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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday 2 August, 2016

Live Reporting

By David Bailey

All times stated are UK

  1. Brighter and sunnier on Wednesday

    Did you get caught in the showers today? Lots of us did - but it looks as if it's going to be brighter tomorrow, however it will be windier.

    Here's Ian Fergusson with Wednesday's forecast, and a look ahead to the end of the week...

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    Video caption: Here's Ian with the weather for Wednesday

    That's all from Local Live today. We'll be back with the West's news, sport, weather and travel from 7am tomorrow.

  2. Uncovering the stories behind a memorial's names

    A retired army officer from Bristol has spent the past three years investigating how 37 pupils at his former primary school died during World War One.   

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    Video caption: The war memorial will now be restored

    Through his work, Lieutenant Colonel Steen Clarke has raised enough money to have the Clifton war memorial restored and he now knows the story behind every name listed on it. 

    He's been speaking to BBC Points West's Liz Beacon.

  3. The full future of Gloucester's quarter?

    Plans have been unveiled showing how the Kings Quarter in Gloucester could look in the future.

    Gloucester City Council wants to hear people's opinions on four concept schemes for the area's redevelopment.

    If you want to have a say you've been given until 10 September to do so.

    Kings Quarter plan 1
    Image caption: Kings Quarter plan 1
    Kings Quarter plan 2
    Image caption: Kings Quarter plan 2
    Kings Quarter plan 3
    Image caption: Kings Quarter plan 3
    Kings Quarter plan 4
    Image caption: Kings Quarter plan 4
  4. 'Almost as if racism has been legalised'

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    Video caption: The PCC for Bristol called for incidents of hate crime to be reported

    Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime commissioner says it's "almost as if racism has been legalised".

    Sue Mountstevens was responding to a number of recent incidents, including a Pakistani family in south Bristol who suffered a racist outburst and had their car windows smashed.

    On another occasion a Somali family in Bristol said their eight-month-old baby was covered in sticky liquid thrown from a van.

    Ms Mountstevens told BBC Points West's David Garmston that "people think they can get away with it".

  5. Travellers move onto the Bristol Downs

    A group of 20-30 caravans moved onto the Downs in Bristol yesterday. 

    Bristol City Council has been to investigate and said the group had refused access to a "transit site".

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    Video caption: 20-30 caravans have moved on to The Downs in Bristol on Monday.
    Quote Message: The traveller sites officer visited the group and completed a welfare assessment. They are new to Bristol. The travellers have been offered access to the transit site but this was turned down. Paperwork has been sent to our legal team to apply for a possession order to recover the site from the travellers as swiftly as possible. from Bristol City Council
    Bristol City Council
  6. Have you seen this reptile?

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    Video caption: Hattie wandered off from an animal rescue centre on Saturday

    The owners of this missing 95-year-old tortoise want the public's help to find her.

    Hattie wandered off from an animal rescue centre in the Staple Hill area of Bristol on Saturday, and hasn't been seen since.

    Tortoise wanted poster

    Staff told the Bristol Post they thought she might have made a dash for it when somebody left her enclosure open, and they'd love to get her back.

    By my reckoning, in 1921, the year she was born, David Lloyd George was Prime Minister and Ernest Shackleton set sail on his last expedition to Antarctica.

    Hattie the tortoise
  7. Watch BBC Radio Bristol's sports forum

    Geoff Twentyman

    With the seasons just around the corner, fancy a fix of footy and rugby?

    BBC Radio Bristol's Geoff Twentyman will be joined by a panel of guests tonight in a Sports Forum, ahead of the big kick offs - and you can even watch part of it streamed live on Facebook.

    Live from Ashton Gate at 7pm are Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson, Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke and Yeovil Town boss Darren Way, along with guests from Bristol Rugby and Bath Rugby.

    Head over to Radio Bristol's Facebook page to watch the live stream at 7:30pm.

  8. Heidi to star in TV documentary

    Heidi Loughlin from Portishead delayed chemotherapy to give birth to a baby girl, only to see her die a week later.

    Now she's set to star in a documentary about extraordinary birth stories, on the Discovery Channel.

    The 33-year-old spoke to BBC Radio Bristol's John Darvall, in an emotional interview, this morning. 

    “It will be very hard to watch as it covers Ally’s birth and her stay in the neo-natal unit,” she said.

    Heidi Loughlin

    Talking about her two sons, she said: “I don’t want them to be swallowed by the darkness and get to 18 and think their childhood was all doom and sadness.

    “I want them to remember Ally and that their mum carried on and did everything she could to give them the best while she was here.”

    You can listen again to her interview on the BBC iPlayer.

  9. In the news

    Newspapers

    Here are some of the top stories being reported in your local newspapers this evening...

  10. Family 'scared' by racist outburst

    Members of a Pakistani family living in south Bristol have been telling the BBC about a racist outburst against them.

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    Video caption: The family told Scott Ellis they were "very, very scared" by the incident

    It happened in their back garden while they were celebrating their daughter's birthday party. Car windows were also smashed.

    They say it's never happened to them before and think it could be linked to Britain's decision to leave the EU. 

    Police said a person was questioned in relation to the incident and released pending further enquiries.

    The head of the family, who doesn't want to be identified, has been speaking to BBC Points West's Scott Ellis.

  11. Somerset BMX rider going for gold at Rio

    Liam Phillips from Burnham-on-Sea is no stranger to the Olympics. 

    This will be his third time competing and even though he hopes to win big for the UK, he accepts that winning a BMX race is a bit of a lottery...

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    Video caption: Liam Phillips is getting ready to compete in his third Olympic games
  12. Mermaid swimming classes start in Gloucestershire

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    Video caption: Mermaid swimming classes start in Gloucestershire

    It may seem like the stuff of fiction, but now mermaid swimming has started in Gloucester. 

    Fin2Fit runs mermaid classes for children at Brockworth Sports Centre.

  13. Former soldier's research leads to Bristol war memorial restoration

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    Video caption: Remembering the fallen pupils of St John's Church of England Primary

    A Bristol-born army officer has spent months researching the fate of 27 pupils of his former primary school who died fighting in Europe in World War One.

    Retired Lt Col Steen Clarke, is a former pupil of St John’s Church of England Primary School in Bristol and he has also arranged for the Grade ll-listed memorial, which stands outside the former St John’s Church in Clifton, to be cleaned and restored in time for Armistice Day.

  14. Leukaemia patient chasing his dreams after bone marrow transplant

    Ben Connolly from Chippenham is set to pursue his dream of becoming a professional drifter. 

    If you've never seen what drifting is, Ben is able to demonstrate this rather unusual style of driving:

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    Video caption: Ben Connolly aims to become a champion car racer - but don't try this yourself

    What is more remarkable is that Ben is paralysed because of a cancerous tumour that is pressing on his spinal cord.

    He has recently undergone a bone marrow transplant as part of his cancer treatment.

  15. Bristol North Baths project starts again

    Work to finish the troubled Bristol North Baths project has started. 

    The project was initially scheduled for completion in October 2013, but the council decided to take back control of the project after delays.

    Bristol North Baths

    Bristol City Council have appointed CW Duke to finish off the work, it is hoped that flat buyers will receive their keys in November 2016.

  16. Gloucester Rugby players try wheelchair rugby

    A group of rugby players have been trying wheelchair rugby as part of their pre-season training.

    They took on the Gloucester Wheelchair rugby team in Cirencester on Saturday.

    Players have to wheel themselves round the court while passing a ball to score a try, or smash into each other to defend.  

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    Video caption: Gloucester Rugby players try wheelchair rugby
  17. Fire crews look at different ways to rescue obese people

    Trowbridge Fire Station has taken delivery of a new dummy, which has been used to practise bariatric rescue. 

    The team is one of 2 rope rescue teams in Wiltshire, which means they could be travelling up to 1 hour 20 minutes for a call.

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    A spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service said that a lot of their bariatric rescues are often helping with manpower - so that paramedics can safely take people downstairs on a stretcher.

    In extreme cases, they sometimes have to take people out of windows on to aerial platforms.

  18. A happy reunion at the Cleveland Pools in Bath

    On Saturday, dozens of people who learned to swim at Bath's Cleveland Pools got together for a reunion. 

    This photo captures the happiness of that day. 

    Bridget and John

    The man on the right is former swimming instructor John Dagger, who taught generations of people to swim in the pools. On the left, is 87-year-old Bridget who used to work in the ticket kiosk

    They hadn't seen each other for 38 years.

    The picture was sent to us by Sally Helvey, who wrote Bridget was absolutely determined to get out of her care home to see John again

    Quote Message: The look here on John's face when he realised who she was is just wonderful and Bridget couldn't wipe the smile off her face all day