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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates for the West of England on Tuesday, 22 August 2017

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Three more MPs quit Bath University roles over vice-chancellor pay

Darren Jones

Three more MPs are to quit their roles at the University of Bath in protest over the vice-chancellor's "unjustifiable" pay.

Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell earns £451,000 a year and is the highest paid vice-chancellor in the country.

Labour's Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy, Bristol North West MP Darren Jones and Stroud MP David Drew all confirmed they are standing down.

Andrew Murrison, MP for South West Wiltshire, resigned two weeks ago.

All four were ex-officio members of the Court of Bath University, a statutory body representing the interests of the university's internal and external stakeholders.

BreakingEngland beat France to reach World Cup final

Bath University pay row: MP statement

Darren Jones, the Labour MP for Bristol North West, has tonight become the fourth MP to resign from his role at the University of Bath in protest at the high salary paid to the Vice Chancellor.

This is his statement in full:

“Students in my constituency are paying increasingly high tuition fees, with many families helping their children out with the costs associated with going to university.

"Vice Chancellors pay needs to be set within the context of value for money. And students take on excessive debt to get a good education, not to pay bloated executive pay.

"The decision to pay the Vice Chancellor [of Bath University] over £400,000 per year is excessive. And I agree with Lord Adonis that Government should undertake an inquiry into public sector executive pay.

"I have therefore resigned from my ex officio position on the Court of Bath University as a sign of my support for such a review.”

BreakingFourth MP resigns in Bath University pay row

Darren Jones, Labour MP for Bristol North West, has stood down from his role at the University of Bath.

It is in response to the salary paid to the Vice Chancellor.

He joins Labour's Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy and Stroud MP David Drew who both stood down today.

Andrew Murrison, MP South West Wiltshire resigned two weeks ago.

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Bristol Water lose their 'smile' as giant toothbrush disappears

Bristol Water have a hole that needs filling after their giant toothbrush disappeared from Millennium Square in Bristol.

Can you help brush up their pearly spirits?

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University pay row is 'damaging'

Two more West MPs have resigned from their roles at the University of Bath - in protest at the high salary paid to the Vice Chancellor.

Labour's Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy and MP for Stroud David Drew both confirmed they are standing down.

Andrew Murrison, MP for South West Wiltshire, resigned two weeks ago over what he called the "eye-watering" salary.

Dame Glynis Breakwell is the UK's top earner amongst Vice Chancellors. Her salary is in excess of 450 thousand pounds a year.

Some organisations in Bath say the salary is justified - but students have told us they feel like they're bankrolling the vice chancellor.

Watch: BBC Education Correspondent Gillian Hargreaves says the controversy is damaging for the University

New sensory garden for people with dementia

A new sensory garden for people with dementia has opened in Swindon.

The garden of Downs View Care Centre was a blank canvas of concrete but has been transformed over three months.

Residents can water the plants, look after the budgies, the tortoises and the rabbits as well as have their senses stimulated by the lavender.

The whole garden is accessible by wheelchair and was unveiled by the Mayor of Swindon at a ceremony today.

Opened today at Downs View Care Centre in Swindon

See inside a shipping container home for the homeless

Watch: See inside a converted container

A project which creates homes for rough sleepers in the West has become a blueprint for others across the country.

Volunteers have transformed 30 ft shipping containers into living accommodation.

It's part of the charity Help Bristol's Homeless and aims to support people to create a new start in life.

Bristol ladies in rugby world cup semi-final tonight

Seven players from Bristol Ladies are in the starting line-up for England's rugby world cup semi-final tonight.

Amongst them are Danielle Waterman and Sarah Hunter who were part of the team that won the competition in 2014.

A victory in tonight's match against France will see England into Saturday's final against either New Zealand or the USA.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45 in Belfast.

Follow the match LIVE with BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Bristol and England Captain Sarah Hunter talking about the performance of the French team.

Severe accident: A4 Bristol both ways

BBC News Travel

A4 Bristol both ways severe accident, between Emery Road and A4174 Callington Road affecting A4 Bath Road.

A4 Bristol - A4 Bath Road in Brislington blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Emery Road junction and the A4174 Callington Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Hicks Gate Roundabout.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between J19 for M32 and J20 for M5.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J19, M32 (Bristol) and J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Triathlon family bid for world success

When it comes to exercise there can be few fitter than the Rogers family from Burnham on Sea.

Father, two daughters and son have all been chosen to represent Great Britain in the World Triathlon Championships taking place in Rotterdam next month.

Watch: The Rogers family have been speaking to reporter Clinton Rogers (no relation!)

M5 Southbound closed tonight between J27 slip roads

Ex-staff questioned over school abuse

Badgeworth Court

Five people have been questioned as police investigate historical allegations of abuse at three boarding schools in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The men, who worked at Badgeworth Court and Dowdeswell Court near Cheltenham, and Clouds House near Salisbury, have been interviewed under caution.

Five other former school workers, including teachers, have already been arrested and bailed during the inquiry.

St Paul's murder inquiry referred to IPCC

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed that it has been made aware of this morning's fatal stabbing in St Paul's, Bristol.

A spokeswoman said: “We are assessing a referral from Avon and Somerset Police about an incident in the St Paul’s area of Bristol this morning, and will make a decision on whether IPCC involvement is appropriate.”

The IPCC is contacted as a matter of course when there has been some previous police contact. It is not known what that contact was at this stage.

Police vehicles attend the scene
Police vehicles attend the scene
Police and scenes of crime officers attending the scene
Police and scenes of crime officers attending the scene
Officers search for evidence in St. Pauls, Bristol
Officers search for evidence in St. Pauls, Bristol

France crash bus firm Express Motors to lose licence

The scene after the bus crash

A Welsh coach firm which was involved in a crash in France last year will lose its licence over an unrelated issue.

Two pupils from Bournside School in Cheltenham were seriously injured and more than a dozen others were hurt in the crash.

Penygroes-based Express Motors will have its licence revoked on 31 December after an investigation found maintenance records had been falsified.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency launched the probe after drivers' hours were compared with maintenance records.

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Pichiku the red titi monkey saved by keepers

Pichiku the red titi monkey saved by keepers at Bristol Zoo Gardens

A tiny red titi monkey is thriving after zoo keepers intervened when his mum Bella died after giving birth.

His survival has been down to a team of keepers providing round the clock care and feeds three times a day.

Pichiku, meaning little monkey, is living with his dad and is one of the only titi monkeys sucessfully hand reared to this age.

We are absolutely delighted with how well Pichiku is doing. He has survived against the odds, he’s definitely a fighter, a determined little one and the whole experience has been amazing and immensely rewarding.

Emily LewisBristol Zoo Team Leader

Incinerator protesters arrested

Protesters at site of incinerator
Cancel the Contract

Four protesters who were barricading the entrance to a £500m incinerator being built near Gloucester have been arrested.

Gloucestershire Police said they had been arrested at about 1pm for obstructing the highway, and are currently in police custody.

A further two protesters left the area following the arrests.

The group say the incinerator, off the M5 at junction 12 near Stroud, which is due to operational in 2019, will be incredibly expensive and discourage recycling.

Two further MPs quit uni roles over 'outrageous' pay

Kerry McCarthy and David Drew

Two further MPs are to quit their roles at the University of Bath in protest over the vice-chancellor's "unjustifiable" pay.

It follows criticism of the £451,000 salary of Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell.

Labour's Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy and MP for Stroud David Drew both confirmed they are standing down.

Andrew Murrison, MP for South West Wiltshire, resigned two weeks ago over what he called the "eye-watering" salary.

Wells Road reopens after fire crews extinguish Bath house fire

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Wells Road has reopened after fire officers have successfully battled a house fire.

The blaze is believed to have started accidentally on the second floor and also caused damage to the roof above.

"Four fire engines and a turntable ladder from stations at Bath, Temple and Avonmouth attended the incident. Six firefighters in breathing apparatus used two high pressure hose reels and jets to tackle the fire.

Avon Fire and Rescue website
Fire truck
Ian Akers
Avon and Fire Rescue attended the scene.

BreakingMore questioned over historical allegations of abuse at boarding schools

Steve Brodie

BBC West

I can reveal that police have questioned more suspects into historical allegations abuse at several boarding schools in the West.

It follows a year-long investigation by the BBC into the treatment of boys, some as young as seven, at the privately run schools in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The allegations of physical and sexual abuse are said to have taken place at Badgeworth Court and Dowdeswell House special schools in Gloucestershire and at Clouds House in Wiltshire. The schools were closed in the 1980s.

Badgeworth Court
Badgeworth Court stopped operating as a boarding school in the 1980s

For two years, detectives have been travelling all over Britain speaking to more than 130 potential victims.

Of those, 76 men made complaints, leading to the investigation.

Now police have interviewed five more suspects under caution who were linked to the schools during the 1960s through to the 1980s, including teachers and former staff.

It takes the total number of people questioned to ten.

Road closure after house fire on A367

Scene of the fire
Ian Akers, at the scene

Police and fire crews are at the scene of a house fire in Bath.

They were alerted at 12.17pm to a house on the A367 Wellsway where there was a fire on the second floor.

Four crews attended and are now damping down.

It's thought that no-one was injured. Traffic is moving very slowly in the area due to the incident.

Murder inquiry - scene remains cordoned off

Police added that specialist family liaison officers are supporting the 27- year-old victim’s family.

The scene in St Paul's remains cordoned off.

Avon and Somerset Police have referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) due to previous police contact.

Severe disruption: A367 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A367 Somerset both ways severe disruption, between Hayesfield Park and A36 Claverton Street.

A367 Somerset - A367 Wells Road in Bath closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Hayesfield Park junction and the A36 Claverton Street junction, because of a building fire.

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

BreakingWoman stabbed to death - murder inquiry launched

Police cordon

Two people have been arrested after a woman, 27, was found with fatal stab wounds in a Bristol flat.

Officers were called to Ludlow Close in St Paul's at around 12.30am today.

Paramedics attempted to revive her but she died at the scene.

A 37-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested.

Cars 'a recurring theme' in fraudulent activity

Gloucestershire Constabulary

Gloucestershire Constabulary said expensive cars were "a recurring theme" in the case.

Michael Cremin, from Cirencester, used some of the money he conned from Sandra Burch to buy a £29,000 Volkswagen Scirocco.

He also made fraudulent representations to acquire finance for a range of vehicles including Toyota, Lexus and Volkswagen models, according to the force.

In total, it’s believed Cremin criminally acquired at least 14 cars with a total value of over £330,000.

Fraudster a 'vindictive fantasist'

Sandra Burch
Gloucestershire Police

Detective Sergeant Dave Fryatt of Gloucestershire Police said: "Cremin was a fantasist and vindictive when challenged.

"He was what you might call a 'paralegal' – he wasn’t a barrister or solicitor but had taught himself a lot about the law and was involved in the legal system.

"Fraud hurts and isn’t just about money. It causes anxiety, stress and pain and victims often say it feels like a physical assault."

Police managed to freeze some of Cremin's accounts but will only be able to recover a fraction of what Sandra Burch (pictured), from Salisbury, lost.

Travel: Signalling problems in Bristol city centre

Fraudster jailed for conning cancer patient

Michael Cremin
Gloucestershire Constabulary

A "fantasist" who tricked a woman with terminal cancer out of £92,000 has been jailed for eight years.

Michael Troy Cremin, 41, and formally of Buncombe Way in Cirencester, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court after being found guilty of six counts of fraud and one of pretending to be a barrister.

Cremin advertised himself as a lawyer but had no legal qualifications and tricked Sandra Burch, 51, from Salisbury, into handing over her life savings.

Despite having secondary cancer she has been forced to return to work to try and recoup some of the money.

It was an awful time for me to go through this and secondly to admit to my partner that the only funds we had were lost. It was horrendous, absolutely horrendous. The problem is he made a fool of me and took advantage of someone who really shouldn’t have been taken advantage of.

Sandra Burch

Severe accident: M4 Monmouthshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Monmouthshire eastbound severe accident, between J23 for M48 and J22 for M49.

M4 Monmouthshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M4 eastbound between J23 M48 and J22 M49, because of an accident.

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

Shipping container project 'makes a great deal of difference'

Watch: Project founder Jasper Thompson

The charity which creates homes for rough sleepers out of shipping containers has given temporary work to 31 homeless people, according to the founder.

Jasper Thompson says it has made "a great deal of difference" to their lives.

Newspaper headlines from across the West

Bristolian among latest batch of Bake Off hopefuls

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Those tuning in to the revamped series of Bake Off will see a Bristolian lining up with those vying for the crown.

Chris Geiger, 50, from Bristol, is a software developer who uses his love of science to develop weird and wonderful flavours for the palate.

Having battled cancer himself, he is author of the Cancer Survivors Club.

The popular baking series returns to TV screens on Tuesday 29th August, but this time it will be shown on Channel 4 rather than the BBC.

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Bath bridge crash: Lane closure lifted

Watch: The historic bridge was shut after a car crash

The A4 Cleveland Bridge in Bath has been fully reopened following a car crash yesterday.

Emergency work was carried out to make the bridge safe after a historic former toll house was severely damaged.

The lane closure has now been lifted and temporary signals removed.

Pro-independence blogger arrested in Bath

Wings Over Scotland
Wings Over Scotland

The pro-independence blogger behind a Scottish independence website has been questioned over alleged online harassment.

Stuart Campbell was arrested in Somerset on Friday following a complaint from a woman in south London.

She had made allegations of harassment taking place over a two-year period.

Mr Campbell, who was released on bail, said it concerned some tweets on the site's twitter account, adding they had not been deleted.

He accused the media of "innuendo" and "speculations".

The blogger, a former computer games reviewer who was born in Stirling but lives in Bath, has been a vocal campaigner for Scottish independence and launched the Wings Over Scotland blog in 2011.

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More space needed for graves in Taunton

Watch: Cllr Patrick Berry says a "nicer environment" is wanted for people to grieve

Plans are under way in Taunton for an extra 200 graves, as local cemeteries start to run out of space.

The situation is particularly critical in Wellington cemetery where there are only four spaces left.

In St Mary's cemetery there is also growing pressure on the few remaining places.

The plans are due before the full council for approval later.

There are also proposals to improve the children and babies' memorial garden at the crematorium by providing a natural burial ground.

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, between J20 for M5 and J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M4 eastbound between J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Travel: All lanes reopen on M5, but expect delays