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Summary

  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare for Tuesday, 3 May 2016.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Wednesday's weather - bright but cloudy later

Before we go, here's a look at tomorrow's weather - a bright start but cloudy later.

It will stay dry though and a clear night overnight, leading to some frost in places.

We will be back with the live page for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare from 7am tomorrow - so if you want to share any stories get in touch.

You can email us, or contact us via Facebook or Twitter. We hope the rest of the day goes well for you.

Weather forecast, Wednesday, 4 May 2016
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Police say they've 'learned a great deal' after Ebrahimi murder

Two female police officers have been dismissed after an investigation into their involvement in a case where a Bristol man was murdered by his neighbour.

Bijan Ebrahimi, 44, was killed on a city estate in July 2013, after being mistaken for a paedophile.

Speaking after the dismissal of Leanne Winter and Helen Harris who were both PCs, Avon and Somerset Police Chief Constable, Andy Marsh, said the force fully accepted the findings of the panel.

He added: "I must sincerely apologise once again to Bijan’s family. 

"They have suffered and will continue to suffer deeply, and have endured their loss with great courage and dignity. 

"We failed Bijan in his hour of need and I am unreservedly sorry for the pain and heartache his family have suffered in the years since."

He added a number of lessons had been learned, such as managing their calls to spot vulnerable people more easily.

BreakingPolice officers in Ebrahimi case sacked by police force

The two female police officers involved in a case where a man was set on fire and burned to death by his neighbour have been sacked.

Bijan Ebrahimi, 44, was murdered on an estate in Bristol in July 2013 amid false claims he was a paedophile.

He repeatedly called police for help in the days before, the trial heard, but had been seen as a "nuisance".

PC Kevin Duffy and Andrew Passmore were convicted of misconduct and subsequently dismissed after the trial but PCs Leanne Winter and Helen Harris were cleared.

Today, the police force said PCs Winter and Harris had both been dismissed.

Bijan Ebrahimi, 44 years old
Ebrahimi family

Banksy's art award nomination for Dismaland

Dismaland
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Earlier we told you about Banksy's nomination for the Sky Arts Awards which are being held next month.

Here's a rundown on who else is in the running.

Gold medals for grappler Gina Hopkins

Gina Hopkins, grappler
BBC

Kingswood grappler Gina Hopkins has won two gold and two bronze medals at the Grapplers Heart competition in California.

Gina, who trains in Bath, has the genetic condition dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contraction and speech issues. 

She told us she had a great time beating the boys and is looking forward to a rest on the California coast before heading home in two weeks' time.

Grappler Gina Hopkins
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'Villain's lair' police building wins architects award

Blackrock Firearms Centre, Avon and Somerset Police
Simon Kennedy

Avon and Somerset Police's firearms centre in Portishead has picked up an award for its design.

The centre had to be partially demolished after an anarchist group claimed responsibility for starting a major blaze in August 2013.

Chair of the jury Keith Brownlie, of Brownlie Ernst & Marks architects, said: "The composition is an impressive sight; by implication the entrance to a villain’s lair or a high brow cultural institution."

The centre - where officers receive firearms training - won the RIBA South West Awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Blackrock Quarry Firearms Centre
Simon Kennedy

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy: 2012 goal against Bath City

Jamie Vardy's the footballer of the moment after Leicester City's epic achievement in the Premier League.

Listen back to his goal against Bath City four years ago, when he was playing for Fleetwood Town.

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Avon and Somerset Police elections: Learn more about the candidates

If you're heading to the polls for the local council elections and Bristol mayoral elections this Thursday - then you'll also get the chance to vote for your next police and crime commissioner for Avon and Somerset.

Their role is to control the police budget and spending priorities.

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Bristol drama group battles addiction

The Bristol Drugs Project - which has been running for 30 years in the city - opens its doors to Bristol24/7 to talk about its drama group for recovering addicts.

Bristol Drugs Project
Bristol24/7

WW2 diary finds home at Imperial War Museum

Captain Bernard Thompson's WW2 diary
BBC

A diary written by a World War Two captain from South Gloucestershire has found a new home in London.

Captain Bernard Thompson's diary was found by his widow Barbara from Alveston.

After telling BBC Radio Bristol she wanted to make sure the historical artefact was preserved for future generations, the Imperial War Museum has said it would take the memoirs.

Anthony Richards, the museum's head of documents and sound, said: "The key to diaries like this is that they are personal and so you get different levels of information.

"On the one hand you get the day to day experience of living through the war, whether they talk about things like rationing or air raids, but you also get the experience of servicemen and women so you get actual descriptions of battle."

Safety fears for new zebra crossing in Bath

A row has broken out after a pedestrian crossing was installed by a property developer on a busy road in Bath. 

Residents say they weren't consulted and claim the siting of the crossing on Lansdown Road makes it unsafe. 

Bath and North East Somerset Council said the developer's work was "well-intentioned", but the crossing is illegal and needs to be removed.

It is now working with the developer to find a new solution.

Lansdown crossing, Bath
Dr George Scott

Bristol mayoral elections: Hear from the candidates

Mayoral elections
BBC

For people in Bristol, this Thursday will mean going to the polls for the mayoral, local council and police and crime commissioner (PCC) elections.

A total of 13 candidates are vying for the Bristol mayoral role - and for the past few weeks on BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Points West we've been hearing from the candidates.

If you haven't caught any of those programmes, you can learn a bit more about each of the candidates on the BBC Radio Bristol Facebook page or on the BBC website.

SATs protests: Are you keeping your child off school today?

Primary tests in England are prompting some parents to keep their children off school for the day.

They're supporting a national campaign which says children are being over-tested and over-worked.

You can read more about the protest here.

Are you planning to do the same? What are your reasons? You can email us, or message us via Facebook or Twitter.

Child in playground
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Arts award for Banksy's Dismaland in Weston

Dismaland
PA

The elusive Bristol street artist Banksy has been nominated for an arts award for Dismaland.

Migrant boats, Dismaland
Reuters

The attraction ran for five weeks at the derelict seaside lido at Weston-super-Mare, showcasing controversial topics such as migrant boats, anarchist training camps and Jimmy Savile.

Now it's been nominated in the visual art category of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, which are being held on 5 June in London.

Big Rig Jig, Dismaland
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Trending local stories on social media

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Here's a selection of the local newspaper stories that have been capturing your attention on social media over the Bank Holiday:

Bath ChronicleDavid Beckham visits Wellow as Victoria Beckham and Brooklyn are spotted in Frome

Bristol PostHeatwave coming to Bristol after Bank Holiday wash-out

Bristol Post:Goldbrick House restaurant closes after a decade on Park Street

Western Daily Press: Argos recall Mamas & Papas child car seats 'immediately' amid safety fears

South African dialysis granny: Your thoughts

Irene Nell from South Africa has been staying with her family in Bristol for four years. She has now been told by the Home Office to return where dialysis for her kidney disease is unavailable.

Initially Mrs Nel's medical insurance paid for her stay in hospital when she became ill. 

It has now said it will not pay for any further medical treatment but would pay for her to return to South Africa.

Irene Nell, with her daughter Desree Taylor
BBC

We posted this story on BBC Points West's Facebook page and this is what you've been telling us:

Cheryl Gale: "Harsh to say this, but she is a medical tourist taking advantage of the NHS. She has no residential rights"

Arna Marshall-Read: "If she is paying for her dialysis let her stay, if not then sorry, go back to South Africa and persuade them to treat her. Dialysis costs over £30k per year."

Sallie Trevena: "This is someone's life everyone is debating, if there is no dialysis in South Africa she will die, this is someone's mum, think of that."

US leukaemia treatment hope for Bristol man

A seriously ill man from Bristol whose wife raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for cancer treatment, is hoping to fly to America today. 

Mike Brandon's wife, Kate, appealed to find a stem cell donor on BBC Points West two years ago - Mike had an operation but relapsed in February. 

Last week a second appeal, for donations to fund specialist leukaemia treatment overseas, reached its £400,000 target.

Mike and Kate Brandon
BBC

Toddler meningitis survivor meets fellow amputee

A toddler from Combe Down in Bath who lost all her limbs to meningitis B has been meeting an adult amputee to learn more about how to cope.

Harmonie-Rose was only ten months old when she contracted the disease. Despite being told she had little chance of survival she is now learning to walk with a pair of prosthetic legs.

24-year-old Jacob Gray, who lost both his legs to meningitis over a year ago, is also learning to walk on his prosthetics.

A toddler from Bath who lost all her limbs to meningitis B meets a fellow amputee.

Kidney disease worry for South African grandmother

Irene Nel from South Africa has been staying with her family in Bristol for four years.

But the 73-year-old has now been told by the Home Office to return where dialysis for her kidney disease is unavailable. 

It's a trip her family claims will kill her.

A grandmother fears her return to South Africa will impact on her kidney disease.

Good morning sunshine: where have you been?

Good morning!

Somewhat inevitably, the sunshine has appeared after a long Bank Holiday weekend. There might be a bit of cloud later but it looks as if it'll mostly be nice.

The rest of the week will remain mostly dry with sunny spells and it will continue to turn warmer.

Oh well. Long lunch breaks anybody?

Kellaway Avenue in Bristol
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Kellaway Avenue in Bristol
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