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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 7 September 2017

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West weather: Showers on the way overnight, says Ian Fergusson.

That's it from our live page for another day.

Join us again from 7am tomorrow for a live commentary of the day's news, sport, travel and weather across the West of England.

Football: Yeovil sign Wales' O'Sullivan & Miles

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Yeovil Town Ladies have signed Wales internationals Laura O'Sullivan and Hannah Miles for the start of the new Women's Super League One season.

Goalkeeper O'Sullivan, 26, previously played for Cardiff City Ladies and full-back Hannah Miles, 19, has been capped eight times at senior level.

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Cathedral landscaping taking shape

Work seems to be progressing nicely on the new-look Gloucester Cathedral Green.

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Dad takes up karate after heart transplant

Watch: Kevin says he would've died without the heart transplant

A man from North Somerset believes he's the only person in the country with a donated heart to take up karate.

Four years ago Kevin Mashford was given just months to live, as he waited in hospital for an new organ.

BBC Points West's Fiona Lamdin has been to meet him in training alongside his sons Josh and Liam.

Five kittens abandoned near Bridgwater

Watch: Kittens found in box by busy road

The RSPCA is appealing for help to find out who left a litter of kittens in a box by a busy road.

The survivors are being looked after by the woman who found them.

Cricket: Trescothick moves Somerset close to win

Marcus Trescothick
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Marcus Trescothick hit an unbeaten 119 as Somerset moved towards a win over Warwickshire on day three at Edgbaston.

Continuing on 36 not out, 41-year-old Trescothick put on 148 with James Hildreth (68) to declare on 265-4, setting the hosts 402 runs to win.

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Family of meningitis victim want to raise awareness

Watch: Michelle Ruminski reports for BBC Points West

The family of a Bristol teenager, who died after contracting Meningitis B, say they're devastated that their son hadn't been vaccinated against the disease.

George Zographou was 18 when he fell ill this summer.

His family want to raise awareness of the B strain, and to let people know that they can pay privately to be vaccinated against it.

New Aardman film trailer released

Need a fix of plasticine-based stop-motion shenanigans on a Thursday evening?

Here's the new trailer for Bristol-based Aardman's latest animated film.

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Former Bristol City and Bristol Rovers goalie joins Yeovil

Severe accident: A363 Somerset both ways

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A363 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Pump Lane and B3105.

A363 Somerset - A363 Bradford Road closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Pump Lane junction in Bathford and the B3105 junction in Bradford-On-Avon, because of an accident.

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

Former head of RAF pays tribute to 'bubbly' Battle of Britain pilot

Watch: Tribute to pilot Kenneth Wilkinson

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of one of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots.

Former Spitfire pilot Kenneth Wilkinson, who was a former Cheltenham Grammar School pupil, died in July at the age of 99.

The service took place in Solihull where he lived.

Former head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon, paid tribute to him saying "there was something very special about Ken".

Cricket: Norwell haul puts Glos on verge of win

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Liam Norwell took five wickets to keep Gloucestershire on course for victory at Leicestershire before bad light stopped play at Grace Road.

Gloucestershire added 150 runs to their overnight total of 218-3 before being bowled out shortly after lunch.

Mark Cosgrove made a battling 68, but Norwell removed the top four batsmen on his way to figures of 5-37.

The hosts continued to struggle as they closed on 154-7 when play was abandoned, a lead of eight runs.

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Battle of Britain pilot's funeral held

Kenneth Wilkinson
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Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of one of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots.

Former Spitfire pilot Kenneth Wilkinson, who was educated at Cheltenham Grammar School, died in July at the age of 99.

The pilots were dubbed "the few" by wartime leader Winston Churchill for their role in helping thwart Hitler's invasion plans.

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Poo date was 'terrible mistake'

Watch: 'I've never had a date like this before'

A woman who got trapped between two windows after a first date which went horribly wrong says it was a "terrible mistake".

The anonymous woman, from Bristol, was trying to retrieve a poo she had thrown out of a window after finding her date's toilet would not flush properly.

Posting on Reddit, she said her friends have been comparing her to hapless comedy character Miranda Hart.

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'Perseverance conquers' says last British Dambuster

Watch: George 'Johnny' Johnson collects his award

The last surviving British Dambuster, George "Johnny" Johnson, has been recognised for his contribution to British society.

The 95-year-old, from Bristol, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Lincoln.

He was 22 when he took part in the 1943 air raid that used experimental "bouncing" bombs on German dams as part of the squadron which flew from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

Speaking at the ceremony, the former airman who later became a teacher, told students: "It is your own drive and tenacity, and motivation which brings success.

"Do not lose any of these skills, they have brought you to where you are today."

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MP ignites fresh row over abortion

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North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is the first British politician in decades to publicly oppose abortion in all cases, even when a woman has been raped.

It was not, he stressed, government policy, but his own personal view based on Catholic teachings.

He got credit from his supporters for his candour, but others found his views "extreme" and wildly at odds with majority opinion in the UK.

So why is abortion such an apparently taboo subject in British politics?

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Last British Dambuster George 'Johnny' Johnson receives doctorate

George "Johnny" Johnson
BBC

The last surviving British member of the Dambusters raid has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Lincoln.

George "Johnny" Johnson was 22 when he took part in the 1943 air raid that used experimental "bouncing" bombs on German dams.

The 95-year-old, from Bristol, was part of the squadron which flew from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

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Football: Bristol City 'had perfect transfer window'

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson
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Bristol City had a "perfect" summer transfer window, head coach Lee Johnson has said.

City added nine players before the 31 August deadline, including Senegal striker Famara Diedhiou for a club-record £5.3m.

Three players departed and a further 15 were loaned to other clubs.

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A place where puppets are born

Watch: Behind the scenes at Puppet Place

Behind an unassuming wall in Bristol sits a thriving workshop for puppet manufacture.

Puppet Place are opening their doors this weekend for Doors Open Day. Here's what visitors can expect.

Bristol's Natural History Unit celebrates 60 years

World-famous wildlife programmes have come from here since the 1960s.

You'll probably recognise names like Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Life On Earth. They're all major documentaries made by the Natural History Unit, based in Bristol.

This year, the department marks 60 years of broadcasting - it was set up back in 1957.

Campaigners urge no vote for 'incinerator' plan

Campaigners are urging councillors in Swindon to reject plans for what they claim is an incinerator.

The developers behind the proposals for the Keypoint site near Stratton say they want to build a renewable energy centre.

It would generate electricity by heating household waste. But opponents are concerned about the impact on the local environment.

Swindon Borough Council's planning committee are due to vote next week.

Campaigners urge councillors to reject plans for what they claim is an incinerator

Severe accident: A368 Somerset both ways

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A368 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Tinker's Lane and Cowleaze Lane.

A368 Somerset - A368 in Compton Martin closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Tinker's Lane junction and the Cowleaze Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Police appeal after cash machine stolen in Stonehouse

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A cash machine has been stolen from a café in Stonehouse.

Gloucestershire Police say two men reversed a car into the building and smashed a window using a large piece of wood. They entered and took the cash machine.

The theft took place around 3am this morning. Nothing else was taken. Police are appealing for more information.

Driver jailed after lorry crushed dad

David Hare
Sussex Police

A lorry driver whose 41-tonne vehicle crushed and killed another motorist has been jailed for careless driving.

Steven Copping, 49, from Hildenborough in Kent, died instantly when the HGV overturned on the A27 between Polegate and Lewes in Sussex, in 2015.

David Hare, 55, from Ford, Wiltshire, was jailed for 18 months after he had previously admitted causing death by driving without due care and attention.

He was also given a four-year driving ban at Lewes Crown Court on Monday.

Read more here.

Severe accident: A38 Somerset northbound

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A38 Somerset northbound severe accident, between A372 St John Street and A39 Bath Road.

A38 Somerset - A38 Monmouth Street in Bridgwater blocked and slow traffic outbound between the A372 St John Street junction and the A39 Bath Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Normandy veteran honoured by the French government

Peter Johnson from Churchill received the Legion d'Honneur from the French government.

The Legion d'Honneur is the highest honour that France can bestow.

Yesterday, 91 year-old Peter Johnson was given the award for his role fighting on the Normandy beaches on D-Day. He also served with the Arctic convoys, leaving him with memories that endure to this day.

Peter was honoured at a special reception organised by the charity Blind Veterans UK.

Severe accident: A39 Somerset both ways

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A39 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Skimmerton Lane and B3339 Sandford Hill.

A39 Somerset - A39 Quantock Road in Bridgwater closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Skimmerton Lane junction and the B3339 Sandford Hill junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Via - Wembdon.

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

'Meningitis B should be taken as seriously as other strains'

The family of George Zographou have spoken of their devastation after he became the second teenager in Bristol to die of meningitis B in 14 months.

George was just 18 when he fell ill at Boardmasters Festival in Cornwall.

His family wants to raise awareness of the B strain of the virus, and to let people know that they can pay privately to be vaccinated against it.

Nicole Zographou is George's sister.

Watch: The family of the Bristol teenager George Zographou have spoken of devastation at his loss

Making the headlines across the West

Former Conservative Party chairman Edward du Cann dies at 93

Edward du Cann
BBC

Conservative politician Sir Edward du Cann has died at the age of 93.

He was an MP for more than 30 years and served as a minister in the governments of Harold Macmillan and Alec Douglas-Home in the early 1960s.

Sir Edward represented the Somerset constituency of Taunton between 1956 and 1987.

He was also chairman of the Conservative party and led the influential 1922 backbench committee for 12 years.

After leaving full-time politics in 1987, he returned to his extensive business interests.

Read tributes to him here

Collision closes petrol station

Seventy years of friendship

Watch: These former school friends are still meeting

Fourteen women who went to Stroud Girl's Technical School in Gloucestershire have remained friends since 1947.

They met up for a very special reunion lunch to mark 70 years of friendship.

Bake-off contestant 'haunted' by fortune cookies

Chris Geiger
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The second contestant to leave the Great British Bake Off has spoken about his experiences in the famous white tent.

Chris Geiger from Portishead left the show on Tuesday after his chocolate and chia seed biscuits and a nautical themed biscuit board failed to win over the judges.

Prue Leith spat out his fortune cookie, which he says caused him endless worry.

I lay awake at night worried about them for ages. I'm more of a bread and pastry guy. I don't bake biscuits and cakes. It has always been an ambition of mine to be on that programme. I never dreamed that little me would get on the show. It proves you can fulfill your dreams if you at least have a go. I knew I would never get to the final, but I knew if I could make it past the first two weeks it would be easier. It was an honour to get in that tent.

Chris GeigerGreat British Bake Off contestant

Wiltshire mum in training for polar expedition

Wendy Searle from Salisbury is currently in training.

A woman from Salisbury is heading to the South Pole in 2019 where she'll help scientists looking into climate change.

Wendy Searle is currently in training.

She's going to collecting samples from the route which will take her 55 days to complete.

Your radio news headlines

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  • BBC Radio Bristol: The family of a Bristol teenager who died after contracting meningitis B say they are now working to educate others about the different strains of the disease, and how people can be vaccinated.
  • BBC Radio Gloucestershire: A suicide crisis event is being held at Gloucester's Guildhall today.
  • BBC Wiltshire: The site of an ancient well discovered in the centre of Melksham will be recognised with a plaque. It was unearthed by contractors working on the redevelopment of the market place.
  • BBC Somerset: The father of a man who died in police custody in Somerset 7 years ago says he doesn't believe anyone will ever be held to account. 25-year-old James Herbert, who had mental health problems, suffered a cardiac arrest at Yeovil Police Station.

Honorary doctorate for last British Dambuster

Johnny Johnson
Press Association

The last British Dambuster - George "Johnny" Johnson - will receive an honorary award from the University of Lincoln today.

Johnny, who lives in Bristol, is the last remaining British survivor of Operation Chastise, the famous World War II "Dambusters" raid which flew from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire in May 1943.

He will be awarded the prestigious award of Honorary Doctor of the University, in recognition of his contribution to British society.

Johnny was made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June after a public campaign for his services to be recognised.

It is an enormous honour to be joined by Johnny Johnson MBE at our graduation celebrations. I can't think of anyone more inspiring for our students to graduate alongside.

Professor Mary StuartVice Chancellor, University of Lincoln

New service to help people after discharge from hospital

Listen: A Red Cross service is aiming to make settling back home easier after a stay in hospital

A service provided by the Red Cross in Taunton is aiming to make settling back home easier after a stay in hospital.

It's hoped the scheme - a partnership with Musgrove Park Hospital - will also reduce the number of re-admissions.

The "Assisted Discharge and Admission Prevention" service helps people ease back into life at home once they leave hospital.

People will be given 72 hours of care by the Red Cross.

Rachel O'Toole is a consultant in the Acute Medical Unit of the hospital

Wiltshire emergency response team to help hurricane victims

Rescue workers from Wiltshire are on their way to the Caribbean - where Hurricane Irma has caused devastation.

The volunteers with Serve On and Team Rubicon are highly trained in dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Seven people are known to have died in Barbuda and neighbouring St Martin.

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Family's call to highlight meningitis B symptoms

Watch: Family's call to highlight meningitis B symptoms

George Zographou, 18, from Bristol, fell ill at the Boardmasters Surf and Music Festival in Newquay and died last month.

The teenager, who was a student St Brendan's Sixth Form College, contracted the B strain of meningitis.

His family wants to highlight how symptoms can present quite differently in some people - particularly with the B strain.

His mother, Elaine, said one of the main symptoms George initially experienced was limb pains.

"George woke up with some really bad pains in his feet and legs and told me the pain was "so bad it was scary".

Limb pain, such as this can be one of the very first signs of meningitis B

Elaine ZographouMother