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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Friday 1 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Hayley Mortimer

All times stated are UK

Goodnight from BBC Local Live

That's all from BBC Local Live on a poignant day when the West Country marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

We're back on Monday from 7am, but before we go, we'll leave you with these images to reflect on one of the darkest periods in military history.

Young actor plays his part in moving tribute to Somme soldiers

All day people across the UK have been stopped in their tracks by the sight of young men dressed in World War One uniforms as part of the #wearehere memorial performance.

They appeared unexpectedly in towns and cities all over the country, including here in the West. 

Stefan Khoshoie was one of those who took part.


You can see the full interview on BBC Points West tonight at 10.25pm on BBC One.

Conviction of paedophile Douglas Slade 'makes me a happier person', victim says

A victim of Douglas Slade says his abuser's conviction for a series of attacks on young boys has made him "a much happier person".

Slade, 75, from Bristol, was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment after being found guilty of 13 counts of historical child sex abuse, from the mid 1960s to 1980.

Could Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards be the next England football manager?

Britain's best known ski-jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards has become the subject of an online campaign to make him the new England manager.

Edwards, who lives in Stroud, in Gloucestershire, became a household name when he famously came last at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988.   

Now he is being linked with Roy Hodgson's old job but says he gets offers like this all the time.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire has been speaking to him about his tactics.

Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988

What a difference a year makes...

This time last year the West Country was basking in a heatwave with temperatures hitting 33°C but now we seem to be shivering into the summer.  

The key question for the weekend though is what will we get on Saturday and Sunday?

Here's Ian Fergusson with the weekend's weather forecast.

Schoolchildren create own Shrouds of the Somme

No matter how many times we hear about the number of men who died it doesn't get any easier to comprehend.

Children at Coxley School were inspired by Somerset artist Rob Heard's project and have put together their own version. 

Artists behind 'ghost soldiers' project revealed

You may have seen the silent ghost soldiers at railway stations and in town centres today as part of the events to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

The large-scale theatre project involved imitation soldiers handing out cards bearing the names of the 19,240 Brits who were killed in the World War One battle.  

Details of the event - code-named Project Octagon - have now been released and reveal that volunteers from Bristol Old Vic and Salisbury Playhouse were behind the scenes created in the West Country.

We've combined some of today's images with a selection of wartime memories.

Pianos like you've never seen them before

If you're doing some shopping in Cheltenham this weekend why not stop and have a tinkle of the ivories?

Pianos are being placed around the town as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival.

They have been decorated by artists and students or designed by engineers from GCHQ and Safran Landing Systems.

Gloucestershire bragging rights in cider derby

Tonight's local West Country derby in the T20 Blast has ended in a comfortable, seven-wicket win for Gloucestershire over Somerset.

Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger scored a century as the visitors surpassed Somerset's total of 167-7 with four balls to spare.

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Dog eats more than homework...

Bristol City Council director Nicola Yates to quit

Nicola Yates
Bristol City Council

The director of Bristol City Council is to quit her job at the end of the month.

Nicola Yates has been in charge for the past three years and leaves just two months after the authority came under Labour-led control.

She said it had been an "absolute privilege" to serve Bristol and she was leaving with "a huge sense of pride".

The council said it would make "interim arrangements" while it looks for a permanent replacement.

Douglas Slade jailed: Police say crimes were "abhorrent"

Paedophile Douglas Slade's crimes have been described as "abhorrent" by the police.

Slade has been jailed for 24 years for historical child sex offences.

Det Sgt Paul Melton said: "He’s shown absolutely no remorse for his sickening crimes or for the lasting emotional and psychological damage he’s caused. No child will ever be safe in his company.

Douglas Slade

"The strength and courage of the victims has been humbling and they have my heartfelt thanks for giving evidence in court, which has resulted in a dangerous paedophile being put behind bars."

He appealed to any more potential victims to come forward and promised they would be given support.

Sam Russell returns to Forest Green Rovers

Goalkeeper Sam Russell has rejoined Forest Green Rovers just over 12 months after moving to fellow National League side Gateshead.

The 33-year-old keeper was a fans' favourite at The New Lawn and played 144 consecutive league games for Forest Green during his initial three-and-a-half year spell.

He said: "It's no secret that I loved every minute of my last time here. 

"It wasn’t a case of not wanting to stay, I didn't want to leave in the first place, but that's football."

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Yeovil bypass to be 'pulverised and recycled'

If you happen to drive along the A3088 from Yeovil towards the A303 you can't help but notice the number of potholes and rough areas along the road surface and the loud thunk should you drive over them.

Well there's some good news from Somerset County Council which has confirmed it will strengthen and improve the carriages by "pulverising and compacting the old road, then tarmacking a new surface".

A3088 Yeovil

Sounds like a job for Hulk, but it's also more environmentally friendly, as 70% of the existing road material will be used and the closure will last five weeks - as opposed to several months, the council said.

Work starts on Monday 25 July, using overnight road closures between 7pm and 7am to minimise disruption.

Somme 'soldiers' appear across the West Country in moving tribute

As part of the commemorations marking the start of the Battle of the Somme uniformed men have appeared in cities, towns and villages across the country in a poignant memorial to those who were killed in action.

They're handing out cards to people who ask them what's happening and each one details a soldier killed on the first day of the battle.   

Many people who've seen the tribute have been sharing their photos and posting on Twitter using the hashtag #wearehere.  

Here's a selection from Bristol and Salisbury.

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Lloyds Bank cut 78 jobs at Barnwood in Gloucester

Greig Laidlaw becomes Gloucester captain

Greig Laidlaw
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Gloucester Rugby has named Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw as their new club captain for the forthcoming Premiership season.

The 30-year-old scrum-half, capped 53 times by his national side, replaces England centre Billy Twelvetrees.

Laidlaw has made 42 appearances for the Cherry and Whites since his arrival in the summer of 2014.

Get ready for some childhood nostalgia...

You might recognise some of these characters which have featured in television programmes over the past 70 years.

From Andy Pandy to Gordon the Gopher, they're all being gathered together for a new exhibition about the history of children's TV at Bristol's M Shed museum.

How many can you spot?

Warning over Facebook "waste removal service" ads

A council has warned residents to be cautious of people offering waste removal services on Facebook.

South Somerset District Council says that people pose as legitimate waste removal companies before dumping the rubbish on a country lane.

Flytipped waste
South Somerset Council

They have also said that if the waste dumped can be traced back to the owner, the owner could incur a fine as they have a duty of care to make sure they throw rubbish away properly   

'As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, to the end, to the end, they remain'

A member of Stoke Gifford Royal British Legion reads the poem 'For the Fallen' by Robert Laurence Binyon to remember those who were killed in the Battle of the Somme.  

UKIP council leader defects to Tories as party 'doesn't have a point any more'

The leader of the UKIP group on Gloucestershire County Council has left the party following the EU referendum. 

Alan Preest left the Conservatives in 2013 to stand for UKIP in Lydney. 

He said: I’ve gone as far as I can as a UKIP councillor. 

"With the referendum out of the way, UKIP doesn’t really have a point any more."

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Trial date set for Bath tipper truck crash

Lansdown Lane crash
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A trial date has been set in November for three men charged in connection with a tipper truck crash in Bath which killed four people. 

Mitzi Steady, four, from Bath, Robert Parker, 59, from Cwmbran, Phil Allen, 52, and Stephen Vaughan, 34, both from Swansea, were all killed.  

Peter Wood, 55, is charged with manslaughter, while Philip Potter, 20, and Matthew Gordon, 29, face a number of charges relating to the crash, on 9 February 2015.

Mr Potter had applied to have his charges dismissed but his request was adjourned at Bristol Crown Court until a trial judge has been appointed.  

Birthplace residents have say on Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership

As pressure mounts on the Labour leader to resign - BBC Sunday Politics West has gone back to his birthplace to canvass opinion.

Jeremy Corbyn spent his early years in Wiltshire and since he took on the leadership the Chippenham constituency Labour party has doubled its membership to 600.

Political reporter Robin Markwell asked people in Corsham for their advice for the embattled leader.

Residents in the birthplace of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have their say on his reign.

BBC Points West names Somerset soldiers who died in WW1

If you follow BBC Points West on Twitter you'll see all the names of each individual soldier from the Somerset Light Infantry who died 100 years ago today.

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Unexplained death in Frome and drugs arrests made

Investigations are under way after the sudden, unexplained death of a man in Frome this morning.

Police were called to a property in Orchard Street at 7am and a post-mortem examination is due to take place to discover the cause of death.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of drug dealing.

Police are also seeing if the arrests, sudden death and a disturbance in Catherine Hill on Thursday evening at 11.35pm are all linked.

Orchard St, Frome

Young re-enactors mark Somme centenary

Bath Ales is taken over by St Austell Brewery

St Austell and Bath Ales products
St Austell

Cornish brewer St Austell has taken over Bath Ales - promising to invest in the Warmley-based business over the long term.

The firm said no jobs were at risk, adding the takeover would enable them to market the Bath Ales brands over a wider area.

Roger Jones, founder of Bath Ales, said: “This is a really exciting move for Bath Ales. 

"With the investment and broader support from St Austell Brewery we are better placed to capture the opportunity that exists for Bath Ales."

Bath Ales owns 11 pubs and a brewery.

Young re-enactors at Bristol Temple Meads station

Some moving scenes at Bristol Temple Meads where young actors mark the Battle of the Somme.

Find out more about this on Points West at 6.30pm.

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Trade unions call on EDF Energy to invest in Hinkley Point project

Four trade unions have written to the boss of EDF Energy to make the final investment decision for the new nuclear station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

The letter has said the decision would be a "litmus test" post Brexit and there cannot be any further delay.

Hinkley Point C
EDF Energy

It added: "Nuclear build is already behind the curve; we cannot afford further delay and it is vital for EDF to make a final investment decision now."

Due to the delays the plant will not start producing electricity until at least 2025.

Somme remembered: Points West Twitter tribute to Somerset fallen

Points West has been paying tribute to the hundreds of casualties in the Battle of the Somme suffered by the Somerset Light Infantry.

They have been Tweeting the names of the 282 that fell on the first day - with an emotional response from you.

We remember Private WILLIAM SAMUEL JENKINS, 34, Somerset Light Infantry, died 100 years ago today at the #Somme100

We remember Private WILLIAM SAMUEL JENKINS, 34, Somerset Light Infantry, died 100 years ago today at the #Somme100

really moving feed from @bbcpointswest today. Well done to whoever came up with this idea

Follow the @bbcpointswest timeline. Incredibly moving

Douglas Slade jailed: Paedophile given 24 year sentence

Douglas Slade - sentenced to 24yrs - also boasted of bribing officials in Philippines to drop child abuse charges.

Douglas Slade - sentenced to 24yrs - also boasted of bribing officials in Philippines to drop child abuse charges.

Read more about the background to Douglas Slade, and his past, in this story.

Douglas Slade jailed: 'Rot in jail', shouts man in courtroom

Dan Johnson

BBC News

As Douglas Slade was being taken to the cells a man stood up in the public gallery, shouted "Douglas Slade" and held up a sign before being ushered out.

He thanked the police officer involved as he was told to leave. The man claims he is another victim of Douglas Slade who was abused in the 1970s.

His sign said: "The Filipino children you abused for years have no voice. I have no voice for the harm you did to me. Rot in jail Slade."

Paedophile Douglas Slade 'wholly unrepentant', judge says

Convicted paedophile, Douglas Slade, has been sentenced to 24 years in jail after being convicted of 13 historical child abuse offences.

During sentencing at Bristol Crown Court, the judge told him: "Your past has caught up with you, a past about which you appear wholly unrepentant."

Judge Ambrose also said Slade's abuse of his victims had "a profound effect" on each of them throughout their adult lives.

Douglas Slade

The 75-year-old, who was deported from the Philippines in 2015 to face the charges made against him, had admitted having contact with the five men when they were under 16 but denied any sexual activity.

He was convicted of 13 counts of historical child sex abuse, from the mid 1960s to 1980 and involving boys as young as 10.

BreakingConvicted Bristol paedophile sentenced to 24 years in prison

Convicted paedophile Douglas Slade has been sentenced to 24 years imprisonment at Bristol Crown Court.

The 75-year-old from Bristol, was found guilty on Monday of 13 counts of historical child sex abuse, from the mid 1960s to 1980 and involving boys as young as 10.

Douglas Slade

First day death toll translated into Shrouds of the Somme

Earlier we told you about Somerset artist Rob Heard who has spent the past three years working on a project to honour the British soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme.

They are wooden figurines representing each man who died on the first day of what was the bloodiest battle of World War One.

Here they are laid out at Northernhay Gardens in Exeter.

Somme shrouds show first day death toll

North Somerset MP sets out leadership bid pledges

Liam Fox MP
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Yesterday, North Somerset MP Liam Fox officially threw his hat in the ring for the Tory leadership.

He's been interviewed on BBC Radio Four's Today programme where he said Britain needed a "Brexit for grown-ups".

Mr Fox was the former Defence Secretary but was forced to resign in 2011 after allowing his friend and best man Adam Werritty to take on an unofficial and undeclared role as his adviser.

"We need Brexit for grown-ups and we need to be talking about the big issues," he said.

"We need to be talking about our aims, our trading positions, what our security relationship will be, also what domestic changes we will have to make. How will we have to restructure our Government?"

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Students read On Somme to mark centenary of the WW1 battle

One hundred years on since the Battle of the Somme, students from Severn Vale Academy read the poem On Somme by Ivor Gurney on the banks of the River Severn.  

Students from Severn Vale Academy read a poem in memory of the Somme.

Somme commemorations and other news around the West Country

All of your BBC local radio stations are covering services being held to remember the fallen soldiers of the Battle of the Somme.

Here's a look at what else is making the headlines in your county:

  • Police searching for 27-year-old Michael Mingo, who went missing from the Langport area on Tuesday, have found a body in the town
  • The seventh Bristol Pride Festival starts today, with 10 days of events leading up to next weekend's Pride Day
  • Farmers from Gloucestershire will be at a NFU meeting today to discuss the future of British agriculture following the vote to leave the European Union
  • Conservative MP for South Swindon Robert Buckland has given his support to the Home Secretary, Theresa May

Somerset artist makes shrouds of the Somme figurines

A Somerset artist has created thousands of figurines in memory of the British soldiers killed during the first four hours of the Battle of the Somme.

For the past three years Rob Heard has been hand-stitching shrouds onto 19,240 wooden figures to represent each man who died in the notorious World War One battle.

The figures have gone on display at Northernhay Gardens in Exeter.

BBC Points West reporter Clinton Rogers went to see his work.

A Somerset artist has wrapped wooden figurines in shrouds to represent the men who died