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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates across the West of England on Tuesday, 25 July 2017

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  1. Goodnight from us.

    Today we have brought you details of the shock report into Bristol's prison, described as "one of the worst" by the Howard League for Penal reform.

    But there was better news of jobs secured in Yeovil, on the Wildcat assembly line.

    We had some amazing footage for you of Cheltenham's freediver Adam Mustoe, diving at Chepstow quarry.

    And did you see the cockatoo chick pics earlier? If not, they're a must see.

    We hope those of you caught in flash flooding in Gloucester have managed to stem the tide.

    We're not expecting more heavy rain overnight, but tomorrow morning could be a wet one.

    Another wardrobe change!

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    Video caption: More rain is expected to hit the West tomorrow morning. Ian has the forecast.
  2. Gloucester flash flooding captured on camera

    Gloucester was hit by heavy rain this evening, which caused flash flooding on the streets of the city.

    This footage was captured by a car dashcam, showing cars driving through large pools of surface water.

    More rain is expected to hit the West Country on Wednesday morning.

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    Video caption: Torrential rain led to flash flooding in Gloucester, which was captured by a dashcam outside BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
  3. World champion cricketer Anya Shrubsole reflects on England woman's success

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    Video caption: Bath's Anya was part of the team that beat India at Lord's on Sunday.

    Player of the match, Anya Shrubsole joined Alex Lovell and David Garmston on BBC Points West this evening.

    She took six wickets - the highest number of wickets in a women's world cup final.

    Read more about Anya's rankings here.

  4. Yeovil jobs secured with deal for Wildcat airframes

    The government's announced that helicopter manufacturing will continue in Yeovil, with a new deal between Leonardo Helicopters and the Ministry of Defence.

    The firm is keeping the contract to make frames for the military Wildcat Helicopter - the AW159 - and it says much of the work will be done at the Somerset site.

    There had been fears that the work could move to Poland, along with 40 jobs, following a review by the Ministry of Defence.

    But a deal has been struck for Leonardo Helicopters to keep the assembly work of military helicopter airframes in Yeovil rather than move it overseas.

    You can read more about the story here.

    The AW159 military helicopter
  5. HMP Bristol report "one of the worst" seen by Penal Reform body

    More on the damning Chief Inspector of Prisons report into HMP Bristol, which found:

    • 50% of prisoners were locked in their cell during the day, and nighttime lock-ins began at 1730
    • crowded, poorly equipped cells
    • violence towards staff and between prisoners was very high
    • a third of prisoners were being released homeless at the end of their sentence
    • many prisoners said they felt unsafe

    "Chronic" staff shortages have been blamed for many of the poor outcomes at the prison.

    Andrew Nielson from the Howard League for Penal Reform told the BBC that staff are at threat as well as prisoners and they prison is "almost lost in chaos."

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    Video caption: Watch: Andrew Nielson said the prison system was in a "state of chaos".
  6. HMP Bristol heavily criticised following a surprise inspection

    The Chief Inspector of Prisons has said conditions at HMP Bristol are "unacceptable".

    A surprise inspection in March this year found:

    • a "deluge of illicit drugs... has fuelled violence, debt and self-harm”
    • more than half (53%) of prisoners said it was easy to get illicit drugs in the jail
    • significant finds of weapons, drugs and mobile phones during the inspection
    • one in seven prisoners said that they had developed a drug problem while at the prison
    • an "exceptionally high" rate of positive drugs tests

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    Quote Message: Performance at Bristol isn’t at an acceptable level and the Governor is taking robust action to tackle the problems. Funding has been increased and more staff, including an additional 29 prison officers, are being recruited. Work to improve safety, reduce violence and improve first night arrangements is being prioritised. from Michael Spurr, Chief Executive Her Majesty's Prisons
    Michael Spurr, Chief ExecutiveHer Majesty's Prisons
  7. Cheltenham man to compete in Freediving World Championships

    Adam Mustoe has only been freediving since 2016, but he hopes to enter the top 100 ranking of freedivers in the world.

    Freediving is a sport where participants try to dive as deep as they can on a single breath of air.

    Adam will travel to Honduras in August for the Freediving World Championships and freedive without fins up to depths of around 40 metres.

    This should not be tried without proper supervision or instruction.

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    Video caption: Watch: Adam Mustoe heads to Honduras for his freediving competition.
  8. Heavy downpour hits Gloucester

    Parts of Gloucester have seen flash flooding this evening with a sudden downpour of torrential rain, creating treacherous conditions on the M5.

    Here was the view at BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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  9. Vandals and Visionaries - the debate over Bristol's graffiti

    For many years Bristol has enjoyed a reputation as the UK's number one city for graffiti and street art.

    But along with that reputation comes an ongoing debate about creativity and criminality.

    On BBC One on Friday, the eve of street art festival Upfest, presenter Miquita Oliver will be assessing the debate and asking why Banksy’s work is protected when other graffiti artists are being prosecuted and sometimes imprisoned for their work.

    In three special online-only videos, Bristol photographer Beezer takes us back to three key locations in the city’s early graffiti story. Part one is below, and parts two and three will follow tomorrow and Thursday.

    'Vandals and Visionaries' is on BBC One at 7.30pm on Friday, 28th July.

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    Video caption: Photographer Beezer reflects on Bristol's graffiti heritage.
  10. Flood victims' concern over housebuilding on Gloucester floodplain

    The flooding of 2007 remains strong in the memories of those who lived through it.

    Now, they've raised concerns over a new development of houses being built in areas which were submerged a decade ago.

    Over 600 homes have been built at Longford, and more are planned. The developers say that new estates are being built with better drainage, so shouldn't be affected.

    Scott Ellis found out more...

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    Video caption: Watch: Victims of the 2007 floods say they are worried about the new houses at Longford.
  11. Heavy rain affecting stretch of M5

    M5

    These were the scene on the M5 near Cheltenham a few moments ago.

    Heavy rain is making driving treacherous during the rush hour.

    The storms are very localised so watch out if you're about to set off home as one minute it might be bright sunshine, the next raining cats and dogs.

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  12. Surprise inspection report criticises Bristol Prison

    A surprise inspection of Bristol Prison has revealed an environment of violence, debt and increasing self-harm, all fuelled by staff shortages and a "deluge" of drugs, according to a report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons.

    The visit took place in March, and inspectors found that standards had declined and the prison was now less safe than two years before.

    BBC Points West's Andrew Plant has more...

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    Video caption: Staff shortages, drug use, a cockroach infestation and prisoner self-harm were all highlighted in the report.
  13. Points West at 60: the SS Great Britain returns home

    BBC Points West have been looking back through their archives as part of celebrations marking 60 years of broadcasting to the West Country.

    In 1970, Brunel's famous ship, the ss Great Britain returned back to Bristol after a final trip across the ocean from her resting place on the Falkland Islands.

    Thousands of people, and the film cameras, turned out to watch.

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    Video caption: In 1970 Brunel's famous ship returned home to the dock she left back in 1843.
  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M50 Gloucestershire westbound

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    M50 Gloucestershire westbound severe accident, between J2 for A417 and J3 for B4221.

    M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M50 westbound between J2, A417 (Ledbury) and J3, B4221 (Newent), because of an accident involving a car. Traffic is coping well.

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

  15. Extreme cyclist wants to learn more about our European neighbours

    Sean Conway

    Sean Conway, the Cheltenham extreme adventurer, is aiming for the current world record to cross Europe, which stands at 29 days, 18 hours and 25 minutes.

    He hopes to knock four days off the record by cycling about 180 miles each day, beginning on August 5.

    Sean says he hopes there'll also be time to chat to people he meets along the way!

    Quote Message: I'm looking to not only break the world record for the fastest cycle across Europe but also to have the opportunity to meet some incredible people along the way. It's an uncertain time across Europe at the moment and we rarely hear reports of how nice people can be, only the bad stuff. from Sean Conway
    Sean Conway
  16. Helicopter airframe work stays in town

    Wildcat helicopter
    Image caption: GKN's Yeovil factory specialises in the manufacture of airframes for the Royal Navy's Wildcat helicopter

    A deal has been struck for Leonardo Helicopters to keep the assembly work of military helicopter airframes in Yeovil rather than move it overseas.

    There were fears the equipment and 40 jobs would go to Poland after a review by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

    Yeovil Conservative MP Marcus Fysh said: "It is good news. It was a bit of a concern that the assemblies of the Wildcat airframes might move."

    The AW159 is a military helicopter used in the UK and also exported overseas.

    You can read more about the story here.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, at J17 for A350.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M4 westbound at J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  18. Cockatoo chick hatches at Bristol Zoo Gardens

    Doesn't it look cute?

    Perhaps not. This little chick is an extremely rare Philippine cockatoo, and it's the first one to hatch in Bristol.

    In the wild, the species is critically endangered. It's estimated there are between just 560 and 1,150 left in the Philippines.

    We think a new Disney character is born.

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    Cockatoo chick
    Cockatoo chick