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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare for Monday, 9 May 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get the brolly ready, here comes the rain

Weather map

Forecasters are predicting the rain will turn heavier this afternoon with the risk of the odd rumble of thunder.

Later this evening showers will die out leaving a cloudy but dry picture.

Expect more heavy rain on Tuesday, again possibly with thunder.

That's all from BBC Local Live for today - wer're back tomorrow from 7am.

Bristol Rovers celebrate League One promotion

Bristol Rovers won promotion to League One in dramatic style at the weekend

Although the club said there would be no open top bus celebration Rovers full back Lee Brown was carried down Gloucester Road amid a mass of cheering fans.

Bristol Green Capital: Mayor Marvin Rees promises report

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During his speech this lunchtime Marvin Rees promised to carry out a report into Bristol's year as Green Capital.

He also pledged to work towards making sure no areas of the city are in the top 10 most deprived in the UK 

Bristol's new mayor, Marvin Rees, takes oath of office

Bristol's newly-elected mayor has been sworn in.

Marvin Rees will oversee a budget of almost £1m a day. 

It makes him the region's most powerful politician, with many of his decisions having an impact on people living outside the city boundaries. 

Bath to sign Saints scrum-half

Kahn Fotuali'i

Bath are to sign Northampton Saints scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i, head coach Mike Ford has revealed to BBC Radio Bristol.

The Samoan made his international debut in 2010 and went on to play in the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups.

Bath finished the Premiership season in ninth place, ending their campaign with a 38-27 win over Leicester on Saturday.

No open top bus tour for triumphant Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers
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Bristol Rovers won promotion to League One in dramatic fashion at the weekend, beating Dagenham & Redbridge on the final day of the season, while closest rivals Accrington were held to a draw.

But the club has announced there will be no open top bus tour to celebrate.

We realise that some will be disappointed at this decision but there is a great deal of work to be undertaken this summer as we prepare for life in League 1.

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"Many of our players are departing for well earned breaks in the next few days and it has not been possible to arrange a suitable date for everyone to be involved," a spokesman added. 

Melanie Road murder: Christopher Hampton jailed for life

Bristol Crown Court

Christopher Hampton has been sentenced to life imprisonment after admitting the murder of Bath teenager Melanie Road

He will serve a minimum term of 22 years and judge Mr Justice Popplewell told him "it is very likely that you will die in prison".

Melanie Road murder: Killer caught after DNA breakthrough

Two years ago Avon and Somerset Police began DNA testing hundreds of men who had been in Bath at the time of Melanie's death. 

Bristol Crown Court heard Christopher Hampton's daughter was arrested in 2014 for a "minor incident" and her DNA profile was put on the national database. 

A familial match was identified between her DNA and the DNA taken from Melanie's body and clothing in 1984. 

"As a result, her father Christopher Hampton was asked for, and gave, a voluntary mouth swab," Kate Brunner QC explained. 

His DNA was found to match the DNA found on Melanie Road's trousers.

Speaking outside court today Det Ch Insp Julie Mackay said the news was a "massive relief" for Melanie's family. In the video below she explains how she felt when she told the family of the breakthrough in the case.

Sister's wish that Melanie Road's killer 'spends rest of life in prison'

Melanie Road
Family photo

The sister of murdered Bath teenager Melanie Road has told a court her wish is that her sister's killer "spends the rest of his life in prison".

Christopher Hampton, 64, who admitted Melanie's murder, had been due to stand trial at Bristol Crown Court on Monday after originally denying murder.  

Karen Road said for 32 years "this evil person has not owned up to this horrific crime".

“Her death has been all encompassing, I want to be able to remember her life instead of focusing on her death. 

"She is my sister, she is a person, she deserves to be remembered for herself.

"She had dreams and wishes, to get married, to have children....she was excited about life.”

Melanie Road's mother recalls moment she first saw her daughter's killer

A man has admitted murdering a teenage girl who was stabbed after a night out with friends 32 years ago.

Melanie Road, 17, was attacked as she made her way home from a club in Bath in June 1984.

Christopher Hampton had been due to stand trial at Bristol Crown Court on Monday after originally denying murder.

Speaking after his appearance at Bristol Crown Court Melanie's mother, Jean Road, described Hampton as "a monster."

Man pleads guilty to 1984 muder of Bath woman Melanie Road

Melanie Road (l)
Family photo

 A 64-year-old man has admitted murdering a teenage girl from Bath who was stabbed to death 32 years ago.

Christopher Hampton pleaded guilty to murdering Melanie Road, 17, during the early hours of 9 June 1984.

Father-of-three Hampton, of Staple Hill Road, Fishponds, Bristol, had been due to stand trial at Bristol Crown Court on Monday after originally denying the charge.

Melanie was killed as she walked home following a night out with friends in Bath. 

Bristol high-flying kite enthusiast gets police helicopter warning

Police helicopter

This was the moment a police helicopter landed on an area of Bristol parkland to order a high-flying kite enthusiast to bring down his craft.

The helicopter swooped on Durdham Down at about 14:40 BST on Sunday, with air crew reporting the kite was soaring 1,000 feet (300m) up in the air.

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No action was taken against the man, who was told the flying limit was 240 feet (73m).

The pilot said the kite endangered small aircraft from Bristol Airport.

'Increasing police transparency' one of PCC Sue Mountstephens' priorities

On Friday Sue Mountstevens was re-elected to the post of police and crime commissioner for Avon and Somerset.

She told BBC Radio Bristol's Emma Britton she felt "incredibly humbled" people had put their trust in her.

"They've seen what I've done... and they're going to give me the opportunity to continue with that work." 

Defeated mayor candidate, George Ferguson, heartened by messages of support

George Ferguson

Outgoing mayor George Ferguson has also been talking to BBC Radio Bristol's Emma Britton this morning.

"What's been overwhelming is the number of wonderful warm messages I've had," Mr Ferguson says.

"Just thousands of text messages, emails and Twitter messages, I will respond - please be patient - I'm OK.

"I wish Marvin all the best, I really do, because I'm all about Bristol - I want him and his party to succeed for Bristol.

"Now we've got some certainty for four years that puts Marvin in a very strong position."

What a difference a day makes...

Yesterday at 24C Bristol was hotter than the Algave and many European holiday hotspots.

But look out the window this morning and it's a different story - it's gray, overcast, and is going to rain later.

Typical British weather then.

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Bristol mayor Marvin Rees: Interview in full

Want to listen to Marvin Rees' interview in full? Easy! Tap the media player above.

He talks about growing up in Bristol, what he hopes to achieve as mayor including building houses and more action to help those with mental health issues.

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees: St Pauls Carnival

St Pauls Carnival

Asked if he is going to reinstate the funding for St Pauls carnival, Mr Rees says "the funding hasn't gone away."

"I'm going to put all my efforts into making sure St Pauls Carnival goes ahead next year.

"There's a team in place that's seeing that through and George [Ferguson] did make efforts on that one and reached out."

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees: 'We'll look at RPZ and 20mph zones'

Marvin Rees

Bristol's new mayor Marvin Rees says the city will look again at RPZ and 20mph zones.

"I can't rip down the signs at the moment until we look at the cost and how we do in a reasonable way," he told BBC Radio Bristol's Emma Britton.

More from the interview shortly ...

Good morning: What a weekend!

Bristol Rovers are up. Bristol has a new mayor. What will happen this week?

Welcome to Local Live for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare where we'll find out.

New mayor Marvin Rees is on Radio Bristol shortly - we'll have the latest from that interview in a few moments.

Bristol Rovers fans celebrate
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