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Dry overnight with largely clear skies

West weather for 12 July

That's all from BBC Local Live for the West of England.

We're back from 7am tomorrow with all the latest news, sport travel and weather.

It will remain dry overnight with largely clear skies and light winds.

By dawn there is a chance of one or two mist or fog patches forming, mainly in inland sheltered spots.

Minimum Temperature: 14C.

Woman sues Disneyland over facial burns

Erica Osbourne

A woman suffered burns to her face when a blow torch set fire to her clothes in a Disneyland Paris restaurant, it has been claimed.

Erica Osbourne claims it happened after her jumper caught fire when a chef used the torch on a crème brûlée dessert.

She suffered second degree burns and lost part of her hair and eyebrows in the incident in February.

A Disneyland Paris spokeswoman said safety was a "priority" and such incidents were "extremely rare".

Read the full story here.

Children help holidaymakers stay safe on the beach

Children from Weston-Super-Mare aged between six and seven have made a leaflet for visitors to the beach that will help them stay safe. And they've been out on the seafront giving them out.

Cheeki Rafiki deaths: Father relives yacht search


The father of one of four men who died when a yacht capsized in the Atlantic has described to a court the moment he learnt his son was lost at sea.

James Male and crewmates Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin died when the Cheeki Rafiki capsized in May 2014.

Graham Male described the discovery of the yacht and life raft as "harrowing".

Yacht manager Douglas Innes, who is accused of failing to get the vessel checked, denies four counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Skipper Mr Bridge, 22, from Farnham, Surrey, Mr Male, 22, from Romsey, Hampshire, Mr Warren, 52, from Bridgwater, Somerset, and Mr Goslin, 56, from West Camel, Somerset, died after the yacht lost its keel 700 miles off Nova Scotia, Canada.

The trial continues.

Read more on this story.

More concerts moved from venue after falling debris

Colston Hall

Earlier we reported on how Bristol's Colston Hall has moved some events after a baby seagull caused part of the main hall's ceiling to "fall off".

Now the venue is having to move more shows due to investigation works taking longer than it first thought.

As the safety of our visitors and performers is paramount we are taking the precaution to close the main hall while works continue. This will affect concerts taking place in the main hall this week, while the free foyer performances and shows in the Lantern will continue as planned.

Venue spokeswoman

These shows are being relocated to the O2 Academy:

  • Mercury Rev on Thursday 13th July
  • The Shires & Ward Thomas on Friday 14th July
  • Martha Wainwright and Angaleena Presley on Saturday 15th July
  • Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack & Andy Fairweather Low on Sunday 16th July
  • Mavis Staples on Monday 17th July

Flower seeds vacuumed in nature project

Hoover in action
National Trust

Flower seeds are being vacuumed up in Bath so they can be sowed in nearby hay meadows.

The vacuum is being used on the Bath Skyline to scoop up the yellow rattle seeds, which are then dried out.

National Trust area ranger, Rob Hopwood-Stephens, said: "The idea is to spread the yellow rattle seed, and lots of other wildflower seeds from some of our amazing hay meadows."

The seeds were previously gathered by hand in a labour-intensive process.

Read the full story here.

Colston Hall ceiling problems due to 'a baby seagull'

A baby seagull got into the roof cavity of Colston Hall and managed to dislodge some of the ceiling material, a spokesman for the venue to BBC Radio Bristol today.

The problems with the ceiling caused performances to be cancelled at the weekend.

The Gurt Lush Choir was due to perform at Colston Hall on Saturday night but had to find another site.

In a statement on its website, the venue said there had been some "unexpected minor structural issue in the main hall"

Colston Hall

Tiny gecko only second to hatch at zoo in 180 years

Tiny gecko
Bristol Zoo

A tiny 20mm gecko has hatched at Bristol Zoo and is only the second of the species to do so in nearly two centuries.

The miniscule creature is about the width of a 20p piece and is on the critically endangered list.

Its mum and dad were seized by border officers at Heathrow last year before being brought to Bristol Zoo.

This is a really significant event because their habitat is being destroyed during logging and many have been over collected for the pet trade as this baby’s parents were. If we can establish a genuine ex-situ breeding programme, we can begin to manage their recovery.

Tim SkeltonCurator of reptiles and amphibians at Bristol Zoo

The species hails from Tanzania.

The latest arrival has been in incubation for two months and its sex is not yet known.

The males of the species usually become turquoise when they are a few months old so the reptile officers are keeping a watchful eye.

Artist's work going on display at RIAT

Watch: David Bent was formerly Artist in Residence for the Red Arrows

A collection of paintings of aeroplanes will be on display at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford this weekend.

The paintings are by Swindon's David Bent who was artist in residence for the Red Arrows

David says he uses geometry to help inspire his work, as well as his love of aviation.

Gay man wins Supreme Court case on equal pension rights

Watch: "A victory for basic fairness and decency", says John Walker

A gay man from Wilton, Wiltshire,has won a landmark ruling which will give his husband the same pension rights as a wife would receive.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that if John Walker, 66, dies, his husband is entitled to a spouse's pension, provided they remain married.

The ex-chemical company worker said it would "drag" the government "into the 21st Century", while human rights group Liberty said "thousands" could benefit.

A government spokesman said it would review the implications of the ruling.

Read more on this story.

Cricket: Defiant Clarke saves game for Worcs against Glos

Joe Clarke
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Joe Clarke rescued Worcestershire from a worrying position, scoring 93 not out to earn the visitors a draw against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.

Chasing a notional 370 to win in 51 overs, Worcestershire slipped to 5-3.

But Clarke, Ben Cox (21) and Ross Whiteley stabilised the innings and they were 155-5 when hands were shaken.

Earlier, Chris Dent's 135 not out and 81 from Gareth Roderick helped Gloucestershire to 286-4 in their second innings before they declared.

Read the full story here.

Married for 70 years and still in love

It's a love story that has lasted for 70 years.

Olive and Albert Wills tied the knot at a church in Fishponds in 1947.

Olive is now 93 and Albert is 95, and the pair have lived in the same house in Fishponds for most of their married life.

Albert believes that "living for the moment" is the key to such a long marriage, though he admits he never thought they would be married for so long.

Albert and Olive Wills are celebrating 70 years of happy marriage together.

Electric shock amputee has foot removed

Jamie Mines
Family of Jamie Mines

A scaffolder who had to have his leg and hands amputated after suffering an electric shock has had a further operation to remove his left foot.

Jamie Mines was injured at the Kendrick Industrial Estate in Swindon just before Christmas.

The 33-year-old was treated at Southmead Hospital in Bristol following the accident and returned home in June.

However, a surgical wound on his left foot became severely infected and doctors called him back to amputate it.

Read the full story here.

Two motorcyclists killed in crash

Kingshill, Swindon
The accident happened at about 12:30 BST on Kingshill near the junction with Clifton Street

A motorcyclist and his pillion passenger have been killed in a crash.

The motorbike collided with a car at about 12:30 BST on Kingshill near the junction with Clifton Street, Swindon.

Emergency services were called but both the male rider and male passenger were declared dead at the scene.

Wiltshire Police said the road will remain closed until at least 18:00 BST while the crash is investigated.

The force is appealing for information.

Sgt Andrew Moreton said: "I would appeal for anyone who was around the area at the time to let us know if they witnessed anything which might be relevant, or saw any unusual driving in the area around the time of the collision."

RSPCA appeal after dog found shot in the head in Bristol

This x-ray shows the horrific damage caused to the dog.
This x-ray shows the horrific damage caused to the dog.

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found with a gunshot wound to her head in Bristol.

The Jack Russell terrier, who has been named Molly by the RSPCA team, has been left with pellets peppered beneath her skin and injuries to her jaw and face after being shot with a shotgun.

Molly was rescued by a member of the public who had found the injured dog in Backwell near Bristol Airport before rushing her to a vet.

Tragically we believe that Molly has been shot in the face at point blank range. It’s heartbreaking to think someone could intentionally attack a dog and then just leave her to fend for herself with such horrific injuries. We don’t know exactly what happened to her or how long she has been struggling alone with her injuries and are appealing to anyone who recognises Molly or knows what may have happened to her to get in touch.

John AtkinsonRSPCA Chief Inspector

Cycle path reopens after flood damage

Anonymous cyclist

A major cycling and walking route in Gloucestershire reopens today for the first time since the beginning of last year.

The broadwalk path runs along the A417 - north of Gloucester - but was closed because of flood damage.

The cycling charity Sustrans and Gloucestershire County Council have worked together to rescue it.

The boardwalk forms part of the National Cycle Network route 45, which serves as a commuter route for people traveling between Gloucester and communities to the north-west in and around Maisemore.

High street visit for pig on-the-run

Watch: High street visit for pig on-the-run

In this short clip from a CCTV camera you can see the escaped pig hoofing its way down Gloucester's Westgate Street,

Maybe he's looking for the piggy bank? Or even a chemist to buy some oinkment?

M4 looking busy as rush hour approaches

Highways England

This was the scene on the M4 at the top of the M32 in Bristol a few moments ago.

While the traffic is busy here it is running well elsewhere on the West country's motorways.

Highways England

Electric shock amputee Jamie Mines has left foot removed

Jamie Mines
Family photo

A scaffolder who had to have his leg and hands amputated after suffering an electric shock has had a further operation to remove his left foot.

Jamie Mines was injured at the Kendrick Industrial Estate in Swindon just before Christmas.

The 33-year-old was treated at Southmead Hospital in Bristol following the accident and returned home in June.

However, a surgical wound on his left foot became severely infected and doctors called him back to amputate it.

More on this story.

Behind the scenes at Giffords Circus

Watch: Join acrobats, dancers, clowns and chicken trainers

Nell Gifford left home to join a circus aged 18, and fell in love with the way of life.

She fulfilled her dream of starting her own village green circus in 2000.

Based on a farm in Stroud, Giffords Circus goes on tour around England each summer.

Acrobats, dancers, clowns and chicken trainers join the travelling troupe to take the show on the road.

Rail death man injuries 'not survivable'

Simon Brown
Just Giving
Simon Brown was killed when he was travelling on the Gatwick Express last August

Simon Brown, 24, who lived in Bristol, hit his head on a gantry while travelling on a Gatwick Express train in August.

The hearing in London was told that passenger Kirstin Duffield heard a "loud thud".

In a statement read by the coroner, she said she found Mr Brown with an injury that was "not survivable".

The train from Gatwick to London Victoria was travelling at about 60mph when the incident happened near Balham, south London.

Read the full story here.

Is it a boar? Is it a pet? Glos police believe errant swine is a pot-bellied pig

Making the headlines in the West's local newspapers

Severe accident: A432 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A432 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between B4060 Horse Street and Heron Way.

A432 Gloucestershire - A432 Cotswold Road in Yate closed in both directions between the B4060 Horse Street junction and the Heron Way junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Animal air gun attacks on increase

Air gun
Getty Images

New figures show there has been an increase in air gun attacks on animals in Wiltshire.

The RSCPA say there were five cases reported in 2012, but this year already there has been 13 incidents reported to the charity's hotline.

The society says cats and birds are the most likely targets and the Cats Protection League is calling for air gun owners to need a licence.

The Government shares the public's high regard for animal welfare, and we have strict laws in place to deal with people who are not properly looking after animals. Anyone who is cruel to an animal or does not provide for its welfare needs may be banned from owning animals, given an unlimited fine or sent to prison.

A Defra spokesperson

Football: Swindon sign Millwall striker Harry Smith

Harry Smith
Getty Images

Swindon Town have signed striker Harry Smith from Millwall on a season-long loan deal.

Smith, 22, joined Millwall from Folkestone in August 2016, having also played for Sevenoaks and Sittingbourne.

He scored six times in 12 appearances last season, including a 31-minute hat-trick in the FA Cup against Braintree.

Nominate your BBC Food Heroes

Watch: BBC Points West's Alex Lovell introduces the competition

The BBC in the West is looking for its Food Hero for 2017.

The winner will attend the BBC Food and Farming Awards which are being held in central Bristol in September.

The evening has been labelled by some as the 'Oscars of the Food World'.

We want to hear about people who make a real difference in their community - school dinner workers, kitchen assistants at residential homes or someone who bakes for the local fair.

You have until 1st August to email your nominations to:

Facebook live: Inside a crop circle

A Wiltshire farmer has started cutting down any crop circles that appear on his land to discourage people from coming to see them.

BBC Points West's Sally Challoner went to meet him in Alton Barnes, live on Facebook...

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Emergency crews at scene of Swindon crash

Scene of crash

A car and motorbike have been involved in a crash in Swindon.

Emergency crews are at the scene and there is thought to be at least one casualty.

Kingshill Road is closed in both directions.

Travel: Crash shuts road in Swindon

'Multiple' reports of errant swine

Loose pig in Gloucester
Gloucestershire Police

More on that pig which has been raising a smile in Gloucester.

Police say they've had "multiple calls" about it over the past few days and the latest sighting was just before 7am this morning.

We received a call that it was near the Riverside Sports and Leisure Club. Our force control room haven’t spotted the animal on CCTV in Gloucester since, but officers believe it may be a pot-bellied pig rather than a wild boar. In the early hours of Tuesday morning an animal matching the same description was coaxed into a field by officers after its owner couldn’t be located.

SpokeswomanGloucestershire Police

An appeal has made for the owner to get in touch.

Severe accident: A4289 Wiltshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A4289 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between Okus Road and William Street.

A4289 Wiltshire - A4289 Kingshill Road in Swindon closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Okus Road junction and the William Street junction, because of an accident involving a motorbike and a car.

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

'Compromise' is the secret to 70 year marriage

Olive and Albert Wills

A Bristol couple celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary today.

Olive and Albert Wills got married in Fishponds in 1947.

Now aged 93 and 95 respectively, they still live in the same house in Frenchay which they moved into in 1954.

Olive and Albert first met during the Second World War on the seafront at Weston-super-Mare.

Albert had been working for a bomb disposal unit in London before being transferred to RAF Locking and later posted to South Africa for two years.

The couple have three sons - Robert, Geoffrey and Peter - and they'll be celebrating together this evening.

Albert said the secret to their long and happy marriage was compromise.

Olive and Albert Wills' wedding photo
Family photo

Criminal damage warning over crop circles

Crop circle near Silbury Hill in Wiltshire in 2009
Eva-Marie Brekkesto

A stark warning to those who create crop circles has been issued by Wiltshire Police.

A force spokesman said: "With summer well and truly under way we have seen an increase of crop circles appearing across the county.

"They might seem harmless but they actually have a huge negative impact on the hardworking landowners and farmers whose crops are damaged.

"Creating a crop circle is criminal damage and an offence."

Farmers are urged to report any circles appearing on their land and anyone attempting to photograph them either on foot or via drone.

They are also urged to update the Crop Circle Community if they do permit access to their land.

Runner targeted by flasher

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Police are seeking a man who indecently exposed himself to a woman while she was out running.

The incident happened near Redpost Drive, Swindon, at around 5.30pm on 14th June.

The woman was running on the footpath close to the Mannington roundabout when she spotted him.

He is described as an Asian male with dark hair and short beard and was wearing a green t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms.

Travel: One lane re-open on M5 northbound near Taunton

Football: Swindon Town announce eighth signing

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The striker has signed a season-long loan deal at The County Ground, becoming Town’s eighth signing of the summer along with.

  • Chris Robertson
  • James Dunne
  • Paul Mullin
  • Ben Purkiss
  • Olly Lancashire
  • Amine Linganzi
  • Chris Hussey

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J26 for A38 and J25 for A358.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M5 northbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J25, A358 (Taunton), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Gloucester-led tidal lagoon proposal - 'let's go for it'

Artists' impression of the tidal lagoon

More on the tidal lagoon proposal for Swansea Bay, which is being developed by Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) in Gloucester.

It's now six months since an independent report was published, concluding it would be a "no regrets" option, but the government is yet to respond to the findings.

Gloucester MP Richard Graham, who is also the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Marine Energy and Tidal Lagoons, told BBC Wales he had met with Business Secretary Greg Clark this week and had "a good discussion".

"I think he absolutely gets it that we cannot prevaricate as a government indefinitely on this - and a decision should be made as soon as possible," he said.

Mr Graham said he had consistently made the point to Mr Clark that tidal lagoon was "probably the most popular energy project of our lifetimes".

He added: "If we want a government that's got an industrial strategy, that's going to do innovative things, this is the project, this is the time - let's go for it."