This Morning and Lorraine chef Dean Edwards speaks out about skin condition he hid for years

Have you ever noticed anyone with hands which are lighter in the summer than the rest of their body? Or someone who has white patches on their face and neck? Well this is a skin condition called Vitiligo. And it’s which can make those affected feel self conscious at being stared at, and even lead to social phobias and mental health issues. Now imagine if you had Vitiligo and you were constantly in the public eye. One such person is …

Major fire at empty old people’s home in Lawrence Weston near M5 ‘started deliberately’

A major fire at an empty old people’s home in Lawrence Weston is believed to have been started deliberately. Firefighters from across the city rushed to the former Rockwell elderly people’s home yesterday evening to tackle the blaze. The enormous plume of smoke from the fire could be seen across Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston and from the M5 motorway. Pictures taken today (June 26) show a police cordon in place around the vacant, burnt-out building. The old people’s home in …

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2019: How to bring giant floating Darth Vader ‘home’

An appeal has been launched to get a giant hot air balloon in the shape of Darth Vader’s head to fly for the first time in Bristol. The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is trying to raise £10,000 to get the unique balloon to take part in this summer’s event – and says there are many reasons to ‘bring it home’. For a start, the special Darth Vader shape balloon was constructed in Bedminster by Cameron Balloons, but has never flown …

Updates: ‘Blood on floor’ as police cordon off city centre road

There’s a heavy police presence in the city centre this morning (June 26) following an incident which has left “blood on the floor”. The area near the Cascade Steps has been cordoned off and police cars remain at the scene. Several eyewitnesses have reported seeing blood on the ground. We will be bringing you all the latest updates on this situation below. Scroll down for updates. If you see anything which we should be covering then make sure to get …

Warning to parents after two men ‘tried to get schoolgirl in van’

Students and parents have been urged to be vigilant after two men “tried to get a schoolgirl in their van”. The Redmaids’ High School student was walking home in Downs Cote View on Friday evening (June 21) when a van stopped beside her. The two men inside the van then attempted to get the Year 7 pupil in the vehicle but were scared off by a nearby family member. Following the incident, the school issued a warning to parents on …

UK weather forecast: Extreme pollen alert as heatwave set to begin

Hay fever sufferers are being told that the Met Office have released their highest warning possible for pollen levels across Britain today. Forecasters are predicting pollen levels will reach ‘very high’ – it’s normally moderate or high – as a combination of humidity, clearing skies and dropping winds mean flowers and grasses across the country release their pollen en masse. The pollen levels are rarely classed as ‘very high’ – but on Wednesday and Thursday the forecast is that extreme …

BRISTOL BITS: Plane crash witnesses recall the scene from the late 1940s

I received a phone call from Daniel Totire on Monday saying that he witnessed the plane crash in the late 1940s that I wrote about in Monday’s column. Dan, 91, recalls being between 12-14 years old at the time and living on Marjorie Street. He said he saw that the plane was in trouble and was heading to the former Bristol Airport, but over ran it, landing across the street. “I saw him (the pilot) parachute out and The Bristol …

Debra Herrick Clen is Southington Library’s July Artist of the Month

SOUTHINGTON – Debra Herrick Clen is the Southington Library’s Artist of the Month for July. She was born and raised in New England and grew up in an artistic family of five siblings. She had great respect for and interest in art, but did not get serious about it until she took an early retirement. It was then that she found her true calling. Herrick Clen experimented with several media, but discovered her voice in abstract painting. She found it …

Not-guilty plea entered in case involving stalking, harassment of Plainville woman

PLAINVILLE – An Ansonia man has pleaded not guilty to harassing and stalking a Plainville woman. Jeffrey Behrmann, 31, appeared Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, where prosecutors enhanced one of the charges against him. State prosecutor Jacob Pezzulo modified a second-degree stalking charge to first-degree stalking. He said this was based on a prior stalking conviction Behrmann has on his record. Behrmann now faces two counts of first-degree stalking and single counts of second-degree harassment, first-degree criminal trespassing and disorderly …

Southington Town Council votes to put Municipal Center buyback plan on ballot in November

SOUTHINGTON – The Town Council voted Monday to include the proposed purchase of the John Weichsel Municipal Center, using money from the town’s unassigned fund balance, on the November ballot. Town Manager Mark Sciota said it would be less costly for the town to purchase the building, which is at the end of an eight-year lease, rather than leasing it for 10 more years. Buying the building would require using $2.9 million from the unassigned fund balance, which Sciota said …

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