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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Friday, 7th July 2017

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Goodnight from Local Live

That's it from Local Live for today. We'll be back at 7am on Monday with all the news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West.

Here's Sarah Thornton with your weekend weather.

Football: Cheltenham snap up Sellars and Eisa

Jerell Sellars
Empics

League Two club Cheltenham Town have signed forwards Mohamed Eisa and Jerell Sellars, both on one-year deals.

Sellars, 21, left Aston Villa at the end of last season and has experience of the fourth tier after a loan spell with Wycombe in 2015-16.

Sudan-born Eisa, 22, scored 57 goals for Greenwich over two seasons.

"We've known about Mo for a couple of seasons and kept our eye on him due to his goalscoring prowess at that level," said boss Gary Johnson.

Find all the latest football transferson our dedicated page.

Pride lights up Bristol

The Victoria Rooms
BBC

It's Bristol Pride Day tomorrow and the Victoria Rooms have been lit up in celebration.

Pride Day starts at 11am with the Pride Parade. There will also be a multi stage outdoor music festival, community and family areas, bars, food and a market.

More details here.

Bristol City's Wilbraham signs new deal

Aaron Wilbraham
Getty Images

Veteran Bristol City striker Aaron Wilbraham has signed a new one-year deal with the Championship club, which includes non-playing responsibilities.

The 37-year-old club captain has played for the Ashton Gate outfit since 2014.

The former Crystal Palace player has scored 34 goals in 126 appearances in all competitions for the Robins so far.

"His personality and positive influence, both on and off the pitch, is greatly valued," head coach Lee Johnson told the club website.

Fuel thief jailed for car-drag death

Shakrul Islam
Avon and Somerset Police

A man who killed his friend by dragging him under a car after a botched attempt to steal fuel, has been jailed.

Shakrul Islam, 31, had already used the car as a weapon to scare petrol station staff, a jury was told.

Kyle Clarke, 27, died when he was dragged for half a mile under the car in Bristol in January.

Read the full story here.

Rugby: 'It will change your life forever'

#GetInspired

Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards
BBC

So says Ben Nutt - winner of Premiership Rugby's BreakThru Achiever award this week - about HITZ, the grassroots rugby programme that has helped him turn his life around.

Ahead of arguably the biggest game in world rugby tomorrow, it's worth taking a minute to remember those at the other end of the pyramid - the volunteers whose efforts are the foundation of our domestic game and have been rightly rewarded by the organisers of English rugby's top-flight.

You can read more about Ben and winners from Bath and Bristol, by clicking here.

Sheffield United loan Hussey to Swindon

Chris Hussey
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League Two club Swindon Town have signed left-back Chris Hussey from Championship outfit Sheffield United on a season-long loan deal.

The 28-year-old is new boss Dave Flitcroft's seventh summer signing.

Hussey played for Bury, Burton Albion, AFC Wimbledon and Coventry City before his 2016 move to the Blades.

"I'm delighted to be here and it is a big club. I'm looking to get promoted this season and I'm sure everyone else is as well," he told Swindon's website.

Father says first aider who tried to save dying son is 'friend for life'

The father and brother of a motorcyclist who died in a crash last week have praised the first aider who tried to save his life.

Rich Howman, from Paulton near Bath, made an emotional plea for people to learn CPR after he helped to resuscitate Shaun Morgan.

Shaun's father Steve and brother Joe, along with Rich, told BBC Points West's Alex Lovell what Rich's actions mean to them.

Father praises first aider who tried to save his son

Commuters warned of major rail works

The new Japanese-made trains
Hitachi

Commuters are being warned that major engineering work on the Great Western Railway mainline could disrupt travel for the next week.

The work is preparing the 176-year-old line for new faster Hitachi trains that are due to come into service later this year.

Network Rail said the trains are capable of travelling at 140mph, but only after upgrade work is completed.

Read the full story here.

Football: Forest Green sign Chelsea keeper Collins

Bradley Collins
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Forest Green Rovers have signed goalkeeper Bradley Collins on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.

Collins, 20, twice won the FA Youth Cup with Chelsea and lifted the UEFA Youth League in 2016.

"I'm delighted to have this opportunity coming from Chelsea Under-23s now to play men's football," Collins told the club website.

Forest Green Rover's manager Mark Cooper added: "Bradley joining Forest Green Rovers shows how far we've come."

Massive medieval mayhem

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival in 2014
Rob Wilson

It's Europe's largest annual medieval re-enactment, according to organisers, and it's back this weekend.

Thousands of re-enactors, spectators, entertainers and stallholders have travelled from all over Europe to be part of the spectacle in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

The main attraction - the Battle of Tewkesbury - takes place at 4pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.

Watch: Take a ride between Weston-super-Mare and Brean

The Brean Down Way has been officially opened - after 20 years of planning.

Cyclists and walkers can use the new eight-mile track.

GWR rail service disruption due to electrification works

Trains
BBC

Rail services in the West are expected to be disrupted for the next nine days because part of the Great Western railway line will be out of action.

Electrification work is being carried out between Chippenham and Swindon. Services will be reduced and replacement bus services laid on.

Forest Green 'may complain' to FA over Notts County approach

Liam Noble
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Forest Green Rovers may complain to the FA about the way Notts County have tried to sign their captain Liam Noble.

The Gloucestershire club claimed Notts breached FA rules by making "behind-the-scenes contact" with the player.

But Magpies owner Alan Hardy insisted his club had acted "in a professional and diligent manner".

Rovers chairman Dale Vince said he was now considering a complaint.

"Notts County have continued the verbal assault in the media and said that are untrue about our club secretary.

"We may [complain to the FA] because I don't think they'll grasp the seriousness of the situation unless we do."

Battle of Tewkesbury commemorated at Medieval Festival

Watch: Battle of Tewkesbury to be commemorated

More than 3,000 people from all over Europe are descending on Tewkesbury this weekend ready for battle.

It's all for the annual Medieval Festival, which commemorates the 1471 battle between the Yorkists and Lancastrians in the Wars of the Roses.

Organisers say it's the largest annual medieval battle re-enactment in Europe.

Millennium Square to become cricket fan park

The Millennium Square planetarium has been dressed up as a cricket ball for the Fan Park day
Handout

Bristol's Millennium Square is to host the very first Women's Cricket World Cup fan park this Sunday.

Fans will be able to watch the action between England and Australia on a big screen.

The match will be played out at the sold-out County Ground in Taunton and gets under way at 10am.

The fan park is free to enter and will stay open for 30 minutes after the end of play.

Football: Cheltenham sign Greenwich forward Eisa

Cheltenham Town
Empics

Cheltenham Town have signed former Greenwich Borough forward Mohamed Eisa on an initial one-year contract.

The 22-year-old Sudan-born player scored 57 goals for Greenwich over two seasons and has previously played for Dartford and VCD Athletic.

"We've known about Mo for a couple of seasons and kept our eye on him due to his goalscoring prowess at that level," said boss Gary Johnson.

"To me he looks like a player with great potential."

Find all the latest football transferson our dedicated page.

Fuel thief jailed for killing accomplice

Shakrul Islam
Avon and Somerset Police
Shakrul Islam was convicted of the manslaughter of friend Kyle Clarke

A man who killed his friend during a botched fuel robbery has been jailed for seven years.

Shakrul Islam, 31, ran over Kyle Clarke on the Texaco petrol station forecourt, in Hengrove, Bristol, in January.

Non-driver Islam drove for nearly half a mile with 27-year-old Kyle trapped underneath the car.

Judge Peter Blair, said:"This has had an earth-shattering effect on Kyle's family.

"They were planning on emigrating to Australia and had that day made a final payment for visas."

Islam, of Chipping Sodbury, was found guilty of manslaughter at Bristol Crown Court.

Kyle Clarke
Family photo
Kyle Clarke was knocked down and killed in January
Texaco in Hengrove
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Severe accident: M4 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol westbound severe accident, at J19 for M32 affecting J2 for A432.

M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on entry slip road and very slow traffic westbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of an accident. Congestion on M32 to J2, A432 (Eastville).

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

Severe accident: A36 Wiltshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A36 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between Church Lane and Roman Road affecting A360 Devizes Road.

A36 Wiltshire - A36 Wilton Road in Salisbury blocked in both directions between the Church Lane junction and the Roman Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to St Pauls Roundabout.

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

Severe congestion: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe congestion, between J22 for A38 and J17 for A4018.

M5 Somerset - Stop-start traffic and long delays on M5 northbound between J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea) and J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway). Travel time is one hour and ten minutes.

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

Long delays on M5 south near Cribbs Causeway

M5
Highways England
M5 - looking north from J17
M5 - looking south towards J17
Highways England
M5 - looking south towards J17

Cheltenham assault victim discharged from hospital

Yesterday we reported that a man was left with head injuries after being assaulted in Cheltenham.

He was attacked at lunchtime on Clarence Street and treated at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Police have now told the BBC that the man was discharged later on July 6 after further assessment found he had no serious injuries.

The 29-year-old Cheltenham man who was arrested in connection with an assault has since been released under investigation.

Police say that they still want to hear from any witnesses or anyone with information.

Clarence Street
BBC
The scene on Clarence Street yesterday afternoon.

School cheers on England cricketer

England women's cricket team face their toughest test of the World Cup this weekend when they take on defending champions Australia in Bristol.

Among the players from the west is Fran Wilson who grew up in Wiltshire.

The head of PE at her old school in Malmesbury said she was captain of the boy's cricket team during her time there.

Watch: John Lambert said Fran's talent was clear from the start

Bristol Scout aviation history re-created

A Bristol Scout aircraft
Jim Fuller

A piece of aviation history has been re-created as the only remaining Bristol Scout aircraft returned to the scene of its first test flight, 103 years ago.

It took off from Europe's first aircraft hangars at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain.

The airfield became the first home of the Royal Flying Corps.

It's now a housing estate but the five hangars are still there - and the plane is there on display for the day.

A nice day for picking lavender

Somerset lavender farm worker Danielle Folland
PA

How about this for a colourful summer Somerset scene?

Lavender picking has been taking place today at a family run farm near Radstock.

The pictures show farm worker Danielle Folland picking one of 20 varieties of the plant.

Somerset lavender farm worker Danielle Folland
PA
Somerset lavender farm worker Danielle Folland
PA

Football: Notts deny wrongdoing in Noble approach

Liam Noble
PA

Forest Green have accused Notts County of breaching Football Association rules in their pursuit of captain Liam Noble.

Rovers chairman Dale Vince claimed County had made "behind-the-scenes contact" with Noble, having had offers for the midfielder rejected.

But Magpies owner Alan Hardy insisted his club had acted "in a professional and diligent manner".

Read the full story here.

Football: Bristol City looking at defender

Aaron Pierre
Rex Features

Bristol City have confirmed they are looking at out-of-contract Wycombe Wanderers defender Aaron Pierre.

The 24-year-old centre-back has been offered "improved" terms at the League Two Chairboys but is yet to extend his stay at Adams Park.

Pierre has played 149 times for Wycombe since joining from Brentford in 2014 but has spent the last week on trial at Lee Johnson's Championship side.

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth previously described Pierre, who has been capped four times by Grenada at international level, as "probably the best centre-half in League Two".

Gloucester Cathedral lobby is up for sale

Listen: Henry White said it's an "unusual, unique piece"

The old Edwardian lobby from Gloucester Cathedral is up for sale.

It's been removed as part of the ongoing Project Pilgrim - which aims to modernise the building.

The 4m tall oak structure is being sold by the architectural salvage company Hideaway in Salisbury.

The firm's Henry White said he wants to sell it as a whole item rather than break it into pieces.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, between J14 for B4509 Thornbury and J15 for M4.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J14, B4509 (Thornbury) and J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Football: Forest Green row 'baffles' Notts County chairman

Alan Hardy
Getty Images

The owner and chairman of Notts County has responded to Dale Vince with a lengthy statement of his own.

In it, Alan Hardy said he felt "compelled to set the record straight" and denied releasing statements to the press about Forest Green player Liam Noble.

He confirmed a number of bids had been made with a final offer of £100,000, payable immediately.

"Why Dale Vince would deny this when it is fact baffles me," he said.

"Dale Vince also claims they have been very clear from the outset that they did not want to sell Liam. While this may be the case, they have also been very clear from the outset that an offer of £100,000 guaranteed would be acceptable. It was only when this bid was lodged that they changed their minds," he added.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, at J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

M5 Gloucestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J14, B4509 (Thornbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Football: Forest Green row breaks out with Notts County

Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince is not happy with Notts County having alleged "behind-the-scenes contact" with their player Liam Noble.

Liam Noble
REX FEATURES

In a statement on the club's website the chairman criticised Notts County's approach to the player.

"We've been very clear from the outset that we did not want to sell Liam and the antics of Notts County since then have only firmed up that position.

"We want Notts County to stop what they are doing, including the behind-the-scenes contact with the player, which we consider to be a breach of FA rules."

A response from Notts County will follow shortly...

Football: Checkatrade Trophy groups announced

Checkatrade Trophy
EFL

The groups have been announced for this year's Checkatrade Trophy group stage, and it means more local derby games for our local sides.

Bristol Rovers and Swindon are in the Southern section Group C, along with Wycombe.

Yeovil are in Group D, with Exeter and Plymouth.

And Cheltenham and Forest Green are in Group E along with Newport.

The draw to see which Category One under-21 teams - out of Brighton, Chelsea, Fulham, Reading, Southampton, Swansea, Tottenham and West Ham - will be added to the groups will take place next Wednesday.

A&E closure: Nine people turned away in first two nights

Listen: Numbers turned away "very few," says James Rimmer

The A&E unit at Weston General Hospital has been closed overnight since Tuesday .

The temporary move is necessary until Weston Area Health NHS Trust can guarantee safe levels of staffing overnight.

James Rimmer, chief executive, told BBC Radio Bristol that nine patients were sent to other hospitals on the first two nights.

Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, between J21 for A370 and J20 for B3133 affecting J22 for A38.

M5 Somerset - Very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), 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

Man urges CPR lessons after crash

Watch: Richard Howman made an emotional plea

A man who tried in vain to resuscitate a dying motorcyclist using CPR has made an emotional plea for more people to learn first aid.

Richard Howman, from Paulton near Bath, was unable to save Shaun Morgan following a road accident in Somerset last week.

Police car fire being treated as 'deliberate'

Burned-out police car
@BedminsterFire

A police car was set on fire on purpose, police believe, while officers were responding to another matter nearby.

The fire happened on Thursday evening while the car was parked in Crosscombe Drive, Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Police said no-one was in the car at the time and no-one was injured.

"We're treating the fire as deliberate and enquiries are ongoing," said a spokeswomman.

Twerton children: 'The houses are different shapes'

Watch: Children's film about why they love where they live

Here's our final edited highlights from a short film made by children at St Michael’s Junior School and Twerton Infant School.

The groups from Bath worked with Bristol film-maker Michael Jenkins to create the film to celebrate where they live.

The project's aim is to "shine a light on hidden communities".

Police car set on fire - 'disgusting attack'