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  1. Live news, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

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Has late summer returned with a vengeance? Temperatures are going to be picking up for many of us this week, with highs of 19 degrees expected in some parts on Friday.

Ian Fergusson has the forecast for the next few days.

BBC Local Live for the West will return at 7am tomorrow morning with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Temperatures are becoming unseasonably warmer through the rest of the week.
Freddie Burns

Bath fly-half Freddie Burns gets a three-week suspension for a dangerous tip tackle on Worcester's Josh Adams.

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'We've got her,' says missing girl's dad

Following a media appeal, the North Somerset teenager - missing since Thursday - has been found.

Her delighted father took to Facebook to announce the news.

Avon and Somerset Police say the 14-year-old was found in the Backwell area of North Somerset.

BreakingMissing teenager found

Avon and Somerset Police say the missing 14-year-old has been found in Backwell this evening.

She was the subject of a missing person appeal earlier today.

Music to make the heart sing

A musician who helped produce the Band Aid single in the 1980's has turned his talents to a new record - raising money for mental health charities in Bath.

Stuart Bruce from Box teamed up with local band Littlemen to write "More Than That".

He and several of the musicians have all experienced depression and anxiety - they hope the single will raise money and awareness about the issue.

Local musician produces single for mental health

Calls for more awareness of meningitis symptoms following another death

Meningitis Now are hoping to raise awareness of the infection with a loud and graphic video.

A teenager has died from suspected meningitis in Bristol. If this latest death is confirmed, it will be the third in the last 18 months, after the death of 16-year-old Izzy Gentry and 18-year-old George Zographou.

The charity Meningitis Now is hoping that a new film will raise awareness of the symptoms among teenagers and students at this critical time.

Explore Clevedon as you've never seen it before

We've been out looking at some West country gems, with BBC Points West's drone camera.

We thought you might enjoy a minute's peace above the skies of North Somerset:

A bird's eye view of Clevedon

Home Office promises review of air rifle law after Bristol toddler shooting

The Home Office has announced it will review the laws governing the regulation of air weapons in England and Wales.

The move comes after a debate in parliament yesterday evening, secured by a local MP who was calling for tighter rules after the shooting of a toddler in her constituency.

Harry Studley was shot in the head in July 2016, and has lasting injuries, including seizures.

Our Political Editor, Paul Barltrop reports:

Harry's case has prompted the promise of action from the Home Office.

Another gold for Yeovil in Bloom...

...and here is a photo of some members of Kenmore Drive - one of the community groups who helped to make it happen this year.

Proud residents of the Westfield Association and The Hub have also been praised - they used their green fingers to cultivate splendid displays of blooms in their neighbourhoods.

Kenmore Drive residents
South Somerset District Council

Parachute case: jury sees first-hand the circumstances

The jury, hearing the case against Emile Cilliers - who is accused of attempting to kill his wife by tampering with her parachute before a jump - have visited the scene of the alleged crime.

They were given first-hand experience of the storage, equipment routines and likely movements on the day that Victoria Cilliers fell 4,000 ft.

Emile Cilliers denies the charges against him. The jury will return to court tomorrow.

Watch: Duncan Kennedy reports...

The jury in the Cilliers case visited the airfield, from where Victoria Cilliers took her parachute jump

Bristol rally co-driver still speeding ahead

A Bristol woman who has navigated rally cars for 50 years is heading off to compete in the World Rally Championships.

Pauline Gullick provides the instructions that the drivers follow. She is the co-driver to the five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae.

Pauline is nearly 70 but still loves the sport.

See what an autistic person sees: world mental health day

A hospital in Wiltshire has challenged its staff to experience what their environment looks like for a person suffering an autistic spectrum episode.

It's designed to teach and help understanding of the affects of autism and mental illnesses.

The Great Western Hospital app-ortunity is using virtual reality to show its staff how someone with sensory overload will experience the world, so they can understand and support patients better.

Those on the autistic spectrum have a higher probability of experiencing mental health issues, although one in four of all adults will experience mental health issues of some kind in their life.

Experience the app here. WARNING: contains flashing images

Staff at GWH in Swindon have been finding out using virtual reality

Severe disruption: M48 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

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

M48 Gloucestershire - Strong winds on M48 Severn Bridge in both directions between J1, A403 (Aust) and J2, A466 (Chepstow). Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

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

Weston-super-Mare man arrested after sexual assault

Man in handcuffs
BBC

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in Weston-super-Mare on Monday (9 September).

The man, who is from the Weston-super-Mare area, was picked up following a CCTV appeal.

Avon and Somerset Police confirm that he remains in custody.

Two other men, aged 20 and 18 were also arrested and released under investigation.

Woman of the Year recognition for 'human swan'

Sacha Dench
Getty Images

A Gloucestershire woman who flew thousands of miles in a paramotor following migrating swans has been honoured as one of Britain's 'Women of the Year'.

Sacha Dench took the trip from arctic Russia to Slimbridge in Gloucestershire to study Bewick's swans.

She will be honoured at an event on the 16th October in London.

It’s an honour to be recognised alongside these inspirational and extraordinary women and I cannot wait to share this special day with them.

Sacha DenchParamotor pilot

Severe accident: M32 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M32 Bristol southbound severe accident, at J1 for A4174 Bristol Ring Road affecting M4 J19.

M32 Bristol - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M32 inbound at J1, A4174 (Hambrook), because of an accident involving three vehicles. Congestion to M4 J19, Bristol.

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

Stonehenge

The right of way was due to open last summer but was delayed to allow grass to "fully establish".

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World Cup appearance due for Bristol City's Magnusson

Hordur Magnusson
Simon Golloway/PA

Bristol City's Hodur Magnusson is heading off to the World Cup.

He was in Iceland's team as they became the smallest nation ever to qualify for the final rounds of the tournament.

When he competes in Russia, he will be the second Bristol City player ever to do so.

Traffic building in Bristol after Feeder Road closure

Traffic map of Bristol
Google

The closure of Feeder Road is causing traffic delays in Bristol. The red lines on the map show where traffic is heaviest.

Feeder Road remains closed after a crane hit a bridge earlier this afternoon.

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Rail delays between Bristol and Taunton

There are delays on our railways this evening due to a trespassing incident near Yatton.

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Someone's sitting pretty in Somerset...

The national lottery says Somerset has an anonymous online winner of the Euromillions!

Known only as 'Mr. L from Somerset', the mystery lucky man won £110,762 without ever touching a ticket, in the 19 September draw.

He is said to have bought a lucky dip set of numbers.

Living the dream!

Euro-millions logo
National Lottery

Gloucestershire school dealing with ongoing measles outbreak

Wynstones School in Brookethorpe, Gloucestershire has confirmed they have been dealing with a measles outbreak that has been ongoing since early in September.

The school has at least six confirmed cases, though they say there is the potential for more.

Elsewhere, Public Health England says there are now eight confirmed, 12 probable and five possible cases of measles in the Gloucestershire area.

A measles rash
SPL

Mumbai children come to Gloucestershire to play sport

Children from a Mumbai slum are being given a unique opportunity to come to the West and play sport.

The Oscar Foundation says by organising sporting activities it helps to enrich the children's lives and prospects.

During their two-week stay in the UK, the youngsters will play football at Beaudesert Park School in Gloucestershire.

Watch: former England Captain, Tony Adams, has been helping with pre-match preparations:

The trip is being organised by the charity Oscar Foundation.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J9 for A46 and J8 for M50.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J9, A46 (Tewkesbury) and J8 M50, 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

Jury shown airfield where parachute 'near-fatal' jump happened

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Netheravon Airfield
PA

The jury in the trial of an Army sergeant accused of attempting to murder his wife, by tampering with her parachute, have visited the airfield where she survived her "near fatal" fall.

The nine women and three men on the jury, in the case of Emile Cilliers, were taken by bus from Winchester Crown Court to Netheravon Airfield in Wiltshire.

They were shown the kit store and mats where the parachutes are packed, ready to be used during the jumps, as well as a wall of photos depicting different types of parachute malfunctions.

The jurors were then taken to a set of toilets where the prosecution allege the defendant took the parachute to tamper with it, before storing it in a locker overnight after poor weather prevented his wife from jumping on the Saturday.

Mr Cilliers is alleged to have sabotaged both the main and reserve parachutes of his wife, Victoria Cilliers, on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.

He denies the charges.

Headteacher describes suspected meningitis victim as 'everybody's friend'

The headteacher of Orchard School in Bristol has been speaking of the loss felt by pupils and staff at her school, after the death of a 15-year-old pupil.

The boy, who has not yet been identified, died at the weekend of "suspected meningitis" according to Public Health England.

Confirmation that he had the infection is not expected until tomorrow, along with any details of the particular strain, but there are said to be "no known links" with the former pupils of St. Brendan's school who died over the summer.

Officials are working with the school and University Hospitals Bristol to ensure all precautions are taken to minimise any risks.

Julia Hinchliffe said the school is offering "whatever support is needed" to the family, pupils and staff

Crane driver misjudges bridge height

Feeder Road in Bristol is closed after a crane hit a bridge earlier this afternoon.

Avon & Somerset Police, Avon Fire and Rescue, and Western Power Distribution were all called. Police say the road is still closed.

Feeder Road is currently closed
BBC
Feeder Road is currently closed
Twerton Park

Bath City aim to submit a planning application in 2018 for the partial redevelopment of their home ground, Twerton Park.

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Appeal to find missing 14-year-old girl

Police are appealing for help to find a 14-year-old girl who has been missing for five days.

The teenager has not been seen since around 7.30pm last Thursday.

It's believed she may be with a 27-year-old man.

It’s believed they could be in the North Somerset area.

Breaking the mental health taboo

Woman with head in her hands
PA

Mental illness is often a taboo topic, with few of those suffering choosing to talk about their problems.

In fact one in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year.

Depression is also the leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide.

Today is World Mental Health Day and Bristol-based charity The Milestones Trust is running a harbourside walk and encouraging anyone affected by depression and other mental health issues to join in.

Superhero runner Jamie McDonald announces new charity challenge

Jamie McDonald
Jamie McDonald

A man from Gloucestershire who raised £250,000 for charity when he ran across Canada dressed as a superhero has announced his next challenge.

Jamie McDonald, 31, will be running across America as his alter ego Adventureman next March. He will run through more than fifteen states, beginning at the western-most point of the United States - Cape Alava in Washington.

In 2014, Jamie ran 5,000 miles (8,000km) across Canada - the equivalent of 200 marathons - dressed as comic book superhero The Flash.

I'm absolutely terrified, but also hugely excited at the same time to get back out and do what I love most all over again, challenging myself and meeting amazing people along the way.

Jamie McDonald

'Near miss' scheme expanded to include horse riders

Watch: Near miss between a horse and vehicle

A "near miss" scheme which allows road users to report incidents has been expanded to include horse riders.

It is part of Avon and Somerset Police's push to tackle horse and rider accidents on the road.

It used to be only available to cyclists as an intelligence gathering tool - now police have new powers to prosecute dangerous or careless drivers.

In the West there have been 29 horse and rider road related incidents in the past year, according to the British Horse Society.

Band Aid musician raises money for mental health charity

A musician who helped produce the Band Aid single in the 1980's has turned his talents to a new record - raising money for mental health charities in Bath.

Stuart Bruce from Box teamed up with local band Littlemen to write "More Than That".

He and several of the musicians have all experienced depression and anxiety - they hope the single will raise money and awareness about the issue.

Stuart Bruce has made a charity single for mental health charities in Bath.
Orchard School

The boy was in Year 11 at Orchard School in the city and died at the weekend, officials say.

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Knotweed - and how to deal with it

The highly invasive plant Japanese Knotweed is rampant in parts of the West.

It is often prevalent along railway embankments and can cause serious structural damage to homes, sometimes making it harder to sell your property.

A Plant Tracker app, developed at Bristol Uni is proving helpful in keeping it under control.

If you think you have knotweed on your property, here's what to do.

Watch A guide to dealing with knotweed

Bristol MP secures tougher air rifle regulations after Commons debate

Harry Studley
Avon and Somerset Police

The regulation of air weapons licensing is going to be reviewed after an debate in the Commons on Monday evening.

The debate was secured by Bristol South MP Karin Smyth after the serious injury in her constituency of 18-month-old Harry Studley in July last year, who was shot with an air rifle by a neighbour.

The coroner for Suffolk had also requested a review of legislation after the death of Benjamin Wragge.

The 13-year-old from Suffolk, died in May 2016 after he was accidentally shot with an air weapon.

I intend to look carefully at the existing controls on air weapons, including how best to ensure that these weapons are stored safely and securely. I think that a review of air weapon regulation is important and timely, we will do so against a backdrop of existing controls that are, by all international comparisons, very robust.”

Nick HurdMinister for Policing and the Fire Service

Your newspaper headlines around the region

Should Swindon's tented market be replaced with housing?

Plans for the site of the old tented market in Swindon are due to be decided on tonight.

A planning application's been made to build a 15-storey block of flats just off Commercial Road.

Our BBC Wiltshire reporter Karen Gardner fielded some of your views:

The market could be replaced with a 15-storey block of flats.

Suspected meningitis death: Tributes made to 'fantastic student'

Ambulance generic
PA

The headteacher of the Orchard School Bristol has paid tribute to its Year 11 student who died at the weekend.

Tests are taking place to confirm his diagnosis but Public Health England has said meningitis is the probable cause.

Those who came into contact with him at school are not at risk as they are not classified as close household contacts.

Those who are, have been given appropriate antibiotics.

This student was a fantastic role model, a high achieving young man, who was held in high regard by all pupils and staff. As a student at Orchard School Bristol for five years and a member of our community, he will be greatly missed. We are doing our best to provide comfort and support to his friends and classmates, to children across the school and to staff. He was a popular and much loved member of our school family."

Julia HinchcliffeHeadteacher, Orchard School Bristol

New app to combat Japanese Knotweed developed in Bristol

Watch: Developer Dave Kilbey demonstrates the app

A highly invasive plant that can cause serious structural damage to buildings is spreading across parts of the West.

Japanese Knotweed can affect the sale of homes and properties and all landowners have a legal responsibility to remove it.

But now, an app invented by developers in Bristol is helping to track and treat it with all the hotspots marked on a map. The app has been hugely successful with 20,000 downloads so far.

BBC Points West's Pam Caulfield was given a demonstration of the app by Bristol-based developer Dave Kilbey.