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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Friday, 27 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Chris Sandys

All times stated are UK

Weather: Warm sunshine but heavy showers possible

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

Some warm sunshine later but heavy showers, says Emily Wood.

We'll be back Tuesday morning from 7am with the latest news for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend.

Big day for Devoto, maybe

Ollie Devoto of Bath Rugby
Getty Images

Bath Rugby's Ollie Devoto is one of five players from the club to be selected for the England squad facing Wales on Sunday.

He's on the bench but could make his first appearance for England during the Test at Twickenham.

His teammates who were also selected are:

  • Anthony Watson 
  • Jonathan Joseph
  • George Ford
  • Dave Attwood (replacement)

Storm chaser reaction from Facebook

There has been a mixed response to our tale of Jason Searle, from Staple Hill, and his storm chasing in the US.

Jason Searle storm chasing photo
Jason Searle

Mixed, I say, as some salute him, and others aren't so sure about his choice of football shirt (see previous post for a reminder).

"I would love to view storms and twisters up close," posts Clara Dix on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page.

Katie Tucker says: "Well done you I'd love to do that, fab pics too."

Finally Jayne Ballinger and Cheryl O'Loughlin offer their own reaction, "Would love to" and "Cool as!" they write.

Midfielder Scott Wagstaff is leaving Bristol City

Switching thought now from Rovers to City and midfielder Scott Wagstaff is to leave Ashton Gate.

Scott Wagstaff
Rex Features

The 26-year-old's contract runs out in June and he's chosen to move on in a bid to find more regular first team action.

"I felt I would find it difficult to promise him the number of games he wants at this stage of his career," manager Lee Johnson said on the Bristol City FC website.

More on the BBC Sport website.

Bristol Rovers manager signs new deal

Darrell Clarke
Rex Features

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has agreed a new three-year contract to stay at the promoted League Two club.  

Read the full story on BBC Sport.

Storm chaser love 'started as fear'

Back to storm chaser Jason Searle and his love of the more extreme weather.

He told BBC Radio Bristol his passion actually began as a fear...

Storm chaser Jason Searle said his love of twisters 'started as a fear'.

Syrian refugees - where they have gone

Refugees crossing a bridge
AFP/Getty Images

Figures showing where Syrian refugees have been placed around the UK have been published by the Home Office.

Seventy-one local councils have accepted people through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme, with Coventry taking 105 - the highest number - from October 2015 to March 2016.

Locally, Bath and North East Somerset took 25 refugees and Bristol took 14.

Pictures of dumper truck submerged at Weston

A team moving sand from the sea wall at Weston-super-Mare has been caught out by the incoming tide...

Dumper truck submerged at Weston-super-Mare
Ken Lambert

"They're very experienced having been doing this for over 20 years - but on this occasion it looks as though they've been caught out by the mud and the incoming tide," said North Somerset Council.

Dumper truck submerged at Weston-super-Mare
Ken Lambert

The vehicles belong to a contractor moving sand for the council.

Dumper truck submerged at Weston-super-Mare
Ken Lambert

Once the tide has gone out the truck will be towed out.

From Bath to the NFL for Alex Jenkins...

Meet Jason the storm chaser!

Now most of us would rather flee from storms, but Jason Sealer from Staple Hill chooses to go in search of them.

He's currently 4,000 miles away in Kansas indulging his passion for tornadoes.

Jason Searle
Jason Searle
Jason says he became obsessed with storms when he was a child
Jason Searle
Jason Searle
This is his second trip to the States where he accompanies so-called storm chasers as they search for twisters
Jason Searle
Jason Searle
He returns this weekend and is a guest of Emma Britton's on the BBC Radio Bristol breakfast show on Monday

Busy getaway expected - will you be among them?

A motorway traffic jam

More than 15.3m individual leisure car journeys are expected to take place this Bank Holiday weekend, according to the RAC.

The AA is also warning that traffic over the weekend will be almost 50% higher than normal.

Even train services will be disrupted with Network Rail carrying out £30m of engineering work.

Around Bristol some Great Western Railway and CrossCountry trains will be diverted or suspended due to an upgrade of signalling equipment and electrification work.

View more on twitter

Safe cycling 'a basic right' says campaigner

Hundreds of cyclists have complained to Avon and Somerset Police about close encounters with cars.

The force set up a website with the help of the Bristol Road Justice campaign which has received more than 420 reports of "near-misses" in its first year. 

Safe cycling is "a basic right" says road justice campaigner Rob Harding.

Rob Harding, from the campaign, said two thirds of people in Bristol consider it to be very dangerous to cycle on the roads.

Sunshine and showers, says Emily

Hooray, the cloudy start to the day will improve, says Emily Wood. But boooo, the showers will continue.

There could be some sunshine later but the showers remain, says Emily Wood

The all-new City Hall in 360 degrees

A £16.7m refurbishment of City Hall - where Bristol City Council lives - is pretty much complete.

The building has been shut for 18 months to allow for the works to take place. We’ve been in for a look around and you can share what we saw by clicking the below.

Tilt your device (as long as it's not a desktop computer) or click and drag to see what's new in glorious 360 degrees... You might need the YouTube app for this to work properly.

View more on youtube

Concorde's new home - from above

We know a new home is being built for Concorde in Filton, but where EXACTLY will the iconic supersonic aircraft sit? My Friday won't be complete until I can visualise it.

WAIT...we're in luck...

Aerial footage showing where a permanent home for the last Concorde is being built.

The jet, which has been parked on a runway in Filton since its farewell flight over Bristol in 2003, is to be the centrepiece of the £16m Bristol Aerospace Centre which is being built around a listed WW1 hangar.

Hands up who has a sentimental glance over at her every time they drive the back way to Cribbs?

You can read more about it here.

Good news - three-day weekend ahead

For some of us that is, as many still have to work. Spare them (and me) a thought.

In the meantime, let's maybe ignore the very forgettable weather outside and focus on the positives.

[Insert your own positive thoughts here.]

We're here 'til 3pm with Local Live bringing you live updates from across Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

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