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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 27 June 2017

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More on Stonehenge tomorrow - that's all from us for tonight

Weather: "Rain's becoming widespread overnight," says Sara Thornton

We'll be back with more live updates from across the West of England tomorrow from 7am.

Plus, after a good breakfast, we'll have the energy to extract more detail from the latest Stonehenge report.

If you can't sleep, you can find the full document by clicking here.

Report calls for Stonehenge tunnel to be reconsidered

Stonehenge
PA

Further weight has been added to calls for a proposed highways tunnel project near Stonehenge to be reconsidered.

In a report following a World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Advisory visit to the site, "misgivings" about the proposal have been expressed, saying the tunnel is "highly likely to bring adverse impacts to a range of archaeological monuments on its course".

Recommendations include that an alternative idea to build a bypass above ground to the south of the site not be ruled out, and that a tunnel longer than the proposed 1.8-mile (2.9 km) one be considered.

The busy A303 currently passes within a few hundred metres of the ancient monument in Wiltshire, and Highways England has said a tunnel will cut congestion and improve journey times.

Campaigners say a shorter tunnel will have an adverse impact on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the wider site.

Former Bath rugby player on his battle to walk again

Ed Jackson
BBC

In April rugby player Ed Jackson's life was changed forever.

The former Bath player had just finished lunch at a family barbecue near Bath.

But one "freak" moment later - as he dived into the shallow end of a pool thinking it was the deep end - left the 28-year-old with a broken neck.

Jackson was told at the time he may not walk again, but after 13 weeks of gruelling recovery and rehabilitation, he will now be allowed to go home.

Click here to read the full story.

Bristol arts venues lose out on funding

Arnolfini
BBC

Two arts venues in Bristol are among several to lose out on Arts Council England funding.

Arts Council chair Sir Nicholas Serota announced a new funding deal for 2018-2022.

The Arnolfini gallery is the biggest casualty among the 24 organisations that were funded last time, but were unsuccessful this time, however the Arts Council said its £750,000 would be ringfenced for visual arts in the city.

It was also announced Bristol Museums has had its annual grant cut by £236,412 per year.

Click here to read the full story.

Football: Swindon Town FC start pre-season training

Watch: New manager David Flitcroft wasted no time putting his mark on the squad

Some of Swindon Town's players were at Beversbrook Sports Facility in Calne today as they began their pre-season training.

New manager David Flitcroft was excited to get out with the squad and see the players in action.

Wildlife thriving on Somerset marshes

Watch: Mike Dilger explores a wildlife success story in Somerset

Conservationists have reported a record number of one species of bird in a part of Somerset.

Ten years ago there was only one pair of bitterns, but now there are 46 across the area's marshes.

The success story is partly down to a recent change of landscape on the Steart Marshes near Bridgwater.

Mike Dilger has been looking at how the creation of a number of nature reserves in the county is benefiting wildlife.

Cricket: Second day at Hove suffers washout

Hove
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Sussex's hopes of putting visitors Gloucestershire under pressure are put on hold, with the second day at Hove washed out.

Click here to read the full story.

ME - 'A lot of people assume it's not a real thing'

Watch: "Sometimes I feel quite lonely," said Isla

"A significant number" of those caring for children with ME have been accused of fabricating their child's illness, a survey has found.

Action for ME, which is based in Keynsham, said one in five respondents had had a safeguarding referral to a child protection team made against them.

Its chief executive said children and their carers faced a "double whammy" of diagnosis and not being believed.

NHS England has been asked to comment.

Plans for a new public space in Frome

Watch: See an artist's impression of how the work could look

Residents in Frome are being asked to have their say on designs for a new public square in the centre of the town.

A section of land next to the Cheese and Grain has been earmarked for redevelopment with an idea being to use it for public events.

Football: New deal for Yeovil assistant

Terry Skiverton
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Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton has signed an extended contract for a further season with the League Two club.

The 42-year-old former Glovers player and manager has been Yeovil boss Darren Way's number two since December 2015.

Click here to read the full story.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, at J11A for A417 Gloucester.

M5 Gloucestershire - M5 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J11a, A417 (Gloucester), 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

Ex-Robin gives England the lead

Tammy Abraham
Reuters

Tammy Abraham, who scored 26 goals on loan at Bristol City last season, has put England 2-1 up against Germany in the Euro under-21 semi-final.

Click here to follow the match on the BBC Sport website.

ME parents 'accused of fabrication'

Tired girl
Science Photo Library

A "significant number" of those caring for children with ME have been accused of fabricating their child's illness, a survey has found.

The charity Action for ME, based in Keynsham, said a safeguarding referral to a child protection team had been made against one in five respondents.

Its chief executive said children and their carers faced the "double whammy" of an ME diagnosis and not being believed about their condition.

Read the full story here.

A selection of local newspaper headlines

Cricket: Chris Rogers to return to Somerset

Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, between J16 for A3102 and J17 for A350.

M4 Wiltshire - Lane blocked on M4 westbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Gravestone barbecue 'just sick'

Gravestones in Devizes
BBC

Here's some comments in reaction to the story about homeless people in Devizes using a gravestone as base for a barbecue.

Amy-Louise Plumb said: "Regardless if you're homeless, there's more respectful places to camp out."

Jeanette Flippence called it "just sick", and Marion Lake said it was "terrible that some people do not respect places of rest".

While Christine Farley said it was "absolutely disgusting and very disrespectful to the dead", and added "the church should clean up and leave it clean".

Can Tammy help England to victory?

Tammy Abraham
BBC

Can Tammy Abraham carry his Robins form into today's England v Germany match?

The 19-year-old striker, who scored a whopping 26 goals on loan for Bristol City last season, will start for England in the the semi-finals of the Under-21s European Championships.

The match kicks off at 5pm and you can follow the action on the BBC Sport website.

Howzat! for a record cricket score?

Jamie Lait
Chedworth CC

This is Jamie Lait - cricketer and record breaker.

The 25-year-old scored a massive 259 not out at the weekend for Chedworth Cricket Club in Gloucestershire.

The club captain hit an amazing 27 fours and a remarkable 17 sixes on his way to the tally - which is a club record.

He said: “It was a day you dream of. Looking back, I’m not even sure how it all happened. It was one of those days when I kept managing to find the gaps.”

Reaction: Tombstone barbecue 'disgraceful and disrespectful'

The graveyard in Devizes
BBC

People have been responding on social media to our earlier story about a 200-year-old tombstone in Devizes being used for a barbecue by homeless people.

On BBC Wiltshire's Facebook page, the majority of people thought what happened was wrong.

Marie O'shaughnessy said it was "disgraceful and disrespectful" while Mandy King said it was "absolutely disgusting".

Jon Hares described it as "disgusting - no excuse for that mess" and Marion Lake said "it's terrible that some people do not respect places of rest."

However Victoria Harvey said she "would be quite happy to think someone would use my grave as a party venue one day, that's pretty cool".

Severe disruption: A39 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A39 Somerset both ways severe disruption, between B3141 Woolavington Hill and Bradney Lane affecting M5 J23.

A39 Somerset - A39 Bath Road in Bawdrip closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the B3141 Woolavington Hill junction and the Bradney Lane junction, because of a fuel spillage. Congestion to Bridgwater North and to Chilton Polden.

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

Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, between J16 for A3102 and J17 for A350.

M4 Wiltshire - Slow traffic on M4 westbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of an accident.

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

Barbecue on 200-year-old tombstone 'disgraceful'

Watch: The group had a barbecue on top of a tomb

The vicar of a church where a 200-year-old tombstone was used for a barbecue, has called it "disgraceful".

Up to 14 people, many of whom are homeless, were seen barbecuing in St John's in Devizes at the weekend.

They claim they had permission from the church and were not being disrespectful as it was not a "recent grave".

But Revd Canon Paul Richardson, said permission was "categorically" not given and it was "disgraceful" graves were "being shown such disrespect".

Prime Minister takes part in school's mental health session

Theresa May
PA

Prime Minister Theresa May is visiting Bristol today.

She sat in on a session for teachers receiving training in mental health support at Orchard School in the city.

Theresa May in Bristol
PA

Mrs May said that teachers who have been given special training to deal with pupils' mental health problems will make a "real difference to children's lives".

Staff have begun to receive the training as part of the Prime Minister's drive to tackle the "burning injustices" in society.

Theresa May in Bristol
PA

Bristol City sign defender Pisano

Eros Pisano
Getty Images

Championship club Bristol City have signed defender Eros Pisano on a two-year contract from Hellas Verona.

Pisano will officially join City after the expiry of his contract with the Italian side on 1 July.

Read the full 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

Swindon assault: Police appeal for witnesses

The Parade Shopping Centre, Swindon
Google
The assault took place near the Parade Shopping Centre, Swindon

Wiltshire Police is appealing for witnesses to what it describes as an "unprovoked assault" in the underpass between The Parade and bus station in Swindon town centre.

Around 1pm on Monday 26 June 2017 a woman in her twenties was assaulted by two other females in the underpass.

A small group of people gathered around and after the incident members of the public spoke to the injured woman who received bruises to her face.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or spoke to the injured woman.

Wolves loan keeper Flatt to Cheltenham

Jon Flatt
Getty Images

League Two club Cheltenham Town have signed goalkeeper Jon Flatt on a season-long loan from Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 22-year-old previously spent time on loan with the Gloucestershire club at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

Read the full story here.

Hip-hopping to world success

Watch: ADA Dark Angels in training and then in action in competition.

Did you know that Bristol is home to one of the most successful hip-hop dance groups in the world?

ADA Dark Angels have won national wards for the past eleven years. But now they're officially second best in the world after competing at The Dance Worlds in Florida.

Paul Mullin: Already at work with Swindon Town

Swindon sign Mullin from Morecambe

Paul Mullin
Getty Images

Relegated Swindon have signed striker Paul Mullin from League Two rivals Morecambe for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old agreed a two-year deal, having scored eight goals in 40 games in the fourth tier last season.

Read the full story here.

Strictly star Darcey opens multi-million pound centre in Yeovil

Darcey Bussell
Press Association

Ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell is in Yeovil today to open an entertainment complex - which was saved from closure by the biggest petition the local council had ever received.

Eight thousand people signed up to tell South Somerset District Council they wanted Westlands Yeovil to be reprieved.

It's now been given a £2.4m redevelopment and reopens to the public today.

Village HGV one-way plan 'is madness'

Two lorries stuck on the road through Melbury Abbas
Save Dinah's Hollow

Residents in a village where lorries regularly get stuck say encouraging the vehicles to use the route is "madness".

The C13 in Melbury Abbas, north Dorset, has been beset with problems including landslips and HGVs getting wedged.

Dorset County Council has been given £2.5m to upgrade the C13 and the A350 which run parallel with each other between Shaftesbury and Blandford.

Read the full story here.

BreakingArts Council say the future of St Pauls Carnival is 'secure'

The carnival started life as the St Pauls Festival in the 1960s.
ST PAULS CARNIVAL CIC

The Arts Council has announced £27 million of funding over the next 4 years for arts and cultural organisations in Bristol.

A further £3.3 million will also be put aside for the visual arts in Bristol.

The Arts Council say that these awards will secure the future of the St Pauls carnival by adding it to the national portfolio of organisations it helps support in the city.

Also joining the list will be the SS Great Britain and the Tobacco factory, which will receive a grant for a new performance studio.

Bristol man due in court on sexual assault charges

A 34-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault and intent to commit sexual assault offences on women following a series of incidents in Bristol.

The charges relates to incidents between 20 May and 24 June in High Street, Easton; Wells Road in Temple Meads; Salcombe Road in Knowle; Hungerford Road in Brislington and Strawberry Lane in St George in which women were approached, and on two occasions sexually assaulted.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court today.

Parents of children with ME accused of 'fabricating' illness

Isla's parents, from Leek, Staffordshire, have been accused of fabricating her ME

"A significant number" of those caring for children with ME have been accused of fabricating their child's illness, a survey has found.

Action for ME, which is based in Keynsham, said one in five respondents had had a safeguarding referral to a child protection team made against them.

Its chief executive said children and their carers faced a "double whammy" of diagnosis and not being believed.

NHS England has been asked to comment.

Developer reconsiders oak tree's future after 5,000-name petition

Tree
BBC

The developer behind plans for a new fast food outlet in Eastville Bristol says it will review whether it will remove a large oak tree, after 5,000 people signed a petition to save it.

A planning application has been submitted to to Bristol City Council for a new, smaller store, new shops and a gym, on the existing site.

Two held after £1m jewellery heist

Jewellery
Avon and Somerset Police

Two men have been arrested after jewellery valued at an estimated £1m was stolen in an armed robbery.

Four men on two motorcycles used axes and sledgehammers to smash the windows at Grey-Harris jewellers in Princess Victoria Street, in Clifton, Bristol.

Read the full story here.