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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 11 October 2016

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Another dry and sunny day tomorrow

That's it from BBC Local Live for tonight - we'll be back tomorrow at 7am with more news, travel, sport, and weather.

Here's Ian Fergusson with a look at Wednesday's weather...

Watch: "Largely dry conditions" tomorrow, says Ian Fergusson

Garden made accessible for six-year-old girl

Watch: Volunteers transforming Loren's garden

A team of charity volunteers is transforming a garden in Bristol for a six-year-old girl who has a life-limiting condition. 

Loren Henderson is tube-fed, has a visual impairment and uses a wheelchair to get around. 

The garden at her family's home in Knowle is currently inaccessible for her, so children's charity WellChild has stepped in to help.

Somerset pub toasts 'proper' cider for top award

County pride has been restored in Somerset. Why? Because the title of National Cider Pub of the Year has finally been awarded to one of our own. 

Unbelievably, no pub in the county has ever won the award, presented by the Campaign for Real Ale.

BBC Points West's Clinton Rogers paid a visit to The Unicorn Inn in Bayford, near Wincanton...

Watch: Landlord Richard Cummins says "proper cider" has no carbonation

Cash raised to bring injured teen home

Lewis Evans
Evans family

A campaign to help the family of a teenager who was badly hurt in a holiday quad biking accident has reached its fundraising target in just over a week.

Lewis Evans, 18, from Thornbury near Bristol, suffered "devastating injuries" when he came off the bike on the Greek island of Zante on 3 October.

Mr Evans had holiday insurance but it did not cover quad biking.

An online fundraising campaign to raise £30,000 has now been reached to bring him home in an air ambulance.

Migrant ordeal driver 'really frightened'

Watch: "I was really frightened at the time," said Martin Williams

Martin Williams from Swindon has described the moment he found three suspected migrants inside the campervan he was driving.

He was approaching the French port of Calais in the early hours of Monday morning when he said two men and a woman broke into his vehicle and hid.  

He said they left after a "heated argument" and he reported the incident to the police patrols when he arrived at Calais.

Police appeal after robbery spree in Wilton

Wilton, Wiltshire
Google

Cash boxes, tills, safes and charity boxes have been stolen in a series of break-ins in Wilton, Wiltshire.

A dental surgery, shops, a cafe and a building site are among eight commercial premises targeted by thieves over the past month.

Wiltshire Police said all the burglaries occurred overnight and it was working on the assumption the incidents were linked.

These crimes have a significant impact on the businesses and I would ask that anyone who has information comes forward and contacts us. Similarly, if anyone recalls anyone acting suspiciously in the area during the relevant times, please call us.

PC Pete Jung

'Human swan' dislocates knee in Russia

Watch: 'Human swan' dislocates her knee during take-off attempt

A conservationist from Gloucestershire who is tracking the migration of Bewick's swans from arctic Russia has suffered an injury on her trip.

Sacha Dench dislocated her knee on Saturday during a take-off attempt with her paramotor - a paraglider with a propeller strapped to her back.

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Claims force is using phone tapping devices

Police officers generic
BBC

A Bristol 'media co-operative' is claiming that Avon and Somerset Police is one of six forces in the UK to have recently purchased phone tapping devices known as IMSI catchers.

Bristol Cable believes the force has obtained several of the devices which they describe as "controversial and secretive mass mobile surveillance devices".

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said he can "neither confirm nor deny" that the force "holds any information" about the subject.

Lost heirloom found by motorway rubbish pickers

Nine-carat rose gold brooch
Julie Denham

A New Zealand woman who lost a century-old heirloom brooch while moving house, has had it returned after a chance discovery by a motorway.

The rose gold brooch belonged to Julie Denham's English grandmother Mary, who was born in 1900 in Swindon and moved to New Zealand as a child.

Ms Denham lost a bag with the brooch eight months ago and thought it was gone for good.

But it was recently found by maintenance workers wedged between rocks.

Holidaymaker describes finding suspected migrants in his campervan

Listen: Martin Williams describes finding the suspected migrants

A man from Swindon, Wiltshire, has described the moment he realised three people had stowed away in his campervan as "very frightening". 

Martin Williams said he was approaching the French port of Calais in the early hours of Monday morning when suspected migrants broke into his vehicle and hid.

He said he had only stopped for five minutes for a coffee.

Wheelchair rugby: Bristol plan elite-level development team

Bristol Rugby Inclusion squad
BBC

Bristol Rugby aim to run an elite-level development wheelchair rugby squad in the future, reports BBC Radio Bristol.

The Premiership club already organise inclusive sessions for disabled juniors and adults together with Bristol Sport.

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Suspected migrants stow away in Wiltshire man's campervan

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A motorist has described the moment he realised three people had stowed away in his camper van as "very frightening". 

Martin Williams was approaching the French port of Calais in the early hours of yesterday morning when suspected migrants snuck into his vehicle.

Football: Two goals for Tammy

Tammy Abraham
PA/Reuters

Tammy Abraham has scored his first goals for England U21's.

The Bristol City striker, who's on loan from Chelsea, bagged a brace during the UEFA European U21 Championship Group 9 qualifying match between England and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

To make it even more special, it was his debut in the squad as well.

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'Human swan' Sacha Dench injured on migration

Sacha Dench
PA

A Gloucestershire conservationist who is flying with migrating swans from the Russian arctic to the UK has been injured.

Sacha Dench - nicknamed the Human Swan - dislocated her kneecap while trying to take-off in her paramotor from a field near St Petersburg at the weekend.

She said: "I’ve not broken anything and I should be able to adapt the paramotor so that I’m on my way again very soon."

The 4,500-mile trip is part of a project by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust to understand why the Bewick's swans' numbers have halved in the last 20 years.

Bewick's swans
PA

Football: Tammy Abraham 2-0 Bosnia & Herzegovina

Two goals for Bristol City's Tammy Abraham on his debut for England U21's and the team won 5-0 overall...

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£50,000 raised for quad bike teen injured in Greece

Lewis Evans
Evans family

A fundraising drive to help the family of a Thornbury student who was injured in Greece has been smashed in just over a week. 

Lewis Evans suffered multiple injuries after an accident on a quad bike in Zante.

While the 18-year-old had travel insurance, it didn't cover him for what was described as extreme sports, and the family was left with a massive bill for a medical flight home. 

An online fundraising campaign - supported by local businesses - has now reached over £50,000.

RNLI's busiest year in 20 years

RNLI
RNLI

The Portishead lifeboat is having its busiest year in nearly 20 years.

Over the weekend RNLI volunteers were called out for the 43rd time smashing the service's highest record of 35 call outs in a year.

I keep a list of historical data which shows that our average number of calls has been just over 20-a-year for the last 20 years. Our busiest year prior to 2016 was 2002 when we had 35 calls.

Adam Forrest, volunteer for 18 years

Severe disruption: A433 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC Travel

A433 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between turn for Shipton Moyne and turn for Sherston.

A433 Gloucestershire - A433 Bath Road in Doughton closed and delays in both directions between the turn for Shipton Moyne junction and the turn for Sherston junction, because of over-running resurfacing works.

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Landowner puts £1,000 bounty on beavers

Beavers
Chris Townend/Wise Birding Holidays

A landowner has put a £1,000 bounty on the heads of beavers he claims are felling trees on his estate.

Sir Benjamin Slade, owner of 17th Century Woodlands Castle in Somerset, thinks the animals migrated from the River Otter in Devon.

Sir Benjamin said: "I can't cope. I won't have any trees left."

But a beaver expert - who has visited the estate - said the marks on the trees were not typical of beavers and look as if they've been "done by humans with an axe".

GP's concern over potential legalisation of cannabis

Listen: Dr Helen Miller on medicinal cannabis

A Gloucestershire GP says she would be concerned about quality control if the law on cannabis was changed. 

Dr Helen Miller's comments come in response to a group called Gloucestershire Cannabis which wants the class B drug to be legalized for medicinal use. 

Dr Miller said there is already a regulated pharmaceutical version of the drug available to help relieve the symptoms of sufferers of conditions such as MS.

The volunteers who helped Siobhan-Marie O'Connor achieve her Olympic dream

There are less than two weeks to go until nominations close for the BBC's Unsung Hero competition.

We want your nominations for local sports volunteers who've made a big difference where you live. 

Two people who made a big difference to Olympic silver medallist Siobhan-Marie O'Connor are her former coaches at Keynsham Swimming Club, Lynne Bartlett and Thee Beement. They both had a hand in Siobhan's early years in the pool.

Watch: Lynne and Thea are volunteers at Keynsham Swim Club and coached Siobhan-Marie O'Connor

Inflatable walk-through breast in Salisbury

A walk-through educational breast created by Inflatable Body Organs is in Salisbury today.

The model, which represents an arm and a breast, shows the visual signs and symptoms of breast cancer so people can recognise what is normal and what they should get checked out.

It's all part of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign.

The breast is open to visitors until 3pm.

Watch: A giant inflatable breast is in Salisbury today to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Carer Eileen, 84, says she's 'not stopping any time soon'

Watch: Eileen Haynsham at work

Eileen Haynsham, who is now 84, has been caring for others for the past 50 years and says she isn't "planning on stopping any time soon". 

She works for Somerset Care and still uses a bike to visit the people she helps. Manager Deborah Munton described Eileen as a "dedicated and special member of the team".

Cannabis debate: 'I feel like a criminal for consuming a plant'

Listen: User Jane says she feel like a criminal for using cannabis

An online community in Gloucestershire is calling for the law on cannabis to be changed.

Gloucestershire Cannabis is a local group which is part of the national resource, Medical Marijuana UK. 

They want the class B drug to be legalised for medicinal use. A recent inquiry suggests there could be about £1m users in the UK.User Jane says currently she "feels like a criminal" using cannabis to help relieve the symptoms of her Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Somerset batsman Hose extends contract

Adam Hose
Rex Features

Somerset batsman Adam Hose has signed a one-year contract extension with the county until the end of the 2017 season.

The 23-year-old said: "My goals for 2017 are to earn a regular spot within the top order and consistently contribute towards winning games."

Bereavement suite offers parents time and privacy in hospital

Watch: Bereavement suite opens in the maternity unit at Swindon's main hospital

A bereavement suite has opened in the maternity unit at Swindon's main hospital. 

Many bereaved parents want to spend time with their child after a stillbirth and find it hard to be among other mothers and babies on the maternity ward.  

Veterans bring aid to devastated areas of Haiti

Team Rubicon in Haiti
Team Rubicon UK

Wiltshire-based veterans' charity Team Rubicon UK are in Haiti helping with the relief effort after the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.  

They are liaising with local and international agencies, attending cluster meetings and assessing the situation on the ground.

The next wave of volunteers is mobilising now and volunteers are working at Team Rubicon UK HQ to prepare further personnel for deployment.

We aim to have a strike team of twelve volunteers operating continuously for the next three weeks; they will clear debris, set up shelters, deliver supplies and, as veterans of our great armed forces, help in any way they can."

General Sir Nick ParkerChairman of Team Rubicon UK

Witnesses sought to fatal crash in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Police are keen to talk to anyone who may have witnessed a fatal collision on the A36 yesterday.

A 17-year-old man and 12-year-old girl from the Salisbury area died when their Ford Fiesta collided with a Mercedes Sprinter van near Steeple Langford at 3.25pm.

The 45-year-old van driver from Southampton was treated in hospital for minor injuries, while the others were pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for six hours on Monday while investigations were carried out. 

The families of the deceased have been notified but formal identification has not yet taken place.  

Officers are appealing for information following a fatal collision on A36 yesterday, Monday 10 Oct 2016. Ring 101 goo.gl/qRq3R2

New 'waste heat' energy method proposed for Bristol

Listen: Sunamp's Andrew Bissell on waste heat energy

Homes in Bristol could be powered by waste heat transported by barge from Avonmouth within two years. 

Energy company Sunamp is working with Bristol City Council to transport the heat in shipping-sized containers up the River Avon to the District Heating System in the centre of Bristol. 

The company says the project has never been tried on this scale before and, if successful, the technology could be used around the world.

Gerry Gow dies: Your comments

Gerry Gow
JMP

Yesterday we sadly reported the death of former Bristol City and Yeovil Town player-boss Gerry Gow after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

Many people have reacted to his death on the BBC Radio Bristol Facebook page.

Phil Kembery wrote: "Very sad news to hear today. Superb player for Bristol City, hard tackling, tough and a great ball winner. R.I.P. Gerry Gow xx"

Richard Jenkins described Gow as "One of the hardest tacklers I ever watched and totally committed!"

And Wills Simon Andrew said: "Far too young, condolences to all his family. I have fond memories as a kid watching him play." 

Giant boob teaches breast cancer signs

If you're in Salisbury this morning watch out for this giant inflatable breast. 

The three metre high bosom is being used to educate people about the signs of breast cancer. 

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Armed response to Gloucestershire clown craze

Listen: Gloucestershire Police's Rob Priddy on their response to clown craze

Since Friday, police in Gloucestershire have responded to 20 call-outs about people dressed as clowns. 

The incidents involved clowns following people or carrying knives. 

It is thought to be connected to the so-called "killer clown" craze seen in other parts of the UK.

Supt Rob Priddy says armed police have responded to some incidents.

Man's 'dare a day' for mental health awareness

Dom Walker
Dom Walker

Dom Walker from Bristol has been suffering with crippling panic attacks and anxiety for 10 years.

He is fighting his fears to do a dare a day throughout October in aid of the mental health charity Mind and is asking the public for their suggestions for dares via his Facebook page.

So far he has dyed his hair blonde, done a skydive from 10,000ft, walked on hot coals, played golf dressed as a parrot, eaten cat food and the suggestions still keep pouring in.

He says: "If you could hear my suffering it would be deafening to the ear. 

"It doesn't define me as a person, it doesn't make me weak in some weird way it means I'm strong as I have to fight it daily on my own."

New hate crime strategy launched by Gloucestershire Police

Police officers
Harry Engels

Police in Gloucestershire want to prevent hate crime and will explain how they plan to do this in a strategy they're launching later today. They also want to encourage more people to report incidents. 

According to their figures there's been 283 incidents in the past 12 months which they say is a 10.5% increase compared with the previous year. 

We'll be bringing you more on this story on Local Live across the day. 

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

BBC Travel

M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, at J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - M4 exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic eastbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a broken down vehicle.

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New bereavement suite opens at hospital

Watch: The suite mean families who lose a baby will be able to get privacy

A special bereavement suite has opened in the maternity unit at Swindon's Great Western Hospital. 

The Forget-Me-Not delivery and family rooms mean families who lose a baby will be able to get privacy away from the main maternity ward.  

The £100,000 cost of the suite has been raised by the neonatal and stillborn charity SANDS and the Great Western Hospital. 

Southmead Hospital still lacking parking spaces

Southmead Hospital
BBC

Southmead Hospital still hasn't provided all the parking spaces needed to fulfil its planning obligations. 

A Bristol City Council report has confirmed the hospital hasn't yet provided all the 2,700 spaces for visitors and staff - despite a new 400 space car park opening in August. 

The hospital, which opened in 2014, says it aims to provide the remaining spaces by autumn 2017. 

The headlines from your BBC local radio stations

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BBC

BBC Radio Bristol: There still is not enough parking at Southmead hospital, despite the opening of a new 400 space car park.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire: An online community in Gloucestershire is calling for the law on cannabis to be changed so that it can be used to treat medical conditions.

BBC Wiltshire: Two children have died in a road accident on the A36 at Steeple Langford.

BBC Somerset: A charity in Somerset that works with young people at risk of going to jail says it hopes it will be able to support more people after receiving funding from some of our district councils.