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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Farewell and football

David Flitcroft
PA

Here's a run-down of how our teams fared in the EFL Cup this evening:

And that's it for another day. We'll be back online tomorrow from 7am with more live news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West.

Sobering statistics from BBC Wiltshire

Watch: See some of the alcohol-related admission statistics from the GWH

Here's some more of the alcohol-related hospital admission stats from BBC Wiltshire.

Its investigation has revealed numbers of admissions have risen 20% in five years.

HSE investigating after electric shock injures worker

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating after a worker was electrocuted in Swindon yesterday.

Crews were called to a site in Regent Street at 1.54pm.

The man suffered burns to his arm, face and neck and was taken to Great Western Hospital for treatment.

A HSE spokesperson said: “HSE is aware of this incident and is making initial enquiries.”

EFL Cup: And a loss for Yeovil as well

EFL Cup: Swindon out of the competition

EFL Cup: Extra time also for Forest Green

EFL Cup: Solid victory for Rovers against Cambridge

EFL Cup: Extra time after Cheltenham fightback

EFL Cup: City thump Plymouth Argyle

Appeal after woman goes missing from Ilminster

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The police helicopter is helping in the search for a missing woman.

Caroline Green, 43, of Silver Street, Ilminster, was last seen at 5.30pm yesterday.

Avon and Somerset Police said she may appear drowsy due to the medication she is taking.

Alcohol-related hospital admissions up 20% in Swindon

Listen: Steve from Swindon, aged 59, gave up drinking 11 years ago after a series of booze-related hospital admissions at the point where his health had drastically deteriorated

An investigation by BBC Wiltshire has revealed a 20% rise in alcohol-related admissions to Swindon's Great Western Hospital in just five years.

Some 1,500 admissions were made in the year 2011/12 - that number had increased to 1,800 in 2015/16.

Nearly 8,000 visits were made to the GWH across that period where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the main reason for admission or was a secondary diagnosis.

Nearly half came from people the 40-59 age group.

Campaigner Terry Hutt hands in A&E closure petition

Watch: Terry Hutt delivers the petition

A campaigner fighting to save the emergency department at Weston General Hospital has delivered a petition to the Government.

Terry Hutt handed in the 8,000 signature document to the Department of Health in London.

The hospital's A&E unit is currently closed overnight between 10pm and 8am because it cannot be staffed safely.

Flamingo chick hopes to be in the pink soon

Flamingo chick at Bristol Zoo
Bristol Zoo

As well as the spiders, here's another recent addition to Bristol Zoo - one of seven great flamingos to hatch this summer.

And while the fluffy chick may already be posing like the rest of his family, it'll be a few years until his bright plumage appears.

Trevor Franks, Bristol Zoo’s team leader of birds, said: “Some places in the United Kingdom struggle to breed them but we have a thriving colony here. But that has taken a lot of work over many years.”

E-fit released after dog walker attacked

Efit of suspect
Avon and Somerset Police

Police have issued an efit of a man they want to talk to in connection with a "nasty assault" on a dog-walker in Chard.

The woman suffered serious head injuries in the attack which happened near the reservoir off Chaffcombe Road on Friday.

Other dog walkers heard screaming at about 4pm before the woman stumbled towards them, injured.

The man was seen running away.

The woman remains at Southmead Hospital and is in a stable condition.

Cricket: Davies century puts Somerset on top

Steven Davies
Rex Features

Steven Davies hit his first Championship century for Somerset as they took maximum batting points on day two against Surrey at Taunton.

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Bristol MetroBus costs rise to £230m

The Ashton Vale to Temple Meads section has caused the majority of Metrobus overspend
Bristol City Council

The cost of building Bristol's MetroBus network has gone up by almost 5% in a year to £230m, the city council has revealed.

Initially estimated to cost £190m in 2015, the bill has risen a further £10m from £220m since November, a report to cabinet says.

Contractor costs, design changes and contaminated land disposal are cited as key reasons for the rise.

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BreakingFive treated after 'hazardous' substance reported at health club

Paramedics and fire crews were called to a hotel and health club in Trowbridge this afternoon after a hazardous material was reported.

South Western Ambulance Service said five people were treated at Fieldways Hotel on Hilperton Road for sore throats and headaches.

At this time the health club is closed but the hotel is open.

The emergency services received the call shortly before 4pm and the fire service is investigating the cause of the incident.

Severe disruption: A370 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A370 Somerset both ways severe disruption, between Churchland Way and M5 J21.

A370 Somerset - A370 Somerset Avenue in Weston-Super-Mare closed and very slow traffic in both directions between West Wick Roundabout and Weston-Super-Mare, because of a police incident.

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

Breeding rare spiders 'a steep learning curve'

Desertas wolf spider
Bristol Zoo

A Desertas wolf spider has successfully bred in captivity, with Bristol Zoo calling it "world first

More than 1,000 tiny spiderlings have hatched with the zoo saying they're so precious that some are being hand-reared by dedicated keepers.

Because this was the first time this species had ever been taken into captivity to breed, it was a steep learning curve. After some of the female spiders were mated, it was an anxious wait to see if they would produce egg sacs. We were thrilled when they did, and to see the tiny spiderlings emerge was fantastic - a real career highlight. Establishing the world's first captive breeding programme for this species is a fantastic step towards protecting it for the future.

Mark BushellBristol Zoo's curator of invertebrates

Football: Bristol Rovers to redevelop their stadium

Travel: Delays on Bath buses after earlier station closure

There is some disruption to bus services in Bath this evening after an earlier closure at the main bus station:

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IPCC investigates M4 crash in which man died

Andrew Gwynne
South Wales Police

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating after a man died during a police chase on the M4.

South Wales Police officers had been pursuing a red Ford Focus when it collided with a Land Rover on Saturday near Cardiff. A stinger had been used during the pursuit.

Andrew Gwynne, 35, from Gloucester, who was driving the Ford, died at the scene.

IPCC Operations Manager Mel Palmer said: “This was a tragic event and my thoughts are with Mr Gwynne’s family and friends and all those affected."

Gloucester park stabbing: three more arrests

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There have been more arrests over the stabbing of a man after a carnival in Gloucester Park.

A 16-year-old youth from Bristol was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, a 22-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

All three have been released under investigation.

A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment for a stab wound.

Rare spiders breed in captivity for first time

Watch: Video images courtesy of Bristol Zoo

More than 1,000 Desertas wolf spiderlings have hatched at Bristol Zoo - the first time the rare spider has been bred in captivity.

The species is only found in a valley on one of the Desertas islands, near Madeira, Portugal.

Twenty-five spiders were brought back by a zoo keeper last year in an attempt to breed them in captivity.

There are plans to send hundreds of the spiderlings to other zoos in the UK and Europe to set up more breeding groups.

Read more by clicking here.

The 'grown-up successor' to the Bristol 'poo bus' has arrived

Watch: A commercial bus running entirely from food waste has launched in Bristol

A commercial bus running entirely from food waste has launched in Bristol.

First Bus says the vehicle is the city's first low-emission bio-gas bus, and produces 84% less CO2 emissions than regular buses do.

The operator is calling it the "grown-up successor" to the so-called "poo bus", which ran on human waste and was trialed in Bristol in 2015.

Weather: 'Very heavy rain coming our way'

Woman scratched face of attacker

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Police are hunting a man who attacked a woman in Cirencester in the early hours of Sunday.

The 29-year-old victim managed to scratch his face deeply enough to draw blood before escaping.

Football: All six of our sides play in the EFL Cup tonight

Man dies attempting Channel swim

Douglas Waymark in February after 10 hours, and 17 miles, of swimming.
Douglas Waymark/Facebook

A man in his 40s has died during an attempt to swim the English Channel as part of a gruelling triathlon.

Douglas Waymark, from Cheltenham, got into difficulty about half way across, 12 nautical miles from Dover.

The coastguard received a radio call from a support vessel at about 21:20 BST on Monday.

A search and rescue helicopter arrived within 10 minutes and airlifted the swimmer to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, but he later died.

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Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A46.

M5 Gloucestershire - M5 entry slip road closed and slow traffic southbound at J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), because of emergency repairs.

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

WW2 bomb: Exclusion zone lifted

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The 1km exclusion zone around the site of the WW2 bomb off the coast of Somerset has now been lifted.

Earlier we brought you live footage of the device being detonated in a controlled explosion.

Travel: Railway bridge declared safe after crash

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Network Rail says a vehicle hit a bridge in Hullavington in Wiltshire earlier.

Rail services between Swindon and Bristol Parkway were disrupted for a time.

The bridge has now been assessed (as is the normal procedure) and has been declared safe.

All services are expected to return to normal very soon - if they haven’t already.

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WW2 bomb explosion: Social media reaction

Well while thousands tuned in to watch the explosion, many were expecting something more Spielberg in scale.

Here's some of the 4,000-odd comments we received:

Joe Callaghan: "Worst blowing up of anything ever."

Laura Freeman: "Did they blow it up? Couldn't see."

Marilyn Lindsay: "Scary that."

Shanna Chiverton: "My dead goldfish would make a better splash."

Colton Lee: "Well that was the perfect analogy for my love life, a 15 minute build up to a small explosion."

@bbcpointswest That's just someone throwing a pebble, isn't it? 😂

@bbcpointswest @BBCBristol A damp squib!

@AndyLHoward @BBCBristol That will cause a tidal wave somewhere .LOL

Watch the moment the bomb was detonated

Watch: A 1km exclusion zone was set up off the Somerset coast

Thousands of viewers were poised to watch the explosion live off the coast of Somerset.

It wasn't quite the spectacle we expected but have a look and see what you think.

BreakingWW2 bomb detonated

The explosion in the sea
BBC/Facebook Live

The WW2 bomb found off the coast of Hinkley Point has been safely detonated.

Viewers to our livestream watched a splash as it exploded beneath the waves.

Travel: Train delays after vehicle hits bridge

There are delays on trains in the West after a vehicle hit a bridge between Swindon and Bristol Parkway.

Disruption is expected until 4.30pm.

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Facebook Live: Waiting for the WWII bomb to be destroyed in the Bristol Channel

WW2 bomb: Camera crew in position

Camera crew
BBC

Camera crews are in position for the expected WW2 bomb explosion at 3pm.

BBC Points West's Andy Howard is our reporter at the scene near Hinkley Point.

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WW2 bomb: Controlled explosion expected at 3pm

Scene of bomb WW2 discovery
BBC

The Royal Navy will carry out a controlled explosion of a suspected large unexploded bomb - off the Somerset coast - at 3pm.

A 1km exclusion zone has been created at sea, close to Hinkley Point, where divers carrying out exploratory work for Hinkley C discovered the ordnance.

You can just see, in the distance, a small ship sailing towards Flat Holm island, which is where the suspected Second World War bomb has been found.

Coastguard officers are also at the scene at Lilstock, along with BBC reporter Andy Howard.

Coastguard officers at the scene
BBC

We have a team of 10 divers checking the seabed ahead of the construction of the main cooling water tunnels and associated seabed structures. We believe the unexploded ordnance dates from WW2.

David EcclesEDF Energy’s Head of Stakeholder Engagement for Hinkley Point C