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  1. The latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the West of England on Thursday 10 August 2017

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Goodnight from Local Live

Weather 10 August

That's it from us for today.

We'll be back again tomorrow with all the news, sport, travel and weather from across the region.

Here's Ian with your weather forecast.

Hope you enjoyed the night glow and fireworks


As the balloons are packed up the logistics of getting thousands of people off site is now under way.

Don't forget there are road closures and one-way systems in use around the site so please follow the signs.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is closed until midnight to both drivers and pedestrians.

Have a safe journey home and thanks for the hundreds of kind messages you sent us.

Nightglow fireworks ... they were ace!

More footage of the amazing Bristol Balloon Fiesta nightglow

Night glow in pictures

Bristol Balloon Fiesta: Nightglow

South Western rail franchise: 'No commitment to train guard future'

Andy Mellors

The boss of the new South Western rail franchise has refused to commit to protecting the role of train guards, despite calls from the RMT trade union.

FirstGroup and Hong Kong's MTR take over on 20 August and will provide 90 new trains with doors that can be operated by the driver.

Driver-only operated trains on Southern Rail services has led to 16 months of industrial action by the RMT.

The union has called a meeting with FirstGroup on 17 August.

Read the full story here.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta: Nightglow live

Bones reveal macabre ancient cannibal rituals

Listen: Richard Hamilton reports for the BBC World Service

Cannibalism is known to have been an ancient practice, but now scientists in Britain say they have evidence that our ancestors ate each other with some relish.

This relates to a human bone found in a cave in the Cheddar Gorge.

(Photo: Human bone engraved by cannibals. Credit: Trustees of the Natural History Museum)

Balloonists setting up for spectacular night glow

Previous nightglow

Preparations are already under way for the nightglow at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta.

For those unfamiliar with the event it is where balloonists fire their burners - in groups - in time with a musical soundtrack.

And to round the evening off there is a firework display high over the site.

We're hoping to livestream the event later on this page so don't go away.

Did you witness a police chase in Swindon yesterday?

A 29-year-old Swindon man was arrested after a car failed to stop for Police in the town yesterday, which resulted in a short pursuit.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the chase, which started in Whitbourne Avenue, just after 5pm, and ended in Wimpole Close.

The driver then ran off but was caught by officers on Denholme Road at 5.10pm.

PC Scott Young said: "We would like to speak to anyone who heard or saw the pursuit involving a Ford Focus or anything suspicious in this area around this time."

Routes of the vehicle and foot pursuits across Swindon yesterday.
Wiltshire Police
Routes of the vehicle and foot pursuits across Swindon yesterday.

Equality gripe sinks women-only swimming

Letter at Pulse leisure centre in Dursley
Loraine Patrick
A notice at the Pulse leisure centre in Dursley informed swimmers about the discrimination row

Women-only swimming classes have been axed at a leisure centre following a complaint that they discriminated against men.

The sessions at the Pulse leisure centre in Dursley, Gloucestershire have been changed to adults only.

Stroud District Council said they hoped people would "understand we have to abide by the law".

The decision has been derided on social media and described as being against the spirit of equalities legislation.

Read the full story here.

Gough's Cave bone engraving 'a component of the cannibalistic practice'

The bones were also chewed but these are not teeth marks
Trustees of the NHM

More now on the evidence that cannibals were active in Somerset some 15,000 years ago.

Markings on a human bone, found in Gough's Cave in the Cheddar Gorge, apparently reveal that prehistoric cannibals marked up the bones of the people they ate.

The engraved motif on the Gough's Cave bone is similar to engravings observed in other Magdalenian European sites. However, what is exceptional in this case is the choice of raw material (human bone) and the cannibalistic context in which it was produced. The sequence of modifications performed on this bone suggests that the engraving was a purposeful component of the cannibalistic practice, rich in symbolic connotations. Although in previous analyses we have been able to suggest that cannibalism at Gough's Cave was practiced as a symbolic ritual, this study provides the strongest evidence for this yet.

Silvia BelloLondon’s Natural History Museum

Why are the balloons not flying tonight?

Here's the event director, Clive Bailey, with his view.

"We've spoken to the Met Office, we've spoken to Bristol Airport and it's just too windy". he says.

BreakingNo flying tonight - winds too high, say organisers

Don Cameron on flying chance at Ashton Court tonight

BreakingAscent at the fiesta: It's 'right on the balance'

Don Cameron, fiesta founder, on any potential flying tonight...

We think he's saying, get those fingers crossed.

It's right on the balance as whether they fly or not. That's the thing about ballooning you've always got to be hopeful.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta - still awaiting a decision

It's a bit windy for flying tonight.

Organisers are expected to make a decision any minute on whether or not we will see balloons in the sky tonight.

Either way, we still have the night glow to look forward to!

Latest video from the fiesta as the balloons are inflated ahead of the mass ascent

Too windy to launch right now ...

Getting ready for take off at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Get ready for something special!

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We're planning something special soon - live from the Bristol Balloon Fiesta.

We've got a reporter in a balloon and another in the chase vehicle.

Keep your fingers crossed, it's going to be a first for BBC Local Live, Points West Facebook and BBC Radio Bristol Facebook!

More pics from Ashton Court as mass ascent nears

Balloon being inflated
Two hot air balloons
Hot air balloon

The sun comes out for the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Bristol gets ready for the Balloon Fiesta
Bristol gets ready for the Balloon Fiesta

Thousands gather for the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Marine life on the Somerset coastline

Take a look at these great photos by Somerset Wildlife Trust.

They show some of the lovely marine wildlife around our coasts at this time of year.

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There's a festival atmosphere already at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Stress at work: 'Hiding behind fake illnesses is not going to help'

Olly Straw
Olly Straw

Some 15,000 people were quizzed by the charity Mind as part of a survey which concluded men are more likely to blame work for mental health problems than women.

Olly Straw, 25, from Bristol, has recently had time off work due to his mental health.

"In this job I've been upfront with my managers, saying that this can happen from time to time," he told the BBC's Newsbeat.

"I don't think hiding behind fake illnesses or giving them false reasons why you're off is going to help you get better."

Bristol gathers ready for the Balloon Fiesta!

Bristol gets ready for the Balloon Fiesta
Bristol gets ready for the Balloon Fiesta
Bristol gets ready for the Balloon Fiesta.

Tennis star raises the roof - literally- of her Gloucestershire home

Sue Barker

Former tennis star and broadcaster Sue Barker has raised the roof of her Gloucestershire home and has been given retrospective permission for an extension, despite objections from neighbours.

She and husband, Lance Tankard, applied for planning permission to make the adjustments as he kept banging his head on the low ceilings.

The planning documents state Mr Tankard had once "knocked himself clean out" and twice cut his head on "pinch points" where the valleys of the roof meet the rear of the property.

An extension to the property was described as having a "disproportionate and overbearing affect" upon neighbouring houses, but was given the green light.

'Dumped' caiman has sores on its tail and toes

The 2ft-long (60 cm) caiman was found by a lake in Somerset last Friday and is thought to have been illegally dumped.

He's now at Crocodiles of the World in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, where he has been given an inspection and full health check.

Shaun Foggett, director of the attraction, said the caiman was now in quarantine and would hopefully be put on display one day for visitors to see.

"He wasn't underweight, which was very surprising," said Shaun.

"I don't think he was out in the reservoir for very long. If he'd been out in our climate he would've deteriorated very quickly."

Video courtesy of Crocodiles of the World

"Dumped" caiman has sores on its tail and toes, according to carers.

Queues building on roads around Balloon Fiesta

Traffic map

Traffic is already building on all the approaches to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta.

It's ahead of this evening's mass ascent and nightglow at Ashton Court.

Organisers are urging people to walk, ride or use public transport.

Just a reminder if you are setting out later this afternoon Clifton Suspension is closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from 6pm until midnight.

There is also a "traffic management" scheme in place around the site with some road closures and temporary one-way roads - so check before your travel.

Making the headlines in the West's local newspapers

Bristolian word 'gurt' to be used in National Poetry Day poems

Getty Images

If you live in Bristol then the chances are the phrase 'gurt lush' is no stranger to you.

Now the word 'gurt' is to be included in 12 new poems on National Poetry Day on 28 September.

A poem by Isaiah Hull, a 19-year-old spoken word artist, will feature 12 words from around the country, such as ginnel (an alleyway), said to originate in Leeds and Didlum (a community savings scheme).

Just in case you didn't know: gurt means 'great' or 'very'.

Work stress 'causing' poor male mental health

Rush hour
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Men are more likely to blame work for mental health problems than women, according to a new report from the charity Mind.

Some 32% of men with poor mental health said work was responsible for their illness, compared to just 14% of women.

Olly Straw, a 25-year-old project manager from Bristol, has only returned to work this week after taking time off due to his mental health.

He was working for a legal firm and says being honest with your employer is the key to them understanding the needs of staff when they become unwell.

Click here to read more.

Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

Trustees of the NHM

A series of zig-zag marks on a human bone found in a UK cave is evidence of a cannibalistic ritual that took place some 15,000 years ago.

Scientists have long recognised that cannibals operated at Gough’s Cave in Somerset, but were unsure whether the practice of eating other people had any symbolic significance.

Reporting in the journal Plos One, researchers say the unusual cuts on a forearm bone are deliberate.

They are not simple butchery markings. Nor are they teeth marks.

Click here to read more.

Date set for tolls to be scrapped on the Severn bridges

Severn Bridge toll

The Severn bridges will revert to public ownership on 8 January so it can scrap the tolls by the end of 2018, the UK government has confirmed,

Monmouth Conservative MP David Davies said he was "very pleased" with the news, which he received in a letter from Transport Minister Jesse Norman.

Mr Davies said it proved the pledge was "not some wild manifesto promise".

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns has described the tolls as a "psychological barrier" to doing business in Wales.

Horrendous treatment of dogs leads to lifetime ban and jail sentence

A man who left his dogs to starve on the balcony of a high rise flat has been banned from keeping animals for life.

25-year-old Zach Cook was also given a jail sentence when he appeared before magistrates in Bristol.

Police discovered Cook's dogs, Ruby and Blacky, at a flat in Strawbridge Road in Bristol after concerns were raised by neighbours. The animals were confined to an enclosed balcony.

The RSPCA say they were "emaciated and covered in faeces and urine".

Inspector Dan Hatfield, said: “Ruby and Blacky suffered horrendous cruelty and neglect... (Zach Cook's) way of dealing with no longer wanting to care for his dogs was to pretend they didn’t exist."

"When the dogs were discovered, Blacky was so thin his bones were showing. Ruby... had completely collapsed and was lying in the squalor, unable to get to her feet."

Both dogs had to be put to sleep by a vet after being rescued.

Cook admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering, contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and two counts of failing to meet the needs of animals in his care.

He was sentenced to 18 weeks in custody.

There are simply no excuses for treating animals in such a cruel and disgusting way. We plead with anyone who no longer wants their pets or can no longer care for them to ask for help before it ever gets like this.

Dan HatfieldRSPCA Inspector
We have cropped this picture of Blacky. Other pictures of the dogs were too distressing to be published here.

Fresh hope for Somerset boy's cancer treatment

Freddy Vallender

The mother of a four-year-old boy from Somerset says there's now hope her son may receive life changing treatment.

Freddy Vallender has the rare condition cardiac fibroma - a tumour on his heart - of which there are only around seven other cases in the UK.

This week a child with the same condition in Oxfordshire was granted funding by the NHS to receive treatment in America.

It's definitely given us some hope, we feel that we may not be on our own on this journey anymore and the NHS maybe able to help us. The experience over here in this country is quite limited, our consultant here has been amazing he's done lots of research and spoken to lots of centres so to seek the right treatment path is a difficult decision to come to.

Cathryn VallenderFreddy's mum

Cancer patient describes agonising wait for treatment

The NHS in Gloucestershire is failing to meet key waiting targets - between cancer referral and treatment.

The national target is for at least 85% of people referred for suspected cancer - to be treated within two months.

But, for the past four years, Gloucestershire has failed to reach these targets.

Last year alone - only 75% of 1,816 patients were seen within the required two month period.

Stevie Davis, from Stroud describes how the long wait affected her:

Cancer patient, Stevie spoke to BBC Gloucestershire about how the long wait affected her.