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Tomorrow's weather map - warm and sunny

Today's weather was pretty grim for most of us with big downpours of rain.

The good news is that the summer returns tomorrow, with dry and bright weather for most, with top temperatures of 22 degrees.

We'll be back from 7am tomorrow morning with all the latest. See you then!

After the recent downpours, summer returns tomorrow with a warm day. Alina Jenkins has the full forecast.

Bee plan will 'get city buzzing'

Watch: Making our cities better for bees.

A new scheme to help bees in our cities is to launch in Bristol.

The Urban Buzz project aims to create spaces in the city that are "great for bees" by planting pollinator species.

£60 million centre set up to build low-emission cars

Car design
BBC

Emersons Green will soon become a world leader in the development of low-emission vehicles, thanks to a £60 million centre that will be built at the Bristol and Bath Science Park.

Construction of the snappily titled Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems will begin next summer.

The University of Bath, which is behind the project, hopes it will eventually support 1,900 jobs.

Football's coming gnome - the craze sweeping through Bristol football

Bizarrely enough, Bristol Rovers are expecting to sell out of their new gnomes.

Forget football shirts, miniature gnomes are this season's must-have for football fans.

Bristol Rovers have launched a new gnome, and they're proving so popular that they are flying off the shelves.

But controversy is afoot, as rival team Bristol City also have their own brand of gnome. Let's hope there isn't some kind of gnome derby to decide which one is best!

Home wanted for 50,000 inherited marbles

Marble collection
BBC

A Wiltshire man who inherited tens of thousands of marbles is trying to find a new home for the vast collection.

Paul Treacy took possession of more than 50,000 marbles after his friend Russell Nixon was killed in an alleged attack in Chippenham in May.

Mr Treacy said: "He always said he wanted it to go to a children's charity, but he was a hoarder and didn't like letting go of things."

He is now appealing for a charity or a hospice to take on the marble hoard.

Read more about the story here

Avon & Somerset Police target 'cuckoo' drug dealers

The police have targeted dealers who force their way into the homes of vulnerable people in Bridgwater.

As many as 100 police officers carried out dawn raids in Bridgwater this morning to target "cuckoo" drug dealers.

They force their way into vulnerable people's homes and turn them into drug dens dealing heroin and crack cocaine.

Often the cuckoo houses are linked to drug networks in larger cities, like London.

Minehead Community Hospital reopens ward following recruitment drive

The reopened ward was closed only six months ago because of staff shortages.

This ward at Minehead Community Hospital was shut six months ago because managers couldn't find enough nurses to staff it.

But, following a recruitment drive, five members of staff have been hired or returned following leave, and now they can finally welcome inpatients again.

Starry starry night: 10-year-old boy wins Christmas stamp competition

‘Santa’ design by Ted Lewis-Clark, aged 10, from Frome, Somerset.
Royal Mail

A schoolboy from Somerset has won a competition to design one of this year's Christmas stamps for Royal Mail.

This drawing, by Ted Lewis-Clark, aged 10, from Frome, was chosen from more than 200,000 entries.

It was chosen by his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

The stamps go on sale from 7 November and will be available online.

Suicide teenager 'failed by agencies'

Sophia Legg
PA

Mental health services failed a teenage girl who had suicidal thoughts, her family has said following an inquest into her death.

Sophia Legg's family was told there was a six-month waiting list for therapy despite an urgent GP referral for help.

The inquest coroner in Taunton recorded a conclusion the 14-year-old had taken her own life by hanging.

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said it had apologised to the family and improvements had been made.

Read more about the story here

Watch: Take a tour of Taunton's newest road

Highlights of the Northern Inner Distributor Road.

A long-awaited road finally opened in Taunton today.

Funding for the £21m Northern Inner Distributor Road was announced in 2009. But its completion has faced various delays.

The road is a new link between the east and west of the town via Priory Avenue and Staplegrove Road.

Somerset County Council says it will help cut congestion and open up development opportunities at Firepool.

Bath Preservation Trust welcomes park and ride decision

Park and ride sites
Google
The two preferred park and ride sites were either side of Mill Lane at Bathampton Meadows

One of the opponents of the rejected project to build a park and ride at Bathampton Meadows says it was the "right decision" to abandon the plan.

The Bath Preservation Trust said they regretted that so much time and money had gone into the scheme, which they claim "would have brought so few benefits".

In a statement, they said:

This reasoning [from Banes Council] fails to take into account the substantial harm to the green belt and the setting of the World Heritage Site which Bath Preservation Trust, the National Trust, Historic England and others have consistently drawn to the Council’s attention. We will be happy to work with the Council and others on schemes which focus on the outcome of car use reduction in and around Bath, in particular by improvements in public transport and use of other existing major roads such as the A350 and the A420, as the only way to reduce the congestion problems in the City Centre.

Bath Preservation Trust spokesperson

Points West at 60 - a look back at Bristol's 600th birthday as a county

On this day in 1973, the city marked 600 years since it was granted county status.

"We have conceded to our beloved burgesses of our town of Bristol and to their heirs and successors in perpetuity that the town of Bristol with its suburbs and precincts shall henceforth be separate from the counties of Gloucester and Somerset"

...so wrote Edward III in 1373. He granted a charter to Bristol making it a county in its own right.

As part of Points West's 60th anniversary, they have been looking back at notable stories over the years. Here is how Bristol celebrated that 600th county birthday.

Two people held in Burnham-on-Sea murder inquiry

Churchill Close in Burnham-on-Sea
BBC

Two people have been arrested over the death of a 40-year-old man in Somerset.

The victim's body was found just before midnight at a house in Churchill Close, in Burnham-on-Sea, on Monday.

He is yet to be formally identified but his next of kin have been informed. Inquiries are under way to establish the cause of death but police are treating his death as murder.

A 43-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are being questioned.

Det Ch Insp, James Riccio, said the force was doing "everything possible to determine how the man died".

"We're treating the death as murder due to the injuries the man received," he said.

Football: New deal for Forest Green captain Noble

Liam Noble
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Forest Green Rovers captain Liam Noble has signed a new contract with the League Two club until 2020.

The 26-year-old had been the subject of bids from former club Notts County, where he spent two seasons before his 2016 move to Forest Green.

The Gloucestershire club's owner Dale Vince had said that they may report Notts to the Football Association regarding their pursuit of Noble.

Magpies owner Alan Hardy said his club acted "professionally and diligently".

BreakingBody found in Glos hospital toilet believed to be 32-year-old local man

Police have confirmed that the body discovered in a toilet at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital yesterday is believed to be that of a 32-year-old Gloucester man who was a patient at the hospital.

The circumstances of the man’s death are being treated as non-suspicious.

The death has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission due to a recent call from the hospitals trust to police reporting concern for the welfare of the man involved.

M5 north delays: All lanes now open

Bath park-and-ride plan shelved on 'road safety grounds'

Mill Lane
Google
Site B is to the west of Mill Lane, while site F to the east

Plans for a controversial park-and-ride to the east of Bath have been shelved "primarily on road safety grounds".

Bath and North East Somerset Council had shortlisted two sites close to the A4, but a "huge public outcry" followed that decision.

It said it would now look at a raft of "joined up transport improvements".

Council leader Tim Warren said the eastern park-and-ride had been "challenging" but said ultimately it must put the safety of road user first.

Read the full story here.

Football: Striker Wiltshire leaves Yeovil Ladies

Sarah Wiltshire
The FA

Wales international striker Sarah Wiltshire has left Women's Super League One club Yeovil Town Ladies.

Based in Hertfordshire, the 26-year-old - who scored 27 goals in 45 WSL games for Yeovil - had been travelling long distances to attend training sessions.

Read the full story here.

Cricket: Rain ruins day three at Cheltenham

Will Tavare
Getty Images

Only 70 minutes of play were possible on day three of the Division Two game between Gloucestershire and Worcestershire because of rain.

In the 15.3 overs that were bowled, the hosts progressed from their overnight second-innings score of 20-0 to 62-1.

Read the full story here.

Major road opens after years of delays

Closed road
BBC

A multi-million pound road scheme to ease congestion in Taunton has opened more than two years behind schedule.

The mile-long Northern Inner Distributor Road (NIDR) now links the east of the town with the west.

It was estimated in January that technical issues involving a bridge increased the cost of the £21m project by a further £10m.

The council is in a legal dispute with the contractor Carillion about the extra costs and who should pay.

Read the full story here.

BreakingConfirmed: Body found in Gloucestershire hospital toilet was a patient

The man’s body discovered yesterday in the public toilet of the Tower Block at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital was a patient at the hospital, according to Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust.

In a statement the Trust added: “We would like to reiterate that a full internal investigation surrounding the circumstances and cause of the patient’s death has been launched.

"We will continue to work closely with the police in their enquiries. Hospital services are continuing to run as normal.”

Shrien Dewani's father: 'Life is about moving on'

Prakash Dewani
BBC
Prakash Dewani was interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol

The father of Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani, who was cleared in 2014 of plotting to murder his wife in South Africa, has spoken about the events for the first time.

Shrien Dewani was cleared in December 2014 of murdering his wife during their South Africa honeymoon in 2010, after the judge threw out the case.

His father Prakash Dewani made the comments during an interview on BBC Radio Bristol about the Masonic Charitable Foundation donating funds to charities across the Bristol area.

He said the events of 2010-2014 were now "in the past".

"Life is about moving on. Today we talk more about what we do today, and that is raising funds for other people, and helping organisations and charities, whether they are Bristol-based or worldwide-based.

"That's what drives anybody. You are driven by good things that happen in life and in society."

Shrien Dewani
Reuters
Shrien Dewani was cleared of plotting to murder his wife in South Africa

Abduction accused appears in court

Scene where attempted abduction took place
BBC

A 24-year-old man has been remanded in custody after being charged with the attempted kidnapping and actual bodily harm of a nine-year-old girl.

Alexander Benfield, 24, from Cirencester, is accused of carrying out the offences in Ashton Keynes at about midday on Saturday.

Swindon Magistrates’ Court heard he allegedly tried snatching the girl near the village shop in Park Place.

The girl, who was with her two sisters, was dragged along on her knees before managing to escape.

Mr Benfield is then alleged to have run off, but was later arrested by police who studied CCTV footage in the area.

He will next appear at Swindon Crown Court on 11 August.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J24 for A38 and J23 for A39.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) and J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Severe disruption: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between Victoria Street and A4173.

A46 Gloucestershire - A46 New Street in Painswick closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Victoria Street junction and the A4173 junction, because of an overturned car.

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

Could trams be the solution to Bath's transport woes?

Bathampton Meadows protest sign
BBC

Bath and North East Somerset council says instead of an eastern park and ride it will concentrate on delivering a link road to reduce congestion in Bath, and the possibility of a "light-rail tram system".

Confirming it has scrapped plans for the park and ride on two possible sites, near Mill Lane in Bathampton, the authority set an agenda for a list of planned transport improvements.

These also include making the existing Lansdown park and ride site more user-friendly and improving access to the Odd Down park and ride.

It’s no secret that the eastern park and ride has long been a challenging issue for the city, with strong views on both sides of the debate. However, after talking with engineers, visiting the locations again and discussing options with our partners, we must consider the wider picture, take the broadest view of new opportunities and ultimately put the safety of road user first.

Tim WarrenLeader of the council

Police reassure community after murder arrests

Police tape
BBC

Police say they are treating the suspicious death of a man in Burnham-on-Sea as murder.

The 40-year-old was pronounced dead following an assault at a house on Churchill Close at midnight last night.

Formal identification has not yet taken place but his next of kin have been informed.

A 43-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman have been arrested and remain in police custody.

Specialist crime scene investigators are now examining the scene while there is also an increased police presence in the area for reassurance. We’re aware this will have an impact on the wider community and I’d like to reassure people we believe this to be an isolated incident.

DCI James Riccio

Environment officers helping at recycling fire

Park and ride decision - 'many will be delighted'

Pete Simson

Political reporter, BBC Radio Bristol

Yet another major transport project for our region has been scrapped.

Far from being disappointed however, many will be delighted with this decision.

The campaign against building on Bathampton Meadows has been one of the most clued-up and determined I’ve known.

However the fact remains the city’s eastern entrance is clogged-up and polluted, with any possible solution now back on the drawing board.

A project to make city spaces 'great for bees'

Watch: Matt Shardlow from Buglife describes the project

A new project aimed at increasing the number of bees is being introduced to Bristol.

Called Urban Buzz, it'll be run by the national charity Buglife.

It will look for disused spaces in the city where people can get together and plant nectar-rich flowers to encourage pollinators, which are under threat in the countryside.

BreakingEastern Bath park and ride scheme is abandoned

Park and ride campaign signs by Bathampton Meadows
BBC

Bath and North East Somerset Council has abandoned controversial plans for a park and ride on Bathampton Meadows.

Campaigners had claimed it could damage the city's Unesco World Heritage City status.

More to follow.

Fire crews still tackling fire at recycling centre

Crews are still at the scene of a fire at a waste recycling plant in Filton.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service are urging residents to keep their windows closed.

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'Lots of questions to answer' over Taunton's NIDR

Listen: Mike Rigby on BBC Wiltshire

A new relief road which has faced substantial delays opens in Taunton later today.

The Northern Inner Distributor Road provides a link from Priory Avenue to Staplegrove Road.

Somerset County Council says it will help cut congestion and open up development opportunities at Firepool.

But Mike Rigby, Independent councillor for Bishops Lydeard, says it could prove to just move "chunks of traffic from one bottlebeck to the next".

Organ transplants save lives of over 2,000 in the West

Watch: Numbers of people with donated organs living in the West

The number of people living in our region known to be alive thanks to organ transplants is now more than 2,000.

The figure has been revealed in a report from NHS Blood and Transplant, which also said the number of people in the West on the Organ Donor Register has increased by 28% over the past five years.

Last year 192 people in the region had transplants, compared to 142 five years ago.

Despite this, there's still a shortage of organ donors and nationally three people a day still die in need of a transplant.

'Miracles do happen'

Mike and Kate Brandon with new dog Pablo
Kate Brandon

A woman who raised £400,000 via social media to fund her husband's lifesaving cancer treatment in the USA says he's in complete remission.

Kate Brandon hit the headlines when she raised enough money to send husband Mike for "revolutionary" cancer trials last year.

In a letter to those who donated to the campaign, she said: "Miracles do happen … they happen because of people like you.

"With each week that passes we both feel a little stronger and more relaxed.

"It is so utterly heart-warming to see Mike start to really live life again. The beauty of normality."

To celebrate Mike's remission, the couple have bought a dog - Pablo Alan ‘Escobar’ Brandon.

Bee protection project launches in Bristol

Honey bee
BBC

A new project called Urban Buzz is trying to encourage more bees into Bristol.

It's being headed by Buglife, which is working with Bristol City Council and other groups to develop wildflower meadows and habitats which bees and other pollinating insects will love.

Interested volunteers can find out more via the official website.

Bristol has a wealth of parks and open spaces dotted throughout the city with ample opportunity to create amazing pollinator rich habitats creating, corridors for bees, wasps, hoverflies, beetles, flies and butterflies to keep Bristol Buzzing.

SpokespersonUrban Buzz

BreakingTwo arrested after man dies following alleged assault

Police crimescene tape
BBC

A man has died after an alleged assault at a house in Burnham-on-Sea.

Police were called to an address in Churchill Close shortly before midnight last night.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman said: "Sadly, a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the incident and our enquiries are ongoing."

Eight planes to look out for at RIAT this weekend

Watch: A run-down of eight planes appearing at the Royal International Air Tattoo

In the next few days the planes will start to arrive for this year's Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford.

But with so many planes taking to the skies, what should you look out for?

We've selected our top eight planes from a range of air forces with a little bit of information about their normal duties and specifications.

Man charged after kidnap attempt on girl

Country lane
BBC

A man, 24, is due in court charged with the attempted kidnapping and actual bodily harm of a nine-year-old girl.

It follows an incident in Ashton Keynes, on the Gloucestershire-Wiltshire border, on Saturday.

A girl was grabbed by a man in the Park Place area of the village, but she managed to escape.

Alexander Benfield, from Lawrence Road in Cirencester, remains in custody and will appear before Swindon magistrates this morning.

Behind the scenes at a modern art exhibition

Watch: Behind the scenes at a sculpture exhibition

Arts Editor Will Gompertz meets the people making Damien Hirst and Lynn Chadwick pieces come to life.

Many of the sculptures were fabricated at the Pangolin foundry near Stroud in Gloucestershire.