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  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West on Thursday 26 October 2017

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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 Ian Fergusson with tomorrow's weather forecast.

Bafta names Cirencester siblings Breakthrough Brits

This Country

Two siblings from Cirencester have been named on the list of Breakthrough Brits by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta).

Charlie and Daisy Cooper wrote and starred in the BBC mockumentary series This Country earlier this year which explores life for young people in rural west England.

The comedy was based on their own experiences of growing up in Cirencester.

"A lot of the characters are based on people we went to school with," said the pair.

They said being named on the list was "the best feeling" and means over the next year they will receive one-to-one mentoring, networking opportunities and an international travel bursary.

Passenger's death 'not caused by bus fall'

Bus stop

The death of a bus passenger was not caused by a fall he had while travelling, the police have confirmed.

Wiltshire Police said the man had not "sustained a head injury when he fell on the bus".

The incident happened on 17 October on a bus travelling between Bradford-on-Avon and Trowbridge. The man, in his 70s, died a week later.

Accessibility issue at station 'nearly a decade old'

Nailsea and Backwell station

Campaigners arguing for improved disabled access at local train stations say they're "sick of being fobbed off".

The campaign to make both platforms of Nailsea and Backwell station accessible for wheelchairs is almost a decade old, while many other stations in the region remain difficult or impossible for people with disabilities to use.

The government is currently consulting on plans to improve disabled provision on public transport, while Network Rail have previously pledged to make the railway accessible for all.

Bloodhound car tested ahead of 1,000mph record attempt
The 'world's fastest car' goes through its first public tests ahead of a land speed record attempt.

Crocheted crocodile boards ss Great Britain

"Kevin" the crocodile
Vicky Harrison

A crocheted crocodile called Kevin is on display at the ss Great Britain in Bristol this week.

The inspiration for Kevin - who is about three-metres long - first came from the sightings of the 'Bristol Crocodile' in the city's Harbourside.

He was made by 65 volunteers who helped to crochet and piece him together.

Warehouse fire building 'had asbestos in it'

Watch: Fire crews tackle the Yate warehouse fire on Tuesday

A warehouse which caught fire in Yate on Tuesday had "asbestos in it", the fire service has confirmed.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service said despite the asbestos "health risks were low".

A cordon is in place around Waverley Road and part of Lawrence Drive remains closed.

The risks to health are low and there is unlikely to be any significant exposure to asbestos, following fires involving materials containing asbestos.

Dr Chitra ArumugamPublic Health England

Bloodhound car tested ahead of 1,000mph record attempt

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The "world's fastest car" goes through its first public tests ahead of a land speed record attempt in 2019.

Engineers hope the Bloodhound car will eventually reach a speed of 1,000mph.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J25 for A358 and J24 for A38.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J25, A358 (Taunton) and J24, A38 (Bridgwater South), because of vehicle having a tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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

Bristol City to play Manchester United at Ashton Gate

BreakingLeague Cup draw

Bristol City will face Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the League Cup in the week commencing 18 December.

Here's the full draw:

Chelsea v Bournemouth

Arsenal v West Ham

Leicester City v Manchester City

Bristol City v Manchester Utd

MP wears painted nails for Commons speech to support local police

WATCH: Darren Jones wonders if he's the first MP to paint his nails

A Labour MP has spoken in the Commons sporting painted nails to show his support for a police anti-slavery social media campaign.

Darren Jones spoke out in defence of officers, from Avon and Somerset, whose online campaign was critcised by the media.

The force's #LetsNaillt hashtag on social media used a series of tweets of officers with painted nails to highlight the issue of modern day slavery.

"I share other members' concerns that the papers have so-called reported a backlash against Avon and Somerset Constabulary for wanting to raise this issue on social media in a way that communicates to people in their daily lives to keep an eye out for where they see these activities happening. Perhaps, as the first male MP in the chamber, I too very proudly paint my nails today in support of the Let's Nail It campaign for Avon and Somerset police.

Darren JonesBristol North West MP
Darren Jones
Darren Jones

Corbyn visits Glastonbury Festival founder's social housing scheme

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was in Somerset today to see Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis open 13 new social houses.

It's part of Mr Eavis's social housing project in Pilton called Maggie's Farm.

It's one of several building projects started by the festival organiser in 1990.

He says his aim is to eventually have 50 affordable properties for local people to coincide with the festival's 50th anniversary in 2020.

Well, there's a promise!

We're waiting to hear who Bristol City will face in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

The draw's been delayed - but comedian Mark Watson seems to have high hopes!

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Karate champion jailed for benefit fraud

Claire Thomas
Gloucestershire News Service

A woman who took part in karate competitions while claiming disability benefits has been jailed.

Claire Thomas, 47, of Willow Avenue, Gloucester, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for benefit fraud totalling £77,000.

She claimed disability benefits while being secretly filmed by the Department for Work and Pensions, after winning a gold medal in a karate competition.

Thomas also claimed to be living as single mum despite the fact her husband was living at the house too.

Gloucester Crown Court heard she had also had a conditional discharge for benefit fraud in Bristol in 1998.

You milked the system as far as you could for years. It's people like you who cause members of the public to lose faith in the system when they see money being wasted on you that could go somewhere else

Recorder Gordon Bebb QCGloucester Crown Court

Delayed - League Cup draw

Bristol City fans have waited since 1989 to see their side in the quarter-finals of the League Cup and, unfortunately, they're going to have to wait a little bit longer for the draw.

It has been delayed until 17:00 BST.

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Severe accident: M4 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol westbound severe accident, at J20 for M5.

M4 Bristol - M4 entry slip road closed westbound at J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of an accident.

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

Coming up - League Cup draw

In just a few moments, Bristol City will learn their opponents for the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

City are the only side left in the competition from outside the top flight, and have reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 1989.

Arsenal, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham are the other sides in the hat.

MP wears nail varnish in Commons to support police campaign

A male MP has spoken with painted nails in the Commons to show his support for police officers who did the same as part of an anti-slavery campaign.

Labour's Darren Jones spoke out in defence of officers from Avon and Somerset, whose online campaign he said had been met with a backlash by newspapers.

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Take a look round the Bloodhound supersonic car

It's the supersonic car built in Avonmouth near Bristol - and today Bloodhound SSC has completed its first test runs.

Our reporter Scott Ellis is at Newquay Airport in Cornwall taking a look at the car now.

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Anarchist Cookbook case: Student Joshua Walker cleared

Josh Walker

A student has been cleared of having a copy of terrorism manual The Anarchist Cookbook in a drawer under his bed.

Joshua Walker, 27, from Bristol, had travelled to Syria in the summer of 2016 where he said he helped a Kurdish militia group.

He had previously denied a charge relating to possessing terrorist information.

The 111-page partial copy of the manual was found at his university bedsit in Dan-y-Coed, Aberystwyth.

Read more here.

BreakingStudent Joshua Walker cleared of terrorism charges

Joshua Walker

University student Joshua Walker, from Bristol, has been cleared at Birmingham Crown Court of having a copy of terrorism manual The Anarchist Cookbook in a drawer under his bed.

More to follow.

Supersonic car: 0-200mph in eight seconds

Press Association

A British car designed to reach 1,000mph has been tested in public for the first time.

Bloodhound SSC was driven by ex-RAF fighter pilot Andy Green along the runway at Cornwall Airport Newquay.

It accelerated from 0-200mph in eight seconds during the first of two runs. More than 3,000 spectators witnessed the exercise, which was used to prove the vehicle's steering, brakes, suspension, data systems and other functions.

The team behind the car say it is a combination of a fighter jet, a Formula One car and a spaceship. It is fitted with an EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

The car will attempt the break the land speed record in South Africa in 2019. In 1997 Mr Green was the driver for the Thrust SSC team as they set the current record of 763mph. Bloodhound SSC is designed to reach 1,000mph in a bid to set a record that cannot be beaten by existing technology.


We came here to show the world Bloodhound is go. I cannot think of a better way to do it than that run. Two back-to-back runs, the longest runs we've done, the highest speeds we've done, the most energy going into the brakes. The car just said: 'I can do all of this. I'm designed for supersonic speed but this I can do easily'."

Andy Green (speaking after the trial)

Criminal's film memorabilia to be auctioned

Picture of movie memorabilia
Wilsons Auctions

Movie memorabilia belonging to a criminal behind a cannabis factory in a nuclear bunker in Wiltshire will be auctioned today.

Martin Fillery, 45, of Ashcott near Bridgwater, was one of three men jailed for setting up the cannabis farm near Chilmark.

The gang produced £6m worth of drugs for more than three years without being detected.

More than 100 items, including luxury cars from films, owned by Fillery are being sold having been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Wilsons Auctions in Belfast said the collection had been valued at £1.5m.

Star Wars memorabilia
Wilsons auctions
Terminator memorabilis
Wilsons Auctions

Bloodhound: Raising finances 'tough'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Bloodhound car in a hangar

The world's media is eagerly awaiting the the first public runs of Bloodhound at Newquay Airport this afternoon.

The car designed to break the world-speed record in South Africa in 2019 is expected to make its first public run at about 13:15 BST.

Launched in the midst of the financial crisis, securing finance has been an immense challenge according to Tony Parraman, part of the Bloodhound team.

"It has been tough, second to the wheels it's the toughest thing we've had to crack in terms of getting the car going."

"Especially when you launch the project in 2008 when the stock market crashes, and you're looking to get money for this kind of project."

"But we've achieved great things," he said.

The rubber wheels will work fine at slow speed on today's concrete Cornish runway but will be useless in the record attempt where they could instantly shred.

In South Africa, Bloodhound will use all-aluminium discs instead.

Rugby league ball

Plans for Oxford and Gloucestershire All Golds to merge and form a Bristol-based rugby league club are accepted by the RFL.

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Helium balloon flight 'slightly homemade'

Watch: Tom Morgan on BBC Breakfast

Last week Tom Morgan, from Bristol, flew 25km (15 miles) across South Africa suspended from about 100 helium balloons.

This morning he was in the BBC Breakfast studio where he admitted his transport was "slightly homemade".

Who is Tyrone Mings?

Watch: Premier League footballer 'giving something back'

A footballer from Chippenham who's now in the Premier League has opened a football academy for children.

Tyrone Mings plays for Bournemouth but previous clubs include Chippenham and Yate.

'Flying colours' for young bee enthusiast

Rosie Boyd bees
Angus Boyd

Rosie Boyd, 10, said she "wasn't expecting" to win the prestigious beekeeping cup.

But Chris Rawlings, chair of Wiltshire Beekeepers Association, chose Rosie because she is "a really brilliant ambassador for beekeeping".

The young beekeeper writes a diary for the magazine Bee Craft and passed her first beekeeping exam in the summer with "flying colours".

"Bees are under threat worldwide and we need more young people to take up beekeeping to ensure tomorrow's crops continue to be pollinated," Mr Rawlings said.

Part of community centre to be turned into flats

Hamilton House

The owner of Hamilton House, a community centre in Stokes Croft, has announced it wants to convert one block of the Bristol building into residential flats to ensure its survival.

The creative community, which houses 200 organisations, has faced an uncertain future since July, when manager Coexist was served notice by owners Connolly & Callaghan (C&C).

In a letter to community members, C&C said Hamilton House was not for sale and never has been.

Part of the building has been offered to Coexist on a 10-year lease.

Also, C&C said it could no longer afford to subsidise Coexist so the group would need to find £500,000 per year from other sources.

Karate competitor benefit cheat being sentenced later

Claire Thomas
Gloucester News Service

A woman found guilty of claiming £72,000 in disability benefits while competing at karate is to be sentenced this afternoon.

Claire Thomas, 47, of Willow Avenue in Gloucester, told jurors she had "brittle" asthma and struggled with diabetes and high blood pressure.

But Gloucester Crown Court was shown covertly filmed video of Thomas training, competing in tournaments and being presented with medals.

Thomas has been told to expect a prison sentence.

Ten-year-old buzzing with excitement over award

Rosie and dad
Angus Boyd

A 10-year-old girl has become the youngest person to receive a prestigious beekeeping award.

Rosie Boyd, 10, from Allington in Wiltshire, was awarded the coveted Harold Teal Cup at the Wiltshire Honey Show last weekend.

Historically, the cup has been awarded to experienced beekeepers who have done a lot of service.

But Rosie, who has been a beekeeper since she was two, was chosen because of her enthusiasm and knowledge.

Rosie Boyd receiving award
Angus Boyd