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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 15 August 2017

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Another day done - back tomorrow from 7am

Watch: "A dry start with varying amounts of sunshine," says Ian Fergusson

So here's a final round-up tonight's full time scores for our three football sides in action:

Championship

EFL Trophy

  • Swindon Town 2-3 West Ham U21
  • Cheltenham 1-2 Swansea City U21

Join us again tomorrow, live online from 7am, for more news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England.

Rally remembers Charlottesville terror attack victim

Rally at College Green, Bristol
BBC

A vigil in memory of the American woman who died when a neo-Nazi rammed his car into protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the weekend has taken place on College Green in Bristol.

Stop the Nazis: Bristol vigil for Charlottesville was organised to remember Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal and human rights activist.

Speaking at the gathering, Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said: "This problem is much closer to home than many people realise."

Rally at College Green, Bristol
BBC
Bristol mayor Marvin Rees spoke at the vigil

Football: Bristol City share the spoils away at Brentford

Football: Late equaliser for Bristol City

Football: Defeat confirmed for Swindon Town

Football: A loss for Cheltenham Town at home

Football: Bad news for Swindon Town...

Football: Cheltenham 1-2 Swansea U21s

Football: Brentford take the lead against City

Football: Swindon 2-2 West Ham U21s

Football: Cheltenham 1-1 Swansea U21s

Work begins on new Bristol rail station

Portway park and ride rail station site
Bristol City Council

Work has begun to help design the first new railway station in the Bristol area in over 20 years.

The station, due to be completed in 2019, will serve the existing Portway Park and Ride site near Avonmouth.

It was announced by the region's new metro mayor in June, with £2.2m being put towards the single-platform station on the Severn Beach Line.

Football: Swindon 1-2 West Ham U21s

Football: Brentford 1-1 Bristol City

It's all square at Griffin Park.

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Football: Cheltenham 1-0 Swansea U21s

Film award for six-year-old deaf girl

Maisie Sly
BBC

A six-year-old girl from Swindon could be nominated for a BAFTA and an Oscar after winning an international award in America.

Maisie Sly, who's profoundly deaf, was chosen to play the lead role in Silent Child.

The film came away with two awards at a festival in the USA and has now been put forward for the biggest prize of all.

Football: Brentford 0-1 Bristol City

It's half time at Griffin Park.

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Football: Swindon 0-1 West Ham U21s

It's half time at the County Ground.

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Football: Cheltenham 0-0 Swansea U21s

It's half time at Whaddon Road.

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Charity runner braving heatwave for 12 marathons in 12 days

Watch: "A lot of people say to me 'you're mad'," says Liam Harrison

A runner is braving Spain's heatwave to run 12 marathons in 12 days in memory of a teenager who was killed in Taunton.

Liam Harrison sets off today from Seville and will cover 519 km before finishing in Salamanca.

He's raising money for Think Amy, a road safety charity set up by the mum of Amy Hofmeister, who was killed in a car chase in 2011.

As a close friend of the family, it's a cause close to his heart.

Football: An early lead for Bristol City

CCTV shows shopkeepers fighting off a would-be robber

Watch: See the shopkeepers wrestle Aggs to the ground

Two shopkeepers who stood up to a would-be thief who tried to steal the till from their Cheltenham shop have been speaking of their ordeal.

CCTV footage shows Dolad Karim, 74, and her husband Gulamali, 75, resisting Steven Agg as he attempts to raid Pittville Newsagents and Convenience store while armed with a screwdriver on 19th February.

Mrs Karim hits him with a wooden stick and Mr Karim tackles him to the ground as he flees the shop.

Aggs was jailed on Monday for five years for the offence and robbing a woman in Cheltenham the previous day.

South West Trains advising customers not to travel

Due to an earlier points failure and derailment, South West Trains is warning commuters off travelling to or from London Waterloo tonight or tomorrow.

The partial derailment between Vauxhall and London Waterloo is still causing major disruption on services throughout the region.

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Football match facts: Brentford v Bristol City (7.45pm)

Lee Johnson
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  • Brentford have collected 16 points from a possible 18 in their last six league meetings against Bristol City, winning five and drawing one
  • The Robins have not kept a league clean sheet against the Bees at Griffin Park in their last 12 attempts, last doing so in a goalless draw in January 1997
  • The last Bristol City manager to beat Brentford was current manager Lee Johnson's father Gary, in a League Cup tie in August 2009
  • Bobby Reid has scored three goals in his two Championship appearances for Bristol City so far this season, as many as he netted in 30 league appearances for the Robins throughout 2016-17

Football: Bristol City are at Brentford (7.45pm kick-off)

Search for stranger who paid stranded girl's £85 train ticket

India Ballancore
Andrea Ballancore/PA

A mother has launched an appeal to try to find a generous stranger who bought her stranded daughter an £85 train ticket home.

India Ballancore, 16, missed her return train to Bristol from Stockport, Greater Manchester, on Sunday.

Click here to read the full story.

Council's cabinet delays clean air zone decision

Exhaust pipe
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A decision on proposed clean air zones for Bristol has been delayed.

Mayor Marvin Rees told a cabinet meeting any decision on the action plan would have to wait until the legal implications had been established.

Options on the table include restricting access to the most polluting vehicles as well as the potential for drivers to be charged to enter certain parts of the city.

BreakingAircraft crashes at Salisbury airfield

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A light aircraft has crashed near Salisbury.

Nobody was seriously injured in the incident which happened at Old Sarum Airfield at about 4pm.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews attended after it was believed a person was trapped inside.

By the time they arrived the person had been released and the fire and rescue service assisted with first aid.

According to the ambulance service there was one patient who was "discharged at the scene”.

Teacher spied on wife with secret camera

Lady Justice
Clara Molden/PA

A teacher who spied on his wife with a secret camera when he wrongly suspected she was cheating on him has been spared prison.

Gavin Bowditch, 38, of Fiddington in Somerset, was convinced Helen Bowditch was having an affair and also placed a tracking device on her car.

He previously admitted the offences but denied they amounted to stalking.

Click here to read the full story.

Football: Just £5/£3 to watch CTFC in the EFL Trophy tonight

Hospital offers clarity over fox cull row

Fox
BBC

Southmead Hospital says it has no plans to cull foxes, following concern about them living close to the maternity unit.

The hospital has "paused" its plans to remove foxes from outside a maternity unit that bosses believe pose a "risk" to newborns.

The trust that runs the hospital has told the BBC a fox spotted recently, which appeared to be diseased, will be safely captured, treated and released.

More than 2,000 people signed a petition against a cull after the trust that runs the hospital said it was contacting pest control.

Animal rights organisation Animal Aid said culling foxes is "not only cruel, but an ineffective means of resolving conflict with the animals".

We can confirm that no foxes have been killed or harmed at Southmead Hospital and we have no intention to. We are advising staff not to feed foxes around the site.

Southmead Hospital spokesperson

Thoughts from the road about cleaning up our air

BBC reporter Jon Kay has been out in Bristol to see what cyclists, drivers and entrepreneurs have to say about plans to clean up the city's air:

Watch: Cyclists, taxi drivers and entrepreneurs on how the future of road transport should look

Climbers suffer suspected leg and hand injuries

Ambulances
PA

More on the two rock climbers injured at Tidenham in the Forest of Dean.

South Western Ambulance Service said it was called at 9.30am.

A spokesman said there were two male casualties, one with a possible fractured leg and one with a hand injury.

"We attended with two ambulances, one rapid response vehicle and our Hazardous Area Response Team.

"Both casualties taken in to Bristol Children’s Hospital."

Appeal after race hate graffiti daubed on wall

Police
BBC

Police are investigating after racist graffiti was sprayed on a fence in Gerrard Close, Hengrove, Bristol.

During the evening of Saturday 5th August somebody wrote the words ‘Polish out’.

Officers said it had caused the targeted family "a great deal of anxiety and distress".

We want to send a clear message to the community that this type of blatant hate crime will not be tolerated in the communities we serve. We’re committed to helping our communities be safe and feel safe.

PC Joseph PitmanAvon and Somerset Police

Two rock climbers injured on rock face

UK Coastguard helicopter
Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Two rock climbers have been injured on a rock face near Tintern, the coastguard has said.

A rescue operation is under way using a helicopter as they are in an inaccessible location known as white slab rocks.

One climber has a hand injury, the other has more serious injuries and is expected to be airlifted to hospital.

Paramedics from South West Ambulance service were also called to the scene just after 10:30 BST on Tuesday.

Get Involved: Bristol's Clear Air Zone

You've been having your say on the proposed clean air zone in Bristol.

Council cabinet members will vote tonight to approve investigations of four possible options, to clean up the city's air.

You can have your say on our story on Twitter via @BBCBristol.

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BreakingPolice get more time to question Bath murder suspects

Police have been given more time to question two people arrested after a man died following an assault in Bath on Sunday.

Avon and Somerset Police said the death of the 27-year-old, who has not been formally identified, was being treated as a murder investigation.

The results of a post-mortem examination confirmed the man's death was due to a stab wound to the chest.

They now have until Wednesday evening to question a 30-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of murder, and 42-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A 44-year-old man arrested on suspicion of affray has been released without charge.

Tortoise brought back to life with mouth to mouth resuscitation

Freda the tortoise
John Fletcher

A Gloucester man has spoken about how he brought his pet tortoise back to life... using mouth to mouth resuscitation.

John Fletcher said he found 45-year-old Freda at the bottom of his garden pond.

She looked "quite dead and limp" so he gave a few short blows.

Freda "stretched its head out a little. A small half teaspoonful of water came out of its mouth which I had opened", he explained.

"I thought I detected some movement so I warmed it up with a hair dryer, massaged its legs and neck and after another full hour it started gasping and opened its eyes."

Football fan builds Bristol Rovers ground out of LEGO

Football fan Jules Richards builds Bristol Rovers ground out of LEGO bricks.

A man who's trying to build all the UK's football league stadiums out of LEGO has just finished Bristol Rovers ground.

Jules Richards says most of his models are commissioned but he decided to build the Memorial Stadium himself because he wants to complete all 92 football league grounds.

On average, it takes him between eight and 12 hours to build each one.