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Summary

  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 13 February 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

That's all for today after a final look at the weather

Watch: Weather forecast with Jennifer Bartram

Thanks for joining us today.

We'll leave you with the full weather forecast as it looks like a chilly start tomorrow with some patchy rain through the day, but temperatures should be milder.

We'll be back with more live news, sport, weather and travel from 7am.

Goodnight.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder

Watch: Police remain at the scene

A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman's body.

Police were called to a property in Kensington Park, Easton, this morning.

A mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as there was "police contact prior to the woman's body being found", according to an Avon and Somerset Police spokeperson.

Fatal collision prompts police appeal

A police car
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A woman, aged 30, died earlier today when her car crashed into a tree before catching fire.

Several people stopped to help pull the woman from the car "with one man suffering minor injuries and shock in doing so", according to Gloucestershire Police. 

The incident happened on the B4014 Avening to Tetbury road shortly before 12.30pm.

Anyone who witnessed the crash and hasn’t yet spoken to police has been asked to call them using the 101 number.

Rugby: Bristol sign New Zealand international back-rower

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Bristol Rugby have signed New Zealand international Steven Luatua for the 2017-18 season from Blues.

Luatua, 25, back-rower has won 15 caps for the All Blacks.

"Since bursting onto the scene as a 19 year-old, Steven has been a consistently formidable presence, both at Super Rugby and for the All Blacks," head coach Mark Tainton said.

"He's a hungry, ambitious 25-year-old and a standout performer at the very highest level."

Repairing the world's oldest working steam engines

A group of volunteers are working hard to repair a set of historic steam engines on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Marlborough.

The Crofton Beam engines are thought to be the oldest working steam engines in the world.

They are still doing the job they were made for, which is to pump water to feed the canal.

Watch: Heritage Engineer John Warren describes the engine process

The repairs are being made to the steam boiler and the team are hoping to be finished in time for Easter. 

'Unexplained' death being investigated

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BBC
The woman's death is being treated as unexplained

We’re investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in Kensington Park, Bristol, this morning. Her death is being treated as unexplained pending the outcome of a post-mortem examination. A man has been arrested in connection with the incident. We have made a mandatory referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as there was police contact prior to the woman’s body being found. Enquiries are ongoing.

SpokepersonAvon and Somerset Police

Alcohol limit for racing festival-goers

Cheltenham races
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Cheltenham Festival racegoers will be restricted to buying four alcoholic drinks at a time in a bid to crack down on anti-social antics.

Two footballers apologised after being photographed apparently urinating into a glass at last year's festival, where women were seen baring their breasts.

Chief executive Ian Renton said: "It's to ensure that drinking is not the rationale for people coming racing."

The measure is also to be imposed at the Jockey Club's other racecourses.

Famous Monte Carlo rally car could sell for £50,000

Hillman Imp rally car
PA

This Hillman Imp rally car which took part in the Monte Carlo Rally 50 years ago is set to be sold at auction in Wiltshire.

It's one of the most famous models of its kind after it completed the 1967 rally, coming second in its class and 46th overall.

Mr Tudge from Malmesbury, who has owned the car since 2013, is selling it for personal reasons. 

"This car has an amazing history. It's one of only eight works Imps built between 1963 and 1969," he said. 

The car could fetch up to £50,000 when it is sold at auction next month.

Click here to read more.

Massage parlour fronting as a Brothel in seaside town

Watch: Weston's vulnerable children at risk of exploitation, BBC finds

A BBC investigation has found evidence of teenagers being exploited by a brothel in Weston-super-Mare.

The seedier side of the Victorian seaside town has been uncovered in an Inside Out West investigation.

Confidential documents show the authorities discussed vulnerable teenagers handing out leaflets for Butterflys, which claims it's a massage parlour - but in reality is a brothel in the heart of the town. 

Click here to read more.

Matty Taylor complaint dropped 'after high-level discussions'

Matty Taylor
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On transfer deadline day, Bristol Rovers sold star striker Matty Taylor to rivals Bristol Rovers ...but then days later said they were making an official complaint to the English Football League over the deal.

They claimed City knew the details of a release clause in his contract before making an offer.  

But now Rovers have announced on their website they will not be pursuing the complaint "after high-level discussions between the two Clubs about an agreed transfer policy going forward".

City responded saying it welcomed the news.

BreakingClub drops Matty Taylor complaint

Bristol Rovers has confirmed it has dropped its official complaint following the sale of striker Matty Taylor to rivals Bristol City.

Footballer 'hit bouncer with bottle'

Rohan Ince
Rex Features

Footballer Rohan Ince has gone on trial accused of assaulting a doorman with a glass bottle on Christmas Day.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who is currently on loan at Swindon, denies wounding with intent outside Atik nightclub in Windsor in the early hours of 25 December, 2015.

Reading Crown Court heard doorman Gregor Jurcic, 27, suffered a "nasty" head injury and was left with scarring.

Mr Ince denies being the person who used a bottle to attack Mr Jurcic, who was helping police control crowds.

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Rare glimpse inside hidden cave

Watch: See inside the secret suburban cave

Deep beneath the streets of Southmead is a natural wonder.

The Pen Park Hole complex was recently declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). 

BBC Inside Out has been given a rare opportunity to see inside the cave with a group of intrepid explorers. 

You can see the full report on BBC One at 7.30pm.

Severe accident: A342 Wiltshire both ways

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A342 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, at A345.

A342 Wiltshire - A342 in Upavon blocked and delays at the A345 junction, because of an accident involving a couple of vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Social services 'not aware of brothel'

Watch: Sheila Smith speaks to the BBC's Matthew Hill

A 15-year-old girl promoted a brothel masquerading as a massage parlour, a BBC investigation has found.

Amber delivered leaflets for Butterfly's in Weston-super-Mare, using her own images on the leaflets.

Sheila Smith, director of people and communities at North Somerset Council, said it gave advice and support to Amber when she told them what she was doing.

Ms Smith said at the time, she was not aware Butterfly's was a brothel.

An investigation into vulnerable children in Weston-super-Mare can be seen on BBC Inside Out West at 7.30pm on Monday and will be available afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.

Children at risk in seaside resort

Matthew Hill

BBC West health correspondent

Butterflys Weston
BBC

On the surface, Weston-super-Mare is a quaint Victorian seaside town. But dig a little deeper - like I have for the past year - and you find a more disturbing side.

Right in the heart of the town, known to many, is a brothel.

Butterfly's masquerades as a massage parlour. But it's not.

"So what?" you might argue; they're in every town and city in the country.

But I've spoken to one young woman who said she delivered leaflets for Butterfly's when she was just 15 - using her own images on the leaflets.

Click here to read more from Matthew Hill.

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, between J19 for A369 and J20 for B3133 affecting J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - Very slow traffic and long delays on M5 southbound between J19, A369 (Portishead) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A361 Wiltshire both ways

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A361 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between A350 and A365.

A361 Wiltshire - A361 closed in both directions between Semington and Seend Fork in Seend, because of accident investigation work.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Rugby: Winger passed team info to Bristol

Tom Arscott and Luke Arscott
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Tom Arscott (left) passed on team information to brother Luke Arscott (right)

Sacked Sale Sharks winger Tom Arscott has been found guilty of passing on confidential team information to Bristol by the RFU.

The 29-year-old met with his brother, Bristol back Luke, at their team hotel the night before Bristol's 24-23 Premiership win at Sale on 1 January.

An investigation found Bristol were aware of some of Sale's defensive tactics but there was "no evidence to demonstrate" a change in strategy.

Arscott was given a written warning.

Click here to read the full story.

Football: Leeds United v Bristol City preview

Eunan O'Kane
Empics

Bristol City travel to West Yorkshire tomorrow night to face Leeds United in the Championship.

Striker Matty Taylor could miss the trip after suffering a hamstring strain in Saturday's 3-3 draw at Derby.

Lee Tomlin is likely to take Taylor's place if he fails to recover in time.

Click here to read more.

Bride surprised by Bedford Rascal

Watch: This van was sourced for Hannah's wedding, in memory of Hannah's late father

A new bride from South Gloucestershire got a big surprise on her wedding day thanks to BBC Radio Bristol.

Hannah Allen from Oldland Common was desperate to go to the ceremony in a Bedford Rascal, in memory of her late father who used to drive one. 

Her mum and partner made a secret on-air appeal for help and the radio station managed to find her one for the big day. 

Damning Ofsted Report for council

South Gloucestershire Council has apologised after a damning Ofsted report says its services for vulnerable children were "inadequate".

It also found "critical weaknesses" and highlighted failings in the support offered for children with disabilities. 

Councillor for Downend, Jon Hunt, who is also Chair and Lead Member of the Children, Adults and Health Committee, explains how hard they've been working:

Watch: Jon Hunt says a stable level of managers and social workers is needed

Pub brawl was 'madness'

A witness to the large fight which broke out in Trowbridge at the weekend has described the incident as "unreal". 

Tommy Arkle videoed the fight that broke out in The Albany Palace on Park Road just after 12.30am on Sunday. 

Police enquiries are still ongoing. Two men were injured in the incident and a police officer was hit in the face and knocked to the ground.  

Watch: Tommy Arkle describes witnessing the pub brawl

If this doesn't make you feel all romantic for Valentine's Day nothing will

Tomorrow's the special day set aside for lovers across the globe.

To get some top love tips we've spoken to two couples who MUST know how to do a relationship right - as they've been married for more than 60 years!

Watch: Gordon and Maureen and Ron and Sylvia give us the secrets of their longevity

Child services department rated 'inadequate'

Ofsted logo
Ofsted

South Gloucestershire Council has apologised after a damning Ofsted report which says its services for vulnerable children were "inadequate". 

It also found "critical weaknesses" and highlighted failings in the support offered for children with disabilities. 

The report follows a four-week inspection last November and December for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers.

Ofsted highlighted an urgent need to review all current or recent cases allocated to managers with the 0 to 25 service, which supports children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability, and their families.

Inspectors also say a more consistent approach to identifying, assessing and reducing the risk of child sexual exploitation is needed.

Naturally we are deeply disappointed with the outcome but we are determined to improve services for children and young people. What I can assure you of is that we are already taking steps to bring about rapid improvement, which is acknowledged by Ofsted in the report. We have set up an improvement board specifically looking at our 0 to 25 disability service to ensure the needs of our most vulnerable children and young people are being met. This remains a top priority for the council and a robust improvement plan is being developed to address all the recommendations in the report.

Peter MurphyDirector of children's services, South Gloucestershire County Council

Appeal after weekend pub brawl

Police are appealing for information after a large fight broke out in a pub in Trowbridge on Sunday.

Footage of the fight, which happened at The Albany, on Park Road, was posted online.

Police were called to the premises shortly after 12.30am, one officer was struck in the face and knocked to the ground but was not seriously injured.

One man suffered a head injury and was seen by paramedics, another man received bruising to his face.

Anyone who was in the bar at the time of the incident is asked to contact police.

Watch: Witnesses sought after pub brawl in Trowbridge

Second prison absconder arrested

Anthony McCormick, 52, (l) Nicholas Briggs, 28 (r)
Avon and Somerset Police

A second inmate who absconded from an open prison has been arrested.

Nicholas Briggs, 28, went missing from HMP Leyhill in South Gloucestershire last Thursday.

He is serving an 18-month sentence for domestic assault and was arrested by Gwent Police on Sunday night.

A second inmate, Anthony McCormick, 52, who absconded at the same time, and who was handed a life sentence in 1998 after being convicted of rape, handed himself into police on Friday.

Man who died after incident with security guard named

A man who died following an incident outside a Trowbridge shopping centre on Thursday has been named.

Kieren Church, 30, of no fixed address, died in the Shires car park in the town.

A security guard arrested on suspicion of manslaughter had been bailed. Police say he tackled Kieren to the ground, believing him to be a a suspected shoplifter.

Kieren suffered "significant injuries" when bottles he was carrying smashed. He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

Kieren's family have paid tribute, saying: "Kieren was a much loved son, brother, grandson and friend to many. He will be sadly missed."    

Kieren Church
Church family

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, between J25 for A358 and J24 for A38.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J25, A358 (Taunton) and J24, A38 (Bridgwater South), because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Tea van travelling to Serbia to help migrants

Two women are refurbishing a truck to serve drinks to migrants and refugees in Europe.

Rosie from Wiveliscombe, near Taunton, and Lily from Plymouth, aim to create a safe gathering place for migrants along the Balkan route while offering hot tea, a warm fire and friendship.

The SolidariTea van, which is being converted in Wellington, will first be driven to Belgrade in Serbia, Rosie and Lily then plan to drive south towards Greece and the Greek Islands.

Watch: The van has been converted in Wellington and is travelling to Serbia

What is a drugs test like for a football player?

Listen: Amari Morgan-Smith gives his views on drugs testing in football

BBC Radio Gloucestershire speaks to Cheltenham Town striker Amari Morgan-Smith about his experiences of drugs testing.

It follows a freedom of information request from BBC Sport which discovered not a single player from the National League division was tested last season.

Funeral of Bridge over the River Kwai PoW

Sydney Tavender
BBC

It's the funeral today of a man who worked in terrible conditions as a prisoner of war (PoW) during World War Two and who helped to build the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai.

Ninety-eight-year-old Sydney Tavender, from Cheltenham, who slaved on the Burma to Thailand railway for three years after being captured in 1942, died at the beginning of February.

After the war he lead the campaign for compensation for those who suffered in Japanese prisoner of war camps.

Firefighters free toddler from toilet seat stuck on her head

A two-year-old girl had to be freed by firefighters when a toilet seat became stuck on her head. 

The incident happened at a property in Cork Street, Frome, Somerset, on Sunday.

Crews used small tools to remove the training toilet seat. 

A brigade spokesman said: "One fire appliance from Frome was sent to a report of a two-year-old child with a training toilet seat stuck on their head. 

 "On arrival crews confirmed that this was the case and they were able to remove it from the little girl using small tools."

King's Lynn Town winger recovering after serious injury

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Town's Ryan Hawkins has had an operation after suffering a horrific injury during the 1-1 draw at Cirencester in the Southern Premier at the weekend. 

An air ambulance landed on the pitch after the winger received treatment and the match was delayed. 

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Hawkins, who used to play for Dereham Town, has since tweeted that an operation to repair his damaged tendon has been a success. 

Repair work starts on historic steam-powered beam engines

Watch: Repair work starts on historic pumping station boiler

Repair work starts today on an historic boiler which powers the steam-powered beam pumping engines on the Kennet and Avon canal. 

The Crofton Beam Engines form part of a pumping station originally built to supply water to the highest point of the canal south of Marlborough, where it runs through Savernake Forest. 

Both need repairs ahead of opening to the public for events during the Easter holidays and the hand-stoked, coal-fired boiler which feeds them also needs its rivets replaced.

BreakingMan arrested after woman found dead in road

A man has been arrested following the death of a woman in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, early on Sunday morning.

The body of a 43-year-old woman was found on Hill Street by a member of the public. 

Police say her injuries suggested she had been involved in a car crash.

A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

Det Insp Louise Boyce said: "We have a team of officers and staff working on this and despite an arrest being made this is still an active and ongoing inquiry. 

"A post-mortem examination is due to take place later today to establish the cause of the woman's death and following this a formal identification procedure will take place."  

Brass bands get stem cell tests to find donor for musician

Shepton Mallet musician Stephen Sykes turns 26 tomorrow. 

He needs a stem cell transplant as chemotherapy to treat the aggressive form of cancer he has isn't working. 

But, despite a worldwide search, doctors can't find a match. Now members of brass bands from across the South West have started getting tested to see if they could be Stephen's donor.  

Watch: Stephen needs a stem cell transplant as chemotherapy isn't working

BBC Local Radio headlines on #WorldRadioDay

A radio studio with red microphone in the foreground and computers in the background
BBC

It's #WorldRadioDay - a day celebrating the impact of radio and the service it provides across the globe.

Here's what your BBC Local Radio headlines are this morning:

  • BBC Radio Bristol- Police say a woman found dead in a road in Kingswood on Sunday may have been hit by a car. The woman's body was discovered just before one in the morning on Hill Street. 
  • BBC Radio Gloucestershire- Over a thousand pounds' worth of equipment used in the "Faith" exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral has been stolen. Projectors and sound systems were taken. 
  • BBC Somerset- Members of brass bands from across the South West are getting tested to see if they're a stem cell match for a musician from Shepton Mallet who has an aggressive form of cancer. 
  • BBC Wiltshire- Swindon Town loan signing Rohan Ince is due to go on trial this morning accused of wounding with intent after a fight in a nightclub in Windsor.