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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Friday, 8 April 2016

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  1. Sunny spells turning to rain later

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    Staying dry this afternoon with sunny spells although there will be one or two showers around. 

    A band of rain will move through during the first part of the night, turning heavy at times.

    BBC Local Live is finished for today but we'll be back on Monday at 7am.

    If you are not working then have a great weekend,

  2. Double-award accolade for Bristol Rovers FC

    Matty Taylor (l) and Darrell Clarke

    Bristol Rovers have been awarded both the manager and player of the month. 

    Darrell Clarke led Rovers to six wins out of seven games this month, taking them into the automatic promotion places in League Two. 

    Matty Taylor won player of the month, scoring eight goals. 

  3. Bus company helps asylum seekers with travel costs

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    Video caption: First Bus is to pay half the monthly travel costs for more than 50 people.

    The travel operator First Bus is to pay half the monthly travel costs for more than 50 people seeking sanctuary in Bristol. 

    The rest of the ticket money will come from local businesses and charities. 

    It is aimed at helping those whose asylum application and appeal have failed - but who can still put in a fresh claim. 

    Dickon Hooper is at the launch in Easton. 

  4. BreakingHotwells body: Police arrest man

    Police confirm a man, aged in his 40s, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

    It comes after the body of a man was found at a property on Hotwell Road on Friday morning.

  5. Bristol's Clifton College's safeguarding procedures now 'excellent'

    Clifton College

    A Bristol school where a former teacher was jailed for making indecent films using hidden cameras now meets all safeguarding regulations and standards. 

    It follows a visit to Clifton College in February by members of the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

    Last year procedures at the school were criticised following the jailing of Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, of Wadebridge.

    Jonathan Thomson-Glover

    Thomson-Glover pleaded guilty to making the films at the school and also at an address in Cornwall.  

    The inspectorate said that the school had made “excellent progress in establishing first-class procedures and practices and raising the awareness of all staff and pupils to the importance of safeguarding”.

  6. Hotwells body: first images from the scene

    Scene of body find in Hotwells
    Scene of body find in Hotwells
  7. Body of man found in Bristol property

    Police say they were called at 09:30 on Friday to the property just off the Portway.

    A post-mortem examination is taking place to determine the cause of death.

  8. BreakingBody of man found in Bristol property, investigation launched

    An investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found at a property in Hotwells, Bristol.

  9. Men arrested after house burglary caught on CCTV

    Police car

    Two 19-year-old men have been arrested after a house in Emersons Green was burgled while the owners were asleep upstairs.

    The arrests were made after police released CCTV footage from the house earlier this week.

    A force spokesman said the arrests followed a number of calls to the police.

  10. Clevedon Home Guard: 'Let's name them all'

    Old photo

    Do you recognise anyone in these old photos?

    If so Clevedon Civic Society would love to hear from you.

    Chairman Rob Campbell said while some of the names are known he wants to get them all so they can form part of the county's archives.

    Old photo

    The pictures form the backdrop to an exhibition in the town's library next month. You can see more of the photos on the BBC Radio Bristol Facebook page.

  11. Cricket floodlights: campaigners' concern over planning interpretation


    You can see them for miles. And this week, Gloucestershire Cricket Club has been testing its new 45m-high floodlights.

    Some people who live nearby are now concerned that the club might start using them more than the agreed 15 times a year.

    Cricket at the County Ground

    While the club says it will keep to this arrangement which says "apart from essential maintenance, the floodlights shall only be used in connection with competitive matches" campaigners are worried this could be taken to include extra evening training sessions for those games.  

  12. St John Ambulance's hall to be sold for housing

    A hall used by St John Ambulance in Bristol is to be sold by the charity, sparking an angry protest by a local politician.

    Bristol North West MP, Charlotte Leslie, said while she understood the charity had to save money she believed the Bishopston branch was "financially sound".

    St Jon Ambulance

    Ms Leslie described the hall as a "valuable community asset" and said she would be trying to persuade the charity to reconsider its decision. St John Ambulance said the branch would continue to operate.

  13. Bristol tattoo artists join forces with medics in skin cancer fight


    Inspired by a similar project in Brazil, doctors in Bristol are running a workshop to help tattooists spot the symptoms of skin cancer early and potentally save lives. 

    North Bristol NHS Trust said as the artists spent a lot of time looking at people's skin it believes they may be able to spot moles or growths on their customers that could be potential melanomas.


    If successful the scheme could be extended to include beauticians and hairdressers.

  14. Bus company helps asylum seekers with travel costs

    People getting on a bus

    First Bus is to pay half the monthly travel costs for more than 50 asylum seekers living in Bristol. 

    The rest of the ticket money will come from local businesses and charities. 

    It is being co-ordinated by the City of Sanctuary project and aims to help those whose asylum application and appeal have failed, but are eligable to put in a new claim. 

  15. Good morning - enjoy any sun, there'll be showers later

    It'll be mostly dry today but cloud and showers will spread later today.

    Saturday will be a mix of sunshine and showers with more rain predicted on Sunday.

    Spring, eh? Where's that nice sunshine gone!

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