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Traffic chaos for Bristol

Motorists are likely to suffer delays in Bristol city centre this evening following a problem with traffic lights.

All traffic signals have been working, but the system that links each set of lights to allow them to synchronise and improve traffic flows at times of heavy traffic failed this afternoon.

The problem has been resolved, but traffic has already backed up significantly on the routes into the city centre.

Now that the situation has been resolved this will start to balance out, but motorists are warned to allow extra time if they are travelling around the city centre today.

Bristol City Council has apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Bristol traffic Credit: ITV West Country

Vulnerable girl missing

Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a vulnerable missing teenager called Charlotte Horn.

She went missing in the Weston-super-Mare area of North Somerset on November 16. She was last seen at about 8pm.

It is thought she may have left the area and travelled back to Stoke-on-Trent where she originated from and has friends.

Charlotte Horn, missing teenager Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

"Charlotte is described as a white girl, aged 17, about 5ft 2ins tall of slim build. She has reddish brown curly shoulder-length hair and speaks with a Staffordshire accent. When she went missing she was thought to be wearing a dark/navy coloured mid-length coat, grey tracksuit bottoms and a light grey coloured hooded top. She was also wearing beige coloured boots. We would like Charlotte or anyone who knows her whereabouts to contact us. If you have any information please contact police in Weston-Super-Mare on the force number 101 number, quoting missing person reference 5215042365."

– Avon & Somerset Police
Charlotte Horn, missing girl Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Budget airline launches new route from Bristol to the US

Flights will depart Bristol Airport for Reykjavik three days a week from next year. Credit: WOW Air

Bristol is to become budget airline, WOW air’s, second UK departure point for flights to Iceland and North America.

Flights will depart Bristol Airport for the airline’s hub in Reykjavik 3 times a week.

Passengers will stopover in Iceland before taking off to a number of US destinations including, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, Robert Sinclair hopes the new route will encourage people in the West to fly local:

This new link will enhance both the convenience and affordability of flights to several American destinations, giving people more reason than ever to choose to fly local."

– Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport

Flights from Bristol to Reykjavik will start in May next year.


No Egypt flights till December

The holiday firm Thomson has announced a further delay to the resumption of flights from Bristol to Egypt following the terror attack on a Russian airliner which had taken off from Sharm el-Sheikh. Flights to the resort were due to resume from Lulsgate tomorrow, but they now won't restart till at least December 9th.

Wreckage from the crashed airliner that sparked the emergency Credit: PA

"As a result of Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) advice, Thomson Airways can confirm the cancellation of further outbound flights from the UK to Sharm el-Sheikh, up to and including Wednesday 9th December 2015. All customers booked to travel to Sharm el-Sheikh in this period will be provided with a full refund or can amend to any holiday currently on sale. If the new holiday is taken before the end of April 2016 we are also offering a £30 per person discount. Customers travelling to Sharm el-Sheikh up to and including 31st December 2015 will be able to amend their booking to any holiday departing by the end of April 2016, without incurring an amendment fee.
Customers in the UK who are due to travel can contact our dedicated support line on 0800 009 3833 or 0203 636 1994, or visit a local Thomson shop."

– Thomson Airways

Inquest rules tragic drowning of 4-year-old boy 'accidental'

Harley Barnes with his mum, dad and their two dogs Lenny and Trev. Credit: Wiltshire Police

An inquest has ruled the death of a 4 year-old boy who drowned in a pond in Gastard was accidental.

The coroner assessed that Harley Barnes either climbed over a gate or opened it to get to the pond at his grandparents' stables in Wiltshire. It's thought he was trying to help feed the horses.

The toddler disappeared on the morning of July 28 this year before he was found unconscious. He was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath but he could not be resuscitated.

Police warning over online terror attack hoax

Wiltshire Police are raising the alarm over a Facebook post broadcasting a hoax terror attack in Swindon which is causing people to click on the link.

The site opens up a false news article and also contains a virus that automatically downloads onto computer devices.

Police are urging people not to fall for the scam.

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