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  1. Brunel's 'other bridge' turns 170 this weekend


    A swivel bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, turns 170-years old, this weekend.

    It was was built to take traffic over Brunel's new Lock at the Cumberland Basin, in 1849.

    The bridge was later decommissioned in 1968 when the current flyover system was built. Volunteers from the Avon Industrial Buildings Trust are now trying to restore it.

  2. Syphilis cases on the increase

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    New figures suggest cases of syphilis more than doubled in our area - between 2016 and 2018.

    The sexually transmitted disease can cause sores to break out on the genitals, hands or soles of the feet.

    Public Health England's figures show diagnoses rose by 188% - with the biggest increase in South Gloucestershire.

    It's a trend being observed across the UK - with cases of syphilis more than doubling over the past decade.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

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    M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, between J9 for A46 and J10 for A4019.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J9, A46 (Tewkesbury) and J10, A4019 (Cheltenham), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  4. New special needs secondary school opens

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    A brand new school in Taunton is opening its doors to pupils for the first time this morning.

    Selworthy School's Hazelbrook Campus is a secondary school for children with special educational needs.

    It means Selworthy pupils will now be able to move from a primary school to a high school.

  5. Christmas market could return to this Bath street

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A map of Bath's Christmas market in 2018
    Image caption: A map of Bath's Christmas market in 2018

    Christmas market vendors could return to a Bath street after a successful experiment last year.

    Construction work around the Abbey forced Visit Bath to look further afield in 2018 and it set its sights on Milsom Street, which was transformed for the 18-day event.

    It now wants permission to install 26 chalets and three mobile catering pitches in the road, and spill out into New Bond Street and Bond Street in order to “maximise public safety and improve crowd flow”.

    Some 404,000 people visited Bath’s Christmas market last year, down from 409,000 in 2017, mirroring a national trend.

    A Visit Bath spokesperson said: “Bath Christmas Market delivers in excess of £30million into the city – which shows that the event continues to be of huge economic benefit to Bath.

    “We consider the market’s extension into Milsom Street a great success and we received lots of positive feedback from residents, visitors, stallholders and local retailers.

    “The footprint had a very positive impact on Christmas sales and footfall figures for businesses in this area.

    “Subject to planning, we aim to return to Orange Grove, once the Abbey’s Footprint project is complete, as well as continue to have chalets in Milsom Street.”

    Road closures will be in place Milsom Street, Quiet Street, New Bond Street and Green Street before, during and after the event, and parking will be restricted in George Street.

    The chalets will be positioned in the road so pavements, business doorways or window displays will not be obstructed or restricted in any way. There will also be sufficient space for emergency vehicles requiring access to the area.

    Security will be on site 24 hours a day.

    The Christmas market will run from November 28 to December 15. Bath and North East Somerset Council will decide the fate of the planning application.

  6. Historic pub could be turned into flats

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans to turn an empty historic pub in the centre of Cirencester into flats could be given the go-ahead next week.

    Developer CDMC Properties Limited wants to demolish and alter parts of The Wagon and Horses Inn, London Road, to make five flats.

    The proposal to develop the London Road pub is the second time it is before Cotswold District Council’s planning committee, which blocked a similar bid earlier this year.

    The Waggon and Horses Inn has been closed since January 2018 when its previous tenants’ lease expired.

    According to a council document, the pub would be replaced by four two-bed flats and one one-bed flat.

    Cirencester Town Council have objected to the application on the grounds of “detrimental loss to the vitality and viability” of the town centre, and would “diminish” the towns cultural and tourism offerings.

    A design and access statement submitted to the district council by the developer said: “The proposals have been carefully considered along side both local and national policy to allow for an appropriate development to be proposed."

    Council officers have recommended the planning committee approve the application. Councillors will determine the application on September 10, from 9:30am.

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    Severe accident: A366 Wiltshire westbound

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    A366 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, at Millington Drive.

    A366 Wiltshire - A366 Wingfield road in Trowbridge blocked westbound at the Millington Drive junction, because of an accident and an accident involving three vehicles.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. Assaulted police officer: 'People want to hurt us'

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    Video caption: Watch: Bodycam footage of attack on officer

    A police officer has spoken out about life in her role after being attacked in the street.

    A national review into the safety of officers is to be carried out after a rise in assaults on officers.

    Avon and Somerset police officer Anna Hall who was attacked, bitten and kicked in an incident caught on her bodycam in June said "people want to hurt us".

    PC Hall's attacker Daniel Stadon admitted assault and was sentenced to six months in prison.

  9. Police chief backs officer safety review

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    Video caption: The Police Federation's Andy Roebuck said attacks on officers must be taken seriously

    An urgent national review into the safety of police officers is to be carried out after a rise in assaults on officers.

    Avon and Somerset Police Federation chair Andy Roebuck said attacks on officers must be taken seriously.

  10. Air ambulance team stars in new Haynes manual

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance team members with Peggy the AW169 air ambulance helicopter

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance plays a starring role in a new Haynes Air Ambulance Manual.

    The book, published ahead of national air ambulance week which starts on 10 September, offers an insight into the role and operation of helicopter air ambulances in the UK.

    It also looks at the operation of the AW169 air ambulance helicopter used by the DSAA which is affectionately known to the crews as Peggy.

    The registered charity receives no direct funding from the government or the National Lottery.

    DSAA's operational costs are more than £4 million a year and the approximate cost per mission is £3,000.

    Being based at Henstridge Airfield on the Dorset/Somerset border means the team can be at any point in the two counties in less than 20 minutes.

    Each time Peggy goes up to respond to a call, the critical care team on board consists of at least a doctor and specialist practitioner.

  11. Petition against Swindon supermarket closure gains 600 signatures


    A petition opposing the potential closure of a supermarket in Swindon town centre has drawn more than 600 signatures in five days.

    Morrisons is proposing to close its Regent Circus store, which employs 113 staff, as part of a nationwide performance review. The store is one of four branches around the UK earmarked for closure.

    The store opened in October 2014 in a new leisure and retail complex designed to regenerate the site of a derelict former college building.

    Swindon Borough Council has said plans to shut the store were "disappointing".

    Liberal Democrat councillor Stan Pajak is behind the petition which he hopes will make Morrisons reconsider.