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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Thursday 12 May, 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. 'Humid with further heavy downpours'

    That's it for today's live updates page for BBC Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare - before we go, here's a look at the weather for the region.

    We'll be back tomorrow to bring you the news, sport and weather from 7am - until then, have a lovely afternoon and we hope you don't get caught out in those downpours.

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    Video caption: There'll be further heavy downpours with a murky night ahead, says Bee Tucker
  2. Meet the new Labour mayor of Bristol

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    Video caption: Labour's Marvin Rees was elected as the mayor of Bristol after defeating George Ferguson.

    Labour's Marvin Rees was elected as the mayor of Bristol after defeating George Ferguson.

    He's been interviewed on the Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil.

  3. Fighting talk from boxer Lee Haskins ahead of match

    Bristol world champion boxer Lee Haskins defends his IBF bantamweight title on Saturday night when he takes on Mexican Ivan Morales in Cardiff.

    It will be the first time Haskins has defended the belt he was handed in November when Randy Caballero failed to make the weight for their bout in Las Vagas. 

    The champion says he's keen to put on a show for his West Country fans.

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    Video caption: Bristol world champion boxer Lee Haskins defends title on Saturday night
  4. Police body cams pledge by Avon and Somerset PCC

    The new police and crime commissioner for Avon and Somerset has pledged that all police and community support officers will wear body cameras within 12 months. 

    Sue Mountstevens spoke to our reporter Dickon Hooper after she was sworn in today.

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    Video caption: Body cameras will be issued to all Avon and Somerset officers within 12 months
  5. Promoted Rovers squad offered new deals

    Bristol Rovers

    Bristol Rovers offer new contracts to all but one of their first-team squad following their promotion to League One.

    Promoted Rovers squad offered new deals

    Bristol Rovers

    Bristol Rovers offer new contracts to all but one of their senior players following their promotion to League One.

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  6. Event planned to tackle FGM in Bristol

    An event's being held at the University of the West of England to help tackle the cultural practice of FGM. 

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  7. Anti-racism charity gets £436,000 grant

    A Bristol-based charity is among the recipients of Big Lottery Fund grants this month.

    Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI) has received £436,000 for its work in supporting victims of hate crime in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and Somerset.

    Holburne Museum Trust Companywas also granted£96,295 in a project to help people with mental health, addiction or isolation problems through art. 

    Boy bullying another boy
  8. Sue Mounstevens is sworn in for second term as PCC

    Sue Mountstevens has been sworn in for her second term as Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset police.

    During the ceremony held earlier at Trinity Community Arts centre, she took an 'oath of impartiality'.

    Over the next few months she will set out the policing priorities for the force area and how the police budget will be spent. 

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    Video caption: Sue Mountstevens sworn in as Avon and Somerset PCC
  9. Unexpected boom of males giving birth in Bristol

    A broadnosed pipefish

    There has been an unexpected boom of males giving birth in Bristol! Pipefish males, that is.

    Keepers at Bristol Aquarium say more than 50 broadnose pipefish babies have been born recently, with potentially hundreds more due imminently.

    But what are they? The attraction said the tiny 5cm-long pipefish are closely related to seahorses and it's the male that incubates the eggs and gives birth to the young. 

    “We have 12 adults, of which two are due to give birth any time now and several others are showing clear signs of being pregnant," said Bristol Aquarium’s Olivia Orchart.

    How odd.

    Pipefish
  10. Keynsham pupils running a mile a day at school

    Children in playground

    Children in Keynsham are being encouraged to run a mile a day in school to build their fitness and to de-stress. 

    Pupils at Chandag Infant School are walking or running a mile each day after being inspired by a pioneering scheme at a school in Scotland. 

    It's hoped the 'Mile in May' project will help improve children's fitness, behaviour and concentration in lessons. 

  11. Photos released of grocery store theft suspects

    Chelsea Road Mini Mart, Chelsea Road, Bristol burglary suspects

    Have you seen these men? They're wanted by the police following the theft of a large amount of cash from a grocery store in Bristol.

    The incident took place on April 18 at approximately 2.30pm at the Chelsea Road Mini Mart, Chelsea Road, Bristol. 

    Five men entered the shop - while four of the men distracted the shopkeeper and another employee, the fifth man entered the first floor flat above the shop and stole money.

    Chelsea Road Mini Mart, Chelsea Road, Bristol burglary suspects
  12. Trending local newspaper stories

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    Buzz Aldrin, a new restaurant opening and ghost signs are some of the local newspaper headlines that have been capturing your attention on social media in the past day or so:

    Bath Chronicle: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to give talk in Bath

    Bristol24/7: Bambalan - review

    Bristol24/7: Ghost signs of Bristol

    Western Daily Press: Giant Dalmatian Pelican spotted for first time in centuries

  13. Children's cardiac care inquiry due in June

    The findings of an independent inquiry into children's cardiac services at Bristol Children's Hospital will be published next month.

    The review was launched two years ago, after the hospital was accused of a catalogue of neglect and mistreatment of babies and children with heart problems.

    In 2013 it emerged around 10 families were believed to be taking legal action against the trust, including seven whose children died following treatment on Ward 32.

    Bristol Children's Hospital
  14. Racist group 'has a right to be heard'

    Earlier we showed you some footage of a mum who confronted a racist in Bath.

    Sharon Forbes' video has gone viral on social media - but despite receiving some abuse, she says she won't hesitate to do it again.

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    Video caption: Chippenham family threatened after posting viral racism video online

    The man who was filmed in the video is called Alex Davies, a member of National Action, a group that describes itself as fighting for a free white Britain.

    Mr Davies told BBC Points West that he does not condone any form of intimidation. 

    He accepted his group's views are racist but had no problems with the "low key event" in Bath until Sharon Forbes started filming.

    He added that he feels he had a right to have his group's opinions heard in public.

  15. Devolution set to be debated by Bath council

    A 17-page devolution agreement for the West of England will be discussed by Bath and North East Somerset Council tonight. 

    If all the local councils agree on the issue, the deal could see major powers for housing, transport, education and £1bn of investment.

    But many have already spoken out against devolution likening it to a bribe and a forced return to Avon.

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  16. Racist confronted in Bath: Your views

    Alex Davies, from the National Action group

    Some footage taken in Bath by a mum confronting a self-professed racist has gone viral on social media.

    We've posted the video on the BBC Points West Facebook page - and you've been sharing your thoughts on the matter.

    Pete Randall: "What a totally ignorant chap! This country has been home to people of all colours for well over a thousand years! I really hate racists and racism. It has NO PLACE in the civilised world."

    Gordon Richards: "Who are the ones getting angry and abusive not the guy with the megaphone. And no that does not mean I agree with him, but he still has the right to be heard."

    Julie Ann Woods: "I like the crowd applauding her at the end."

  17. Seagulls' nests removed in Bath

    Seagulls' nests are being removed in Bath as part of efforts to curb growing numbers.

    The action - which will use birds of prey - is being taken by Bath and North East Somerset Council after continued complaints about the noise and aggressive behaviour of the birds.

    Ecology and psychology students are also tracking the behaviour of the gulls in the city as they interact with their food sources and nesting sites.

    Gulls in Bath
  18. Mum and daughter confront racism in Bath

    Take a look at this video - it's from Sharon Forbes who confronted a far right group in Bath on Saturday.

    She and her daughter were shopping on Saturday when they came across a demonstration by the group National Action. 

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    Video caption: Racist is confronted in Bath by a mum and her mixed race daughter
  19. Thursday's weather: Showery start but sunny later

    Good morning and welcome to the BBC live updates page for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

    Before we bring you the news, here's a look at the weather - it's going to be changeable with some sunny spells but you can also expect more thundery showers.

    Weather: Thursday, 12 May 2016