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Hundreds of enthusiasts turn out for last high speed train journey
After more than 40 years of service, the old InterCity 125 trains have made their last journey.
A man rescued by the RNLI has converted a camper and caravan to fundraise for the charity
A man rescued by the RNLI has converted a camper and caravan to fundraise for the charity.

Photos depict 'unique beauty' as part of body image event

Lana
Emilie Giotti

Photos capturing people who have struggled with their body image and learned body confidence will go on show in Bristol later.

The exhibition 'One of a Kind' by Bath artist Emilie Giotti forms part of a two-day event at Illustrate in Park Street, Bristol.

It features Lana who abandoned shaving after a life of being shamed for her body hair.

There will also be talks and a panel discussion on mental health, self-care and body image.

On Thursday people can attend a Make for Mental Health event with different artists teaching their skills.

There will be talks by Blué O'Connor, founder of Kings and 'Talk Club', Lucy, founder of the Vegan Mellanhand who will talk about the importance of self-care in a busy world, Becky from the Anti Diet Riot Club, and Zac from Empire Fighting Chance talking about the life- changing spinal injury which left him paralysed.

100% of the proceeds are going to Off The Record Bristol, a charity working to improve mental health in young people.

The EU elections: perspectives from the west

Paul Barltrop

Political Editor, West of England

More on our look at the three main schools of thought for candidates standing in the EU elections on May 23rd.

Today: There’s keen competition in the South West between parties who unashamedly love the EU.

The Liberal Democrats are riding high, having made big gains across the region in the recent local elections. That in turn has boosted their campaign, with party members happy to get out campaigning.

The Greens are a smaller party, but fared better than the Lib Dems at the last Euro election, and are proud of the track record of their sitting MEP Molly Scott Cato. They too fared well earlier this month, notably increasing their tally of councillors.

It is harder for Change UK, the new party set up by MPs who left Labour and the Conservatives. Without an established party structure or membership, they face a tough challenge winning over pro-EU voters.

The EU elections: perspectives from the West

Paul Barltrop

Political Editor, West of England

More on our look at the three main groups you will be asked to vote on in the EU elections on May 23rd.

Three parties are deeply opposed to the European Union, and want us to leave without delay.

UKIP caused something of a political earthquake in the last Euro elections, coming first and getting two MEPs elected in the South West. But they have since left, and the party has fractured, amid claims it has become too extreme.

Many have followed former leader Nigel Farage into his new Brexit Party. Only set up this year, it is fielding some well-known candidates, including former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe in the South West.

Also standing, though with just two candidates, are the English Democrats; they have stood in several previous European elections, though without success.

Tomorrow I'll be looking at those who unashamedly love the EU and do not want a "divorce".

The EU elections: perspectives from the West

Paul Barltrop

Political Editor, West of England

The South West will be picking six people to represent the whole region in the European Parliament on election day, May 23rd.

Voters will have a big choice.

On the ballot paper there are eight political parties, listed alphabetically, along with three independents, and every candidate’s name is printed. But we can break the parties down into groups.

There are three who love the EU, and want to stop Brexit: the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and Change UK.

The two biggest political parties, the Conservatives and Labour, are rather on the fence: officially committed to enacting Brexit, but deeply troubled over how to do it.

Then there are those who want out straight away, unafraid of leaving with no deal: UKIP, the Brexit Party and the English Democrats.

Across this week I'll be looking at these three main groups.

Female motorist dies in crash in Lympsham

A woman has died after her car hit a lorry in Somerset on Monday.

The crash happened at about 5.30pm near the Ferry Lane junction with the A370, close to Hobbs Boat Inn in Lympsham.

The woman driver was seriously injured in the crash and died shortly afterwards, Avon and somerset Police confirmed.

The road is currently closed while collision investigators complete their examination of the scene and motorists are being advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes.

'Loud bang' as landing balloon hits power cable

A hot air balloon which had taken off from Bath carrying 12 passengers, struck a live power line as it came into land.

The 64-year-old pilot told the Air Accident Investigation Board he was unable to see the cable until it was too late to avoid it.

He said he had to choose the particular field, near Wick, last September, as it was getting close to sunset and there were a number of “no-land” sites in the vicinity.

The pilot said he was aware of cables to the right and left of his landing site but said the approach, through trees, “appeared clear”.

When he spotted the cables and pole he pulled the balloon’s rapid deflation line and briefed the occupants the balloon was going to hit the line. He said there “might be a bang” and ordered the passengers to remain in the basket.

When it was approximately one-metre from the ground, the envelope touched the wires and a loud bang was heard. After the pilot assessed the situation the passengers were allowed to leave the basket.

No-on was injured. The balloon was later recovered after the power was switched off.

Weekend rail services disrupted

Workers on railway line
BBC

Train services in the Bath area will be disrupted this weekend as Network Rail continues to upgrade the railway.

The company says essential maintenance is needed to improve the reliability of the rail infrastructure and improve the service for customers.

On Saturday 11 May and Sunday 12 May buses will replace trains between:

  • Bristol Temple Meads and Chippenham
  • Bath Spa and Westbury/Frome
  • Westbury and Chippenham (via Melksham)

Services between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington will operate via Bristol Parkway towards Swindon.

On Saturday 11 May, signalling work will also affect services until 0720 between Didcot Parkway and Newport and between Gloucester and Westbury/Weston-super-Mare.

Buses will replace trains during this period and some services may be amended up until approximately 12pm that day.

I thank passengers in advance for their patience while we continue to improve the reliability of the railway before the launch of our new timetables in December.

Rob MullenGWR Operations Manager

BBC local radio headlines across the West

Radio presenter
BBC
  • BBC Radio Bristol: An inquest will continue today into the death of a 20-year-old student from Bristol University.
  • BBC Gloucestershire: Police say groups of shoplifters are travelling into Gloucester and Cheltenham to steal goods.
  • BBC Somerset: Wildlife is getting trapped in plastic netting put up by developers in Bridgwater.
  • BBC Wiltshire: A 17-year-old boy is due in court in Bristol today, charged with the murder of Calne teenager Ellie Gould.

Stunning sand art creation made on Brean Beach by Simon Beck
The star on the Somerset coast, is the 100th creation by sand and snow artist Simon Beck.

CCTV images released after man and woman attacked

Avon and Somerset Police has released CCTV images in a bid to identify 10 people as part of an investigation into a serious assault.

Two people were assaulted in the Halls Road area of Kingswood, Bristol, at about 3am on Saturday 23 March.

Officers have released CCTV images of 10 people they would like to identify.

The victims had just left Chasers nightclub in Regent Street when they were followed and attacked.

A 22-year-old man was punched in the face several times and kicked in the head after falling to the floor. He suffered injuries including a fractured jaw.

A 21-year-old woman was punched in the face during the same incident and suffered facial injuries.

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