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Monkey's keepin' ice and cool

Monkey holding an ice lolly
Longleat Safari Park

A troop of rhesus monkeys at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire have been embracing the hot weather and enjoying fruit-based ice lollies supplied by their keepers.

The monkeys are natively found throughout south east Asia and across the Indian subcontinent and survive in a wide variety of habitats and climates.

Longleat keeper Ian Turner said "as well as helping keep the monkeys cool on hot days, the ice-cold treats encourage them to utilise their natural foraging instincts".

Monkey holding an ice lolly
Longleat Safari Park

Brexit and Hinkley Point C 'to blame for Somerset bin staff shortage'

Daniel Mumby

Local Democracy Reporter

Hinkley Point C construction site
REUTERS

The Somerset Waste Partnership has admitted that there are “daily shortfalls” in bin collection staff in the region.

Its comments come after Kier, which carries out bin collections across the county, said it is struggling to recruit permanent staff in light of uncertainly about EU nationals’ right to remain in the UK.

The company also cited competition from the Hinkley nuclear power plant site which is currently under construction.

To remedy the situation, new incentives are being offered to drivers, including a £300 recruitment bonus and flexible working hours.

We are in daily contact with Kier and its recruitment agency are in daily contact as we work very closely together to serve the needs of every resident in Somerset by seeking solutions to this shortage, whose causes were not of our making.

Somerset Waste Partnership spokesman

Another from the BBC Archives: Glastonbury Festival 2003

Watch: Michael Eavis at the 2003 Glastonbury Festival

On this day 15 years ago, the Glastonbury Festival was coming to an end for another year.

On 29 June 2003, BBC News reporter Jon Kay reported from the Worthy Farm site, where festival founder Michael Eavis was responding to critics who said the event had become too commercial.

Bin collection

Somerset Waste Partnership says they are regularly short of crews due to Brexit uncertainty.

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Disproportionate number of minorities pulled over in Somerset

Kate Wilson

Local Democracy Reporter

A black man is handcuffed
BBC

A disproportionate number of ethnic minorities are being stopped and searched by police in Somerset, according to a new report.

It showed on average the force carried out just under 500 searches per month over the past year.

There were 917 searches of white people across the region between January and March of this year.

A fifth of these searches took place in Bristol East, but there was a much smaller percentage of white people searched across Somerset.

Only 7% of white people were searched in Bath and North East Somerset Council and the same percentage for South Gloucestershire.

In comparison, more than half of the 234 searches of black people took place in the Bristol East Central area. Figures showed 7% took place in North Somerset and 5% in Somerset East.

The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel described the findings as "stark".

The disproportionality is now very significant in Somerset and it’s something the constabulary will want to address.

Sue MountstevensPolice and Crime Commissioner

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Berkshire - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a broken down car.

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

Minister urged to save military airfields

Colerne airfield
Getty Images

A defence minister has been accused of going back on a commitment to keep 15 military airfields that are earmarked for closure in use for civil aviation.

The sites, which include Colerne airfield, in Wiltshire are due to be sold off, mostly for housing, over the next six years as part of cost-cutting at the MoD.

MPs and peers on the all-party general aviation group say they are an important national asset.

They say that Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood had agreed to "look again" at the aerodrome sell-offs.

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Severe accident: M48 Monmouthshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M48 Monmouthshire eastbound severe accident, between J2 for A466 Wye Valley Link Road and J1 for A403.

M48 Monmouthshire - One lane closed on M48 Severn Bridge eastbound between J2, A466 (Chepstow) and J1, A403 (Aust), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Craig Davies in action for Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town sign Craig Davies and Otis Khan for undisclosed fees and bring in Nottingham Forest's Tyler Walker on loan.

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Bells banned from ringing overnight

Clocktower in Page Park
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The bells of the clock tower in Page Park in Staple Hill are to stop ringing overnight.

It follows noise complaints from some locals who complained the 24-hour chiming was making it impossible to sleep.

Work has begun to stop the bells from sounding between the hours of 23:00-07:00 BST.

A lovely day for boating

Canal boat
PA

How are you enjoying the sunny weather?

This was the scene on the Kennet and Avon canal near Devizes earlier today, as a narrow boat made its way down the main flight at the Caen Hill locks.

A lovely day for messing about on the river.... well the canal, actually.

Canal boat
PA
Canal boat
PA
Gustav Engvall

Belgian second-tier club KV Mechelen sign Bristol City's Sweden international striker Gustav Engvall on a two-year deal.

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Barbecues causing moorland fires

Disposable barbecues are causing fires on Cleeve Common in Gloucestershire because the grass has become so dry from the hot weather.

Despite them not being allowed on the moorland, rangers are finding them and say they're having to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire.

Additional warning signs have been put up, and teams carrying water have been monitoring the area until late at night.

Disposable BBQ
Pixabay

From the BBC archives: Glastonbury 2003

Watch: BBC News at Glastonbury in 2003

On this day 15 years ago more than 100,000 music fans were preparing to pack up their tents at the Glastonbury Festival.

Organisers described it as the "best ever", with tighter security measures leading to a 50% reduction in crime.

This is how John Kay reported on the story for BBC News on 29 June 2003.

Troops march ahead of move from Germany to Wiltshire

Paderborn City Centre
BBC

Army units moving to Wiltshire are being given the freedom of a German city which is losing a British military presence after more than 70 years.

The Army Basing Programme will see 4,000 soldiers relocate to the county when bases in Germany close over the next two years.

Some 1,500 troops from 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade are marching through Paderborn later in one of the last major events before the base there closes in 2019.

Severe accident: A417 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

A417 Gloucestershire northbound severe accident, between Cowley Brimpsfield Road Cowley and B4070 affecting Crabtree Lane.

A417 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A417 northbound in Brimpsfield between Cowley and Birdlip, because of an accident. Congestion to Duntisbourne Leer turn off.

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

Fire service 'dealing with a number of grass fires'

Swindon college to shift focus to cyber security

David and Samantha Cameron outside Swindon's UTC
BBC

Since it opened in 2014, Swindon's University Technical College has struggled with low student numbers and poor OFSTED reports, but today it has announced a new strategy.

It opened as an alternative offering to traditional higher education with vocational courses focused on engineering, but now the UTC will change its focus to teaching cyber security where there is a major skills shortage.

The college was held up by the government as an example of the Conservative education reforms, with the 2015 manifesto launch taking place on campus.

Assistant principal Holly Danby acknowledges it's been a "rocky road" but says they've made good progress turning the college around by teaming up with a chain of other similar schools in Berkshire.

There is an open day taking place tomorrow for prospective students.

Satellite image of Watchet

A local group called the Onion Collective proposed the £6m development of East Quay in Watchet.

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Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J18A for M49 and J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J18a M49 and J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Students make banner inspired by suffragists

Watch: The students took part in a procession in London

A banner made by a group of Somerset students, which was used in a London artwork procession, is now being displayed in the Somerset Rural Life Museum.

Artist Dorcas Casey worked with the students to create the contemporary suffragist-inspired banner.

It's now part of an exhibition marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act which gave the first British women the right to vote.

Makeover in store for Kiwi military emblem

Kiwi bird carving on Salisbury Plain
Historic England

One of Wiltshire's famous military markings is being given a makeover.

The Kiwi on Beacon Hill at Bulford, Salisbury Plain, is being re-chalked.

The emblem was originally carved into the side of the hill in 1919 by New Zealand soldiers after the First World War.

Some 100 tonnes of chalk will be airlifted in by Chinook helicopter before being spread over the Kiwi.

Opinions sought on Bristol van dwellers

Van dwellers in Bristol
BBC

People in Bristol are being asked for their opinions on plans to force people living in vans and caravans on city streets to move on.

Bristol City Council has already used the public order act to clear about 40 vans and caravans away from the Greenbank area of Easton.

It now wants to make it a city-wide policy.

Owners were offered an alternative site, but it has been claimed it has just moved the problem on.

In pictures: Firefighters join efforts to tackle moor fire

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A fire crew from Gloucestershire has been supporting the efforts to tackle a moorland fire near Greater Manchester.

The blaze near Saddleworth Moor has spread across seven square miles, in six different areas, since Sunday night.

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Watchet harbour plans given the go-ahead

Watchet Harbour
Google

Plans for a new restaurant, gallery and workshops at Watchet Harbour have been approved by West Somerset councillors.

The proposals are the latest in a series of developments which have been suggested for the town.

Local group The Onion Collective, which is behind the plans for East Quay, says it will now press on to try and get the funding it needs.

BBC local radio headlines across the West

Radio studio close up
BBC

BBC Radio Bristol: Plans have been proposed to build a Hospital Transport Hub at the BRI. The NHS Trust has announced the hub would contain 820 car parking spaces.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: People living in the county are being asked to use water more efficiently. Severn Trent says it's struggling to cope with the extra demand because of the heat.

BBC Wiltshire: Swindon's University Technical College which had been strongly criticised by inspectors and struggled to attract enough students says its confident it has now turned a corner.

BBC Somerset: People in Moorland, opening their gardens to the public this weekend, say they're celebrating community spirit and showing the village is back in business following the devastating flood there in 2014.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J18A for M49 and J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J18a M49 and J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, between J17 for A350 and J18 for A46 Bath.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J17, A350 (Chippenham) and J18, A46 (Bath), because of barrier repairs.

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

Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, between J17 for A350 and J18 for A46 Bath.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J17, A350 (Chippenham) and J18, A46 (Bath), because of an accident.

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

Ravi Bopara

Essex and Somerset end their Division One clash with a predictable draw after strong first innings from both sides.

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Key decision due on quay redevelopment

West Somerset councillors will decide whether to grant planning permission to a major re-development of Watchet's East Quay this evening.

The plans from local group The Onion Collective include a gallery, restaurant and artists' workshops and have been four years in the making.

They're recommended to be approved at a meeting in Williton this evening.

Artist's impression of the proposed development
Invisible Studio Architects
Artists's impression of the proposed development

Gloucestershire hospitals still placing patients in mixed-sex wards

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
BBC

Hundreds of patients have been placed in mixed-sex wards in Gloucestershire, despite the risk of facing NHS fines for doing so.

NHS England has reported that there were 541 times when patients were placed in mixed-sex accommodation in the past financial year (2017-18).

Over the 12 month period, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital recorded 317 breaches and Cheltenham General Hospital clocked 224.

The NHS trust has it is trying to eliminate these breaches but clinical need remains the priority - it could now face up to £135,250 for these breaches.

There are rare occasions when this standard is waived. This may be when the clinical condition of a patient warrants it, including care in a highly specialist environment such as intensive care where same sex conditions cannot be maintained."

Steve HamsChief nurse

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M4 Wiltshire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, at J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - M5 entry slip road closed northbound at J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), because of vehicle having a tyre change.

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

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