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Summary

  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare for Friday, 29 April 2016.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Sunny spells and a few showers ahead of the bank holiday weekend

Weather map
BBC

This afternoon there will be a few sunny spells but beware of one or two showers.

These will generally fade although a few are likely to persist near the coast. 

Clear spells for many overnight with winds easing to allow some patchy fog through the Avon Valley

BBC Local Live is back on Tuesday at 7am. Until then have a great weekend.

Bristol woman heads to international grappling competition

Bristol's Gina Hopkins is on her way to California to take on the men in an international grappling competition for people with disabilities. 

Grappling is a type of martial art which looks similar to wrestling. 

Gina has dystonia, a genetic condition which affects her speech and had seen her unable to walk. 

She trains three times a day, seven days a week in Bath and says her life has been transformed by taking part in the sport. 

Bank holiday traffic starts building up on the M5 between Almondsbury and Clevedon

M5 traffic
Highways England

This was the scene on the M5 near Cribbs Causeway a few moments ago.

Traffic is slow-moving if you are heading southbound with delays reported between Almondsbury interchange and the Clevedon turn-off. 

On the M4 it is particularly busy westbound between the top of the M32 and where the M4 and M48 split.

'Promising' weather ahead?

Will we be basking in sunshine or running from rain? 

BBC Weather's David Braine says the showers will tend to fade away and the weather is looking promising as we head into the Bank Holiday weekend.

Fingers crossed.

Bristol cyclists four-day trek to Paris to raise funds for children's hospital

Cyclists
Chas Breton

Eighty cyclists have set off from Bristol en-route to Paris to help raise cash for Bristol Children's Hospital.

They are expected to take four days to get to the French capital, arriving on bank holiday Monday.

They hope to raise £150,000 to buy an ultrasound scanner that will show 3D images of a child's heart, so complex operations can be carried out with greater precision.

Chef Barny, our food hero

Chef Barny Haughton and Emma Britton
BBC
Chef Barny with BBC Radio Bristol's Emma Britton

Congratulations to Chef Barny Haughton, winner of BBC Radio Bristol's Food Hero award for 2016.

Chef Barny runs the Square Food Foundation in Knowle West and teaches cookery skills to a range of people from across the city. 

He said it was a team effort and the award was also for all those who take part in his classes.

Here's a video reminder of what he does:

Chef Barny Haughton was one of three shortlisted for the BBC Radio Bristol Food Hero award.

Whitchurch schoolchildren help in 'lollipop person' recruitment drive

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A short film has been made to encourage more people to apply to be school crossing attendants.

At present there are six permanent vacancies and two temporary ones on offer in the Bath and North East Somerset Council area.

The video features Dylan Gray from Bristol's Acting Out Drama Club.

He plays Alfie - a mini school crossing patrol officer in the making. 

He was supported by children from Whitchurch Primary School.

After Bristol's 'threatening' cat now meet the 'menacing' dog

Yesterday we told you about a couple from Patchway who have been told to restrain their cat or face having their mail deliveries suspended.

It follows a "health and safety risk assessment" by Royal Mail bosses that determined "the level of threat requires action to be taken".

Kerry Doyle got in touch via our Facebook page:

"I'm having a similar problem in our area," she writes.

Bella the cat
BBC

"[We're] threatened with mail suspension as one of our postman complained that he feels threatened when my dog barks at him.

"Even though my dog is in the house and we have an external mail box outside. 

"Apparently because he barks it's menacing." 

Becky Watts' memorial garden: 'She would have absolutely loved it'

Garden site
BBC

A memorial garden for the murdered Bristol teenager Becky Watts - which is taking shape in the city - has been described as a "brilliant idea" by her family.

Becky's aunt, Sarah Broom, said it was great people are reflecting on the "nicer times, the years she had, as opposed to the time that she was taken from us".

"I'm sure she would have absolutely loved it," Ms Broom said.

The small patch of land is in Barton Hill, near two homes in Cotton Mill Lane involved in attempts to hide the 16-year-old's body.

Injury-hit Bristol City prepare to take on Huddersfield Town

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson
Getty Images

Bristol City midfielder Korey Smith is out of the Robins' final two league games following ankle surgery.

Adam Matthews (hamstring) is also ruled out while fellow defender Aden Flint (knee) is unlikely to feature.

City take on Huddersfield Town at Ashton Gate on Saturday, kick-off is at 3pm.

Bristol homeless: Louis's story

Bristol aerial
BBC

Last autumn, vulnerable people needing emergency accommodation in Bristol had to be sent as far afield as Minehead in Somerset because there was nowhere for them in the city. 

One of those is 27-year old account manager Louis. He said six months ago he found himself homeless.

"The private rental market is so difficult to get into mainly because you've got agency fees, deposits, rent and bills like council tax ," he said.

"It's very difficult. I'm working, trying to keep my head above water, I've got to eat at the same time as saving for this massive deposit."

Bristol City Council said the placements were only temporary and that it always tries to find accommodation in Bristol.

Bristol stars in OAP heist movie

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A film set in Bristol about a group of pensioners who take to a life of crime following the financial crisis is released today.

Golden Years stars the likes of Simon Callow, Sue Johnston and Virginia McKenna.

It was written and directed by John Miller, who lives in Henleaze, with the help of the DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles.

"As we travelled around together we realised we both loved film and wanted to do this heist movie.

"We thought who would be the most unlikely people to rob a bank and came up with this group of OAPs who've lost out to the pensions crisis... who take this very unusual step of robbing banks to get their pensions back."

How many locations from the Bristol area can you spot in the trailer?

Banksy's Dismaland memorabilia sells at auction for thousands

Dismaland
PA

A private collection of Dismaland memorabilia has been sold at auction for more than £10,000.

The sale included brochures, art work and gift shop souvenirs collected by a man who "fell in love with Dismaland".

Banksy
East Bristol Auctions

The "bemusement park" in Weston-super-Mare attracted thousands of visitors when it opened last summer.

Auctioneer Andrew Stowe said the sale in Bristol "massively exceeded expectations" and there had been "interest from across the world".

Work to start on community garden to remember murdered Bristol teenager Becky Watts

Becky Watts
Family photo

A community garden is to be built close to where the remains of murdered Bristol teenager Becky Watts were discovered. 

It's in Barton Hill, near Cotton Mill Lane, where the 16-year-old was found in 2015.

Local artist Kerry Russell said the community had wanted something positive to come out of the awful situation.

She said a patch of derelict land would be transformed into the Mill Park community space.

Bristol homeless being housed on Somerset coast

Minehead
BBC

Some seaside resorts on the Somerset coastline are being used to find temporary accommodation for some of Bristol's most vulnerable people.

Places including Burnham-on-Sea and Minehead have all been used to house some of the city's homeless.

Bristol City Council has stressed it's a temporary solution but campaigners say it's another example of the city's housing crisis.

A chilly but bright start to Friday

Weather map
BBC

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

It will be a fairly cloudy morning, and feeling chilly in the breeze. This afternoon, the cloud will thin, and the wind will ease, allowing some sunny spells. 

One or two showers are likely.