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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Thursday, 6 April 2017

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  1. Factory whistle brings back memories from 40 years ago

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    Video caption: Watch: Stroud factory whistle sounds again after 40 years.

    Some people may remember the sound of factory whistles and hooters sounding every day to signal clocking on and clocking off times. 

    Today the sound of the Holloway Brothers' factory whistle in Stroud returned, 40 years after it fell silent. 

    It was all down to a campaign led by BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

    Margaret Cook and Sheila Girdwood, who used to work at the factory, recalled the whistle blowing while they were still running to get to work.

    And that's it from BBC Local Live for today - join us again tomorrow from 7am for more news, sport, weather and travel updates.

  2. 'I've never done anything as rewarding' - DIY SOS volunteer

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    Video caption: Watch: Volunteers share their DIY SOS project experience in Bristol

    This morning a family in Bristol got to see just how the BBC's DIY SOS team has transformed their home.

    With the help of hundreds of volunteers the Pollard's house in Hartcliffe was converted so 24 year-old Ryan, who has a brain condition, can live there. 

    One of the volunteers said this ranked among the most rewarding things he had ever done.

  3. Toxic air fear pilot sought help abroad

    Richard Westgate

    A British Airways co-pilot who thought he had been poisoned by repeated exposure to contaminated cockpit air, died as he sought treatment abroad.

    Richard Westgate died in 2012 after moving to the Netherlands to seek help for symptoms he thought were caused by "aerotoxic syndrome".

    His brother Guy told an inquest in Salisbury Mr Westgate had been in "excruciating pain" from the symptoms.

    The 47-year-old said his brother felt let down and angered by UK doctors.

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  4. Disabled man's parents 'overwhelmed' by DIY SOS transformation

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    Video caption: Watch: Ryan's father said the community had "rallied together"

    The parents of a disabled man say they are "overwhelmed and honoured" by the help from hundreds of volunteers who have converted the family home so their son can return to live with them again.

    The BBC's DIY SOS team made it possible for 24-year-old Ryan Pollard, who has a brain condition, to move back to Hartcliffe. 

    Ryan became ill when he was 19 and for the past five years has had to be cared for in Gloucester. 

    His dad Dave Pollard said it was "amazing to see all these people in our house doing work for us".

    Ryan Pollard
  5. Robert Cox inquest: 'More work needed' says mother

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    Video caption: Watch: Sue Cox believes the inquest has highlighted failings

    A lack of on-site support and poor police interaction exacerbated a situation in which a young man was stabbed to death, according to an inquest jury. 

    Robert Cox was killed by another resident in supported accommodation in Bristol four years ago.

    A jury concluded he had been unlawfully killed and a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of his killer had not helped. 

    Speaking after the inquest, Sue Cox - Robert's mother - said more work is needed to prevent similar deaths.

  6. Stroud's Holloway whistle steams again

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    Video caption: Watch: The former factory whistle has not sounded for 40 years.

    After 40 years of silence, the famous Holloway factory whistle has sounded again. 

    It was once used to alert workers across the area that it was time for work. 

    The restoration came following a campaign by Mark Cummings on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

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    M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, at J17 for A350.

    M4 Wiltshire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of a spillage on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Missing schoolgirl found 'safe and well'

    A 15-year-old Wiltshire schoolgirl, who has been missing since this morning, has been found "safe and well", police have said.

    The teenager, from Highworth, did not turn up for school which sparked a search involving the police helicopter.

  9. Red Devils freefall parachute team take to the skies

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    Video caption: Watch: The Red Devils put on special aerial performance

    Soldiers from parachute freefall team - the Red Devils - took to the skies over Amesbury earlier today. 

    They were jumping to raise money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Airbase Appeal.

    Lance Corporal Lee Crudgington said it was "good to show people how fast parachutes actually do go".

  10. Factory's whistle sounded for the first time in 40 years

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    Video caption: Watch: Faye Woodward said her father would let her blow the hooter at the end of the day

    A factory whistle brought back memories for some people today when it was sounded for the first time in 40 years. 

    The Holloway Brothers' whistle, in Stroud, was used to let workers across the Five Valleys know it was time to clock on or off for work. 

    As a young girl, Faye Woodward was allowed to operate it under her father's supervision. She returned to the site today to sound it once again.

  11. 'Risk can never be totally eliminated', review into mother and baby deaths finds

    Charlotte Bevan walking out of hospital

    Sally Lewis, the chair of the board which carried out the review, says risk can "never be totally eliminated" but "reviews like this help agencies to make improvements".

    She said a "great deal" had already changed in local professional practice since the "tragic" deaths of Charlotte Bevan and her baby daughter.

    Charlotte Bevan, 30, vanished from St Michael's Hospital in Bristol with four-day-old Zaani Tiana Bevan Malbrouck on December 2 in 2014. 

    Search teams later found the bodies of Ms Bevan and Zaani, who both suffered fatal injuries consistent with a fall, on the Avon Gorge. 

    Quote Message: We can never totally eliminate risk, but reviews like this help agencies make improvements, better recognise the potential for harm and take appropriate actions. Of course, safeguarding is everybody’s business and not only a responsibility of professionals. It is important therefore that every member of our community knows that by raising concerns, even where there may be uncertainty, their contribution is valued and they can play a crucial part in safeguarding our children. If you are concerned about a child’s safety call First Response on 0117 903 6444 in working hours, the police on 101 out-of-hours or, if you think there is immediate danger to someone, 999. from Sally Lewis Independent Chair of the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board
    Sally Lewis Independent Chair of the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board
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    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

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    M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J15 for M4.

    M5 Bristol - M5 lane closed on entry slip road from M4 Westbound southbound at J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. Bereaved mother urges families with mental health problems to seek help

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    Video caption: Watch: Rachel Fortune on serious case review into the death of her mentally ill daughter

    The mother of a woman who killed herself and her new baby has urged anyone with mental health problems to seek advice and support.

    Rachel Fortune's daughter Charlotte Bevan, 30, walked out of St Michael's Hospital in Bristol with her four-day-old daughter Zaani Tiana Bevan-Malbrouck in December, 2014. 

    Their bodies were later found with fatal injuries, consistent with a fall, in Avon Gorge. 

    Ms Fortune and Charlotte's sister - Janet - said they hoped "families and individuals facing such difficulties will now have a multi-agency team with accountable clinicians in each service, as they now do in Bristol". 

    Agencies which can help include:

    • First Response on 0117 903 6444 in working hours
    • Police  on 101 out-of-hours or, if you think there is immediate danger to someone, 999 
    • www.nhs.uk/mentalhealth  or visit your GP or call NHS 111 
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    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, at J17 for A350.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M4 westbound at J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of an accident involving multiple vehicles.

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

  15. Helicopter used in search for missing 15-year-old schoolgirl

    A search involving the police helicopter is under way in Wiltshire for a missing 15-year-old schoolgirl. 

    The teenager, from Highworth, was last seen this morning leaving for school but police said she didn't turn up. "Officers on the ground, the police helicopter and members of Wiltshire Search and Rescue are currently searching the Highworth area," added the force.

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    Severe accident: A436 Gloucestershire both ways

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    A436 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between A40 and B4068.

    A436 Gloucestershire - A436 blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the A40 junction in Andoversford and the B4068 junction in Salperton, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  17. 'No single thing to blame,' says Charlotte Bevan's mother

    Charlotte Bevan

    Rachel Fortune, Charlotte’s mother, contributed to the serious case review.

    She said it would lead to "constructive learning" in a number of areas, including: 

    • managing the difficulty of long-term ill mental health alongside pregnancy
    • honest, accurate and timely communication
    • multi-agency working with a lead clinician
    • best practice for clinic supervision
    Quote Message: As you can quite clearly see from the report, no single thing, action or person was to blame. This was a particularly difficult case to manage as long-term ill mental health and pregnancy came together. It’s our hope now that any families and individuals facing such difficulties will have a multi-agency team with accountable clinicians in each service, as they now do in Bristol. from Rachel Fortune Charlotte Bevan's mother
    Rachel FortuneCharlotte Bevan's mother
  18. Paedophiles aged 101 and 96 lose appeals

    Ralph Clarke
    Image caption: Ralph Clarke is thought to be the oldest person convicted in England and Wales

    Two paedophiles aged 101 and 96 have lost their appeals against sentences which they claimed were excessive because of their extreme old age.

    Peter Cooper, 96, of Minehead, Somerset, got was jailed for three years in February. Ralph Clarke, 101, from Birmingham, got 13 years in December.  

    They argued old people should get special consideration at sentencing as a different class of offender.

    But judges disagreed, saying sentencing must be done on a case-by-case basis.