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. Live news, sport, weather and travel from across the West of England on Friday, 12 August, 2016

Live Reporting

By Hayley Mortimer

All times stated are UK

  1. Will it stay dry this weekend?

    There's a lot of talk of a mini-heatwave next week but how's it looking this weekend?

    Here's Ian Fergusson with the forecast - and the chances of balloons getting up, up and away at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weekend weather forecast from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

    That's all from Local Live in the West Country. 

    We'll be back from 7am on Monday to keep you up-to-date with the news, sport and weather for the region.

  2. Campaigners unhappy with the proposed air ambulance site

    Video content

    Video caption: Campaigners are considering legal action against a planning decision.

    A group who are opposed to the air ambulance building a new home near Bristol, say they're considering legal action to stop it. 

    Great Western Air Ambulance says it needs to move from its current site in Filton, because of a large housing development there.

    Yesterday South Gloucestershire Council gave them permission to build a new site near the Almondsbury Interchange.

  3. 'Creepy' Crusoe statue in churchyard raises objections

    What are your thoughts on this statue of a pirate-like explorer that might be placed in a churchyard in Bristol, beautiful or a bit creepy?  

    Sculpture of the real Robinson Crusoe

    The bronze sculpture of Alexander Selkirk, who inspired Daniel Defoe's character Robinson Crusoe is to be installed in St Andrew's churchyard. 

    But local residents say the life-like crouching statue could look out of place and may "be a bit creepy" and "terrifying" at night in a graveyard.

  4. Mum's experience of losing her baby made into a book

    A book written by a Somerset woman who lost her baby at just 35 days has been nominated for an award. 

    Julz Scott, from Chard, wrote the book to help with her loss after initially starting a blog about the neonatal process.

    A Mayflower's Rainbow has now been nominated for a Butterfly Award - an evening which celebrates champions and survivors of baby loss.

    Video content

    Video caption: Julz Scott's baby girl died at just five weeks old.
  5. How to retrieve a hot air balloon

    Many of us will be looking to the skies this weekend to spot the hot air balloons over Bristol.

    But there's also a lot going on on the ground to retrieve balloons and their pilots and passengers. 

    Here's the story of BBC Points West presenter Alex Lovell's retrieve.

    Video content

    Video caption: How to retrieve a hot air balloon at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
  6. Rio 2016: Silver for Team GB dressage team

    Gloucestershire-based riders Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin have won the silver medal in the team dressage.

    Dujardin, who won team and individual gold at London 2012, narrowly missed out on becoming Britain's most successful female Olympian.  

    View more on twitter

    The team, which also included Spencer Wilton and Fiona Bigwood, were beaten by the Germans.

    Dujardin will go for gold again later this week in the individual dressage.

    Here's a clip from tonight's performance on her horse Valegro.

    Video content

    Video caption: Charlotte Dujardin dressage team final
  7. 'It was important for us to celebrate Henry's life'

    Henry Bromberg

    Hundreds packed Tewkesbury Abbey for the funeral of young Henry Bromberg.

    The nine-year-old, who was a charity ambassador and appeared on BBC Children in Need, was born with a condition meaning only half his heart would function. 

    He was on the waiting list for a heart transplant. 

    His parents said today was a celebration of Henry's life, just like he would have wanted.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Henry Bromberg funeral: Parents say he would have wanted a celebration
  8. Farmers warned over worst crop of oil seed rape

    Farmers in Wiltshire are being warned that this year's oil seed rape harvest is set to be the worst since the 1980s. 

    The crop is grown specifically for the oil contained within the seed but some farmers in the county are expecting losses of around £20,000 for the year. 

    The National Farmers Union is hoping other farmers will support their bad harvests.

    View more on twitter
  9. The art of tethering - or as one pilot calls it - dithering

    Video content

    Video caption: Scott Ellis reports

    Balloons flying over Bristol are a sight recognisable around the world and in the past few days ballooning enthusiasts have been arriving in the city from all over the globe. 

    But sadly none have managed to take off so far at this year's event.

    Scott Ellis reflects on the fiesta so far and hears about an attempt to fly a balloon at 100,000 feet.

  10. Coming to terms with depression: Martin Ling's story

    It is fairly well known that Martin Ling, the former Swindon Town football player and manager, has battled with health issues during his career. 

    Ultimately, at the end of last year, he had to step away from duties as Swindon Town boss because of "the stresses of the job".

    He's been talking to BBC Wiltshire's Sam Parkin.

    Video content

    Video caption: Martin Ling's battle with depression
  11. The doctors surgery with a shortage of doctors

    This is the answering machine message for the Armada practice at the Whitchurch Medical Centre, in Bristol.  

    Video content

    Video caption: This is the answerphone message for the Armada Practice at the Whitchurch Medical Centre.

    The recruitment crisis in the NHS has hit the surgery so hard they are 490 appointments short every week.

    NHS England South West has told the BBC it's aware of the problem, and is working to address the shortage. 

  12. No flying at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta this evening

    Flags flying in the wind

    Organisers tell us there will be no mass ascent this evening because of strong winds at the site.

    But they hope to tether some balloons in the arena later if the gusts die down.

  13. What did the lucky Leicester City punters do next?

    He's the Leicester City fan who made £33,000 on a £5 bet, but how did Keval Nakeshree spend his winnings?

    The father-of-two from Gloucester bet a modest £5 on the Foxes being top at Christmas and another £5 each-way to win the Premier League at odds of 5,000-1.

    Keval Nakeshree

    He said: "A family holiday to Disney World in Florida, holidays around the UK and paying off a couple of credit cards.

    "I did it purely for fun. The last few fixtures were very tough for Leicester, but for me, they were the form team at that point and they carried on, I wasn't worried about cashing out."

  14. Biplane crashes at Gloucestershire Airport

    It was a lucky escape for the pilot of this plane.

    It crashed at Gloucestershire Airport this afternoon but thankfully the pilot only suffered minor cuts and bruises.

    View more on twitter
  15. Bristol Balloon Fiesta: Windy forecast for 6pm mass ascent

    Ian Fergusson

    BBC Weather

    Wind map

    These are the surface winds, in knots, (13kt is approximately 15mph) forecast by the Met Office high-resolution model for 6pm this evening when the mass ascent is due to take place. 

    It’ll still be quite breezy, with gusts around 25-30mph in the area around Ashton Court – very much as we saw this time yesterday.

    We'll let you know how this impacts on this evening's launch as soon as we know.

  16. Hundreds say goodbye to 'boy with half a heart'

    Video content

    Video caption: Henry Bromberg captured the nation on BBC Children in Need

    Brave Henry Bromberg captured the hearts of so many people when he appeared on BBC Children in Need last year.

    Sadly the nine-year-old passed away at Birmingham Children's Hospital last month after battling with a heart problem since birth.

    Video content

    Video caption: The funeral of Henry Bromberg
  17. Dairy farmers blockade Muller factory

    There've been protests outside the Muller-Wiseman dairy in Somerset by farmers who say they're unhappy with the amount they're being paid for their milk. 

    Farmers for Action South-West say it's a disgrace that the company hasn't agreed to increase the amount it pays milk producers. 

    Muller has told us it offers dairy farmers a competitive price and that the protesters don't represent the farmers who supply them. 

    View more on twitter
  18. Rio Olympics 2016: Great Britain win gold in men's four

    Great Britain's rowers claimed a fifth consecutive Olympic title in the men's four in Rio.

    Mohammed Sbihi, George Nash, Constantine Louloudis and London 2012 winner, Gloucestershire's Alex Gregory, finished in five minutes 58.61 seconds.

    Australia pushed their rivals hard but eventually came in 1.83 seconds behind to take silver, as Italy won bronze.

    Britain's gold came shortly after compatriots Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the women's pair.

  19. Rio 2016: Gold for Gloucestershire rower

    Gloucestershire has its first gold medal from the Rio 2016 Olympics.

    Rower Alex Gregory, from Wormington, and the rest of the men's coxless four crew saw off the challenge of Australia at the Lagoa to secure Great Britain's fifth consecutive gold in the event.

    View more on twitter
  20. Rowing club members delighted at Olympic gold win

    Video content

    Video caption: Minerva Rowing Club

    Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are familiar faces at Minerva Bath Rowing Club.

    We are properly loving the reaction to the pair winning gold in Rio. 

    Lots of happy faces.