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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 28 June 2017

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Goodnight from us - we'll be back tomorrow at 7am

Watch: See the weather map for Thursday

That's it from BBC Local Live for the West of England - we'll be back online with more live updates from 7am tomorrow.

Tomorrow should get off to a brighter start but it will turn cloudier with a little showery rain later in the day.

Archaeologist concerned for future of Stonehenge

Watch: Archaeologist Mike Pitts talks to BBC presenter Liz Beacon

Wiltshire archaeologist Mike Pitts said he was very concerned about the future of Stonehenge.

He told BBC Points West presenter Liz Beacon the challenge to "address the current demands" on the busy A303 road near the stones "means that substantial works are necessary".

A recent Unesco report has warned a proposed tunnel near Stonehenge could damage the site and suggested the idea should be reconsidered.

'Wholesale changes' needed at county council

Watch: Cllr Paul Hodgkinson wants to see "wholesale changes"

An independent review of children's services in Gloucestershire will be carried out after "serious and widespread failures" were found.

The motion, agreed on at an extraordinary meeting of the county council, was proposed by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Lib Dem).

The review will be carried out by the Local Government Association.

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Teachers use Minecraft to inspire pupils

Making volcanoes with Minecraft
BBC

Teachers are using the computer game Minecraft to help students with special educational needs in science lessons.

Gavin Allen, from Sir Bernard Lovell Academy in Oldland Common, said the pupils with autism were "obsessed with Minecraft".

He added it was "great to see them engage".

Football: Swindon sign two defenders

Ben Purkiss and Olly Lancashire
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Swindon Town have signed defenders Ben Purkiss and Olly Lancashire on free transfers from Port Vale and Shrewsbury respectively.

Right-back Purkiss, 33, spent most of his career at York and Walsall, before moving to Vale in 2015.

Centre-half Lancashire, 28, has signed a two-year deal after having his Shrewsbury contract cancelled.

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Brain injury centre to close

Princess Anne opening Swindon brain injury centre in 2013
BBC
The brain injury centre was opened by Princess Anne in 2013

A centre for people with brain injury and mental health needs is to close.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust said the "difficult decision" to shut Chalkdown House, in Swindon, was due to "pressures and changes within the NHS".

It said it had made "significant financial losses" caused by falling admissions and difficulties in recruiting staff.

Five people are currently being treated at the centre and will be moved to other NHS organisations.

About 39 staff are at risk of redundancy.

Council needs to 'rebuild confidence' following criticism

Watch: Council leader Mark Hawthorne says confidence needs to be rebuilt

There's to be a full independent review into children's services at Gloucestershire County Council following a damning report by Ofsted.

The department was rated inadequate with too many children being left for too long at risk of harm.

Today a Liberal Democrat motion into the culture and management of the services has been approved.

Darcey Bussell opens ballroom and entertainment venue

Watch: See the moment Darcey cut the tape

Ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell has opened an entertainment complex in Yeovil.

The dancer cut the ribbon at the newly refurbished Westlands Entertainment Venue.

She said it was "essential to have entertainment, culture, sport and amazing to have it all under one roof".

Football: Cheltenham defender signs new deal

Jordan Cranston
Empics

Cheltenham Town defender Jordan Cranston has signed an extended one-year deal with the League Two club.

The 23-year-old has been with the Robins since January 2016, having previously played for clubs including Notts County and Wolves.

He made 46 appearances in all competitions for Cheltenham in the 2016-17 season.

"He's got a lot of potential and is one of our best athletes," manager Gary Johnson told the club website.

New rail station announced

Tim Bowles, Conservative
BBC

A new railway station for one of Bristol's main park-and-ride sites has been announced by the region's new metro mayor.

A range of transport plans were approved at the first meeting of the West of England Joint Committee.

Among his key announcements was the spending of £2.2m to build a single-platform rail station next to the park-and-ride at Portway, Bristol, on the Severn Beach Line.

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Football: Yeovil sign Guadeloupe defender Zubar

Stephane Zubar
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League Two club Yeovil Town have signed former Bournemouth defender Stephane Zubar on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old has agreed a one-year deal at Huish Park.

Formerly with Plymouth, Bury, Port Vale and York City player, the Guadeloupe international most recently played for non-league side Weymouth.

He started his senior club career with French side Caen, before moving to England in 2010 to join Argyle, for whom he started 33 league games.

Memories of the night Charles' home was bombed

Watch: Charles Reeves shares his story

The only remaining survivor of a Luftwaffe raid on Weston-super-Mare has been speaking about the moment, 75 years ago today, when a German bomb destroyed his family's home in Worle.

Charles Reeves told how his grandfather Charles Drury heard a bomber flying above the home in Ebdon Road on the night of 28 June, 1942.

There were no air raid warnings, but he woke his family and got them to safety just before a 400lb bomb exploded next to the house, demolishing most of it.

Review of 'failing' children's services

Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall
Google

An independent review of children's services in Gloucestershire will be carried out after "serious and widespread failures" were found.

Education watchdog Ofsted said children were being left in situations of "risk of significant harm for too long" because dangers were not recognised.

Inspectors rated the department as inadequate and said standards had "deteriorated significantly".

In a meeting, councillors unanimously agreed to a review into the failings.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Gloucestershire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed 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

Cat 'lucky to be alive' after 150-mile trip under car bonnet

Watch: The cat was stuck under a car bonnet

A vet from Staffordshire says a cat's lucky to be alive after travelling 150 miles to Wiltshire when it got stuck under a car bonnet.

Ronney the cat, aged 12, lost part of his tail after suffering first degree burns during the trip.

He has been in care since April and should return home next month.

Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, between J23 for A39 and J24 for A38 affecting J22 for A38.

M5 Somerset - Very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J23, A39 (Bridgwater North) and J24, A38 (Bridgwater South), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea).

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

So how well do you know your trees?

Watch: How well do you know your trees?

Earlier we showed you three trees - common in Britain - and asked if you could identify them.

It comes after a survey by the Woodland Trust revealed a lack of knowledge about the subject.

So how did you do? The answers are revealed in the video above.

State-of-the-art distribution centre due to open

The Range
BBC

A huge distribution centre - one of the largest in the UK - is due to open for business.

The building at Central Park in Avonmouth cost £100m and will create 1,000 jobs.

The Range and DHL Supply Chain said it'll provide work for managers, general administrators and stock controllers.

This new, innovative distribution centre will allow us to expand to further locations around Europe while evolving our e-commerce division and providing an even better service in store and online to our local and global customers.

Chris DawsonFounder and owner of The Range

Incinerator protesters storm council HQ

Protest at Shire Hall, Gloucester, against incinerator plan
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Protesters have stormed council offices demanding work on a planned £500m waste incinerator is stopped.

Dozens of people gathered on the steps of Shire Hall in Gloucester, with some daubing graffiti on the doors and floor.

Councillors later rejected calls to halt construction until the contract between developers and the county council had been investigated.

Protesters said they would continue their "direct action" until the contract was cancelled.

Zara Tindall's champion horse Toytown dies

Toytown (right)
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Zara Tindall's best-known horse Toytown has been put down at the age of 25 for medical reasons.

The Queen's granddaughter, who's based in Gloucestershire, won individual European eventing gold in 2005 and the world title in 2006 with Toytown.

The horse was retired from equestrian competition in 2011.

"I'm heartbroken that I had to say goodbye to my greatest friend and horse of a lifetime, Toytown. He was the most incredible athlete with the biggest heart," she said in a statement.

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Severe accident: A358 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A358 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Smokeham Lane and Watts Lane.

A358 Somerset - A358 in Flaxpool blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Smokeham Lane junction and the Watts Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Australian detectives heading to UK in missing toddler probe

Cheryl Grimmer
NSW Police

Detectives investigating the murder of a toddler from Bristol, who disappeared in Australia nearly 50 years ago, are understood to be travelling to the UK soon.

Three year-old Cheryl Grimmer went missing from a beach in New South Wales in 1970, shortly after her family emigrated there from the West Country.

The case was re-examined last year and a 63-year-old man from Melbourne was charged with Cheryl's abduction and murder.

Australian Police want to interview key witnesses now living in the UK.

Bristol Rovers' bids rejected by Peterborough

Bristol City sign Diedhiou for £5.3m

Famara Diedhiou
Getty Images

Bristol City have broken their transfer record to sign Senegal international striker Famara Diedhiou for £5.3m from French top flight club Angers.

The 24-year-old has agreed a four-year deal at Ashton Gate.

The Robins' previous transfer record of £3.25m was also paid to Angers for striker Jonathan Kodjia in 2015.

Read the full story here.

Street preachers to appeal conviction over Bristol shopping centre sermon

Michael Overd (left) was arrested in July at Broadmead shopping centre in Bristol
Simon Holliday
Michael Overd (left) was arrested in July at Broadmead shopping centre in Bristol

Two street preachers today began their appeals against religiously aggravated public order offences over their sermons to shoppers in Bristol.

Michael Overd, 52, from Somerset, and American Michael Stockwell, 50, were filmed in July last year preaching at Bristol's Broadmead shopping centre.

Police said the pair "used their platform to comment on other religions and sexuality using disparaging and offensive language".

But the Christian Legal Centre, which is representing the men, said the prosecution was "nothing more than a modern-day heresy trial, dressed up under the Public Order Act".

Metro mayor starts work to deliver on ambitious promises

Tim Bowles
BBC

The new 'metro mayor' for the West of England said our region could now be "much more ambitious" when it came to the thorny issues of transport, house building, business and jobs.

That was the promise at Tim Bowles' inauguration following his election victory last month.

Now he has the chance to begin delivering on that promise as today he chairs his first meeting of the West of England Combined Authority (WoECA).

The mayor of Bristol, and leaders of South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset councils, will be joining him to appoint a deputy mayor and formally agree ways to make the most of devolved powers and budgets.

A key agreement will be how to create a Joint Local Transport Plan, to try to finally come up with a coordinated, region-wide plan to deal with the West's chronic transport problems.

Severe accident: M4 Bristol eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol eastbound severe accident, between J22 for M49 and J21 for M48.

M4 Bristol - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M4 eastbound between J22 M49 and J21 M48, because of an accident involving a single vehicle.

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

Railway station to be built alongside park-and-ride site

Portway park-and-ride
Google

A single-platform railway station is to be built alongside the Portway park-and-ride site in Bristol.

It's one of a number of transport-related projects announced by the West of England "metro mayor".

Tim Bowles said the projects "would deliver much-needed infrastructure for the region".

Today we’ve approved a range of large and small transport projects that add up to deliver a better-connected region

Tim Bowles

Vehicles seized in Clifton armed robbery inquiry

Three vehicles believed to be involved in the armed robbery at a jewellers in Clifton earlier this week have now been seized by police.

Two motorcycles were seized from roads in the Sneyd Park area of Bristol shortly after the incident on Monday lunchtime.

A stolen BMW 320d was recovered from Failand Crescent in Sea Mills yesterday, along with a bag believed to have been used to transport the stolen jewellery.

Jewellery worth an estimated £1m was stolen during the robbery at Grey-Harris & Co jewellers in Princess Victoria Street at around 12.50pm on Monday.

Jewellery
Avon and Somerset Police
Jewellery worth an estimated £1 million was stolen in the raid.

'We’re disappointed' National Trust, English Heritage and Historic England on Unesco Stonehenge report

Stonehenge
PA

Responding to Unesco's concerns that a proposed tunnel under Stonehenge was "highly likely to bring adverse impacts to a range of archaeological monuments on its course", the three conservation groups said that maintaining the status quo was not an option.

We’re disappointed that the report largely ignores both the benefits of removing a large stretch of the A303 and the danger of doing nothing at all... We believe that if well-designed and sited with the utmost care for the surrounding archaeology and chalk grassland landscape, the tunnel proposal presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide a setting worthy of some of the nation’s most important ancient monuments and will bring huge benefits in terms of public access, nature conservation and protecting the nation’s heritage.

Statement

Traffic released on M4 - but still delays

Travel: Queuing traffic eastbound on the M4 after collision

Traffic
Highways England
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Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M4 Wiltshire - M4 partially blocked and slow traffic eastbound between J17, A350 (Chippenham) in Lower Stanton St Quintin and J16, A3102 (Swindon West) in Wiltshire, because of an accident.

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

Do you remember the 1976 heatwave?

PW60 The 1976 heatwave

It was warm last week. But it was warmer back in 1976.

In fact, summer '76 was the hottest UK heatwave since records began - and the mercury hit 35.6C (96F) in the South West.

As part of our celebration of Points West's 60th anniversary we've dug out this footage of some hot, hazy days.

Severe disruption: A38 Bristol both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Bristol both ways severe disruption, between Temple Street and Hebron Road.

A38 Bristol - A38 Bedminster Down Road in Bedminster closed in both directions between the Temple Street junction and the Hebron Road junction, because of Fallen Scaffolding.

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

Road closed after scaffolding hit by trailer

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Part of West Street in the Bedminster area of Bristol has been cordoned-off after a car towing a trailer hit scaffolding earlier today.

Police say the road is likely to be closed for the next two hours and are advising motorists to avoid the area.

Travel: West Street in Bristol closed - delays in area

Severe disruption: M48 Gloucestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

M48 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, between J1 for A403 and J2 for A466 Wye Valley Link Road.

M48 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M48 Severn Bridge westbound between J1, A403 (Aust) and J2, A466 (Chepstow), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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