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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday, 17 June 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. And the weather this weekend...DRY!

    We thought the rain would never end but it looks like we're going to have a dry weekend.

    Here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast.

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    Video caption: Ian Fergusson with the weekend weather

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

    Don't forget the Bristol Grand Prix begins at 11am tomorrow.

    The official launch has just finished at the Watershed. The event brings high-quality cycle racing to the streets of the city.

    Tomorrow gets under way with the Love My Bike lap, offering everyone the chance to enjoy the course before the official races begin.

    Cyclists
  2. I predict a musical riot...

    Thousands of fans are waiting for the Kaiser Chiefs to take to the stage at Westonbirt Arboretum tonight.

    The award for the best hashtag so far goes to Tri-Force Inspector Dave Eddy...

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  3. Appeal for return of war medals taken from train

    A son is appealing for the return of his father's war medals, after they were taken from a train luggage rack.

    Keith Ridings, 64, was returning from his father's funeral on the 11:17 train between Birmingham New Street and Exeter St Davids on Tuesday.

    The medals were awarded to his father between 1945 and 1948, while serving in North Africa and the Middle East.

    Keith Ridings's father

    He said: "I inherited these medals from my father's estate only a couple of weeks ago.

    "It upsets me someone is in possession of those medals, who has no idea what he went through to get them."

    The bag, which also contained clothes and various personal items, was found to be missing from the rack when Mr Ridings got off the train at Exeter.

  4. Jo Cox death: Politicians speak of rise in hatred

    A vigil in honour of Labour MP Jo Cox will take place at Bath Abbey tomorrow night. 

    Books of condolence have also been opened across the West as people continue to remember the MP who was killed yesterday. 

    Her death has also forced politicians to question the way politicians are seen and treated. 

    Forest of Dean Labour peer Jan Royall, who had known Jo for 20 years, told BBC Points West that politics has been "tarnished" by hatred.

    Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie also spoke of an "escalation in hatred", particularly on social media.

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    Video caption: West Country MPs pay tribute to Jo Cox
  5. Woman charged with manslaughter dies in prison

    Forensic officers on site in the Quaker memorial garden

    A woman accused of killing a Bristol man has died in prison.  

    Michaela Sweeting, 38, of William Street, Totterdown, was arrested after a man was attacked in the city centre.

    Robert Hines, 56, from Horfield, died following the assault in Quaker Memorial Garden on 24 May.

    Ms Sweeting's death at Eastwood Park Prison, in Gloucestershire, is not being treated as suspicious.

    Matthew James Hill, 31, is also charged with manslaughter in relation to the death of Mr Hines.

  6. Marathon man embarks on mammoth run through Malawi

    A Wincanton man has set himself the challenge of running across Malawi.

    Brendan Rendall will be jogging 650 miles - the equivalent of 25 marathons - in 25 days.

    He is raising money for the Friends of Mulanje Orphans charity to build a science block at a secondary school.

    This video shows how he was greeted by children at the school.

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    Video caption: A man from Wincanton is planning to run around 650 miles in Malawi
  7. Stage is almost set for Jess Glynne at Kingsholm Stadium

    The turnstiles will reopen at Kingsholm Stadium tomorrow night... but there won't be a rugby ball in sight.

    Gloucester Rugby's stadium is being converted into a concert venue and will host singer Jess Glynne who will perform in front of thousands of fans.

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire went to see how the preparations are getting on and spoke to Kingsholm's events manager Patrick Morris.

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    Video caption: Pop star Jess Glynne will perform at Gloucester Rugby's Kingsholm Stadium tomorrow
  8. Bath's Ford 'can be England legend'

    George Ford

    Bath's George Ford could develop into a “legend of the game” along with fellow England number 10 Owen Farrell, England skills coach Glen Ella believes.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Ian Robertson, Ella said: "They will both go on Lions tours, and they will win World Cups. That’s how confident I am in these guys.

    “They are great players now - they could be legends of the game in ten years' time“

    The pair will both face Australia in Saturday's second test in Melbourne.

  9. Ex-police officer admits fraud and false accounting charges

    Bournemouth Crown Court

    A former police officer from Wiltshire Police has admitted 11 counts of fraud, forgery and false accounting while working as a treasurer for the 7th Swindon Scouts and Orchid Vale PTA in Swindon.

    Ex-Supt Andrew Carr, 47, from Swindon, pleaded guilty to all the charges made against him at Bournemouth Crown Court earlier today.

    He was sacked from the police force last month. Sentencing will take place on 21 July.

  10. Bristol MP Karin Smyth: The enormity of Jo Cox's death hasn't hit home yet

    Parliament is being recalled on Monday in tribute to Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed yesterday. 

    Bristol South Labour MP Karin Smyth is among the politicians paying their respects, praising Jo's internationalism and love for her constituency. 

    Karin says security for MPs should always be a high priority but says she hopes the attack will not prevent constituents having access to their MPs.

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    Video caption: Bristol South Labour MP Karin Smyth pays tribute to Jo Cox
  11. Woman, 20, in critical condition after M5 crash

    A 20-year-old woman is being treated for life-threatening injuries after a serious car crash on the M5 last night between Tewkesbury and Cheltenham. 

    She was airlifted to hospital in Bristol from the southbound carriageway between junctions 9 and 10. 

    Three other people from Gloucester were taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for treatment, including the 18-year-old driver. 

    A 15-year-old girl, who was also in the Renault Laguna, is said to be recovering well at Bristol Children's Hospital.

    Motorway
  12. Vigils to remember Orlando massacre victims

    A candlelit vigil is being held in Cheltenham tonight for the victims of the Orlando Massacre. 

    It follows a number of ceremonies held across the region this week in memory of the 50 people killed in a shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

    Candles will be lit at Sanford Park in Cheltenham from six o'clock this evening and another vigil will be held at the Shire Hall in Gloucester at 7.30pm tomorrow. 

    Vigil held for the Orlando massacre victims
  13. T20 derby: Current conditions at the County Ground

    Will the rain hold off for the Gloucestershire vs Somerset T20 derby at the County Ground in Bristol tonight? That's the big question.

    The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain across the city from 5pm until 10pm.

    The match is due to start at 6.30pm.

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  14. There's a police dog theme today...

    First we brought you Ozzy, now meet Boris.

    The rescue Staffie has had his life transformed as a police dog!

    He's just graduated from training school and is all set to be a sniffer dog for the region's forces.

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    Video caption: A dog cared for by the RSPCA becomes a police sniffer dog
  15. Jo Cox death: Book of condolence opens in memory of killed MP

    A book of condolence has been opened in Bristol Central Library in memory of Jo Cox MP.

    The book will remain open to sign until Monday 27 June.

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  16. Train derailment latest: Timetable alterations

    There continues to be major disruption to train services from the West Country to London Paddington.

    It comes after an empty carriage derailed last night, knocking out signalling and overhead wires when it hit a gantry.

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  17. Railway hopes to get vintage train back on track with new trailer

    Class 207 thumper

    The Swindon and Cricklade Railway has taken delivery of a new trailer to replace one on a vintage diesel train that was destroyed in a fire. 

    Their rare Class 207 "thumper" was valued at around £100,000 and had only recently been refurbished when it caught fire nearly a month ago.

    The blue and white replacement wagon has come to the museum from Pershore and you can see it being off-loaded and put on the track in the pictures below.

    Replacement train carriages after thumper fire
    Replacement train wagons delivered after thumper fire
    Replacement train wagons delivered after thumper fire