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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Thursday, 19 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Chris Sandys and Tammy McAllister

All times stated are UK

Marvin's deputy calls for inquiry over election count 'shambles'

Bristol's new deputy mayor says she wants an inquiry over an election count she describes as a "shambles". 

Bristol's deputy mayor seeks inquiry over election count 'shambles'

Estella Tincknell was speaking on the day Marvin Rees revealed his new cross-party cabinet.  

Bristol's three-day count was the slowest in the country and there are also concerns that voters didn't really understand the ballot papers.

And that's it from Local Live for today - we'll be back again at 7am tomorrow.

Stapleton Road stabbing nurse: 'My instinct kicked in'

Imagine you're driving along and you spot a man staggering around in front of you, covered in blood. 

What would you do? Abigail Bamber stopped and got out to help.

Nurse "instinct just kicked in" after Stapleton Road stabbing

Abigail is a nurse at Southmead Hospital and was one of the first on the scene after the stabbing on Stapleton Road in Bristol earlier this week.

"My nurse instinct just kicked in I guess, and I did chest impressions and it all went into a bit of a blur."

She shared the whole experience with Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2.

The 41-year-old victim remains in a critical but stable condition and a 32-year-old man from has been charged with attempted murder.

Bristol Rugby: Let's not get carried away...just yet

The win away at Doncaster last night was emphatic, but it's only half-time for Bristol Rugby, as boss Andy Robinson reminds us...

Bristol Rugby playoff result is only half-time score, says coach Andy Robinson

A win at Ashton Gate next Wednesday, in the second leg, will see Bristol return to the Premiership after a seven year absence. 

Hopefully it'll be third time lucky, as Andy Robinson's side has lost out in the previous two finals.

Bristol Rugby has 'best advantage ever'

Back to Bristol Rugby's victory over Doncaster in the first leg of the playoff final last night, and as you can imagine the fans are happy.

After successive attempts to get back into the Premiership, one fan said this is the best advantage the club has had.

Bristol Rugby fan: "This is the best advantage we've ever had"

Bristol won 13-28 and will be heading into the second leg - at Ashton Gate on Wednesday, 25 May - with a decent advantage.

Bristol Rugby

Mayor Marvin's team: The full list

"Together we will form a strong team which gets things done for this city," says mayor Marvin Rees about his newly appointed cabinet. 

 And for the record, here they are and what they'll be responsible for: 

  • Cllr Estella Tincknell (Labour) - Deputy mayor (with special responsibility for democracy, culture, policy, strategy & communications, international) 
  • Cllr Mark Bradshaw (Labour) - Cabinet member for transport 
  • Cllr Clare Campion-Smith (Lib Dem) - Cabinet member for people 
  • Cllr Craig Cheney (Labour) - Cabinet member for finance, governance and performance 
  • Cllr Fi Hance (Green) - Cabinet member for city health and wellbeing
  • Cllr Marg Hickman (Labour) - Cabinet member for neighbourhoods 
  • Cllr Claire Hiscott (Conservative) - Cabinet member for education and skills 
  • Cllr Helen Holland (Labour) - Cabinet member for place 
  • Cllr Paul Smith (Labour) - Cabinet member for homes
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Roman baths dig: Other highlights

The dig at Bath's Roman baths
Bath and North East Somerset Council

As well as archaeologist's recently finding red paint at Baths' Roman baths (they had assumed it was white!), here are some of their other dig highlights:

  • Investigating a Roman bath from the earliest phase of the Roman Baths
  • Investigating a second Roman Bath beneath York Street
  • Finding the footings of the Roman walls of the Great Bath
  • Establishing the Roman floor levels to the south of the Great Bath
  • Identifying a pre-Roman land surface beneath York Street
  • Gaining a better understanding of the extent of Georgian and Victorian disturbance of the area

Scientists at Bournmouth Uni have taken away samples to try and work out where the different materials were sourced during the building of the Roman Baths.

In the papers...

Red hot - what colour were the Roman baths in Bath?

New details uncovered during an archaeological dig would suggest red paint was used.

Red paint at Bath's Roman baths
Bath and North East Somerset Council

The paint remains have been found on an outside Roman wall of the Great Bath.

The dig took place in an area not currently open to the public, underneath York Street and Swallow Street.

Roman baths

Excitements builds for Bristol Rugby's final push for promotion

All the tickets have sold out!

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Library service review gets 3,000 responses

South Gloucestershire Council says it had more than 3,000 responses from a consultation on the library service in the area - the biggest response to a consultation there ever.

A protest was held outside last night's council meeting by people worried about large scale cuts that could be made to the service, including drastically reducing opening hours.

 A plan for the libraries is due to be announced later this year.

South Gloucestershire libraries protest

Eviction notice served on Avonmouth squatters

An eviction notice has been served to the occupiers of a house Bristol City Council sold at auction last month. 

The occupiers say they are protesting over the treatment of a homeless single father by the Council.

On Wednesday, BBC Radio Bristol reported the new Mayor Marvin Rees had asked officers to find "a creative solution" to the issue without taking eviction action. 

But now a fresh court hearing has been set for next week.

Avonmouth squatters protest

Rare shark caught by Bristol fishermen

A group of Bristolian fishermen have caught a shark off the coast of Devon - and say it could even be a record breaker. 

The creature is believed to be an endangered breed and a distant relative of the Great White.

They hauled her onto the boat and weighed her, where she came in at 480 lbs (200 kg) - and named her Lola - as you do when catching sharks.

A shark is caught off the coast by a group of Bristol fishermen.

Lottery funding boost for Bristol street workers charity

A Bristol charity which helps street workers in Bristol escape prostitution, drugs and violence is getting Big Lottery funding.

One25 in Bristol is getting £749,813 to fund its drop-in centre, night outreach work and one-to-one support for women.

In March, the charity also received £65,000 from the Tampon Tax.

Neil Edbrooke

Take a look at who's in the Bristol mayor's cabinet

Earlier we told you about the Bristol mayor, Marvin Rees, announcing the details of his new cabinet members.

You will be delighted to see them all together here, smiling for the camera.

Reminds me of those old school class photos...

Bristol Mayor's new cabinet

Bristol Mayor announces new 'rainbow' cabinet

Pete Simson

BBC Radio Bristol political reporter

The full line-up of new Mayor of Bristol's cabinet has been announced.

Marvin Rees promised a rainbow cabinet - and so it's come to pass - albeit with one Green, Lib Dem, and Conservative, and six of his fellow Labour party colleagues. 

Among them is Mark Bradshaw, the Labour councillor for Bedminster who missed out on the Mayoral nomination to Mr Rees, and who also had the same job in George Ferguson's cabinet. 

Overall there are nine posts, three more than the previous Mayor had, plus a 6-4 majority of women. 

Some things never change however, and in a classic case of council speak - Lockleaze councillor Estella Tincknell becomes the new Deputy Mayor but with special responsibility for for Democracy, Culture, Policy, Strategy & Communications, International  - whatever that means ...

Promotion hopes riding high for Bristol Rugby

Bristol are on their way to promotion after beating Doncaster in their Championship play-off final first leg last night.

They play Donny in the return leg next Wednesday at Ashton Gate.

They were relegated in 2009... so fingers crossed for a Premiership return.

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Post office re-opens after cash machine blast

A post-office in Long Ashton, which had its cash machine blown up in January, is due to re-open later.

You can see for yourself the damage it caused - and how much effort and hard work it's taken to get it back up and running.

Post office reopens after cash machine explosion

Sunny start for Thursday

Good morning and welcome to the live updates page for Bristol Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

It's nice to see a lovely sunny start to Thursday, with some warm temperatures but it will cloud over later.

Thursday weather