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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Rain, hail, snow and thunder all possible

BBC Weather's Dan Downs with the weather forecast for Thursday 27th April.

Expect showers, some wintry, with maybe a bit of hail, watery snow and the odd rumble of thunder, says BBC Weather's Dan Downs.

A fine Spring afternoon. Or maybe not.

That's all for Local Live for today. We'll be back at 7am tomorrow. 

Catherine Tate: Is Bristol bovvered?

Catherine Tate characters

Catherine Tate is bringing her outrageous characters to Bristol, it has been announced.

"What a [clears throat] liberty," her character 'Nan' Taylor might say.

As well as Irish nurse Bernie, Geordie Georgie and Essex girl Sam, the comedian is resurrecting her character Lauren Cooper for the 21-date UK tour.

The final stop of the tour will be in Bristol on 3 December and tickets go on sale on Friday.

How to draw Mr Graff in 30 seconds

How to draw Mr Graff in 30 seconds

Yesterday we brought you news about the Bristol-inspired newest member of the fictional Mr Men and Little Miss family.

Today, in 30 seconds, his creator shows us how to draw him.

The character was designed by Cheo in collaboration with Bristol's urban art festival Upfest.

M5 J16 Cycle path: Facebook response

Cycle path

There are calls to make a path under the M5 near Bristol safer for cyclists and pedestrians, with a police chief saying he wouldn't put his family at risk by using it.

People have been having their say on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page, including:

Toby Jefferies, who posts: "It's a major route for many to cross the motorway, other alternatives involve a substantial detour."

Richard Burton said: "Both SGlos council and the Highways Agency ignored every single policy they have, including transport, health, sustainability, environment and ironically, congestion."

And Trish Bowdrey adds: "J21 of the M5 is just as bad. It leaves cyclists and pedestrians on the actual central reservation with nowhere to go!"

Hand-drawn maps snapped up by national museums


A number of intricate maps hand-drawn by a Bristol artist have been accepted by three national permanent collections.

Fuller's drawings of Bristol and London have been acquired by the Museum of London, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the British Library.

Read the full story here.

Got your brolly?

Junior doctors all-out for second day

Junior doctors are striking for the second day, walking out of both routine and emergency care in protest at the imposition of a new contract.

More than 100,000 outpatients appointments and planned operations have been postponed across the country. 

BBC Radio Bristol asked people if they'd been affected by yesterday's strike action.

Junior doctors have started their second all-out strike in England.

Your local papers this morning...

M5 J16 Cycle path: 'I wouldn't put my family at risk'

Cyclists claim changes to a cycle path in Bristol, at a motorway junction, are unsafe.

A police chief says he wouldn't put his family at risk by using a combined pedestrian and cycle path at a roundabout under the M5 in South Gloucestershire.

Mark Evans says the path at junction 16 for Almondsbury is too narrow and forces cyclists onto the road.  

What do you think? Have your say on the BBC Radio Bristol Facebook page.

Chef Barny, Food Hero?

Chef Barny Haughton is one of three shortlisted for the BBC Radio Bristol Food Hero award.

Local chef Barny Haughton has been involved in the Bristol food scene for a long time and runs the Square Food Foundation in Knowle West. 

He is one of three people shortlisted for the BBC Radio Bristol Food Hero award.

What is GoodGym?

A group of runners in Bath are mixing voluntary charity work with exercise.

It's a new initiative which mixes running with charity work, and it's gathering pace in Bath.

The idea started in London and has spread to the West.

It involves going for a weekly run and halfway through the runners stop to help a charity with a job that needs doing.

Bristol Decides: Watch again

BBC Radio Bristol's Emma Britton poses a question to the leading Mayoral candidates.

Still wondering who to vote for in the Bristol Mayoral elections? 

BBC Points West's David Garmston hosted a lively debate between the leading candidates which was broadcast on BBC One last night.

Questions were asked about 20mph speed limits, housing, education and the city's budget.

You can watch the full debate via the BBC iPlayer.

Mayoral debate

Wednesday's headlines: cycle path, cash point raids and get fit plan

  • More investment is needed to make a roundabout - under junction 16 of the M5 in South Gloucestershire - safer for cyclists, according to a police chief at Avon and Somerset Police
  • Detectives are keeping an open mind as to whether a string of attacks on cash points around Bristol and Bath are related
  • A novel way of encouraging people to get fit, which involves going for a weekly run but stopping half way through to get involved with charity work, is gathering momentum in Bath

Hear more with Emma Britton, live on BBC Radio Bristol until 9am, on Digital, 94.9FM, 104.6FM or via BBC iPlayer Radio.

Snap! Cricket bat in two at county championship match in Bristol

As well as weird weather yesterday, there was also some weird goings on at the County Ground.

The bat of Worcestershire's Ben Cox snaps in two as he receives the opening ball on day three of their match against Gloucestershire.

Some kind of sign?

Bats snaps in Counties cricket match

Footage courtesy of the England and Wales Cricket Board. 

Good morning: more strange weather on the way?

Good morning and welcome to Local Live - we'll have the latest news and information for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

Well the weather was a bit strange yesterday - and it looks like that is going to continue.

There will be scattered showers today, these turning heavy and wintry in places, with the risk of hail and thunder too.

Weather map