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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates for the West of England on Monday, 16 October 2017

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Goodnight from us - we'll be back tomorrow at 7am

That's it from BBC Local Live for the West of England - we'll be back online with more live updates from 7am tomorrow.

In the meantime here's tomorrow's forecast with Ian Fergusson.

Your questions on new high-speed trains

How many seats and how fast do they go... some of your questions on the new GWR trains answered.

New intercity train

BreakingTaunton Carnival will go ahead this weekend

Carnival float

Organisers have confirmed that Taunton Carnival will go ahead this weekend.

They've said they will be calling all entries to "go over health and safety" after an accident in Chard, on Saturday, where a woman was seriously injured.

Gloucestershire photographer's images from 1970s Moss Side

Moss Side in 1972
Daniel Meadows
Children play on the street in Manchester's Moss Side in 1972

Moss Side in Manchester has long been associated with drugs, gangs and violence.

But a collection of rarely seen images paints a very different picture of one of the city's most notorious neighbourhoods.

When Daniel Meadows moved to the city in 1970, he had a less than complimentary view of it.

It was a sharp awakening for the aspiring photographer, who recalls having a "protected, sheltered childhood" in Gloucestershire.

"By the time I was 18, I was exploding with curiosity about the world and I found myself in Manchester - I might as well have landed on the moon really," he said.

Police officers guilty of misconduct after cell death

New custody suites in Bridgwater, Somerset

Three police officers have been found guilty of misconduct over the death of a man in police custody in Somerset.

David Fournier D'Albe, 40, was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in 2014 but died in custody two days later.

PC Stephen Brawley, PC Ian Bartlett and PC Nick White were accused of failing to tell medical staff he had hit his head in a cell, although it was found they did not contribute to the death.

The Avon and Somerset Police officers were cleared of gross misconduct.

How the West's teams fared in FA Cup draw

FA Cup graphic

So how did the West's teams come out of the hat for the first round of the FA Cup?

Cheltenham Town v Maidstone United/Enfield Town

Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town

Gateshead v Bath City/Chelmsford City

Notts County v Bristol Rovers

Yeovil Town v Southend United

Meeting to decide if carnival will go ahead on Saturday

Incident at Chard Carnival
The incident happened near Tesco on Tapstone Road at about 10pm on Saturday

A meeting is being held this evening to decide whether Taunton Carnival will go ahead this weekend.

It's after an accident at the Chard procession on Saturday, which left a woman seriously injured after she fell under a float.

The injured woman is said to be in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

England's best and worst motorway service stations named

Motorway sign

Neither synonymous with glamour nor a byword for luxury, England's best motorway service stations have been unveiled after a comprehensive survey... but the services from hell are named and shamed too.

Transport Focus conducted the study of 112 pit-stops - with Gloucester Services north and southbound on M5 in Gloucestershire coming fourth best.

In compiling the list, the travel watchdog questioned 8,700 customers on key factors including staffing, food and the all-important lavatories.

Emile Cilliers trial: Wife 'violently thrown around' in parachute fall

Victoria and Emile Cilliers
Emile Cilliers denies attempting to murder Victoria Cilliers in April 2015

A woman, whose husband is accused of attempting to kill her by tampering with her parachute, was "violently thrown around" as she spiralled to the ground after her reserve parachute failed.

Emile Cilliers, 37, denies attempting to murder his former Army officer wife.

Justin "Kenny" Everett, a former member of the Royal Artillery parachute display team known as the Black Knights, said he was working as the drop zone controller at the time of the fall.

He said: "She seemed normal, she didn't seem any different."

The trial at Winchester Crown Court continues.

The reserve parachute was spiralling with only one side attached and the person underneath the parachute was being violently thrown around. I dialled 999 straight away, I knew there would be a serious injury so I tried to get an air ambulance on scene as quickly as possible.

Justin "Kenny" Everett

How a London suburb inspired Clinton's daughter's name

Hillary Clinton was at the Cheltenham Literature Festival to discuss her memoir

Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was one of the guests at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

She was there to discuss her memoir and the background to last year's US election campaign..

Mrs Clinton began her talk by discussing her appreciation for the UK, and revealed how her daughter was named after a certain area of London she visited many years ago.

Accused husband 'skilled parachute packer'

Emile Cilliers

A man accused of trying to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute was a "skilled packer" and "knew what he was doing", a court has heard.

Victoria Cilliers, 40, suffered multiple injuries in a 4,000ft fall at Netheravon Airfield, Wiltshire in 2015.

Emile Cilliers, 37, denies attempting to murder his former Army officer wife.

Winchester Crown Court heard Mr Cilliers was a qualified main parachute packer and had been on an advanced reserve packing course in October 2012.

Bristol emergency control HQ opens

A new emergency control centre for Bristol has been unveiled today by the city council.

Operators also control traffic and try to tackle congestion, using 700 CCTV cameras across Bristol.

It would act as a control centre in the event of an emergency.

Bristol CCTV emergency control centre

Bath add back Wilson on short-term deal

James Wilson
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Bath have signed versatile back James Wilson on a three-month contract.

The 34-year-old former Northampton Saints and Bedford Blues man has also played for Super Rugby sides Highlanders and Chiefs.

Wilson spent five years with Saints until last season, playing 95 times.

Donald Trumpkin and co pop up in Chew Valley

Hundreds of scarecrows have been put up in the Chew Valley.

As far as scarecrows go, Donald Trump and Baymax aren't what you'd usually see in a field.

They are though two of hundreds of scarecrows which have popped up in villages around the Chew Valley, to raise money for The Harvey Hext Trust.

The trust is named after a young boy from Winford who died from an aggressive form of cancer.

The scarecrows have become an annual fixture raising money for the charity in his name.

Police appeal for witnesses to Stokes incident

Ben Stokes
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Police have renewed their appeal for two men who they believe may be key witnesses to the incident for which cricketer Ben Stokes was arrested.

The England all-rounder, 26, was arrested on 26 September on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident near a Bristol nightclub.

Stokes was released without charge but remains under investigation after claims of an early-hours brawl.

He will make his explanation public when the time is right, his agent says.

MP calls on Channel 4 to tune into Bristol

Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy is banging the drum for Bristol, calling on Channel 4 to relocate its HQ to her city.

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Hitachi 'very sorry' for delayed high-speed train

Hitachi says it's "very sorry and disappointed" that the first high-speed passenger train from Bristol was delayed by 41 minutes.

Managing director Karen Boswell also apologised for an "air conditioning issue which resulted in water entering the carriage".

In a video apology on Twitter, she said: "This was not to a standard that Hitachi expects and is known for. We can and will do better.

"Our depot teams are as a matter of priority investigating the root causes of today’s technical issues, and we will ensure that these are corrected as quickly as possible."

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Share of European Union staff leaving NHS rises

Hospital ward
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The proportion of EU nationals leaving jobs in the NHS is rising, while the share of those joining is shrinking.

The BBC analysed NHS Digital figures, which showed the trend in England over the past two-and-a-half years.

Parts of the country where EU staff leaving increased the most includes Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

Health experts say the UK's decision to leave the European Union in June 2016 was behind the trend.

The Department of Health says new language requirements for EU nurses may have played a part.

Fire coach company stripped of licence

Avalon coach on fire

Glastonbury-based Avalon Coaches in Somerset will no longer operate from the end of 2017, following a public inquiry.

The South West Traffic Commissioner's decision came just weeks after Somerset County Council stripped the firm of its school buses contract.

The traffic commissioner described inspection facilities at the firm as "almost Dickensian".

'Smoke smell' forces flights to land

Easyjet flight

A number of flights to Bristol and other UK airports have been forced to land or divert following reports of "smoke smells".

Fire crews were called to a landing at Liverpool's John Lennon Airport, but found "no signs of a fire".

The airport said the smells appeared to be connected with "atmospheric conditions".

Precautionary landings have been reported from flights travelling to Dublin, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool and Jersey.

BreakingPolice incident in east Bristol

England cricketer Ben Stokes marries in Somerset

Ben Stokes and Clare Ratcliffe at wedding ceremony

England cricketer Ben Stokes married Clare Ratcliffe at a ceremony in East Brent, near Weston-super-Mare, on Saturday.

International team mates Joe Root, Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook were among the guests at the church service.

Stokes, 26, was arrested last month on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol.

Earlier this week, his agent said the all-rounder would publicly explain what happened "when the time is right".

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Why has the sun gone red? We explain all ...

You've been tweeting us all morning about the apocalyptic sun.

Here's BBC Weather's Charlie Slater with an explanation.

BBC Weather presenter Charlie Slater tells us why the sun is red over parts of the UK.

Coach company stripped of its licence

A coach company, responsible for two school buses which caught fire, has been stripped of its licence.

From the end of 2017 Glastonbury-based Avalon Coaches in Somerset will no longer operate, following a public inquiry.

The South West Traffic Commissioner's decision came just weeks after Somerset County Council stripped the firm of its school buses contract.

Avalon Coaches has declined to comment.

Commissioner Kevin Rooney said the latest safety inspection found eight out of 11 vehicles at the company were either "immediately dangerous or on their way to becoming dangerous".

Avalon Coaches

Techno-dress re-shapes and celebrates women-in-science thinking

Ada,Ada,Ada - an interactive theatre production celebrating the work of Somerset mathematician Ada Lovelace - is being performed in Bristol today.

Ada lived at Ashley Combe near Porlock Weir and died there in 1852.

She is considered to have written instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s whilst creator, Zoe Philpott, has worked in the sector for more than 15 years before creating the show.

The performance aims to inspire the next generation of technical innovators, and help especially girls and women to engage with technology and science-related careers.

Performace picture of Ada actress Zoe Philpott
Adrian Philpott
Ada Ada Ada uses a complex algorithm, written in 1843, and explained onstage using an LED dress operated by a tech satin glove.

Ploughing championship returned to Somerset

Watch: Ploughing contest takes place in Somerset

Ploughmen and women descended on a village in Somerset over the weekend for the British National Ploughing Championships and Country Festival.

More than 260 local champions from across the UK took part in various classes over the weekend in a field near Bishops Lydeard.

The event was last held in the county six years ago.

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Field being ploughed

Ploughing contest returns to Somerset

Ploughmen and women from across the UK take part in the championships in Bishops Lydeard.

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Seb on the West End

In 2012 mum Caroline from Bath was so incensed that children like her son, Seb, who has Downs Syndrome, were never in ads – she persuaded Marks and Spencer to use him in an ad campaign.

She then wrote a children's book about him.

Now, the determined mum's efforts have been rewarded with a West-End musical, based on the book.

It was performed at the London Palladium for the first time last night, as a tribute to Sir Brian Rix and his work with Mencap.


Red sun continues to stun

Thanks to all of you who have been sending your pictures of the apocalyptic sun.

Dust whipped up from the Sahara is to blame for the spooky hue.

Here's some of your pictures from around the region.

Sun from horseback
Jessica Parsons
The red sun from behind the ears of Tilly in North Nibley during our morning exercise by Jessica Parsons
Sun from Clevedon
Maureen Curme
Maureen Curme snapped this smouldering sun over Clevedon
Red sun
Ann Hill
Ann Hill took this snap at noon in Hatch Beauchamp, Somerset

BreakingCoach firm has its licence revoked after catalogue of problems

Glastonbury based Avalon Coaches is having its licence to operate taken away following a public inquiry.

A hearing in front of the South West Traffic Commissioner last month heard about a catalogue of failings by the company.

On two occasions school buses operated by Avalon caught fire. Another crashed on the M25 near London. On other occasions buses operated by the company failed inspections and were ordered off the road.

The commissioner has announced that the company will have its licence revoked at the end of this year. The company has already had its school bus contract with Somerset County Council cancelled.

Deadline for final say on new M4 junction

Traffic on the M4

Monday is the final chance to have your say on plans for a new M4 junction between Bristol and Bath.

The campaign for Junction 18A has proved controversial; a decision will be made next spring.

One of the options being considered involves building a link road around the village of Pucklechurch, which has angered residents.

The alternative route would mean linking the M4 to the ring road at Lyde Green.

Face-to-face solution to online crime

Workshops giving advice about how to avoid online fraud are being delivered by police across Gloucestershire this week.

Online safety - such as avoiding scams - is one of the fastest-growing digital-policing concerns.

People are now 20-times more likely to be a victim of fraud than robbery.

Police say recent statistics reveal those aged in their mid-to-late 20s are now the main target for fraud: identity fraud has increased by five per cent in the first six months of this year with 83 per cent of all crimes committed online.

The free workshops, will take place in Stroud, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the Forest of Dean.

Those who attend will be able to speak to a member of the Force's Digital Intelligence Unit and learn about:

  • ransomware
  • password safety
  • monitoring children's use of the internet
  • phishing emails
  • public Wi-Fi risks
  • digital footprints
  • cyberbullying, and
  • the dangers of online grooming
Online user generic pic

We know people are using technology more than ever which sadly does create risks and vulnerabilities. These sessions are designed to help people understand those risks and show them how they can reduce them and keep themselves, and their families, safer online as a result.

Victoria BrintonDigital Intelligence Unit

Techno-dress and glove hope to inspire girls in science

The daughter of poet Lord Byron and a mathematician is the inspiration for an interactive science and technology performance in Bristol today.

Ada Lovelace is considered to have written the first complex algorithm computer program in the 1850s, but her contribution was written out of most historical records.

Now, the Somerset mathematician's work is recreated by technology professional and performer Zoe Philpott, as part of a celebration of women in science.

It's hoped the interactive performance - employing a dress, LEDs and a techno-silk-glove will inspire more girls and young women into careers in technology.

The tech-dress and glove
Philpott Design Nash/Turvey
The tech-dress and glove are stars of today's show: they use a complex algorhithm similar to that written by Ada Lovelace in the 1800's

Hitachi trains hiccup

As the first hi-speed train pulled out of Bristol Temple Meads this morning, GWR were hoping for the smoothest-running Paddington service ever.

But there were teething problems: getting the train onto the rails was the first one - it delayed the departure by 25 minutes.

Everyday commuters were pleased with the smooth ride and environment, but extra seats were not quite enough to prevent rush-hour standing.

Then the air conditioning hit a hitch: water started pouring into carriages and it had to be switched off, leaving passengers in a sweat.

Rail managers say despite the problems - the Hitachi Intercity Express Trains will cut journey times - and carry more passengers.

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Ophelia drowns out the sun

Dust from Storm Ophelia choked the sun above the West this morning, and this was the result:

Shots of the red sun above Bristol

BBC Weatherman, Simon King, tells us Ophelia is responsible for the glowing red sun, hovering over the West this morning: the Saharan dust in the atmosphere was filtering the sun's rays.

Clinton: 'There were times it was really hard'

Former US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was the star guest at the Cheltenham Literature Festival this weekend.

Mrs Clinton was there to discuss her memoir and spoke candidly of the "devastation" of losing the campaign to Donald Trump.

She told host, Mariella Frostrup, how she coped in the days after the election.

Clinton: 'There were times it was really hard'

A360 likely to remain closed for several hours after crash

Police crash sign

Police say the A360 in Wiltshire will remain closed after a serious crash just north of Tilshead at 0700 BST.

The road is shut northbound at West Lavington and southbound at Tilshead for paramedics to treat the injured and an investigation to be carried out.

Drivers should seek alternative routes.

Red sky in the morning...? BBC weatherman tells us why

We have the answers to those tweets around Bristol pointing out this morning's red sun:

It's Ophelia's fault!

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Red sun at dawn over West

Residents of Bristol are reporting a strange red sun above the city, as well as Gloucestershire and elsewhere this morning.

We are finding out why. Any ideas?

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Air con hitches rain on GWR parade: first hi-speed train from Bristol

Our reporters have been aboard the first hi-speed train to carry passengers in the UK this morning.

It left Bristol Temple Meads - 25 minutes late - and arrived in Paddington 41 minutes after schedule.

Commuters were pleased with the extra seats and "a smooth ride", but less so with the waterfall that showered them inside carriages and led to the air conditioning being turned off.

Watch: the Hitachi 800

There were technical hitches on the new hi-speed train that left Bristol this morning

Chard Carnival accident: Eyewitness account

Andy Bennett

BBC Somerset reporter

A woman, seriously injured when she fell under a float at Chard carnival, is said to be in a "serious but stable condition" this morning.

I was involved in the carnival, and there were various whispers towards the end of the procession that there had been an incident involving a float.

Whilst walking back to my car, I saw the air ambulance circling overhead, and when I arrived back to where my car was parked, the road leading towards the dispersal area was closed, with fire crews and ambulances in attendance.

The other entries in the carnival were sent via a different route to keep the area clear.

In the 20 years that I've been involved with Chard Carnival I've never seen anything like this happen.

The attention to detail when it comes to the health and safety of crowds and carnival performers is second to none.

An investigation has been launched by the authorities.