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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 23 August 2017

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BBC local weather forecast for the West with Ian Fergusson

That's it from BBC Local Live for the West of England for today - we'll be back online with more live updates from 7am tomorrow.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

We leave you with Ian Fergusson and the weather forecast.

Chicken factory approved

People living in two villages in Wiltshire have been protesting outside a meeting against plans for a huge chicken farm.

Those living nearby claim the traffic, the smell and the noise would make their lives very difficult.

But councillors approved the plans.

Watch: Reporter Robin Markwell was at today's meeting

Full time score: Cheltenham Town v West Ham

Teenagers help the homeless

Teenagers in Bristol have been working today to help rough sleepers.

They were concerned about the rising numbers of homeless people in the city and decided to see how much they could do to help in just one week.

Watch: Teenagers in Bristol have provided food, clean clothes and toiletries to homeless people.

Cheltenham Town v West Ham

HT: Cheltenham 0-2 West Ham

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Cheltenham Town performed well against Premier League side West Ham United in the first half, but two goals shortly before half-time gave the Hammers control of this EFL Cup tie.

Half-time score: Cheltenham Town v West Ham

Chicken factory plan approved

Protest against factory plans

Campaigners have lost their battle against plans for a huge poultry factory in Wiltshire after the proposal was approved by councillors.

The farm between Sutton Veny and Longbridge Deverill, near Warminster, will house nearly 180,000 chickens.

Villagers say the factory will cause unacceptable levels of noise, smell and traffic.

The company behind the scheme insists it will improve the local environment.

Bikers to wed at Harley Davidson rally

Shelley Denton
Shelley Denton

Two motorcycle enthusiasts from Gloucestershire are to get married on the eve of Europe's largest Harley Davidson bike rally.

Shelley Denton and Paul Osborn are to tie the knot in Scotland tomorrow after travelling to the Cairngorms for Thunder in the Glens.

Click here to read the full story.

Paul Osborn
Paul Osborn

Distasteful or the perfect way to say thank you?

A farmer from Wiltshire has defended her actions, after receiving a barrage of criticism online.

Earlier this year, Rachel Rivers' piglets were rescued from a fire so she decided to reward the fire crews - by giving them sausages made from the animals they'd saved.

It's fair to say it's got people worked up -so is it distasteful or the perfect way to say thank you?

Watch: Sally Challoner reports on the row over the gift of sausages

Football: Cheltenham v West Ham preview

Cheltenham Town FC

Midfielder Kevin Dawson could make his first Cheltenham start against West Ham in their EFL Cup second-round tie.

Dawson joined the League Two side from Yeovil in the summer but his debut was delayed following a thigh injury.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is unlikely to risk winger Michail Antonio after his recent return from a hamstring operation.

Austria forward Marko Arnautovic is suspended for the game while defender Winston Reid (calf) is a doubt.

Part of the M5 to be closed tonight

M5 junction 23

Here's a warning for drivers.

The M5 southbound will be closed overnight in Somerset for safety repair work.

It'll be shut from 8pm between junction 23 for Bridgwater, Glastonbury and Wells and junction 24 for Minehead and Bridgwater.

It won't open again until 6am tomorrow.

Drivers have been advised by Highways England to allow extra time for their journeys.

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Red panda cub born at Longleat safari park

Turner the red panda

A rare red panda cub has been born at Longleat in Wiltshire.

The baby male - named Turner - is the fourth successful birth in the past three years.

Keeper Samantha Allworthy said Turner was "doing really well".

She added his birth was "critical to the ongoing success of captive breeding programmes for red pandas worldwide".

Red pandas were officially designated as "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2008.

Samantha Allworthy and Turner
Samantha Allworthy said Turner was a "very large healthy baby".

Severe accident: A345 Wiltshire both ways

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A345 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between A342 and Enford Hill.

A345 Wiltshire - A345 in Upavon closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A342 junction and the Enford Hill junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Police directing traffic.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

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M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, at J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

BreakingChicken farm plans approved

Plans have been approved for a large chicken farm near Sutton Veny.

More than 100 villagers had protested against the scheme.

More on this story to follow.

Fire station apologises for sausage pictures


Pewsey fire station has apologised for posting pictures of sausages made from pigs they'd rescued on social media.

Six months ago fire crews extinguished a fire at a farm near Pewsey, saving 18 piglets and two sows.

The farmer Rachel Rivers has since gifted sausages from the same pigs to the firefighters who rescued the animals. They posted pictures of them on Facebook.

The story has prompted strong public reaction and divided opinion, and the pictures have now been taken down.

In regard to a recent post on this page. We recognise that this has caused offence to some – we apologise for this and as such have removed the post.

StatementPewsey fire Station Facebook page

Rugby: Bath player wants success with Wales

Watch: Taulupe Faletau expects the test to be hard

Bath's Taulupe Faletau says Wales can take confidence from the British and Irish Lions' second Test victory in New Zealand ahead of their autumn game against the All Blacks.

Wales play New Zealand as part of a four-Test autumn series in which they also take on Australia, Georgia and South Africa.

Severe accident: A40 Gloucestershire both ways

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A40 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between B4216 Newent Lane and Bulley Lane.

A40 Gloucestershire - A40 in Huntley closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the B4216 Newent Lane junction and the Bulley Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car and motorbike and an oil spillage.

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

Teenagers set up homeless centre

A group of Bristol teenagers has run a special event today for homeless people.

They've been handing out clothes, toiletries and other essentials, as well as hot soup and fresh bread.

The team is taking part in the National Citizen Service summer challenge, and decided to help tackle Bristol's growing homelessness problem.

Watch: The new centre is benefiting homeless people and the teenagers who set it up

'Rescued piglets should have been spared'

Listen: Rescued piglets should have been spared, says vegan charity

A Wiltshire farmer gave sausages made from pigs that were rescued from a fire to the firemen who saved them.

Siobhan Dolan from vegan campaigning charity Viva said the animals should have been spared the abattoir once they had been saved from the blaze.

Protests ahead of chicken farm decision

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A planning decision on a proposed chicken farm which could house nearly 200,000 is due to be made this afternoon.

Wiltshire Council is considering the application for the site in Sutton Veny.

More than 100 villagers are against the plans. Their concerns include congested roads, noisy ventilation fans and the smell.

Spanish village makes plea for Banksy mural

Billboard in Fishponds, Bristol

A Spanish village has issued a plea to street artist Banksy, urging him to contribute his own original work to its arts festival.

A billboard inviting him to make the neighbourhood of Barrio de Canido in Ferrol "beautiful" and saying it has reserved him a space has appeared in Fishponds, Bristol.

Canido already plays host to more than 250 street art interpretations of Las Meninas or Ladies- in-Waiting- a 1656 painting by Diego Valazquez.

It has also distributed the invite via personalised billboards across the UK and adverts in national and international newspapers such as the Times, Telegraph, the Guardian, Italy’s La Repubblica and France’s Le Parisien.

No word yet from Banksy on whether he'll be taking up the gauntlet though.

The little yellow fish saving drains from pollution

Watch: More on the yellow fish drains project

Did you know anything poured down storm drains in our streets goes untreated straight into the nearest river?

Bristol's Avon Rivers Trust is spray-painting yellow fish on the pavement next to some storm drains to try and stop people pouring things like soap, oil, paint and insecticide down them.

The trust says it sees pollution like this on a daily basis and hopes the fish stencils - which use non-toxic and washable temporary paint - will offer a reminder.

Bill Bailey crowns environment project

Starlings at Avalon
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Avalon Marshes in Somerset has been awarded Best Environment Project in the National Lottery's 2017 awards.

Workers and volunteers have been presented with a trophy by comedian and nature enthusiast Bill Bailey.

The public vote saw the wildlife attraction top six other finalists in the environment category.

Avalon Marshes received national lottery funding which paid for a new car park, visitor facilities and improved access to the nature reserves.

The National Lottery Awards is an annual competition which showcases some of the projects that receive National Lottery funding.

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Rescued piglets served as sausages: PETA reaction

Pewsey Fire Station

More reaction to our story about rescued piglets in Wiltshire being turned into sausages and given to the firemen who rescued them.

Mimi Bekhechi from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) said: "These poor piglets were no better off for escaping the fire only to be put back into it six months later after being subjected to the horrifying experience of the abattoir.

"What if these firefighters had 'saved' a human child or a dog? Pigs feel fear and pain in just the same way as they do.

"When the emergency services rescue animals, PETA thanks them with vegan chocolates, not the animals' barbecued flesh."

We'll be sending Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service packs of Linda McCartney vegan sausages so that they can see how easy it is to truly be heroes for pigs – by sparing them all suffering. Every day, more piglets are brought into the world to endure an agonising fate because of greed. We doubt the farmer can look beyond her own wallet.

How stone poses became a surreal hobby

The Hoar Stone
David Quentin

Seven years ago photographer David Quentin began capturing surreal, alien-like scenes of rocks falling from the sky.

His locations have included The Hoar Stone (above) and a location near Belas Knapp in Gloucestershire.

It all started when the London-based photographer threw a stone into the air and took a picture of it to see how it looked.

Click here to see more.

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High hopes for 12-year-old motorcyclist

Watch: Jay Able "confident" of success on two wheels

A 12-year-old boy from Wiltshire is taking part in a selection day today for a new motor racing event.

Jay Able, from Westbury, will be riding in the Talent Cup which is taking place on a track within the famous Silverstone circuit.

If successful he hopes to one day progress to the MotoGP.

Crushed hand is sewn in stomach

Warning: This story contains graphic images that some readers may find upsetting.

Surgeons in Bristol saved a worker's hand which had been crushed in an industrial mangle by sewing it inside a "pocket" in his stomach for three weeks.

Anthony Seward, 23, got his hand trapped at work in Devon last August.

He underwent a procedure at Southmead Hospital and Spire Bristol, called a Pedicled Abdominal Flap.

Click here to read more.

Solar eclipse snapped from Gloucestershire

Partial solar eclipse
John Wilkes

People in parts of America were plunged into darkness on Monday when the total solar eclipse occurred.

It wasn't quite so spectacular here in the UK, but that didn't stop amateur astronomers getting excited by it.

Ian Smith from Dursley got a view of about 4% of the sun being covered from Stinchcombe Hill.

Camera showing eclipse photo
John Wilkes
Ian Smith
John Wilkes

Residents object to chicken farm application

Watch: Mark and Yvonne Lucas say the don't want it built

A planning decision on a proposed chicken farm which could house nearly 200,000 is due to be made this afternoon.

Wiltshire Council will be considering the application for the site in Sutton Veny.

More than 100 villagers are against the plans. Their concerns include congested roads, noisy ventilation fans and the smell.

Football: Cheltenham Town v West Ham

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Cheltenham Town face Premier League opposition tonight in the league cup.

The game has been switched from West Ham's ground - the former Olympic Stadium - to the Robins' home at Whaddon Road.

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There's full match commentary on BBC Radio Gloucestershire tonight, with build-up from 7pm.

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More reaction: 'Insensitive' / 'Brilliant story'

Watch: Sausages were gifted to the firefighters who rescued the pigs

More reaction from Facebook to the story about some rescued pigs in Wiltshire being turned into sausages and gifted to the fire service:

Michael Hudston: Lets not forget these piglets were being raised by a farm for the meat trade, not as pets! They were saved from a cruel horrible painful fiery death!

Charlotte Harker: Brilliant story! And a fitting way to say thank you I think. You complainers go eat a carrot! I'm gonna enjoy me some bacon! nom nom nom!

Therese Lambert-Stiles: Insensitive and unprofessional

Hazel Nicholls: Oh for goodness sake, they were being bred for sausages, so why not let the firemen have some of them when the time came for them to be turned into food?!!

Jake Wilkinson: Good on the BBC for publishing this story. We all like to think the food on our plates magically appears without any cruelty along the way - but it doesn't. All meat was once a life.

Caroline Anne Baker: Bet the farmer gets a visit from animal rights!

Arctic rower: 'These people saved our lives'

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Cheltenham's gold medal-winning Olympic rower Alex Gregory is currently on a tiny island in the Arctic Ocean.

He's part of a crew trying to become the first ever to row across the Greenland Sea.

They're all resting on the island of Jan Mayen after a gruelling 12 days in freezing, wet, miserable conditions.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J21 for A370 and J22 for A38.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea), because of a vehicle tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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

Another MP resigns from uni position over pay row

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Another MP has resigned from a role at the University of Bath in protest over the Vice Chancellor's pay.

Three other MPs resigned in the past few weeks.

They were all ex-officio members of the Court of Bath University, a statutory body representing the interests of the university's internal and external stakeholders.

Click here to read more.

Severe accident: A370 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A370 Somerset both ways severe accident, at Station Road.

A370 Somerset - A370 Main Road in Flax Bourton partially blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the Station Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to Nailsea turn off and to the Chapel Hill junction.

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