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Plans submitted for multi-million pound redevelopment of Bath Racecourse

If the plans go ahead, a new grandstand will be built which will house a 200 seater restaurant Credit: Bath Racecourse

Plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment of Bath Racecourse have been submitted to the local Council.

If approved, a new grandstand will be built overlooking the final furlong, which will house a bar and 200 seater restaurant.

Existing facilities will also be upgraded, including the parade ring and winners enclosure. The works would be completed by the autumn of next year.

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50 tonnes of legs, eyes & flame-throwers: The countdown to 'Arcadia'

The giant mechanical spider is put together in Queen's Square Bristol ahead of this weekend's shows Credit: ITV News

Anyone walking near Queen Square in Bristol can't help but be slightly alarmed at the growing presence of a giant metal spider at its centre.

Over the last week 50 tonnes of legs, eyes and a flame throwing body have been installed by a local company for the 'Arcadia' shows taking place this weekend.

The giant insect has toured the world and was recently used for a performance at Glastonbury.

The spider in action at Glastonbury Credit: Arcadia

"Since Glastonbury it's been around the world in various different places but it's really exciting to actually bring it home to Bristol. We're a Bristol-based company - it's built by lots of people in Bristol from musicians to writers to circus performers to engineers... and this is the first time that we've actually brought it back home to the heart of our own home."

– Bertie Cole, Arcadia Creative Director

Bristol's 'Arena Island Bridge' unveiled

An £11 million bridge that's set to connect Bristol’s Arena Island to the rest of the city has been lowered into place.

The 63-metre steel structure will provide vital access to the arena which is due to open in 2017.

Mayor George Ferguson inspecting the new bridge Credit: ITV News
The bridge will open to the public from 2017 - to tie in with the completion of the city's arena Credit: ITV News

North Somerset veterans mark 70 years since end of WW2

More than fifty veterans from North Somerset were at today's commemoration. Credit: ITV West Country

Veterans have gathered in Weston-super-Mare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The Allies celebrated victory over Japan on the 15th August 1945 after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The official surrender document was signed by the Japanese on the 2nd of September. Both dates are known as VJ Day.

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More than fifty veterans from across North Somerset, aged between 89 and 101, gathered today to mark the occasion.

The focus of the service at St Paul's church in Weston-super-Mare was to remember the so-called "forgotten army", the Fourteenth Army, which fought the Japanese forces in Burma. It was an operation largely overlooked by the press at the time.

Ten of the veterans at today's commemoration served in the Far East.

Veterans aged between 89 and 101 gathered to mark the occasion. Credit: ITV West Country

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Bristol man fell from Avon Gorge 'while under influence of drugs'

Jamie Tipper died five days before Christmas last year. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

An inquest has concluded that a man found dead in Bristol last year died from multiple injuries, after falling from Avon Gorge while under the influence of Class A drugs.

28-year-old Jamie Tipper from Old Market died five days before Christmas last year. His body was found near the Portway.

It costs nearly £6,800 to cull one badger

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The cost of culling badgers to tackle TB in cattle in Gloucestershire and Somerset is more than previously thought.

It costs £6,775 to kill one badger. This is nearly £600 more than predicted by the anti-cull Badger Trust, who made a Freedom of Information request that led to the real figures being released by the Environment Department (DEFRA).

The overall cost of the cull is almost £16.8 million.

A DEFRA spokesman says bovine TB has cost £500 million over the last decade.

The government has recently approved extending the cull to Dorset.

Latest Dismaland tickets gone in just over an hour. Were you one of the lucky few?

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It took barely an hour for the latest batch of tickets for Banksy's Dismaland 'Bemusement Park' to sell out or become unavailable. Did you manage to get yours?

The attraction at Weston-super-Mare's Tropicana has drawn in thousands since it opened, with tickets selling out within minutes of first going on sale.

Those eager visitors have included several of Banksy's celebrity fans, including rumours of Hollywood royalty.

Events at the hugely popular exhibition have included weekly live music or comedy alongside the work of more than 50 artists.

Banksy's back online: another fleeting chance for Dismaland tickets

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Another chance for Bemusement: the latest batch of online tickets for Banksy's Dismaland have been released, but it looks like they're going fast.

The attraction at Weston-super-Mare's Tropicana has drawn in thousands since it opened, with tickets selling out within minutes of first going on sale.

Those eager visitors have included several of Banksy's celebrity fans, including rumours of Hollywood royalty.

Events at the hugely popular exhibition have included weekly live music or comedy alongside the work of more than 50 artists.

If you're not in the mood to queue, tickets are back online - for now.

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