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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday 25 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Hayley Mortimer

All times stated are UK

Is summer over already? Rain is on the way...

Ian Fergusson is back from his holidays and as you can see from the tan, he managed to take the good weather with him.

He's back on the roof with our forecast tonight.

Weather forecast on Monday July 25

That's all from Local Live. We'll will be back from 7am with news, sport and weather for the West country.

What’s it like to be tasered?

A new taser scrutiny committee has been set up by Avon & Somerset Police.

We've taken a look at what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a taser (no journalists were injured in the making of this video).

Johnson junior takes bragging rights in West country derby

Coach crash: Thousands raised for severely injured pupil

A fundraising campaign has been started to help the parents of Bournside School pupil Sophie Herbert, who was seriously injured in Saturday's coach crash in France.

Donations have topped £5,000 in less than a day.

Most of the pupils from the school in Cheltenham have now returned home. Two teenagers remain in hospital in Besançon, near the border with Switzerland.

The driver of a coach has told investigators he came off the road while looking for his sunglasses.

But prosecutors are investigating whether he fell asleep at the wheel. 

The Johnson Cup: Father and son clash at West country derby

The fans may be watching Cheltenham take on Bristol City in tonight's pre-season friendly but there's a another competition taking place on the sidelines.

That's because the match also pits Gary Johnson against his son Lee in the battle of the managers. Currently Lee's side are leading 2-0. 

The pair have even got their own cup for the occasion, the Johnson Cup, and before the game they were already fighting to get their hands on it.

Gary and Lee Johnson inject their own rivalry into tonight's derby

Paedophile Information Exchange supporter jailed for abuse

Christopher Skeaping
Christopher Skeaping (right) stood trial at Bristol Crown Court with Douglas Slade (left)

A man with links to a group which campaigned for sex with children to be decriminalised has been jailed for assaulting a teenager.

Christopher Skeaping, 72, was jailed for five years after being convicted of one count of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy in the 1980s.

Bristol Crown Court heard the former racing driver was involved with Paedophile Action for Liberation, which later became the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

Skeaping stood trial alongside Douglas Slade, 75, an early member of PIE who ran a helpline for child sex abusers from his parents' home in Bristol. Slade was jailed for 24 years for 13 child sex offences.  

Bristol company breaks hot air balloon world record

Workers at Cameron Balloons in Bedminster have been celebrating today after breaking yet another aviation world record. 

Russian Orthodox priest Fedor Konyukhov dodged lightning storms in one of their hallmark silver balloons to fly round the world faster than anyone else.  

Sixty-five-year-old Fedor Konyukhov has piloted his way to a world record.

For Camerons this is their third successful round the world balloon.

Brian Jones from Somerset was the first pilot to fly round the world with co-pilot Bertrand Piccard. 

That was in 1999 and took 15 days.

Brian Jones also flew around the world in a balloon and congratulated Fedor.

Cheltenham MP demands coach crash answers

Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk says the parents of those injured in a coach crash in France want to find out what happened as quickly as possible.Two children from the town's Bournside School remain in hospital near to the Swiss border, one in a life-threatening condition.

The driver of the coach has told investigators he came off the road while looking for his sunglasses but prosecutors are investigating whether he fell asleep.  

Forest Green Rovers sign 6ft 8 goalkeeper

Simon Lefebvre will make his first appearance for FGR in tonight’s pre-season friendly at Slimbridge.  

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Release the hounds...Gromit is back in Bristol!

A collection of everyone's favourite doggy sculptures has been unleashed in Bristol for a special exhibition.

The statues are back in the city for the first time since appearing on the Gromit arts trail in 2013, which attracted over a million visitors to the city.    

They go on show from today until September at The Grand Appeal's shop in The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. 

18 of the original Gromit sculptures are on show at Cribbs Causeway.

Iron Duke: Rebuilding history piece by piece

Earlier we told you that work was starting today on installing a recently restored 19th Century rubber rolling machine.

Well the first parts of the Iron Duke are now in place at the site where it operated for 120 years.

The machine has been sat in a store cupboard in Bristol for more than 40 years and will soon be fully rebuilt in Bradford-on-Avon.

The Iron Duke will return to its former home in Bradford-on-Avon.

Delays on A417 after hay bales catch fire

A trailer full of hay bales has caught fire on the A417 in Gloucestershire.

The fire service will be on the scene for several hours and are advising drivers to avoid the area if possible.

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First pictures of train damaged in Cheltenham

Here's the first picture of the freight train which was was forced to stop in Cheltenham after reports the driver had been shot at.

British Transport Police said the cab window shattered and they are investigating if it was caused by a pellet or slingshot. No injuries were reported. 

The train has now been moved and the line near to Swindon Village reopened.

Freight train

A look behind the scenes at Olympic Games preparation

Portishead's Ruby Harrold is currently preparing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, this video was filmed last week and shows the lengths she goes to in her quest for Olympic glory.

Ruby trained for the Olympics at the Academy of Gymnastics in Portishead.

London to Paris charity bike ride: Nephew steps up

Fourteen-year-old Ollie Lewis has returned home after taking the place of his uncle in a 180 mile charity bike ride in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

Mark Lewis from Amesbury lost control of his bike while training and has been in a coma for the last three months.

Ollie on his bike
John Lewis
Ollie riding for charity

Mark's brother John helped organise a team of 40 cyclists including his nephew Ollie. They set off from London last Thursday and arrived back yesterday evening. 

The team raised £30,000, double what they expected.

Cyclist's in front of the Eiffel Tower
John Lewis
The team raised £30,000 in total

Cheltenham train damage: Delays on Cross Country Trains but line now open

Cross Country Trains are experiencing delays after a freight train was 'shot at' in Cheltenham.

Network Rail says the train came to a stop at 4.27pm near to Swindon Village because of a smashed windscreen.

No one was hurt and the line reopened just after 5pm.

Other trains are now running as normal.

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Cheltenham train damage: Police investigating if pellet or slingshot used

BreakingSevere delays after 'shots fired' at Cheltenham train

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Armed police have been called to a level crossing in Cheltenham after reports of shots fired at a freight train approaching the town.

It happened at the Windyridge Road junction near Swindon Village.

Gloucestershire Police said they were called at 4.45pm by British Transport Police who said the driver's window had been shot at and was completely shattered.

Traffic is heavy in the area due to barriers at the crossing remaining down.

Somerset man inherits share of £80k from long lost cousin

Have you ever wondered what happened to relatives you haven't seen for decades?

One man from Somerset found he was an heir to a share of £80,000 left by a long lost cousin he'd spent 10 years trying to find. 

Michael Hobbs, from Frome, says he would have loved to have met his cousin.

Michael Hobbs has discovered he is an heir to a £80,000 legacy from his long lost cousin

The Johnson Cup: Cheltenham Town vs Bristol City

There's a Johnson family reunion tonight in a pre-season friendly. 

Dad Gary is preparing his side Cheltenham Town for life in League Two, while son Lee is gearing-up for his first full season in charge of Bristol City having kept them in the Championship. 

The two have faced each other before when in charge of Yeovil and Oldham.

And there's an important trophy to play for...

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In your local newspapers today

Expect delays after vehicle fire on M5

Two lanes are closed on the M5 northbound in Gloucestershire between J12 and J11A while emergency services deal with a vehicle fire.

Delays are expected and drivers are asked to approach with caution.

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Coach crash: Driver lost control 'while looking for sunglasses'

The driver of a coach of Cheltenham school children that crashed in France reportedly told investigators he lost control while looking for his sunglasses. 

But authorities believe he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.   

The scene of the crash

Local prosecutor Jean-Luc Lennon told broadcaster France 3 he did not find the driver's explanation very convincing as it did not fit with the circumstances of the crash. 

The driver, 51, has been released from questioning and is expected to be charged in relation to the crash, according to the TV channel.   

Two students from Bournside School remain in hospital following Saturday's collision near the Swiss border. 

MP "disappointed" to no longer be minister

Justin Tomlinson looks back on his time as a minister in the UK government

The Conservative MP for North Swindon has been reflecting on political changes since Brexit, including his sacking as minister.   

Justin Tomlinson said it was disappointing to get the news from the new prime minister that he'd been sacked.

He served as minister for disabled people from May 2015 until July 2016.  

Veterinary manager set for Rio

A veterinary manager from Chard is getting ready for the Olympics

The Rio Olympics are less than two weeks away, but it's not just the competitors getting excited. 

Veterinary manager Emma Cornish will be leaving her job at the Isle Valley Equine Clinic, in Chard, Somerset, to work at the equestrian events in Rio as a volunteer.

And after having done the same task at the London Olympics in 2012 she knows what to expect.

Sepsis: What are the warning signs?

ECG monitor
ECG monitor

Earlier we told you about Bath's Royal United Hospital attempting to teach its staff about recognising the signs of sepsis.

Consultant anaesthetist Dr Lesley Jordan said its early symptoms could be mistaken for flu.

But she added it's as important for the public to recognise the condition as well as medics.

The symptoms include:

  • Slurred speech or confusion
  • Extreme shivering or muscle pain
  • Passing no urine (in a day)
  • Severe breathlessness
  • "I feel like I might die"
  • Skin mottled or discoloured 

Source: UK Sepsis Trust

Pregnant top scorer to miss season end

Sarah Wiltshire
The FA

Sarah Wiltshire, the Wales and Yeovil Town Ladies forward, has announced she is pregnant.

She is the top scorer in Women's Super League Two, having scored her 11th league goal of the season on Sunday to help the WSL 2 leaders beat Durham 4-0.

Even though she will now miss the rest of the 2016 season, we still say CONGRATULATIONS SARAH!

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Cyclists finish mammoth ride from Durham to Yeovil

It's the fourth time a Yeovil Town Get Pedalling ride has taken place

It took the best part of five days of pedal power, but they're now safely home.

A group of 44 cyclists rode the 300+ miles from Durham to Yeovil in a charity bike ride.

Those taking part in the Yeovil Town Get Pedalling ride arrived at Huish Park on Sunday.

'Subtle' signs of sepsis shown to staff

Bath's Royal United Hospital
Bath's Royal United Hospital

A health trust is attempting to teach more than 600 staff in 60 days the "subtle" early signs of sepsis. 

It comes after guidelines for treating the illness with the same urgency as a suspected heart attack were issued by NICE, England's health watchdog. 

Bath's Royal United Hospital said its 10-minute presentation would show how to quickly identify and treat the potentially life-threatening condition. 

It said it can be challenging to diagnose as it can appear as "flu".

Coach crash: Fundraising campaign hits £4,000

Scene of coach crash

Following Saturday's coach crash in France, in which pupils from Bournside School in Cheltenham were injured, friends and family have been rallying round to help.

A fundraising campaign has been started to raise money for flights and accommodation for the parents of a teenage girl who was seriously injured.

So far it's raised more than £4,000.

Baaa'ck to school for Ted the lamb

The Shepherd's Gate in Corsham, offer animal assisted therapy to children. 

They take animals like Ted the lamb into schools to meet student,s and the lambs aren't adverse to travelling in the car boot. 

BBC Wiltshire paid them a visit...

Ted the lamb going on his first trip to school

I think they meant 'what'


I think auto-correct could have chosen a better word in a post about bad language on Chippenham Police's Facebook page.

It's since been corrected...

Chippenham police tweet

Travel issues near Stonehenge...

Coach crash driver helping police

Crashed coach

The two drivers of a coach that crashed in France at the weekend, while carrying pupils from Bournside School in Cheltenham, have been questioned by the French authorities.

A spokesman for the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) said: "Both drivers remain in France and both drivers have been interviewed by police.

"One is still helping police with their inquiries," he added.

New Bishop appointed

The identity of the new Bishop of Tewkesbury has been announced.

The Venerable Robert Springett, who's the current Archdeacon of Cheltenham, takes over from Martyn Snow who left to become the Bishop of Leicester in February.

Robert Springett

Robert Springett is 53, married to Helen, who is a primary head teacher and they have two daughters - Charlotte aged 22 and Alice who is aged 17.

He will be ordained and consecrated as a bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 30 November at Canterbury Cathedral.

Back behind the wheel in a Bristol

Blenheim 2 Bristol car
Bristol Cars has been hand-building cars since 1946 - like this Blenheim 2, built in 1998

Luxury British manufacturer Bristol Cars is to unveil its first new model since 2004. 

The Bristol Bullet will be a limited-edition sports car built to celebrate the founding of the company 70 years ago. 

The firm says it will be "a sublime British sports car" with unique characteristics and powered by a 4.8-litre BMW engine. 

Bristol Cars began hand-building luxury cars in Filton in 1946 as a division of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. 

However this new model will be built in Surrey.

Like father, like son

Gary Johnson and Lee Johnson face each other tonight

Who'll get the bragging rights?

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson and son Lee Johnson, who's the boss of Bristol City, will face each other tonight in a pre-season friendly.

The pair told BBC Radio Gloucestershire the "Johnson Cup" - which is an actual trophy - is up for grabs.

And apparently Gary once beat his four-year-old son at Judo. Sounds like a competitive family.

History in the making

Iron Duke
Bradford on Avon Museum

Feeling strong?

Work begins today on installing a recently restored 19th Century rubber rolling machine at the site where it operated for 120 years.

The huge machine in Bradford-on-Avon enabled rubber to be attached to cloth, meaning waterproof garments like capes could be made.

It's been in pieces in Bristol for more than 40 years - until now, as engineers begin putting it back together.

And here's where it will be positioned, as pictured by BBC Wiltshire's Karen Gardner...

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Gromit's back

Now's your chance to get up close with Gromit again

Bristol's Gromit is returning to his home city - in a range of different forms. 

A collection of 18 of the doggy sculptures goes on show from today until September at The Grand Appeal's shop in The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. 

The statues are back in Bristol for the first time since appearing on the Gromit arts trail in 2013 which attracted over a million visitors to the city.

Coach crash: 'Police believe the driver fell asleep'

Here's the latest on the coach crash in France involving pupils from Bournside School in Cheltenham.

The BBC's Imogen Foulkes spoke to Mark Cummings on BBC Radio Gloucestershire's breakfast show a short time ago...

The BBC's Imogen Foulkes reports from the scene of the coach crash in France

"The girl remains in a serious condition," she said, adding that police believe the driver of the coach fell asleep.