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  1. News, sport, travel and weather for the West on Tuesday 12 September 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

It's going to be a wet and windy night

That's it from us here at BBC Local Live for today. We'll be back tomorrow morning from 7am with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather across the West.

Storm Aileen is heading across the region tonight. The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for strong winds, especially in coastal areas. Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected in some places.

So take care if you're out and about.

Good night.

Watch: Ian Fergusson with the weather details

Full-time football scores

As well as that entertaining draw for Bristol City at Wolves in the Championship, here's how the West's teams got on tonight in the English Football League:

  • Bristol Rovers 2-3 Oldham
  • Forest Green 0-1 Lincoln
  • Notts County 1-0 Swindon Town
  • Newport County 1-0 Cheltenham Town
  • Yeovil Town 2-2 Morecambe

Yeovil had been 2-0 up in the second half, but ultimately had to settle for a draw.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-3 Bristol City

Aden Flint
Rex Features

Aden Flint scores for the second game in a row as Bristol City twice come from behind in a thrilling draw at Wolves.

Danny Batth

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-3 Bristol City

Danny Batth scores a late header as Wolves rescue a point in a six-goal thriller at home against Bristol City.

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Jailed Cotswold art dealer faces further legal action

Kate Moss
Sebastian Kruger
One of the stolen paintings was a painting of model Kate Moss by Sebastian Kruger

A Cotswold art dealer, who made his name selling paintings made by celebrities, is to face further legal action.

Jonathan Poole, 69, of Poulton, Gloucestershire admitted 26 offences ranging from 1986 to 2013.

He was found guilty of taking a percentage of profits from legitimate sales, or falsely claiming to be entitled to sell artworks owned by clients.

These included works by the Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood, German artist Sebastian Krüger and French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

He will now face a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing later this year, where his assets could be stripped in order to pay back the money he owes to clients.

Thankfully I have been able to reunite nearly all of the victims with their artwork and they have all been very patient and helpful in what has had to be a long investigation. Poole was once a successful man and his victims trusted him to take care of their valuable artwork. Sadly he has now tarnished his once good name and he will have to live with that shame for the rest of his life."

Det Con Steve CrilleyMajor Crime Investigation Team, Gloucestershire Police

Severn Bridge closed due to high winds

M5 fire captured on camera

The M5 suffered disruption earlier today after a vehicle caught fire.

Police and the fire service attended. Nobody was injured.

Oliver Hillier filmed this earlier fire on the M5, nobody was hurt as a result.

How the private sector could hold the key to Stonehenge tunnel

The BBC has learnt that a £1.6 billion road and tunnel around Stonehenge could depend on money from the private sector.

The work would see a dual carriageway dug underground around the famous stones in the south of Wiltshire.

It promises to ease congestion on the main route between London and the West Country and improve views of the prehistoric stones.

Watch: Scott Ellis reports from Stonehenge

Seventy five years of married life

Ed and Betty Hardy have been celebrating today. And so they should....after 75 years of marriage.

It was in the middle of the Second World War that the couple tied the knot.

They now both live at a care home in Somerset, where our correspondent Clinton Rogers has been to meet them.

Watch: Ed and Betty Hardy celebrated 75 years of happy marriage today in Somerset.

Tuesday night football latest

It's a busy night for the West's football teams, with all six of the local English Football League clubs in action.

In the Championship Bristol City are level with Wolves at half-time, with Aden Flint's second goal in as many games making it 1-1.

In League One, Bristol Rovers' home game against Oldham remains goalless, while Forest Green's meeting with Lincoln in League Two is also still 0-0.

Elsewhere in the fourth tier, Cheltenham Town are 1-0 down at Newport County and Swindon Town are 1-0 behind at Notts County.

But - enjoying a happier note so far - Yeovil Town are 1-0 up at home to Morecambe.

You can follow all of tonight's EFL action live here.

Pregnant women offered flu jabs from their midwives

Pregnant woman
SPL

Pregnant women in Somerset will be able to get flu jabs from their midwives for the first time.

The new service comes after a successful trial at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, where take-up for the vaccine almost doubled.

Flu is more serious in pregnancy as it can cause health problems, and can even be fatal in either the mother or unborn baby.

The new service is being offered by maternity services at both the Royal United Hospital in Bath and Yeovil District Hospital.

Many women have told us that they really like the convenience of being able to have their flu vaccination at their regular midwife appointment so I am pleased that we can offer this again during the coming months."

Debra Young,Head of midwifery at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

Setback for Bristol Mayor

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has been in London today as part of an event organised by the Core Cities group to lobby for more government funding.

He'd hoped to speak to government ministers directly, but none attended.

Despite the setback, he said he will continue to push for greater funding for Bristol.

Marvin Rees said he will continue to push for more funding for Bristol.

Colourful rock craze sweeping Bristol

Painted rocks are cropping up in their hundreds across Bristol. They have been intentionally left lying around for other people to find.

In just two weeks, a Facebook page devoted to the idea, called Bristol Rocks, has attracted 4,000 members - and shows no signs of slowing.

These children from Sunshine pre-school in Whitchurch gave it a go:

Kids are encouraged to paint rocks and hide them for others to find.

Bristol University study says there is "limited evidence" of the effects of drinking in pregnancy

Pregnant woman drinking water
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A University of Bristol paper says there is "surprisingly limited" evidence that light drinking during pregnancy poses any risk to the baby, say UK researchers.

They reviewed all the available studies done on the topic since the 1950s and found no convincing proof that a drink or two a week is harmful.

But the team stress this does not mean it is completely safe.

They say women should avoid all alcohol throughout pregnancy "just in case", as per official guidelines.

You can read more about the story here

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J21 for A370 and J22 for A38.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Celebrity art dealer jailed for thefts

Jonathan Poole, art dealer
BBC

A celebrity art dealer stole pieces worth almost £500,000 in a crime compared to a Hollywood blockbuster.

Jonathan Poole, 69, of Poulton, near Cirencester, admitted stealing paintings and selling artworks he was not entitled to.

The stolen items included paintings of Princess Diana, Kate Moss, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Bono. Some pieces have never been traced.

You can read more about the story here

Plans to shut two Forest of Dean community hospitals

Lydney Hospital sign
BBC

Two community hospitals could be replaced with one £11m purpose-built facility if plans put forward by the NHS are agreed.

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust said its "preferred option" was to shut Lydney and Dilke and build a "great new hospital" in the Forest of Dean.

It said the two hospitals were "no longer fit for purpose" and a 12-week public consultation had started.

The final decision on the future of the two hospitals will be made in April.

Read more here.

Making the headlines in your newspapers

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J20 for B3133 and J19 for A369.

M5 Somerset - Very slow traffic and three lanes closed on M5 northbound between J20, B3133 (Clevedon) and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Bringing the Adonis Blue back to Gloucestershire

The Adonis Blue is a striking butterfly that can be seen in the Cotswolds.

In the 1970s, the butterfly had vanished altogether, but it's making a return thanks to careful management of grasslands in Gloucestershire.

Wildlife presenter Mike Dilger has been out butterfly hunting:

Mike Dilger looks at how the Adonis Blue is returning to the wild.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A46.

M5 Gloucestershire - M5 exit slip road partially blocked and very slow traffic southbound at J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), because of a broken down car.

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

Storm Aileen is coming tonight: Clear up your gardens

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J14 for B4509 Thornbury and J13 for A419.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J14, B4509 (Thornbury) and J13, A419 (Stroud), 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

Citizen and Echo to become weekly papers

St James House, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Google

Daily production of the Gloucestershire Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo are to cease, Trinity Mirror newspaper group has confirmed.

The papers will be published as weekly editions from 12 October.

Up to five jobs will be lost as a result and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said the losses will "only have added to [staff] worry".

A daily Gloucestershire edition of The Western Daily Press, is due to be launched.

You can read more about the story here.

'Surprisingly limited' evidence light drinking a problem in pregnancy

Pregnant woman drinking water
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There is "surprisingly limited" evidence that light drinking during pregnancy poses any risk to the baby, say UK researchers.

They reviewed all the available studies done on the topic since the 1950s and found no convincing proof that a drink or two a week is harmful.

The Bristol University team stress this does not mean it is completely safe.

They say women should avoid all alcohol throughout pregnancy "just in case", as per official guidelines.

Read the full story here.

Severe accident: A371 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A371 Somerset both ways severe accident, between B3153 and Easthill Lane.

A371 Somerset - A371 Station Road in Castle Cary partially blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the B3153 junction and the Easthill Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

King's Quarter plans for Gloucester revealed

A new business plan for the regeneration of Kings Quarter in Gloucester will be revealed today.

Councillors are expected to approve the initial plan at tomorrow's council meeting.

Following public consultation, the plans are expected to suggest 'mixed use development', rather than being focused solely on retail.

Residential properties, a hotel and restaurants and a new car park will be part of the plans, in four phases.

Ariel view of King's Quarter
Gloucester City Council

Storm Aileen is coming tonight: Make sure you keep your eye on the weather

Drive your quad bike on Salisbury Plain? It might meet a tank ...

What could go wrong? Find out in the video ...

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, between J18A for M49 and J19 for A369.

M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic on M5 Avonmouth Bridge southbound between J18a M49 and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Theatre Royal Bath pays tribute to Sir Peter Hall

Theatre Royal Bath
Google

The Theatre Royal Bath is very sad to hear the news of Sir Peter Hall’s death. He was a great friend of the Theatre Royal and a legendary director with whom we enjoyed a long-standing working relationship over many years.

Danny MoarDirector of the Theatre Royal Bath

Storm Aileen is coming tonight: Keep your eye on BBC Weather for updates

Severe disruption: M48 Gloucestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

M48 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, between J1 for A403 and J2 for A466 Wye Valley Link Road.

M48 Gloucestershire - M48 Severn Bridge closed westbound between J1, A403 (Aust) and J2, A466 (Chepstow), because of strong winds.

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

Flying Scotsman in all its glory on the West Somerset Railway

We loved this image from Alan Casling ...

Flying Scotsman
Alan Casling

Five roles to go because of changes to Gloucestershire newspapers

We were talking earlier about the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo going weekly (11.19 and 11.50 posts).

We have just been told that five roles will be lost because of the changes.

The two titles were acquired by Trinity Mirror in 2015.

Car parking charges hike in Bristol

The cost of parking at a council run car park in Bristol has gone up.

It now costs £12 to park at a long-stay car park for more than four hours during the day - and the charge is the same on both weekends and weekdays.

There's been criticism that the price increases will drive away shoppers from the city centre. But Bristol City Council says any additional income raised will be used to fund transport projects in the city.

Car park
BBC

'Sad day' as Gloucestershire daily papers go weekly

Newspapers
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The Liberal Democrat leader in Gloucester says that the announcement that two local papers are to go weekly marks "a sad day for local democracy".

The Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo newspapers are to become weekly newspapers rather than daily journals.

Cllr Jeremy Hilton says: "This is a sad day for local democracy. The Citizen is part of the fabric of Gloucester's rich heritage and has played a very important role in holding the rich and powerful to account in the city for many, many years.

"It will be a sad day when Gloucester will no longer have a daily newspaper serving the city."

Bristol Mayor lobbies for more money

Bristol's Mayor, Marvin Rees, joins the leaders of nine other big cities at Westminster today, to lobby for more funding.

On Saturday, thousands of people gathered in Bristol to show their support and call for less cuts.

Mayor Marvin Rees will lobby for more funds today in London

BreakingGloucester Citizen and the Gloucestershire Echo to go weekly

The Gloucester Citizen and the Gloucestershire Echo will both switch from daily to weekly publications from October 12, according to the publisher, Gloucestershire Media.

Its managing director Sarah Pullen said: "The majority of the people who read the Echo or the Citizen do so just once a week.

"Daily readership is coming more and more from our website Gloucestershire Live and our digital audience – not just on the site but across social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter - is showing amazing year-on-year growth.

"However, for readers who want a daily Gloucestershire print product, we will also be launching a Gloucestershire edition of The Western Daily Press."

Extra money needed to improve end of life care for sick children

A new report is calling for an increase in funding to improve palliative care for children at home or in hospitals and hospices.

The University of Bath study - called Death Dying and Devolution - says there are major disparities across the UK.

Shaun Walsh is from the charity Together for Short Lives:

A new report calls for an increase in funding to improve palliative care for children