/PA
Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders rocked a Motorhead T-shirt during her show
Crowds at the Pyramid stage
Ben Birchall/PA
A minute's silence was held at the beginning of the festival

Severe accident: A358 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A358 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Bickenhall Lane and A378.

A358 Somerset - A358 in Hatch Beauchamp partially blocked and very slow traffic between the Bickenhall Lane junction and the A378 junction, because of an accident and recovery work.

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

Cute alert! Tiny rare turtles hatched at Bristol Zoo

Two Bourret’s Vietnamese box turtles, one of the rarest species in the world, have hatched at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

The species is critically endangered, but the two tiny turtles hatched after 12 weeks in an incubator at the zoo.

Tiny baby turtles
Bristol Zoo Gardens

The temperature of the incubator dictates the sex of the turtles so they are likely to be girls, but it will be some years before keepers at the zoo can be certain.

They're being fed on snails, worms and fruit in an air-conditioned room where they'll remain until they are big enough to join the zoo’s other turtles.

Tiny baby turtle next to a pound coin
Bristol Zoo Gardens

See the moment the unexploded shell was destroyed

Watch: See the moment the bomb was destroyed

This is the moment a small unexploded shell - possibly from WWII - was destroyed.

It was found in a garden in Sneyd Park, Bristol.

Festival crime figures down, so far

Police at Glastonbury
Reuters

Crime at Worthy Farm is "significantly down" compared with last year's event, according to Avon and Somerset Police.

Thirty people have been arrested on site since Wednesday, with 29 crimes reported.

Last year 62 crimes had been reported by Thursday.

Most of the arrests relate to thefts, with others drug or counterfeit money related.

Vegetable orchestra plays Glastonbury

Vegetable Orchestra plays Glastonbury

They were only formed this morning but the Carrot Get Enough Orchestra have already played Glastonbury, appeared on Radio 2 and been booked to play another major festival.

Led by Finnish musician Vicky O’Neon, they’ve been serenading us with a vegetable version of Chic’s Le Freak.

And Vicky shared the secret to making your very own Carrot Kazoo. It’s biodegradabale, you know.

Finsbury Park attack: Man charged with terrorism-related murder

Tributes laid for Finsbury Park attack victims
Reuters

A man with links to the West has been charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder after a van was driven into worshippers outside a mosque in north London on Monday.

Darren Osborne, 47, grew up in Weston-Super-Mare and is thought to have lived in Swindon before moving to his current home in Cardiff.

Muslims were leaving prayers when the attack happened. One man died and nine others were injured.

Mr Osborne will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

Tiny Glastonbury scene created for Beryl's hamsters

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Beverly Borrill, from Devizes in Wiltshire, creates tiny sets for her Syrian hamsters.

Her work has included miniature snooker tables, ballet studios, swimming pools and saunas.

Read more about her work from our archive here.

BreakingWW2 shell: Controlled explosion on the Downs

The WW2 shell that was found in Sneyd Park has been destroyed in a controlled explosion on the Downs, our reporter at the scene says.

Harpist Claire Jones performs for BBC Wiltshire

Harpist Claire Jones performs for BBC Wiltshire
  1. Become Prince Charles' harpist? Check
  2. Perform privately for HM the Queen? Check
  3. Perform at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding? Check

Harpist Claire Jones really does have the royal seal of approval when it comes to playing the harp and tonight she will be performing at the Swindon Arts Centre.

Here's the unexploded WW2 shell that was found in Sneyd Park, Bristol

Severe accident: A40 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A40 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between A429 and A361 High Street.

A40 Gloucestershire - A40 closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A429 junction in Northleach and the A361 High Street junction in Burford, because of an accident involving a car and lorry.

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

Exhibition showcases art by people suffering mental health problems

Watch: See some of the artwork

An exhibition by people with mental health issues, learning disabilities and dementia, opens this weekend.

The Carnival art show at Bristol’s Paintworks features the creative efforts of more than 250 people supported by Milestones Trust.

The charity runs an arts programme, called Expressions, to help people learn new skills and build their confidence.

The exhibition will run from 24-27 June.

BreakingUnexploded WW2 shell found in Bristol garden

Police are responding to reports of an unexploded WW2 shell (12 inches long) found in a garden on Goodeve Road, near Bristol Zoo.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J13 for A419 and J12 for B4008 Quedgeley.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J13, A419 (Stroud) and J12, B4008 (Quedgeley), because of a vehicle fire.

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

BreakingFinsbury Park attack: Man charged

A man has been charged with terrorism related murder and attempted murder following an incident in Finsbury Park, London, on Monday 19 June.

Darren Osborne who lives in Cardiff, but is originally from Weston-super-Mare, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 23 June in relation to these charges.

Eavis has left the building...

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So Glasto has just got going officially with Hacienda Classical being the first act to perform on the Pyramid Stage.

However many were in full festival flow last night, including organizer Michael Eavis (or should that be Michael Elvis) who indulged in a spot of karaoke last night.

He knocked out a version of The King's You Were Always On My Mind and it seemed to go down well with the Avalon Cafe crowd.

Always been a good crowd that lot.

Have a listen above.