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Summary

  1. As it happened for the West of England on Wednesday 22 June

Live Reporting

By Tammy McAllister

All times stated are UK

  1. School staff and pupils overcome festival disruption

    That's it from a Glastonbury-tastic Local Live for today. Fingers crossed 'rush hour' tomorrow will be a little less chaotic on the roads around Somerset! 

    In the meantime, we'll let Gill Rennard - head teacher of Whitstone School in Shepton Mallet - have the last word.

    She's been telling us how her pupils and staff got into school today, using sheer determination to beat the traffic disruption.

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    Video caption: Shepton Mallet school head says some delays are expected before Glastonbury Festival.
  2. Purton Hulks site 'absolutely unique'

    Ships were deliberately scuttled on the site, known as the Purton Hulks, between 1909 and 1965 to try and prevent the high tides eroding an embankment which held back the canal.

    "It was quite an engineering problem working out what to do," said David Viner from the Canal and River Trust, which took over the graveyard in 2010.

    Purton shipyard

    "They formed the breakwaters with these redundant old boats... all the silt and mud from the Severn piled up against the boats and formed the foreshore. 

    "Other sites may be older or have more significant boats but in terms of sheer numbers this is the biggest collection of historic boats and that makes it absolutely unique," he added.

  3. Glastonbury 2016: Eleven acts to watch

    Visualisation of Chris Levine's iy_project for the David Bowie tribute at Glastonbury 2016
    Image caption: Visualisation of Chris Levine's iy_project for the David Bowie tribute at Glastonbury 2016

    For those of us with sense who've avoided the mud, the masses and the motoring mayhem, we can still enjoy the event digitally ...can't we?

    Click here to read our 11 suggested acts to check out at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

  4. Your local newspaper headlines this evening

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    Here's a look at the stories being covered in some of your local papers around the West Country this evening:

    Bristol Post:Neighbours shocked as police continue Bristol murder inquiry

    Somersetlive: Inquest into death of Wilfred Isaacs opened ahead of murder trial

    Stroud News and Journal: Police searching for 43-year-old man who went missing in Stroud find body in car

    Salisbury Journal:Con artist and father of four who stole £15k from victims warned he faces jail

  5. Inflatable swans and cycling through the mud

    BBC Points West's Hugo Pettitt has been walking around Worthy Farm and has come back with a lovely haul of photos.

    So we have inflatable swans, mud and even some blue sky.

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    Glastonbury Festival 2016
    Glastonbury Festival 2016
    Glastonbury Festival 2016
    Glastonbury 2016
  6. Inquest into baby's death 'confusing', bereaved parents say

    Ben Condon

    The parents of eight-week-old Ben Condon have said they will "continue to seek the truth" after an inquest into their baby's death concluded earlier.

    The coroner reached a narrative conclusion but Ben's parents Allyn and Jenny said it still left a "confusing picture".

    Baby Ben died after developing a respiratory illness likely to have been caused by human metapneumovirus (HMPV).

    His parents Allyn and Jenny believe he should have been given antibiotics in the days before his death at Bristol Children's Hospital in April 2015.

    But the inquest at Avon Coroner's Court heard this would not have prevented it.

  7. Football fixtures released...

    The day that tens of thousands of football fans have been waiting for has arrived - the fixtures for the new Football League season have been released.

    Teams in the Championship, League One and League Two discovered who their first opponents of the new season will be.

    You can find the full list of 2016-17 fixtures for your club by clicking below.

    Bristol City

    Bristol Rovers

    Cheltenham Town

    Swindon Town

    Yeovil Town

  8. Pupils walk to school after bus gets stuck in Glastonbury traffic

    Two pupils from Whitstone School in Shepton Mallet - Gabrielle and Callan - tell us how they ended up having to walk to school after their bus got stuck in the festival traffic...

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    Video caption: Glastonbury pupils recall the plight of losing their school bus in the travel chaos.
  9. 'Arsonists, vandals and graffiti artists' have harmed Maritime museum

    Back to one of our first Local Live posts of the day which was about work to save the "maritime museum" in Gloucestershire. 

    Volunteers say the Purton Hulks site is a "shadow of its former self".

    Some 80 ships are scuttled there and have created a unique bank between the Gloucester Sharpness Canal and the River Wye.

    Purton shipyard

    To halt the degradation of the site, volunteers have been creating paths, building fences around some of the more important and vulnerable wrecks and creating new access to the area. 

    Paul Barnett, chairman of the Friends of Purton, said: "What we have here is approximately 60% of what was here 40 years ago thanks to arsonists, graffiti artists, trophy hunters and natural decay. 

    "It's the last bastion of our maritime heritage and as a maritime nation I feel it is vitally important to save it."

  10. Headlines from around the West of England

    Jo Cox vigil in College Green, Bristol, Wed 22 June 2016

    We've been focussing on the influx of people heading towards the Glastonbury Festival site in Pilton for much of the day on our live updates page, but what else has been happening around the West Country?

    Here's a quick update:

    • The final day of campaigning has been taking place for the EU referendum where Prime Ministers past and present were in Bristol for the Bremain vote
    • The Leave side have been touring on the battlebus in Dorset and South Somerset
    • Bristol Children's Hospital has made a series of improvements after the death of an eight-week-old baby and an inquiry into how they dealt with his grieving parents
    • Police say they are treating the death of a 61-year-old woman in Bristol as a murder inquiry
    • More than two hundred people gathered to pay their respects to Jo Cox MP at a vigil on College Green in Bristol
    • Work is underway to preserve a nationally important site of marine heritage on the banks of the River Severn
  11. Aerial footage shows Glastonbury gridlock

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    Video caption: Aerial footage shows Glastonbury gridlock

    This aerial footage shows one of many scenes of gridlock in Somerset as cars queued to get to the 2016 Glastonbury Festival.

  12. Getting to work when the festival influx is under way?

    Glastonbury traffic

    There has been widespread disruption for people trying to get to work or school after the fields flooded at Glastonbury leading to huge tailbacks around the local area as people waited for hours to get on-site.

    Some Facebook users in Shepton Mallet have described the effect its had on their day:

    Caroline Hobbs wrote: "I believe that the festival needs to be smaller as clearly the roads can't cope with it. That's not being a kill joy but carers and District Nurses couldn't get to people today."

    Zoe Copp wrote: "It's never been this bad and never effected the schools and locals and local villages like this has today, something needs to be done with the volume of traffic."

    Susie Perkins wrote: "Half my children's school couldn't get there..... Miles of traffic..... Un acceptable!!!"

  13. Why it's always wet and muddy at Glastonbury

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    Video caption: BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker explains why it so often rains at Glastonbury.

    BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker explains why it so often rains at Glastonbury.

  14. 'Nearly there' for some Glastonbury music fans

    BBC Points West has spoken to a couple of gents about their travelling woes of getting to Worthy Farm.

    All they have to do now is pitch up and then collapse in a heap of exhaustion and relief. 

    Remember why you're doing it though, it's all about the music remember?

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    Video caption: Glastonbury revellers share their trials and tribulations
  15. Feeling nostalgic about muddy days of yore at Glastonbury?

    Most people remember 2007 as the muddiest year at Glastonbury but we've dug out another piece of archive, from 2005's festival.

    Hopefully your chances of your tent floating off in muddy waters are much lower this time round.

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    Video caption: Glastonbury Festival 2005 floods and mud
  16. Here's the science bit about the Glastonbury mud

    Man pulling a cart through mud

    It's June, it's raining and it's Glastonbury Festival, so, inevitably, every news site in the UK is posting video of fans trudging through mud.

    Apart from the rain, and the grounds being churned up by the footfall, what are the other factors in play that make it so squelchy and sticky?

    Click here to find out more.

  17. Festival site takes shape - as tents go up

    BBC Points West has taken some great aerial shots of the festival site this afternoon.

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    Video caption: Here are some shots taken of Worthy Farm from the air