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Good night from Local Live

Watch: Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast

That's all from us here at Local Live for another day.

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

Here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast. Let's hope it's less rainy tomorrow!

England wing May set for Tigers move

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England wing Jonny May is set to leave Gloucester for Leicester Tigers in a deal which would see Ed Slater move to Kingsholm, reports BBC Radio Leicester.

May still has a year left on his contract, with Leicester expected to also pay a fee as part of the deal.

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Warning of 'crisis' in our jails

A former West Country prison governor says there is a now a "crisis" in our jails, following reports of a violent disturbance at Erlestoke prison yesterday.

Officers are said to have been seriously injured and taken to hospital after being attacked by inmates there.

Overcrowding and staff shortages are being blamed for that situation and other problems at prisons across our region.

Watch: Home Affairs Correspondent Charlotte Callen reports

Recent stabbings in Tewkesbury linked

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Police are linking two stabbing incidents in Tewkesbury.

Last Wednesday two men were attacked in Stanford Road - one was stabbed in the neck.

And last night another man was stabbed in Ashchurch. The victim remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

A 22-year-old and a 30-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the offences and remain in custody.

Jilly Cooper says Gloucestershire inspires her novels

Watch: Jilly Cooper talks about how Gloucestershire inspired her

Writer Jilly Cooper has been telling BBC Points West why her books have been inspired by Gloucestershire.

She still uses a typewriter which she bought in Cirencester and called 'Monica'.

Night herons breed in Somerset

A pair of extremely rare birds have bred in the UK for the first time, conservationists have revealed.

Two adult black-crowned night herons and two recently fledged juveniles are now roosting at a nature reserve in Somerset.

The discovery was made by bird watchers at the Somerset Wildlife Trust's Westhay Moor national nature reserve.

Watch: The rare birds have bred in the UK for the first time

Only 30-35s to get IVF treatment

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A woman's age has a larger impact on a couple's fertility than a man's age

GP-led groups in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire could become the first in the UK to limit funding and services to such a narrow age range.

Fertility campaigners said the proposals were "arbitrary and unethical".

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said it had to "live within its means".

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Only 30-35s to get IVF treatment

Women outside the proposed age bracket might get NHS-funded treatment in 'exceptional circumstances'.

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Soldier turns professional footballer

While some footballers dread pre-season training, it holds no fears for Bristol Rovers' new signing Tom Broadbent.

Tom has given up a career in the army to pursue life in professional football, winning a contract after persuading Rovers to give him a trial.

Watch: Tom Broadbent in action

Traffic problems reported to be clear

Traffic delays around the Aztec West business park in South Gloucestershire are reported to be clear now.

Drivers caught in the delays reported problems with traffic signals installed because of roadworks in the area.

South Gloucestershire Council has tweeted that they have engineers on site trying to resolve the issue and are monitoring the situation.

Aztec West delays: Signal engineers on site

The traffic problems at Aztec West are reported to have started at lunchtime and worsened during the evening rush hour.

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Major traffic problems at Aztec West

We're getting reports of major traffic delays at Aztec West at the junction with the M5.

Some people say they are unable to leave their offices because of the gridlock.

More on this story as we get it.

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City reject bid for Flint and Bryan

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Bristol City have rejected a "derisory" offer for centre-half Aden Flint and left-back Joe Bryan, according to head coach Lee Johnson.

BBC Radio Bristol understands the bid, from an unnamed club reported to be Birmingham City, totalled £4m.

"He has definitely had his head turned, there is no question of doubt about that," Johnson said of Flint, 28, who signed from Swindon Town in 2013.

"We don't have to do anything that we do not feel is right for Bristol City."

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Junior doctor found dead at Taunton hospital

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A junior doctor has died at the hospital where he worked, the hospital's NHS Trust has confirmed.

The doctor, who has not been publicly named and was aged in his thirties, was found at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital at about 11pm on Monday.

Police officers investigating the "sudden death" have referred the case to the coroner.

NHS Trust chief executive Dr Sam Barrell said he was looking at whether the medic had received enough support.

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Fallen tree closes road in Bristol

A tree has fallen down in the Westbury Park area of Bristol, missing a house and parked car "by inches".

It came down on Wednesday lunchtime and Blenheim Road was cordoned off while council workers used chainsaws to cut it up.

Luckily no-one was hurt.

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Blenheim Road, Bristol
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The man who eats 100 bananas a week

Watch: Dane is a fruitarian and eats over 100 bananas every week as part of his diet.

A man from Bristol claims to eat more than 100 bananas a week as part of his 'fruitarian' lifestyle.

Dane Nash - whose diet means he gets at least 80% of his calories from fruit - spends more than £100 a month on the yellow fruit.

He says a usual day consists of:

  • two large smoothies in the morning (half a pound of spinach blended with eight to 12 bananas)
  • a lunch of berries, pears or other fruit blended with another eight to 12 bananas
  • dinner is a salad with at least a pound of leafy greens mixed with other vegetables and sun dried tomatoes.

More than 60,000 people turn to food banks

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More than 60,000 people in the West used food banks in the past year.

It follows news this week that a food bank in Swansea ran out of supplies, with staff saying they believed the end of the school year has seen families struggle without the free dinners provided.

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

They've released figures showing the number of people using food banks in the West, in the year up until 31 March.

  • Bristol: 7,085 adults, 5,452 children. Total: 12,537
  • Gloucestershire: 13,856 adults, 8,287 children. Total: 22,143
  • Somerset: 12,806 adults, 7,772 children. Total: 20,578
  • Wiltshire: 3,188 adults, 1,778 children. Total: 4,966
  • Total for the West: 60,224

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

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M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between J19 for A369 and J20 for B3133.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J19, A369 (Portishead) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Prison riots caused by 'frustration and anger'

Watch: Professor John Podmore on Erlestoke Prison violence

Concerns continue over conditions and safety at Erlestoke Prison near Devizes in Wiltshire.

Former prison governor Professor John Podmore said riots at prisons like Erlestoke suggest "a level of frustration and anger" among inmates.

He is the author of 'Out of Sight Out of Mind: Why Britain's Prisons Are Failing'.

One of the causes of the violence, he says, is that "prisoners need an investment in the regime".

Unrest among inmates broke out yesterday morning only days after a report which criticised the Wiltshire jail.

Several prison officers were hospitalised following the uprising.

Night herons breed in UK for first time

Night Herons
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A pair of extremely rare birds have bred in the UK for the first time, conservationists have revealed.

Two adult black-crowned night herons and two recently fledged juveniles are now roosting at a nature reserve in Somerset.

The discovery was made by bird watchers at the Somerset Wildlife Trust's Westhay Moor national nature reserve.

Click here to read more.

IVF dad can 'see it from both sides'

WATCH: Tim Coussens on proposed cuts to IVF in the Bristol area

Local NHS providers may only offer fertility treatment to women aged 30-35 in the future.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs are considering proposals for a five year "window" that would halve the number of patients getting one free cycle of IVF.

Melanie and Tim Coussens, from Bristol, said they were lucky to have their son Freddie. Melanie was 36.

They were entitled to one cycle of IVF and their son, now 10 months, was born at St Michael's Hill hospital on 9 October.

Kyle Knoyle

League Two club Swindon Town sign former West Ham United defender Kyle Knoyle on a free transfer.

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Severn tolls scrapping will have positive and negative effects, say locals

Watch: Councillor Martin Leppington on the impact on tourism

The scrapping of tolls on the Severn Bridge will lead to more tourism in the Forest of Dean, it's been predicted.

The abolition of the tolls at the end of 2018 was announced last month.

Forest of Dean District Council cabinet member Richard Leppington says he expects more visitors to come to the area once the charge has been scrapped.

But there are concerns that house prices will rise and force first-time-buyers to look elsewhere.

More than 100 crutches, bath seats and frames returned to hospital

Yeovil District Hospital said 110 items - including crutches, walking sticks and Zimmer frames - had been returned in the first week of its appeal.

The hospital said they're worth £1,200 and wants the public to bring back any more equipment they no longer need.

Fertility pioneer 'devastated' at proposals to limit treatments

Local NHS providers may only offer fertility treatment to women aged 30-35 in the future.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs are considering proposals for a five year 'window' that would halve the number of patients getting one free cycle of IVF.

The local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are asking for people's views on the plans which would save £1m.

The CCGs suggest changing the age criteria - from women aged 18 up to the age of 40 - to a five-year age "window" between 30 and 35.

Professor Simon Fishel pioneered fertility treatment in Bristol and the UK:

Professor Simon Fishel, who pioneered IVF and the first test-tube baby

Avon and Somerset police warn against non-pretty passengers

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

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Severn tolls scrapping will have an effect on Forest fortunes

The scrapping of tolls on the Severn Bridge will lead to an increase in house prices in the Forest of Dean, according to some locals.

The abolition of the tolls at the end of 2018 was announced last month.

Forest of Dean District Council cabinet member Richard Leppington predicts the dropping of bridge costs will have an effect on the area in a number of ways.

Watch: Councillor Richard Leppington on abolishing the tolls

Severe disruption: M48 Monmouthshire both ways

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M48 Monmouthshire both ways severe disruption, between J2 for A466 and J1 for A403.

M48 Monmouthshire - One lane closed on M48 Severn Bridge in both directions between J2, A466 (Chepstow) and J1, A403 (Aust), because of strong winds. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

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

Local newspaper headlines across the West

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Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

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M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between J22 for M49 and J23 for M48.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M4 westbound between J22 M49 and J23 M48, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Sir Terry Pratchett's office to be recreated

Watch: Sir Terry Pratchett at work in his office

The office where author Sir Terry Pratchett wrote many of his books is going to be recreated for a new exhibition.

The room, known as 'The Chapel', will feature in a display at Salisbury Museum next month.

Organisers say it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience where he worked and the objects he chose to surround himself with.

Sir Terry lived in Broad Chalke, in Wiltshire, and died 2 years ago aged 66.

Watch: MP tribute tattoo done 'for a chuckle'

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A Doncaster man who got a tattoo of Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg says he did it "for a chuckle".

Ross Atkinson, who is an activist for the party and fan of the MP for North East Somerset paid £50 to have "Moggmentum" inked on his chest.

In response, Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that he was "gigantically flattered" by the gesture.

The politician has invited Ross Atkinson down to Parliament for a cup of tea.

Erlestoke jail violence 'highlights dangers prison officers face'

Listen: Mark Fairhurst from Prison Officers' Association describes the Erlestoke unrest

Violence by inmates at Erlestoke Prison, near Devizes was caused by budget cuts and lack of staff, according to the Prison Officers' Association (POA).

The Association's Mark Fairhurst told BBC Wiltshire radio "a nucleus of 30 prisoners became violent".

He said it "highlights the dangers prison officers face every single time they go on duty".

Meanwhile, the president of the Prison Governers' Association (PGA) has written an open letter attacking the government's policies. Read it here.

Police witness appeal after man stabbed in park

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Police are calling for witnesses after a man was stabbed at Gloucester Park.

Officers were called to the park after reports of a fight between a group of men last night.

A 24-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Severe disruption: M4 Gloucestershire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, between J18 for A46 Bath and J17 for A350.

M4 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M4 eastbound between J18, A46 (Bath) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Fertility treatments proposal: Only for 30-35s in the West

Women over 35 would not be eligible for fertility treatment on the NHS in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, under new proposals.

The local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are asking for people's views on plans to halve the number of couples they offer treatment to, to save NHS money.

The CCGs suggest changing the age criteria - from women aged 18 up to the age of 40 - to a five-year age "window" between 30 and 35.

Professor Simon Fishel pioneered IVF in the UK, when he enabled the first test-tube baby to be born. He says the proposals go against decades of battles.

Watch: Professor Simon Fishel on the IVF rationing proposal

40 Commando to take part in Duke's final royal engagement

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Taunton based 40 Commando will be providing the honour guard and colours at the Royal Marine's parade today - the final official royal engagement for the Duke of Edinburgh, who is retiring at the age of 96.

The parade at Buckingham Palace marks the end of the 1664 Global Challenge in aid of the Royal Marines Charity.

The Duke has been associated with the Royal Marines for 64 years, when he took over as Captain General from King George VI.

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Teacher jailed for watching live stream of child rape

Wayne Brookes
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A primary school teacher from Weston-super-Mare, who watched a live stream of a six-year-old boy being raped, has been jailed.

Wayne Brookes joined 45 other paedophiles online to watch the abuse being streamed live from America.

Bristol Crown Court heard he also used the site to watch a recording of a six-month-old baby being abused.

Brookes, 43, admitted four charges of making indecent images of children and was jailed for 20 months.

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  • BBC Radio Bristol: Women over 35 would not be eligible for fertility treatment on the NHS in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, under new proposals.
  • BBC Gloucestershire: There are concerns that Gloucestershire's economy is being damaged by the amount of young adults leaving the county.
  • BBC Somerset: 40 Commando from Norton Fitzwarren will today provide the honour guard and colours at the Royal Marine's parade for the Duke of Edinburgh's last solo public engagement.
  • BBC Wiltshire: The Ministry of Justice says the inmates involved in violence that broke out at Erlestoke Prison near Devizes could end up spending longer behind bars.

Fertility treatments in the West may be limited to age 30-35s

NHS-funded fertility treatment may only be offered to women aged 30 to 35 in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, if money-saving proposals are approved.

At the moment couples in the three areas can receive one free fertility cycle on the NHS up to the age of 40.

National guidelines say women under 40 should be offered three cycles if they've been trying to conceive for two years.

But a cost-saving programme says halving the number of patients is a justifiable way forward.

Mark Jones is Chair of the Bristol CCG:

"The best outcomes are for 30-35s so we have to concentrate on that"
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