Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday 15 February 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's all for tonight - goodnight from us

Thanks for being with us on today's BBC Local Live page.

We're back tomorrow morning from 7am. 

The temperature will be picking up with (a tropical!) 12 degrees expected in Taunton during the afternoon:

Watch: Highs of 12 degrees expected on Thursday afternoon

Travel: A303 lane open again following six-vehicle crash

Lido swimmers look back amid appeal

For the first time in its history, Portishead Lido has been undergoing a major structural repair job. 

It was opened in 1962 but is now showing its age. 

There was a leak in the pool which had to be repaired and the original water treatment plant is being replaced with something a bit more efficient.

The whole project has cost £750,000 but a further £25,000 is needed to finish the job.

Some of the first people to use the lido back in the 1960s have been looking back at the earlier days:

Watch: Archive film courtesy of Michael Seeley

Football: Swindon's Hylton faces action after 'walk out'

Jermaine Hylton
Getty Images

Swindon Town's Jermaine Hylton may face internal disciplinary action after walking out on his side before Tuesday's 2-1 loss at Northampton Town.

BBC Wiltshire report the 23-year-old forward left Sixfields before kick-off, having been told he wasn't involved in the squad for the League One match.

Head coach Luke Williams said the matter would be dealt with "in house".

The Robins are in the relegation zone after five straight losses, four points from safety, with 14 matches remaining.

Swindon have won three, drawn four and lost 11 of their 18 games in all competitions since Tim Sherwood's appointment as director of football on 10 November.

Malmesbury Abbey's skate park returns

From prayer to play - Malmesbury Abbey has been turned into a skate park once again for half-term. 

Last year, John Monaghan - the abbey's curate - said the event breaks down barriers between children and the church:

Watch: Archive film of the Abbey hosting a skate park

Name that pliosaur - museum wants help

Pliosaur photo
Bristol Museums

No, it's not the title of a new TV game show. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is wanting a name for a species of pliosaur - Pliosaurus carpenteri - that will be displayed for the first time this June.

The beast was found in a clay pit near Westbury in Wiltshire and was named after Simon Carpenter who unearthed the fossil in 1994. 

Scientists believe it was swimming around the West Country 150 million years ago.

A shortlist of names has been prepared:

  • Brizo (after the Greek goddess of mariners, sailors and fishermen)
  • Chompy
  • Doris (a nymph from Greek mythology)
  • Pip

Hopefully the above photo is a mock-up, but best not to go into the water just in case.

Woman stabbed in stomach - man arrested

Photo of the road
Google

A woman is in hospital with serious injuries after being stabbed in Somerset.

Officers were called to Bignall Rand Drive, in Wells, at 3.30pm where they found the victim with stab wounds to her stomach.

A 20-year-old man was arrested at the scene and remains in police custody.

Woman found dead named by police

View more on twitter

A woman thought to have been murdered at a house in Bristol has been named by police.

The body of Karina Batista, 40, was discovered at a property in Kensington Park, Easton, at about 10.20am on Monday.

Murder detectives are hoping to trace the movements of the red Peugeot 107 car seen above.

A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Multi-vehicle crash closes A303 lane

A six-vehicle crash has closed one lane of the A303 eastbound, between the junctions with the A37 and the A372.

Police say they expect normal travel conditions to return at about 10pm tonight.

View more on twitter

Taxpayers face £50 rise in council tax

Somerset County Council
BBC

Taxpayers in Somerset will face at least a £50 rise in council tax after the Conservative-led county council agreed its budget earlier.

The tax hike of 3.99% will include a 2% rise to pay for adult social care after falls in government funding.

Unions have said the £18m of cuts being made to the budget was putting staff and services under pressure.

The council says the budget is balanced but critics say the plan lacks specific details of where the cuts will fall.

You can read more about this story here.

Severe accident: A358 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A358 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Chardstock Lane and Parrocks Lane.

A358 Somerset - A358 in Chard closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Chardstock Lane junction and the Parrocks Lane junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Unseen photos show former military base near Stonehenge

Watch: See the previously unreleased photos

It may be hard to believe but at the start of the 20th century, 800 people lived within yards of Stonehenge.

A huge military base sat near to the famous stone circle with the road through it becoming the A303.

The military also built a railway line that ran past the edge of a nearby long barrow (burial mound).

Nothing much remains of the military base now, but it was this base that prompted calls for the ancient stones to be restored.

Greig Laidlaw ruled out of Six Nations

Greig Laidlaw
Getty Images

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has been ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations through injury.

Laidlaw, 31, suffered an ankle injury in the first half of the 22-16 defeat by France last weekend.

The Gloucester Rugby scrum-half left the Stade de France on crutches on Sunday and his injury was assessed following his return.

"Laidlaw will see a specialist later in the week to determine the best course of management and estimated time out of the sport," said Scottish Rugby.

Click here to read more.

Councillor sleeps rough to understand homelessness

Watch: Cllr Peter Jeffries recorded his rough sleeping experiences

Peter Jeffries is the councillor responsible for Cheltenham's homelessness policy.

He spent three nights sleeping rough in the town at the start of February, in order to understand the problems that homeless people face.

He took a camera with him to document his experiences. 

Severe disruption: M4 Gloucestershire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, at J18 for A46 Bath.

M4 Gloucestershire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J18, A46 (Bath), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

New mums share their experience of postnatal strokes

Watch: Hear from Jo Wallace and Stevi Marshall

Jo Wallace and Stevi Marshall, from Swindon, suffered headaches after giving birth which they put down to postnatal issues.

But both were eventually admitted to a stroke ward in hospital after scans revealed how serious their conditions were.

They are now part of a small support group of new mums who have suffered in a similar way.

Footballer not guilty of hitting bouncer with bottle

Swindon Town loan footballer Rohan Ince has been unanimously cleared by a jury at Reading Crown Court of hitting a bouncer with a bottle.

Rohan Ince
Getty Images

Ince had denied wounding with intent after doorman Gregor Jurcic received a head injury that required seven staples early on Christmas Day in 2015.

Some 500 people had gathered outside the Atik nightclub in Windsor and Mr Juric was helping police to control the crowds when he was struck.

His blood was found on Rohan Ince's jacket and CCTV footage showed a bottle coming away from the footballer as he was tackled to the ground, but a forensic expert cast doubt on whether that stain had actually come from the attack itself.

Swindon Town FC have released a statement, saying:

Swindon Town were delighted to hear the not guilty verdict at the conclusion of the trial involving Rohan Ince. This concludes a difficult period for Rohan and his family and we trust that his privacy and that of his family will be respected.

Swindon Town FC

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, after J18A for M49 affecting J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 southbound after J18a M49, because of a broken down car. Congestion to J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Former prisons inspector criticises lack of language therapy

Councils in our region are being "short-sighted" for not offering full-time speech and language therapy for young offenders, Lord Ramsbotham has said.

The former chief inspector of prisons says a decade's worth of evidence shows most young offenders have problems with their language - addressing this lowers their risk of reoffending.

Gulliver was one of those helped by a project which runs in Devon - but provision of similar courses in the West region is patchy, with most councils offering no or limited provision.

Watch: Gulliver speaks out about his experience

Knitted monks on show at abbey

Knitted monks
Tewkesbury Abbey

Ninety-three tiny woollen monks have taken up residence in Tewkesbury Abbey.

The figures have taken up residence for the Monks In The Abbey exhibition which runs until the end of February.

Visitors are being invited to pay a closer look at what activities they are all up to.

Knitted monks
Tewkesbury Abbey

Blind woman training for half marathon

Watch: Helen has already raised £3,000 for charity

A visually-impaired woman from Somerset is in training to run both the Bath Half Marathon and London Marathon. 

Helen McCann, from Wookey, will be running with her guide runner, Mandy, and is training with several nine-mile runs a week.

She has been registered blind since 2000 and is running to raise £2,000 for the Guide Dogs charity.

Severe disruption: A38 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between Coney Hill Road and B4073 Painswick Road affecting A417.

A38 Gloucestershire - A38 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Coney Hill Road junction and the B4073 Painswick Road junction, because of a police incident. Congestion to Walls Roundabout.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Post-natal stroke: 'Take it seriously, get it checked'

Watch: "It doesn't matter how old you are you could have a stroke," says Jo Wallace

Two women from Wiltshire who had strokes just days after giving birth, are warning others about their terrifying experience. 

Jo Wallace and Stevi Marshall have set up a support group after finding out they suffered in a similar way.

Jo says there doesn't seem to be a lot of awareness around the issue and is advising other new mums not to put off getting help if they feel unwell.

Councillor 'lied through his back teeth' over drugs syndicate involvement

Watch: "This was a sophisticated plot', said Detective Sergeant Nick Eckland

A councillor from Bath has been found guilty of his involvement in a cannabis drugs ring.

Donal Hassett used fake names and cover stories to rent four different homes, which were used to grow cannabis between January 2015 and March 2016.

Each house was fitted with air conditioning and watering systems, which supplied the ring with a few crops per year. 

Six others - five men and a woman - are due to be sentenced for their part in the drugs ring.

Detective Sergeant Nick Eckland said he couldn't understand why a local councillor would be involved in such a venture.

Severe accident: A350 Wiltshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A350 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between B3095 and A303.

A350 Wiltshire - A350 closed and queuing traffic between the B3095 junction in Longbridge Deverill and the A303 junction in Higher Pertwood, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Post-natal stroke: 'I was petrified I was going to die'

Watch: 'I just cried' recalls Stevi Marshall

Two mums from Swindon who both suffered a stroke after giving birth have been speaking about their shock at what happened to them.

Stevi Marshall and Jo Wallace became friends after learning they had both experienced the same thing. 

Both women initially suffered headaches but put their symptoms down to post-natal issues. 

They were eventually diagnosed after scans and spent time in hospital as a result. 

Both are now recovering from the effects of their strokes which included memory loss and confusion.

Woman's death prompts witness appeal

A CCTV image of a man who detectives want to speak to in relation to the death of Joanne Denham, 43, in Kingswood, has been released by Avon and Somerset Police.

She was found on Hill Street on Sunday morning and a post-mortem examination revealed she had died of multiple injuries after a road traffic collision.

CCTV photo showing potential witness
Avon & Somerset Police

This man was seen outside Chasers nightclub around the time Joanne was killed. Police say he may have information that could help them.

A 38-year-old man was arrested in connection with Joanne's death and has been bailed until the 6th March.

BreakingPolice identify body found in Kingswood

A woman whose body was found in Kingswood on Sunday morning has been named by police as Joanne Denham.

The 43-year-old's body was found on Hill Street shortly before 1am. 

A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident. 

He was bailed until 6 March.

'Significant progress' made in bid to build another railway station

Community transport group TransWilts say that "significant progress" has been made over plans to build an additional railway station at Wilton Parkway in Wiltshire.

The community transport group say the extra station could be built by 2024.

They expect it would provide relief from overcrowding, easier access to and from the county and a boost for the economy. 

Listen: Commuters share their reaction to the news

Gloucester Rugby captain out of the Six Nations

New Forest of Dean Verderer elected

Rich Daniels
BBC

A new Verderer for the Forest of Dean has been appointed as part of a tradition that dates back almost as far as Norman times.

Rich Daniels was elected in a show of hands vote at Gloucester Cathedral and replaces Ray Wright who died in 2015 aged 85.

Verderers have been protecting the trees and wildlife - particularly boar and deer - in the Forest of Dean for more than 800 years.

There are always four of them and they meet four times a year at the Verderers' courtroom in Speech House.

The role is for life with elections for replacements held only when a Verderer dies.

Severe disruption: A303 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A303 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, between B3083 Berwick Road and A36 Deptford.

A303 Wiltshire - Slow traffic on A303 westbound between the B3083 Berwick Road junction in Winterbourne Stoke and Deptford, because of earlier broken down lorry and oil spillage. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Police's answer to Hot Fuzz

Police often get called to wildlife on our roads and motorways but how do they deal with the offenders once they've tracked them down?

Here's how...

View more on twitter

Road closed as a safety measure for school children

A road in Bristol is being closed for 18 months from today after a campaign from parents at a nearby school. 

Pupils at Ashton Gate Primary School have to cross Upton Street in Southville several times a day to get to their playground.

Listen: Parent Mel Osborne says it is a "victory for children's safety"
Ken Loach

Film director Loach says the library is a "big feature in the centre of Bath" and putting it somewhere "less accessible" is a "bad sign".

Read more

A royal 'photo bombing'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Kasabian's Serge was 'photo bombed' by Prince Charles at a pub in Somerset yesterday... 

View more on instagram

BreakingCouncillor found guilty of involvement in drugs syndicate

Donald Hassett
BBC

A Bath councillor has been found guilty for his role in what the prosecution called an "organised, sophisticated drugs syndicate".  

Donal Hassett (pictured right) was accused of acting as the property fixer for the group, using fake names and references to rent four homes in the West that were later turned into cannabis factories. 

Hassett and his co-defendant Tan Tran were found guilty of conspiring to produce cannabis between January 2015 and March 2016 after a trial at Bristol Crown Court. They were both remanded in custody until sentencing.  

Hassett was suspended from the Conservative party in Bath when he was charged. He is currently operating as an Independent councillor.  

Conservative leader Tim Warren said in a statement this morning that "the party, and he personally, felt very let down by Donal Hassett".

New mums who suffered strokes thankful for support group

Two women from Swindon who had strokes just days after giving birth are warning others about their terrifying experience. 

Jo Wallace and Stevi Marshall are now part of a support group after finding out they suffered in a similar way. 

Doctors initially put their symptoms down to being new mums, when actually things were far more serious. Both women are now recovering. 

Watch: These two mums from Swindon have become friends after suffering strokes after giving birth

Business owner donates replacement rail for homeless coat project

Earlier we told you how a rack of coats left in Bristol's Broadmead shopping centre for homeless people had been unexpectedly removed.

After hearing the story on BBC Radio Bristol, Kerry, from Keynsham, said she would like to offer a new clothes rail, complete with hangers. 

That's lovely. It's completely restored my faith, thank you."

Sarah JadeOrganised the coats rail
Clothing rail with coats
Sarah Jade

Protests ahead of proposed £18m cut to council budget

County Hall, Taunton
Google

Somerset County Council will vote later on plans to save around £18m over the next financial year. 

The authority is set to approve its budget at a meeting in Taunton this morning.

Unions say a petition against proposed changes to learning disabilities services will be handed to the council's leader ahead of the meeting this morning. 

Unison says more than 800 people have signed it.