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  1. Motorcyclist killed as bike hits building

    Police tape

    A motorcyclist was killed when the bike he was riding left the road and hit a building.

    The accident happened on Sunday afternoon, at 15:20 BST, on the road between Cannington and Hinkley Point, near a garage at Cannington Grain.

    An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said despite receiving treatment at the scene, "the motorcyclist sadly died shortly afterwards".

    "Anyone who had mobile phone or dashcam footage of the incident should contact collision investigators," he added.

  2. Drug dealers travelling will 'stick out like a sore thumb'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Drug dealers who operate in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset are being told they will not be able to take advantage of the coronavirus lockdown to travel because they will be easily noticed.

    Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police's Alliance Roads Policing team tweeted that, although roads were quieter, most people were on essential journeys, so anyone "hoping to take advantage of quiet roads for the drugs trade ... [will] stick out like a sore thumb".

    The warning comes as another force said dealers were having to change the way they operated because of social distancing and lockdown measures.

    Det Supt Mike Allen, from Nottinghamshire Police's serious and organised crime unit, said dealers’ business models were based "around hiding in plain sight".

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  3. Charter boat owners 'slip through Chancellor's safety net'

    Adrian Campbell

    BBC South West environment correspondent

    Charter boat

    Some charter boat owners in the South West say they have slipped through the Chancellor's net in his package of financial measures to shore up the economy against the coronavirus impact.

    The boats are used for sightseeing, dolphin spotting, or fishing trips.

    One pair of boat owners, Malcom and Carol Jones (pictured), whose vessel normally operates out of Plymouth, said they were told they did not qualify for small business grants or loans because their business operated at sea rather than on land.

    Carol and Malcom Jones

    Carol Jones said: "We've had a hard winter and we need a good start for the summer season to get us through next winter.

    "We need the government to change the laws so we can access these grants as well."

    Plymouth MP Luke Pollard said he had written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, asking for help for such business across the region.

    The government said it would do all it could to support people through this "challenging time."

  4. Colston Hall opens doors for pre-booked blood donations

    Colston Hall

    Bristol's Colston Hall is to re-open its foyer to host extra blood donation sessions.

    The foyer has been closed to the public because of the virus but the need for blood donation continues.

    It is hoped the large space will give staff and donors enough room to social distance where possible.

    The sessions are by appointment only.

  5. Care home loses 'number' of residents to disease

    Edgemont View Nursing Home

    A "number" of residents at a nursing home have died during an outbreak of coronavirus.

    Dr Stephen Illingworth from Edgemont View Nursing Home, on the outskirts of Bristol, said it had done "everything possible to keep this dreadful virus out" of the home.

    He would not confirm the number of deaths, but said the home had been having an "absolutely dreadful time".

    Public Health England said contacts of confirmed cases had been tested.

    For more on this story, click here.

  6. Officers thank public for their 'invaluable' support

    Here's a nice little video from Avon and Somerset Police to say thank you to everyone who is following guidance to stay at home and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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  7. Appeal to help identify body found in river

    Gloucestershire Police

    Police are appealing for information to help identify a body found in the River Severn near Gloucester.

    Officers were called to the river at Maisemore, shortly after 11:30 BST on 9 April, following reports that the body of a man had been found in the water.

    Enquiries have failed to identify the man and there are no reports of missing people matching his description, police said.

    The man is described as white, aged between 25-35, with short brown hair and a tidy beard. He was wearing dark blue jeans, a beige t-shirt with a dark blue top.

    Gloucestershire Police said the death is being treated as non-suspicious.

  8. Delayed Cyber Central development remains a 'key priority'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Delivery of a planned cyber business park has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but remains a "key priority" says Cheltenham Borough Council.

    The Cyber Central development is still planned to be GCHQ’s next door neighbour in the western part of Cheltenham, comprising of 132 hectares of land and 3,000 homes in a new ‘garden village’.

    A primary school, offices, shops, hotels and cafes would also be created under the plans.

    Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety at the borough council, said: ‘‘The Cyber Central development is critically important to the future growth of Cheltenham and the wider region.

    “Currently a great deal of the council’s day-to-day business is focused on emergency planning, business continuity and supporting businesses and the community through this difficult time. However, the delivery of Cyber Central remains a key priority.’’

    Changes to nearby roads such as the £22m revamp of the A40 from Cheltenham to the M5 motorway, and a new M5 junction 10, planned to support the cyber business park will still go ahead despite the pandemic, Gloucestershire County Council said.

  9. Call for more coronavirus testing in prisons

    Bristol Prison

    A spokesman for prison officers says his colleagues have inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and there needs to be more testing of staff and inmates.

    Mark Fairhurst, chairman of the Prison Officers Association said: "We are firefighters, we police the landings, we administer first and and emergency care to prisoners - we are all those emergency services combined into one role.

    "We don't know the extent to which COVID-10 is spreading in our prisons at the moment and we haven't got adequate PPE.

    "The main issue, and it's very important for frontline staff, is to get testing up and running so we know people are fit for duty and not spreading the virus.

    "We need to test prisoners as well because after the announcement from the secretary of state that some inmates are going to be released early, we need those prisoners tested before they are released into society."

  10. The ex-Bristol player aiming for rugby's top job

    Agustin Pichot

    World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot says it is time to "redefine the future of rugby" after announcing his last-minute bid for the most powerful job in the sport.

    But did you know that the Argentinian scrum-half challenging Bill Beaumont for the top role, played for Bristol between 1999-2003?

    Pichot made 101 appearances for the side, then known as Bristol Shoguns, scoring 22 tries during a successful spell.

    In a recent interview with the Bristol Bears website, the 45-year-old spoke of his enduring love for the city and the club. His bond with Bristol made stronger by the fact his daughter was born there.

    He told the website that his time with the club was 'amazing' and he still follows their results today.

    The 71-time capped Argentinian has been backed by former England rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward, ahead of next month's election.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J11a, A417 (Gloucester) and J12, B4008 (Quedgeley), because of toolbox in the road.

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

  12. Two men arrested after demanding £500 from 92-year-old, say police

    Winterbourne Dauntsey

    Two men have been arrested for allegedly trying to trick a 92-year-old man out of £500.

    Wiltshire Police said the men called at the home of a pensioner in the Winterbourne Dauntsey area shortly after 10am on Saturday morning and told him that his gutters needed cleaning.

    When they demanded £500 from him, he called the police and officers attended from Amesbury and Salisbury, along with a dog unit and firearms officers, as the men had run away.

    A police spokesman said that thanks to information from local people, who adhered to social distancing regulations, the two men were located and arrested under the Fraud Act.

    Sgt Russell Griffin from the Amesbury response team said: "I would like to extend my thanks to our local community who were able to assist us in locating and arresting these two suspects.

    "I hope this also illustrates that despite us assisting with the national effort to slow the spread of coronavirus and ensure people are complying with the government guidance, we are still out there in our communities responding to and tackling all types of crime."

  13. Over 700 reports of lockdown measures being ignored

    Kier Pritchard

    Wiltshire Police received more than 700 reports of people not abiding by the government's lockdown measures over the weekend.

    Chief Constable Kier Pritchard told BBC Radio Wiltshire that despite the number of calls, the vast majority of people stayed home despite the warm weather.

    “We had over 700 calls over the weekend. Calls and online reports of incidents of concern, or where there may have been a breach, so ultimately we have had to respond to those, but the lions share have fully conformed," he said.

    The lockdown measures were imposed three weeks ago to try to curb the spread of coronavirus.

    Powers that police use to enforce the guidelines have come under scrutiny in this time, but Mr Pritchard said that in Wiltshire, issuing fines is the "last resort".

    “We have issued over 50 fixed penalty tickets in last 10 days or so. They are the last resort and we will do everything we can to avoid criminalising anybody and issuing anybody with an unnecessary fine.

    "But people are genuinely worried and we go back to the core message, that this is about saving lives and protecting the NHS,” he added.

  14. Will rules still apply despite lockdown

    A will has to be signed by two independent witnesses

    Rules around the witnessing of signatures on wills still have to be followed despite the current social distancing rules.

    Under laws which have stood for 200 years, two independent witnesses must sign a will in the presence of each other and the person creating it.

    Jacqui Lazare, senior associate at law firm Clarke Willmott, says people can witness signatures through windows and doors but the law still applies.

    "There has been a real increase in people thinking about this, which is understandable," she said.

    "The formalities for signing a will are strict but there is by no means a serious impossibiity in doing it.

    "Some people are witnessing wills over the garden fence or through patio doors.

    "Most importantly, all three people - the person creating the will and the two independent witnesses - have to be in the same place."

  15. Police appeal for dashcam footage after motorcyclist dies

    The road near Cannington

    A motorcyclist died after colliding with a building near Hinkley Point on Easter Sunday.

    The incident happened around 15:20 BST on the road between Cannington and the power station.

    The male motorcyclist hit a building which is used for car servicing near Cannington Grain and despite being treated at the scene, died shortly afterwards.

    The road was closed to allow accident investigation work to be carried out.

    Avon and Somerset Police have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.

    In particular the force wants to hear from anyone who may have dashcam or mobile phone footage of the incident.

    If you can help, contact the police and quote reference 5220081084

  16. Sunbathers moved on by police

    Ashton Court on the edge of Bristol

    Police had to persuade sunbathers to leave Bristol's Ashton Court on Saturday.

    Avon and Somerset Police said around 70 people who were sunbathing in the parkland were asked to move on.

    The force reiterated the message for people to stay at home and warned it would be returning to the green space on the edge of the city to enforce the rules.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M48 Gloucestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M48 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between J1 for A403 and J2 for A466 Wye Valley Link Road.

    M48 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M48 Severn Bridge in both directions in Monmouthshire between J1, A403 (Aust) and J2, A466 (Chepstow), because of strong winds. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

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

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    Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, from J22 for to J21 for A370.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J22, Burnham-On-Sea to J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of an accident.

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