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  1. News, sport travel and weather across the West of England on Wednesday 27 September 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from us - have a peaceful evening

    That's the end of BBC Local Live in the West for today - a day dominated by our coverage of the shooting near Portishead. Catch up with our full report here.

    We'll be back from 7am tomorrow with all the latest from around the region.

    In the meantime, here's Sara with an uplifting weather forecast for Thursday.

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    Video caption: Sara Thornton brings you tonight's forecast
  2. Portbury Hundred to remain closed through Thursday rush hour.

    Avon and Somerset Police say the Portbury Hundred (A369) will remain closed throughout the night and during tomorrow (Thursday) morning’s rush hour.

    This is to ensure all necessary evidence is gathered and a thorough examination of the scene of this morning’s incident is carried out.

    Diversions will remain in place and motorists are advised to plan ahead using alternative routes, particularly in the morning when the surrounding area is likely to be heavily congested.

  3. Bristol mayor 'must act' on council's management crisis

    Marvin Rees

    Bristol's elected mayor has been urged to "make decisions" and solve what has been described as a crisis in management at the city council.

    Cross-party scrutiny board members say 14 posts are being filled with costly interim contracts and flagship projects are languishing.

    They said mayor Marvin Rees had to come up with plans to fill the posts.

    The council says it is reviewing its management structure and said vacancies were normal at a time of transition.

    Labour mayor Mr Rees, who was elected in May 2016, told the BBC he would comment after next week's cabinet meeting.

    Read more here.

  4. Portishead shooting: Portbury Hundred to be closed all night

    Forensics officers are settling in for a long night at the Portbury Hundred, investigating the scene of a shooting this morning.

    The road is expected to be closed all night.

    Armed police shot a man dead in a red car. The incident had been sparked by calls from the public saying they had seen a man with a handgun in a car.

    Traffic in the area has been very heavy this evening as roads around the scene remain closed.

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    Video caption: Watch: The Portbury Hundred is expected to be shut all night
  5. Parents remember murdered son with charity walk

    The parents of Lloyd Fouracre, a teenager from Taunton who was murdered the day before his 18th birthday, have today staged a sponsored walk that's very special to them along the Kennet and Avon Canal.

    Helen and Simon Fouracre are raising money for the charity Stand Against Violence.

    It was set up in Lloyd's memory to help educate young people and reduce violence

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    Video caption: They walked 30 miles, 12 years after he was killed on a night out in Taunton
  6. Doubts over Bristol's Arena grow

    Proposed Bristol Arena

    The future of Bristol's Arena project is under further doubt after what's described as a crisis in management at the city council.

    A group of councillors at Bristol City Council say there are "serious concerns" over the number of senior officers leaving the organisation, including three directly involved in the Arena project.

    A spokesman for mayor Marvin Rees said the relatively high number of departures is perfectly normal and the council is halving its management costs.

    But former deputy mayor, Councillor Geoff Gollop, said the delays to the project meant costs would almost certainly have gone up since former mayor George Ferguson quoted a £100m bill.

    Quote Message: At the moment there will be an assessment to see if it's viable, so that is what is going to cabinet next week. So the project is moving forward. But there's isn't a contractor in place and, given how long there hasn't been a contractor, it is certain the costs will have gone up because of inflation over that period. from Cllr Geoff Gollop Bristol City Council
    Cllr Geoff GollopBristol City Council
  7. Yeovil Ladies under threat from FA changes

    Yeovil Town Ladies were promoted to WSL 1 last season
    Image caption: Yeovil Town Ladies were promoted to WSL 1 last season

    Yeovil Town Ladies' status as a top-tier club is under threat, after the FA confirmed it was restructuring the women's game next year.

    It's given the go-ahead for the creation of a new league that would only be open to teams that are fully professional.

    Yeovil Ladies wouldn't be eligible as it is a part-time club.

    It's understood the Lady Glovers are still planning to apply to be members of the new division.

    But former Sunderland midfielder Jen O'Neill admits the changes spell big trouble.

    Quote Message: I worry that clubs won't be part of this, but if we want England to be the best then perhaps we need this collateral damage and there are clubs that will be left out. Do we want the women's game to progress or do we want to hold on to the traditions? from Jen O'Neill Former Sunderland Ladies midfielder
    Jen O'NeillFormer Sunderland Ladies midfielder
  8. Matt Maynard: 'We're parting on good terms', says club CEO

    Somerset CCC CEO Lee Cooper says the club and outgoing director of cricket Matt Maynard are "parting company on very amicable terms".

    The former England batsman is leaving after a review of the structure of the club and an announcement will be made next week as to who will replace him.

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    Video caption: The former England test batsman is leaving the role of director of cricket at Taunton.
  9. Heritage campaigners celebrate after chapel listing

    Fripps Chapel

    Campaigners are celebrating after an historic landmark in Bristol was protected from a developer's wrecking ball.

    Historic England has decided to list part of the Fripps Chapel on Marlborough Street, alongside the old BRI building.

    It was earmarked for demolition, alongside the old hospital, by Bristol-based accommodation provider Unite - which wanting to put up a new student accommodation block.

    Campaigners said the chapel was the earliest building in a style that developed in Bristol in the Victorian era - Bristol Byzantine.

    Bristol heritage expert Mark Small said it would be "shameful" if the chapel was pulled down, but Unite said the development would "help meet the growing demand for accommodation from Bristol's population of students".

  10. Cornelia's gold in one on Invictus golf course

    The West has its first gold medal at Prince Harry's Invictus Games in Canada.

    Cornelia Oosthuizen, who lives in Tilshead, Wiltshire, won the women's golf, even though she only took up the sport in May.

    Cornelia already has a bronze from the wheelchair tennis and today was competing in the cycling time trials.

    Cornelia Oosthuizen
  11. Portishead shooting: Appeal for witnesses

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is asking for anyone with information about the fatal shooting on the M5 roundabout near Portishead to contact them

    They say: “There would have been a large number of witnesses, given this incident took place on a busy road during rush hour. We would ask that anyone with information that may assist our independent investigation make contact with our investigators.”

    Quote Message: My thoughts are with the man’s family and all those affected at this difficult time. The investigation is in its very early stages and we will be working hard to establish exactly what happened and would ask for patience while our investigation continues. At this stage we are currently investigating the circumstances of the incident and no individual police officer is under investigation. from Cindy Butts IPCC Commissioner
    Cindy ButtsIPCC Commissioner
  12. BreakingPortishead shooting: IPCC statement

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is independently investigating after a man died following an incident involving police firearms near Portishead.

    They've issued the following statement:

    "After being notified by Avon and Somerset Police, IPCC investigators have been at the scene today gathering evidence and overseeing forensic examinations.

    "We have been advised that officers were responding to reports of a man travelling on the M5 with a handgun and that he had threatened another motorist.

    " IPCC investigators are also attending post incident procedures where the officers involved are expected to provide their accounts in connection with the incident.

    "The IPCC will oversee the procedure where any police firearms involved will be examined to determine whether they were discharged and, if so, how many times.

    "What appears to be a non-police issue firearm was found at the scene and will also be subject to examination.

    "Enquiries continue to formally identify the deceased and his next of kin. Trained IPCC family liaison managers will then make contact with them to explain our role and the investigation

    "IPCC investigators are checking for relevant CCTV and body worn video footage."

  13. Portishead shooting: Investigation 'looks set to continue into the night'

    A man has died after being shot by armed police when members of the public reported seeing a motorist with a handgun.

    Avon and Somerset Police confirmed a man died during an "incident involving police firearms" on the A369 Portbury Hundred road, close to the M5 Gordano services, near Bristol.

    The incident began when members of the public travelling on the M5 called police reporting seeing a man in a car with a handgun.

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    Video caption: Watch: Reporter Sally Challoner with the latest from the scene
  14. Wiltshire man arrested in crackdown on banned far right group

    Police have arrested a man in Lacock - along with 10 others around the country - as part of an investigation into the banned far right group National Action.

    The 30-year-old man was arrested this morning on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organisation under Section 11 of the Terrorism Act.

    National Action is an extreme right wing group that was banned in the UK in December 2016.

    Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East and North West, supported by Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit and Wiltshire Police were all part of today's swoops.

    Quote Message: Those who promote extreme right wing views are looking to divide our communities and spread hatred. This will not be tolerated and those who do so must be brought to justice. from Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East
    Detective Chief Superintendent Martin SnowdenHead of Counter Terrorism Policing North East
  15. BreakingMatt Maynard to leave Somerset director of cricket role

    Matt Maynard

    Somerset's director of cricket Matt Maynard is to leave the club at the end of the season, it's just been announced.

    Maynard, a former England test player, combined the roles of director of cricket and head coach.

    But after a review, the club has identified "shortcomings within the structure" of the club, in particular the "limitations presented by having one individual combining the dual roles".

    Maynard said he would be leaving "with a heavy heart", while the club said it would announce a replacement "shortly".

  16. BreakingPublic 'saw man in car with handgun' before Portishead shooting

    Police say the shooting of a man near Portishead this morning was sparked by calls from the public saying they had seen a man with a handgun in a car on the M5.

    Avon and Somerset police said shots were "subsequently fired in an incident involving police firearms and a man has died".

    The incident on the Portbury Hundred, at junction 19 of the motorway, has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who are on the scene carrying out their own investigation.

    The road remains closed and "will remain closed for some time", the force added.

    Car with bullet holes and handgun on roof
    Image caption: The red car with bullet holes in its back window and what appears to be a handgun on the roof
  17. Helicopter footage shows scene of 'firearms incident'

    Inquiries are continuing after a man died in the incident on the M5 junction near Portishead.

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    Video caption: A man has died in what police are describing as a "firearms incident" near Bristol.
  18. Man in court over house fire where explosives were found

    A man's appeared in court charged with explosives offences after a house fire in Bristol, which led to nearby homes being evacuated.

    Reeco Fernandez has been charged with three counts of possession of explosive substances for an unlawful purpose.

    He lives on Hastings Close in Bedminster, where the fire happened earlier this month.

    The 28-year-old has been remanded in custody to appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court again on 25 October.

    Emergency services were called to the blaze in Hastings Close in Bedminster
  19. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, between J22 for A38 and J23 for A39.

    M5 Somerset - Stationary traffic on M5 southbound between J22, A38 (Burnham-On-Sea) and J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of an accident and a rolling road-block.

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

  20. Latest travel update around Portishead

    North Somerset Council has released the following statement about predicted traffic problems, after the shooting at the Portbury Hundred.

    It says "patience with fellow motorists tonight would be greatly appreciated".

    The recommended route is via Clevedon M5 Junction 20 and using the B3124 towards Portishead.

    Quote Message: The Portbury Hundred (A369) at Portishead is likely to be closed for the next few hours following a police incident. The road is closed in both directions from junction 19 to its junction with Conference Avenue, including Sheepway and Station Road in Portbury. The surrounding area is very congested, so best to avoid it if at all possible. Caswell Lane is closed at the junction with Naish Hill in Clapton-in-Gordano and Nortons Wood lane, junction Walton road (B3124) is also closed. If you are heading home to Portishead tonight either northbound or southbound on the M5 then your best route home is via Clevedon Junction 20 and using the B3124 towards Portishead. from North Somerset Council
    North Somerset Council