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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Friday, 21 April 2017

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Mainly dry and warm at the weekend

Watch: Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast

Well, that's all from us for tonight.

Looks like it'll be fairly warm and dry over the weekend. Here's Ian Fergusson with all the details.

We'll be back from 7am on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a lovely weekend!

'All the services need to work together' - Ben Howlett MP on child poverty

Watch: Ben Howlett on child poverty

Charities are warning increasing numbers of children are going without meals during the holidays when free school meals aren't available.

A group of churches concerned about the issue have set up lunch clubs across the West country.   

Bath's Conservative MP Ben Howlett said more needed to be done to help families on low incomes.

Police call handlers given new guidelines after stabbing

Derek Hancock (left) Robert Cox (right)
Avon and somerset police
Derek Hancock (left) stabbed Robert Cox (right) to death in 2013

New ways for call handlers to deal with vulnerable people have been put in place by Avon and Somerset Constabulary following an investigation into police contact with a man prior to his death.

An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation was launched after the death of Robert Cox at a hostel in Bristol in 2013.

Mr Cox, 24, was stabbed by Derek Hancock, a fellow resident at the home for mentally ill, homeless and vulnerable people.  

An inquest found he was unlawfully killed and led to the publication of recommendations, which include:

  • An urgent review into training and support for staff who deal with vulnerable or mentally ill people
  • Introducing a system to link calls to previous incidents
  • Adding a marker to alert police call handlers if vulnerable residents live at the address mentioned in calls.

Click here to read the full story.

Man arrested after bolt cutter bike theft filmed in Bristol

Man stealing bike
Anonymous film.

The alleged theft was filmed by an anonymous man and posted on Facebook on Monday.  

Full story here.

French chefs' views on the weekend's rugby

Watch: French chefs discuss the rugby

Bath and Gloucester both have away ties in France this weekend in the European Challenge Cup semi-finals. 

Gloucester are away at La Rochelle on Saturday and Bath are away at Stade Francais on Sunday. 

For a greater insight we've been talking with two local French chefs who are big rugby fans. 

Here's their verdict on the two mouth-watering matches.  

Jeremy Corbyn: 'Lovely to be home' in Wiltshire

Watch: Jeremy Corbyn in Swindon

The Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn came back to the West today on a crucial mission - to drum up support ahead of the General Election. 

On a visit to Wiltshire he told party members he was a Moonraker - the colloquial name for people from the county - and that it was "lovely to be home".

Mr Corbyn also visited Bristol on his whistle-stop tour.

Leave.EU investigated by watchdog over referendum 'offences'

Arron Banks has said he will contest the allegations vigorously
Arron Banks has said he will contest the allegations vigorously

Campaign group Leave.EU - founded by Bristol businessman Arron Banks - is under investigation over "potential offences" during last year's Brexit referendum.

The Electoral Commission is looking into the spending returns of the group, saying there were "reasonable grounds" to suspect offences may have occurred.  

Arron Banks said he would "vigorously" contest the allegations.

Read the full story here.

Somerset edge day against Lancashire as 18 wickets tumble

Somerset fast bowler Craig Overton
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Somerset fast bowler Craig Overton

Somerset ended the first day at Old Trafford with a narrow lead on 153-8 after bowling out Lancashire for 109.

A painstaking 66 from Somerset's South African opener Dean Elgar earned the visitors their slight advantage after a day in which 18 wickets fell.

Read the full story here.

Somerset fast bowler Craig Overton

Somerset edge day as 18 wickets tumble

Craig Overton takes 5-47 as Somerset bowl out Lancashire for 109 before ending the first day with a narrow lead.

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New Lord Lieutenant describes her father's fight against US racism

Watch: New Lord Lieutenant for Bristol Peaches Golding talks about her father

Bristol's first black woman Lord Lieutenant has described her American father's experience as a civil right's campaigner in 1940s USA. 

Peaches Golding said, in 1947, her father sat at the front of a bus when people believed he had to sit at the back of the bus because he was black. 

She said he was able to get legal assistance and brought a case against the bus company. He won and was awarded $2,000. 

Ms Golding said watching her father question injustice from a young age continues to inspire her - and what she wants to achieve as Lord Lieutenant. 

'Outrage' over child poverty

Watch: The NUT's William Brown

Charities are warning that the number of children in the West who are going hungry during the school holidays is increasing.   

A group of churches have set up lunch clubs across the region after they became concerned. 

MakeLunch is run by volunteers and offers free, nutritious hot meals to children who would normally have free school dinners. 

The National Union of Teacher's William Brown said he was "outraged" so may children are in poverty.

Bristol cannabis grower, 72, required to pay £30k confiscation order

A 72-year-old Bristol man who produced cannabis, handled stolen goods and threatened a witness has been required to pay a £30,000 confiscation order. 

It was issued at Bristol Crown Court today against Alan Hayden-Jones. He has three months to pay the order or face an additional 12-month prison sentence. 

Hayden-Jones of Burley Grove in Mangotsfield had already been jailed for four years in July of last year. 

Alan Hayden-Jones
Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Alan Hayden-Jones

BreakingBrecon Beacons SAS deaths 'could happen again', new report says

Cpl James Dunsby, L/Cpl Edward Maher and L/Cpl Craig Roberts died in July 2013
Cpl James Dunsby, L/Cpl Edward Maher and L/Cpl Craig Roberts died in July 2013

A new report into the deaths of three soldiers during an SAS exercise in the Brecon Beacons in 2013, including Cpl James Dunsby, from the Wiltshire Territorial Army, has concluded it could happen again.  

Full story here.

Somerset finish ahead today with 153 for 8

County Council Elections: A key battleground in Somerset - South Petherton and Islemoor

Both the Conservative and Lib Dem candidates say they're feeling confident ahead of elections on May 4.

Bristol City v Barnsley

Tammy Abraham
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Bristol City's Tammy Abraham

Bristol City are sounding determined ahead of Barnsley's visit this Saturday.

We have to make sure that we do our bit and perform as well as we can. If we get caught thinking we've cracked it at any point then, very quickly, the dynamics can change. Peterborough went down with 54 points a few years ago. We can't look too far ahead. We keep the hammer down.

Lee JohnsonBristol City head coach

Read the full story and get details of where to find BBC commentaries here.

Aden Flint

Bristol City 3-2 Barnsley

Bristol City twice come from behind to beat Barnsley and take a significant step towards securing their Championship status.

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Jeremy Corbyn goes on a ballot hunt in Bristol

The Labour leader was in Bristol today campaigning with metro mayor hopeful Lesley Mansell - and reading to some local schoolchildren from Michael Rosen's much-loved book 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. 

Jeremy Corbyn reads 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'.

It's all over for the day for Gloucestershire CCC

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Ironic that bad light should end play at a ground called Brightside.  

It's been an even contest today with Durham fighting back following half-centuries by Chris Dent (59) and Will Tavare (61). 

Full story here.

Work underway on Glastonbury's Pyramid stage

Looks like work on the site for this year's Glastonbury Festival has begun...

Although it'll probably look a bit different when it's in full swing in June.

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Titanic fur coat up for auction

A fur coat worn by a crew member on the Titanic is up for auction at the weekend.

Mabel Bennett was a first class stewardess whose previous ship was the Olympic. She signed onto Titanic on 6 April 1912 on its ill-fated maiden voyage from Southampton, and was saved in Lifeboat No. 5 when it sank in the North Atlantic

It is expected to sell for more than £50,000 when it is sold by Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, Wiltshire as part of a Titanic memorabilia auction on Saturday.

Titanic fur coat
Henry Aldridge and Son

The coat's importance lies not only in what it is, whose it was and where it's been. It is nothing less than spectacular, both historically and visually. I am aware of no other artifact from Titanic available to the public with such a strong personal connection to one of her crew, this is one of those rare cases in which the artifact has a history and a personality all its own."

Craig Sopin,Titanic collector

Severe accident: A39 Somerset westbound

BBC News Travel

A39 Somerset westbound severe accident, near Manor Road.

A39 Somerset - A39 Bath Road in Cossington partially blocked and slow traffic westbound near turn for Cossington, because of an accident and recovery work.

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

Peaches Golding 'delighted' to be city's new Lord Lieutenant

Watch: Peaches Golding on her appointment as Bristol's new Lord Lieutenant

Peaches Golding says she is "delighted" to have been appointed by the Queen as Bristol's first ever black woman Lord Lieutenant. 

Formerly the city's High Sheriff, she has also served on the boards of several public bodies and private organisations.  

Ms Golding's aim is to extend the number and diversity of honours nominations for people's "unsung, tremendous work."  

Severe accident: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe accident, at J16 for A38.

M5 Bristol - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J16, A38 (Aztec West), because of an accident.

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

Overnight closures on M32 in Bristol

Dave Attwood is back for Bath v Stade Francais this Sunday

Dave Attwood
Rex Features

England lock Dave Attwood returns to start for Bath in their Challenge Cup semi-final away to French Top 14 side Stade Francais on Sunday.

Read the full story and get details of where to find BBC commentaries here.


Stade Francais 28-25 Bath

A last-minute Jules Plisson drop-goal gives Stade Francais a dramatic European Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Bath.

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Touchdown for new Bristol Aztecs season

Bristol's American Football team will be kicking off their new season this Sunday. 

The Bristol Aztecs were formed in 1990. They play in the British American Football League, and train at the South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Filton.

We went to join them ahead at one of their last training sessions, taking place at Chipping Sodbury RFC. 

Watch: the club have been training ahead of their first game this Sunday.

'Don't give up' on weed killer vinegar, campaigners tell Bristol council

Campaigners have urged Bristol City Council not to give up on using vinegar instead of controversial chemicals to kill weeds on streets. 

A report reveals vinegar was more expensive and less effective than glyphosate on weeds in Cotham and St Andrew's Park. 

Contractors were also unwilling to use it as they were afraid of residents' complaints about the smell. 

But local councillor Anthony Negus says potential health concerns should take a higher priority.

Ragwort is listed by the council as a common weed dealt with in its vinegar trial
Ragwort is listed by the council as a common weed dealt with in its vinegar trial

Arrest after bike theft caught on video

Can you help police find the Exmoor toilet vandal?

Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for information following a spate of criminal damage caused to toilets on Exmoor. 

The latest incident took place on 9 April at the toilets at Tarr Steps, Dulverton. 

Foam blocks were pushed into the U-bends causing the toilets to flood.    

Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Police are trying to trace a man seen in CCTV footage

Similar damage has been caused to these toilets over the past nine years. 

Police would like to identify the man in the CCTV image above, who was seen entering all three toilets on the day the latest damage was caused. 

Anyone with information should call the Police on 101 and quote crime reference number 5217080914.  

La Rochelle v Gloucester (Sat)

Greig Laidlaw
Rex Features

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is on the bench as Gloucester play La Rochelle in Saturday's Challenge Cup semi-final (20:00 BST).

La Rochelle v Gloucester

La Rochelle 14-16 Gloucester

Billy Burns scores all of Gloucester's points as they hold on to win an intense Challenge Cup semi-final at La Rochelle.

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Peaches Golding becomes first black woman Lord Lieutenant

At midnight tonight Peaches Golding will become Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, making her the first black woman to hold the ceremonial title anywhere in the country.

Watch: Peaches Golding becomes first black woman Lord Lieutenant

Glos suffer Colly wobbles

Gloucestershire 97-3 v Durham - lunch Collingwood 2-11 from 2.5 overs.

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

After seeing his pace attack fail to exert any real pressure on the Gloucestershire batting line-up, Paul Collingwood decided to have a bowl in the run up to lunch.

He should have had opener Chris Dent caught in the slips on 53, but Michael Richardson dived in front of Keaton Jennings, who was at first slip and the ball hit the floor after popping out of his hands. 

Dent then hit the next ball for four before carving Colly straight to Steve Cook at point but he was dropped again. However the bowler had the last laugh when getting Dent caught behind in his next over for 59, before trapping Graeme Van Buuren for a second ball duck, and had figures of 2-11 at lunch.  

Somerset on top at Old Trafford

Lancashire 64-6 v Somerset - lunch

Scott Read

BBC Radio Manchester Sport

Somerset's Lewis Gregory
Rex Features

Somerset have cashed in on both the conditions and some generous batting from Lancashire, to utterly dominate the morning session.  

Under thick cloudy skies in Manchester, the seamers have conjured up just enough movement through the air to create doubt about whether to play or leave, and six wickets later Lancashire have their final recognised batsman together trying to salvage something from the innings. 

Josh Davey was handed the new ball and set the standards right for the start with the wicket of Haseeb Hameed, his second duck in as many innings.

Police mental health support 'inadequate' says watchdog

Training for Avon and Somerset police officers to deal with mentally ill people is "inadequate", a watchdog says. 

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) called for an "urgent review" into how officers deal with vulnerable people. 

Its recommendations come after a man was stabbed to death at a hostel in Bristol in 2013

The force said it now worked "side by side with mental health professionals".

Derek Hancock (left) was jailed for stabbing Robert Cox (right) to death in 2013
Avon and Somerset police / BBC
Derek Hancock (left) was jailed for stabbing Robert Cox (right) to death in 2013

Labour leader in Bristol

The leader of the Labour party is in Bristol this lunchtime visiting a key election battleground. 

Jeremy Corbyn started the day in Swindon, which they must take from the Conservatives if he's to become Prime Minister. 

He's now in another target seat, Bristol North West.  

Jeremy Corbyn

Dad's civil rights battle inspires Peaches Golding as she becomes Queen's representative in Bristol

Peaches Golding, the daughter of a US civil rights campaigner, says her father's fight for justice will inspire her as Lord Lieutenant of Bristol. 

Peaches will become the first black woman to be the Queen's representative in the UK this weekend. 

Her father, Charles Hauser, won a legal battle in 1947 after he refused to move to the back of a bus. 

She said the "fabulous" role would help her "level the playing field for Bristolians".

Peaches Golding said she wanted to help to 'level the playing field' for Bristolians
Peaches Golding said she wanted to help to 'level the playing field' for Bristolians

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, at J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Wiltshire - M4 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic westbound at J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's Shoeperman...

Martin Pearce from Westbury, Wiltshire, is running the London Marathon this weekend dressed as a shoe!

He's attempting to beat a world record in the process, a feat he will accomplish if he runs the distance in under 4 hours and 14 minutes. 

When he turned 50 he decided to start ticking things off his bucket list - including this marathon. 

Watch: Westbury man running the London Marathon dressed as a shoe

Elbow to headline Downs Festival

Guy Garvey and Pete Turner of the band Elbow
Guy Garvey and Pete Turner of the band Elbow will headline this year's festival

British rock band Elbow is to headline this year's Downs Festival in Bristol. 

The one-day event on 2nd September will also feature Seasick Steve, De La Soul, Soul II Soul and American rock band The Districts. 

It's the second music festival to be held on Durdham Downs after thousands attended Massive Attack's gig on the site last year. 

Organisers said tickets will go on sale "to personal callers only" at 8am on Friday 28th April from the Bristol Ticket Shop and The Love Inn - and will be released online at 9am.  

Film shows devastation on Somerset Levels after 2014 floods

Watch: A clip from The Levelling courtesy of Peccadillo Pictures

A film about a farm devastated by the 2014 floods on the Somerset Levels is to be released next month.

The Levelling tells the story of a girl who returns to her family farm and is shocked by the impact of the flood. 

It stars Ellie Kendrick, who played Meera Reed in Game of Thrones, and David Troughton from BBC Radio Four's The Archers. 

Director Hope Dickson Leach will be hosting a question and answer session at Strode Theatre this evening.  

You can see the film at the Wells Film Festival on 30th April before its full release on 12th May.

Corbyn: 'We will end zero hours contracts'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to abolish zero hours contracts in a speech during a visit to Swindon.

Speaking just days after the announcement of a snap general election, he told supporters in the town the contracts were having a devastating impact on workers' lives.

Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech in Swindon