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Pizza delivery driver attacked by gang

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Avon and Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police is appealing for information after a pizza delivery driver was assaulted by a group of teenagers in Bristol. The 35-year-old male driver was attacked between 6pm and 6.30pm on Monday in Gatehouse Close, Bishopsworth. The man had just delivered a pizza and was walking back to his car when he was assaulted.

He returned to his place of work and his employers called the police. His colleagues were also made aware of footage of the incident circulating on social media. The man received hospital treatment for bruising and swelling and is now recovering at home.

Severe disruption: M4 Cardiff eastbound

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M4 Cardiff eastbound severe disruption, at J33 for A4232.

M4 Cardiff - M4 exit slip road partially blocked and it's slow eastbound at J33, A4232 (Cardiff West And Services), because of a break down.

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Severe disruption: M4 Bridgend eastbound

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M4 Bridgend eastbound severe disruption, at J36 for A4061 Bridgend.

M4 Bridgend - M4 exit slip road partially blocked and it's slow eastbound at J36, A4061 (Bridgend), because of a break down.

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Motorcyclist collides with cyclist in Bristol

A motorcyclist suffered a head injury when his motorbike hit a cyclist in Bristol.

The incident happened in Connaught Road, Knowle, at around 8pm.

The cyclist suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The motorcyclist was taken to hospital where his condition is still being assessed.

Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, from J26 for A38 to J27 for A361.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J26, A38 (Wellington) to J27, A361 (Tiverton), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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Devon & Somerset fire cuts: Consultation 'going very well'

Ben Woolvin

BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

Devon and Somerset's assistant chief fire officer says he understands the passionate response from people to proposals to close seven stations in the county, but the bulk of the service's work now is prevention.

A public consultation on the changes has one month left to run.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it wanted to bring an outdated service into the 21st Century.

Pete Bond said the consultation was going "very well, with 1,000 responses".

He also rejected claims from one local councillor that it was confusing and should be suspended.

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We haven't had any responses which say people don't understand the options or are not able to make a response to us. When we're talking to people at the public drop-in exhibitions, we're getting clear conversations with them. I think, overall, we followed everything we should have done in making this a valid consultation. I think that's been proven in the results we're getting."

Pete BondAssistant Chief Fire Officer, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Burnham MIU will be shut for two days this week

Burnham MIU
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The NHS trust which runs Somerset's minor injury units says temporary closures and the reduction of opening hours may have to continue until they have enough staff.

The unit at Burnham-on-Sea will be shut on Wednesday and Thursday this week and Shepton's will close early on Thursday.

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says it's doing everything it can to recruit more emergency nurse practitioners as well as training people to fill the roles.

Watchdog investigating girl's death after MRI scan

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The circumstances surrounding the death of a 14-year-old Devon girl following an MRI scan are to be investigated by a national watchdog, it has been confirmed.

Alice Sloman, from Torbay, had autism and was given an anaesthetic for the scan at at Torbay Hospital after becoming "extremely anxious" and "hypersensitive".

But a hormone given for a growth defect led to an undiagnosed condition which enlarged her heart and put her at danger when anaesthetised.

She died in Bristol Children's Hospital in October 2018, three days after becoming suddenly unwell during the scan.

Alice Sloman
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Torbay Hospital referred the case to the the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).

The HSIB has now published an interim report, confirming an investigation into aspects of how hospitals support children with special needs, and their families, when a general anaesthetic was required.

It will also look at the procedures that staff follow if the young person becomes unwell under anaesthetic.

We will continue to provide whatever information we can to support that review."

Dr Rob Dyer MedicalMedical Director, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
The student teaching rugby to Peru's high-security prisoners
Jo Penrose, 20, has spent two summers in Peru teaching rugby to children and prisoners.

Man stabbed in the arm on A370

Police officers
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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Congresbury on Sunday.

The incident happened on the A370, near to The Congresbury Arms, North Somerset, at around 2.50pm.

The 51-year-old victim suffered injuries to his arm which needed hospital treatment.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding and being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Avon and Somerset Police also arrested a second person – a 51-year-old man – on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Both men have been released under investigation.

Officers want to speak to anyone who saw a silver Mercedes 4x4 being driven on the A370 in Congresbury around 2.50pm on Sunday, as well as anyone who saw any part of the assault.

Great British Bake Off: 2019 contestants revealed

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A vet from Somerset is one of the contestants hoping to win this year's Great British Bake Off.

The show returns to Channel 4 on Tuesday 27 August, the third series since it moved across from BBC One.

The presenters and judges remain the same, with Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig back for another year of puns.

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will also be on hand to judge the best bakes produced in the famous white tent.

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Warning after cat caught in gin trap

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was left seriously injured after being found with her leg snared in an illegal trap in Somerset.

The tabby and white cat was found on Monday with a gin trap clamped around her front left leg near the Tesco store in Langport.

She was found by a member of the public who contacted Langport Vets after she was discovered trying to get through a fence trailing the trap.

The cat is not microchipped so it has not been possible to find her owner.

Gin trap
RSPCA

We would also ask local people in the area to be vigilant and to keep an eye out for these traps. Not only is it illegal to set a gin trap, it is also illegal to cause an animal to suffer as a result. We have seen domestic animals fall victim to these traps many times.

John PollockRSPCA Inspector

Council set to forcibly buy 'eyesore' pub

Gainsborough pub, Lockleaze
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Bristol City Council is making preparations to allow it to forcibly buy a derelict pub in north Bristol.

The Gainsborough in Lockleaze closed nine years ago and remains boarded up and is now covered in graffiti.

It was the scene of a fire in June and is considered the last remaining eyesore in Gainsborough Square, following a £2million investment into the area a few years ago.

Last year, a petition from a residents’ group which described the pub as “an eyesore and a barrier to investment in the area” called on the council to start the “compulsory purchase order” process to forcibly buy the pub from its owner.

Now the council has done just that, and the ruling Labour cabinet is due to decide on September 3 whether to allow the compulsory purchase to go ahead.

Last year, the cabinet agreed to move forward with an £178million scheme to regenerate and develop Lockleaze.

The secret swimming lake in the heart of suburbia

Doug Satherley diving
Michael Satherley

The history of a wild swimming club, hidden in the heart of Bristol's suburbia, has been published to mark its 100th year.

Henleaze Swimming Club was set up in a flooded quarry in 1919 following a spate of drownings the year before.

Alumni include actor David Prowse who played Darth Vader in Star Wars.

"It's surprising how many people who've lived in Bristol all their lives don't know about it," said Janet Cocks, 87, whose parents were founder members.

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Severe accident: M4 Bristol westbound

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M4 Bristol westbound severe accident, from J22 for M49 to J23 for M48.

M4 Bristol - It's slow on M4 westbound from J22 M49 in Gloucestershire to J23 M48 in Monmouthshire, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire both ways

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M4 Wiltshire both ways severe disruption, between J17 for A350 and J18 for A46 Bath.

M4 Wiltshire - Temporary closure and stationary on M4 in both directions between J17, A350 (Chippenham) and J18, A46 (Bath), because of a car that's broken down.

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Bus driver thanked for rescuing passenger four times

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A bus driver, who had to call for an ambulance on four separate occasions for the same female passenger, has been thanked by the woman.

First West driver James Mills, 27, had to act quickly on several different occasions after regular customer Rachael Jay suffered epileptic seizures on the service between Bristol and Yate.

The two met last week, so Ms Jay could thank him "formally".

“I want to thank James for being so brilliant and acting so quickly when I have suffered attacks on the bus," she said.

"Living with epilepsy and diabetes can really affect your lifestyle and for James to have presence of mind and to act so swiftly on all those occasions really helped.”

Cornish golfer Harry Hall picked for Walker Cup

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall golfer Harry Hall has been picked to take part in the Walker Cup 2019 Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) team.

He is among five English, three Irish and two Scottish players.

Team captain Craig Watson said he believed the chosen squad of 10 "will give us the best chance of regaining the Walker Cup against a strong American team".

The 47th Walker Cup match will be played on 7 to 8 September at the Royal Liverpool course.

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From elsewhere in the South West, Yeovil's Thomas Plumb and Taunton & Pickeridge's Tom Sloman are also in the squad.

Severe accident: M49 Bristol southbound

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M49 Bristol southbound severe accident, from M4 J22 to M5 J18.

M49 Bristol - Temporary closure and stationary on M49 southbound from M4 J22 in Gloucestershire to M5 J18 in City of Bristol, because of an accident.

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On board Wales' first electric bus in Newport
Electric buses are being introduced to routes in Newport in a bid to cut carbon emissions.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

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M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J19 for A369 Martcombe Road.

M5 Bristol - One lane blocked and queues on M5 southbound in Somerset at J19, A369 (Portishead), because of a vehicle on fire.

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

Cumberland Basin: Major Bristol road consultation begins

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A public consultation on the redevelopment of a major road system in Bristol has begun.

Three proposed schemes to change the Cumberland Basin area have been unveiled by Bristol City Council.

They would create a "simpler, less intrusive road network" and allow space for new homes, shops and green spaces, the council said.

All the schemes include demolishing the current Plimsoll swing bridge and the elevated sections of the road network.

Frome cancer campaigner Lisa Wells dies

Lisa Wells
BBC

A mother from Frome, Somerset, who campaigned for the age for bowel cancer screening to be lowered has died of the disease.

Lisa Wells, 32, who set up the charity Lisa's Army, was given a diagnosis of bowel cancer in December 2017.

The government says it is planning to lower the age from 60 to 50 and Public Health England says it'll review screening regularly.

Her husband said a big charity event she organised to help others with the disease on 14 September will still go ahead as planned.

Severe accident: A368 Somerset both ways

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A368 Somerset both ways severe accident, between A39 and Hunstrete Lane.

A368 Somerset - A368 in Marksbury closed in both directions between the A39 junction and the Hunstrete Lane junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

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M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, from J21 for A370 to J19 for A369 Martcombe Road.

M5 Somerset - M5 partially blocked and it's slow northbound from J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) to J19, A369 (Portishead), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M32 Bristol both ways

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M32 Bristol both ways severe accident, at M4 J19.

M32 Bristol - One lane closed and it's slow on M32 at M4 J19, Bristol, because of an accident. On the roundabout.

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Severe congestion: M4 Newport eastbound

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M4 Newport eastbound severe congestion, from J29 for A48 to J26 for A4051.

M4 Newport - It's slow on M4 eastbound from J29 A48(M) to J26, A4051 (Malpas Road).

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