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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday 10 May, 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Some heavy showers expected with the odd rumble of thunder


The rest of Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain.

Expect some bursts of heavy downpours, with the risk of thunder too, before the rain dies away early on Wednesday,

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

Bath Rugby confirms signing of hooker Jack Walker from next season

University of Bristol scientist Dr Rhys Morgan tweets bone marrow donation

Dr Rhys Morgan

A bone marrow donor who lost his brother to blood cancer in 2009 has live-blogged the donation process to try and get others to do the same.

Dr Rhys Morgan, who is a leukaemia research scientist at the University of Bristol,  tweeted the whole process using the hashtag #literallyfightingleukaemia.

The 30-year-old posted various pictures of himself, including one of him hooked up to a machine, with the words: "Donation underway! Comfortable, painless and treated like a king! Thanks @AnthonyNolan"

The father-of-two finally posted an image of a small plaster on his arm with the words: "When you have a plaster this big, you don't have a lot to complain about."

Wales calling for Wes

Wes Burns

Ever had good news while in the barber's chair? Bristol City striker Wes Burns would say yes!

He was having his haircut when he started getting texts from family members asking if he'd seen the announcement?

The 21-year-old has been included in Wales' pre-Euro 2016 training squad.

Read more by clicking here.

"I like a challenge" - you don't say!

A ten year old scout wants to become the youngest person ever to scale the Old Man of Hoy

Oliver Buckle is 10-years-old. Oliver is planning to climb one of the toughest cliff faces in Scotland. Oliver is our Tuesday hero.

If he succeeds, the youngster from Flax Bourton would become the youngest person ever to climb the Old Man of Hoy in Scotland. 

He hopes to begin the challenge later this week and has received 'good luck' messages from Bear Grylls and Chris Bonington.

Deep inside the Severn Tunnel

Time-lapse footage of Network Rail work deep inside the 130-year-old Severn Tunnel.

This is what it looks like for rail workers deep inside the 130-year-old Severn Tunnel.

Network Rail has released the timelapse video to give an idea of what is happening as it removes four tonnes of soot and repairs brickwork inside the rail tunnel which connects England and Wales.

It comes with a warning though, as the tunnel is being shut for six weeks in September which will have an affect on a lot of our services.

Dan Panes from Great Western Railway said: "The further in advance we tell people the more easily they can make sensible decision about their travel plans."

Crane brought in to help build Bristol Rugby

England international back row Jordan Crane has signed for Bristol Rugby on a three-year deal.

The 29-year-old has been with Leicester for a decade - where he won four Premiership titles and made more than 150 appearances for the club - and will make the move to Bristol this summer.

Read the full story here.

Jordan Crane
Rex Features

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Melanie Road killer, Christopher Hampton, 'knew he'd never be going home'

On Monday Christopher Hampton was jailed for life for the murder of 17-year-old Melanie Road in 1984. 

Melanie was attacked on her way home from a night out in Bath.

Hampton was caught after police linked DNA from Melanie's clothing to his daughter, who had her DNA profile taken when she was arrested in 2014 for a "minor incident", this was then checked against Hampton's own DNA.

Det Ch Insp Julie MacKay - who had worked on the case for nearly seven years - said when she heard news of the DNA match her first thought was for Melanie.

Melanie Road
Family photo

"He [Hampton] was very calm when we arrested him. His wife said 'I'll see you later', he said 'no you won't'," she said. 

"At that moment he knew he was never going home again.

"It was one of the best days of my policing career when I called Jean [Melanie's mother] to say at last we'd found him.

"I knew how much that would mean to her, to Adrian [her husband] and Karen [her daughter]

"Although they'll never ever be able to move away from what's happened, at least this part there are some answers."

Bristol woman's petition to close Whitby graveyard during town's Goth Weekend

AJ Stratton
AJ Stratton

A petition started by a Bristol woman calling for Whitby's famous graveyard to close during the town's Goth Weekend has nearly 900 signatures.

AJ Stratton acknowledges the positive effect the festival has had on the North Yorkshire town but says families who visit the graveyard regularly need to have their privacy respected.  

She wants a temporary closure order brought in at St Mary's Church during the bi-annual event to stop the graves being used as "props for a cheap photo opportunity".  

The ruins of Whitby Abbey can be seen in the background of the graveyard at St Mary's Church
Getty Images

Whitby Goth Weekend organisers said the event is a music festival that takes place at the Spa Pavilion in Whitby.

"We're confused as to why people began to visit the town to promenade and be photographed in fancy dress outfits during our event, as this isn't something that we've ever encouraged or advertised," they said.

'Serious challenges' ahead for Bristol City Council budget, mayor candidate claims

Bank notes

Less than a day after the new mayor of Bristol was sworn in, one of the other candidates for the post says he believes the council could face a budget gap of nearly £60m by 2019/20.

As part of the electoral process Green Party member Tony Dyer was able to ask questions to the council's finance team.

Mr Dyer said there were some "serious challenges for the council's budget...but [the £60m] assumes council tax increases of 4% every year for the next four years".

"We have to have some management of expectations of what the new mayor is going to be able to do - there are some difficult challenges he has to face," he added.

Bristol City Council was asked to comment on Mr Dyer's claims but has yet to reply.

Helicopter-mad Joseph meets air ambulance crew at Filton

A few weeks ago BBC Radio Bristol had a very special visitor from Weston-super-Mare.

Three-year-old Joseph, who's helicopter-mad, caused mayhem when he came into the studios to meet presenter Emma Britton.

Despite being only three he managed to identify different helicopters just from their pictures.

Well the crew of the Great Western Air Ambulance charity were so impressed they invited him along to Filton to see a real helicopter close up.

North Somerset scout aims to follow in footsteps of Sir Chris Bonington


 A 10 year-old scout from North Somerset is aiming to become the youngest person ever to scale a world famous cliff in Scotland. 

Oliver Buckle will follow in the footsteps of famous mountaineers including Sir Chris Bonington who scaled the Old Man of Hoy in 1967. 

Depending on the weather conditions Oliver will attempt the climb sometime between Thursday and Sunday. 

A damp and grey start to Tuesday

Weather map

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

Today will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain throughout the day. There will be heavy downpours at times, with the risk of thunder too.