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Summary

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

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Patchy rain and drizzle for now, but tomorrow will be brighter

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BBC

Despite some brightness, this afternoon is set to remain mostly cloudy with patchy rain and drizzle at times, some of which could be heavy. 

Overnight it will be mostly cloudy with some patchy light rain.

Thursday will start cloudy and damp but this will soon clear away becoming brighter through the morning with warm sunny spells developing into the afternoon.

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

Bristol paramedic cancer fundraising appeal reaches halfway point

Remember this video of dancing paramedics near Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge?

It's to help raise money to fund experimental treatment for their colleague, Kath Osmond, who has cancer.

They want to raise £70,000 for tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte treatment.

A few moments ago the figure stood at £34,427 - just short of the halfway mark.

Bristol's Concorde rival 'Concordski' crash revisited

In June 1973, the Russian rival to Concorde, the Tupolev TU144, crashed at the Paris Air Show, killing the crew of six and eight people on the ground. 

At the time the Soviet Union and the West were competing to produce the world's first supersonic passenger aircraft. 

Former British test pilot, John Farley, recalls the day of the fatal crash of the plane dubbed 'Concordski'.  

Concordski: How the Soviet Union lost the supersonic race

'Hospital teds' sell out quickly at Weston General

Hospital teds
Weston General Hospital

A group of nimble-fingered volunteers from Weston General Hospital have raised more than £3,000 by knitting and selling toy bears.

Volunteer co-ordinator Sue Tarpey said the idea for the project came after a number of knitted bears were donated to raise funds.

Hospital teds
Weston General

"The first batch sold so quickly that we asked some of our volunteers to knit even more – since then the 50p bears have been in such high demand that they are on permanent sale at the hospital," she said.

"All the proceeds directly benefit our patients and go towards the little things that make a difference to a patient’s stay in the hospital."

Keynsham Leisure Centre details unveiled

Since September various public consultations have been taking place over what leisure facilities people in Keynsham want.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has said it's taken all these views into account and will now consider two outline plans - both of which include:

  • An improved sports hall
  • New teaching pool
  • Revamped main pool and keeping the viewing gallery
  • Soft play area
  • New studio spaces
  • Improved fitness suite
  • Keeping the squash courts

Some £7m is being spent by the council to improve Keynsham Leisure Centre - the revamp is due to start next spring.

Swimming lesson generic
PA

Avonmouth occupation: Council to 'review' situation

Avonmouth house
BBC

Following yesterdays failed attempt to evict the occupiers of a home in Avonmouth Bristol City Council say it's "reviewing" the situation at the property. 

The protesters say they will leave the house - which they've occupied for more than a month - if the council agree not to sell the property. 

Bristol City Council took the protesters to court last week in order to obtain an eviction order which expires today.

Worle Community School: New leadership arrangements after Ofsted criticism

Worle Community School
BBC

Earlier we told you about Worle Community School's Ofsted report which rated it as "inadequate".

North Somerset Council says new leadership arrangements are to be introduced at the the school to help it improve.

It says Priory Community School will take over the management of the school from next Monday.

Sheila Smith, Director of People and Communities at North Somerset Council said it had raised concerns with the school about their performance before the inspection.

"We have been supporting and challenging the school for some time and have been receiving regular updates on improvement measures, but regrettably the rate of progress was not fast enough," she said.

Weston beach huts: Experience 'ruined' by 'rude and abusive' people

Sign outside beach huts
BBC

Earlier today we reported that no more beach huts are likely to be built on the promenade in Weston-super-Mare.

The colourful huts have proved controversial with some people claiming they blocked views and restricted the public footpath. 

But one owner has handed her keys back after experiencing "really vile unpleasant behaviour" from some passers-by.

Lisa Collison said she had decorated her hut with pictures, fairy lights, seats, and cushions to make it a home for her children.

Beach hut
BBC

"[We had] several unpleasant incidents with people stomping past, shoving our stuff out of the way, being rude and abusive.    

"One gentleman knocked my little one-year-old over. Just really vile unpleasant behaviour. I was mortified, horrified, I don't think I've ever experience such horrific behaviour."

Worle Community School: Ofsted raises pupil safety concerns

Worle Community School
BBC

An Ofsted report into a school in North Somerset, where a pupil was attacked with a knife, has raised a number of concerns over pupil safety. 

The report rated Worle Community School in Weston-super-Mare as "inadequate" in all areas, following an inspection in April. It says the school has areas which pupils feel are no-go zones at break times. 

It also highlighted:

  • The school governors have failed to hold the school's leaders to account
  • Leaders and managers have failed to tackle the poor behaviour of the minority of pupils who make others feel unsafe or repeatedly disrupt learning  
  • Safeguarding is ineffective. Legal requirements are not met and there is a poor culture of safeguarding. As a result, pupils do not feel safe in school  

Back in March - a 15-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after being during an argument at the school.

Steve Lansdown: The billionaire hoping to make Bristol a sporting force

Steve Lansdown
PA

Many sports fans dream of winning the lottery, buying their underperforming local team and bankrolling them to eternal glory.

For all but a fortunate few this far-fetched ambition is never realised, and if a multi-millionaire businessman does come on the scene they are often met with scepticism about their true motives.

Steve Lansdown's story is an amalgamation of the two - a billionaire thanks to his financial services firm, he started by becoming involved at boardroom level with his first love, Championship side Bristol City, in 1996.

But a burning desire to turn his home city from sporting outpost to capital has since resulted in him building a Bristol-based empire, with the city's rugby club - finally back in the big time after winning promotion last week - an integral part of it.

Read more on BBC Sport

Goldfish's 'new lease of life' after tumour removed

Nemo is a goldfish from Buckinghamshire who had a 30g tumour removed by vets in Bristol. 

His owners paid £200 to have it removed and surgery took 45mins.

"He looks happy swimming around the tank, he moves better and it's a whole new lease of life for him," his owners told BBC Radio Bristol.

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Exhibition chronicles war time hero's story

Fred Wood from Easton was one of the first soldiers in the Battle of the Somme to go "over the top" and lost his life fighting for Britain. 

His body was never found.

Now photos, letters and diary entries from Fred's brother Edwin that have never been on display before paint the picture of Fred's tense wait in the trenches is on display at Bristol Cathedral.

End of the beach huts on Weston sea front?

Beach huts
BBC

No more beach huts are likely to be built on the promenade in Weston-super-Mare - according to the council.

Last year 24 huts were built on the seafront by North Somerset Council despite opposition from people who said they blocked views and restricted public right of way. 

The council wanted to erect a further 70 but says it's now going back to the drawing board and it's unlikely any more will be built.

Dull and damp start to summer

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BBC

You wouldn't believe it if you just peeped out the curtains but it's the first day of summer today - at least according to our colleagues in BBC Weather.

They say it'll be a cloudier day than yesterday, with patchy rain and drizzle at times, some of which could be heavy. 

However they promise there maybe some bright spells around but for most it will stay cloudy through the day.