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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel for the West of England on Monday 31 July 2017.

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Good night from Local Live

That's all from us tonight.

We'll be back from 7am with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West.

Here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast for the first day of August.

Watch: Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast

An embarrassment for the military: Marine who helped terrorists is jailed

A Royal Marine, who made pipe bombs, stashed weapons and explosives in hides across England and Northern Ireland, and planned to help terrorist attacks on around 300 targets, has been jailed for 18 years.

At the hearing for Ciaran Maxwell, who admitted preparing terrorist acts, the court was told the 31-year-old lived a "dangerous double life" as a bomb-maker and claimed he faked sympathies for the Irish republican cause because he was "paralysed" with fear.

Professor Bill Tupman, a terrorism expert at the University of Exeter says the case is a serious embarrassment to the military, for several reasons...

Read more here:

Terrorism Expert, University of Exeter, on drugs and the marine

Mystery donor funds cathedral window fix

Bristol Cathedral
Bristol Cathedral

An anonymous donor has given £125,000 to Bristol Cathedral to restore a window damaged by a wartime bomb.

The cathedral's rose window was created in 1877 but suffered a number of cracks when a blast destroyed the north side nave windows during World War Two.

The cathedral said the gift was the "largest philanthropic gift" it had received since the rebuilding of the nave in the 1860s.

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Bristol Cathedral

Mystery donor funds cathedral window fix

Bristol Cathedral said it was the "largest philanthropic gift" it had received in more than 150 years.

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Cheeki Rafiki yacht operator goes bust

Douglas Innes of Stormforce Coaching
PA

The operator of a boat which capsized leading to the deaths of four men, including two from Somerset, has ceased trading, its director has said.

Douglas Innes, 42, of Stormforce Coaching, had been responsible for the Cheeki Rafiki, which lost its keel 700 miles off Nova Scotia in May 2014.

Both Mr Innes and Stormforce were convicted on 14 July of failing to ensure the safety of the vessel.

Mr Innes said, following the trial, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) had suspended the firm's accreditation.

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Douglas Innes of Stormforce Coaching

Cheeki Rafiki yacht operator goes bust

Stormforce Coaching's accreditation has been suspended by the Royal Yachting Association.

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Mother of daughter who died raising money for heart charity

Watch: Hannah Cubin remembered in Malmesbury

A mother from Wiltshire, whose teenage daughter died while she was at a sleepover, is trying to raise money to identify other young people who have undiagnosed heart conditions.

Hannah Cubin, 14, died last Christmas. Her mum Dawn has joined forces with the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Dawn wants to fund a mobile screening unit to try and detect problems in children and teenagers earlier.

Watch BBC Radio Bristol's sports forum LIVE

Forest Green Rovers to feature on FIFA video game

Watch some of the player recorded for posterity.

Forest Green Rovers will be the first club outside of Europe's top leagues to feature on the game FIFA.

They have been chosen by EA Sports to celebrate their first promotion to the Football League in their 128-year history.

The game featuring them will be released on 29 September.

Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell had mines and other explosive equipment

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Royal Marine with links to dissident republicanism who made 14 pipe bombs also stashed away an assortment of other weapons and equipment in hides at various sites across England and Northern Ireland, a court was told during a sentencing hearing.

Ciarán Maxwell, 31, who lived in Exminster and serviced with 40 Commando in Taunton, was jailed for 18 years at the Old Bailey after admitting charges earlier this year of preparing terrorist acts.

Mins. Pic: Police Service of Northern Ireland
Police Service of Northern Ireland

Along with the 14 pipe bombs, the court heard Maxwell also stashed:

  • Two anti-personnel directional mines (one is pictured)
  • Two explosively formed projectiles (EFPs)
  • 29 complete explosive firing systems
  • 33 initiators (part of a detonator for explosives), including two military initiators
  • 13 military "Igniter Safety Fuze Electric" initiators
  • Three fully-constructed improvised detonators
  • Other component parts for IEDs [improvised explosive devices]
  • Other materials and chemicals to make explosives
  • A replica handgun and ammunition

Victorian workhouse memorial unveiled

l-r Cllr Mike Cresswell, Cllr William Wallace and Cllr Graham Granter
Sedgemoor District Council

A memorial dedicated to a former Victorian workhouse has been unveiled.

The site of the Bridgwater Union Workhouse in Bridgwater, Somerset, is being replaced with a primary school, due to open in September.

County councillor William Wallace said it was "right we don't forget the past" and the opening of a new school would be "a bright new chapter".

The workhouse was built in 1837, at a cost of £7,500, and housed about 300 people.

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Sports Forum live from Ashton Gate

Geoff Twentyman
BBC

A heads-up for all footie and rugby fans!

BBC Radio Bristol's Geoff Twentyman is joined live from Ashton Gate by a panel of guests ahead of the new football and rugby seasons tonight.

All the gossip, transfer news, latest signings and more.

Listen live via the iPlayer.

Playing on the streets 'makes communities happier'

A Bristol scheme that allows residents to close their street to traffic so children can play has now been adopted by more than 500 streets in the UK on a regular basis.

And a new report says it's making communities happier.

These children in St George, who our reporter Jennie Smith spoke to, also agree:

Closing streets off to allow children to play is helping to create happier communities.

Serious questions must be asked about arms smuggled from Somerset military base

A judge has today jailed a Royal Marine, who built explosives for an Irish republican dissidents.

Ciarán Maxwell, who lived in Exminster and served with 40 Commando in Taunton, admitted preparing acts of terrorism at an earlier trial. He was jailed for 18 years.

The trial at the Old Bailey heard Maxwell, originally from Larne, stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs - four of which were deployed - in 43 purpose-built hides at eight locations in Northern Ireland and England.

Marine Commander Dean Haydon, of the counter-terrorism unit, says serious questions will be asked about how the 31-year-old managed to smuggle arms and explosives out of military bases, including Taunton.

Counter Terrorism Unit intelligence on what the marine intended 1

Lewis Moody visits Tyne Cot Commonwealth war cemetery

Watch: The research was "very humbling" said Lewis Moody

On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele we've been hearing from Lewis Moody.

The former Bath and England rugby captain is visiting Belgium for the commemorations.

Lewis has family members who fought in the battle and has been speaking about the importance of his relative's medals and the significance for him personally of returning to the site of the battle during the centenary.

Filmmaker wants to 'burn some ideas into your head'

Watch: A clip from Hairitage by Aisha Sanyang-Meek

More than 40 short films by young South West artists including animators, poets and a refugee who found sanctuary in Bristol are among 200 being screened across England.

One of those films has been made by 21-year-old Aisha Sanyang-Meek from Bristol.

Aisha said she made her three-minute film because she had "always wanted to make a film about afro hair".

You can see all the films - including Aisha's - at the Arnolfini in Bristol from 18-28 August.

I wanted to comment on conversations about cultural appropriation, internalised and systematic racism and the effects they've been having, and are still having, on people of colour.

Aisha Sanyang-Meek
Christian Doidge

Forest Green striker Christian Doidge signs a two-year contract extension, as Nottingham Forest defender Alex Iacovitti joins on loan.

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Extraordinary footage: ambulance catches fire on the M5

Watch: Ambulance on fire

Drivers on the northbound M5 on Sunday morning were astounded when they suddenly saw an ambulance catch fire as it drove past the Weston-super-Mare exit.

The ambulance was flagged down by a fellow driver who said the crew didn't even realise their vehicle was on fire.

Traffic was delayed as the emergency services tackled the blaze.

South West Ambulance Service confirmed no one sustained any injuries in the fire.

Local drivers asked to plan around A378 closure for the summer

A busy commuter route in Somerset is closed for five weeks from today.

Somerset County Council says the A378 Langport Road requires drainage improvements.

Watch out for the diversion:

Drainage work is being carried out on the main road between Taunton and Langport

Nightclub headbutt attacker sought by police

Nightclub assault CCTV pictures
Wiltshire Police

A man who headbutted another man at a Swindon nightclub is being sought by police.

A 20-year-old man was attacked by an unknown man at The Tree nightclub just before 2am on Saturday 1st July.

His injuries included a split lip and broken teeth.

These photos have been released of a man police would like to speak to who may have more information about the attack.

Nightclub assault
Wiltshire Police

The afternoon headlines from your local newspapers

Taunton Commando jailed: counter-terrorism unit to question how arms and explosives could be stolen

More on the Northern Irish Royal Marine who built explosives for an Irish republican dissidents.

Ciarán Maxwell, who lived in Exminster and served with 40 Commando in Taunton, has today been jailed for 18 years after admitting preparing acts of terrorism at an earlier trial.

The trial at the Old Bailey heard Maxwell, originally from Larne, stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs - four of which were deployed - in 43 purpose-built hides at eight locations in Northern Ireland and England.

Marine Commander Dean Haydon, of the counter-terrorism unit, says hundreds of potential targets were at risk:

Counter-terrorism unit intelligence showed how widespread the attacks could have been

Severe accident: A368 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A368 Somerset both ways severe accident, around Barn Lane.

A368 Somerset - A368 in Chelwood blocked and slow traffic in both directions around the Barn Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Marine who "betrayed his position" is jailed for 18 years

A Royal Marine, who hid explosives in a Devon wood to make bombs for terror attacks, has been jailed for 18 years.

A judge passed the sentence on Ciaran Maxwell who lived in Exminster and was based with 40 Commando in Taunton.

The 31-year-old admitted the preparation of terrorist acts for dissident republicans in Northern Ireland.

Mr Justice Sweeney told Maxwell he betrayed his position in the armed forces.

The case raises serious concerns about how Maxwell was able to smuggle arms from the Somerset base and go undetected.

Stephen Martin is the Assistant Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland:

How did the terrorist marine managed to steal arms from military base?

BreakingRoyal Marine jailed for 18 years for terror offences

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A Royal Marine, who hid explosives in a Devon wood to make bombs for terror attacks, has been jailed for 18 years.

A judge has, this afternoon, passed the sentence on Ciarán Maxwell who lived in Exminster and was based with 40 Commando in Taunton.

The 31-year-old admitted the preparation of terrorist acts for dissident republicans in Northern Ireland.

Mr Justice Sweeney told Maxwell he betrayed his position in the armed forces. He said the Lance Corporal was motivated by hostility to the United Kingdom.

Maxwell will spend another five years on licence in addition to his 18 years in jail.

Woman arrested after crash death

A police car
BBC

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving following a crash which left another driver dead.

Police said a Nissan Qashqai "failed to negotiate a series of bends" and crossed over to the opposite carriageway.

The car crashed into a Rover Metro travelling in the opposite direction, killing a front seat passenger.

The crash happened on the B3151 at Costello Hill, Yeovilton, at 23:10 BST on Sunday.

Avon and Somerset Police has appealed for anyone with any information about the crash to get in touch.

Refugee makes film of her journey

Watch: A clip from 25 Days of My Life by Rediat Abayneh

More than 40 short films by young South West artists including animators, poets and a refugee who found sanctuary in Bristol are among 200 being screened across England.

One of those films - 25 Days of My Life - has been made by 24-year-old Bristol-based Rediat Abayneh.

Rediat Abayneh
Rediat Abayneh
Rediat has recently graduated in animation from the University of the West of England

Rediat chose her own personal story of her journey from Eritrea to Europe, when she spent time in the Jungle camp in Calais before arriving as a refugee in Bristol in 2010.

She said she hoped "sharing my life experience would help British young people appreciate what they have".

You can see all the films - including Rediat's - at the Arnolfini in Bristol from 18-28 August.

Missing Cheltenham man found in Australia

Gloucestershire Constabulary

A 57-year-old Cheltenham man reported missing in Australia earlier this month has been found safe and well.

Michael Denon-Ross was reported missing on 19 July when he failed to return to his hotel in Alice Springs.

Northern Territory Police in Australia has confirmed that Mr Denon-Ross was located last week and have thanked all those who helped to find him.

Remembrance services to remember WW1 battle

Battle of Passchendaele
DCMS /PA Wire

People all over the country have been holding services to remember the centenary of 3rd Battle of Ypres at Passchendaele.

The three-month battle started on 31st July 1917 where 350,000 Allied soldiers lost their lives as well as 260,000 German soldiers.

Of those men, 80 were from Swindon who were mostly serving with the Wiltshire Regiment and the Royal Field Artillery.

In Swindon earlier, an act of Remembrance was held at the Cenotaph, organised by the Royal British Legion.

Also in the town, a display has been put on at the charity's centre on Regent Street about the Battle of Passchendaele.

Mother's appeal: 'Eight years on and I still can't lay his body to rest'

The family of a man killed in a brutal attack near Evesham eight years ago say they're still hoping his body will be found.

Jesse Richards
West Mercia Police

Five men were jailed in connection with the death of Jesse Richards, in Cleve Prior, and were collectively sentenced to more than 50 years in prison.

Jesse, who was originally from Gloucester, was killed in an attack over a drugs debt.

His body is thought to have been taken by his attackers to Warwickshire where it has remained hidden.

"I know nothing will bring my son back to me but I appeal to the public and ask they put themselves in my shoes. My son has been taken from me in the most violent way, eight years on and I still have not been able to lay his body to rest. I don't know where he is and the pain of not being able to visit his resting place is too much to bear

Lucy RichardsMother of Jesse Richards

Lewis Moody: WW1 medal 'helped me get ready for matches'

Watch: Lewis Moody describes how his great grandfather's war medal helped him before a match

Former Bath and England rugby player Lewis Moody has been describing how his great-grandfather's war medal used to help him mentally prepare for matches.

Lewis will be at Tyne Cot Cemetery where a memorial service is being held today to mark the Centenary of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres, in which his great-grandfather fought.

Speaking to BBC Points West reporter, Andy Howard, he described how he came to use the medal.

Severe disruption: M32 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M32 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at J2 for A432.

M32 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M32 outbound at J2, A432 (Eastville), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

A first for Forest Green's footballing faces

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Forest Green has reported another footballing first.

The players have become the first outside of the world's top leagues to have their faces captured for a computer game.

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The Forest Green Rovers story is remarkable and we are excited to have the opportunity to work with them. Having won promotion to the football league, we wanted to celebrate their debut appearance in FIFA 18 by bringing our face-capture technology to the New Lawn Stadium and allowing them to go through the same process as cover star, Cristiano Ronaldo, and all the top players from the biggest leagues around the world.

Shaun WhiteElectronic Arts UK

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, between J11A for A417 Gloucester and J12 for B4008 Quedgeley.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J11a, A417 (Gloucester) and J12, B4008 (Quedgeley), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Passchendaele: War medal link to rugby player's performance

Watch: Lewis Moody used his great-grandfather's medal to help him prepare for matches

Former Bath and England rugby player Lewis Moody will be attending the centenary memorial service in France today to remember his great-grandfather who fought at Passchendaele - Third Battle of Ypres.

Tyne Cot Cemetery has 11,961 Commonwealth servicemen buried there, of whom more than 8,300 remain unidentified.

Lewis, has a collection of his namesake's medals, which he used to help him focus ahead of his matches.

Two men held over stabbing attack in Gloucester

Police generic
BBC

Two men aged 39 and 40 are being held by police after a stabbing attack in Gloucester over the weekend.

A man, 34, is in a stable but serious condition in hospital while another man has been treated for injuries but is no longer in hospital.

The two suspects were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent and remain in custody

Two others were arrested on Saturday - a 41-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman - but later released.

Comedian Bill Bailey completes 100-mile fundraising walk

A comedian has completed his 100-mile walk to raise funds for Stand Up To Cancer.

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey/Twitter

He started out in The Chilterns near Dunstable last Monday and finished at Avebury Henge on Saturday.

His wife Kristin and son Dax joined him for the six-day trek which has raised more £8,445 for the cancer charity.

Bailey thanked all those who have supported him along the way and donated funds.

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Care workers recruitment campaign starts

Care worker
sturti/Getty Images

A campaign to encourage more people to work in the care sector has been launched in Bristol.

The council says it wants to "raise the profile of care in a drive to recruit the right people" and is working with other regional authorities.

The union Unison said it "welcomed any initiative to increase care work status" but said pay was "often minimum wage" and "sometimes less".

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Addicts warned about potent new killer substance

Watch: Rachel Britton is a Clinical Pharmacist for Addaction

Drug addicts in Weston-super-Mare are being warned about heroin being mixed with the prescription painkiller Fentanyl.

Fentanyl is 100-times more powerful than morphine and it's feared the trend could lead to fatal overdoses in the town.

Deaths from drug misuse are at their highest levels since the early 1990s in England and Wales, and although deaths in North Somerset were falling, they've risen again in recent years.

Eye of newt and toe of frogs spells for families

Child wizards
BBC

A little bit of magic for parents starts today in Gloucestershire, when children will swap school lessons for teaching in spells, transfiguration make-up and care of magical creatures.

The five day course for children aged six and above is the brainchild of Cheltenham Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Hocus pocus?