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  1. Updates for the West of England on Monday, 6 June 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

'Hold-up' over Severn bridges handover

Severn Bridge

The handover of the Severn crossings to public ownership is being held up, the House of Commons has been told.

It was meant to happen by April 2018 after building cost debts are repaid to a private company.  

And that's all from Local Live today. We'll be back with the West's latest news, sport, weather and travel from 7am tomorrow.

Harbour Festival becoming a venue for young drinkers?

The Harbour Festival attracts a quarter of a million visitors over three days

Shops are being asked to cut the amount of alcohol they sell during Bristol's Harbour Festival next month. 

It's become the biggest event held in the city but organisers say it's been marred by heavy drinking, raising fears over anti-social behaviour and safety.

Speculation over new Banksy artwork

The mural on a wall at Bridge Farm Primary School

There's been a lot of speculation surrounding the meaning behind Banksy's mural on the wall of a Bristol primary school.

A number of BBC Points West viewers have emailed in with their thoughts and here's a few...

The meaning is blindingly obvious. Banksy is telling adults (particularly the teachers) to allow children to grow up by getting their knees dirty, let them climb trees, play conkers in the playground, get their hands dirty and make mud pies etc.

Steve from Taunton

The picture shows a girl trundling a hoop as we children did before the war.

David from Chard

Is the burning tyre an echo of the protests taking place across the channel?

Ron Bennett

'I discovered a bomb': Antique collector makes quite a find

Antique shop owner Jon Clark has been speaking to BBC Wiltshire about the moment he discovered an unexploded bomb!

The WW2 bomb was found at Jon Clark's secon-hand shop in Salisbury

Jon, who runs Allsorts in Fisherton Street, Salisbury, found the German Second World War incendiary device after clearing a house.  

Bomb disposal experts took it away for a controlled explosion.

Sing-a-long for the radio

More than 400 children have taken part in a new radio play called Singing Together.

Singing Together was a BBC Schools programme, where children from 1940's sang traditional folk songs to the radio.

Now it's been brought back in the form of a radio play and includes the children singing old folk songs.

It's all part of Salisbury International Arts Festival and is based on evacuation during WW2.

You can listen to the complete play on BBC Wiltshire.

Cutting the ribbon for premature babies

A new Special Care Baby Unit has been officially opened at Yeovil District Hospital to look after premature babies.

The new Special Care Baby Unit at Yeovil District Hospital is twice the size of the old ward

It was built with help from a fundraising appeal which raised more than £600,000 in donations.  

Meet the baby who can't be cuddled

Otis has eczema all over his body but doctors have said they don’t want to give him allergy tests.

Bristol mum Lavinia King struggles to cuddle her son Otis because of severe eczema.

She has set up a crowdfunding project to raise money for allergy tests to find out the cause.

'Thank you [Banksy] for this really good picture'

The BBC's Jon Kay says the artist "snuck in over half term"

Children at a school in Bristol returned from their half-term holidays to find a present from the graffiti artist Banksy, as Jon Kay reports.

Dry and humid overnight, says Emily

Rain expected tomorrow ...and it's expected to be heavy as well.

Here's Emily Wood with the latest on the humid night ahead and the weather warnings in place...

Expect the weather to be dry and humid overnight, says Emily Wood.

'Climate of fear' in the Cotswolds

Arsonists broke into the pavilion and set light to curtains and store rooms in an attempt to burn it down

People living in a town in the Cotswolds say they are living in a "climate of fear" following the fourth arson attack in a month. 

The pavilion in Lechlade was targeted this weekend just weeks after the Memorial Hall next door was burnt down in an alleged arson attack.

A shed and a number of wheelie bins have also been deliberately set alight.

Police and fire investigators believe the attacks are linked and met this afternoon to discuss the problem.

M5 southbound shut: Large spillage near Weston

A large spillage has shut the M5 southbound at Weston-super-Mare (J20-J21). 

Traffic England's website suggests it could take a couple of hours before normal traffic conditions resume.

View more on twitter was an unexploded WW2 bomb

Bomb disposal experts were called to Salisbury city centre following the discovery of a German war-time incendiary device.

A specialist team was called to Fisherton Street to examine the device and took it away for a controlled explosion.  

Fisherton Street has since re-opened.

View more on twitter

BreakingSuspicious item shuts street

A street in Salisbury has been closed after the discovery of a suspicious item.  

Officers are at Fisherton Street and a specialist unit is en route, Wiltshire Police says.

From the West's newspapers...

M4 fatal crash driver fell asleep at wheel

Stephen Jenkins
Wiltshire Police

A van driver who killed three passengers in a crash on the M4 fell asleep at the wheel.

Stephen Jenkins, 39, of Abercwmboi, was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Speaking after his sentencing, Sgt Barrie Card, from Wiltshire Police, said: "Every driver owes it to themselves, their passengers and other road users to make sure they are fit to get behind the wheel, and that includes not being too tired."

'Rare' Roman bronze wing unearthed in Gloucester

They say if you scratch the surface of Gloucester you will find ancient Rome.

Well this "extremely rare" Roman bronze wing has just been found during an excavation for a new housing development in the city.

Football: Swindon reject bid for top scorer

Nicky Ajose
Rex Features

Swindon Town have rejected a bid from an unnamed Championship club for their top goal scorer Nicky Ajose, according to chairman Lee Power.

The striker scored 25 goals in all competitions for the Wiltshire club in 2015-16.

"We did have a bid on Friday for Nicky, £500,000, from a Championship club," Power told BBC Wiltshire.

"We've turned that down, it didn't meet our evaluation. Obviously we want to keep Nicky. Like anything though, everyone has got a price."

Is Banksy playing with fire?

Banksy mural at Bristol school

You've been giving your thoughts on the new Banksy mural at a school in Bristol.

Head over to BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page to let us know what you think.

I love this and the fact the children can add to it!

Victoria Parker

Kids playing with fire?! Bit on the nose ain't it but knowing Banksy is this what he is aiming?

Lisa Marie

I'm happy for the school, the staff, the children and the parents . Puts Bridge Farm School on the map.

Irene Hathway

That's one way to get small children playing with fire! I'm normally a Banksy fan but this is dangerous!

Matt Hanks

Fantastic piece of art. The animated child has a worried look on its face, not like it's smiling.

Tom Willis

Domestic abuse children's services cut

A charity says the loss of two major donors means it will have to cut programmes aimed at children caught up in domestic abuse.

Scared child

Survive, which is based in South Gloucesteshire, has warned the number of people it helps could drop from 1,600 in 2015 to fewer than 200.

Read the full story here.

In your local newspapers

Students say City of Bristol College course was 'shambolic'

City of Bristol College

A City of Bristol College course has been described as "a shambles" by students who claim they have not received qualifications after the college lost their work.

At least three students have made formal complaints about an animal management course, the BBC has learned.

They said they had submitted all the assignments which were required.

The college said some original work was misplaced and it was offering help to students to complete their courses.

Watch this talented teenager sign Macbeth

Love or hate Shakespeare, we defy you not to be impressed by 15-year-old Ciaran's interpretation.

The Bristol teenager, who's deaf, was filmed by his mum performing his favourite piece from Macbeth. 

But it gets even better - the film won him a place on a prestigious workshop at a professional theatre school. 

Well done Ciaran, we think you're one to watch!

Pigs on the pill, it's all happening in Lydney...

A Gloucestershire farmer says the best way to control the population of animals is to give them contraception.

Alastair Fraser farms at Severnwye Farm near Lydney and has given his small herd of rescued boar a dose. 

He says since they received the jab in April, it seems to be working.

M4 triple death crash driver jailed

M4 crash

A van driver has been sent to prison for four-and-a-half-years after causing the deaths of three passengers in a "horrendous" crash in Wiltshire. 

James Stark, 37, Steven Sheldon, 35, and Martin Williams, 36, all from south Wales, died when the van crashed into a lorry on the M4 in 2014. 

Stephen Jenkins, 39, of Park View Terrace, Abercwmboi, was convicted after a trial at Swindon Crown Court. 

He was also disqualified from driving for four years and three months.

Somerset CCC's Chris Gayle on his infamous live TV exchange...

New Banksy: School caretaker found his note

Bridge Farm School recently named a house after the street artist. Now Banksy has returned the favour with a "picture" and some typically anarchic advice...   

View more on twitter

Watch Bristol pupils' reaction to Banksy artwork

Majestic house is just for the ducks!

JCB lifting Duckingham Palace in
Anne Boulton

Colin Prewett, from Olveston, near Bristol, is making sure his local ducks are well looked after with this quacking, sorry, duck house.

'Duckingham Palace' has taken pride of place in Olveston duck pond to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

There's even a flag to say when the ducks are in residence, very regal!

Duckingham Palace
Anne Boulton

New Banksy spotted at Bristol school

It's true. #Banksy has left a half-term surprise "present" on the walls of a Bristol primary school.
It's true. #Banksy has left a half-term surprise "present" on the walls of a Bristol primary school.

It's true. #Banksy has left a half-term surprise "present" on the walls of a Bristol primary school.

Banksy painted the mural at Bridge Farm Primary Bristol over half term break. They recently named a house after him.

Banksy painted the mural at Bridge Farm Primary Bristol over half term break. They recently named a house after him.

Want to explore Brean Down but have difficulty walking... then read on

As beautiful as Somerset's countryside is it can be pretty tiring to explore, especially if you have difficulty walking.

But in Brean Down help is now at hand to ensure none of that area is off-limits.

The National Trust has brought in two all-terrain mobility scooters which you can hire to explore the area.

Rachel Atherton, middle, celebrating her win

Salisbury-born rider Rachel Atherton wins the women's final of the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup for the ninth consecutive time.

Read more

Dragonfly caught on film at Bridgwater nature reserve


We had to share this amazing snap with you.  

BBC Somerset's Claire Carter spotted this dragonfly at Maunsel Lock and managed to get this close-up pic.  

If you drive through Taunton you need to read this

Road works in Taunton

Roadworks, don't you just love them?

If you drive through Taunton it could take you longer than usual as one of the main roads in the town centre is shut for up to eight weeks.

East Street is closed between East Reach and the Market House Roundabout.

Listen to BBC Somerset for up-to-date travel information.

A 'very emotional day' for Beanacre and Melksham cricket club

The clean up has started after a fire burnt down the club's pavilion.

Luckily nobody was hurt and the grounds are undamaged but the club says it's a gutting sight to see.

Protesters due to leave Bristol house later

Avonmouth house

Protesters say they'll leave a council-owned property in Bristol which they've been occupying for six weeks, later today. 

Several attempts to evict the group from the house in Avonmouth have failed after they barricaded themselves in. 

The BBC understands Bristol City Council has agreed to pull out of a deal to sell the home, but the council hasn't commented. 

'Rare' Roman bronze wing unearthed in Gloucester

Roman bronze wing
Cotswold Archaeology

Take a look at this wonderful item, it's an "extremely rare" Roman bronze wing.

It's just 14 cm (5.5in) long but was found during an archaeological dig in Gloucester, in an area that would have been just behind the city's Roman wall.

Experts say it might have been part of a winged statuette to Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory, and if you want to see it in its full glory it'll eventually be going on display at Gloucester Museum.

Here's a bit of cute to kick-start your Monday morning

Ten great bustard eggs have hatched despite a power cut turning off their incubator.

They were being moved by the Great Bustard Group to try and create a breeding population on Salisbury Plain.

But the charity's 4x4 broke down at Folkestone causing a power cut and risking the eggs inside the incubator.

Thankfully ten of the 12 have now hatched.

Good morning - it looks like it's going to be another sunny day

Weather map

Good morning from BBC Local Live for the West Country - we're with you until 10pm. 

It will be a fine start to the day with some warm sunny spells.. 

But this will trigger isolated heavy showers in the afternoon, with a small chance of thunder. Maximum Temperature: 24 Deg C (75 Deg F).