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Summary

  1. As it happened across the West of England on Friday, 2 September 2016.

Live Reporting

By Tammy McAllister

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight and enjoy your weekend - we're back on Monday morning

We hope you've enjoyed reading the news from across the region on our BBC Local Live page today.

The team will be back from 7am on Monday morning with more news, sport and weather.

And talking of the weather, here's a look at the weekend's forecast with Ian Fergusson.

A wet Saturday but a brighter Sunday ahead, says Ian Fergusson

Match report: Gloucester 31-38 Leicester

Manu Tuilagi
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Leicester turned around a 24-point deficit to beat Gloucester in a thrilling opening game of the new Premiership season.

Read the full match report by clicking here.

Sea Cadets moor up in Bristol with tall ship

This tall sailing ship is currently undergoing maintenance in Bristol Harbour.

Watch footage of the TS Royalist

The TS Royalist was sailed here from Belfast by a volunteer crew of under 18s, as well as volunteers with the Sea Cadets. 

It will remain in Bristol for a week before setting sail with a new crew to Falmouth. 

'Lying in the sun for hours is not cool', warns cancer-fighting paramedic

Earlier we shared the news that Bristol paramedic Kath Osmond has been told her aggressive skin cancer has now spread to her brain.

Her colleagues performed a 'Running Man' dance-off for her, raising £80,000 to enable her to undergo pioneering treatment.

She is vlogging every day and has this warning for people who like to sit out in the sun.

Watch Kath Osmond's warning about skin cancer

Swindon boss hurt by ticket comments from Bristol Rovers boss

Luke Williams (left) & Darrell Clarke
Rex Features

Swindon head coach Luke Williams has responded to Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke's comments on Swindon Town's controversial ticketing policy.

"It hurts me because it is my club and it's upsetting to hear somebody talk about the club in that way," he told BBC Wiltshire.

Gloucester's hidden Roman ruins to go on show

A hidden piece of Gloucester's Roman history is to be opened to the public for the first time in almost 20 years. 

The King's Bastion chamber, beneath a trap door in the King's Walk shopping centre, contains surviving parts of the city's Roman walls and remains of a medieval tower. 

Until recently the underground room flooded making it unsafe for visitors. 

Guided tours will be held next Thursday and Friday as part of Gloucester's Heritage Open Days.

BBC Introducing marks Massive Attack's seminal album Blue Lines

A special show marking Massive Attack's seminal album Blue Lines is being broadcast tomorrow night across the West's BBC Local Radio stations.

Here are more details from presenters Sam Bonham and Richard Pitt:

Watch: Sam Bonham and Richard Pitt

Rugby: Gloucester beating Leicester at half-time

Matt Scott of Gloucester celebrates with team mate Billy Twelvetrees (R) after scoring his second try
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It's a very good start from the Cherry and Whites, beating Leicester comfortably at half-time.

Are the doubters thinking again after hearing Gloucester's director of rugby, earlier today, saying he wants to win the Premiership this year?

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Massive Attack reinterpreted by BBC Introducing show

Massive Attack's album Blue Lines, which is 25 years old, is being "reinterpreted" during a special show which has been arranged by the BBC's home of unsigned bands and artists, Introducing.

Tonight at The Cube Microplex in Bristol, acts including Andy OliveriJilkKayla Painter and ThisisDA will be performing their own takes on the famous album.

This was taken by the BBC Introducing team earlier of one of the bands -  Andy Oliveri and the Mountaineers:

Clip: Andy Oliveri and the Mountaineers reinterpreting Massive Attack

There are no tickets left, but you can listen to a recording of the event on BBC Radio BristolBBC Radio GloucestershireBBC Somerset or BBC Wiltshire on Saturday night from 8pm.

More information on BBC Introducing in the West's Facebook page.

Man, 60, charged with attempted murder in Yate

Railway Inn, Yate
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A 60-year-old man has been accused of attempting to murder a 35-year-old man at a pub in South Gloucestershire. 

The man was charged following the incident at the Railway Inn on Station Road, Yate, during the early hours of today.

He's due to appear before Bristol Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.

'Running man' paramedic starts innovative treatment

A paramedic from Bristol has been given the go-ahead to start pioneering treatment for aggressive skin cancer.

Kath Osmond travelled to Manchester this week for TIL treatment but a scan showed the disease had spread to her brain.

Doctors have now said her tumours are small enough for her to begin treatment.

She is vlogging every day to thank colleagues who performed a Running Man dance-off to raise £80,000 for her to be treated privately.

Watch a clip from Kath Osmond's vlog about her cancer treatment

Paddle steamer sails the Severn for anniversary

The last sea-going paddle steamer in the world has sailed along the River Severn today to mark 70 years since its launch. 

Waverley is a unique piece of Britain’s maritime heritage and sails around Britain offering regular trips. 

We caught her as she passed under both Severn Bridges - also marking anniversaries this year.

Motorists warned of a bull on the Long Ashton bypass

Mentally ill people held in police cells 'down to processing patients'

A Wiltshire woman in mental crisis, who was kept in a police cell for 11 hours, says patients are being treated like criminals because of a lack of psychiatric beds. 

Katie Simpkins suffers from a personality disorder and last weekend suffered a crisis which ended up with her sleeping in a police car during a 16-hour wait for a hospital bed. 

Carol Bowes from the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership says she believes it's not the number of available beds that's the problem, but the system of processing patients...

"We've secured some national funding to make improvements," says Carol Bowes

Massive Attack's old haunts revisited

A member of the forerunner band to Massive Attack, The Wild Bunch, has been revisiting some of his old Bristol haunts.

Milo Johnson went back to where the band held its first gig in a rented space in King Street in the city centre.

And he visited Nellee Hooper's old apartment on Waterloo Street in Clifton where the band held loud parties late into the night and were often "shooed off" by the police.

Unfinished: The Making of Massive Attack is on BBC One on Tuesday at 22:45 BST.

Gloucester Rugby aiming to win Premiership title

Gloucester aim to win title - Humphreys

Gloucester director of rugby, David Humphreys, has told BBC Radio Gloucestershire he wants his side to win the Premiership title this season.

The Cherry and Whites are in action tonight (7.45pm) against Leicester in the season's curtain-raiser.

Gloucester have never won the title and finished eighth last term.

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Lorry and car crash causing delays on M5 near Bristol

Mentally ill man also held in cell, Wiltshire Police chief says

Wiltshire Police has described another case where its police officers have had to place mentally ill people in police cells after a young woman suffering a mental health crisis was held for 11 hours in a police cell.

Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, Mike Veale said this week had seen "numerous incidents", including a man held in a cell for more than 48 hours due to no suitable mental health care facility for him.

Chief Constable Mike Veale
Wiltshire Police

Another case involved talking down a teenage girl from the roof of car park while she was a schizophrenic episode - and without a suitable bed for her in the county.

He's called for an urgent review with partner health and social care agencies to address the issue, as police officers were not medically trained to provide specialist care.

Massive Attack gig: Saturday road closures and diversions

View of the Downs and stages
BBC

The big message ahead of Saturday's Massive Attack gig is that there's no parking on the Downs. Some bus services will be diverted - here's where:

  • The outbound First Bus service 4 will be diverted via Westbury Road, Parrys Lane, Saville Road and Stoke Hill  between 09:00 BST on Saturday 3 September to 01:00 BST on Sunday 4 September
  • The inbound service 4 will divert via Stoke Hill, Saville Road, Parrys Lane and Westbury Road via White Tree Roundabout
  • The route will not serve Stoke Road, Downleaze, Julian Road or Church Road in both directions for the duration of the closure
  • If there are any parking related issues in Saville Road the diversion will alter to: Westbury Road, Parry’s Lane and Shirehampton Road in both directions

Your BBC local radio headlines

BBC radio newsroom
BBC

BBC Radio Bristol: The group who look after the Downs in Bristol say they're ready for it to host 27,000 people coming to see Massive Attack returning to the city for a huge gig.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: A further three people have been arrested on suspicion of class A drug supply, following raids in Cheltenham. Police have confirmed two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old boy are now in custody. Three men, aged 19, 20 and 21, were arrested on the same charges this morning.

BBC Radio Somerset: A legal challenge is being launched against plans for a merger between two local councils. A group of Taunton Deane Borough Councillors - who are opposed to joining with West Somerset Council - say they're submitting a judicial review at the High Court.

BBC Radio Wiltshire: A Wiltshire woman who was detained for 11 hours in police custody while she had a mental health crisis says it was the most frightening experience of her life.

Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers line-up tonight

Premiership Rugby returns tonight with Gloucester at home to Leicester in the opening fixture...

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Woman kept in police cell for 11 hours due to lack of psychiatric beds

A Wiltshire woman who was kept in a police cell for 11 hours during a mental health crisis, says patients are being treated like criminals because of a lack of psychiatric beds. 

Katie Simpkins has a personality disorder and last weekend had a crisis which ended up with her sleeping in a police car during a 16-hour wait for a hospital bed.

Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said she shouldn't have been in custody.

Massive Attack homecoming: Aerial view of festival site

How incredible is this? Bailey Balloons took this video of the Massive Attack gig site from above.

The event opens at the Downs in Bristol at 1pm on Saturday.

Let's hope the weather behaves for what promises to be an amazing day!

Appeal to create pirate play area for patients at Swindon hospital

Watch plans for the new outdoor play area at Great Western Hospital

Plans have been drawn up to refurbish an outdoor play area in a court yard at Swindon's Great Western Hospital.But the project, due to open in Spring 2017, still needs £30,000 to get it off the ground.

Woman speaks of flashbacks after being kept in a police cell due to lack of hospital beds

A Wiltshire woman who was kept in a police cell for 11 hours says mental health patients are being treated like criminals because of a lack of psychiatric beds. 

Katie Simpkins suffers from a personality disorder and last weekend suffered a crisis which ended up with her spending time in a cell and sleeping in a police car during a 14-hour wait for a hospital bed.

Watch Katie Simpkins and husband Tristan discussing their ordeal

Wiltshire Police says detaining someone under the Mental Health Act is a last resort and the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group says it has bid for more money to increase its provision of psychiatric beds.

Massive Attack gig: Band are 'important part' of Bristol's musical heritage

Massive Attack are one of the biggest bands to come out of Bristol and this weekend they're playing a big gig on the Downs.

Dave Harvey, organiser of the event, says the band are an important part of the city's musical past.

"It's pretty mind-blowing," says Dave Harvey

Ahoy there! Waverley marks 70 years on River Severn

The last sea-going paddle steamer in the world is sailing along the River Severn today to mark 70 years since its launch.

Waverley is a unique piece of Britain’s maritime heritage and sails around Britain offering regular trips 

It has now sailed longer in preservation than it did as a commercial enterprise.

View more on twitter

Congestion warning along the M5 junctions 14 and 15

BreakingRoyal Marine charged with terrorism offences

Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell, 30, has been charged with terror offences and will appear at a London court.  

He was arrested in Somerset last week.

You can get more updates on this story here.

Massive Attack homecoming: Roots in city's 'multi-racial movement'

Journalist Andy Batten-Foster said Massive Attack emerged out of a "multi-racial movement" in Bristol in their early days.

He likened them to The Clash, who also blended "white rock and reggae" in their musical style.

Unfinished: The Making of Massive Attack is on BBC One on Tuesday at 22:45 BST. 

Gloucester transplant man to get friend's kidney

A Gloucester man who's been in search of a new kidney is to get one thanks to his friend of 25 years. 

Ian Wright has been ill for a number of years and his health has been growing steadily worse. 

But next month Ian's friend David will donate one of his kidneys to help his pal out - now that's what you call friendship!

Watch friends Ian and David talking about their upcoming operations

Parents bailed after baby's death in Gloucester

Archdeacon Street in Gloucester
BBC

The parents of three-month-old Ah'Keill Walker, who died after being rushed to Bristol Children's Hospital from his home in Gloucester, have appeared in court.

Alistair Walker, who is 26, and 20-year-old Hannah Henry were bailed after the 10 minute hearing.

The prosecution told the court the final charges that Mr Walker and Miss Henry will face can't be finalised until a second post mortem exam has been completed. 

They are currently charged with child cruelty and neglect in connection with Ah'Keill's death and will return to court next month.

Massive Attack homecoming: Band timeline

Massive Attack at the Glastonbury Festival
BBC
  • 1988: The band formed out of the ashes of "partying collective" The Wild Bunch
  • 1991: The single Unfinished Sympathy released to huge acclaim
  • 1994: Tricky leaves band and Protection album released
  • 1997: The band record the song Superpredators for the film The Jackal
  • 1998: Release of band's most successful album Mezzanine
  • 2003: Fourth album 100th Window released
  • 2008: The band headline the Other Stage at the Glastonbury Festival
  • 2010: Song Paradise Circus first used as theme to BBC drama series Luther
  • 2014: Band headlines at Secret Solstice, a new music festival in Iceland
  • 2016: In July the band release new single The Spoils 

Crop circle 'not Nazi symbol'

A crop circle that appeared in a Wiltshire field depicts an ancient sign of peace rather than a Nazi symbol, according to members of a "UFO religion". 

When the 180 ft wide formation was spotted in a field in Beckhampton earlier this week, the farmer was reported to have concerns about its potentially sinister connections. 

Now the International Raelian Movement, which believes humans were created by extraterrestrial beings, has dispelled that idea. 

Raelian guide Thomas Kaenzig said: "The swastika is indeed originally an extraterrestrial symbol since it comes from our extraterrestrial creators who told us it represents infinity in time. 

"And since all ancient cultures related to our creators, the swastika can be found all over the world as a symbol."

The swastika was used for thousands of years before it was adopted by the Nazis, with almost every culture in the world once seeing it as a symbol of good fortune.

Massive Attack homecoming: 'None of them wanted to be famous'

Sheryl Garrett, former editor of The Face, says Massive Attack didn't want to be famous.

She said the band had never "bought into" celebrity culture.

"They can walk down a street without being recognised at all."

Unfinished: The Making of Massive Attack is on BBC One on Tuesday at 22:45 BST.  

Arrests made after drugs raids in Gloucestershire

Three people have been arrested in Cheltenham this morning as part of a large scale police operation into drug dealing in the county.

The three men, aged 19, 20 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of class A drug supply and remain in police custody.

Here's what happened on one of this morning's raids.

Watch police making an arrest during a drugs raid in Cheltenham

It will come as no surprise that many of the drugs sold in Gloucestershire are brought in by dealers from places like London. A high number of murders in Gloucestershire in recent years have had a drugs element and many of the knife crime incidents we see are related to drugs. By tackling the root cause of these problems, we are hoping to make Gloucestershire a safer place.

Supt Richard CooperGloucestershire Police

UK nuclear security breaches: Hinkley Point's keys lost

Hinkley Point power station
PA

Police guarding the UK's nuclear sites have revealed there have been 130 security breaches over the past five years .

The information was obtained by the BBC after a freedom of information request to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, which said it took security issues "extremely seriously".

Incidents included the keys to Hinkley Point power station being lost and confidential information being shared.

Massive Attack homecoming: Roni Size on the early days

Roni Size has been speaking about Massive Attack's past in the band The Wild Bunch.

The band had "road block parties" in the St Pauls area of Bristol.

He said it was "a sight to behold" and "really exciting to join in the celebrations".

Unfinished: The Making of Massive Attack is on BBC One on Tuesday at 22:45 BST.  

Watch: Duck sings Happy Birthday

Because who doesn't want to see a duck wearing a tie on a Friday morning?

Meet the "duck whisperer" who was spotted singing with his pet duck in the centre of Taunton.

Watch a duck singing Happy Birthday in Taunton (sort of)