15:31 Local coffee shop tempting people to go green with oat milk offer
Friska, Bristol based coffee shop, is highlighting the benefits of moving to alternative milks to your carbon footprint.
Their 80% off your latte if you use oat milk over cows milk reflects the 80% less CO2 used to create it.
15:19 Business Minster visits Bristol BioDesign Institute
The Rt Hon Lord Henley visited Bristol University to discuss the work of Bristol Universities world leading £104 million institute.
“Bristol’s innovative businesses and academics are applying science and engineering to seize the biggest opportunities and tackle the greatest challenges of our time,” shared the business minister.
Business Minister and Co-Chair of Synthetic Biology Leadership Council visits Bristol BioDesign Institute and @Unit_DX to discuss the future of #biodesign research and innovation@AshToye_Bristol @PR0FG @DekWBristol @Andy_Boycehttps://t.co/GQdfnBW83X
— BrisSynBio (@BrisSynBio) October 26, 2018
15:06 Local music venue saved
The Exchange, Old Market, has reached their funding goal and secured its future.
Receiving £10,000 investment from fellow Bristol venue, The Fleece to push it over the £250,000 needed.
“It’s vital that all the local grassroots music venues stick together, because they’re dropping like flies around the country at the moment” said Chris Sharp, owner of The Fleece.
14:38 Local rescue centre warns of increase in abandoned bunnies
Sue O’Reilly, The Littlest Rescue, Bristol’s largest rabbit and guinea pig rescue centre, spoke out today about the recent upswing in abandoned animals.
She alleged that both families and breeders who are dumping pets to fend for themselves.
14:23 Long delays for Bristol to Cardiff trains
Due to signalling issues trains between Bristol and Cardiff have been delayed and cancelled.
More disruption expected before the situation is resolved.
— GWR Help (@GWRHelp) October 26, 2018
14:05 Bearpit petition going viral
In the last hour ‘Save Our Bear’ petition on Bristol Council website has gained nearly 200 more votes in the last two hours, bringing it up to 1,082. The campaign is being shared widely on social media.
#Bristol people. If you’ve come to love Ursa the Bearpit Bear over the last 5 years and think it should remain a symbol of the city I urge you to get involved and sign this petition. #SaveUrsa https://t.co/aiBUnhPVDw
— Glenn Flanagan (@glennflanagan) October 26, 2018
11:52 Petition launched to save Bearpit statue
Over 900 people and counting have signed ‘Save Our Bear’ petition since it was launched on Wednesday.
Bristol City Council have taken control of the Bearpit and have ordered the Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft and Bearpit Improvement Group to remove their property from the area by January.
“Ursa Bear brings smiles to our faces, she represents creativity, alternative thinking and freedom of expression,” said Caitlin Telfer, who started the petition.
“She represents community and what public space should be. Our freedoms in public space are being rapidly reduced without consultation.”
11:35 Police thank Community Leaders after immigration stand off
In a statement Avon and Somerset police said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to community leaders in Easton who worked with us throughout the night to help resolve a public order issue peacefully and without incident.
“We will always facilitate peaceful and lawful protest and we are pleased to say that thanks to the support from our community leaders, and people living locally, the situation was resolved at around 5am this morning when the Immigration Enforcement officers were able to leave the area without incident or injury and without the necessity for any arrests.”
11:25 Protesters block immigration officers in Easton last night
Around 100 protesters gathered last night in Chelsea Road to prevent the removal of a man being detained by immigration officers.
The people gathered used vehicles to block the road and one man stood on top of the UK Border Agency Vehicle to prevent the officers carrying out their aims.
“Cops go home!” Deportation resistance happening now (11pm) in Easton, Bristol. 50 residents out on the streets blocking a UK Border Agency van from removing a resident. @EDeportations #Stansted15 pic.twitter.com/4rnHQNHgXc
— BristolRisingTide (@BrisRisingTide) October 25, 2018
10:56: Cossham Birth Centre closure continues
Pregnant women are being diverted to Southmead Hospital as Cossham Birth Centre closure is extended.
NHS bosses said the move was a result of a combination of high numbers of women needing to be induced and low staffing.
“We recognise that any changes to a woman’s pre-planned maternity care, and the choice they have made about where to have their baby, can be disappointing,” said Interim Director of Nursing at North Bristol NHS Trust, Helen Blanchard.
“However, our absolute priority must be the overall safety of all women and babies in our care. We will reopen Cossham Birth Centre as soon as possible.”
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