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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare for Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Wednesday's weather: Chilly with showers

It's going to be chilly with sunshine and further showers for the rest of today.

Hail and thunder is also possible, and showers perhaps merging into a more prolonged spell of wet weather later on.

Wednesday weather, 26 April 2016

That's it for today's live page updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.  We'll be back on Wednesday at 7am. 

Wooden carving 'deliberately cut down' and stolen

Have you seen this wooden carving which really belongs in the sensory garden at Kingswood Park?

The Friends of Kingswood Park have reported the theft to the police, believing it to be stolen rather vandalised.

Kingswood Park
Diane Thomas

Mayoral candidate boycotts church organised hustings

Organisers of an event for candidates wanting to be Bristol Mayor were left stunned last night when one of them refused to turn up - over allegations of "homophobic prejudice".

George Ferguson said he would not attend the hustings, which was being hosted by Woodlands Church in Cotham.

In 2012, the leader of the church - Dave Mitchell - gave a sermon which said that "same sex union can never be the same as man and woman coming together". 

Mayoral candidate George Ferguson

Doctors picket BRI and Bristol Children's Hospital

About 100 junior doctors have been protesting outside Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children this morning. 

Those striking chanted and waved placards while drivers have been honking their horns in support as they drove past the hospitals.

Junior doctors' strike BRI, 26 April 2016

Prianka Padmanathan is an F2 junior doctor working in elderly medicine.

She said: "The Government has decided not to listen but to impose a contract which we feel is unsafe for patients. We've been left with no option at all - we've tried everything we can do so far."

She described public support as "amazing", adding: "It's been such a hard day for all of us." 

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has condemned the strikes, describing the action as a "very, very bleak day" for the NHS.

Thieves target ATM in Shirehampton

ATM Shirehampton

A post office in Shirehampton has been badly damaged by thieves targeting a cash machine. 

The attack happened about 2.15 this morning and cash was taken, but we haven't been told how much. 

The raid is one of several around the Bristol area over the last few months.

Police say they're keeping an open mind as to whether they're connected.  

ATM Shirehampton

Bristol Old Vic's silver 'tickets' raise nearly £2m

Replica silver ticket coin with original silver ticket

Sir Daniel Day Lewis and Aardman's David Sproxton and Peter Lord are among arts fans who have snapped up expensive gold and silver 'tickets' allowing free entry to the Bristol Old Vic.

The tickets have been specially made to raise funds for the theatre. So far 42 £50,000 silver coins and two gold coins - costing £100,000 - have been sold.

Silver tickets - Old Vic

The new owners include Aardman co-founders David Sproxton and Peter Lord.

Aardman co-founders David Sproxton and Peter Lord

Golden gorilla stolen from Bristol garden

Golden gorilla
Avon and Somerset Police

Thieves have stolen a golden gorilla ornament from a garden in Bristol.

The break in happened on April 18 at a property on Sneed Road.

Report favours Bath park and ride in Bathampton Meadows

The decision of where a new park and ride site east of Bath will be based is being deferred until the summer.

Two reports have been looking at the problem of Bath's growing traffic levels and what can be done to improve congestion.

Bathampton Meadows, Bath

One report has evaluated 16 sites - favouring two options on Bathampton Meadows - which some people have been campaigning against.

But a second report from a different council group has recommended expanding Lansdown park and ride and doing away with the idea of a larger park and ride site altogether.

Feeling happy living in Bristol?

Happiness survey in Bristol

What would make you happier living in Bristol? It sounds like a fluffy question - but now an online survey in Bristol has launched, asking just that.

Liz Zeidler, founder of Happy City, said: "When we ask people what really matters to them - what do they want for their children, what do they want for their families and communities?

"They say they want them to be happy, they want them to be resilient - we don't really understand and measure that, and without measuring it and without understanding it better, we're not able to support the things in our city and in our lives that really make the most difference."

What would make you happier living in Bristol?

Castle Park, Bristol

A new survey is being rolled out today to gauge people's happiness across Bristol. 

The "happiness pulse" will run online for two months at where people can also explore what makes them happy and get practical help. 

The survey is also aimed at business and city leaders to help them understand what's working - and what isn't.

Junior doctors' strike: Emergency care advice

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Dozens of junior doctors have begun picketing outside the BRI.

Junior doctors across Bristol, Bath and Weston have joined a national two-day strike which started at 8am this morning.

It's the fifth time they've protested but the first time in the history of the NHS they won't be providing emergency cover - so what happens if you find yourself needing urgent medical help?

Clinical Lead for Urgent Care at Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Peter Goyder spoke to BBC Radio Bristol's Emma Britton.

He said: "Clearly if you have severe chest pains, a stroke, chronic pain, severe breathlessness, head injury or major broken bones don't hesitate to dial 999 or go to A and E.

"However if things are more minor than that, talk to your pharmacist, your GP, contact 111 - those are all fully staffed."

Meet another Bristol Food Hero nominee

The BBC Food and Farming Awards are being staged in Bristol on Thursday night. 

Among the prizes is the Radio Bristol Food Hero 2016 award - and this week we're meeting the nominees.

Rich Osborn is the founder of Fresh Range - a website that allows the public to source fresh groceries direct from the producers, a bit like online shopping. 

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Bristol Food Hero nominee Rich Osborn connects shoppers with local producers online.

Junior doctors' strike: What is happening in Bristol today

BBC Radio Bristol's Jonathan Holmes has been speaking to junior doctors who have gone on strike in the city today.

He spoke to Dr Parenka Pagmanathan, who works in elderly care, about today's strike plans.

  • BRI pickets from 8am to 5pm
  • Between 12- 1pm there will be a silent seated demonstration where all the doctors will wear scrubs and surgical masks and hold up placards explaining why they are striking
  • From 5.30pm a march takes place across Bristol with doctors from all over the region
  • At College Green this evening people can learn how to do CPR

Have you been affected by the strike? Get in touch with us viaemailFacebook or Twitter.  

Strike outside the BRI, 26 April 2016

Helicopter museum job for pre-schooler?

Joseph could be the youngest helicopter expert in Weston-super-Mare.

He can name any helicopter by just looking at a photo of it - and he's only three-years-old.

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A three-year-old can identify any model of helicopter just from photos.

Junior doctors picket the BRI as NHS strike begins

Junior doctors are picketing the BRI as a national two-day strike got under way earlier this morning.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has condemned the strike action saying those taking part "should consider the damage they are causing to patients and the reputation of the medical profession".

Junior doctors' strike BRI, 26 April 2016

BBC Radio Bristol's Jonathan Holmes is outside the BRI: "Dozens and dozens of junior doctors have just turned up. 

"They've got lots and lots of flags, placards and also an empty chair for Jeremy Hunt should he want to pass and have a chat today with any of the doctors.

"Already there have been lots of drivers honking and cheering, so a reasonable amount of support here."

Junior doctors' strike BRI, 26 April 2016

Bristol artist creates official new Mr Men character

Take a look at the newest addition to the Mr Men characters who's been designed by a street artist from Bristol.

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Junior doctors' strike under way

Another NHS strike has got under way  - and this time junior doctors will not be covering emergency care.

It's the fifth time industrial action is taking place with a poll commissioned for the BBC suggests most people still back the doctors.

Doctors' strike Feb 10th 2016 outside the BRI

More than 112,000 outpatient appointments and 12,000 planned operations have been cancelled nationally.

Have you been affected by the strike? Get in touch with us viaemailFacebook or Twitter.

Bristol Airport car parking charges go up

Bristol Airport car park

If you're dropping someone off at Bristol Airport today, make sure you have extra cash on you.

The express drop off zone has gone up from £1 for 20 minutes to £3 for the same length of time - and other charges have also changed.

The airport says it's to ease congestion. 

Junior doctors' strike starting soon

Juniors doctors in Bristol, Bath and Weston will be joining a national strike from 8am - as part of a dispute over new contracts.

This will be the fifth round of disruption but for the first time in the NHS's history they won't be covering emergency calls.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said it would be terrible if "something goes wrong" for patients during the strike and contract changes will improve seven-day hospital services. 

Figures on the scale of disruption across our region will be released later. 

Doctors' strike BRI, 6 April 2016

Good morning: Sunny start but watch out for ice

Good morning Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare. We'll have the latest news and information here.

It's a sunny day already but watch out for ice on windscreens. Later, there might be some showers with the risk of thunder mixed in.

Tonight is going to be cold with the risk of a widespread frost.

Golden Hill in Bristol