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

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New photography centre in Bristol

Watch: The work showcases photography by Martin Parr

A new centre for photography in Bristol's Paintworks complex is being opened by the Martin Parr Foundation.

The Foundation aims to preserve the work of photographers who focus on subjects in the British Isles.

The centre will open between the 25th October and 20th January 2018, and will showcase ‘Black Country Stories’ by Martin Parr.

The centre will also be home to a range of British and Irish photographers.

And that's it from BBC Local Live for the West of England today - join us again tomorrow from 7am for more.

Long wait for potential wolf attack verdict

Celia Hollingworth
Family photo

Tests to confirm if wolves attacked and killed a Wiltshire woman in Greece could take up to 40 days to complete.

It's thought that Celia Hollingworth, from Bradford on Avon, was mauled by the animals after visiting an archaeological site.

A coroner's report into her death will be released when tests have been concluded.

Yeovil Town Ladies v Manchester City Women

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Restructuring the WSL can help it become the world's best women's league, the FA's head of women's competitions believes.

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Big fair taking place in Bridgwater

Watch: All the fun of the fair

A massive travelling funfair has begun in Bridgwater.

The event on St Matthews Field attracts about 40,000 people each year and is recognised as the largest fair in the South West.

It runs until Saturday.

'It takes great skill to produce this pitch'

Watch: Matt Maynard "disappointed" with grading of 'below average' pitch

Somerset's outgoing director of cricket Matt Maynard reacts to their survival in Division One and their pitch being graded "below average".

Victory over Middlesex on Thursday sealed Somerset's place in the top tier for 2018, with Somerset spinner Jack Leach taking 5-57.

Shortly after the completion of the game, it was announced the pitch had been graded 'below average' and this rating does not normally carry a points deduction.

Former Glamorgan batsman Maynard's departure, after three seasons with the county, was confirmed on Wednesday.

Somerset have said they will announce a new director of cricket and head coach "shortly".

Bristol hospital 'neglect' contributed to death of Corsham man

Nicholas Jones
Sue Jones

Neglect and "gross failures" by medical staff contributed to the death of a vulnerable hospital patient with complex needs, a coroner has ruled.

Nicholas Jones, from Corsham, spent 27 days in Bristol's Southmead Hospital after being admitted with a suspected ruptured kidney tumour.

An inquest heard doctors failed to notice his deteriorating health and he died after his airway became blocked.

North Bristol NHS Trust said it accepted the coroner's ruling.

Click here to read more.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Please back our fight to stay in top league

Yeovil Town vs Manchester City
Empics

Yeovil Town Ladies FC is urging fans around the country to help it beat FA plans that would see it barred from the top league of the women's game.

Yesterday we reported how the club needs to raise more than £350,000 in order to become a professional club.

But the part-time Lady Glovers, who won promotion to the top flight in 2016, say they deserve their place among the game's elite.

We have the structure, facilities and ambition to become a full-time professional club given time, but we currently do not have the financial support to do this. With the rapid growth of our club in such a short space a time, we urge all fans, businesses, media and the community, to continue to support us. Our club has worked extremely hard over many years to get to the top flight and we wish that journey to continue.

Yeovil Town Ladies

Severe accident: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, near Leigh Lane.

A46 Gloucestershire - A46 in Nimlet partially blocked and very slow traffic near the Leigh Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Appeal after cat shot with 'air rifle'

Cat
Gloucestershire Constabulary

A four-year-old cat has had its leg amputated after being shot at close range in Mile End, Coleford, with what police believe to be an air rifle.

Lily was taken to the vets where it was found the bones in the animal's shoulder had shattered.

Gloucestershire Constabulary called it a "crime on a defenceless animal" and has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Severe accident: M32 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M32 Bristol southbound severe accident, at J1 for A4174 Bristol Ring Road.

M32 Bristol - M32 exit slip road partially blocked and very slow traffic inbound at J1, A4174 (Hambrook), because of an accident.

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

Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir takes five wickets as Derbyshire swiftly bowl out Gloucestershire to finish the 2017 season with a victory.

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Prime Minister: 'The government is supporting the police'

Watch: Theresa May says "the government is supporting the police"

The Prime Minister has rejected claims by Avon and Somerset Police that they are underfunded.

Last week the chief constable said rising threat levels from the likes of extremism and organised crime had left the force at "tipping point" after years of funding cuts.

Theresa May made her remarks in an interview with BBC Points West inside 10 Downing Street.

Watch more on BBC1 at 6.30pm.

Jack Leach

Middlesex are relegated from County Championship Division One, a year after winning the title, following defeat by Somerset.

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Views sought on new home for firefighter memorial statue

Statue
Avon Fire and Rescue Service

A new home is being sought for a memorial to firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The memorial has stood at the Avon Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters at Temple Back in Bristol since 2003.

It was commissioned following a fundraising campaign in the wake of 9/11 attack in New York in 2001 in which 343 firefighters died.

As the Temple Back site has been sold, a new location is being sought for the monument as it's at risk of being lost.

Because it was bought with public money the brigade is now asking whether it would be appropriate to move it to the combined police and fire HQ at Portishead.

Monster truck champion shows off his stuff

Watch: Melksham's monster truck man

Tony Dixon was recently crowned UK champion in both the racing and freestyle elements of the Monster Truck Nationals .

The Melksham man beat off competition from five other monster trucks to retain the racing title.

As part of his freestyle routine Tony jumped over a caravan stacked on top of a bus in his monster truck.

Portishead shooting: Gun threat made to other motorist before driver shot

Car
BBC

A motorist pointed a gun at another driver in the Midlands before he was shot near the M5 in Bristol, police have confirmed.

Officers fired shots at a car on the Portbury Hundred (A369) near junction 19 for Portishead at about 9.30am on Wednesday, an eyewitness told the BBC.

The report was made to West Mercia police.

"At 8.30am yesterday we received a report of a man in a vehicle pointing a gun at another motorist near to junction 8 [M50] of the M5," a force spokesman said.

Read more on this story.

Portbury Hundred re-opens to traffic

Portbury 100
BBC

The Portbury Hundred has been re-opened to traffic after yesterday's police shooting.

The normally-busy road remained closed for much of Thursday, causing traffic chaos in the commuter town.

Care home murder was 'preventable' - report

Melissa Mathieson
Mathieson family photo

The murder of a vulnerable teenager who was stalked and later strangled to death could have been prevented, a report has found.

In 2014 Jason Conroy murdered Melissa Mathieson, 18, at a Bristol home providing special care for adults.

A serious case review into her death found care home staff had not acted on recommendations in a forensic report.

Click here if you'd like to read the full story.

Cricketers 'will not be considered' while investigation under way

Adam Mountford

BBC Test Match Special producer

Club
BBC

Cricketers Ben Stokes and Alex Hales remain on full pay pending further ECB investigation and the ongoing police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday, 25 September.

Andrew Strauss, director of England Cricket, will today refer the internal disciplinary procedure for these two players to the Cricket Discipline Commission, chaired by Tim O'Gorman.

These decisions, fully supported by ECB Chairman Colin Graves, were made following the release of footage viewed by ECB for the first time on Wednesday night.

Click here to read more on the BBC Sport website.

BreakingCricket: Stokes and Hales dropped by England

England will not consider cricketers Ben Stokes and Alex Hales for international cricket until further notice after the pair were involved in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub.

Hinkley C jobs on show in Minehead

Hinkley Point
BBC

A recruitment fair is taking place in Minehead to show off some of the new jobs being created by construction of the Hinkley C power station.

It'll be the first new nuclear power station to be built in Britain in a generation.

BreakingPortishead shooting: Man seen 'pointing gun' at motorist in Midlands

Shooting scene
BBC

Police in the Midlands received a report of a man pointing a gun at another motorist on the M5 before a driver was shot by police just off the motorway near Bristol, the West Mercia force has confirmed.

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

'It looks like Stokes is in a lot of trouble'

Listen: Michael Vaughan says Ben Stokes needs to "look at himself in the mirror"

Former England captain Michael Vaughan says Ben Stokes needs to "take a look at himself in the mirror" after his arrest in Bristol on Monday night.

A video has since emerged which allegedly shows the England Test vice-captain throwing punches in a street fight.

Stokes, who has been picked for England's Ashes tour squad to Australia, was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and released without charge on Monday, but remains under investigation.

This clip is originally from 5 live Breakfast on Thursday 28 September 2017.

Skydive with the Red Devils in Bristol

Watch: The team jumped from 3,000 ft over the Floating Harbour

This is a view that isn't usually seen - Bristol from 3,000 feet in the air.

The Red Devils Freefall Display Team filmed it when they jumped from a plane into the Floating Harbour as a special display for viewers standing on the deck of the ss Great Britain.

Concern over missing Gloucester man

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A police appeal has been launched over the whereabouts of missing Gloucester man Mark Taylor.

Mark was last seen on the 94 bus from Longlevens to Gloucester on Friday but officers don't know where he went after that.

Photo from the scene of the Portishead shooting as the car is removed

Car on a crane
BBC
The car that was driven by the man police shot is removed from the A369

The red car that was driven by the man who armed police yesterday shot dead, has been removed from the Portbury Hundred this lunchtime.

Independent Police Complaints Commission investigators have been working at Portbury since yesterday morning - and throughout the night - to complete a full examination of the scene.

They are aiming to establish how many armed officers were involved in the shooting and how many shots were fired.

A "non-police regulation" handgun was clearly seen on the roof of the red car yesterday, and there were multiple bullet holes in its driver's side, as well as smashed windows.

Further information about when the A369 towards Portishead will open has not yet been released.

Police shooting: car removed from the scene

The car at the centre of the Portishead police shooting is being removed from the scene by investigators.

The A369 at Portbury has remained closed throughout the morning, whilst the the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) continues their investigations.

The IPCC worked overnight, "to gather evidence and complete a thorough examination at the scene" of yesterday's police shooting.

Diversions will remain in place and motorists are advised to plan using alternative routes in the meantime.

Police say they have not yet been informed about when the Portbury Hundred might be cleared for re-opening.

Police cordon at the A369
BBC

Who can you see high up at Salisbury Cathedral?

If you've been to Salisbury Cathedral recently, you may have noticed people scaling the side of the historic structure.

Conservators have been out accessing its condition, something they do every five years.

Have a look and see what they've found...

Up close and high up at Salisbury Cathedral

Wolves 'probably' mauled British woman

Celia Hollingworth
Wiltshire Times
Celia Hollingworth was reported missing on Thursday

Wolves were "probably" responsible for the "ferocious" attack on a British woman whose remains were found in northern Greece, a coroner has said.

Celia Hollingworth, from Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire, was reported missing last Thursday after visiting an archaeological site near Maroneia.

Coroner Nikolaos Kifinidis, heard from animal experts, that dogs or jackals could not have inflicted the bites found on her.

Tests on hairs found at the scene are under way, to identify the animal.

Click here for the full story.

Celia Hollingworth

Wolves 'probably' mauled British woman

Celia Hollingworth's remains were found in Greece following a visit to an archaeological site.

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Yeovil Town Ladies' chairman "disappointed" in new FA league plans

Yeovil Town Ladies
Getty Images

Yeovil Town Ladies' chairman says he is disappointed with the Football Association after it changed the structure of the women's league, creating a new one that will only be open to fully professional teams.

The club estimates it may need as much as £400,000 to enter this league - money they don't have.

I don't object to full time playing but that will take us three years. To suddenly impose it in the middle of a season seems absolutely wrong. We only have a few players who will be able to commit to be full time footballers. Effectively we were told this was going to happen in a conference call, and asked for our views. That is not consultation.

Steve AllinsonChairman, Yeovil Town Ladies

Somerset Cricket CEO admits players had little notice of Maynard's departure

Lee Cooper, the CEO of Somerset Cricket has told BBC Somerset's Claire Carter that the Somerset team had only hours' notice of Matt Maynard's departure from the club.

Maynard was the director of cricket at the club.

His role will now be split in two, but no official decision has been made who will take the posts.

Listen to Lee Cooper:

Lee Cooper said players found out yesterday evening before their Middlesex game.

Care home 'worked tirelessly' to make changes after Mathieson's death

Melissa Mathieson
Family photo

The care home where both Conroy and Melissa were staying has released a statement, saying they have made big changes following Melissa's death.

We were deeply shocked by this brutal act. Our deepest and utmost sympathies have been with Melissa’s family over the last three years, who have been through unimaginable pain and distress. Since the review launched in November 2014, we have worked tirelessly to make the necessary changes under the guidance of the relevant bodies, including Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board and CQC. These organisations are satisfied that we have now taken appropriate action, and in our most recent inspection report (May 2016) the CQC rated the home as ‘Good’ in all areas. We are committed to continuing to work closely with our partners so that nothing like this can ever happen again."

John DugganManager of Alexandra House

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, between J22 for M49 and Toll Booths.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed on M4 Second Severn Crossing westbound between J22 M49 and Toll Booths, because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

IPCC makes investigations after Jason Conroy report

Jason Conroy
Avon & Somerset Police

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has made several recommendations, after a report found that said the death of a vulnerable teenager in Bristol could have been prevented.

In October 2014, Jason Conroy murdered Melissa Mathieson, 18, at a Bristol home providing special care for adults.

Jason attempted to assault a teacher at a school in Shropshire in 2013, but West Mercia Police did not record the allegation of assault when it was reported later that year.

Those actions meant there was little intelligence about Conroy's behaviour and he wasn't monitored to the extend he could have been.

We have already recommended the force takes steps to ensure that officers are clear of the requirement to follow the force’s crime recording policy, and the extent of enquiries they are required to make when incidents are reported to them by schools or other similar establishments.

Derrick CampbellIPCC Commissioner

Jason Conroy report: Melissa Mathieson's placement 'inappropriate'

More detail from the serious case review into the death of Melissa Mathieson, which authorities have said was "preventable".

The report also found that Alexandra House - where Jason Conroy was living - was an inappropriate setting for Melissa.

She suffered from Asperger's herself and had been assessed as being "at risk of being exploited and... vulnerable in most situations". She "is very vulnerable to abuse by others as she is very trusting" said the report.

Despite this - and the objections of her family - she was sent to the unit in Bristol, 97 miles from her family in Windsor, to stay in a house among men, most of whom - with the exception of Jason - were much older than her.

Given Jason's history, the report concludes, "without the implementation of robust risk management, an attack on any female that fitted his victim profile was probable given [his] history of violent assaults in his previous placements - if not entirely predictable."

It goes on to say, "it is therefore concluded that the death of Melissa could have been prevented".

Melissa Mathieson
Mathieson family photo
Melissa's death, at the hands of Conroy, was "preventable" says the report

Portishead shooting: Post-mortem exam on victim due today

Portishead shooting
BBC

Police will today carry out a post-mortem examination on the body of a man shot dead by officers near Portishead yesterday morning.

His identity has yet to be formally determined.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been overseeing investigations at the scene overnight.

They want to know how many armed officers were involved, and how many times police firearms were discharged.

What appears to be a non-police issue firearm was found at the scene and will also be subject to examination

IPCC spokesman

Jason Conroy report: Melissa Mathieson's father reacts

Melissa Mathieson
PA

Following on from our earlier posts on the publication of a serious case review report into Melissa's "preventable death"...

James Mathieson, Melissa's father, has this morning said about the report.

"Melissa was a beautiful and dearly loved young woman who had her future ripped away from her.

"I believe that both Melissa and Jason Conroy were badly let down."

They were both failed by the services that were supposed to protect them. Even though the Safeguarding Adult Board's investigation rightly found that Melissa's death could have been predicted and prevented, as a family, we are still left with so many questions about how this could have ever happened.

I hope we can now move on to the next stage of the process and resume the inquest into Melissa's death, so we can finally find out directly from the people involved how this horrible tragedy could have ever happened.

James MathiesonFather of Melissa

Stokes disciplinary following video evidence

Ben Stokes
Getty Images

The ECB board has this morning activated disciplinary procedures against cricketer Ben Stokes.

Stokes was arrested but not charged following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in the early hours of Monday.

It was confirmed to the BBC that video footage in The Sun newspaper has been reviewed at the highest levels of the organisation.

Jason Conroy's past: how he repeatedly attempted to kill women

The report, submitted to the independent review, into Jason Conroy highlights several previous occasions where he attempted to kill women - including his own mother.

She said he was a "kind and loving boy" who "didn't understand the consequences of what he was doing".

But, the report details several other attempts he made to kill, including one at a residential school where he displayed "extreme sexualised behaviour".

The review, published this morning, describes how he became "fixated" with a young female member of staff at the home where he lived, and had attempted to strangle her with a dressing gown belt, saying he had wanted to kill her for sexual purposes.

In another incident, he tried twice to strangle a female member of staff on the way back from a day trip.

And, in 2013, a member of staff was attacked from behind before being strangled until she lost consciousness.

A later report into his behaviour said he had a "high risk of future physical and sexually harmful" tendencies.

Jason Conroy
Avon&Somerset Police