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  1. News, sport, weather and travel for the West of England on Friday 25 August, 2017.

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Josh Onomah

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

A heavy deflection helps Josh Onomah to his first Aston Villa goal which earns them a deserved point at Bristol City.

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Good night from us!

And relax... it's the start of the bank holiday weekend.

Fingers crossed, but it may even stay dry and sunny for us!

Many thanks for joining us. We'll be back on Tuesday at 7am.

Watch: Ian Fergusson with the forecast

Resurfacing of A4 in Keynsham due next month

Part of the A4 in Keynsham was shut two years ago for work to repair Durley Lane bridge
Bath and North East Somerset Council
Part of the A4 in Keynsham was shut two years ago for work to repair Durley Lane bridge

More delays are likely on one of the biggest commuter routes in and out of Bristol next month.

Essential resurfacing of the A4 in Keynsham will mean road closures, contraflow traffic, suspension of parking and three-way traffic lights to Broadmead Roundabout.

The work will last for three weeks, starting at the end of September, and more work is due for spring next year.

We will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum while this essential work is carried out. Undertaking full resurfacing now will both help save us money in the long-term and reduce the need for future repair works.

Councillor Mark ShelfordBath and North East Somerset Council


Bristol City 1-1 Aston Villa

That's it. It's a fair result overall. Villa battled back.

Bristol City draw for a third consecutive Championship game.

Appeal for witnesses to Bath bridge crash

Police are making a fresh appeal for witnesses to a crash in Bath earlier this week, in which a 19th Century former bridge tollhouse was damaged.

A woman is said to have come forward to report the crash "within 24 hours", officers say.

She is due to be spoken to by officers who also want to hear from anyone who saw the crash, or the black Vauxhall Corsa involved being driven in the moments before it happened.

The tollhouse was hit by a car in the early hours of Monday
The tollhouse was hit by a car in the early hours of Monday

A Bank Holiday treat for travellers

It's the great Bank Holiday getaway, and an estimated 15 million of us will be taking to the roads.

One of the worst spots is always the A303 in Wiltshire, where local churches have come up with an idea to help travellers and themselves.

Watch: Lee Madan visits a pop up cafe on the A303 for Bank Holiday travellers


Bristol City 1-1 Aston Villa

Cauley Woodrow, on loan from Fulham, is coming on for the hosts up front.

Off goes Famara Diedhiou.

GOAL - Bristol City 1-1 Aston Villa

Josh Onomah

Joshua Onomah
Rex Features

Oh that's a beauty! Deflected, but Villa won't care.

Josh Onomah hits his shot really well and it takes a very fortunate deflection off Marlon Pack and loops over keeper Frank Fielding.

Game on! Villa with the perfect response to falling behind.

Oh... not quite the good news we thought

Bristol City 1-0 Aston Villa

There's not been much to separate the two sides until now, but that goal has given the hosts a huge lift.

This is a big test for Aston Villa now. They desperately don't want yet another away defeat.

GOAL - Bristol City 1-0 Aston Villa

Jamie Paterson

Jamie Paterson goal
Rex Features

There's the opener! Marlon Pack's free-kick is blocked, it bounces around in the area, Famara Diedhiou has a go, blocked again... And then Jamie Paterson slams the ball home.

The hosts break the deadlock. Villa just couldn't get rid of it. In the end, it's a good finish.

BreakingM5 now fully open

M5 to clear by 1am

The accident involving an overturned vehicle on the M5 is expected to clear by about 1am tomorrow, Highways England is now saying.

Highways England update
Highways England

Second half

Bristol City 0-0 Aston Villa

Hosts Bristol City - in their red shirts and white shorts - get the second half started.

Drama of the Louisa comes alive in animated film

Poster for Louisa animations
Great British Entertainment

An animated feature film has been made by a Somerset filmmaker of one of the most daring and heroic rescue stories the county has ever seen.

It happened more than 100 years ago in a huge storm, when a merchant sailing ship was being blown towards Exmoor's rocky coastline.

The closest lifeboat, the Louisa, couldn't launch so it was towed overnight, by horse and men, up and down hills to Porlock, where it finally set off on its rescue mission.

Watch: Reporter Andrea Ormsby with a preview of part of the film

HALF-TIME at Ashton Gate

Bristol City 0-0 Aston Villa

At Ashton Gate, Bristol City's game against Aston Villa in the Championship remains goalless as they reach half-time.

Latest on the M5: Southbound lanes remain shut

Henry's mum fights back against anonymous neighbour

Henry playing in the garden
Henry playing in the garden

Jessica Green has decided to fight fire with fire, after receiving what she describes as a "bullying" letter from her anonymous neighbour.

In the letter, she:

  • Hits back at the "selfish, narrow-minded and uneducated view on what is my son enjoying a couple of hours (well supervised) outside in our garden"
  • Points out the massive support she has received on social media which "suggests that the views expressed in your letter do not truly represent the thoughts of those to which it intended from"
  • Asks the neighbour to take her letter as intended, too, "to raise awareness and promote understanding and acceptance of people that are different to ourselves".

Three-mile tailbacks on M5 southbound

Highways England says the queues on the M5 are southbound are stretching back for three miles now.

The are urging drivers to "consider alternative routes".

Drivers caught within the road closure area are being urged to stay with their vehicles, and are being released past the incident via the hard shoulder.

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Full statement from Highways England

The northbound carriageway of the M5 has now reopened after the air ambulance left the scene.

But there are diversions in place for southbound traffic.

It's going to be a long evening for bank holiday motorists

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Bristol City team news

Bristol City v Aston Villa (19:45 BST)

Nathan Baker
Rex Features

Bristol City name the same starting side that drew 0-0 with Millwall on Saturday, with former Villa defender Nathan Baker at the back.

Centre-back Aden Flint, who has been the subject of significant transfer speculation this summer, is on the bench, while midfielder Jens Hegeler is out with an ankle injury and needs a scan.

Starting XI: Fielding, Pisano, Baker, Wright, Bryan, Brownhill, K Smith, Pack, Paterson, Reid, Diedhiou.

Subs: Lucic, Magnusson, Flint, O'Dowda, Eliasson, O'Neil, Woodrow.

Queues stretching back on the M5

BreakingM5 southbound could be closed 'for some time'

Stay inside your vehicles

Highways England are urging drivers stuck on the M5 near Exeter this evening to stay inside their vehicles...

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Bank holiday traffic backing up fast

No official estimate for how long the motorway will be closed, but it's not going to open soon...

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M5 latest: Motorway closed near Exeter in both directions

For all those travelling to the South West this evening...

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Meet the dogs who provide therapy at Southmead hospital

Pets As Therapy dogs are a common sight in care homes, schools and hospitals.

There are seven of them used at Bristol's Southmead Hospital to help patients with their rehabilitation.

They all got together yesterday as part of a special open day.

Watch: These cute dogs provide therapy to sick patients at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

North Somerset children's service 'require improvement'

Children's services in North Somerset "require improvement" according to an inspection by Ofsted.

The report praises North Somerset Council for improvement in some aspects of children's services, but is critical of others.

Ofsted says that services for children are not yet consistently good enough, and there are pockets of poor practice, which mean that children do not always get the help they need quickly enough.

However the council's adoption performance is rated as good and elected members are praised for initiatives which have helped children leaving care.

CCTV images released of potential witness to stabbing

CCTV image
Wiltshire Police

CCTV pictures of a man who may have witnessed a stabbing in Swindon have been released by police.

The incident happened at Mannington Recreation Ground at about 9:40pm on Sunday 6 August.

A 19-year-old Swindon man was taken to Southmead Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is now recovering well at home, Wiltshire Police said.

The man pictured entered Sainsbury’s petrol station at Bridgemead just after 9:30pm.

We have carried out extensive enquiries to try and identify this man who we believe is a witness to the incident, but have so far not been able to ID him. We have made significant progress in this case, however, we are really keen to speak to this man who could have some really vital information which could further help us with our enquiries.

Det Con Alan MillsWiltshire Police
CCTV image
Wiltshire Police
CCTV image
Wiltshire Police

Bristol Rugby players led in Haka by former All Black

Watch: Bristol team take part in the Haka

Want to see a load of rugby players slapping their bare chests?

You're in luck.

Former All Black star and Bristol Rugby coach Bruce Reihana led the Bristol team in the Haka.

Neighbour's threat to report autistic child

The letter received by Jessica Green, mum of three-year-old Henry, threatened the family with reporting them to social services and Stroud District Council.

Henry has autism, is non-verbal, and is prone to screaming when he is out in the family garden.

An anonymous neighbour on Fishers Road in Berkeley is angry at the "screechy, screaming child", questions if the child is "actually neglected" and demands the family acts "before we have to report you to Tenant Services and Social Services".

Letter received by Jessica Green from anonymous letter

'We don't know where letter came from'

The family of autistic three-year-old Henry say they feel upset and bullied after a neighbour sent a letter complaining about the noise he makes in the garden.

The letter, which was sent anonymously to a number of residents, complained about him and claimed he might be being neglected.

Jessica Green and Josh Smith, Henry's parents, talk of their upset at bullying letter received from neighbour

Seven Bristol players involved in women's Rugby World Cup final

Sarah Hunter

Bristol's Megan Jones will start at outside centre for England in Saturday's Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand.

England head coach Simon Middleton has chosen the 20-year-old after her Bristol team mate Danielle Waterman was ruled out with concussion.

Bristol's Sarah Hunter will again captain the side, which also includes Sarah Bern and Marlie Packer, while Izzy Noel-Smith, Amber Reed and Amy Wilson Hardy are named on the bench.

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Rescue service joins hunt for missing woman

A police helicopter and the Severn Area Rescue service have been deployed in the hunt for a vulnerable woman who has gone missing in Lechlade.

Sarah Eubank was last seen in the Fyfield area late yesterday. She's believed to have gone for a walk but hasn't been seen since.

Sarah is white, 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build, with shoulder-length red hair and a fair complexion.

She was wearing navy/green slacks, walking boots and a blue jacket.

Sarah Eubank
Gloucestershire Constabulary

M5 Bank Holiday traffic latest

It's beginning to look busy on the M5 at Portishead head.

These pictures from the Gordano services roundabout at junction 19 show the queues southbound.

M5 traffic
Highways England
M5 traffic jam
Highways England

Robber steals woman's car at knifepoint


Police in Weston-super-Mare are hunting an audacious robber, who threatened a woman with a knife as she sat in her car and then made off with the vehicle.

At about 8am today, the 45-year-old woman was sitting in a parked car in Montpelier when a man approached her and asked for directions.

He then pulled out a knife and demanded she hand over her purse, jewellery and her car – a silver Audi A3, with the registration number FY05 OYZ.

The man is white, in his 50s, with blue eyes, of medium build, with light coloured hair. He was wearing a grey woolly hat, grey or light coloured hooded top.

Police appeal after 85-year-old woman has bank card stolen

CCTV image
Avon and Somerset Police

Do you know this man?

Avon and Somerset Police want to speak to him after an 85-year-old woman had her bank card stolen.

They said a "significant" amount of money was stolen after the man befriended the woman, who is from the Bedminster area of Bristol.

The victim has clearly been targeted due to her age and vulnerability and we need the public’s help in achieving justice for her. If you are the man in the image, or you know who he is, please contact us immediately.

PC Darren CrewAvon and Somerset Police

Severe congestion: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe congestion, between J25 for A358 and J17 for A4018.

M5 Somerset - Long delays and stop-start traffic on M5 northbound between J25, A358 (Taunton) and J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway). Travel time is 70 minutes.

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

Women's Rugby World Cup: 'We're ready for the final'

Defending champions England face New Zealand in Belfast on Saturday in the final of the Women's Rugby World Cup.

Bristol Ladies captain Amber Reed has been speaking ahead of the final - which she will start on the bench.

She said the semi-final win against France was a physical battle, but the team is prepared for whatever their opponents can throw at them.

Not such good news for her Bristol teammate Danielle Waterman though, who has been ruled out with concussion.

Bristol's Amber Reed looks forward to the Women's Rugby World Cup final.

Trescothick signs new Somerset contract

Marcus Trescothick
Getty Images

Somerset opener Marcus Trescothick has signed a 12-month contract extension to the end of the 2018 season.

It will be the 41-year-old ex-England batman's 26th county campaign and he has scored more than 25,000 first-class runs at an average of 41.

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