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Watch: Woman falls in Bristol docks

Boat owner Ray Cross has his home moored in the floating harbour in Bristol.

He wants as many people as possible to see this CCTV footage to show the dangers of being around the harbourside late at night.

The footage shows the pontoon near to Lloyds Amphitheatre which has a security gate around it.

The woman in the film was rescued quickly and was unhurt.

CCTV captures the moment a woman falls in

New road in Taunton opens - finally

The Northern Inner Distributor Road is millions of pounds over budget and years late. But it's finally opening tomorrow.

It will provide a new link from Priory Avenue to Staplegrove Road in Taunton and, according to councilors, unlock valuable development land and tackle congestion in the town.

Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This is a key project for Taunton which will unlock the Firepool site for development and help to ease congestion across the town.

“The economic and travel time benefits are important for all of us and I hope the town’s motorists will find this a real improvement.

“The delays have been frustrating but I’m very pleased to share the long-awaited news that the road will be opening tomorrow. Many thanks for your patience.”

The Northern Inner Distributor Road opens in Taunton

BMW car workers accept new pension plan

BMW factory in Swindon
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Last month, Unite threatened more strikes after a previous offer was rejected

BMW car workers in Swindon have accepted a revised pensions deal which includes payments which are three times as generous as originally planned, and with more flexibility.

The company's initial proposals led to four walkouts and brought car production to a halt.

More than 80% of Unite members who make Mini and Rolls Royce cars backed the new offer.

From the classroom to Cape Town without the price tag

Smartphone in a cardboard box headset
Seeing the world through a smartphone in a cardboard box headset.

Pupils from Royal Wootton Bassett Academy have been to Venezuela to see the Angel Falls, then a Hawaiian volcano, before a trip up Table Mountain in Cape Town. Well, sort of.

The school has been enjoying 'active learning' which involves exploring the world using special kit - a smartphone in a cardboard headset.

It's made by technology giant Google which has also lent the gadgets to the school.

With less money to take school trips - this way they see the world without the price tag.

Severe disruption: A303 Wiltshire both ways

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A303 Wiltshire both ways severe disruption, between A36 Deptford and A350.

A303 Wiltshire - A303 closed in both directions between Deptford and the A350 junction, because of some smoke blowing across the road.

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

PC charged with assault after man Tasered in Bristol

Judah Adunbi
Judah Adunbi

A police officer has been charged with common assault after a race relations group founder was Tasered.

Avon and Somerset PC Claire Boddie, 47, is set to appear before Taunton magistrates on 14 August.

The force referred itself to the police watchdog after Judah Adunbi, 63, was Tasered in Bristol on 14 January.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) sent evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service, which said it is in the public interest to charge.

Read the full story here.

Man on a mission to catalogue war graves

Watch: Mark Newton in Gloucestershire cataloguing war graves

Mark Newton is travelling the country on a mobility scooter, cataloguing all the war graves and memorials in the UK.

He is working with the Imperial War Museum to document them all, and has now arrived in Gloucestershire.

The cemetery at St Michael's Church in Bishop's Cleeve was one of his destinations over the weekend.

Building fire causes police to close A303 in both directions at Chicklade A36-A350

New scheme to make rural homes easier to find

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A new system to help emergency services find isolated rural properties faster is being introduced in the Forest of Dean.

The system simply assigns a single letter - dubbed a "hashpoint" - to each property.

When combined with the postcode, it can accurately pinpoint any registered property on a mobile device or sat nav device.

The idea was developed by the husband of a local GP who found it difficult to find some homes while on call.

If successful, the free scheme could be rolled out around Gloucestershire.

Cricket: Cox career-best leads Worcs recovery against Glos

Ben Cox

A career-best 124 from wicketkeeper Ben Cox helped Worcestershire recover from a precarious position on day two against Gloucestershire.

The visitors had slumped to 69-4 in reply to Gloucestershire's 383 all out at Cheltenham, before Cox and George Rhodes (52) shared a stand of 141.

Read the full story here.

Severe disruption: A350 Wiltshire both ways

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A350 Wiltshire both ways severe disruption, around A303.

A350 Wiltshire - A350 in Chicklade closed around the A303 junction, because of a building fire.

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

Severe disruption: A303 Wiltshire westbound

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A303 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, between A36 Deptford and A350.

A303 Wiltshire - A303 closed and stationary traffic westbound between Deptford and the A350 junction in The Green, because of a building fire.

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

Woman in a serious condition following collision in Clifton

Police accident sign

A woman who was hit by a taxi in Bristol last month is now in a life-threatening condition in hospital, police have said.

Avon and Somerset Police said it happened in St Pauls Road, Clifton on 10 June.

The 79-year-old woman suffered head injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

She is now in a life-threatening condition in Southampton General Hospital, a spokesman said.

Any witnesses to the incident are being asked to contact police.

Wiltshire Police appeal for information after 16-year-old stabbed in Swindon

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The 16-year-old victim was stabbed in the chest on Saturday and sustained serious injuries.

He is now in a 'stable' condition.

Another 16-year-old is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of causing Grievous Bodily Harm.

Heavy traffic M4 westbound around J19

Slow moving traffic on the M4 westbound
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Slow moving traffic on the M4 westbound

Watch: the Bristol Belle inflated 50 years after her first flight

In 1967, a team of balloonists - including Bristol's Don Cameron - introduced the sport of hot air ballooning to the UK.

They made the first successful flight in the Bristol Belle from RAF Weston-on-the-Green in Oxford.

Although there are too many holes in it for the Belle to fly now, it was inflated to mark the 50th anniversary of that first flight.

Delays on roundabout for M5 J12

Severe accident: M4 Bristol westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol westbound severe accident, at J20 for M5 affecting J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of an accident and recovery work. Congestion to J19, M32 (Bristol).

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

Hospital issues statement after body found in toilet

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

A spokesperson has released a statement following the discovery of a body this morning.

We can confirm that a body was discovered in the public toilet of the Tower Block at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH) this morning (10.7.17) and in line with our policy Gloucestershire Constabulary was immediately informed. An internal investigation has been launched and we will continue to work closely with the police in their enquiries. Hospital services are continuing to run as normal.

SpokespersonGloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

'Eyesore' shopping parade sold for £20m

King's Walk shopping centre, Gloucester

An "eyesore" city centre shopping parade has been sold for more than £20m.

The King's Walk shopping parade, which occupies a 100 sqm plot in Gloucester, is crucial to the council's regeneration plans for the city.

A previous multi-million pound deal was reported to have failed because of fears over Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

New owners Reef will now look to redevelop the "crucial" area.

Read the full story here.

Police respond as officer charged with assault after Taser incident

BreakingPolice officer to face assault charge after Bristol incident

An Avon and Somerset Police officer will appear in court in August to face a charge of common assault after an incident in Bristol in which a man was Tasered.

PC Claire Boddie, 47, has been summonsed to appear at Taunton Magistrates Court on Monday 14 August.

The incident happened in Colston Road, Easton on Saturday 14 January 2017. An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) began an investigation after the police force voluntarily referred a complaint about the incident, during which a 63-year-old man was Tasered.

Man hit with bike lock in racially aggravated assault

Bike lock
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A man was knocked unconscious with a bike lock in a racially aggravated assault last week in Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Police said it happened at about 8pm on Tuesday on Bond Street South.

A man riding a bicycle racially abused a group of three friends before approaching one of them and attacking him.

The victim, a 31-year-old man, was hit around the head multiple times before losing consciousness, police said, and required stitches for a facial injury.

This was a vicious unprovoked attack on an innocent man in a busy area in broad daylight. The level of violence used was shocking while the words used by the offender prior to this incident clearly indicate it was racially motivated. We’re taking it extremely seriously and are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed anything or who has any other information which could help our inquiry.

PC Isaac Barnett

Children's services concern 'not heard'

Mark Hawthorne

"Serious and widespread" failures in children's services identified in an Ofsted report were not dealt with, a council leader has admitted.

Conservative Mark Hawthorne said while Gloucestershire County Council knew of a number of issues, it "wasn't hearing what was happening on the frontline".

Ofsted rated children's services as "inadequate" and said standards had "deteriorated significantly".

Read the full story here.

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Car hits crowd - two walking wounded and one patient taken to A&E

Watch: Car loses control and crashes

South Western Ambulance Service said "various resources" were deployed to Kingsditch Trading Estate last night.

Emergency crews were sent following reports of a car crashing into a group of pedestrians.

An ambulance service spokesman said three patients were treated in total: two walking wounded, and one patient treated at scene and then conveyed to the emergency department at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Tribute to woman who died in A303 crash

Diane Atkins
Diane Atkins' family

Tributes have been paid to a 73-year-old woman who died in a crash on the A303 in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Police said Diane Atkins, of Salisbury, died in the crash last Tuesday at Woodbine Hill.

Her family paid tribute to her in a statement:

Her love for her husband Dudley, her daughter Louise, and her grandsons Sam and Ash was beyond compare. She has left a hole in their hearts that can never be filled and will be loved and missed every day.

Family statement

Pelham Puppets town celebrates special birthday

Watch: Marlborough puppet parade

A town in Wiltshire celebrated its long association with puppets over the weekend.

A festival was held in Marlborough to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the start of Pelham Puppets, which were made in the town for 40 years.

Life-size marionettes paraded down the High Street, along with puppet shows and exhibitions.

The firm was set up in 1947 by Bob Pelham with help from famous puppeteer Ann Hogarth, who pulled the strings of Muffin the Mule on TV.

In its heyday Pelham Puppets employed 120 people and sent puppets around the world.

Severe disruption: A420 Bristol eastbound

BBC News Travel

A420 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, at A4320 Barrow Road.

A420 Bristol - A420 Lawrence Hill in Lawrence Hill closed and very slow traffic outbound at Lawrence Hill Roundabout, because of a building fire. Diversion in operation - traffic is bring diverted onto Easton Way.

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

Council leader responds to critical Ofsted report

Listen: "We need to make sure it doesn't happen again," said Cllr Mark Hawthorne

Gloucestershire County Council leader Mark Hawthorne has admitted there were failures, after a highly critical report on Children's Services.

In his first interview with BBC Radio Gloucestershire since the Ofsted report last month, Mr Hawthorne said they weren't always aware of what was happening on the front line.

The report highlighted "serious and widespread failures" in the service, and said "too many children" were being left in situations of "risk of significant harm for too long" because dangers were not recognised.

Mr Hawthorne said: "What we weren't hearing... was the concerns on the front line from social workers... the issue around case drift, and some of those decisions not being taken in a timely manner," he said.

Car hits crowd - 'injuries not life threatening'


Gloucestershire Police first heard of the incident shortly after 9pm last night.

A report was received of a car which had "lost control and collided with a parked vehicle and a number of pedestrians".

"Some of the pedestrians were injured and attended hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening," added a force spokeswoman.

"Investigations continue and anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 541 of 9 July."

A man from Worcestershire has been reported for dangerous driving.

Car ploughs into pedestrians - three injured

Watch: Car loses control and crashes into pedestrians

Three people were injured last night when a car crashed into a group of spectators watching a gathering of vehicles.

It happened at the Kingsditch Trading Estate in Cheltenham - as first reported by Gloucestershire Live.

Footage posted on social media showed a red car apparently losing control and hitting the crowd.

A 28-year-old man from Worcestershire has been reported for dangerous driving.

Man arrested following attempted child abduction

Bristol Uni vice chancellor: A 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity'

Bristol University

Bristol University vice chancellor Professor Hugh Brady says the £10m donation for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus (TQEC) will add to Britain's future success:

We have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine the future of our university as one of the world’s great civic universities while also transforming a key site at the heart of our city. Our campus will be a beacon for collaboration, evolution and opportunity. It will not only help secure the future growth and success of the university and the city, but will add in a major way to the future success of the UK.

Professor Hugh BradyUniversity of Bristol vice chancellor

'Being wet is the worst thing ever'

Watch: "Being wet is the worst thing ever," says Corky

The problem of rural homelessness in England has been highlighted in a new report.

The findings from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) show about one in ten homeless cases come from the countryside.

The BBC's Countryfile show highlighted the issue on yesterday's programme.

In this clip rough sleeper Corky explained to Tom Heap the attraction of sleeping rough in the woods in Wiltshire.

'People will be amazed' by new university campus

Watch: Bristol Uni has announced multi-million pound expansion plans

Hugh Sloane has been speaking about why he has given £10m to the University of Bristol's plan to build a new campus next to Temple Meads station.

The businessman said people would be "amazed when they visit the city by train and see this world-class academic centre across the platform".

This is one of the few times in the last 50 years where an opportunity has arisen to build a new campus right in the heart of a UK city. The new campus and academically challenging degree programmes will attract the best and brightest from around the world. Without world-class education and research, we will not be able to address some of society’s biggest challenges, from economic inequality to future health care needs.

Hugh Sloane

Rural idyll masking grim reality of homelessness

Watch: Terence describes sleeping rough in a Somerset wood

Homelessness in rural areas is on the rise, a report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has revealed.

Despite our towns and villages providing the quintessential experience of idyllic country life, this image masks significant concerns about inequality and deprivation.

A successful model highlighted by the report is the Dairy House hostel in the Mendip district of Somerset.

It offers beds for rough sleepers in the area, offers support to find long-term accommodation and teaches skills such as animal care and hedge laying.

The BBC's Countryfile show highlighted the issue on yesterday's programme.

In the above clip, rough sleeper Terence explained to Tom Heap how he ended up living in the woods in Somerset.

Bristol Belle inflated on College Green

Watch: The Bristol Belle was inflated to mark 50 years since its first flight

A 50-year-old hot air balloon was inflated on College Green in Bristol earlier, to mark 50 years since its first flight.

The Bristol Belle was the first modern balloon in Britain and made its maiden flight on 9 July 1967.

It was developed by four members of the Bristol Gliding Club - Bill Malpas, Mark Westwood, Giles Bulmer (of cider-making fame) and Don Cameron.

It's not safe to take off these days, but it was inflated to mark the anniversary.