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  1. As it happened for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Wednesday 30 March 2016

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Make the most of the sunshine...

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This evening it will cloud over with some overnight rain.

Wednesday will start gloomy but the cloud will soon clear leaving a day of sunshine and showers.

A north-easterly wind will make it feel colder than today despite the sunshine.

We're off for now but BBC Local Live will be back at 7am tomorrow.

From the BBC archives: Bristol Uni's snooker-playing robot

Melanie Road murder trial: Accused to view scientific evidence in court cells

Bath Chronicle

Melanie Road murder trial
Bath Chronicle

The man accused of murdering Bath teenager Melanie Road will see dozens of pages of expert evidence in court cells as lawyers make final preparations for his trial, the Bath Chronicle reports.

Aden Flint: Bristol City defender set for 100th consecutive start

Adam Flint
Rex Features

Bristol City defender Aden Flint is set to make his 100th consecutive start for the club when it hosts Championship relegation rivals Rotherham later.

The ex-Swindon Town centre-back, 26, has played the full 90 minutes in all of Bristol City's previous 99 games.

Flint, who signed a new two-year deal in June, has helped City win the League One title and Football League Trophy since his ever-present run began.

Tributes paid to 'beautiful, happy young woman '

Fiona Braidwood
Family photo

The family of Fiona Braidwood, who died when her car left the road and hit a fence, have paid tribute to her.

Fi was a beautiful, happy young woman who blossomed at Churchill Academy where her academic achievements were outstanding. She was preparing hard for her A Level exams in June and was really looking forward to becoming a student at Durham University where she was going to read Geography.

The family said they appreciated all the flowers left at the roadside but would prefer they were left in Banwell churchyard "rather than where the cruel incident took her from us so early".

Weston's 'oversized' beach huts: Appeal to let them stay to be lodged

Weston beach huts
North Somerset Council

Later, North Somerset Council is to appeal to its own planners after beach huts on Weston-super-Mare's prom were found to be slightly bigger than they should be.

Resident Toby Blackburn, who first noticed the problem, is still concerned that any future expansion would mean more of the prom is taken up, and that there are "mixed messages" as to whether the public can walk in front of the huts or not.

North Somerset Council said there are no immediate plans to introduce more huts but the situation "will be kept under review".

Jordan Williams: Scarlets back to join Bristol Rugby at end of season

Jordan Williams
Getty

Scarlets back Jordan Williams will join Championship leaders Bristol on a two-year deal ahead of the 2016-17 season.

The versatile 22-year-old has scored 81 points in 54 appearances with the Welsh region.

"Bristol Rugby have a great reputation," he told the club website. "I'd heard lots of positive things about the club before joining."

Have you ever seen anyone walk a ferret?

Ever seen anybody walking a ferret around Bristol? Or maybe four? 

Kim from Shirehampton walks Stripe, Olaf, Stitch and Bandit on leads every day. She calls them her babies.

It's cute!

Weston rescue: Two children plucked from rocks after tide comes in

Returning to harbour
RNLI

Two boys have been rescued from rocks around Knightstone Island after they became cut off by a "rapidly rising tide".

"These two lads were lucky," helmsman Nigel Congram, said.

"The tide around here rises very, very quickly and if we had been some minutes later they would have drowned.    

"Neither was hurt but both were rather ashamed at being caught out by the Monday afternoon's tide." 

BreakingMissing boy James Whalley found 'safe and well' at friend's house

Avon and Somerset Police have just posted on their Facebook page that the missing 13-year-old from Holcombe has been found.

Holcombe boy James Whalley, 13, missing since Sunday

James Whalley
Family photograph

There are increasing concerns for a 13-year-old boy who has been missing since Sunday.

Avon and Somerset Police described the disappearance of James Whalley as "out of character".

James who was last seen at his home in Holcombe, Somerset, at 10pm, is white, of slim build, with curly ginger hair and freckles.

Concerns previously raised about death crash road in Banwell

Roadside tribute
BBC

On Wednesday, 17-year-old Fiona Braidwood died when the car she was driving left the road and hit a fence on Wolvershill Road in Banwell.

While it is too early to know the cause of the accident some local people say their concerns about the road have been "repeatedly overlooked".

North Somerset Council said its thoughts are with the family and it would be inappropriate to comment ahead of the police accident report.

How do you search for landmines? With a drone of course

Boffins from the University of Bristol have been showing off their tech with a trip to Old Trafford to test how quickly they could scan an area.

They believe using tradtional methods to rid the world of landmines would cost $30bn and take more than 1,000 years.

Buddy the dog is looking for a new home

Buddy, a Staffordshire bull terrier, has been at Bristol Cats and Dogs for a long time.

He is now looking for a new home.  

BBC Radio Bristol's Emma Britton went to meet him and immediately fell in love.

Good morning: Easyjet passengers safely back home

Morning everybody.

The Fuerteventura flight back to Bristol finally landed several days late at past 11pm yesterday.

Inside of cabin
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Some described the delay as "the worst" they'd had in their life with customer service said to be "absolutely terrible".

Easyjet said the whole episode was caused by leaking fuel on the plane.