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Bristol's David Prowse makes road safety comeback

Bristol actor David Prowse has made a comeback - as the Green Cross Code Man.

The 79 year old actor, who appeared as Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies, has appeared in a video as part of a road safety campaign launched on YouTube.

Unlike the original Green Cross Code Man campaigns, this one is aimed at adults who put themselves at risk by continuing to use modern technology while crossing the road.

Avon & Somerset's PCC is 'as committed as ever'

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens at one of her weekly meetings in Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Payne

Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner has told ITV News she remains as committed as ever to her job despite calls for her to quit.

Today marks the start of Sue Mountsevens' third year in office but the anniversary comes at a time when her chief constable is suspended and with an independent investigation into the conduct of some officers and staff underway.

Drivers prosecuted for refusing to take guide dog

Andrew Goddard with his guide dog Sammy Credit: ITV West Country

Two minicab drivers have been prosecuted for refusing to take a blind man's guide dog in their cars.

Andrew Goddard called a cab firm to pick him up from his home in Brislington to take him to the centre of Bristol. Not one, but two, drivers refused to take his dog Sammy. The men were prosecuted for breaching the equalities act. Mr Goddard says he's delighted the drivers went to court.

I got Sammy in May last year, and he has given me the confidence to go out to social events on my own. I don't have any problem with my normal taxi firm, who are always happy to take my dog, and if it hadn't have been raining, I would have probably got the bus. I am pleased that both drivers were prosecuted, and I hope that by highlighting this issue other people will not have to suffer.

– Andrew Goddard


Bristol City captain helps young fan raise money for operation

It's not everyday that the captain of Bristol City pops round to your house for a cup of tea to chat football but thats exactly what happened to 6 year old Oskar Pycroft.

Oskar suffers from cerebral palsy and Wade Elliott is lending his support as the family try to raise money for an operation in America which could help him walk.

A match to remember for one 6 year-old City fan

A six year-old Bristol City fan will be leading out the team in his wheelchair as they face Preston North End at Ashton Gate tomorrow.

Oskar Pycroft has cerebral palsy and other problems and his family are raising money for an operation in the USA, which could help him walk.

Their campaign has won the backing of the club.

'They're doing a bucket collection for my operation and do you know why I want the operation? So I can walk more.'

– Oskar Pycroft
Oskar at home with Robbins Captain Wade Elliot. Credit: ITV News

New DVD shows rare Bristol WW1 footage

As a major city, and one of Britain’s two main Atlantic ports, Bristol’s role in the First World War was significant: 55,000 of her men went to war, of whom 6,000 would never return, while her seamen defied U-Boats to bring in vital food supplies.

Bristol also produced numerous vital products for the war effort, from cigarettes and chocolate to aircraft, munitions and mustard gas, and women began to take on what was previously seen as ‘men’s work’.

A new DVD - Bristol's Great War - has been released, featuring rare footage of Bristol during this period.

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