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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Tammy McAllister

All times stated are UK

More chilly weather ahead? Holly Green tells us the latest

It's been a tad chilly today - here's a look at what the weather will be like with Holly Green.

A look at the weather for the next day or two, with Holly Green.

That's it for today's BBC Live Page for Bristol, Bath and Weston.

We'll be back tomorrow at 7am to bring you more news, sport and weather - and hopefully some good news about Bristol Rugby's match against Doncaster.

Meningitis schoolgirl's death: Care was 'appropriate' hospital says

The Bristol Post and us have been following the tragic case of a young girl who was sent home after complaining of a migraine.

It turned out to be meningitis and she later died after returning to hospital.

Deborah Lee, chief operating officer for University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust said an initial review was carried out.

"Izzy’s symptoms were not typical of meningitis at the time of first presentation and we believe that both the assessment and treatment were appropriate," she said.

Izzy Gentry

"After some initial treatment, and a five hour period of observation in the Emergency Department, Izzy’s condition appeared to improve and she was discharged home with instructions to seek further help should her symptoms reoccur. 

"Izzy returned to the Emergency Department later that day, presenting with symptoms typical of meningitis but sadly, despite attempts to treat the condition, she passed away in our care."

She added that a more comprehensive review would be done to see what else could be learned to prevent the same happening again.


Third time lucky for Bristol Rugby? Play-off final kicks off later

Bristol Rugby's play-off final kicks off against Doncaster this evening at 7.45pm.

This crucial match could see the team finally being promoted to the Championship.

If you can't make it to Ashton Gate, the whole game will be live on BBC Radio Bristol later.

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Bristol Rugby - only a game away from promotion

Damian Derrick

BBC Points West sports reporter

Doncaster Knights v Bristol Rugby - Greene King IPA Championship Play Off Final: First Leg
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Bristol Rugby's perennial push for promotion continues tonight as they look to get past a Doncaster side which finished second to them in the regular season.

They were relegated from the Premiership in 2009 and fully expected to bounce straight back up but lost their first play-off final to Exeter.

The club then narrowly avoided administration before Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown took over in 2012.

The arrival of World Cup winner Andy Robinson as Director of Rugby was a sign of the club's intent.

But losses to London Welsh and Worcester in the last two finals has halted their progress.

With a 15 point advantage from the first leg and 16,000 fans cheering them on Bristol will be praying they can finally get back to where they believe they belong.

Bristol Zoo marks World Otter Day with cute tweet

We had no idea World Otter Day even existed.

But we love a cute animal picture and this tweet from Bristol Zoo fits the bill.

All we need now is some inspiration on how to mark this auspicious day. Any suggestions?

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Man in 'critical condition' after assault in Bristol

You might be wondering what's happened at the park off Redcliff Hill in Bristol as police tape has gone up there.

Police have told us a man in his 50s was attacked and left with a serious head injury. He's in a critical condition.

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of GBH they're both in police custody.

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Bristol schoolgirl with meningitis discharged from hospital

The tragic story of student Izzy Gentry has been running in the Bristol Post for the past day. Here's the latest from them.

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Jeremy Vine takes EU referendum show to Bristol

BBC Radio 2 presenter, Jeremy Vine, is broadcasting his show from Bristol today.

He's based at the Park Centre in Knowle for the next hour or so if you want to tune in.

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Legal high ban 'will push up prices' says ex-inmate

We looked earlier at the upcoming ban on so-called legal highs.

Points West's Fiona Lamdin spoke to Pete who described, first hand, the problems Spice is causing in Horfield prison.

Ex-prisoner from HMP Horfield describes the effects of legal highs in prison

Bath Carnival could be smaller, organisers say

Organisers of the Bath Carnival are worried they may have to scale back this year's event if they don't manage to raise enough funds.

They say they need £8,000 to allow the free event - now in it's fourth year - to continue to grow, and have started a crowdfunding campaign.

Bath Carnival
Bath Carnival

Organiser Robbie Verrecchia said: "I'd never want it to be an event that people have to pay to go to.

"It's a community event for people...if we don't hit our target then there's ways to scale down the event, we have other options for a stage, maybe book less bands.

"The more money we can get, the bigger, better and more colourful it will be."

Inmates 'overdosing on legal highs' says ex-prisoner

From midnight, legal highs will no longer be legal when the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 is introduced.

We've been asking people in Bristol for their views on the move.

One, a former inmate at HMP Horfield, described the problems legal highs are causing behind bars.

Rob spoke to BBC Points West reporter, Fiona Lamdin.

An ex-inmate describes the effects of legal highs smuggled into HMP Horfield.

Bristol Old Vic's archive shows off 'Golden Tickets'

Adam Crowther

BBC Radio Bristol

Could this be the original Golden Ticket? 

These little silver coins are in the Bristol Old Vic archive.

One of them is called “the bearers ticket” and allows the holder to be admitted to any performance at Bristol Old Vic. 

There are a few in circulation to this day, and the bearers of them occasionally exercise their right to free performances.  

Bristol Old Vic's archive shows off silver coins which enables free entry to all shows

Little Stoke Parkrun: Council response

Little Stoke Parkrun
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We've been in touch with Little Stoke Parish Council about the statement made by the Parkrun organisers who are have cancelled their Saturday run.

A council spokesman said he was unaware of the announcement.

They've pointed us towards their statement on the parish council website.

Final Little Stoke Parkrun is cancelled

LIttle Stoke Parkrun has cancelled its Saturday run while talks continue over the long-term future of the event, we've been been told.

On their website, organisers said they were cancelling it due to safety concerns.

They added: "We appreciate that this will be frustrating to our runners and volunteers, but the last thing we want is the strength of feeling to boil over from either Parkrunners or local residents. 

"We have been taking things week by week and been very grateful for the wonderful atmosphere and friendly Parkrun spirit at the events that we have been able to hold."

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Bristol Rugby: Fans' excitement builds ahead of play-off final

Bristol Rugby could be promoted to the Premiership, depending on how they perform against Doncaster this evening.

Kick off is just under 12 hours away but it's not stopping you enjoying the anticipation - most of you seem to be using #CmonBris to share your thoughts.

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In or out? Join our EU referendum debate

An EU debate is being hosted by the BBC on Sunday 12th June. Would you like to ask a question or be in the audience?

If you're a "yes please" to that last question, please email and include a contact phone number.  

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Noisy Ashton Gate to help Bris get back in the Prem?

Bristol Rugby are taking a few tips from Premier League football champions Leicester.

On seats tonight will be these noisy cardboard clappers which, when you wave them around, make a heck of a noise.

The clappers were credited with helping create the great atmosphere at the King Power stadium this season.

Will it help at Ashton Gate?

Clappers at Leicester
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Clappers in Bristol

The Thin Blue Line parking on the double yellows

Police parking on double yellows

Earlier we told you about two police officers being spotted parking on double yellow lines while they nipped in to get some breakfast from a bakery.

Lots of you have been in touch to tell us what you think, via the BBC Points West Facebook page, after the report was shown on Tuesday's main programme.

Nick Tolson said: "Utter nonsense, they will have been on a long shift, they need to be able to get to their vehicle as quick as possible to respond, they are not causing an obstruction. A total non story and typical bbc bias against the police."

Lynn Adams said: "I can't believe this has made the news. Obviously a quiet news day. Cops are encouraged not to return to their station to have their refreshments. They are told to present a presence in the community."

Simon Nicholls said: "These policeman are lucky at least they can get to a shop albeit illegally parked,think of nurses who are sometimes unable to leave their wards for their break."

Bristol Rugby sets eyes on Premiership promotion

Bristol Rugby will tonight end their seven-year wait to return to the Premiership - well, that's what we're hoping!

At the very least they need to avoid losing by more than 14 points to Doncaster in the second leg of the Championship play-off final. 

They have lost in three play-off finals but this experience of defeat could stand them in good stead.

Bristol's Ben Glynn said: "We know what it's like to be in the other camp, so it gives us a kind of advantage."

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Double yellow lines: One rule for us - another for the police?

A police car's been spotted parked on double yellow lines, while the two officers popped inside a bakery to get their breakfast.

Avon and Somerset Police have said if they were not on operational duties, then "it would not be what we expect from them".

The force added: "If they are found to have breached this advice then the matter would be referred to their supervisors."

Police parked

This report, first seen on BBC Points West has provoked a huge reaction on the programme's Facebook page. We've had more than 250 comments which we'll get to in a moment.

What do you think? Is it a big deal, especially when their jobs can mean putting their own lives at risk?

You can email us or message us on Facebook or Twitter.

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