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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Friday, 28 July 2017

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We'll leave you with Bill Bailey's blister and aching limbs

Comedian Bill Bailey is currently walking almost 90 miles along the Ridgeway national trail, raising money for cancer research.

We caught up with him earlier near Wroughton in Wiltshire.

Watch: Bill Bailey walks the Ridgeway ancient trackway

And that's all from us on today's live page. Join us on Monday from 7am for more live news, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England.

Goodnight.

Forest Green Rovers 'aiming for top half finish'

Watch: Dale Vince's hopes for the new season

In a week's time Forest Green Rovers will be making final preparations for their football league debut.

Although they are the smallest of the 92 league clubs they have the financial backing of green energy millionaire Dale Vince.

Under his ownership Forest Green have made headlines for being the only vegan football club in the world, but he's confident they can make their mark on the pitch too.

Skatepark sessions exclusively for toddlers

Watch: The Campus Skatepark is space for children to experiment on wheels

Children and toddlers aren't who you'd usually expect to see moving around a skatepark.

At the Campus Skatepark building in Bishopsworth, Bristol, the owners decided to give the little ones a safe space to experiment on two, three or four wheels, saying that regular skateparks are often too dangerous for smaller children to learn how to skate.

Organisers hope it will prove popular over the school holidays.

New railway station in Bristol 'ready for 2020'

People at station
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Five new railway stations - including Portway Parkway in Bristol - should be completed by March 2020 after funding was confirmed, officials have said.

The Department For Transport (DFT) said it will invest more than £16m in four stations in England and one in Wales.

Click here to read the full story.

Passchendaele soldier's audio archive

Watch: Horace Thompson recalls his memories of the war

Horace Thompson lived in Swindon and fought in WW1 at the Battle of Passchendaele.

Also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, it began on 31 July 1917 and lasted 100 days.

British general Douglas Haig wanted to get through German lines to reach Belgian ports to destroy German submarines.

It ended with the Allies only making five miles progress, and almost 500,000 people died from both sides of the fighting.

Training took place on Salisbury Plain and mud and heavy rain was a feature for most of the battle.

Vandals and Visionaries - watch again online

Watch: Miquita Oliver presents Vandals and Visionaries

On the eve of Upfest, Europe's biggest street art festival, Miquita Oliver has explored the creativity and criminality of street art in Bristol.

Watch the programme again above or via the BBC iPlayer.

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Roads re-opened after pedestrian hit by van

Update - Roads around PE Way/Tewks Rd Chelt are now open, a pedestrian has been taken to hospital & @CheltPolice have now left the scene.

Henry, 9, would be 'very proud of the fact he's still remembered'

Watch: Henry Bromberg's parents visit his grave every day

It's exactly a year tomorrow that nine-year-old Henry Bromberg died as he waited for a heart transplant.

The inspirational Gloucestershire boy stole the show during Children in Need in the West in 2015.

He went on to become an ambassador for the charity Readathon and his legacy lives on, with tens of thousands of pounds raised in Henry's memory.

Henry Bromberg
BBC
Henry shot to fame when he appeared on Children in Need in 2015

An edible Clifton Suspension Bridge wedding cake

Watch: See pictures from Paul and Sayana's happy day

Here's one way of making your wedding day memorable, turn Brunel's famous Clifton Suspension Bridge into a cake.

Paul and Sayana's recent wedding was notable for it's cake creation, which took 100 hours for Paul's auntie to bake.

Road to be closed for railway works

Railway viaduct
Network Rail

Here's a reminder that Stapleton Road in Bristol will be closed to traffic from 9pm tonight, until 6am on Monday morning.

Network Rail is replacing the old Victorian viaduct. Engineers began demolishing it earlier this week.

The road needs to be closed to vehicles and pedestrians over the weekend in order for the section to be removed safely.

A signposted diversion route will be in place.

Cladding safety unknown at Waverley House

Watch: BBC Points West's Scott Ellis at Waverley House in Bristol

Workers have removed part of the cladding on an accomodation block in Bristol which homes hundreds of students.

It's being done on the advice of the fire service following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The government has said the material used on 82 buildings has failed new safety checks but it's not yet known if Waverley House is among them.

Pedestrian 'seriously injured' after being hit by a van

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A female pedestrian has been seriously injured after being hit by a van.

Police and ambulance crews are currently at the scene.

Severe accident: A4013 Gloucestershire both ways

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A4013 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, at A4019 Tewkesbury Road.

A4013 Gloucestershire - A4013 Princess Elizabeth Way in Cheltenham blocked in both directions at the A4019 Tewkesbury Road junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident. On the roundabout.

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

Travel: Police at scene of 'serious' crash in Cheltenham

Bristol graffiti documentary starting now on BBC1 (West)

Community garden features on Gardeners' World

Watch: The garden in Potterne has had a community makeover

Earlier this year we searched for a community garden to makeover with the help of our colleagues at BBC Gardener's World.

A space in the Wiltshire village of Potterne, near Devizes, was chosen and tonight on Gardener's World you'll be able to see for the first time how the area is being transformed.

Gardener's World is on BBC Two tonight at 9pm.

Football: Defender signs Yeovil contract

Daniel Alfei
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Yeovil Town have made defender Daniel Alfei their ninth summer signing following a successful trial period.

The 25-year-old, a former Wales Under-21 international, has agreed a two-year contract with the League Two club.

Released by Swansea in 2016, he most recently played for Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth and has played four pre-season games for Yeovil.

How Daniel has been playing non-league football for Aberystwyth Town is beyond me. It's up to him now to take this opportunity and aim for 40 league games this season.

Darren WayYeovil Town manager

Marine 'frozen' with fear of dissidents

Ciarán Maxwell
Metropolitan Police

A Royal Marine who made bombs for dissident republicans faked his support for their cause as he was "frozen" with fear, a court has been told.

Ciarán Maxwell, who was based with 40 Commando in Taunton, was said to be trapped in an "intolerable double life" where he was a "Royal Marine by day and republican bomb maker on leave".

He admitted a series of terror charges ahead of the pre-sentence hearing.

An Old Bailey judge is expected to pass sentence on Monday.

Click here to read more.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, at J23 for A39 affecting J24 for A38.

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

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

Shipwreck 'exposed as we were surveying the area'

Images taken by Bristol Port's hydrographic team have revealed the wreck
Bristol Port

Images taken by Bristol Port's hydrographic team have revealed the wreck of the Brunswick which sank on Christmas Eve in 1900.

The ship was a British screw steamer built in Glasgow in 1898 and ran regularly delivering cargo between Liverpool and Bristol.

The dynamic nature of the estuary means the sands and sediments are shifting all the time. It just happened that this wreck has been exposed as we were surveying the area.

John ChaplinThe Bristol Port company

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BreakingChief and deputy chief fire officers suspended

Kevin Pearson
BBC

The chief fire officer and deputy chief fire officer of Avon Fire and Rescue Service have been suspended with immediate effect.

It follows the publication of a critical Home Office report last week into the way the service is run.

A spokesman said the decision to suspend chief Kevin Pearson (pictured) and deputy Lorraine Houghton was made by an Avon Fire Authority Employment Committee "pending investigations into the findings contained within the Statutory Inspection report and complaints made against them".

Suspension is a neutral act to protect the organisation and the individuals concerned. At the moment these are only allegations which will be investigated in line with disciplinary procedures and processes.

Spokesman, Avon Fire and Rescue

Football: Bristol City defender 'delighted to come back'

Nathan Baker
Rex Features

Nathan Baker has joined Bristol City from Aston Villa on a four-year contract.

He spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Ashton Gate and, after re-joining the Robins, told the club's official website:

I feel it’s a club on the up. The potential of the club is huge and I want to be part of it. I want to play as many games as possible and help the club get into the Premier League.

Nathan Baker

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Shipwreck found under shifting sands

Images taken by Bristol Port's hydrographic team have revealed the wreck
Bristol Port

A sunken ship has been discovered after more than 100 years buried under the shifting sands of the Bristol Channel.

The Brunswick sank on Christmas Eve 1900 as it approached Bristol, with the loss of seven lives.

Click here to read more.

Burglars caught on camera - do you recognise them?

Watch: CCTV inside the house filmed the burglars

Footage of two suspects carrying out a burglary at a home in Alveston, South Gloucestershire, has been released by police.

Computer equipment and jewellery was taken from the property in the Greenhill Road area.

The victim's own CCTV camera caught these images of intruders breaking in.

Police hope someone might recognise them, or the clothes they're wearing.

Sex offenders abscond from open prison

Christopher Addison and Scott Noon
Avon and Somerset Police
Christopher Addison and Scott Noon absconded from HMP Leyhill on Thursday

A convicted rapist and a man serving a sentence for sexual assault have absconded from an open prison.

Scott Noon, 41, who was jailed for rape and GBH, and Christopher Addison, 37, walked out from HMP Leyhill in South Gloucestershire on Thursday.

Avon and Somerset Police is asking anyone who sees either man to call 999.

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Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, between J25 for A358 and J24 for A38 affecting J26 for A38.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J25, A358 (Taunton) and J24, A38 (Bridgwater South), because of an accident involving a car and lorry. Congestion to J26, A38 (Wellington).

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

Travel: A303 clear after HGV breakdown

The Womad festival has begun

WOMAD sign
BBC

The World of Music, Arts and Dance festival has started near Malmesbury in Wiltshire.

The event celebrates acts from all over the world and 40,000 people are expected to descend on Charlton Park over the next few days.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo are topping the bill.

Football: Bristol City sign Villa defender Baker

Nathan Baker
Rex Features

Bristol City have signed Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old spent the majority of the 2015-16 campaign on loan at Ashton Gate, making 38 appearances.

Baker played 34 times for Villa last season, but boss Steve Bruce has since signed John Terry and Chris Samba.

More archaeological finds at cathedral

Various pieces of "coffin furniture" have been unearthed at the Gloucester Cathedral excavations, as part of Project Pilgrim:

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Travel: Delays after HGV breaks down on the A303

Art or arrest: How Noir ended up with 'rapists and cannibals'

Watch: Should graffiti artists deserve the same punishment as rapists, murderers & cannibals?

There has been a tension between street artists and the authorities for decades.

While the likes of Banksy are lauded and praised, others are arrested and jailed.

Artist ‘Noir’ speaks here about how the criminalisation of graffiti put him in prison with “rapists and cannibals”.

Watch more on BBC1 (West) tonight in Vandals and Visionaries - a documentary at 7.30pm exploring the creativity and criminality of street art in Bristol.

Headlines from papers across the West

Terror Marine's 'intolerable double life'

Ciaran Maxwell
Metropolitan Police

A Royal Marine who made bombs for dissident republicans was trapped in an "intolerable double life," a pre-sentence hearing has been told.

Ciarán Maxwell, from Larne, County Antrim, was a "Royal Marine by day and republican bomb maker on leave," it was alleged in the Old Bailey courthouse.

He has already admitted a number of offences including bomb-making.

The judge said he must now decide if Maxwell is dangerous, and if this is a case for life imprisonment.

The pre-sentence hearing began on Wednesday and Maxwell is expected to be told how long he serve in jail on Monday.

Read more here.

Henry's legacy to reading charity

A Gloucestershire charity says it's had a record breaking year - and attributes that to a nine year old boy who died while waiting for a heart transplant.

Henry Bromberg was a young ambassador for Readathon - now called Read for Good - which brought him books and storytellers in hospital.

Henry, who had a rare heart condition, died a year ago this week.

He inspired hundreds of schools to do sponsored reads, raising tens of thousands of pounds

Henry took part in the BBC's Children in Need and charmed everyone he met.

Watch: Henry's parents speak about coping with life without him

Southmead genome patient volunteers top 1000

A thousand patients in the West have now signed up to the national 100,000 Genome project.

The scheme - launched in 2012 - is the largest of its kind in the world.

It aims to sequence 100,000 genomes from around 70,000 people with a rare disease, their families, and also from people with cancer.

The West of England Genomic Medicine Centre, at Southmead in Bristol, runs the project in this region.

They have appealed for even more patients to take part in the ground-breaking research.

Interior Southmead Hospital
BBC

Warning over inexperienced staff at riot prison

Erlestoke Prison
BBC

A lack of experienced staff contributed to a serious disturbance at a prison last year and remains a "concern", a report has said.

Meanwhile, use of the drug Spice remains a "blight" within HMP Erlestoke leading to "frequent life-threatening emergencies".

The report comes a day after the Prison and Probation Service downgraded the Wiltshire prison's rating.

The Ministry of Justice said the prison had "addressed a number of concerns".

The Prison Officers' Association (POA) said management must "get a grip".

Bill Bailey stomps for cancer

Bill Bailey
CRUK

What do you call a group of comedians? A gaggle? A giggle?

Well - whatever they're called, there will be one Wiltshire this lunchtime, all trying to laugh off their blisters.

Comedian Bill Bailey - who grew up in Keynsham - is walking east to west along The Ridgeway to raise money in his mother's name for the charity Stand Up To Cancer.

The 100-mile walk will end at Avebury Stone Circle on Saturday afternoon.

We’re very grateful to Bill and his mates for their support. We’re on the brink of a revolution in cancer research - thanks to new treatments, screening and earlier diagnosis, more people are surviving the disease than ever before. But we can’t afford to stand still. It’s time to rebel against cancer, raise money and save lives.

Lynn DalyCancer Research UK