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£500,000 work on Royal Victoria Park in Bath begins

£500,000 work on Royal Victoria Park begins Credit: ITV News

Work on one of the region's biggest play areas is due to begin today.

The £500,000 scheme at the Royal Victoria Park in Bath includes replacing the old triple slide as well as improving the toilets and creating a new cafe area. It should be finished by spring.

The scheme includes replacing the old triple slide Credit: B&NES COUNCIL

Councillors are due to make a decision on plans for the skate park by the end of January.


Impressive Bath bag a bonus point at Toulouse

Chris Cook scored Bath's second try. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Bath kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup alive with an impressive bonus point win at pool leaders Toulouse.

First half tries by Matt Banahan, Chris Cook and Jonathan Joseph were added to by Francois Low in the second half, to give a final score of Toulouse 18 Bath 35.

Mike Ford's men must now beat Glasgow at the Rec next Sunday.

Gloucester booked their place in the quarter-finals of Challenge Cup yesterday with a 33-3 win over French side Oyonnax.

And in the Championship this afternoon, Bristol needed a last minute try from Mitch Eadie, converted by Matthew Morgan, to beat Yorkshire Carnegie 29-28 at Ashton Gate.

Yarnold picks up second win at World Cup

Lizzie Yarnold of Great Britain in action during the Skeleton World Cup at Koenigssee Credit: PA

Lizzy Yarnold claimed her second victory of the current World Cup skeleton season in Konigssee, Germany.

Bath based Yarnold completed her two runs in one minute 44.24 seconds, a comfortable 0.71 seconds ahead of second-placed German Anja Huber.

The 26-year-old Yarnold started the season with victory in Lake Placid but was forced to miss the following race in Calgary after experiencing dizzy spells.

She returned to form by taking silver last week in Altenberg behind Russia's Maria Orlova - who had to settle for bronze in Konigssee.

I think eventually I've learned to relax on this track - it's taken me six years and I've eventually got it.

– Lizzie Yarnold

River Avon life buoys missing the night student died

Chris Taylor was 21 when he died. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

An inquest has heard that paramedics tried to save the life of a man who had fallen into the River Avon in Bath, but all the safety buoys were missing.

Student Chris Taylor fell into the river in the early hours of January 22nd 2014. A passer-by heard his screams for help and called the emergency services.

Mr Taylor was holding onto a thorn bush, and paramedics searched for safety buoys that should have been hanging next to the river bank.

Paramedic Edward Bowyer told Avon Coroner's Court that all the stations were the buoys usually were were empty. Moments later, Mr Taylor lost his grip on the thorn bush.

The inquest continues.


Inquest into death of Bath teenager who died in river

18-year old Sam Amin drowned on his way home from a night out in Bath. Credit: Family

The inquest into the death of a teenager who fell into the River Avon in Bath opens today.

18-year old Sam Amin drowned on his way home from a night out in the city centre in September. He was the fourth person to die along the stretch of river in 2014.

Temporary safety railings have now gone up and permanent ones will be installed next month.

A similar inquest finishes today. 21-year-old Bath student Christopher Taylor also died in the River Avon last year.

That inquest heard yesterday that a police dispatch operator took five minutes to realise she'd missed a call saying a man had fallen into the river, and that a passer-by tried in vain to save Mr Taylor.

River Avon drowning: passer-by tried to save student

Christopher Taylor was 21 when he died. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A passer-by tried in vain to save the life of a Bath University student who had fallen in the River Avon at the end of a night out.

Christopher Taylor, who was 21, was walking by the fast-flowing river in the early hours of January 22nd, 2014.

Mr Taylor, a talented tennis player, was re-taking the second year of his Chemistry degree at the University of Bath. He had spent the evening celebrating the end of his exams.

A passer-by, Luke Thompson, told Avon Coroner’s Court he called 999 after hearing someone calling for help at about 3.30am.

The spot, near Sainsbury’s supermarket, has a steep bank around 10 feet high.

I found him in the river, holding on to a branch at the bottom. I called out to him to make sure he was talking to me. He was really clinging on for life. He really was fighting.

He said his name was Chris. I told him to not let go. He said he fell into the river, he said he wanted to get out. We talked until the police arrived.”

– Luke Thompson

Mr Thompson told him a police officer had to stop him jumping in to help the student.

A Home Office pathologist said Mr Taylor died from drowning. The amount of alcohol in his blood system was double that of the drink-drive limit.

The inquest continues.

Historic Bath bridge reopens today

Victoria Bridge in Bath reopens today. Credit: ITV News West Country

An historic bridge in Bath reopens today after a £3.4m restoration.

Victoria Bridge had structural problems but is now suitable for modern day use.

It was built by James Dredge in 1836 and was the first "taper" suspension bridge, of which only a few remain.

Two of the designer's descendants will be at the ceremony this morning.

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