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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Wednesday, 5th July 2017

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Weather for the West

Watch: Sara Thornton with the weather forecast

It looks like it's going to be hot again tomorrow, with a chance of some thundery showers.

Here's Sara Thornton with all the details.

And that's all from us for tonight.

We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 7am-10pm tomorrow.

Glastonbury defends litter pickers' contracts

Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury
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The Glastonbury Festival has defended its reported use of zero-hours contracts, following an attack on their use by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Reports suggested hundreds of litter pickers were laid off after just two days because there was not as much litter as expected after the event.

Mr Corbyn, who has promised to ban zero-hours contracts, appeared at the festival last month, telling the crowd young people should not have to "accept low wages and insecurity as just part of life".

In a statement, the festival said the litter pickers were all given temporary worker agreements.

Click here to read the full story.

Cricket St Thomas team preparing for Soapbox Race

The Cricket St Thomas Golf Club Soapbox team are getting ready to compete in the Red Bull Soapbox Race at London's Alexandra Palace on 9 July.

The race is an international event in which amateur drivers race homemade 'soapbox' vehicles powered by nothing more than gravity - and courage.

The Cricket St Thomas Golf Club team will take on the course at London's Alexandra Palace

Could you give an injured wild animal a lift on your way home?

The charity says it needs people to drive injured animals to their centre in Highbridge.

Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Highbridge, Somerset, has put out an appeal for people who live in Bristol to help them.

The charity often receives calls from the Bristol area about animals that need help. But many of their volunteer drivers aren't actually based there.

So, they are looking for people who live in Somerset, but who work in Bristol, to drop by their local vets in the evening, so they can act as an animal taxi on the way home from work.

'Funeral' protest held over incinerator plan

Watch: 'Funeral' protest held over incinerator plan

Protestors returned to Shire Hall in Gloucester for the third time in a week to protest against the waste incinerator being built by the council.

Campaigners held a fake funeral for the "death of democracy" and painted slogans outside.

They want the contract cancelled claiming that it's unlawful and needs more public scrutiny.

The council said it respects the right to protest but that the incinerator would cut carbon emissions and save over £100m for the taxpayer.

Second cave rescue in a week for crews

Fire crew at Box tunnels
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue

Firefighters have rescued a group of people trapped in a Wiltshire cave for the second time in a week.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue worked with Mendip Cave Rescue to free them from the former stone mines in Box after being called at 02:50 BST.

Martin Grass, from Mendip Cave Rescue, who helped rescue the seven, in their late teens and early 20s, said they were "cold and inadequately equipped".

Read the full story here.

Police failed murdered man Bijan Ebrahimi on many levels

Watch: Ebrahimi's former neighbours remember him

A report has found police failed a man who was murdered in Bristol on many levels, over many years.

An IPCC investigation into the Bijan Ebrahimi case found he was treated with disrespect, prejudice and contempt, and was branded an attention-seeker, nuisance and a liar.

The 44-year-old repeatedly called police to report harassment and threats, and hours before he was beaten to death and then set on fire by a neighbour, he told police he feared for his life.

BBC Points West's Charlotte Callen met his former neighbours.

Royal visit for the National Star College

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited students and staff at The National Star College today.

It's just one of the events marking the 50th anniversary of the college based at Ullenwood, Gloucestershire.

For the past half-a-century, the college has helped unlock the potential of students with physical and learning difficulties who have come from all over the UK.

Ashton Gate in Lego

Watch: Someone's made a model of Ashton Gate out of Lego

Ashton Gate has become the latest stadium to be built by a football fan who has set himself the challenge of piecing together all 92 English league and Scottish Premiership grounds from Lego bricks.

Bristol City’s stadium is number 44 for Chris Smith, who documents his creations on his website, Brickstand.

MetroBus boss quits amid costs row

Artists impression of the Bus Rapid Transit Network proposed by the West of England Councils
West of england partnership
The "rapid transit" bus scheme was devised by the four councils in Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset

The man in charge of delivering a major part of Bristol's MetroBus network has resigned from his role.

Chris Sane left South Gloucestershire Council days before it emerged the cost of building the North Fringe to Hengrove route had risen £4.6m since November.

Amid months of traffic delays, the construction bill is now £16m higher than forecast two years ago.

Mr Sane resigned on 30 June for "personal reasons", the council said.

Read the full story here.

Somerset on top against depleted Tykes

James Hildreth
Rex Features

Somerset built a healthy lead on the third day against Yorkshire, who were without injured seamers Liam Plunkett and Ryan Sidebottom at Scarborough.

Plunkett, who took 4-73 in Somerset's first innings, was unable to bowl because of a suspected groin injury, while Sidebottom has a back problem.

Read the full story here.

Broken £1K table sells for £17K

The Victorian coffee table that sold for £17,360
Charterhouse Auctioneers

A coffee table with a broken leg has fetched £17,360 at auction.

The table, which had a small part of the leg missing, had been owned by a woman near Bristol who sold it because she was moving house.

Click here to read the full story.

Ebrahimi report: family slams 'racism'

The family of Bijan Ebrahimi has issued the following statement and raised questions about police racism:

Had the authorities not colluded in the race hate crime that Bijan suffered in his council flat over all those years, he would be alive today. Avon and Somerset Constabulary has taken responsibility for its racial discrimination against Bijan and for failing to protect his life. Bristol City Council must now do the same, if justice is to be done.

Bijan Ebrahimi's family
Mr Ebrahimi's sisters
BBC
Mr Ebrahimi's sisters, Mojgan Kahayatian (left) and Manisha Moores (right)

The root causes of this atrocity run deep within the institutions responsible for protecting the lives of vulnerable council tenants. Bijan was left defenceless against the race hatred of other tenants because the very institutions whose duty it was to protect him are infected with the same racism.

Tony MurphyBhatt Murphy Solicitors

Golden tickets: the Bristol hunt is on!

Watch: Golden tickets hidden in Bristol

Golden tickets have been hidden around Bristol as part of the Colston Hall's 150th anniversary celebrations.

There are 21 in total to find. Those that discover one will win a pair of tickets to a concert of their choice.

There's also a platinum ticket to find which secures the finder a pair of tickets to as many gigs of their choice between September and February.

Get hunting!

Football: Notts County interested in Forest Green midfielder

Liam Noble
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League Two side Notts County are keen on re-signing Forest Green Rovers midfielder Liam Noble.

Noble, 26, spent two seasons at Notts but was released in June 2016 and joined Forest Green on a two-year deal.

Click here to read the full story.

Ebrahimi: 'Police responding to any incident should keep an open mind'

Watch: IPCC commissioner Jan Williams says it's really important police responding to any incident keep an open mind

A disabled Iranian refugee repeatedly reported death threats and racial abuse to police for seven years before being brutally murdered, a report has found.

Bijan Ebrahimi was beaten to death and set alight on a Bristol estate amid false claims he was a paedophile.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said he had been treated "consistently differently from his neighbours" in what could be construed as "racial bias, conscious or unconscious".

Click here to read more.

23 arrests after drugs warrants in Taunton

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Today wasn’t just about taking drug dealers off the street; more importantly it was about protecting vulnerable people who are exploited due to debt, addiction, mental health problems or other issues that make them an easy target. We won’t tolerate it.

Lisa SimpsonC/Insp Avon and Somerset Police

Safety warning over Box stone mines

Fire crews at Box stone mines
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to think twice before visiting the former stone mines below Box.

Firefighters have attended at Box Hill twice in three days to support Mendip Cave Rescue in bringing groups of people to safety.

According to firefighters anyone intending to explore any underground complex should:

  • Always tell someone where you are going, where you intend to park, and what time you intend to back on the surface – and make sure they have all appropriate mobile phone numbers for contacting you.
  • Dress appropriately – it can get very cold underground so take warm clothes, even if you don’t think you’ll need them.
  • Have more than one torch, fully charged, and make sure all mobile phones are fully charged as well.
  • Take water and some snacks.
  • Use a map and, where possible, check before you leave that the map is still valid – for example, some entrance points may have been closed off since the map was produced.

Country house rescue

Firefighters practise emergency evacuation of a National Trust property in Somerset.

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Why some love the MP with Mogg-mentum

Social media appeal of Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg

North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has become an unlikely star of social media - with some fans already calling for him to stand for Prime Minister.

BBC Daily Politics reporter Ellie Price investigates.

Second cave rescue in a week for fire crews

Box tunnel rescue
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue

Firefighters have rescued a group of people trapped in a Wiltshire cave for the second time in three days.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue worked with Mendip Cave Rescue to free the group from former stone mines in Box after being called just before 3am.

Martin Grass, from Mendip Cave Rescue, who helped rescue the seven, in their late teens and early 20s, said they were "cold and inadequately equipped".

It comes after another group, of three men, had to be rescued from the same caves on Sunday.

Nobody in either group was injured but the fire service is warning people "to think twice before visiting the former stone mines".

Yorkshire v Somerset: Day Three

BBC Sport

The afternoon session of the third day of the County Championship match between Yorkshire and Somerset is now under way in Scarborough.

During lunch, BBC commentator Dave Callaghan took a moment to have this photo taken with a fan:

Dave Callaghan and a fan
BBC

The morning session belonged to the visitors as they bowled the White Rose out for 213 and then reached the interval at 36/0.

That's a lead of 91 runs - and you can listen to the match here.

New day surgery unit in Yeovil 'makes life better for patients' says firm

A company set up to run day surgery at Yeovil District Hospital says a new unit will make life better for patients and bring more money into the hospital.

Daycase UK is 70 per cent owned by the hospital and 30 per cent owned by an American firm.

The set up has been criticised by the Royal of Nursing which says it is a move towards privatising the NHS.

Medical director of Daycase UK, Dr John Howells, says the hospital could not build a new unit without private funding.

Dr John Howells

The plans have been recommended for approval by South Somerset District Council.

Bijan Ebrahimi murder: Timeline of events leading up to his death

Bijan Ebrahimi
PA

Between 2007 and 2013, Bijan Ebrahimi reported 73 incidents to the police including racial abuse, criminal damage and threats to kill.

However police failed to record crimes on at least 40 of those occasions, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

  • 2007 - 9 crime reports made, not known how many recorded as a crime
  • 2008 - 21 crime reports, 7 recorded as a crime
  • 2009 - 18 crime reports, 8 recorded as a crime
  • 2010 - 11 crime reports, 3 recorded as a crime
  • 2011 - 5 crime reports, 4 recorded as a crime
  • 2012 - 7 crime reports, 3 recorded as a crime
  • 2013 - 2 crime reports, 0 recorded as a crime

Good news from Oz! Missing Bath man found.

A Bath man, who was missing in Australia, has been found safe and well.

There had been fears for the safety of Benjamin Wyatt, 34, who is autistic and had never spent time alone at night before. He went missing at Half Moon Bay in Melbourne, while on holiday with his parents.

The Wyatt family celebrate as reunited
Wyatt family

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, at J22 for A38.

M5 Somerset - Very slow traffic on M5 northbound at J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Gloucestershire hospitals 'must tackle overcrowding'

Hospitals in Gloucestershire have been told they must improve issues of over crowding at A&E departments and delays discharging patients.

The trust that runs Gloucestershire's two main hospitals has been told by a health watchdog that it requires improvement.

The Care Quality Commission visited the Trust in January to follow up areas for improvement identified at the trust's previous inspection in March 2015:

Head of Hospital Inspection at the CQC in the South West, Mary Cridge

The chief executive of the trust, Deborah Lee, says improvements have been made since the inspection.

She also says Gloucestershire is no different to elsewhere in the country, struggling with a busy A&E and finding it hard to recruit staff.

Ebrahimi: Police treated him 'consistently differently from his neighbours'

A disabled Iranian refugee repeatedly reported death threats and racial abuse to police for seven years before being brutally murdered, a report has found.

Bijan Ebrahimi was beaten to death and set alight on a Bristol estate amid false claims he was a paedophile.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said he had been treated "consistently differently from his neighbours" in what could be "racial bias, conscious or unconscious".

Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew said the force has been working to deal with "unconscious bias".

Watch: Avon & Somerset Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew

Missing man from Bath found safe and well, police tweet

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A Bath man, who was missing in Australia, has been found safe and well.

There had been fears for the safety of Benjamin Wyatt, 34, who is autistic and went missing at Half Moon Bay in Melbourne, while on holiday with his parents.

First of Weston hospital's A&E night closures

Weston General Hospital has spent its first night without an operational A&E department.

It was closed overnight between 10pm and 8am following a highly critical Care Quality Commission report.

Yesterday protesters gathered outside the hospital calling for A&E to be reopened.

But the trust insists it's a "temporary measure" and "no permanent changes" will be made without a full public consultation.

Weston General Hospital, Somerset
BBC

Flight MH17 prosecutions will be held in the Netherlands

Ben Pocock
Unknown

Countries investigating the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine three years ago have decided that prosecutions will take place in the Netherlands.

All 298 people on board were killed when the plane crashed on July 17 2014 on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, including Keynsham student Ben Pocock.

A Dutch inquiry last year found that the aircraft had been hit by a Russian missile fired from rebel-held territory in Ukraine, which Russia disputes.

Ebrahimi - Bristol City Council statement

An Independent Police Complaints Commission report into the murder of Bijan Ibrahimi, who was kicked to death and set on fire by his neighbour, has concluded that the police force should have done more to protect him.

Avon and Somerset Police today offered their 'sincere and unreserved apologies' to Ibrahimi's family. The victim's sisters have also criticised other authories involved in the case.

'This was an horrific case'

Responding to the IPCC report, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: "This was an horrific case which highlighted the need for many things to change. I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Bijan Ebrahimi's family. I know this has been a long running case and I'm aware that they have been suffering since 2013. I have met them and feel their pain acutely.

See our earlier stories for more details.

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees
BBC

I have been assured that the council's current practice meets the needs of vulnerable people and I will be looking very closely at all of the details included in the IPCC report... On behalf of the council I'm very sorry for any shortcomings that are identified.

Marvin ReesMayor of Bristol

Cricket: Yorkshire stars represent England's women today

BBC Sport

It's not just England's men taking on South Africa this week, the two countries women teams also meeting today at Bristol in the women's Cricket World Cup.

Barnsley's Katherine Brunt will lead the bowling attack, with Yorkshire's Lauren Winfield and Danielle Hazell also in the side.

Katherine Brunt
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England have won the toss and will bat first with play now underway and available to listen to here.

Bijan Ebrahimi sisters: 'He never gave up hope' that police would help him

Mojgan Kahayatian and Manisha Moores (Bijan's sisters)
BBC

A vulnerable man from Bristol called police 73 times over a period of seven years but police failed to act, a report by the police watchdog, the IPCC, has concluded.

In 2013, Bijan Ebrahimi was murdered by his neighbour, Lee James who was later jailed for life.

His sisters have been speaking to the BBC about the police watchdog's report, published today.

They said: "He was always waiting on police, he was thinking it's their [the police] duty to care for him and protect him so he didn't think it was up to us.

'[The report] just showed how terrible a life he had during that last few years.'

"He never gave up: he always thought he was in a country where the police were there to protect people and he couldn't see anything beyond that."

"How many times they failed and didn't listen to him and always went back to him seeking help from them."

MP announces birth of sixth child - aptly named Sixtus

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Conservative MP Jacob Rees has announced the birth of his sixth child.

In an Instagram post he said: "Helena and I announce with great joy that we have a baby Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher, a brother for Peter, Mary, Thomas, Anselm and Alfred."

There's been a fair amount of reaction on social media to the news:

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Gloucestershire hospitals still 'require improvement', watchdog says

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
BBC

The trust that runs Gloucestershire's two main hospitals has been told by a health watchdog that it requires improvement.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was criticised for overcrowded A&E departments and delays discharging patients.

The Care Quality Commission inspected Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals in January.

Its report also said there was an acute shortage of staff at the emergency department at Gloucestershire Royal, but it recognised that improvements had been made since the last inspection in 2015 - with 73% of ratings now either good or outstanding.

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Severe disruption: M50 Herefordshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Herefordshire eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for B4221 and J2 for A417.

M50 Herefordshire - One lane closed on M50 eastbound between J3, B4221 (Newent) and J2, A417 (Ledbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Ebrahimi report: Police chief 'unreservedly sorry'

Chief Constable Andy Marsh
BBC

I want to offer my sincere apologies to Mr Ebrahimi’s family. We failed him in his hour of need and I am unreservedly sorry for the pain his family have suffered in the last four years.

Chief Constable Andy MarshAvon and Somerset Police

The intervening period since Mr Ebrahimi’s tragic and brutal murder has been difficult for everyone involved. But we did not stand still and wait for these reports to be published; instead we scrutinised the events leading up to his murder. We looked at the case from every dimension to understand what happened, what we failed to do, and what we should have done differently. It is a real tribute to Mr Ebrahimi’s sisters that they have been able to help us in this and I would like to thank them again for their courage and determination in doing so.

Privatisation fears over new day surgery unit plan in Yeovil

A new day care surgery unit partly owned by a private firm could open at Yeovil District Hospital.

The surgery, Daycase UK, will be 70 per cent owned by the hospital and 30 per cent owned by an American firm.

The Royal College of Nursing has criticised the plans, saying it is a move towards the privatisation of the NHS.

But the medical director of Daycase UK, Dr John Howells, says otherwise:

A new day care surgery unit partly owned by a private firm may open in Yeovil.

Councillors in South Somerset are expected to give the go ahead to plans for a three-storey unit on the hospital's old car park later.