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School children swim for Harmonie-Rose

Donations for a baby who lost all her limbs to meningitis have continued to pour in. Money raised for 14 month old Harmonie-Rose has now reached £150,000. The family say they're overwhelmed by people's kindness and genoristy - which shows no signs of stopping.

A group of school children from Bath are preparing to swim 1,344 lengths of their school swimming pool tomorrow - the equivalent length of the English Channel. The Monkton Combe Prep School students say they were inspired to help Harmonie-Rose after hearing about her in a school assembly.

Can you help solve the murder of Thomas Downey?

The body of Thomas Downey was found in Bath on Christmas Eve Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police investigating a murder in Bath on Christmas Eve want to speak to anyone who was in the area on the morning of Wednesday 17 December.

Detectives want to hear from anyone who may have seen two men crossing over from the Esso garage side to the river side.

The body of Thomas Downey was found under a railway arch on the Lower Bristol Road, near Bath railway station.


Parents receive £150,000 in donations as toddler recovers from double amputation

Doctors thought Harmonie-Rose Allen wouldn't survive Credit: ITV News

The parents of a baby who had both her arms and legs amputated after being struck by meningitis say they've now received nearly £150,000 in donations.

Doctors thought Harmonie-Rose Allen wouldn't survive but, the fourteen month old from Bath has defied all odds and fought back.

The family have received nearly £150,000 in donations Credit: ITV News
Things are looking up! Credit: ITV News

Historic Bath hospital saved by larger NHS Trust

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases was originally founded in 1738 Credit: Geoff Kirby/Press Association Images

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath will be saved by a larger NHS trust after running into financial difficulty.

The specialist hospital provides leading rehabilitation and rheumatology care, including chronic pain and fatigue.

The hospital has suffered serious financial problems for some time due to its small size, housing only 25 beds.

Woman rescued from the River Avon in Bath

Pulteney Weir in Bath earlier today Credit: ITV News

Fire crews have rescued a woman from the River Avon in Bath. They were alerted by police at 6am this morning who spotted the woman, who is in her 20s, clinging to a small island to the south of Pulteney Weir.

They used an inflatable rescue sled to take her to dry land where she was met by paramedics who administered first aid and took her to hospital.


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Could missing Ryan be in Bath?

Ryan Ranson bought a ticket to Bath Spa at Paddington station on Friday Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police say a teenager who has been missing for almost a week could be in the Bath area.

Ryan Ranson from Ivybridge was reported missing after failing to turn up for work at Devonport Dockyard on Tuesday 20 January.

The 17-year-old was last seen on CCTV using his bank card at a cash point machine at Paddington train station in London, on Friday 23 January, shortly before 10.15am.

He bought a ticket to Bath Spa station.

Officers are making enquiries in Bath and London, as well as in Torbay and Blackpool after Ryan’s bank card was used there last week before he travelled to Paddington.

It’s been nearly a week now since Ryan went missing and his family are extremely concerned about him.

This is the first time he has gone missing and his disappearance is completely out of character.

There have been no sightings of Ryan since last Friday in London. We don’t know whether he is now in Bath, has returned to Devon or has gone somewhere else.

We are continuing to make enquiries to find him and would like to speak to anyone who sees Ryan or knows where he is.

– PC Rebecca Lockley, Devon & Cornwall Police

'We need the vaccine': family of Harmonie-Rose speak out on meningitis

Harmonie-Rose's family want to save other children the pain she went through. Credit: Family

The family of a one-year-old girl from Bath who lost all her limbs to meningitis are supporting a campaign to make the meningitis B vaccine available on the NHS more quickly.

Harmonie-Rose Allen narrowly survived Meningitis B. The government has licensed a new vaccine for the disease but for now you can only pay for it privately - it is still not available on the NHS.

The UK has one of the world's highest rates of Meningitis B, which kills more under fives here than any other infectious disease. One in 10 die and at least one in three survivors suffer lifelong after-effects, including limb loss, brain damage, epilepsy, deafness and blindness.

Harmonie's aunt Hannah Hall told us that while it was "devastating" to know there was something that could have helped her niece, the family were determined to change things for other children.

Lower Bristol Road in Bath to reopen early after burst water main

A burst water main which closed Lower Bristol Road in Bath may be repaired earlier than expected.

Wessex Water originally said the road would be closed until Tuesday evening, but the council now hopes to have the repairs completed before this afternoon's rush hour.

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