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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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Gorilla reaches three month milestone

Watch: See video of Ayana the baby gorilla

Bristol Zoo’s baby gorilla, Ayana, is now three months old. She was born to mum, Touni, and dad, Jock, at the end of April.

Ayana, the zoo says, often ends up on her mums shoulders seeing things backwards.

She cannot turn herself around, so she just sits there and sees the world the wrong way round. But apart from that she is progressing really well.

Shani RatnayakeSenior keeper
Ayana a baby gorilla riding on her mum's back at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Bristol Zoo Gardens

How far would you go for the one you love?

Watch: Andrew wants to be able to travel to Australia to be with his wife

Andrew Hall from Calne has suffered with claustrophobia since he was seven-years-old after a traumatic experience in a swimming pool.

He met his Australian wife, Kim, online but she has not been allowed a Visa to remain in the UK.

It means they've only ever spent five weeks together at a time since getting married in 2014.

Now he's trying hypnotherapy so that he gain the confidence to fly the 11,500 miles to be with her in Australia.

'Biggest issue with retaining referees is the abuse'

Watch: Jon Pike from Somerset FA speaks to the BBC's Ali Durden

Badly behaved footballers could find themselves in the sin-bin as part of a nationwide pilot to crack down on dissent.

The scheme is being trialled in Gloucestershire as well as in Somerset.

BBC Points West's Ali Durden was live in Almondsbury tonight where he met Jon Pike from Somerset FA.

Meningitis death not related to previous cases

Meningitis bacteria
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The death of George Zographou, 18, is not being linked to previous cases of meningitis at the sixth form he attended.

He was a student at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Bristol that saw two confirmed cases of meningococcal infection last year.

We do not believe that this case is related to the previous cases at St Brendan’s because they occurred 14 months ago. Additionally, they had not attended the college since the end of the summer term at the beginning of July. Although the risk to others is very small, those who were in close contact with the individual have been given antibiotics as a precaution.

Mike WadePublic Health England

Calne man tackles fear of flying to be reunited with his wife

Andrew Hall
BBC

A Calne man who hasn't seen his Australian wife for two years due to his extreme claustrophobia is hopeful a course of hypnotherapy will allow him to finally travel to live with her.

Andrew Hall is moving down under but has a huge fear of flying and unfortunately she can't get a visa to come and live here.

He says it's still early days but is feeling positive.

Given time, with a few more of these sessions, I'm just going to float with nothing worrying me and I'm going to take on the world.

Andrew HallClaustrophobia sufferer

'You need thick skin' - football referees begin sin-bin trial

Watch: Footballers involved in sin-bin trial

Footballers in Gloucestershire could find themselves in the sin-bin as part of a nationwide pilot to crack down on dissent.

The Gloucestershire Northern Senior League is taking part in the trials.

Duke of Beaufort dies, aged 89

Duke of Beaufort
BBC

It's been announced that the Duke of Beaufort has died at the age of 89.

Badminton House said in a statement he died peacefully at his Badminton estate home on Wednesday.

He leaves his widow Miranda and four children Harry, Anne, Edward and John, and is succeeded by his eldest son Harry, The Marquess of Worcester.

The duke was the president of the Badminton Horse Trials which is held on the family estate every year in May.

Man arrested after attempted knifepoint robbery of 12-year-old

Police sign
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A man has been arrested following the attempted knifepoint robbery of a 12-year-old boy in Stroud.

Gloucestershire Police said a 48-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of attempted robbery, and has been released under investigation.

The 12-year-old boy was approached by a man who threatened him with a pocket knife in an alleyway leading from Stratford Park to Jack Russell Close last Wednesday.

A spokesman said the boy was unharmed and nothing was taken from him but he was "very upset".

Meningitis victim's school offering support

George Zographou
Facebook

School friends and peers of George Zographou, 18, who has died after a short battle with meningitis, are to be offered support.

St Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Bristol said it would be using extra teachers to support George’s friends and those who knew him.

The school will also have a welfare room for those who are upset when they come in to collect A Level results tomorrow.

Public Health England will also be there to answer any concerns.

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Football: Bristol City's Djuric has groin surgery

Milan Djuric
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Bristol City striker Milan Djuric has been sidelined for at least two months following groin surgery on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Bosnia and Herzegovina international joined the Robins from Italian club Cesena in January.

"Milan is going to be out for a while. He's had a release procedure to let out his tendon a little bit," head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol.

"We are in the market (for an additional striker), people know that. But we work with what we've got."

'I thought I was going to die' - surfer recalls sea rescue

Watch: "I thought I was going to die" - surfer Samantha Mildon recalls sea rescue (Video: Blast! Films)

A woman from Somerset has been telling the BBC how she was rescued by life boat crews.

Samantha Mildon got into trouble while surfing off the Devon coast and dislocated her shoulder out at sea.

She was stranded until her cries for help were heard.

Tonight, Samantha stars in a BBC2 series about RNLI lifesavers, called Saving Lives at Sea.

View from the Red Arrows over Filton

Watch: The RAF Red Arrows' view flying over Filton

Hundreds of aviation fans have been given a preview of the new museum dedicated to Concorde.

The site at Filton, which will have tickets on sale within weeks, opened its doors today to some of those who sent in their memories of the supersonic aircraft.

The RAF Red Arrows flew over the airfield too.

Family held hand of teenager who died from meningitis

A teenager who became ill with meningitis at a festival has died, public health officials have confirmed.

George Zographou, 18, from Bristol, fell ill at the Boardmasters Festival in Newquay on Friday.

His sister Nicole said on Facebook, "George took his final breaths on Wednesday August 16th at 13.34 all by himself without the machine. The three of us holding his hand."

George Zographou
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Murder accused to appear at crown court

Crime scene
BBC

Two people charged after a man was stabbed to death in his home in Bath will appear at crown court on Thursday.

Tashan Corpe, 27, died in Sedgemoor Road on Sunday.

Police have charged 30-year-old Josh Farnham of Old Fosse Road in Bath with murder, grievous bodily harm with intent and actual bodily harm.

Rachel Smith, 42, of Sedgemoor Road, has been charged with assisting an offender.

Both appeared before Bristol Magistrates' Court earlier and were remanded in custody to appear before Bristol Crown Court.

The crime scene is still cordoned off while officers gather evidence.

Bristol Channel bomb: Controlled explosion carried out

Lilstock Range was once used as a Royal Navy firing range
BBC

The MOD says "it was rendered safe with a controlled explosion as of 16:20 today".

The suspected World War Two device was the second to be found in just over a week, close to Hinkley C power station, near Lilstock.

The first was a 500lb (226kg) device discovered 2.5 nautical miles (4.6km) from the coast, about 26ft (8m) below the surface.

This second device was believed to weigh 250lb (113kg) and was 0.3 miles (500m) from the power station.

Reward offered to find murder suspect

A £5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of a murder suspect.

Police want to trace James Atherley - pictured below - in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man in Solihull earlier this month. The West Midlands force thinks the 21-year-old is in Weston Super Mare in Somerset.

James Atherley
West Midlands Police

Callum Lees, 20, was stabbed in the neck following what police believe to have been a row at a flat in the Kingshurst area. He died in hospital after being found on a nearby street.

Callum Lees
West Midlands Police

In connection with the investigation, three men aged 21, 20 and 18 have been arrested and bailed pending further enquiries.

Football: Yeovil sign Bournemouth forward Green

Jordan Green
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Yeovil Town have signed versatile forward Jordan Green on a free transfer from Bournemouth.

The 22-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Huish Park outfit.

He made 10 league appearances during a loan spell at Newport County last season, but has not played in a senior match for the Premier League Cherries.

Jordan has the potential to reach a very high standard. He's quick, clever and difficult to mark.

Darren WayYeovil boss

Amazon creates 1,000 jobs with new site

Amazon box
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Online retail giant Amazon is to open a new warehouse near Bristol in 2018 which it says will create 1,000 jobs.

Amazon's Stefano Perago said: "Bristol offers fantastic infrastructure and talented local people who we look forward to joining the Amazon team."

Click here to read more.

Teenager who contracted meningitis dies

An 18-year-old from Bristol who contracted meningitis has died.

The man was at the Boardmasters festival in Newquay, Cornwall, last week when he fell ill.

He's the third student from St Brendan's Sixth Form College in Brislington to be affected by meningitis in just over a year and the second to die.

Public Health England says there's no reason to think the cases are linked.

Red Arrows take to skies over Concorde museum

Man with meningitis 'not believed to have contracted it at Boardmasters'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A teenager who is critically ill with meningitis is not believed to have contracted the infection at Cornwall's Boardmasters festival, public health officials say.

The 18-year-old from Bristol is being treated in hospital after being found ill at the Newquay event.

Several people have been given antibiotics as a result.

Mike Wade, from Public Health England's South West Health Protection Team, said: "Our thoughts are with the family of the patient at this difficult time and we want to reassure people that all appropriate public health actions are being taken.

"Although the risk to others is very small, close contacts of the case have been given antibiotics as a precaution. We do not believe that the patient contracted the infection at Boardmasters Festival.

"Our message to students remains the same, get protected against strains A,C,W,Y with the MenACWY vaccine and be aware of the signs and symptoms."

Boardmasters 2017. Pic: Peter Channon
Peter Channon

Severe disruption: A303 Somerset eastbound

BBC News Travel

A303 Somerset eastbound severe disruption, between A371 and B3081.

A303 Somerset - A303 in Wincanton blocked and very slow traffic eastbound between the A371 junction and the B3081 junction, because of an overturned car.

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

Olympic rower having 'miserable existence' at sea

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Spare a thought for these intrepid adventurers.

Cheltenham-born Olympic gold medallist Alex Gregory is currently part of a team trying to become the first to row across the Arctic Ocean.

He says his clothes are wet through and it's a "grey, cold, damp, dangerous and pretty miserable existence."

Keep going Alex!

It's far from fun, it's damn scary actually. It doesn't help that it's cold, 2 degrees not to mention the wind chill.

Alex GregoryOlympic rower

Concorde: Red Arrows in Filton flypast

Spiky plant suggestion as part of police gardening advice

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Gardening advice offered by Avon and Somerset Police includes:

  • Spiky hedges around the perimeter of your property
  • Growing rows of spiky gooseberry’s or exotic Szechwan pepper
  • Plant something spiky under a window

Hinkley Point C: statement on bomb found in Bristol Channel

A second controlled explosion will take place this afternoon after another World War Two bomb was found off the coast of Somerset.

It was found as divers are checking the area ahead of the construction of Hinkley C.

It is normal practice to check the seabed before construction activity starts on any marine project. The safety of the public and our workforce is our priority and we have a team of 10 divers checking the seabed ahead of the construction of the main cooling water tunnels and associated seabed structures for Hinkley Point C. We believe the unexploded ordnance probably dates back to the Second World War. As a precaution we put a cordon zone around the area and are working closely with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Royal Navy.

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

Why are there bombs in the Bristol Channel?

The World War Two bomb found in the Bristol Channel at Lilstock at Hinkley Point C is the second in as many weeks.

Here's why bombs are being found there:

Until the 1990s, the coast around Lilstock was used as part of a practice bombing range for the Royal Navy.

Fixed-wing aircraft stopping dropping "inert ordnance" there in 1995 and it was later redesigned as a helicopter gunnery range.

Nothing has been dropped there since, according to a debate held in parliament in 2004.

The area is now better known for the closeness of the Hinkley nuclear power stations to the east of it.

Lilstock Range in Somerset
BBC
Lilstock Range was once used as a Royal Navy firing range

Mariners warned to stay clear as another bomb is found next to Hinkley

This time, the bomb is thought to be a 250lb device, roughly half the size of the one found last week.

An exclusion zone is in place and mariners have been advised.

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Controlled explosion to take place on second WW2 bomb

Another controlled explosion will take place this afternoon after a World War 2 bomb was found off the coast close to Hinkley in Somerset.

It's the second bomb to be found in the Bristol channel in as many weeks. This time, the bomb is thought to be a 250lb device, roughly half the size of the one found last week.

It's due to be detonated shortly and the Navy are involved.

Last Tuesday a bomb was detonated safely in a controlled explosion. Here's what it looked like....

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

BreakingExclusion zone as second World War Two bomb found in Bristol Channel

A 1km exclusion zone has been put in place after a second World War Two bomb is found in the Bristol Channel.

The first device was destroyed last week by Navy divers.

Festival meningitis case: 'Patient was assessed fully'

The team that treated the Bristol festival-goer who is ill with meningitis have released a statement on what happened.

A teenage male was treated at Boardmaster's Festival and was seen and assessed on site by 2 anaesthetic / intensive care doctors and 2 critical care paramedics who were part of the medical team on site. We understand he was unwell prior to attending the festival. The patient was assessed fully including initial blood and urine tests to identify life threatening illness that were all initially negative. He was transferred with a doctor and paramedic to hospital after his condition deteriorated after transfer to a welfare area. We have been in contact with his family and are offering any support we can at this difficult time and have notified Public Health England regarding the case.

Health officials remind students to get vaccinated as Bristol teenager fights meningitis

A Bristol teenager is critically ill in hospital after contracting meningitis.

The student from St Brendan's Sixth Form College fell ill at the Boardmasters festival in Newquay, Cornwall, last week.

Now, Julie Yates who is the lead for Screening and Immunisations at Public Health England South West has warned that teenagers "are at particular risk of meningococcal disease but that they can help protect themselves by getting vaccinated for groups ACW and Y."

The typical symptoms of meningitis can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rapid breathing
  • Drowsiness
  • Shivering
  • Vomiting
  • Cold hands and feet.
  • A characteristic rash which does not fade when pressed against a glass

PHE says "in teenagers, meningitis can sometimes present without many of these characteristic symptoms, and in some cases individuals have displayed symptoms similar to those associated with gastroenteritis".

Boardmaster festival
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Paralympian opens Wiltshire's latest attraction

Wiltshire is now the proud owner of Europe's longest water ride.

Five-time Paralympic swimming champion, Ellie Simmonds was the first to ride the latest ride at the Center Parcs resort in Longleat Forest, Warminster this morning.

Ellie was invited to unveil the Tropical Cyclone as she spent time at the resort as a child.

Ellie Simmonds with Centre Parcs CEO Martin Dalby
Centre Parcs
Ellie Simmonds with Centre Parcs CEO Martin Dalby

I learnt to swim at Center Parcs when I was little and it’s great to see that the experiences here just keep getting better and better.

Ellie SimmondsParalympic Swimming champion

Low take up rates for Help to Buy scheme in Somerset

Ruth Bradley

BBC Somerset politics reporter

New homes being built
PA

Nearly 2,000 homes have been bought in Somerset using a government loan scheme since it was launched.

The Help to Buy loan scheme was launched by the government four years ago. It offers a 20 percent loan for the value of a property when the buyer has a 5% deposit, giving them access to the better 75% mortgage rates.

The loan is also interest-free for the first five years. Nearly 2,000 people have bought homes in the Somerset County Council area using Help to Buy since it was launched.

In most districts it was around 300-400 but in Taunton Deane it was nearly 800 and in West Somerset, just 15 people have bought homes using the Help to Buy loan scheme since 2013.

Iconic locomotive to join Swindon museum

Locomotive 2818
National Railway Museum
The engine was moved into preservation by the National Railway Museum in 1963.

Great Western Railway enthusiasts will be familiar the Swindon-built heavy freight locomotive which is returning to the town.

The iconic No. 2818 is currently owned by and housed at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum in Shildon but is set to join the collection at STEAM museum in Swindon by the end of the year.

No. 2818 was built in 1905 and was used as a heavy good carrier until it was withdrawn from service in October 1963.

2818 is a very important locomotive in documenting the story of the development of the railways in the South West and South Wales and it is fitting that we can return this long-serving engine to its Swindon birthplace almost 112 years after it first rolled off the production line.

Andrew McLeanAssistant Director and Head Curator at the National Railway Museum

Severe accident: A37 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

A37 Bristol northbound severe accident, around A4174 Airport Road.

A37 Bristol - A37 Wells Road closed and slow traffic inbound around the A4174 Airport Road junction, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Europe's longest water ride opening in Wiltshire

These big yellow inflatables are for the Tropical Cyclone ride which is claimed to be Europe's longest water ride.

It's going to be part of the Center Parcs resort at Longleat, near Warminster.

It's being opened officially by Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds today with help from youngsters from the Warminster and District Amateur Swimming Club.

Here's a sneak peek...

Tropical Cyclone opens at the Centre Parcs resort in Longleat, near Warminster.
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Travel: Wells Road closed

Cirencester supermarket ram-raided

A supermarket in Cirencester has been broken into overnight.

Police were called around 2.20am to the Aldi on Cricklade Road where the front of the building had been rammed by an old green Land Rover Defender which caused extensive damage.

Four men in dark clothing got inside and tired to remove an ATM machine but no cash was taken.

A silver Audi A4 estate was also spotted at the scene and fled with the Land Rover.

Aldi supermarket on Cricklade Road, Cirencester
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The store on Cricklade Road was broken into during the early hours