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  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Friday, 13 October 2017

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Bristol City v Burton

Bristol City miss the chance to go second in the Championship as they are held to a goalless draw at home by Burton.

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That's all folks - good night

Watch: "A grey start to the weekend but the sun will shine through," says John Hammond

That's it from us for today. We'll be back on Monday from 7am with all the news, sport, travel and weather from across the region.

Award-winning film by lecturer hits cinemas

Unrest film poster

A feature-length documentary produced by University of Gloucestershire lecturer Lindsey Dryden is being released to some UK cinemas this week

Unrest is an intimate portrayal of director Jennifer Brea’s fight to overcome Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) diagnosis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

The film was awarded Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Illuminate Award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Our Film Production department is extra special because it allows filmmakers deeply connected to industry to continue making our own films while we work with students, which enriches students and lecturers alike... it's very exciting to be able to bring the film to cinemas across the UK, and especially in the south west.

Lindsey DrydenFilm Production Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire

Unrest will be shown at the Watershed in Bristol on 22nd October.

Salisbury brass band in London for national finals

Watch: More from the Woodfalls brass band

A brass band which is based near Salisbury is competing at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.

The Woodfalls band has progressed to the finals of the National Championships and will be one of 20 bands competing in London.

Attempted murder trial: Parachute slinks 'had never failed'

Parachute slinks
Wiltshire Police

A man accused of trying to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute removed vital parts that when present have never failed, a court heard.

Emile Cilliers, 37, denies the charge.

Winchester Crown Court heard claims he removed slinks, which attach lines to the harness from a reserve chute, that "never failed" when properly fitted.

Read the full story here.

Football: Bristol City 0-0 Burton Albion at half time

Trio banned from calling 999 unless genuine emergency

Emergency call handler

Three men from South Gloucestershire have been banned from making unnecessary calls to the emergency services.

One of the men, a 50-year-old from Thornbury, called the police 88 times in 2016 and sent 50 emails to police officers and staff in the first six months of 2017.

Many frequent callers have complex health and social care needs so a multi-agency, structured approach is used to assist and improve those patients’ access to health and social care.

Claire MorganFrequent caller lead at SWASFT

We have taken this action because our communities rightly expect their emergency services to be available when they’re needed, not tied up with people making false or time-wasting calls.

Clive SummerillNeighbourhood inspector

Arrests made over taxi driver assault

Police officers
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Five men from the Swindon area have been arrested after a taxi driver was assaulted on the outskirts of the town.

The 28-year-old driver was attacked by a group of men when he drove them from Cricklade Road/Poplar Avenue area to the Supermarine area on 8th October at about 11pm.

The men also took cash, keys and the driver's mobile phone.

Police want to speak to anyone who witnessed a confrontation between a taxi full of men and their driver near to the Supermarine Club, or saw any other vehicles driving suspiciously.

Rugby: Josh Lewis will start for Bath against Benetton Treviso

Josh Lewis
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Fly-half Josh Lewis will make his first start for Bath in Saturday's Champions Cup opener against Benetton Treviso.

The 25-year-old arrived from Ebbw Vale in the summer and steps up with Freddie Burns suspended and Rhys Priestland injured.

Read more team news here.

Sean Gower being sought by police

Sean Gower
Avon and Somerset Police

Police are looking for Sean Gower, 36, after he failed to comply with the conditions of his licence which were put in place following his release from prison.

He’s previously been convicted of a wounding offence.

The Bristolian has been described as white, about 6ft 1in, of slim build, with scruffy, mousey coloured hair. He only has one eye and has a finger missing.

He often sleeps rough and has connections with Bridgwater, Bristol, Yeovil, Taunton and Devon.

Police say members of the public shouldn't approach him but dial 999 instead.

PHE 'doing what it can' to prevent meningitis B spread

Watch: Mike Wade from Public Health England

Public Health England is asking University of Bristol students to remain vigilant after another confirmed case of meningitis B.

Antibiotics are being given as a precaution to those who have been in close contact.

Bristol has seen eight cases of this type since January.

Paramedic's helmet stolen - while treating patient

'A death threat and having to move house - it was tough'

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson says he received a death threat during the 2016-17 season after signing Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor.

The Robins lost a club-record eight consecutive league games mid-way through the campaign.

Johnson's side are fourth in the table and the 36-year-old was named Championship Manager of the Month for September.

Travel: M4 now clear but still long delays

Would-be burglars caught on CCTV

Earlier this month these would-be burglars were caught on CCTV trying to break into a house in Bristol while the family were asleep upstairs.

They try to open a door through the letterbox but run off after being disturbed. However they return to try again.

There's been a surge in burglaries in Bristol, according to Avon and Somerset Police.

The force said it no longer has burglary squads after losing 700 officers due to funding cuts.

Read the full story here.

Travel: M4 lane closed westbound between Bath and Bristol

Severe disruption: M4 Gloucestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, at J18 for A46 Bath.

M4 Gloucestershire - Very slow traffic on M4 westbound at J18, A46 (Bath), because of earlier shed load of pallets. Travel time is 50 minutes. Congestion to J17, A350 (Chippenham).

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

Four homeless people die in Bristol in one week

The Bearpit

Four homeless people have died in a week in Bristol city centre, the BBC understands.

Two of the deaths were in hospital, one in a hostel and another in an area called the Bearpit, which is a sunken roundabout in the city centre.

The cause of the deaths is not clear at this stage.

People working with the homeless in city say there's been an increase in the use of the synthetic drug 'spice' in the area, but there's been no confirmation the drug is connected to the deaths.

Severe accident: A350 Wiltshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A350 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between B4158 Malmesbury Road and M4 J17.

A350 Wiltshire - A350 West Cepen Way in Chippenham partially blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between Malmesbury Road Roundabout and Chippenham, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

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

Local newspaper headlines this afternoon

'We are committed to bringing burglars to justice'

PCC Sue Mountstevens

Avon and Somerset Police has revealed burglaries in Bristol have risen by about 15% per year since 2013 - while the number solved has halved, to around 7%.

Here's the response from the force's Police and Crime Commissioner:

There are many reasons why some burglaries are not fully resolved including the nature of the crime itself, or a lack of investigative opportunity with no evidence, witnesses or further lines of enquiry. If you have been a victim of burglary in Avon and Somerset I do not want you to be deterred in reporting this crime in the future. Working together, with the police, probation, prisons, drug services and the criminal justice system, we are committed to bringing burglars to justice. It’s important that all our residents are safe and feel safe in their homes knowing their property is secure.

Sue MountstevensPolice and Crime Commissioner

Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, between J1 for A38 and J2 for A417.

M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M50 westbound between J1, A38 (Tewkesbury) and J2, A417 (Ledbury), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Burglary spree 'being ignored by police'

Policeman generic

Police are failing to take action over a spate of "brazen" burglaries in Bristol, a group of residents claims.

Two streets in Henleaze have seen several break-ins to sheds, garages or houses during the day, with burglars using crowbars to gain entry.

Burglary victim Rob Knight said: "We are being hammered by a mixture of different types of burglars."

Avon and Somerset Police said it no longer had burglary squads after losing 700 officers due to funding cuts.

Read the full story here.

Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, between J1 for A38 and J2 for A417.

M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M50 westbound between J1, A38 (Tewkesbury) and J2, A417 (Ledbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Football: Bristol City duo may not play tonight

Bailey Wright
Getty Images

Bristol City captain Bailey Wright and Matty Taylor are doubts as Bristol City look to extend their unbeaten run to 12 games at Ashton Court tonight.

City are without defender Eros Pisano (knee), midfielder Gary O'Neil (knee) and forward Milan Djuric (groin).

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Read the full story and get key match facts here.

A surge in burglaries in Bristol

Watch: BBC Points West's Robin Markwell meets a burglary victim

there's been a surge in burglaries in Bristol according to Avon and Somerset Police.

The numbers had been falling but since 2013 they've been on the up - an increase of about 15%.

At the same time the number of burglaries solved by the police has nearly halved over the same period to 7% last year.

It comes as the police say they had to close their specialist burglary unit because of cuts.

Man arrested on suspicion of rape


A man, 24, has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault in Yeovil following a CCTV appeal.

The incident happened between 1.30am and 2.30am on Monday in Yeovil town centre.

The victim, who is a teenager, is being supported by specialist officers and medical professionals.

The man was arrested on suspicion of rape and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Jury considering Jeffrey Barry trial verdict

Court sketch of Jeffrey Barry in the dock at Bristol Crown Court
Julia Quenzler

A jury at Bristol Crown Court is continuing its deliberations in the trial of Jeffrey Barry.

Mr Barry is accused of murdering Kamil Ahmad, a neighbour, at his flat on Wells Road in Bristol on 6th July last year.

He denies murder but admits manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

Football: Bristol City could go second in the league

Lee Johnson
Getty Images

Bristol City are in action tonight, at home to Burton Albion.

The Robins are nine games unbeaten and would go second with a win tonight.

BBC Sport is running live text commentary online tonight. To see it, click here.

Dogs making a splash

Dog in swimming pool

Hundreds of dogs and their owners will be making a splash at Cheltenham Lido this weekend.

The event will mark the closure of the Lido for the winter.

Like last year it will take the form of a mini festival, with lots of dog-related stalls.

If you want to take your dog, it's already sold out but you can still go and watch.

Severe accident: A30 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A30 Somerset both ways severe accident, near Cod Lane.

A30 Somerset - Very slow traffic on A30 in both directions in East Chinnock near the Cod Lane junction, because of an accident earlier on.

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

Warning after Portuguese man-o-war sightings

Portishead RNLI is warning beachgoers to look out for Portugese man-o-war jellyfish after sightings in the Severn Estuary.

The Marine Conservation Society has recorded the highest number for five years in Cornwall and South Wales.

Watch: The West Country visitors with a sting in their tails.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at J18A for M49.

M5 Bristol - M5 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J18a M49, because of a vehicle fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe accident, at J9 for A46.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound at J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), because of an accident.

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

Pay rise for senior managers criticised

City Hall in Bristol

Potential pay rises for senior management at Bristol City Council have been heavily criticised.

It comes after a report suggested changing the salary band for most senior staff, which could mean more pay for some.

The council says it's reducing management costs by three quarters of a million pounds a year.

The changes will be discussed next week.

Time out at the Avon Gorge

This week we've been bringing you views of our wonderful West Country via the BBC West Facebook page.

Today we're at the sea walls on Durdham Downs in Bristol overlooking the Avon Gorge.


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Wiltshire firefighter helped battle California's wildfires

The US State of California is currently in the grip of some of the worse wildfires in recent memory and has declared a state of emergency as the fire services try to bring the blazes under control.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service Watch Manager Andy Elliott, station commander at Maiden Newton fire station, returned from California last week after working with the Middletown crews of Cal Fire in their Lake Nappa Unit last month.

Andy is one of only 12 Wildfire Tactical Advisors for the UK and says it's difficult to appreciate the devastation in California.

Listen: Wiltshire firefighter Andy Elliott helped battle the Californian wildfires

New train to be named after Bristol 'hero'

A statue of John Wesley outside the New Room in Bristol
The New Room
A statue of John Wesley outside the New Room in Bristol

John Wesley is to have a new Great Western Railway train named after him.

He was an English Anglican cleric and theologian who founded the Methodist Church.

John Wesley was among the top of the list of nominations for the 100 Great Westerners in a competition run by ten Trinity Mirror newspapers across the West.

The team at the New Room in Bristol (also known as John Wesley’s Chapel) spotted the competition in the Bristol Post and say they had no doubt that John Wesley deserved to be included.

“He was a real pioneer and an enlightened campaigner for causes like gender equality, abolition of slavery, healthcare, education, and the natural environment. Wesley based himself in Bristol, and preached throughout the whole of the South West, (the train) will travel regularly around the same geographical region. "

David WorthingtonManager of the New Room