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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Monday, 14 August 2017

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Watch: A mostly dry, sunny day expected for Tuesday with the odd shower

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Holiday lunch club's ethos in helping families in need

Watch: Sian Mannings says they don't check if families are on benefits

A lunch club in Bristol is seeing growing numbers of families using its service during the school holidays.

St Luke's Church Lunch Club now has a waiting list of families wanting hot meals for their little ones.

Manager Sian Manning says they remove the stigma for families by making the club open to all.

A garden transformed for Harry

Watch: Disabled teenager can now enjoy a safer space

Harry's mum, Polly, had been fundraising since April to be able to have their garden landscaped.

She wanted to level the slope as add a slope and a rail so that Harry would be able to get to the garden more easily.

The work has been finished and Harry is already making use of transformed land.

Family return from Passchendaele memorial visit

Watch: Family remembers Passchendaele hero

The Bristol family of a doctor who saved the lives of scores of soldiers on the front line at the Battle of Passchendaele have returned from their own personal family memorial service at the spot he was killed by a German sniper 100 years ago.

Harold Ackroyd was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.

His grandson, retired Royal Infirmary surgeon Christopher Ackroyd, sold the VC to fund a bursary for a new generation of medical students.

MotoGP: Redding's third team in five years

Ian Randall

BBC Gloucestershire Sport

Scott Redding
EPA

Quedgeley's Scott Redding will move teams in MotoGP at the end of the current season.

Redding, who is now 24, will join the Aprilia team for 2018 after his current team, Pramac Ducati, signed Jack Miller for next year's championship.

Redding's current tally of 37 points leaves him 15th in the 2017 rider's standings, with seven races left, and his move will see him ride for a third different team in five years in MotoGP.

He made his debut at Gresini Honda in 2014 before moving to Pramac at the start of last year.

His team mate at Aprilia will be the experienced Spanish rider Aleix Espargaro.

Scott Redding
EPA

Feeding the kids during holiday time 'really important for the community'

Watch: Toni Wren describes the pressures of being a mum on a tight budget

A lunch club in Bristol to help stop kids going hungry during the school holidays is one of the ways efforts are being made to end health inequality in the city.

Official figures show that in Bristol, 25% of children live below the poverty line.

Mum-of-four Toni Wren says there are lots of pressures on families during the school holidays.

Travel: A40 between Gloucester and Cheltenham fully reopen

Arson attack victim woken by stranger 'banging on the front door'

A mother of two from Bradley Stoke has escaped unharmed along with her two young children after a suspected arson attack on their home.

Aaliyah Hussein was awoken in the early hours of Saturday by a stranger banging on her front door warning her that her garage was on fire.

Her husband was away visiting relatives after a death in the family at the time of the attack.

She told BBC Points West what happened:

Watch: Aaliyah Hussein was woken in the early hours by loud banging on her door

Avon and Somerset Police believe this was an arson attack.

A 17-year old was arrested but has since been released while inquiries continue.

Bristol M4 junction 19 now clear after earlier accident

Police have re-opened the motorway after an earlier accident in Bristol involving a motorbike and a car.

The crash happened between junction 19 of the M4 and junction one of the M32.

BreakingA40 closed after woman falls from bridge

The A40 Golden Valley bypass is closed between Cheltenham and Gloucester after a woman fell from a bridge.

The woman is not thought to be seriously injured but ambulance crews are at the scene.

Gloucestershire Police said traffic was still flowing in the Gloucester to Cheltenham direction.

Severe disruption: A40 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A40 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between M5 J11 Gloucester and B4063 Cheltenham Road East.

A40 Gloucestershire - A40 Golden Valley Bypass closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Gloucester and Elmbridge Court Roundabout, because of a police incident.

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

People with learning disabilities get chance to experience festival life

Watch: The Shindig Festival took place in Pilning on Saturday

Hundreds came to listen to bands play at the Shindig Festival at Pilning, near Bristol, at the weekend.

There were extra facilities to cater for people with restricted mobility and plenty of space to make sure they enjoyed the event without the big crowds.

Bradley Stoke mum's escape from fire at home

Aaliyah Hussein's garage was set alight in what police believe was arson.

A mother from Bradley Stoke has described her "night of absolute terror" after she woke to discover a fire at her home.

Aaliyah Hussein managed to escape with her two young children but only after a stranger banged on the front door in the early hours of Saturday morning to alert them.

Police are investigating what they believe to be an arson attack.

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, at J19 for A369.

M5 Bristol - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J19, A369 (Portishead), because of an accident.

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

Travel: Gloucester crash - van appears to have overturned

Holiday lunch club feeding a growing number of kids

Watch: Sian Manning runs the St Luke's Church lunch project

Efforts are being made in Bristol to end health inequality and hunger.

One of the ways it's being done is the use of lunch clubs during the school holidays.

Sian Manning says there are a host of reasons why people are using clubs like hers at the church.

Severe disruption: M32 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M32 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J2 for A432.

M32 Bristol - M32 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic inbound at J2, A432 (Eastville), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Man sought after Warminster sexual assault

Police in Warminster are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a female jogger in the town on 10 August.

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Biker hurt in motorway crash near Bristol

A biker has been hurt in a motorway crash involving a motorbike and car, Avon and Somerset Police have said.

The collision happened between junction 19 of the M4 and junction one of the M32.

Police say traffic is building on the M4, M5 and M32 as only one lane is open.

Severe accident: M32 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M32 Bristol southbound severe accident, between M4 J19 and J1 for A4174.

M32 Bristol - Very slow traffic on M32 inbound between M4 J19, Bristol and J1, A4174 (Hambrook), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Project aims to get rid of holiday hunger

Watch: Mum-of-four Toni Wren explains how the club has helped her

A pioneering project has got under way in Bristol, wanting to get rid of hunger and health inequality.

Twenty-five percent of children live below the poverty line in the city, though the figure is much higher in the most deprived areas.

The new scheme - called Feeding Bristol - brings together several organisations, from welfare agencies and food banks, to schools and food-growing projects.

One of the ways it's being done is through a lunch club during the school holidays.

RAF boss 'kissed boy' at Royal Navy College

A man who was responsible for more than 1,000 air cadets in Devon and Somerset kissed a teenage boy on his neck during a band camp, a court has heard.

Brian Wills-Pope MBE, 64, from Torquay, also asked the boy to wear a mankini and suggested sharing a bed on another occasion, Taunton Crown Court heard.

Mr Wills-Pope was Commanding Officer for Devon and Somerset Wing Air Training Corps at the time of the alleged sexual assault in 2015 during an overnight band camp at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon.

Brian Wills-Pope
BBC

Prosecutor Sean Brunton said Mr Wills-Pope approached the boy from behind.

Mr Brunton said: "Rather unexpectedly this defendant leant forward and kissed the victim on the neck and then put his hand under his shirt, running it over his back, skin on skin."

The defendant denies one charge of sexual assault and the trial continues.

Lorry released from tight lane

The lorry
Andrew Blandford

The seven-and-a-half tonne truck, which got stuck on Butcher Hill's Lane in Nailsworth, has been released.

The driver deflated the types which made the truck lean slightly and it was able to extricate itself, according to Gloucestershire Police.

It has caused some structural damage to the property. Some masonry has been disturbed, tiling and guttering has been damaged. The road will remain closed for the time being until we can assess how much damage has been done and to make sure the property is safe. What has led to this incident is the driver has followed satellite navigation and has gone for the quickest route. The satellite will direct you down roads which really aren’t suitable for the vehicles that are trying to use them, and the driver wasn’t aware locally of how narrow and steep that road was.

Insp Jay TiernanGloucestershire Police

In pictures: More pictures of the stuck lorry

The stuck truck
Lorraine Merchant

Thanks to Lorraine Merchant for emailing us with these photos.

For future reference, our email address is bristol@bbc.co.uk.

The stuck truck
Lorraine Merchant
The stuck truck
Lorraine Merchant

Football: Bristol Rovers want safe standing area

Watch: Wael Al-Qadi says he's "very interested" in safe standing

Bristol Rovers president Wael Al-Qadi is keen to include a safe standing area as part of a revamped Memorial Stadium.

Rovers are seeking to redevelop their present home after plans for a 21,000-capacity stadium at the University of West of England fell through.

Al-Qadi told BBC Points West: "You have safe standing now being revisited and I'm very interested in that.

"I'm very interested in creating a stadium that's very cosy, where fans can create a good atmosphere."

Lorry stuck between houses

Lorry wedged between two houses
Andrew Blandford

A lorry driver who was on a delivery in Nailsworth is waiting for help from the emergency services after his vehicle got stuck in a narrow lane.

The lorry has blocked Butcher'Hill's Lane - a small turning leading down onto Market Street.

Gloucestershire Police said they were called shortly before 1pm with a report that a lorry had crashed into a house. However it was soon learned the lorry had infact become stuck.

PC denies assaulting race group founder

Judah Adunbi
BBC

A police officer has denied assaulting the founder of a race relations group who was allegedly Tasered.

PC Claire Boddie, 47, appeared in court to face a charge of common assault after Judah Adunbi, 63, was allegedly struck in the face in Bristol.

A video of the alleged incident on 14 January was widely shared at the time.

Click here to read more.

Balloon Fiesta transport planning criticised

Watch: The BBC's Scott Elllis reports on transport problems at the Fiesta

The organisers of this year's Balloon Fiesta in Bristol have hailed it a success, despite long delays for some people leaving the Ashton Court site on Saturday night.

Hundreds of balloons took to the skies, and the good weather brought huge crowds to the free event.

However questions are being asked about whether public transport was able to cope.

We reported on long delays on Saturday night. Organiser say unauthorised coaches and a bridge swing were to blame.

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, at J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic westbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Three arrested in murder investigation

Police cordon
BBC

Two men and woman have been arrested after a man died following an assault in Bath.

Avon and Somerset Police said the death of the 27-year-old was being treated as a murder investigation.

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Brain tumour sufferer paddles to raise funds

A man with a brain tumour, who is kayaking 100 miles along the River Wye, is due in Gloucestershire today.

Ben Lindon, 39, began his marathon paddle in Wales on Saturday and is heading to Chepstow, to raise money for brain tumor research.

The challenge marks his 100th cycle of chemotherapy.

He's believed to be the youngest person in the UK to receive that many rounds of treatment.

Ben Lindon
Ben Lindon

When Ben was diagnosed, he was told that he wouldn't have children and he was expected to live just five more years.

Nine years later, he's the proud dad of two children and says he is determined to raise as much money as he can to fund research into the disease.

A38 to Bristol Airport reopens

A38 on way to Bristol Airport still closed after crash

Travel: Queues going northbound near Burnham on Sea on M5

M5
Highways England

Family 'really lucky' after arson attack on garage

Pictures of fire damage
Aaliyah Hussain

A mother of two from Bristol who was the victim of an arson attack in the early hours of Saturday morning said she no longer feels safe.

Aaliyah Hussain and her two young sons were asleep in their house in Bradley Stoke at about 3.45am when the garage was set alight.

A passer-by alerted Mrs Hussain who fled the house with her children and police and fire crews were called.

Mrs Hussain said: "It was extra scary because my husband was away for the night.

"We were really lucky in one sense that the main house is not touched, but everything that was in the garage was destroyed.

"I can't sleep I'm really scared. I really thought I was a strong person. It's the worst thing not feeling safe."

Avon and Somerset Police has launched an investigation. A 17-year-old youth who was arrested has been released.

Damaged garage
Aaliyah Hussain
Damaged bike
Aaliyah Hussain

Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, between J21 for A370 and J20 for B3133.

M5 Somerset - Very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea).

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

Travel: Problems on the M5

BreakingThree arrests following fatal attack in Bath

Three people have been arrested in connection with the death of a man in Bath on Sunday.

The 27-year-old man died shortly after being assaulted in the Sedgemoor Road area at about 4:30pm.

Police have launched a murder inquiry and have arrested two men and a woman in connection with the incident.

Severe accident: A38 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Naish Lane and B3130 Barrow Street.

A38 Somerset - A38 Bridgwater Road in Barrow Gurney closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Naish Lane junction and the B3130 Barrow Street junction, because of a serious accident. Congestion to Bishopsworth and to Bristol Airport.

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