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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 14 November

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All times stated are UK

Cloud and fog may blot out supermoon

That's it for tonight from Local Live for the West of England.

We'll be back tomorrow morning at 6.30am with another full round-up of news, sport, travel and weather.

Here's a look at the weather prospects for the rest of the week - have a good night.

Watch: Ian Fergusson says it'll get a lot colder later in the week

Marketeers Carnival Club: Warp Speed Space Machine

Watch: A look at the technology that makes the Marketeers Carnival Club's cart look amazing

A lot of work and technology is needed to make carnival carts on the Somerset circuit look amazing.

BBC Somerset has been finding out about Marketeers Carnival Club's jaw-dropping entry this year.

Wiltshire Police arrest two in Edward Heath abuse inquiry

Sir Edward Heath
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Police investigating allegations of historical child abuse against the late Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath have arrested two people.

Wiltshire Police have given no further details about the two individuals, who have been released on bail.

The police probe, named Operation Conifer, began in 2015 after claims against Sir Edward surfaced.

The former Conservative prime minister died at home in Salisbury in July 2005, aged 89.

Mannequin Challenge spreads to University of Gloucestershire

It's the standing still craze that's taken social media by storm - the Mannequin Challenge.

Now rugby players at the University of Gloucestershire give us their take on it, with the added difficulty of using some gym equipment at the same time.

Watch: University rugby players get caught up in the latest social media craze

One dead and two injured in crash in the Cotswolds

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A man has died in a collision involving two cars at Kemble Enterprise Park, near Cirencester.

A woman and another man have been taken to Bristol's Southmead Hospital with serious injuries.

The crash happened on the A429 road at around 4.30pm this afternoon.

Avebury: Celebrating 30 years as a World Heritage Site

Watch: A plaque has been unveiled at Avebury celebrating 30 years of World Heritage Site status

Crowds gathered at Avebury in Wiltshire this weekend to celebrate 30 years of World Heritage Site status. 

The prehistoric monument was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites alongside nearby Stonehenge in November 1986. Its Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments date back over 5,000 years. 

Chair of the World Heritage Site Partnership Panel, Alistair Sommerlad, unveiled a plaque at the event.  

Overcast skies may obscure supermoon viewing

Supermoon
John Fletcher

We may not get a very good view of the supermoon tonight because of cloud and fog.

Gloucester astronomer John Fletcher has been lucky though and sent us this photo, taken from his observatory in Tuffley.  

Carly gets award nomination for helping her brother cope after their dad was jailed

The Prince's Trust is this week celebrating the achievements of disadvantaged young people across the West with a Royal awards dinner in Bristol.

Many local people have been nominate including Carly, who helps to look after her brother, Ashley, after their father was sent to prison last year.

Here's a film she made with the BBC about her life. 

Watch: How Carly and her brother Ashley cope without their dad

Swindon chairman in Irish club takeover

Lee Power
Empics

Swindon Town chairman Lee Power has taken over League of Ireland First Division side Waterford United.

The Irish club announced on Monday that Power, a former Republic of Ireland Under-21 player who has family ties to the Waterford area, had assumed control of their club.

The 44-year-old, from London, has been in full control of Swindon since 2013.

But he has told the Swindon Advertiser that taking over Waterford will "not affect" Swindon.

The Robins, who appointed Tim Sherwood as director of football on Thursday, moved out of the League One relegation zone with a 3-0 win over Charlton on Saturday.

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Parents and teachers react strongly to an Ofsted claim children in Swindon are being failed "at every level" by the education on offer in their area.

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Farmer wants to bring back Somerset breed of cattle

It's thought the Sheeted Somerset was last bred some 80 years ago.

This farmer hopes to revive the breed by helping to raise these calves.

Watch: A farmer from the Chew Valley is trying to bring back the Sheeted Somerset

BBC journalist targeted in suspected racist incident

A BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter and reporter has spoken out following a suspected racist incident at a supermarket.

Manpreet Mellhi was shopping at the weekend when she heard a group of people sniggering.

When she got to the till she realised they'd put bags of pork scratchings into her basket.

Manpreet is of Sikh heritage but thinks the people behind the incident believed her to be Muslim - consuming pork is considered haram or forbidden in Islam.

Listen: Manpreet Mellhi said she felt humiliated by what happened
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Manpreet Mellhi

Footballer talks about going to Rio a year after breaking his neck

A footballer from Bristol who helped lead England to an historic placing at this year's Paralympics just a year after breaking his neck, has been speaking about his experience.

James Blackwell, who plays for Kingswood, has cerebral palsy. Despite his success, he says having a disability can still carry a stigma.

Watch: The BBC's Chloe Ball Hopkins talks to Paralympics GB footballer, James Blackwell

Defibrillator vandalised and thrown into a lake

A defibrillator, put up only a week ago at Clevedon in North Somerset, has been stolen and vandalised.

A passer-by found it had been dumped in a lake.

The life-saving device, that gives an electric shock to heart attack victims, had cost more than £2,000 to buy and install.

Watch: Vandals destroy community defibrillator

Public raise cash after Poppy Appeal money stolen from primary school

Thousands of pounds has been raised through an online crowdfunding page after money collected by primary school children for Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday was stolen. 

Two thieves got away with more than a hundred pounds when they targeted St Mary's Primary School at Bridgwater in Somerset.

Watch: Clinton Rogers reports on the success of the public appeal

Absconder found injured in Bristol

One of the three prisoners who absconded from HMP Leyhill in South Gloucestershire has been found with serious facial injuries. 

Paul Bromwich was found in Staple Hill in Bristol at 7.30am this morning, he had been assaulted. He's being treated in hospital and police are asking for anyone who saw what happened to him to contact them.

Two other men, Admi Headley and Paul Bromwich, are still being hunted by police. 

They were last seen at HMP Leyhill at about 4.45pm on Sunday.

Headley was sentenced in 2006 for rape and robbery, Maycock was jailed in the same year for GBH, while Bromwich was sentenced in 2001 for rape.  

Avon and Somerset Police has appealed for anyone who sees them, or knows of their whereabouts, to make contact.

From left to right: Wayne Maycock, 33, Paul Bromwich, 54, and Admi Headley, 34
Avon and Somerset Police

War memorial poppy wreaths dumped in bin and strewn across road

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Poppy wreaths laid against a war memorial at Bishop's Cleeve, near Cheltenham, have been thrown across a road and dumped in a bin.

Police are investigating the incident which happened at the village's war memorial in Church Road some time between 10pm last Friday and 5am on Saturday.

Officers say they will be checking CCTV cameras in the area.

Severe accident: A429 Gloucestershire both ways

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A429 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between A433 and Clayfurlong Grove.

A429 Gloucestershire - A429 in Kemble closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A433 junction and the Clayfurlong Grove junction, because of a serious accident involving two vehicles.

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Taulupe Faletau

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau is set to make his return from a knee injury with club side Bath on Friday.

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£10,000 Children in Need windfall for emergency homeless hostel

Thousands of pounds from the BBC's Children in Need appeal is being spent on refurbishing the YMCA hostel at Highbridge on the Somerset coast.

The money has gone towards toys, new flooring, and repainting the walls of the building.  

Watch: Meet one of the residents at the hostel, one-year-old Ellis

Three arrests after "slapping" death

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Three people were arrested after a diabetic woman died following a "slapping workshop" at a country hotel.

Danielle Carr-Gomm, 71, of Lewes, East Sussex, died at Cleeve House in Seend, Wiltshire, on 20 October, it has emerged.

She was taking part in a workshop involving paida lajin therapy.

Two men, aged 51 and 53, and a woman, 64, were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and later released on bail, police said.

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Gloucester Rugby sign Fearns for next season

Carl Fearns
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Gloucester have signed back row Carl Fearns from French Top 14 side Lyon, ahead of the 2017-18 season.

The 27-year-old former Sale Sharks and Bath forward joined Lyon in 2015 and will complete his second term in France before moving to Kingsholm next summer.

He helped Lyon return to the French top flight by winning promotion last term.

Prison denies Shauna Hoare attack claims

Shauna Hoare
Avon and Somerset Police

The prison where Becky Watts' killer Shauna Hoare is serving 17 years for manslaughter has denied press reports she had been so badly beaten she had to be resuscitated twice.

Hoare, 22 and her boyfriend, Nathan Matthews, 28, were imprisoned for a minimum of 33 years for murdering his 16-year-old stepsister in Bristol.

The Daily Mail quoted a "close friend" of Hoare's as claiming she had become a target for other prisoners at the Category A jail. 

The friend said: "Shauna has been so badly beaten up she has needed to be resuscitated twice."

However Sodexo which runs the prison said there was "no evidence" of any attack and said “these allegations are completely untrue".

Man dies in three car collision near Bristol

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A man died after three cars were involved in a collision near Bristol this morning.

Avon and Somerset Police said the accident happened on the A37 at Hursley Hill at about 06:00 GMT.

A male driver of one of the vehicles died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

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Ofsted criticism of Swindon 'another blow for our very hard working teachers'

An infographic showing how many children attend schools in Swindon borough
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Allison Standley is among those who have reacted to today's story about education in Swindon

She posted online: "Another blow for our very hard working teachers, how much more can they take? Parents, you have a huge responsibility too you know." 

Another comment left on BBC Wiltshire's Facebook page is from Paul Wardell, who wrote: "Scary really how swindon is rated so poor, be interesting to see how we compare against simular size towns."

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Drivers caught using phones in Wiltshire

Watch: Our footage of drivers caught using phones

We've been out with police in Wiltshire and along stretches of the M4 in an unmarked police car, looking for people using their mobile phones at the wheel. 

Over several hours, five drivers received fixed penalty notices. The offences involved making phone calls, texting at the wheel, one driver was even using Facetime while driving at 60mph on the M4. 

Currently the penalty for using your phone at the wheel is three points on your licence and a £100 fine. The Government is looking to double that in the next year.

Young people in Bristol on how they would stop bullying

It's Anti-Bullying Week and young people in Bristol have been asked what they would do to stop bullying if they were Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police:

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Drunk woman's plight prompts reaction

Emily being cared for by a volunteer
Cheltenham Guardians

A community response group which criticised people who left a young drunk woman alone has been inundated with new offers from volunteers.

The Cheltenham Guardians posted an open letter online after Emily was deserted during a night out on 11 November.

They came to her aid after she was found ill in a taxi in Cheltenham town centre.

The letter attacked Emily's "friends" for abandoning her and tying up valuable resources.

An ambulance eventually had to be called after her friends failed to collect her, costing the NHS £300.

'You can't concentrate on more than one thing at once'

Watch: The Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary watches video of offenders

Police forces across the South West are working together in a crack-down on drivers using mobile phones.

The campaign, launching in Gloucestershire today, will see officers patrolling the region and stopping motorists suspected of using a handheld device. 

It comes after the RAC released figures showing the number of people committing the offence is on the increase. 

New rules, expected to come out in 2017, will see fines and points doubling.

Troubled schools to be taken over

Striking teachers
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Winterbourne School teachers went on strike in 2015

Two troubled schools in South Gloucestershire are to be taken over after the trust which runs them racked up debts of more than £1m, the Bristol Post said.

The Ridings' Federation of Academies is fielding expressions of interest in running Winterbourne and Yate International Academies from three other trusts.

The move also comes after an Ofsted inspection at Winterbourne found "no improvement" in teaching standards since the previous inspection.

The school was hit by a series of strikes in 2015 after teachers claimed they were called "lazy" by the executive principal.

In a letter to parents, chair of trustees Claire Emery said she hopes the federation can "secure rapid and sustained improvement for the benefit of our students".

Murmuration over the Somerset Levels

Watch: A murmuration over Ham Wall

What is a mumuration we hear you ask? Well according to the RSPB it's "thousands of birds all swooping and diving in unison". 

This murmuration of starlings over RSPB Ham Wall National Nature Reserve in Somerset was captured by Matt Gamlin at sunrise on Sunday morning.

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'Picture-postcard' thatched cottage destroyed by fire

Watch: See the extensive damage caused by the fire

Fire has destroyed the roof of a "picture-postcard" thatched home in the Wiltshire village of Chirton. 

The blaze started on Sunday morning and was tackled by almost 70 firefighters. 

Ian Jeary, from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service, said the alarm was raised by a neighbour who saw flames coming from the thatched roof.

"It's a real picture-postcard property and now it's not quite looking like that I'm afraid," he said.

"All of the thatch has gone. It's a real shock for the owner."

He said it's too early to say how the fire started, but an investigation is under way.

Travel: 'Slippery rails' closes route near Gloucester towards Swindon

Swindon teachers 'very upset' over Ofsted letter

Watch: Education staff are "very upset" about the damning letter, says Cllr David Renard

Teachers and education workers in Swindon have been left "very upset" by a damning letter from Ofsted, the leader of Swindon Borough Council said.

Children in the town are being failed "at every level" and the schools are a "cause for serious concern", Ofsted's regional director for the South West wrote.

Cllr David Renard told BBC Wiltshire's Dan O'Brien the council was surprised to receive the letter and "most if not all" teachers would take exception to it.

Museum helps son who lost father in WW2

Watch: David Bradley shows Anthony Hawks the type of plane his father flew in WW2

When volunteers at the Bristol Aero Collection heard the story of a man whose father was shot down over France in World War Two, they wanted to help him.

Anthony Hawks, from Kingston Seymour in North Somerset, was only three weeks old when his father died in 1940. And he didn't know where his dad was buried until his unmarked French grave was finally identified earlier this year.

BBC Points West reporter Alice Bouverie went along to the museum with Anthony Hawks when volunteer David Bradley showed him the Bristol Blenheim, the type of plane Mr Hawk's father would have flown.

World record Atlantic swimming bid under way

Watch: Ben Hooper hopes to be the first person to swim across the Atlantic

Ben Hooper, from Cheltenham, has set off in a bid to set the first official world record for swimming across the Atlantic Ocean.

He started his 2,000-mile (3,200 km) swim from Dakar harbour in Senegal, west Africa, on Sunday. 

Mr Hooper's four-month attempt is due to end in Natal in north-east Brazil, next March.

The 38-year-old long-distance swimmer from Cheltenham is hoping his sponsored Swim The Big Blue challenge will raise £1m for charity.

Other people have attempted the swim, but were not ratified by Guinness World Records.

Police plea to help locate three prison absconders

Gloucestershire Police is asking for the public’s help to trace three "dangerous" men who've absconded from HMP Leyhill.

Admi Headley, Wayne Maycock and Paul Bromwich are currently serving custodial sentences for offences including rape, robbery and GBH.

They were last seen at the South Gloucestershire prison at approximately 16:45 GMT on Sunday.

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Swindon's pupils 'failed at every level'

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Children in Swindon are being "failed by schools at every key stage", according to education inspectors.

In a letter to Swindon Borough Council, head teachers and local MPs, Ofsted director Bradley Simmons said pupils were "being failed at every level".

He said immediate action was needed and urged "all involved" to unite so pupils could get the "education they deserve".

The council said the criticism was misplaced and work was ongoing to improve standards where necessary.

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BBC local radio headlines across the West

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  • BBC Radio Bristol: A prominent Bristol Councillor has apologised for comments that led to her suspension from the party
  • BBC Gloucestershire: Gloucestershire Police is cracking down on drivers who illegally use their phones at the wheel
  • BBC Somerset: Somerset could once again have it's very own rare breed of cattle if the efforts of a local farmer are successful
  • BBC Wiltshire: The owner of a thatched house who saw it destroyed by fire over the weekend has thanked the crews that tried to save iṭ