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Government plans for hospital food "won't make a difference"

A campaigner from Bath says government plans to improve food in hospitals don't go far enough.

Mark Sparrow spent 10 weeks in hospital documenting his experience and ever since has campaigned to change things. Now new rules are being brought in and hospitals that don't meet the standards could be fined and publically named and shamed.


Demolition of former MoD site nears completion

Former MoD site at Foxhill, Bath
The MoD site at Foxhill before it was demolished to make way for housing Credit: ITV News

The final section of a former Ministry of Defence base in Bath is due to be demolished this week. The buildings at Foxhill, which once housed Navy support staff, are being taken down to make way for a 700 home redevelopment.

Housing association Curo, which also owns most of the neighbouring estate, says it will soon be putting in a planning application for the new estate, Mulberry Park.

Artist's impression of Mulberry Park, Bath
Some of the buildings which Curo has planned for the new estate, Mulberry Park Credit: Curo

Success for West Country swimmers

Jazz Carlin
Swindon's Jazz Carlin won the 400m freestyle at the European Championships. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Swindon's Jazz Carlin has claimed her second gold at the European Championships.

The 23-year-old added the 400 metres freestyle crown - a new personal best - to her victory in the 800 metres.

Bath University's Chris Walker-Hebborn won gold in the 100m medley relay.

And Jemma Lowe, who's also based at Bath took bronze in the 100m women's relay.

Missing Bath man found by River Avon

Desmond O'Sullivan has been found after going missing in Bath
Desmond O'Sullivan has been found after going missing in Bath Credit: ITV News West Country

A man who has been missing in Bath since Thursday has been found. 56 year old Desmond O'Sullivan, who has dementia was spotted by a member of the public just after 12 noon today in a dangerous position on the bank of the River Avon, near Pulteney Bridge. When officers go there he was spotted in the water in obvious difficulty. He was rescued by officers and is recovering in hospital.

Appeal from missing Bath man's wife

Concern grows for missing man from Bath
Concern grows for missing man from Bath Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

There is growing concern for a man who has been missing from his home in Bath for 3 days. 56 year old Desmond O'Sullivan has dementia and has not been seen since he went for a routine walk on Thursday evening. His wife has today appealed for people to help find him.

We had recently returned from a holiday in Ireland with Desmond’s family when he went missing.

The feelings are indescribable, it’s a living torture.

We are able to cope because I’m part of a large and loving family and we have some extraordinary friends. A number of them have been helping with the search.

I would appeal to people to look out for Desmond and if they see him, or if they think they may have seen him since Thursday night, please contact the police.

– Louise O’Sullivan, Desmond's wife

The couple have three children – a 19-year-old son and two daughters, aged 18 and 16.

We have carried out a number of searches of the area where Desmond was last seen and the police helicopter has been involved with these searches.

We’re now appealing for more information and would ask the public to call us with any potential sightings of Desmond from Thursday evening onwards.

As time goes by we are naturally becoming more concerned for his welfare.

– Det Con Nick Wilkinson

Desmond is described as white, 5ft 11ins, of big build, slightly balding, with a close cut beard. He was wearing brown shoes, black trousers and a mustard coloured Barbour-style jacket.

If you see Desmond, or someone matching the above description, please call our 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 and quote log number 1096 of 21 August.


Paint festival held at Bath Racecourse

Revellers at Battersea throw paint over eachother
Revellers at Battersea throw paint over eachother Credit: ITV News

Thousands of people in Bath are taking part in a festival that sees revellers covered in a rainbow of paints. The latest festival craze is called the Holi One and is a hindu celebration marking the victory of good over bad. Festivals like this have taken place all over the world including at Bath Racecourse today.

Man admits hit and run in Bath

Jake Gilmore was killed in a hit and run
Jake Gilmore was killed in a hit and run

A man has pleaded guilty to a hit and run incident in Bath which killed a teenage cyclist. 53 year old Raymond Isherwood of Bennett Street admitted to knocking over and killing 19 year old Jake Gilmore in Midland Bridge Road last November. He pleaded guilty to 4 charges including causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop. He'll be sentenced next month.

Kelston toll road needs more motorists to break even

The man behind the private toll road between Bristol and Bath says he needs more motorists to use it so he can break even.

Mike Watts is spending more than £300,000 on the road across a field while the Highways Agency repairs a nearby A-road that closed after a landslip last winter.

The road opened two weeks ago. And while the take-up has been good, Mr Watts says he needs more cars on it.

Robert Murphy reports:

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