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  1. News, sport, weather and travel across the West of England on Monday 24 July, 2017.

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David Miller of Glamorgan

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

A debut 50 for David Miller helps Glamorgan to a 25-run victory over Gloucestershire, to top the T20 Blast Southern Group.

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Signing off...

The digital team wish you a good night!

Today we have brought you the news of NHS Bristol's battles with A&E pressures and the life and death decisions they have had to make because of them.

We have celebrated with Anya Shrubsole and her parents on what has been the England and Bath cricketer's 'dream' achievement: the winning wicket at the World Cup.

At this time, we have no idea whether Gloucestershire's Chris Hughes has been 'triumphant' on Love Island, but we suspect Wiltshire's emergency call handlers will come out as the heroes of 999 Emergency this evening.

We leave you with this truism from @wiltshirepolice...

Have a safe night.

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Weather for the West with Ian

If you're planning what to do with the family tomorrow or just wondering whether to take your umbrella to work, it looks like a largely fine day with the possibility of a few showers into the afternoon.

Here's Ian Fergusson with all the detail.

Weather for the west with Ian

Get your skates on or lose your wheels...

If you have left a bike at Bristol Temple Meads with the intention of collecting it later - you'd better get down there quickly!

Cyclists who leave their bikes at the station for weeks on end are being warned to move them - or lose them.

Every cycle at the station was tagged three weeks ago. Any tagged bikes still there in the next day or two will be given to charity - as BBC Points West's Martin Jones reports:

Martin Jones reports from Temple Meads station on the bike cull

The parents of Bath-born cricket star Anya Shrubsole talk about their daughter's success

Anya Shrubsole's parents watched as their daughter led England to World Cup victory.

The parents of Somerset cricketer Anya Shrubsole have spoken to BBC Points West about watching their daughter bowling the England women's cricket team to World Cup success.

The team beat India in front of a sell out crowd at Lord's and while Anya's mum was barely able to watch, her dad spoke of their pride as Anya made history.

We've seen her bowl well before and we've seen her bowl terribly before [but] ... on that stage, at that moment, in that occasion, well, it doesn't get any better than that.

Ian ShrubsoleAnya's dad
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Hospitals will assess treatment needs at door after one third of A&E visits deemed unnecessary

A&E departments in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset will start 'clinical streaming' in the next few months.

With 60,000 patients in the area unnecessarily seeking A & E care last year, the departments have been under immense pressure.

The pilot for the sifting scheme was stopped after a patient was sent to see a Brisdoc GP instead of A&E and died after a blood clot was missed.

Following the death of Bristol man Dave Birtwhistle, the system has been changed and an A&E doctor or nurse will direct patients to where they should be treated and will also take a full set of observations to assist the decision.

The new system will be in place in the Autumn.

Scott Ellis has a report on the 'clinical streaming' that will start in the next few months.

Stroud Subscription Room sale 'like a gun to our head'

Stroud Subscription Rooms

Earlier we told you how a cash-strapped council is looking to sell the Stroud Subscription Rooms.

It is one a number of options being considered for the Grade ll-listed building by the district council.

But Julie Wickham from campaign group Support Our Subs says "it feels like the community has a gun to its head" and says the sale option "should be taken off the table".

"To say they'd explored every option and something couldn't be found then they could put it for sale," she said.

"By running it in tandem it feels very upsetting".

Gloucestershire's Chris Hughes in Love Island final tonight

Gloucestershire contestant Chris Hughes competing for the final prize.

Love Island's Chris Hughes is tonight competing in the final of the ITV2 show, which has attracted 2 million viewers a night.

The 22-year-old farmer's son from Gloucestershire, who went to local Hartpury College, could receive £50,000 if he wins.

He's been part of an on/off couple with fellow contestant Olivia Attwood for much of the series.

Will you be watching at 9pm?

Stroud Subscription Rooms put up for sale for £600k

Stroud Subscription Rooms

An arts and entertainment location is being put on the market as its owners consider the Grade II-listed building's future.

In January Stroud District Council said would reviewing all options for the future of the Subscription Rooms.

The authority is considering whether to keeping it under council control, let another group run it, or to sell it. The closing date for all bids for the 183-year-old venue is 15 September.

The "imposing ballroom and exhibition space" and "occupying a prominent position in the centre of Stroud" is being offered for sale at £600,000.

So far nine organisations have expressed an interest in running it and a decision will be taken later this year.

Appeal for witnesses following violent assault in Bath

Avon and Somerset police have appealed for witnesses following an incident in Bath when a man suffered a fractured jaw.

At 0300 on Saturday 1 July, the victim and his girlfriend left the Weir Lounge Club and walked towards Pulteney Bridge.

The victim was punched in the face after intervening in a fight. He fell to the floor and was then kicked whilst on the floor.

He and his girlfriend walked away, but a few minutes later two men from the group punched the victim in the face, giving him a fractured jaw.

The suspects are described as:

  • a mixed heritage man, aged 20-21 years of slim build and wearing black Chino style trousers and a grey zip-up jacket, and
  • a white man 5ft 8ins tall, aged 20-21 years, of stocky build, having a quiff of brown hair
  • A man who was also present during the second incident but did not get involved is described as a white man, aged 20-21 years old, about 5ft 6ins tall with brown hair, which had a distinctive blond streak through the middle.

Anyone able to help, is asked to call 101, quoting reference 5217148642

A&S police
A&S police

Somerset cricketer Anya Shrubsole on accomplishing her 'dream'

Cricketer Anya Shrubsole has spoken about achieving her dream after bowling England to World Cup success at Lord's on Sunday.

The 25-year-old, who started playing for England as a teenager, competed in front of a sell-out crowd, with an estimated worldwide TV audience of around 100 million viewers.

The Bath-born and raised cricketer is still getting used to her team's incredible achievement.

England bowler Anya Shrubsole on bowling England to success

Bristol NHS commissioners defend policy of diverting patients from A&E

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NHS commissioners in Bristol have defended their policy of diverting patients from A&E in order to relieve pressures on services.

A national review of such schemes has been launched by NHS England. It will report its findinging next summer.

Bristol NHS CCG today said:

  • a third of people who go to A&E - 60,000 across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire - could have received adequate and more timely care by an alternative practitioner
  • waiting times in A&E last winter were an average four hours, in line with national targets
  • but local minor injury unit waits were just 30 minutes on average

Commenting on the recent decision to close Weston's A&E overnight, they said:

"The system is coping well and all patients have received safe and appropriate care. The numbers of patients needing urgent or emergency care have been in line with expectation and we continue to carefully monitor patient activity to understand and manage the impact."


Controversial A&E 'sifting' system will return to the BRI

Bristol's NHS Commissioners say a 'clinical streaming' scheme - halted following the death of a local man - will return to accident and emergency services in the area in the Autumn, following improvements.

David Birtwistle from Bristol was diverted away from the Bristol Royal Infirmary and seen by a GP instead. He later died as the result of a blood clot.

He had been seen by a nurse on arrival, who decided he could be treated more suitably by a local doctor.

NHS Bristol CCG say the new system - adopted by other areas - will have specialist accident and emergency staff making such assessments.

The findings of the national review, by NHS England, will be published in the summer of 2018.

We would like to express our deepest condolences, once again, to the family of Mr Birtwistle. This tragic incident has affected everyone who cared for him.

Dr Lesley Ward, urgent care leadNHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group

Wiltshire emergency call operators star in Channel 4 programme

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Wiltshire's emergency call handlers are featuring in '999: What's Your Emergency?' from tonight.

The Channel 4 documentary, which starts at 9pm, will be following the team as they answer calls and deal with emergency situations.

Swindon Town manager commends his young team as they prepare for friendlies

Swindon Town manager Dave Flitcroft has told BBC Wiltshire he's looking forward to the challenge of two friendlies in the next 48 hours.

The Robins' "young, vibrant team" has been getting used to the heat as they put in some high-end training in Portugal.

Flitcroft commended the players commitment to training and described the environment as one of "learning, improvement and development"

The team are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they travel to play a young Derby side behind-closed-doors.

Swindon Town manager speaks to Shaun Hodgetts of BBC Wiltshire

Severe congestion: A4044 Bristol northbound

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A4044 Bristol northbound severe congestion, between A420 Old Market Street and A4032 Newfoundland Street.

A4044 Bristol - Heavy traffic on A4044 Temple Way Underpass northbound between Old Market Roundabout and the A4032 Newfoundland Street junction. In the roadworks area.

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

Gloucester police: third possible teenager abduction attempt, by masked man

Gloucestershire Constabulary
Gloucestershire Constabulary

Police are investigating a report that a third teenage girl was approached by men in a van in the Abbeymead area of Gloucester.

The incident happened on Dancers Hill at around 8pm on Saturday (22 July) when a 'noisy' blue van pulled up alongside a 13-year-old girl.

One of the occupants tried to pull her into the vehicle. That man is described as wearing a black jacket and a black mask on his face. He had brown eyes.

It's the third report of its kind in a week. On each occasion, the girls were able to get away but officers are asking people to be vigilant and report any stranger approaches.

If you have seen this van or have any information please call 101 quoting incident number 181 of 22/7/17

This afternoon's newspaper headlines across the Westcountry

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In the papers, stories across the west

Swindon Advertiser: Man, 80, accused of child rape more than 50 years ago.

Bristol Post: Drunk on Bristol easyjet flight urinated 'everywhere except the loo' then fell down aircraft steps.

North Somerset Times: Co-founder of Springboard steps down 30 years after she created charity of disabled children.

Gloucester Gazette: Disabled Dursley woman achieves horseback archery coaching qualification.

Wiltshire TImes: Plans for a new dementia centre to be opened in Warminster.

Avon and Somerset police appeal for missing 13-year-old

Avon and Somerset Police have appealed to the public for any information about a missing 13-year-old girl.

Mia Hooper, from Patchway, was last seen at around 10pm on Wednesday 19 July.

She’s described as white, of medium build, 5ft 4ins, with long straight brown hair.

She was last seen wearing a green bomber jacket, black leggings and trainers.

Anyone who has information has been asked to call 999.

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Avon and Somerset Police

Man makes road-rage death threat

Former BBC Producer filmed in a bizarre road rage incident alongside a Hampshire motorway

A family claims they were threatened by an ex-BBC producer after a two-car crash in Hampshire.

The driver, Louise Small, said the man involved was former BBC wildlife producer Fergus Beeley.

A heated exchange followed a two-car crash involving the family's Mazda on the M27 near Hedge End in Hampshire.

Footage of the argument was recorded in a Sainsbury's car park on Saturday.

A man is captured on mobile phone threatening a family in a car, saying: "I do wish you were dead."

BBC News has contacted Mr Beeley for a comment but he has yet to respond.

Bereaved parents urge others to 'make better and safer choices'

Leah Kerry

If there are any young people who have known Leah, or who have heard about her story, I would urge them on Leah's behalf to not make the same mistake and to make better and safer choices when out in the community.

The parents of a Wiltshire teenager, who died after apparently taking a psychoactive substance, have issued a warning to other teenagers.

Leah Kerry, who was 15, died in Torbay Hospital on July 15 after suffering an adverse reaction to the substance.

In a statement issued through Devon and Cornwall Police, Leah's family, who relocated to Salisbury from Torquay in 2015, described her death as "the most painful experience that we have all ever had to endure".

Leah was well aware of the nature of different illicit substances and the risks attached. Sadly, despite being well aware of the risks, she thought she was invincible and she rolled the dice and has paid the ultimate price.

Statement from Leah Kerry's family

Woman detained after Taunton police officer and teenager are stabbed

Taunton station

A woman has been charged with attempted murder and assault by grievous bodily harm following a stabbing at Taunton railway station at the weekend.

A 17-year-old girl and a British Transport Police officer from Taunton were taken to hospital with stab wounds following the incident at 4.50pm on Saturday but have both been discharged.

Ingrid Mackay, 59, of no fixed address, was detained under the Mental Health Act and is due to appear before Taunton Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

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M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at J16 for A38.

M5 Bristol - M5 lane blocked on exit slip road northbound at J16, A38 (Aztec West), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

More rousing tunes from the 2017 Harbour Festival

From Samba to classical, big band to funk, this weekend's Harbour Festival had something for everyone.

Here are some more of the musical highlights.

All the sights and sounds of Sunday's music at the BBC Radio Bristol stage.

'Robo Crop' teaching lessons about rural crime

This tractor is Dorset Police force's tool for educating people about rural crime.

It was officially named "RoboCrop" after a competition organised by the police and BBC Radio 1.

DJ Greg James chose the name from "thousands and thousands" of listeners' suggestions.

Dorset Police said the tractor, equipped with a siren, has a top speed of 23mph (37km/h) and is "not built for response policing".

The vehicle is on loan from a tractor manufacturer and is touring agricultural shows across the West this summer.

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Man in court over triple arson attacks

The Fleece hotel was badly damaged by fire

A man has appeared in court in connection with three arson attacks in Gloucester.

Jamie Hiam, 29, of Priory House in Greyfriars, Gloucester, is accused of setting fire to the Fleece Hotel, Brunswick Public House and setting alight furniture/rubbish at Priory Place.

All incidents occurred last Thursday (July 20).

Hiam appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court earlier today to confirm his name, age and address.

Harbour Festival: Musical highlights at ss Great Britain

It wasn't all about tall ships this weekend as crowds flocking to the Bristol Harbour Festival enjoyed music from bands like Katandi, Jimi Can and Duke Frenzy.

Here are some of the highlights...

We enjoyed some excellent music by the ss Great Britain - here are the highlights.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

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

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

BBC 'Biggest Weekend' to fill Glastonbury gap

Pyramid stage

Those ruing the fact there will be no Glastonbury Festival until 2019 will be cheered by this news.

The BBC has announced plans to host the Biggest Weekend while Glasto has its traditional fallow year in 2018.

Traffic management during viaduct work

Traffic cones

A number of traffic management plans have been put in place to try to ease congestion during roadworks on the A4174 ring road at the Bromley Heath viaduct.

A section of the southern dual carriageway needs to be closed to all traffic for the duration of the project.

The work's expected to last for 33 weeks.

  • A contraflow will be in operation reducing the current two lanes in both directions down to one lane in each direction
  • There will be some local road closures, adjustments to traffic lights and road signs in the surrounding area
  • Traffic heading to the M4 motorway will be directed east to junction 19 of the M4 rather than using junction 18.
  • There will be extra buses on the number 18 route during peak travel time
  • A park and ride facility will operate at Lyde Green in Emersons Green for people to park and car share, park and cycle or park and take a bus

NHS review follows patient death


Earlier we told you how NHS England has launched a national review of schemes to divert patients away from A&E.

The decision follows the death of Bristol man David Birtwistle, who had been turned away from A&E at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and was instead seen by a GP.

A spokeswoman for NHS England said: "Guidance to hospitals on making sure patients get the level of clinical care they need has been specifically updated in the light of this (the review), so as to make sure that people who need GP care can get it, and people needing specialist assessment can quickly do so.

"GPs successfully look after 300 million patient consultations every year, compared with 23 million A&E visits."

The review is due to report its results in summer 2018, NHS England said.

Bill Bailey walks 100 miles for cancer charity

Bill Bailey

Comedian Bill Bailey is walking along Britain's oldest road in a fundraising tribute to his mother, who died from cancer.

He will walk 100 miles along The Ridgeway, starting today from Dunstable Downs and finishing in Avebury in Wiltshire on Saturday.

Comedians including Jo Brand and Lee Mack hope to join him during the week.

He is raising money for Stand Up to Cancer, which funds research into new treatments and tests.

His mother was called Maisie but known as Madryn, an old Welsh word for 'my dear'. She died of bowel cancer in 2005 aged 74.

Bill has chosen not to follow the traditional west to east route, but to do the walk the other way round.

There will definitely be blisters and a few niggly joints. All the walking gear is a given, but beyond anything else, you need tea – and a sense of purpose. Plus a good feed in the evening, that’s very important – a proper pub meal, something good and hearty. And then you sleep like you’ve never slept before.

Bill Bailey

Bath's Anya Shrubsole 'lost for words' after World Cup final heroics

Somerset and England bowler Anya Shrubsole is the hero after her role in a thrilling victory over India to win the Cricket World Cup.

Bath-born Shrubsole made history with 6-46 - the best figures in a World Cup final - as India collapsed from 191-3 to 219 all out.

Speaking after the final, she said: "I am lost for words. It is a dream. I never thought it would come true. To be back here as a World Cup winner is amazing."

England women's cricket team

Viaduct work: 'Allow twice as long for your journey'

Traffic cones

Motorists using the A4174 ring road around Bristol are being warned to allow twice as long as usual for their journey, as work begins on the Bromley Heath viaduct.

The essential maintenance on the viaduct - the stretch of the ring road between the Bromley Heath roundabout and the Hambrook Lights - has started this morning.

A contraflow system is now in operation reducing the current two lanes in both directions down to one lane in each direction. And it'll be like that for the next 33 weeks.

Our staff will monitor junctions, traffic lights and yellow junction boxes when the contraflow goes into operation to see if any further improvements can be made to aid traffic flow and ease congestion. People are encouraged to look at changing their travel plans during the work to help ease congestion. Cycling, walking, car sharing and public transport are encouraged. To help during the work there will be extra buses on the number 18 during peak travel times and a park and ride facility will operate at Lyde Green, in Emersons Green.

Councillor Colin HuntCabinet member responsible for transport, South Gloucestershire Council

Two dead following Somerset crash

Two men have died following a two-car crash in Somerset at the weekend.

The collision happened on the A38 at Whiteball, near Wellington, at just after midnight on Sunday.

Those who died were the 20-year-old male driver of one of the cars and his 23-year-old passenger.

The driver of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries.

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NHS review follows death of man, 44, who was turned away from A&E

A&E sign

Schemes that see patients diverted away from A&E departments to relieve pressure on the service are under review by NHS England, it has been revealed.

The nationwide investigation follows the death of David Birtwistle, 44, from Bristol who was turned away from the Bristol Royal Infirmary via the private assessment 'Front Door Scheme'.

The Daily Telegraph says it is not known whether the £1m review was launched before the death of Mr Birtwistle from a pulmonary embolism in November 2016.

Following the inquest into his death in March, assistant coroner for Avon Terence Moore wrote to the NHS asking for a national review of "serious incidents and near misses in similar 'front door' services" to take place "as a matter of some urgency".

Bike cull at Bristol Temple Meads

Bikes in bike rack

If you've left your bike at Bristol's Temple Meads station, today is the day to get it back or it may be too late.

Staff there are holding one of their twice-yearly bicycle culls. Any that have been left there long-term will be removed and stored in a holding room for a month.

If they are not claimed in that time, they will be donated to Bristol-based charities.

Signs warning about the cull have been in place for several weeks.

It will be carried out by Network Rail with Great Western Railway and the British Transport Police.

Your local radio headlines

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Here are the headlines from your local radio stations in the West this morning:

Radio Bristol: Major roadworks scheme gets underway

Radio Gloucestershire: Plans to carry out works on Stonehouse High Street put on hold

BBC Somerset: HSE warning after seven people die on West farms in a year

BBC Wiltshire: Swindon's Great Western Hospital opens a private suite

Drivers advised to avoid junction

Clifton Suspension Bridge closes this week

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge will be closed to traffic and cyclists during off-peak times from today until Friday.

It's so essential maintenance work can be carried out.

The bridge will be closed from 9.30am to 4pm each day.

A diversion route will be signed, using Bridge Valley Road, Brunel Way and the A369 Rownham Hill.

Work to the chains and the engineering inspections involves access platforms which cannot safely be on the bridge alongside traffic. We are also carrying out painting trials, repairing a manhole under the Leigh Woods Tower and other maintenance tasks, utilising this closure as efficiently as possible.

Trish JohnsonBridge Master