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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 9 August, 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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

Thanks for being with us today. Local Live for the West will be back bright and early at 7am tomorrow morning, hopefully reflecting on some more medal wins for our local athletes.

Meanwhile here's Douglas the dog bidding the cows and hens goodnight at Euridge Farm in Colerne.

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And for those of you wanting to know what the weather's looking like tomorrow here's Ian Fergusson with the forecast.

West country weather forecast

Evidence of historic tropical storms found at M4/M5 junction

Today it is one of our busiest motorway junctions but 200 million years ago the Almondsbury Interchange was underwater.

University of Worcester student Tiffany Slater has looked at a number of samples that were dug up 25 years ago when motorway signs were being built there.

Some of the fossils found include gills from an early type of basking shark, Pseudocetorhinus pickfordi.

Basking shark
Andy Ingamells

Tiffany has studied more than 2,600 fossils which were dug up at the site, her work shows there were several major flooding events in the area.

Food for thought next time you're heading over the concrete mass of roads and junctions.

West business chief says Chinese could back off from Hinkley C

Earlier we reported how the Chinese ambassador to Britain has warned that if the Hinkley C deal falls through it could seriously damage relations between the UK and China.

China is expected to bankroll about a third of the new station but our government said it won't make a decision until the autumn.

The Chinese Ambassador to the UK says relations are at a 'crucial historical juncture'

Meanwhile the Chief Executive of the West of England China Bureau - which works to forge links between the region and China - says the delay could derail the whole project.

Dianne Francombe says the Chinese government could back off by the time the government make their decision.

Dianne Francombe says the Chinese government could pull the plug on Hinkley C funding

The romantic novelist tackling the football world

Jilly Cooper is rather fond of the team at Forest Green Rovers, in fact she's decided to base her latest book on the club. 

The Gloucestershire author is well known for her raunchy books, her latest one called Tackle features hunky footballers and their wives and girlfriends. 

Jilly told Points West that the players at Forest Green are all "stunning looking...and fit".

Jilly Cooper is setting her latest book in the football world

Jilly's team are in action against Sutton at the New Lawn tonight, currently it's all level at 1-1.

Rio 2016: Norton helps Team GB rugby sevens to fine start

Dan Norton
Rex Features

Way to make an entrance Team GB! The men's rugby sevens team have got off to a terrific start in Rio.

Gloucester's Dan Norton crossed for the opening try and Team GB thrashed Kenya 31-7 in the opening match in Pool C.

Tougher opponents will await as the competition goes on...

Follow all the action from Rio 2016 live here.

Watch: Wiltshire windmill loses its sails

New sails for Wiltshire windmill

The 40-year-old sails of Wilton Windmill, near Marlborough, are being taken down for repair. 

It requires a team of people and some heavy duty machinery. They're expected to be back up and running again in a couple of months.

Rio 2016: Bath's Willis wins heat in the pool

Andrew Willis
Rex Features

Bath-based swimmer Andrew Willis has won his heat in the men's 200m breaststroke by 0.06 of a second.

He held back, making Team GB fans a little nervous, but found some speed in the closing stages to edge ahead of the field and qualify for the semi-finals.

Follow all the action from Day Four at Rio 2016 here.

Watch: Carpet company's £1.5m loom

A Wiltshire-based carpet company has invested in a new high speed loom they say is helping them to create more jobs. 

Wilton Carpets have been weaving for more than 350 years and are currently producing a carpet for the House of Commons.

They are the first carpet manufacturers in the UK to use the new technology which they say makes their job quicker and cheaper, as well as improving the quality of their products too.

Wilton Carpets is the country's first carpet makers to use a high speed loom

Ed Ling: Winning Olympic bronze is absolutely amazing

Taunton farmer Ed Ling has been speaking to BBC Somerset's Matt Faulkner after winning Britain's third medal of the Rio Olympics.

He won a bronze medal in the trap shooting, hitting 13 out of 14 targets. He may be celebrating now but he says his day job means he has to return home tomorrow.

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Bristol Labour Party website owner posts Corbyn attack

Bristol Labour Party's website has been replaced by an attack on Jeremy Corbyn and some of his supporters.

A spokesman for Bristol Labour said the man who owns the website domain name is responsible for the change.

It comes less than 24 hours after the Labour leader spoke at a leadership campaign rally in the city. 

The website has been replaced with a page entitled "What happened to The Labour Bristol website?" which also criticises Momentum, a group backing Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

Labour party website
BBC

In a statement the Bristol Labour Party have said:   

The Bristol Labour party is aware of the website being taken over. The comments there do not represent the views of the Bristol Labour Party. It’s been referred to our compliance and legal team

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Police appeal after ATM attack in Marlborough

A cash machine in Marlborough has been damaged by fire in an attempted break in.

Wiltshire Police say they received a call from the fire service at 3.23am this morning. No cash was taken. 

Burnt cash machine
Wiltshire Police

Chris Wood charity donation: I thought I need to do as much as I can

Bristol golfer Chris Wood has been speaking about why he chose Children's Hospice South West to give his first major donation of £75,000. 

The charity offers end-of-life care to children and respite for their families, but it costs £3m a year to run. Its logo already features on Chris' golf bag.

Chris admits it's the first time he's been in a position to make such a donation and said there was only one place he wanted it to go.

Chris Wood on why he donated £75,000 to Children's Hospice South West

Dolphin stranded on beach at Burnham-on-Sea

A team of rescuers had to come to the aid of a stranded dolphin in Burnham-on-Sea today.

Lifeguards Scott Temple and Luke Penman were alerted to the fact the dolphin had beached itself and tried to get it swimming again.

Lifeguards with dolphin on a beach
RNLI

The dolphin was checked over by mammal experts from Burnham Area Rescue Boat before Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team and members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue helped to get it to swim on its own.

"After giving it some assistance it took to the water and managed to get a good distance, all teams kept a watchful eye on it until it disappeared and we all hope that it is on the mend to full health," Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team said on its Facebook page.

"If it does beach again please do not approach it but dial 999 and ask for the coastguard immediately so all proper assets can be tasked."

Lifeguards with dolphin on a beach
RNLI

Tributes paid to man who died putting his head out of train window

A Bristol-based engineering technician with Hitachi Rail died after putting his head out of a train carriage window.

Tributes have been paid to Simon Brown, 24, from East Grinstead in West Sussex, who was fatally injured as he was travelling on the Gatwick Express in London on Sunday.

Friend Reuben Smith said: "Railways were his life."

He was treated by ambulance crews but died at the scene.

Simon Brown
Just Giving

British Transport Police believe Mr Brown may have been leaning out of a train door window when he suffered a blow to the head at around 17.30pm on Sunday.

His death has been reported to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

Explore the Points West studio in 360 degrees

Points West have been experimenting with one of their newest toys, a 360-degree camera. It lets you see what the studio looks like from behind the lens too.

You can explore the image here.

360 degree photo of the Points West studio
BBC

Former Yeovil pub being transformed into homes

A derelict pub in Yeovil is being turned into social housing.

Somerset Care and Repair has bought the Milford Inn. The organisation works with councils to renovate abandoned properties before leasing them to people on the housing waiting list. 

They've renovated more than 40 sites across the county over the past two years.

The Milford Inn has been derelict for years but is now being converted into flats

They're desperately needed, the housing waiting list is reducing but there's still a demand for the properties. As soon as we let the council know we have a property available they'll give us nominations and they're full within a couple of days.

Kevin LakeDirector of Somerset Care and Repair

Holiday food clubs to help families through the holidays

The summer holidays are an expensive - and some would say exhausting - time of year. 

For many families feeding and entertaining children who'd normally be in school can be a struggle. 

To try and help various charities and community groups in Stroud have joined together to put on weekly food and fun days at a school. Laura Jones has been along to one. 

The Trussell Trust is piloting holiday clubs across the West

Salisbury stabbing: Man remanded

A Salisbury man's been remanded in custody after a teenager was stabbed in the city on Sunday.

Duncan Chaney, 36, has been charged with robbery and wounding with intent. 

A 16-year-old boy is being treated in hospital for head injuries after the attack on Downton Road. He's in a serious but stable condition.

Three other men and a woman who were arrested yesterday have been released on bail. A 51-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and wounding with intent and has also been released on bail.

Dressage with a difference

This is camel dressage... 

You won't see it at the Rio Olympics but it does go on in Wiltshire, at Wilton House's Wessex Country Fair. 

Horses aren't the only ones to have mastered the art of moving to music

Olympic fan fever hits Bristol

Looks like a nice day to enjoy some sunshine and sporting action in Bristol (says the people stuck in the office....)

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Windmill sail repairs in progress

We told you earlier that a Wiltshire windmill was having it's sails removed today after 40 years of turning.

The sails of Wilton Windmill, near Marlborough are being taken down for repair which requires a team of people and some heavy duty machinery.

They are expected to be back up and running again in a couple of months.

Crane and workmen removing the sails from the Wilton Windmill
BBC
The sails being removed from Wilton Windmill
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More on the M5 crash in Somerset

Long delays on M5 in Somerset because of collision

Temporary traffic lights cause misery in Bradley Stoke

Work to complete the north fringe Metrobus link is marching on in Bradley Stoke.

But new sets of temporary traffic lights have appeared over the past few days which has had quite an impact on traffic.

Some are not happy at the delays....

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Man who died in train accident named as 24-year-old Simon Brown

A man who died in a train accident on Sunday has been named as 24-year-old Simon Brown.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that the train enthusiast and railway worker was originally from East Grinstead, West Sussex, had recently moved to the Bristol area to be closer to his girlfriend.

Simon was killed close to Wandsworth Common Station in London as he leaned out of a Gatwick Express train window. He suffered a fatal head injury.

A Justgiving page set up by Simon's friends has raised £2,000 towards a funeral and to create a memorial on the train he worked on.

Man charged with firearms offence at pub in Wrington

A 51-year-old man has been charged with a firearms offence following an incident at a pub in North Somerset.

Keith Hayward of Lyecross Road, Redhill, has been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He'll appear in court later.

Police were called to the Golden Lion public house on Broad Street on Sunday evening.

A 48-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault on the same evening has been released on police bail.

£1.5m investment into carpets to furnish hotels worldwide

Wilton Carpets in Wiltshire have bought a brand new loom which costs £1.5m.

The carpet company who have been weaving in the Wiltshire town for more than 350 years produce carpets for the hotels across the world and are even working on a carpet for the House of Commons.

They are the first carpet manufacturers in the UK to use one of the high speed looms.

Alongside the brand new state-of-the-art, digital, robotic kit stands a traditional loom "which was installed in 1923 and is still working".

Rob Load the Manufacturing Director of the company said: "It's great to be able to see them side by side."

The new technology has also created new jobs for local people.

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Not only can we make carpet quicker and cheaper but it's of a higher quality too. Unlike the majority of industry where new technology tends to mean a loss of jobs, we've actually increased our team which is great news for Wilton.

Rob LoadManufacturing Director of Wilton Carpets

Could this little one be Gloucester Rugby's youngest fan?

Cuteness alert!

There's just a few weeks to go until the Premiership Rugby season kicks off and five-week-old Charlotte Rose Ible has already been getting lots of attention in the city when she's been wearing her cherry and white onesie.

Her parents sent in this picture in for us to share.

Charlotte Rose Ible
David Ible

If you've got a sporting youngster who's getting excited about their local team's hopes for the new season why not send us a snap of them on email.

Windmill stops turning for the first time in 40 years

A windmill in Wiltshire is having its sails taken down this morning.

The Wilton Windmill near Marlborough is the only working windmill in the entire South West and its sails have been turning for 40 years.

A crane is currently on site to lift them off...

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Balloon Fiesta weather: breezier on Friday, calmer by Sunday

BBC Points West's Ian Fergusson has been looking at the weather forecast for the Balloon Fiesta which is taking place in Bristol at the weekend.

He's predicting breezier conditions on Friday with the weather due to be calmer by Sunday.

The annual event runs from Thursday to Sunday at Ashton Court Estate.

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Former pub turned into flats in Yeovil by social housing group

A not-for-profit group in Somerset says more should be done to convert derelict buildings into social housing.

Somerset Care and Repair works with local councils to renovate abandoned properties, before leasing them to people on the housing waiting list. 

Over the past two years, they've renovated more than 40 sites across the county - and as you can see from the photos below, they've begun renovating the former Milford Inn pub in Yeovil.

Milford Inn, Yeovil
BBC

Kevin Lake, the group's director, told BBC Somerset: "They're desperately needed, the housing waiting list is reducing but there's still a demand for the properties.

"As soon as we let the council we have a property available they'll give us nominations and they're full within a couple of days."

Milford Inn, inside
BBC

BreakingMan killed in Gloucestershire A40 collision

We told you earlier about a collision this morning on the A40 between a HGV and a car. 

Gloucestershire Police have now confirmed that a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second man was taken to hospital in Oxford with injuries thought to be life threatening. 

Both men were in the car.

The road is currently closed whilst a collision investigation takes place.

Auntie completes wing-walk for premature baby charity

Go Sally!

Sally Parish did a wing-walk this weekend to raise money for a charity that supported her family.

Cots for Tots helped her twin brother and sister-in-law when her niece Dotty was born prematurely at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital.

Grieving mum reaches halfway point of 6,000-mile coastal walk

Natalia Spencer with her daughter Elizabeth
PA

A bereaved mum has clocked up nearly 3,000 miles in her coastal walk around Britain in memory of her daughter who died at Bristol Children's Hospital last year.

Five-year-old Elizabeth Spencer died on 10 December from a rare auto-immune condition after spending 18 days on life support.

Now her mum Natalia has walked around Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wales, Lancashire and Cumbria in aid of the Grand Appeal at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Natalia Spencer
PA

She said: "I have met so many inspiring people, especially other parents who have lost their precious children. 

"I think about them often and feel a very special connection to each of them. Speaking to others and knowing they understand what I am going through is a huge comfort and means I am not on my own."

She's raised £60,000 so far and is hoping to reach her goal of £100,000.

Redcliffe tower block plans 'inappropriate'

Plans to build a new 18-storey high tower in the middle of Bristol, near St Mary Redcliffe Church are causing some concerns. 

The tower block is part of a wider development in Redcliffe - where investors hope to build hundreds of new flats, and a hotel. 

The plans as a whole have been widely welcomed but English Heritage and Bristol Civic Society claims the tower is simply too tall.

Planning policy discourages [the tower plan] and says Redcliffe is inappropriate.

John FrenkelBristol Civic Society
Architect drawing of the plans for the Redcliffe tower block
Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare Architects
Architect's impression of the Redcliffe tower block

During our extensive consultation period we have listened very carefully to everyone who has contributed comments and views, resulting in our application to Bristol City Council.

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A40 in Gloucestershire closed because of HGV collision with car

The A40 is closed both ways in Northleach because of a head-on-collision between a heavy goods vehicle and a car, BBC Radio Gloucestershire reports.

Police were called to the collision near the Frogmill Hotel just before 4am.

Recovery has begun but the stretch is currently closed between the A429 and the A436 junctions.

Taunton's Ed Ling picks up GB's third medal at Rio games

Somerset farmer Ed Ling won Great Britain's third medal of the Rio Olympics with bronze in the men's trap shooting.

He beat Czech David Kostelecky 13-9 in an assured display to secure his first Olympic medal.

Tuesday's local newspaper round-up

Papers headline
BBC

Here's a look at what the West's newspapers are reporting today.

The Bristol Post says a Bedminster man is due to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court this week after admitting drugging men with Rohyphnol and raping them.

New silver medallist Jazz Carlin is the focus of the Swindon Advertiser which has been speaking to her mum Mary Carlin about Jazz exceeding all expectations in Rio.

The Wilts and Glos Standard's top story is about a new community bus service in Cirencester for the elderly and disabled who have been affected by changes to rural bus services.

And the Somerset County Gazette have Olympic Shooter Ed Ling's family's reaction to the news of his Bronze medal win at Rio last night.

Graves unearthed at Bristol concert hall

Hundreds of graves have been unearthed at a concert hall in Bristol.

Archaeological work has been taking place at St George's, the famous venue which used to be a parish church.

So far hundreds of graves from the 1800s have been found, dating back to a time when the site was used as a graveyard. 

The area next to the hall will form a new £5.5m extension.

Hundreds of graves have been found next to St George's Hall in Bristol.

China warns of 'crucial juncture' over Hinkley delay

China has said that its relations with the UK are at a “crucial historical juncture” amid doubts over the future of the controversial Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.  

Writing in the Financial Times, Liu Xiaoming hinted that "mutual trust" could be in jeopardy if the UK Government decided not to approve the deal.

China is expected to fund about a third of the £18bn project.

Last month, the French company EDF, which is financing most of the plant in Somerset, decided to go ahead with the project

But in a surprise move the UK government said it wanted to wait until early autumn to review the scheme.

A computer impression of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset
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A computer impression of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset

I hope the UK will keep its door open to China and that the British government will continue to support Hinkley Point – and come to a decision as soon as possible so that the project can proceed smoothly.

Liu XiaomingChina's Ambassador to the UK