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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 13 June 2016

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More showers on the way

Ah, British summertime...

Here's Ian Fergusson with tomorrow's weather forecast.

That's all from Local Live today. We'll be back with the West's latest news, sport, weather and travel from 7am tomorrow.

Erlestoke Prison violence: Parent worried about son's safety

The mother of a prisoner in Erlestoke Prison says she is concerned for the safety of her son after the violence over the weekend.

Two wings were damaged during disturbances and more than 100 prisoners have now been moved to other jails.

BBC Points West reporter Steve Knibbs spoke to a Gloucester woman whose son is a prisoner at the Wiltshire facility.

The Ministry of Justice denies there was a riot. They say three inmates were responsible and the jail is now running normally. 

Police seek driver who crashed car into house in Gloucester

A car crashed into a house in Gloucester
Gloucestershire Police

A family feared their whole house was going to go up in flames after a car crashed into their home in Gloucester.

The silver Vauxhall Zafira came off the road and collided with the house in Norbury Avenue yesterday evening and was abandoned at the scene.

We've been speaking to Andy Allen about the damage caused to his dad's home.

England fan: "I have never felt fear like it"

A football fan says he will never watch England away from home again, after he was caught up in the violence at Euro 2016.

David Deakin was in Marseille for the match against Russia at the weekend and has been speaking to BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

He was in the Old Port area of the city when England fans clashed with Russian supporters.

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Tiny bat found in bathroom sink

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A tiny bat is the last thing you'd expect to find in your bathroom sink when you go to brush your teeth... but that's what happened to Burnham's mayoress on Saturday night.

Maria Clarke took the creature to Secret World Wildlife Rescue where it is being looked after.

Schools shut after flash flooding in Cheltenham

Children were given the day off school today after flash flooding damaged classrooms at Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre.

St James C of E Primary School was also forced to close due to flood damage.

Both are hoping to be open tomorrow but a decision is yet to be made.

Canvas installed to honour work of anti-knife campaigner

A painting of an anti-knife campaigner and his murdered daughter has been installed in Gloucester.

Nick Gazzard founded the Hollie Gazzard Trust after the 20-year-old hairdresser was stabbed in the city by her ex-partner in 2014. 

The canvas shows Hollie looking over her father's shoulder
Russell Haines

The canvas, which shows Hollie looking over her father's shoulder, will be on display at Gloucester Quays for around a month.  

It's part of the 'Our Life Gloucester' project, where artist Russell Haines paints a different community member every month.  

Bath lock Ewels signs extended deal

Charlie Ewels
Rex Features

Bath second row Charlie Ewels has signed an extended contract with the Premiership club.

The 20-year-old is part of the England Saxons squad currently on a two-match tour in South Africa.

He has captained England Under-20s in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship and has made 20 Premiership appearances for Bath so far.

Mary Berry unveils life-saving scanner in home city

The Great British Bake Off host Mary Berry has been at the Royal United Hospital in Bath to unveil a new scanner to treat cancer patients.

The PET-CT scanner is the first one to be permanently installed at an NHS hospital in south-west England.

Bath Cancer Unit Support Group (BCUSG) and its Trowbridge branch paid for the equipment after a five-year appeal.

The scanner gives highly accurate images to aid doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and dementia.

Forest Green Rovers sign Wales youth striker

Blake Davies
Forest Green Rovers FC

Forest Green Rovers have signed Wales Under-19 international striker Blake Davies on a one-year deal.

It is the first professional contract for the former Bristol Rovers trainee.

"When my agent told me that Forest Green were interested I was totally thrilled," Davies told the club website. "I can't wait to get started."

Legendary West Country songs celebrated at special concert

The West Country has produced some legendary songs throughout history and there was no stopping people having a sing-a-long to some of them at the Bristol Hippodrome last night.

A Century of Song, presented by BBC Radio Bristol and the Bristol Post, celebrated the West's contribution to popular music through the decades.

It featured local choirs and musicians performing a special selection of pieces with links to the area from Danny Boy to Land of Hope and Glory.

The highlights will broadcast in a special programme called A Century of Song on BBC Radio Bristol on Monday, 29 August 2016.

Clean-up continues after flash flooding in Gloucestershire

The amount and force of the rain in Cheltenham yesterday afternoon was something to behold.

Within just 10 minutes, Salisbury Avenue in Warden Hill became a river.

We've been speaking to some of the residents who were caught out by water flooding through their homes.

Erlestoke prison 'riot': 'Prisoners will spend longer behind bars'

HMP Erlestoke

Inmates who broke free from their cells and threatened staff at HMP Erlestoke in Devizes will be punished, according to the Prison Service.

The Prison Service said the unrest involved three prisoners in two separate incidents on Saturday afternoon. No staff were hurt but one prisoner suffered "very minor injuries".

A spokesperson said: “The regime is now running as normal, but following some minor structural damage a number of prisoners have been transferred to nearby prisons.

“We are absolutely clear that prisoners who behave in this way will be punished and can spend significantly longer behind bars. 

"Those suspected of being actively involved have been moved to higher security prisons and are subject to an ongoing police investigation.”

EU referendum debate: Levels of immigration

Back to Points West's Sunday EU Referendum debate...

As part of the EU in or out debate David Garmston asks panelists Jacob Rees-Mogg and Billy Bragg about how the levels of immigration may be affected by the referendum result.  

You can see the full programme on the BBC iPlayer.

A right royal knees-up in Gloucestershire!

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were noticeable absentees from the Patron's Lunch in London on Sunday...

And that's because they were celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday at a street party in Gloucestershire instead.

The party, in Brimpsfield, was organised by the Big Lunch which aims to get people to have lunch together to encourage community spirit. 

The Prince watched as 7-year-old Quinlan Shepherd hurled a sponge at a man in the stocks

'We can't tell our children' Wiltshire couple scammed out of over £100,000

A couple from Wiltshire say their own greed took over when scammers cheated them out of more than £100,000.The pair, in their 70s, transferred thousands to foreign bank accounts after an American company promised to buy shares from them which would have mounted to a £500,000 jackpot.They say it's a terrible secret they hold and haven't even told their family.

Speaking to BBC reporter Rebecca Rooney they say that 18 months on they are still being plagued with bogus calls.

United Truckers children's convoy

This year the children's convoy took disadvantaged children down the M5 from Bridgwater to Crealy adventure park in Devon.

It is organised by United Truckers, a club for truck drivers and those involved in the road haulage industry.

The drivers volunteer their time and the trucks and are looking to raise funds to pay the admission charge next year.

Erlestoke prison 'riot' repairs 'will cost a considerable amount'


Damage to both wings at Erlestoke Prison will cost "a considerable amount of taxpayers' money to repair", the Prison Officers Association says.

On Saturday afternoon, prisoners on two wings broke free from their cells and threatened staff.

Mark Fairhurst, the area rep for the Prison Officers Association (POA) blamed the "lack of regime" at the jail "due to insufficient staffing levels".

"The health and safety of our members should never be compromised and the POA will ensure it takes appropriate steps to keep its members safe," he says.

"We will rule nothing in or nothing out to protect our members."

Erlestoke prison wings smashed in weekend 'riot'

Prison sign

Two wings of Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire have been smashed in a "riot" over the weekend.

The Prison Officers Association said the unrest on Saturday afternoon led to with 130 inmates taken to other jails.

The Prison Service described the inmates' behaviour as "totally unacceptable". 

"We are absolutely clear that prisoners who behave in this way will be punished and can spend significantly longer behind bars. 

"Those suspected of being actively involved in this incident have already been transferred out of the prison and are subject to an ongoing police investigation.”

Skippy the bald lamb from Wiltshire has pneumonia

Skippy the bald lamb
Sally-Ann Fisher

Remember Skippy the bald lamb who was born without his woolly coat? He's been suffering with pneumonia over the weekend.

We have now heard he's on the mend after a making it through a tough night.

Skippy's owner, Sally-Ann Fisher, said: "I opened the door and there was a deafening silence and I thought, no, this poor little lamb."

She sent us these pictures and it looks like he is starting to grow a little fuzz now so hopefully he will stay a little warmer.

Skippy the bald lamb and another lamb with a woolly coat
Sally-Ann Fisher

Bath confirm signing of Fotuali'i

Kahn Fotuali'i
Rex Features

Bath have confirmed the signing of Samoa scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i from Northampton Saints.

The 34-year-old was part of the Northampton side that won the Premiership title in 2014.

Former head coach Mike Ford had revealed to BBC Radio Bristol in May that Fotuali'i would be added to Bath's ranks.

EU referendum debate: West Country farming

Last night, Points West hosted a debate about the forthcoming EU referendum and whether the West Country would be better in or out.

As part of a lively debate Blagdon sheep farmer James Small asked what the future would look like for his business after the referendum.

If you click play at the top of the page, you can watch the debate in full.

Parents hope reward money 'will make someone do the right thing'

Melanie Hall

Melanie Hall's father, Steve Hall, says he believes the police and family are "within touching distance of a significant breakthrough".

"[Now] is the right time to offer a substantial reward to encourage someone to come forward with information.

“Someone may have been wavering over whether to provide information for a long time. 

This amount of money is life-changing and I hope it will provide the incentive for them to do the right thing.

Steve Hall

Melanie Hall's remains were found in vegetation next to the Thornbury junction of the M5 by a workman on 5 October 2009.

Melanie Hall's family offer £50,000 reward for information

Steve and Pat Hall
Avon and Somerset Police

The parents of murdered Melanie Hall have put up £50,000 of their own money for information leading to the conviction of the person or people responsible for their daughter’s murder.

Melanie went missing on 9 June 1996 after a night out with friends in Bath.

Det Supt Andy Bevan said he hoped the money would help someone come forward with information.

Someone out there has a very dark and terrible secret, which is getting closer to being revealed.

Det Supt Andy Bevan

BreakingMelanie Hall's parents offer reward over murder of daughter

The parents of Melanie Hall offer a £50,000 reward for information that helps catch her killer, the BBC is told.

Hundreds of people come forward to help autistic man from Trowbridge

Simon Gifford is autistic. He has a passion for woodwork and has been working on turning his shed into a cafe.That was until someone broke in and stole his tools.Now, hundreds of people and businesses have come forward with offers of tools and help finish building it.

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Gloucestershire Police's running man challenge video seen by a million

The waterfall at platform one

It was quite the downpour over parts of Gloucestershire on Sunday.

And that heavy rain in Cheltenham turned the town's railway station platform into water feature. 

Video courtesy: Chris Heath.  

Elton John at Longleat: visitors complain about long parking waits

It seems that, although everybody enjoyed Elton John at Longleat at the weekend, some were less than happy with the parking.

Quite a few made their views known on Longleat's Facebook page.

Longleat replied saying it would be reviewing the car parking and apologised for the delays.


Elton finished at 9.20pm, still sitting in carpark A trying to leave (2310).......this is absolute shambles, how can you expect to host Glastonbury in two years time!

Alison Harding

Traffic Management at this event was abysmal. Queues to get into the car park at 4pm were stretching back at least 5 miles up the A36 and A350. Took us 2 hours to travel the last 5 miles - no stewards to be seen.

Roger Thompson

Absolute shambles at the end of the night. Stewards had no idea which direction to send the public, neither did the bus drivers or the main parking attendant. My Mum and I got on one of the Car Park A (park & ride) buses that we paid for (£6) after the event. We couldn't get one down to the venue because they weren't running apparently!!


Two men sought after car crashes into Gloucester house on Sunday evening

A house was damaged in Gloucester at the weekend after a car was apparently driven into the side of it.

The image from the police clearly shows a lot of damage to the car itself and the front of the house.

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Frustration as long queues form at Bristol Temple Meads railway station

Broken down train causing disruption between Swindon and Bristol

Tewkesbury water woes: Some supplies still discoloured

Water tanker

Six days after a water main burst at Mythe, near Tewkesbury Severn Water is warning customers could still be affected by discoloured water.

The company says "although unappealing, we have no reason to believe there is any risk to your health".

The firm adds: "However, we understand that, while the supply is discoloured, you may choose not to drink the water."

Sir Elton John's crocodile rock at Longleat Safari Park

EU referendum debate: Leave and remain camps discuss economy

BBC Points West hosted its own EU referendum debate last night. 

The aim was to gauge opinion about Europe here in the West Country ahead of polling day on 23 June. 

Here, Liz Bilney, the CEO of Leave EU, debates the economy with the former Lib Dem MEP and Remain campaigner Sir Graham Watson.

You can watch all of the debate on the BBC iPlayer.

Two schools shut after Sunday's flash flooding in Cheltenham

We've just heard that Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre (except for examinations and revision sessions) and St James CofE Primary in Cheltenham are closed today because of water damage.

We'll bring you more later.

Concerns that 'aggressive' begging in Gloucester is on the increase

Gloucester Cathedral

A new initiative has launched to deal with the growing problem of begging in Gloucester. 

Over the past 12 months the scale of begging - sometimes aggressively - has increased significantly. 

Rich Burge from Gloucester CitySafe says the problem could escalate if it isn't dealt with and adds that he believes it is "organised".

"There are premium pitches... where you'll earn more money - that will obviously bring conflict in the future with people wanting to get those best pitches," he said.

Could Stonehenge parking charges lead to village-parking chaos?


People living in a village near Stonehenge are concerned that English Heritage's plans to charge £15 to drive onto the site will "force" people to park in nearby Shrewton and walk.

Thousands are expected to visit the Wiltshire monument to mark the summer solstice.

Villagers are meeting solstice celebration organisers later today to discuss their concerns.