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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates across the West of England on Thursday, July 13 2017

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Goodnight - more updates from 7am

Thanks for being with us today. There will be updates on the plane crash in Brimslade on the BBC News website, and here from 7am tomorrow morning.

In the meantime here's tomorrow's weather forecast:

Watch: The weather with Alina Jenkins

Wiltshire plane crash: More pictures from the scene

Investigations are beginning at the scene of the light aircraft crash at Brimslade near Marlborough.

Fire engines and a field
A field where a plane has crashed

Wiltshire plane crash: Police Investigation Unit arrives

The BBC's Steven Clements, who is at the scene, says not much can be seen because the crash site is hidden by the tall crops in the field.

But he says scorched crops can be seen where the plane came down.

A police investigations vehicle has just arrived at the scene.

Wiltshire plane crash: What we know so far

Here's a roundup of all the information we have so far on the light aircraft crash in Wiltshire.

  • Around 6:30pm this evening, Wiltshire Police received a call about a light aircraft that had crashed in a field in Brimslade, south of Wiltshire.
  • Wiltshire Police, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue and South Western Ambulance Service attended.
  • Dorset Fire & Rescue sent four appliances to the site, as some crops surrounding the plane were alight.
  • The Air Accident Investigation Branch will now investigate the crash.
  • There is no information about any casualties.

Plane crash: Wiltshire Police issue statement

Wiltshire Police have confirmed that they received a call around 6:30pm earlier today saying that a light aircraft had crashed in Brimslade, near Marlborough.

A spokesperson said:

Police officers, ambulance and the fire & rescue service are in attendance at the scene, as well as representatives from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch who will lead the investigation into the incident. Work is ongoing at the scene. We currently have no further information in relation to casualties at this time. Anyone who witnessed the incident should call police on 101.

Wiltshire Police Spokesperson

Plane crash: photo from the scene

Fire engines in a field

Dorset Fire and Rescue are still on the scene of the light aircraft crash in Wiltshire.

A spokesman from the Air Accident Investigation Branch said:

We are aware of this incident at a site near Malborough in Wiltshire and an AAIB team is investigating.

AAIB Spokesperson

Light aircraft crash: more details

Local people report hearing fire engines going to the site.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service confirmed they sent four appliances to the scene, and said the field surrounding the plane is alight.

BreakingLight aircraft crash in Wiltshire

We're getting reports that a light aircraft has come down in Brimslade, just south of Marlborough.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service confirmed they sent four appliances to the scene, and the field surrounding the plane is alight.

More as we get it.

Fighting back against HIV

Meet the fitness instructor fighting back against HIV

Becky Mitchell from Horfield in Bristol was diagnosed with HIV five years ago. Her boyfriend had the virus but didn't tell her.

She was a healthy, active person before the diagnosis. Instead of stopping, she threw herself into fitness and now runs her own personal training business.

Becky says she wants to inspire others who are HIV positive that they can lead a normal active life.

Farmer falls foul of funding for 'secret bunker'

Tim Daw

A Wiltshire farmer says he's fallen foul of having a secret World War Two bunker on his land.

Tim Daw, who farms near Marlborough, says the formerly secret bunker has now been spotted in aerial photos by Defra.

And he's discovered he's been over-claiming subsidy payments for years due to him claiming for the area of land the building occupies.

Tim says the pillbox was previously a military secret and therefore didn't appear on any maps.

Click here to listen to the whole saga on BBC Radio 4's Farming Today.

'No guarantee' when Weston A&E will reopen

The head of Weston General Hospital says he can't guarantee when the emergency department will reopen after being shut overnight due to a lack of staff.

It's just over a week since the temporary closure began - meaning urgent cases now have to travel to either Bristol or Taunton.

Now unions are worried shortages of doctors across the NHS may mean its doors are shut at night for good.

Watch: Reporter Scott Ellis has the latest information

Murder victim died from single stab wound

Churchill Close in Burnham-on-Sea

A man whose body was discovered at a house in Somerset died from a single stab wound, police said.

The victim, named as Joseph Pearce, 40, was found by emergency crews following reports of an assault at Churchill Close, in Burnham-on-Sea, on Monday.

Two men, aged 21 and 43, arrested on suspicion of murder remain in custody, Avon and Somerset Police said.

A 54-year-old woman has been released while inquiries continue and three others were released without charge.

Read more about the story here.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for B4008 Quedgeley and J11A for A417 Gloucester.

M5 Gloucestershire - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M5 northbound between J12, B4008 (Quedgeley) and J11a, A417 (Gloucester), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Thunderbirds are go!

Watch: Tom was taking a flight with the USAF's 'Thunderbirds' display team

Now this is definitely a flight with a view.

McFly's Tom Fletcher was visiting RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire today, and he took a trip with the 'Thunderbirds'.

He was filmed inside the cockpit during his flight and we can see it here, courtesy of AF Thunderbirds.

But be warned, the twists and turns might make some of us a bit queasy!

Twenty-one people "admitted elsewhere" during A&E closure

It's been revealed that 21 people had to be admitted elsewhere during the first five nights that the emergency department at Weston General was closed.

That's an average of more than 4 per night. The move has been made by the NHS Trust because of a lack of staff and will be reviewed in the future.

Watch: Reporter Scott Ellis at Weston General

Severe accident: A36 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A36 Somerset both ways severe accident, between B3099 Marsh Road and A361.

A36 Somerset - A36 in Standerwick closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B3099 Marsh Road junction and the A361 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Jack Russell recovering after being shot in the face

Watch: The RSPCA have seen a rise in animals just like Molly attacked with air-rifles in the UK.

Molly was shot in the face at point-blank range with a shotgun, leaving her with dozens of pellets embedded below her skin.

She was found in Backwell before being taken to the RSCPA shelter in Bristol. She is now recovering in intensive care.

Luke James (left)

Peterborough United striker Luke James signs for League Two new boys Forest Green Rovers on a two-year contract.

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The house that time forgot

Watch: The house has stood empty since 1979

A house in Wiltshire that's stood empty since 1979 is being auctioned off later.

The semi in Warminster boasts a single bedroom and a bathroom adjoining a "minimalist" kitchen.

Despite its poor condition, Sean Hayward from Bristol and West Auctions says they've had a lot of interest.

BreakingEmployers of electric shock victim to be prosecuted

Jamie Mines
Family photo

The employers of a Frome man who suffered a severe electric shock will be prosecuted.

Jamie Mines had his right leg, both hands and left foot amputated as a result of the injuries he received. Well-wishers donated tens of thousands of pounds to help his rehabilitation.

In a statement, the Health and Safety Executive said:

[We are] prosecuting Boundary Scaffolding Limited and its director Jonathon Lee Griffith-Clack under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. This follows an investigation into an electric shock suffered by a worker at the Kendrick Industrial Estate, Swindon, on 19 December 2016. The defendants are due at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on 20 September 2017.

Health and Safety Executive spokesperson

Railway lines reopen though disruption continues

Chocks away for Mcfly's Tom Fletcher

Look who has dropped into RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire today. He took off with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, popularly known as the Thunderbirds.

Although he does have a pilot's license, he says "they didn't go easy on him", saying it was an "incredible experience".

Tom Fletcher in a plane
Tom Fletcher
Tom Fletcher
Tom Fletcher

Ambulance review: How it's affecting services

BBC Somerset understands at least three ambulance stations are losing vehicles.

South Western Ambulance Service hasn't confirmed if other stations are affected by a review of its vehicles and staff.

Watch: South Western Ambulance Service hasn't confirmed how other stations are affected

Rail delays expected until 4:30pm

Body found in Burnham-on-Sea identified

Joseph Pearce
Family photo

A man who died in Burnham-on-Sea on Monday has been identified as 40-year-old Joseph Pearce, who was from the town.

Avon & Somerset Police say they have arrested three men and three women in connection with his death.

Two people - a man and a woman - have been released without charge.

One woman has been released under investigation and the others three remain in custody.

We continue to offer support to Joseph's family during what is clearly a difficult time for them. We are leaving no stone unturned in our quest to establish the full circumstances behind this horrific crime and are keeping the family updated with the progress of our enquiry.

Detective Chief Inspector James RiccioAvon & Somerset Police, Major Crime Investigation Team

Review 'affecting ambulance numbers' in Somerset

Ruth Bradley

BBC Somerset politics reporter

BBC Somerset has learned that at least three ambulance stations in the county are losing vehicles as a result of a shake-up by South Western Ambulance Service.

Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater and Minehead ambulance stations have had changes in the last fortnight.

The ambulance service started a review of its rotas across the wider region last year.

It's seen staff moved around and shifts changed as well as vehicles being taken off some stations.

For example Burnham-on-Sea has gone from having a 24-hour ambulance, a 12-hour ambulance and a 12-hour rapid response vehicle, to just one ambulance and a few extra hours added to the rapid response shift.

I've spoken to reliable sources who've told me about Burnham, Minehead and Bridgwater losing vehicles, but many more ambulance stations will have been affected by this review.

Some will have gained vehicles and staff, but after more than a week of asking, the ambulance service still hasn't told me which ones.

It just says the review aims to have "the right number of staff on duty at the right time and in the right place - meeting peak demands".

One paramedic has told me no-one is happy about their new rotas and they are "waiting for it to implode".

What's happening now at RAF Fairford?

The aircraft are arriving for the Royal international Air Tattoo which starts tomorrow.

Watch the latest live here from our reporter Steve Knibbs.

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School defends Fitbit and smartphone 'ban'

Stroud High School
Stroud High School

Stroud High School wrote to parents last week saying "tight controls" of the use of mobile phones "and smart technology including smart watches and Fitbits" would be introduced in September.

Head teacher Mark McShane's letter said: "If not addressed, we open the door for social media to cause significant problems for young peoples mental health and wellbeing."

The ban will apply to years 7-9 during the whole day. Years 10-11 will be allowed to use their phones at lunchtime, and sixth form students will be allowed to use them "as they wish, but not in lessons".

Click here to read more.

Tom from McFly drops into RIAT

He's got a pilot's licence. But then Tom Fletcher from McFly got into a Thunderbird F16...

It's an US acrobatic plane and they didn't go lightly on him!

As the Air Tattoo gets under way, Tom Fletcher from McFly drops in via a Thunderbird.

'Impressive' F-22 put through its paces ahead of Air Tattoo

Watch: F-22 Raptor put through its paces

This'll make you feel sick!

Earlier, the F-22 was put through its paces during our Facebook Live from the Air Tattoo in Fairford.

Steve Knibbs witnessed some of the amazing acrobatics.

Cardiff City sign Bristol City's Tomlin

Lee Tomlin

Attacking midfielder Lee Tomlin joins Cardiff City from Championship rivals Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.

Read more on this story here.

BreakingBreaking: Bristol City's Lee Tomlin moves to Cardiff City

Family recalls 'tiny steps of progress' after sepsis battle

The Davenport family
Public Health England

Last year Claudia Davenpost, aged two, was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and sepsis.

She was in intensive care for seven days but has made a full recovery.

Her family, who live in Yeovil, are sharing their story to raise awareness of the disease as part of a Public Health England campaign.

Each day she made tiny steps of progress, it was a joy to see her smile again after three or four days. On Easter Sunday morning she walked again. People need to be aware of the symptoms and follow your gut instinct if you think something is not quite right. Usually toddlers seem to bounce back and run around even if they've been poorly, but this time, she didn't.

Emma DavenportMother

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RIAT campers up early and ready for aircraft action

Listen: Mark Smith speaks to campers near RAF Fairford

Preparations are well under way for The Royal International Air Tattoo.

It doesn't start until tomorrow but aircraft from across the world are flying into RAF Fairford today.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Mark Smith was up early this morning to speak to those who are camping near the airbase.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J23 for A39 and J24 for A38.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J23, A39 (Bridgwater North) and J24, A38 (Bridgwater South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A358 Somerset both ways

BBC News Travel

A358 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Chaffcombe Road and Crow Lane.

A358 Somerset - A358 in Chard blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Chaffcombe Road junction and the Crow Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

RIAT: TV reporter live at RAF Fairford

School Fitbit ban 'unrelated to eating'

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The head teacher of a girls' school which has banned the use of Fitbits has denied it did so because pupils are counting calories and missing meals.

Stroud High School has prohibited devices capable of accessing social media amid concerns about the impact it can have on young people.

The ban includes the wearable activity monitors because they can access it.

The school said research shows social media can lead to a "decline in wellbeing" of teenagers.

Click here if you'd like to read more.

What happens after a bridge strike?

National Rail says bridge strikes are "a significant problem".

They include vehicles crashing into bridges that carry a railway, or bridges over a railway.

If a bridge has been hit, no trains can travel over it or under it until it has been safety checked, according to National Rail.

Trains may have to divert or be cancelled, all leading to delays for passengers.

Train disruption after vehicle hits bridge

National Rail says a vehicle has hit a bridge between Yatton and Nailsea & Backwell.

Rail commuters in the area have been warned to expect some disruption.

Trains between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads are being delayed by up to 40 minutes, cancelled or diverted via Westbury.

The disruption is expected to continue until midday.