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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 23 January 2016

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Goodnight from Local Live, watch out for fog overnight

Watch: BBC West weather forecast

That's all for us on Local Live in the West, we'll be back with you from 7am tomorrow morning.

Before we go here's Ian Fergusson with the weather forecast, he's warning there's a high chance of fog for some parts of the region, lasting well into tomorrow morning.

Craig David latest in Forest Live line-up

Craig David
Forestry Commission England

The Forestry Commission has announced the final act in its Forest Live set of concert dates.

The "7 Days" singer will perform at two venues in June this year, including at Westonbirt Arboretum, with artists Elbow, Rick Astley and Olly Murs completing the summer concert series.

You can see the full list of concert dates on the Forestry Commission website.

A calendar designed for a canal

Watch: Artists at work on the canal calendar

A group of aspiring artists in Wiltshire are using their artwork to raise money for a local stretch of canal. 

The Stratton Art Group, in Swindon, is using a selection of drawings and paintings for a calendar. 

The proceeds will go towards the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust which is restoring a stretch of the waterway through north Wiltshire.

Why were people throwing teddy bears at the Swindon Wildcats game?

Watch: Children in foster care will benefit from teddy bear throwing at the Wildcats' recent game

Swindon Wildcats managed to defeat Manchester Phoenix 5-0 on Saturday and managed to donate 411 cuddly toys for deserving children in foster care. 

It's the record number of teddy bears donated by a crowd at the Link Centre. It's believed the tradition of throwing teddy bears began in Canada.  

Former criminal helps others turn their backs on crime

Listen: Gary Gostelow used to be a criminal and now works for the probation service

A former criminal has been talking about how working for the probation service was a key factor in turning his life around.

Gary Gostelow, who lives on the Kennet & Avon Canal, says he turned to crime during his childhood and this developed into a life of violent behaviour which led to him being sent to jail. 

He's been telling BBC Wiltshire how his life has improved since helping others to turn away from crime.  

PW60: Wrestler makes gran's dreams come true

Watch: Grandmother Alice Gray beats professional wrestler Les Kellet after serving him tea

BBC Points West made this Somerset grandmother's dreams come true in 1975.

Alice Gray wanted to meet, and go a few rounds with, professional wrestler Les Kellet.

Surely one of the stranger stories they've covered in the past 60 years!

Prince Harry visits recovering soldiers in Wiltshire

Watch: Royal visit to Tedworth House in Tidworth

Prince Harry was in Wiltshire this afternoon, visiting soldiers who are being helped with their mental health. 

He was at the Help for Heroes recovery centre at Tedworth House in Tidworth, where ex-service personnel and their families are given support to tackle depression, anxiety, anger or early stage alcohol problems.

The prince has campaigned to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges facing service personnel making the transition to civilian life. 

Rare bird raises thousands for charity

Blue Rock Thrush, Stow-on-the-Wold
Paul Taylor

The sighting of a rare bird on a residential estate in the Cotswolds has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

The blue rock thrush was first spotted in a garden in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, just before Christmas.

Since then Fisher Close has been invaded by birdwatchers who have donated "well over" £2,000 to a local charity to make up for the disruption.

Karen Pengilley, of Kate's Home Nursing, said: "It went a bit mad but it was just such a lucky opportunity."

Eleven-year-old bowls player youngest to receive county award

Watch: Oli Collins has been named Somerset Under-18 Outdoor Boy Player of the Year for 2016

The sport of bowls may traditionally be associated with retired people but one 11-year-old from Ilminster is bucking that trend.

Oli Collins plays for Ilminster Bowling Club after being introduced to the sport by his grandparents.

He's so good he's been named Somerset Under-18 Outdoor Boy Player of the Year for 2016, one of the youngest ever recipients of the award.

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, at J16 for A3102.

M4 Wiltshire - M4 lane blocked on exit slip road and heavy traffic eastbound at J16, A3102 (Swindon West).

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Girl and boy arrested after stab attack in Gloucester

A police car
BBC

A 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, both from Gloucester, have been arrested on suspicion of GBH after a teenager was stabbed in the city on Friday.

The teenage victim's mobile phone was also stolen after it fell out of his pocket in the attack, which happened during an altercation between a group on Painswick Road, near to Eastern Avenue.  

Police are asking for anyone who witnessed the incident to call them.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between J18A for M49 and J19 for A369.

M5 Bristol - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J18a M49 and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Charlie Clough

League Two side Barnet sign defender Charlie Clough from Forest Green Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

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Lee Johnson: Bristol City owner says he has his 'full support'

Watch: Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown gives under fire manager Lee Johnson his backing

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson has "the full support" of the Championship club's owner Stephen Lansdown.

Saturday's 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest saw Johnson's side suffer a club-record eighth consecutive league defeat, leaving them 20th in the table.

"I don't feel in a panic situation here," Lansdown told BBC Points West.

"He has my full support. He has the support of the board. We know we are going through a bad patch but the only thing we can do now is stay strong."

Read more here.

Bristol taser incident: Police Federation says officers 'doing what the public expect'

Race group founder Judah Adunbi Tasered in face by police
SWNS

Avon and Somerset Police Federation is backing two of its officers following an incident where a founder of a group improving race relations was Tasered in the face by officers who mistook him for a wanted man.

Footage filmed by a neighbour shows Judah Adunbi, 63, outside his Bristol home when he is stopped by police.

Mr Adunbi refused to give his name and after a dispute was Tasered in the face by officers who tried to arrest him.  

The federation, which represents rank and file officers, says the officers were unaware of Mr Adunbi's identity and found him uncooperative.  

A spokesman said: "The officers were doing what the public expect of them, attempting to detain a wanted and potentially dangerous man.

“They made every effort to gain the cooperation of Mr Adunbi and had he given that cooperation this matter could have ended very differently."

The incident, which Mr Adunbi said left him "scared for his life", has been referred to the police watchdog.

Severe accident: A358 Somerset both ways

BBC Travel

A358 Somerset both ways severe accident, between A378 and West Hatch Lane.

A358 Somerset - A358 Mattock's Tree Hill in Thornfalcon closed, queuing traffic and long delays in both directions between the A378 junction and the West Hatch Lane junction, because of a serious accident involving up to four vehicles. Diversion in operation - Southbound traffic to head east on the A378 to Curry Rivel then south on the B3168 to Ilminster. Northbound traffic vice versa.

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The afternoon headlines from your local newspapers

Newspapers
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Here are some of the stories making the headlines in your local newspapers this afternoon:

Somerset Live: Woman's body found in Worle - police launch murder investigation

Bristol Post: Murder investigation launched after woman found dead at a house in North Somerset

Gloucestershire Live: Teenager stabbed in the back during assault in Gloucester

Wiltshire Times: Avon Vale Hunt deny hounds entered gardens

GCHQ director steps down: Foreign secretary's response

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson responded to the news that Robert Hannigan has decided to step down as director of GCHQ saying he "put GCHQ on a path to meet the challenges of the future".

In a letter to Mr Hannigan, the foreign secretary said: "You have led the renewal of some of our most important national security capabilities, which we continue to depend on every day to save lives from terrorism and to protect our interests and values."

He added: "Following your successful tenure, and thanks to the work of thousands of excellent GCHQ staff, the organisation is well placed to play its part continuing to protect our nation."   

Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, at J26 for A38.

M5 Somerset - M5 lane blocked on entry slip road southbound at J26, A38 (Wellington), because of an accident.

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Woman's murder linked to man's car death

Kewstoke Road, Weston-super-Mare
BBC

Police are linking the murder of a woman with a man's death in a car crash on the same day.

A 74-year-old man died when his car hit a tree in Weston-super-Mare at about 8am on 19 December.

At 9.30am, Avon and Somerset Police found the body of a woman at a house on Pilgrims Way in Worle.

A force spokesman said detectives were not looking for anyone else in connection with the murder investigation.

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Fog warning for this evening and into tomorrow

The Met Office has issued a warning for fog or freezing fog from 5pm to 11am tomorrow across parts of the West country.

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GCHQ director Hannigan resigns

Robert Hannigan
PA

Robert Hannigan has resigned as director of GCHQ for personal reasons, the Cheltenham-based British electronic surveillance agency has announced.

Mr Hannigan was director general of defence and intelligence at the Foreign Office before taking over the leadership of GCHQ in 2014.

In a letter to the foreign secretary, he said he was proud of the work he had done and "how many lives have been saved in this country and overseas by the work of GCHQ".

But he said the 20 years working in public service roles had "demanded a great deal of my ever patient and understanding family", adding that "now is the right time for a change in direction".

GCHQ director stands down

Barman's mother says his death 'definitely wasn't an accident'

Josh Clayton
BBC

The mother of a holiday island bar manager found on rocks in the Scilly Isles says his death was "no accident".

Tracey Clayton, from Somerset, said she's had a private meeting with a senior police officer from Devon and Cornwall Police.

"He assured me he will be reviewing and hopefully will look for any gaps that happen throughout the investigation," she said.

"It definitely wasn't an accident. I've thought that from day one and I still believe it now."

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were only made aware of the new evidence at the inquest and were carrying out further inquiries.

Prince Harry arrives at Tedworth House in Wiltshire

Rugby: Wales unsure if Bath's Faletau will be fit for Italy

Taulupe Faletau
Ben Evans/Huw Evans Agency

Taulupe Faletau's recovery from a knee injury is "going well", but the Welsh team say they do not know if he will be fit for the start of the Six Nations.

The 26-year-old suffered his latest injury in Bath's 40-26 defeat by Wasps on Christmas Eve.

He is progressing well and back running. We have a good relationship with the Bath physios and it's going in the right way and progressing well. It's a bit too early to say 'yay' or 'nay' for the Italy game. Everything is going in the right direction. It has been well documented and everyone knows his strengths, he's world class.

Robin McBrydeWales forwards coach

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How Avian flu has changed things for one Wiltshire farmer

Watch: Measures taken to keep free-range hens safe from Avian flu

A Wiltshire farmer who wants to avoid the spread of bird flu but still allow his free-range hens to be outdoors has taken a few steps to protect them.

Matthew Macdonald, from Kingsdown near Box, was concerned for the welfare of his chickens if they had to be kept inside. 

A Prevention Zone was declared across the country in December and is now in force until the end of February. 

Defra says "there is currently a legal requirement" for all birds to be housed or otherwise kept separate from wild birds.

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Public drinking ban starts in Trowbridge

map with a purple outline around an area of Trowbridge
Wiltshire Police

A ban on drinking alcohol in public has begun in an area of Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

The Public Spaces Protection Order makes it an offence to consume alcohol at any time within the area but will not affect licensed events in public parks.

The area was based on calls to the police for alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour. 

Anybody caught consuming alcohol, urinating or defecating in the designated area could be liable to prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

Murder investigation following deaths in Worle

blue and white police tape
BBC

A murder investigation has been launched after two people died in Worle last week.

On Thursday, Avon and Somerset Police found the body of a woman in a house on Pilgrims Way. 

Officers are linking the discovery to the death of a 70-year-old man in a road collision on Kewstoke Road earlier the same morning.

Police say they're not looking for anyone else in connection to the investigation.

Josh Clayton death: Mother 'thought from day one' it was no accident

Watch: Tracey Clayton wants police to open a fresh investigation into Josh's death

Tracey Clayton from Taunton is convinced someone is responsible for the death of her son on the Isles of Scilly 16 months ago.  

The body of Josh Clayton, 23, was found near Tresco 10 days after he went missing from a party on the privately-owned island.  

His mother Tracey wants police to open a fresh investigation into his death.

She says she has had a private meeting with a senior police officer from Devon and Cornwall Police.

Ten years of mobile chemotherapy recognised with award

Listen: Christine Mills MBE, founder of Hope for Tomorrow, on BBC Radio Gloucestershire

When Christine Mills' husband David was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, she had what she calls a "lightbulb moment". 

Christine wanted to make accessing chemotherapy easier for people by taking out the stress of travelling long distances for treatment. 

After speaking to her husband's oncologist, she turned the idea of the mobile chemotherapy unit into the charity Hope for Tomorrow. 

Ten years later, Christine has been given a Good Housekeeping award in recognition for her work in partnership with the NHS.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J19 for A369 and J18A for M49.

M5 Bristol - M5 Avonmouth Bridge busy but moving and one lane closed northbound between J19, A369 (Portishead) and J18a M49, because of a police incident.

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Travel: M5 lane closed near Avonmouth due to 'police incident'

'Increasing concern' over missing man from Weston-super-Mare

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The disappearance of a man from Weston-super-Mare has caused police to become "increasingly concerned for his welfare".

Deakon Wilkins has been missing since Saturday 14th January and was last seen at Motion nightclub on Avon Street, Bristol.

We’re using a significant number of resources in our search for Deakon and have already issued a number of photographs as part of our appeal for help in finding him. We now hope the CCTV image showing the clothes he was wearing when he was last seen might jog someone’s memory. Deakon’s disappearance is out of character and we’re increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Inspector Jason ShearsAvon and Somerset Police

Deakon is described as white, of medium build, approximately 5ft 10ins tall, with ginger hair and has a tattoo between his neck and chest of the word "Rush".

Adventurer completes Sri Lanka paddle

Watch: See pictures from Kev's trip

Paddle boarder Kev Brady said he faced 'man-eating' crocodiles during his quest to travel from source to sea along the longest river in Sri Lanka.

The adventurer from Gloucester said he was terrified as he paddled along parts of the 200 mile (320 km) trip along the Mahaweli. 

Kev's previous feats include canoeing along the Mississippi and swimming the length of the River Severn.

You can read more about his journey by clicking here.

Barman's death 'not an accident'

Josh Clayton
BBC

The mother of a holiday island bar manager found on rocks in the Scilly Isles says his death was "no accident".

The body of Josh Clayton, 23, from Taunton, was found near Tresco on 23 September 2015, 10 days after he went missing from a party on the privately-owned island.

An inquest into his death was halted after new evidence came to light last week.

His mother Tracey wants police to open a fresh investigation into his death.

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Suckers lists: More than 3,200 people targeted in Devon and Somerset

BBC Radio Devon

More than 3,200 elderly and vulnerable people in Devon and Somerset are being targeted by scammers after being put on so-called "suckers lists".

Scam letters
BBC

Many lists have been seized by Trading Standards and people across both counties have been contacted and given advice.

Details of 86,000 people on so-called "suckers lists" have been passed to Trading Standards departments across England, according to BBC research

The victims - many of them elderly - are often sent bogus offers in the post.

A morning of beautiful weather photos

We love the BBC Weather Watchers photos - and here's a few of our favourites from this morning:

Trees on a golf course silhouetted against a pink and purple sunrise
BBC Weather Watchers
Chalford, Gloucestershire - from BBC Weather Watcher Chalford Val
Trees in an orange sunrise
BBC Weather Watchers
Minehead, Somerset - from BBC Weather Watcher Gazza
A rural skyline in the sunrise
BBC Weather Watchers
Broadway, Somerset - from BBC Weather Watcher RieLew
a rural skyline in the sunrise
BBC Weather Watchers
Devizes, Wiltshire - from BBC Weather Watcher Drover

Football abuse: Bob Higgins always denied allegations of wrongdoing

Bob Higgins
BBC

Former football coach Bob Higgins was acquitted of sexual abuse charges in 1992    

In December it was reported that six former Southampton youth players had made allegations against him.

The BBC has asked Mr Higgins for a comment, but he has not responded.

Previously he has always denied any allegations of wrongdoing.

The allegations will be investigated in BBC Inside Out West at 19:30 GMT on Monday 23 January.

Rare Kenny Everett film clip discovered

Watch: Unseen Kenny Everett film clip

A film clip of the late DJ Kenny Everett, which is believed to have never been shown on TV, has been unearthed.

The 45 second clip from the 1971 BBC West show Claim to Fame has been discovered in the BBC Bristol archive vaults during research for a programme about how BBC Radio Bristol managed to sign up the maverick entertainer after he was sacked by Radio One.

It is believed the clip survived because it was cut from the finished show due to it being too "zany" and it did not fit in with the normally scripted links. 

BBC Inside Out West will be looking at how Bristol saved Kenny Everett's career at 19:30 GMT this evening.

Film canister and 16mm film
BBC
The clip was discovered in the BBC Bristol archives