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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Cloudy and drizzly start for Wednesday

    That's it for today's live updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston, we'll be back again at midday tomorrow.

    Here's a look at Wednesday's weather - rather cloudy at first with a little light drizzle possible but the cloud will clear with sunny spells likely in the afternoon.

  2. Upset over drugs charity closing down in Bristol

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    A protest's been held outside a drug and alcohol recovery charity in south Bristol which is closing down after council budget cuts.

    Now its supporters say its closure will lead to lives being lost due to the lack of this vital support.

    Are you affected by the centre closing? Tell us onFacebookTwitter, or email.  

  3. Becky Watts murder: Father's relief at appeal ruling

    The father of the murdered Bristol teenager, Becky Watts, says he's relieved her killer's appeal has failed.

    16-year-old Becky was suffocated by her step-brother Nathan Matthews and he was given a minimum of 33 years in jail for murder. A judge has thrown out the first stage of his appeal against his conviction.

    Becky's father, Darren Galsworthy said: "We are really happy that this decision's been made.

    "It's been hanging over us like a dark cloud and we've been through an awful lot and perhaps now we might start to be able to move on."

    Darren Galsworthy, father of the murdered teenager, Becky Watts
  4. What is going on at the suspension bridge? We have the answers

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    Clifton Suspension Bridge is closed during the day but you can still cross as long as you don't mind walking. 

  5. Your comments on weed-killer in Bristol parks

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    Earlier today we asked whether the controversial chemical glyphosate should continue to be used as a weed-killer in parks across Bristol.

    Below are a selection of your comments.

    Rod Davis: The difficulty here is that I understand that it's the only known method of getting rid of Japanese Knotweed.

    I suspect Bristol City Council are caught between a rock and a hard place on this one.

    Nigel Chalk says it's not just kids playing what about dogs walking in these parks and the local wildlife. This needs to stop.  

    But Paddy Gregory disagrees. He says: Oh jeez, not more scaremongering. It's less toxic than vinegar or salt.

    And John Grover writes: Scaremongering as usual. I've used it for years with no ill effects. A few people get together and create panic.

  6. Becky Watts killer's appeal thrown out

    Left to right, Becky Watts, Nathan Matthews, Shauna Hoare.

    The stepbrother of murdered teenager Becky Watts has had the first stage of an appeal against his conviction and sentence thrown out. 

    Nathan Matthews, 29, was convicted in November of Becky's murder and given a minimum 33-year sentence. 

    It is understood the application was refused by a single judge who considered the case on the papers. 

    His girlfriend, Shauna Hoare, who was jailed for 17 years for Becky's manslaughter has also appealed against her conviction and sentence. 

    Unconfirmed reports claim her bid has also failed

  7. Bristol harbourside gig for Brit award winner James Bay

    This'll be great when the sunshine is out this summer...

    Brit award winners, James Bay and Catfish And The Bottlemen will be performing at the Bristol harbourside.

    They'll be part of the Bristol Summer Series in the Lloyds Amphitheatre from 22 to 25 June, along with Sigur Rós.

    James Bay musician
  8. Black alert continues for Bristol's hospitals

    Steer clear of accident and emergency units in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

    All these departments are still on black alert because they can't cope with demand. If you're not sure you need hospital treatment you can call 111 for advice.

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  9. Should Bristol stop using weed-killer in Bristol's parks?

    A weed-killer used across Bristol's parks could be banned. Bristol City Council is debating whether to stop using gylphosate. The World Health Organisation says the chemical is "probably harmful to humans" but its manufacturers, Monsanto UK, disagree.

    Weed-killer sprayed on Bristol's parks

    Do you think this weed-killer should be banned? Tell us onFacebookTwitter, or email.

  10. The simple tools that helped build Bath

    These design tools used to belong to John Wood the Elder. He designed the Royal Crescent, Queen Square as well as North and South Parades. 

    They've just been snapped up for £26,000 at auction.

    Drawing and designing tools lay out flat on a table
  11. Two teenagers in custody after Worle school stabbing

    Police are at Worle Community School this lunchtime after a 15-year-old pupil was slashed with a knife yesterday. 

    The victim was taken to hospital and is now recovering at home while the two suspects, also aged 15, are in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

    Worle Community School
  12. Make the most of the spring sunshine

    Good afternoon, hope you're enjoying the sunshine across the West. We'll have more updates for you from now until 8pm.

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