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Water supply back on in Bristol homes

Bristol Water has called the incident one of the biggest in its history. Credit: ITV News

The water supply to thousands of Bristol homes has been restored after a burst water main in Willsbridge cut off services for many on Wednesday.

Bristol Water has called the incident "one of the biggest" in its history. 35,000 homes across Keynsham, Hanham and Whitchurch were without water and bowsers were brought in to supply residents with drinking water.

Five schools remain closed in Keynsham on Thursday, not confident enough in their water tank's ability to cope. Bristol Water is advising people to run their taps for a short time as the water may be discoloured, which is normal according to the utility company.

Burst water main: what to do if you've been affected

If you're one of the 35,000 homes in Bristol which were left without water this morning, here is where you can collect some:

  • Ashton Way Car Park - Keynsham
  • Waitrose - Keynsham

A third bowser is said to be on its way.

Bristol Water is asking people to take a clean container for filling if possible, and to report any concerns about vulnerable neighbours.

If your water comes back on and is discoloured then Bristol Water advises running the tap for a minute or two until it runs clear.


Man wanted in connection with bank robbery

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have released CCTV pictures of a man they'd like to speak to in connection with a robbery at a bank in Keynsham.

It happened at the Halifax on the High Street just before 11:40am yesterday, 26 September.

A man handed a cashier a note suggesting he was armed although nobody saw any weapons. He then left the bank with a significant amount of cash.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who can identify the man in the photos or who witnessed the robbery.

  • Contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 5216214302.

Lambs get knitted jackets thanks to mystery donor

Doug Douglas from Avon Valley and his brood of - colourful - orphaned lambs Credit: Paul Gillis

Lambs at a Keynsham wildlife park have been kitted out with knitted jackets, thanks to an anonymous donor.

Staff at Avon Valley had been keeping the orphaned youngsters warm with plastic coats, which can increase survival by up to 50 percent - but are nowhere near as dapper.

Watch: Images of the orphaned lambs in their colourful woolly coats

Doug Douglas, the managing director of Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, would love to find out who the mystery knitter is, so he can thank them.

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