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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Friday, 8 September 2017

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A glimpse inside Bristol's hidden spaces

Watch: Bristol Cathedral is revealing its hidden spaces for Doors Open Day

As well as the BBC, Bristol Cathedral has opened a number of unusual areas to the public as part of the city's Doors Open Day.

On Saturday, from 10am-6pm, members of the public are invited to "catch a rare glimpse of the Cathedral’s treasures".

Click here to find a full list on the official website of the many venue's taking part in the day.

And that's all for BBC Local Live for tonight. Join us on Monday from 7am for another day of online live news, sport, weather and travel across the West of England.

Red Dwarf actor hopes more will episodes will be made

Listen: Robert Llewellyn on BBC Radio Gloucestershire

The actor who plays Kryten in Red Dwarf says the cast have talked about making even more episodes.

A new series is being shown next month on the TV channel Dave.

Robert Llewellyn, who lives near Winchcome in Gloucestershire, explained on BBC Radio Gloucestershire earlier why the programme was so popular almost 30 years after it began.

Rugby: Bath v Saracens (Sat)

Anthony Perenise
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Samoa prop Anthony Perenise makes his first Premiership start for Bath since rejoining the club this summer.

He takes the place of Kane Palma-Newport, who picked up an injury in their opening-day win at Leicester.

For more team news, click here.

Saracens are a great team. If you don't turn up against them, they'll make you pay. They'll be tough to break down.

Taulupe FaletauBath number eight

BBC Bristol open day: 'Can I just turn up?'


Yes in fact you can, but please bring some photo ID and allow time for security checks and bag searches.

Make your way to the main entrance on Whiteladies Road (BS8 2LR).

There are lot of things to enjoy at your leisure but if you would like to go on a special tour or attend a Masterclass you would need to book a ticket, as places are limited.

Rugby: Harlequins v Gloucester (Sat)

Ruan Ackermann
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Glocuester Rugby visit the Stoop on Saturday to play Harlequins in the Premiership.

Head coach Johan Ackermann gives a full debut to his son Ruan, who came on in their victory over Exeter.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Click here for team news.

Mayor and local leaders outline transport plans

Congestion in Bristol city centre

Joint proposals to improve transport have been released by leaders of three authorities and the West's mayor.

These include new park-and-rides, a railway station at Charlfield and improving walking and cycling routes.

The West of England Combined Authority (Weca) will meet next week to decide which proposals merit further research.

Weca is chaired by regional mayor, Tim Bowles, and includes leaders from Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol city and South Gloucestershire councils.

Click here to read more about this story on the WECA website.

Preparations under way for BBC Bristol open day

Open day

On Saturday you can grab some hands-on experience with expert advice from BBC producers, read the news off an autocue and explore wildlife in a unique VR experience.

The event takes place tomorrow between 10am–5pm.


Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the studios and head to the BBC Bristol Wildlife Garden for some family fun.

It's part of Bristol Open Doors project involving more than 100 venues across the city.

Travel: Flight to Orlanda delayed due to Hurricane Irma

Graphic showing the path of Hurricane Irma

Due to the storm, which is now threatening the US, the one weekly flight from Bristol to Orlando has been delayed.

Flight TOM374 to Sanford airport was due to depart on Sunday but has been delayed by 48 hours.

It's planned to operate on Tuesday 12th September departing at 9am.

For more information, click here to visit the Thomson website or click here to visit the Bristol Airport website.

'Like looking at death' says mother of Irma survivor

Watch: Beryl's daughter Jennifer experienced the hurricane on the British Virgin Islands

Hurricane Irma has been causing devastation across the Carribean.

Beryl Robinson's daughter Jennifer and her grandson were trapped on the island of Tartola as the storm approached.

Beryl, from Bristol, was speaking to her daughter on the phone when the hurricane hit and the line went dead.

She waited for nearly two days to hear they were both alive.

Swindon council to drop £350m Kimmerfields deal

Kimmerfields site

A £350m contract to redevelop a large piece of land in Swindon town centre is to be cancelled by the borough council.

The decision has been announced by council leaders who say the pace of work is too slow, having signed the deal with developers Muse in 2008.

The Kimmerfields site was meant to be turned into offices, homes, restaurants and a new bus station but remains mostly derelict.

The BBC has approached the developer Muse for comment.

Read more about this story.

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

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M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, at J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - Queuing traffic on M5 northbound at J8 M50, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J10, A4019 (Cheltenham).

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

Early evening headlines in the West's local newspapers

Full access wanted for M5 junction

Watch: Bid in to make Junction 10 of M5 available in both directions

Gloucestershire County Council is bidding for up to £200m of government money to get full access on to the M5 at junction 10 (Cheltenham).

It's the only junction between Birmingham and Exeter that doesn't allow traffic to join and exit in both directions.

Brollies are out but the sky is blue in Bath

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A lovely picture from the multiple Olympic rowing champion.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A46.

M5 Gloucestershire - M5 lane blocked on exit slip road and very slow traffic northbound at J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Armed police to patrol Tour of Britain

Armed police

People visiting this weekend's stage of the Tour of Britain in Cheltenham "shouldn't worry" if they see armed officers.

Gloucestershire Police says it's being done as a precautionary measure and not because of any threat to the event.

Some of the officers will be carrying higher power firearms as recently seen at Gloucester's Tall Ships Festival.

We want everyone who comes to the event to be safe and have a great time, please come and have a chat with our officers.

Supt Tony GodwinGloucestershire Constabulary

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, between J19 for M32 and J18 for A46 Bath.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed on M4 eastbound between J19, M32 (Bristol) and J18, A46 (Bath), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Cricket: Somerset seal important win over Bears

Tim Groenewald
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Somerset kept their Division One survival hopes alive, while piling more pressure on bottom side Warwickshire, with a 169-run victory at Edgbaston.

With Somerset still to play fifth-placed Middlesex, their 21-point haul in Birmingham and Middlesex's impending draw against Yorkshire means their top-tier future remains in their own hands.

Click here to read more.

'Fail-to-stop driver' arrested on suspicion of drink-driving


A 21-year-old man has been arrested following a collision on the M5 in Gloucestershire earlier today.

The crash happened between junctions nine and 10, and involved a black Vauxhall and a red Kia.

Gloucestershire Police said the Vauxhall left the road and landed on its side in a field. The driver, a woman aged in her 60s, was not physically injured.

"The driver of the Kia failed to stop at the scene [and] at about 7.45am officers arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of drink-driving," a force spokesman said.

"He was taken into custody for questioning and has since been released under investigation."

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 - Three lanes closed and queuing traffic on M4 westbound between J15, A346 (Swindon East) and J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of an overturned car and caravan and recovery work.

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

Cricket: Norwell leads Gloucs to win over Foxes

Liam Norwell
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Liam Norwell finished with career-best figures of 8-43 as Gloucestershire comfortably beat Division Two's bottom side Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Chris Dent and Cameron Bancroft scored the 15 runs required for a resounding 10-wicket victory in just 3.3 overs.

Click here to read more.

Travel: One lane open on the M4, westbound near Swindon

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Travel: Overturned car and caravan on the M4 near Swindon

Severe congestion: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe congestion, between J15 for M4 and J19 for A369.

M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J19, A369 (Portishead).

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

The Tour of Britain's heading to Cheltenham

Watch: Mark rode the last 40 miles of the stage

Cycling's Tour of Britain heads west on Saturday as stage seven finishes in Cheltenham for the first time.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Mark Cummings thought he'd experience it for himself, so rode the last 40 miles of the stage, including Cleeve Hill, which is an official "king of the mountains" climb.

'Life is continuing because of her'

Jemima Layzell
Layzell family

The parents of a 13-year-old year old girl from Somerset, who helped a record number of people through organ donation, have said they're proud of her legacy.

Jemima Layzell died from a brain aneurysm in 2012.

Her heart, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, small bowel and liver organs were donated to eight people - among them five children.

Her parents Harvey and Sophy say it means she hasn't died in vain.

Watch: he parents of Jemima Layzell say they're so proud of her legacy

Severe disruption: M32 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M32 Bristol southbound severe disruption, around J3 for A4320 Easton Way.

M32 Bristol - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M32 inbound around J3, A4320 (St Pauls), because of flooding.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J25 for A358 and J24 for A38 affecting J26 for A38.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound between J25, A358 (Taunton) and J24, A38 (Bridgwater South), because of a lorry fire. Congestion to J26, A38 (Wellington).

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

Football: Reading v Bristol City (Sat)

Aden Flint
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Bristol City could give a debut to West Bromwich Albion's on-loan teenage forward Jonathan Leko in Saturday's match at Reading.

Midfielder Jens Hegeler (ankle) is back in training, but Gary O'Neil (knee) will be out for about two weeks.

Click here to read more.

Roads flooded in Somerset

BBC Weather Watcher Troy Pointer Photography has sent in a video which shows just how heavy the rain fell in Yatton overnight.

Pedestrians will need to be on alert to avoid a soaking...

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Equipment heads to Hurricane Irma disaster zone

Soldiers preparing emergency equipment
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Medical supplies and other aid are being flown to the Hurricane Irma disaster zone after the government pledged £32m towards the relief effort.

These pictures show equipment being checked before it's loaded at the Joint Air Mounting Centre in South Cerney en route to the worst affected areas.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said aircraft carrying around 100 personnel, made up of engineers, marines and medical specialists, will take rations and medical supplies.

Soldiers preparing emergency equipment
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First aid boxes
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Soldiers checking guns
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Teenager recognised for record organ donation

A Somerset teenager has broken a nationwide record for the most organs donated.

Jemima Layzell, who was 13 when she died of a brain aneurysm, has helped eight different people.

NHS Blood and Transplant said no other donor had helped as many people.

Jemima's sister Amelia, 17, and her mum Sophy Layzell now run The Jemima Layzell Trust, which promotes organ donation.

Watch: Jemima Layzell donated her heart, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, small bowel and liver.

Swindon regen: 'Other developers primed to step in'

Dan O'Brien

Political reporter, BBC Wiltshire

Council bosses are fed up with the slow progress of the site around Fleming Way known as Kimmerfields - it's supposed to become slick new offices, resturaunts, homes, and a new bus station with plenty of smart public spaces.

But nine years after the deal was signed with the development company Muse, most of the site remains empty derelict space.

It's been hinted for a while that the deal could be in trouble, we now have it confirmed the council's Conservative leadership intend to cancel the development agreement with Muse.

It still has some other steps to go through before that becomes official, and the separation will be agreed with both side's lawyers, but once that happens the council leaders claim there are other developers primed to step in.

We can expect some news on that by the end of the year, but don't expect diggers and cranes on the site anytime soon.

New service to help people after discharge from 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.

Watch: The Red Cross is taking patients home from Musgrove Park Hospital and helping them settle.

In pictures and video: Fire at Laundry building

Fire crews have spent the night tackling a fire at a building on Westwells Road in Corsham

A building has been destroyed by fire on industrial land close to Ministry of Defence buildings in Corsham.

Fire crews have spent the night tackling the fire on Westwells Road at Hawthorn.

It broke out just before 10.30 pm last night and it took firefighters seven hours to contain it.

The building was destroyed, and adjoining properties were affected by heat and smoke damage.

One private vehicle was also damaged by fire.

The cause is not yet known and an investigation is under way.

Burned out buildings
Pictures of the devastation caused by the fire this morning.

Gloucestershire's £200m bid for full access to M5

M5 at junction 10

Gloucestershire County Council is bidding for up to £200m of government money to get full access on to the M5 at junction 10.

Drivers are currently only able to join the M5 northbound or exit the M5 southbound at the Cheltenham junction.

It's the only junction between Birmingham and Exeter that doesn't allow traffic to join and exit in both directions.

If the council is successful, it will have to put together a business case before funding is announced next summer.

Troubled school to join new trust

Winterbourne International Academy

It's been announced the troubled Winterbourne International Academy will join the Olympus Academy Trust group of schools.

This brings to an end uncertainty surrounding the school's future as part of the Ridings group in South Gloucestershire. It was revealed last year that the trust had racked up debts of more than £1m.

The Department for Education has confirmed that “in principle” approval has been given for Winterbourne to join the Olympus Academy Trust - and this should take effect early in 2018.

Olympus says that a massive amount of work has gone into re-structuring and managing finances - which means that Winterbourne has a budget for 2017-18 which balances this year.

It's hoped the academy will be completely deficit-free in the near future.

Due to our combined efforts last year, the widely reported Ridings’ Federation £1 million deficit no longer exists but there are re-structure costs associated with change. However, there was enough money in the bank to pay all commitments at the end of August and to pay back the money which was borrowed from the Education and Skills Funding Agency last autumn. Discussions are underway with the ESFA about removing the financial notice to improve as soon as possible.

Dave BakerCEO, The Olympus Academy Trust

Fire Brigades Union: Staffing at 'critically unsafe levels'

The union that represents 999 call handlers for the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is claiming that during the past month staffing levels have reached 'critically unsafe levels'.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is unhappy that there are now only four staff running the combined control room for the two counties.

Before the merger - there were three control room staff for each county - meaning there were six in total.

The Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service says there are 13 control room staff available to answer calls at any one time - because calls can be taken in Devon & Somerset and Hampshire.

Kate Scott works in the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Control Centre and is a representative for the Fire Brigades Union.

Listen: The Fire Brigades Union is unhappy that only 4 staff are running the combined control room