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  1. News, sport, weather and travel across the West of England on Monday, 3 July 2017.

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We'll be back again tomorrow from 7am-10pm with all the news, sport, travel and weather from across the West of England.

Here's Sarah Thornton with the weather.

Anti-Hinkley campaigner thinks project will be 'scrapped'

The new nuclear power station being built at Hinkley Point in Somerset could cost £1.5bn more than expected.

But the government has insisted French power company EDF - and not the taxpayer - will have to pick up the bill.

Roy Pumfrey from the Stop Hinkley Campaign told BBC reporter Clinton Rogers he thinks the project is going to be "scrapped".

Roy Pumfrey from the Stop Hinkley Campaign thinks the project will be scrapped

Father inflicted 'fatal and terrible' injuries on baby

Aya Parker
Avon and Somerset Police

Lee Parker has admitted murdering his six-month-old baby daughter, Aya, on Christmas Day 2016.

Bristol Crown Court heard her skull was fractured in several places, with one fracture being 8cm long.

Richard Smith QC, prosecuting, said the injuries were consistent with Aya's head being hit against the bathroom door or wall but she also had a fractured jaw from an earlier injury that day.

He said Parker had been drinking wine all afternoon and had consumed cocaine and cannabis within the previous 24 hours leading up to her death.

Parker will be sentenced tomorrow.

Traffic flowing on the M4 again

M4 looking east
Highways England
M4 looking east

Hinkley Point to cost nearly 10% more than expected

Watch: BBC correspondent Clinton Rogers on Hinkley Point

BBC correspondent Clinton Rogers explains why EDF has added £1.5bn to the cost of building the Somerset nuclear plant.

French energy supplier EDF has estimated that the cost of completing the new Hinkley Point nuclear plant will be nearly 10% more than expected.

The company, which is the project's main backer, said the total cost of the power station was likely to rise by £1.5bn to £19.6bn.

Hinkley Point C would be the UK's first new nuclear plant for decades, but has been beset with budget problems.

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M4 delays around J20-21

M4 delays
Highways England
M4 delays
Highways England

M4 closed both ways between J21 and J20

Stroud MP appointed as shadow rural affairs minister

David Drew
BBC

The MP for Stroud, David Drew, has been appointed as shadow farming and rural affairs minister.

Mr Drew was re-elected last month, having previously lost his seat to Conservative MP Neil Carmichael in 2010.

25 wickets fall on day one at Cheltenham

Liam Norwell
Getty Images

Glamorgan finished an extraordinary day one on 59-5 in their second innings, 35 runs ahead of Gloucestershire, after 25 wickets crashed at Cheltenham.

They collapsed for a second time against Liam Norwell (3-14) after conceding a deficit of 24.

Aneurin Donald's 39 was the top score in Glamorgan's first-innings 117, David Payne claiming 3-37.

Read the full story here.

McLaren supercar destroyed in crash

Burnt out car
Trowbridge Fire Station

A McLaren A570S sports car was reduced to a twisted, burned-out wreck after it struck a building and burst into flames.

The driver and passenger escaped with only minor injuries following the crash at Heywood, near Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue were called to the site on Westbury Road just before 6:30am on Sunday.

Crews found the occupants had made it out of the burning sports car, which was stuck beneath a collapsed wall.

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Father of meningitis victim backs vaccine campaign

Parents in the West who have lost children to meningitis have backed a campaign by Stroud-based charity Meningitis Now.

It wants all 17-and-18-year-olds, particularly those about to start university, to get vaccinated.

Paul Gentry's daughter Izzy died in May last year. He said the disease "can kill within hours".

Izzy Gentry
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Izzy Gentry, 16, was in the middle of exams when she was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary in May last year
Paul Gentry whose daughter Izzy died of meningitis backs vaccine appeal

Somerset respond after Plunkett spell

Liam Plunkett
Rex Features

Somerset fought back with three Yorkshire wickets late on the first day, after Liam Plunkett's 4-73 had put the Tykes on top at Scarborough.

Having opted to bat first, the visitors promptly slipped to 67-4 after Plunkett combined with Tim Bresnan (2-43) to tear through the top order.

Only Adam Hose (62) passed 50, while last man Tim Groenewald hit 41 off 24 balls to drag Somerset to 268 all out.

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Meningitis W: Grieving mum thought it affected 'babies and young children'

A campaign to persuade students to get vaccinated against meningitis has been by launched by parents who have lost children to the infection.

Grieving parents, along with Stroud charity Meningitis Now, want young people to have the jab to protect against meningitis W in particular - a sometimes deadly strain that is on the rise.

Steve and Karen Pegler, from Wotton-under-Edge, lost their 18-year-old son Chris in 2010.

"I just thought it was babies and young children until this happened, three weeks after his 18th birthday," said Mrs Pegler.

"I don't want anyone else to go through what we've gone through.

"It's just devastating and you just miss that person so much."

Signs and symptoms of meningitis
BBC
Signs and symptoms of meningitis

Suspected fuel thief 'killed by accomplice'

Court artist's sketch of Shakrul Islam
Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire
Shakrul Islam is on trial for the manslaughter of Kyle Clarke

A suspected fuel thief was run over and killed by his accomplice on a petrol station forecourt, a court has heard.

Shakrul Islam, 31, is on trial for the manslaughter of Kyle Clarke, who died after being caught under the car's wheels in Bristol in January.

The city's crown court heard non-driver Mr Islam got behind the wheel when a petrol station employee attempted to stop Mr Clarke.

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Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg - an unlikely social media star

Jacob Rees-Mogg
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Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative MP for North East Somerset has become an unlikely cult figure on social media.

The eccentric Eton- and Oxford-educated backbencher not only has dozens of Facebook pages devoted to him but is now more popular on Instagram than Theresa May.

The MP admits he is surprised by his newfound popularity but as a "late convert to social media" it's "turned out to be great fun".

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Couple paint their house to look like a castle

A house in Weston-super-Mare is attracting the attention of the neighbours, after its owners had the back of it painted to look like a medieval castle.

Jayne Townley described her family as liking things that are "a bit weird and wacky".

Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire eastbound

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M50 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A417 and J1 for A38.

M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M50 eastbound between J2, A417 (Ledbury) and J1, A38 (Tewkesbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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MP warns service cuts could lead to Grenfell type fire in Bristol

WATCH: MP Kerry McCarthy in the House of Commons

Labour MP Kerry McCarthy has warned the government that Bristol could face a fire disaster similar to that of Grenfell Tower in west London as a result of cuts to the city's services.

The Bristol East MP told the Commons that reductions to the Avon Fire Authority's budget and Avon and Somerset Police had gone too far.

Home Office Minister Nick Hurd said the budget settlement for the city was "fair".

Great bustards thriving in Wiltshire once again

The great bustard is back in Wiltshire

The wild population of great bustards in the UK is on the point of becoming self-sustaining for the first time since the bird became extinct in 1832.

Since 2004, the Great Bustard Group has released hundreds of chicks on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. Soon, they expect the population will be robust enough to survive on its own.

Cystic fibrosis sufferer calls for new drug to be made available

A cystic fibrosis sufferer from Swindon is calling on the government to make a new drug, which could ease his condition, available on the NHS.

Daniel Bodio is one of 11,000 people in the UK who has the condition, which makes it difficult to breathe.

Daniel described the situation as "massively frustrating" as so many other countries have the drug.

Daniel Bodio describes situation as "massively frustrating".

Gloucester Cathedral's old lobby removed

Looks like work on modernising Gloucester Cathedral is progressing nicely.

The old wooden entrance lobby is being replaced with a new glass lobby, as part of Project Pilgrim.

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Suspected fuel thief denies manslaughter of friend

Kyle Clarke
Family photo
Kyle Clarke died after being knocked down at the Texaco garage on Hengrove Way on 10 January

A suspected fuel thief was killed by his accomplice as he tried to drive off from a Bristol petrol station, a court heard.

Shakrul Islam, 31, of Rounceval Street, Chipping Sodbury, is accused of killing friend Kyle Clarke, 27, after running him over during a botched robbery at Texaco, in Hengrove, in January.

Bristol Crown Court heard Mr Islam, who can't drive, got into the car after a garage employee grabbed Mr Clarke as the pair attempted to get away.

Mr Clarke's body was caught under the wheels and dragged for some distance before Mr Islam was caught.

Shakrul Islam denies the manslaughter of Mr Clarke but has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

The case continues.

Texaco garage in Hengrove Way
Google
Kyle Clarke was run over near the Texaco garage off Hengrove Way

Clarks steps back into UK production

Clarks HQ
BBC

The shoe retailer Clarks is to start making shoes in the UK once again.

The firm has announced it is to open a new manufacturing unit, featuring "robot-assisted" technology, at its headquarters in Street, Somerset.

Up to 300,000 pairs a year of the footwear firm's desert boots will be made at the facility, creating up to 80 technical and managerial jobs.

Read the full story here.

School leavers stunned when their headteacher sings 'One Day More'

The headteacher of Monkton Combe School in Bath was delivering his final speech to school leavers when he stunned them all by bursting into song.

He sang "One Day More" from the musical Les Misérables - and other teachers joined in as the song went on.

Cheltenham sign defender Forster

Jordon Forster
Getty Images

Defender Jordon Forster has joined English League Two side Cheltenham from Scottish Premiership club Hibernian.

Forster, 23, had a year remaining on his contract with Hibernian, who won the Scottish Championship in 2016-17.

Read the full story here.

Lee Parker pleads guilty to the murder of his six-month-old daughter

Aya Parker died early on Christmas Day at an address in Kingswood, Bristol
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Aya Parker died early on Christmas Day at an address in Kingswood, Bristol

Lee Parker has pleaded guilty to the murder of his six-month-old daughter Aya in the early hours of Christmas morning, 2016, in Kingswood near Bristol.

Emergency services were called to a property at Britton Gardens.

Parker, who lives at Britton Gardens, was charged with her murder on December 28th 2016. He had previously pleaded not guilty.

Sentencing will take place this afternoon and tomorrow.

Analysis: Why Hinkley Point costs and delays are rising

Theo Leggett

BBC Business News Reporter

Hinkley Point C
PA

EDF is building two new reactors at Hinkley Point. They are expected to provide 7% of the country's electricity needs for 60 years.

The project was formally given the go-ahead in 2016, following intense political debate over its expense, the reactor design being used, and the involvement of a Chinese company in funding its construction.

EDF has now carried out a review of the project and says it is expected to cost £19.6bn - £1.5bn more than previously thought.

It says the increase is partly due to adapting the design to meet demands from British regulators.

It says there is also a risk of a delay of up to 15 months in building the first reactor.

Turbo trains start running on Severn Beach line

Extra "Turbo" trains are running in Bristol for the first time today.

The diesel Turbo trains - which were in use in the Thames Valley region - will now be operating on the Severn Beach line.

Great Western Railway said the new "Turbo service" is the first stage of a "cascade" of its diesel trains being introduced to the West of England, to provide "additional carriages, and more modern trains".

Severn Beach Line
BBC
Turbo trains will operate on the Severn Beach Line

Grieving parents urge students to get meningitis vaccine

Parents who've lost their children to meningitis in the West are urging students to get the ACWY vaccine.

They're working with Meningitis Now to try to encourage more young people to have the jab, especially as the number of cases of the potentially fatal W strain of the disease are increasing.

The Men ACWY vaccine was first introduced for new university students in the UK last year.

Public Health England figures show just 33% of students had the jab last year.

Vaccine
BBC

New bus gate closes road

Cars trying to drive through parts of Monkton Heathfield near Taunton are being diverted along the A38 from today.

A new bus gate is being installed and Bridgwater Road is closed to all traffic except buses.

This is part of a large-scale redevelopment of the area, which includes new housing and the relocation of the local school.

Bridgwater Road, Monkton Heathfield near Taunton
Google

We recognise the closure of the Milton Hill junction will be disruptive, particularly for those accessing Heathfield School. But the good news is we’ve worked with the developer to reduce their 10-week programme to eight weeks and the bulk of it will take place over the school summer holidays.

Cllr John WoodmanSomerset County Council’s cabinet member for highways

Eddie the Eagle pleased with ski jump sale

Listen: Eddie the Eagle pleased with ski sale

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards said he was "very surprised" two of his old skis raised £450 for charity.

The former British ski jumper, who lives in Stroud, donated an unmatched pair of his original 1980s jump skis to the Door Youth Project for them to be sold on Ebay.

The auction described them as "not being fit for ski-jumping use".

Seventeen years of bad art to go on show

"Chilli n'Minors" by "Doug Pitt" beat 68 rivals to take the top prize in 2010
BBC
"Chilli n'Minors" by "Doug Pitt" beat 68 rivals to take the top prize in 2010

Bad art winners of the Somerset-based Turnip Prize, a spoof of the Turner Prize contemporary art awards, are to go on display in Wedmore later.

The Turnip Prize was founded in 1999 in the wake of artist Tracey Emin's controversial My Bed being nominated for the Turner Prize.

Each year, the competition receives scores of entries of deliberately bad artworks which are whittled down to just one, which is recognised for its complete "lack of effort".

"Ewe Kip" by Drunken Shepherd
Turnip Prize
Drunken Shepherd took the top prize in 2014 for her work entitled Ewe Kip
"Play on Words" by Percy long-Prong
Turnip Prize
In 2013, Percy long-Prong was awarded for his work entitled Play on Words.

Organiser Trevor Prideaux, said the "retrospective" was a "world premiere for Wedmore Arts Festival".

"Past winners will be on display, or at least those that have withstood the test of time," he said.

"After all, qualifications for the sought-after award include showing a complete lack of effort as well as the potential to be remembered in art history for no time at all."

Salisbury boss Claridge plays aged 51

Steve Claridge
Getty Images

Salisbury boss Steve Claridge came out of retirement at the age of 51 to play in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Claridge, who played more than 1,000 senior games before retiring in 2012, started the 3-0 defeat by Portsmouth.

He came in as there was a player shortage against the League One side, with two on holiday.

The Wiltshire side are the 23rd team the BBC Sport pundit has played for.

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'Wiltshire bustards' a year or two away

The latest delivery of great bustard chicks from Spain could be one of the last to be imported into Wiltshire.

For more than a decade the great bustard team has been reintroducing the world's heaviest flying bird back onto Salisbury Plain.

Now there are signs the population is becoming self-sustainable in the UK for the first time in 185 years.

"Out there on the plain we do have wild-bred, wild-reared great bustards," said David Waters, from the Great Bustard Group.

"And in another year or two those will have bred. That's when we can say they're really Wiltshire bustards."

Great bustard chicks
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Clarks brings shoe making back to Somerset

Clarks desert boots
BBC

Clarks is to start making shoes in Somerset once again, as it announced a new manufacturing unit at its headquarters in Street.

Up to 300,000 pairs a year of the footwear firm's iconic desert boots will be produced at the facility, creating up to 80 technical and managerial jobs.

Clarks' desert boots are currently made in Vietnam and India.

Mike Shearwood, Clarks chief executive, said it was "delighted to be bringing shoe manufacturing back to the UK" and creating a "significant number of highly skilled jobs".

Shoe manufacturing was first started in Street by Clarks nearly 200 years ago in 1825.

McLaren supercar crash: 'Amazing nobody was badly injured'

Scene of crash
Trowbridge Fire Station

The fire service has said it was "absolutely amazing" nobody was seriously injured when a McLaren supercar struck a building and burst into flames.

The car's occupants walked away from the scene after the crash on Sunday morning at Heywood, near Trowbridge in Wiltshire.

Prior to hitting the building it snapped an electric pole in half, and forced the top half of the pole through the window of the house. We were confronted with a live electrical cable which was strewn across the highway so crews had to negotiate their way through part of a wood in order to get to the incident.

Damien BenceDorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

Lorry crashes into house in Wiltshire

Devizes, Wiltshire
BBC

A lorry's come off the road near the Caen Hill Locks in Devizes and crashed into a house.

It happened this morning next to Prison Bridge over the canal, near the Townsend Garden Centre.

It's not known if anyone's been injured.

Devizes, Wiltshire
BBC

Hinkley Point: Timeline to rising costs and delays

Hinkley Point C
PA

As French power company EDF announces Hinkley Point C could go £1.5bn over budget and again be delayed, we take a look at the project which has been beset by delays and criticisms.

Avonmouth processing plant 'should be torn down'

An Avonmouth resident wants Bristol City Council to insist that a processing plant built behind his property is "torn down".

It is claimed Day Group built the facility without obtaining proper planning permission, after the council admitted issuing the firm "lawful use" certificates in error.

The plant - which is intended to process ash from incinerated household waste - isn't operational as the Environment Agency has yet to grant it an environmental permit.

Day Group says the plant is "entirely legitimate" and there is "no reason why it would, or should, be taken down".

The village of Avonmouth is sick of getting dumped on. It's not just me, there are a number of people who are not at all happy that this thing has been allowed to spring up.

Ian RobinsonLocal resident
Avonmouth, Bristol
Day Group

BreakingFour cabinet members resign from Banes

It has been confirmed that four cabinet members have resigned from Bath and North East Somerset Council (Banes).

The Bath Chronicle's Sam Petherick reported Liz Richardson, cabinet member for homes and planning, Tony Clarke, for transport, Michael Evans for children's services and Patrick Anketell-Jones for economic development are no longer in the cabinet.

No reason has been given as yet for their departure.

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