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Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon is a huge hit

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Nearly 6,000 people visited The Moon Exhibition at the Museum of Gloucester this summer.

The exhibition was most popular at the start of the school holidays, with 1,074 visitors moon-gazing between 27 July and 2 August.

Among the exhibits was the 3-metre inflatable moon, lunar rock samples and newspaper clippings from the day of the 1969 Moon landing.

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Teen Charlie Matthews celebrated with award

Charlie Matthews getting her British Citizen Youth Award

A teenager with Asperger's who became a catwalk model has been handed a British Citizen Youth Award at the House of Lords.

Charlie Matthews from Willsbridge, Bitton, south Gloucestershire, was diagnosed with the condition aged seven.

And after being bullied and suffering from depression she became an ambassador for the anti-bullying charity ‘Bullies Out’.

Charlie has also created her own line of clothing had them made around the ‘Bullies Out’ theme. She also held a fashion show last year, raising money for the charity.

Helpline which supports modern slavery victims could shut down

A helpline which offers help and advice for those reporting modern slavery could close at the end of November.

Unseen runs the UK Modern Slavery Helpline, which is independent, confidential and runs 24/7.

In less than three years, the helpline has indicated more than 15,000 potential victims, including many British nationals, but without funding it will close on 30 November.

The Bristol-based charity Unseen, which launched the helpline, is now asking for donations.

To find out more, click here.

No time off for police officers due to Brexit

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Police insist they are “better prepared” to tackle potential civil unrest around the Brexit deadline at the end of this month.

Avon & Somerset Constabulary has restricted officers’ time off for the weekend after the UK is set to leave the European Union on October 31 as it steps up its contingency plans.

It says the force is more ready than it was in the spring for any consequences of Brexit happening or not.

A police spokesman said: “As part of the planning for the end of the month we have been reviewing our staffing resources.

“A limited restriction on further leave and time off was put in place about four four weeks ago as contingency for the potential Brexit weekend and is subject to ongoing review.

“The bottom line is that we are well prepared — and better prepared than we were in March or April.

“We have been working closely with our colleagues across the country, including the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

“Our planning involves preparing for various scenarios and is based on our experience of well-rehearsed plans and tried-and-tested procedures.”

Knowle West at 100

Art installation by Holly Beasley-Garrigan
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Two new artworks, which mark the centenary of council housing in Bristol and uncover hidden stories of Knowle West, have been unveiled.

The artworks have been made by Knowle West residents and artists Holly Beasley-Garrigan and George Lovesmith, through the project 100 Years of Knowle West Style.

For her interactive exhibit Holly interviewed one person born in each decade since the Knowle West estate was built.

She has presented the material so that it reflects people's lives through the exploration of the everyday objects they hold dear.

George has been working with local sewers and textile enthusiasts to create an embroidered piece celebrating the flair and creativity of local people.

He has also collected stories from Knowle West families about the DIY hacks, decorations and garden adaptions they have made to make their council home unique.

Fewer burglaries across Avon and Somerset

A coordinated effort across the Avon and Somerset police force area has led to a drop in the number of homes being burgled, police figures show.

Operation Remedy has recorded 661 fewer burglaries - 9% less than the previous year.

In the six months since launching, officers have made around four arrests per day (493 total) relating to approximately 1,100 offences and 67 warrants.

Over the coming week in Worle, North Somerset, 500 homes will be given SmartWater security packs to help tackle residential burglary in the area.

SmartWater is an odourless and colourless forensic liquid with a unique chemical code.

Once dabbed onto valuables it allows police to reunite stolen property with the original owner if recovered.

The moment shots fired at armed police in Castle Cary
Footage from police officers' body-worn cameras shows the moment a man fired at them during a stand-off in Somerset.
Bristol's first cash machine used punch card to dispense £10
Previously it was impossible to get cash out of a bank once it had closed its doors for the day.

Music venue given makeover by 120 volunteers

Burges Salmon volunteers
Burges Salmon

Bristol Plays Music’s headquarters in Southmead has had a makeover thanks to more than 100 volunteers.

The venue has had a fresh coat of paint thanks to 120 people from law firm Burges Salmon who gave up time during work hours to repaint BPM’s main hall.

The centre, which is run by Bristol Music Trust, hosts music making sessions for hundreds of children in the city every week and is the hub for music education in Bristol.

The updated space will provide a more welcoming learning environment for young people and a better place to work for Bristol Plays Music’s onsite team.

First Bus to provide more Metrobuses to sort overcrowding

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First Bus has announced it will provide more buses on a Metrobus route after complaints of overcrowding.

Complaints were raised regarding the M1 Metrobus route and First Bus' M3 route in Bristol.

Lisa Howe, a regular commuter on the routes, said passengers are "left stranded everyday" at bus stops.

She said the service is "unreliable" and commuters are left waiting in the rain and regularly "late for work".

First Bus, which provide buses for all Metrobus routes, said they will provide extra buses for the M1 route and supervision at specific stops.

BBC local radio headlines across the West


Radio Bristol: First Bus says it has deployed extra Metrobuses on the M1 route to address recent reports of over-crowding. Passengers have told the BBC they're frequently unable to get on the service because they're full up by the time they arrive at their stop.

BBC Somerset: A mother from West Somerset has been on hunger strike in Taunton to try and raise awareness of climate change. Penny Holmes - who's a member of the group Extinction Rebellion - hasn't eaten since Sunday lunchtime and has been peacefully protesting on the high street.

BBC Gloucestershire: A secondary school in Gloucester is warning parents about the dangers of fake social media accounts.It follows several reports of pupils at Severn Vale School in Quedgely being contacted by an adult posing as a teenager online.

BBC Wiltshire: A warrant's been issued for the arrest of a man for the manslaughter of a woman at a slapping therapy workshop in Wiltshire. Danielle Carr-Gomm, 71, died at Cleeve House near Melksham in 2016 during the controversial therapy - to help her deal with her diabetes.

£108,000 for new play equipment

A bid for money to buy new play equipment for Eastville Park in Fishponds has been approved.

Friends of Eastville Park announced £108,000 will be available to spend in two phases.

The first phase will begin in early November with new safety flooring and a climbing frame where the old wooden framed slide was.

There will be a tendering process for play companies to bid for the supply contract to be installed during 2020.

Medics encourage public to 'restart a heart'

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Medics in Bristol are encouraging more of us to learn CPR skills - ahead of "restart a heart" day.

Members of staff from University Hospitals Bristol and South Western Ambulance Service, along with Bristol University students will be teaching CPR on College Green tomorrow.

Current survival rates outside of hospital stand at only 9 per cent in the UK.

Campaigners say that could be improved if more people have life-saving skills.

£100k plan to fix South Gloucestershire's 'most frustrating' junction

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Filton Cllr Chris Wood with Filton & Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti at the Filton Avenue/Station Road junction with the petition that has been signed by more than 500 residents
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Filton Cllr Chris Wood with Filton & Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti at the Filton Avenue/Station Road junction with the petition that has been signed by more than 500 residents

Council chiefs have pledged £100,000 to try to fix South Gloucestershire’s “most frustrating road junction” amid a row over the cost.

The traffic lights where the north and south ends of Filton Avenue meet Station Road “divide Filton in two” and prompted a campaign by Tory ward councillor Chris Wood which raised a 500-name petition and support from MP Jack Lopresti.

But at a South Gloucestershire Council cabinet meeting on October 7, Filton ward Labour councillor Adam Monk criticised the cost of the project as “frustrating” because it was twice as much as a similar project four years ago that stalled.

The junction, between the M32 and the A38, is used daily by thousands of residents, commuters and students from nearby UWE.

Filton Avenue/Station Road junction

Its layout means motorists travelling from the north end of Filton Avenue to the south have to drive to the already congested MoD Abbey Wood or Air Balloon roundabouts.

Cllr Wood, whose campaign called for the junction to be “all moving” to stop drivers from being forced to perform the U-turns at the roundabouts, told the meeting: “This is the most frustrating junction in the whole of South Gloucestershire.

“It divides Filton in two."

Metrobus apology over 'drunken' students


The operator of the M1 Metrobus service in Bristol says police were called to the University of the West of England (UWE) last month after allegedly drunken students opened a rear door.

Bristol Community Transport, which operates the service, says it wants to remind UWE students that there is a strict no-alcohol policy on the Metrobus.

It has also apologised to passengers who have not been able to get on the M1 service recently because it is already filled with students travelling to or from UWE.

The service runs from Cribbs Causeway to Hengrove Park via UWE and the city centre.

Boxing club gets £700k to support vulnerable youngsters

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A Bristol boxing club has been given more than £700,000 to support young children at risk of becoming involved in violent crime.

Empire Fighting Chance, which is based in Easton, is one of 22 charities that has been awarded government money.

More than 400 other organisations applied.

The scheme will target children aged 10-14 who are vulnerable and will be closely monitored to see what really works.

Parents urged to take up children's flu inoculations

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Public Health England is urging parents in the West to take up the offer of free childhood flu vaccinations in school this year.

Immunisation is now being offered to all primary-aged children for the first time.

The vaccine is administered through a free nasal spray in schools and parents are being advised to make sure they sign and return consent forms

Multiple new calls about Melanie Hall murder inquiry

Bath woman Melanie Hall, who went missing from a nightclub in Bath in 1996
Bath woman Melanie Hall, whose murder remains unsolved

Police say they have had dozens of messages and calls from the public after their latest appeal for information relating to the murder of Melanie Hall.

Melanie, disappeared after a night out in Bath in June 1996. Her body was found in October 2009 close to a slip road on the M5.

Police say DNA found on rope wrapped around bin liners containing Ms Hall's body could belong to her killer, but that the person who left her remains in undergrowth close to the motorway may not be her killer.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police: “We’ve had up to 50 messages and phone calls from members of the public following our renewed appeal in connection with the murder of Melanie Hall.

“We’d like to thank everyone who’s taken the time to read our appeal and contact us. All information received will be looked into to see if it can take us any further in our investigation.

“We still need people to call us with information relating to the key appeal points outlined in our anniversary appeal. One phone call could help us to solve this case and achieve justice for Melanie’s family.”

The latest police appeal, and ways to pass information on, can be found here.

Mental health campaign to help improve wellbeing

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People are being asked to take simple steps to improve their mental health.

On World Mental Health Day figures have been released which show 85% people in Bristol have experienced early signs of poor mental health - including feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping.

The survey also shows 24% took six months to take action after experiencing the first signs of poor mental health.

Public Health England, in partnership with the NHS and Bristol City Council, has launched the Every Mind Matters campaign to help people improve their mental wellbeing and support others.

One of the biggest things is leaving my mobile downstairs.

JaySelf-employed single mum

One sufferer of stress from Bristol, 39-year-old Jay, said she has been helped by making lifestyle changes.

"One of the biggest things is leaving my mobile downstairs when I sleep and having a 'Golden Hour' in the morning where I don’t look at my phone until I have completed my morning routine.

"This makes me a lot more productive and focused."

She added that breathing exercises and yoga, and saying no to things she doesn't want to do has also helped.

Women's cycling campaign launched

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A charity has launched a Bristol Women's Cycling Charter, to encourage more women in the city to cycle regularly.

Research from Sustrans shows men in the city are twice as likely to travel regularly by bike than women - with safety and inadequate infrastructure being barriers.

Bristol-based LifeCycle UK says regular cycling gives independence, reduced stress levels and better health, and it wants organisations to support more women to cycle.

Last chance to apply for David Attenborough tickets

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About 75,000 people have applied for free tickets to see Sir David Attenborough in Bristol later this month.

Today is the last chance to apply to be one of 300 members of the public at an exclusive preview of the BBC’s new natural history series Seven Worlds, One Planet on 23 October.

The screening, at the Showcase de Lux cinema in Cabot Circus, will include a Q&A with the award-winning team behind the series.

You can apply for tickets on the BBC Shows and Tours website until 10pm tonight.

Two arrested over suspected slave labour

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A man and woman from Bristol have been arrested over the alleged trafficking of Slovakian nationals into the UK for slave labour. The alleged ringleader of the network, a Slovakian man aged 43, and Polish woman aged 44, were detained on suspicion of Modern Slavery Act offences, money laundering and fraud by National Crime Agency officers in the Fishponds and Locklease areas of Bristol on 8 October.

The arrests follow a two-year National Crime Agency investigation.

They are suspected of exploiting dozens of Slovak migrants, who would be transported to the UK and then put to work in labouring jobs or car washes.

The victims would often have their promised wages withheld, bank accounts controlled by their captors and be threatened with violence.

NCA branch commander Ian Glover said: "Throughout we have heard distressing allegations of the exploitation, abuse and humiliation of victims for financial profit.

"Those victims have now been safeguarded and are being supported."

Taunton flat linked to drug dealing closed by police

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PC Steve Linton outside the recently closed flat

Avon and Somerset Police have closed a flat in Taunton for three months after it was linked to county lines drug dealing.

Police say the flat, in Ladysmith House, Crescent Way, was a focal point for anti-social behaviour including an incident where a woman was chased down a corridor by a man with a knife.

Somerset anti-social behaviour co-ordinator, Cerwyn Pritchar,d said: "This order hopefully sends a clear message that drug misuse and all forms of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.".

The application was submitted by Avon and Somerset Police but supported by the property owners Sanctuary Housing.

Bristol to host UK premiere of Rwanda genocide show

Unwanted, a performance about the 1994 Rwandan genocide, is coming to Bristol this weekend
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Unwanted, a performance about the 1994 Rwandan genocide, is coming to Bristol this weekend

The survivor of one of the bloodiest incidents of the 20th Century has turned her experience into a performance piece and it's coming to Bristol.

Choreographer Dorothée Munyaneza has created Unwanted which commemorates the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Hundreds of thousands died in the African country as ethnic Hutus turned on their Tutsi neighbours.

Munyaneza, who survived the slaughter, uses the performance to focus on use of rape against women during the conflict.

The UK premiere of Unwanted will take place at Circomedia in Bristol city centre on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October, tells the stories of female victims of rape during the genocide, and the children who were born as a result.

Unwanted is part of In Between Time, Bristol's bi-annual arts festival, which runs from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October. The 2019 programme also features We Are Warriors, a light installation in Bristol's Redcliffe Caves.

Police appeal after Bristol rape

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The man police want to speak to about a rape in Bristol

Police in Bristol are trying to trace this man, who they believe may have valuable information about a rape in the city.

The attack took place in the Kingsdown area on Friday 6 September. The female victim had been out with friends but became separated.

She was on her way home when she met a man and they went for a drink at the Lola Lo Bar on Queens' Road. The assault happened afterwards.

Police want anyone who recognises the man to call them on 101 quoting reference 5219205383.

Masterclasses for budding David Attenboroughs are coming to Bristol

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Budding Attenboroughs can get a glimpse into how the BBC makes wildlife documentaries at a one-off event.

‘Untamed Media’ is aimed at 16 to 25-year-olds considering a career in the media industry or looking to land their first job making wildlife documentaries.

A packed day of workshops, masterclasses and talks will reveal just what it takes to film in remote locations - and the skills needed to navigate the media jungle.

The day will run from 10am to 3pm on Monday, October 21, at The Station, on Silver Street, Bristol.

There are 150 spaces available at Untamed Media and tickets are free.

You can:

  • Chat to some of the best wildlife documentary makers in the business
  • Join workshops on making content that really roars
  • Hear from those making their first steps into the industry
  • Get a check-up at the CV clinic run by the BBC Academy team
  • Play with the BBC’s latest VR technology

You can register for tickets until 10pm on Friday, October 11.

The event will tie in with a special screening of the BBC’s new Seven Worlds, One Planet with Sir David Attenborough on October 23. You can apply for tickets separately here.

Zoo houses two of the world’s most endangered primates

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The Aye-Aye

Two species housed in Bristol Zoo Gardens have been identified in a new report on the world's top 25 most endangered animals.

The report, titled Primates in peril, includes The Lake Alaotra gentle lemur and the Aye-Aye which are part of the zoo's coordinated captive breeding programme.

Conservationists from Bristol Zoological Society worked alongside the primate specialist group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Species Survival Commission (SSC), the International Primatological Society (IPS), and Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) to compile the list.

Dr Christoph Schwitzer, chief zoological officer at Bristol Zoological Society, said the report reveals a "bleak prospect" but hopes it will "draw attention" to the "plight" of the endangered species.

He added: "Unprecedented levels of interest in world environmental issues and conservation work are vital in protecting these wonderful and charismatic animals forever.”

Somali food group to visit takeaways during campaign

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Councillor Shah from Bristol City Council and The Somali Kitchen are to visit takeaways, restaurants and cafes in Easton to encourage them to apply for a Bristol Eating Better award (BEBA) online.

They hope the move will improve the offer of healthier food options in the area and will support local people in making healthier choices.

Somali Kitchen hopes the BEBA walkabout on Stapleton Road will inspire other areas across the city to replicate their actions.

Kathleen Manson, Bristol City Council's senior external communications officer, said it is important "communities feel empowered to take action" and speak to their local takeaways.

BEBA rewards and supports businesses who take action to offer healthier food options and promote sustainability.

Special gowns to help children with anxiety

The Pyjama Fairies charity have made bespoke gowns for Bristol Children's Hospital.

The organisers have been visiting the hospital to see the gowns being used by the young patients.

Jenny Cripps, from the charity, said she hopes the new gowns will help to "calm the children down" when they feel anxious and "nervous" about staying over at the hospital.

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One of the volunteers, Alison Francombe, makes the pyjamas at her home in Yate.

Miss Francombe said she "loves" doing it and is "worth every pinprick when you catch your fingers doing it".

The charity are a collective of volunteers who make specially-made gowns by hand for children and babies to wear during their stay at hospitals across the country..