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Tipper truck crash survivor calls for ban on lorries near schools

In February a tipper truck lost control down Lansdown Lane in Bath and killed four people Credit: ITV News

A woman who survived the tipper truck crash that killed four people in Bath is calling for a total ban on lorries near schools.

Karla Brennan was seriously injured when her car was hit by the truck as it careered down the steep hill near Weston All Saints Primary School in February.

Karla Brennan Credit: ITV News

If not a complete ban on HGVs using that road then certainly a ban on using it at school drop off and collection times - if that could be reflected nationwide that would be fantastic ".

– Karla Brennan

Classic cars, trolleys and bicycles: what will emerge next from the River Avon?

A clean-up of the River Avon in Bath has revealed some startling finds for the teams trying to make the waterway safer.

Nine cars and an incredible 300 shopping trolleys have been pulled from just a short stretch of the river in the past two days.

The clear-up is being carried out by the Environment Agency to improve the river flow and reduce the risk of flooding.

It follows complaints by river users but no-one expected quite so much rubbish to come from just a few hundred yards of river bed.


Anonymous benefactor donates £1.5 million to Bath Abbey

An anonymous benefactor has donated £1.5 million to Bath Abbey, the largest amount ever received by the Abbey from a private individual.

The seven figure sum will go towards the Footprint project fundraising campaign to carry out essential repairs on the building.

An anonymous benefactor has donated £1.5 million to Bath Abbey Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/PA

The donor, who wants to remain anonymous, says the main reason behind the donation was he was:

Much impressed by the care and the consultation with has been put in by the Abbey, which is such a vital part of Bath's future.

This generation has a solemn duty to ensure the Abbey is fit and able to carry out its service to the city and the community for the next hundred years.

– Anonymous donor
The money will help carry out essential repairs to stabilise the Abbey's collapsing floor Credit: Geoff Kirby/PA

The £19.3 million Footprint project will carry out essential repairs to stabilise the Abbey's collapsing floor and introduce an innovative eco-friendly underfloor heating system using Bath's famous hot springs as a source of energy.

The programme will also create additional space and improved facilities, as well as develop new ways of sharing the Abbey's stories.

We are very grateful for this amazingly generous gift from one remarkable individual.

It came in an ordinary-looking envelope, without pomp or fanfare, but the contents were just astounding.

It clearly demonstrates the strength of feeling that the Abbey and its ministry inspires in people.

– Laura Brown, Footprint appeal director,

The Abbey's Footprint project received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund in May last year.

Bath move into second place after beating Newcastle

Semesa Rokoduguni was one of Bath's four try scorers at Newcastle tonight Credit: PA

Rugby and Bath put their European Champions Cup exit behind them as they faced Newcastle in the Premiership tonight.

And their energy paid off as the moved into second place, beating Newcastle 19-29. Ollie Devoto, Semesa Rokoduguni, Anthony Watson & Matt Banahan all crossed for Bath and George Ford kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Peregrine falcons nest in Church

A pair of peregrine falcons nesting on the spire of a church in the centre of Bath have produced four eggs.

The birds have been breeding at St John's Roman Catholic Church in South Parade for nine years and have become an attraction.

The eggs aren't due to hatch until May.

Peregrine falcons nest in Church Credit: Hawk and Owl Trust

You can watch their progress on a live webcam here.


Cameron and Clegg campaign for West Country votes

David Cameron spoke at the Bristol and Bath Science Park.

Both Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg were election campaigning in our region again today, after clashing over the coalition's record in Thursday's seven-party debate.

In a speech at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, the Prime Minister committed to lowering taxes and raising the personal tax-free allowance.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrat leader took his campaign to Bath. During his time in the city he said that the Liberal Democrats have served the South West better than the other main party in the past.

He went on to say that opinion polls suggesting they will perform badly at the general election are nonsense.

Bath knocked out of European Champions Cup

George Ford scores Bath's first try against Leinster. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bath have been knocked out of the European Champions Cup by Leinster.

The Irish side had the boot of Ian Madigan to thank as they narrowly edged past Mike Ford's men. In front of a sell-out crowd at the Aviva Stadium, the No 12 kicked six penalties to send his team through to the semi-final.

Bath were ahead for a short time when returning England star George Ford superbly burst through the home defence.

But a combination of ill-discipline and knock-ons saw Madigan kick Leinster into a 15-5 half-time lead.

Bath made a positive start to the second half and were soon right back in the game. That man Ford once again found a gap, and when he was tackled short of the line, the off-load saw Stuart Hooper crash over. Ford added the extras to reduce the deficit to 3 points.

A penalty each set up a grandstand finish. Alafoti Faosiliva was pipped to the ball after a charge-down, then right at the death, the hosts were awarded a controversial penalty to end Bath's dreams for another season.

Make no mistake, we don't want any sympathy vote here. We should have won that game today.

There is a lot of disappointment. The first-half performance, especially, we are a lot better than that. It is probably where we lost the game.

We couldn't really control the ball and we gave away some penalties.

We made quite a few line-breaks, but there is more than one way to win a game. It is not just about scoring tries. They kicked their penalties and fair play to them.

But we are so disappointed because we are a lot better than what we showed today. That last 10-15 minutes, I was pretty convinced we were going to win the game, but it's small margins.

I thought Anthony Watson was on fire at full-back and George made two good breaks for our tries. It was in our control, we thought. Even at 15-5 down, we were confident we could win the game.

– Mike Ford, Head Coach, Bath

Irish teams are very good at squeezing teams and milking penalties and building a score that way.

We should have handled that better than we did.

We wanted to play with a good tempo so we could make line-breaks and be a threat in attack. Ultimately, we need to start getting better at taking these chances.

It was a three-point ball game at the end of the day, so we need to be a bit harsh on ourselves.

– George Ford, Bath

I was pretty comfortable before that last 10-15 minutes, but they came back at us very strongly and we were fortunate to hold on.

You are always relieved when you win a knockout game. It was always going to be tough and hard fought.

We played in the right areas, we took our points when they were on offer and our scrum was outstanding.

We were a little bit inaccurate in the second half. We fell off a couple of tackles, but up until that point I thought we did all the things we spoke about beforehand.

You would like to be 20 points up with 15 minutes to go, but that's not the reality of the game at this level.

They had nothing to lose, and they were going to make us work for every point.

– Matt O'Connor, Head Coach, Leinster

Live World War Two bomb found in Bath garden

The live Second World War bomb was found by a member of the public. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A live Second World War German bomb has been found in a garden in Rush Hill, Bath.

Police set up a 100-metre cordon around the area and advised local residents to stay inside.

Bomb squad experts from Tidworth were called in. They took the one-pound incendiary device to a nearby field and disposed of it safely in a controlled explosion.

Prestigious Dress of the Year announced

Bath's Fashion Museum has announced the prestigious Dress of the Year award - a plastic coat and wrap ensemble.

Gareth Pugh has been awarded the Dress of the Year award Credit: Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Fashion Museum

The annual fashion award, which has been run every year since 1963, was given it to Gareth Pugh, one of the most celebrated British fashion designers.

His winning design - called Look 41 - was chosen by Editor-in-Chief of LOVE magazine, Katie Grand.

The dress is a super-sized structural ensemble made of plastic sheeting. It is tied with a kimono-style belt and completed with a pair of twisted cream calico trousers that morph into boots, and an elastic hair net.

It's an honour that Katie Grand has selected one of my outfits to represent the Dress of the Year 2014. I'm particularly delighted that the look that she has chosen - the finale from my Autumn/Winter 2014 show - is emblematic of what was an incredibly important season to me personally.

This look was created in a moment where I had decided to hit the reset button and re-examine what it was that inspired me when I was starting out, so the entire process was about stripping everything back to the bare necessities and simply celebrating the idea that you can create something from nothing. With this is mind, it's wonderful to see it being displayed at the Fashion Museum in Bath, included in a collection of such cultural significance.

– Gareth Pugh
Gareth Pugh was awarded the prestigious prize Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

I'm delighted to have been asked to select the Dress of the Year and to me Gareth's plastic dress sums up 2014. I like the idea of how fancy and complex the dress is in structure, yet made of something so disposable. I had a super time photographing this with David Sims for Love 12; it was so easy as it gives a couture silhouette yet is 'punk', it's Edwardian, forties, seventies and two thousands all at the same time. It is familiar in its historical references yet utterly new in its execution.

– Katie Grand

The Dress of the Year is now on display at the Fashion Museum and will remain on display throughout 2015.

The Fashion Museum is open from 10.30am to 5pm.

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