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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 18 October 2016

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Thanks for being with us today. Before we go, here's tomorrow's weather forecast. 

There are going to be scattered showers across our region, temperatures will reach a high of 15C in the afternoon.

Watch: Here's how the weather is shaping up tomorrow

BBC Local Live for the West will return tomorrow at 7am with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Portishead runner heads to the World Masters Championships in Australia

Seventy-year-old Pat Gallagher has been competing in world championships for running since she was 35. 

Now she's heading off to Australia to compete in the 70-74 age category for the World Masters Championships in athletics. Pat will be running the 800m and 1500m races. 

She also teaches younger people and two of her pupils are ranked among the top 10 in the country. 

Pat appeared on BBC Points West and explained a bit more about the competition she is entering.

Watch: The 71-year-old hoping for success in the World Masters Championships

Full-time scores

Sky Bet Championship

QPR 1-0 Bristol City

Sky Bet League One

Swindon Town 3-0 Rochdale

MK Dons 3-3 Bristol Rovers

The Emirates FA Cup Qualifying - Fourth Round

Taunton Town 1-0 Hemel Hempstead

That final result sees Taunton through to the first round proper of the famous cup competition for the first time in 35 years, well done Taunton!

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Early snow on the SS Great Britain

It's only October but staff at the SS Great Britain have been playing with their Christmas snow, which will probably be needed if the white stuff doesn't end up falling naturally this December. 

The attraction plans to use it for their Christmas festival.

Watch: Snow has been falling at the SS Great Britain today, as it gets ready for winter

Swindon make sure with a third

Goal: QPR 1-0 Bristol City

Goal: MK Dons 3-1 Bristol Rovers

Hamstring injury sidelines Bath's Louw

Francois Louw
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Bath and South Africa back row Francois Louw is sidelined for up to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury.

The 31-year-old suffered the injury while playing for the Springboks in the Rugby Championship.

He has yet to play for Bath in the current Premiership season because of his international commitments.

Our teams are back in action, with an early second half goal for Bristol Rovers

A proliferation of Peter Pans

Don't be alarmed if you see an army of people dressed like Peter Pan in Bristol tonight. 

A group of students are trying to break the world record for the most people dressed as J. M. Barrie's famous character in one place.

The official count will take place outside the Victoria Rooms at 9pm tonight, they have a target of 300 Pans to beat. 

Anthony Vijay Kumare is from the Economics Society at the University of Bristol.

Watch: The students have to get more than 300 Peter Pans in one location

New helpline started for victims of human trafficking

A new helpline has been started by the Bristol-based charity Unseen which helps people who have been trafficked into the country. 

The charity says there are currently 13,000 modern day slaves in the UK. Their new helpline is the first of its kind in the UK.

Watch: Jessica Wilde from Unseen explains occasions when people might call the number

Swindon now 2-0 up against Rochdale

Here's how Darnell Furlong scored their first goal.

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Bristol Rovers go 1-0 down against MK Dons

Severe accident: A432 Bristol both ways

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A432 Bristol both ways severe accident, at A4320 Easton Way.

A432 Bristol - A432 Stapleton Road closed in both directions at the A4320 Easton Way junction, because of an accident.

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Swapping sausage rolls for salad

A cafe in Gloucester is fighting back against the urge to buy unhealthy food, by advertising some of the healthier alternatives that are available. 

Dan Snowdon has placed a large advertising board outside Peppers cafe, urging students to come in and try something more nutritious than a burger.

Watch: A cafe in Gloucester tries to get students to swap burgers for a salad

Tonight's football action kicks off soon

Four teams from the west are in action tonight. In League One, Swindon Town face Rochdale, while Bristol Rovers are up against Milton Keynes Dons. In the Championship, Bristol City play Queens Park Rangers.

In the FA Cup fourth round qualifiers, Taunton Town FC are facing Hemel Hempstead Town.

We'll be keeping an eye on the scores and bringing you the action as it happens.

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Comedy legend Michael Crawford honoured

He's perhaps best known for playing Frank Spencer in the hit comedy show Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, now the actor Michael Crawford has been honoured by Aardman and the Bristol-based Slapstick Festival.

Michael will be talking to an audience at St George's Hall in Bristol this Sunday, where he will be presented with the Aardman Slapstick Visual Comedy Award.

He's still rather modest about his accomplishments though.

Watch: The comedy legend Michael Crawford is being honoured for his contribution to slapstick

Gloucester sign Cardiff Blues prop Ma'afu

Salesi Ma'afu
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Gloucester sign former Australia, Northampton Saints and Toulon prop Salesi Ma'afu after his release by Cardiff Blues.

Ma'afu, 33, played six times for the Welsh region, last featuring in March.

Street drinking still a problem in Weston-super-Mare

Weston-super-Mare's Grove Park seems to have become a bit of a hotspot for street drinking. 

The park and the rest of the town centre have been a no-drinking zone since 2003, but these people we spoke to said that drinking in the park was a problem for local residents.

Watch: People give their reaction to street drinking in Weston

Weston's town centre manager Steve Townsend told BBC Radio Bristol that the issue wasn't going away.

It is a perennial problem, but I think what we've seen in Weston, like many towns and cities is an increase in the number of rough sleepers that we have. Perhaps the two problems could be linked."

Steve TownsendTown centre manager, Weston-super-Mare

'Best breeding female' crane shot dead on Somerset Levels

Swampy (on left) with chick and partner Alexander (on right) earlier this autumn
John Crispin

The Great Crane Project's "best breeding female" has been shot dead on the Somerset Levels, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

The bird, nicknamed Swampy, was found by a farmer in a field near Ilchester, who then handed it to the project team. 

The RSPB said the "wildlife crime" had been reported to police and it's offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. It is illegal to shoot cranes in the UK. 

Project manager Damon Bridge said: "This is tragic and upsetting and what is particularly galling is that Swampy was the project's best breeding female, having successfully raised two chicks in Somerset in 2015, and another this year. 

"She would have been highly likely to go on and make more successful breeding attempts."

Even Olympic gold medallists make mistakes

Team GB have posted this video of Bristol's gold medal-winning hockey player Lily Owsley after her phone met a rather grisly end during today's celebration in London's Trafalgar Square.

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Bogus taxi driver jailed for falsely imprisoning two women

A man who falsely imprisoned two young women after posing as a taxi driver has been jailed.  

The two women got into Anthony Cox's silver Ford Focus in Corn Street, Bristol, in May. 

During the journey he told them he wasn't a taxi driver and the pair repeatedly asked to leave the car and even opened one of the doors but he ignored them.

He eventually stopped and allowed the women to jump out. One of them photographed Cox's car before they called police.

Cox, 53, of Salisbury Street, Bristol admitted two counts of false imprisonment and was jailed for 12 months.

He also received a five-year restraining order - which stops him from parking in a taxi rank and being in a vehicle alone with women unknown to him - and was fined £140. 

Anthony Cox
Avon and Somerset Police

Slavery and trafficking exhibition in Bristol

An exhibition raising awareness of modern day slavery and people trafficking has arrived in Bristol today. 

The charity Migrant Help UK says that public awareness is important in the fight against this practice. They are touring train stations across the country with graphic posters telling the story of those people they have helped. 

One of them, Sonia, fled Uganda after it was discovered she was gay. She came to Bristol after her partner died when their home was set on fire. When she arrived she was locked up and forced to work before she escaped.

Watch: Slavery and trafficking exhibition on display in Bristol today

Bristol Rovers take action after 'chef' threatens to poison supporters

The Daily Mail is reporting today that a "chef" working at Bristol Rovers' game against Gillingham on Saturday was sacked after making threats to poison the food that supporters would be eating that day. 

He claimed to be a supporter of Rovers' rivals Bristol City. Bristol Rovers has since released a statement about the incident:

"On Saturday, prior to our match against Gillingham, someone purporting to be a Memorial Stadium employee posted on Facebook that he intended to harm supporters by tampering with their food.

This matter was drawn to the attention of our security staff who escorted that person from the premises.

The person involved is not a Memorial Stadium employee but one of the agency staff we employ on matchdays.

The agency has been informed of the matter and it's possible that criminal proceedings will be taken against the person involved. We take the safety of all supporters very seriously and were able to take swift action on Saturday to prevent anyone coming to harm."

Memorial Stadium
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Carterella pantomime highlights

BBC Somerset's show Carterella was a roaring success, with two sold out shows in aid of BBC Children In Need.

Don't worry if you missed it, here's a look at the highlights with Points West's Alex Lovell, The South West School of Dance, Somerset County Youth Show Choir and Tacchi-Morris Show Choir.

Watch: A chance to see some of the highlights of #Carterella for BBC Children in Need

Great British Bake Off - Hamster Style!

Watch: Life for the hamsters

Up to 20 tiny sets, including the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) tent, have been made by a pet owner for her hamsters.

Beverly Borrill, from Devizes in Wiltshire, has spent the last 18 months constructing miniature snooker tables, ballet studios, swimming pools and saunas for her six Syrian hamsters.

The hamsters have been snapped picnicking, doing Olympic gymnastics, mowing the lawn and in front of the TV.

But since their cameo on GBBO's spin-off show 'An Extra Slice' last Friday, Ms Borrill said: "It's gone bonkers".

Tobacco firm in plain packaging legal challenge

Imperial Tobacco
BBC

The Bristol-based cigarette company Imperial Tobacco is appealing against a decision forcing it to use plain packaging.

Uniform packaging rules for tobacco were introduced by the Government in May. 

Imperial is one of four companies making the appeal, after a legal challenge against the decision was dismissed by the High Court. 

The case is expected to last four days.

Temporary accommodation being prepared for vulnerable families in Bristol

Homeless person on a bench
PA

Empty properties in Bristol are being brought back into use as temporary accommodation for vulnerable families.

One area of Bristol City Council's focus is the use of empty council housing that may previously have been sold at auction.

In summary, here are some numbers from the council:

  • Twenty properties currently being repaired and readied for use
  • A further 15 are waiting to be inspected
  • Another 10 properties are being considered
  • Two properties are already being occupied by families who would otherwise be housed in bed and breakfast accommodation

Click here to read more about this from the city council.

'We haven't said no' - Diocese responds to Wiltshire man's grave plans

Peter Walker from Pewsey is upset after being told he can't have the grave he wants for his wife.

Diane Walker died in May and has since been cremated and Peter wants a memorial plaque with a vase placed at St Andrews Chuchyard at Wotton Rivers, near Marlborough.

The Diocese of Salisbury has said new churchyard rules introduced in July mean he can't simply have the grave he wants.

BBC Wiltshire spoke to Gerry Lynch, from the Diocese, who explains they haven't rejected the idea but will need him to apply for approval.

Paralysed teen's £3m compensation bid

Ashleigh Harris
Paul Keogh

A teenager who was paralysed after falling off a horse is suing her ex-boyfriend's mother for £3m.

Ashleigh Harris, from Lydney in Gloucestershire, was 14 when she broke her back after falling from Polly Perks, owned by Rachel Miller. She now has no function in her legs.

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Man unable to leave flowers on wife's grave

Watch: Peter Walker shares his grief

A man from Wiltshire has been told he can't have a flower vase on his wife's grave because it's against church rules. 

The Diocese of Salisbury says new rules don't allow this as it might make cutting the grass more difficult.

'Wild boars tore up my lawn'

Watch: One resident describes the effects of a flourishing wild boar population

An estimated 1,500 wild boars are now roaming free in the Forest of Dean, according to analysis by the Forestry Commission.

Wild boars were hunted to extinction in England in the 17th century, but in the Forest of Dean 12 years ago around 60 farmed animals were illegally dumped.

Despite various culls they are now flourishing, and this is causing problems for local residents.

Tim Muffett reports for BBC Breakfast.

Archaeological scientists and writers work together to explore slavery

Watch: Black Bristol writers have been involved in a project about what slavery was like

Black Bristol writers have been involved in a new project looking at what it was like to be enslaved.

Art and science have come together to explore the experience of slavery led by Dr Josie Gill from the University of Bristol.

Archaeological scientists and writers worked together to try to find how slaves, particularly those in the Caribbean and Africa, experienced the natural environment, landscape, living conditions and diet which shaped their health, wellbeing and emotional lives.

Reaction to a possible end to gluten-free food being prescribed by GPs in Somerset

Bread products
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Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye

Plans to stop providing gluten-free foods on prescription are being recommended by doctors in Somerset as it is "not good value for money".

The county's clinical commissioning group (CCG) said it was spending more than £350,000 a year for about 1,000 people with coeliac disease.

Here's some of the reaction to the story from BBC Points West's Facebook page...

Do the CCG realise that gluten free products are twice the price of non gluten free in the supermarkets? It's going to impact the poorest in our nation yet another example some might say of social cleansing.

Amy Yeo

Diabetics don't have help with the costs of adhering to their diet.

Jenny Rose

I do think some prescribing of these items is so very wrong and maybe that needed to be addressed first.

Sand Maggs

Oh no!!! I don't have deep pockets 😢

Jane Salvage Bird

Kidney donation saves best friend's life

Ian Wright and David Rose
David Rose
Ian Wright (l) is recovering after receiving a kidney from friend of 25 years, David Rose (r).

A man has committed the ultimate act of friendship by giving the gift of life to his best friend.

David Rose, 67, of Gloucester, is recovering after donating his kidney to Ian Wright, 58, who has been battling kidney disease since his teens.

What he has done is incredible. He is an amazing man.

Ian wright

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Wiltshire man told plans for wife's grave breaks church rules

Watch: "It's so insensitive," says Peter Walker

A man from Wiltshire says he has been told he can't have a vase on his wife's grave because it's against new church rules.

Peter Walker's wife Diane died in May and has been cremated.

He wants a memorial plaque with a vase for flowers, just like the other ones in the churchyard at St Andrews in Wotton Rivers near Marlborough. 

But the Diocese of Salisbury says new rules introduced in July don't allow this, as it might make cutting the grass more difficult.

Taunton Town could face Barrow in FA Cup

Watch: Taunton Town/Hemel Hempstead drawn against Barrow in the FA Cup

Somerset side Taunton Town could face Barrow in the first round of the FA Cup, if they beat Hemel Hempstead in a replay tonight. 

It's the first time in 35 years that the side, who play in the fourth tier of non-league football, has got to this stage of the competition, so they're keeping everything crossed for a win. 

The FA Cup draw took place last night with former England goalkeeper David James puling the numbers out of a pot.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

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M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J17 for A4018 and J16 for A38.

M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M5 northbound between J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway) and J16, A38 (Aztec West), because of a broken down vehicle.

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