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  1. Live updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Friday, 22 April 2016

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Heavy rain arriving later, don't forget the brolly

It will be cloudy and damp this afternoon with outbreaks of rain which will be heavy at times over the hills. 

There will be some drier spells, particularly in the east towards Bath at first, but the easterly breeze will exacerbate the cool feel.

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BBC Local Live will be back on Monday morning at 7am, until then have a great weekend if you are not working.

Bath Rugby: Player suspended after court appearance

Alafoti Fa'osiliva
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Bath Rugby has suspended its back row player Alafoti Fa'osiliva.

A club spokesman said it related to an appearance by Mr Fa'osiliva at Bath Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He added Mr Fa'osiliva has been suspended "pending conclusion of the judicial process".

"Bath Rugby will not be making any further comment until the conclusion of this process," he added.

DJ Derek funeral: Great niece pays tribute

Hundreds attended the funeral of DJ Derek in St Pauls earlier.

His great niece, Jennifer Griffiths, says he would not have expected such a big turn out.

DJ Derek's great niece Jennifer Griffiths pays tribute to him after his funeral.

DJ Derek funeral: celebrations outside church

DJ Derek funeral: Tribute paid to 'Bristol legend'

DJ Aidan Larkin played the decks at St Agnes church in St Pauls during the service.

He told the BBC that DJ Derek was a true Bristol legend and he'd known him for more than a decade.

"I met him at Glastonbury and there was this little old fellow where the DJ should be," he said.

"I thought he was there to fix something but then he pulled out this little microphone and was on the mic with a double-barrelled Jamaican accent."   

World Snooker Championship: Bristol's Judd Trump buys the drinks after first round victory

Judd Trump
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Bristol's Judd Trump honoured his mid-session interval promise and "put £200 behind the bar" after completing a sensational 10-8 comeback win in the first round of the World Snooker Championship.

Trump trailed China's Liang Wenbo 6-3 overnight and lost the first frame.

But Trump won five in a row - and seven of the next eight - to progress and will now face China's Ding Junhui.

West Coast Railways probed over 'doors open' train movement at Bath Spa station


A steam train operator is being investigated after one of its trains was moved along a platform while its doors were open.

Passengers had started to board the West Coast Railways (WCR) service at Bath Spa station on 13 April, according to rail records leaked online.

WCR has only recently begun using the UK's mainline railway again after a month-long ban over safety concerns.

The firm said it took safety incidents "very seriously" and was investigating.

DJ Derek funeral: Brother speaks of 'modest and unassuming' man

DJ Derek

The service began with My Mother's Eyes by Nellie Lutcher followed by a welcome by The Reverend Liz Perry.

During the eulogies Derek's brother, Gerald Serpell-Morris, described the veteran DJ as "quite modest and unassuming".

DJ Derek funeral: community says goodbye in St Pauls

DJ Derek funeral: Massive Attack's Daddy G among congregation

Among those arriving Friday's service was Daddy G - Grant Marshall - from the Bristol-based band Massive Attack.

Daddy G

DJ Derek funeral: 'Great soundtrack' as funeral gets under way

DJ Derek funeral: 'Big turnout' to say goodbye

DJ Derek funeral: DJ plays one of Derek's favourites

DJ Derek funeral: Church filling fast


BBC reporter Pam Parkes, who is at St Agnes, said as soon as the church opened there was a steady stream of people arriving.

"The church is almost full now and Derek's favourite music is being played over loudspeakers by close friend DJ Aidan Larkin as we wait for his family to arrive.

DJ Adrian Larkin

"And outside the church there the small crowd is growing quite rapidly," she added. 


DJ Derek funeral: Hearse arrives at St Pauls church

The hearse of Bristolian DJ Derek arrives at church in St Pauls ahead of his funeral.

DJ Derek funeral: Hearse arrives at church


As mourners gather in St Agnes church in St Pauls, DJ Derek's hearse arrives ahead of the 11am funeral.


Funeral preparations

Large speakers have been put in place outside St Agnes church in St Pauls where DJ Derek's funeral will take place later this morning.

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Artist behind 'absurd' Bristol city centre cow exhibition welcomes the debate

Remember we told you about an exhibition featuring two cows living near to a nightclub in Bristol city centre for five days?

It was branded an "absurd publicity stunt" by animal rights campaigners," but Nessie Reid, who's behind the project, said she welcomed the debate it has caused.  

"I'm really glad people care and are worried," she said.

She added that farms are not the "idyllic places" people make out, rather they are "noisy, hectic places".

Queen's 90th: Chain of beacons lit across the West

Last night a network of more than 1,000 beacons were lit across the country to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

Points West was out filming them and here's a selection from across the West Country.

Avon and Somerset PCC candidates' mini manifesto

In just under two weeks voters across the West will decide on their police and crime commissioners

It's only the second time they've been elected in this way. But turnout in 2012 was very low - just under 20% in Avon and Somerset.

In our video, the seven candidates have their say on what would be their key policies if elected.

Goodbye DJ Derek: city prepares for funeral

It's a sad day for Bristol as the city prepares to say goodbye to DJ Derek.

Derek Serpell-Morris went missing in July 2015 aged 73. It sparked a high-profile campaign to try to find him.

His remains were discovered in undergrowth close to The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, in March.

DJ Derek funeral details

Good morning: rain on the way for the West

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

It looks like rain will be on the way for the region later today so make sure you grab a umbrella and coat before you leave the house.

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