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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates across the West of England on Friday, 14 July 2017

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Bright this evening, cloudier tomorrow morning

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

We're back on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather - until then have a great weekend.

It will stay dry and mild all night but become rather cloudy, with a minimum temperature of 12C.

On Saturday intermittent drizzle will affect the West first thing but it will tend to brighten up later in the day. Maximum temperature 21C.

Watch: The weather for the West on July 14

Fire at new Bath casino

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at the new casino under construction in the centre of Bath.

Avon fire and rescue say five appliances and officers with breathing apparatus were involved in the incident in Saw Close opposite the Theatre Royal. They say fire is now out.

No-one was in the building at the time. There is still some traffic congestion in the area.

An investigation is under way into the cause.

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Autistic patient at risk: 'It's intolerable,' says former care minister

Former care minister, Norman Lamb, has reacted to the desperate pleas of a mother for quicker NHS treatment for her autistic son.

The Wiltshire mum of a 26-year-old man, who is severely autistic, has ADHD and who self-harms, says she fears her son will end his life before he gets to the top of a nine-month waiting list to see a specialist.

Speaking to BBC Wiltshire, Mr. Lamb says, "it's intolerable that someone with clearly complex needs is left waiting this long... the NHS Trusts's statement about his case is not an honest assessment of what's going on."

"It's just rationing. People who have the money can get access to health, but everyone else is left waiting. They're not spending enough money on people with mental health needs."

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Fire-hit propeller firm builds new base

Fire at  Dowty
Tim Clapp

An aircraft firm has announced it will reopen a base in Gloucestershire after a devastating fire in 2015 completely destroyed its buildings.

Dowty Propellers, which makes propeller systems for the military and commercial sectors, used to be in Staverton.

President of the firm, Oliver Towers, said: "We are delighted to be continuing our long history with the Gloucester area."

The new location has not yet been revealed but is set to open in 2019.

More details will be released about its location once the tendering process is complete, which is likely to be at the end of the year.

In February 2015, the fire destroyed the operating headquarters and blade manufacturing facility.

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School teacher with sex offender partner is banned

A woman has been banned from teaching for at least three years for having a relationship with a sex offender and not telling her school.

Francesca Rogers was teaching at Larkhill Primary School, Salisbury, and became involved with a man being investigated for child sexual offences.

He later admitted to making indecent images of children. Mrs Rogers knew of the police investigation.

The Teacher Misconduct Panel banned her from teaching until at least 2020.

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Yeovil Town: Swansea City loan defender Keston Davies to Glovers

Footballers
Empics

Swansea City defender Keston Davies has signed for League Two side Yeovil Town on a season's loan.

The 20-year-old captained the Swansea Under-23s side who won the Premier League 2 title last season and reached the EFL Trophy quarter-finals before losing to eventual winners Coventry.

He is the second new defender brought in by Glovers boss Darren Way, who has made seven summer signings in total.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with Keston," said Way.

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The rare birds setting up home in the West

Watch: Cattle egrets have successfully bred in the county

A rare variety of birds have successfully bred for the second time in the UK - and it's all happened on a site in Somerset.

Cattle egrets - members of the heron family - have adopted a 70-acre wetland near Glastonbury.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds say they're delighted to provide these wonderful birds a new wetland home.

Grime artist Solo 45 pleads not guilty to rape

Solo 45
BBC

Grime artist Solo 45 has appeared in court accused of two counts of rape, one count of false imprisonment and one of causing actual bodily harm.

The 31-year-old has appeared at Bristol Crown Court.

Real name Andy Anokye, the artist is best known for his song Feed Em To The Lions, as well as 5ive which features Stormzy.

He pleaded not guilty to all four of the charges.

Mr Anyoke, who's from Millennium Promenade, Bristol, is due to stand trial on 18 October.

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Bristol Rovers sign Arsenal's Bola

Marc Bola
PA

Bristol Rovers have signed Arsenal left-back Marc Bola in a season-long loan deal.

The 19-year-old is yet to make his first-team debut for the Gunners, but played 13 games for Notts County during a loan spell last season.

"His arrival means we now have competition for every position along the back line," Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told the club website.

They start the new League One season with a trip to Charlton on 5 August.

Student paralysed in car crash graduates with first class honours

A student who was left tetraplegic following a car crash has graduated from university with a first class honours degree.

Rob Camm, 23, who is paralysed from the neck down and reliant on a ventilator, collected his politics and philosophy degree at the University of Bristol.

The keen rugby player spent 96 days in intensive care following the crash in September 2013 - a week before he was due to start university.

Watch: Rob Camm graduated today with a first class honours degree from the University of Bristol.

Escaped pig in Gloucester leads to council probe

Pig
Gloucestershire Police

A pig which was spotted on the run in Gloucester and later recaptured is at the centre of a council investigation.

The animal was seen on CCTV at several locations across the city centre in the early hours of Wednesday, but managed to evade capture.

Gloucestershire County Council said it had been found a new home, though it would not confirm where, while officials probed ownership details.

The breed of the pig is believed to be a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig cross.

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Making the headlines in the West's local newspapers

Tall ship turned into outdoor cinema

Here's a cinema with a difference.

The films are shown on the tall ship's sails.

See how they do it here.

A tall ship has been transformed into an outdoor cinema.

Bulmers cider family art robbery: Twelve men charged

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GEORGEFREDERICWATTS.ORG

Twelve men have been charged in connection with a multi-million pound raid at a cider-making family's luxury home in Somerset.

Esmond and Susie Bulmer's home in Bruton was targeted in 2009 and the couple's housekeeper was allegedly tied to a banister.

A total of 15 paintings worth £1.7m, and £1m of antique jewellery were stolen.

The men are due to appear at Bristol magistrates on 24 August.

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Millie Turner: Bristol City Women midfielder signs new contract with WSL 1 club

Millie Turner
The FA

Bristol City midfielder Millie Turner has signed a new undisclosed-length contract with the Women's Super League One club.

The 21-year-old was an ever-present member of the Vixens side for this year's WSL 1 Spring Series.

The England Under-23 international then helped the young Lionesses win the Nordic Cup this summer.

"I came here to play regular football. I really appreciate the manager's faith in me," Turner told the club website.

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Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe accident, at J13 for A419.

M5 Gloucestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J13, A419 (Stroud), because of an accident.

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

Two charged with murder of Burnham-on-Sea man

Joseph Pearce
Family photo

Two men have been charged with the murder of Joseph Pearce, 40, whose body was discovered at a house in Burnham-on-Sea on Monday.

The pair, aged 21 and 43, are due to appear before magistrates in Taunton on Saturday.

A 22-year-old man and three women aged 24, 38 and 54 arrested in connection with the investigation have all been released without charge, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Exhibition to show Morph's still naughty at 40

A charity exhibition goes on display to celebrate the Aardman character's 40th birthday.

Plasticine legend Morph is celebrating his 40th birthday by helping Bristol Children's Hospital's Grand Appeal.

A new exhibition celebrating his four decades in showbusiness opens at Cribbs Causeway today.

All the proceeds from it will go towards the Emergency Department Appeal.

Honour-based violence awareness event held in Gloucester

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The founder of a women's rights charity - Gloucestershire Sisters - is holding an event highlighting the silence surrounding honour-based violence and abuse which affects some women from minority communities.

Sadia Hameed, 31, said: "The problem is both internal and external.

"Mainstream women's organisations largely ignore those from ethnic minorities as they lack expertise and are cautious about challenging honour-based violence in case they are branded racist.

"Unfortunately this has resulted in a dearth of specialist services."

Shadia Hameed, activist and campaigner
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Campaigner Shadia Hameed has organised the event

She hopes that by holding the event it would help women from minority communities and show the issues surrounding forced marriage, arranged marriage and dowry-related abuse.

Speakers include Pragna Patel, from Southall Black Sisters and activist and researcher Yasmin Rehman. The event is being held at the Farmers Club in Gloucester.

Bath launches first LGBT+ Pride event

Bath Pride logo
Bath Pride

The city of Bath will see its first ever Pride event this Saturday as part of the Bath Carnival.

A section of the parade this year will be given over to the Bath Pride group.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bath Carnival for the great opportunity they have given the LGBT+ communities of Bath. By enabling us to be part of the carnival parade this year they are helping empower our community. Having a location at their carnival preparation area will give us a place to meet and celebrate the diversity of Bath and BATHNES. Without their help and support the launch of Bath Pride would not have been possible.

Bath Pride Committee

BreakingCheeki Rafiki jury discharged

A jury considering manslaughter charges against a Southampton charter boat company director following the deaths of four men in a yacht capsize has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts.

Douglas Innes, director of Stormforce Coaching Limited had denied the charges.

Earlier, Mr Innes and the company were found guilty of failing to ensure the safe operation of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki, under the Merchant Shipping Act.

Prosecutor Nigel Lickley QC said the Crown would seek a retrial on the four manslaughter charges.

See a C-17 transporter plane at RIAT

BBC Wiltshire is live from The Royal International Air Tattoo with exclusive access to a C-17 transporter plane of the United States Airforce.

Watch here.

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Severe accident: A338 Wiltshire both ways

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A338 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between Burbage and Collingbourne Kingston.

A338 Wiltshire - A338 closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Burbage junction and the Collingbourne Kingston junction, because of an accident.

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

Bristol Labour spat over 'diversity politics' comment

Pete Simson

Political reporter, BBC Radio Bristol

Marvin Rees
BBC

A councillor in Bristol has issued an apology for what she describes as "thoughtless comments" regarding Labour Mayor Marvin Rees and his deputy Asher Craig.

Labour councillor Harriet Bradley - who represents Brislington West - has issued a grovelling apology after being criticised for an online post.

In it, she wrote that the Mayor Marvin Rees "doesn't get socialism", and that he and his deputy Asher Craig's background is in diversity politics.

It led to a formal complaint from anti-racism charity SARI, who called it ignorant. Some went further describing it as racist.

Her comments have highlighted rifts within the party locally, over the Labour-led council's approach to austerity. Councillor Bradley says she's truly sorry for any offence caused.

Want a tour of a C17 at Fairford? Come back at 2.30pm

Amazing A440m in gut-churning take-off manoeuvre

Latest video from the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford in Gloucestershire.

You wouldn't want to be on that plane, would you?

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BreakingCheeki Rafiki boss guilty of safety charge

The director of a boat charter firm has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safe operation of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki, which capsized in the Atlantic in 2014 with the loss of four lives.

The jury at Winchester Crown Court is still considering manslaughter charges against Douglas Innes, 42, of Whitworth Crescent, Southampton.

His company Stormforce Coaching was also convicted of failing to operate the yacht in a safe manner.

Douglas Innes
BBC

Yachting firm boss guilty of failing to ensure safety of Cheeki Rafiki

Douglas Innes ran Stormforce Coaching and was responsible for the Cheeki Rafiki, which capsized in the mid-Atlantic killing all four crew members.

The yacht lost its keel as the crew were returning the 40ft vessel from Antigua to the UK in May 2014 when it got into trouble more than 700 miles from Nova Scotia.

The four crew members who died were skipper Andrew Bridge, 22, from Farnham in Surrey, James Male, 22, from Southampton, as well as Steve Warren, 52, and Paul Goslin, 56, both from Somerset.

More soon here or on our breaking story.

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First Bristol's bus service restrictions to be removed

Restrictions on bus operator First Bristol, put in place more than 25 years ago, will be removed.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will remove the long-standing undertakings covering tendered bus services in the Greater Bristol area.

They applied them in 1989, after concerns two merged firms, taken over by FirstGroup in 1996, could have too strong a bargaining position with the council.

The undertakings included a cap on the amount they could receive from the local authority for running a tendered service and a requirement to return any excess profit from such services.

The decision comes following a CMA review which started in January followed by a full consultation which started in June.

Bus
First Group

First Bristol welcomes the publication of the final decision by the Competition and Markets Authority to release the company from undertakings relating to a merger dating back more than 25 years ago. Neither the original undertakings themselves nor the consequences of this decision impact the way we provide bus services in Bristol and the wider West of England region. Following more than £25m investment in low-carbon buses over the past two years, the only bus operator in Bristol to do so, we are committed to investing in a fleet that benefits our customers and local air quality.

First Bus Spokesperson

Cattle egrets breed successfully

Cattle egret
John Crispin

A wildlife charity has confirmed a rare cattle egret chick has successfully hatched in Somerset.

The RSPB says it's only the second time this species has managed to breed successfully in the UK.

There have been five nests of cattle egrets on the site, producing 11 youngsters.

Alongside these seven great white egret nests have produced 17 young.

Anyone lost some sheep in Berkeley?

New M4 junction near Pucklechurch is debated

M4 junction with A4174 ring road
BBC

A public meeting is being held later today to discuss the possibility of a new M4 junction in South Gloucestershire.

The Department of Transport allocated £500,000 to investigate linking the M4 at Bristol with the A4174 ring road.

The meeting, which starts at 2pm is over the eastern option which would see the link road pass next to the Pucklechurch village.

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

Man left with severe injuries gets first-class degree

A man with tetraplegia who is graduating with a first class degree says his time at university has given him a purpose.

Rob Camm, 23, from Breadstone in Gloucestershire, was paralysed from the neck down in a car crash in 2013.

He will graduate later from the University of Bristol with a degree in politics and philosophy and is now working to become a lawyer.

Read more about his story here.

Rob Camm graduates with a degree in politics and philosophy.

'Never say never' - Dirty Dancing couple could try 'lift' again at wedding

Watch: Dirty Dancing couple on BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme

Sharon and Andy, our Dirty Dancing couple, have just been on Victoria Derbyshire's BBC Two programme filling in some of the blanks of what happened.

The pair were trying to recreate the famous "lift" from the 1980s film - but it all went wrong!

"I can remember her running up, putting hands on hips, the rest is blank," said Andy.

Sharon added she was "just badly winded."

"We're getting married next year. I love the film and wanted to re-enact it from the film. Everyone does a slow dance. We wanted to do something different."

But it all went wrong and Andy ended up flat out on the floor.

"I was concussed. I was in out. I ended up in a neck brace and had to CT scan. They were being thorough," he said.

The pair added the doctors had a bit of a "laugh about it".

"They said we should keep two feet on the ground. We were in quite a bit of agony," said Sharon.

But will they consider trying it again when they're married?

"Never say never".

Sharon and Andy
BBC

On the front pages this morning

Two men killed in light aircraft crash

Crash scene
Steve Clements

Wiltshire Police has confirmed two men died following a light aircraft crash near Marlborough yesterday. Police received a report at 6.30pm that an aircraft had crashed into a field in Brimslade. Two men were confirmed dead at the scene. Formal identification has not yet taken place. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is leading the investigation into the incident.

BreakingTwo dead after aircraft crash

Two men died when a light aircraft crashed into a field near Marlborough yesterday, police have confirmed.

Severe accident: A430 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A430 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between Midland Road and Park Road.

A430 Gloucestershire - A430 Trier Way in Gloucester closed and slow traffic between the Midland Road junction and the Park Road junction, because of an accident.

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