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  1. Live updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Thursday 31 March 2016

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Sunny end to the day in store

Skyline in Bristol

Looks like it's going to be a nice end to the day in Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare. No brollies needed today!

Local Live will be back at 7am on Friday. Catch you then!

Woman has Clevedon Pier tattooed on her leg

Amy Horner-Webb

Amy Horner-Webb, 25, loves Clevedon so much she's had an image of the town's Victorian pier tattooed onto her leg.

Ms Horner-Webb said she had it done as a reminder of where she grew up and the many happy times she'd spent on the beach and the pier with family.

Bristol Rugby sign Samoa star

Tusi Pisi
Rex Features

Ashton Gate will be graced with the power and flair of Samoa fly-half Tusi Pisi from next season, after Bristol signed the 33-year-old on a two-year deal.

The brother of Northampton Saints duo Ken and George Pisi will join from Japanese Super Rugby franchise Sunwolves this summer.

Bristol will be hoping he is joining a Premiership side when he arrives - they are currently 13 points clear at the top of the Championship table with three matches of the regular season remaining.

Henry thanks school children for raising money to buy hospital books

Nine-year-old Henry, who was born with half a heart, loves reading and has benefited from a charity which buys books for children in hospital.

He wanted to personally thank schoolchildren from Cameley Primary School in Temple Cloud who had been fundraising to help the charity.

Bristol Airport: Ten flights disrupted by French air traffic dispute

BBC Travel graphic

Bristol Airport says five incoming and five departing flights have been cancelled due to industrial action by air traffic controllers in France.

The airport is advising passengers to check with their airline operator or via its website.

Bristol Airport

'You wanna know what it's like to be homeless?'

Want to know what it's like to be living on the street?

"It's lonely, cold and hopeless," one homeless man from Bristol tells the BBC.

DJ Derek funeral details announced

Infographic - DJ Derek funeral details

The family of DJ Derek have announced the details of his funeral which is to take place at St Agnes Church in St Pauls on Friday 22 April at 11am.

Hate crime highlighted by pavement murals

A series of murals have been spray painted on the pavement in locations where hate crime has taken place in Bristol.  

The project is being run by organisers of the city's Pride Festival who hope the move will raise awareness 

BreakingComedian Ronnie Corbett dies

Beauty in shabby streets


Bristol Street

Photographer Carl Smith finds the beauty in shabby Bristol, Bristol 24/7 reports.

Haskins to face Morales in title defence

Lee Haskins
Rex Features

Bristol boxer Lee Haskins says he will defend his IBF World Bantamweight title against Mexico's Ivan Morales on 14 May.

It will be the first time Haskins has defended his title since taking the belt in November.

The fight will be held at Cardiff's new Ice Arena Wales.  

Coming soon on BBC Radio Bristol: Your chance to question more mayoral hopefuls

Radio Bristol logo

That was the first of four radio debates ahead of Bristol mayoral elections.

Next Thursday at 9am you can put your questions to Conservative Charles Lucas, Lib Dem Kay Barnard, the Green Party's Tony Dyer, and UKIP's Paul Turner.

On 14 April you can quiz Tom Baldwin from the Trade Unionist  and Socialist Coalition, and independents Christine Townsend, Paul Saville, Stony Garnett and John Langley.

The official list of candidates is published on 8 April 

Bristol mayoral debate: Watch again

The mayoral debate has ended now but you can watch it again on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook. It'll also be on the BBC iPlayer soon.

There are debates with the other candidates in the coming weeks - details of those to come shortly.

Debate on Facebook Live

Bristol mayoral debate: Disabled cuts

Scott in Knowle asks are you going to cut any more services for disabled people or do the right thing and improve them?

Marvin Rees: "It's my priority to defend the services for the most vulnerable people in Bristol."  

While George Ferguson said: "I have done everything I can cut from administration... to be able to concentrate on essential services."

Bristol mayoral debate: What about the people of South Gloucestershire?

Geoff in Downend asks will the people in South Gloucestershire and the former Avon county will be able to vote on the issues that affect the wider area?

Marvin Rees: "The challenges are how we get much more joined-up working and a longer-term strategy for the West of England that goes beyond the electoral structure."

George Ferguson: "We're trying to do a catch-up on the northern city's that have been at this much longer."

Bristol mayoral debate: Too many councillors?

Gerald in Knowle wants to know why the number of councillors still has "so many councillors".

George Ferguson: "Politics is the art of the possible and to be honest halving the number of councillors isn't that easy as clicking your fingers.

"It's about streamlining... I've seen far too many meetings and not enough getting on and doing the job."

Marvin Rees: "It's not about the number of councillors it's about the health of our democracy and accountability.

"When you are investing so much power in a mayor it's important you have people from a range of diverse backgrounds - you reduce councillors you reduce diversity."

Bristol mayoral debate: Reducing inequality

How would both candidates reduce inequality in Bristol?

Marvin Rees: "We have areas in Bristol that rank among the top 1% of deprived in England and that's an embarrassment. In the middle of all this prosperity we have people being left behind."

George Ferguson: "It's been a long-term problem in the city, one I'm tackling and the best way is to get people into skills, apprenticeships and employment."

Bristol mayoral debate: Park and ride opening times

Park and ride open on Sunday's yes great but the one from Avonmouth won't work if the Sunday specials are in operation and the park and ride would be brilliant if they could operate til 10.30 so those who attend the theatre could return to the park and ride

Catherine Price Brown on Facebook

Bristol mayoral debate: Top priority and unfinished business

David from Henleaze asked Marvin what would be his top priority if elected.

"It would be homes Bristol people can afford to live in," Marvin says.

...and George is asked what unfinished business would you take into a new term? "Getting everyone we can into employment," he responds.

Bristol mayoral debate: Park-and-rides

A caller asks why are there not enough park and rides in the city and why aren't they open 24/7?

George Ferguson: "We've got to work with South Gloucestershire Council to get a new site to the north of the city - off the top of the M32 but not on the growing land."

Marvin Rees: "I want to see pressure taken off the M32 which I live near and subject to the fumes that are hurting people's heath."

Bristol mayoral debate: Is Bristol anti car?

George, why have you made Bristol so anti car? And why do you think that metrobus is the answer when it seems such an unpopular development across the WHOLE "greater Bristol" area and actually builds over some of Bristol's most fertile land?

Matt Morris on Facebook

Bristol mayoral debate: Bus prices

Lucy in Hanham wants to know how there can be cheaper fares for the whole family to travel on the bus?

Marvin Rees: "I'd love to look at cashless ticketing and option of having Bristol as one fare zone - and time-limited fares so you don't have to buy multiple tickets for one journey."

George Ferguson: "We don't have public transport in this country we have private transport. After they were deregulated - we have limited control over them."

Bristol mayoral debate: Integrated transport?

Bus in Bristol

Could Bristol hook up with neighbouring authorities to allow for better transport on buses over the borders?

George Ferguson: "I have been leading negotiations with adjoining authorities to get a deal with government to make this happen."

Marvin Rees: "We have to have our transport schemes working across boundaries."

Bristol mayoral debate: Bristol Arena transport plan

You can't build an arena without transport infrastructure

James Cowley on Facebook

Bristol mayoral debate: Congestion and traffic

Proposed Bristol Arena

Roy from Bradley Stoke wants to know about how transport arrangements for the new arena will work given its location?

Marvin Rees: "I absolutely support the Arena. I'm just flabbergasted it has got so far without a transport plan."   

George Ferguson: "The arena site is perfect as a transport hub. We've got two years to work on a travel plan." 

Bristol mayoral debate: Homelessness - your say

Why doesn't George furguson lead by example and open all of his buildings up to the homeless, the migrants, the disabled!

Kerry Bailes on Facebook

Bristol mayoral debate: Homelessness - your say

Why not give up your wages to help the homeless. Also I'm sure you got plenty of room in all your buildings you own . Or why not shut some more streets and waste more money.

Neil Green on Facebook

Bristol mayoral debate: Homelessness

Christine wants to know what the candidates will do about homeless living on the streets?

George Ferguson: "We are doing everything we can to work with housing associations to take on people in particularly difficult conditions."

Marvin Rees: "For me working with the volunteer section is absolutely critical. Homelessness is not just about bricks-and-mortar but also about the support services."

Watch the debate on Facebook Live

You can watch a stream of the debate on Facebook Live. Head over to BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page.

Facebook Live

Bristol mayoral debate: Housing

Starting the debate is Jenny from Fishponds.

She wants to know how do we address the problem of housing in the city - given the shortage and that some letting agents are pushing prices up. She says she has been "sofa surfing" for two years.

Marvin Rees: "We are committing to get Bristol to build 2,000 new homes a year by 2020 with at least 800 affordable homes".

George Ferguson: "Bristol for the first time in decades is building social housing. We've got to get faster."

Bristol mayoral-hopefuls: Will they still be smiling in an hour's time?

Marvin Rees and George Ferguson

The debate is about to start on BBC Radio Bristol. Click listen live at the top of this page - we'll also keep you up to date here.

Radio show to host mayoral debate

Marvin Rees (l) and George Ferguson (r)

Two of the candidates vying to be the next elected mayor of Bristol will be going head-to-head later this morning.

Independent George Ferguson and Labour's Marvin Rees will take listeners' calls on John Darvall's programme from 9am. 

It's the first of the radio station's mayoral candidate debates.

You can email any questions to and you can call John from 9am on 0345 900 5949. Listen live here.

List of candidates so far

More baby gorilla cuteness coming your way this morning...

Baby gorilla being held by zoo keeper

A name's been chosen for the female gorilla born in a rare cesarean section operation at Bristol Zoo.

She'll be called Afia - a Ghanaian name meaning "Friday born child". It was picked by the public in a vote. 

Good morning Bristol!

Downs in Bristol

Bit of a frosty number this morning - so de-icer and spare credit cards at the ready if you're driving.

Wrap up warm if you're on the bus or bike.

Iced up car