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Region's hospitals declare black alert

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Hospitals in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have declared they are on black alert.

The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Southmead and Weston General Hospital are among those placed on the system-wide black escalation status on Monday.

It comes after a huge influx of people using the A&E system and health bosses are now urging people to only use A&E for life-threatening emergencies.

People are instead encouraged to visit walk in centres, pharmacists or call NHS helpline, 111.

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It's the second time in a month the hospitals have declared the status.

In recent days we have seen an increase in hospital admissions together with a higher number of very ill patients who need to stay in hospital for longer.

We are coping with demand and have put in place a range of measures to increase capacity and ensure that people are discharged once they no longer need specialist hospital services.

However we do anticipate that we will remain in escalation for a number of days and encourage people to help us manage pressure in the system by using services appropriately and avoiding A&E for non-emergency conditions.

– Dr Peter Goyder, Bristol CCG Clinical Lead for Urgent Care and local GP

Oldbury power station sends out final flask of nuclear fuel

Oldbury now moves to a decommissioning phase aiming to make the site free of radioactive hazard by 2027. Credit: ITV West Country

Oldbury power station has sent out its final shipment of nuclear fuel.

The station in South Gloucestershire opened in 1967 but was shut down in 2011.

A team of more than 200 staff will decommission the site.

The last flask of nuclear fuel from the former Oldbury power station reactor has been sent for reprocessing. Credit: ITV West Country

Site Director, Mike Heaton says it's an end of an era.

While the site is decommissioned, the reactor buildings will be kept for at least another 80 years.

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Young man run over while walking in the road

A 21-year-old man is in a critical condition at Southmead Hospital after being run over in South Gloucestershire Credit: ITV News

A 21-year-old man is critically ill in hospital after being run over in Iron Acton in South Gloucestershire.

Police officers were flagged down by members of the public just after midnight who had seen him walking in the road. They spotted him heading towards Yate but before they could reach him he was hit by a silver Mercedes.

The force would like to hear from anyone with information.

This is an extremely tragic incident in which a young man has suffered life-threatening injuries and our thoughts are with his family at this very distressing time.

“We’re keen to trace anyone who saw a man walking along the B4058 prior to the collision, particularly the people who stopped the officers to express their concern. We believe they were in a car which was travelling in the direction of Yate.

– Supt Richard Corrigan, Avon and Somerset Police

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as police were involved before the crash.

Blind girl to leave school over bullying fears

Kristy Hooper and her daughter Lily-Grace Credit: ITV News

The mother of a blind girl banned from using her walking cane at a South Gloucestershire school says she's now leaving because of fears she'll be bullied.

Seven year old Lily-Grace Hooper was told she couldn't take her cane to Hambrook Primary for health and safety reasons.

She will move schools in January.

Lily-Grace says her walking cane helps her get around safely Credit: Family

Yate man arrested in Holland & £2.6m worth of cocaine seized

The haul of drugs seized by police Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have seized £2.6 million worth of Class A drugs as part of a major investigation into the supply of drugs to the South West.

The 66 kilos of cocaine were discovered by officers during the arrest of a 50-year-old man from Yate, South Gloucestershire.

He's being questioned by detectives in Holland on suspicion of international drugs trafficking and money laundering.

These arrests send a strong message to anyone who thinks they can bring Class A drugs onto the streets of the south west that no matter where they are in the world we will pursue you and bring you to justice.

Working side-by-side with our partners we are certain we have prevented what is an extremely large amount of cocaine destined to be brought back to the UK from being sold to communities across the Avon and Somerset force area.

However, our efforts will not stop here. Our determination to disrupt the supply and distribution of all drugs coming into the region remains resolute and we will continue to act on any intelligence we receive.

Our communities deserve to live without the fear of crime and the negative impact of drugs and we are committed to working with our partners across the world as well as those locally to tackle the problem of drugs.

– Detective Inspector Charlotte Tucker, Avon and Somerset police

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Police close down illegal rave in South Gloucestershire

Police close down illegal rave in Hallen, South Gloucestershire Credit: Google Maps

Police have closed down an illegal rave gathering on a disused piece of industrial land in the Hallen area of South Gloucestershire.

They received a number of complaints about noise and loud music. It's thought 1,000 revellers gathered to celebrate Halloween last night. The party was closed down by Police this lunchtime.

"If we are aware in advance about a potential event the law allows us to take action to close it down and seize whatever music equipment is on site before it gets fully underway.

However, if it has already started and there are a large number of people on the site, an assessment has to be made whether safe and proportionate action can be taken at that moment.

We understand that for those affected by the noise these events can be very frustrating, particularly if it disturbs their sleep, and we don't underestimate the impact such events can have.

Throughout the night we continued to monitor the event, preventing others accessing the site and containing those that were already there in the area.

By 12.30pm we had shut down the event and have since reported a number of people for summons and they will be prosecuted in due course."

– Chief Inspector Sonny Walker

Sleepwalker who fell down stairs 'will never walk again'

Kate is adjusting to life in a wheelchair at a spinal unit in Wiltshire. Credit: ITV West Country

A woman from South Gloucestershire who fell downstairs while sleepwalking has been told she will be paralysed for life.

Kate Sell broke her back in the accident at her home in Chipping Sodbury in June. She had hoped to regain movement below her chest, but her spinal cord has been severed.

She's adjusting to life in a wheelchair at a spinal unit in Wiltshire.

Before her accident Kate Sell led an active life with her husband Kevin. Credit: Family

Head of Winterbourne International Academy resigns

Winterbourne teachers went on strike in September in a dispute over workloads and pay. Credit: ITV West Country

The head teacher of a school in South Gloucestershire has resigned.

Winterbourne International Academy was hit by a series of strikes in September after teachers walked out over workloads and pay.

Trustees of the school say Beverley Martin will leave at the end of October.

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