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Church will be out of use for months after a fire

Fire crews at St Mary's Catholic Church in Julian Road Credit: ITV News

A Bath church will be out of action for months after being badly damaged in a fire.

More than 40 firefighters were called to St Mary's Catholic Church in Julian Road yesterday evening, 24 July. Investigators are examining CCTV to help find out how it started.

The fire was in the porch but much of the building and roof was affected by heat, water and smoke damage.

The diocese of Clifton promises that the 19th century building will be repaired but services will be held in the parish hall until somewhere more suitable can be found.

The church is badly damaged inside as well as out Credit: ITV News

Fire crews bring church fire under control in Bath

The service received multiple calls reporting the fire. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

A fire at a church in Bath has been contained to a small section of the roof and is believed to be under control.

Crews are now working to remove roof tiles and damp down the scene but there have been no reports of any injuries.

Julian Road will remain closed and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place later this evening.

Eight fire engines including a turntable ladder attended the scene. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

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8 fire engines currently at the scene of church fire

Eight fire engines, including a turntable ladder are currently tackling a fire involving a church on Julian Road in Bath.

Four water jets are being used to bring the fire under control.

Firefighters have been working to fight the fire which is believed to involve the roof.

The incident is likely to cause disruption to traffic so motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Five fire engines tackling church fire on Julian Road

Five fire engines are currently tackling a fire at a church on Julian Road. Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

Five fire engines are reported to be tackling a fire at a church on Julian Road in Bath.

Crews from Bath, Kingswood and Brislington have been sent to the scene.

Firefighters are currently working to fight the fire which is believed to involve the roof space.

The incident is likely to cause disruption to traffic so motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

More updates to follow.

The West's green spaces win green flags

The Botanical Gardens at Victoria Park in Bath Credit: Richard Collett

90 parks and green spaces across the South West have been awarded Green Flags today for being among the best in the country.

Among those recognised are Royal Victoria Park in Bath and Hatherley Park in Cheltenham.

Hatherley Park in Cheltenham. Credit: ITV West Country

You can find out which parks in your area have won green flags here.

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Bail dates extended in Bath fatal collision inquiry

In February a tipper truck lost control in Lansdown Lane and killed four people. Credit: ITV News

Two men who were arrested in connection with a road traffic collision in Bath where four people died, have had their bail dates extended.

The incident happened in Lansdown Lane where a tipper truck collided with a number of vehicles and two pedestrians.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and manslaughter by gross negligence.

Another 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing manslaughter by gross negligence.

Both were due to answer bail today but the dates have been extended until October 26th 2015.

Does this record-breaking emoji put a smile on your face?

Emoji’s first known use was in 1997 but it joined the dictionary in May. Credit: Fanclub PR

Two gigantic smiley face emojis have cropped up in the fields of Bath and Chippenham overnight.

They're both part of a record-breaking campaign by a mobile phone company which they say wanted "to help the nation wake up with a smile on its face."

The advertising stunt involved a 100 foot happy face crop circle being made in a field and another painted by local artists near Bath station.

The first smiley face to appear was in a wheat and barley field near Chippenham.

The second involved a team of twenty-five artists who worked through the night to give commuters on train lines near Bath a smile this morning.

An emoji refers to any small images, symbols, or icons used when texting. Credit: Fanclub PR
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