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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare for Friday, 15 April 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Weekend weather for Bristol, Bath and Weston

That's it for today's live updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston - we'll be back on Monday at 7am to bring you more news, sport and weather.

If you have any stories you would like to share with us, get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.

Here's a quick look at the weather - mostly dry and fine but with chilly winds on Saturday, and on Sunday there will be some sunny spells.

Weather for 16 and 17 April 2016
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Getting your ducks in a row?

Before we go, this tweet of a mother duck with her cute fluffy ducklings is bound to make you smile. 

They are walking the thin yellow line in this case.

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Bristol Rugby Preview: Ringing the changes

Gavin Henson v Moseley
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Bristol Rugby host bottom-of-the-table Moseley tonight in their final home match of the regular Championship season at Ashton Gate.

But league leaders Bristol have their eye on May's play-offs and have made nine changes to the team for tonight's match.

Seven players, including Gavin Henson (pictured), remain sidelined through injury.

Bristol starting XV v Moseley: Wallace; Varndell, Tovey, Carpenter, Lemi (c); Morgan, Cliff; Traynor, Jones, Perenise, Evans, Glynn, Mama, Lam, Eadie.  

Music therapy work expands at Bristol Children's Hospital

A music therapy charity based at Bristol Children's Hospital is expanding its service due to growing demand.

Music Space works with children of all ages but in particular babies in intensive care.

The service has now expanded from three to five days a week at the hospital.

Baby music therapy
Music Space

Bristol City forward could miss Brentford clash after injury

Aaron Wilbraham
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Bristol City forward Aaron Wilbraham could miss the trip to Griffin Park with a calf injury as he waits on scan results.

The news comes ahead of Saturday's match at Brentford.

Bristol City have won on three of the last five away trips to Griffin Park, with two of those victories coming in the League Cup first round.

They have also won four of their previous six away games, losing the other two.  

New chances for cheer leading in Weston

Children with special educational needs are getting the chance to join a new cheer leading group.

Supernovas in Weston has set up the Bright Stars group for these youngsters who enjoy dance and music.

A new cheer leading team is set up in Weston for children with special educational needs.

Tom Lockyer: Bristol Rovers defender signs new deal

Tom Lockyer
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Bristol Rovers defender Tom Lockyer has signed a new deal with the League Two club.

The Wales Under-21 international has made 40 appearances in all competitions for the club so far this season.

Centre-back Lockyer, 21, began his career at Rovers and has played in 140 competitive games since 2012.

Left-back Lee Brown has also signed a new contract extension for Rovers, who are fourth in table, two points off an automatic promotion place.

Hidden Roman baths uncovered in Bath

Roman Baths
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Archaeologists have begun digging up two sites in Bath which have been hidden from view for more than half a century. 

The site at the Roman Baths was partly excavated in the 1960s but then sealed up and left.

Roman Baths dig
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The dig will take place in an area of the bathing complex which is not currently open to the public.

Boutique hotel on the way for St Paul's

boutique hotel is being planned for Portland Square in St Paul's in Bristol, Bristol24/7 reports.

Boutique hotel plan for St Paul's
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Seven stones lighter former diabetic shares his diet tips

If you're trying to lose weight it's always nice to get some inspiration from people who've been there and done it successfully.

Dale Curtis from Thornbury is a "loser" - shedding a whopping seven and a half stones within a year - after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and a fatty liver, and being told he might not live to 60.

Dale Curtis from Thornbury shares his weight loss tips after dropping from clothes size XXXXXL to XL

Bristol charity aids amputees in Africa

Unwanted and used prosthetic limbs are being sent to amputees in Africa by a Bristol-based charity.

Legs 4 Africa send them to Gambia, Ghana and Zambia and are now due to send 500 to Tanzania.

The charity was set up by Tom Flanders who found the need for prosthetic limbs while holidaying in Gambia.

A Bristol charity is sending unwanted prosthetic legs from the UK to amputees in Africa.

Smoke bomb warning to Bristol Rovers fans

Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg
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Bristol Rovers have warned fans against bringing smoke bombs to matches, ahead of their League Two clash against Yeovil Town this weekend. 

The club was reported to the Football Association following incidents at their recent draw at Northampton Town, and are asking fans to report anyone seen using the devices during future games.

It's becoming more common - as you can see from these photos taken from last night's Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund match in the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg.

Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg (smoke bomb)
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Cheer leading boost for Weston children

Supernovas Bright Stars group in Weston
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A new cheer leading team has been set up in Weston-super-Mare for children and young people with special educational needs. 

The existing Supernovas have set up the Bright Stars group, believing it to be the first of its kind in the region.

Head coach Lois Miller started the group after being inspired by one of her students: "She was so mobile and I thought she probably misses out on all of these clubs.

"There's not very many clubs for children with special needs, or if they have a real physical disability they can't access all the sports clubs that other children go to."

Poverty gap among children in Bath revealed

Bath Chronicle

Twerton has 14 times more children living in poverty than another area of Bath just three miles away, the Bath Chronicle reports.

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Trending local stories on social media

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Here's a round up of the local newspaper stories from Bristol, Bath and Weston you've been sharing with your friends and family on social media:

Bradley Stoke Journal:Homeowner threatened in early morning burglary in Bradley Stoke

Bristol Post:Fundraiser for Bristol's most famous and cheerful Big Issue seller

Bath Chronicle:Picture of the day from Prior Park Gardens

Dangerous cyclists on railway path? Your views

Some of you have been getting in touch about a popular commuter route for cyclists and those on foot.

The Bristol and Bath Railway Path has seen a minority of zooming cyclists knock down school children and pedestrians, prompting a fresh campaign calling for respect on both sides.

Bristol to Bath Railway Path
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On BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page here's a selection of your comments:

Abbe Hooper said: "I am a regular walker on this very path and I have to say I have had a few near misses with cyclist who do not use their bells and are travelling way too fast for a shared area."

Alex Walker wrote: "I regularly exceed 20mph on that path I also know where the crossings are and am cautious I have never hit anyone on that path. Although I do see the usual headphones in stare at the ground pedestrians that are completely dead to their surroundings and are a menace."

Bristol to Bath railway path tension

Fresh efforts are being made to ease tensions between walkers and cyclists on the Bristol to Bath railway path.

The popular route has seen a minority of cyclists zoom along the path, knocking down school children and pedestrians.

What are your experiences of using the route? Get in touch and let us know via email, or Facebook and Twitter.

Good morning - showers in store today

Good morning. Welcome to Local Live for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Friday. We'll have the latest news and information here.

It looks like there will be a lot of showers around today so you might want to grab your coat or a brolly before you leave the house this morning.

The weather forecasters say there is also a chance of thundery outbreaks.

Weather on Friday
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