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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Wednesday 17 May, 2017

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Warmer and drier weather on the way

Well that's it for today from your Local Live team in the West of England.

Join us from 7am tomorrow for all the latest news, travel, weather and sport from across the region.

To see us out, here's Ian Fergusson with a drier and warmer forecast for Thursday...

Ian Fergusson brings the forecast for Thursday 18 May

Boris alcohol comments 'warmly welcomed' by some temple attendees

Boris Johnson was on the rocks after discussing Scotch whisky exportation during a visit to a Sikh temple in Bristol.

The foreign secretary was told that alcohol is "against our religion" by one outraged worshipper.

But a spokesman for Mr Johnson said the other 30 attendees at the temple had "warmly welcomed" his remarks.

"He pointed out that in India billions of litres of whisky are consumed every year but there is a 120% (customs duty) on imports of Scotch whisky, and wouldn't it be great if we could have free trade," he added.

Boris Johnson
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Mental health concerns over man found dead in prison, inquest hears

An inquest has heard that concerns were raised about the mental health of a young father from Cheltenham who took his own life in Bristol Prison.

Callum Smith, 27, had a history of mental illness when he was remanded in custody after threatening to burn down his mother's house.

His family want to know if more could have been done to stop him harming himself.

Callum Smith
Family of Callum Smith

Bristol City to release defender Little

Mark Little
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Bristol City have released right-back Mark Little, but veteran forward Aaron Wilbraham has been offered an extended deal.

Former Wolves trainee Little, 28, had been with the Ashton Gate club since signing on a free transfer from Peterborough in June 2014.

Wilbraham, 37, also arrived in 2014 and has scored 30 league goals since then.

The club captain's new offer also includes some "additional non-playing responsibilities".

Sikh woman says Boris should not have been 'promoting alcohol' in a temple

Boris Johnson has said sorry for his remark made during an election campaign visit to a Sikh Gurdwara in Bristol.

But Balbir Kaur, the person who challenged the foreign secretary, said if he "wanted to talk about alcohol he could have talked somewhere else".

Sikh woman says the foreign secretary should not have been promoting alcohol in a temple

Moment soldier is caught out by 'paedophile hunter'

Craftsman Sam Dallow, from Birmingham, admitted sending explicit messages from his barracks in Tidworth,Wiltshire, to what he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

In fact it was self-styled paedophile hunter Shane Brannigan who handed Dallow over to the police.

This is the moment he was confronted...

Soldier Sam Dallow (left) caught out in grooming sting by 'paedophile hunter'

BreakingUnstable substance near Bristol school 'disposed of'

An unstable substance found in a house in Bristol has been "safely disposed of" in a controlled explosion, the fire service says.

Four ambulances and the explosive ordnance disposal team attended the house in Park Grove, Henleaze, near Henleaze Junior School.

A 50m cordon was also set up which has since been removed.

At 7:10pm the substance was taken into the school playing field, surrounded by sand bags and disposed of in a controlled explosion by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service

Watch moment Boris is confronted over alcohol 'gaffe' in Sikh temple

Foreign secretary has been criticised for talking about alcohol trade deals in Sikh temple

There's been criticism of Boris Johnson after an uncomfortable election campaign stop at a Sikh temple in St George in Bristol.

The foreign secretary promised his audience that a future Conservative government would increase free trade and end tariffs on India's imports of British whisky.

But a Sikh woman said it was "absolutely outrageous" for Mr Johnson to try to promote alcohol inside a place of worship.

Rain washes out One-Day Cup matches for Somerset and Gloucestershire

The Brightside Ground
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Surrey qualified for the One-Day Cup knockout stages despite rain causing their game at Gloucestershire to be called off without a ball being bowled.

Somerset's game at Middlesex was also called off, meaning Somerset finish second in the South Group.

Cheltenham add Yeovil midfielder Dawson

Kevin Dawson
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Cheltenham Town have signed versatile midfielder Kevin Dawson from fellow League Two club Yeovil Town.

The 26-year-old rejected the Glovers' offer of an extended deal at Huish Park and will join the Gloucestershire club on a two-year deal from 1 July.

The Irishman had been with Yeovil since January 2013 and made 92 league starts for the Somerset outfit.

He played for now Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson at Yeovil, helping them win promotion to the Championship in 2013.

Paedophile hunter: 'We are helping under-pressure police'

Shane Brannigan
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Shane Brannigan

Craftsman Sam Dallow, of 6th Battalion The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, based at Tidworth, admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming earlier today.

The sting was carried out at Andover train station on 11 April, where Dallow thought he was meeting the girl he had been messaging, only to be met by Mr Brannigan and a colleague who filmed their exchange.

Mr Brannigan handed the footage and Dallow's explicit online exchanges to Hampshire Police.

It is the latest case to use evidence gathered by a small but increasingly prominent band of self-styled paedophile hunters.

The vigilantes say they are helping out police forces; claiming their budgets are at breaking point, by doing the detective work detectives are unable to do themselves.

Mr Brannigan told the BBC: "Saying and crying they've got no money, no resources, no funding, there isn't enough people in the team to do this sort of thing so leave it to people like me who actually care about the investigation."

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J21 for A370 and J22 for A38.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Police say paedophile hunters put children at risk

Police say rather than being helpful, amateur detectives can jeopardise ongoing investigations and provide paedophiles with a chance to destroy evidence.

National Policing Lead on Child Abuse Investigation, Chief Constable Simon Bailey, of Norfolk Police, said: "They are taking risks they don't understand.

"We understand the desire to protect children but any member of the public who has information about child sexual abuse, online or otherwise, should get in contact with the police so we can investigate and bring people to justice.

"Revealing the identity of suspected paedophiles gives the suspect the opportunity to destroy evidence before the police can investigate them."

National Policing Lead on Child Abuse Investigation, Chief Constable Simon Bailey,
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Bristol road to reopen after gas leak

Gipsy Patch Lane
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A road in Bristol that's been shut since Monday due to a gas leak will reopen this evening.

Wales and West Utilities says it has managed to fix the problem on Gipsy Patch Lane in Patchway.

Road closed north of Longhope after serious accident

A person has been seriously injured following a crash on the A4136 in Gloucestershire.

Police have closed the road between Longhope and the A40, and ambulance teams are at the scene.

A Forest Police spokesman said the person's injuries were serious but not life threatening.

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Former Met chief 'disappointed' after man released in PC Fletcher death probe

PC Fletcher
Metropolitan Police

A former Met chief says people deserve to know why a prosecution wasn't brought against a man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Wiltshire-born PC Yvonne Fletcher.

The officer died in April 1984 after shots were fired from the Libyan embassy in London at protesters outside.

A man in his 50s, arrested in November 2015, was released from police bail on Tuesday due to "insufficient admissible evidence", Scotland Yard said.

I know the immense amount of hard work that has gone into actually trying to get a prosecution, so I am disappointed and I know other people are. I don't know what the reasons are but I have to say I think the public will be disappointed if we weren't given reasons for why this particular individual wasn't prosecuted.

Lord StevensFormer Metropolitan Police Commissioner

Soldier caught out in grooming sting

Craftsman Sam Dallow
Simon Brannigan
Craftsman Sam Dallow, left, was caught out by a self-styled paedophile hunter

A soldier has admitted grooming a child via the internet, after sending explicit messages from his army barracks.

Winchester Crown Court heard Craftsman Sam Dallow sent messages from his base in Tidworth, Wiltshire, to a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

In fact it was self-styled paedophile hunter Shane Brannigan who handed 25-year-old Dallow over to the police.

Howeve,r a senior police officer has warned against vigilante action – saying it risks jeopardising ongoing investigations.

Cordon removed in 'unstable substance' alert

Fire engines and police at the scene
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Fire engines and police at the scene

A 50m cordon set up outside a Bristol primary school following reports of an "unstable substance" in a nearby property has been removed.

Four fire engines originally attended a property in Park Grove, Henleaze, following the discovery.

The explosive ordnance disposal team was also dispatched.

Now Avon Fire and Rescue Service say the operation has been "scaled down to one fire engine".

Residents are still being advised to stay indoors and close windows.

BMW strikes suspended by union

Planned strikes at BMW car plants - including Swindon - have been suspended by a union while members consider a deal.

Members of Unite have staged several walkouts and were set to stage three walkouts later this month, in a dispute over the closure of a final salary pension scheme.

Unite said workers at the four plants - in Oxford, Goodwood near Chichester, Hams Hall and Swindon - would now be balloted on the new offer.

Mini production line
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