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Summary

  1. Bristol's Colston Hall to be renamed in 2020 after a refurbishment
  2. Missing student nurse found after walking into North Devon police station
  3. Officers say she had been camping but have given no further details
  4. A man who was filmed kicking and stamping on cows has been given a 12 week suspended prison sentence
  5. Children at a Bristol hospital are getting ukulele lessons to help brighten up their stay.
  6. Live news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 26 April 2017.

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Strange as it seems, the weather will be pretty chilly for the rest of us tomorrow morning. We'll be back as usual from 7am with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Watch: hello winter. Temperatures may drop below freezing for some parts

The top stories in your local newspapers this evening

Dan the ukulele man helps cheer up sick children in Bristol

Dan teaches sick children in hospital how to play ukulele to cheer them up.

Ukulele lessons are being offered to children in a Bristol hospital.

Staff say the instrument is ideal because it's small enough to be played in bed and can be learned easily.

The four-stringed instrument is being taught to youngsters at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children thanks to donations from a local shop and a music charity.

Kerry Morrison is Music Therapist at the hospital.  She says the instrument is perfect for all age groups. 

Are fast food outlets making life difficult for schools?

Earlier this evening we told you about protests that are ongoing against a planned McDonalds in Fishponds. 

One of the concerns of the protesters is the health impact on a nearby school.

Glyn Owen is the head chef at Whitehall Primary school in Bristol. He's also part of the Sugar Smart scheme which is trying to make children eat more healthily.

He says there should be wider restrictions on how far away fast food outlets should be from schools, as well as educating parents that fast food is fine - but only in moderation.

Watch: Glyn Owen is the Head Chef at Whitehall Primary in Bristol

Roman Baths recognised as one of the 'top three large visitor attractions' in England

The Roman Baths
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The Roman Baths has been recognised as one of the country’s top three large visitor attractions at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. 

We are delighted that the Roman Baths has been recognised as one of England’s best large visitor attractions. This reflects the continual improvements made by staff at the Roman Baths to ensure that our visitors from around the world receive an outstanding welcome.

Patrick Anketell-JonesCouncillor and Cabinet Member for Economic Development

The Roman Baths were pipped at the post by Waddesdon Manor, which was the overall winner in the Large Attraction of the Year category. The Mary Rose Museum was the other finalist.  

From post office to art space in Swindon

A conversion project with a difference at Swindon's Artsite. 

The old post office next to the Wyvern theatre was converted to become a home for artists 10 years ago.

They've since gone on to become a victim of their own success, and now their members are on the lookout for new premises.

Watch: the old post office converted into an art space.

McDonalds expansion plans in Fishponds met with protests

Bristol City Council has been hearing an appeal against a refusal for McDonalds to have planning permission for a branch in the Fishponds area of Bristol.

The fast food firm wants to build a two storey restaurant on a site which is currently derelict, but it was refused on traffic grounds.

The city council will also be considering the public health impact for the area when deciding on permission to build there.

Watch: Campaigners have been fighting plans for a McDonalds on Fishponds Road.

Spice warning from police in Taunton

Continued reaction to Colston Hall's name change

Colston Hall
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It's pretty fair to say the news of the Colston Hall's name change has been a big talking point across social media today.

  • On Radio Bristol's Facebook page, Stuart Stickler wrote: Fight slavery and human rights offences happening now, changing the name won't change the past. This is just sweeping it under the carpet. 
  • Matthew Colledge writes: The Colston Hall opened in 1867, nearly 150 years after Edward Colston died. He didn't pay for, design, or build the venue that bears his name. The decision to call the building the Colston Hall was taken by people who knew Edward Colston no better than the people who have now decided to change its name. So, remind me, which bit of history exactly is being rewritten? 
  • But Dean Harrison disagrees: I think it's great that the name is changing, shame it's taken so long! Yes slavery was a long time ago - so was the war but we remember the fallen not Hitler. This guy was an evil racist trader and should be remembered as such, not placed on a pedestal! 
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Dancing Ken funeral takes place

Watch: Dancing Ken funeral takes place in Cheltenham

The funeral has been held of one of Cheltenham's most well-known characters. 

Ken Hanks, who was also known as Dancing Ken, was famous across Gloucestershire for his colourful clothing and public dancing. 

He died aged 81 earlier this month.  

Campaigner happy as Colston Hall name change announced

Here's what Katie Finnegan-Clarke had to say on BBC Points West a short time ago.

Bristol's Colston Hall to change name and ditch links with Edward Colston.

Massive Attack 'really happy' at Colston Hall name change

Massive Attack's Daddy G has said how pleased he is at the news of the Colston Hall's name change.

For many years, the group famously refused to play a gig there because of the ties to Bristol's slave trading past. He sees it as a step forward for the multi-racial group.

A Q&A has been posted on the Colston Hall's website explaining their motives for the new name. 

Watch: for years, the band refused to play there because of the hall's name

Signposting the way to North Curry's history

"I remember when that building used to be..."

The older among you may be used to hearing lines like that. As our buildings change over time, or disappear altogether some of that local history can be lost with it.

A group of people in North Curry, Somerset, have been gathering information on all the old businesses that used to be based there - including auctioneers, blacksmiths and even a cinema.

Watch: the signposts show the former uses of buildings in the village

Severe accident: A4019 Gloucestershire both ways

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A4019 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, between A38 and M5 J10.

A4019 Gloucestershire - A4019 in Coombe Hill blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the A38 junction and Cheltenham, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Dinosaur on the loose in Clifton

Don't panic! This one didn't get too far thankfully. 

"Denzel" was being taken for a walk by his keeper across Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge, as Bristol Zoo prepares to launch a new exhibition featuring animatronic dinosaurs. 

After going for a wander Denzel was eventually recaptured by his keepers, so he didn't try anything exciting like his cousins in the film Jurassic Park. 

Where is Jeff Goldblum when you need him?

Dinosaur walking over Clifton Suspension Bridge
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Dinosaur walking over the suspension bridge
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Severe disruption: A430 Gloucestershire westbound

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A430 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, between A4302 Metz Way and B4063 London Road.

A430 Gloucestershire - A430 Bruton Way in Gloucester blocked and very slow traffic westbound between the A4302 Metz Way junction and the B4063 London Road junction, because of a police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

General election: UKIP branches in three Somerset seats won't field candidates

UKIP have confirmed that they aren't contesting three seats in Somerset for the upcoming general election.

Wells, Somerton and Frome and Yeovil won't have any UKIP candidates on the ballot paper.

In Wells, the UKIP Wells Association Branch chair says their committee voted unanimously not to stand a candidate, as they are broadly supportive of the current MP James Heappey's support for Theresa May's Brexit plans.

They don't want to contest the constituencies of Wells, Somerton & Frome or Yeovil

Our vote share could be enough to tip it just back to the Lib Dems. We’re not doing deals, how members vote is up to them. But stats show our core voters, if not voting UKIP, will vote Conservative

Helen HimsUKIP Wells Association branch chair

Anna Lewis: found after 13 days

Earlier today, police had been searching for missing student Anna Lewis in woodland near Stoke Park in Bristol.

Before she walked into a police station in North Devon today, she had been missing for 13 days, prompting appeals from Avon and Somerset Police.

Watch: police were searching woods near to Stoke Park in Bristol in the search for Anna.

Anna had been known to go on long camping trips before, and police have confirmed she was camping during the time she was missing.

Ten sightings of her were reported before she was found safe and well today. 

Police have confirmed Anna left to go away of her own accord, and was believed to have been by herself. They also believe she was camping.

North Bristol NHS 'pleased' missing Anna Lewis found safe

Anna has been working at Southmead Hospital where she was last seen before going missing almost two weeks ago.

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Police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens also weighed in with her thoughts...

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BreakingMissing Bristol student Anna Lewis found

Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed that missing 27-year old student Anna Lewis has been found safe and well after walking into a police station in North Devon.

Jobs losses at Clarks HQ

Clarks
BBC

It's reported about 50 jobs are to go at footwear company Clarks HQ in Somerset.

The firm, which employs about 1,000 people at the site in Street, says it "faces a challenging commercial and economic environment, with increasing cost pressures and intensified customer expectations".

It said "unfortunately, a small number of employees will be affected" and it would "be doing everything we can to minimise any impact".

Severe disruption: M50 Gloucestershire eastbound

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M50 Gloucestershire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A417 and J1 for A38.

M50 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M50 eastbound between J2, A417 (Ledbury) and J1, A38 (Tewkesbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Colston Hall: the history of a name

Bristol's Colston Hall has been standing in various incarnations on its current site since the 20th September, 1867.

The name "Colston" comes from this man: Edward Colston. 

He was involved with the slave trade through being an official of the London-based Royal African Company, which traded in slaves from West Africa.

Edward Colston
Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, M0871, Leon Kolb collection of Portraits

Visitors to Bristol will notice his name on various landmarks, as Colston was also a well-known philanthropist in his lifetime - some of this money coming off the back of his ties to the slave trade.

Colston founded almshouses and gave money to schools in Bristol such as the Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School. His legacy lives on in names like Colston Avenue and Colston Street, as well as statues of him.

It's also worth pointing out that Colston had been dead for nearly 146 years before the hall opened bearing his name.

Colston Hall: Bristol Music Trust on decision behind name change

Watch: Bristol Music Trust trustee Marti Burgess on Colston Hall's name change

Bristol Music Trust trustee Marti Burgess said: "Do we want to be associated with somebody who was the de facto CEO of an organisation that transported over 100,000 Africans to a life of brutal hardship and enslavement?"

The Colston Hall announced today it would change its name in 2020. 

The venue is named after Bristol businessman Edward Colston, who was born in 1636 and made his fortune from the slave trade.   

Bristol Council on Colston Hall renaming: we respect the decision

Colston Hall
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Bristol City Council have offered their thoughts on the renaming of Bristol's Colston Hall, which will lose the name "Colston" in a bid to avoid connotations with the slave trader Edward Colston:

We welcome the progress Bristol Music Trust are making in their redevelopment plans and the clear vision they have set out for the future of Colston Hall. Whilst the naming of the hall is not a matter for the council we respect the decision taken by the trust.”

Colston Hall renaming: your thoughts

Colston Hall
BBC

Comments have been flooding in to our Facebook pages, after the news that the Colston Hall will change its name to avoid "toxic" associations with the slave trader Edward Colston. 

  • Ian Harkness writes:The Colston Hall. It's been Bristol's main concert venue for generations, and to change it would be to remove the reminder of the past, both good and bad. How can we learn to avoid past mistakes if we remove all reminders about it? 
  • Tim Rose says: Political correctness is about to score another victory it seems. We have to accept that things in the city's history are not things to be proud of, but that's the point, it's our history.
  • Nicki Squire disagrees: It's not about forgetting the past or brushing it under the carpet, it's about not honouring a man with what we all now know and accept was an abomination. It's about moving moving forward. It's not about being a lefty or a snowflake it's just plain right!  
  • While Sibyl Rosencrantz says: Renaming a building isn't "erasing history"..it's just refusing to glorify it anymore. Stick a plaque in the building to explain what it used to be called and why it was changed. Job done.

This debate is likely to rumble on for a while, do get in touch if you have any thoughts to add.

Railway line at Bath Spa reopened

Well that didn't take long to fix...

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BreakingRailway blocked between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads

GWR say a lorry has become stuck under a bridge next to Bath Spa Station, closing all railway lines between Bristol and Bath Spa. 

They say trains may be delayed by up to 60 minutes while the problem is fixed. 

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Highways England 'looking at' controversial Bath A36-A46 link road plans

BreakingSuspended sentence for farmhand who stamped on newborn calves

Owen Nichol
BBC

A farm apprentice who was secretly filmed kicking and stamping on cows and calves has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Owen Nichol, 18, admitted two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animals at Taunton Magistrates' Court.

His actions were filmed by campaign group Animal Equality on a farm in Taunton in December. 

Chairman of the magistrates Dr Peter Reed told Nichol his behaviour was "absolutely unacceptable".  

Nichol was sentenced to a 12-week jail term suspended for one year. 

He was also banned from keeping or working with animals for two years. 

Colston Hall name change: 'The beginning of a new dawn'

Watch: Colston Hall name change: 'The right thing to do'

Announcing the Colston Hall name would be dropped, Louise Mitchell, chief executive of Bristol Music Trust, said: "We want to look to the future and ensure the whole city is proud of its transformed concert hall. 

"But the name Colston does not reflect the trust's view as a "progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation. 

"When we re-open in 2020 it will be with a new name."

Missing student nurse 'potential sightings' in Gloucestershire

CCTV of Anna Lewis
Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police say they are "actively following up" potential sightings of missing Bristol trainee nurse Anna Lewis.

Officers said they'd received about 20 reports of sightings overnight - some in the Lydney area of Gloucestershire.

Anna, 27, a student at the University of the West of England, was last seen on CCTV leaving Southmead Hospital at 12.15pm on 13 April. 

Colston Hall: New name 'could include commercial partner'

Louise Mitchell
BBC
Bristol Music Trust chief executive Louise Mitchell wants to "look to the future"

The charity which runs the Colston Hall said "the name Colston does not reflect the trust's values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation."

Louise Mitchell, from Bristol Music Trust, said: "We want to look to the future and ensure the whole city is proud of its transformed concert hall."

She said they had always been "clear" about the option of commercial sponsorship as part of the venue's "transformation fundraising plans".

The venue is named after Bristol businessman Edward Colston, who was born in 1636 and made his fortune from the slave trade. 

"The new name could include recognition of a commercial partner, but we will be consulting with audiences and other stakeholders during the closure period before announcing a new name in 2020.

Louise MitchellBristol Music Trust

Colston Hall: Reaction to venue's decision to drop slave trader's name

Colston Hall
BBC

Here are some of the comments on BBC Points West Facebook after the Colston Hall announces it will be changing its name in 2020.

Kathryn Robinson: COLSTON HALL ......will always be called the COLSTON HALL, would be a waste of money to call it anything else ...if not then pullit down , but as long as its there it will be the COLSTON HALL, STOP DESTROYING ARE HERITAGE 

Simon Peacock: Do we have the same issue with Colston's Girl's School? You cannot re-write history... 

Matt Morris:  We can't rewrite history, but we can learn from it. Leaving it as Colston Hall would be the biggest reminder of Bristols past that could be. Wiping it from the landscape will be another way of 'forgetting' what happen.  

Severe disruption: M49 Bristol southbound

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M49 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between M4 J22 and M5 J18A.

M49 Bristol - One lane closed on M49 southbound between M4 J22 and M5 J18a, because of police training exercise. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

A man who was filmed kicking and stamping on cows has been given a 12 week suspended prison sentence

Colston Hall: 'Entirely moral decision' to drop slave trader's name

Colston Hall
BBC

Louise Mitchell, chief executive of Bristol Music Trust, said it was "an entirely moral decision" to change the name of the venue. 

Edward Colston, who lived in Bristol, invested in a slave trade company for 11 years and was an active slave trader. 

Ms Mitchell added it was the "right thing to do" for the "artists, public and diversity of staff".

She acknowledged there would be a "backlash" over the name change but it was "absolutely the right thing to do and the right time to announce it". 

Tickets will have Colston Hall printed on them for the next year until it closes for refurbishment. 

Edward Colston statue
Phillip Halling
A statue of Edward Colston in Bristol

Colston Hall to be renamed in 2020

Colston Hall
BBC

A spokesman for the Colston Hall said the name had become "toxic".

Cheltenham Jazz Festival opens today

Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Cheltenham Festivals

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival opens today.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend performances at the six-day event - now in its 21st year.

Tonight's headline act is Laura Mvula - the award-winning soul singer-songwriter who has multiple BRIT Award nominations to her name.

Colston Hall announcement expected any minute