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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates across the West of England on Tuesday, 25 July 2017

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Goodnight from us.

Today we have brought you details of the shock report into Bristol's prison, described as "one of the worst" by the Howard League for Penal reform.

But there was better news of jobs secured in Yeovil, on the Wildcat assembly line.

We had some amazing footage for you of Cheltenham's freediver Adam Mustoe, diving at Chepstow quarry.

And did you see the cockatoo chick pics earlier? If not, they're a must see.

We hope those of you caught in flash flooding in Gloucester have managed to stem the tide.

We're not expecting more heavy rain overnight, but tomorrow morning could be a wet one.

Another wardrobe change!

More rain is expected to hit the West tomorrow morning. Ian has the forecast.

Gloucester flash flooding captured on camera

Gloucester was hit by heavy rain this evening, which caused flash flooding on the streets of the city.

This footage was captured by a car dashcam, showing cars driving through large pools of surface water.

More rain is expected to hit the West Country on Wednesday morning.

Torrential rain led to flash flooding in Gloucester, which was captured by a dashcam outside BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

World champion cricketer Anya Shrubsole reflects on England woman's success

Bath's Anya was part of the team that beat India at Lord's on Sunday.

Player of the match, Anya Shrubsole joined Alex Lovell and David Garmston on BBC Points West this evening.

She took six wickets - the highest number of wickets in a women's world cup final.

Read more about Anya's rankings here.

Yeovil jobs secured with deal for Wildcat airframes

The government's announced that helicopter manufacturing will continue in Yeovil, with a new deal between Leonardo Helicopters and the Ministry of Defence.

The firm is keeping the contract to make frames for the military Wildcat Helicopter - the AW159 - and it says much of the work will be done at the Somerset site.

There had been fears that the work could move to Poland, along with 40 jobs, following a review by the Ministry of Defence.

But a deal has been struck for Leonardo Helicopters to keep the assembly work of military helicopter airframes in Yeovil rather than move it overseas.

You can read more about the story here.

The AW159 military helicopter
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HMP Bristol report "one of the worst" seen by Penal Reform body

More on the damning Chief Inspector of Prisons report into HMP Bristol, which found:

  • 50% of prisoners were locked in their cell during the day, and nighttime lock-ins began at 1730
  • crowded, poorly equipped cells
  • violence towards staff and between prisoners was very high
  • a third of prisoners were being released homeless at the end of their sentence
  • many prisoners said they felt unsafe

"Chronic" staff shortages have been blamed for many of the poor outcomes at the prison.

Andrew Nielson from the Howard League for Penal Reform told the BBC that staff are at threat as well as prisoners and they prison is "almost lost in chaos."

Watch: Andrew Nielson said the prison system was in a "state of chaos".

HMP Bristol heavily criticised following a surprise inspection

The Chief Inspector of Prisons has said conditions at HMP Bristol are "unacceptable".

A surprise inspection in March this year found:

  • a "deluge of illicit drugs... has fuelled violence, debt and self-harm”
  • more than half (53%) of prisoners said it was easy to get illicit drugs in the jail
  • significant finds of weapons, drugs and mobile phones during the inspection
  • one in seven prisoners said that they had developed a drug problem while at the prison
  • an "exceptionally high" rate of positive drugs tests

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Performance at Bristol isn’t at an acceptable level and the Governor is taking robust action to tackle the problems. Funding has been increased and more staff, including an additional 29 prison officers, are being recruited. Work to improve safety, reduce violence and improve first night arrangements is being prioritised.

Michael Spurr, Chief ExecutiveHer Majesty's Prisons

Cheltenham man to compete in Freediving World Championships

Adam Mustoe has only been freediving since 2016, but he hopes to enter the top 100 ranking of freedivers in the world.

Freediving is a sport where participants try to dive as deep as they can on a single breath of air.

Adam will travel to Honduras in August for the Freediving World Championships and freedive without fins up to depths of around 40 metres.

This should not be tried without proper supervision or instruction.

Watch: Adam Mustoe heads to Honduras for his freediving competition.

Heavy downpour hits Gloucester

Parts of Gloucester have seen flash flooding this evening with a sudden downpour of torrential rain, creating treacherous conditions on the M5.

Here was the view at BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Vandals and Visionaries - the debate over Bristol's graffiti

For many years Bristol has enjoyed a reputation as the UK's number one city for graffiti and street art.

But along with that reputation comes an ongoing debate about creativity and criminality.

On BBC One on Friday, the eve of street art festival Upfest, presenter Miquita Oliver will be assessing the debate and asking why Banksy’s work is protected when other graffiti artists are being prosecuted and sometimes imprisoned for their work.

In three special online-only videos, Bristol photographer Beezer takes us back to three key locations in the city’s early graffiti story. Part one is below, and parts two and three will follow tomorrow and Thursday.

'Vandals and Visionaries' is on BBC One at 7.30pm on Friday, 28th July.

Photographer Beezer reflects on Bristol's graffiti heritage.

Flood victims' concern over housebuilding on Gloucester floodplain

The flooding of 2007 remains strong in the memories of those who lived through it.

Now, they've raised concerns over a new development of houses being built in areas which were submerged a decade ago.

Over 600 homes have been built at Longford, and more are planned. The developers say that new estates are being built with better drainage, so shouldn't be affected.

Scott Ellis found out more...

Watch: Victims of the 2007 floods say they are worried about the new houses at Longford.

Heavy rain affecting stretch of M5

M5
Highways England

These were the scene on the M5 near Cheltenham a few moments ago.

Heavy rain is making driving treacherous during the rush hour.

The storms are very localised so watch out if you're about to set off home as one minute it might be bright sunshine, the next raining cats and dogs.

M5
Highways England

Surprise inspection report criticises Bristol Prison

A surprise inspection of Bristol Prison has revealed an environment of violence, debt and increasing self-harm, all fuelled by staff shortages and a "deluge" of drugs, according to a report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons.

The visit took place in March, and inspectors found that standards had declined and the prison was now less safe than two years before.

BBC Points West's Andrew Plant has more...

Staff shortages, drug use, a cockroach infestation and prisoner self-harm were all highlighted in the report.

Points West at 60: the SS Great Britain returns home

BBC Points West have been looking back through their archives as part of celebrations marking 60 years of broadcasting to the West Country.

In 1970, Brunel's famous ship, the ss Great Britain returned back to Bristol after a final trip across the ocean from her resting place on the Falkland Islands.

Thousands of people, and the film cameras, turned out to watch.

In 1970 Brunel's famous ship returned home to the dock she left back in 1843.

Severe accident: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

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M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe accident, between J2 for A417 and J3 for B4221.

M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M50 westbound between J2, A417 (Ledbury) and J3, B4221 (Newent), because of an accident involving a car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Extreme cyclist wants to learn more about our European neighbours

Sean Conway
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Sean Conway, the Cheltenham extreme adventurer, is aiming for the current world record to cross Europe, which stands at 29 days, 18 hours and 25 minutes.

He hopes to knock four days off the record by cycling about 180 miles each day, beginning on August 5.

Sean says he hopes there'll also be time to chat to people he meets along the way!

I'm looking to not only break the world record for the fastest cycle across Europe but also to have the opportunity to meet some incredible people along the way. It's an uncertain time across Europe at the moment and we rarely hear reports of how nice people can be, only the bad stuff.

Sean Conway

Helicopter airframe work stays in town

Wildcat helicopter
MOD
GKN's Yeovil factory specialises in the manufacture of airframes for the Royal Navy's Wildcat helicopter

A deal has been struck for Leonardo Helicopters to keep the assembly work of military helicopter airframes in Yeovil rather than move it overseas.

There were fears the equipment and 40 jobs would go to Poland after a review by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Yeovil Conservative MP Marcus Fysh said: "It is good news. It was a bit of a concern that the assemblies of the Wildcat airframes might move."

The AW159 is a military helicopter used in the UK and also exported overseas.

You can read more about the story here.

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, at J17 for A350.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M4 westbound at J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Cockatoo chick hatches at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Doesn't it look cute?

Perhaps not. This little chick is an extremely rare Philippine cockatoo, and it's the first one to hatch in Bristol.

In the wild, the species is critically endangered. It's estimated there are between just 560 and 1,150 left in the Philippines.

We think a new Disney character is born.

Cockatoo chick
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Cockatoo chick
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Cockatoo chick
Bristol Zoo Gardens

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J24 for A38 and J25 for A358.

M5 Somerset - M5 partially blocked southbound between J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) and J25, A358 (Taunton), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, at J17 for A350.

M4 Wiltshire - Broken down vehicle on M4 westbound at J17, A350 (Chippenham). Traffic is coping well.

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

Salisbury charity calls for food donations to help families cope with the holidays

The Trussell Trust, which is based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, runs over 420 food banks across the UK.

It has appealed for donations to be made to local food banks which experience a surge in demand when the school summer holidays begin.

The charity says many children risk going hungry over the six-week break from school.

Demand for emergency parcels for children rose significantly - by more than 4,000 - last July and August, according to the Trust.

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Salisbury food bank charity urges people to donate supplies during school holidays

Freediver dives to the depths of Chepstow

British freediver, Adam Mustoe is perfecting his skills for the Freediving World Championships at a flooded Chepstow quarry.

Cheltenham-born Mustoe can hold his breath for over four minutes and dive without fins to depths in excess of 30meters.

He is training to dive closer to 40meters for the competition..

To achieve the incredible feat, he enters a trance-like state, then dives vertically on a single breath into the deep, dark, icy-cold water, among abandoned landrovers and the odd Great-crested Newt.

This year’s Freediving World Championships will take place in Honduras in a few weeks' time.

Adam surfaces following a dive
Adam Mustoe

Freediving without fins is my passion. From the start, I fell in love with the feeling of freedom and natural movement it provides. Honduras is a far cry from a quarry in Chepstow, but having to train in harsh conditions doesn’t stop us Brits competing on the world stage.

Adam MustoeBritish Freediver
Adam Mustow
Adam Mustow
The British Freediving team
Daan Verhoeven

Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe accident, between J13 for A419 and J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J13, A419 (Stroud) and J14, B4509 (Thornbury), because of an accident involving a car.

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

Severe disruption: A4 Bristol both ways

BBC News Travel

A4 Bristol both ways severe disruption, between A4 Keynsham By-Pass and Emery Road.

A4 Bristol - A4 Bath Road in Brislington closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Hicks Gate Roundabout and Brislington Park and Ride, because of a police incident.

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

Prisoner 'used sink as toilet to avoid stepping on cockroaches', says report

Prison guard
BBC

Earlier we told you how an unannounced inspection of Bristol Prison revealed problems with staffing had facilitated drug use and violence.

The inspection report also details broken glass, peeling ceilings, broken fittings, graffiti and damaged floors.

An infestation of cockroaches - noted in 2014 - was still there and one prisoner described using his sink to urinate as he was "fed up with crunching on the cockroaches in bare feet in dark".

Inspectors learned that 50% of prisoners were locked in their cells during the day and they were locked up for night at 17.30

Cells were crowded and poorly equipped, holding more prisoners than they were designed for.

Extreme cyclist aims to cross Europe in 25 days

Sean Conway
PA

An extreme adventurer from Cheltenham is preparing to break the world record for the fastest crossing of Europe on a bicycle.

Sean Conway aims to cycle 4,500 miles, unsupported, from Portugal to Russia in less than 25 days.

The 36-year-old says he wants to find out more about the lives our neighbours lead.

Last year he completed a 4,000-mile ultra-triathlon around the coastline of Britain.

Arrest over fatal crash for Portishead man

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a man died in a crash in Weymouth.

The crash involving a grey BMW 350d and a black Hyundai i30 happened on the B3157 Coast Road near to Rodden Lane on Wednesday 17 May.

The driver of the Hyundai – a 37-year-old man from Portishead died at the scene.

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Worries over flood plain homes

Victims of the 2007 floods in Gloucestershire say they're worried that hundreds of houses are being built on or near the flood plain.

More than 600 have been built already at Longford, close to homes which were under water ten years ago - and more are planned.

Developers say new estates are built with better drainage, to ensure storm water doesn't impact on others.

Victims of the Glos floods are worried about hundreds of new houses on the flood plain

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J24 for A38 and J25 for A358.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) and J25, A358 (Taunton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Rugby: Hooker Dawidiuk leaves Gloucester

Darren Dawidiuk
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Hooker Darren Dawidiuk has left Gloucester to sign for London Irish.

The 29-year-old made 145 appearances for the Cherry and Whites after joining from Cornish Pirates in 2009.

"I'm extremely grateful to have the opportunity to join London Irish, a club that's very much on the up at present," he said.

Dawidiuk is Irish's 11th summer signing before they return to the Premiership against Harlequins on 2 September.

Adventurer hopes to break cross Europe cycle record

Sean Conway
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The extreme adventurer Sean Conway is hoping to break the record for the fastest crossing of Europe on a bicycle.

He is planning on biking 4,500 miles from the west coast of Portugal to Russia in under 25 days - double the distance of the Tour de France.

The new challenge starts on August 5.

He says: "I also hope to try to use this journey to encourage more people to not only embrace an active lifestyle but to consider travel by bicycle as it is just the best way to see the world."

Last year the 36-year-old from Cheltenham completed a 4,000-mile continuous "ultra-triathlon", swimming, running and cycling around the coastline of mainland Britain.

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BreakingMan suffers 'significant injuries' after being hit by a bus

Police crash sign
BBC

A man has been hit by bus in Knowle West, Bristol.

Police say they were called to Creswicke Road at 10.15am to reports of a collision.

A spokesman said: "The pedestrian, a man, has suffered significant injuries and the road has been closed to allow the air ambulance to attend.

“Motorists are advised to avoid the area while emergency services deal with the incident.”

Rehab for teenage hackers

Watch: UK's first boot camp hopes to reform teenage hackers

The National Crime Agency has started the UK's first 'rehab' course for hackers.

The first classes held in Bristol aim to explain to attendees what is illegal online.

While the UK has 'rehab' for drug misuse and education classes for poor drivers it has not had similar schemes for hackers.

The NCA says the average age of a person arrested for cyber crime is 17 and many would benefit from applying their skills in the security industry.

BBC Click's Dan Simmons spoke to some of the offenders.

Sea level fears as Greenland darkens

Greenland ice sheet
Kate Stephens

Scientists are "very worried" that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet could accelerate and raise sea levels more than expected.

They say warmer conditions are encouraging algae to grow and darken the surface.

Dark ice absorbs more solar radiation than clean white ice so warms up and melts more rapidly.

The Greenland ice sheet is is the largest mass of ice in the northern hemisphere.

Research led by Bristol University's Professor Martyn Tranter shows the average sea level would rise around the world by about seven metres, more than 20ft, if it all melted.

Poor performing prison to recruit 29 officers

Bristol Prison
BBC

Bristol Prison will receive extra funding and an additional 29 prison officers to help tackle problems with drugs and violence.

Michael Spurr, the CEO of HM Prisons Service said: "Work to improve safety, reduce violence and improve first night arrangements is being prioritised.”

The report revealed a history of under investment in the prison which coincided with a deluge of illicit drugs, fuelling violence, debt, self-harm and physical and mental illness among prisoners.

The lack of staff and the poor physical environment on the wings had merely added to the problems, it stated.

Darren Dawidiuk

London Irish bolster their front-row options by signing hooker Darren Dawidiuk from Premiership rivals Gloucester.

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Your local radio headlines from across the West

Radio microphones
BBC

BBC Radio Bristol: Inspection of Bristol Prison finds high "levels of violence towards staff and between prisoners".

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: Gloucestershire's PCC says the Government should have done more to ensure people understand the role.

BBC Somerset: The owner of a nursery says she'd lose thousands if she took part in a government scheme to give parents 30 hours' free childcare.

BBC Wiltshire:The Trussell Trust reveals it saw a huge spike in parents using its foodbanks during the school holidays last year.

Businesses left without power in Cheltenham

Several businesses on Cheltenham Promenade are without power this morning.

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