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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Friday 15 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Tammy McAllister

All times stated are UK

  1. Friday's BBC news headlines from around the West

    Fahma Mohamed

    Before we go, here's a round-up of the news from around the region:

    • Bristol teenager Fahma Mohamed is honoured for her work in protecting children from female genital mutilation
    • Four teenage boys are rescued from a large cave complex in Wiltshire after getting lost for five hours searching for virtual Pokemon monsters
    • More than 100,000 people sign a petition urging the Home Office not to deport a South African grandma from the West Country
    • Organisers of the Bristol Harbour Festival hope to curb drinking after complaints of rowdy, drunken behaviour during last year's event

    Our local live team will be back on Monday from 7am with news, sport and weather for the West Country so until then, we hope you have a nice weekend.

  2. France lorry attack survivor's photo moments before stampede

    Here's the photo that Andy Shaw took of the Hotel Le Negresco three minutes before he saw people fleeing the lorry attack along the Promenade des Anglais.

    Andy Shaw's photo of Hotel Negresco moments before the lorry ploughing into people

    Mr Shaw, from Weston-super-Mare had seen the fireworks and had just taken this photo when he heard a loud bang and people screaming as they fled the lorry's path.

    The landmark hotel was lit up in the colours of the Tricolore flag to mark Bastille Day which caught his attention.

  3. County Championship: Matt Quinn helps Essex gain control against Gloucestershire

    Matt Quinn

    Matt Quinn took his tally of wickets in the match to 11 as Essex seized control against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.

    The hosts were bowled out for 290 and Division Two leaders Essex, set 213 to win, ended day three on 16-1.

    Gloucestershire's deficit of 78 was wiped out as openers Gareth Roderick (102) and Chris Dent (72) put on 148.

    When Roderick was trapped lbw, that started a collapse of eight wickets for 62 runs, with Quinn (4-87) and Graham Napier (4-62) leading Essex's charge.

  4. Fall in city's street sex worker numbers

    A girl talks to a driver through the car window

    The number of female street sex workers in Bristol is continuing to fall, with "more than a third breaking free last year", a charity has said.

    One25 said it helped 59, out of 147, women to leave street sex work in 2015-16. In 2013, there were 169 women on the streets, dropping to 151 in 2014.

    Its impact report also showed it had helped 24 women at risk, enabling "all but one" to avoid street sex working.

    It comes as the government is being urged to change laws on prostitution.

  5. Explorer's bid to climb highest mountain on every continent

    Sir Ranulph Fiennes

    Sir Ranulph Fiennes is off climbing again, hoping to complete a quest to climb the highest mountain on every continent.

    If he succeeds, the Exmoor-based explorer will become the first person to climb the highest mountains on all continents, as well as cross both polar ice caps.

    Click here to read more.

  6. Lorry attack survivor: 'Very sombre, very quiet' atmosphere

    A man from Weston-super-Mare has described how the atmosphere in Nice has changed following the lorry attack last night which killed and injured scores of people.

    Andy Shaw and his wife Sharon were on holiday when they were caught in the stampede to escape the lorry.

    What he describes might upset you.

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    Video caption: One of the survivors of the Nice lorry attack describes the aftermath of the terror
  7. Attack in Nice: Eyewitness describes 'pure panic' of stampede

    A man from Weston-super-Mare has described how he and his wife ran for their lives to escape the lorry attack in Nice which killed at least 84 people last night.

    Andy Shaw and his wife Sharon were on holiday enjoying the Bastille Day fireworks.

    They were taking photos of the famous Hotel Le Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais when they saw people screaming and fleeing the lorry.

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    Video caption: A man from Weston-super-Mare describes the panic as people fled the lorry attack
  8. 'People will bring drink from home' for Harbour Festival

    We've spoken to a few people about their thoughts on efforts to curb drinking at this year's Bristol Harbour Festival.

    Last year there was a rise in hospital admissions and complaints of rowdy, drunken behaviour and broken bottles littering the streets at the free event.

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    Video caption: Efforts to curb drinking at the Bristol Harbour Festival 'probably won't work'.
  9. Contrasting fortunes for Howell & Casey at Open

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    BBC Sport at Royal Troon

    David Howell

    Swindon’s David Howell gave himself a good chance of making the cut at Royal Troon as he defied the worsening weather to shoot a one-under-par second round 70.

    After opening up with a 74, Howell began the day two on three over, dropping two more shots at the 2nd and the 5th.

    But he rallied with birdies at 8, 9 and 16, to stand two over for the Championship.

    Cheltenham-born Paul Casey already looked out of it after an opening day 77 and the American-based golfer’s slim hopes finally crashed when he followed three straight birdies with a triple bogey 7 at the 7th to shoot a three-over 74 – and book a quick return flight back to the States.

  10. Crack cocaine and heroin seized

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    The two men were acting suspiciously so were stopped and searched by police in Cheltenham.

    Around £1,500 worth of suspected crack cocaine and heroin, in around 80 individual wraps, was seized.

  11. These traffic officers are good eggs

    Nick Wiltshire holding chicken eggs
    Image caption: Wonder what Nick's having for tea tonight?

    Hundreds of hens have been saved from death thanks to traffic officers on the M5.

    Nick Wiltshire and Steve Mason spotted a van full of more than 200 battery hens turn off at junction 24 with a smoking tyre.

    They helped unload 16 crates of hens just in time as within minutes the tyre caught fire which quickly spread through the van.

    At the time the hens were being transported from a Bristol farm to Devon by the British Hen Welfare Trust to be re-homed as pets to avoid being sent to the slaughterhouse.

  12. Bristol Harbour Festival 'is not all about drinking'

    Organisers of this year's Harbour Festival are hoping their event doesn't end up being boozy.

    They're trying to curb drunken behaviour after hospital admissions went up last year when the festival was on.

    Organiser Mike Richmond, hopes people can enjoy the free entertainment without the need for alcohol.

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    Video caption: Efforts are made to curb the amount of drinking at this year's Harbourside Festival.
  13. Pokemon Go lost teens 'a bit glum, a bit embarrassed' about cave rescue

    Four teenagers who got lost in the Box Mines near Corsham were a "bit glum, bit embarrassed" about their cave rescue.

    They'd spent five hours in search of the virtual Pokemon monsters but got lost in the huge underground cave complex.

    Box Mines

    Darren Bence from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "They managed to find their way to a feature called the cathedral which is an open air part of the rock where they managed to get a phone signal through, miraculously, and called the fire service."

    The teens, who incidentally didn't find any of the digital monsters lurking in the caves, were also "a bit scared" of their predicament.

    "They were all in reasonable spirits, they all looked a bit glum, a bit embarrassed about the whole thing especially when the whole Pokemon thing was added into the mix."

  14. Minute's silence planned at Harbour Festival for Nice victims

    Lorry attack Nice

    A minute's silence will be held at Bristol's Harbour Festival this evening in memory of the 84 people who were killed when a lorry ploughed through crowds of people in Nice celebrating Bastille Day yesterday evening.

    The silence will be led by the deputy mayor Estella Tincknell and will take place before the main concert begins.

  15. Piano marathon relay under way in Cheltenham

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    Video caption: Erik Satie's 'Vexations' played 840 times over 22 hours - as he intended

    The Cheltenham Music Festival has an interesting piece of music that's being played over and over again - and won't finish until Saturday morning.

    Earlier today a variety of pianists began performing one piece of music in a relay - with the aim of playing it 840 times.

    It's called 'Vexations'by Erik Satie, and this is how he intended it to be played - although as far as we know it was never performed in his lifetime.

    The team is playing in St Paul's Church in Cheltenham including German pianist Florian Caplick who travelled from Scotland to take part.

    If you fancy a go yourself at home - here's the score.

  16. Update on damaged power cable in Chippenham

    Power cables

    We've got a bit more information about the power cable that's come down in Chippenham.

    The pole which holds the cable came down when a car crashed into it. Emergency services were at the scene earlier but no-one's thought to have been injured.

    Southern Electric now says the power’s not expected back until 8pm for the 42 affected homes.

    Police are asking people to avoid the area of Malmesbury Road and Deans Way junction for the time being.

  17. Date set for demolition of Westbury's cement chimney

    Westbury cement chimney

    Sunday 18 September will be the day when people in Westbury may hear a loud bang as the town's famous cement works chimney comes tumbling down in a controlled explosion.

    Tarmac has said the detonation has been set for about 6.45am, symbolically marking the the end of more than 40 years of cement production at the site.

    Jonathan Toyn said: "Tarmac is asking members of the public to view the demolition only from the safety of the White Horse viewing area rather than watching from nearby footpaths or fields."

    The exact time will be announced nearer the planned date and will also depend on weather conditions.

  18. If you haven't got any electricity in Chippenham this may be why

    Fallen power cable

    Thanks to Tim Fosker for the picture - he tweeted  Avoid Malmesbury Rd... Power lines are down!!

    Southern Electric say engineers are still at the site and 42 homes are without power.

    But they’re hoping for it to be back on by 5.15pm.