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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Wednesday 8 February 2017

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Trowbridge chemical incident: "Almighty bang"!

Weather for the West of England for Thursday

That's the end of our scheduled posts for this evening.

If anything happens in Trowbridge during the rest of the evening we'll post it here.

Our regular Local Live service will restart at 7am.

Watch: West weather forecast for 8 February

Trowbridge chemical incident: Controlled explosion still delayed

Damien Bence from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said it could still be another two hours before bomb disposal experts carry out a controlled explosion at the site.

He described the counting of wartime incendiary devices as they are carefully dug out of the ground as "slow work".

Bomb squad van
Trowbridge Fire Station
Fire engine at cordon
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

Hartpury College emus lay first batch of eggs

Watch: The emus at Hartpury College

Two new emus at an agricultural college near Gloucester have laid their first-ever batch of eggs. 

Six eggs, which look similar to avocados, have been laid by Wendy and Wanda, who joined the animal collection at Hartpury College in July. 

The eggs will be incubated for about 55 days by the male emu, Buddy. Female emus can lay up to 30 eggs in the breeding season, every few days.  

Trowbridge chemical incident: Latest photo from the scene

Fire officers say a controlled explosion has been delayed while all wartime incendiary devices are counted.

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Generations apart but a lovely sight to behold

Nursery children in Bristol are visiting their local care home to break down the age gap.

The Becket Hall Day Nursery children say they enjoy chatting, playing and interacting with the elderly residents. 

Watch: Old meets young in Bristol

Trowbridge chemical incident: Controlled explosion delayed

Damien Bence from Dorset Fire and Rescue says the controlled explosion has been delayed as bomb disposal experts count how many wartime incendiary devices are located at the site. 

He said there are believed to be "around 20".

Mr Bence said until all devices are accounted for there will be no controlled explosion for at least half an hour, but it could be delayed for up to two hours.

Bath Abbey's butterflies return

Watch: Paper butterflies at Bath Abbey

Paper butterflies have returned in their thousands to Bath Abbey. 

They first appeared last year when the Abbey was filled temporarily with them as part of the city-wide Forest of the Imagination Festival.

The new installation is called iMigration 2, by Bath-based artist Anthony Head. 

Each butterfly has a unique digital genetic code and wing pattern printed on it, exploring Anthony's themes of "migration, diversity and individuality".

New Avonmouth M49 junction work could start before the end of 2017

M49
Rob Purvis/Geograph

Work on a new junction on the M49 at Avonmouth in Bristol could start by the end of 2017.

Highways England says its preferred option is a two bridge junction using the existing bridge at Farm Lane with a second bridge being built immediately adjacent.

The two bridges will be incorporated into a single roundabout that spans the motorway with new access and exit slip roads built on both sides of the junction so that it connects fully with both northbound and southbound traffic.

Planning permission has not yet been secured.

John Glen: 'No risk of Stonehenge tunnel not happening'

Lorry driving past Stonehenge
PA

The Conservative MP for Salisbury says the proposed A303 tunnel at Stonehenge is the "right option", and he "does not see the risk of it not happening at all".

The Times revealed today that, based on a report by the Office of Rail and Road, the government has an £800m deficit in its road-building programme.

A consultation into the scheme is running until 5 March.

You always see doubts expressed about big infrastructure projects. From speaking to government ministers, there is a clear resolve to deliver this project. We've waited 50 years for this A303 improvement. I don't see the risk of it not happening at all. It’s the right option subject to the details being right.

John GlenConservative MP for Salisbury

Trowbridge chemical incident: Fire service issue controlled explosion warning

An army bomb disposal team is due to detonate a number of wartime incendiary devices which have been found in Trowbridge.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to a building site in Wingfield Road at about 4pm after builders unearthed the glass bottles.

The disposal team, which was called in from Tidworth, is expected to carry out a controlled explosion before 8.30pm, and a large amount of smoke will be generated. 

People living in the immediate area are being warned to stay inside with doors and windows shut, and Wingfield Road remains closed to traffic.

Trowbridge chemical incident: Photo from scene

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue says there will be a controlled explosion onsite at about 8:30pm.

Fire engine at Wingfield Road, Trowbridge
Wiltshire & Dorset Fire and Rescue

Exmoor Pony society issues warning to drivers after pony hit by car

More than 200 people have shared this post on Facebook, claiming that an Exmoor pony was run over and killed, and the driver involved didn't stop and help it.

The Exmoor Pony Society wants drivers to be more careful in the area. They estimate 15 ponies a year are hit by vehicles.

It is claimed a pony was recently left on Porlock Hill after being hit by a vehicle.

Trowbridge chemical incident: Controlled explosion planned

Damien Bence from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue with the latest on the situation in Trowbridge.

The potential incendiary devices are still in the building site. A bomb disposal team is coming from Tidworth to look at the devices. They will make them safe by way of a controlled explosion onsite. There will be a bit of an explosion at about 8.30pm. Wingfield Road will remain closed until around 10pm.

Damien BenceDorset Fire and Rescue
Listen: "A bomb disposal team is coming from Tidworth"

Trowbridge chemical incident: Latest from fire brigade

Trowbridge chemical incident: Fire service on what is happening

Here's Damien Bence from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue has the latest on the situation.

Listen: 'We're dealing with an unknown hazard'

Trowbridge chemical incident: Bomb squad to carry out controlled explosion

We're hearing that the bomb squad are going to carry out a controlled explosion on the bottles at 7.30pm.

Trowbridge chemical incident: Fire service attends

Trowbridge chemical incident: Latest from fire service

Damien Bence from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue has just been on BBC Wiltshire. Here's the main points of what he said:

  • Builders uncovered glass bottles which caught light in front of them.
  • They called emergency services
  • Unknown chemical in a number of bottles
  • Bomb disposal team has been called
  • Along with police they have told local people to stay indoors, a couple of houses nearby evacuated

We'll bring you the audio of that interview in a few minutes...

BreakingMain road in Trowbridge closed off due to chemical incident

Fire crews have closed off a main road in Trowbridge after the discovery of several glass bottles containing an unknown chemical at a nearby building site.

Wingfield Road, near the John of Gaunt School, is closed off - builders called the emergency services after unearthing the bottles, one of which caught fire.

More soon.

Severe disruption: A366 Wiltshire both ways

BBC Travel

A366 Wiltshire both ways severe disruption, between A363 and Lambrok Road.

A366 Wiltshire - A366 Wingfield Road in Trowbridge closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the A363 junction and the Lambrok Road junction, because of an incident.

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Level crossing crash line reopens

Accident scene
BBC

Trains are running again between Swindon and Cheltenham, following a crash in which a man died.

The first train to use the route since it reopened has now passed the level crossing where the accident happened in Frampton Mansell.

The line was closed for 24 hours after a Land Rover was hit by a train yesterday afternoon.

Rail accident investigators have concluded a forensic examination.

British Transport Police say the 60-year-old car driver's family is being supported by liaison officers.

Photo released of men sought after pub assault

A picture's been released of a group of men police want to speak to following an unprovoked assault at a Gloucester pub.

The incident happened at Northend Vaults in the city's Northgate Street in the evening on Saturday 3 December 2016.

The victims, two men aged 41 and 27 from Cheltenham, were drinking with friends when they were head-butted by an unknown man, who continued to punch one of the victims in the face.

Anyone who recognises the men, in particular the man at the centre of the frame, should call police on 101 quoting incident 162 of 4/12/16.

Image of men police want to speak to
Gloucestershire Police

Severe accident: A419 Wiltshire southbound

BBC Travel

A419 Wiltshire southbound severe accident, between B4040 Swindon Road and High Street.

A419 Wiltshire - A419 in Cricklade closed and queuing traffic southbound between the B4040 Swindon Road junction and the High Street junction, because of an accident involving four vehicles.

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Bristol University vying to become 5G research centre

Research scientists at the University of Bristol are bidding to become a national testbed for even faster mobile internet technology.

At the moment, most of our phones use a system called 4G, which is the 4th generation of mobile internet. 5G aims to surpass this with ultra-fast, ultra-reliable speeds.

The rewards for this research are huge - the government is spending £1bn on research into the latest mobile internet networks.

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou is the director at Bristol University's Smart Internet Laboratory.

Watch: the University is vying for a share of £1bn to research the latest mobile internet.

Court reserves judgment on killer Marine A appeal

Alexander Blackman
PA

A military court has reserved judgement on the appeal of a former Royal Marine who is serving life for the murder of an Afghan fighter.

42-year-old Alexander Blackman, known as Marine A, from Taunton, was sentenced to life by a court martial in 2013 and had an appeal dismissed in 2014.  

The Court Martial Appeal Court gave no indication when the judgement will be given. 

First trains expected to run on Gloucestershire line following fatal crash

We told you earlier there would be disruption for the rest of the day but it seems trains are going to start running earlier than expected.

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Government committed to Stonehenge tunnel

Lorry driving past Stonehenge
PA

Highways England says it is committed to the proposed A303 tunnel at Stonehenge.

The Times revealed today that, based on a report by the Office of Rail and Road, the government has an £800m deficit in its road-building programme.

A consultation into the scheme is running until 5 March.

We have read the report and noted it makes clear we are committed to delivering safe reliable roads that deliver value for money for the taxpayer. We are confident we will deliver this large programme without overspending our budget.

Jim O’SullivanHighways England

Railway line remains closed after level crossing collision

Forensic investigation concludes at level crossing

Mauger: Ford 'one of the guys we are considering'

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport Online

Here is some more from Aaron Mauger on the possibility of Leicester signing George Ford from Bath. 

George ford
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Level crossing death 'an extremely tragic incident'

Watch: Ch Insp John Angel of British Transport Police speaks to BBC reporter Steve Knibbs

Rail accident officers are continuing a forensic examination at a level crossing where a man died when his car was hit by a train.

British Transport Police said the family of the 60-year-old driver have been informed and are being supported by family liaison officers.

One of two dogs in the car at the time of the impact also died.

Accident scene
BBC

Sexual abuse survivor speaks out to raise awareness

It's a topic that is never far from the headlines - sexual abuse.

Today MP Liz Saville Roberts is attempting to introduce a "rape shield" law to protect lawyers from using a victim's past sexual behaviour as evidence.

It's also Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week - a chance for individuals and organisations to talk about the issue. 

Rachel Rounds, from Calne in Wiltshire, is passionate about raising awareness. She's a charity trustee of Revival-Wiltshire and a survivor of child sexual abuse herself.

Watch: Rachel Rounds says sexual abuse had a profound effect on her life

Catching up with wheelchair racer Jamie Edwards

Watch: Jamie Edwards training

Nominations are closing for the Pride of Somerset youth awards, organised jointly by BBC Somerset, the Rotary Club of Taunton and the Somerset County Gazette series of newspapers.

One of last year's winners was Jamie Edwards from Taunton, a wheelchair racer. 

He was busy in 2016 with a tryout for the Paralympic Games, and this year he'll be competing at the World Championships in London.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J14 for B4509 Thornbury and J13 for A419.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J14, B4509 (Thornbury) and J13, A419 (Stroud), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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BBC Points West 60: Remembering Cadbury's takeover by Kraft

We're looking through BBC Points West's archives as the programme mark 60 years of broadcasting. 

In February 2010, Cadbury was taken over by Kraft. 

It left a bitter taste in the mouths of many. What would happen to Keynsham's Somerdale factory?

Watch: Archive footage of Kraft's takeover of Cadbury's

Here's what the Colston Hall could look like

Refurbished interior of Colston Hall
Colston Hall

The latest artist impressions have been released showing what Bristol's Colston Hall will look like after a multi-million pound refurbishment. 

They're also asking for the public's views on how the hall could look, saying that the 1954 building is "no longer fit for performers or audiences".

Interior of Colston Hall
Colston Hall
Interior of Colston Hall basement
Colston Hall

Responder failure sparks investigation

Vulnerable adults
BBC

A review is under way into why social care bosses were not told a monitoring system for the vulnerable had failed.

Telecare devices, which alert responders to home emergencies, stopped operating between 14:00 GMT on Sunday and 13:00 GMT on Monday.

But Gloucestershire County Council said Bristol City Council and BT failed to inform care teams until Monday morning.

A BT spokeswoman apologised but said the "priority" had been to restore the service as quickly as possible.

The failure meant users in Gloucestershire who activated their system over the 23-hour period would have not received help.

You can read more about the story here.

Severe disruption: M50 Herefordshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M50 Herefordshire eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for B4221 and J2 for A417.

M50 Herefordshire - One lane closed on M50 eastbound between J3, B4221 (Newent) and J2, A417 (Ledbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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