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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Tuesday, 1 August 2017

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All times stated are UK

Good night from Local Live

That's it for Tuesday!

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

Have a great rest of your evening. Here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast.

Watch: Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast

One of the naughtiest pooches in the West?

Watch: Buster the dog's owners still love him dearly

Buster the beagador (a beagle and labrador mix) is a troublesome pooch from Salisbury.

He has an appetite for £20 notes, and furniture, and appliances, and plenty of other things.

He's cost his owners around £10,00 to fix the damage he's caused, but they say they still love him dearly.

Gurkha guard of honour for the world's oldest skydiver

Watch: Verdun Hayes presented with his certificate

A D-Day veteran from Somerton has been presented with a Guinness World Records certificate.

101-year old Verdun Hayes became the oldest person ever to skydive when he jumped out of a plane at 15,000 feet over Blackdown Hills on the Somerset/Devon border.

Mr Hayes was greeted by a Gurkha guard of honour at Royal British Legion's Somerset House when he received his award.

Several officers injured in Erlestoke Prison disturbance

Watch: The BBC's Will Glennon reports from Erlestoke Prison

Several prison officers have been treated in hospital after a disturbance at Erlestoke jail in Wiltshire.

The violence broke out this morning - only days after a report which criticised conditions inside the prison.

The Prison Officer Assoication's Mark Fairhurst said officers are working in "atrocious conditions".

Care across the generations

A group of preschool children in Bristol have taken part in a social experiment to transform the lives of the elderly.

Eleven residents at St Monica Trust care home and 10 children from local nurseries feature in a Channel 4 documentary tonight.

Based on the latest research from the US, the young volunteers shared activities with the older residents, while their physical and mental health was monitored.

A social experiment saw children and the elderly brought together at a residential home.

Tewkesbury Festival Lyme Disease warning

Tick
BBC
Lyme Disease is a tick-borne infection

The organisers of this year's Tewkesbury Medieval Festival are warning anyone who attended the event this year to look out for Lyme Disease symptoms.

They say two members of a group who attended the festival on 8/9 July have had confirmation that they were infected with Lyme Disease from insect bites they received there.

Anyone who thinks they may have it are being urged to visit their GP for a blood test immediately.

This is a nasty disease which can be debilitating and can cause serious symptoms (including memingitis) for years if it goes undiagnosed, but if caught at a fairly early stage is easy to cure with antibiotics.

Tewkesbury FestivalSpokesperson

Prison officer chief calls working conditions 'atrocious'

Watch: Mark Fairhust calls working conditions "atrocious"

A disturbance at Erlestoke Prison is being described as "a major incident" by the acting chair of the Prison Officers Association Mark Fairhurst.

Five officers are believed to have been seriously injured.

Mr Fairhurst said prison officers work in "atrocious" conditions of any sector and added "we cannot sustain what is happening to our members much longer".

Cheltenham Town season preview: Gary Johnson 'on your case 24-7' says player

As the new season approaches, we go behind the scenes with Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson.

He reveals how he aims to help the club punch above its weight, while players tell why he motivates them for the next game.

CTFC boss Gary Johnson "on your case 24-7" says player.

Minor injuries unit to close 'once waiting times hit four hours'

Hospital ward generic
PA

A two-month trial has begun at the minor injuries unit in Yate, which will close once waiting times hit four hours.

The unit, run by Sirona Care and Health, said patients preferred not to wait four hours but get help elsewhere.

Director of Nursing Operations Jenny Theed said: "They're saying they would rather not wait and by doing this we think we'll provide a better service."

She added that a recent pilot showed the unit re-opened within two hours once nurses had caught up with demand.

Pub's house martin chicks: 'We haven't given up'

Watch: Emma Atkins says they won't give up on the chicks

Emma Atkins and her daughter are caring for three house martin chicks who lost their nest when it fell from the eaves of a pub in Pill, North Somerset.

She says the birds haven't given up, so "we haven't give up".

Bugs left homeless by vandals

WIltshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a project by a cub scout group was vandalised.

A month ago, the 1st Lavington Cub Scouts spent an evening constructing a ‘bug hotel’ in the small copse between Market Lavington and Easterton.

But yesterday, Scout leaders discovered the project had been destroyed.

Police community coordinator PC Teresa Herbert said: “This group of young children put a lot of hard work into the project and were very proud of their achievement. They are really sad that the project has been destroyed, and angry at this pointless and spiteful act of vandalism."

Police want anyone who might have information about the crime to call 101.

Bug hotel
Wiltshire Police
Bug hotel ruined
Wiltshire Police

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, between J16 for A38 and J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J16, A38 (Aztec West) and J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, between J20 for M5 and J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 eastbound between J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Erlestoke Prison disturbance 'a major incident'

Erlestoke Prison
BBC

The disturbance at Erlestoke Prison we reported earlier is being described as "a major incident".

Acting chair of the Prison Officers Association Mark Fairhurst said around 60 prisoners were involved in a disturbance on the Silbury Unit at the prison this morning which was brought under control at 1:00pm.

Five officers are believed to have been seriously injured. The Ministry of Justice confirmed that a number of prison officers have been taken hospital and are currently being treated.

Nail bar trafficking and slavery arrests in Bristol

Nails being filed
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Four people have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and slavery offences following a raid at a nail bar in Bristol.

Officers launched a search on Monday morning after concerns were raised for the welfare of a woman.

Avon and Somerset Police said a woman found at a premises in Southmead had been taken to a place of safety.

Three women, aged 46, 24 and 21, and a man, 18, were arrested on suspicion of trafficking and slavery offences.

Click here to read more.

BreakingFive prison officers 'seriously injured' in Erlestoke disturbance

Erlestoke Prison
BBC

The Prison Officers' Association says five prison officers were seriously injured in a disturbance at Erlestoke Prison in Wiltshire earlier.

The officers involved are currently being treated in hospital.

The POA says two have suspected broken jaws and missing teeth and one female officer has a suspected broken arm.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman has confirmed that “a number of prison officers have been taken hospital and are being treated at the moment”.

The MOJ says the incident involved “fewer than 10 prisoners" and a police investigation is now underway.

Last week the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) published its annual report into the prison. It said a lack of experienced staff remains "a concern" after a riot in 2016.

Archaeologists back at Yeovil Roman villa

Archaeologists from Newcastle University are back in Yeovil today, carrying out more investigations into a fourth century Roman Villa
BBC

Archaeologists from Newcastle University are back in Yeovil, carrying out more investigations into a fourth century Roman Villa.

Work at the site in Lufton last summer found animal bones, a lady's hairpin and tiny glass beads from a necklace.

This time the team hopes to find out more about the bath area of the building - which was first excavated in the late 1940s.

The villa is one of four known Roman villas in the country with a similar structure
Newcastle University

BreakingDisturbance at Erlestoke Prison

Erlestoke Prison
BBC

Prison officers have quelled a disturbance at Erlestoke jail in Wiltshire earlier today.

A Prison Service spokesman said staff successfully resolved an incident involving a "small number" of prisoners.

He added: "The offenders responsible will be referred to the police and could spend longer behind bars."

Last week the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) published its annual report into the prison. It said a lack of experienced staff remains "a concern" after a riot in 2016.

Mary Berry to judge new BBC cooking contest

Mary Berry
PA

The BBC has announced a new TV cookery competition - with Bath-born Mary Berry as the lead judge.

Britain's Best Cook will be broadcast on BBC One and presented by Claudia Winkleman.

The BBC said 10 contestants will compete across eight episodes, serving meals that reflect both the modern and classic dishes of British home cooking.

Click here to read more.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J14 for B4509 Thornbury and J13 for A419.

M5 Gloucestershire - Slow traffic and two lanes closed on M5 northbound between J14, B4509 (Thornbury) and J13, A419 (Stroud), because of a car fire.

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

The afternoon headlines from your local newspapers

On-the-run sex offenders found

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

A convicted rapist and a man serving a sentence for sexual assault, who absconded from Leyhill open prison, have been found.

Christopher Allison, 37 and Scott Noon, 41, were arrested yesterday in the Humberside area.

A 17-year-old girl and a 41-year-old were also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All four remain in police custody.

Quid no quo: Some car parks still don't take new £1 coin

Wiltshire Council parking meters
BBC

People wanting to park in some Wiltshire Council car parks are still unable to pay using the new £1 coin - more than four months after it entered circulation.

Some of the machines are yet to be converted, leaving some motorists fuming.

The sign pictured above was put up in Marlborough High Street in March and is still there now.

But the council says that replacing the machines early wouldn't be a cost-effective use of taxpayers' money.

Shouldn't take too long to track this man down...

BreakingFour held on slavery offences after Southmead nail bar raid

Four people linked to a nail bar in Southmead, Bristol, have been arrested on human trafficking and slavery offences.

Concerns had been raised about the safety of a woman who was found at the shop and taken, by police, to safety.

Searches were carried out there and at a residential address in St. Pauls. Three women, aged 46, 24 and 21, and an 18-year-old man were arrested.

Football coach wins 1.7-mile keepy-uppy challenge

Watch: Geoff Bonner's keepy-uppy challenge

Geoff Bonner, head coach of FC Salisbury United futsal team, has raised over £1,500 for the club by playing keepy-uppy while walking for nearly two miles.

The club needs the money to make sure it can compete at a high level, having recently earned a promotion to the National Futsal Super League.

Taxi drivers noisy protest won't budge council in licence row

Taxi
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Dozens of taxi drivers in Cheltenham honked their horns for half an hour outside the borough council's offices yesterday.

But their noisy protest hasn't budged the council in the dispute over the number of taxi licences being issued.

This morning Andrew McKinlay, the cabinet member responsible for taxi licences, said there were no plans to cap the number of taxis operating in Cheltenham.

There are 223 hackney carriages and 190 private hire vehicles in the town - and taxi drivers say they are finding it harder to make a living.

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, between J15 for A346 Marlborough Road and J14 for A338.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M4 eastbound between J15, A346 (Swindon East) and J14, A338 (Hungerford), because of emergency repairs.

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

UK theme park rides closed after Ohio death

The Eagle's Claw ride at Lightwater Valley theme park in North Yorkshire
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Five high-speed theme park rides have been shut across the UK after a death on a similar attraction in the US.

Four of the rides closed are in theme parks at Brean Theme Park in Somerset, Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire (pictured), Pleasurewood Hills in Suffolk and Coney Beach in South Wales.

The fifth ride is owned by Joseph Manning in Herefordshire.

Click here to read more.

Buster the beagle destroying owner's home

Buster sat on a motorbike
Sally Reid

They say you can't put a price on love, well it turns out you can - and it's about £10,000!

That's how much Sally and Eddie Read say it'll cost to fix the damage caused by their dog at home near Salisbury.

Since they took in Buster the rescue dog, he has destroyed the family's sofa, a vacuum cleaner and even a wad of £20 notes.

Damaged living room
Sally Reid
Pillow torn to shreds
Sally Reid

Football: Former Cheltenham defender signs for Barrow

Jack Barthram
PA

Former Cheltenham Town defender Jack Barthram has signed a one-year contract with Barrow, with an option for a further 12 months.

The 23-year-old made 36 appearances for Cheltenham in 2016-17, scoring twice, but was one of 11 players released by the club at the end of the season.

Pub caring for nest-fall house martin chicks

Watch: See the house martin chicks

Three house martin chicks are being kept in a shoe box at a pub in Pill, North Somerset, after their nest fell to the ground.

Emma Atkins is feeding them meal worms every hour and says in the past week they've doubled in size.

House martins have been nesting in the eaves of the pub for at least 30 years, using mud from the nearby riverbank to build their nests.

Emma hopes in September the chicks will join the other house martins who've nested there on their flight black to South Africa.

Cyclist seriously injured in car crash

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Police say the cyclist, a 36-year-old man, sustained serious spine injuries in the collision with a Ford Fusion.

"Both the car and cyclist were travelling from Wilsford Cum Lake towards West Amesbury when the collision occurred," said a force spokesperson.

Schoolboy nearly breaks Rees-Mogg's longest word record

Jacob Rees-Mogg
BBC

Jacob Rees-Mogg's record of using the longest word at Parliament was almost broken by a 16-year-old schoolboy.

The North East Somerset MP has held the record since 2012 with the 29-letter effort floccinaucinihilipilification - the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.

Michael Bryan, 16, from Bournemouth, uttered the 45 letter word pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis - a form of lung disease related to breathing in fine ash - during a Youth Select Committee meeting.

However he missed out on it being officially recorded in Hansard as it was not uttered in a parliamentary proceeding.

Our miracle baby: 'Every minute we were hoping for a bit more good news'

Watch: Hannah and Steve describe the arrival of Poppy

Hannah Wicks was just 16 weeks pregnant when she and her partner Steve McSween, from Severn Beach near Bristol, learned their baby had stopped growing.

They knew if they got to 24 weeks she'd be viable and every day would make a difference.

Poppy was born at 25 weeks weighing 0.8lb and she was the size of a tennis ball. She was not expected to survive.

The proud parents managed a brief kiss before Poppy was whisked off to neo-natal intensive care at Bristol's Southmead Hospital.

Now back at home Poppy weighs in at a "huge" 4lb 10oz and the family are celebrating.

Pair released on police bail after Gloucester stabbing

The attack took place in the Keats Avenue, Burns Avenue and Scott Avenue areas of Gloucester, police say
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The attack took place in the Keats Avenue, Burns Avenue and Scott Avenue areas

Two men arrested at the weekend after a man was stabbed in Gloucester have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The men, aged 39 and 40, were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.

The 34-year-old victim suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital, where his condition is said to be "serious but stable".

The attack took place in Podsmead, Gloucester, and was reported to police at about 12:30am on Saturday.

Summer signings heralded on social media

Watch: Yeovil Town getting creative on social media

Once upon a time, Yeovil Town would announce a new signing by calling the local paper, who would take a nice photo of said new signing holding a scarf above his head.

No longer.

Now it's all about getting creative to get the retweets on Twitter.

Passchendaele 100: BBC Radio Gloucestershire live in Belgium

The headlines from BBC local radio

Radio microphones
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  • BBC Radio Bristol: Bristol has one of the highest re-offending rates in the country but a Street2boardroom scheme to get people into work hopes to change that
  • BBC Radio Gloucestershire: People in Bamfurlong are protesting against planned cuts to part of a local bus service. Stagecoach's 'F service' currently runs from Leckhampton into central Cheltenham, GCHQ, and Gloucestershire Airport. But from 13th August the section which runs between Coronation Square and the Airport will be cut
  • BBC Wiltshire: People wanting to park in some Wiltshire Council car parks are still unable to pay using the new pound coin - more than four months after it entered circulation
  • BBC Somerset: The RNLI says more people die at the south west coast in August than in any other month of the year. It's urging people to 'respect the water' and remember and share key survival skills during what is the charity's busiest month

New parking permit scheme begins

Cheltenham Railway station
Google

A new parking scheme has begun today in part of Cheltenham, meaning residents in the Lansdown, Railway and Westend areas need a permit.

For several years streets in the area have been used for parking by commuters using the nearby railway station - the car park of which is often full.

The council wants to encourage commuters to use alternative options including car sharing, cycling, walking and public transport.

A new stop near the station, on Lansdown Road, has been brought in, for rail users using the 511 bus from the Arle Court Park and Ride.

Click here for more details on Gloucestershire County Council's website.