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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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  1. Goodnight from us

    What is that blue figure doing on the weather map below? Yes, temperatures may actually drop below freezing for some of us, in April.

    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.

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    Video caption: What's that blue symbol doing there? A cold start for some tomorrow morning.
  2. The top stories in your local newspapers this evening

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  3. Dan the ukulele man helps cheer up sick children in Bristol

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    Video caption: 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. 

  4. 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.

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    Video caption: Watch: Glyn Owen is the Head Chef at Whitehall Primary in Bristol
  5. Roman Baths recognised as one of the 'top three large visitor attractions' in England

    The Roman Baths

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

    Quote Message: 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. from Patrick Anketell-Jones Councillor and Cabinet Member for Economic Development
    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.  

  6. 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.

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    Video caption: Old post office converted into art space
  7. 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.

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    Video caption: Watch: Campaigners have been fighting plans for a McDonalds on Fishponds Road.
  8. Continued reaction to Colston Hall's name change

    Colston Hall

    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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  9. Dancing Ken funeral takes place

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    Video caption: 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.  

  10. 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.

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    Video caption: Bristol's Colston Hall to change name and ditch links with Edward Colston.
  11. 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. 

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    Video caption: Watch: for years, the band refused to play there because of the hall's name
  12. 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.

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    Video caption: They show the former uses of buildings in the village
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    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

  14. 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
    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

  16. 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.

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    Video caption: They don't want to contest the constituencies of Wells, Somerton & Frome or Yeovil
    Quote Message: 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 from Helen Hims UKIP Wells Association branch chair
    Helen HimsUKIP Wells Association branch chair
  17. 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.

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    Video caption: Watch: Anna was last seen nearly a fortnight ago.

    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.

  18. 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.