Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from the West of England on Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Good night from the Local Live team

    Video content

    Video caption: Watch: Ian Fergusson brings you the outlook for tomorrow

    That's it from us this evening in the BBC West newsroom - hope you have a peaceful night.

    We'll be back bright and early tomorrow from 7am.

  2. Student 'assisted US special forces' in Syria

    Josh Walker denies a charge relating to possessing terrorist information

    A student accused of possessing a terrorism manual has told a court he was a Kurdish interpreter for "US special forces" while helping fight so-called Islamic State in Syria.

    Birmingham Crown Court heard Joshua Walker, 27, from Bristol, travelled to Syria in the summer of 2016 where he said he helped a Kurdish militia group.

    Mr Walker is accused of having a partial copy of The Anarchist Cookbook.

    He denies a charge relating to possessing terrorist information.

  3. The milk bottle of human kindness

    How can you turn empty plastic milk bottles into something more useful?

    A Frome company is hoping rubbish can be used to help provide shelter to some of the world's 22 million refugees.

    Video content

    Video caption: A Frome company is hoping rubbish can be used to help provide shelter to refugees.
  4. Permission granted for major Taunton housing development

    One of Somerset's biggest, and most controversial, new housing estates has been signed off by Taunton Deane Borough Council.

    Last month a decision for the 1,600 home development in Staplegrove was delayed when hundreds of local residents raised concerns over road access and the number of affordable houses.

    Last night, the council granted planning permission for the East and West developments.

    These will also include a new primary school, allotments, employment land and a new spine road.

    House building
  5. Karate champ faces prison sentence

    Claire Thomas's principal fraud was to pretend that she was a single mother while actually living with her husband, Kevin Thomas, in order to claim benefits she was not entitled to.

    Thomas said she suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes, and while claiming to be unable to walk even short distances without getting out of breath due to 'brittle' asthma she was regularly training with a karate club and taking part in regional competitions.

    She insisted that her karate training and competition was continued on advice from her asthma specialist, Dr Andrew White, who confirmed in evidence during the trial that he would have told her to exercise and stay active.

    He also advised her to stop smoking but the jury saw video of her having a cigarette in her car before and after going to karate sessions.

    The judge, Recorder Gordon Bebb QC, warned Thomas she was facing an immediate custodial sentence.

    Video content

    Video caption: Claire Thomas claimed she had asthma but was caught competing in karate competitions.
  6. Learner drivers 'need protecting from predatory instructors'

    Driving instructors should be banned from having sex with young people they are teaching, the MP for Gloucester has said at Prime Minister's Questions.

    Richard Graham referred to the case of a constituent "distressed" by the relationship between their 17-year-old daughter and a "middle-aged" instructor.

    He said instructors should be "covered by the same rules as teachers".

    Prime Minister Theresa May said she would ask a minister to look into the issue after it was raised by Mr Graham at prime minister's questions.

    Video content

    Video caption: PMQs: Graham and May on 'predatory driving instructors'
  7. Clock tower decorated with poppies

    Video content

    Video caption: Watch: Poppies put on town's clock tower

    The clock tower in Nailsworth has been adorned with 7,000 knitted poppies, ahead of Remembrance Day.

    Firefighters used a ladder to help put them in place on Tuesday evening.

  8. The future of news: BBC Points West holding debate tonight

    The way we all find out what's going on in the world is changing fast - and tonight the future of local news is up for discussion in Bristol.

    Some of the great and good of the business have gathered at the Arnolfini for a BBC debate about how the industry might shape up in years to come.

    Future of News debate #PW60

    Among some of the early insights:

    Julz Davis, Ujima FM: "There’s a gap in the market for tight-knit communities."

    Mike Norton from Bristol Post: Talks about importance of "embracing new digital skills".

    Roy Greenslade, City University London: "Can fragmented media be big and strong enough to hold power to account?"

    Follow the debate on Twitter via the hashtag #futurenews.

  9. Bristol City Council say 'sorry' for failing to fix mum's council flat fungus

    Sophie Fordham
    Image caption: Sophie Fordham says the problems began in June.

    A single mother who has waited for months for fungus and leaking water in her council flat to be treated has received an apology from the authority.

    Sophie Fordham, from Bristol, said mushrooms were growing on the walls of her three-year old son's bedroom.

    As a result the boy had been forced to sleep on a mattress on her bedroom floor, she added.

    Mushrooms were growing on Sophie's three-year-old son's bedroom walls.
    Image caption: Mushrooms were growing on Sophie's three-year-old son's bedroom walls.
    Quote Message: It's absolutely appalling. I feel ashamed. We never should have left her in that property and we will now pay for her to move out while we fix the problem. There is a lot to be learned from this case. We wouldn't want it to ever happen again. from Cllr Paul Smith Cabinet Member for Housing, Bristol City Council
    Cllr Paul SmithCabinet Member for Housing, Bristol City Council
  10. Bloodhound world speed record bid: 'We're going to do it!'

    The head of the Bristol project to build a supersonic car says things are going better than he'd ever imagined.

    Richard Noble's team have now carried out more a dozen test runs.

    Tomorrow they're hoping to get up to speeds of more than 200 miles an hour in front of the public in Cornwall.

    Video content

    Video caption: Richard Noble can't contain his confidence as Bloodhound tests are due to begin.
  11. Elsie Scully-Hicks: Murder accused denies injuring baby

    Elsie Scully-Hicks died two weeks after being formally adopted
    Image caption: Elsie Scully-Hicks died two weeks after being formally adopted

    A part-time fitness instructor accused of murdering his adoptive daughter sobbed as he told a jury about the toddler's smile and her love of attention.

    Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, of Delabole, Cornwall, denies inflicting catastrophic injuries on Elsie Scully-Hicks at their Cardiff home.

    Mr Scully-Hicks and his husband Craig relocated from Swindon, Wiltshire, to Cardiff six years ago and had been married for three years. Craig Scull-Hicks had owned a nightclub in Swindon.

    He is accused of "violently shaking" 18-month-old Elsie, causing her "catastrophic head injuries" following months of abuse.

    When asked by defence barrister Robert O'Sullivan if he deliberately caused those injures he responded: "No."

    The trial continues.

    Matthew Scully-Hicks' defence has started at Cardiff Crown Court
    Image caption: Matthew Scully-Hicks' defence has started at Cardiff Crown Court
  12. Green energy firm creates 15 new jobs

    Wind turbines

    Stroud's green energy supplier Ecotricty has announced it's expanding into Bristol.

    The company is creating 15 new jobs when the office opens in 2018.

    It currently supplies more than 200,000 customers across the UK.

  13. Honey crop 'worst in more than half a century'

    Bee-keepers in Somerset say this year's honey crop has been the worst in more than half a century.

    The local association claim some hives didn't produce any honey at all - and says a hot spring followed by a wet summer may be to blame.

    Video content

    Video caption: Watch: Beekeepers say this year's honey crop has been the worst in more than 50 years.
  14. Call for witnesses to bus passenger who died after fall

    Wiltshire Police are appealing for passengers on a bus travelling between Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge who may have seen a man hit his head to come forward.

    The man aged in his 70s died nearly a week later.

    He was on the number 265 bus on Tuesday 17 October at about 7:30pm. The bus had to stop suddenly, causing him to fall.

    Police believe he didn't seek any medical attention until this Monday, when he died at Bath's Royal United Hospital.

    Bradford on Avon
    Image caption: The bus was travelling last week between Bradford on Avon (above) and Trowbridge
  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, between J18A for M49 and J19 for A369 affecting J17 for A4018.

    M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic on M5 Avonmouth Bridge southbound between J18a M49 and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on. Congestion to J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway).

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

  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M4 Wiltshire - M4 exit slip road partially blocked westbound at J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a broken down van.

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

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J24 for A38 and J25 for A358.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M5 southbound between J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) and J25, A358 (Taunton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  18. Gloucester karate black belt convicted of disability benefit fraud

    Claire Thomas

    A 47-year-old Gloucester woman who competed in karate competitions while claiming disability benefits has been convicted of fraud.

    Jurors at Gloucester Crown Court found Claire Thomas guilty of the seven charges against her after a three-day trial.

    The court was shown covertly-filmed video of Thomas training, competing in competitions and being presented with karate medals, including a gold one.

    She will be sentenced at 2pm on Thursday.

  19. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, at J13 for A419.

    M5 Gloucestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and very slow traffic southbound at J13, A419 (Stroud), because of a broken down vehicle.

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