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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare for Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

See a tiny tortoise tucking into lunch!

Watch Lucy the tiny pancake tortoise eating lunch at Bristol Zoo

That's just about it for BBC Local Live today. Back at 7am tomorrow.

We'll leave you with a bit of video of Lucy, the two-week old African pancake tortoise born recently at Bristol Zoo.

Keepers managed to capture the moment she hatched from her shell ...but we don't have that on video, so you'll have to make do with the leafy lunch above. Enjoy!

Diggers begin to wreck The Rec

Bristol Rugby begin final push for Premiership tonight

Bristol Rugby final 'a massive test' says boss Andy Robinson.

Bristol Rugby's final against Doncaster will be "a massive test" according to director of rugby Andy Robinson.

The two sides meet tonight in the first leg of the Championship final.

He described Doncaster as a heavy, streetwise side and said he expects a tough atmosphere at Castle Park.

You can listen to live commentary online here.

Yes it's a vulture ...flying free ...near Bristol!

Rare bearded vulture spotted around Severn Estuary

The rare lammergeier vulture was seen on 12 May perched on rocks near the second Severn Crossing, then flew east before heading west.

If confirmed as a wild bird, it will be the first time the species has been spotted in Britain.

You can read more here.

Dementia patient sent on 'mystery tour'

Ina Lewis

The family of a woman with dementia say she was sent from a north Wales hospital to Bristol, 200 miles away, due to a lack of care beds.

Ina Lewis, 73, was transferred to The Priory after initially being admitted to a hospital in Denbighshire after being found wandering on Colwyn Bay promenade.

Her son, Stephen Lewis, criticised the decision saying his mother had been taken on an "eight-day magical mystery tour" of hospitals.

Read the full story here. 

Bath severed human foot: Meet the couple whose dog found it

Meet the couple whose dog found the severed foot in Bath.

Simon Clarke and Nicky Jefferies told Jon Kay from BBC News that they knew without doubt it was a human foot.

Former teacher accused of child sex offences


A man who used to teach at Clifton College in Bristol has been charged with sex offences relating to boys under the age of 14.

Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 54, from Wadebridge in Cornwall, has been accused of five counts of gross indecency with a boy under 14 and one count of inciting a boy under 14 to commit an act of gross indecency. 

The offences were allegedly committed in the 1980s and early 1990s. 

Devon and Cornwall Police said the two alleged victims were not former pupils of Clifton College and Mr Thomson-Glover was not teaching at the boarding school at the time of the alleged offences.

Avonmouth protest: The council speaks

Back to the story about the ongoing occupation of a former council-owned house in Avonmouth which was recently sold at auction.

We've heard from Mayor Marvin Rees and protester Carl Mann, but what does Bristol City Council have to say?

Here's its response: "The council is considering possible options should the occupation continue."

There you have it.

Mobility scooter used to rescue rambler

Bet you haven't read a headline like that before!

But that's what happened when a group of disabled ramblers from Bristol happened across a man who had broken his leg while walking in a remote Cornish valley.

Mobility scooter used by Bristol ramblers in rescue

Baby tortoise alert! Bristol Zoo has new cute thing

Meet Lucy - a baby African pancake tortoise, roughly the size of a 50p coin...

Baby pancake tortoise
Bristol Zoo
Baby pancake tortoise hatching
Bristol Zoo

Lucy is the ninth African pancake tortoise at Bristol Zoo and is being fed tiny pieces of dandelion and chicory leaves in her warm and humid enclosure away from the public's view.

Stapleton Road stabbing: Man charged

Police car on Stapleton Road in Bristol

Following the stabbing in Bristol on Monday evening, a man has been charged with attempted murder.

Kozma Dhaskali, 32, of Stapleton Road, will appear before magistrates this morning.

The victim remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Avonmouth protest: 'I'm there until it ends'

Avonmouth protest house

"I'm there until it ends," says Carl Mann, who's currently occupying a house in Richmond Terrace, Avonmouth, in protest against the council selling off housing.

"There's 217 people slept rough on the streets of Bristol last night, there's 2,968 homeless in Bristol and that's just the ones who are registered," he told BBC Radio Bristol's breakfast show. 

He was due to be evicted last week but the action was called off following an intervention understood to be from the mayor.

As for the house, Carl said: "It's like a prison cell for me, it has to be occupied 24 hours a day and sometimes I sit there for 16 hours on my own."

Mayor 'objected' to sale of protest home

Mayor Marvin Rees objected to sale of protest home in Avonmouth

Marvin Rees, the mayor of Bristol, said his Labour peers objected to the auction of a number of council houses in Avonmouth.

"It's not ideal to come in and inherit the situation," he told BBC Radio Bristol's Pete Simson.

He is working to find a solution to the occupation of one of the houses by a protester.  

Persistent rain turning to heavy showers

Here's Emily Wood with the latest forecast...

Heavy showers as overnight rain heads east, says Emily Wood.

Are enough new homes being built in Bristol?

The housing minister has told councils across the West that they need to build more new homes. 

Brandon Lewis told the BBC that a major government house building push is under way and local councils must play their part. 

How do we meet the demand for affordable housing?

Last year, 17,000 new homes were needed across the region but only 12,500 were built - a 30% shortfall in government targets. 

Ministers want faster planning approvals and more houses on brownfield land already used for development.

Motorcycle crash on the M5

There's very heavy traffic on the M5 (northbound) at Avonmnouth due to a crash involving a motorbike.

Two lanes are shut between junctions 18 and 18A, for the M49, according to Highways England. 

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Mayor intervenes to halt protest house eviction

Marvin Rees

Marvin Rees, the new mayor of Bristol, intervened to stop an eviction taking place last week, BBC Radio Bristol is reporting.

The story centres around this house in Avonmouth which is being occupied as a protest after it was controversially sold at auction last month.  

The house in Avonmouth

BBC Radio Bristol understands the mayor was unhappy about the steps being taken by council officers to evict the occupier.

The resident says he is there to highlight the case of a single dad claiming the council is forcing him to live in squalid conditions with his young child.

Severed foot 'a teaching aid'

Police officers investigate a severed foot found at a park in Bath

Earlier this year a severed human foot was found in a park in Bath.

In the months since, police have been investigating whose it was and where it came from, but no answers have been forthcoming.

Now detectives say they are satisfied no crime has been committed and think the foot was an anatomical specimen used in teaching.

You can read the full story here.

Talking of getting wet, it's great news for some...

European Swimming Championships: GB gold in mixed 4x100m relay

Two swimmers from the West have won gold medals at the European Swimming Championships in London.

Siobhan Marie O’Connor from Bitton, and Chris Walker-Hebborn who lives in Bath, were among the four to win the mixed 4x100m relay race.

Good morning and welcome

Hello there, this is BBC Local Live - here until 3pm bringing you the latest updates from across Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

And yes, it's going to be a very wet start to the day. But if it makes you feel any better, we're all in it together. This is what it currently looks like across the West...

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