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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday 26 July, 2016

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Holmes

All times stated are UK

  1. The prince and the astronaut

    Thanks for being with us today. We'll leave you with one final look at a special meeting that took place in Bristol today - with an astronaut you might recognise and Prince Charles.

    The Prince of Wales with Tim Peake

    The event was to mark the launch of the Prince's Trust's 40th anniversary impact report.

    The Prince of Wales unveils a plaque at the Prince's Trust centre in Bristol

    Tim Peake returned to Earth from a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station on June 18th, after being the first British European Space Agency astronaut to be sent into space.

    BBC Local Live for the West will be back tomorrow from 7am.

  2. New roundabout lights causing confusion in Bridgwater

    Works to improve the Huntworth Roundabout in Bridgwater may not have had the desired effect. The scheme cost £3m but drivers seem to be confused by a new set of traffic lights.

    Local resident John Matthews filmed three cars passing through red lights.

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    Video caption: Three drivers have been filmed going through red in less than 10 seconds

    BBC Somerset will be speaking to Somerset County Council about this on Claire Carter's breakfast show tomorrow morning.  

  3. Pollution controls on River Leadon after fish deaths

    Emergency pollution controls have been set up after large numbers of fish were found dead in the River Leadon in Gloucestershire. 

    Richard Mander from the Gloucester Angling Club says it's devastating and he fears it will take up to 5 years for the river to return to its previous state.

    Dead fish

    The cause of the pollution isn't yet known. Sarah Dennis from the Environment Agency spoke to BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

    Quote Message: We were monitoring the water course, and we started to collect dead fish. The total number is unknown, but we believe it could be several thousand

    The Environment Agency has set up a helpline for anyone who finds dead fish or has concerns, the number is 0800 807 060.

  4. Prince Charles on 40 years of the Prince's Trust

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    Video caption: Prince Charles on the 40th anniversary of the Prince's Trust

    Prince Charles has been in Bristol to open a new Prince's Trust centre and to mark the launch of a report which highlights how young people from poorer backgrounds are disadvantaged when looking for work.

    The prince said the most rewarding aspect of the Prince's Trust, which has been going for 40 years, has been seeing young people turn their lives around.

  5. 'Rockerels' after a new home

    Rod Stewart and Jon Bon Jovi (no, not those ones) after after a new home. The names have been given to two cockerels with some rather flamboyant hairstyles.


    The two cockerels are currently living together at the West Hatch Animal Centre in Taunton. 

    However staff have suggested they are separately homed to form their respective "flock bands".

  6. Taunton Deane council to vote on merger

    Taunton Deane councillors will vote tonight on whether they want to merge with neighbouring West Somerset Council. 

    The plans have divided opinion with some seeing it as a threat to the council's powers, while others say it would save money which could be spent on services.

    The meeting is under way and is likely to run late so we'll bring you the results tomorrow.

    Taunton Deane Borough Council headquarters
  7. Concorde museum begins to take shape

    Plans to put Concorde on show in South Gloucestershire are starting to become a reality. 

    The aircraft currently sits exposed to the elements on the former Filton Airfield but an £18 million indoor visitor centre is now being built which will house the plane.

    The developers say it will open to the public next summer. 

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    Video caption: Building work is taking shape at the new home of Concorde in Bristol.
  8. M32 in Bristol closed from 8pm tonight

    One of the key routes into and out of Bristol will be closed from 8pm tonight. The stretch of road between J1 and J2 of the M32 will be shut off for Metrobus works until 6am tomorrow.

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  9. Freight train likely 'smashed by slingshot or air rifle'

    We told you yesterday how the window of a moving freight train was smashed near Cheltenham. Police now say that the weapon used was likely to be an air rifle or a slingshot. 

    Armed police officers were called to the railway tracks near Swindon Village and searched the area after the window of the driver's cab was shattered by an unknown object.

    Freight train

    No one was injured but police have reminded people of the dangers of throwing items at trains, saying "the ending could have been much worse".

  10. Reports of thousands of dead fish investigated

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    Reports of thousands of dead fish on a stretch of the River Leadon in Gloucestershire are being investigated. 

    The Environment Agency has been carrying out tests between Dymock and Newent. 

    The cause hasn't yet been confirmed.

    There's a helpline for anyone who finds dead fish or is worried about the health of wildlife or farm stock, the number is 0800 807 060.   

  11. Cheltenham want centre-back and keeper

    Gary Johnson

    Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson is still hoping to add a defender and a goalkeeper to his squad before the new season.

    "I've just got to keep looking for another centre-back and a goalkeeper", he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire after Monday's friendly against Bristol City.  

    Johnson confirmed, however, that Charlton keeper Dillon Phillips will not return to Cheltenham in 2016-17. 

  12. Your BBC local radio headlines


    Here are the stories making your local radio headlines at 5pm today:

    BBC Radio Bristol: Tim Peake has joined the Prince of Wales at an event in Bristol marking the launch of the Prince's Trust 40th anniversary report

    BBC Somerset: Women and doctors in the West are being urged to be aware of a condition called parathyroidism, a condition often mistaken for the menopause

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire: One of the top amateur jockeys in the history of national hunt racing, JT McNamara has died aged 41. He was paralysed by a fall from his horse during the Cheltenham Festival in 2013

    BBC Wiltshire: A London drug dealer who was supplying drugs in Swindon has seen his jail term cut after an appeal. 32 year old Oliver Sulal was caught "street dealing" in May last year

  13. JT McNamara 'held in huge regard'

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    Video caption: Ian Renton, Regional Director of the Jockey Club pays tribute to JT McNamara

    Tributes continue to be paid following the death of Irish jockey JT McNamara at the age of 41.

    The father-of-three was a leading amateur rider when he was seriously injured after being thrown from his horse during the Cheltenham Festival in 2013.

    Ian Renton, Regional Director of the Jockey Club, said JT's colleagues wrote his achievements on the weighing room wall at Cheltenham, next to the seat where he always sat when he rode at the course.

  14. Tim Peake: Prince's Trust 'a fantastic charity'

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    Video caption: British Astronaut Tim Peake on his work with the Prince's Trust

    British astronaut Tim Peake has been speaking after he met Prince Charles in Bristol.

    Tim told the Prince his Soyuz capsule experienced extreme temperatures on re-entry and landed in Kazakhstan with the force of a small car crash.

    They met at the Bristol centre of the Prince's Trust. 

    Major Peake became an ambassador for the charity more than a year before being launched into space for his mission on the International Space Station.

  15. Medieval history rediscovered in Gloucester

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    Video caption: Medieval timber frame discovered behind plasterboard at The Fleece Hotel

    An important part of Gloucester's history is crumbling away behind locked gates on Westgate Street. The Fleece Hotel closed in 2002 and has fallen into disrepair.

    Gloucester City Council spent £100,000 of government funding on a survey of the site in the hope of finding a new developer. 

    This month an exciting discovery was made behind the walls and ceiling of some of the hotel rooms - medieval timber frames. The council is now trying to determine how old the timber is.  

  16. The Iron Duke is starting to take shape

    The 16-tonne machine that once lead the rubber industry in Bradford-on-Avon has spent decades in parts in a Bristol store room until now.

    A crane lifts a roller into place

    In its day it enabled rubber to be attached to cloth, meaning waterproof garments like capes could be made.

    Work to install it at Kingston Mills in Bradford-on-Avon, where it spent its working life, is now well and truly under way.

    Installing a roller of the Iron Duke
  17. 'It's bigger than the Johnstone's Paint Trophy'

    Lee Johnson (left) & Gary Johnson

    Lee Johnson's Bristol City beat Cheltenham Town, managed by his father Gary, to clinch the "Johnson Cup" - in a pre-season friendly on Monday evening.

    Family trophies are not normally up for grabs and the Johnson Cup is certainly a unique prize.

    The father-son bragging rights eventually went to son Lee, as Bristol City won 2-1.

    Quote Message: Whatever we're playing, however small the game - table tennis, tiddlywinks - we try to beat each other. from Lee Johnson
    Lee Johnson