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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Ian Parker

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from BBC Local Live for the West Country

    We're back from 7am tomorrow but here's a quick recap of our top stories today. 

    Water tanker

    Tewkesbury water main burst

    Thousands of homes and businesses in the Tewkesbury area were without water for several hours after a water main burst in Mythe.  

    Severn Trent said at 18:00 BST of the 7,500 properties affected only 77 remained without water.

    Melanie Hall

    Melanie Hall murder probe: DNA evidence discovered

    Detectives say they are "a step closer" to finding Melanie Hall's killer after new techniques uncovered DNA on an item found near her remains.

    Speaking 20 years after she was last seen leaving a Bath nightclub, police said the discovery would help the investigation "significantly". Her remains were found at the side of a motorway slip-road in 2009.


    Great Western Railway bike reservation policy protested by thousands

    More than 7,200 cyclists are protesting against Great Western Railway's (GWR) policy forcing bike owners to reserve bicycle spaces on high-speed services two hours in advance 

    The protesters argue the policy discriminates against them; GWR says bikes can be taken on 85% of the network without a reservation.

  2. A windsurfing champion ...from Clevedon

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    Video caption: Clevedon's Zara Davis becomes windsurfing champion.

    Take a look at this nail-biting footage of Zara Davis.

    The osteopath and acupuncturist claimed the title in the women's speed windsurfing category in a competition in the Canary Islands. 

    The 49-year-old has won six European titles but this is her first world championship victory. 

    Elite speed windsurfers glide across the water at speeds of close to 40mph.

    Footage courtesy Zara Davis

  3. Paramedics raise £70,000 to fund colleague's cancer treatment

    Kath Osmond

    A group of paramedics have managed to raise £70,000 to pay for life-saving cancer treatment for one of their colleagues.

    Kath Osmond has an aggressive form of skin cancer which can no longer be treated on the NHS. 

    Despite hitting their original target her friends have continued their fundraising efforts tonight. 

    They say she may need money for additional treatment in the future.

    Running man

    One of the main fundraisers was a "Running Man" challenge her colleagues performed in the shadow of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

  4. Fun of the farm at school playground

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    Video caption: The team at the agricultural show brought animals to the special needs school

    A special needs school in Gloucester has been turned into a farm for the day.

    More than 3,500 children from across Gloucestershire will attend the Royal Three Counties Show later this month.

    But many children at Milestone School are unable to go due to the challenges they face...  so the show was taken to them instead!

  5. The unsolved murder of Melanie Hall

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    Video caption: The unsolved murder of Melanie Hall

    Melanie Hall went out with friends 20 years ago - but never came home.

    Tonight detectives say they're one step closer to finding out who killed the Bath university graduate.

    Here's a timeline of how the case unfolded.

  6. West Country weather: A humid evening with some heavy showers

    Ian Fergusson, BBC Weather

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    Video caption: Ian Fergusson has the latest weather for the West Country

    The heavy showers will die out this evening leaving a dry but humid night.

    Once early cloud burns off, Thursday afternoon should have some pleasant sunny intervals.

  7. 'Hello Glasto'! Bath Band living the dream at Worthy Farm

    Bath band Bad Sounds are playing the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival this year.

    Take a listen to their song Avalanche.

    View more on youtube
  8. In your local newspapers

    In the papers

    Bristol PostMore of the £7m Green Capital spending revealed - including £4,000 on pies

    Swindon Advertiser: Swindon parish plans, likely to cost each household £75 a year, pushed forward

    Somerset County Gazette:Police appeal after driver rage incident in Taunton's Crescent Car Park

    Gloucester Citizen: Family plead for driver who fled scene to come forward after triple fatal M5 collision in Tewkesbury

  9. Hamish Marshall: Gloucestershire batsman to leave

    Hamish Marshall

    Hamish Marshall is to leave Gloucestershire CCC at the end of the season after 11 years with the club.

    The 37-year-old batsman is returning to his native New Zealand where he hopes to continue his playing career while trying to find work for life after cricket.  

    "Marshy" says: "At the stage I am at in my career I have to start thinking about what is best for my family.

    "I am lucky enough to have been offered an opportunity that is too good to turn down."

    His run-scoring will be missed by Gloucestershire fans, as will his old hairstyle.

  10. Spaceman 'misses the rain'!

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    Video caption: Tim Peake: What has British astronaut missed about Earth?

    What do you think British astronaut Tim Peake has missed most about the weather on Planet Earth?

    Turns out it's the rain!

    Earlier today he gave his final press conference from the International Space Station and the event was streamed into the Cheltenham Science Festival, where Major Tim answered questions from the public.

  11. Day Trippers: 192 mile journey for baby robins nesting in trailer

    Baby robins

    Meet John, Paul, George and Ringo.

    They're four baby robins who were found in the back of a trailer that had travelled nearly 200 miles.

    The fab four started their journey near Liverpool and were only discovered by the driver when he reached Glastonbury.

    The robins cannot be returned to their parents now so are being looked after by Somerset's Secret World Wildlife Rescue where we're told they're doing well.

    Robins in nest
  12. Help! Mum searching for precious memory blanket

    Lisa and Redd Richardson

    Meet Bristol mum Lisa Richardson and her son Redd. They've lost something very precious - seven-year-old Redd's memory blanket. Lisa had it specially made when he was a baby. 

    But it got mixed up in some bags destined for a couple of charity shops in Downend when the family was moving house last month. 

    Redd's memory blanket

    The memory blanket is made up of Redd’s baby clothes including his christening outfit and the outfit he wore when he came home from hospital. 

    Lisa said: "It took me six years to conceive him so anything related to Redd is very special. And to lose his first year of clothes and memories such as where we went, what we did and what we saw - it's just heartbreaking."

    If you can help Lisa then please contact us on 0117 974 7747 or email us at and we'll pass on your details.

  13. Gloucestershire MPs named in electoral fraud investigation

    Stroud MP Neil Carmichael and Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk

    Two Gloucestershire MPs being investigated in relation to electoral fraud have been named.

    Cheltenham's Alex Chalk and Stroud's Neil Carmichael are being investigated along with their agents.

    It relates to the use of the Conservative party battle bus during the general election. 

    Their names were revealed during a hearing at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court where Gloucestershire Constabulary was granted more time to sift through new evidence.

  14. New GWR bike reservation rule sparks petition

    Bicycles at Bristol Temple Meads station

    More than 7,000 people have signed a petition against a new rule for train passengers travelling with their bicycles on some Great Western Railway services.

    The rail firm has said those travelling between the west and London on high speed trains must reserve a space by 6pm the day before travelling.  

    But those against the new policy say it will discourage bike use. They want the rule to be scrapped and are calling for more storage space for bikes on trains.

  15. Sport: Forest Green sign midfielder Noble

    Liam Noble

    Midfielder Liam Noble has been reunited with manager Mark Cooper at Forest Green Rovers.

    The Gloucestershire club has signed the midfielder, who worked under Cooper at Notts County, on a two-year deal.

    The 25-year-old was released by his former side in May after scoring 10 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions last season.

  16. Melanie Hall murder: Crimewatch revisits the case

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    Video caption: Crimewatch revisit Melanie Hall Murder case

    Crimewatch has the latest from detectives saying they're "a step closer" to finding Melanie Hall's killer after new techniques uncovered DNA on an item found near her remains.

    The TV programme showed CSI footage from 1996 of the Cadillacs nightclub in Bath where she was last seen.

  17. Bristol Locomotive back on the rails

    For many years the Bristol-built Jurassic has been out of action but new funding means she's* going to be in use again.

    Some £40,000 is being spent on her thanks to a Heritage Lottery Grant.

    She will be back and working at steam on the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway in the Skegness Water Leisure Park.

    * So, apparently Jurassic is a she. Who knew? We like that she is a she but we have no idea why ....

  18. That's one reason to close a street!

    Rebecca spotted this unusual street sign in Bath.

    Initially we suspected a hoax, but it turns out World Gin Day is an actual thing. Honest!

  19. Boat for sale: Doesn't include monks...

    The iconic Sula lightship at Gloucester Docks is up for sale.

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    Video caption: The iconic Sula lightship at Gloucester Docks is up for sale

    It was used to protect vessels from dangerous sandbanks around the Humber Estuary in the 1960s and 1970s.

    But in recent years it has had a more unusual use.