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Work on controversial Metrobus route begins

Protesters occupied trees at Stapleton allotments to try to stop them being destroyed for the Metrobus route Credit: ITV News

Work on the two-year construction of the Stoke Gifford by-pass gets underway today.

It's part of the controversial Metrobus route which led to hundreds of protesters camping in trees in the Stapleton allotments.

That area of land will now be developed to make way for the new route. Evicting the protesters cost taxpayers over £1 million.

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Panda born after lonely heart advert

Rare red panda cub Credit: Longleat

A rare red panda cub has been born at Longleat after keepers launched an international lonely hearts ad to find a mate for their male.

It’s the first time the famous Wiltshire safari park has successfully bred red pandas.

Dad Ajenda, which means ‘King of the Mountain’, came to Longleat from Germany in 2012 and mum Rufina, meaning ‘red-haired’, arrived from Italy just over a year later, following an appeal by keepers.

Baby panda with mum Rufina Credit: Longleat

The birth is particularly welcome as this particular pairing is deemed to be critical to the ongoing success of European Endangered Species Programme for the Red Panda.

Like their famous, but unrelated, namesakes the giant pandas, red pandas are increasingly endangered in the wild.

The species was officially designated as ‘Vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2008 when the global population was estimated at about 10,000 individuals.

As yet unnamed boy panda Credit: Longleat

Like giant pandas about two-thirds of their food intake is made up of bamboo. Bamboo is not the most nutritious of foods so they have to eat a lot of it to survive.

As it is relatively low in calories, red pandas tend to spend much of their time either eating or sleeping.

As well as plain bamboo keepers supplement their diet with a mix of fruits, eggs and the occasional insects. They also make a special type of bamboo cake which the pandas are especially fond of.

A red panda was featured as Master Shifu, the Kung Fu teacher, in the 2008 film Kung Fu Panda and its 2011 sequel Kung Fu Panda 2.

We’re delighted with how well Rufina is looking after the young cub and both mother and baby are doing brilliantly.

Cubs don’t tend to start venturing out on their own for the first three months and Rufina, like all red panda mums, regularly moves the cub to different nesting areas.

This is perfectly natural behaviour but makes keeping track of the baby, or even confirming what sex it is, somewhat problematic for us!

– Robert Curtis, keeper

Farmers block Tesco distribution centre

Farmers blocked the Tesco distribution centre at Avonmouth late last night - in the ongoing battle over falling dairy prices. The Farmers for Action group organised the protest in the latest of demonstrations over money.

Farmers protest at Avonmouth Credit: Farmers for Action
Farmers protest at Avonmouth Credit: Farmers for Action

Bristol skyline set to dazzle during lighting show

Lighting up Clifton Suspension Bridge Credit: Bristol 2015

Bristol’s skyline is set to be lit up with two million volts of lightning in a spectacular show, against the backdrop of Bristol’s Queen Square.

It will be the world’s first biofuel pyrotechnics show marking the city’s status as European Green Capital 2015.

It will take place in a month's time and organisers are promising a stunning visual extravaganza.

Clifton Suspension Bridge as you've never seen it Credit: Bristol 2015

Dramatic photo emerges of huge fire at Glastonbury scrapyard

Devon and Somerset Police have shared a new picture on their Twitter account of a fire which broke out at a scrapyard in Glastonbury yesterday,

Firefighters believe the cause was accidental at the yard on Thomas Way Industrial Estate at about 7 o'clock last night, 21 July.

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Scrapyard fire believed to be accidental

Fire broke out at a scrapyard in Glastonbury on Tuesday evening Credit: Jo Niinemae

Firefighters believe a fire at a scrapyard in Glastonbury was caused accidentally.

It broke out in a large stack of scrap metal measuring 10m x 10m x 10m at the yard on Thomas Way Industrial Estate at about 7 o'clock last night, 21 July.

The police helicopter issued a tannoy warning residents about the smoke Credit: Jo Niinemae

The police helicopter was called in to warn people to keep their doors and windows shut because of the smoke.

It was put out by about 11 o'clock.

A local photographer took this arty shot of the smoke above Glastonbury Credit: Will Fahy

Crews tackle large scrap metal fire in Glastonbury

Credit: Jo Niinemae

Firefighters are battling a large blaze at a scrap yard in Glastonbury.

Large plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the Thomas Way Industrial Estate at around 7.20 this evening. It is believed a large stack of scrap metal, around 10 metres high, is involved in the fire.

The police helicopter is hovering overhead telling people to stay indoors with their windows shut.

The Fire Service received numerous calls reporting a large fire within a scrapyard. One fire appliance was initially mobilised from Glastonbury was, after numerous calls Fire Control mobilised a second appliance which came from Street.

Whilst approaching the incident the crews requested a third appliance, as large plumes of smoke were seen coming from a scrapyard area, this appliance was mobilised from Wells.

Crews arrived on scene and confirmed large stack of scrap metal measuring approximately 10m x 10m and height 10m involved in fire. Crews got to work with one CAFS (Compressed air foam) attack jet supported from hydrant, crews also setting up water wall to prevent fire spread to secondary stack of scrap, together with two main attack jets currently being in used.

– Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue
Credit: The Fire Service received numerous calls reporting a large fire within a scrapyard. One fire appliance was intially mobilsied from Glastonbury was, after numerous calls Fire Control mobilisied a second appliance which came from Street. Whilst approaching the incident the crews requested a third appliance, as large plumes of smoke were seen coming from a scrapyard area, this appliance was mobilised from Wells. Crews arrived on scene and confirmed large stack of scrap metal measuring approximately 10m x 10m and height 10m involved in fire. Crews got to work with one CAFS (Compressed air foam) attack jet supported from hydrant, crews also setting up water wall to prevent fire spread to secondary stack of scrap, together with two main attack jets currently being in used.
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Go-ahead given for 90,000 panel solar farm

One of the company's smaller sites Credit: ITV
Tne solar panels will be installed in these fields Credit: ITV

The go-ahead has been given today for a 90,000 panel solar farm, planned on land owned by Dorset South MP Richard Drax at Mapperton. East Dorset District Council's planning committee deferred making a decision on 23 June because they said they needed to make a site visit. Seven councillors voted for the project and three against. There has been strong opposition from campaigners. The energy company is Wiltshire-based Good Energy. More shortly.

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