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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Wednesday 11 May, 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Weather: Humid with possible heavy showers

There'll be further heavy downpours with a murky night ahead, says Bee Tucker

BBC Weather's Bee Tucker is expecting it to be humid, with further heavy showers leading into a murky night ahead.

Maybe tomorrow the clouds will clear. We'll be doing a sun dance until then. Back at 7am.

From the newspapers: Bristol24/7 on 20mph limit

Parkrun decision 'not a matter for central government'

Back off, government! 

That's pretty much what Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti has said - in a nice way, of course - over the threats to overrule the Parkrun decision.

Here he is addressing Westminster Hall:

Parkrun decision 'not a matter for central government', says MP

Bath Rugby hooker joins Wasps

Tom Woolstencroft

Hooker Tom Woolstencroft has left Bath Rugby to join Premiership rivals Wasps.

The 21-year-old, who began his career in the back row, played in England's 2014 Junior World Championship winning team in New Zealand.

He made his senior debut for Bath in 2014. Read more here.

Little Stoke Parkrun back in the spotlight

Allow yourself a moment to recall the Little Stoke Parkrun debate a month ago. Remember how it took the country by storm?

We're hearing today that the government has threatened to overrule the decision made by Stoke Gifford Parish Council to ask Parkrun to pay for weekly use of its park.

Parkrun letter from Sec of State to Stoke Gifford parish council

That's Marcus Jones MP, minister for local government, who told Westminster Hall earlier that the Secretary of State had written to the parish chair.

Yate cash machine attack: Have your say

"It was like a bomb going off" said one Yate resident to BBC Radio Bristol. 

Others have been leaving comments on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page.

Claire Pope posted: "It's only a matter of time before they get caught. Everyday this is happening somewhere! It'll end up where all cash machines are in shops and when the shops are closed, no one can take any money out."

"What a mess" - a simple message from Ivor Atkinson.  

And Beckii Rogers wrote: "Its not just the cash they have taken. Its now the thousands of pounds that it is going to cost the tax payers to have it fixed."

Want to have your say? Join in on Facebooktweet @bbcrb or email

Scene of cash machine explosion

Henbury Ford has flooded, Bristol City Council says

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Henbury Ford
Here's Henbury Ford on a normal (dry) day

How do police divers get to work?

BBC News joins a team of police diver on a training exercise.

The Avon and Somerset Police underwater search unit is the team which is called out when a body or evidence needs recovering from water.

How do they go about their work?

BBC News joined Sergeant Nick Evans and his team on a training exercise on Bristol's harbourside.

Yate cash machine raid: In the papers

Yate cash machine raid: Facebook Live from the scene soon

If you want to watch the stream and ask Andrew questions then head over to the Points West Facebook page.

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If you missed it, you can watch it on demand on the same link.

Yate cash machine raid: 'Quick, there's people coming'

"The guys shouted 'quick there's people coming," said Peter Forster-Dark

Yate resident Peter Forster-Dark said he heard a large bang at about 3.20am.

He recalls rushing out and seeing a vehicle with a couple of men running around.

Cricket: Will rain delay play? (for after 11am)

Cricket fan waiting for the match to start as rain delays play

Here is what a lonesome cricket fan looks like waiting for play to resume after a downpour.

This is NOT a picture from The Spitfire Ground, in Canterbury, where Kent are playing Gloucestershire.

But, will rain delay play there?

You can listen to live commentary online or follow with the live scorecard.

Kent lead Gloucestershire by 141 runs with 2 wickets remaining.  

Bristol goods stuck in Jamaican port awaiting tax payments

Bristol residents raise shipping concerns over sending food to Jamaica.

Jamaicans living in Easton trying to send food and baby clothes to their families in the Caribbean say a Bristol shipping firm is failing to deliver the goods.

It costs more than £300 a time to send the barrels to the Caribbean, but it's claimed South West Shipping has not paid the necessary taxes so the containers are stuck at customs in Jamaica.

BBC Radio Bristol has attempted to contact the the owner of the company but has failed to get a response.

An engine 100,000 times smaller than an ant?

An engine which is 100,000 times smaller than an ant has been developed in Bath.

An engine which is 100,000 times smaller than an ant has been developed in Bath, according to university scientists.

The boffins say it's so tiny and moves so fast they can't even take a of photograph it. 

The above is an artist's impression of what the engineers think it looks like!

It's made of gold particles, powered by a laser and is thought the engine could be used to power very small robots to enter living cells.

West weather: 'A rather unsettled day ahead'

A rather unsettled day with downpours, mist and possibly some thunder, says Bee Tucker.

A rather unsettled day to come with mist, low cloud and heavy downpours, says BBC Weather's Bee Tucker.

Yate cash machine raid: 'Seventh this year, locally'

The aftermatch of a cash machine attack on Station Road in Yate.
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Yate cash machine raid: Previous attacks around Bristol and Bath

Two cash machines in Winterbourne targeted by criminals
Two cash machines in Winterbourne were attacked earlier this month

Today's raid in Yate is the latest in several attacks on cash machines in the area.

  • 8th May - Cash machine blown up at the Co-op store in Long Ashton. Second time in a month the machine is attacked 
  • 5th May - Two cash machines in Winterbourne attacked by criminals using explosive gases to blast them apart and take money from the safe inside
  • 26th April - Post office in Shirehampton badly damaged by thieves targeting a cash machine
  • 22nd April - Four men sought over attacks on cash machines on North Road and Sion Road in Bath
  • 6th April - Attack on cash machine at the Co-Op in Long Ashton
Cash machine attack in Long Ashton
The cash machine at Long Ashton's Co-op has been attacked twice in a matter of weeks
Shirehampton's Post Office
At the end of April, Shirehampton's Post Office was badly damaged by a raid on a cash machine

Yate cash machine raid: Bristol Post picture of attack

Yate cash machine raid: 'I was awoken by a bomb'

Mark from Yate tells BBC Radio Bristol's Emma Britton about how he was woken up in the middle of the night by an explosion.

Thieves were attempting to steal from a cash machine on Station Road in Yate.

"It was a big blast," he says. "We woke up a bit startled and the cat jumped off the bed. My neighbour's windows have been damaged.

"The whole of the side of Tesco is blown out."

Mark in Yate describes what happened when thieves attempted to blow up a cash machine.

Yate cash machine raid: 'Extremely loud bang' reported

People living close to the cash machine on Station Road in Yate reported an "extremely loud" bang at about 3.20am.

It's thought thieves targeted the Tesco Express on Station Road.

Some neighbours said the explosion damaged their windows and one caller to BBC Radio Bristol said people rushed out on to the street to see what happened.

Adam Smith from Avon and Somerset Police said: “A full and thorough investigation into this attack is being carried out but while our enquiries are at a very early stage we’d like to warn the public about possible disruption."

Another cash machine raid - this time in Yate

A warning if you're travelling along Station Road in Yate this morning...

We've got reporters on the way so we'll let you know the latest when we get there.

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Good morning: It's a bit damp out!

We speak from experience. If you're heading in or out of Bristol on the motorways, take care. There's a lot of spray on the M4.

And the forecast looks as if it's going to continue as a murky day.

Showers could turn heavy at thundery at times later. Some brighter spells may develop, but it will remain fairly hazy in coastal areas such as Clevedon throughout the day.

Weather map