Radio Bristol: The landlady of the last pub in Lawrence
Weston in Bristol says she's been told it has to close in a few weeks' time. Beverley Gardner-Ponting has
run the Giant Goram for the past four years, but says she's been told the pub has
been sold off and could be demolished.
BBC Gloucestershire: Waste is currently being
diverted to landfill after technical problems at Gloucestershire's new
incinerator - near junction 12 of the M5. It's after issues were detected
during testing. Deliveries to the site will resume next week.
BBC Somerset: A national review into hospital food is set to be chaired by the former head of the Hospital Caterers Association for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Philip Shelley.
It comes following the deaths of six people due to a listeria outbreak.
BBC Wiltshire: Last night, the emergency services made sure they're prepared for the holiday weekend getaway as they simulated a real-life emergency at Honda's test track in Swindon.
Ecologist explores issues of wild boar numbers in the West
A Somerset-based ecologist has been exploring the impact of the growing numbers of wild boars in the West Country.
Radio Bristol: The boss of the Bristol Playbus charity, which has been forced to close due to funding cuts, says more organisations will be
lost unless the sector is given more money.
BBC Somerset: More farmers are seeking
help to cope during tough times - according to the Somerset-based charity the Farming
BBC Wiltshire: Swindon could lose a major supermarket
from its town centre - in a move that would put more than 100 jobs at
has told staff it's investing in four new shops, and is no longer sure about
its future at Regents Circus.
BBC Gloucestershire: Some community groups in Gloucestershire say families - who rely on free school meals during term time - are increasingly battling with "holiday hunger".
Ambulance station to close and crews to be rehoused seven miles away
An ambulance station which is "no longer fit for purpose" is to close and the staff working there are to be moved seven miles away.
South Western Ambulance Service said its Castle Cary base would need £40,000 to improve it, "which cannot be justified".
But a spokesman said the move "would not impact on the service and response times" for the town's residents.
It is part of a package of measures by the trust to match resources to demand.
He said the service has also outgrown Weston-super-Mare ambulance station, as it cannot expand or extend the existing site.
But it is looking for a new base in the seaside town so this is "not a closure, nor a loss to the town".
"Additionally we've been talking to staff about the future of Keynsham ambulance station, but no decision has yet been approved."
"The demand on the ambulance service and the nature of the calls we receive has changed significantly over time, and some of our stations are no longer located where we need them to be," the SWAS spokesman said.
"Many of our stations are also in need of significant repair and refurbishment. Patients are not seen or treated at ambulance stations and our crews are rarely at a station, because they are either treating patients at the scene or are on standby at strategic locations across the region in order to best respond to incidents.
"Staff currently based at Castle Cary will move to the nearby Wincanton Fire Station," the spokesman added.
Avon and Somerset Police is appealing for information after a pizza delivery driver was assaulted by a
group of teenagers in Bristol.
The 35-year-old male driver was attacked between 6pm and 6.30pm on Monday in Gatehouse Close,
Bishopsworth. The man had just delivered a pizza and was walking back to his car when
he was assaulted.
He returned to his place of work and his employers called the
police. His colleagues were also made aware of footage of the incident circulating on
The man received hospital treatment for bruising and swelling and is now
recovering at home.
Motorcyclist collides with cyclist in Bristol
A motorcyclist suffered a head injury when his motorbike hit a cyclist in Bristol.
The incident happened in Connaught Road, Knowle, at around 8pm.
cyclist suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The motorcyclist was taken to hospital where his condition is still being assessed.
Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Devon & Somerset fire cuts: Consultation 'going very well'
A public consultation on the changes has one month left to run.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it wanted to bring an outdated service into the 21st Century.
Pete Bond said the consultation was going "very well, with 1,000 responses".
He also rejected claims from one local councillor that it was confusing and should be suspended.
We haven't had any responses which say people don't understand the options or are not able to make a response to us. When we're talking to people at the public drop-in exhibitions, we're getting clear conversations with them. I think, overall, we followed everything we should have done in making this a valid consultation. I think that's been proven in the results we're getting."
Burnham MIU will be shut for two days this week
The NHS trust which runs Somerset's minor injury units says temporary closures and the reduction of opening hours may have to continue until they have enough staff.
The unit at Burnham-on-Sea will be shut on Wednesday and Thursday this week and Shepton's will close early on Thursday.
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says it's doing everything it can to recruit more emergency nurse practitioners as well as training people to fill the roles.
The RSPCA is appealing for information
after a cat was left seriously injured after being found with her leg snared in
an illegal trap in Somerset.
The tabby and white cat was found
on Monday with a gin trap clamped around her front left leg near the Tesco store in Langport.
She was found by a member of the
public who contacted Langport Vets after she was discovered trying to get
through a fence trailing the trap.
The cat is not microchipped so it has not been possible to find her owner.
We would also ask local people in the area to be vigilant and to keep an eye out for these traps. Not only is it illegal to set a gin trap, it is also illegal to cause an animal to suffer as a result. We have seen domestic animals fall victim to these traps many times.
Police are investigating a series of suspicious fires in the
Shepton Mallet area.
They happened between 31 July and 6 August in the Millennium Way and
Nightingale Grove areas.
The fires were reported on:
31 July - early evening started on very dry brush land on Millennium Way, close to a shed in nearby Somerset Close. A fence and two sheds were affected.
1 August – during the afternoon a fire was started with coal and kindling under
a hedge running the side of a house just off Millennium Way in Nightingale
Grove. The victim and a neighbour extinguished the fire. Shortly afterwards a
further small fire was located close to a property off Millennium Way but
extinguished by residents.
2 August - two further fires were discovered opposite a house in Millennium
Way. There were three small fires discovered later in the area, which were also
put out by the fire service.
6 August – a small fire was located on a path closer near to Collett Park Pond
which was extinguished by town council staff.
The proportion of students achieving the top grades at A-level has fallen to its lowest level for more than a decade, this year's results show.
This year some 25.5% got an A grade or higher - the lowest level since 2007 when it was 25.3%.
Girls narrowly reclaimed the lead from boys, with 25.5% achieving A* and A grades compared with 25.4% of boys.
The overall pass rate remains the same as last year at 97.6% for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The figures, released by the Joint Council for Qualifications, also show that - for the first time - the number of girls taking the three sciences has overtaken boys at 50.3% compared with 49.6%. There has been a big push to increase the take-up of sciences among girls.
Although far more boys - 30,159 - still took physics A-level, compared with 8,799 girls.
Six weeks after the last A-level exams were taken, more than 300,000 18-year-olds have ended the anxious wait to learn their A-level results.
Roadworks on the outskirts of Bridgwater have been delayed because
thieves have stolen the batteries powering the temporary traffic lights, twice.
County Council says its contractor has reported the thefts, which happened on
Taunton Road last Friday and on Monday, to the police.
Macmillan charity founder honoured
A blue plaque has been unveiled to honour the founder of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Douglas Macmillan (1884-1969) was born in Castle Cary, Somerset, and started the charity 108 years ago with a donation of just £10.
Local historian David Gee worked tirelessly to locate the house where he lived and was present as the plaque was unveiled during a ceremony on Monday.
"This is the completion of the search to find recognition in the town where he was born, in a form people will recognise," he said.
He was joined by relatives of Mr Macmillan, including John Brewster, his great nephew and godson.
"It's impressive that people want to discover more about Douglas and his roots. People seem appreciative as to what he did and we now have a little reminder firmly attached to the house," said Mr Brewster.
Travelling tonight? Here are planned road closures for the region
Hundreds of people are expected at a public meeting tonight about proposals to close inpatient-beds at a hospice in Yeovil.
A meeting was held last week but tonight is the first chance for the public to put their concerns to bosses at St Margaret's Hospice.
They say the plans are because of staffing and funding challenges.
Nearly 20,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the hospice to reconsider.
The meeting takes place at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil at 6.30pm.
Bypass planned for Bridgwater in new roads strategy
New plans which lay out the
future transport needs of Bridgwater over the next 30 years have been approved by Sedgemoor District Council.
A proposed northern bypass will take traffic away from the town centre and reduce
congestion coming in from the north.
Other plans include an upgrade to the ‘magic
roundabout’ in Cheddar, a link road for Burnham-on-Sea’s eastern edge, and
rail improvements to make it easier to get from Bridgwater to London within two hours.
A spokesperson said there are currently no plans nor funding in place to support any of these schemes, but the strategy is intended to attract funding.
The strategy is a long-term document and these options within it are only part of a long-list of possible proposals from 2032 onwards. Much will also depend upon future growth options for the district and the proportion of new homes and employment that might be located across Sedgemoor post-2032.
Dead cow 'left to wash out to sea'
A dead cow has been spotted in the River Parrett which runs through the town of Bridgwater.
Leigh Redman, a town councillor, tweeted about the dead animal on Wednesday, but says he was told by various agencies it wasn't their responsibility to clear.
The teledermatology scheme has come into its own in recent
years, by helping to address the national shortage of dermatologists.
instance Taunton and Weston hospitals could not keep the specialist service
going in-house and University Hospitals Bristol was only able to step in because this technology
allowed consultants easy access to very sophisticated macro-photographic images
of skin blemishes.
It carries out around 4,000 remote consultations a year
through the teledermatology system which now makes up more than 10% of
outpatient attendances a year.
It seems that trend will only increase over