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Bath is named the second safest city in the world

Bath has been named the second safest city in the world Credit: ITV News

The city of Bath has been named as the second safest in the world.

It was only beaten by York in a survey by a travel insurance company, which found Cairo as the most risky destination.

Bath has also been recognised by the Times newspaper which says it's the best place to live in the UK.

Lizzy Yarnold becomes Skeleton World Champion

Lizzy Yarnold in action during the women's skeleton competition at the Bob & Skeleton World Championships 2015 Credit: Ina Fassbender/DPA/Press Association

Bath's Lizzy Yarnold has won gold at the Skeleton World Championships in Winterberg.

This complete's a career 'grand slam' for the 26 year old following her European gold earlier this year.

Yarnold also won at the Winter Olympics and the World Cup in 2014.


New stamps honour the West's most iconic bridges

Two of the West's most iconic bridges have been honoured in a new set of stamps by the Royal Mail.

They celebrate the huge leaps in engineering made over the last few centuries:

Do you recognise these bridges? Credit: Royal Mail Group
Pulteney Bridge, River Avon, Bath Credit: Royal Mail Group
Tarr Steps, River Barle, Exmoor Credit: Royal Mail Group

Inquests into those killed in Bath lorry crash adjourned

Tributes for those killed Credit: ITV News

The coroner in charge of the inquests of those killed in the Bath lorry crash has adjourned them to a later date.

Four year old Mitzi Steady died when the lorry hit her and her grandmother on Lansdown Lane.

It then fell over onto a car killing the three men inside - Phil Allen, Stephen Vaughan and Robert Parker.

The case will be heard again on the first of July.

Plans for new waste facility on green belt land in Bath reviewed

Plans for new waste facility on green belt land in Bath reviewed Credit: ITV News

Plans to build a residual waste facility on green belt land in Bath will be reviewed today.

The owner of the old Fullers Earth site, applied to build on the land last year - where he already operates a recycling plant.

Bath and North East Somerset Council received 250 objections to the plans from organisations such as Project Bath and the Bath Preservation Trust - as well as local residents.

Their case will be heard today at Bristol High Court.


Record year at Bath Half Marathon

It's been a record year at Bath Half Marathon with the British stealing the show in the elite field taking first place in the men's and women's races. For the first time in 12 years a British male took the top spot, with Paul Martelletti finishing the 13.1 mile course in 65 minutes and 28 seconds.

I struggled on the second lap and the wind was quite strong and that didn’t help, but the crowd were so supportive throughout and really spurred me on to the finish.

– Paul Martelletti, winner of Bath Half Marathon

Nearly 13,000 runners pounded the streets of Bath in the half marathon. Almost 1,000 runners took part in the family fun run while over 30,000 people turned out to support the runners.

Thousands take part in Bath Half Marathon

Kenyan athletes run into visa problems for Bath Half

Kenyan athletes run into visa problems for Bath Half Credit: ITV News

As the final preparations are made to the Bath half marathon three Kenyan athletes, due to fly to the UK have pulled out. They were due to fly to the UK but new visa requirements have led to a delay in issuing their travel documentation.

In recent years the Kenyan athletes have dominated the race winning the men's event for the last 11 years.

This is obviously bad news for our Kenyan runners and for Tom and the team at Run Fast. I’m naturally disappointed to have lost such fine athletes, although forecast weather conditions on Sunday would not have favoured a course record attempt anyway. But the flip side is that it this misfortune throws the door wide open to British athletes to give them an opportunity to breast the tape and pick up significant cash prize money at one of the UK’s top road races.

It means we have a very strong prospect of British born winners for the first time in a long while. I’m expecting two close run races now with Paul Martinelli, Tadella Geremew and Toby Lambert leading the men’s challenge and Mara Yamauchi and Rachel Felton in the women’s.

– Andrew Taylor, Race Director

The Vitality BATHALF starts at 11am on Sunday with 15,000 runners signed-up to run. Many do so for charity, with over two million pounds raised last year. The popular Family Fun Run is also a sell out with 1,000 budding athletes set to take on the one mile course at 11.20am.

Final preparations underway for Bath Half Marathon

Around 15,000 runners are expected at the start line Credit: ITV News

Final preparations are underway for Bath Half Marathon on Sunday.

Around 15,000 runners are expected at the start line. Last year participants raised more than two million pounds for charity.

Watch out for road closures though - many routes in and around Bath will be affected, including part of the A4.

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