Bristol

Latest Stories

Firefighters on final stretch of 150-mile, two-day trek

Eight firefighers who are walking for two days straight without sleep are on the final stretch of their Children in Need challenge.

The crew from Avon Fire and Rescue are trekking 150 miles in 60 hours with heavy gear on their backs.

Tonight they are due to finish at Temple Fire Station in Bristol and hope to collect £7,000 along the way.

View more on twitter
Charles Piutau

Team news as Bristol Bears host Exeter Chiefs in Sunday's Premiership fixture at Ashton Gate (15:00 GMT).

Read more

Rickshaws and flying teddies... it's Children in Need day

The One Show's rickshaw challenge
BBC

People across the West will be donning their yellow ears, shaking buckets and taking on challenges all for BBC Children in Need day.

We've already welcomed The One Show's rickshaw as it travelled through Wiltshire.

There have been flying teddies at a church in the Golden Valley and young film-makers have been creating virtual adventures in Bristol.

What are you doing for BBC Children in Need day? Every penny counts.

Flying teddies at a church in the Golden Valley
BBC

Conservative students slam Brexit deal

While the Brexit deal drama unfolds at Westminster and across the European Union, students at the University of Bristol are also having their say on the latest developments.

According to the student newspaper, Epigram, Bristol University's Conservative Association (BUCA) has rejected its own party and slammed the government's proposed Brexit deal as "the worst of both worlds".

The university's Labour Students group has also condemned the Brexit transition deal as "unacceptable on a number of levels" according to Epigram comment editor, Will Charley.

Studies suggests children do not fully understand why they are in care

Nearly half of four to 7-year-olds and one-third of eight to 11-year-olds did not fully understand why they were not at home.

Researchers at the University of Bristol and Charity Coram Voice have surveyed more than 2,000 children across 17 local authorities.

Once child aged between four and seven, given the name Billie for anonymity said: "I would like to know more about why I am in care and why I am not living with my mum."

Young person generic pic
Science Photo Library
Pair racially abused by man on train
British Transport Police are investigating the footage of the man racially abusing a Chinese couple.

Weddings in tatters as dress company closes

The collapse of a Bristol wedding dress shop has left brides in a desperate panic for answers just weeks from walking down the aisle.

Berketex Bride has fallen into administration forcing the sudden closure of all 11 of its stores, including one in Bristol.

The store has since been completely emptied.

Wilson Field, the insolvency practitioners, say it is dealing with individual queries as quickly as possible.

One bride told the BBC, after visiting 20 stores and saving up to pay for her dream dress in full, she's heartbroken at the loss.

BBC Radio Bristol spoke to a bride and her mother, who wished to not be named, moments after leaving the store for answers:

The collapse of a Bristol wedding dress shop has left brides in a panic for answers.

Bristol and Swindon among top cities where houses sell the fastest

Houses
PA

Bristol and Swindon have been revealed as two UK cities in which houses sell the fastest.

This is desipte figures from the Centre for Economics and Business Research showing that the average property now takes nearly a week longer to sell than it did a year ago.

The analysis of cities and major towns found properties in Edinburgh and Glasgow sell fastest, at an average of 39 and 48 days respectively, with homes in Blackpool taking the longest average time to sell, at 131 days.

Here are average house selling times in days ranked from the shortest to the longest.

  1. Edinburgh, 39
  2. Glasgow, 48
  3. Stoke-on-Trent, 68
  4. Bristol, 69
  5. Northampton, 70
  6. Swindon, 71
  7. Manchester, 73
  8. Nottingham, 75
  9. Sheffield, 76
  10. Birmingham, 77

Pressure on West hospitals eases

Pressure has eased at several of the West's hospitals, after 48 hours which saw them on the highest level of alert.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire say they are currently working at the second lowest level of demand.

But they're keen to stress people should take flu jabs when offered, consult with pharmacists for minor ailments or call 111 for medical advice.

Primary pupils talk about respect

Children hold up letters spelling out the words  - choose respect
Unique Voice and ABA

Children from a Bristol primary school have been talking about what choosing to be respectful means to them during anti-bullying week.

The pupils, from Filton Avenue school, are the stars of a film that's being shown to schools around the UK.

In it they talk in groups about what choice is and what respect means to them.

"I think respect means taking care of yourself and that you also think about other people," said one pupil.

"We all deserve the same amount of respect," said another.

A third said: "It makes them feel happy. It doesn't make them sad."

The film is a mixture of performances and workshops all aimed at stamping out unacceptable behaviour.

"Why don't we just give them a house?"

Children have a unique perspective. From homelessness, to plastics, and embarrassing adults, here's an insight into their world.

Children at a primary school in Bristol report on homelessness in their community.

Council will debate removal of Bearpit bear statue

Bearpit statue
Google

Bristol City Council will debate calls for a bear sculpture to remain at the St James Barton roundabout.

It is after a petition called Save Our Bear was signed by more than 3,500 people - enough to trigger a debate on the issue by the full council.

The council last month announced it had taken over control of the area - also known as the Bearpit - leading to fears Ursa the Bear could be taken down.

Deputy Mayor Asher Craig says the petition doesn't necessarily represent the views of everybody.

5G mobile connection promised for Bristol

Bristol will be one of the 16 cities to get 5G mobile coverage from provider EE, according to the telecoms firm.

The company said it will roll out 5G in Bristol in 2019, along with Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester and Coventry.

The next generation of wireless mobile connections, 5G is expected to offer significant speed increases on 4G.

As part of the company's planned rollout of 5G, EE said it will also launch a 5G home router as an alternative to fixed broadband, and will be launching "multiple" 5G smartphones in partnership with manufacturers, it said.

iPhone
BBC

Air quality concerns over wood burners

A campaign has been launched to encourage Bristolians to stop using woodburners.

Stoves and open fires have come under increasing scrutiny over the past few months, as politicians try and get to grips with poor air quality.

While Bristol City Council has strict rules on what fuel to use on them, it has no plans to restrict their use.

The Stove Industry Alliance say modern wood burning stoves are 80% less polluting than older models, but campaigners remain unconvinced.

Woodburning stove
Getty Images

Easton murder: man charged

Police investigating the death of a man in Easton, Bristol, have charged a man with murder.

Mahamud Osman, 37, of Easton has been charged with the murder of Hasan Hagi, 40, and is due to appear before Bristol Magistrates Court today.

Avon and Somerset police officers were called to a flat off Perry Street just before 1345 on Sunday (11 November) by the ambulance service.

A man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A postmortem established that he died of "blunt impact injuries".

Police officer generic
BBC

This appears to have been a self-contained incident within a flat, involving two men who knew one another. We are supporting Mr Hagi’s family at this sad time as they deal with their loss. I would like to thank the witnesses who have helped with our enquiries, and the wider community for their support and patience as we continue to carry out our investigations.

DI Neil RiceAvon and Somerset Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT)

Rail delays: the light at the end of the tunnel?

Network Rail improvements around Bristol and at Parkway Station are due to end in the coming weeks.

Disruptions to rail services have led to a noticeable increase in traffic around the county.

Network Rail have promised that the electrification works, and expansion of the number of lines from Bristol towards London, will lead to improved travel in the coming months.

View more on twitter

Graffiti damage to hoarding on Cenotaph

The hoarding around the Cenotaph in Bristol was spray-painted with graffiti in the early hours of Sunday, police said.

Avon and Somerset Police said hoarding put up around the Cenotaph on Colston Avenue was damaged.

A 29-year-old man has been charged with one count of criminal damage and one count of possessing cannabis.

Cenotaph
Google

Bristol buses woes: 'People buying cars so they are not late for work'

Buses
BBC

As transport bosses gather in Bristol to hear how buses are run in the city not everyone is happy with delays and cancellations.

Earlier this month West of England metro mayor, Tim Bowles, described overcrowded buses, with regular cancellations and delays, as "good news" because this shows an increasing number of people are using public transport.

Frankie Langeland from Brislington is organising a protest later this month - aimed at First and the city council.

She says she wants to tell them how exactly how bad things have been over the past few months.

"People in Bristol are generally very unhappy about how the buses are running at the moment Lots of people have told me they've bought cars as a result," she said.

Police appeal over robberies and anti-social behaviour

Police have issued pictures of two people they want to speak with in connection with robberies and anti-social behaviour.

Avon and Somerset Police said there have been a series of incidents in St George's Park in Bristol.

Three boys – two aged 14 and one aged 15 – who were arrested on suspicion of robbery have been released under police investigation.

A police spokesman said: "We will make use of whatever powers we have at our disposal – including dispersal notices - to ensure St George’s Park and the surrounding area remains a pleasant area for the local community to enjoy."

St George's Park suspects
Avon and Somerset Police

Samba band expected to disrupt traffic

Police are warning of possible traffic disruption in Bristol city centre due to a rolling road block led by a samba band.

A climate change demonstration is planned from 11:00 GMT to 14:00 GMT, starting at Castle Park and moving to city centre roads.

Police said leaflets will be handed out to members of the public, explaining the reason for the event.

Wanted: Name for a new cul-de-sac

Morley Road
Google

Councillors are gathering name suggestions for a new cul-de-sac in South Gloucestershire.

Some of the names for the Staple Hill development off Morley Road include Cabbage Patch Close because it's next to an allotment and Kerr Close after the nursing home the houses have replaced.

The council will send them to LiveWest which is the developer behind the social housing project.

Bristol buses: 'An incredible story to tell'

Bus
BBC

The boss of First Bus will tell MPs the "incredible story" of rising bus passenger numbers in Bristol.

The UK's Parliamentary Transport Committee is visiting Bristol later to find out more about the bus network.

Bus passenger numbers in Bristol have risen by more than 40% over the past few years, going against the grain of the rest of the country.

James Freeman, managing director of First Bus in the West of England, will be speaking at the committee session.

"I think we have an incredible story to tell which is the number of people riding on buses in Bristol has been going up for years now," he said.

"This is a very very different tale to what's been happening across the rest of the United Kingdom."

BBC local radio headlines across the West

Microphones
BBC
  • BBC Radio Bristol: Bristol will host MPs from Parliament's Transport Committee today, who're visiting to learn about the city's bus service.
  • BBC Gloucestershire: Almost 60 consultants and senior doctors at Cheltenham General have written to their chief executive - raising safety concerns about planned changes at the hospital.
  • BBC Somerset:Volunteers helping refugees in Somerset say they'd like to see more re-homed in Taunton.
  • BBC Wiltshire: Swindon Town has sacked its first-team manager, Phil Brown.

MPs in Bristol to find out about city's bus services

Bus stop
BBC

A parliamentary committee on transport will be in Bristol today to learn about the region's bus network.

The visit comes during a difficult time for the network with issues over congestion, punctuality and overcrowding.

Bus use in Bristol has grown by 40% since 2010. It's the first time the committee has held a session outside Westminster.

Shelter aims to reduce city rough sleepers

Homeless person
Getty Images

Bristol's first ever 24-hour shelter has opened its doors.

St Anne's Shelter in Brislington aims to reduce the numbers of people rough sleeping on our streets this winter by housing up to 30 people at a time.

The site has been developed by Bristol City Council and it'll be run by the homeless charity St Mungo’s.

When the news was first announced, some local residents were concerned that the shelter would lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour.