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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Thursday, 2 June 2016.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye for now but don't forget Friday is BBC Music Day


    Tomorrow is BBC Music Day and Bristol is playing an important part in the celebrations.

    The events include Amy Wadge's special composition (with support from Only Men Aloud) to celebrate 50 years of the Severn Bridge.   

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    Video caption: Workers Playtime with Elsie and Doris Waters

    To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the iconic BBC Home Service programme Workers' Playtime (listen to the clip above), Will Young will be performing live from a herbal tea warehouse in Bristol at 11am.

    Shaun and his friends

    And Aardman Animations are marking their fourth decade with a special performance at Bristol's Colston Hall

    Shaun the Sheep is inviting children to join his Vegetable Orchestra for a live performance from 1pm. 

    There's a workshop to create vegetable instruments and learn the Shaun the Sheep theme song, followed by an Aardman birthday singalong and cake presentation.

    BBC Local Live will be following all these events and we'll be back at 7am.

    You can also follow the proceedings by tuning in to your BBC local radio station from 5am.

  2. 'Disappointing outcome' as Little Stoke Parkrun shut down


    The organisers of Bristol's Parkrun say it is with "great regret" that they are closing the Little Stoke event.

    In April Stoke Gifford Parish Council, which looks after the park, voted to charge organisers to help with the park's upkeep.

    But Parkrun said the move went "against its most fundamental principles", saying that asking people to pay was something it was "unable to do"

    Tom Williams, Parkrun's chief executive said he felt a great sense of sadness.

    "However I also feel a phenomenal sense of pride in how the Little Stoke Parkrun community has dealt with this extremely challenging situation. 

    "From start to finish they have gone above and beyond what I would ever have expected from a volunteer team, and they could have done no more."

  3. Protesters agree to leave Avonmouth house 'by Monday'

    Avonmouth protest

    Protesters who have been occupying a house in Avonmouth say they will leave the building by Monday.

    It is understood they’ve reached an "agreement" with the council which will see the sale of 44 Richmond Street being reversed.

    It's not clear whether the property will revert to council ownership or if the current sale is halted.

    The occupiers say they are protesting over the treatment of a homeless single father by the council.

    Last month, BBC Radio Bristol reported elected mayor Marvin Rees had asked officers to find "a creative solution" to the issue without taking eviction action. 

  4. Zika virus captured in glass by Bristol artist Luke Jerram

    The artist behind the Bristol slide has made a new glass pathogen to add to his sculpture collection.

    The Zika virus has sparked a global public health emergency after being suspected of leading to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains.

    Mr Jerram said he made the artwork, which is 10cm in diameter, to contemplate its global impact.

    Zika virus
    Zika Virus
  5. Queen's Voluntary Award given to Clevedon Marine Lake enthusiasts


    Enthusiasts at Clevedon's Marine Lake have won The Queen's Voluntary Award in the Environment and regeneration category

    Given on 2 June every year the accolade recognises organisations as diverse as an appreciation society for pens and an entertainment magazine featuring an appraisal of Harry Styles' acting skills.

    The Marine Lake Enthusiasts - or Marlens - look after the Clevedon Marine Lake in North Somerset.

    It is a body of water made by enclosing part of Salthouse Bay and was first documented in meeting records as far back as 1896. 

    It opened in 1929, becoming popular with fashionable bathers and is equipped with changing cubicles, deckchairs, a diving platform and a pavilion.

  6. Patchway manslaughter accused released without charge

    Street sign

    A 42-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter has been released without charge.

    Emergency services were called to Rodway Road, Patchway at about 13:00 BST on Monday following the discovery of a woman's body.

    Officers had been treating the death as unexplained.

    "Following a post-mortem examination which concluded the death was not suspicious the suspect was released without charge," a force spokesman said.

  7. What can we do about Bristol's traffic congestion?: You have your say

    Traffic at night

    Earlier we told you about a report which claims traffic speed on main roads in Bristol are among the slowest in the country.

    You've been having your say on our Facebook page.

    Jason Dando says: "Walk, cycle, bus...too many non essential journeys by car.... open up the unused railway lines. The traffic situation is strangling bristol... to the point people will not visit or work in the city because of it."  

    Matt Morris asks: "Is it any surprise with the Metrobus induced car park that we currently have? It'd be interesting to understand what's happened to traffic in places like Liverpool where they canned Bus lanes completely - because I think that is the way things need to go, not more bus lanes!".  

    Chris Lindsey suggests putting conductors on buses in city limits and remove 20 mph limit.  

    And Ruth Bettie says she's not surprised: "I'm Bristol born and bred but now live in South Staffordshire. When I drive down to Bristol to see family the journey is in two halves. 95 miles on M5 and 8 miles across Bristol. Both halves of the journey take the same amount of time." 

  8. Concerns over 'sinking' Stoke Gifford war memorial

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    Video caption: Concerns over 'sinking' Stoke Gifford war memorial

    Stoke Gifford's war memorial is said to be slowly sinking into the ground and some residents fear it could get even worse if funds are not invested in its restoration soon.The parish council is contributing £2,000 towards it, but the community needs to find an extra £3,500 to stop the memorial from sinking.

  9. Worle Community School Ofsted report 'about as bad as it gets' MP says

    Worle Community School

    Yesterday we told you about Worle Community School in Weston which was rated as "inadequate" by Ofsted inspectors.

    Commenting on the report the town's MP, John Penrose, said "overall... this report is about as bad as it gets".

    "The head teacher and chair of governors have both left and, clearly, we need a steady hand to start turning things around as fast as possible.

    "The good news is that senior staff from nearby Priory School, an academy that Ofsted recently ranked as 'Outstanding’, have agreed to come in to sort the problems out." 

    The Conservative MP added he hoped staff, pupils, their parents and the community will support them "to get things moving in the right direction". 

  10. Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams supports anti-bullying campaign

    Maisie Williams

    Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams, who's from Somerset, will be telling us why she's supporting an anti-bullying event in Bath. 

    Maisie has talked about the bullying she suffered when she started appearing on TV. 

    She's now supporting a NSPCC Summer Ball this weekend which is raising money for anti-bullying projects. 

    And you can see the interview with Maisie on BBC Points West tonight at 6.30pm.

  11. Bristol's roads 'among the slowest'

    Traffic jam

    A new report claims that traffic speed on main roads in Bristol is now among the slowest in the country.

    The report, from the campaign group Greener Journeys, claims the average speed on A-roads in the city is less than 15mph. 

    It says road congestion has reached "saturation point" in Bristol, London and Manchester.

  12. Bird's eye view of Tyntesfield House

    Tyntesfield House, National Trust property

    The National Trust has deployed its drone to take these stunning photos of Tyntesfield House.

    They were lucky with the weather as the house does look glorious bathed in sunshine.

    Tyntesfield House, National Trust property

    However if you're tempted to use a drone on National Trust grounds, think again, as it's not allowed in case the aircraft causes damage.  

  13. A chilly start but sunshine promised for later


    Good morning from BBC Local for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

    It'll be a largely dry and bright start to the day, with any cloud gradually breaking up to leave a sunny afternoon with light winds. 

    It will feel warm in the unbroken sunshine by this afternoon.