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The Bristol Briefing: Covid-19 rate falls in possible sign that lockdown is working

It may be good news, but new cases remain among the highest in the country, and hospitals under serious pressure.

Bristol Water is trying to hike your bills and 'tip the scales in investors' favour'

If they are successful, it could open the door to price increases across the board.

The Bristol Briefing: spike in Covid-19 cases, anti-lockdown protests and other news from across the city

Welcome to the Cable weekly briefing on coronavirus, and some other goings on in the city - helping you cut through the ‘infodemic’.

Private mental health hospital has serious problems, say inspectors

The CQC has demanded urgent improvements at the Priory Hospital Bristol after uncovering issues with staffing, leadership, medication and safeguarding.

Regional row: Mayor Marvin Rees accused of blocking West of England Combined Authority expansion

The neighbouring Tory, Liberal Democrat and Independent local authority leaders have accused Mr Rees of "putting party politics before doing the right thing for the region."

Bristol Covid cases stabilise but hospital admissions still on the rise as lockdown begins

The one thing you need to read this week about Covid-19 in Bristol

Locals call for answers on fuel leak at St Pauls development site

Photos: Save the M32 Maples Developers have started to build 31 homes on the site of a former filling station in central Bristol from which...

Bristol ‘highly likely’ to see Tier 2 Covid restrictions soon, with local NHS now under 'extreme pressure'

Meanwhile both of Bristol’s hospital trusts have declared internal critical incidents amid rising demand and more Covid patients.

Black and ethnic minority people more likely to face cannabis prosecution in Bristol, data shows

‘No excuse’ for ethnic disparities say police, as overall prosecutions for Class B drug rise despite local diversion programme

New Covid measures for Bristol, as city announces Tier 1+ in response to rising infections

The council is taking action after infection rates continued to rise sharply, including among working age adults, not just university students.

‘She was just left to it’: bereaved mother slams mental health care before death of her trans daughter

Family of Alexandra Greenway, who died in 2019, say she was let down by unfit and under-pressure NHS services, and by a ‘trans-blind’ approach that leaves people’s needs unmet.

Bristol Council questioned over social media ‘spying’

Councillors are asking whether the “surveillance”, which they say was “covert”, needed authorisation.

The Bristol property secretly owned by the controversial governor of the Bank of Lebanon

Investigation finds that Lebanon's Governor siphoned millions abroad, including into Bristol.

Bristol students ‘playing catch up’ to get uni places after A-levels fiasco

The government’s U-turn to award teacher assessed grades came after days of intense stress. In one shocking case, a Bristol school saw 84% of its year 13s’ results downgraded.

Community protests against horrific racist hit-and-run, 'attempted murder' in Bristol

The horrific hit-and-run against a 21-year old NHS worker in Horfield shook the city. The Cable spoke to one Horfield local and protesters campaigning against racism.

Council approves major new development plans in Lawrence Hill

The Council approves the building of hundreds of new homes, offices, shops, student accommodation and a new school in Lawrence Hill. But flooding objections from the Environment Agency could override the decision.

Rastafarian Culture Centre sale set to go ahead, despite community objections

The prospective buyer says thay are committed to ensuring the community can still use the building, says Bristol City Council.

Revealed: Private mental health ward for children in Bristol to close

The Priory Bristol says staffing problems are the reason behind the closure of Banksy ward, the only of its kind in south west England.

Developer withdraws planning proposals for 'grim' and 'Stalinist' St Pauls flats

Controversial plans for a four-storey block of flats in St Pauls have been withdrawn. The boss of developers Clayewater Homes says they spent “a lot...

Ex-undercover cop secretly ran business with man connected to gangsters

The ex-undercover cop hid the fact he was running a second-hand car dealership with a man who had “very dangerous” known associates in organised crime. He denied the allegations against him and claimed senior members of Avon and Somerset Police tried to discredit him.

Third mysterious fire in two years at Strachan & Henshaw, ‘The Office’, building

The fire which broke out on the ground floor is being treated as deliberate. It follows a blackmail attempt on the landlord and a separate, violent assault on the ex-landlord.

‘Bigger and bolder’ clean air plans could reduce Bristol pollution to legal levels by 2022

Mayor Marvin Rees says that the coronavirus pandemic has made alternative plans possible for Bristol.

£17 million could be wiped off value of Bristol Energy

The Labour-run council is trying to sell Bristol Energy, which has soaked up £35 million of council tax payers’ money and posted official losses of £32.5 million since it was set up five years ago.

Enslaved person's gravestone vandalised in Bristol in racist retaliation attack for toppling of Colston statue

The historic grave of an enslaved young African person has been desecrated in an apparent racist revenge attack following the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston.

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