Stormy weather and lucky escapes

Blustery weather last night left a couple trapped in the floods in Somerset and forecaster say more bad weather is on the way.

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Lost teddy's owner tracked down

The bear belongs to Robert Baker, who lives in Cyprus. Credit: ITV News West Country

The owner of a century-old teddy bear found abandoned at Bristol Airport two years ago has finally been tracked down.

The battered toy was left at the terminal along with a photo of two children.

He belongs to Robert Baker, who lives in Cyprus. Mr Baker came forward after being sent a newspaper cutting featuring the story.

Passenger numbers at Bristol Airport grow for fourth year

The runway at Bristol Airport Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The number of passengers at Bristol Airport have risen for the fourth year in a row.

2013 saw a total of 6.1 million people pass through the terminal - an increase of 3.4% when compared to the previous year. It's the highest number of passengers since 2008.

Chief Executive Officer Robert Sinclair says 2014 could be even busier. He said "We are gearing up for what we expect to be the busiest year in the Airport’s history. Construction of new and improved facilities for passengers is already underway, and there are some great new destinations on offer."

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Statement on bad weather disruption at Bristol

As dramatic footage of aeroplanes appearing to land sideways on the runway during last night storms, Bristol Airport told ITV that these are usual measures taken in high cross-winds. It suspended flights for just over an hour but says that at no time was passenger safety compromised.

Airlines make decisions on whether or not to land in severe weather conditions based on a range of parameters which can vary depending on the aircraft operated.

Strong wind can also affect airlines’ ability to board passengers safely, and some airlines will suspend boarding when gusts reach 45 knots and above.

– James Gore, Bristol Airport spokesman

You can see video of one of the planes landing here.

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