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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Friday, 18 August 2017

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

Hope you have a good weekend.

Unofficial history of Colston added to statue

An unofficial plaque has been placed on the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol city centre.

The Unauthorised Heritage plaque appeared overnight and highlights Colston's slave trade links.

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Home is where the political heart is

Watch: Retired teacher renamed his home because of his politics

A retired teacher who lives near Malmesbury has changed the name of his house because of his politics.

Until earlier this year, Andy Perry's home in the village of Cleverton was called May Cottage.

He decided to change the name after hearing joggers remarking on the name during the general election campaign.

Cathedral showing for The Terminator

The Terminator

One of cinema's most legendary and apocalyptic films, The Terminator, is to be shown inside Bristol Cathedral.

Arnold Schwarzenegger will be strutting his deadly robotic thing as part of a series of films, starting next month, exploring cinema's links with religion.

The programme, Electric Shadows at the Cathedral, also includes Contact starring Jodie Foster and James Woods; Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro in The Mission; the Canadian film Jesus of Montreal and award-winning Days of Heaven.

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'John Cleese bought my artwork'

Listen: Artist Rodney Matthews

A display of artwork by fantasy artist Rodney Matthews has gone on show in Bourton-on-the-Water.

The exhibition, entitled Alice in Wonderland and other tales, is on from today until Monday at The Victoria Hall.

Rodney says comedian John Cleese is one of his most famous customers.

Rodney Matthews picture
Rodney Matthews

Ever fancied driving a Bristol bus ... and hearing legendary words "cheers drive"?


Bristol's Lawrence Hill Bus depot is holding an open day on Saturday where you can take a ride through a bus wash and have a go at driving a bus.

The community event - and recruitment drive - takes place between 11 and 3 -and visitors are encouraged to use public transport to get to the depot.

It offers a peek behind the scenes of a working bus depot and encourage people to consider a career with the company.

Most of the activities are free but funds raised on the day will go to Prostate Cancer UK.

Charlie Estcourt

Bristol City Women sign Wales midfielder Charlie Estcourt on loan from Reading Women for the 2017-18 winter season.

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Student asks, 'is Portishead a commuter town?'


A student from Portishead has had more than 700 responses to a survey asking about the town's residents.

Jack Collard is asking "to what extent Portishead is a 'commuter town' where the majority of the population leave for work, only to return to sleep and not spending time or money in their town".

He's still collecting responses to the survey which is part of his A Level Geography project.

Did you see Brucie at Glastonbury? Watch some of it here

Watch: Bruce Forsyth made his Glastonbury debut in 2013

Football clubs making programmes online only to save cash

Watch: Football club makes programme digital only

Three Southern League football clubs in Gloucestershire have decided to put their matchday programmes online only in a bid to save money.

Secretary of Shortwood United Jim Cunneen tells BBC Points West's Steve Knibbs why they've decided to do it.

Swooping swallows on Wiltshire canal

Watch: Beautiful footage of swallows

These swooping and swishing swallows were filmed on the canal​ in Wilcot, near Pewsey, by Philomena Plunkett.

Football: Bristol City v Millwall (Saturday)

Cauley Woodrow
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Bristol City could hand a debut to striker Cauley Woodrow, who joined on loan from Fulham on Thursday.

The England Under-21 international's arrival is welcome, with Milan Djuric and Matty Taylor (both groin) out.

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Skier suffers 'severe' head injury

Lloyd Wallace
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Aerial skier Lloyd Wallace has suffered a "severe" head injury in a training crash in Switzerland.

The International Ski Federation says world junior bronze medallist Wallace, who lives near Semley in Wiltshire, is in a "light coma but stable" after being flown to the University Hospital Zurich by helicopter.

A detailed prognosis "will become clear in five or six days", they added.

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University student aims to head for the stars

Tim Gregory

Many dream of going into space, but how many have what it takes? An astronaut and other experts are taking to TV to choose one winner from 12 exceptional applicants.

Featured in Astronauts - Do you have what it takes? is Tim Gregory, a PhD student from the University of Bristol.

At present, the 23-year-old is completing his studies in Cosmochemistry, specialising in analysing meteorites to investigate the evolution of our Solar System.

He's now an academic high-flyer who tours local schools in Bristol to give inspirational science talks and says he owes any success to his hard-working mum who raised him and his sister alone.

The series starts on BBC Two on Sunday at 9pm, and it will also be available on the BBC iPlayer shortly afterwards.

Rare bat rescued after being found on the ground

Long-eared bat

A rare long-eared bat is being looked after at a wildlife centre near Taunton after being rescued.

The creature weighs just 5g - 2g less than she should - and is the size of a ping pong ball.

The bat was found on the ground in the village of Merriott, near Crewkerne, and was taken to the RSPCA's West Hatch Wildlife Centre.

Long-eared bat
Long-eared bat

Remembering when Brucie played Glastonbury

Bruce Forsyth
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It was the last day of Glastonbury in 2013 and the crowds had gathered to watch Mumford and Sons and ...Sir Bruce Forsyth.

Aged 85 at the time, he was a surprise hit.

His audience was so big security officials had to prevent any more people getting in to the Avalon stage venue.

It's thought 2,500 people watched him sing, tap dance and play the piano.

"I haven't experienced anything like that," said Brucie, "that was more than good, it was over the top."

Sir Bruce Forsyth: TV legend dies aged 89

Sir Bruce and Lady Forsyth married in 1983

Sir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran entertainer and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89.

He had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection.

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Sir Bruce performed at the Glastonbury Festival in 2013. Were you there? We'd love to share your memories.

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Prisoners to get phones and computers

HMP Bristol
The scheme is being introduced at HMP Bristol

Prisoners in Bristol will soon have telephones and computers fitted inside their cells.

The scheme aims to combat mobile phones being smuggled illegally into prisons.

All calls will be strictly monitored and the computers will not be connected to the internet.

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Fantasy art exhibition begins in Cotswold village

Rodney Matthews

An exhibition of artwork by one of the world's leading fantasy artists has begun in the Cotswolds.

The display by Rodney Matthews, called Alice in Wonderland and other tales, is on from today until Monday at The Victoria Hall in Bourton-on-the-Water.

Rodney Matthews

The Somerset-born artist now lives in Gloucestershire and his career spans over 50 years.

His paintings of strange creatures, exotic plants and lavish landscapes have adorned the record covers of rock artists such as Asia, Magnum, Nazareth and Rick Wakeman.

Rodney Matthews

House damaged by garage fire which spread

Hail? In August? 'Incredible,' says Somerset PC

T20 abuse at 'football hooligan levels'

Peter Trego
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Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego says Twenty20 is bringing "idiots to the game" and leading to an increase of abuse against players.

The 36-year-old says he received "foul" abusive messages after Somerset lost to Glamorgan by one run on Sunday.

And he believes the shorter form of cricket is to blame for "bringing a lot of idiots to the game".

However, former England captain Michael Vaughan says players must learn to take social media abuse "on the chin".

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Severe accident: A36 Wiltshire both ways

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A36 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between Sherrington Lane and A303 Deptford.

A36 Wiltshire - A36 closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Sherrington Lane junction in Codford and Deptford, because of a serious accident.

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

A few local newspaper headlines

Bishop hopes to cycle to 33 churches in 95-mile trek

Rt Revd Lee Rayfield,
Diocese of Bristol

The Bishop of Swindon is leading a team of seven cyclists across Wiltshire to support Hope Bristol 2018.

The Rt Reverend Lee Rayfield is hoping to cycle to all 33 churches in the North Wilts Deanery today - a total distance of about 95 miles.

Funds raised from the challenge will go towards enabling the mission to take place and to support the social action projects that will be undertaken.

Hope Bristol 2018 will take place during Easter 2018 - Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th April.

Severe accident: A38 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Somerset both ways severe accident, between B3130 Barrow Street and King's Head Lane.

A38 Somerset - Very slow traffic and the road is just passable on A38 Bridgwater Road in Barrow Gurney between the B3130 Barrow Street junction and the King's Head Lane junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

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

Short films made by 16- to 24-year-olds going on tour

A festival celebrating local young filmmakers starts today.

A festival celebrating local young filmmakers starts today in Bristol.

The Arnolfini is hosting Playback, an interactive exhibition of short films made by 16-24-year-olds.

It features work from young filmmakers in the West Country and delves into a wide spectrum of topics and narratives.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, around J11A for A417 Gloucester.

M5 Gloucestershire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M5 northbound around J11a, A417 (Gloucester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Union battle in line for new rail company

South West Trains have lost their franchise after 21 years
South West Trains
South West Trains have lost their franchise after 21 years

Rail union RMT will be mounting a protest at London's Waterloo station on Monday, to mark the first day of South Western Railway.

South West Trains will be taken over by the new company, the union is not going to let its aim to use drivers rather than guards operate train doors to pass without a fight.

There is an agreement in place that there will be no extension of Driver Only Operation on South West Trains and that agreement transfers. All that RMT is seeking is a clear assurance that there will be no interference with the current agreement and that it will be honoured by the new franchise holder. Unfortunately in talks yesterday the company refused to give a guarantee that there will be a second person ‎on their trains despite what they have been telling the press.

Mick CashRMT General Secretary

Travel: Here's the view just coming up to Cribbs Causeway

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news if you're sneaking off on hols.

It's busy, busy, busy if you're heading Somerset/Devon/Cornwall-bound.

Highways England

Travel: Welcome to Friday, M5 motorists ...

It's already slow from J14 - Thornbury - all the way down past Cribbs Causeway.

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BreakingFour men arrested over Gloucester stabbing

Police have arrested four men in connection with a stabbing in Gloucester last weekend.

A 23-year-old man is still in hospital after he was found with stab wounds on St Aldate Street at 2:30am on Sunday.

Yesterday, the following arrests were made:

  • A 21-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs
  • A 27-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs
  • A 39-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm

And earlier today, a 32-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Warning after flares set off at Bristol City games

Bristol City has warned supporters setting off flares will be given an "instant" ban from Ashton Gate.

It follows three recent games where fans have set them off - in one case leaving another supporter needing medical help because of asthma.

During the away game at Birmingham, the club says, two supporters were arrested after flares were set off.

Flare set off at Fleetwood v Blackpool
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Anyone caught using a flare or smoke bomb – lighting it, holding it or throwing it – will be passed over to the authorities and will instantly receive a ban from Ashton Gate.

Club statement

GCHQ Twitter Q&A called off

Supermarket and coffee shop plans likely to be approved

Old BMW garage

Plans for a supermarket and coffee shop with drive-through, in Cheltenham on the site of the former BMW garage on Tewkesbury Road, are expected to be approved later.

The applicants want open a Lidl supermarket and a Starbucks and say it will create 60 jobs in addition to those which would be created through the construction of the site.

But opponents are concerned about light pollution from the drive-through coffee shop open until midnight, the additional traffic, and question whether the town really needs yet another supermarket.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A38 and J15 for M4.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M5 northbound between J16, A38 (Aztec West) and J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Lloyd Wallace: Wiltshire aerial skier suffers 'severe' head injury in crash

Lloyd Wallace has been targeting next year's Winter Olympics
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Lloyd Wallace has been targeting next year's Winter Olympics

British aerial skier Lloyd Wallace - who recently graduated from the University of Bath - has suffered a "severe" head injury in a training crash in Switzerland.

The International Ski Federation says world junior bronze medallist Wallace, from Wiltshire, is in a "light coma but stable" after being flown to the University Hospital Zurich by helicopter.

The Swiss ski team, who Wallace has been training with, say the 22-year-old is showing "positive signs".

A detailed prognosis "will become clear in five or six days", they added.

Consultation to begin on new M4 junction for Bristol

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The public is to be asked about its views on options to build a new motorway junction, linking the M4 with the Bristol ring road.

A formal consultation will launch next Monday, with opinions wanted on two options to link the motorway with the A4174.

  • Western route: This would use Westerleigh Road and the A4174 ring road adjacent to Lyde Green in Emersons Green. This would mean the new Junction 18a could be located to the north west of the Lyde Green development. It would require some realignment to the M4 itself.
  • Eastern route: This route explores the potential of building a link road and junction to the north and west of Pucklechurch. This would require the creation of a new link road, but a new motorway junction could be accommodated without the need to realign the M4.

The consultation will run until Monday 16 October and there's more information about the options and how to have your say here.

There is a very real need to ease congestion in this part of South Gloucestershire as well as providing improved access to key employment hubs and residential areas.

Cllr Colin HuntSouth Gloucestershire Council, cabinet member for transport