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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel for the West of England on Tuesday 29 August 2017.

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Goodnight from us!

Thanks for being with us today.

We are back as usual with all the latest tomorrow morning from 7am.

John Hammond has your weather outlook for the next few days - and it looks like everything is about to change with cooler, wetter weather on the way.

Weather outlook

A curious science: what's in a name?

The science centre At Bristol is no more: a £3m revamp version was launched today.

Now it's called...

Reactions to the Bristol science centres new name has been mixed

We asked you what you thought of the curious new name and you've been tweeting and messaging all day.

Here's a selection (and this is a representative selection):

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Children's hospice will make the 'most of short and precious lives'

A hospice for children in Wiltshire - the very first in the county - finally opened its doors today.

Julia's House in Devizes will provide respite and support for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions along with their families.

Ally Ryder is from Children's Hospice South West which has been helping families across the West for a quarter of a century.

It is separate from Julia's House but knows all too well the pressure hospice charities are under.

Hospice for children in Wiltshire - the first in the county - finally opens its doors.

Somerset home educators asked to explain growing trend

The number of children being home educated in Somerset has risen by 50 per cent in the last two years to almost a 1000.

That's 40% above the regional average.

The council is now conducting a survey of parents to find out why the numbers have increased so dramatically.

Clinton Rogers has more:

Somerset home education numbers have doubled in two years

Landfill fire 'incredibly difficult' to tackle

Firefighters have put out a massive fire at a landfill fire in Somerset.

Crews were called to Dimmer Landfill site near Castle Cary yesterday afternoon.

It is not yet known what the cause of the fire was but it is thought the hot weather could have been a factor.

Bill Harvison, from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said it had been "incredibly difficult" tackling the blaze.

Firefighters have put out a massive fire at a landfill fire in Somerset.

Barn fire alert

Fire appliances have been mobilised, from Somerton, Street, Bridgwater, Martock, Glastonbury and Wells following fourteen calls about a barn fire.

Support is also being given from Wiveliscombe, along with a water carrier from Bridgwater.

Crews have confirmed that a barn measuring 30m sq, with around 200 tonnes of hay and straw inside is well alight.

Incident is on going.............

Devon and Somerset fire
Devon and Somerset fire

Remains of unborn offspring found inside ancient Somerset sea dragon

Remains of an unborn baby have been found inside the body of a 200 million-year-old sea reptile from Somerset.

The 3.5 metre (11ft) pregnant ichthyosaur lived at the time of the earliest dinosaurs during the early Jurassic period.

Scientists said the incomplete embryo was less than 7cm long and consisted of preserved vertebrae, a forefin, ribs and a few other bones.

There was evidence the foetus was still developing in the womb when it died.

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Ichthyosaurus
JOSCHUA KNÜPPE
Ichthyosaurus were ''sea dragons'' that ruled the oceans in Jurassic times

Sly shopper misses the Bank Holiday rush

Fox found in Swindon branch of House of Fraser

Staff at a Swindon store have been describing how their Bank holiday sales were disrupted when a foxy intruder fell through the roof.

Bake Off contestants include Bristol cancer survivor

Twelve bakers - including a software developer from Bristol - are entering the Great British Bake Off tent tonight as the show makes its Channel 4 debut.

It's the first time the show has been broadcast on the channel - which will be fronted with new presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding and a new judge - Prue Leith.

Paul Hollywood is the only original member of the gang to return.

Among the dozen amateur bakers taking part is 50-year-old Chris Geiger.

A cancer survivor, he became a Bake Off fan while recovering in hospital.

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Chris Geiger
Channel 4

Hundreds turn out for annual river football match

Annual Football in the River match
PA

A Cotswold village's first and second teams took to the waters again over the Bank Holiday weekend to battle it out in an annual river match.

The two sides braved the freezing River Windrush to take part in the 30-minute splashabout match in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire.

Several hundred spectators - who were advised to wear waterproofs if they planned to stand "pitch" side - turned out to watch the five-a-side clash.

The annual match has been taking place in the ankle-deep water between the village's two main bridges for over a century.

Annual Football in the River match
PA
Annual Football in the River match
PA

"It was rough and cold out there but it was decent weather. We've had pretty poor weather the last couple of years and it is nice to have the weather for it."

Max Salf, 24,Player for the 2nd XI

'You should be very proud' PM tells Beattie

Beattie decided to raise money for the nursery destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire.

A three-year-old who declared she wanted to help the children of Grenfell Tower's nursery, has been thanked by the Prime Minister.

Beattie Waring, from Bristol, and her nursery playmates, decided to help their peers in London after seeing the fire unfold on TV.

Now the nursery has received a letter from the Prime Minister's office, thanking them for their help and telling the children they "should be very proud".

The nursery said "Beattie is delighted!"

We met Beattie when she began her fundraising campaign, last month:

A letter from the PM
BBC

Fire investigated after 24-hour fight to control

An investigation has begun into a massive fire at a landfill site in Somerset.

It took Devon and Somerset fire fighters 24 hours to extinguish the blaze.

For those living nearby it was a miserable bank holiday, as they were asked to keep their doors and windows shut.

It's not the first fire they've had at the Dimmer landfill tip near Castle Cary and although the cause is not yet known, people are already being asked to be careful about what they throw away.

Pall of smoke
Castle Cary fire brigade
Thick black smoke forced locals to keep windows and doors closed for 24 hours
Jordon Forster

Cheltenham Town defender Jordon Forster is ruled out until 2018 as he requires surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon.

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Browne fifty gives Essex advantage

Nick Browne
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Essex work themselves into a strong position on a rain-hit second day of their County Championship game against Somerset.

Nick Browne

Browne fifty gives Essex advantage

Essex work themselves into a strong position on a rain-hit second day of their County Championship game against Somerset.

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Fox which fell through shop roof is released into wild

Fox
BBC

A fox has been released back into the wild after it caused a department store in Swindon to be evacuated.

The bushy-tailed bargain hunter fell through the roof at House of Fraser yesterday lunchtime, causing the shop to close for a few hours.

It was caught by a local animal rescue centre, checked over and has been released back into the wild.

House of Fraser, Swindon
BBC

Drive-by bag snatch in Bristol

Police are appealing for witnesses to a drive-by bag snatch on Friday, when a Bristol woman was dragged part way down the pavement by her robbers.

The woman was walking to work on St Albans Road in Henleaze, Bristol at around 0645 when two people, suspected to be male, on a dark-coloured moped, mounted the pavement and snatched her bag.

She received minor injuries after being dragged a short way, before the thieves made off with her bag and its contents.

The victim saw the offenders ride off down White Tree Road.

A number of items from the victim’s bag were found later in The Crescent in Henleaze, and handed into police

A bag similar to the one that was snatched
A&S Poilice

Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Somerset - Long delays and very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of an accident earlier on. 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

Heavy queues on the M5 northbound

This is the scene on the M5 at J21 near Weston-super-Mare. The congestion you see is on the northbound road.

The queues have been caused by a car that came off the carriageway.

Avon and Somerset Police are there directing recovery efforts. They've told us that nobody in the vehicle has suffered any injuries.

Traffic congestion
Highways England

Four years on from Rio: Trials and tribulations for the West's paralympic athletes

GB's Sophie Kamlish
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GB's Sophie Kamlish wins 100m T44 final after setting world record in the heats at the World Para-athletics Championships in July

It's been just over a year since Rio - so what's been the progress for two of the West's athletes, who inspired us all?

Sophie Kamlish, Paralympic T44 "blade runner" took part in the World Para Athletics Championships earlier this year, while Frome's Emily Diamond got married last weekend - just a few weeks after taking silver in the women's 4x400 m relay at the World Athletics Championships in London.

Our reporter Chloe Ball-Hopkins looks at the fortunes of two of our sporting stars.

Sophie Kamlish, Paralympic T44 "blade runner"
Frome's Emily Diamond

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, between J17 for A4018 and J18A for M49.

M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway) and J18a M49, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J16, A38 (Aztec West).

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

Landfill fire finally out

Authorities in Somerset are reporting that the large Dimmer landfill fire - burning since yesterday - has finally been extinguished.

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Home education in Somerset: 'we are not problematic' say parents

The number of children being educated at home in Somerset has doubled in the last two years.

There are now 915 school age children in the county who are home-schooled: more than 1% of the school population and 40% above the regional average.

But a letter sent to the families by the Somerset authority has angered parents, who say it suggests their are a problem.

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Somerset County Council's trying to find out why the number's gone up 50% in two years

'Abused' teen chef fights deportation

BBC News England

Ali and Simon Hulstone
BBC

A teenager who says he fled domestic abuse in Albania is fighting for his right to remain the UK.

Ali said he ran away to the UK after being tortured by his father and kept locked in a shed.

He has been in the UK in foster care with John Stokes in Kingswood, Bristol, since 2015 and is now an apprentice to star chef Simon Hulstone, who runs The Elephant restaurant in Torquay, Devon.

The Home Office said now he is 18 he must return home and he has not shown he faces a real risk if he goes back.

First working day for Wiltshire's first children's hospice

Wiltshire's first ever children's hospice welcomes in youngsters for the first time today.

Julia's House in Devizes has passed its CQC inspections after being completed in May.

The hospice will help youngsters with severe disabilities - and offer their families respite.

Children's hospice in Devizes has passed its CQC inspections

Mary Queen of Scots filming: 'gadzooks, an infinite deal of nothing!'

David Bailey

BBC News

Extras at Gloucester Cathedral
Paula Whitcher

There was a flurry of excitement for a moment when Gloucester Cathedral's side door opened.

A small crowd of people have gathered there, hoping to get a glimpse of Margot Robbie or David Tennant, who are rumoured to be here.

But it was just yet more extras dressed in Elizabethan doublet and hose, coming out to grab some lunch.

Anyway, they've all gone back inside for more filming now.

I'm not very good at this celebrity spotting. Think I'll call it a day.

Extras at Gloucester Cathedral
BBC

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J26 for A38 and J25 for A358.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J25, A358 (Taunton), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Castle Cary fire still burning

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescuers are still dealing with a large fire at a landfill site in Somerset, that started yesterday.

Excavators are now being used, at the Dimmer Landfill in Castle Cary, to remove earth and try to dampen down hotspots.

Locals have been advised to keep windows and doors shut as a large plume of smoke still hangs over the area.

Residents in the area have been told they can now open their windows and doors

Do you recognise this man?

An e-fit has been released of a suspect police want to speak to after a man was stabbed repeatedly in the St George area of Bristol, on Saturday.

The 45-year-old victim was attacked in Stretford Road at around midday after he confronted a man he saw breaking into his car, Avon and Somerset Police said.

He was treated in hospital and has since been discharged.

The suspect is described as black, in his late 30s or early 40s, slim, around 6ft tall, slim with large bulging eyes.

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Somerset's Tim Rouse, Tom Banton and Ollie Sale all sign their first professional deals until the end of 2019.

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Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, at J13 for A419.

M5 Gloucestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J13, A419 (Stroud), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Brutal' survey angers home educators

There are 915 school-age children in Somerset being home educated
BBC

Parents who teach their children at home have accused a council of asking them "brutal" questions in a survey.

Somerset County Council has sent a questionnaire to "better understand why parents are making this choice". It denied the questions were brutal.

But the home educators said the survey reflected a "pointless, damaging obsession".

It comes as figures show the number of children taught at home in the county increased by 50% since 2015.

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There are 915 school-age children in Somerset being home educated

'Brutal' survey angers home educators

Council questionnaire accused of being "pointless" and viewing home educators as "problematic".

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Mary Queen of Scots filming: Lunchtime for the extras

David Bailey

BBC News

Extras at Gloucester cathedral
BBC

Here's a sight you don't see every day.

A load of blokes dressed in Elizabethan clobber, queueing up in the rain to be fed.

Just a routine part of the day here at Gloucester Cathedral.

Castle Cary landfill fire brought under control

Smoke from fire
Nikki Hampton

Fire crews have spent the night bringing a landfill site fire in Castle Cary in Somerset under control.

They were called out to Dimmer Lane at 4:30pm on Sunday.

Devon and Somerset Fire crews from Wincanton, Yeovil, Shepton Mallet and Somerton attended and specialist appliances from Street and Bridgwater were mobilised.

They found a large section of deep-seated landfill ablaze. Excavators have been brought in to remove earth to damp down hotspots. Crews are expected to remain on-site until mid-afternoon.

A spokesman from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said the cause of the fire is not yet known but hot weather may have been a factor. An investigation will begin shortly.

A fire also broke out at the site in 2015.

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, between J16 for A3102 and J17 for A350.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J16, A3102 (Swindon West) and J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, between J15 for A346 Marlborough Road and J16 for A3102.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J15, A346 (Swindon East) and J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Hollywood stars remain elusive outside Gloucester film set

David Bailey

BBC News

Mary Queen of Scots sign
BBC

Still no sign of any famous film stars here at Gloucester Cathedral where they're filming Mary Queen of Scots.

Although I did just see an extra dressed in full Elizabethan gear getting a coffee. Either that, or the locals have started to dress funny!

Anyway, he'd gone back inside before I could get a photo.

Oh, and now it's started to rain...

Fox causes House of Fraser evacuation

Fox after being rescued
Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue

A fox has been released back into the wild a day after it caused a department store in Swindon to be evacuated.

The bushy-tailed bargain hunter fell through the ceiling at House of Fraser yesterday lunchtime, causing the shop to be closed for a few hours.

It was caught by a local animal rescue centre, checked over and released back into the wild.

They had found the fox underneath a rail of gentlemen's trousers. It was very upset and sorry looking for itself. It was quite an easy catch though.

Serena StevensOak and Furrows Wildlife Centre in Cricklade
Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue van
Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue

One lane remains closed on M5 near Tewkesbury following lorry collision

Disappointed cathedral visitors turned away

David Bailey

BBC News

Gloucester cathedral
BBC

Gloucester Cathedral remains closed today for filming of Mary Queen of Scots.

A handful of disappointed visitors - including a couple from Germany - have just been turned away.

"Come back tomorrow, when we'll be open again." they're told.

'Margot is in the building'

David Bailey

BBC News

Trucks outside Gloucester Cathedral
BBC

Security is tight at Gloucester Cathedral for the filming of Mary Queen of Scots.

There are lots of trucks outside the building but all the production crew are remaining tight-lipped.

However a security guard has told me he saw Australian film star Margot Robbie earlier - she's playing Queen Elizabeth I in the movie.

And another rumour is that David Tennant is also filming here today.