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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Ian Parker

All times stated are UK

  1. A round-up of Wednesday's top stories from across the West

    That's it from BBC Local Live for the West Country. We're back at 7am tomorrow.

    Before we go here is a quick round-up of our top stories.

    EU debate

    City hosts EU referendum debate

    Hundreds of business leaders have gathered in Bristol this evening for the region's biggest event of the campaign so far. 

    Both sides claimed a vote for them would boost jobs and prosperity.

    Jim McCormick

    Fake bomb detector seller to forfeit £8m

    A Somerset businessman who made and sold fake bomb detectors has had cash and assets worth nearly £8m seized from him. 

    Jim McCormick was told he had "blood on his hands" - after he made a fortune selling fake devices to war-torn countries including Iraq. 

    Flooded road in Bristol

    Heavy rain causes flash flooding across the West

    Two inches of rain fell in less than an hour in parts of Gloucestershire earlier today. 

    Longlevens Infant School was forced to close early due to water leaking into the building and a local supermarket had to shut when part of the roof collapsed.  

    And in Bristol torrential rain caused some drains to overflow, flooding several basement flats in Clifton, Cotham and Redland.

  2. Swindon tented market demolition rejected

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    Video caption: Swindon tented market demolition rejected

    Plans for the tented market in Swindon to be knocked down and replaced with a food hall have been rejected by the borough council.

    Discussions have been going on since December last year.

    Nick Hayward, manager of the market, said: "There are still units to rent but unfortunately because of all the rumours of a potential redevelopment of the site it's putting people off.

    "You can't blame people if they are looking at spending a lot of money fitting out a unit only to be potentially told in the near future that the market might be closing."  

  3. Salisbury District Hospital nursery shut after 'safeguarding' concerns

    Salisbury District Hospital

    Toy Box Day Nursery which provides childcare for staff at Salisbury District Hospital has been temporarily closed by Ofsted.

    A hospital spokesman said the nursery's registration had been suspended "because staff do not have a sufficient understanding of their roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children."   

    "This potentially puts children at risk of harm," the trust said in a statement. 

    "The trust is working closely with Ofsted and Wiltshire Council to address the situation as quickly as possible," it added.

    The nursery was rated "good" following an inspection in March 2014. 

  4. Flooding in Gloucestershire: Watch scenes from today's flash floods

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    Video caption: Heavy rain causes flash flooding in Gloucestershire

    Heavy downpours in Gloucestershire have caused a building's roof to collapse and flooded a school forcing it to close early.

    The roof of the Tesco store on London Road, Gloucester, collapsed and a cafe in the town also had water pouring through its ceiling.

    Gardners Lane Children Centre in Cheltenham and Longlevens Infant School in Gloucester closed early.

    Motorists are being warned of localised flooding on roads in the county.

  5. Balloon release in memory of Taunton teenager

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    Video caption: Balloon release to mark five years since the death of Amy Hofmeister

    Pupils at Bishop Fox's School in Taunton released balloons in memory of Amy Hofmeister who was killed cycling home five years ago.  

    Following her death in 2011 two people were later jailed for racing their cars at more than twice the 30mph speed limit.  

  6. Can you find a 'jumpable' puddle on the Kennet & Avon towpath?

    Puddle jumper

    It's cost £180,000 to revamp a 700m stretch of the towpath in Devizes - but has it got rid of all the puddles?

    The Canal and River Trust is offering a certificate to any youngster who can spot a puddle on the path that's at least an inch deep and can "give a decent splash".    

    The trust's Mark Evans said they were "fairly certain" the path between Caen Hill Locks and Devizes town centre was puddle-free but they wanted "to be sure".

    "So we're challenging the experts, and appealing to the many enthusiastic puddle jumpers we see out and about on the canal to see if they can find any."

    Devizes towpath, Wiltshire
  7. Bristol's Broadmead redevelopment: what is happening?

    Andy Howard

    BBC Points West

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    Video caption: Bristol's Broadmead shopping centre is to undergo massive transformation.

    I've just got back from the press conference about the future of the Broadmead shopping centre in Bristol.

    Bosses are planning to knock down and develop parts of Horsefair and Penn Street for a multi-level, open shopping area with cafes, bars and shops.

    Housing is being considered for part of the area. They say Broadmead is outdated and buses and other traffic form a barrier between it and neighbouring Cabot Circus.

    Work could start as early as 2020, presuming they get planning permission. Those plans will be on show for the next three days with an application in the autumn.

  8. Orient sign Parkes from Bristol Rovers

    Tom Parkes

    League Two side Leyton Orient sign central defender Tom Parkes from Bristol Rovers on a two-year deal.

  9. Taunton Marine to take part in Royal Marines Rehabilitation Triathlon

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    Video caption: Corporal Andy Lock from Taunton will compete in a rehabilitation triathlon

    Corporal Andy Lock from Taunton has been battling with post-traumatic stress disorder for six years and will compete in a rehabilitation triathlon later.

    He is one of nearly 200 competitors who are to fighting to prove there is life beyond injury or illness at the competition in Devon.

    The gruelling charity event will test endurance in various disciplines, including swimming, cycling and rowing.

  10. Illegal signal booster to blame for village's mobile reception problems

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    Video caption: Leanne Launchbury has been talking to BBC Radio Gloucestershire about the problems the booster caused

    For weeks people living in a Gloucestershire village have been without a mobile phone signal from O2.

    Their frustrations even led to a protest march being organised in Bourton-on-the-Water.

    But it's since emerged that the problem was due to one man who had bought an illegal signal booster from the internet - helping him get a signal at the expense of others.  

    The devices can be easily purchased but it's against the law to use them without a licence.

  11. Scared of spiders? This might help you


    Meet nine-year-old Stephen who lives in Bristol.

    He's recently overcome his fear of spiders and raised £140 for Bristol Children’s Hospital's Grand Appeal at the same time.

    Stephen's mum Alison arranged for her arachnophobic son to go to Bristol Zoo to come face-to-face with a Chilean rose tarantula - nice mum!


    Luckily it worked as Stephen explains: "The spider was very scary but the zoo expert gave me lots of support.

    "He explained that spiders are quite docile creatures but I was still careful as even spiders can have bad days."

  12. Clever glass coin preserves Magna Carta 'for eternity'

    Glass disc

    The one inch (2.5cm) glass disc is inscribed with both the Latin and English Versions of the historic charter and has been presented to Salisbury Cathedral.

    The cathedral holds one of the original documents, signed by King John at Runnymede on 15 June 1215. 

    It was created by researchers at the University of Southampton to preserve data for billions of years.

  13. Injured runner pledges to complete 401 marathons bid

    Ben Smith 401 Challenge

    A man from Portishead is determined to complete his marathon challenge despite developing a very painful back injury which forced him to put his running on hold.

    Ben Smith started his challenge in September and managed an impressive 284 consecutive marathons but an umbilical hernia left him struggling to walk.

    Since then he's had a number of intensive physiotherapy and acupuncture sessions and says he's confident he can pick up his running again on Tuesday.

  14. Bristol Rovers give McChrystal new deal

    Mark McChrystal

    Bristol Rovers captain Mark McChrystal has signed a new contract with the club.

    The 31-year-old former Northern Ireland youth defender made 21 league appearances for Rovers in 2015-16.

    He has been with the club since January 2013.

  15. Fake bomb detector seller Jim McCormick to forfeit £8m

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    Video caption: Fake bomb detector boss Jim McCormick: Fortune to be seized for compensation

    A British businessman serving a 10-year jail term for making bogus bomb detectors has been ordered to forfeit cash and assets worth nearly £8m.

    Jim McCormick, from Langport, Somerset, made a fortune selling his detectors to Iraq and other countries.

    At his Old Bailey trial in 2013, Judge Richard Hone QC said that McCormick's fraud had undoubtedly cost lives.

    Now the same judge has ordered that his cash, properties and a luxury motor cruiser should be taken from him.

    Clinton Rogers reports.

  16. In your local papers

    In the papers

    Bristol Post:Car drivers versus cyclists - how did the war on Bristol's roads get this far?

    Swindon Advertiser:Traders celebrate as Tented Market demolition plan refused

    Gloucestershire Live:Longlevens Infants School closes due to flooding

    Weston Mercury:Why don’t the rules apply to North Somerset Council?

  17. Giant lily blooms in Bristol

    Himalayan lily

    The Himalayan Giant Lily, which only blooms once every few years, has burst into life at the University of Bristol's Botanic Garden.

    They first received a plant in 1994 and have finally being rewarded with the huge flowers.

    Some of the stems reach 3m (9ft 8in) in height and we're told the blossoms smell of spices.

    Nick Wray, botanic garden curator, said: "I have seen visitors stop in their tracks, mouth open at the sight of such a large plant."

    The next step is securing another crop, let's hope they don't have to wait so long this time.

  18. Fake bomb detector boss: Fortune to be seized for compensation

    Jim McCormick

    A Somerset businessman who's serving 10 years in prison for making fake bomb detectors has been ordered to forfeit about £8m in cash and assets.

    Jim McCormick made a fortune selling his detectors to countries around the world.

    During his trial at the Old Bailey the court heard McCormick's fraud had undoubtedly cost lives. 

    Today Judge Richard Hone QC ordered his assets - including cash, properties in this country and abroad and a luxury motor cruiser - should be taken from him.  

    Judge Hone also ordered that £2m of the assets should be paid in compensation to customers around the world who bought the bogus devices, including Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon, Niger and Georgia. 

    Fake bomb detector graphic
  19. It's raining cats and dogs in Bristol and there's more to come!

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    Video caption: It's raining cats and dogs in Bristol, and there's more to come.

    This was the scene outside the BBC Local Live newsroom in Bristol a few moments ago.

    Forecasters are warning the showers will become more widespread this afternoon with some heavy, thundery and slow-moving downpours in places, leading to the risk of some localised flooding.

  20. BreakingFake bomb detector boss ordered to pay £8m

    A Somerset businessman who's serving a 10 year jail sentence for making bogus bomb detectors has been ordered to forfeit cash and assets worth nearly £8m. 

    Jim McCormick made a fortune selling his detectors, based on the principle of dowsing, to countries around the world, mainly Iraq. 

    More to come.