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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Friday, 5 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Tammy McAllister

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight and enjoy the sunny weekend weather

    Before we finish off today's BBC Live Page feed for the West of England, here's a glance at the weather for the next two days and it looks very agreeable indeed.

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    Time to head off to the great outdoors I say. 

    So enjoy the weekend, and we'll be back at 7am on Monday to keep you up-to-date with the news, sport and weather for the region.

  2. The Big Issue salesman adapting to married life

    Jack Richardson fell in love with his wife Toni when she passed his pitch on Park Street, Bristol.

    He gave her some money to pay a bill and it was the start of a very special romance which made the national headlines.

    Months on from their wedding, how is Jack finding married life?

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    Video caption: Jack Richardson captured the nation's heart when he married Toni.
  3. Minehead's rugby star Danielle Waterman

    We all love cheering on our local sports champions.

    BBC Somerset spoke to Danielle Waterman who's competing in the Rugby Sevens at the Olympics in Rio - here's a little bit more about her sporting background:

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    Video caption: Danielle Waterman is competing in the Rugby Sevens at Rio
  4. Calls for Pokemon Go players to avoid war memorials

    That's the message from the Royal British Legion in Somerset.

    Pokémon Go, released in the UK last month, is played by users walking around the real world to catch virtual animals.  

    Pokemon Go app

    Volunteers at the Royal British Legion are worried that players are lingering at sites as part of the popular game.

    The curator of Somerset's Military Museum has said people should treat the county's war memorials with more respect.

  5. Bath foot discovery 'most likely a prank' say residents

    We told you earlier about another human foot - the third this year - discovered in Bath.

    BBC Points West spoke to a few residents to hear their thoughts on the matter...

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    Video caption: People in Bath give their views about a third foot discovered in the city.
  6. The headlines from your local papers

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    Bristol Post:Woman in critical condition with serious head injuries following fight with man near Stokes Croft

    Salisbury Journal:Woman robbed in Culver Street car park

    Somersetlive:Poster plea after Plymouth University student Hamish Howitt found dead in Frome

    Stroud News and Journal:Elderly Whitminster couple left with nothing after burglary thank community and police for support

  7. Nurse murder: Timeline of events

    Today we've been updating you on the investigation into the murder of Bristol nurse Susan Donoghue in 1976.

    She was murdered in her basement flat in Clifton and her killer has never been found.

    However advances in DNA technology means Avon and Somerset Police now have a full DNA profile of the offender.

    Susan Donoghue

    Here is a timeline of events leading to Susan's death and the investigation that followed.

    Wednesday August 4: Susan was suffering from a cold so she took the night off work. Her partner left her flat just after midnight on August 5.

    Thursday August 5: At 7.15am Susan’s partner returns to the flat and finds Susan’s body in bed. She had suffered serious head injuries. 

    A pair of gloves and a truncheon are also found at the scene with Susan’s blood on. 


    1976: The original investigation consisted of more than 80 officers and lasted more than 12 months. Several men were arrested but later eliminated from the investigation.

    1995: A review of the case is undertaken. DNA is put on the National DNA Database but there is no hit.

    Police at the scene of the murder

    1997/98: A further review takes place. There is also a mass screening of potential suspects identified from the original investigation. Crimestoppers also run a renewed appeal for information. There is still no match on the database.

    2005: The DNA profile is upgraded due to advances in technology and remains on the National DNA Database. Some familial DNA screening is conducted but the offence remains undetected.

    2009: Another familial DNA run is conducted but there is still no hit.

  8. The vintage funfair steaming in to Bath

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    Video caption: Carter's Fair uses entirely vintage fairground rides

    A funfair quite unlike any other is about to open in Bath.

    Carter's Fair is full of vintage fairground rides, some of which are over 100 years old.

    The steam powered rides include the steam yacht which dates back to 1921. 

    You can visit the fair in Bath's Royal Victoria Park from tomorrow until Sunday, 14 August.

  9. Will shoppers in Gloucester use the Land Train?

    The Land Train returns to Gloucester over the weekend to see whether shoppers will make use of the service.

    It will run between the city centre and the Quays with pick-up points at Orchard Square and near St Mary de Crypt church. 

    The question is whether it will run as fast as this video, only joking.

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    Video caption: The Land Train returns to Gloucester to trial whether shoppers use the service
  10. Olympic FanZone arrives in Bristol

    The AstroTurf is going down at the official Team GB FanZone at Millennium Square in Bristol.

    Although the opening ceremony will not be shown this evening you can see the preview from 8.30pm to 10pm tonight.

    After that you can see the live feed via the BBC everyday from 1pm to 11pm.

    And if all that sport inspires you, then you can also enjoy the free activities on offer there too.

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  11. DNA hope in 1976 nurse murder

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    Image caption: Susan Donoghue was murdered in 1976

    Detectives investigating the unsolved murder of a nurse 40 years ago say they hope working with a full DNA profile of her attacker will bring them closer to finding her killer. 

    Susan Donaghue, 44, was sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death in her basement flat in Bristol on August 5 1976. 

    Image caption: A pair of gloves were found at the murder scene

    Her killer has never been found.

    Now officers say advances in DNA technology have led to them getting a full profile of the murderer. 

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    Image caption: A truncheon was also found at Ms Donoghue's flat

    Det Ch Insp Julie MacKay said: "I am convinced that someone out there has information on what happened that August night in 1976.

    "Susan was a well-liked and respected woman who was brutally murdered in her own home and I am determined to bring her killer to justice." 

    Detectives in Bristol in 1976
    Image caption: Despite an extensive murder inquiry at the time Ms Donoghue's killer has never been found
  12. Bullet found after aggravated burglary in Bristol

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    Video caption: Officers investigating after a burglary in St George.

    A bullet has been found at the scene of an aggravated burglary in Bristol and police say they believe a shot was fired.

    Officers were called to reports of four people breaking into a property in St George before assaulting a man at 11pm on Wednesday.

    The man remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

    Police are linking it to an incident in Barton Hill 20 minutes earlier when a woman was forcibly removed from her car, which was then stolen.

  13. NFL 'dream comes true' for North Somerset cheerleader

    Becoming a cheerleader is a pretty tough gig, especially those acrobatics and energetic dance routines which are enough to knacker out most people.

    But one woman from North Somerset has made a slice of history after becoming the first British cheerleader to join a National Football League cheerleading squad in America.

    Holly Warden

    Ms Warden from Congresbury said: "I have dreamt about this since school ... I still can't believe it. 

    "This is a dream come true for me and I am especially proud to be the only British NFL cheerleader. 

    "Cheerleading is about physical and mental strength as well as agility and athleticism."

    She out-danced 200 other contestants at trials in Mexico. Pretty impressive stuff.

  14. Bath foot mystery: What we know so far

    Forensic teams, third Bath foot

    A third human foot has been found in Bath - within a few hundred yards of two other human feet which were found earlier in the year.

    Here's a rundown of this ongoing mystery:

    • The first foot was found in Weston Park East in February. Forensic tests were inconclusive and police concluded that it was a medical or educational exhibit and no crime had been committed
    • The second foot was found in a garden of a property on Weston Park in July. Forensic tests are on-going
    • The third foot was also found in the garden of a property on Cranwells Park at 2.30pm on Wednesday and forensic tests are now taking place
    • The first two limbs were both left feet but police have not confirmed whether this latest finding is from a left or right limb
    • Police say they're keeping an "open mind" over whether the three body parts are linked in any way
  15. Burial place of first Queen of England being restored

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    Image caption: The priory, built out of Roman ruins, was largely destroyed by cannon fire during the Civil War and the Siege of Gloucester

    Did you know the first Queen of England is buried in Gloucester?

    Aethelflaed, Queen of Mercia, led armies against the Vikings and the Welsh and is believed to have been interred at St Oswald's Priory about 1,100 years ago.

    A survey of the Grade I-listed monument revealed that stonework is badly weathered and worn down, so a team of stonemasons is repairing it over the next two months.

  16. Fancy a visit down Bristol's ancient cave?

    These rock features look slightly on the gruesome side, but I'm no geologist.

    Pen Park Hole, Southmead, Bristol
    Pen Park Hole

    They were taken by BBC Radio Bristol presenter Laura Rawlings in a cave which is based in the heart of Bristol.

    Laura Rawlings, at Pen Park Hole

    She visited Pen Park Hole in Southmead after it was given a Site of Special Scientific Interest rating by Natural England today.

    You can hear more about the 200-million-year-old rock formations in her report just before 5.30pm.

    Pen Park Hole
  17. Video: Taunton Flower Show's Floral Marquee

    Here's a taster of what you can expect inside the Floral Marquee at the Taunton Flower Show in Vivary Park.

    It's also on tomorrow if you couldn't make it today.

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    Video caption: Take a look inside the Floral Marquee at the Taunton Flower Show
  18. All aboard the Gloucester land train

    This weekend people visiting Gloucester will be able to get there in a rather unique way. 

    A land train will be making trips between the city centre and the docks to make it easier for people with limited mobility to travel between the two areas of Gloucester.

    If this weekend's trial run is successful the train could be brought back on a regular basis.

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