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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday 5 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Holmes

All times stated are UK

Goodnight, we'll be back tomorrow morning from 7

It's been a busy day here in the West, we'll be back tomorrow from 7am with all the reaction to the publication of the Chilcot report, which could have big implications for people across our area.

For now, here's a great photo of tonight's sunset which was taken by Len Copland this evening in Somerset.

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Four riders from the West are off to the Rio Olympics

We'll have a lot of local representation when it comes to the next Olympic games in Rio.

Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester, both based in Gloucestershire, will be hoping to emulate their gold medal success in London. Three-day eventer William Fox-Pitt will be heading to his fifth games alongside Kitty King, he says he is excited to be taking part...

William Fox-Pitt says he is excited for the Rio Olympics

The romantic Orangutan living in Bristol Museum's vaults

Although Bristol Museum has many animal displays, there are some things which they can't show because there just isn't enough space.

Bonnie and Ben from the museum tell the story of Henry the Orangutan. He used to live at Bristol Zoo, but became a rather special exhibit when he died...

This is the story of Henry the orangutan from Bristol Zoo - What an old romantic.

Remember when the ss Great Britain came home?

It's 46 years to the day since Isambard Kingdom Brunel's ss Great Britain was towed back to Bristol underneath one of his other great creations - the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Thousands of people crowded the banks of the River Avon to watch the Great Britain return to the place she was launched from in 1843.  

The ship was retired in the 1880s and later scuttled in the Falkland Islands in the 1930s but a huge fundraising campaign saw her brought home.

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Smaller bin but weekly collections on the cards for South Gloucestershire

If you live in South Gloucestershire, your black bin could soon get a lot smaller - 40% smaller.

The council wants to shrink the size of the bins but increase the frequency of collections - up to weekly from fortnightly at the moment. The plans will be discussed by the council tomorrow.

Bins in South Gloucestershire could be getting smaller

Uncertainty over the future of Swindon's libraries

Earlier, it was announced that 11 libraries in Swindon could see staff withdrawn, something which campaigners are concerned about.

Local councillor Mary Martin said she wants a better service as part of the cost reduction plans, and that 85% of Swindon residents would be within two miles of a library.

But Sarah Church from Save Swindon Libraries told BBC Points West that there is too much uncertainty about what will happen to the staff currently working in other libraries across the town.

There's concern over the future of library staffing in Swindon.

How do those human statues stand still for so long?

Stay still ... very, very still. Now, think you can do that outside for hours on end?

That is just what Izabela Radcliffe - a human statue performer - does on the streets of Bath.

Originally from Poland, she moved to Bristol four years ago and told BBC Radio Bristol's John Darvall about her unusual job.

Human statue reveals all

Gloucestershire wheelchair fencer qualifies for Rio 2016

Forest of Dean wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver has just been announced in the Paralympics GB team for Rio.

Piers Gilliver
Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

He told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "I’m so happy. It is a dream come true. It is something we’ve worked so hard for so it is a really amazing feeling.

It’s been really difficult trying to find my own funding and I was lucky enough to get some UK Sport funding, that helped hugely."

I was totally inspired by London 2012, the atmosphere was really incredible and I knew I had to give everything I could to get my spot for Rio

Piers GilliverParalympicsGB Fencer

A quick march out of Germany for Wiltshire

They may currently be in Paderborn, Germany, but soon 5th Batallion The Rifles will be setting up camp in Bulford near Salisbury.

Part of the preparations to leave involved a final parade - with an unusual ending ...

5 Rifles prepare to move to Wiltshire

Liam Fox: no regrets in Tory leadership contest

Liam Fox
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The North Somerset MP Liam Fox has said in an email to his supporters that he doesn't regret running to be the next leader of the Conservative Party.

I felt it was vital to stress the importance of national security in this debate and the need for a clear path to our exit from the European Union. I hope I have achieved both these objectives.

Theresa May picked up 165 votes and remains the frontrunner to take over leadership of the party.

Lee Tomlin signs: Johnson claims 'statement of intent' from board

Here's what Bristol City boss Lee Johnson has to say about the Lee Johnson signing...

"We’re delighted to welcome Lee back to Ashton Gate. Credit has to go to the Board for their efforts in getting this deal done.

"I believe we’ve signed the most talented player at Championship level in terms of ability. He was fantastic for us last season and I believe his best football is ahead of him.

"He does things every day in training that make you smile – you think how on earth has he done that?

Lee Tomlin
Bristol City FC

Hopefully it’s a statement of intent. It shows the kind of football we want to play.

"I’m sure everyone will be pleased with it and, who knows, it might just bring a few more supporters through the turnstiles into the new-look Ashton Gate, increasing our already superb fanbase.”  

BreakingLee Tomlin signs for Bristol City

Loan star Lee Tomlin has signed for Bristol City for an undisclosed fee from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth.

Bath foot discovery: what the police are saying

After the discovery of a second human foot in Weston Park in Bath, police forensic teams are once again combing the area.

Avon and Somerset Police are linking the discoveries because the latest foot shares "physical similarities" with the first one.

Police decided that it was probably a teaching aid used in teaching back in May.

Laura Jones reports from Bath on the discovery of the latest human foot

Not quite squirrel-proof...

These photos were sent to us by Richie Bennett from Chippenham of a squirrel which had tried to break past his "squirrel-proof" bird feeder, but didn't do a very good job.

The squirrel
Richie Bennett
The squirrel
Richie Bennett

You've no need to worry, thankfully he escaped - though presumably with fewer nuts than he was hoping for...

BreakingNorth Somerset MP Liam Fox out of the Conservative Party leadership contest

The Home Secretary, Theresa May has won the most votes in the opening round of the Conservative party leadership election in Britain. 

North Somerset MP and former Defence Secretary Liam Fox polled the least votes and is automatically eliminated from the next ballot on Thursday.

Liam Fox

Yeovil MP eases concerns over the future of the Westlands site

There are concerns over the future of the Yeovil factory of helicopter manufacturer Leonardo, which used to be called Augusta Westland. 

The owners of the company didn't want Britain to vote to leave the EU, and now the Unite union says the company could lose a major contract to supply 50 Apache helicopters to the British military.

Concerns from Unite over the future of the Leonardo site.

But the Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh told BBC Points West that Leonardo is still in the running for this latest contract...

Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh says Leonardo hasn't yet lost the Apache contract.

School funding cuts are 'detrimental to children', claims union

Teachers at the Beaufort Academy in Gloucester walked out earlier out as part of action by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) over funding.

Jamelia Harris is an English teacher at the Gloucester School...

Jamelia Harris teaches English at Beaufort Academy in Gloucester

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the strike was "unnecessary" and "harmful".  

The NUT Gloucestershire secretary John Penberthy said that the NUT only took strike action when absolutely necessary.

NUT Gloucestershire secretary John Penberthy on teachers' strike

Swindon library cuts: local councillor wants 'better service' as part of plans

BBC Wiltshire has been speaking to Mary Martin, the cabinet member for communities on Swindon Borough Council, about the planned library closures across the town.

Some 11 libraries could see staff withdrawn, with funding kept for the Central, West Swindon, North Swindon and Highworth libraries - though they could see a reduction in the number of hours they are open.

Mary Martin

Speaking to Ian Longdon, she said that 85% of Swindon residents would be within two miles of a library, and that looking at the numbers of people who would be affected was a "pessimistic" view.

There will be an impact on the number of people who work for Swindon libraries, but that will only be known when the plans return to cabinet in December.

She also didn't want to speculate on any possible redundancy packages for staff that could leave the service.

E.coli outbreak: Public Health England hunting for source of outbreak

More than 100 people are now ill from an E.coli outbreak across South West England.

Here's what Dr Isabel Oliver, director of Public Health England's field epidemiology service, has to say...

"To assist with this investigation to help us find the source, we have convened a national outbreak control team who will also ensure all necessary control measures are put in place."


"Currently, the source of the outbreak is not confirmed and this remains under investigation.

"However, our preliminary investigations have indicated that several of the affected individuals ate salad items including rocket prior to becoming unwell.

"At this stage we are not ruling out other food items as a potential source."

BreakingMore than 100 people ill after salad E.coli outbreak

More than 100 people have now been infected with E.coli that may be linked to eating mixed salad leaves.

Public Health England said it was investigating an outbreak of E.coli O157, which has so far affected 109 people, and said it had put in place "heightened surveillance".

The majority of people affected are from South West England with many from Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

When we last reported on the outbreak only around 30 had been ill.

BreakingStaff could be withdrawn at 11 libraries across Swindon

Staff could be withdrawn from 11 libraries across Swindon, BBC Wiltshire is reporting.

Swindon Borough Council hopes the libraries will instead be run by volunteers. 

Opening hours at the remaining four would be reduced. Two thirds of jobs in the library service would go, if the plan was approved, as part of efforts to save £1.5m.

The council's cabinet will make a final decision next week.

Mary Martin, the cabinet member for communities, will be on BBC Wiltshire shortly talking about the plan with Ian Longdon.

Swindon Central Library

Lock gates replaced along the Bridgwater and Taunton canal

How do you go about replacing four canal lock gates which weigh several tonnes?

The Canal & River Trust has the answer - they've been using some specialist cranes.

Work begins to replace four canal gates along the Taunton and Bridgwater Canal

You can see the action at Standards Lock along the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal where the project is taking place.

Newspaper headlines from around the West

Gloucester Park stabbing: what we know so far

Roads have now reopened around Gloucester Park after a man was stabbed in the hand last night. The victim flagged down a passing driver who took him to hospital.

His injuries are serious but aren't life-threatening. BBC Radio Gloucestershire filmed the road closures

Police closed roads near Gloucester Park after the man was stabbed in the hand

Latest on second human foot discovery in Bath

Weston Park, Bath

Second human foot found in city

A second human foot is discovered in a city - close to the spot where another was found just months ago.

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Wiltshire teen takes up cycling challenge after uncle's accident

Ollie and John Lewis
John Lewis

A Wiltshire teenager whose uncle was seriously injured while training for a charity cycle race is going to take his place.

Mark Lewis from Amesbury is in a coma after a training accident in Chippenham.

Mark's 14-year-old nephew, Ollie Lewis, says he'll now step in and cycle from London to Paris, for Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children, with his dad John.

The charity ride will be starting on 21 July and you can see the two new recruits above, looking suitably ready for the challenge.

Concerns raised about the future of the Westlands site in Yeovil

Concerns have been raised by a union about the future of the Italian-owned helicopter manufacturing base in Yeovil.

It comes shortly after the UK's vote to leave the EU - a move which owners Leonardo didn't want to see happen. 

Apache helicopter

Unite is particularly concerned the firm could lose out on a lucrative contract to provide 50 new Apache helicopters for the MOD.

Heathcliffe Pettifer, from the union, said: "The Westlands site seems to be the cash cow for the business and without orders coming through there's some concern that Leonardo may just cut the place loose."

Leonardo was contacted by the BBC but has not responded.

Drug addict recalls giving rescue medicine to another addict

More on the drug Naloxone that we have been hearing about today.

Bristol drug addict Carlos told BBC Points West's Scott Ellis about a time he gave it to another addict who had overdosed...

The Bristol Drugs Project says there have been no deaths from heroin overdoses in April and May this year, after handing out the rescue medicine to users and to staff at hostels.

There were 65 deaths from overdoses across Bristol last year.

Polish man attacked in Yeovil day after Brexit vote

Earlier today BBC Radio Bristol discussed the open letter against hate crime, signed by both Avon and Somerset's Chief Constable Andy Marsh and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

It's an incident like this which has fuelled that statement and now the force has today put out an appeal for information over a nasty attack on a Polish man, near a pub in Yeovil, on the day the result of the EU referendum was announced.

St Michael's Avenue

PC Jason Sims said: “This is a despicable attack on a man as he walked down the street which appears to be motivated purely by hate.

“We’re taking this incident extremely seriously and are doing everything we can to support the victim who has been left psychologically traumatised as well as physically hurt."

The victim, who is in his 30s, was walking along St Michael's Avenue at about 6pm on Friday, 24 June when he was approached by two men in front of the old Green Dragon Pub.

After asking him if he could speak English, they punched and kicked him, injuring his left eye and fracturing his cheek bone. His injuries could have a life-long impact, police said.

The attack was not reported to the force until 27 June.

Heroin overdose 'rescue' kit helps save addicts

A sharp rise in the number of deaths from heroin overdoses in Bristol has been reversed.

A rise in the number of deaths from heroin overdoses in Bristol has been reversed due to a new medicine called Naloxzone.

The rescue drug reverses the effects of opiates and the Bristol Drugs Project says there have been no deaths in April and May this year after handing out Naloxone to users and to staff at hostels.

Striking teachers hold a rally and march through Bristol

Thousands of teachers have begun marching through Bristol to highlight their concerns over pay, conditions and growing workloads.

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Beforehand, they held a rally at College Green in the city centre where we took these pictures:

Teachers gather at College Green in Bristol ahead of their rally

Second left foot found in Bath 'similar' to the previous discovery

Police officers in protective clothing

A second human foot found in Bath has similar qualities to the first one discovered in February nearby, police have said.

Police concluded the limb discovered earlier in the year was most likely an exhibit from a medical or educational establishment.

Detectives are linking the two body parts - which are both left feet - due to similar physical similarities and their close proximity of where they were found.

We carried out a full and thorough investigation into the discovery of the first foot and the same will be done for this one. We will be looking to confirm beyond all reasonable doubt that the two discoveries are linked and if so, whether the most recent find offers any lines of inquiry which can be taken forward. Our earlier investigation exhausted all possible lines of inquiry and we were satisfied that no crime had been committed.

T/DI Paul CattonAvon and Somerset Police

Motorbike racer dies at Castle Combe circuit

Tributes are being paid to a motorbike racer who has died following a collision at the Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire.

Jer Thomas from Radstock, collided with another biker on Saturday and died overnight.

Officials at Castle Combe have expressed their sympathies to his wife and two children.

Another rider involved in the collision is recovering from his injuries at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Human foot discovery: What we know

Weston Park in Bath

Here's what we know about this latest discovery, released by Avon and Somerset Police...

  • Found at 11.20am yesterday in undergrowth in the garden of a property on Weston Park in Bath
  • Specialist crime scene investigators retrieved the foot and closely examined the scene
  • Officers also carried out a search of the area as well as a neighbouring property as part of the investigation
  • The discovery follows the earlier find in February of a human foot in Weston Park East, which backs on to Weston Park

Ask Sue Mountstevens: BME community representaton promise

Camal in Redcliffe asked PCC Sue Mountstevens what she planned to do about the force better representing the BME community.

"Andy Marsh [chief constable] and I have made this a priority for the next four years," she replied.

"We're hoping more BME people will apply to join the force - and then work with them to help them through the process.

"If you've been a PCSO or a Special Constable you already know the language - we need to buddy and mentor these people to get through the process.

"This is an area we will be working on, I promise."

PCC Sue Mountstevens was taking questions live on BBC Radio Bristol between 9am and 10am.

Teachers begin picketing outside Nailsea School

Teachers start to picket outside Nailsea School in North Somerset

Schools across the West are being closed or are facing disruption due to a national strike over pay and conditions.

Members of the National Teachers' Union say they are taking industrial action over a number of concerns over school funding, pay and workloads.

The Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said the strikes are "unnecessary" and "harmful".

Turning to football - Swindon 'won't sell Obika this summer'

Jonathan Obika

Forward Jonathan Obika is to stay with Swindon Town this season despite rejecting a new deal, chairman Lee Power says.

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Ask Sue Mountstevens: Police station closures

Monica in Staple Hill says the area doesn't have a police station any more and she hardly sees any officers.

She asks who should she go to if there's any crime happening that doesn't warrant a 999 call?

"There is still the same number of PCs and PCSOs in the area... if you want to talk to any of them there are regular meetings held in the area," Sue replied.

"We have to be aware we have 700 fewer officers and PCSOs than we did a few years ago and we have to police in different ways - we can't have officers walking up and down the road just looking for a crime to happen."

PCC Sue Mountstevens was taking questions live on BBC Radio Bristol from 9am til 10am.

Ask Sue Mountstevens: Police morale

Chief constable Andy Marsh has previously admitted morale in the force is low.

What are you going to do to improve this?

"We need to make sure our officers are well supported and have kit that works," says Sue.

"We want to support out officers as they are key to making the police service efficient."