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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday 17 May, 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Going out later? Take your brolly

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    Video caption: West's weather 'turning more unsettled', says Emily Wood

    That's it from Local Live for another day. We'll be back at 7am tomorrow.

    In the meantime, you may want to prepare yourself for rain. 

  2. Mayor Marvin makes first appointment

    Marvin Rees

    The new mayor of Bristol, Labour's Marvin Rees, has made his first cabinet appointment ...and it's related to housing.

    “Housing is the city’s, and my, top priority issue," he said.

    Cllr Paul Smith (Labour) has been appointed as the city’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities.

    In the announcement, the city council said Cllr Smith would "play a major part" in bringing to life the mayor's pledge to build 2,000 new homes each year in Bristol by 2020 - at least 800 of those being affordable.

  3. In the papers...

    Bristol PostMan accused of murdering his pregnant wife in Bristol is due to face trial next month

    Bath ChronicleInjured Bath cyclist's appeal to thank three women and man who drove him to RUH

    Weston MercuryBeach hut renters ‘abused’ by ‘bullies’

    Western Daily PressBristol City's Steve Lansdown in pledge over new signings

  4. Where would boxing champion Lee Haskins love to fight next?

    We asked the Bristolian a few questions...

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    Video caption: World champion boxer Lee Haskins answers a few of our questions
  5. 'The house prices get larger and larger' - getting on the Sadly Broke housing ladder

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    Video caption: Hayley Ashmore says she can't afford to live close to work

    Back in 1995, house prices in Bradley Stoke fell so fast people owed more on the mortgage than their homes were worth. 

    Spin forward 20 years and prices are rising. Up 21% last year alone. 

    Now many people who work in the town can't afford to live there, like Hayley Ashmore who works for Rosemont Recruitment in Aztec West. 

    BBC Points West's business correspondent Dave Harvey spoke to Hayley along with her boss, Craig Davidge.

  6. Football: Father versus son in friendly

    Composite image of Lee and Gary Johnson

    Lee Johnson is to square up to his dad - Gary - once again, but this time in a pre-season friendly.

    Bristol City have announced the fixture against Cheltenham Town on 25th July.

    They've even dubbed it "the Johnson Cup".  

    It won't be the first time the manager's have pitted their wits against each other having met twice before while Lee was in charge of Oldham Athletic and Gary at Yeovil.

  7. Where is Bristol's hottest spot for housing?

    Latest figures show that house prices in the South West have risen by 9%.

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    Video caption: Are you living in a Bristol housing hotspot?

    Figures out this morning, from the Office of National Statistics, reveal that houses in the region sold for an average of £205,000 last year - up 9% on the previous year.

  8. Massive Attack concert: Organiser responds to criticism

    Back to the announcement of the Massive Attack concert on the Bristol Downs, and the organiser has responded to a few early criticisms.  

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    Video caption: Massive Attack concert organiser Tom Paine responds to criticism

    Earlier this morning Councillor Peter Abraham told BBC Radio Bristol that some residents around the Downs were "really upset" by the plans and concerned about such things as parking and anti-social behaviour.

    So Tom Paine, the event organiser, popped back into the radio studio to respond.

    He said the event was being advertised as "subject to licence" and there was a rigorous planning process to embark on.

    "We're really confident we can deliver a fantastic event," he added.

  9. Bristol stabbing: Appeal for witnesses

    There was an altercation on Stapleton Road in Bristol yesterday evening which led to a man being rushed to hospital with stab wounds.

    Stapleton Road, Bristol

    The 41-year-old is in a critical but stable condition, police have said today.

    A 32-year-old man is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

    Anyone who saw what happened is asked to call the police to help with their inquiry.

  10. A 'massive attack' on the Downs?

    Well, obviously organiser Tom Paine's very enthusiastic about the planned outdoor concert on the Downs, but it would seem that others are less keen.

    The Downs in Bristol

    In fact, some living in the area "feel as though it's a massive attack on the Downs", according to Conservative councillor Peter Abraham, who is on the Downs Committee.

    He said there would be objections to the licence which have to be heard before a final decision is made on whether the event can go ahead.

    "Let's challenge the council - have they totally agreed to this?" he said.

    "If they have, they've ignored any proper consultation and that is quite disgraceful. Whatever your views of the concert, surely we've got to go through the democratic system."

  11. Massive Attack concert: Organiser excited

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    Video caption: Massive Attack event organiser says he's "really excited".

    Tom Paine, who's organising the outdoor Massive Attack concert on the Downs in Bristol - announced this morning - has been on BBC Radio Bristol talking about it.

    He said: "We've been speaking to the council and the Downs committees for quite a few years now, and talking with the band for quite a few years about trying to put on a concert of this size for them in Bristol, and it seems like it's finally all come together this year."

  12. Banksy: When in Rome...

    A Banksy print featuring Kate Moss

    This is a Banksy print of supermodel Kate Moss in the style of Andy Warhol.

    It's featuring in an unauthorised exhibition of paintings, prints and sculptures from private collections which is taking place in Rome (24 May-4 September).

    The exhibition, called War, Capitalism & Liberty, has no endorsement from the Bristolian.

    The artist's black and white stencilled sandwich board-wearing monkeys will also feature among the 120 works on display.

    A Banksy print
  13. Stabbing on Stapleton Road last night

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    Video caption: A man has suffered life-threatening injuries after a stabbing in Bristol

    A man was taken to hospital after a reported stabbing on Stapleton Road in Bristol last night.

    His injuries were described as life-threatening.

    Police were called to scene at around 8pm.

  14. Bath Rugby: In case you missed it...

    Mike Ford to leave Bath Rugby graphic

    Bath Rugby's head coach Mike Ford, 50, only signed a new four-year deal in September but now he has gone.

    The team finished ninth in the Premiership this season and went out at the group stage of the European Champions Cup.

  15. Weather: There might be some rain later. Sad face.

    But good news for gardeners, of course...

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    Video caption: Dry and bright start for most but cloud set to increase, says Emily Wood.
  16. Massive Attack concert: An annual event?

    Massive Attack's 3D (real name Robert Del Naja) has said he hopes the concert on the Downs will become an annual event.

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    “We are curating what we hope will become an annual event; something made in Bristol with an international reach," he said.  

    "We will also use the project to engage with the important social and political issues of the day".

    The band has announced Primal Scream and Skepta will also be performing on 3rd September, with tickets going on sale on Friday.

  17. A 'massive' good morning

    It's Tuesday, it's sort of sunny and this is BBC Local Live.

    And to kick off, we have some good news this morning. Good news for music fans anyway.

    Massive Attack at Glastonbury

    Massive Attack has announced an outdoor concert in September on the Downs in Bristol.

    It'll apparently be the first time the Downs has been used for a major music event for more than 15 years.