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Season 4 of Bristol Unpacked kicks off with a conversation with local sport coach Rayan Wilson, who has been involved in training amateur and elite athletes.

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The Bristol Briefing: Covid rates 'rocketing' across the city

The latest updates on Covid in Bristol, as well as a weekly run down of the week's other big stories.

The decade-long battle to get a community centre for Horfield's Manor Farm

Residents of the ‘forgotten estate’ in Horfield welcome the granting of a community centre following a decade of campaigning, but are right to be cynical.

Local mental health trust misses deadline to stop sending people far away from home, data shows

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust still has 30 patients who have been sent to hospitals far away from home, data reveals. Now, mental health charities and organisations are calling for 'urgent action'.

Reports

Non-mainstream schools being used as holding ground for Bristol children with special needs, review finds

A review of alternative learning provision was commissioned after failings in Bristol’s SEND services were criticised by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.

'We’re not families that you can trample on.’ Mothers speak out on failings of sons with autism and learning disabilities

Investigations

Revealed: Local services slammed for serious failings of people with autism and learning disabilities

Features

‘The police have got all the power over you’: Young Bristol man speaks out about ‘violent’ stop and search experience

Run-ins with punters, logistical challenges and financial fears: the Bristol pubs waiting for news on restrictions ending

Seven months on from deadly Avonmouth explosion, no news from company or authorities

How vaccine hesitancy is being tackled in Bristol's diverse communities

Watch: One year since Colston fell

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Investigations

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Uncovering injustice and wrongdoing

Revealed: Pornographer mayoral candidate faces assault and 'pimping' allegation

The independent mayoral candidate denies the allegations made by a young woman in an exclusive interview with the Cable

Luke Naish’s family ‘still having to fight’ after ‘uncritical’ inquest into his death

Luke’s Naish’s loved ones say care he received from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership was inadequate, and that his inquest did not deliver justice. They are the third family to criticise the Avon Coroner in recent years, and are now seeking a judicial review.

Revealed: The Bristolians 'ripped off' by second hand camper van seller

For years, online rumours have swirled about ‘Bristol Bob’ – a Fishponds-based dealer of Mazda Bongo vans. A Cable investigation found customers left with thousands of pounds of repair costs and seeking legal action after being sold faulty vehicles.

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Bristol and the Climate Crisis

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‘Disability can’t be forgotten in our tackling of the climate crisis’

Emma Geen from Bristol Disability Equality Forum writes about the importance of a ‘just transition’ and community climate action.

Climate impact of Bristol Airport expansion up to six times worse than claimed, says think tank

Research released today by think tank New Economics Foundation, (NEF) claims that the climate impact of Bristol Airport expansion could be up to six times...

Communicating climate change – what can we learn from Covid-19?

There’s a cartoon that’s done the rounds during the pandemic – Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees recently shared it himself – depicting three ocean waves, each...

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Local Elections 2021

Cable editorial: The big story behind Bristol’s local election isn’t who won, but who voted.

The Cable editorial team on what the results mean for our city as the dust settles on the elections.

Launching an events calendar to amplify Bristol's communities

Local Elections 2021

Bristol Citizens' Agenda: priorities for the local elections

Hundreds of Cable readers have shared what matters to them the most in the upcoming local elections.

Shape the Bristol Citizens' Agenda

Coronavirus in Bristol

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Going behind the headlines on the biggest story of 2020.

Coronavirus in Bristol

‘My family caught Covid in an outbreak at our son’s school. We’re not out of the woods yet.’

There has been a significant number of Covid outbreaks at Bristol schools amid concerns about the Delta variant.

Charities scramble to find homes for 60 homeless people cut loose from Everyone In scheme

Coronavirus in Bristol

Bristol Uni threatens to set private debt collectors on rent striking students

After a meeting with Rent Strike Bristol, the university has delayed passing on the debt onto private company STA by a month, but are refusing further concessions.

‘Public toilet closures are not an inconvenience, they’re an equality issue’

Bristol Unpacked Podcast

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Fascinating and challenging conversations from characters on big topics facing the city and beyond.

Meghan, racism and the Bristol History Commission facing up to the city’s past with Dr Shawn Sobers

Shawn has been at the forefront on conversations on history, race and media in the city.

The ‘war on woke’ and can patriotism be inclusive with St Pauls Carnival director, LaToyah McAllister-Jones

The government has stepped up their so-called ‘war on woke’ in the ongoing contest for Britain’s historical memory. Bristol is at the centre of the debate.

Bristol City FC and the highs and lows of the beautiful game

Big appointments, fan dissent and the trials and tribulations of covering Bristol City FC with Bristol Live’s dedicated club reporter, Gregor MacGregor.

Edition 25 is now out!

Get your hands on the latest edition of the Bristol Cable! We've got the local elections covered, as well as in-depth coverage of how Bristol is tackling the climate crisis, a look at how pubs are preparing for reopening post lockdown, and more!

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Bristol History Podcast

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Bristol History Podcast is dedicated to exploring various aspects of Bristol’s history, hosted by Tom Brothwell. Produced in partnership with the Bristol Cable since April 2018.

State Surveillance in Bristol and Beyond

This week I spoke with Colin Thomas and Tim Beasley of the Bristol Radical History Group to discuss the history of state surveillance in their...

The Bristol Blitz

2020 marked the eightieth anniversary of the Bristol Blitz, which saw 77 Nazi air raids on the city, with six major raids taking place in the winter of 1940-41. I spoke with Eugene Byrne of the Bristol Post to discuss the origins of the Blitz and how Bristolians coped with being bombed. We also e...

West Country Counterculture in the 1960s and 70s

Explore 'the artistic, radical and experimental communities that flourished at the time.'

Watch: WTF is the Metro Mayor and a green revolution?!

In this short documentary, the Cable unpacks what the Metro Mayor is ahead of the election and delves into the much touted 'Green Revolution'. Neil Maggs investigates on a day out in Avonmouth.

Watch: Viral - What's causing mistrust in the Covid-19 vaccine?

Marcus Smith delves into why so many people of different stripes are distrustful of the vaccine in this Cable short documentary

Watch: Could Covid Kill Bristol Rovers?