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Bath councillors review cuts to public toilets

A number of public toilets in Bath and North East Somerset have been closed Credit: ITV News

Councillors in Bath and North East Somerset have voted to review cuts to public toilets.

Toilets have been closed completely in Twerton, Peasedown and Weston - despite campaigns to keep them open. Now the council has voted to pause the current programme of reductions and consult with residents on the changes.

Tour of Britain returns to West today

The Tour of Britain returns to the West today - stage six begins at Bath's Royal Cresent this morning - the start of 128 miles of racing. The 100 elite cyclists will be weaving along Wiltshire's country lanes en route. Businesses are taking advantage of the event - one brewery's even making a Tour beer.

Philip Downes from Box Steam Brewery tells us more about the drink:



Bath University research could reduce knee surgery

A new computer assessment programme could reduce the number of knee replacements Credit: PA

Researchers from the University of Bath say they've developed a new computer programme to assess a person's need for a knee replacement.

At the moment a patient's condition is assessed visually by surgeons. It's thought the new method could reduce the 90,000 knee replacements that take place each year.

Kelston bypass on track to break even

Kelston bypass on course to break even Credit: ITV News West Country

A businessman who built a £300,000 toll road to bypass roadworks on Kelston Road is on course to make his money back. 62 year old Mike Watts rented an empty field next to the A431 which connects Bristol and Bath and built a 365m bypass. Mike Watts needs to make £60,000 a month to break even and is almost there.

People are coming over the road with beaming faces and I have had letters of support from all over the country.

We are actually on Google Maps now which is brilliant because it means that sat navs are recognising the road now.

But we have managed to hit that 25,000 mark even though the signs for the road on the Gloucestershire side only went up last week, and the signs on the B&NES side haven't gone up yet.

– Mike Watts

Money stolen in cash machine attack

The machine was severely damaged in what appears to have been a small explosion Credit: Marc Helliwell

A cash machine at a Barclays Bank near Bath was attacked at money stolen this weekend.

Police are looking for four men in connection with the incident which saw the machine in Combe Down damaged by a small explosion.

Today the cash machine was boarded up Credit: ITV News West Country
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