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Family tribute to 'gentle and beautiful' woman who died in Bath

Joanna Doman was airlifted to Southmead Hospital, where she died from serious head injuries. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A woman who died from serious head injuries in a village near Bath last week has been identified as 55-year-old Joanna Doman from Peasedown St John.

She is described as "loving, kind, gentle and beautiful and a much loved daughter, sister and partner", in an emotional tribute by her family.

"Joanna's sudden absence in our lives and the circumstances in which she has been taken from us has left us devastated and heart broken as a family.

"Joanna will be dearly missed and we ask that our privacy be respected at this time and that we be allowed to grieve in private."

– Joanna Doman's family

Two men, both from Peasedown St John, have been charged in connection with Ms Doman's murder. Jessie Harper, 22, has been charged with murder, while 19-year-old Declan Harper has been charged with assisting an offender.

Wizzybug: The set of wheels transforming young lives

Daisy Holt wishes she could keep Wizzy for longer. Credit: ITV News

A four-year-old girl says her life has been changed after a charity loaned her a special wheelchair.

Daisy Holt, who lives in the Forest of Dean, has spinal muscular atrophy - a rare genetic condition which will never allow her to walk. The NHS does not normally supply electric wheelchairs to children under five - but thanks to Bath-based charity Designability, Daisy's now riding in Wizzy the Wizzybug

Her family say it has made a huge difference to all their lives - allowing Daisy to go to nursery, get out and about and do things that others take for granted.

Daisy and her family want other young children in her position to have the same chance at independence.

Harmonie-Rose has also been riding in the Wizzybug. Credit: Family

The Wizzybug has also helped Harmonie-Rose Allen, the little girl from Bath who lost her limbs to meningitis.


Two charged in Bath murder investigation

Police investigating the death of a 55-year-old woman in Bath have charged two men.

22-year-old Jessie Harper has been charged with murder. He lives in Hillside View, Peasedown St John

19-year-old Declan Harper of Frederick Avenue, Peasedown St John, has been charged with assisting an offender.

Both men have been remanded in custody and will appear at Bath Magistrates’ Court in the morning.

Formal identification of the victim in this case has not yet been completed.

Second man arrested in connection with Bath death

A second man has been arrested following the death of a woman in Bath.

Avon and Somerset Police launched a murder inquiry after the 55 year old was found inside a home in Peasedown St John on Sunday morning. She was airlifted to Southmead Hospital where she died of her injuries.

A 22 year old man was arrested later that day and a 19 year old man was arrested today on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both remain in police custody.

Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold to marry

Lizzy met James while he was the sled designer for Team GB at the Winter Olympics Credit:

Bath's Lizzy Yarnold has announced she is getting married.

The Olympic champion is to wed James Roche. The two were brought together by the the skeleton while James was the sled designer for the British Team at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

James surprised Lizzy by popping the question during a walk in the countryside, then they celebrated with a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

Historic Bath pillars being damaged by lorries

Pillars are being damaged by large vehicles Credit: Bath in Time

Local historians in Bath believe part of the city's heritage is being destroyed by large vehicles. They say two historic pillars are being hit almost daily by lorries and buses because of a new road layout. They've stood at the entrance of Prior Park since 1740 and residents say the council needs to take action now before the city loses a piece of its history for good.

Vehicles are struggling to get around the new roundabout Credit: ITV News

The angle which the vehicles are forced to turn because of the bollards in the road means the rear wheels of the vehicle cut across and end up hitting the pillars.

I think any loss of our heritage is significant and this is one of the features which is of Combe Down and Bath so it's a significant feature seen daily by thousands of people and if it continues to be damaged then this is a loss to Combe Down's heritage and Bath's world heritage site.

– MARTIN COULSON, Combe Down Heritage Society
Pillars are being damaged by large vehicles Credit: ITV News

The pillars at the top of Ralph Allen Drive in Combe Down were built around 1740 to showcase Bath Stone - they're deemed so significant they've been given a grade two listed status.

But since a new traffic scheme was put in place in March - residents say there's been almost daily damage to the pillars.

And now even the huge urn has shifted to the side.

The council says it's in the process of looking at options to minimise the risk of any future collisions with the pillars.


Man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in Bath

A 33-year-old man is being questioned by police in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl in Bath.

The teenager was walking along Gravel Walk in Royal Victoria Park yesterday morning (5 May) when she was attacked.

Police would like to hear from anyone in the area between 8am and 8.30am yesterday who may have seen something suspicious.

Cameron heckled as he makes final campaign visit to Bath

David Cameron targets Lib Dem seat in Bath Credit: PA

Prime Minister David Cameron was greeted by hecklers as he arrived for a rally in Bath this afternoon for his final visit to the region before the General Election.

It's part of a strategy to target Liberal Democrat seats - but they had their own campaigner in the city - comedian and local resident John Cleese.

Bob Constantine reports:

Bath woman trapped by Nepal earthquake is rescued

20-year-old Susannah Ross hadn't contacted her family and friends since Friday.

Susannah Ross, the young Bath student missing since the devastating earthquake in Nepal has been rescued.

Her friends confirmed on Twitter this morning that Susannah, 20, had been rescued by helicopter and taken to an army base.

She had been trekking in the area when the 7.8-magnitude quake hit, and her family and friends had not heard from her since Friday.

They were anxious to get her to safety, especially after receiving an SOS message saying her group was in desperate need of medical assistance. Her friends used Twitter to spread the word, and also used the site to confirm the good news this morning.

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